Weekly News Roundup – August 19, 2019

 


Pehlu Khan case: Alwar court finds ‘serious lacunas’ in police probe

Photo: The Hindu

The sessions court in Alwar, which acquitted six persons accused of beating Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death, has pointed out “serious lacunas” in the police investigation which created doubts about the involvement of the accused in the alleged crime, making the prosecution’s theory unreliable. The court gave the benefit of the doubt to the accused and absolved all of them of the offences of murder and rioting. In her 92-page judgment.…The court noted that Investigating Officer Ramesh Sinsinwar had not obtained a certificate of Khan’s medical fitness from doctors attending on him before recording his statement and given a gap of 16 hours in submitting it for registration of case at Behror police station the next day. “This clearly depicts the police officer’s serious lapse in investigation,” the court said.…

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Yogi Adityanath government to withdraw 7 cases against BJP MLA accused of inciting riots

UP BJP MLA Sangeet Som. File photo: PTI

The Yogi Adityanath government is likely to withdraw seven cases registered against Sangeet Som, the BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. According to sources, these cases were registered against Som between 2013 and 2017 in Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Meerut and Gautam Buddh Nagar. He has also been booked for instigating a communal flare-up during the 2003 Muzaffarnagar riots. Apart from instigating communal violence, he was also booked for violating Section 144 in Saharanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar and taking out a procession in Sardhana.…

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The Whole of Kashmir is a Prison at The Moment: Says Final Report By a Four Member Fact-Finding Team

Photo: Fact Finding Team

We spent five days (9-13 August 2019) traveling extensively in Kashmir.…  We spoke to women, school and college students, shopkeepers, journalists, people who run small businesses, daily wage labourers, workers and migrants from UP, West Bengal and other states.…The whole of Kashmir is, at the moment, a prison, under military control. The decisions taken by the Modi Government on J&K are immoral, unconstitutional and illegal. The means being adopted by the Modi Government to hold Kashmiris captive and suppress potential protests are also immoral, unconstitutional, and illegal. We demand the immediate restoration of Articles 370 and 35A.…

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