The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday said that it has filed a charge sheet against 17 members of the Peoples’ Liberation Front of India (PLFI) for alleged extortion.
An NIA spokesperson said that the anti-terror probe agency has filed a charge sheet before the Special NIA Court in Ranchi on Thursday against 17 PLFI members from Bihar and Jharkhand.
Those named in the charge sheet are Sujit Sinha, Aman Sahu, Pradip Ganjhu, Santosh Ganjhu, Bihari Ganjhu, Sakender Ganjhu, Pramod Ganjhu, Babulal Turi, Ajay Turi, Santosh Kumar aka Banti Yadav, Prabhat Kumar Yadav aka Dimple Yadav, Pritam Kumar aka Chiku, Santosh Kumar Yadav, Jasim Ansari, Wasim Ansari, Majibul Ansari, and Jahiruddin Ansari.
They have been charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act, the Explosive Substance Act, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The official said that a case was registered on December 19 last year in Jharkhand’s Latehar pertaining to a terrorist act near Checkpost No. 1 at Tetariyakhad Colliery of Central Coalfields Ltd.
The assailants had burnt down four trucks, one motorcycle and injured four civilians.
The NIA had taken over the probe on March 4 this year.
The official said that probe revealed that gangsters Sinha and Sahu had conspired with notorious gangster Shahrukh and other accused Pradeep Ganjhu along with several members of terrorist gangs TPC and PLFI for committing murder, extortion and further generating funds for expansion of their criminal and terrorist activities.
“The terrorist gang has been procuring sophisticated automatic weapons including AK-47s for committing targeted killing and creating terror in coal transportation areas,” the official said.
The conspiracy for committing these nefarious activities was being hatched from Dhanbad and Ranchi Jails, the official added.
Phone tapping case: Raj CM Ashok Gehlot’s OSD questioned by Delhi Crime Branch
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD Lokesh Sharma has been interrogated for about two and a half hours by the Delhi Crime Branch in the famous case of phone tapping.
The interrogation happened on Monday. The official sources confirmed that over a dozen questions were asked to Sharma.
In March 2021, a case was registered against Lokesh Sharma in the phone tapping case under several sections on the basis of a complaint filed by the Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who had alleged that his image had been tarnished via the audio leaked by the OSD.
Lokesh Sharma had challenged this FIR in the Delhi High Court and got relief from arrest from the High Court till January 13.
This phone tapping controversy of Rajasthan was reported in July 2020 during the rebellion by some Congress leaders after a dispute between the Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot groups came to the fore. At that time, a purported audio clip of a phone conversation between Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Congress leaders had surfaced. The audio was leaked to the media after which the Union Minister had filed a complaint to the then Delhi Police Commissioner through email.
During interrogation, the crime branch asked Sharma about how the clip, which went viral, reached him. Lokesh Sharma was given the notice for questioning three times in the past by the Crime Branch.
4 students of TN medical college suspended over ragging charges
Four third-year MBBS students of the Dharmapuri Government Medical College in Tamil Nadu were suspended from attending classes after a second-year student attempted to commit suicide after being subjected to alleged ragging.
The college also relieved two hostel wardens of duty citing dereliction of duty and failure to protect the student from being ragged.
However, parents and students have expressed resentment over the suspension of the accused had brutally ragged the second-year student.
They cited the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act 1997 that provided punishment not only to the offenders but also to the college authorities who failed to take action against those involved in ragging.
Senthilnathan, a parent of a second-year MBBS student at the Madras Government Medical college told IANS: “Ragging is a punishable act with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years and shall be liable to a fine which may extend to Rs 10,000 under Section 4 of the Act. Then why is the Dharmapuri Medical College authorities not raising a proper complaint and make the offenders pay for the deed?”
Authorities of Dharmapuri Government Medical College were not available for comments.
The 19-year-old male student who attempted suicide has, however, come out of the critical situation and his parents have taken him to his native place, Rasipuram in Namakkal district.
Although, the teen had lodged a formal complaint against the four third-year students for ragging him, which he withdrew later.
R. Padmanabhan, Director of Socio-Economic Development Foundation (SEDF), a think tank based out of Madurai, told IANS: “India is not ruled by British and this is a free country and there are stringent laws against ragging in place. I don’t know why the authorities have not lodged a formal complaint with the police as the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act of 1997 provides two years imprisonment, a fine of Rs 10,000 and even Supreme Court has come down heavily against ragging. The suspension for four ragging offenders for seven days is too little punishment in a situation wherein a second-year MBBS student attempt suicide.”
Criticisms have come from several corners on the minor punishment meted out to the students who have indulged in ragging of the second-year student.
Dr. Padmavathy, former head of the department of community medicine of a government medical college from Chennai, told IANS: “It is unfortunate that ragging and sadism are still continuing in medical colleges of Tamil Nadu. To my knowledge, the student who was subjected to ragging hails from a remote area of Namakkal and would have had a lot of aspirations while joining a government medical college and if he tried to kill himself that means he was driven to the edge. The offenders must be strongly punished and the legal course should be taken to prevent such actions in college campuses in future.”
JNUSU demands reconstruction of Babri Masjid, stages protest
A protest march was carried out by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) inside the campus demanding reconstruction of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
The protest march was staged on Monday night to mark the demolition anniversary. The students gathered at a site holding placards, shouting slogans, and later they took out the march inside the campus. The student leaders also made speeches demanding reconstruction of the mosque.
The JNU administration had recently warned against holding the protest, but the student union still held the protest. On Sunday, the student wing also organised a show at the campus in which a movie based on the Babri Masjid demolition was shown. The admin had asked the students not to telecast any such film otherwise strict action would be taken.
The protest march, which was carried out on Monday evening, ended at the Chandrabhaga Hostel where the student leaders made speeches.
Saket Moon, vice president of the JNUSU said that with the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid justice will be delivered.
Aishe Ghosh, the JNUSU president said that after Babri Masjid, the next target of the BJP is Kashi and they (BJP) have started working on it.
“We are remembering Baba Saheb on this day. We are also condemning the killing of civilians in Nagaland. BJP and RSS haven’t done anything in the name of development, but they are dividing us in the name of religion, law and order is crippling,” she said.
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