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Post-mortem of Bengali TV actress Pallavi Dey hints at suicide

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 A preliminary post-mortem report has suggested that television actress Pallavi Dey, who was found dead in her South Kolkata residence, had committed suicide.

Dey’s body was found hanging on Sunday morning.

However, on the basis of specific allegations by the parents of the deceased, police are probing the “abatement to suicide” angle. Under scanner is Pallavi Dey’s friend Shagnik Chakaborty, who used to stay with her at the same residence in South Kolkata.

Under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), if any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such act, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Pallabi’s parents stated to the police that Shagnik Chakraborty entered into a live-in relationship with their daughter supressing the fact that he was married. However, according to them, when Pallavi came to know of his marriage six months ago, Shagnik told her that a divorce- case was in the process and he was in separation with his wife.

The parents have also alleged that Shagnaik was totally dependent on Pallavi financially and they together purchased luxurious accommodation at New Town and a vehicle for themselves. According to Pallavi’s parents their daughter was doing well in Bengali television, earning well and receiving new offers and, hence there was no reason for her to commit suicide.

It is learnt that the probe officials have sought the call details and the details of bank accounts of Shagnik Chakraborty, especially of those accounts and fixed deposits that he used to keep jointly with the deceased actress. The police have already traced a bank fixed deposit of Rs 15 lakh which the two had held jointly.

In fact, on Sunday morning, it was Shagnik only who had discovered the body of Pallavi and he was the one who informed the police and the parents of the deceased actress.

However, he had admitted to the police that before he went out to purchase cigarettes on Sunday morning, he had a heated conversation with Pallavi and after coming back he discovered her dead body.

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Custodial death reported from J&K’s Kathua

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A man died in police custody in J&K’s Kathua district on Tuesday with his family alleging that he was tortured in the lockup.

Jammu, Feb 7 : A man died in police custody in J&K’s Kathua district on Tuesday with his family alleging that he was tortured in the lockup.

Official sources said that Sonu Kumar, 38, was arrested and 7 grams of contraband heroin was recovered from him. He was sent to lockup in Nagri police post.

“He body was shifted for medico-legal formalities to government medical college hospital in Kathua town,” an official said, adding that two policemen of Nagri police post have been placed under suspension till the report of the probe ordered into this dead is received.

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Forceful removal of innerwear of minor girls equivalent to rape: Calcutta HC

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Forceful removal of the innerwear of a minor girl is equivalent to rape even if rape, as per medical terms, has not been done by the accused or convict, the Calcutta High Court has held.

Kolkata, Feb 7 : Forceful removal of the innerwear of a minor girl is equivalent to rape even if rape, as per medical terms, has not been done by the accused or convict, the Calcutta High Court has held.

A single judge bench of Justice Ananya Bandopadhyay made this ruling while hearing a case in which Robi Roy was declared as guilty by a lower court in West Dinajpur district in 2008.

On May 7, 2007, Roy was acccused of alluring a minor girl in his locality to a secluded place after promising her an ice cream. There he first asked her to remove her innerwear. When the victim refused, he forcefully removed her innerwear.

The victim started shouting which caught the attention of the people residing nearby, who rushed to spot, assaulted Robi Roy and handed him over to the local police. In November 2008, a trial court, finding him guilty, sentenced him to imprisonment for five and a half years and also slapped a Rs 3,000 fine on him.

After being freed from jail, he challenged the order of the lower district court at the Calcutta High Court claiming that he was falsely implicated which caused loss of his social prestige. He claimed that his intention was to express his fatherly affection towards the victim. Justice Bandopadhyay, however, upheld the order of the lower court and observed that the intention of alluring the victim with ice-cream had mal-intention.

“The victim was allured with ice-cream by the convict just to satisfy his sexual desires. When the victim refused to open her innerwear as asked by the convict, he forcefully removed that. This cannot be treated as an expression of affection. This is equivalent to rape or attempt to rape,” Justice Bandopadhyay observed. Although medical examination proved that that the minor girl was not a victim of rape, the judge observed that the entire incident is similar to rape of sexual offense under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.

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RS extends condolences to earthquake victims in Turkey, Syria

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 The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday paid condolences to the victims of the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria.

Leading the house, Chairman Jagdeep Shankar said that the house wishes that those who are still in the rubbles are rescued.

On Tuesday, India dispatched the first batch of humanitarian aid along with a rescue team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Turkey where a massive 7.8-magnitude quake has killed over 4,300 people and injured thousands others.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilites in action.”

“The 1st batch of earthquake relief material leaves for Turkey, along with NDRF Search & Rescue Team, specially trained dog squads, medical supplies, drilling machines & other necessary equipment.”

The 51-member NDRF team headed by Deputy Commandant Deepak Talwar left from the Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad for Turkey on board an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft in the early hours of Tuesday.

Also in a tweet, the IAF said that “An IAF C-17 got airborne for Turkey. Bearing Search & Rescue teams of the @NDRFHQ.”

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