Crime Branch be­gins probe in BHU vi­o­lence

It has is­sued a no­tice to mem­bers of the proc­to­rial board, ask­ing them to record their state­ments

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De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man yes­ter­day ar­rived here on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kash­mir dur­ing which she will re­view the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in the Val­ley and Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC) in Ladakh region.

The Crime Branch has be­gun a probe in the vi­o­lence on the BHU cam­pus and has is­sued no­tice to 20 mem­bers of the proc­to­rial board, in­clud­ing the former chief proc­tor, ask­ing them to record their state­ments, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

A number of stu­dents, in­clud­ing women, and two jour­nal­ists were in­jured in a ba­ton-charge by the po­lice in the Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity (BHU) cam­pus where a protest last week against an al­leged eve-teas­ing in­ci­dent turned vi­o­lent.

SP (Crime) Gya­nen­dra Prasad said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the vi­o­lence had be­gun and they are pe­rus­ing the No of mem­bers of the proc­to­rial board who re­ceived the no­tice CCTV footage. He said a cy­ber team had also been en­gaged in the case and a dozen mo­bile num­bers that were ac­tive near the in­ci­dent spot, when the al­leged eve-teas­ing took place, had been put on sur­veil­lance. He said no­tice has been served to nearly 20 proc­to­rial board mem­bers, in­clud­ing former chief proc­tor O N Singh, who were on duty on the day of in­ci­dent. They have been asked to record their oral or writ­ten statement be­fore the Crime Branch within three days.

New chief proc­tor says

The newly-ap­pointed BHU Chief Proc­tor, Royana Singh, said, “The vice chan­cel­lor has been very sen­si­tive to fe­male is­sues. He has zero tol­er­ance to such ac­tiv­i­ties. Our re­tired jus­tice is con­duct­ing the probe in this mat­ter. We will take action as soon as we get the re­port.” As­sert­ing that the main chal­lenge is to main­tain dis­ci­pline in the cam­pus, she stated that they were in process of ful­fill­ing the de­mands of the stu­dents.

The BHU ap­pointed its first wo­man chief proc­tor after her pre­de­ces­sor re­signed tak­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for the vi­o­lent in­ci­dents on the cam­pus.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's former driver Khatta Singh yes­ter­day moved the Pun­jab and Haryana High Court seek­ing to record afresh his statement in the case of killing of cult's former man­ager Ran­jit Singh.

Ear­lier, a spe­cial CBI court in Panchkula had dis­missed the plea of Khatta Singh on Septem­ber 25.

“Khatta Singh has sub­stan­tial and important ev­i­dence against the Dera head. Ear­lier, he had re­tracted from his statement due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, but now he wants to speak the truth,” Singh's coun­sel Navki­ran Singh said.

“The HC has been moved to­day seek­ing per­mis­sion to record fresh statement by Khatta Singh,” he said. The case will come up for hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 3, he said.

Ram Rahim Singh, fac­ing 20 years of im­pris­on­ment for

When a 10-yearold stu­dent of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School here came home with in­jury marks on his back, his par­ents were shocked to know that he was beaten up with a stick al­legedly by his teach­ers.

Jaswinder Singh, the boy's fa­ther, claims that his son was thrashed al­legedly by two of his teach­ers — Ra­man and Harpreet — a day after he got into a fight with an­other stu­dent.

“Ra­man ma'am had told me to meet her after re­cess, when I went in the PTA room, she started hit­ting me with a rod,” the class IV stu­dent al­leged. The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case and are analysing the CCTV cam­era footage pro­vided by the school.

The prin­ci­pal of the school has, however, dis­missed the rap­ing two of his dis­ci­ples, is named as key con­spir­a­tor into the killing of Ran­jit Singh in 2002.

The spe­cial CBI court in Panchkula is hear­ing the cases of killing of jour­nal­ist Ram Chan­der Ch­ha­tra­p­ati and Ran­jit Singh. al­le­ga­tions and said that the ‘child wasn't even touched by the teach­ers”. “I can as­sure you nothing of this sort hap­pened. The stu­dent was sus­pended for a month on dis­ci­plinary grounds after he got into a brawl with an­other child,” prin­ci­pal Gur­pal Kaur Anand said, re­ports NDTV.

“He had a fight with an­other child who chipped a tooth on Wed­nes­day. When the par­ents were called, my wife went to meet them. However, he was beaten up with a stick the next day,” Singh said. He has also al­leged that the thrash­ing was a re­sult of his com­plaint to the man­age­ment about “high ten­sion wires around school”.

The in­ci­dent comes just weeks after an­other stu­dent of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School's Gurgaon branch was mur­dered in one of its toi­lets.

A stu­dent writhes in pain after al­legedly be­ing lathi-charged by the po­lice dur­ing the clash.

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De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man in J&K. Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat is also seen.

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