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Seizure of AK series weapons from Munger in Bihar: NIA chargesheets arms trafficker

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Patna: NIA on Wednesday 2 June, filed supplementary charge-sheet before NIA Special Court here against an arms trafficker from Gaya district in Bihar.

The accused arms trafficker is Rajiv Kumar Singh @ Chunnu Singh S/o Mithilesh Prasad Singh, resident of Village-Tetar, falling under Polive Station Atri, in Gaya district of Bihar. He has been charged under Sections 120B read with 380 & 414 of IPC, Section 25 (1A), 25(1AA) & 26 of Arms Act and Section 39 of UA(P) Act 1967 (law for prevention of unlawful activities).

The case relates to recovery of three AK-47 weapons on the disclosure of charge-sheeted accused Shamsher Alam from the premises of Rizwana Begum. In this regard, an FIR (no. 323/2018) was registered against 26 accused and other unknown persons on 7 September 2018 at Muffasil Police Station in Munger district of Bihar.

NIA had re-registered the case as RC-31/2018/NIA/DLI dated 5 October 2018 and taken over the investigation. 14 accused persons have been chargesheeted by NIA earlier in the case.

Investigation has revealed that certain employees and ex-employees of Central Ordinance Depot (COD) at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh had conspired with a group of arms smugglers and had stolen a large number of AK series rifles, their parts and SLR’s from the sheds of COD, Jabalpur. The king-pin of the racket Purshottam Lal Rajak an ex armorer of COD had cannibalized serviceable parts from out of commission weapons and had manufactured functioning prohibited weapons such as AK-47. Twenty-two such AK-47 weapons have been recovered so far. These weapons stolen out of COD Jabalpur were then supplied to arms smugglers from Munger, Bihar which were then further supplied to naxals and criminals.

The chargesheeted accused Rajiv Kumar Singh is a close associate of chargesheeted accused Manjur Alam. He was an important link in the chain of supply of cannibalized weapons and used to receive the weapons from Manjur Alam and had supplied the same to naxals and criminals in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the 7th time

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah greets Nitish Kumar after he was sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister on Monday 16 November 2020

Patna: Nitish Kumar, on Monday 16 November, was administered oath as Chief Minister of Bihar by the State Governor Fagu Chauhan at a simple function at Raj Bhawan here.

Kumar has been sworn-in for the fourth consecutive term and seventh time as Chief Minister of Bihar. BJP President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were specially present at the swearing-in ceremony.

Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi of BJP and Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Ashok Kumar choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Mecca Lal Choudhary, Sheela Mandal of JD ( U) took oath as a cabinet minister. Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi will be the new Deputy Chief Ministers.

Santosh Kumar Suman of Hindustani Awam Morcha and Mukesh Sahni of Vikas sheel Insan Party also took oath as Ministers.

Hostel for deaf and dumb in Bhopal, shelter home in Bihar, rapes and sexual abuse

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Bhopal/Patna: Close on the heels of the shocking detection of the “sexual abuse” of at least 34 minor girls living in a shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar, a 20 year old speech-impaired tribal girl has come forward and lodged a similar complaint with the Police alleging that she was raped repeatedly by the director of a hostel in the capital of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh where she was staying for last three years.

The accused Ashwini Sharma, the director of the hostel for deaf and mute persons at Awadhpuri here was arrested on Wednesday night (8 August 2018) under Sections 376, 354, 344 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These cover rape, outraging of modesty, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation. He has also been charged under relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The NGO “Kritaarth” managed by the rape Accused was receiving grant in aid from the State Social Justice Department for running the hostel.

The victim, a resident of Dhar near Indore, had lodged a compliant with the Dhar district police. Subsequently the case was transferred to Bhopal. It remains to be investigated whether or not there was just one victim or more of the hostel inmates were sexually abused.

The Madhya Pradesh Congress unit has gone on the offensive and demanded a through probe and social audit of all such hostels in the State.

Rape is a heinous crime that shatters and leaves the victim with unlimited trauma for life and the fact that the perpetrators are able to pick their targets and strike at will is a serious matter and needs immediate attention. Rape of a speech-impaired tribal girl staying in a hostel run with the help of the exchequer throws up many questions and the government owes an explanation to the public.

An NGO entitled for grant to run such a hostel has to follow procedures, rules and certain norms. Besides, such a facility is also supposed to be governed by strict checks and balances, including regular inspections capped with satisfactory performance reports. An entire hierarchy within the government is supposed to oversee the affairs to ensure that all is on track. Those who play any official role in this direction, even their working is supposed to be monitored down the line within the concerned department and also at the government level, which includes the district Collector.

The problem is that it suits those in the government, who have abdicated their responsibilities, to pass the buck. When such acts of crime are reported, FIRs are registered, the main accused get arrested, law takes its own course, inquiries are conducted and as people’s memory is short and since no one comes forward to seek a remedy for systemic failure, things slide back to routine and the world moves on. This has to change and it will. But for this the civil society shall have to come forward and convey to the people that its high time they should start calling the shots and telling the authorities that they will have to own up responsibility. People would also have to tell the political masters, at least by using their right to vote, that they know where the buck should stop.

Muzffarpur case

In Bihar, the State Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma resigned on Wednesday (8 August) as heat was mounting over the allegation that her husband was a regular at the Muzaffarpur shelter home for girls.

The Muzaffarour shelter home was being managed by Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, an NGO run by Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused. He was arrested on 2 June 2018.

Anti-quota agitation: Firing at Arah in Bihar, mixed response in many states

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Bhopal/Patna/Lucknow/Jaipur: There was a mixed response to the anti-reservation Bharat Bandh (country-wide call for strike) today (Tuesday 10 April 2016) with firing reported in Arah district of Bihar, group clashes in Punjab and curfew imposed in Bhind and Morena district of Madhya Pradesh to prevent unlawful assembly of people.

Prohibitory orders were also issued on Tuesday under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Gwalior, Bhopal, Sagar and few other sensitive towns of Madhya Pradesh.

There were attempts to block movement of trains in Bihar. In Madhya Pradesh, schools suspended their bus services in Bhopal- the state capital. In Madhya Pradesh, which was the worst hit by violence on 2 April when the dalits had called for Bharat Bandh to oppose the Supreme Court order on the implementation of the Atrocities Act, the call for anti-quota bandh was given on social media by unidentified groups.

In Ferozepur, Punjab, dozens were injured in a clash between two groups and the wounded were rushed to hospital. In Arah in Bihar there was firing after a clash between two groups. In Gaya district of Bihar, several policemen were injured in stone pelting. At Rajabar in Jehanabad district, police had to resort to lathi charge to control a protesting mob. Police was also targeted by protesting mobs at Daudpur in Chhapra district of Bihar.

Road traffic was blocked and there were attempts to close shops and stop train taffic at several places in Bihar. Cities and towns that were mainly affected were Patna, Begusarai, Muzafffarpur, Bhojpur, Nawada and Darbhanga.

In Jhalawar in Rajasthan, protestors took out a rally and shops remained closed.