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U’khand journalist gang-raped in UP, one held

Pawan Dixit  Varanasi, March 29, 2014
First Published: 16:28 IST(29/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:32 IST(29/3/2014)

Varanasi: A 27-year-old journalist on assignment was allegedly gang-raped by two persons in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night.


The woman, who claims to be associated with a Hindi newspaper of Haridwar in neighbouring Uttarakhand, lodged a complaint with the police on Friday. The police arrested one of the accused, who was identified as Ashwani Tewari.

The incident took place in Vindhyachal, a place of Hindu pilgrimage. The woman, along with her sister, had arrived in the town last Monday to do a story on the historic temples of the region. They were staying at a local hotel.

The woman told the police that she had gone to Ashtabhuja temple, situated on a hill top, on Thursday afternoon. According to her, she came down around 8pm and headed for the Mirzapur-Allahabad highway to hire an auto.

She alleged that three persons in a white Scorpio abducted her and took her to an isolated place. The woman said while two of them raped her, the other person refused to be a part of the crime after learning she was a journalist.

They allegedly dumped the woman in a forest area in the wee hours of Friday.  The woman said she reached a nearby railway crossing and informed the gateman about the incident.

“One person has been arrested and the vehicle used for abducting the victim has been recovered,” said RK Srivastava, deputy inspector general of police.

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Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
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Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
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