Ludhiana: Bains brothers acquitted in four-year-old attempt to murder case
In a major relief for Lok Insaaf Party MLAs Simarjeet Singh Bains and Balvinder Singh Bains, the court of additional sessions judge Arun Aggarwal has acquitted them in a four-and-a-half years old attempt to murder case on Wednesday. Besides Bains brothers, 27 others were also acquitted in the case.
As per the prosecution, Bains brothers and others, including former councillors Parminder Singh Soma, Ranjit Singh Ubhi, Daljit Singh Bhola, were booked under Section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 379 (punishment for theft), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 120B (criminal conspiracy),114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, after they had launched an agitation against the state’s sand-mining policy ‘Satyagraha Andolan’, in Chuharpur village in the month of April 2015. Bains brothers and others were given bail in around two weeks.
MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains said the government and the administration had framed baseless charges against them as they launched a protest against the state government. The sand-mining policy had many loopholes, which promote illegal mining, they had claimed.
On Wednesday after his acquittal, Simarjeet Bains said, “The truth has come out. There are 12 more cases sub-judice against us but we will continue the fight against corruption.”
The West Bengal government's decision to carve out seven new districts from the state's existing 23 has sparked protests in Murshidabad and Nadia, where residents and political parties have objected to the proposed names of the districts. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that within six months, the new districts will be carved out of Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Bankura, while Murshidabad will be split into two new districts.
In a tragic incident, a tehsildar and a patwari (village accountant) were washed away while crossing a bridge of the swollen Siwan river in a car on Tuesday night, said police. Police recovered the body of patwari Mahendra Rajak and the car about 4km away but tehsildar Narendra Singh Thakur remains missing. The rescue teams are trying to locate tehsildar. Rescue teams continue looking for Thakur across the river.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said his government will provide two per cent reservation in all state departments to sportspersons on the lines of the existing quota in the police and forest department. "The Karnataka government has given 2 per cent reservation for the sports persons in Police and Forest Departments. A file about extending this reservation to other departments will be approved," said Bommai.
The Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF) - the 12th edition ran from August 4 to 14 this year in theatres as well as OTT platforms, has declared winners from the International, Animation, Women's Cinema Collective and Lets Include categories. “Congratulations to all the Winners!” the festival's official Twitter page posted. There were 23 entries in the international section, 22 in the Indian, and 20 in Karnataka.
Bhopal-Jabalpur Jan Shatabdi Express with the state's maiden vista dome coach was on Wednesday flagged off from Kamalapati Railway Station by state ministers Usha Thakur and Vishvas Sarang. Principal secretary of tourism and culture of Madhya Pradesh, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, listed the ways in which vista dome would improve the travelling experience. Under the initiative of the Madhya Pradesh tourism board, the coach was installed by the Indian Railways.