Jaspal Rana pulls out of torch relay
The troubled Olympic torch relay run in the capital on Thursday suffered more jolts with ace shooter Jaspal Rana and musician Ayaan Ali Bangash pulling out barely a few hours before the event, citing personal reasons.
The two of them were part of the official list of 70 torch-bearers announced by the Indian Olympic Association.
Ayaan, who was among the six runners named by Samsumg, one of the sponsors of the event, was present at a pre-event promotional programme on Wednesday and had said he was looking forward to being part of the relay.
A top Indian Olympic Association official confirmed that Rana was not taking part in the relay but said he was not aware of the exact reason for the shooter's last minute pull-out.
The two fresh withdrawals came a day after Sachin Tendulkar pulled out of the event which has forced the organisers to ensure unprecedented security arrangements, fearing disruptions from Tibetan protestors.
The master batsman had been advised by his IPL team physio A Ijaz not to take part in the run in view of his groin injury.
Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary General Randhir Singh, both of whom are taking part in the relay, could not be reached for comments.
National football captain Baichung Bhutia and India's first IPS officer Kiran Bedi had earlier pulled out of the event.
While Bhutia decided to skip the event in support of the Tibetan cause, Bedi had cited "scuffing" security arrangement for her move.
Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan was also among those who has withdrawn from the torch relay saying she has prior engagements.
Chaos erupted in Bengaluru after a supporter of Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan poured kerosene over Zameer Ahmed Khan, a four-time MLA and attempted self-immolation, news agency ANI reported. The self-immolation bid was carried out in protest against the raids by Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau at five locations belonging to the Congress MLA following a report of the Enforcement Directorate on alleged disproportionate assets. The MLA from Chamarajpet constituency in the city, Khan, had appeared before the ED multiple times.
Karnataka Government on Monday suspended IAS officer J Manjunath, former DC of Bengaluru Urban, after Manjunath was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau in a bribery case. Manjunath was arrested by the ACB, four days after he was transferred from the post of Bengaluru urban district deputy commissioner. IPS officer Amrit Paul was also suspended after being arrested by CID for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case.
Following the arrest of IPS officer Amrit Paul for his alleged role in the police sub-inspectors recruitment scam, the Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Tuesday demanded the resignation of state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. Paul was arrested by Crime Investigation Department for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case on Monday. Karnataka Government on Monday also suspended Paul following his arrest.
A cab driver in Chennai was arrested on Tuesday for beating a 34-year-old man to death over the number of passengers entering the cab and the one-time password (OTP) required before starting a trip. They had booked a cab after they came out of a mall in Navalur after watching a movie on Sunday around 3:30 pm. Onlookers apprehended the cab driver until the police arrived. The cab driver hails from Salem district.
A man was seen thrashing a cop inside a police station premises in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri. According to news agency ANI, the man had been called by the police over a domestic violence complaint when he lost his temper and began delivering blows to the cop. An official told ANI that the family cited his ill mental health as the reason behind his violent behaviour. The man has been booked and detained, the official added.