Bhima-Koregaon case: Bombay HC protects activists from arrest till October 26
The Bombay high court on Friday asked the Pune police not to take coercive action against activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde till October 26, when it will next hear the case. The court’s directions came a day after the two activists filed petitions to quash the first information report (FIR) and criminal proceedings initiated against them after the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in January this year.
The proceedings against Teltumbde were initiated after the police claimed to have found documents during a raid at his house after the Bhima-Koregaon violence on January 2, 2018, which they said established his links with Maoists. The FIR against Navlakha accuses him of instigating violence at Bhima-Koregaon with his speech at the Elgar Parishad on December 31.Navlakha’s plea sought to quash the FIR on grounds that he was implicated in the case. Both petitions claimed the police did not have any evidence against them.
The division bench of justice Ranjit More and justice Bharati Dangre, heard the petition on Friday. After additional public prosecutor, Aruna Kamat-Pai, told the court that the Supreme Court had protected Navlakha from being arrested till October 26, the bench said it would hear both petitions on that day. Until then, it restrained the Pune police from taking any action against either Navlakha or Teltumbde.
Tibba police busted a honey-trap racket and arrested four persons, including two women, on Saturday. One of the members of the gang has yet to be caught, the police said. The FIR against them has been registered on the complaint of Nagendra Yadav of New Vijay Nagar. A fabric manufacturer, Yadav, told the police that he runs a factory near Puneet Nagar. On Friday evening, he was going to his factory on a scooter.
Bringing relief from the scorching heat, the thunderstorm witnessed in the city on Saturday evening turned the weather pleasant. Partly cloudy weather prevailed in the city since morning and rains, along with strong winds, brought down the mercury levels in the evening. As per the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.
Division number 8 police have booked an employee of a jewellery shop for allegedly stealing items worth lakhs on Friday. Akash has been identified as Akash of Chaura Bazaar. The FIR has been registered following the statement of Lalit Chopra of Rishi Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, they were present in the store and were attending to customers.
The joint co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of All India Congress Committee, has been booked for hurting religious sentiments by cleaning a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with Gursimran Singh Mand's turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand has been taken around 10 months after the incident. Mand had reached the spot and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked a row.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.