Beware! Assassins back on our streets
Dipak Krishnamani, 26, looks like an ordinary guy, but he has an extraordinary secret. A brand manager by profession, Krishnamani has a supari to kill an unknown victim, and he has to do it within a month or risk his own survival.
Krishnamani is one of the participants in ‘Supari’, a local adaptation of an urban street-fighting game in which participants are assigned victims, and they must ‘kill’ their targets before they are killed themselves.
Played on the streets of Mumbai, participants have to locate or track down their victims and ‘assassinate’ them with a water pistol or water balloon. The game also includes ‘safe zones’ where participants can seek refuge if they fear an oncoming attack. Every time a victim is ‘killed’, the killer inherits a new victim. The last person standing is declared the winner.
Ajesh Shah, 29, one of the organisers, said, “The game is parallel to the participants’ everyday lives. Below the surface, people feel like they are living a double life as secret agents.”
Shah, along with Kumar Jhuremalani, 23, is organising the second edition of the game, which will begin on February 7 and last a month. The game also offers the giddy thrills of a parallel life.
“It’s a way of getting an adrenaline rush and a sense accomplishment without doing anything dangerous or illegal,” said Chandni Mehta, a practising psychologist.
Strong protests by pro-Jammu parties erupted in Jammu on Wednesday over barbaric murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. The protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. They also demanded sacking of the Ashok Gehlot-led government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Rajasthan. The protesters also burnt effigies of the two attackers.
Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with several political leaders of the union territory at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the current situation in J&K and the Amarnath Yatra that will begin on Thursday. The Lt Governor said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, however, didn't say whether pDP president Mehbooba Mufti will attend the meeting.
Amid tight security first batch of yatris reached Baltal on Wednesday, one of the base camps for the Amarnath Yatra, as the pilgrims will have a night halt at the camp. On Thursday morning they will be leaving for the holy cave. At several places, documents were checked thoroughly. Every year the annual Amarnath yatra is taken from two routes via Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Some pilgrims were busy chanting hymns.
A 15-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV near Botanical garden, Chandigarh. Lavanya was identified as Lavanya, 15, a resident of Nayagaon. The incident took place on Tuesday when Lavanya was crossing the road near gate number 1 of Botanical Garden. She where she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. Lavanya is survived by The victim's mother, Nancy Sharma, who works in a hotel and 10-year-old brother, and her father.
According to the proposal, which has been reviewed by HT the salary and allowances of chief minister and ministers, speaker, deputy speaker, chief whip and the leader of opposition will increase from the existing ₹72,000 to ₹170,000, and that lawmakers, from ₹54,000 to ₹90,000.