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Tragedy struck Sakhre family of Bhankheda the second time in just over a month. It had lost eldest son Prateek, 28, to illness just five weeks ago. On Sunday when the family was preparing for the ritual after completion of one-and-quarter month of Prateek’s death, the body of their second daughter, 20-year-old Pallavi, was found in community latrine for the women’s, strangled to death by her lover. Initial investigations revealed that Pallavi was 4 months pregnant.

She was allegedly coaxed into physical intimacy before being strangled inside the congested latrine. Sources from Tehsil police station said that Pallavi was smothered before she was throttled with her own kameez and her partially naked body left. Police have arrested Pallavi’s paramour Mohammed Shamim, alias Shammi, 25, a married man, for the murder. Police have applied the charge of murder (302 of the Indian Penal Code) but are yet to decide on adding rape charge. Pallavi was first year student of arts’ stream in PWS college.

Shamim, a carpenter, was apparently having an amorous relationship with Pallavi for last two years. She had also undergone abortion once in the past. Sources claimed that Pallavi was demanding some money from Shamim to terminate her pregnancy and also wanted him to marry her. She had threatened Shamim, who is married to Rizwana Parveen and has a nine-month-old daughter, that she would go to his house on Sunday. Police said that this led to an altercation between them resulting in violent end. Sources said that Shamim’s wife Rizwana already knew about the affair and was livid about it. Police said that Shammi had called up on Pallavi’s younger sister Rinku’s cellphone at 10 pm on Saturday. He wanted to speak to Pallavi who was sitting outside the home.

“My sister left home after the call,” said Rinku adding that the family was busy preparing for Sunday’s ritual when Pallavi sneaked out of home without speaking to anyone. Family members were worried when she did not return in the night. “We were not sure what to do. This had never happened before. But we did not approach the police,” said Pallavi’s distraught father Yogeshwar. Pallavi’s mother Shardabai, who was sobbing uncontrollably, works with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The family wanted to resume searching in the morning as relatives and others were expected at the residence for the rituals. In the morning, it was left shocked when a few women from the neighbourhood raised an alarm seeing body of Pallavi inside the latrine.

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A large part of Bareilly is under curfew for the 12th day running. On March 2, the day after Holi, a communal riot had broke out injuring many people. The police have decided to take no chances.

“We have nothing to do with the riots. But we are the ones who are suffering,” said Shopkeeper.

Bareilly looks like a town under siege. The riot still simmers under the surface. The fear of a backlash among civilians is huge.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Mayawati saw to it that Maulana Tauqir Raza Khan, an accused in the riot, was released.

It served two purposes: The Maulana’s angry supporters did not resort to more violence and the Muslim vote was pacified.

But it gave Bajrang Dal arsenal. Partymen set shops and vehicles on fire pushing an already tense town to the edge.

“Ten people have been arrested for arson and stone-pelting,” said Brijlal Mohan, Additional Director General, Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh.

Add to this chaos, the BJP rushed in to consolidate the Hindu vote.

Soon, Congress and the Samajwadi Party leaders were also trying to reach Bareilly because staying away could be a political setback in a state where Muslim politics is a big decider.

The police kept them all away.

Even a riot can become a field of political upmanship as Bareilly is learning.” ….. NDTV reports the matter in such a way on 12th March 2010 but it clearly ignored the Jihadi mentality that fueled the situation in the worst. But some Hindu public in troubled Bareilly raised the question below.

Fanatic Jihadis celeberated Mohammad’s birthday by looting Kafir’s shops and burning Kafir’s Houses. Hindus and Sikhs were under target by Fanatic Jihadi mob.Hindus were told not to play Holi in the Roads were Jihadi’s are taking processions to celeberate Mohammad’s birthday

The administration is unable to control the Jihadi riots in Bareili started on March 2nd , a day after holi, all thanks to the hate speech by a Muslim cleric Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan, president of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council.

UP Police arrested Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan, president of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council, from Bareilly, for his “rabble rousing speech” that had led to communal tension in the district last week.

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An Aligarh Muslim University professor, on the verge of retirement, was suspended after some students set up cameras to catch him having consensual sex with a rickshaw-puller in his campus home, and sent the video film to university authorities.

Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, reader and chairman of Modern Indian Languages at AMU, now says he won’t challenge his suspension and would voluntarily leave.

Siras’s decision not to question his suspension has come as a relief to AMU authorities, who are more than keen to bury the “embarrassing episode” as it could raise a serious issue of gay rights on the campus since the professor wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing or criminal action. Consensual sex with a same-sex partner isn’t a crime in itself.

“Siras was captured on camera having sex with a rickshaw-puller. It’s a scandal that no institution of repute can overlook. Therefore he was placed under suspension on February 9 by the order of the VC, Prof P.K. Abdul Azis,” said AMU public relations officer Rahat Abrar.

“Dr Siras lived in a house allotted to him in the medical colony on the AMU campus. On February 8, he was home in the company of a young rickshaw-puller from Jamalpur area of the town. Since the door was open, two reporters from a local TV channel barged into the house and filmed him and his companion. The video clippings were then sent to AMU authorities who were constrained to proceed against Siras,” said Abrar.

Siras was served a memo on February 9 by the office of the AMU registrar, Dr V K Abdul Jalil, under rule 403-C of the statute of the university, after a prima facie case of “gross misconduct” was made out against him. Other disciplinary proceedings would follow only after framing of charges.

Amid swirling tales of his “sordid” sexual preferences, Siras was quietly packing his bags. Talking to TOI over phone, he refused to contest the charges before any enquiry committee. “Let them say what they want to. I am not going to offer any clarification,” he said. “You don’t have to abuse back if someone abuses you. I am already on the verge of retirement and, therefore, would rather be gone than to stretch the issue,” he said. This, the university authorities feel,” is the only respectable and sensible option under the unfortunate circumstances.”

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The Bombay High Court will soon decide which of the two — Muslim Personal Law or Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) — are applicable in case of the marriage of a Muslim girl who is 14 years of age.

A petition seeking the custody of the 14-year-old girl has been filed before the Bombay High Court by one Zakia Begum, a resident of Aurangabad.

Zakia’s daughter was to marry last December, but her uncle filed a complaint with police, stating that Child Marriage Restriction Act (now replaced by PCMA) is being violated.

Police then took the girl in custody and produced her before Child Welfare Committee. She is now in a remand home.

Zakia moved the High Court arguing that police’s action was illegal because Muslim law allows girl to marry after onset of puberty.

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Terror struck Pune tonight as a powerful bomb ripped apart a popular bakery near a Jewish prayer house, killing nine people, including five women and a foreigner, and injuring 45 in the first major attack since 2008 when Pakistani militants struck in Mumbai.

The improvised explosive device, kept in an unattended packet outside the kitchen of the German bakery, exploded at around 7.30 pm when a waiter attempted to open it.

The German bakery is a favourite food joint for foreigners, located close to Osho Ashram which had been surveyed by Pakistani-origin American David Coleman Headley, a Lashkar-e Taiba operative. Headley had in 2008-2009 twice visited the Osho Ashram located near the German Bakery in Koregaon Park which witnessed a bomb blast today killing at least eight and injuring over 30.

The area also houses a Jewish prayer house. According to the NIA investigations, Headley had moved to Pune from Goa to recee the area around Koregaon Park.

Though initially it was believed that he wanted to target the foreigners coming to the Osho Ashram, later it was found that he had scouted the area for targeting the Jewish prayer centre in the area.

Headley had later left from Pune to Mumbai where he went to the Cuffe Prade area and apparently firmed up some loose ends in targeting the Israel Airways office before flying to Pakistan from the Chatrapati Shivaji airport.

Headley’s last visit to India before being arrested by the FBI was in March last year, to finalise synchronised terror strikes on Jewish houses located in five cities at the instance of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Pune’s Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh nine people were killed in the blast, five of them women, and 45 injured.

Quoting information from the state government, Pillai told mediapersons in New Delhi that one each of the killed and the injured are foreigners said but could not give the nationality.

The rest, he said, were believed to be Indians but the situation could change.

Asked whether Pakistani hand was suspected behind the attack, Pillai said he could not say anything till forensic examination was over.

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