Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bansal flags off new Shatabadi train between Chandigarh and New Delhi

Chandigarh, Jan 14 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal flagged off a new Shatabadi train between Chandigarh and New Delhi from the Chandigarh Railway Station on Monday.

This train will leave Chandigarh at 11.40 in the forenoon and reach at New Delhi at 3.00 p.m. In its return journey, the train will leave New Delhi at 7.15 p.m. and reach at Chandigarh at 10.35 p.m.

The new Shatabadi train will from Monday to Saturday. It will not run on Sunday.

The residents of this city had for a long time been demanding an afternoon Shatabadi between Chandigarh and Delhi.

The Chandigarh-New Delhi Shatabadi will take 3 hours and 20 minutes to cover the distance between the two stations. (ANI)

Delhi gang-rape case: ''Accused tortured by police'', alleges lawyer

New Delhi, Jan. 14 (ANI): Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer of one of the accused charged with the Delhi gang rape case, on Monday alleged that his client was being tortured in police custody.

The six suspects held in connection with the gang rape of the 23-year-old student on a moving bus, were charged with murder following her death.

Manohar Lal Sharma, who is defending Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said that he would base his case on police brutality meted out to his client.

"He was under torture regularly. He was also the victim of the unnatural sex and if this type of the cruelty will be done, any person will say yes (to) what you are saying, he will speak the same language," said Sharma.

"They (police) have nothing in their hand except the confession, and confession is the outcome of the torture. Anybody, any civilized person will not like that torture should be used for getting the statement, and on the basis of this statement you can''t hang anybody," he added.

The defence lawyers scrutinized the documents filed with the chargesheet by the Delhi Police in the case.

Lawyer V. K. Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, M. L. Sharma is defending Mukesh, A. P. Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was raped and assaulted by six men in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29. (ANI)