Friday, February 8, 2013

Woman gang-raped in Delhi, attackers arrested


New Delhi, Feb 7: A 24-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four people, including an acquaintance, in Delhi's Swaroop Nagar, police said Thursday. All her attackers have been arrested.

The incident came to light Wednesday night when a Police Control Room (PCR) van tried to flag down a car which had tinted glasses, in the city's Burari area.

The car sped away seeing the PCR van. But a message was flashed to other PCR vans and the accused were nabbed.

"The car was chased, overtaken and all the accused - identified as Mohammed Shakil alias Ali, 23, Mohammed Irshad, 30, Mohammed Abid, 21, and Lajpatrai Sachdeva, 38 - were arrested around 2.53 a.m. Thursday," Deputy Commissioner of Police Sindhu Pillai said.

The victim was then rescued, Pillai added.

The woman told police that first she was gang-raped in Swaroop Nagar and later was assaulted again in the moving car.

"The victim, who knows Shakil, had gone to meet him in Swaroop Nagar Wednesday night. The accused was present with his three other friends, who took her to a nearby Uttarakhand Colony and gang-raped her," said Pillai.

"After committing the crime, the accused bundled the victim into a car and were heading towards Burari," he added.

"The medical report of the victim confirmed rape. A case against the accused has been registered," the official said.

The victim hails from 24-Parganas district in West Bengal and stays with her brother-in-law in Sector-16 of the capital's Rohini area.

PM, Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Meghalaya

Shillong: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Meghalaya later this month for the February 23 assembly elections in the state.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress president D D Lapang said today that the Prime Minister would arrive on February 15 and address an election rally in the state capital.

Sonia Gandhi would arrive here on February 19 to address a public rally at Jowai in the East Jaintia Hills district and in Tura in West Garo Hills district, considered a stronghold of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma.

Rahul Gandhi would address a rally at Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills district and Nongpoh in Ri-Bhoi district the following day, Lapang said.

Union Ministers P Chidambaram, A K Anthony and Sushil Kumar Shinde would also campaign here besides a host of Congress MPs, a statement from Congress Bhavan said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would campaign for two days in the Garo Hills beginning February 14.

Security has been strenghtened in the areas to be visited by th VVIPs, police sources said.


Congress will work towards resolving vexed Naga issue: Sonia

Dimapur: Congress on Thursday said it would work towards resolving the contentious Naga political issue at the earliest.

"It was the Congress-led UPA government that took the bold decision to invite NSCN-IM leaders for talks which was going on for a year now to ensure that peace was achieved," Congress president Sonia Gandhi said while formally launching the party campaign here for the February 23 Assembly elections in Nagaland.

She said if Congress is voted to power in the state, it would work towards finding a solution to the vexed political problem of the Nagas as early as possible.

"The Congress has always been committed to preserve the Naga identity and developing the Naga way of life," Gandhi, dressed in a colourful Naga mekhela (skirt) and shawl, told the rally here.
She said this was a historic opportunity for the Naga people as the Congress was committed to take the peace process forward and do the utmost to ensure that peace returned to Nagaland in a manner which was honourable and acceptable to all the sections of the people.

Gandhi said the experience of people of the state in the last 10 years under the ruling Naga People's Front-led Democratic Alliance is bad as it neglected and wasted opportunities.

"I believe Nagaland is ready for a change... A change for the better and a change for the good. Now is the time to bring Nagaland back to the path of true development, true growth and harmony," Gandhi said.

She said roads were in terrible shape, unemployment had increased, young people were frustrated while corruption had become institutionalised at all levels of governance in the state.

"Huge public funds being granted by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for agriculture, education, infrastructure, health service, water supply and electricity have been siphoned off by the NPF government," Gandhi alleged.

"Is it not true that the NPF-led DAN resorted to random and massive back door appointment in various departments after thousands of employees retired under the new retirement act?" she asked and alleged that Rs 89 crore granted by the Centre for development of tourism infrastructure in the state was misused. "The result is nowhere as it has gone to the pockets of those in power," Gandhi said.

She also questioned the utilisation of Rs 72 crore for development of the Sovima Cricket Stadium and Rs 233 crore provided for rural electrification and said that these were just a few examples about the corruption of the NPF-led DAN government.

"They (NPF) have been misusing the generous grants from the central government," she said.