At a police briefing after the arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda, who is allegedly a member of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, a reporter wanted to know about Tunda training Pakistani children to use weapons. He asked, “What was the approximate strength of the batches that received arms training in the madrasas?” A police officer replied: “Tunda used to train the youth in Jihad, it is not same as a Delhi University classroom, which has limited seats for a particular course.”
Under the scanner
Two incidents of wives killing their husbands in Ghaziabad has prompted what senior police officers are referring to as “needless hanky-panky”. After the second incident was reported on Friday morning, police said worried husbands contacted police, asking about personal safety. While some police officers found the enquiries amusing, others deemed it a needless irritant. Police sources indicate that some of these worried husbands might be perpetrators of domestic violence. A senior police officer said the matter was being looked into, discreetly.
After over three dozen vehicles were burnt and destroyed on the NH-8 by an angry mob that thought vehicles were transporting cows for slaughter, the outrage was obvious among the owners of various dhabas along the highway. With traffic coming to a standstill for most of Friday, dhaba owners explained that business had been very poor. “People don’t want to sit for long to have a meal after being stuck in a jam for hours,” a dhaba owner said. He and his counterparts are preparing for a lean week, as police sources hinted that the situation is likely to remain tense for a few days.
As Jawaharlal Nehru University gears for polls, in the last month of its term, the union woke up to certain urgent needs and some forgotten poll promises. As is the norm, a hunger strike was called and apart from the 10 students who went without food for about 10 days, others kept joining and leaving as part of something called a “relay hunger strike”. The idea was to push the administration to increase the amount allocated to students under the merit-cum-means scholarship. The strike was called off as student’s health started deteriorating and administration refused to budge. In the last week before elections, the union tried to pull through one last demonstration and decided to march to the Parliament. Students gathered at Vijay Chowk and in less than 10 minutes police detained them. Some