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Grilled by cops, teen hangs self

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Hyderabad: Accused of stealing a mobile phone, humiliated and tortured by police, a 17-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging at his residence at New Mirjalguda here on Wednesday night. The minor was kept at the police station for hours together.

Police brass’ claim of `peo ple-friendly policing’ turns out to be hollow with yet another harassment incident snuffing out a young life.

Malkajgiri police said S Tarun Yadav,17, an Airtel telecaller executive, committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling at his residence on Wednesday night.

According to Tarun’s family members, the teenager ended his life due to harassment by Lalaguda inspector Karan Kumar Singh and a sub-inspector. He was beaten up, abused and told to grease the palms of Lalaguda police in a case of tab and mobile phone theft.

On Tuesday, four friend s_Tarun, Sushil alias Nani, Sandeep and another person, had a party at Railway Institute, North Lalaguda. During the party, there was a tiff among them. A tab, Samsung phone and money belonging to Sushil were reportedly tak en away by Sandeep and Tarun. Subsequently, Sushil went to Lalaguda police station and lodged a complaint against his two friends. On Tuesday night, police recovered the two gadgets from the duo and sent them home, asking them to come to the police station on Wednesday morning.

“After the gadgets were recovered, Sushil wanted to withdraw the case and approached inspector Karan Kumar Singh. The inspector chided him and refused to allow him to withdraw the case,” S Shankar Yadav, Tarun Yadav’s brother, told TOI. Karan Singh is the general secretary of the Hyderabad Police Officers’ Association.

Meanwhile, Sandeep and Tarun, accompanied by their kin and friends, went to the police station the next day.

“Tarun and Sandeep were harassed and beaten up from morning till night. At the behest of Sandeep’s father, a local leader, Sunil, approached inspector Singh. Sunil returned and told Sandeep’s father that the inspector was demanding Rs 1 lakh to release the duo. As we could not raise that much money, we were resigned to the fact that Tarun be sent to court,” Shankar said. After the day-long ordeal, Sandeep and Tarun were let off late in the night on station bail and Lalaguda sub-inspector Sudhir told them to come to court on Thursday with Rs 15,000 otherwise they would be framed in other cases, the family alleged.

At 9.40 pm, Tarun reached his residence and narrated to his parents the humiliation he suffered at the hands of the policemen and wanted to commit suicide.

“Tarun’s mother pacified and told him to have dinner. He went into a room and committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling,” the family said.

When contacted, Karan Singh claimed it was a baseless allegation and the teenager committed suicide after a fight with his family members.

“I counselled the duo before their friends and relatives. Since Thursday morning, the family members have started distorting facts and started making baseless allegations,” he said. When questioned why a minor was taken to the police station, the inspector disputed that and claimed Tarun was an 18-year-old.

However, Malkajgiri inspector Shekar Goud said that Tarun was 17 years.

In the panchanama, Malkajgiri police stated that Tarun was addicted to ganja and alcohol and he committed suicide after an altercation with his mother.

Source: TOI-Hyd


US officials publicly shame Indian students, lock them up like criminals

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HYDERABAD: A number of Indian students who landed at the Abu Dhabi airport for their US pre-clearance (immigration) were publicly shamed, locked up like criminals for 16 hours, hit by a volley of irrelevant questions and eventually unceremoniously deported on December 22.

The students possessed admission letters from two California-based institutions (Silicon Valley University, San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont) as well as valid visas.

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Did you have a drink in the last 24 hours? How much did you drink? What was the air-hostess wearing? — were some of the many uncomfortable questions allegedly thrown at these travellers by officials of the US Customs and Border Protection.

For some students, the ‘interrogation’ took a different colour altogether. “I was shocked when one of the officers asked me what the airhostess on the flight that I was travelling by was wearing. He even wanted to know the colour of her dress,” said a harried student, requesting anonymity.

Incidentally, these questions did not figure on the printed questionnaires that the students were asked to read and sign thereafter. “They asked us several questions that were off-the-record. When we asked why the immigration authorities wanted to know such details, they dismissed us outright,” said Mohammad Asharaf, whose dream of pursuing a Masters in Computer Science from the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) was cut short that day. He, along with 16 others, was dumped on a flight back to Hyderabad and his visa was cancelled.

READ ALSO: 19 US-bound students stopped from boarding Air India flight in Hyderabad

“Strangely, the US authorities offered us no reason for cancelling our visas. In fact, they forced us to sign a document which stated that we were voluntarily giving up our offer of admission from the US varsity,” said another distressed student, A Yashwant.

The document (a copy of which is with TOI) stated: “I understand that my admissibility is questioned for the above reasons (no reasons cited), which I have read or have been read out to me in the English language. I request that I be permitted to withdraw my application for admission and return abroad. I understand that my voluntary withdrawal of my application for admission is in lieu of a formal determination concerning my admissibility”.

Students claimed that they were “forced” to sign the declaration.

READ ALSO: 20 more students stopped from going to US

“It is a matter of extreme embarrassment for us and our families. Now that my visa has been cancelled, I do not even know if I’ll ever be issued a fresh US visa ever again. Studying there has always been my dream. But I am doubtful whether that’ll happen now,” said a Silicon Valley University-bound student, trying hard to hold back his tears.

If overseas education advisors are to be believed, getting a new visa might indeed be impossible for these students.

Meanwhile, the US Consulate in Hyderabad on Thursday issued a communication stating: “We remind the public that even travellers with a visa can be denied entry if the immigration officer finds reason to question the legitimacy of their travel documents or finds that the traveller cannot adequately answer questions about the purpose of his or her travel to the United States.”

READ ALSO: Students’ deportation – US regrets impact, says collecting facts
Source: TOI-Hyd


Owaisi calls Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari 'illegitimate child'

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Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi late on Wednesday night called Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari “wald-ul-haraam” (illegitimate child) in a reaction to the latter’s controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad.

Owaisi was addressing a gathering at his party headquarters in Darussalaam at the Jalsa-e-Rahmatulil Alameen public meeting on Milad-un-Nabi eve.

In an oblique reference to Tiwari, whose controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad created outrage in the Muslim community in many parts of the country, Owaisi said, “The person who has made blasphemous remarks against the Prophet is wald-ul-haraam.” He sought to buttress his point by quoting the scriptures and also by using arguments of scholars of Islam on the issue.

The Hyderabad parliamentarian contended that blasphemy was not freedom of speech. “I agree that there is freedom of expression. But blasphemy isn’t freedom of speech. This is why we have section 295 and 153 – A of the IPC and Article 19 G (of the Constitution),” Owaisi said.

Tearing into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gaffe in Russia when he walked on despite the national anthem being played, Owaisi quoted a cartoon in a newspaper which carried the word “aawara”.

He sought to compare Modi’s gaffe with the recent incident of a Muslim couple being forced to leave a movie theatre, reportedly in Mumbai, for not standing up when the national anthem was played. Even as he expressed outrage at the couple being termed “anti-national”, Owaisi said, “The band started playing the national anthem and our PM started walking. What will you say to him? What will the RSS khaki chaddi wearing people who call us traitors do now?” he questioned.

Owaisi lashed out at right wing groups for having brought stones for the construction of a Ram Mandir at the Babri Masjid demolition site in Ayodhya. “Unless the Supreme Court delivers a verdict, not a single bird can flutter its wings,” he said. Owaisi criticised Mulayam Singh and the Samajwadi Party government in UP for not seizing the construction material.

Source: TOI-Hyd

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