Police: Protectors of Citizens or ?

These are just three  samples of Police activity from UP & Punjab and Delhi.  The news was carried in  papers on a single day.

You can judge for yourself how secure you are.

Thank your stars for the brave newspaper correspondents who follow up such stories and the TOI for publishing and bringing to public notice the state of affairs.

These reporters deserve to be congratulated for their bravery too.P cops in contract killing racket: 2 murders in Gzb

Constable And Informer Arrested But SOG Officer On The Run,

Police Suspect Murders Passed Off As Encounter Deaths

‘ Absconding’ MLA attends BSP meet

By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

A BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) legislator, who the Uttar Pradesh Police claim is absconding, was seen attending a rally in Badaun. Yogendra Sagar, the MLA from Bilsi in Badaun district, has a non-bailable warrant pending against him on charges of kidnapping and rape.

Punjab cops hound whistleblower

Family, Friends Also Harassed After Complaint Against Employer

UP cops in contract killing racket: 2 murders in Gzb

Constable And Informer Arrested But SOG Officer On The Run,

Police Suspect Murders Passed Off As Encounter Deaths

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

Ghaziabad: In yet another instance of police-property dealer nexus, the cops in Ghaziabad have arrested a constable of Special Operations Group (SOG) of UP Police posted at Baghpat along with an ‘‘informer’’ and a property dealer for allegedly killing two property dealers on June 7.
Investigations revealed that a senior SOG officer — who recently got an out-of-turn promotion for ‘‘bravery’’ — is also involved in the crime. The accused officer is absconding.
‘‘The police informer doubled up as a sharpshooter. We believe the group is involved in several contract killings. We, therefore, cannot rule out the possibility that some of these murders were presented as fake encounters,’’ said a Hapur police officer.
According to SSP (Ghaziabad) Raghuvir Lal, the Loni police found two bullet -ridden bodies on June 7. The deceased were later identified as Sanjeev Sharma and Prakash Chandra Khanna of Loni. While Sharma’s body was found inside a Maruti Zen, Khanna’s body was found lying near the car. ‘‘Seven bullets fired from a foreign-made weapon were found lodged in the victims’ bodies,’’ said Lal.
Sharma’s brother then lodged an FIR claiming that another property dealer and two of his associates were behind the murders. ‘‘After the three men were interrogated, police found that they were falsely implicated. Then we shifted our attention to the sharpshooters active in the area,’’ said the SSP.
After interrogating some sharpshooters lodged in jail who are now ‘‘inactive’’, the Hapur police came across the name of one Sandeep Bainsal, who besides being a sharpshooter was an informer for SOG and Baghpat police. ‘‘We raided his house as well those of his acquaintances and found a Springfield rifle (worth Rs 2.60 lakh), a foreign pistol, a country-made revolver and 20 rounds of ammunition. A car used in the crime was also recovered,” said the SSP.
‘‘During the probe it was found that one Azad Bainsal, a property dealer, had an enmity with Sharma. Azad felt that Sharma (who also had criminal cases against him) would murder him. So he called Sandeep, a relative, to Ghaziabad and gave him the ‘‘contract’’ to kill Sharma,’’ said SSP Lal.
Police claimed that Azad and Sandeep followed Sharma for three days. Azad bought a car for Sandeep and procured the weapon for him from Noida. He then left for Bangkok on June 5 and returned on June 9 so that police do not suspect him.

Sandeep then contacted the SOG officer, Abdul, and a constable, Praveen. ‘‘Sometimes back, following Sandeep’s information, the two policemen were involved in an encounter at Baghpat after which Abdul got an out-of-turn promotion. In the present case, Sandeep asked the two cops to join him. A fifth accused, Chahat, also joined the gang,’’ said Anil Kaparia, chief investigating officer.

Police claimed that on June 7, the accused followed the victims from Ghaziabad to Delhi and stopped Sharma’s car at Seemapuri crossing in Delhi and forced themselves into the car claiming they were from the UP SOG and Delhi Police’s special cell. The four accused then took the two property dealers to a lonely place at Zavli Road, 15 km away from Seemapuri, and shot them from point blank range. ‘‘Khanna was killed because he was an eyewitness to the crime,’’ said the SSP.

Cops said that while Sandeep, Praveen and Azad have been arrested, two other accused — Abdul and Chahat — are still roaming free. Police have announced a reward of Rs 15,000 for information about their whereabouts. The SSP said that the Hapur police was given a reward of Rs 15,000 for their good work.
‘‘Several other murder cases in which property dealers are involved may be reopend now,’’ claimed Lal.

DEADLY NEXUS: A property dealer was arrested along with a constable and an informer; (right) police seized a Springfield rifle (worth Rs 2.60 lakh), a foreign pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition

‘ Absconding’ MLA attends BSP meet

By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

A BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) legislator, who the Uttar Pradesh Police claim is absconding, was seen attending a rally in Badaun. Yogendra Sagar, the MLA from Bilsi in Badaun district, has a non-bailable warrant pending against him on charges of kidnapping and rape.

But that does not stop him from organising and addressing public meetings in his constituency.

The Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CBCID) had submitted a chargesheet four months ago leading to a lower court issuing a non-bailable warrant against him on April 28, 2010.

The police had stated in the court in August 2009 that he couldn’t be arrested because he was untraceable and absconding. But Sagar was present at a BSP programme on Tuesday (June 6) at Mission Compound in Badaun town where he also addressed a public meeting.

He was present at the meeting for nearly four hours even as Badaun district judge Anil Kumar Agrawal turned down his review plea against the non-bailable warrant on the same day, filed through one of his aides Om Krishna.

Eighteen-year-old Reoti Sharma (name changed), an undergraduate from Badaun, was kidnapped allegedly by one of the MLA’s relatives on April 23, 2008 while she was on her way to college to appear in an examination.

Her father Kuldeep Kishore had registered an unnamed FIR on April 24, 2008 and the police had found the girl from Muzaffarnagar railway station on May 16.

The girl in her statement before a magistrate had alleged that Sagar, his relative Tejendra Sagar, aide Minu Sharma and three others took her to several places including Lucknow and Delhi, kept her in a semi-conscious state by forcibly injecting a drug and repeatedly raped her.

The police gave in to public pressure and registered an FIR against Sagar and two of his named accomplices on May 20, 2008.

The father of the victim had alleged that the police were trying to protect the MLA and claimed that his daughter was found in a house belonging to a henchman of the MLA in Muzaffarnagar.

“ They were trying to sell her to a brothel owner in Muzaffarnagar,” he had alleged.

Under public pressure chief minister Mayawati ordered a CBCID inquiry on July 7, 2008.

In August 2009, the court issued a bailable warrant against him but he neither applied for bail nor appeared in court.

Sagar continued to ignore the court even after the CBCID submitted its chargesheet in February 2009 and a non- bailable warrant was issued against him.

While the MLA refused to talk to the media, senior superintendent of police D. K. Thakur expressed his ignorance about the presence of the MLA in Badaun and the case pending against him. “ I don’t have any idea about the warrant,” Thakur said.

“ The MLA never appeared before the court. Even the review petition was filed on his behalf by one of his henchmen after 90 days of issuance of the non- bailable warrant. The police cannot dare to follow the court’s instruction and arrest him because he is very powerful. So the police have submitted before the court that he is absconding,” Arvind Kumar Sharma, the counsel for the victim, said.

piyush. srivastava@ mailtoday. in

Punjab cops hound whistleblower

Family, Friends Also Harassed After Complaint Against Employer

Josy Joseph & Pradeep Thakur | TNN

New Delhi: A whistleblower’s life has turned into a nightmare. Not just him, his family and another young man who protested against his persecution are being hounded by the Punjab Police on the basis of a complaint filed by Jay Polychem — a politically influential company against
whom whistleblower Samdeep Mohan Varghese complained, citing instances of money laundering, circular trading in diamonds and other financial irregularities.

In November 2009, Varghese — himself an employee of Jay Polychem — reported the alleged illegal activities of the company to the authorities in India and Singapore. Ever since, he has moved to Singapore, fearing that he will face arrest, and worse, if he were to return.

His elderly mother, Mariamma Mathew, has been in hiding in fear of the Punjab Police which reached Kochi to arrest her. And a former associate of Varghese — an HIV patient, Rajesh (name changed) — was picked up from Mumbai, taken to Rajpura in Punjab, and allegedly tortured.

The Punjab Police’s hyper-activity is on account of a complaint filed by a director of the Delhi-based company in Rajpura, accusing Varghese and others of registering a website, www.jaypolychem, and putting up defamatory information about the company. This was on November 30, 2009, nine days after the domain name was booked, and soon after Varghese complained to the authorities.

On February 5, 2010, the Rajpura police filed an FIR against Varghese on the basis of Jay Polychem’s complaint. Soon, it reached Kochi, forcing Varghese’s mother to go to the court seeking anticipatory bail. On June 11, the Kerala High Court granted her plea while dismissing the FIR as containing ‘‘only general and vague allegations.’’

This, however, has not dampened Punjab Police’s enthusiasm. Nor has the fact that Jay Polychem itself is being investigated by central agencies, including the I-T department, DRI and Enforcement Directorate, for alleged financial frauds such as money laundering. The agencies have been asked by the Delhi High Court to report back on the probe.

The Rajpura police also reached Mumbai to track down Rajesh. Early on February 14, a posse of policemen picked him up and took him to Rajpura. Rajesh told TOI, ‘‘They beat me with belts and tortured me. They wanted me to admit to things that I didn’t understand. They kept asking me about Samdeep.’’ According to Rajesh, Sandeep Madhok, one of the promoters of Jay Polychem, was also present during the torture sessions.

Protectors Turn Tormentors?

Nov 2009: Samdeep Mohan Varghese reports alleged illegal activities of his employer, Jay Polychem. Later, flees to Singapore
Feb 5, 2010: Rajpura (Punjab) police files FIR against Varghese on the basis of a complaint by a director of Jay Polychem
Feb 14: Policemen track down an associate of Varghese, Rajesh, in Mumbai. They take him to Rajpura and allegedly torture him
June 11: Kerala HC grants anticipatory bail to Varghese’s elderly mother, Mariamma Mathew; says the FIR contains only ‘‘general and vague allegations’’. Mariamma has been hiding after Punjab Police cops arrived in Kochi to arrest her
Jan 2010: Another employee of Jay Polychem, Amardeep Singh, allegedly beaten by promoters for being in touch with Varghese
Feb 9: Amardeep picked up by Punjab cops and allegedly tortured. His wife, sister and brother-in-law all named as accused in the case which was originally filed in his name ‘Jay Polychem has close links with top Punjab political family’
Varghese spoke to TOI from Singapore to narrate a story of the gray world of diamonds, circular trading and money laundering — how the company was moving diamonds around, fictitiously showing value addition at each stage, to pump in crores of rupees of dodgy money into the banking system.

Varghese also claimed that Jay Polychem was close to a top Punjab political family. This is why the Punjab Police has become so active, he said. ‘All this torture and harassment of innocent people is only to get their hands on me and take me to Punjab,’’ he said.

On June 17, TOI met Jay Polychem promoter Sandeep Madhok at his well-appointed office in Delhi’s Defence Colony. Madhok rejected all the charges, accusing those named in the FIR of conspiring to destroy his company. When asked for the specifics of the conspiracy, he didn’t give any. He promised to send a written statement which he hasn’t till date, despite repeated reminders.

Asked why the complaint against Varghese was lodged in Rajpura and not in Delhi, where the company is based, Madhok said the offending website was noticed by one of the directors of the company while on a business trip to Rajpura. That is why the case was registered in Rajpura, he said. Madhok also denied that officers of Punjab Police have been traveling around the country on his company’s expense. When TOI drew his attention to documents that show the travel agency used by Jay Polychem, the Green Parkbased Nickair Inc, had arranged the stay of Punjab Police DSP Manmohan Sharma at Gateway Hotel in Kochi and his travel there, Madhok simply waved off the suggestion.

Parallel to Varghese’s story is that of another young man, Amardeep Singh, who too worked for Jay Polychem. In November 2009, he was asked to sign some papers, which he did without proper verification. These papers were made into a civil suit against Varghese and then an FIR against him. ‘‘Once I learnt of the false complaints filed against Samdeep in my name, I decided to resign from the company and started looking for a job,’’ says Amardeep.

In January, Sandeep Madhok and his brother Satinder summoned Amardeep to their office in Defence Colony. ‘‘They beat me up with leather belts. They kept abusing me for telling Samdeep about the (company’s) complaint against him and for being in touch with him,’’ Singh said. ‘‘They took away my iPhone and another mobile handset.’’

The horror for Singh was just beginning. On February 9, a posse of Punjab Police landed up at his house. Not just Singh, but his wife, sister and brother-in-law were all named as accused in the case which was originally filed in his name. ‘‘They took me to the Rajpura police station. They tortured me there,’’ says Singh. Sandeep Madhok was present during the torture sessions, he says.

At 2am next morning, he claims, DIG S K Asthana, the local SHO and other officials landed up at the police station and tortured him again, threatening to file more cases against him. Amardeep and his family were neighbours of the Madhoks till 10 years ago, when fortune plucked the latter from the middle-class Lajpat Nagar to the tony Defence Colony.

‘‘They (the Madhoks) employed Amardeep, saying they would look after him like their son,’’ said his mother as she struggled to hold back her tears when TOI met her on the outskirts of Delhi where she has been staying with a relative for the past several months.

Interestingly, the DIG of Patiala range, S K Asthana has in the past been accused of custodial death, castigated by the high court and transferred out by the Election Commission before the last Lok Sabha polls for alleged bias against the Congress party. When TOI spoke to him a few weeks ago, he suggested that the reporter ask Varghese to come down to Punjab and cooperate with the police. ‘‘I don’t care about what you write in your paper,’’ he added.
Varghese reacted to this, saying: ‘‘First through the police and then through lawyers, they have been asking me to withdraw my complaints and reach a ‘compromise’ with the company. When that failed, they unleashed torture and other harassments on anyone who knows me. Now I fear for my life.’’ There has been no response to a detailed questionnaire sent on May 18 to the Punjab DGP P S Gill. TOI has sent repeated reminders to his staff officer, who has now stopped answering the phone calls.

MCD: No accountability for Death due to negligence

Are MCD officials and corporators above law?

Do you think they should be booked for criminal negligence?

Death due to negligence: No relief from MCD


New Delhi: Death due to its negligence doesn’t seem to bother the MCD too much. Even as such cases are routine, believe it or not, MCD has no provision for paying compensation to the victim’s family.

‘‘If a death or accident takes place due to MCD’s negligence, no compensation is usually paid to the victim or the deceased’s family,’’ said MCD press and information director Deep Mathur. ‘‘However, the mayor may give money from his discretionary funds. From our end, we initiate action against the erring officials.’’

However, the guilty official rarely gets punished, say sources in the civic body. ‘‘An official is usually immediately placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. The inquiry usually takes time and then one has to decide whether a minor or major penalty will be levied. By this time, the matter is usually forgotten. In some cases, when the offence is not major, the official is just suspended for a certain period,’’ said an MCD official who didn’t wish to be named.

Therefore, the best course of action for a victim of the family is to approach the court. Most of the time the courts, especially Delhi high court, have taken a very grim view of such official callousness that leads to death. The compensation, calculated after taking into account several factors like age of the victim, family status, employment and income, has often been generous. HC has rarely hesitated in pinning liability on the civic agencies in the city, once it has been established that the death of a victim was avoidable.

For instance, in February this year, a division bench of HC granted Rs 15 lakh as compensation to the families of two boys who died after falling in a seven-foot deep pit dug by the MCD in Shakarpur area of the capital. The court was pained to know that though the pit was dug in December, the MCD refused to cover it or place any warning signs next to it, resulting in the two kids’ fatal fall. The court slammed the MCD and asked it to cough up

Rs 7.5 lakh for each family even as it ordered a police probe for establishing criminal negligence.

In fact a PIL is being heard in HC on the issue of fixing liability on civic agencies. It was filed by a lawyers’ body after a senior retired civil servant lost his life in Malviya Nagar when he fell into an uncovered pit dug up for construction related to Commonwealth Games. Besides demanding a hefty compensation for the victim’s widow, the PIL also seeks comprehensive guidelines from the court to ensure that such negligence is checked.

Hopefully, whenever the verdict comes from the court in this matter, it will act as a deterrent for the officials.

PRICE OF NEGLIGENCE: An 11-year-old child was electrocuted in one such enclosure when he was playing in a public park in Krishna Nagar on Sunday

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Attitude is Everything

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary,

For everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.
And pray continually.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass…

Tamil Nadu:IT Dept raids temple, seizes Rs 10 cr in cash

IT Dept raids temple, seizes more than Rs 10 cr in cash

(Is the Centre sending a message to DMK?

Will the IT Dept ever dare to raid a Political Party Treasurer?)


K Praveen Kumar | TNN

Chennai: The Income Tax department, in its first biggest seizure of unaccounted cash in Tamil Nadu, on Friday seized more than Rs 10 crore from the Adiparasakthi temple in Melmaravathur, around 80 kilometres from here.

The raid on the premises under Section 132 of the Income Tax Act was based on information regarding the stocking up of a large amount of money in the temple run by self-proclaimed godman Bangaru Adigal.

The cash was seized from his house on the temple premises, an official said.
“The money was stacked up in the bureau inside his house and he could not provide any account for it. So we seized it. The counting of the currency seized is still on and it could be well beyond Rs 10 crore,” an income tax official told The Times Of India.

Several teams were formed for the search and survey operations. Apart from the Adiparasakthi temple, which runs a medical college, an engineering college and an agricultural college in Kalavai, Kancheepuram, the IT department sleuths also carried out searches in colleges owned by prominent politicians.
Among the institutions searched were St Peters College and Dr MGR Deemed University, which has several institutions under its fold, in Chennai, Rajalakshmi Engineering College near Poonamallee, Pratyusha Engineering College in Tiruvallur district and Sri Krishna Engineering College in Coimbatore.

In all 45 institutions were raided in places like Chennai, Arani, Kodaikanal, Kochi, Bangalore, Coimbatore and New Delhi. Sources said, the Income Tax officials had found Rs 7.5 crore capitation fee allegedly collected by Sri Krishna Engineering College in a bank account in Coimbatore and seized it. They also seized Rs. 1.5 crore in cash during the raid on the college premises.

Income Tax additional director (investigation) S Ravichandran, in a press release here, said that more than 500 personnel had been deployed for these search operations. He said during the raid receipts of capitation fee collected by these educational institutions have been seized.

Andhra: Telugu professors do homeland proud

Telugu professors do homeland proud


Hyderabad: It is said that if there’s one thing Telugus value more than gold, it’s education. What’s well known is that in the best of universities across the world, Telugus are among the creme de la creme of the student pool. But not content with just learning, Telugus are also making a mark for themselves as teachers.

Donning a teacher’s robe is not a novel career choice, just one that has been largely overshadowed by the more visible options of engineering and medicine for Telugus. But these intellectually inclined folk can no longer be ignored.

Analysts estimate that there are easily more than 300-400 academicians of Telugu origin in universities across the US alone, including the Ivy League. They are not just fixtures in the Foreign Language or the South-Asian Studies departments but are distinguished research scholars, professors, heads of departments, deans, vice presidents, among others.

Some very distinguished academicians are people of Telugu origin. Consider Mysore-born Telugu man Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao (popularly known as CR Rao).

Currently a Professor Emeritus at Penn State Unisity, 89-year old Rao is a living legend and among the best known statisticians in the world. He has won innumerable awards, has 28 honorary degrees from u n ive r s i t i e s over 17 countries and has his name etched in history for giving ‘Cramer-Rao bound’ and ‘Rao-Blackwell theorem’ to the world.

Contemporary IT students will certainly have heard of Raj Reddy, the man behind the establishment of the IIIT at Hyderabad. A native of Katur in Chittoor district, this former professor at Stanford University is a pioneer, having founded the first-of-its-kind Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University, way back in 1979.

CR Rao and Raj Reddy might be most prominent, but many other Telugus are shining on the American academic scene. Dr Balamurali Ambati, India’s own ‘Doogie Howser’ became the world’s youngest doctor when graduated at 17.

So what drives these academicians to become the achievers that they are?”Telugus do not care for name, fame or designation but teach because of their love for teaching,” explains Pudur Jagdeeswaran, a professor at the University of North Texas. He believes that Telugus, like most Indian professors, are able to bring more to their classroom because of their global outlook. Besides that, their excellent academic records, commitment to hard work and training skills nurtured in India help, he adds.

Which probably explains why several of these academicians are occupying responsible positions in their universities as well. For instance Krishna Palepu, the Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School and also Ross Walker professor of Business Administration. Michael Rao is the President of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Breaking stereotypes, more and more Telugu teachers are reaching beyond subjects of engineering and medicine to social sciences, media and cultural studies, journalism etc. Speaking for Indian academicians (particularly Telugus) former professor of journalism, Ananth Babbilli also Dean, Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs at Texas A&M says, “Our intellectual depth nurtured by a multicultural and diverse cultural milieu in which we grew up, coupled with a confident global intuition are the secrets of our success”. He received the Texas Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation.

Vamsee Juluri, professor of Media Studies at University of San Fransico says that its natural for Telugus to be excellent professors, no matter what their subject, because they come from a culture of learning and a mindset that requires respect for education. On his part he always trying to break stereotypes and represent the Telugu voice of India in his class. He routinely screens Tollywood movies to hisDo students to give them a better insight into Telugu culture.

While spreading gyan among global students, mana gurus seem to be doing their homeland proud.

Top Dons
CR Rao Raj Reddy Dr Balamurali Ambati Pudur Jagdeeswaran Krishna Palepu Michael Rao Ananth Babbilli Vamsee Juluri

From rags to role model


Hyderabad: In 1986, a young couple from a middle-class family from Gannavaram, a small town in Andhra Pradesh, left behind their children to go to USA, seeking a job and an opportunity for a better life. Today, they are a role model in the society they live in.

Prasad Thotakura, who started off his career as a teacher, was a marketing manager in Mobil Oil Corporation, Texas, for 10 years before assuming the post of President Elect of Telugu Association of North America (TANA), General Secretary of Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) and the COO of Eknazar.com – a webportal that helps connect more than a million South-Asians.

Prasad has been a member of the IAFC for eight years, an organisation cited by the Congress for its work in strengthening Indo-American relations. Prasad says he works with the IAFC because “it aims to bring minorities closer to the mainstream and endeavours to educate US policy makers to needs of Indians.”

Towards this end, it actively supports Indian Americans running for office on bi-partisan levels and aims to encourage youth to take part in active politics. Prasad Thotakura is known for his fund-raising efforts, notably for raising more than half a million dollars for victims of Orissa cyclone, Gujarat quake and the Kargil war.

In 1996, he also led a team of volunteers to coordinate a fund-raising effort for relief during the Andhra Pradesh cyclone. Prasad is on the Board of Directors of Dallas Fort Worth’s World Affairs Council; on the Asian Advisory Committees of American Cancer Society, Texas; International Theatrical Art Society and several other prestigious councils involved in social service and community welfare.

All this seems a far cry from his humble beginnings when he and his wife had to resort to a number of odd jobs to put themselves through college in the US. Then, their zeal for a stable sustenance was fuelled by an all-consuming desire to bring their children, who they had left in India.

They succeeded in doing so in 1990, four years after they had entered US. The hard work he and his wife put in during the time was the stepping stone to their success, says Prasad.

He claims while he strives to contribute to the country he lives in, his mind and heart, is and will always be, in India.

With a firm belief that education is the key to India’s future, Prasad set up a Krishna Education Development Fund in the Krishna District in the State, which has helped over 900 meritorious students go to college. But that’s just the beginning of his plans for a shining India, he promises.