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Sunday, August 1, 2010

One more arrested in Gyaneshwari Express tragedy in Sardiha

Kolkata, 1 August : A pro-Maoist activist has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the 28 May Gyaneshwari Express tragedy in West Midnapore in which 148 people were killed, police said Sunday.
Laxman Mahato, a People's Committee against Police Activities (PCAPA) leader, was arrested Saturday night from Jhargram for his alleged role in opening the pandrol clips (used to fix the rail to the sleeper) that caused the derailment of the Mumbai-bound train in Sardiha. "He was arrested by a police team from the Jhargram police district," Inspector General (Western Range) Zulfiqar Hassan said over phone.
Laxman would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the incident. Two of the prime accused in the alleged sabotage, Manik Mahato and Bapi Mahato, have already been arrested. However, two other prime accused Umakanto Mahato and Asit Mahato have so far managed to evade the security agencies. File Photo

Sk Hasina calls on Khaleda Zia to admit 'her past crimes'
Dhaka, 1 August : Bangladesh prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has asked opposition chief Khaleda Zia to admit to her past crimes and bring her corrupt activities to an end.
Addressing Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Hasina said, "Do something for the people. Admit your offences and promise not to build wealth through corruption. The people turned away from you due to your corruption and for backing terrorism." She was speaking at a blood donation programme organised by Awami League on Bangabandhu Bhaban premises on Sunday as a part of the month-long mourning programmes to commemorate the death of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Mamata will be provided proper security: Pranab Mukherjee
Kolkata, 1 August : Proper security arrangements would be made for Indian railway minister Mamata Banerjee following her charges that the CPI(M) was planning to set up a "suicide squad" to eliminate her, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.
"I read about it (the allegation) in the newspaper. Proper security arrangements will be made," Mukherjee, considered the number two in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet, told mediapersons here.

Elite Tripura troopers to provide security during CW Games
IANS, Agartala, 1 August : Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers, specialised in combat actions, will help in providing security during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi following a request from the union home ministry, a top official said here Sunday.
“Following the request from the union home ministry, one battalion (around 1,000 troopers) of TSR is expected to take up security-related responsibility during the Commonwealth Games,” Director General of Tripura police Pranay Sahaya told IANS. He said: “The TSR jawans, led by senior officials, would be posted in and around the Games venues and Games village on Sep 15. They would remain there till 20 October.”
The Games will take place 3-14 October in New Delhi. “The state government quickly responded to the home ministry’s request to position the India Reserve Battalion of TSR to give protection during the sports event,” the Tripura police chief said. File Photo : Reuters

50 injured in Naraynganj as RMG workers and police clash
UNB, Naraynganj, 1 August : At least 50 people including three policemen have injured in Naraynganj's Fatulla as readymade garment workers clashed with the locals and law enforcers.
Witnesses said that the workers started demonstrating on the streets of the port town on Sunday morning demanding salary hike and release of the detained trade union advisor Mantu Gosh. In the morning, workers of Pall-mall, Microfiber, Liberty, Mitsuwear and Cadtrex garment factories, all located in the city's Katherpul area, started demonstrating inside their factories. They tried to take their demonstrations outside, but were thwarted by armed police, deployed in front of each of the factories.

Myanmar nationals Rohingya men arrested in Tripura
Agartala, 1 August : Tripura Police arrested two Myanmar nationals Rohingya people Sunday from a hotel in Agartala.
Both Rohingyas from Mongolo area of Myanmar had entered through Teknaf of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh and then crossed into Tripura by the Sonamura border. The arrested identified as Mohammad Tayub (29) and Saho Alam (20) informed police that they had crossed the border from Bangladesh and intended to go to Delhi before reaching to Jammu in search of work.

Pakistani intellectuals support Bangladesh war crimes trial
BSS, Dhaka, 1 August : Two high-profile Pakistani intellectuals yesterday welcomed Bangladesh’s move to expose Bengali-speaking perpetrators of 1971 crimes against humanity, as a special tribunal earlier this week in its maiden order issued arrest warrants against four main suspects.
“I appreciate and support any move against anyone responsible for the killing of innocent civilians in 1971.Genocide is a crime against humanity and every sensitive human being must support a move to put the criminals on trial in a court of law,” leading Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir told BSS.

In an interview over phone from Islamabad, Mir, who earned a professional repute for his in-depth journalistic study of militancy in Pakistan and voice for human rights in his country, said “I will (also) support any move against any Pakistani army officer who is responsible for violating law in 1971 or 1977 or 1999 or 2010 anywhere”. “War criminals are our joint enemies. They killed Bangalees in Dhaka and other cities and gave a bad name to people of Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar who were not aware of what was going on in former East Pakistan,” he said.
Another leading Pakistani rights activist Begum Nasim Akhtar Malik, who had witnessed part of the 25 March, 1971 genocide in Dhaka, told BSS over phone, “The 1971 war criminals must be exposed to trial”. “Otherwise, the next generation will learn nothing about the history and from the history,” Malik said over phone from London, where she is currently staying with her sons.
She, however, suggested Bangladesh to carry out a massive campaign for building public opinion regarding the trial for the sake of justice so that the perpetrators of the crime do not get a chance to hatch “fresh plots” in the name of religion “as they did in 1971”.