Speedy Justice

BJ Mirror Correspondent

A rape victim got justice in just 30 days when a special court at Gaya sentenced three persons to life imprisonment for raping a 25-year-old Japanese woman near Bodh Gaya. The also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on each of them. The punished persons are Uday Kumar, Anuj Kumar alias Lutan and Pappu Kumar.

The judgement was delivered in a record time of 26 days after the speedy trial began in the case. The trial began in the court April 22, a day after police filed a charge-sheet against the three accused. Two other accused persons are absconding.

On April 16, five people, including an auto-rickshaw driver, allegedly raped the woman when she was on her way to the Gaya railway station.

Patna: Suspected Maoists have demanded Rs.2 million from a government doctor in Bihar to buy arms and ammunition, police said Tuesday. The demand was made to Rajendra Singh, who heads the government referral hospital at Sherghati in Gaya district, about 100 km from here. “Maoists have called twice on Singh’s cell phone in the last four days,” an officer said.

Government fined

Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs. 40,000 each to ten people, jailed on false charges of murder and kidnapping. The BHRC also recommended appropriate action against guilty police officials. The order came after a senior police officer confirmed in his report that they were arrested and sent to jail on false charges.

In 2009 December the BHRC had taken suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports on two separate cases registered with the Nokha and Karakat police stations in Rohtas district. In the Nokha case, eight people were arrested for kidnapping a boy. But later the boy was found in Sonepur. He deposed in the court that he was not kidnapped. In another case, two people were arrested and sent to jail on charges of murder but again the charges were found to be false.

Healer turns tormentor

Bhoura police in Sindri of Jharkhand arrested a Maulvi and his assistant on the charge of raping a minor girl in the name of spiritual healing. According to reports, 14-year-old Raji (name changed) was suffering from occasional bouts of fits. Unaware of any medical reason behind her ailment, her mother took her to a nearby Imambara where Maulvi Sadre Alam (55), a famous spiritual healer of the locality, stayed. He and his assistant Sindhu Singh (45) claimed that their treatment would cure her ailment.

According to an FIR lodged with the Bhoura outpost under the Jorapokhar police station, when the girl was returning home from market, the Maulvi took her inside the Imambara in the name of treating her. After performing some rituals, the Maulvi raped her. He repeated the act for two days. One day Maulvi’s assistant, Sindhu took the girl to his residence in Gandhi Nagar and raped her repeatedly. Both the persons threatened to kill her if she complained to anybody. The FIR was lodged on the basis of Raji’s statement.
One day Sindhu went out of his house after locking the girl inside. She raised an alarm and Sindhu’s neighbours rescued her and handed over to her family members.

Initially, the victim’s mother and brother, a daily wage earner, were reluctant to lodge a case against the Maulvi and his assistant as they were respectable persons of the locality. However, some good Samaritans convinced them to lodge a complaint and expose them. According to police the accused persons confessed their crime. The victim belongs to a poor Scheduled Caste family and lives in a hut.

JPSC chief sacked

The chairman of Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC), Dilip Prasad, has been removed on corruption charges after Jharkhand Governor M O H Farook approved the state government’s recommendation to sack the man. JPSC is the organisation to recruit personnel to the government.

Former Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi had recommended a probe against the JPSC boss after reports of irregularities came. The allegations of misuse of JPSC office by Dilip Prasad was found prima facie true in an inquiry by the Vigilance department. The Governor has approved his removal on the recommendation of the state government.

Maoist justice

Suspected Maoists kidnapped and killed two villagers Jamui district on the suspicion of their being police informers. The victims, Arjun Paswan and Vishnudeo Yadav were residents of Kishanpur village. Some 50 rebels had picked them up at night.Their bodies were found the next morning in a forest near the village, police said.

Paswan was a member of the village council while Yadav was associated with the Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS).

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