DELHI BECOMES THE TOXIC GAS CHAMBER ON DEEPAWALI MIDNIGHT FLOUTING THE APEX COURTS’ ORDERS
There had been an open and outright violation of the Supreme Court’s verdict on using fire crackers on the Deepawali night in Delhi defying the 8 to 10 PM limit to 12 O clock n even ahead of that till 1.00 AM with bursting of crackers goung unabated in whole of Delhi with the law enforcing agencies, particularly the police agencies literally doing nothing or negligible to enforce the court’s directives. There have been instances of 99 percent increase in the Air Quality Index in certain areas of Delhi at 11.00 PM on 7th November with Delhites not able to breathe properly especially those suffering from the respiratory disorders, lungs ailments, tuber ulosis, various cardiological disorders and cancer.
If one goes through the statistics or horrible table of AQI of yesterday night one would be shocked to learn that even in posh areas like Greater Kailash, Cannaught Place, Jangpura Lajpat Nagar, and semi reputed locations like Rohini, Wazirpur, Model Town, Mukerjee Nagar, Prashant Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Hastsal, Uttam Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Uttari Pritam Pura and Deepali etc etc the PM 2.5 level has crossed above 15000 points to 2200 points creating tremendous difficulties for Delhiyes and the residents of the NCR to breathe. In Shastri Nagar near Anand Parbat the AQI went up to 2247 level.
However due to the winds’ flow in.the morning the skies had been cleared of the toxic gases up to some extent bringing considerable relief for the Delhites. There have been several incidents of fire in Delh8 causing tremendous losses but no casualty was reported, thankfully. Even most prestigious vicinities’ like Chanakyapuri and Major Dhyan Chand Stadium area witnessed AQI at 999 and 454 measured as the immensely polluted levels.
In fact of we go by the AQI table posted by ANI in its twitter handle Delhi has definitely become a gas chamber already suffering from green house gases emissions, grave vehicular pollution emanating out of 80 lakh two, three and four wheelers plyong on Delhi roads oncluding the construction pollution, gases coming out of airconditioners, stubble burning and diesal emissions from vehicles and thousands of trucks passing through Delhi on daily basis to other states.
Delhi is inhabitated majorly by population in the 80 percent of the areas which does not come under the posh and standarised locations and they are the one who’d actually suffered due tp tbe bDly worsening AQI having crossed from 1500 PM 2.5 points to 2400 points, especially on the Deepavali day flouting the honourable supreme court verdict. This is utterly shameful.
Delhi actually requires maximum number of tree plantations and simutaneous water conservation on a mass scale as the incessant development of Delhi has witnessed large scale felling of trees affecting badly the Delhi’s environmental scenerio.
The CPCB, the union and Delhi governments including the environment ministeries alongwith the corporate sectors, public indertakings and all the stake holders should come together cumulatively and devise ways and means to make Delhi gree amd get rid of the increading pollution in a phased manner through various mobilisation campaigns and reduction in the vehicular n other forms of pollutions.
Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.
The Vivo Z1 Pro is hpoefully debut soon in India as an international version of the Vivo Z5x smartphone that was recently launched in China. In comparison with the Vivo Z5x, the Z1 Pro will be arriving with some improvements in departments like processor and front-facing camera. Vivo has not confirmed the launch date of the Vivo Z1 Pro in India till now. Couple of live shots of the smartphone have been shared by Indian tipster Mukul Sharma today to reveal its entire design.
The Vivo Z1 Pro images show that the rear shell of the phone is fitted with a vertical triple camera setup at its top-left corner. A fingerprint scanner is available on its rear. The back panel of the phone seems to be made out of glass.
The Vivo Z1 Pro will be one of the first mid-range category smartphones to arrive with punch-hole display design. On June 20, Motorola will be launching the Motorola One Vision smartphone in India with the same display design. Coming back to the Z1 Pro, except for its thicker chin, the display is surrounded by slimmer bezels on all three sides.
Vivo India has confirmed many features of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone through its official page. It will be arriving as India first phone fueled by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. The Vivo Z5x features the Snapdragon 710. In comparison, the SD712 offers faster clocking speed than the SD710 chip.
The Vivo Z1 Pro will feature a front-facing camera of 32-megapixel. This feature is being dubbed as in-display camera technology.
The Z1 pro will be backed 5,000mAh battery and it will carry support for 18W fast charging. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether it will be featuring a microUSB or USB-C port. The bottom edge of the phone features a 3.5mm audio jack, microphones and an external speaker apart from the charging port.
There is no information available on the pricing of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone till now. Probably, the company may announce it by the end of this month.
Piramal Enterprises Ltd. has exited Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd. by selling its entire stake in the asset financier.
The billionaire Ajay Piramal-backed company sold 9.96 percent stake in Shriram Transport to third-party investors, according to an exchange filing. A total of 2.26 crore shares of Shriram Transport changed hands via two block deals in the National Stock Exchange—1.3 crore shares were sold at Rs 1,023.55 apiece and another 0.9 crore shares at Rs 1,027.25.
The total value of the deal stood at Rs 2,316 crore—a gain of 42 percent since 2013 when Piramal Enterprises had bought 10 percent in Shriram Transport for Rs 1,636 crore.
Piramal Enterprises is looking to consolidate the financial services businesses, Chairman Ajay Piramal had Reportedly said after the fourth quarter earnings announcement.
“We are seeing how to create value for Shriram and Piramal shareholders. One of the steps is to bring all Shriram companies into one. That will create value for Shriram shareholders,” Piramal had said in April. “We are also looking to exit. If we get the right value and the right buyer, we may do it.”
Piramal Enterprises also owns 10 percent in Shriram City and 20 percent stake in Shriram Capital—an unlisted holding company of the Shriram Group. It has invested Rs 801 crore and Rs 2,146 crore in Shriram City and Shriram Capital, respectively. Piramal Enterprises’ total investments in Shriram Group stood at Rs 7,259 crore as of March 2019. That, however, was prior to Monday’s block deals.
Shriram Transport shares fell as much as 7.8 percent after the block deal, while Piramal Enterprises’ stock rose nearly 2 percent. That compares with a 0.62 percent decline in the NSE Nifty 50 Index.
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Uttarakhand’s newly elected members of parliament were felicitated on 16th June by the Uttarakhand Film Artists Association in New Delhi.
It was the first ever reception given by the Uttarakhandies living in Delhi to the newly elected Bhartiya Janata Party central lawmakers after their election.
A good number of people from various localities of Delhi participated including journalists, NGO activists, artists, actors of regional films and intellectuals despite the India Pakistan cricket match.
Out of the total five, three members of parliament viz Tirath Singh Rawat from Pauri Garhwal constituency, Ajay Tamta, former union minister for textiles and MP from Almora, and BJP Uttarakhand chief and Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt were present on this ocassion.
The union minister HRD and MP Haridwar Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Tehri MP Maharani Rajya Lakshmi could’nt make it due to being out of station and abnormal health condition.
The MPs were presented Shawl, bouquets and trophies as a mark of respect by the office bearers of Uttaakhand Film Artists Association.
The chief guest of the event was a renowned entrepreneur from Uttarakhand based in Gujarat Mr. Pandey who runs a two hundred crore turnover company employing 500 people with fifty percent of them hailing from Uttarakhand.
The Editor in Chief of Uttarakhand’s prominent news channel Kuleen Gupta, Narendra Ladwal leadung entrepreneur, M S Rawat, Chairman Mayur Public School and IRS Rattan Singh Rawat were the special guests of honour on this ocassion.
Addressing the enthusiastic crowd the former union minister and member of parliament from Almora praised the inhabitants of Uttarakhand for their outstanding courage, valour and dedication in the service of the nation in defence forces as well as in all the sectors of the country and appealed to those living in metropolises and cities outside Uttarakhand to come back to their birth place ensuring reverse migration for the good of Uttarakhand.
He said out of the total population of 1.25 crores more than half of our population has migrated to plains.
The time has come now to repariate back to villages of Uttarakhand to keep our himalayan state alive and prosperous.
The BJP’s national secretary and MP from Pauri Garhwal Tirath Singh Rawat also dwelt on the problem of migration. He said migration is necessary for progress, prosperity and economic development but it’s not necessary for unnecessary migration.
Rawat said : had the Army chief Vipin Rawat’s family not migrated years ago he would not have been the chief of India army. NSA Ajit Doval, RAW chief Dhasmana and former Chief of Military Intelligence Anil Bhatt etc would not have achieved the the top positions thus enhancing the prestige of Uttarakhand and India.
Therefore constructive migration is must and a positive feature but since now there is no dearth of hospitals, educational institutions and propects of progress in Uttarakhand noe, the hill people should migrate back to villages at all costs.
BJP Uttarakhand chief and MP Ajay Bhatt praised his government’s efforts to improve the lot of the people of Uttarakhand and appealed one and all to return back to their birth place if not now that at least after retirement.
Many prominent personalities in the field of literature, acting, singing, writing and theatre hailing from Uttarakhand were also felicitated on this ocassion by Ajay Bhaat, Ajay Tamta and Tirath Singh Rawat( all MPs).
Dr. Harisuman Bisht, former secretary of Hindi and Maithli academy and an author of several books was felicitated with Uttarakhand Shiromani Sahitya Samman while eminent veteran writer Lalit Keshwan, singer Amit Sagar, Asha Negi and renowned legendary singer Hira Singh Rana were also felicitated with prestigious awards for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
Prominent Uttarakhandi rock singer Amit Sagar also presented his CHAITU KI CHAITULI song on this ocassion with two short plays and promos of a new Uttarakhandi movie MANGAL and the ongoing movie Major Nirala. The programme was ably conducted by Hem Pant and Ajay Bisht.
Wadhwa group, the renowned firm is likely to make an investment of Rs. 2,200 crore in the first two phases of the Wadhwa group township in the Panvel location. This is an integrated township and covers 450-acres of land.
The Wadhwa group has a joint venture with GFH, a Bahrain-based financial investment Group is developing this township project in the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area [NAINA], the company informed. The realty firm is also deciding to develop the whole project in 5 phases and this is estimated to cost Rs 6,000 crores. The project is likely to be completed in 10-12 years.
The developer is expected to generate nearly Rs. 3,200 crores from the phase-wise development of this integrated project. The Wadhwa group is also planning to construct 138 acres of the total land for overall development.
For the second phase, the company has planned development of apartment and bungalow units in more than 40 acres. The Wadhwa group has already sold 1,500 units in the first phase.
This phase-wise project is designed to have IT parks, retail mall, hospitals, school and more. On 14-acres land, the Wadhwa group is constructing offices and IT parks on 14 acres.
Superstar and his great son have collaborated for the of Disney’s classic The Lion King. The duo will be dubbing for the Hindi version of the movie. Where SRK & Aryan will dub for Mufasa & Simba characters.
According to a social media post, SRK & his son were recently spotted at a recording studio, dubbing for a secret project.
Shah Rukh said in an official statement that, “As a father, I can totally relate with Mufasa and the endearing relationship he shares with his son Simba. The legacy of Lion King is timeless, and being a part of this iconic re-imagining with my son Aryan makes it extra special for me. We are most excited that Abram is going to watch this.”
Jon Favreau directorial, The Lion king hits the theatres on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Today is the first day of the parliament session with prime minister Narendra Modi saying that existence of vigilant and active opposition is inevitable for health democracy.
Numbers hardly matter but it’s primarily the viable and vigilant opposition that makes our democracy strong and cohesive added PM Modi on the first day of the parliament session after the formation of the BJP led NDA part 2 government at the centre after winning with historic majority.
Prime minister Modi today underscored the constructive role of the opposition in a healthy democracy as the 17th Lok Sabha started its business. Speaking to reporters he said : the opposition need not bother about the numbers. I hope they will actively participate in the proceedings of the house and speak strongly.
The two days of the first session of Lok Sabha will be dedicated to swearing in of all the newly elected member of parliaments and the speaker’s election will take place on 19th.
About 543 members of parliament will take oath amongst which 257 members including Amit Shah have been elected for the first time. Rest are the second and third time winners.
The prime minister Narendra Modi has lot of challenges this time. Ten important bills are to be passed in parliament and the BJP led NDA is still short of majority for bills to be passed.
The BJP is likely to get required majority in Rajya Sabha in 2020 when majority of the non BJP opposition party members of the upper house are retiring.
The important bills out of total 10 numbers are the much hyped Triple Talaq Bill and the women reservation bill. The issues pertaining to abrogation of article 370 and section 35 A in the context of Jammu and Kashmir, early construction of Ram Temple and implementation of uniform civil code etc are some of important issues raised by BJP during the general elections and has proved successful in begeting the one sided votes nationwide to the saffron party.
The national security issue, strenthening of our defence forces and teaching Pakistan a befitting lesson for its anti India misadventures are also on the BJP’s agenda on which it bagged the confidence of the voters at the pan India level securing a historic majority.
Issues pertaining to employment and giving satisfactory concessions to the famers of the country including remitting their loans also need to be addressed forthwith as people of the country especially the unemployed youths and farmers have pinned high hopes on Narendra Modi government.
The challenges for prime minister Modi are tremendous and several bills of paramount significance are required to be passed in this summer session.
However, the budget coming on 5th July would addresed these twin significant issues of granting employment opportunities and giving farmers more concessions etc , hope the people of the country pinning too much hopes and aspirations on PM Modi.
Meanwhile , the BJP led NDA should be happy that its nearest rival, Congress party could not get the leader of the opposition status nor is the entire non BJP opposition united.
The Congress chief Rahul too is abroad and his date of returning back to India is not confirmed till yet. The Congressmen have still not got up out of their shock of tragic defeat and Congress chief Rahul is adamant to resign with no leadership alternative in sight.
Though it was the sub 4 meter SUV segment that attracted more buyers in May 2019, the C segment sedans also recorded decent sales. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was a segment leader in a No. 1 spot on the list. The Hyundai Verna scored at No. 2 followed by the Honda City in a No. 3 spot.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sales stood at 3,592 units in May 2019, featuring at No. 1 on the list of best selling C segment sedans. Beating the Hyundai Verna by a margin of 1,000 units, the Ciaz commanded this top position despite sales being 11 percent lower as compared to sales of 4,024 units in May 2018.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift was introduced in 2018. It is priced from Rs.8.2 lakhs and gets its power via a 1.5 liter petrol hybrid engine offering 104 bhp power and 138 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Its diesel engine offerings include a 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine offering 94 bhp power and 225 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox and a 1.3 liter diesel engine offering 89 bhp power and 200 Nm torque.
Hyundai Verna of which 2,567 units were sold in the past month, came in at a No, 2 spot on the list of C segment sedans. This variant also noted a 32 percent decline in sales in May 2019 as compared to 3,801 units sold in May 2018.
Honda City was the third best selling midsized sedan with 2,557 units sold, just 10 units below the Hyundai Verna. Honda City is poised to get a new generation model which will come in with revised exteriors and interiors as well as with a hybrid variant and BS VI compliant engines.
Further down the order was the Skoda Rapid of which 734 units were sold, a dip of 16 percent as compared to sales in May 2018. At No. 5 was the Volkswagen Vento of which 654 units were sold in May 2019, an increase of 20 percent as compared to sales in May 2018.
Toyota Yaris. with 373 units sold in the past month, registered a a huge drop of as much as 87 percent as compared to 2,843 units sold in May 2018. However, the Yaris registered an increase by 4.42 percent as compared to sales of 339 units sold in April 2019.
Also featuring in the same segment were the Nissan Sunny with 136 units sold in the past month and the Fiat Linea of which only 14 units were sold.
The docters strike started from Kolkata West Bengal after some doctors were thrashed by the relatives of a dead patient, has now assumed an all India proportion with doctors of Delhi, Bihar, Maharashtra, Pune and several other states going on strike, though not fully but partially wearing helmets and black badges thus protesting against the increasing attacks on doctors and asking for their permanent security during duty hours.
The Indian Medical Council has issued the call for strike nationally. The union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written to the chief minister of West Bengal Mamta Bannerjee to open a dialogue with the striking docters and resolve the issue forthwith assuring the docters of their full safety and security and also demanding stern action against the erring relatives of the deceased patient who’d physically attacked the docters of the Kolkatta NRS hospital blaming them of utter negligence and failure to revive the life of the patient.
The union health ministry has also issued an advisory to the Trinamul Congress government of West Bengal to resolve the impending impasse and arrest the gulty.
On the other hand the West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee has refused to take any stringent punitive actions against the striking doctors of entire government Hospitals of West Bengal under ESMA ( Maintenance of essential services act) as she do not want to destroy the career of the medical practitioners of her state but has requested them to withdraw the strike.
The striking docters on the other hand has asked the chief minister to hold direct dialogue with the striking doctors in the open session that talking with few representatives of the protesting doctors within four walls.
It may be recalled that the relations between the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee and the centre are already strained with the BJP led NDA government allegedly standing with the striking doctors of West Bengal as well as at the pan India level.
Today is the third day of the strike. Ms Benerjee is already at loggerheads with the prime minister Narendra Modi and the union Home minister Amit Shah since the general election campaigning.
There had been lot of violence between the workers of TMC and BJP in West Bengal pre and post election claiming several lives of the workers of both the parties accusing each other for perpetrating the violence n killings.
The BJP leadership had blamed the TMC government of misusing the police to avenge the enmity with the BJP workers through use of force and perpetrating violence in the state. The state’s governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, formerly a senior BJP leader has also met the union home minister Amit Shah and apprised him of the latest law and order situation in West Bengal.
He had also convened an all party meeting on this issue to take rest of the opposition into confidence on the incessant killings and the breakdown of law and order situation in West Bengal. But Mamta seemed to be hardly worried saying that such central advisories to states are a common feature.
She even went to the extent of saying in one of the public meetings that she is even ready to give up her government but would go to any extent to protect the minorities in her state.
The BJP has won 18 seats in West Bengal at the hustings and raised its tally by 16 Lok Sabha seats as compared to 2 in 2014.
What I mean to say conclusively is that politics should not enter in the docters’ strike issue and the union government led by BJP as well as the trinamul Congress govt of West Bengal should in all earnestness keep the interest of millions of patients in mind and resolve the issue at the earliest keeping aside the narrow political differences.
Thousands and lakhs of patients lives undergoing treatment for critical illnesses is in jeopardy due to this strike in AIIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia, Lady Hardinge College and several other government hospitals of the country including those in Bengal.
Health priority is a central subject and the newly elected BJP led NDA part 2 government has a major responsibilty to come to the rescue of lakhs of patients suffering badly due to this ongoing docters strike.
Let’s see whether the government led by prime minister Narendra Modi takes a positive lead in this strike or not. What’s your take friends?
Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine? Did he act illegally to prove the theory of Saffron Terrorism? Was he a puppet of the congress party’s political leaders? Did he arrest and inhumanly tortured innocent citizens to falsely implicate them in the theory of Saffron Terrorism?
Sadhvi Pragya’s statements on this have created a political storm. People who suffered because of Saffron Terrorism and people who suffered because of 26/11 have divergent views.
But what is the fact?
I am putting lot of information in front of you to decide. This analysis does not show any political inclination or any religious bias. You read it and you decide.
I have done more than three years of research on 26/11 and I collected a lot of information from various sources. I am writing a blog “Failed Journey of Saffron Terrorism” and the following details are from the same blog.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani in his book – Hindu Terrorism.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani has written in his book “Hindu Terrorism”. He has said, one day in 2006 he got a call from the home minister’s office asking him to come to see Home Minister immediately. Since all his seniors were out of the office and he was the senior most officer, he went to the Minister, Mr. Shivraj Patil’s chamber, who was Home Minister. There were two more people in the chamber before Mr. Mani went. One was Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr. Digvijay Singh and second was a new face to Mr. Mani. Digvijay Singh introduced the second person as Mr. Hemant Karkare, IPS officer from Maharashtra cadre. Mr. Mani was wondering what a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Karkare doing here with M.P. chief minister? What is the connection?
Slowly these two started a discussion about Saffron Terrorism, a term totally unheard by Mr. Mani earlier. They were talking about a fire and a small blast in the industrial area in Nanded. Apparently, a small scale manufacturing unit had caught fire and there was a small blast of some industrial gas cylinder. Local police had arrested the owner of the unit, named Mr. Kulkarni. The local police had a suspicion that Kulkarni deliberately set the fire to claim insurance. Mr. Mani could not give any inputs on this case because the Home Ministry had never heard of this incidence.
But Digvijay Singh and Karkare were discussing the possibility of converting this fire and the blast as an act of some sort of Saffron Terrorism. At that time, Mani had no idea what “Saffron Terrorism” was. With the conversation going on between Karkare and Digvijay Singh, Mr. Mani understood that Hemant Karkare did try to arrest Kulkarni for Saffron Terrorism but could not find enough evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Kulkarni and they had to let him go. Basically, Karkare was trying to “FIND” evidence to make arrests for Saffron Terrorism.
While all this was going on, home minister Shivraj Patil was sitting in a different area in his office. Being a Home Minister, he was not part of these discussions.
Meaning, UPA government was trying to create a false case on Saffron Terrorism.
No congress party leader has refuted these observations so far. This means Karkare was indeed colluding with Congress leaders to create false charges.
Now let’s check other aspects.
Let’s look into Lt. Colonel Purohit’s arrest
Lt. Colonel Purohit was the active army officer at the time of the arrest. He was not a regular infantry Colonel but was working in the highly sensitive department of Military Intelligence, or popularly known as M.I. The purpose of MI is to gather intelligence within the country and outside the country about the different threat perceptions and neutralize them. It is a very secretive department where only select few are inducted after a thorough invasive background check.
Officers working under this department often have to go deep undercover in the terrorist organization to gather intelligence. This is a very risky job because any small mistake can blow up their cover and they get killed. The undercover officers cannot always choose the “Right” way because, in their world, everything is in the shades of gray. Hence sometimes they may have to cross the lines to earn the trust of the bad people. But they do it for the country.
Their undercover job is so bad that their family never knows where they are, what is their new identity, what is the phone number to call and what is the email to connect. They have no contact with their family for months!!! The family gets the updates from the military only.
Arresting such a decorated and trusted military officer under the changes of terrorism was unbelievable. Arresting a military officer by the civilian authorities is not simple. The local police have to follow the protocols, which are as follows. If the arrest is made outside the military camp then police have to inform military within the stipulated time. If the person of interest is inside the military camp then police have to inform military establishment, give all the details of the case and then Military Police (MP) handover the suspect to the civilian police. In each case, the military would conduct its own internal investigation. But in colonel Purohit’s case, he was detained w/o any warrant (abducted) by Maharashtra ATS headed by Hemant Karkare and military was informed about his arrest after a couple of days.
Colonel Purohit was illegally arrested as follows.
While Colonel Purohit was attending a training course at Panchamarhi, MP, his superior Colonel R. K. Shrivastava issued the travel order for him to go to Delhi on 29th October 2008. Colonel R. K. Shrivastava accompanied him to the Bhopal Airport. But before reaching Bhopal airport, Colonel Shrivastava took away cell phone from Colonel Purohit and did not give him air tickets. It was Colonel Shrivastava who did the check in at the airport. After check in, Colonel Shrivasta told Colonel Purohit that they were going to Mumbai and not to Delhi. After hearing this, Colonel Purohit asked for the cell phone to inform his wife but Colonel Shrivastava threatened him for using the cell phone. As per the military practice, if the travel plan is changed then a new travel order has to be issued. In this case, the earlier order was to reach Delhi but it was changed to Mumbai, and as such, a new order should have been issued but his official travel order was not changed! If it was official business then why so much secrecy?
After reaching Mumbai airport late in the evening, Colonel Purohit was pushed into a private vehicle and was driven to a bungalow in Khandala. Hemant Karkare and his ATS team were waiting there. Hemant Karkare, Colonel Shrivastav, ATS deputy chief Parambir Singh (IPS) and his staff tortured Colonel Purohit beyond third degree and in a very inhuman way for a week. He broke several bones and ruptured several tissues. Finally, on 8th November 2008, Maharashtra ATS formally announced the arrest of Colonel Purohit.
Please watch the video of Colonel Purohit’s wife narrating how her husband was tortured by the ATS team led by Hemant Karkare.
In 2013 Colonel Purohit himself wrote a letter to the Human Rights Commission about the illegal detention and torture and copy of this letter was sent to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Please see this news clip.
Please read the ACTUAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER written by Colonel Purohit to the Human Rights Commission. Warning – This letter has a very graphic and disturbing description of the torture hence read it only if you feel comfortable.
No one from NHRC or PMO cared to investigate the charges leveled by Lt. Colonel Purohit. Why????
Otherwise very active NHRC chose to keep quiet.
Please note, in his letter Colonel Purohit says, at one point of time, his boss Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare talked about parading his mother, wife, and daughter naked in front of everyone. They also talked about bombing his house to kill his entire family. This was of course done to terrorize Colonel Purohit so as to get his confession but this shows how low Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare had scooped! Really shameful.
It did not end just with illegal arrest and torture. Karkare raided Lt. Col. Purohit’s house and announced, he recovered RDX from his house in Pune.
Karkare claimed that Lt. Col. Purohit stole the RDX from the military stock.
Now realize the situation here with your common sense. Lt. Col. Purohit is a highly trained military officer who knows about explosive. Would he keep a highly explosive material like RDX at his home where his family lives? Will he risk his neighbors and community, which is mainly Hindu? And he was arrested for supporting Saffron Terrorism?
Army refuted the charges of stealing of RDX from its stock saying Indian military does not use RDX hence they don’t carry any stock.
Then Hemant Karkare changed his story and said, this RDX was seized in a raid conducted by Lt. Col. Purohit in Kashmir and he stole some quantity from this lot. The same was used in the bombing of Samjhauta express, Malegaon bombing and rest was seized from his house in Pune.
Military again said, that raid in Kashmir was a joint operation and many military officers, local police officers were in that raid. It was not just Lt. Col. Purohit that was present and every gram of seized RDX is accounted for and there is no missing quantity.
What does this show? Was Karkare fabricating the evidence to implicate Lt. Col Purohit?
If this is true then it is completely deplorable. Treating an army officer in this way is disheartening. It is a shame and disgrace to the police uniform.
Karkare is dead but Prarambir Singh and Col. R. K. Shrivastav are still alive. They must be arrested based on Col. Purohit’s charges of torture and must be investigated.
Please note, Sadhvi Pragya too has leveled similar charges of torture against Karkare.
Now the following are my views.
If multiple people level charges on Karkare about false cases, illegal arrests, collecting illegal evidence and brutal torture charges then it must be investigated.
If these charges are found correct then his Ashok Chakra medal, his status of heroic death, his pension and all his medals must be stripped posthumously.
Similar punishment must be given to all the other police officers who were involved in the torture.
Col. R. K. Shrivastav should also be court marshaled and punished.
No one is above the law and no one should be treated softly because they died in action or they are rich and powerful.