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Methadone by bus’: AIIMS launches mobile vans to provide treatment to opioid addicts in Delhi

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In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Friday launched mobile methadone vans to provide treatment to opioid addicts in inner-city neighbourhoods.

As a pilot project, the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS has initiated the new service of delivering methadone through a mobile van in East Delhi.

Opioid addiction is a significant problem in India, a professor at NDDTC Dr Atul Ambekar said, adding these people require medicines such as methadone or buprenorphine for getting rid of the addiction.

Methadone is a prescription drug given in a syrup form to patients as it helps in controlling the craving and withdrawals due to opioid addiction.

The drug usually comes in liquid form but is also available in powder and tablet variants. It is usually taken under the supervision of a doctor because of its potential for abuse, Ambekar said.

There are very few treatment centers providing these medicines while the need is very high. It is estimated that less than 2 percent of the population addicted to opioids in India is receiving this treatment, which is recommended by various UN bodies and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Ambekar said.

A recently released government survey report “Prevalence and Extent of Substance Use in India”, estimated that India has about 28 lakh people affected by addiction to opioids such as heroin, opium and various pharmaceutical products.

Since methadone is a highly regulated medicine, it is only provided as daily observed treatment. It is available in just about a dozen cities in India, in charge of the methadone clinic at NDDTC Dr Ravindra Rao said.

“Patients often find it difficult to come to the clinic daily to receive methadone, which leads to them dropping out of treatment midway,” Rao informed.

The mobile methadone dispensing unit plans to bridge this gap and improve retention of patients into treatment enabling them to work and lead a healthier life, Dr. Rao said.

Currently, such dispensing vans or buses are available in a few select developed countries in the world, such as USA, Portugal, Spain, Canada, and the Netherlands.

With the launch of mobile delivery of methadone, India joins this elite club, he said. In fact, India is the first country in the South Asian region to initiate these services, Rao claimed.

The van will be parked at strategic places in East Delhi and adjoining areas for a fixed time period in the day where the patients can come and receive their medicine without having to travel to the main clinic.

“In the trial run for the last two weeks, we already have more than two dozen patients enrolled in the facility and the response is very encouraging,” he said.

Based on the success of this initiative, this new approach can be scaled-up in different parts of the city and country.

At the national level, the most commonly used opioid is heroin (used by 1.14 percent of the people surveyed), followed by pharmaceutical opioids (used by 0.96 percent of the people surveyed) and opium (used by 0.52 percent of the surveyed), the survey found.

Approximately 60 lakh people are estimated to have opioid use disorders (harmful or dependent pattern) in the country, more than half is contributed by just a few states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.

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BJP MP Verma meets LG and hands over the list of minority religious structures on govt land

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The Bhartiya Janata Party member of parliament from Delhi and son of the former chief minister of NCT of Delhi  late Sahib Singh Verma, Parvez Sahib Singh met the lieutenant governor of the capital Anil Baijal and submitted him a list of several mosques and Kabristans ( graveyards) on government’s illegally encroached lands and have demanded their vacation as well as severe necessary departmental action against the erring officials as well, under whose jurisdiction and negligence of these religious buildings and graveyards have been arbitrarily constructed.
According to the MP Parvez Sahib Singh Verma, the chief secretary of Delhi and several senior bureaucrats of the concerned departments were also called to his office by the LG.
The LG Anil Baijal had asked the concerned officials to cross-check the list presented by MP Parvez Sahib Singh Verma and submit the detailed report to the LG office at the earliest.
Speaking to media persons MP Verma has said that the Lieutenant governor of Delhi Anil Baijal gave him a patient hearing and assured him to do the needful by verifying his claims and also initiating necessary action against the erring officials if found guilty of negligence in this regard.
When asked by reporters, especially of Aaj Tak about the allegations on him by opposition parties about selectively pursuing the matter of mosques and graveyards thus allegedly doing the politics of religion and not targeting certain temples and Gurudwaras of the majority community built on government lands, Parvez Sahib Singh Verma said that he had asked people to inform him about the mosques and  graveyards being built on illegally encroached government land but has not received any complaints about temples and Gurudwaras built on government land illegally.
The politics have hot up by this selective approach of the BJP MP say sources and questions are being asked by individuals as well as some minority organizations of targetting the minorities willfully which is not acceptable.
This issue is too sensitive as it involves the minorities versus majority implications say, certain political analysts.
Some people say that in case of action is taken on this complaint against mosques and graveyards built on unauthorized government land, the relevant authorities should definitely take due action but then the law should be equal for all religions and religious structures built on encroached land arbitrarily irrespective of any particular religion.
Such matters of religious implications that derive different political connotations should be strictly dealt with by the honorable courts than through political interventions as at the base of religion lies politics say some political analysts.
The protracted issue of Ram Janmabhoomi has not been resolved since several decades despite the intervention of successive governments after independence, finally arriving in the honorable supreme court for final resolution. What’s your take friends?
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CM Arvind Kejrival inaugurates CCTV camera installation ceremony in New Delhi

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The chief minister of National Capital Territory of Delhi Arvind Kejrival expressed his serious concern over the increasing deterioration of law and order situation of Delhi with the incidents of rapes, snatchings , murders, gangwars and women assaults going on unabatedly.
He disclosed that the Delhi government has started the process of installing high resolution and highly modernised CCTV cameras in three lakh numbers in various locations of the eleven revenue districts of Delhi in order to control crimes and ensure the women ‘s safety in particular including the safety and security of  of entire Delhi residents.
Answering queries of reporters after launching of the first CCTV camera installation in New Delhi constituency , chief minister Arvind Kejrival said that Delhi despite being the capital of the country has become crime prone as incidents of burglaries,  muders  and women insecurity are on the rise.
On the question of his being soft towards the Delhi police and the centre as compared to his raslier harsh stand despite increase in the crime graph in the capital, Kejriwal asked the reporter as to what does he meant by being soft.
He refused the charge and said that the state government was duly performing its duty and the centre should do its duty to contrl crimes in Delhi.
He said he has recently visited a six year old rape survivor in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital and met her traumatic parents. The rapist has been caught  within 24 hours.
But had there been CCTV cameras in the area the crime could have been averted as these CCTV cameras work as deterrent for the criminals or anybody committing the wrong acts.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assured that after the installation of three lakh cameras by the Delhi government as promised earlier, the crime rate  would come down considerably as these high resolution cameras will work a the biggest deterrents, prohibiting the criminals to commit crimes.
After the installation of these CCTV cameras the chances of criminals being caught will enhance tremendously thus working as strong deterrents in the near future.
He urged upon the union government and the Delhi police to transparently perform their duties to improve the deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi.
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How long will the sewage workers continue to die?

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A shocking incident of three possible deaths of vulnerable sewage workers in Keshopur drain in Delhi has once again raised a vital question about the safety of these poor workers who risk their lives entering the most deadly drains for various cleaning and rescue operations.

There had been in total, according to conservative estimates, 666 sanitation workers death from 1993  to 2018 while cleaning sewers which seems to be too less a number according to the All India Safai Karmachari Commission working under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India.
In terms of providing statistics about the deaths of sanitation workers at the pan India level, the concerned ministry is completely elusive in giving the definite detail which unambiguously shows as to how pathetic and unconcerned  are the concerned departments and government agencies towards these most inhuman deaths.
What is more worrisome and shocking about these sewer deaths is: they are never equipped with life saving jackets, clothes, oxygen cylinders and other relevant equipments including their possible insurance.
During the past few months and years, there had been several deaths of sewer workers working under private and government contractors in Delhi and Noida having been highlighted in the media tremendously.
The Delhi government as well as the ministry concerned have been talking and assuring so much of providing necessary safeguards to the victims but of no avail.
Regarding providing financial compensation too, the private contractors and the government agencies are extremely apathetic.
Most of the sewage cleaning workers belong to the Dalit families with extremely poor financial backgrounds earning two ends meal by cleaning sewers under highly bad and challenging conditions inhaling life taking poisonous fumes devoid of any life saving equipments and jackets getting a negligible amount in return for their hard work.
In the case of the Keshopur, Delhi incident in which one sewer worker Shahruk had died due to asphyxiation while entering in the deep sewer along with two others, now missing but must have died for sure, for welding a mesh inside the deep sewer, has again raised the vital question about the safety of such vulnerable workers in the future.
In the past few years as well, a large number of sanitation workers have died of asphyxiation due to the exposure to poisonous fumes and gases while cleaning sewers several feet down from the ground.
The compensation aspect in such tragedies from the government’s side is also extremely pathetic as the illiterate parents of the dead hardly had connections and knowledge to pursue their respective cases.
On March 24th 2014, the Supreme Court in its judgement of Safai Karmachari Andolan Vs the Union of India directed the government to identify the people who lost their lives while cleaning deadly sewers since 1993 onwards and pay each of the deceased Rs. 10 lakh as monetory compensation, setting a precedence.
But had it really worked is anybody’s guess. Sounds shocking and pathetic that the price of a sewege worker is mere Rs. Ten lakh and that too not sure whether the sewage deceased workers’ bereaved families really get the prescribed compensation as directed by the apex court.
Meanwhile efforts to trace the dead bodies of two sewage workers viz Devinder and Ankit are in full swing inside the Keshopur drain which is several metres long. Divers of NDrF are on the job with the chief minister Arvind Kejrival visiting the accident spot and holding meetings with the concerned officials. The police has arrested the private contractor Sanjay under the relevant sections of the law for not providing the sewer workers the life saving equipments etc mandatory in such cleaning jobs.
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Hundreds of Sikhs gather outside Mukherjee Nagar police station demanding stringent action against erring policemen.

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The shameful incident of obnoxious and brutal thrashing of an old Sikh auto / gramin sewa driver in Mukerjee Nagar has become the breaking news of all the television news channels of India.

It is being said that the custodians of law have turned into breakers of law. A Delhi police asistent commissioner of police Mr. Tyagi has been beaten badly in full public view by the protesting sikhs.

Similarly the vedio of the old sikh auto/ gramin sewa driver and his son being badly beaten, thrashed, kicked and abused by the Delhi police personels in uniform is being telecast in all the television channels of the country.

The incident is of Mukerjee Nagar that happened in the broad day light and according to the Delhi police the old Sikh allegedly brandished and attacked the policemen with his sword.

The police thereafter retaliated in good number and taught him a lesson by publicly thrashing him to the hilt, inflicting brutal injuries to the auto driver and his son. The case of attempt to murder has been registered against the auto/ gramin sewa driver.

In retaliation not only had the enraged people of the sikh community of Mukerjee nagar retaliated by gheraoing the police station but had also thrashed the assistent commissioner of police Mr. Tyagi.

There are different versions on the incident. But the way the policemen in uniform instead of arresting the old sikh auto/ grameen sewa driver attacked him physically in full public glare in broad daylight is something never heard of before. There is condemnation all around.

The vedio and photographs of the old sikh auto/ gramin sewa driver being mercilessly thrashed by policemen in uniform shamelessly and brutally has gone viral in social media and thereafter in the entire news channels of the country.

People are questioning the integrity of the policemen involved in this brutal act who are supposed to be the custodian of law and order of the capital of India.

The chief minister of national capital territory of Delhi Arvind Kejrival has condemned the incident in strongest possible terms.

According to the ANI tweet: Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival termed the incident of thrashing of the senior citizen auto sikh driver in Mukherjee Nagar as an unfortunate incident and condemned it urging the LG and Home Minister to take strict against against the accused police officers.

Meanwhile the Delhi police has suspended three policemen of Mukherjee Nagar Police station.

Highly annoued, furious and shocked hundreds and thousands of people of Sikh community have protested in front of Mukerjee Nagar police station and are still sitting in protest before the police station demading stringent action against the erring police officials not less than jail sentence under the strictest sectiins of the law. They also demanded withdrawal of section 307 against the sikh driver.

The Delhi chief minister visited the injured Sikh auto driver at his residence and assured of fullest support and cooperation.

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Dr. Harisuman Bisht receives Uttarakhand Shiromani Sahitya Samman in a function to felicitate Uttarakhand MPs.

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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.

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Kejrival expresses serious concern over five murders yesterday in Delhi. Delhi police says they were due to personal enmity

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The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejrival who is usually at loggerheads with the central government ruled by BJP and the Delhi police which is under the jurisdiction of Ministry of home affairs has expressed his serious concern over the five back to back incidents of killings in various parts of Delhi yesterday.

Delhi Chief minister has tweeted that Five murders have taken place in Delhi in the last 24 hours and is extremely serious situation. I appeal to @ Lt GovDelhi & @ HMO India to urgently look into the law and order situation of the national capital.

The Delhi police taking special note of the Delhi chief minister’s tweet has replied to Arvind Kejrival, Lt governor Delhi and Home minister,, India in the twitter handle of Delhi police : The murders have all been confirmed to be personal enmity related. Accused previously known to victim and already arrested in some cases.

Overall heinous crime in 2019 is down by 10.5% . Crime by use of fire arms are down by 5.65 % . Crime against women are down by 11.5%.

The Delhi police through the tweet meant that it was not the breakdown of the law and order situation or negligence of the Delhi pokice as the five murders in diffetent locations of Delhi took place due to personal animosity, not due to the lack on the part of police authorities. Instead it patted itself saying that the crime graph in the capital has rather come down compared to the previous years.

There is not a iota of doubt that despite the best efforts of the Delhi police incidents of murders, snatchings, thefts and robberies are incessantly happening n peoples’ life in jeopardy.

The solution ratio is comparatively quite less and good number of cases in the context of chain and mobile snatchings including eve teasings and women assaults are also not reported adequately for the apprehension of retaliation from criminals.

You open newspapers every morning and you’ll find number of cases pertaining to frauds, murders, assaults, rapes, chain snatchings and women insecurity.

The shortage of Delhi police staff and majority of the Delhi police being involved in VIP patronage and security is also one of the reasons for non resolution of cases and spurt in crime rate.

The AAM AADMI government of Delhi has been demanding separate state hood of Delhi since long but of no awail. The law and order is the central subject and the Delhi police is under the union government’s ministry of home affairs with Delhi’s leutenant governor as its chief. The relations between Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival and the Delhi police has not been in good terms due to the latter’s being under the centre’s influence.

Kejrival has recently raised a controversy in the media by saying that he is afraid that he may be attacked by his own body guards who are from Delhi police as was late prime minister IndiraGandhi was assasinated.

In the past too Arvind Kejrival had quarrels with senior Delhi police officials and the union government on certain issues hyped too much in the media.

The recent concern of Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival regarding five murders in Delhi through a tweet while raises the law and order issue in the public domain but the reply of Delhi police about bringing some of the culprits to justice and lessening of heinous crime and women related crime rate in Delhi this year definitely gives some relief to Delhi citizens.

But it remains to be seen whether the law and order situation in the capital city of Delhi really improves in the near future as well to the fullest satisfaction of all its citizens or not.

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Liquor baron late Ponty Chadda’s son arrested while boarding flight for Thailand by EOW

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While the Indian government is already tied up to extradite economic offenders Vijaya Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Lalit Modi from abroad who’d siphoned off thousands of crores of Indian Tax Payers money and clandestinely took refuge in foreign countries, the son of infamous liquor baron of the country late Ponty Chadda was today disembarked from the plane and arrested by the police officials of the Indian Offences Wing at Palam International Airport, Delhi in connection with an alleged multicrore scam worth several crores of Rupees on the basis of the look our circular issued against him by the EOW of Delhi police.

Just a few days earlier similarly, wanted in one of the economic offences’ cases of the enforcement directorate, the former Chairman of Jet Airways Naresh Goyal and his wife were also dis embarked from a plane heading for Dubai from where they were slated to go to United Kingdom without informing the authorities.

According to the latest news pouring in, son of late liquor baron Ponti Chadda, Manpreet Singh Chadda was arrested today from Palam International Airport by the sleuths of Delhi police’s Economic Offences Wing from where he was likely to fly abroad.

After the arrest he was brought to Mandir Marg Police station in New Delhi for detailed and indepth questioning.

A look out circular was issued against him by the EOW in one of the cases’ of duping several investors of Rs 6 crores which could allegedly go further to 100 crores say the latest news.

According to the news, the Economic Offences Wing had registered a case of economic fraud against some persons earlier.

According to the case history a vast tract of land was allocated by UP government in Ghaziabad for a hi tech city. A South Extention based company owned by Manpreet perhaps, claimed it as their land and started collecting money for sale of land from the prospective customers through advertisements and middlemen employed by the company.

Several prospective buyers who included K. Ramesh and Kaveri as well, applied in this company to buy the land in the year 2005.

They paid a handsome amount in lakhs n crores to this company. But they were not given the possession of the land despite repeated requests from the applicants.

After dillydaying for several years the applicants were told that the company has finally got the allotment in the name of Web City.

The applicants became hopeful and thought that now they will get their land but after repeated requests when they could not succeed and finding themselves to be duped, these customers approached the Delhi police’s Economic Offences Wing and filed the written complaint which was converted in the FIR in 2018 as per the version of the EOW officials say the latest news.

The company had given the applicants 15 months’ deadline for allotment of the land but after not getting the possession, they were constrained to get their FIR registered.

The police said that Manpreet Singh was caught while he was trying to board the plane for Thailand from Palam International Airport.

It may be recalled that Manpreet Singh’s late father an infamous liquor baron was murdered few years ago in a property dispute by his own brother who had hired the prefessional killers in his farm house in Delhi.

They are now undergoing life sentence.

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Supreme court raps UP Police and directs it to grant immediate bail to scribe Prashant Kanojia

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The supreme court of India has strongly criticized and rapped the Uttar Pradesh police and the government for showing extreme hurry and desperation in arresting journalist Prashant Kanojia while hearing the Habeas Corpus petition filed by the wife of arrested journalist Jagisha Arora.

The apex court granted immediate bail to the arrested scribe and directed the UP government to release him on bail forthwith, subject to the final results of the on going investigations. The jurists said has anybody ever heard of such arrests for tweets ? How can the freedom of speech and expression be gagged in a democratic society?

The court has however also said that the journalists or anybody using the social media platforms should think himself/ herself as responsible citizens, exercise restraint and avoid passing or writing derogatory remarks against anyone especially without corroboration or evidence.

However, while passing the bail orders the court has not taken the tweets of Prashant Kanojia under consideration but issued clear instructions that no derogatory remarks should be written or tweeted against anybody in social media.

It also asked the state police to carry on the investigations but Kanojia should be immediately released on bail.

It may be recalled that apart from Prashant Kanojia, who has been charged under section 500 and 61 of the IPC for his derogatory on line comments against the UP CM and posting a woman’s vedio casting aspersions on Yogi Aditya Nath and subsequently arresting him, two other journalists, one Channel News Head of Nation Live and its editor Shukla have also been arrested and two other employees who absconded employees are being searched around for arrests for incessantly airing the vedio and the related news item.

The studio of Nation Live in sector 65 Noida has also been sealed.

There had been protests at Press Club of India yesterday by four media organisations terming the UP police action as derogatory, uncalled for and authoritarian to muzzle free speech and media freedom.

Scribe Prashant Kanojia’s wife has complained how the UP police had arbitrarily arrested her husband from their Delhi house in a huff and arrogant manner as if he is a hardened criminal.

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*Today it’s Prashant, tomorrow it can be you

The journalists in Delhi and those associated with Press Club of India are organising a Protest Meet against arbitrary arrest of Prashant Kanojia and other journalists by UP Police.

Editors Guild of India, Press Club of India, Women Press Corps, South Asian Women in the Media (SAWM, India), Press Association and Uttarakhand Journalists Forum has condemned the arbitrary arrest of Delhi-based freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia and Noida-based TV channel’s Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla.

Kanojia was picked by UP Police personnel in plain clothes from his East Delhi residence on June 8.

The UP police in a suo-moto FIR has accused Kanojia of making “objectionable tweets” against UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Kanojia has been booked under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 505 and 67 of the IT Act.

This act of UP Police is highly condemnable and attack on freedom of the press.

The various journalists organisations had demanded immediate release of Prashant Kanojia and other journalists.

They also demaned that the UP government should withdraw the criminal defamation charges against all the three journalists.

The office bearers urged all journalists to join the march against these arbitrary arrests in huge numbers to express their solidarity with the media fraternity.

According to the wife of Mr. Kanojia, who was the sole witness to his arrest, he was whisked away without as much as giving her opportunity to talk to her husband. According to the FIR, a case of criminal defamation under section 500 of IPC has been registered against him, which is non-bailable and cognisable.

The action taken by the UP Police against these three journalists is a clear case of administrative overreach and excessive in proportion by way of application of law. The protesting journalists said as media-persons, it is our firm belief that journalists ought to conduct themselves responsibly, yet at the same time, we feel that criminal provisions of the defamation law should be taken off the statute books, given their repeated use against journalists and others.

The media organisations urge and demanded that the UP government should reconsider and withdraw the criminal defamation charges against all three journalists

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South Delhi women assaulted in Metro. Incidents of women harassment, pick pocketing and mobile grabbing on the rise

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Incidents of harrasment of women especially the young – office and college going girls usually take place in Delhi metro despite the fact that there are CCTVs, metro rail corporation’s police ( CRPF) and its vigilant staff.

In addition incidents of mobile snatchings and pick pocketting are also on the rise in metro trains but the authorities hardly come to the rescue of its passengers.

During the evening rush hours and at late night the women are the most vulnerable lot.

The increasing rush on various routes of Delhi metro give rise to such obnoxious incidents of women harassment and sexual assaults including incidents of pick pocketing and mobile/ cell phone snatchings as unwanted elements find the rush hour most suitable opportunity to conduct their illegal operations.

Even organised gangs of women pick pocketeers in groups are active inside metro train nicely dressed so that no passenger can doubt on their credentials. They allegedly operate both in Ladies as well as general coaches.

The pickpocketeers usually operate while passengers are emerging out and entering the train at main junctions like Rajiv Chowk, Guru Gram and Kashmiri gate stations etc where hundreds of communters are always in a hurry and rush.

On 8th June a South Delhi women was eve teased and harrased by a man between IFFCO Chock to Gurugram main city centre station caught on the CCTV camera and caught after the woman complained to the police.

The culprit had been caught earlier as well assaulting women passengers in the Metro.

The incident happened today and due to the woman’s boldness, the eve teaser could be apprehended.

The Gurugram police has arrested the man and charged him under the relevant sections of the law.

Number of incidents of women assaults, harrasment and eve teasing have been reported in Metro trains and its vicinity but no credible efforts have been intiated by the metro authorities. There is only one reporting centre at Kashmere gate and few others but hardly any defaulter or culprit is caught on complaints at these centres nor the lostor robbed material ever recovered.This is really absurd and uncalled for.

Though there have been separate women coaches for women passengers but sometime male passengers are seen sitting there or gazing women passengers.

The metro should increase the bogey/ coaches of women pasengers and they should be asked to avoid general coaches usually.

Today’s incident of woman assault in the metro train within IFFCO chowk to Gurugram city centre raises certain question marks on the metro authority’s credibility.

If these incidents of women harrasments, assaults, pickpocketing and mobile phone snatchings etc are not stopped forthwith and with a heavy hand the credibility of Metro Rail Corporation will be at stake in the near future.

The crux of the story is that Delhi metro is earning handsome profits through more than 35 lakh commuters who travel by metro daily. The metro fares too are quite exorbitant not within the reach of the commuters hailing from the lowest ebb of the society.

But in terms of providing safety and security to women passengers and getting rid of molesters, pick pocketers and mobile snatchers the metro authorities have proved incapable of showing fruitful results. Whats your take friends?

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