Live: Ex Army Chief VK Singh stripped of security cover

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 13:59 hrs

7. 30 pm

Home ministry probing Dikshit's complaint against police

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has ordered an inquiry into the spat between Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Police over the recording of the gang rape victim's statement, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

"I don't know what the truth is... The home minister told the cabinet that he has ordered an internal inquiry into the chief minister's complaint," Chidambaram told reporters.

Dikshit told Shinde on Tuesday that the police interfered with the recording of the statement of the rape victim by a woman sub divisional magistrate.

Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar has denied the charge. The woman's statement was recorded again by the magistrate.

"I hope the second recording is in accordance with law," Chidambaram said.

6. 30 pm

Ex Army Chief VK Singh stripped of security cover

Government has decided to withdraw all security cover provided to former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, who has been taking part in a number of protests over corruption, Delhi gangrape incident and other issues.

The former Army Chief was provided Z 'Plus' security cover till November 30 but in a review meeting, the Ministry of Home Affairs took a decision that he does not require any protection, Army sources said here.

After the decision was conveyed to the Army Headquarters, it is in the process of withdrawing all vehicles including a bullet-proof car and around 30-35 personnel from his security, they said.

Seven vehicles and 30-35 personnel were deployed in his security duties round the clock, they said.

Gen V K Singh, who retired on May 31, was given a Z Plus security cover till November 30 and he was allowed to stay in Government accommodation in Delhi Cantonment area for one year after he had sought a nine-month extension from Defence Minister A K Antony.

6. 00 pm

Dijvijay blames Ramdev, Kejriwal for violence in Delhi protest

Congress leader Dijvijay Singh today alleged that violence erupted at India Gate during protest against Delhi gangrape case after Yoga Guru Ramdev and Arvind Kejriwal reached the spot.

Singh also lashed out at media over the incident.

"The violence started during the agitation after Ramdev and Kejriwal reached there...Subhash Tomar, a constable was killed but the media is presenting a boy, who is claiming that he took him to the hospital," Singh said, addressing a party convention at Congress office here.

Lashing out at media, Singh said, "It appears that it is media, which register FIR, sue the accused and give its verdict."

"The rape is condemnable, but police have arrested all the accused within three days," he said.

4.40 pm:

Mumbai police ask PCO users to show ID proof before making calls

In a controversial order, Mumbai Police have directed all the public call office (PCO) operators to maintain a record of every person who uses their phone.

As per the direction, a customer using a PCO phone will have to produce a proof of his/ her identity before being allowed to make a call, police sources said.

The measure is being put in place to tackle the menace of hoax calls, they said.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Dr Satyapal Singh recently mooted this idea after it was observed that in most cases, hoax calls were traced to PCOs.

The direction follows after the successful implementation of the order that those using cyber cafes should produce identity card.

Though the direction of the police commissioner is not a fool proof plan, but at least a step has been taken to curb the menace of hoax and fake calls, sources said.

Once the draft is prepared, it will be sent to the police commissioner, who will issue the order under Section 144 (power to issue order in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Local police stations will monitor all the PCOs in their jurisdiction and if any PCO operator fails to comply with the direction, he will be booked under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of Indian Penal Code, they added.

3.30 pm:

Delhi Police chief will stay: Chidambaram

The government has no intention of axing Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar "at this stage", Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Wednesday.

Responding to questions after a cabinet meeting, Chidambaram said it would be "inappropriate" to remove Neeraj Kumar despite the mass protests over the gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi bus.

"I think this would be totally inappropriate to do at this stage. I think the commissioner is doing his job. If there have been any lapses, we will be looking into it," he said.

The commissioner has been under attack since the 23-year-old was raped and tortured Dec 16. He was also criticized following a crackdown by Delhi Police on protesters.

Chidambaram said the commissioner has apologized for the crackdown.

"I think the first thing to be done is to bring the situation to normalcy. I think the commissioner has, I saw it on TV, apologized for any lapses that may have hurt any innocent person.

"I would request all of you to leave it here," he said.

2.15 pm:

Pakistan People's Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will make his formal entry into the hurly burly of Pakistani politics at an event to be held on Thursday to mark the fifth death anniversary of his mother Benazir Bhutto.

There has been speculation that Zardari might also announce the date for the next general election at tomorrow's event.

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1.50 pm:

The cabinet constitutes Commission of inquiry into the Delhi gang rape case. The inquiry panel will also look at the issue of women's safety. The probe panel headed by Justice Usha Mehra is set to submit a report within three months.

1.40 pm:

Police on Wednesday eased traffic restrictions at India Gate and Raisina Hill but did not lift prohibitory orders even as protests over the gang-rape of a girl calmed down.

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1.10 pm:

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar writes to Home Minstry refuting Sheila Dikshit's allegations that there was interference from cops during the recording of the gang-rape victim's statement.

Kumar refuted the allegation that police had forced a questionnaire on the Sub Divisional Magistrate who recorded the statement of the rape victim and had refused its videography.

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12.55 pm:

The death of constable Subhash Tomar is set to be investigated by Delhi Police's crime branch.

The doctors who conducted his post-mortem have said that his body shows no signs of major bruises or injuries, and instead he died of cardiac arrest.

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12.40 pm:

let us make no mistake about this. The ugly and unpleasant standoff between the police and the largely spontaneous protesters over the weekend is only a precursor of things to come. Collectively, we seem to have unthinkingly bought into a narrative of empowered indignation in which "anger" against "authority" is deemed to be just and justifiable and any means to vent that "anger" is rationalised as socially acceptable and politically correct.

Read full column by Harish Khare in the Hindu

12.10 pm:

Tweet war breaks out over constable's death

Abhijit Majumder ‏@abhijitmajumder

Doctors confirm that constable Subhash Tomar died of cardio-pulmonary arrest. He had no external or internal injuries. Govt giving it a spin

Arvind Kejriwal ‏@ArvindKejriwal7

Rajdeep n Barkha - do u agree u shud have done better verification before reporting serious injuries on Subhash Tomar?

barkha dutt ‏@BDUTT

So now Constable Subhash Tomar's death is going to be politicised as a pro/anti government matter? have we lost all our humanity?

Abhijit Majumder ‏@abhijitmajumder

India had remarkable Home Ministers. Patel, Indira, Shastri, Advani, Chidu. And those with 1 core strength: Sycophancy. Buta, Patil, Shinde

12.00 pm:

Constable Tomar not assaulted, collapsed on his own, says witness

 Yogendra Tomar, who claims to be an eyewitness to Subhash Tomar's injury during the gang-rape protests at the India Gate here, has said that the constable was not assaulted by protestors but simply collapsed while walking.

"He wasn't trampled by the protestors, he wasn't assaulted. He just collapsed while walking. There was a girl with me at that time. We both saw him lying on the ground, and then I picked him up and took him to the hospital in a police van," said Yogendra.

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11.00 am:

Modi to take oath as Gujarat CM today

Heavy security arrangements have been made at the Sardar Patel Stadium where the swearing in ceremony will be held at around 11 a.m.

Having secured an electoral hat-trick, Modi had earlier, thanked the people of the state for giving the BJP another chance to form the government.

Modi praised the voters for exercising their franchise in a mature manner. He said their vote was a signal of their approval for development and further progress in the state.

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9.50 am:

World's longest fast train line opens in China

China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China.

The line officially opened Wednesday when a train departed from Beijing at 9 a.m. for Guangzhou. Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later.

Trains on this high-speed line will initially run at 300 kph (186 mph) with a total travel time of about eight hours. Before, the fastest time between the two cities by train was more than 20 hours.

Railway is an essential part in China's transportation system, and its government plans to build a grid of high-speed railways with four east-west lines and four north-south lines by 2020.

9.15 am:

Home Ministry announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to Tomar's family

The Home Ministry today announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of Delhi Police constable Subhash Chand Tomar, who died in Delhi.

An ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh will be given to the family of Tomar in addition to the financial and other relief announced by the Delhi Police, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The 47-year-old constable, who was injured during violent protests at India Gate on Sunday, died yesterday after battling for life in a city hospital.

Tomar was posted in Karawal Nagar area and was called for maintaining law and order at India Gate area during the weekend protests over the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl.

8.40 am:

Instagram furore triggers first lawsuit

Facebook's Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit to result from changed service terms that prompted howls of protest last week.

In a proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court yesterday, a California Instagram user levelled breach of contract and other claims against the company.

"We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in an e-mail.

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8.15 am:

AK-47's inventor Kalashnikov hospitalised

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of AK-47 assault rifle, has been hospitalised, his assistant Nikolai Shklyaev said Tuesday. Shklyaev said the 93-year-old Kalashnikov complained to him about his health before being taken to hospital last week.

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7.30 am:

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who returned to power in assembly elections for a third time, will be sworn in today, party sources said on Tuesday.

This will be the fourth swearing-in for the BJP leader, who has ruled the state since 2001.

Modi will attend the National Development Council meeting in Delhi the next day.

In Gujarat, the BJP bagged 115 seats, two short of its 117 tally of 2007, of the total 182 seats. The Congress was bruised with 61 seats.

Party sources said the BJP leadership, including veteran L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, were expected to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

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