Live: Anbumani Ramadoss arrested, father granted bail

Last Updated: Fri, May 03, 2013 12:54 hrs

6.10 pm: 

Anbumani Ramadoss arrested, father granted bail

Continuing with the crackdown on PMK days after Tamil Nadu government blamed the party for last week's violence at Marakkanam, police today arrested former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss as his father and party founder Dr S Ramadoss was granted bail.

However, Ramadoss could not walk out of the prison at Tiruchirappally in view of other pending cases.

The PMK founder was arrested on April 30 for trying to stage a protest demanding arrest of "true culprits" behind the violence at Marakkanam in Villupuram district, allegedly targeted against Dalits.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had blamed the party for the violence.

5.20 pm: 

Bomb explosion at Iraq mosque kills 5

Iraqi authorities say a bomb explosion at a Sunni mosque just north of Baghdad has killed five worshippers and wounded about 19 others.

Police officials say Friday's bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving mid-day prayers at al-Ghofran mosque in a primarily Sunni area of Rashidiya.

A hospital official confirmed the casualties.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Al-Qaida's Iraqi branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, often attacks civilian targets, including mosques. It primarily targets Shiites as well as security forces. In the past, it has also struck Sunni targets in an attempt to reignite sectarian fighting.

4.35 pm:

The Indian doctors who conducted an autopsy on the body of Sarabjit Singh have said that they have found evidence of cardiac arrest. They also have found severe head injuries.

The provisional cause of death is listed as severe head injury. Injuries were caused by a blunt object.

4.27 pm:

Sajjan acquittal: Protest continues for 4th day in capital

Anger and outrage over Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in an 1984 anti-Sikh riots case poured into Delhi streets for fourth day today, with one of the riot victims starting an indefinite fast while scores of people blocked a busy road triggering huge traffic snarl.

While riot victim Nirpreet Kaur began an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar, riot-affected families blocked the busy Mathura Road near Nizamuddin in south Delhi this morning. The blockade led to a huge traffic pile up on the road which connects south Delhi to the heart of the capital.

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3.57 pm:

In more developments on the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in India, Pakistan has demanded that the prisoner be sent back to the country.

3.35 pm:

The Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in a Jammu jail is to be airlifted to a hospital in Chandigarh. He is still in a coma. He was hit with a brick according to the Indian government.

Earlier, reports had suggested the prisoner was attacked with a hammer.

3.10 pm:

Punish everyone responsible for Sarabjit's death, says Pak media

The murder of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail has the potential to impact bilateral relations and authorities must get to the bottom of the affair and punish everyone responsible for his death, the Pakistani media said today.

News of the brutal attack on Sarabjit in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail last week and his death yesterday figured on the front pages of most Pakistani dailies today.

Sarabjit, 49, died of cardiac arrest after being comatose for nearly a week following the attack by other prisoners on April 26.

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2.43 pm:

Fresh tremors in Jammu and Kashmir. A low-intensity quake has hit Kishtwar and Doda.

2.25 pm:

The funeral of Sarabjit  Singh has begun in his native village. His sister Dalbir Kaur has performed the last rites.

A huge crowd is mourning his death.

2.06 pm:

The body of Sarabjit Singh has reached the cremation ground. A state funeral is set to take place soon. Many political bigwigs are expected to attend the funeral. This could include Rahul Gandhi and the entire cabinet of the Punjab government.

1.50 pm:

The body of Sarabjit Singh is being brought into the cremation ground. Huge crowds have gathered at Sarabjit's native village to pay their last respects.

1.41 pm:

The government of Pakistan has said that the attack on its national in a Jammu prison was a retaliatory attack for the death of Sarabjit Singh.

"This obvious retaliation to the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh is condemnable," said the statement.

1.11 pm:

India has said that it will consider Pakistan's request to give consular access to the Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in a Jammu prison earlier today.

India also said that the attack on the prisoner was regrettable.

12.59 pm:

Interview given by Delhi gangrape victim's friend cannot be used as evidence in the trial proceedings, says SC.

SC sets aside Delhi High Court's order which had allowed the interview to be used as evidence.

12.41 pm:

Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has ordered an inquiry into the attack on the Pakistani prisoner in a Jammu jail. The prisoner was attacked with a hammer at around 8.30am today. His condition remains critical.

Shinde refused to take questions on whether this was an attack in retaliation for the death of Sarabjith Singh.

12.28 pm:

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath rules out sine die adjournment of Parliament before last day of Budget Session on May 10.

12.03 pm:

NDTV reports that Rahul Gandhi is likely to attend the funeral of Sarabjit Singh.

Meanwhile the High Commission of Pakistan has asked that consular access be provided to the Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in Jammu.

11.50 am:

The body of Sarabjit Singh has been moved from his home to a nearby school. The body was drapped in the national flag. His funeral is set to take place at 2pm today.

11.22 am:

RBI cuts repo rate, says little room for more easing

The Reserve Bank of India cut its policy interest rate by 25 basis points on Friday for the third time since January, as expected, as growth slows and inflation ebbs, but said there is little room to ease monetary policy further.

The RBI trimmed the repo rate to 7.25 percent, its lowest since May 2011, and kept the cash reserve ratio (CRR) for banks unchanged at 4 percent, also in line with expectations.

RBI also said there was still a signficant upside risk of inflation rising in the near term.

It termed the balooning current account deficit as the biggest risk to the economy in the near term.

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10.50 am:

More on the attack on the Pak prisoner:

A Pakistani prisoner in Kot Bhalwal jail on the outskirts of Jammu was critically injured when he was attacked by a fellow prisoner, a senior police official said Friday.

The Pakistani prisoner was attacked by a former Indian Army soldier. The prisoner, who was taken to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu, had suffered serious head injuries and was in a coma, doctors said.

10.36 am:

A Pakistani prisoner has been  beaten up by inmates in Jammu and has been admitted to a hospital, say reports.

10.25 am:

Sarabjit to be cremated with state honours

The mortal remains of Sarabjit Singh, whose body was brought to his village here 23 years after he inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan, will be consigned to flames this afternoon with state honours.

A large number of people, including women, have started arriving here for the cremation of 49-year-old Sarabjit who succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Lahore yesterday following a brutal attack in Kot Lakhpat Jail where he was lodged since 1990.

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9.50 am:

The Indian Express reports that Pakistan has sent Sarabjit Singh's body back without vital organs like the heart, kidneys and stomach. This will make the autopsy exercise in India grossly inconclusive, say doctors.

Read the full report here.

9.05 am:

The Pakistani prosecutor who was handling the 26/11 case and the Benazir Bhutto assassination case has been shot dead by unidentified men in Islamabad. Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was set to appear in the court today.

8.48 am:

PMK leader and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss was arrested by Kancheepuram police today in connection with an alleged hate speech case filed against him.

Police said the case was filed last year.

On Tuesday his father and PMK founder Dr.Ramadoss was arrested when he led a protest demonstration in defiance of prohibitory orders.

8.30 am:

No hijacking by Somali pirates in nearly a year

A U.S. diplomat says the fight against Somali pirates has been so successful that there hasn't been a hijacking off the Somali coast, in the Red Sea or the Indian Ocean in nearly a year.

Donna Leigh Hopkins, who chairs the global group trying to combat Somali piracy, credits the combined efforts of international naval forces and stepped-up security on ships including the use of armed guards. Another factor is that 1,140 Somali pirates are in jail in 21 countries, she says.

"Pirate attacks are down by at least 75 percent," Hopkins said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. "There are still pirate attacks being attempted but ... May 12 will be the one year anniversary of no successful hijacking off the coast of Somalia."

8.00 am:

Pakistan to deploy 70,000 troops during polls

The Pakistan Army has started deployment of 70,000 troops for election-related duties that would include security and maintenance of peace and order, a military spokesman said.

Elections would be held May 11 for the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, and for four provincial assemblies -- Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The responsibilities assigned to the army include provision of security for printing presses where ballot papers are being printed, safe transportation of ballot papers and election material to election officers and polling stations, Xinhua quoted Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director-general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), as saying.

He said printing of ballot papers has been continuing since April 19 and troops are guarding the printing presses concerned.

Bajwa said police and paramilitary forces would guard polling stations on election day while the Quick Response Force of the Pakistan Army would remain on standby for assistance.

He said a comprehensive security plan is in place and arrangements have been made for deployment of helicopter-borne units of the Quick Response Force to respond to any eventuality.

He said 50 helicopters would also be used for election-related duties and surveillance purposes.

7.30 am: 

Father rapes daughter, arrested

A 50-year-old man was today arrested here for allegedly raping his daughter repeatedly over a year, police said.

G Ailaiah was apprehended this morning when his 29-year-old daughter filed a complaint with the police today in Jammikunta after she was sexually assaulted last night, they said.

The victim, who is pursuing her studies, has been sent for medical examination and investigations are on, police said, adding a case has been registered against the accused.

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