Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the law and order situation in the state and security to Amarnath pilgrims, officials said.During the meeting that lasted about half-an-hour, the Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley.Steps taken to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims were also discussed, officials said.Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday.Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said. So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine.As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
A Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Som Dutt for beating and assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal held Mr. Dutt, a legislator from the Sadar Bazar constituency here, guilty under Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.“There is no doubt that on January 10, 2015, around 8 p.m., Som Dutt, along with his 50 supporters, went to flat no. 13 where the complainant was present. The complainant was beaten and assaulted by the accused and his associates due to which he suffered grievous injury,” the court said. Grievous injury The maximum punishment for causing grievous injury is seven years. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on July 4.The court, however, said the offence of wrongful restraint (Section 341 IPC) is not made out in this case as the complainant was not going anywhere and he was not restrained from proceeding in any direction. “Further, Section 147 of the IPC, which punishes the offence of rioting, is also not made out considering that the intention of the accused was only to beat the complainant and no further. “It is not clear how many persons, apart from the accused, had assaulted the complainant and what was their common object, if any,” the court said.An FIR was lodged against Mr. Dutt in 2015 at the Gulabi Bagh police station in North Delhi on the allegation that the MLA and around 50 of his supporters, while campaigning in the locality, had come to the house of complainant Sanjeev Rana.The prosecutor had alleged that when the complainant objected, the MLA allegedly hit him on his legs with a baseball bat and his supporters dragged him out on the road and started beating him, causing grievous injury.Mr. Dutt’s counsel had refuted the arguments, saying the MLA and his supporters were peacefully campaigning in the society and it was the complainant who started quarrelling with Mr. Dutt in an inebriated state, on which a cross FIR was also registered by the legislator.
Russian Natalya Antyukh won the gold medal in women’s 400m hurdles on Wednesday by posting a personal best of 52.70 seconds, holding off Lashinda Demus of the US, who took silver in 52.77. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic received the bronze for 53.38.”This has been very special. I cannot express the words,” said Antyukh, who took the bronze in Athens in the 400m flat.”I only started the hurdles in 2009. I have done a lot of work, to get a PB is amazing- a world record soon would be great,” she said.Demus, the reigning world champion, said she was “grateful to be on the podium.””Of course I wanted the gold medal. I wanted it so bad I can’t explain how bad. I started crying because I knew how bad I wanted it.”Hejnova said she was shocked by her performance.”It is a fantastic day for me. I didn’t expect it, as I was fourth at the European Championships,” she said, referring to the competition in Helsinki in June.Defending champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica crashed out in the heats.