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Siddaramaiah questions K’taka govt on not recording statement of Mysuru gang rape victim

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Mysuru (Karnataka), Sep 2: Taking objections to the Karnataka government’s decision not to pressurise the victim of the Mysuru gang rape case took place, the Opposition leader Siddaramaiah questioned why her statement was not being recorded yet.

“The way Mysuru gang rape case investigation is being conducted, negligence shown towards adhering to the law and not getting the statement of the gang rape victim, showed the intention of the ruling government to hush up the case,” he said on Wednesday.

“According to the police, the incident took place on August 24 between 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. The police got the information at 9.30 p.m. The FIR was lodged on August 25 at 12 noon. Why there is a delay of 15 hours in lodging complaint,” he questioned.

“The police should have filed a case like it was done in the case of Nirbhaya in New Delhi. Why the police have not recorded the statement of the victim yet, even if she does not agree, there is a provision under the law for recording statements by convincing the parents of victims. On the arrival of her father, she was discharged. There is also a provision under law to file a case for not recording the statement,” he pointed out.

“If the victim does not record her statement to the police, she has to record her statement before a judge under Section 164. It would have been appropriate if she were to be produced before the judge,” Siddaramaiah opined.

The authorities have confusion on the jurisdiction of the place where the crime took place. The local Alanahalli police still do not know whether it came under a corporation or the forest department. Is it a difficult thing to ascertain the facts?” he charged.

Siddaramaiah also took the name of the gang rape victim’s frien while talking to the media. When others tried to correct him and tell him not to disclose the name, he became angry and reiterated the name of her friend with whom the victim had gone to an isolated place. “I don’t about her friend being protected by the politicians,” he said.

Siddaramaiah visited the spot near the Chamundi hill area where Mysuru gang rape took place and held a meeting with the Police Commissioner of Mysuru Dr Chandra Gupta.

“I strongly suspect hushing up of the gang rape case by the state as they think it will be a black mark on the ruling government or for other strong reason unknown to us. The ruling government has completely failed to handle the case. The Home Minister Araga Jnanendra should resign immediately,” he maintained.

He also took objection to Rs 5 lakh cash reward for the investigating team. “It is not so difficult to trace the accused these days. The crimes like robbery, rapes, murders, burglary are on the rise in Mysuru. There is a collapse of law and order. “They could have been rewarded if the crime was prevented,” he said.

The Mysuru gang rape case took place on August 24, when the 22-year-old victim had gone to isolated Lalitaadripura locality in the foothills of Chamundi hills. The gang of seven persons had attacked the couple and demanded a ransom of Rs 3 lakh. The incident had made national headlines and police, which came under severe pressure, have arrested six culprits so far. The hunt is on for the seventh accused.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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