The Hindu Important Articles 04 May 2018
# ‘School van that collided with tanker had no permit’
Van also did not have fitness certificate: preliminary probe
The school van that collided with a milk tanker, killing a student and injuring several others in Kanhaiya Nagar on April 26, did not have a fitness certificate, the preliminary report of the magisterial inquiry has found.
The van driver also did not have a permit.
After the April 26 incident, in which a seven-year-old girl was killed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash asked North-West Delhi District Magistrate C. Uday Kumar to conduct a probe into the incident.
Violators to be charged
Sources said the preliminary report was submitted to the government on Wednesday.
They said the report has recommended that the driver and owner of the van be charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304) and causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (Section 337) of the Indian Penal Code.
The inquiry found that the driver did not have a permit to operate the school van. The van itself did not have a fitness certificate, the report found.
Since vehicles that are over 15 years of age are not allowed in Delhi and the van was 16 years old, it was being used illegally, the inquiry found.
The van had been driving on the wrong side of the road and collided with the tanker while trying to move to the correct side.
The police had filed a case of culpable homicide against the driver of the milk tanker and had booked the driver of the school van under the Motor Vehicles Act for rash driving.
A total of 18 children were in the van when the accident happened.
# New body for better coordination between police forces
Decision to set up institution taken during first meeting of Inter-State Crime Coordination Committee
An Inter-State Crime Information Secretariat will soon be set up to assist the police forces of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi to effectively coordinate and share information to curb criminal activities.
The new institution will try to stop the activities of organised criminals and gangsters, and prevent smuggling of illicit weapons and narcotics in the National Capital Region, especially in the border areas.
The decision was taken during the first meeting of the Inter-State Crime Coordination Committee of the four States in Gurugram.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addressed the meeting and told officials that the idea for the committee was conceptualised during his informal meeting with U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The committee is expected to hold meetings every four months.
The agenda for the meeting was planned by Haryana DGP Baljit Singh Sandhu in consultation with DGP U.P., DGP Rajasthan and the Delhi Police Commissioner.
In a joint briefing held after the meeting, Haryana Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mohd. Akil said that the officers deliberated upon the various types of inter-State crimes and strategies to nab such criminals.
He said that it was also decided that regular meetings would be held between the Crime Branch, the CIA, and Special Task Force officials as well as border SHOs. Telephone numbers of police officers will also be shared to make coordination easier.
The four States will also appoint a senior-level Nodal Officer each for real-time sharing of information.
Mr. Akil said that Haryana sought cooperation from all States, especially Uttar Pradesh, to smash the criminal network engaged in manufacturing and supply of illicit weapons in border areas. “It will be a big achievement if we collectively prevent the manufacturing, transportation and procurement of illicit weapons. Haryana has also sought cooperation from Rajasthan in preventing illegal mining,” he added.
The next meeting of the committee will be held in Noida, said Mr. Akil.
# HC tells JNU prof not to take charge of women’s hostels
Asks Prof Atul Johri to avoid interaction with complainants
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor, accused of sexually harassing women students, not to take charge as warden of any hostel in the varsity campus which houses women.
“It is also in the interest of the professor to reduce the chance of interaction with the complainants or potential witnesses,” said Justice Rajiv Shakdher.
The court was hearing a petition filed by several women students seeking suspension of Professor Atul Kumar Johri, against whom eight FIRs have been lodged alleging sexual harassment, and to restrain him from entering the campus.
The counsel appearing for JNU told the court that Prof Johri had resigned from administrative work and was no longer the warden of any hostel or member of any committee.
The HC said the university will consider the advisability of sending Prof Johri on leave and this decision can be taken after the fact-finding committee, set up by the varsity, submits its findings.
It also questioned the varsity over the absence of women members in the fact-finding panel, which comprises two male professors. It asked the JNU’s advocate to advise the Vice-Chancellor to re-constitute the panel and include a female professor before whom the women students could depose comfortably.
“How will the students answer to a male member properly? A woman member can ask questions in a better manner as the allegations pertain to sexual harassment,” the court observed.
Lab also off limits
Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the women students, said that 79 more students have given a letter to the police that they do not feel safe and were living in a fearful atmosphere as the professor continued to visit the Department of Life Sciences.
The HC later asked the professor not to visit laboratory no. 409 of the Department of Life Sciences where the students work.
When the court enquired whether Prof Johri will still be evaluating the work of these Ph.D students, the university’s counsel replied in the negative.
The varsity’s counsel further said that the professor has resigned from all official positions and has been advised not to go to the laboratory or the department.
‘Will not vacate campus’
The court inquired whether Prof Johri was willing to move out of the campus and reside somewhere else.
To this, the professor’s counsel said he cannot move out as his “prestige was at stake” and he has “three daughters”.
When the judge asked: “You will not volunteer [to move out]?” Prof Johri’s counsel said: “No I will not.”
The Delhi Police told the court that the probe is still on and they have filed a status report. A fresh report will be submitted before the next date of hearing on May 23, it added.
# Youth stabbed to death
Brawl over payment; accused were deceased’s acquaintances
A 24-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by a group of five youths in Dakshinpuri in the early hours of Wednesday, the police said, adding that two of the five accused have been arrested.
The police control room received a call regarding the incident around 12.30 a.m. on Wednesday. A team reached the spot and took Mohit Rai to AIIMS Trauma Centre, where he was declared brought dead. Mohit had recently completed graduation, his family said.
The police said the five accused allegedly attacked Mohit after a brawl over payment. Accused Arvind had borrowed money from Mohit’s elder brother Kailash. The other accused have been identified as Himanshu, Rahul, Ankush and Badal. All accused were Mohit’s acquaintances.
The victim’s younger sister Neelam claimed the accused tricked Mohit into accompanying them to a nearby park and killed him. She said, “Mohit had finished watching the IPL match on Tuesday night and was about to have dinner when Rahul and Himanshu came over. They asked him to accompany them to help Arvind with his new camera’s settings.”
Mohit reached the park and learnt that his brother had lent money to Arvind, which the accused was unable to repay, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Romil Baaniya.
“Kailash had kept Arvind’s mobile phone as security. The five accused told Mohit to go back home to get the phone and return it to Arvind. When he refused, they stabbed him with knives and fled the spot,” said Mr. Baaniya. “We registered a case of murder and efforts are on to arrest the other accused,” he added.
# Students to join battle against mosquitoes
Involve students in prevention, control of vector-borne diseases: DoE to schools
The Directorate of Education (DoE) has directed the heads of all schools under its jurisdiction to involve students in preventing and controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya.
Circular sent to schools
In a circular sent to all schools, the DoE said, “It is the responsibility of the community to ensure that there are no mosquito-breeding sites on and around their premises and community awareness, participation and involvement are the key strategies to ensue this.”
It said that students should be trained in identification of Aedes mosquito and destroying its breeding places through intensive information, education and communication.
“Involving students is of great importance in awareness creating activities as they can act as ambassadors to spread information and messages for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases,” reads the circular.
Heads of schools have been asked to start with sensitising students during morning assembly and parent-teacher meetings regarding mosquitogenic diseases, pasting a list of dos and don’ts on notice boards, organising drawing and quiz competitions, and encouraging students to wear clothes that cover their arms and legs.
Students have been asked to ensure that water contained in potted plants, coolers, condemned items lying in the open are changed and storage tanks have lids. Head boys and head girls have been asked to depute and supervise teams of students to check and ensure that stagnant water is removed from school premises and surrounding areas.
Involving students is of great importance in awareness creating activities as they can act as ambassadors to spread information and messages for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases
# 3,195 fined for flouting traffic rules
On the occasion of Shab-e-Barat
The traffic police fined 3,195 motorists in the Capital for flouting rules on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat on Wednesday. Besides these, 14 vehicles were also impounded.
Nearly 1,000 traffic and local policemen were deployed across the city, especially in the south, east, central and Lutyens’ Delhi areas, to oversee enforcement of traffic and security arrangements, said a senior traffic police officer.
“Integrated barricading was in place on Wednesday, which means both the traffic and local police worked together to challan violators. The arrangements were in place to make things easy for those offering prayers on Shab-e-Barat,” he added. The southern range, which includes the South and South-East districts, recorded the maximum number of challans, while the outer district saw the least number of challans. “In the southern range, 626 motorists were challaned, while 84 persons were fined in outer district,” said a traffic police officer.