IIM-Bengaluru faculty, students seek fresh probe into Tabrez Ansari lynching

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September 18, 2019

Bengaluru, Sept 18: A section of faculty and students of the state-run Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a fresh inquiry into the death of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari on June 22 due to alleged mob lynching on June 17 in Jharkhand's Kharsawan district village.

"We the faculty, staff and students of IIM-B express shock and dismay over how the Jharkhand police has handled the lynching of Ansari. We urge you to act swiftly by directing the Jharkhand government to institute a fresh probe," said the letter.

According to IIM-B Associate Professor Deepak Malghan, 16 faculty, 85 students and non-teaching staff of the business school signed the letter, seeking Modi's intervention, as "it was the constitutional duty of the state to protect the life and liberty of all its citizens".

The letter was circulated on September 12 in the B-school campus through an e-mail by a professor with a covering note that "as an academic community, it is important that we stand up to the impunity with which the state has abrogated its constitutional duty."

The Jharkhand police decision to convert the murder case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) into a culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 of the IPC prompted the academic community to make the appeal to Modi.

The heinous crime took place around midnight on June 17 at Kadamdia village, 15km from Seraikela town in Kharsawan district and 150km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.

Ansari succumbed to death on June 22 in judicial custody from the serious injuries sustained in the lynching, nearly two months after he married on April 27. He was working as a welder at Pune in western Maharashtra.

According to the first information report, filed on July 29 by local police, the 11 accused who were arrested are from the neighbouring Dhatkidih village.

A video grab of the lynching, aired on news channels, showed Ansari thrashed with iron rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant "Jai Shri Rama and "Jai Hanuman" over an alleged theft.

Ansari's widow Shahista Parvez also sought a judicial inquiry into the unnatural death as he could not get timely medical treatment to his injuries.

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January 11,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 11: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the much-awaited expansion or reshuffle of his cabinet will take place on January 13 or 14, and BJP National President J P Nadda will be invited for the swearing-in.

Though the Chief Minister indicated that seven new faces will be inducted, he did not make it clear whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle.

"On January 13 or 14 according to convenience of our national President J P Nadda and Karnataka in-charge (general secretary Arun Singh), by inviting them, swearing in ceremony will be organised," Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters here after paying tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his death anniversary, he said, about seven members will be inducted.

Asked whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle, he said, "let's see, you will get to know."

Yediyurappa on Sunday had held discussions with Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi about the cabinet exercise.

On returning from New Delhi late on Sunday, the Chief Minister had said that seven members will be inducted on January 13 afternoon, and that he will finalise the names on Monday after discussions.

Yediyurappa has been waiting for some time now to carry out the cabinet exercise, as he was asked by the BJP president during their meeting in New Delhi on November 18, to wait for the clearance from the central leadership.

The cabinet expansion or reshuffle is expected to be a tightrope walk for the Chief Minister, considering that there are too many aspirants, from the party old guard to Congress- JD(S) rebels who are now BJP legislators.

While several of the old guards like Umesh Katti (eight-time MLA) and Arvind Limbavali are waiting for a chance to be inducted into the Ministry, Congress-JD(S) rebels like Munirathna, R Shankar and M T B Nagaraj, who helped the BJP come to power and are now party legislators, are also aspiring for slots.

While Munirathna is now BJP MLA from RR Nagar, Shankar and Nagaraj are MLCs.

Yediyurappa had recently also indicated that MLC C P Yogeshwar, who is said to have played a key role by managing Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs, during the political turmoil in the state in 2019, that eventually led to BJP to come to power, will be inducted into the Ministry.

The cabinet currently has 27 members, and seven berths are still vacant. 

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January 15,2021

Udupi, Jan 15: A man has lost his life after being bitten by a venomous snake at Hengavalli, a remote village in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district.

The victim has been identified as Mohammad Aalm, a local resident.

It is learnt that the incident took place when he was trying to catch a snake near one of his friend’s house in his village.

He was immediately taken to a hospital in Halady and after preliminary treatment he was shifted to KMC hospital in Manipal.

However, he breathed his last without responding to any treatment. A case has been registered at jurisdictional Shankaranarayana police station.

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January 18,2021

Ballari, Jan 18: A middle aged man lost his life after covid-19 vaccination on Monday at Ballari in Karnataka, Health Ministry said on Monday. Post-mortem being carried out at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences in Karnataka.

As per latest information, the deceased was comorbid and diabetic. He was 43 years old and got the shot on Saturday. The man complained of chest pain in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he died.

"The said individual was vaccinated on January 16 (Saturday). As per the physician's opinion, it is a clear case of myocardial infarction. It is not related to the vaccination,” said Dr B Devanand, Director, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Ballari.

“However, they are doing the post-mortem, the viscera has been sent to the pathology department. After the pathology report, the cause of death will be known. The post-mortem has already been initiated," he added. 

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