7 school students, van driver die
PUDUKOTTAI (TN), 19 JUNE: Seven school students and the driver of a van were killed and four seriously injured today when the vehicle collided with a private bus at Poovarasangudi, police said. There were 10 students in the age group of 12-15 years on board the vehicle besides the driver and his assistant. pti
Shamli rape: All six accused held
MUZZAFARNAGAR, 19 JUNE: Police today claimed to have arrested all six accused in the Shamli gang-rape case. “Six accused including two friends of the victim have been arrested yesterday in connection with the case,” SP Abdul Hameed said. The accused were produced in the court today and sent to 14 day-judicial custody. A 21-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by six persons on Saturday in Shamli district near here. pti
Two Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, 19 JUNE: Two Maoists were today arrested by security personnel from Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bijapur district. “The cadres were nabbed by a patrol party of district force and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) from the forest under Madded police station limits,” a senior police official said.
The two have been identified as Michha Rajesh (25) and Michha Suresh (22), the official said. Rajesh was carrying a cash reward of Rs 5,000. pti
‘CBI acting like Cong’s private militia’
NEW DELHI, 19 JUNE: The BJP has accused the Congress of using CBI a private militia in the Ishrat Jahan case. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters here today that the Ishrat Jahan case is a political conspiracy to discredit the anti-terror machinery of the Central and state government. sns
Kharge takes charge as rail minister
NEW DELHI, 19 JUNE: Mr Mallikarjun Kharge assumed charge as the railway minister here today and was briefed by the chairman Railway Board, Mr Vinay Mittal and other senior officials on priority areas of the ministry. Filling up the vacancies in the Railway Board will be the top priority of Mr Kharge. The member staff Mahesh Kumar is behind bars and under suspension as he is accused of bribing Vijay Singla, nephew of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, for a top post. sns