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Nine AAI officials arrested for CISF trooper's murder

The body of 44-year-old CISF jawan A.S. Yadav, was flown to Mumbai from Kochi on Friday morning, from where it would be flown to his hometown Varanasi

 

Nine Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials were on Friday arrested on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the death of a CISF trooper in a brawl at Kozhikode airport.
 
B. Santhosh, a member of Kerala Police probe team probing the Wednesday night brawl between Central Industrial Security Force and Airports Authority of India officials, told IANS that all nine accused - attached with fire and rescue department - would be produced before a magistrate on Saturday.
 
The body of 44-year-old CISF jawan A.S. Yadav, was flown to Mumbai from Kochi on Friday morning, from where it would be flown to his hometown Varanasi.
 
"The arrests were made after checking CCTV footage at the airport several times. The probe is continuing and as and when more evidence is secured, further arrests will be made," said Santhosh, a circle inspector attached to Kondotty police station in Malappuram district, where the case was registered.
 
A silver nitrate test conducted on CISF inspector Sitaram Choudhary's pistol, from which the shot that killed Yadav was fired, led police to conclude that a scuffle occured between CISF and AAI officials, which attracted the charge of culpable homicide and not murder. 
 
Additional Director General of Police N. Shankar Reddy, in a report submitted on Friday to state police chief T.P. Senkumar, observed that since only officials of different agencies at the airport were involved in the scuffle and there was no trespass by outsiders, the incident could not be considered breach of security.
 
Sources said Reddy's report, based on CCTV footage at the airport, would be forwarded to the centre.
 
The visuals reportedly show angry CISF personnel damaging property inside and outside the airport after coming to know of Yadav's death. A case has since been registered against CISF personnel for vandalism.
 
Kerala Police had put at least 15 officials attached with fire and rescue department under watch since Thursday morning.
 
Three officials, including CISF inspector Choudhary, are recovering at the hospital.
 
Apart from Kerala police, other agencies operating at the airport are also preparing reports on the shooting.
 
The union home ministry, which has taken a very serious note of the incident, is expected to call a meeting of officials of different departments/agencies to ensure that such incidents are not repeated at other airports in the country.
 
Skirmishes have been reported between officials of CISF and other government departments/agencies at other airports in India in the past.

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MOHAN

2 years ago

Karippur airport is smugglers paradise. Only NIA or CBI inquiry can unearth what exactly happened there.

Many believe that there is more to this than meets the eye. Though Karippur is known as Calicut airport it is located in Malappuram District, an IUML (Indian Union Muslim League) stronghold.

CEO of Twitter calls it quits
Twitter's chief executive officer (CEO) Dick Costolo has decided to step down in July, the company's top brass announced.
 
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, chairman of the board and first CEO, will fill the gap as interim CEO when Costolo relinquishes the top post on July 1.
 
Costolo, who will remain on Twitter's board of directors, repeatedly characterised the departure as his call, in a briefing with shareholders on June 11.
 
"I initiated conversation with some members of the board at the end of last year about CEO succession as I contemplated what was next for me," Costolo was quoted as saying.
 
"And ultimately following discussions with the full board at the last week's meeting, we agree that now is the right time to begin this transition."
 
Twitter has been in the middle of major controversies recently, such as widespread piracy of the Mayweather v Pacquiao title fight using the company's new streaming video platform, Periscope.
 
Then there are lingering issues related to trolling and bullying on the micro-blogging site, which critics say Twitter has not addressed very efficiently.
 
Within five minutes after the news came out, Twitter's stock spiked in after-hours trading from $35.75 to $39.29.

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Creator of Chandigarh's world acclaimed Rock Garden dead
Creator of Chandigarh's famous Rock Garden, Nek Chand, died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here early Friday following cardiac arrest, his family members said. He will be cremated here on Saturday.
 
Chand was 90 years old and was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and cancer. He was hospitalised for the past few days.
 
The Chandigarh administration has declared a holiday in its offices on Friday as a mark of respect to the world-acclaimed architectural genius.
 
His body has been kept in the Rock Garden for the people to pay tribute, the family members said.
 
The master creator celebrated his 90th birthday last December.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Nek Chand.
 
"Nek Chand-ji will always be remembered for his artistic genius and fabulous creation that is cherished by many. May his soul rest in peace," Modi said in a tweet.
 
Nek Chand was the most exhibited Indian artist ever with his creations being part of leading cities like Paris, London, New York, Washington and Berlin, and numerous books in different languages being written about him. He had also been offered honorary citizenship in various countries.
 
He was a road inspector in a construction project in Chandigarh in the 1950s and 60s. At that time the city, popularly called "City Beautiful", was being designed by French architect Le Corbusier.
 
Nek Chand developed the art of creating figures from waste material discarded by people and secretly set up his laboratory in a forested area in north Chandigarh.
 
It was only in the mid-70s that Nek Chand's art was recognised and Chandigarh's 'Rock Garden' came into being. The Rock Garden was officially inaugurated in October 1976.
 
He was honoured with the Padma Shri award in 1984 but the Nek Chand Foundation believes his contribution to Indian art deserved a greater award.
 

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