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BRO help sought to widen Keylong-Killar highway

BRO help sought to widen Keylong-Killar highway

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, June 28

The people of the Pangi region in Chamba district are facing the problem of poor mobility between Keylong in the tribal district of Lahaul Spiti and Killar in Chamba district because of poor road condition. The road is narrow and bumpy due to which Himachal Road Transport Corporation is finding it tough to run its new model buses (star buses) on the route. The star buses are bigger in size as compared to the old buses.Regional Manager of the HRTC at Keylong Mangal Chand Manepa said a trial of 37-seater star bus was conducted on this route. During the trial the roof of the bus got stuck with rock cliffs at several places.Talking to The Tribune, Manepa said, “During the trial of a star bus on this route it was found that the road was not suitable for its plying. At several places the rooftop of the bus got stuck with cliffs on the roadside, which may pose a threat to the commuters for safe traveling. However, when we removed the carrier of the bus the trial was smooth.”“The old model buses are not in good condition but we have adequate number of new model star buses. To facilitate the people of Pangi region with better transportation facility we have urged the Border Roads Organization to widen this road”, he said.A large number of tourists and people from Lahaul and Pangi region use this 140-km-long road for travelling in summer season either to visit Lahaul or Chamba or vice versa.But bad condition of this road makes the journey tedious and risky.The Regional Manager stated that the HRTC wanted to run the 47-seater star bus service on this route to cope up with the rush of passengers provided the BRO develops the road for smooth travel. BRO Commander Colonel AK Awasthi was not available for the comment.Bus trial on the routeRegional Manager of the HRTC at Keylong Mangal Chand Manepa said a trial of 37-seater star bus was conducted on this route. During the trial the roof of the bus got stuck with rock cliffs at several places.


Assault on Tarn Taran ex-serviceman: ‘Quack’, wife booked

Assault on Tarn Taran ex-serviceman: ‘Quack’, wife booked

Tribune News Service

Tarn Taran, June 27

The local police have booked a medical store owner, his wife and accomplices in connection with the murderous attack on an ex-serviceman.The incident raises a question mark on police functioning besides pointing to a nexus between drug peddlers and police.The ex-serviceman, Jasbir Singh (53), has been protesting against the alleged drug abuse rampant in his native village for the past five years, which did not go down well with the accused.He was allegedly assaulted by the accused while he was taking tea at his house on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital with injuries on legs and arms.“I have been regularly complaining about the rampant sale of drugs by the medical store owner and his wife for years, but police did nothing to nail the couple,” he claimed.Following the incident, the police have now booked medical store owner Gurdeep Singh, wife Raj Kaur, and Happy and Kala of the same village. No arrests have been made as the accused are absconding following the incident.Jasbir alleged that Gurdeep was a quack and under the guise of running the medical store he peddled drugs. He said that around a year ago too, he had faced a similar attack but the authorities had pressed him to reach a compromise.He said his brother-in-law Ranjit Singh (45) had died of drug abuse five years ago and he was now looking after his sister’s family. He said the incident had left him shocked and he decided to fight the scourge. He said there were a number of points where drugs are sold openly while the police looked the other way. “Everybody knew this, but no one takes action,” he alleged.Taking a serious note of the incident, Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal deputed Additional Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Rishi to probe the matter. Rishi visited the hospital on Wednesday and recorded the victim’s statement.Tarn Taran City SHO said raids were on to nab the culprits. He said the police were doing their job and no one indulging in the illegal sale of drugs would be spared.Couple booked on murder chargesMeanwhile, the Chabal police have booked one Sahib Singh and wife Babli of Jagatpur village on charges of murder, attempt to murder and under the NDPS Act in connection with the death of Gurjant Singh (23). Two of his friends Sarwan Singh and Harjit Singh of Emma village had fallen seriously ill after consuming drugs allegedly procured from the couple.SHO Manoj Kumar said the three had bought an intoxicant injection from the couple after using which Gurjant died and the other two fell unconscious.


Take Care of Your Health, PM Modi Tells Airman Who Fainted During Guard of Honour

The airman had fainted when the guard of honour was being presented to visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Take Care of Your Health, PM Modi Tells Airman Who Fainted During Guard of Honour
Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure inspects a joint military forces guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. (AP)
New Delhi: The summer heat took its toll on an IAF personnel who collapsed during the guard of honour ceremony organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure.

Faure, who is on his first bilateral visit to India, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi on Monday morning.

 After the ceremony ended and the dignitary had left, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked up to the airman and enquired about his health.
Modi asked him to be careful about his health.
After spending a few minutes with him, Modi left for his official residence, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The airman had faited when the guard of honour was being presented to the visiting dignitary. He was attended by his colleagues and others present there.


IMA cadet robbed of car at gunpoint

Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, June 20

An under training Army officer was robbed of his car at gunpoint near the district’s Bhambhauli village on Wednesday.Under training Lieutenant Bhanu Pratap (27) of Jagadhri had gone to Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh to attend his friend’s wedding on Tuesday night.The next day, he was to visit Chandigarh. He left from Saharanpur at 3.30 am. On the way, he stopped his car at a “dhaba” on the Jagadhri-Panchkula national highway near Bhambhauli village to take a nap inside his car.“After 15 minutes, a man knocked at the window of my car. I woke up and when I opened the window, a man pointed a pistol at me. Soon, two more persons joined him. They snatched the key of the car and my wallet,” Bhanu Pratap told The Tribune.He said the robbers came in Toyota Liva. “They left their car at the ‘dhaba’ and took away my i20 There was more than Rs10,000 ATM cards, a voter card, a PAN card and an Aadhaar card in my wallet,” Bhanu said.He said the robbers were between the 25 and 30 years. “Two of them were speaking Haryanvi and the third was speaking a local language.”Bhanu’s father Somesh Chauhan said Bhanu had joined the Army as a trainee Lieutenant on January 1, 2018. “He is undergoing training at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He came home on June 10 on leave.”Chhappar police station SHO Ramesh said Toyota Liva was robbed from Barwala in Panchkula district on April 16 and a case was registered at Barwala police station in that connection the next day.On Bhanu’s compliant, a case has been registered against unidentified persons under Sections 392 (robbery), 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death) and the Arms Act at the Chhappar police station.


Chilling facts about conflict and journalism by Aasha Khosa

Shujaat Bukhari was probably killed to silence a voice of a free-thinker and to scare others like him

Chilling facts about conflict and journalism

Aasha Khosa
Senior journalistShujaat Bukhari’s cold-blooded murder by terrorists in Srinagar’s busiest quarter is a chilling reminder of how journalists are among the most vulnerable targets in a conflict situation. Bukhari’s rise from a salaried journalist to the owner-editor of an English newspaper in a short span of time was the envy of many. He was ambitious and keen to play even bigger roles in life. Being articulate, Shujaat was the most sought-after Kashmiri journalist in the seminar circuits of New Delhi and even abroad and part of the back-channel efforts to make India and Pakistan settle Kashmir on the table.Though his newspaper — Rising Kashmir — was in no way promoting the Indian interests in Kashmir, terrorists couldn’t stand his enterprising spirit and free thinking. Probably, he had been under their watch for long and the proverbial last straw on the camel’s back happened recently when he wrote an article disapproving of separatists’ spurning of New Delhi’s offer of talks. He was probably done to death in the most ghastly manner to silence a voice of a free-thinker and also to send a chill down the spine of others who are trying to join the peace-and-talk bandwagon.Bukhari’s violent death reminds me of the time when my late husband George Joseph and I reported from Kashmir under a threat to our lives. Our fault was that we had simply reported a happening and a fact. However, those holding the gun want everyone to see the situation only from their perspective and in the process, they obfuscate the truth and kill the human spirit. They tried to do the same with us.On a cold winter day, the phone in our two-room apartment in Srinagar rang and George picked it. The caller said he was from Hizbul Mujahideen and claimed the largest pro-Pakistan group had split but no local journalist was ready to publish the news. The main faction of the Hizbul had issued a handout that had been quickly canceled (verbally), apparently on instructions from Pakistan. Now, this anonymous caller — from the marginalised and smaller faction — had approached us in the hope that we will not take sides (between the two Hizb factions) and expose the truth.It was quite a story. The Indian Express, for which George was reporting, carried it as a banner; The Tribune — I worked for it back then — too carried it on the front page.  The Hizbul split was one of the turning points in Kashmir’s militancy and if one goes through the archives of local newspapers today, it has never happened!The Hizbul reacted violently. It banned the circulation of The Tribune and The Indian Express in Kashmir and asked us to leave Kashmir within 48 hours.We continued to stay put and report from the Valley. Not to offend the terrorists further, George started using the Jammu dateline for his stories even as he was reporting from Srinagar. No journalist in Kashmir supported us; media activists in Delhi didn’t issue statements either. On a personal level, friends would praise us for being bold but none cared about how difficult it was for us. There were no trolls back then, but a majority of Srinagar-based journalists spread lies and propaganda about us to many visiting journalists from Delhi.One local Urdu newspaper wrote that we were ISI agents; a few days later, another one said we were IB agents. Another newspaper report claimed that George and I had received arms training in Zeevan! All this was meant to scare us and force us to leave Kashmir. George left after his office negotiated a deal with the Hizbul Mujahideen through a person who is today a member of the BJP’s national executive committee. He was transferred out of the Valley and the Indian Express resumed its circulation.I lived alone and worked for another year from Kashmir. Believe me, life wasn’t easy. To even buy veggies and groceries, I had to plan my camouflage of the day. To beat my loneliness and to vent my anger against what had happened to our lives, I started working hard on my stories. I was doing well and not giving a clue to anyone on my routine. And, then came reports in newspapers that I was being offered scoops by the government. Before this, terrorists had managed to scare away many veteran journalists, most of them Kashmiri Hindus and non-Kashmiris, through targeted killings of Lassa Koul, Director of Srinagar Doordarshan, and PL Handoo, an officer of the state information department.  A non-Kashmiri Muslim journalist working for the Times of India was manhandled in public and he left the same night. This gave rise to a bizarre situation: the international news agencies and newspapers were hugely interested in Kashmir and their search for local journalists ended with makeup artists and teleprinter operators. Over the last two decades, reporting from Kashmir has undergone a sea change; almost all regular news is being reported by Kashmiri Muslims. Shujaat was a product of this transformation and, in a way, he should have been hailed as a visionary and enterprising editor. His reporting and newspaper seemed to be in no conflict with the narrative unleashed by the separatists and yet he was killed.Prima facie, it seems that he took the threat to his life not so seriously or else he would not be moving out of his office at a predictable hour. His friends have scooped an insidious write-up about him by an anonymous writer on the worldpress.com. It was posted four weeks back and clearly targeted him for ‘betraying and making use of the movement.’Like all sane people, Shujaat Bukhari probably wanted his two children to grow and live in peace and, therefore, he tried to work for peace in Kashmir and paid with his life.


Ceasefire in tatters as four BSF men killed in Pak firing

Asst commandant from Rajasthan among those dead in Samba attack

JAMMU: Four Border Security Force men, including an assistant commandant, were killed and three seriously injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border near the famous Chamliyal shrine in Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district, a BSF officer said on Wednesday.

PTIBSF men pay tributes to their four colleagues at a wreath­laying ceremony in Jammu.

The BSF accused Pakistan of betraying the Indian side by not honouring its truce commitment made at the recent DGMO- level talks on May 29 that was followed by a sector commander -level flag meeting earlier this month.

“They first fired two mortars that landed on our party followed by firing. It happened around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night. We have retaliated and other action is in the pipeline,” said BSF Jammu frontier inspector general Ram Awtar. “Four BSF men have made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty,” he said.

Those men killed in the attack were identified as assistant commandant Jitendra Singh, assistant sub-inspector Ramniwas and constable Hansraj, all from Rajasthan, and sub-inspector Rajneesh Kumar, a resident of Etah in Uttar Pradesh.

Eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along border in the state this year, the most losses the border guard has suffered in a year since 2013, latest data reveals.

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the deaths of the four BSF personnel, and reiterated her demand for cessation of hostilities along the borders to protect lives and properties of border people. CEASEFIRE CALL TODAY A final decision on the commencement of counter-insurgency operations in J&K is likely to be taken by the Centre during a security meeting held at the ministry of home affairs on Thursday, senior government officials said.


Dear Lt Gen Panag, Major Gogoi Is Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Every individual is innocent till proven guilty.

As we grow older, we become more fixated in our views. Despite all criticism, we seek to defend ourselves, even against rational thoughts and use every means to justify our beliefs. This is the background behind the latest article titled ‘A history of transgressions’ published in the Newslaundry this week by respected veteran, Lieutenant General HS Panag. The article is based on an earlier incident involving Major Gogoi and his recent saga in Srinagar.

Immediately after the incident of a civilian being tied to an army jeep in April last year, General Panag, possibly the only veteran against Major Leetul Gogoi then, had tweeted, “The image of an alleged stone pelter, tied in front of a vehicle as a human shield, will forever haunt the Indian army and the nation.”

It goes to his credit that he stuck to his views despite all criticism.

It is to prove that the junior officer in question has a negative streak that the latest article has been written.

The article traces both the incidents which have highlighted the career of Major Gogoi. The first was the tying incident and the second of his presence in Srinagar. General Panag’s assessment of Major Gogoi is based on his belief that what was done in the Valley earlier was wrong and should have been dealt with differently.

File Photo of Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of the Rashtriya Rifles 53rd battalion.
File Photo of Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of the Rashtriya Rifles 53rd battalion.
(Photo: ANI) 

What irked him more was that Major Gogoi was commended by the army chief for his ‘out of the box’ approach in which, without firing a single round, in trying circumstances, he saved multiple lives. To justify his interpretation, Gen Panag has levelled multiple charges against the officer in the latest article, without even awaiting a verdict of ‘guilty or not guilty’ from the army inquiry.

Also Read: Major Gogoi is My FB Friend, Met Him of Own Accord: Kashmiri Woman

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

In fact, there are three incidents which have occurred in the Valley in the recent past, which need to be assessed for their differences in approach and ramifications. The first is the well-established case of Major Gogoi, who tied Farouq Ahmed Dar to his jeep, thus rescuing a polling team, facing a mob of stone-pelters, without firing a shot.

The second is the case of a team of Garhwal Rifles, which were surrounded by a mob, who were pelting stones and almost lynched the JCO leading the team. The column had to open fire, leading to civilian casualties.

The third is the recent case of a CRPF gypsy, after the government had announced NICO (Non-initiation of Combat Operations), surrounded and attacked by protestors, which had no option but to flee or else open fire in self-defence, which would have led to civilian deaths as also their own. Had it not fled, it could have possibly been set on fire or its occupants dragged out and killed. While fleeing, it ran over a youth and injured two more.

CRPF personnel frisk a civilian.
CRPF personnel frisk a civilian.
(Photo: AP/Altered by The Quint)

Also Read: Kashmir’s Vicious Cycle: Militant Ranks Swell With Every Encounter

In the first case, Gogoi was accused of violating human rights, as he did not fire. In the second case, an FIR was lodged against the army for opening fire, which was ultimately squashed by the Supreme Court. In the third case, an FIR has been lodged against the driver (for rash and negligent driving) and unknown stone pelters. The State Human Rights Commission has sought an explanation from the SSP of Srinagar on the incident, including the presence of the vehicle in the area.

Omar Abdullah also tweeted, ‘Earlier they tied people to the front of jeeps and paraded them, now they just drive their jeeps over them. Ceasefire means no guns, so use jeeps?’

Clearly, no matter what action security forces took, they were always blamed.

Maximum Risk, Minimum Gain

Gogoi was defended across the nation for his ingenuity, while the Garhwal unit was supported for its controlled firing. The recent Gypsy case has been most visible on social media and portrays the trauma being faced by those within. In every case, those involved acted in the best manner they could given the circumstances. They had seconds to act or there would have been a high number of fatal casualties.

In the case of the Garhwal battalion, outnumbered army men would have been lynched, whereas in the case of others, local youth would have been killed in firing as also some security forces. Hence, in every case there was massive national support, despite a few dissenting voices.

Also Read: New Cult of Suicide Stone Pelters in J&K Amid Political Breakdown 

Let There Be A Trial First

Moving to the present instance, where Major Gogoi was investigated for his presence in a hotel in Srinagar along with a lady. The investigation by the police has rightly concluded that there was nothing amiss, legally everything was in order and there was no reason for him to be detained. Hence, he was reverted to his unit.

The Chief, during his visit to the valley recently, was questioned on the incident. He stated that the army would investigate and if Gogoi was found guilty, he would be appropriately punished. This itself implies that army authorities are aware and capable of deciding what were the reasons for the officer to be present, sanctions, if any, were taken and the impact of his actions.

The responsibility for investigating rests with his superiors who are capable and knowledgeable.

Panag’s desire is to prove to the world that an individual, who, in his opinion, had earlier committed a crime, but was commended for it, would again do something wrong. For him, proving Gogoi guilty would be a blessing after facing public wrath on his earlier comments. In this article he has declared Gogoi guilty under multiple accounts of army law. He has even asked the army chief to consult his legal advisor on the subject.

Also Read: Court seeks status report in hotel matter involving Major Gogoi

A basic rule in law states than an individual is innocent unless proved guilty. The same rule would also apply to Gogoi, disregarding the fact whether he is a national figure or a criminal.

Judging the rules under which he is to be charged and seeking to declare him a criminal even before the army inquiry is complete, is akin to a media trial, which is incorrect. In case Gogoi is proved not guilty, will General Panag apologise for this media trial?

Also Read: Major Gogoi to face Court of Inquiry

(The author is a retired army officer based in Lucknow. He can be reached @kakar_harsha. This is a personal blog and the views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quintneither endorses nor is responsible for the same.)

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40 Bluestar detainees given cheques, Capt assures compensation to remaining

40 Bluestar detainees given cheques, Capt assures compensation to remaining

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Chandigarh, June 28

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday awarded compensation to 40 people who were arrested and kept in a Jodhpur prison following Operation Bluestar in 1984 and assured that the remaining 325 detainees, who did not move court, would also be given financial aid.He was addressing a programme organised to distribute cheques to the 40 detainees here who were awarded compensation by district court in Amritsar last year.Singh handed over cheques of the state’s 50 per cent share of the approximately Rs 4.50 crore compensation for them. They amounted to Rs 2,16,44,900.“Those remaining (325) Jodhpur detainees who did not approach court are also entitled to compensation. We will give our share of compensation to them and will also take up with the Centre to put in its share,” Singh said.A total of 365 people were arrested and detained at Jodhpur jail following Operation Bluestar. They were eventually released between March 1989 and July 1991.Of these, over 200 detainees had appealed for compensation in a lower court, alleging “wrongful detention and torture” but they failed to get any relief in 2011.However, 40 of them appealed to the District and Sessions Court, Amritsar. They were awarded Rs 4 lakh each as compensation with 6 per cent interest (from the date of filing of the appeal to payment of compensation) in April last year.The court held that the central and state governments would be jointly liable for payment of the compensation. The total compensation, including interest, worked out to Rs 4.50 crore approximately.As many as 100 detained had died since then. Of the 40 who had gone to the court, seven passed away in the interim.The chief minister said his government was prepared to release the full compensation to the 40 detainees but he was informed by the Centre about its decision to release its share as well.He said it was a small compensation for the pain they underwent, assuring that his government would also look into their demand for jobs for their children.Congress MLA from Patti, Harminder Singh, who was also detained, thanked the chief minister for coming to the rescue of the detainees.He recalled Amarinder Singh’s gesture in visiting the detainees in Nabha prison (where they were initially kept before being shifted to Jodhpur), to give them clothes.The detainees had been kept naked in Nabha prison, claimed Harminder Singh.He said it was Amarinder Singh who gave them Rs 1 lakh each in 2006, during his previous tenure, the only compensation given to the detainees before today.It was the chief minister’s efforts and decision that had forced the Centre to agree to release its share, he added.Speaking on the occasion, one of the detainees, Jasbir Singh Ghuman said their acquittal had come after a 20-year court battle and then it had taken them seven years to win the compensation. — PTI

Jodhpur detainees who did not go to court will also get relief, says Capt

CHANDIGARH:Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday promised compensation to the remaining 325 Jodhpur detainees on a par with that given to 40 after a court verdict. He also promised to persuade the central government to do the same. He gave the assurance while handing over cheques of the state’s 50% share of the approximately Rs 4.5 crore compensation awarded by the Amritsar district court to the 40 detainees who had sought judicial relief.

KESHAV SINGH/HT■ Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh with persons who were illegally detained after Operation Bluestar. He gave them cheques of relief money awarded to them by an Amritsar court, in Chandigarh on Thursday.

GIVES ASSURANCE WHILE HANDING OVER CHEQUES OF STATE’S 50% SHARE OF ~4.5CR COMPENSATION TO 40 WHO HAD WON CASE

In all, 365 persons were arrested and detained at a Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984; they were eventually released in 1986 and as many as 100 have since died. Of the 40 who had gone to the court, seven passed away in the interim. The CM said those who didn’t go to court were also entitled to compensation, and his government will make the same payment to them too. He expressed the confidence that the Union government — it has appealed against the compensation verdict in the high court — will also agree to his plea to contribute its share to all detainees.

He said his government was prepared to release the full compensation to the 40 detainees but he was then informed by the central government of its decision to release its share too, the chief minister told the detainees who had come to receive the cheques here. “It was a small compensation for the pain they had undergone,” the CM said, assuring the detainees that his government will also look into their demand for jobs for their wards.

Congress MLA from Patti, Harminder Singh Gill, who was among 365 detainees, recalled that it was Amarinder who gave them Rs 1 lakh each in 2006, during his previous tenure. Speaking on the occasion, another of the detainees, Jasbir Singh Ghuman said their acquittal came after a 20-year court battle and then it took them seven years to win the compensation.


Sukhoi aircraft, on test flight, crashes; pilot safe

Sukhoi aircraft, on test flight, crashes; pilot safe

Onlookers gather near the debris of a Su-30 MKI fighter jet at Wavi-Tushi village, near Nashik, in Maharashtra on Wednesday. PTI

Nashik, June 27

A Sukhoi aircraft awaiting induction in the Air Force crashed near here on Wednesday. The pilot and a flight test engineer on board ejected safely before the plane, which was on a routine sortie, hit ground near a grape farm, 25 km from Nashik.The under-production Sukhoi Su-30MKI twinjet multirole air superiority fighter of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) crashed shortly after taking off from the HAL airstrip near the city, police said.“It was piloted by Wing Commander Prashant Nair. He was accompanied by Squadron Leader L Biswal, Flight Test Engineer. Both ejected safely,” it said. Some labourers working in the field where the aircraft crashed, were injured after being hit by splinters and were admitted to the rural hospital at Pimpalgaon.A top official involved with the aircraft production said the crashed Sukhoi was the first of the batch produced at the Aircraft Manufacturing Division at HAL Nashik this year. — PTI


Indian Army Major’s wife’s murder case: How police traced and arrested accused Major Nikhil Handa

An Army Major’s wife’s body was on Sunday found with her throat slit near the Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area.

Indian Army Major's wife's murder case: How police traced and arrested accused Major Nikhil Handa

New Delhi: An Indian Army Major Nikhil Handa was on Sunday arrested from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh for his alleged involvement in the killing of another Army Major’s wife, Shailja Dwivedi, in west Delhi on Saturday.

The woman’s body was found with her throat slit near Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area on Saturday. Initially, the police were informed that a woman had died in an accident. Later, when they inspected the body, it was found that her throat was slit, they said.

  The woman was dropped at the Army Base Hospital in her husband’s official vehicle by a driver on Saturday. Later, when he came back to pick her up, he could not find her and learned that she had not attended her scheduled physiotherapy session.

This is how the police zeroed in on Major Handa:

– The police got to know from the CCTV footage at the Army base hospital that Shailja was seen in a car with a man for the last time.

– As per the police, this man was Major Handa.

– Shailja’s husband, Major Amit Dwivedi also told the police that he suspected Major Handa in his wife’s murder.

– From Shailja’s CDR, the police were able to ascertain that on Saturday, she had talked to Major Handa from 10 am to 1 pm.

– The police then began searching for Major Handa and dispatched six teams to look for him.

– The Major’s phone was repeatedly switched off.

– The whole of Saturday night, till Sunday morning, in the Delhi-NCR area, within a radius of 550 km, the police team raided various places to trace Major Handa.

– The Major was continuously changing his location.

– The Delhi Police team were then informed that a silver car, which they searching, was seen in Meerut’s Daurala area.

– The police then reached Meerut and arrested Major Handa. After the arrest, they informed their counterparts in Meerut.

– According to the police, the accused had allegedly run a car over the woman’s face and the body in order to make the incident appear as an accident.

– Major Handa was posted in Nagaland’s Dimapur. Two months back, Amit too was also posted there.