The ban imposed on ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mining in Rajasthan took an ugly turn with the sand mafia allegedly beating a 50-year-old sarpanch to death in Sawai Madhopur district on Thursday. Raghuveer Singh Meena, sarpanch of Hathdoli village, was killed when he went to the Bouli area to check loading of sand illegally dug out of the Banas river.His body was cremated in his native village on Friday. Police registered a case of murder against 21 persons, including nine accused. People involved in illegal sand mining, armed with sticks and stones, attacked Mr. Meena, who was accompanied by a team of Mining Department and a few policemen. The accused hurled stones on the officials when they entered the land in Hindpura village and forced them to retreat. ‘Bled to death’In the melee, Mr. Meena was injured by a stone and fell on the ground. The assailants fled and a profusely bleeding Sarpanch was rushed to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur. He was later referred to Jaipur, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police. The training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees. Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management. Story Highlights The relationship between the police and residents of several inner-city communities should see marked improvement following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme.Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities.Members of the 57th cohort of the programme were presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony, held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on October 3. The group successfully completing the course comprised 38 youth, as well as five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and two from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing, and family life, over a six-week period.First Vice President of the JCC, Warren McDonald, said the relationship between the citizens and the police has the potential to be productive or problematic.“At the level of the society, we need that relationship to be a productive and mutually respectful one that will contribute to facilitating the environment for economic and social development,” he said.Chairman of the Civic Affairs/Inner-city Development Committees, Sameer Younis, said he was happy that the programme brings the police and the youth together, “so they now understand each other and can bring about some peace.”He told the participants that they have received an opportunity to empower themselves, and urged them to become economically independent and to focus on personal development, particularly proper family life and family values.
Asaduzzaman Mia.A senior police official on Thursday said tough action will be taken if any attempt is made to cause deterioration in law and order ahead of the national elections.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia issued the warning at a time when the opposition coalition, especially the BNP complained of arrest and harrassment of hundreds of thousands of political activists across the country.“Strict action will be taken against individuals or groups if any attempt is made to deteriorate the law and order situation ahead of the next election,” the DMP chief said at a press briefing held at the DMP media centre.“The class and the profession will not be considered while taking action,” he added.The police official observed that the country’s law and order situation is much better now than in the past.In this context, he expressed confidence that there is no possibility of deterioration in the situation.On the police behaviour with the people at check posts, Asaduzzaman Mia claimed that their behaviour is far better and professional.When his attention was drawn to an incident of harrassment of a woman at a check post in the city on 22 October night, the police official mentioned that if there is any complaint, action is taken and in this case as well, a probe body was asked to submit report within 48 hours for taking necessary action.
Media personality Muhammad Jahangir. File photoMuhammad Jahangir, a noted media personality and executive director of Centre for Development Communication, died at a hospital in the capital early Wednesday. He was 68.Jahangir, a journalist and younger brother of Noble laureate Yunus, breathed his last around 12:40am at Asgar Ali Hospital in the city, said Tanbirul Islam, assistant general manager of Yunus Centre.He had been suffering from cancer. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday and kept on life support.He left behind his wife, one daughter, three sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.