September 10, 2019

In a Texas border town a church on the edge and wildlife

first_img Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard He and his family are already battling the federal government in court over their land. But their prospects of winning the case don’t look good.Anzaldua says he’s also opposed to the wall because he sees this region of South Texas and Northern Mexico as one community, as have the generations of his family who came before him. He doesn’t like the idea of dividing it with a barrier.”We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us,” Anzaldua says. “I’m not giving up to the last minute, until it’s all done. Then we’ll have to work to tear it down.”The river’s endThe Rio Grande is the fourth longest river in the US. It originates in the Colorado Rockies, then bends and winds its way through New Mexico and along the edge of Texas to eventually empty into the Gulf of Mexico, 1,896 miles later. After traveling hundreds of miles along this river, I had to see its end.I drive my rental car toward the gulf, past cabbage, melon and grapefruit farms, to the dunes and salt flats of Boca Chica State Park. When the road ends at a long, desolate beach, I park and walk. It’s about three miles to the mouth of the river. A cool, thick fog hangs over the ocean as small waves tumble onto the shore.borderlands-8797Where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Dara Kerr/CNET Behind me, a lifted black Ford pickup comes driving down the beach. I still have a ways to go, so I give a wave and ask for a ride. It’s a couple from Missouri wintering in Texas. A pop country station plays over the radio. Like me, they want to see where the river disappears into the sea. We slowly crawl down the beach until we make it to the mouth of the Rio Grande.The land out here is open and rugged. It’s only about 30 feet across to Mexico. The US side is empty, but on the Mexican side, a handful of fishermen in fluorescent green waders stand shin deep, casting their nets. Herons, gulls and pelicans look on.As I’m taking it in, I’m reminded of a plaque I saw at the Butterfly Center engraved with a quote from the writer Wallace Stegner:”Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed. … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”A small, black SUV pulls up to the water’s edge across the river in Mexico. A family of four gets out to take in the view, just the same as us. The dad looks over at me, standing here on the US side. He smiles and waves.Tall Order: Building the Border Wall is our Texas border series exploring what a wall and tech alternatives might mean to the people, communities and law enforcement agencies living in its shadow. Read the first story here: Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative, and the second story here: At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx. Tags 2:09 Tall order: Building the border wall Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Along with historic sites and wildlife refuges, the Trump administration is also looking to build the wall across residents’ private property. Throughout Texas, more than 1,000 landowners are going to be potentially impacted by property seizures, says Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican whose district covers more than 800 miles of the Texas-Mexico border and who opposes a wall along the entire southern boundary.In the Rio Grande Valley, the government has been sending letters to dozens of property owners over the past few months asking to survey their land for the wall. If the landowners refuse, these matters typically end up in court with the government making a case to seize the property under eminent domain. The Butterfly Center and La Lomita had cases against the federal government over the use of their land, and both cases have been dismissed. The Butterfly Center appealed that decision.”The messiness of all these takings has become a real burden for people,” says Peter McGraw, a lawyer with the nonprofit legal assistance firm Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.Mission area resident Reynaldo Anzaldua (left) and the mayor of Mission, Armando O'Caña.Mission area resident Reynaldo Anzaldua (left) and the mayor of Mission, Armando O’Caña. Dara Kerr/CNET Reynaldo Anzaldua’s family has lived in the Mission area since before the US was even a country. He’s a descendent of the Spaniards who settled on both sides of the river in the 1750s. His extended family owns plots of land throughout the region and even has a land grant dating back to 1767. Now the government aims to build the wall through about 70 acres of his family’s property.Anzaldua, who’s soft-spoken with thin, gray hair and wire-rimmed glasses, is a retired customs officer and Vietnam War vet. He says he’s opposed to Trump’s wall because he doesn’t think it’s needed or will work.”One thing I do know about is smuggling. They need to look at the root causes of things,” Anzaldua says. “This is about demand for drugs and demand for illegal immigrant labor. If you reduce demand, you reduce violence in Mexico, you reduce problems here.” The messiness of all these takings has become a real burden for people. Peter McGraw, lawyer for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid reading • In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx Politics Security Clear-cutting isn’t the only side effect the wall will have on South Texas’ wildlife, Sánchez-Navarro says. It’ll also cut off access to water and migratory routes for animals. And the 36-foot-tall barrier will exacerbate wind flow, light pollution and trash and debris buildup.Flooding may be a serious issue too. South Texas is prone to what locals call “rain events,” when a sudden storm pours down massive amounts of water. When this happens, the Rio Grande tends to flood very quickly.”With the wall there, animals would get trapped and drown,” Sánchez-Navarro says. “They don’t have a way to escape.”story-003-nature4Enlarge ImageThis map shows where the border wall will be built in the Mission, Texas, area of the Rio Grande Valley. Amy Kim/CNET Customs and Border Protection says it’s waived various environmental laws to build the wall, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. But it also says it’s working with federal, state and nongovernmental organizations to identify the potential impact on wildlife.”To the greatest extent practicable, CBP will incorporate design considerations to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any potential impacts that are found,” the agency says.A couple miles west of the Butterfly Center, Customs and Border Protection’s excavators have already uprooted brush and cleared about eight acres in a tract of land called La Parida Banco, which is in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This is the first location in Hidalgo County to get Trump’s new border wall.”It is happening next door to us, but not to us,” Wright says. But if Trump’s agenda continues, she says, “they will eventually build the wall through us.”‘We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us’After mass, Father Snipes offers to take me on a boat tour down the Rio Grande on his 50-year-old Kenner ski barge. He puts on his cowboy hat and Texas A&M jacket, towels the morning dew off the boat’s seats and gets the old barge’s motor going.”And we’re off like a band of turtles,” he jokes.The river is wide and calm here, flanked by palms and swamp grass. As Snipes steers the boat downstream, he points to Mexico with its riverside houses and a tidy park full of picnic tables. On the US side, Border Patrol surveillance towers watch over the water. An aerostat hovers in the distance.20190215-084456Father Roy Snipes steers his Kenner ski barge down the Rio Grande. Dara Kerr/CNET “It’s hard to see any signs of a crisis,” Snipes says, as he scans the empty river. “The crisis is demonizing and despising your neighbors.”Snipes took his final vows as a priest at La Lomita in 1980 and he’s been here ever since. He’s had hundreds of parishioners from both sides of the river, including Border Patrol agents and Mexicans who entered the US without papers. The church sits just below the levee, which means it’s inside the 150-foot enforcement zone. Snipes says he hasn’t heard talk of demolishing La Lomita, but being in a deforested area next to a 36-foot-tall concrete and steel wall will change the church.”It’s such a serene and peaceful place to pray, and if you have a militarized zone right there, it would desecrate the atmosphere,” he says. “Couldn’t we find something better than a 15th century wall?” The crisis is demonizing and despising your neighbors.  Father Roy Snipes, parish priest for La Lomita Border wall dividing homes and habitat • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Adobe Donald Trump More than 100 pilgrims quietly make their way into La Lomita Chapel and slide onto the wooden pews of the 120-year-old Catholic church. As one man sits down, he hangs his cowboy hat on a post near the pulpit. The one-room adobe chapel is lit only by a table of flickering votive candles. It’s a cool February morning in Mission, Texas, and the sun has yet to rise.”We pray for ourselves,” Father Roy Snipes says with a Texan lilt, holding a flashlight as he reads his sermon. “But we also pray for our oppressors.” Enlarge ImageThis is the third story in our Texas border trilogy, Tall Order: Building the Border Wall. Click here for the first story and click here for the second story. Amy Kim/CNET Snipes, who’s tall with a slight stoop and combed white hair parted on the side, has served at La Lomita Chapel for nearly 40 years. As he continues his sermon, he turns to a topic his parishioners are familiar with: the border wall.La Lomita sits directly in the path of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall. The tiny white church is situated in a grassy park less than a block from the dark green Rio Grande — the international boundary between Texas and Mexico. That has turned this historic landmark into a symbol of what might be lost once the wall is built. And it’s turned Snipes, who’s locally known as the “cowboy priest” and has been described as “Mr. Rogers with a Stetson,” into an unlikely symbol of protest against the physical barrier the Trump administration just started building in Texas last month.”In the long run, it’s going to be a real sad chapter in our history, that wall,” Snipes says. “It’s a shame they couldn’t think of something better than that with all of the tech we have.” It’s going to be a real sad chapter in our history, that wall. Father Roy Snipes, parish priest for La Lomita The US Border Patrol has blanketed the nearly 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border with technology, most of it geared toward surveillance. The agency relies on a network of sensors, cameras and drones equipped with lidar and radar to spot people, boats and vehicles crossing the border into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Watchdog groups warn that this mass surveillance could have serious privacy implications. But a wall, say the dozens of Texans living along the border who granted me interviews, may be even worse.If all goes according to Trump’s plans, roughly 550 miles of wall will be built along the US-Mexico border as soon as possible. Most of that new construction is expected to happen in Texas. Unlike California, Arizona and New Mexico, which already have about 60% of fencing or walls at their borders, Texas only has around 20% because of its natural barrier with Mexico — the Rio Grande. Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Neema Singh Guliani, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, says, “A lot of us would have objections to surveillance infrastructure in our communities that could track everywhere we went, every time we went to a doctor’s office or a place of worship.”Still, many people who live in South Texas say all that surveillance is better than a physical barrier.”You don’t have to build the wall; you could increase border security, you could increase technology,” says Susan Keefer, an avid birder and part-time resident of Mission. “In some places a wall might be best, but it sure isn’t right here.”Trapped between the river and the wallThe National Butterfly Center sits on 100 acres of riverside property that’s thick with vegetation. Within that tangle of bushes and trees, it’s teeming with wildlife. Kids on a field trip are learning about local butterflies, like the zebra heliconian and southern dogface. And birders walk the grounds, stopping to fix their binoculars on a small gray screech owl sleeping in a tree and a flock of bright green jays that jump branch to branch.The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most biodiverse habitats on the continent. It’s home to 1,200 plant species, 300 butterfly species and 520 bird species, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. And at least 18 threatened or endangered animal species live here.”We’re at the crossroads of the subtropical and tropical Americas,” says Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center. “If you’re doing a Venn diagram, the Rio Grande Valley is that sweet spot in the middle.”Animals of the Rio Grande Valley, including a zebra longwing butterfly, an Altamira oriole, an ocelot cub and a javelina.The Rio Grande Valley is home to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and animals. Clockwise from the top left: zebra longwing butterfly, Altamira oriole, ocelot cub, javelina.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Down the road from the Butterfly Center in a flat, dusty lot enclosed by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, a completely different scene started taking place on April 16. Flatbed 18-wheelers began hauling in truckloads of massive steel bollard panels. Bright orange tractors unloaded the oversized metal planks, placing them in several 10-foot-high stacks across the lot. These are the panels for the border wall.”We’re getting a 36-foot-tall barrier that no terrestrial wildlife will be able to cross,” Wright says. “That means trapped between the river and a wall, there will be increased competition for resources, for mating territory, for food, for shelter, for breeding.”So far, the majority of construction on Trump’s wall has been replacement of existing barriers. That’s about to change.Along with more funding for border technology, Congress’ spending measure authorized $1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel fencing in the Rio Grande Valley. The measure also said, however, the wall couldn’t be built in four protected areas: the National Butterfly Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and La Lomita Chapel. But the day after Trump signed the measure, he announced a national emergency at the southern border, arguing that the US is struggling with an “invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it’s very hard to stop. With a wall, it would be very easy.”img-2441Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center, stands with football players Demario Davis and Josh Norman in front of a stack of steel bollard panels that’ll be used to build the border wall. The National Butterfly Center That move lets him tap into more than $6 billion in additional funds, diverted from other government reserves. It also lets him waive environmental assessments and override the no-wall provision for those four protected areas.While Trump is facing several lawsuits and a congressional challenge to the national emergency, his order stands and construction on the wall moves forward.Along with the 55 miles of wall authorized by Congress in February, an additional 33 miles of steel barriers in the Rio Grande Valley were funded by Congress in March 2018. Of this, 25 miles of nearly continuous wall are slated for Hidalgo County, where the Butterfly Center and La Lomita are located, according to a July 2018 letter that Customs and Border Protection sent to a nongovernmental organization and that was seen by CNET. Customs and Border Protection didn’t respond to a request for comment on the contents of the letter.The wall in Hidalgo County will be 36 feet tall — nearly as high as a four-story building. It’ll start at the foot of the levee with an 18-foot base of reinforced concrete and be topped with 18 feet of steel bollards, according to the letter. Detection and surveillance tech will be incorporated into the wall, along with floodlights. All trees and brush will be excavated 150 feet south of the wall toward the river to clear an area called the “enforcement zone.” If you’re doing a Venn diagram, the Rio Grande Valley is that sweet spot in the middle. Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center See All I set out to travel the length of the Texas-Mexico border, about 1,200 miles, starting in El Paso and ending here at the southern tip of the state in the Rio Grande Valley. While much of the border is remote and desolate, South Texas is different. It’s peppered with numerous towns whose inhabitants live on both sides of the river. It’s also one of North America’s top biodiversity hotspots for birds, insects and animals, such as the endangered ocelot and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.Building a wall in the middle of such a wildlife corridor will harm the hundreds of different species that live here, say scientists and conservationists across Texas. It also puts at risk the future of La Lomita.Father Roy Snipes, the parish priest at La Lomita chapel, holds a dawn mass in Mission, Texas. Father Roy Snipes, the parish priest at La Lomita chapel, holds a dawn mass in Mission, Texas.   Dara Kerr/CNET As Snipes finishes mass at the chapel, birds chirp awake and a hawk hovers in the nearby field. Through the church’s windows, the sky over the levee is cast in red, peach and bright turquoise. In the other direction, a low fog lifts off the river. Overhead, a Border Patrol helicopter buzzes.”They think they’re going to build a wall and it’ll solve all of our problems,” Snipes says. “I think it’s going to cause more problems than it’s going to solve.”Surveillance stateThe Rio Grande Valley isn’t actually a valley, it’s a river delta. It’s flat, dry and hot. Along Highway 83, one-stoplight towns sell tacos and barbecue brisket out of roadside trailers, and broken-down gas stations are a mainstay. Through the dense and thorny brushland filled with sweet acacia, Texas ebony and mesquite trees, the Rio Grande drifts in and out of sight.Every few dozen miles, a white blimp floats 5,000 feet in the sky. Called aerostats, or tethered aerostat radar systems, these apparatuses look like a cartoon version of an airplane, with a softly rounded nose and curved puffy tail wings. They’re one of the surveillance tools US Customs and Border Protection uses to monitor the border.An aerostat used by US Customs and Border Protection along the Texas-Mexico border.An aerostat, used for border surveillance, gets lowered to the ground in rainy weather. Dara Kerr/CNET Each balloon is attached to the ground by a nylon cable that can be extended and reeled in. When in the air, the unmanned aerostats monitor the terrain below. Using radar, along with infrared and electro-optical cameras, they can “see” approximately 20 miles and pick up the movement of people and vehicles, according to Customs and Border Protection.The Border Patrol has six tactical aerostats in the Rio Grande Valley. Each blimp’s radar and camera feeds are monitored 24 hours a day by government contractors and a Border Patrol agent, according to Jose A. Martinez, assistant chief patrol agent.”It has greatly assisted us,” Martinez says. But, he adds, “The aerostat has its limitations because it’s only operational 60% to 70% of the time due to weather and maintenance.”Aerostats are just one of the Border Patrol’s surveillance tools. To detect potential illegal immigration and drug trafficking, the federal agency uses everything from surveillance towers equipped with high-powered cameras to military grade drones to a complex system of sensors, including seismic, magnetic, acoustic, infrared, radar, microwave and photoelectric. The Border Patrol is also testing innovations such as machine-learning AI software and facial recognition tech.The federal government is pouring money into border technology. A congressional spending measure, passed Feb. 14 and signed by Trump, awarded $100 million in technology funding to the Border Patrol, with an additional $112 million for aircraft and sensor systems.US Border Patrol boat in the Rio GrandeBorder Patrol agents keep watch on the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas. Dara Kerr/CNET But some people aren’t happy with the indiscriminate surveillance. A group of 28 tech and human rights organizations, led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, has been pushing Congress to stop funding border surveillance tech.”It’s sickening to see both Republicans and Democrats add significant funding for invasive surveillance technologies to trample on millions of people’s basic rights at a mass scale,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement after Congress passed its spending measure in February. “The US government’s mass surveillance programs are already out of control.”Civil liberties groups and some think tanks are also opposed to added border surveillance. Libertarian think tank Cato Institute says the tech “intrudes on law-abiding Americans’ privacy” and it’d “be naive to believe that Border Patrol surveillance equipment won’t be turned on Americans going about their days.” You don’t have to build the wall, you could increase border security, you could increase technology. Susan Keefer, part-time resident of Mission, Texas Environmentalists say this could deal a devastating blow to South Texas’ already compromised ecosystem. Agriculture and urban growth have destroyed almost all of the Rio Grande Valley’s native brushland, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Less than 5% of this habitat remains — and what’s left is mostly along the banks of the Rio Grande. This is where birds nest, butterflies lay their eggs, and animals hunt and burrow.”This tiny strip of wildlife along the river is now in jeopardy because of the border wall,” says Paul Sánchez-Navarro, senior representative for advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife. “We’re talking over 50,000 acres of deforestation.” US Tech Policy US Tech Policylast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Trump speech praised but US Congress wants details

Trump speech praised but US Congress wants details

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s muted prime-time address to Congress got positive reviews on Wednesday, but numerous questions remained about the details and costs of his ambitious agenda.Americans reacted warmly to Trump’s lengthy speech, in which he ditched the most bellicose of his rhetoric in favor of a call for national unity and a more presidential timber.A CBS News/YouGov poll showed that 76 percent of those who watched the speech approved of what they saw.Wall Street also voiced its appreciation, with the Dow topping 21,000 for the first time.It was a substantial and much needed boost for the 70-year-old Republican president, whose approval rating is at a historic low for presidents after a month in office, and his embattled White House.Trump—ever-aware of his image and popularity—fired a triumphant “THANK YOU!” message to his 25 million Twitter followers Wednesday morning.To keep the momentum, the White House postponed the unveiling of a controversial new ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries, which would have dominated news coverage.It also pared back Trump’s public remarks and held its daily press briefing off-camera.The speech—staunchly nationalist, but delivered in a more measured tone—may help soothe a deeply divided country.In the nearly six weeks since Trump took office, political polarization in America has reached fever pitch.Trump’s supporters have flung themselves into the cause, hoping the election of an outsider will shake up the elites and insider politics in Washington.But among opponents, there is still a sense of disbelief that a billionaire with what they see as authoritarian tendencies and no political experience is in charge of the world’s pre-eminent superpower.According to Gallup, there has been a steady increase since November’s election in the number of Americans experiencing worry on any given day.‘Really pleased’An estimated 48 million people tuned in to watch Trump’s speech, according to the Nielsen ratings firm, lower than the some 53 million who watched former president Barack Obama’s first joint address in 2009.Trump’s speech was welcomed by the hundreds of mostly Republican lawmakers who witnessed it firsthand in Congress.“I think we were all really pleased last night to hear the president’s unifying message. It was refreshing for everyone after such a difficult election season,” Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.Americans, he said, are “ready for a new start.”Trump brought Republicans and Democrats together by strongly criticizing recent threats against Jewish community centers and condemning the seemingly racially motivated killing of an Indian immigrant.He also reached out to opposition Democrats, reprising his call for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and expressing support for paid family leave and affordable child care.Attention will now turn to how Trump can meet those pledges—along with goals to “restart” the US economy, boost defense spending and reduce violent crime.While he promised to replace his predecessor’s landmark health care reforms with a plan that would broaden choice, lower costs and improve access, he offered little in terms of how that would be achieved.Words and deedsDemocrats expressed skepticism about whether the change in tone would last.White House spokesman Sean Spicer reinforced the fear by insisting, “It was not a reset speech.”“With Donald Trump, the speeches don’t mean very much,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told CBS News.“His speeches are populist. They’re aimed at the working folks who supported him. But his governing and what he does is hard right, favoring special interests over the working class.”Trump’s plans on infrastructure, health care, and high-stakes tax reform will likely run afoul of fiscal conservatives, who are intent on bringing down the national debt, which will hit $20 trillion on Trump’s watch.He also wants to hike defense spending by $54 billion, offsetting it with cuts to foreign assistance and other non-military spending.That issue is likely to be front and center as Trump visits military shipyards in Virginia on Thursday.The “deficit spending” that Trump would likely employ set off alarm bells for lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher, who said he was dumbfounded at the lack of opposition from his fellow Republicans at the potential for ballooning spending.“The emphasis that Republicans have placed on (shrinking) the deficit is now going to be something that we will remember in the past,” he said.Some Democrats were also dismissive: “This plan doesn’t add up,” Senator Chris Van Hollen told AFP.“A third-grade math student can see that you’re going to blow a huge hole in the deficit if you do the things the president is talking about.”To square the circle, Trump—the consummate political outsider—may have to embrace Washington deal making.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

first_imgKolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.last_img

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August 31, 2019 Dead murder accused case HC asks Delhi Police to probe

Dead murder accused case HC asks Delhi Police to probe

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has directed city police to probe whether some of its officers suppressed facts in a case pertaining to identification of a body as that of a murder accused who had jumped bail.The accused had allegedly connived with his family members to show the unidentified body as his own to get him declared dead by Uttar Pradesh Police.A special bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta directed the DCP concerned, under whose jurisdiction the Seelampur police station falls, to “carefully go through report of UP police” and file a status report by next date of hearing.It issued the direction after noting that UP Police in its report has said that some officers of Anti Auto Theft Squad of Seelampur police station were “guilty of suppressing the facts in the matter”.“Conduct of all these officers is not above suspicion. It was a very serious issue where a decomposed body of some person came to be identified as that of the appellant.“As per the UP police report the officials here are trying to come in the way of justice. It will not be allowed in this case,” the court said, while issuing the directions to Delhi Police. The bench also made it clear that “the necessary facts shall be fully inquired into and no casual approach will be entertained” and directed that the status report be filed in four weeks.The court was hearing the appeal of Rajbir against his conviction by a trial court here in a murder case. During pendency of his appeal in court, he had obtained bail and then went missing.Despite repeated summons, when the court had failed to get his presence in the appeal case, it had decided to direct the police in Ghaziabad to trace him since he belonged to that district.Later information, through UP Police, was received by the court that the accused is dead. UP Police had said family of the accused had identified the clothes found on the body as those worn by Rajbir. The body was handed over to them and they cremated it and got a death certificate in his name.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Woman tortured for dowry in Beniapukur

Woman tortured for dowry in Beniapukur

first_imgKolkata: A woman was allegedly tortured and sexually harassed by her in-laws for dowry in Beniapukur.On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station against her husband and father-in-law. Till Thursday, no one was arrested. According to sources, the woman got married in December 2000. At the time of her marriage, a lot of valuables were given to her in-laws as dowry. It is alleged that after a few years of marriage she her husband and in-laws started torturing her to bring more dowry. The victim woman said since her family was not able to fulfill the demands made by her in-laws she was subjected to torture. She alleged her husband and her father-in-law had been torturing her for a few years. She said she was forced by her husband to see a pornographic video. Despite she refused to watch it, her husband had forced her to do so. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, a few months ago, her husband started behaving properly with her. She thought he changed due to some reason. But the situation turned ugly after she came to know that when she was in a compromising position with her husband, her father-in-law filmed her. She was shown the video and told to bring dowry. Having no other way, she went to her father’s house, which is also in Beniapukur. On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint against her husband and father-in-law. On the basis of her complaint, a FIR has been initiated under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 354C (voyeurism) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.last_img read more

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