The Hindustan Times – SIT files first chargesheet in Gauri Lankesh murder case

The 650-page charge sheet filed before the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate details the role of alleged gunrunner and Hindutva activist T Naveen Kumar alone as an accomplice in Gauri Lankesh’s murder, which had triggered a nationwide outrage.

Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 30 May 2018. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh on Wednesday filed its first charge sheet in the sensational case, naming alleged gunrunner and Hindutva activist T Naveen Kumar as an accused.

Naveen Kumar has been charged under section 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 118 (concealing a conspiracy) and 114 (abetment to the crime) of the IPC, and also under provisions of the Arms Act, SIT sources told PTI.

The charge sheet contains the statement of about 131 witnesses, the sources said.

The SIT has submitted that it would submit more documents relating to the case in future.

Lankesh, 55, known for her left leaning and strong anti-Hindutva views, was shot dead in front of her house here on September five last year.

Naveen Kumar was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearm and ammunition on February 18. During the probe, the SIT claimed, it had found evidence of his involvement in the killing of Lankesh, and also arrested him in that case.

The Arms Act case against Naveen Kumar would be heard by a city court on Thursday.

Naveen Kumar, hailing from Maddur in Mandya district, was arrested with a firearm and bullets when he was waiting for a client at Majestic bus stand in Bengaluru.

Sources claimed he had not only supplied firearms to the assassins of Lankesh but also conducted a recce of the area around her residence and provided them vital inputs about her.

He is also suspected to have ferried the prime accused to a place close to Lankesh’s house.

Police said Naveen Kumar had named a man from Shivamogga Praveen Kumar, arrested by the city police in connection with an illegal arms case in May, in the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

The sources said the SIT has taken into custody four more people suspected of involvement in Lankesh’s killing.

They have been identified as Manohar Edve (30), Sujith Kumar alias Praveen (37), Amol Kale alias Bhaisab (40) and Amit Degwekar alias Pradeep.

While Edve and Praveen are from Karnataka, Kale and Degvekar are from Maharashtra and Goa respectively.

They were arrested for hatching a plan to kill Kannada writer K S Bhagawan, known for his anti-Hindutva stance, the sources said.

“Their involvement in Gauri Lankesh case is very much likely. That’s why we have taken them into custody and are interrogating them closely,” said a source in the SIT.

The Tribune – One bomber in Canada Indian restaurant attack may be woman: Police

Mississauga – Ontario – Canada, 30 May 2018. One of the two bombers of an Indian restaurant in this Toronto suburb that left 15 injured last week, was likely a woman, according to Regional Police Superintendent Rob Ryan.

Although police initially said that the two attackers, who put a homemade bomb at the Bombay Bhel restaurant on May 24 were men, Ryan told a news conference on Tuesday that “investigators now believe one suspect could be a woman”.

“There is evidence that has come to light through witnesses and some other video that leads investigators to believe that it just may not be a male,” he added.

“Suspects went to great length to hide their identities,” he said. However, he did not make it clear which of the two persons captured in the surveillance video released by police, was thought to be a woman.

The pictures circulated by the police showed both with their faces covered with cloth and the hoods of their jackets pulled over their head.

While Ryan did not provide any further information at the news conference about the improvised explosive device beyond calling it “homemade”, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said that according to the police, it contained nails, “suggesting it was likely intended to maximise injuries”.

Police agencies in the region were still looking for the two suspects and “it is a complex case and is going to take time to solve”, Ryan said.

Ryan said that the reason for the attack was still a mystery.

“We do not have a clear motive and no one has claimed responsibility” and “we don’t have any messaging during the incident, before the incident,” he said.

“There is nothing to suggest it was a terrorist or a hate crime,” he added.

They also do not have indication if the restaurant or anyone in it was targeted in the attack, he said.

Ryan said that about 30 people who were in the restaurant during the the birthday celebrations when the attack took place, had been interviewed and the restaurant was cooperating with the probe.

The Toronto Star newspaper reported that Bombay Bhel owner, Mohan Nagpal, had a lengthy interview with the investigators on Saturday.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said: “We are co-operating with the police during their investigation at this time as we have no knowledge of motivation for this terrible incident.”

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Leuven NMBS

14 April 2018

Track 8

Track 8 12:13 to Aalst and Brussel Airport

Track 9, 10, 11 and 12
The platform along track 7 and 8 is the next one to be renewed

Leuven NMBS
14 April 2018

Track 1 16:19 to Brussel and Blankenberge

Track A: S train to Brussel and ‘s Gravenbrakel
Stop boarding

Track A: S train to Brussel and ‘s Gravenbrakel

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Globe Newswire – United Sikhs call upon USA & Pakistan government for justice in assassination of humanitarian volunteer

Militants reportedly shot activist Charanjeet Singh in his own grocery store

Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 30 May 2018. In response to the reported militant attack that tragically claimed the life of United Sikhs volunteer Charanjeet Singh, 52, the global nonprofit organization today urged the United States of America and Pakistan government officials to provide necessary security measures for the local Sikh community.

Immediately after news of the crime broke, United Sikhs reached out to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Peshawar Mayor Muhammad Asim Khan, the USA Consulate, Department of State and Commission on International Religious Freedom to address the heinous violation of human rights.

“We call upon the government to urgently implement additional security measures to protect the Sikh community, as we are in a state of shock at this horrific crime,” said United Sikhs Pakistan Coordinator Herdyal Singh, who is related to the victim.

“Our International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy legal division is actively working with local authorities to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended swiftly and justice is served. We ask anyone with any information on the attack to come forward.”

A father of three (one daughter, 16, and two sons, 18 and 20), Charanjeet Singh opened his shop in Peshawar to provide for his family. He volunteered with United Sikhs on a number of international relief efforts, including assistance programs for Pakistan’s internally displaced people.

He is being remembered by the community as a beloved human rights and interfaith activist.

In light of this tragic news, United Sikhs also reminds the global Sikh community to be vigilant against hate crimes and report them immediately to our ICHRA legal team via the online reporting form:

About United Sikhs

United Sikhs is a United Nations-affiliated, global charity that advocates for civil and human rights.

Our International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy helps advance the economic, social and spiritual empowerment of minorities and other marginalized groups and individuals in need, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social status, age or ability.

We achieve this by protecting and enforcing the civil and human rights of minorities and marginalized groups in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Megan Daly
United Sikhs
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The Hindu – Tell RSS what is wrong with their ideology: Chidambaram to Pranab

Ex-Finance Minister advises Pranab

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 30 May 2018. Former Union Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram has a word of advice for former President Pranab Mukherjee on his impending visit on June 7 to Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh headquarters in Nagpur, that he should elucidate on what is wrong with its ideology.

Mr Mukherjee has been invited to be the chief guest at the valedictory function of Sangh Shiksha Varg, a training camp for RSS volunteers, at their headquarters.

Now that Mr. Mukherjee has accepted the invitation, there is no point debating on whether he should go or not, Mr Chidambaram said. “More important thing to say is, Sir now that you have accepted invitation, please go there and tell them what is wrong with their ideology,” he said. He said that he himself would not have accepted the invitation.

He was speaking at the launch of Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi’s book Straight Talk.

His comments come after Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala wrote to the former President asking him to decline the invite. He said that Mr Mukherjee’s decision comes as a “rude shock” to secular minds of the country.