Nagpur Senior IPS officer Vivekananda Sinha was appointed as the Inspector General of Police of the Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar range of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.The post was vacant after former Bastar IG and controversial police officer Shiv Ram Prasad Kalluri was shifted out of the region in February.The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Dantewada range P.Sundar Raj was given an additional charge of Bastar range, however, the killing of 12 CRPF men in the region’s Sukma district last month, fuelled the demand of a full-time IG in the region.An IPS officer of 1996 batch, Mr.Sinha is currently posted as IG Bilaspur range. With his transfer to Bastar, the conflict-hit region will have a new team of IPS officers.Mr. Kalluri’s subordinate officers, including Bastar Superintendent of Police R.N. Dash and Sukma SP Kalyaan Elesela were also removed from Bastar after his transfer.Mr. Sinha already has experience on the Maoist front as he was in-charge of Bastar range for a few months last year, when Mr. Kalluri had proceeded on medical leave.Mr. Sinha’s transfer to Bastar also quelled speculations about Mr. Kalluri’s return to the region.
The Army on Friday ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) against Major Leetul Gogoi’s conduct, hours after Army chief General Bipin Rawat promised “exemplary punishment in case the officer was found guilty of any wrongdoing.”“Any rank of Indian Army — if he does anything wrong — an action will be taken. If Major Gogoi has done something wrong I will punish him and the punishment will be exemplary,” General Rawat said in Anantnag in south Kashmir.Terms of reference According to Army sources, the terms of reference of the CoI will be finalised after a meeting of senior Army officials in New Delhi.Major Gogoi, who used a civilian as a human shield by tying a man to an Army vehicle in Budgam in 2017, was detained from a Srinagar hotel along with a woman and a member of the Territorial Army on May 23.The officer has been now removed from the 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit posted in Budgam and attached to the Army headquarters pending the inquiry.The woman accompanying the Major was not a minor: the police said. A senior police official, probing the incident, told The Hindu that preliminary investigation suggested the woman was “a major and not a minor” and was born in 1999 as per the Aadhaar card details.The woman, a resident of Budgam, has told a magistrate that she had gone to the hotel “on her own free will” and “wanted to spend time with the Major”.A hotel room was booked by the Major for two persons on May 23. However, an altercation ensued when the hotel staff objected to allowing a local woman to the room as per the hotel policy.The Major has allegedly been in touch with the woman before also and got connected through a Facebook account named “Aadil Adnan”.Sources said the police are yet to establish any legal grounds to file an FIR in the case as “both the individuals were adult”.
Their pre-match billing as underdogs seemed to have spurred Nepal to give their all as they held India to a goalless draw in a Nehru Cup encounter on Tuesday.After rain forced a delay of 30 minutes, both sides went on the offensive but the stray attacks did not result in any goal.Nepal took control of the midfield early on and did not allow medios Mehtab Hossain and Lenny Rodrigues any space. Nepal earned four corners in the space of ten minutes and there was a close shave for the hosts in the 14th minute as Jagajit Shrestha’s corner created panic in the Indian defence.The ground conditions forced the Indians to resort to the long ball strategy and Sunil Chhetri was tightly marked by the Nepal defence.In the 19th minute, Chhetri tried an overhead-kick but the ball was cleared by Rohit Chand and that was his only attempt at goal in the first half.India got a free-kick just before halftime and Nepal’s Sandip Rai was shown a yellow card for an infringement. But Anthony Pereira failed to make use of the opportunity.Nepal’s display must have surprised India coach Wim Koevermans and he was forced to bring striker Robin Singh in place of winger Clifford Miranda, who failed to provide any spark to the Indian attack during his stay on the field.The second half started with India switching to the 4-4-2 formation with Koevermans hoping that the taller Robin would be able to unsettle the Nepalese defenders.advertisementAnthony Pereira, who had switched to the left wing, tested Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong for the first time in the second half but his shot was saved by the latter.Mehtab, however, found his bearings in the second half and in the 57th minute, found an overlapping Syed Rahim Nabi but his shot from 40 yards was easily collected by Chemjong.The Indians looked more composed in the second half but the through ball needed to pierce the rival defence was missing in the Indian players’ repertoire.Rodrigues was replaced by Jewel Raja in the 77th minute. Jewel’s introduction had an immediate effect as he made a fine run into the rival box as he dribbled past Sagar Thapa and shot a right-footer which was palmed out by Chemjong for a corner.India almost got the elusive goal from the corner but Chemjong somehow blocked Robin’s powerful left-footer.India upped the ante in the last ten minutes and Jewel was once again in the thick of the action. He found Chhetri near the box but the Indian skipper’s feeble shot was easily collected by Chemjong. In the 91st minute, Chhetri came close to breaking the deadlock but his shot went over the bar.In the dying moments of the game, India got a free-kick and Nepal’s Bikash Singh Chhetri was shown the red card for protesting.In the post match press conference, Koevermans said that Nepal played well in the first half but the slushy turf did not allow the players to play to their potential. “The conditions were difficult and it’s unfortunate that the matches have to be played on these conditions. But we can’t do anything about it,” he said.