The family of Sameyddin, a resident of Madapur, told The Hindu that he had gone to get grass for the cattle. He saw someone being beaten after which he got scared and ran. He was cornered and brutally beaten by the mob.Locals alleged that an announcement was made from a local place of worship at Bajhaida Khurd, about smugglers stealing cows and slaughtering them.These allegations are yet to be investigated by the police.As against the claims by the victims’ families and villagers, the local administration presented the case to be that of a road rage.Police have rejected villagers’ allegation of cow slaughter rumours as the basis of the lynching. They have detained five people in connection with the incident.According to Bajhaida Khurd villagers, a mob ran towards a farm following rumours of some people smuggling cows from farm lands for the purpose of cow slaughter.The mob went towards the village in vicinity, Madapur, and found Qasim and Sameyddin working in the farm. It attacked them with sticks. As the news of the lynching spread, officials immediately reached the spot. Circle Officer Pawan Kumar and police station in charge Ashwini Kumar took the injured to a local private hospital where Qasim was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors.Given the sensitivity of the matter, senior officials from Hapur, including Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rammohan Singh and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Hanuman Prasad reached the police station.Villagers confront each otherAs the news of Qasim’s death spread, residents of Bajhaida Khurd and Madapur confronted each other, leading to communal tension in the area. Police and personnel of the PAC were immediately deployed in the area.The residents of Bajhaida Khurd alleged that Qasim was trying to smuggle the local cows and when they protested, he started attacking the villagers.Sameyddin’s family members alleged that he was cutting grass for his cattle when he was picked up and beaten by local villagers.SP Hapur Sankalp Sharma, however, rejected the allegation that rumours of cow slaughter was the basis of the attack and lynching.“The victim’s family has given us a written complaint, saying that the beating and the fight was triggered after a motorbike hit some people. One person died and another was assaulted,” Mr. Sharma said.“This has nothing to do with cow slaughter rumours. Police are investigating the matter and we will take strict action against the culprits,” he added. A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and another was injured allegedly over rumors of cow slaughter at Pilakhua in Hapur district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.Qasim, 45, a cattle trader, received a call from someone who claimed to be a seller of cattle, asking him to come to Bajhaida Khurd, said his son Mahtab. The next thing he got to know was that his father was dead.“This looks like a conspiracy. It needs to be investigated,” said Mr. Mahtab, a resident of Siddiqpura village, next to Bajhaida Khurd.Also Read Prominent attacks by cow vigilantes since 2015
The Games Village, the heart of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Capital, had its soft launch on Thursday with organisers claiming that the facilities and ambience at the venue make it one of the best of its kind in the world.A bird’s eye view of the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi on Thursday.The Village will be home to more than 7,200 athletes and delegates for the duration of the Games. Some of the participating countries have already started sending their delegates, while the athletes will start arriving from September 23.The Village, situated on the banks of the Yamuna adjacent to the Akshardham temple, has 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 fully-furnished air-conditioned flats, out of which 1,100 will be used to accommodate athletes and delegates.The flats have between two and five bedrooms, with two occupants per room.The Village also has facilities such as a shopping centre, saloon, a bank and two swimming pools too.”One of the pools will be used for leisure and the other, of standard international dimensions, will be for training purposes,” Organising Committee’s additional director general Ashok Kapur said.”The Village also has VIP lounges, a post office, plaza, bar and an informal dining area,” he said.In a first, competitors in four disciplines will be able to train at the Village itself without having to go to the competition venues.”Apart from the swimmers, weightlifters, wrestlers and athletes will be able to train at the Village itself,” Dalbir Singh, mayor of the Games Village, said.advertisement”This facility had not been provided at any previous Commonwealth Games,” Singh said, adding that the paralympic competitors in powerlifting can also train there.The training area for athletes includes an eight-lane track as well as a separate throwing area.There is also seating arrangement for 1,086 people.”In this way, the athletes will save valuable time that they would otherwise have spent travelling to and from the competition venues,” Singh said.In addition, there is a state-of-the-art gymnasium for the residents.”There are machines for weight training, cardio-workouts as well as stretching,” Cyrus Appoo, gymnasium supervisor, said.Some delegates have already started assembling in the Capital with representatives from England, Wales, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand already working on registration formalities.”There are certain basic facilities we provide to all residents. If they want something extra, we will provide them a ‘rate card’ which has pre-determined charges for various facilities,” Kapur said.The soft launch started with an inter-faith prayer where leaders from various religions wished the Games success.”The soft launch is designed to give us a feel about what is required by the time all the athletes arrive. Whatever is missing can be arranged in the next few days as only nuts and bolts need to be looked into,” Kapur said.Organising Committtee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said that there will be daily entertainment programmes in the evenings.
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan says it’s impossible to gauge the extent to which spot-fixing has spread worldwide and wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to use innovative methods to investigate the whole issue and not limit it to only his country.The 1992 World Cup-winning captain feels that if it is proved that Pakistani players were actually involved in spot fixing in the series against England, they should be banned to set an example.”If what the News of The World [newspaper] has uncovered is spot fixing, then I am afraid it could be a lot more than what you could imagine because, clearly, it wasn’t the ICC investigations that uncovered these allegations. So, God knows how much of this goes on?” Imran told Headlines Today in an exclusive interview in New Delhi.”How can anyone tell whether someone has bowled no balls after being paid money or it’s an accident? In my opinion, there has to be a worldwide investigation into this because it could be widespread. It is impossible to detect. ICC has to come up with innovative ways of finding it out. If Pakistani players are involved, they must be punished,” he said.Asked specifically on allegations against some Pakistani players, Imran declined to jump the gun. “These are still allegations and a case is still going on.Natural justice demands that you are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why I am waiting for the verdict,” he averred.Kapil Dev, who led India to 1983 World Cup title, felt the ICC should properly channelise its resources to check corruption in the game. ” This World Cup [to be held in south Asia in February- April] will be very important for the ICC. It should play its role very carefully and very strongly. I personally would like to see Pakistan cricket come up. Whatever happened in the last six or eight months, we have pointed fingers on Pakistan,” he said.advertisement”But if ICC spends the right amount of time and money, these things can be sorted out. The authorities who are handling this and are deeply involved 24 hours [a day], they should see this as a challenge and say ‘ why things have landed up this far’. More important is that the ICC put together its heads and say, ‘we’ve to rectify everything with it’.” Arjuna Ranatunga, who captained Sri Lanka to an unexpected world title in 1996 and was part of the discussion, suggested that the ICC should involve former cricketers of integrity to assess the corruption in the game.”I personally feel that they [ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit sleuths] should go and see matches personally, ball by ball, and see what’s happening.The ACSU is run by top cops and they don’t know anything about cricket. You need to involve proper, honest cricketers to get them analyse these things,” he said.”When cricketers say something, they will probably mean that there’s something fishy. But a cop will maybe go and check their bank balances. You need to involve honest, proper cricketers who they [ match fixers] won’t be able to buy. That’s the easiest way to stop this [ malaise].” Imran felt that Pakistan is not just confronting spot fixing charges, but its entire cricket setup needs to be overhauled.”Unfortunately, it’s the way cricket is run. The president of the country appoints the cricket board chairman and that’s where things going wrong. The only qualification for the chairman is that the president likes him and he’s accountable to no one. Basically, it’s the ad hoc basis on which the team is run,” he said.”The moment the team loses, there’s pressure on the team. He [ board president] wants to do something … sacks the captain. We had five different captains in one year. You can’t have stability in the team if captains keep changing.” Asked if he was the right person to head the cricket board, Imran was sure his political opponents won’t let him clean the system. ” I know what the problems are in Pakistan. And I know if I am put in that position, I will not be able to function properly. I have political opponents in Pakistan and they would like to see me fail and would not let me succeed,” he said. Kapil was for Imran heading the board and even said Pakistan’s ” 80 per cent” problems would vanish if he was at the helm of cricketing affairs.Ranatunga disagreed and cited his own case to illustrate how politicians interfere in board’s working in the Indian subcontinent.advertisement”Imran can’t sort out PCB. I couldn’t sort out Sri Lankan cricket and I was there only for 11 months. I tried to stop corruption and I tried to set the cricket right and I was thrown out by a minister who was the most corrupt in the country,” he alleged.On Pakistan’s prospects at the World Cup, Imran felt that if pacers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir are cleared of spot fixing charges, it would boost the team’s chances. ” If they play, Pakistan’s chances go up. They are outstanding. They are the sort of bowlers who will get early wickets. There are two ways of winning one-day matches – one is by containing runs, the other is by taking wickets. They can get wickets. That would give Pakistan a chance.”