A U.P. police inspector in Bareilly district has threatened a law student of invoking the National Security Act and Gangsters Act against him for tweeting against stubble burning in his area. In a telephonic conversation that went viral on Friday, Surendra Singh Pachauri, SHO, Sheeshgarh, could be heard asking Ishaq Khan, a student of law, how he dared tweet about stubble burning without his permission. “Come to the police station immediately, else the NSA and Gangsters Act will be invoked against you,” Mr Pauchauri could be heard saying in the audio clip.When Mr Khan pleaded that he only pointed out about pollution in his neighbourhood and that he was a differently-abled person, Mr Pachauri said he would correct his disability.In a statement, the Bareilly police responded that Mr Khan tweeted on November 9 and an FIR was registered against Chandrasen for burning stubble under Sections 278, 290 and 291 of the IPC. The Circle Officer of Baheri had been asked to conduct an inquiry into the behaviour of the SHO.Ramanand Rai, CO, Baheri told The Hindu that he found the audio clip to be authentic. “The language used was not something that we expect from a public servant. The SHO seemed to be under pressure because of the Ayodhya verdict. As the charge was made by a Muslim against a Hindu, he thought it could snowball into a major issue. That’s why he was unusually harsh.”SP (Rural) Sansar Singh said the report has been submitted and soon action will be taken against the erring official.
Some $78 million has been spent on major infrastructure development projects in the constituency of western St. Mary.This was disclosed by Member of Parliament for the area, Jolyan Silvera, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on June 18, in the House of Representatives.He said the works are being executed by the National Works Agency under the direction of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Under the programme, two new bridges have been constructed in the communities of Jack’s River and Fontabell, while road rehabilitation and gabion works continue in sections of the constituency.In the meantime, Mr. Silvera informed that a further investment of some $19 million will go towards the rehabilitation of the Coloraine Housing Scheme in the parish.The works will include the reconstruction of roadways and repair of the drainage system. “The (scheme) was constructed in 1972 by the Ministry of Housing and never received rehabilitative works (until now),” he pointed out.Other major programmes within the constituency include the establishment of a $3.2 million bee project, which has benefited some 20 persons through the provision of training, bee hives and other equipment.Additionally, more than $5 million has been spent to assist some 400 students with subsidies on school fees and textbooks.Mr. Silvera also informed that funding from the Jamaica Emergency Employment Project (JEEP) was used to rehabilitate community centres in the districts of Three Hills, Charles Town and Mango Valley.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker