Girl students allege lathicharge, police deny

Dhanbad, Aug 6 (PTI) Dhanbad Police on Friday allegedly lathicharged girl students at the collectorate when they gathered there to protest before Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta against their intermediate results. Gupta was in a meeting with district administration officers in the collectorate when about 150 girl students, who had failed to clear their intermediate examinations, gathered to protest against it and forced their way inside prompting the police to wield their batons on them, the students claimed. The students were led by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. While the police have denied the lathi charge, an official of the force said five students were detained for forcibly entering the venue of the ministers meeting. There was no lathi charge, Dhanbad sub-divisional magistrate Surendra Kumar told media persons. The officer-in-charge of sadar police station, Vinay Kumar said that the five girl students who were detained were released in the evening. Dhanbad senior superintendent of police Sanjiv Kumar said that he has sought a report from the deputy superintendent of police on whether there was any lathicharge on the girl students. Shalani Kumari, one of the five detained students, has also alleged that the police beat them while they were in custody. Jharkhand senior BJP president, Deepak Prakash has condemned the alleged incident and said the party will take to the streets if the government failed to punish the guilty officials. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash demanded immediate action against the guilty police officers. The students were protesting against the Jharkhand Academic Council(JAC) for their result in the intermediate council examination. They said the boards of CICSE and CBSE had declared their candidates successful without holding any examination but not JAC. Hundreds of students have been declared unsuccessful by JAC and many of them had been staging dharna near the collectorate for the past several days. They returned to their homes late on Thursday night following assurances by deputy commissioner Sandeep Kumar that the matter would be taken up with JAC. BJP state president Deepak Prakash demanded that immediate action be taken against the guilty police officers. BJP district president Chandra Shekhar Singh, former Dhanbad mayor Chandrashekhar Agrawal and senior the party leader Mukesh Pandey went to the collectorate and protested against the alleged lathi charge on the students. When the girl students were agitating for the last four days against JAC the administration should have deployed women police personnel at the Collectorate. Injustice was committed against the girl students who had to face lathicharge when they went to demand justice from the minister, Singh said. PTI CORR NAM KK KK..

1000 petrol pumps in Bengal affected by tanker strike

Kolkata, Aug 6 (PTI) The ongoing strike by a section of fuel tankers of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has affected about 900-1000 petrol pumps in south Bengal and some of them have gone dry, petroleum dealers said on Friday. The IOC, however, ruled out any major crisis and said that the issue over the new tender rules will be resolved within a day or two. The West Bengal Tankers Association went on strike from Thursday morning in the IOC's Mouraigram depot in Howrah district and no tanker has carried petrol and diesel from the depot since then. A meeting on Friday between the tankers' body and the IOC remained inconclusive and the strike will continue, the Association's Mourigram unit secretary Rajkumar Chatterjee said. In the new tender, the IOC trimmed demand for tankers by 60 and reduced tariff by 30 per cent, he said adding that the strike will continue until these issues are resolved. "Pumps are getting dry. Mourigram depot supplies some 750-800 pumps of IOC and partly of HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited)," West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association joint secretary Prasenjit Sen said. He said that around 900-1000 petrol pumps have been affected by the strike since Thursday and some of them have gove gone dry. Pumps of the IOC and partly the HPCL in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas and in parts of Nadia district are serviced by the Mourigram depot. An IOC official said that it is an internal issue about the tender and it will be resolved in a day or two. "We have enough stock at other depots such as in Haldia and we will organise supply to fulfil the gap," the official said. PTI BSM NN..