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Delhi News Highlights: Bail plea of JNU student Sharjeel Imam dismissed in northeast Delhi riots case – The Indian Express

Delhi Live Highlights: A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a northeast Delhi riots case. An FIR was filed against him in 2020 in connection with speeches made in Delhi’s Jamia area on December 13, 2019. The Delhi Police Crime Branch accused him of giving “inflammatory and instigatory speeches against the Government of India on the issue of CAA and NRC”.
Members of the All India Students Association (AISA) were detained on Monday by the police for protesting outside the police headquarters, against the scuffle that broke out between two groups in JNU on Sunday. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has claimed that despite intimating police of the possible violence on Sunday evening itself, there was no action by the authorities, ANI reported. “Even when violence broke out, we were threatened in front of police, but no action (was taken) by them,” the students body was quoted as saying. An FIR was registered by the Delhi Police against unidentified ABVP members on the basis of a complaint by JNUSU and other organisations.
Following the Sunday violence, the President of the Kaveri Hostel has claimed that members of the ABVP did not allow hostel residents to eat non-vegetarian food. The mess secretary has also refuted the student body’s claim that it was decided not to serve non-veg at a General Body Meeting. “…there was no such meeting. We decide the menu for the whole month at the beginning of the month. It’s not decided on a day to day basis. ABVP has politicised the whole issue. Every year non-veg is served. There has never been a problem,” the secretary said.
The JNU administration has urged students to refrain from incidents that can disturb the peace and harmony of the campus.
A Delhi court dismissed the bail plea of JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a northeast Delhi riots UAPA case.
“We have received a complaint from the ABVP and lodged FIR against the unidentified left students,” said DCP (southwest) Manoj C.
The JNU registrar has appealed to everyone to “exercise restraint and let the academic environment flourish in JNU without any external distubances”.
After Delhi Police detained some AISA members, other members gathered at Tughlak Road Police Station, where the detained protesters were taken.
#JNUViolence | After Delhi Police detained some AISA members, other members gathered at Tughlak Road Police Station, where the detained protesters were taken.https://t.co/fsP21UQ4ms pic.twitter.com/NNTDfrJ7Lh
The JNU Registar, in a statement on Monday, said a few students were objecting to hawan on Ram Navami. However after intervention by the admin, it was “concluded peacefully”. He’s said some students were “not happy” with this, and a ruckus ensued during dinner, leading to altercation between “both groups”. “Mess is run by the student committee and the administration has nothing to do with the menu. The wardens clarified and issued a notice on the spot (when the ruckus was going among students) that there is no bar on serving non-vegetarian food,” the registrar has said.
Delhi Police picked up the AISA activists from the protest site near police headquarters on Monday.
#JNUViolence | Delhi Police detained AISA activists minutes after they started protesting near police headquarters on Monday.https://t.co/IdEAcwNZMP pic.twitter.com/X4uyOPxcBr
Police begin detaining AISA activists minutes after they started protesting near police headquarters.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has claimed that despite intimating police of the possible violence on Sunday evening itself, there was no action by the authorities, ANI reported. “Even when violence broke out, we were threatened in front of police, but no action (was taken) by them,” the students body was quoted as saying.

An FIR was registered by the Delhi Police against unidentified ABVP members on the basis of a complaint by JNUSU and other organisations.
Following the violence on Sunday, the JNU administration has issued an appeal to students stating that there’s “zero tolerance” for violence on the campus. They have been “warned to refrain” from incidents that “disturb peace and harmony” of the campus.

The Vice-Chancellor, Rector and other officials visited the Hostel after the incident, Registrar Ravikesh told The Indian Express.
Navin Kumar, Kaveri Hostel President told The Indian Express: “The menu was predecided but the vendor who came to deliver the chicken was heckled and shooed away. More than half of the hostel residents were supposed to eat non-veg for dinner (Sunday) but they couldn’t because ABVP did not allow. The Ram Navami puja was held without any problem. We also ate Prasad after that.”

Members of the Left organisations have claimed that the violence on Sunday was caused due to ABVP’s objection to students eating non-vegetarian, while ABVP has claimed that Leftist activists wanted to disturb the Ram Navami puja.
The ABVP has claimed that it was decided one week ago that non-vegetarian food would not be served in Kaveri Hostel of the JNU at a general body meeting of the Mess Committee.

Mess secretary Raghib has refuted this claim. “If there was a GBM, there should be some poster of it, or some minutes of the GBM. There is no evidence because there was no such meeting. We decide the menu for the whole month at the beginning of the month. It’s not decided on a day to day basis. ABVP has politicised the whole issue. Every year non veg is served. There has never been a problem,” he said.

Members of the Left organisations have claimed that the violence on Sunday was caused due to ABVP’s objection to students eating non-vegetarian, while ABVP has claimed that Leftist activists wanted to disturb the Ram Navami puja.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to extend the proposed “Swachhta Scholarship” schemes for the wards of all Group C employees. Earlier, the plan was to provide scholarships to the wards of only safayi karamcharis (sanitation workers), officials said.

The Palika Swachchta Scholarships for the wards of safayi sewaks of NDMC and group C employees was approved in a recently held council meeting.

“Earlier, the scholarship scheme was only for the wards of sanitation workers. However, we received several requests from the other employees to extend the scheme for their wards as well. So, we discussed the matter in the council meeting and decided to extend it so that all eligible children can avail the facility,” an NDMC official said. Read more
The administration of the three Delhi municipal corporations would be handled by bureaucrats during the transition period — from when the civic bodies’ term ends, followed by unification and elections — as councillors are unlikely to get an extension, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have said. 

The Delhi Municipal Corporation Amendment Act, recently passed in Parliament, gives the Centre the option of appointing an officer of its choice – a Special Officer – to run the affairs of the unified corporation till elections are held. Read more
At a press conference on Monday, the ABVP reiterated its claim that the Left activists wanted to disrupt the Ram Navami puja on the JNU campus. 

Rohit Kumar, Unit President of ABVP said, “Non-veg is just a diversionary tactic… We have nothing against non-veg being served. In other hostels, non-veg was served.”

This comes after the Left activists alleged that the violence on Sunday erupted over students eating non-veg food.

Delhi Director of Education Himanshu Gupta has issued a showcause notice to the head of a government school for underutilising its resources as he continues a crackdown through inspections.

After a visit to the government boys senior secondary school in Mandi village, he issued a showcause notice to the head of school stating, “the HOS is supposed to appreciate that the students have returned to school after a long gap. We all, as teachers, need to make our best efforts in order to utilise the remaining part of the session for preparations and revision. As HOS, it is the first and foremost duty… to make sure that teaching-learning is done effectively in his school in which duty, he seems to have failed miserably.” Read more
Heatwave conditions remain in the forecast for Delhi on Monday, with a maximum temperature of around 41 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded on Sunday at the Safdarjung weather observatory was 41.8 degrees Celsius, six degrees above the normal for this time of the year. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the intensity of heatwaves across the plains of northwest India could reduce from the night of April 12 on account of a western disturbance that is likely to affect parts of the western Himalayan region. Consequently, maximum temperatures are very likely to fall by two to three degrees over many parts of northwest India from April 12, the IMD forecast indicates.

The forecast for Delhi shows that the maximum temperature could drop marginally to 39 degrees on April 13 and 14, before climbing back up to about 41 degrees by April 17. The minimum temperature over the next six days is likely to range from 21 to 23 degrees Celsius. Heatwave conditions remain on the forecast for Tuesday, and clear skies are likely for the rest of the week.

The Delhi Police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against several unidentified students affiliated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) a day after multiple students were injured after violence broke out on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. 

“We have received a complaint from a group of students who are members of JNUSU, SFI, DSF and AISA on early Monday morning against unknown ABVP students. We have registered an FIR under IPC Sections 323 (causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 506 (threatening) and 34 at Vasant Kunj (north) police station. Further investigation is on to collect factual and scientific evidence to identify the culprits,” said Manoj C, deputy commissioner of police (South-west). 

“Students belonging to ABVP have also informed that they will be also giving their complaint today morning. On receipt of their complaint, necessary appropriate legal action will be taken,” he added. Read more

 
The JNU Students’ Union gave a call for a march to Vasant Kunj Police Station to demand that an FIR be registered against ‘ABVP goons’. The March will begin from campus shortly.
Students were injured in JNU when violence broke out this evening on campus. According to the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), there have been tensions on the campus since late afternoon after students from the ABVP allegedly tried to stop non-vegetarian food from being cooked in the Kaveri hostel mess.
On the other hand, the ABVP claims that ‘Left’ students had tried to disrupt a ram navami pooja being conducted in the hostel in the late afternoon. 
Presently the situation is peaceful, both the student parties are protesting peacefully. Appropriate legal action will be taken on receipt of complaint,” said Manoj C, DCP (southwest).
“The incident took place between two groups. We entered the JNU premises after we got the permission from the JNU administration. They (students) were protesting at that time. Their allegations on police inaction are false,” the DCP (southwest) said.
Students were injured in JNU when violence broke out this evening on campus. According to the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), there have been tensions on the campus since late afternoon after students from the ABVP allegedly tried to stop non-vegetarian food from being cooked in the Kaveri hostel mess.
Students were injured in JNU when violence broke out this evening on campus. According to the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), there have been tensions on the campus since late afternoon after students from the ABVP allegedly tried to stop non-vegetarian food from being cooked in the Kaveri hostel mess. On the other hand, the ABVP claims that ‘Left’ students had tried to disrupt a ram navami pooja being conducted in the hostel in the late afternoon.
A senior police officer, who refused to be named, said, ‘ There was a protest at the campus. A few students got into a fight during the protest and sustained injuries. Our staff was deployed outside the college. We also received a call from the faculty. The police staff is at JNU now. No violence there. We will take action as per complaints’.
Delhi’s Signature Bridge is the country’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge. (Express Archive)
Meanwhile, heatwave conditions remain in the forecast for Delhi on Monday, with a maximum temperature of around 41 degrees Celsius. The forecast also shows that the maximum temperature could drop marginally to 39 degrees on April 13 and 14, before climbing back up to about 41 degrees by April 17.
A view of the city from atop the Signature Bridge will have to wait longer owing to safety concerns. According to sources, the Delhi labour department has denied permission to the tourism department to operate the inclined elevator/lifts installed to take the tourists to the viewing gallery set up atop the pylon of the bridge.
“The tourism department placed several merits of the project, on how we can improve it and operate the lifts for the public, before the labour department several times but permission has been denied citing public safety,” said a source.
As per officials associated with the project, four lifts have been installed at the foot of the bow-shaped pylon of the bridge. These four lifts are inclined — two of them are slanted at an angle of 60 degrees and two at 80 degrees. “The project is delayed from the government’s end because of these concerns. The government may have to do away with this project altogether,” said a source from Delhi Tourism department.
A study on air pollution in Delhi during the second Covid wave and the consequent lockdown last year found an “unusual surge in PM10 and PM 2.5 levels” during the lockdown, when most activities were curtailed. Instances of high PM2.5 levels coincided with high mortality counts when cases surged in the city, noted the study, which was recently published in ‘Chemosphere’, an international journal that publishes work on chemicals in the environment.
The team that conducted the study comprised Gufran Beig, founder project director, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research); K S Jayachandran, member secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC); M P George, scientist, DPCC; Aditi Rathod, S B Sobhana and R Shinde, from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; V Jindal from the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi; S K Sahu from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

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