A police constable was on Saturday killed and several others injured in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh in stone-pelting after clashes broke out during a protest by members of the Nishad Party. Eleven persons were arrrested and several have been detained for questioning. There are over 90 persons named in the FIR, including 30 named as accused.Constable Suresh Vats was returning from his duty at the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the incident took place under the Nonhara area of the Purvanchal district. Yesh Veer Singh, SP Ghazipur, said the constable was killed when the protestors started pelting stones as the police were “trying to clear the roadblock” created by them. The protestors had blocked roads at four places near the venue, he said. The constable succumbed to his injuries.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the matter and announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 40 lakh to the family of the constable. He also directed the district magistrate and SSP to “take strict action against the unruly elements and immediate arrest and legal action against them,” a government statement said. Sanjay Nishad, president of the Nishad Party, demanded a detailed police investigation into the incident. “The BJP is trying to defame us with wrong allegations,” he said.Praveen Nishad, MP of Gorakhpur, and leader of the Nishad Party while talking to The Hindu said Nishad Party had no role in the violence. He claimed activists of the party were staging a peaceful dharna when members of the BJP who were returning from the rally in vehicles started chasing and attacking the Nishad activists.”Due to the attack, local villagers came to the support of our workers and this led to an altercation. The incident regarding the constable (stone-pelting) took place through the BJP workers,” said Mr. Nishad.The Nishads were demanding issuing of SC certificates for their caste under the name Majwar and implementation of a 2016 notifcation brought under the Akhilesh Yadav government, said Mr. Nishad. “The present government is not giving us the certificates even though it is still valid,” said the MP. Nishads are among the 17 most-backward castes in UP who have been over the years struggling for SC status.
Meerut police on Saturday arrested six people at two different places in the city for bursting crackers after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict on Saturday.A statement released by the media cell of the police said three youngsters were arrested from the Sohrabgate bus stand of the city. They have been booked for bursting crackers when Section 144 was imposed in the district. The arrested have been identified as Apoorva, Surendra and Praveen, residents of the Nauchandi area of Meerut. Watch | Ayodhya verdict: Land allotted for the construction of a Ram temple Ayodhya verdictVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3201:32 Police have also arrested three persons from the Brahmpuri area of the city for violating Section 144.Earlier, the police arrested Lakshman Singh, a resident of Pandav Nagar in Civil Lines area of Meerut, for posting a provocative Facebook post.
VANCOUVER – The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the group is ready to take on the federal government in a dispute over fixing a law that violates the rights of inmates in solitary confinement.“Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight to the (B.C.) Court of Appeal and potentially to the Supreme Court (of Canada) when they were elected on a promise to fix this,” Josh Paterson said.He announced Tuesday that the association and the John Howard Society of Canada have filed a response to the government’s appeal of a court ruling that calls on the government to strike down a law on indefinite segregation because it causes permanent psychological harm and can lead to suicide.“If they’re going to fight it, well, we’ll fight it,” Paterson said.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask issued his decision in January but suspended it for 12 months to give the government enough time to draft new legislation with strict time limits on confinement that can include 23-hours-a-day isolation.The government appealed the decision in February, saying it needs clarity on the issue from the courts.“They’re doing no such thing,” Paterson said. “Their appeal is an attack on the very finding that Canada’s law on solitary confinement is unconstitutional. They’re arguing to the B.C. Court of Appeal that the court should treat the systemic mistreatment of prisoners in solitary confinement as individual incidents that require no change in the law.”Paterson said the lower court judge accepted ample evidence from inquiries over decades that the law needs to be changed in a meaningful way to protect the rights of inmates, especially those who are Indigenous or mentally ill.“All of their institutional tweaking has not resulted in fixing this problem and that’s why this court in B.C. said, ‘Enough. The law that permits all of this to take place must be changed.’ “Last June, in an effort to stop the trial, the government introduced a bill that would restrict solitary confinement to 21 days, dropping to 15 days after 18 months from the bill’s passage.However, the two groups rejected the change, saying a warden would still have the final say and cases such as the 2007 in-custody death of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith, who spent more than 1,000 days in segregation, could still happen. The judge rejected the government’s argument.The bill restricting solitary confinement has not passed through Parliament.The two groups launched a legal challenge of so-called administrative segregation in 2015, calling it a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead isolated prisoners to harm and even kill themselves.A nine-week trial heard from multiple witnesses including former inmates who continue to experience mental health issues after being released and from a father whose 37-year-old son resorted to suicide.Robert Roy testified Christopher Roy was immediately placed in a segregation cell after arriving at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security facility in Abbotsford, and hanged himself two months later, in June 2015.Roy said he learned from Correctional Service Canada documents obtained through a freedom of information request that his son was placed in isolation because there was nowhere else to put him.“I believe my son was not in a healthy state of mind at that point,” he told the trial.Jay Aubrey, a lawyer for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said Tuesday that Correctional Service Canada uses multiple reasons, including punishment and safety of prisoners, to justify solitary confinement but it lacks adequate ways to assess people who are suffering from a mental illness.“Christopher (Roy) was given their intro mental-illness checklist,” she said. “He passed that then killed himself by strangulation.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter