BJP MLA held for Ahmednagar murders

first_imgPune: The Ahmednagar police on Monday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Shivaji Kardile in connection with the murders of Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube on Saturday.However, Mr. Kardile, MLA from Ahmednagar’s Rahuri constituency, denied his arrest and said he “voluntarily gave himself up” at the Bhingar police station this morning.A press note issued by the Ahmednagar police on Sunday had declared that the BJP MLA, along with 53 others connected to the crime and vandalism at the Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police’s office, was absconding.On Sunday, the police booked Mr. Kardile, along with NCP MLC Arun Jagtap (Sangram Jagtap’s father) and 30 others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and executing the killings. ‘Allegations false’The BJP MLA refuted all allegations against him. “The police are investigating the crime and the culprits will be brought to justice. I have no relation with it. Since Saturday, the opposition [read Shiv Sena] is besmirching some members of my family and me by linking our names with the murders. Seeing this, I voluntary decided to appear before the police and cooperate with the probe,” Mr. Kardile told a local television channel.The second high-profile arrest in the case comes a day after Mr. Kardile’s son-in-law, National Congress Party (NCP) legislator Sangram Jagtap, and four others were taken into police custody in connection with the murders.Mr. Jagtap was taken into police custody in the wee hours of Sunday. Congress candidate Vishal Kotkar, who won the Kedgaon bypoll to the Ahmednagar civic body; his father Balasaheb Kotkar; Sandeep Gunjal and Bhanudas Kotkar were also booked for their alleged roles in the double murder.Soon after Mr. Jagtap was arrested, Mr. Kardile, along with a mob of over 200 persons allegedly vandalised the office of the Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar. However, Mr. Kardile denied allegations, stating that events had been “misinterpreted”. “After Sangram [Jagtap] was arrested, a mob had gathered at the SP’s office. I was returning from a function and decided to stop en route and pacify the mob. I urged the crowd to show restraint,” he said, adding he was ready to face any inquiry. The aftermath of the Kedgaon bypoll coupled with years of political rivalry are said to be the broad reasons for the murders of the two Sena leaders, who were first shot at and then attacked with sharp weapons.The murders have led to the suspension of police inspector Abhay Parmar of Ahmednagar’s Kotwali police station Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar. He has been replaced by PI Ramesh Ratnaparkhi.Mr. Parmar’s suspension was prompted by Shiv Sena’s allegations about the allegedly controversial role of the police authorities in Kedgaon in the crime.All three families — the Kardiles, the Jagtaps and the Kotkars — are related to each other by marriage and virtually dominate Ahmednagar politics, especially at the taluka and civic body levels.Both Mr. Kardile and Congress leader Bhanudas Kotkar have a history of crime, their names figuring prominently in the murder of lottery-ticket businessman Ashok Lande in 2008. The incident has snowballed into a political slug-fest, with the Sena and the NCP trading charges.On Sunday, senior Shiv Sena leader and Minister Ramdas Kadam, alleged that the murders were “a premeditated conspiracy by the BJP, Congress and NCP”. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, retaliated by accusing the Sena of attempting to tarnish his party’s reputation by fabricating charges.last_img read more

Stylish Sonia dazzled at PM’s dinner

first_imgWhile all eyes are on Michelle Obama’s wardrobe during her India visit, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, too, made some style news.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi sported a bright coloured sari during her meeting with US President Barack Obama on Monday.Sitting at the same table as the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur, Sonia tweaked her personal style just a bit to show her appreciation.Sonia may not have been as eclectic and experimental as Michelle, who was dressed in a dazzling black and gold ensemble by Indo-American designer Naeem Khan, but she still managed to create some ripples with her choice of a sari.While no one expected her to wear a gown or something extremely festive, she departed a little bit from her trademark style to show she made an extra effort for the party.Dressed in a midnight blue traditional weave silk sari with a mahogany gold border, one saw her in a colour she has probably never worn before. Even her choice of gold drop earrings is something she isn’t generally associated with. Considering she gave her usual neutrals, pastels, khadi and pearls a miss, which was a noticeable departure from her style.While Michelle is iconic in that she mixes high street labels with high end ones and keeps it constantly innovative, Sonia’s appeal comes from keeping it consistently chic and personal.Her trademark traditional weave saris, kitten heels and neatly done hair have got her a style icon’s tag many a time. She does, however, tweak her granny chic look now and then, when the occasion demands it.advertisementShe is known for her love of Paithani saris and white cotton churidar-kameezes. So the sari, which looked like a kanjeevaram, was quite ‘dressy’ for her. She usually goes for temple designs, ikatweaves and gold threadwork only on rare occasions.last_img read more

Cuper Rested Salah, Greece Beats Egypt

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — With a leaky defense and a one-man attack, the sight of Egypt in a pair of recent friendlies must have been pleasing to World Cup group rivals Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and the squad is heading to Russia with high expectations, mainly resting on the shoulders of Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah. But the friendlies against Portugal and Greece could have hardly assured many.The weakness of Egypt’s defense, for example, was painfully showcased in Friday’s match against Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in injury time to win it 2-1. On Tuesday, Egypt lost to Greece 1-0.“It was a very sad situation,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said of Ronaldo’s goals. “I hoped for as different score line, but aside from the result, we learned a great deal.”Particularly disconcerting was that all three goals conceded were headers inside the box from crosses, raising questions not just about the defense’s ability in the air, but also whether Egypt has the tenacity to effectively defend at crunch time.Salah, notwithstanding his left-footed drive that gave Egypt the lead against Portugal, appeared to only get a fraction of the service he receives from his teammates at Liverpool. For long spells in the Portugal game, the prolific forward was left idle and alone, frequently falling back to help in defense.Cuper rested Salah for the Greece game, along with most of the other first-choice players. The attacking trio of Marwan Mohsen, Ramadan Sobhi and Moamen Zakariya rarely threatened against the Greeks and Zakariya squandered a rare chance to score early in the game.Cuper made several second-half substitutions that injected some life into Egypt’s game, but the Greeks were more organized and comfortably held on to win.Overall, Cuper’s mostly reserve lineup was disjointed, lost the ball too often and failed to convert the pair of chances it had. The game also showed that Egypt does not have a striker who can step up if Salah is closely marked or injured.Another revelation, or potential predicament, from the game against Greece is that Egypt’s attackers only seem to shine when attacking midfielder Abdullah el-Said is in the game. The al-Ahly player has also established a reputation for being Salah’s lifeline when both are wearing an Egypt shirt.Egypt has three more friendlies — against Kuwait, Colombia and Belgium — before its opening World Cup match against Uruguay on June 15.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more