Parents of Ehtesham Bilal, 19 — who went missing on October 28 but reappeared on Friday in an online post, wielding weapons under the Islamic State banner — asked their son to return home and appealed to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa to help them.Distraught and refusing to take meals, Bilal’s mother appealed to her son to shun the militant outfit. “Whatever group you have joined, please return. I appeal to Zakir Musa and will pray for his long life, help me in returning my son,” she said in a video.Bilal, who was a student at Sharda University in Noida was reported missing on October 28by his parents. His father, who owns a hardware shop in Srinagar, expressed shock over his son’s purported audio message,where he pledges allegiance to the IS-motivated Jundul Khilafah and to IS’s Iraq-based leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.“I heard your audio message. You talk about Islam. Islam says heaven lies under the feet of mother. Islam warns against disobedience to your parents. I order you to return to your family, Your mother hasn’t eaten anything [since you went missing],” he said.On Friday, a six-minute audio, attributed to Bilal, and pictures, where he was wielding a gun and weapons strapped with an IS flag in the backdrop, were uploaded on social media. “I was looking into the eyes of those 100 kufaars (non-Muslims) when they attacked me in groups like dogs. I was defending my Afghan muslim brothers. I was even then an advocate of khilaf (Islamic State)…and have chosen the path of jihad,” Bilal purportedly says in the audio.He was apparently referring to a clash that took place between local and Afghan students at Sharda University on October 4. A senior counter-insurgency police officer told The Hindu that Bilal has joined militant ranks and his movement was traced to Srinagar and Pulwama. “We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the development as “a worrying trend”.“If this is genuine, it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes, seemingly small actions have huge consequences. If what happened to him at Sharda University has led him to choose such a destructive path, it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.
A railway court here has framed charges against Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol and actor Karisma Kapoor in a 22-year-old case of alleged chain pulling in a train at the Naraina Railway Station in Rajasthan during the shooting for a film. The two actors challenged the order through a revision petition in a sessions court on Wednesday.Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, along with stuntman Tinu Verma and Satish Shah, had allegedly entered the station and stopped train 2413-A Uplink Express by pulling its emergency chain in 1997, causing its delay by 25 minutes. The film unit was shooting for a movie Bajrang at Sanvarda village near Phulera in Jaipur district. The Assistant Station Master said in his complaint that a few persons from Mumbai shooting for a movie in a nearby village had illegally stopped the train.After framing the charges under the Railway Act earlier this week, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Railways) summoned three witnesses for the next hearing on September 24. The actors have been accused of violating Sections 141 (needlessly interfering with the means of communication in a train), 145 (drunkenness or nuisance), 146 (obstructing a railway servant in his duties) and 147 (trespass and refusal to desist from trespass) of the Railways Act.The revision petition filed in the sessions court stated that the railway court had framed the same charges for the second time after its charges read out earlier in 2009 were set aside in 2010. A.K. Jain, counsel for Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, contended that the September 17 order for framing of charges was against the law.
India beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.