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CM: 29 UP cops named in 23 rape cases in 14 months

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Lucknow: As many as 29 Uttar Pradesh Police personnel were named in 23 cases of rape registered in the state in the 14 months beginning January 1 last year, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told the assembly. Yadav’s written reply came in response to a question of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Shyamdev Rai Chowdhary.

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The chief minister, who also holds charge of the home portfolio, said that between January 1, 2014, and February 28, 2015, as many as 23 cases of rape involving policemen, both inside police stations and elsewhere, were registered. Of the 29 policemen named, only 11 were arrested. Two accused policemen surrendered in courts while the names of eight were left out from primary FIRs after probes. Investigations in other cases were on, the chief minister said in his reply given on Tuesday.
The chief minister said charge sheets were filed in courts in 15 of the 23 cases and final reports submitted in the absence of tangible proofs in seven other cases.  Action under Police Service (Conduct) Rules was taken against three policemen by the department and, of these, two police constables from Aligarh were dismissed from service, he said.

Adverse entries in the service records of two police personnel were made while action was underway against the others, sources said. Reacting to the reply, the BJP said the statistics were “both alarming and telling”. “Just imagine the extent of lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh. If this is what police are doing, I shudder even to talk about criminal and other elements on the loose in the state,” state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

(IANS)

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A UP Cow Shelter Making ‘Rakhis’ Out of Cow Dung

Alka Lahoti, a 52-year-old NRI who quit her job in Indonesia to help her father with his cow shelter, is heading the initiative

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The Gaushala is making 'rakhis' out of cow dung. Pixabay

A local cow shelter in Bijnore district called ‘Shri Krishna Gaushala, is doing the unimaginable.

The Gaushala is making ‘rakhis’ out of cow dung.

Alka Lahoti, a 52-year-old NRI who quit her job in Indonesia to help her father with his cow shelter, is heading the initiative.

“I am associated with Juna Akhara and had gone to the Kumbh event this year where I displayed my rakhis. Our product was well received. The saints there asked me to make such type of rakhis for the public. Then I contacted other experts and discussed the matter with them. So far, I have received orders from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Odisha. I have prepared thousands of rakhis for the upcoming festival,” she said.

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A local cow shelter in Bijnore district called ‘Shri Krishna Gaushala, is doing the unimaginable. Pixabay

Describing the process of manufacturing, Alka said, “First, we prepare a template of different shapes and sizes, and then we put the raw cow dung into these templates and store it in a cool and dark place. Once it becomes dry, we then decorate it with eco-friendly colours and use threads instead of plastic ones. Contrary to the Chinese rakhis, our rakhis are eco-friendly. They can be decomposed and turned into manure after their use.”

She said that making these rakhis initially posed a major challenge. “The rakhis we made out of cow dung got damaged easily. But as we continued with our experiment, we were finally able to come up with strong and hard rakhis. We were able to achieve the consistency by storing the rakhis in a dark and cool place, outside the reach of sunlight.”

The rakhis are being sold for a nominal price and Alka said that if some rakhis remain unsold, these would be distributed for free.

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The gaushala, which houses more than 117 cows, churns out various products made of cow dung. They also produce cow dung slabs used for cremation. Apart from this, they manufacture flower pots and disinfectant (phenyl) made from cow dung and gau mutra (cow urine). (IANS)