Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


New Delhi: A policeman was killed when four armed youths in the age group of 16-18 years fired at a member of a rival gang in a packed court here, police said. The target was injured.

Head Constable Ram Kumar received bullets in his head and chest and collapsed dead on the fifth floor Karkardooma courtroom when two of the four killers opened fire at Irfan alias Chhenu, their target.

Irfan, who was involved in 23 criminal cases in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh including those of murder, suffered a bullet wound in his leg while another bullet scraped his head. He was declared out of danger.

Panic gripped the court as the shots rang out, witnesses and police officers told IANS.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Gupta ducked for cover while several others in the room screamed in terror.

Irfan’s lawyer Shaqib Qureshi said he was writing something when he heard rapid sounds. “When I turned I was horrified to see bullets being fired,” he told IANS.

But as the killers tried to get away, an unidentified lawyer and a policeman pounced on the two men, who had fired eight or nine rounds from pistols, and captured them.

The other two members of the killer gang who were waiting outside the courtroom tried to flee but were chased and overpowered.

Lawyers thrashed all four criminals before handing them over to police.

The arrested men were identified as Sahil, Govind, Sunny and Sunil. All of them were 16 to 18 years old. Three of them were residents of Dakshinpuri and one lived in Madangir — in south Delhi.

“The killer gang entered the court and opened fire when they saw Irfan,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Sanjay Beniwal told IANS.

“Unfortunately, the policeman who was holding Irfan’s hands in the accused box was killed,” he said.

The firing took place when prisoners under trial were being produced in courtroom no. 73 around 11.30 AM

Irfan headed a criminal gang while the killers were from the Nasir gang.

An official of the Rohini Jail where Irfan was kept for the past six months had reportedly warned the court that he should be tried on camera as he was a hardcore criminal, a lawyer told IANS.(IANS)



Doris Lessing who won a Nobel Prize in Literature

London (CNN)- At five o'clock in the morning, the esteemed 86-year-old astrophysicist Jim Peebles was woken suddenly by the telephone ringing.

"In previous experience, the only phone calls at that time of night are bad news," he said. This one was great news. "The opening sentence from the caller was: 'The Nobel committee has voted to award you the Nobel Prize in Physics. Do you accept?'" Peebles recalled. The wording threw him. Who wouldn't accept a Nobel Prize? "You know the Bob Dylan fiasco?" he said during a phone interview with CNN. "That might have put the wind up them."The "fiasco" Peebles mentions refers to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was controversially given to an utterly unimpressed Dylan.Aside from being ever-presents on college campuses in the 1960s, little connects Peebles, an expert in theoretical cosmology, with Dylan. But one of the starkest contrasts might lie in their reactions to winning a Nobel -- and the songwriter is far from the only laureate whose crowning turned out to be an awkward affair.

The five committees are notoriously secretive, fiercely shielding their choices from the outside world -- including the laureates themselves, who are told of their victories just minutes before they are announced to the public.

Keep Reading Show less
Wikimedia Commons

Sindoor implies the longevity of a woman's marriage to her husband in the Hindu tradition

Married Hindu women are recognised by a red streak of vermillion in the middle of their foreheads. This is traditionally called 'sindoor', which is derived from the Sanskrit word sindura, meaning 'red lead.'. Sindoor is traditionally powdered turmeric and lime, sometimes red saffron, or red sandalwood. It is also called vermilion, or Kumkum.

Vermilion powder mixed on a plate Sindoor is traditionally powdered turmeric and lime, sometimes red saffron, or red sandalwood. It is also called vermilion, or Kumkum. Image source: Photo by Gayathri Malhotra on Unsplash

Keep Reading Show less
Wikimedia Commons

Actress Urvashi Rautela has recently announced the name of her next film which is titled 'Dil Hai Gray'.

Actress Urvashi Rautela has recently announced the name of her next film which is titled 'Dil Hai Gray'. It's a Hindi remake of Tamil film 'Thiruttu Payale 2'. Urvashi Rautela will be seen alongside Vineet Kumar Singh and Akshay Oberoi.

Urvashi shares: "I am excited to announce the title of my next film 'Dil Hai Gray' on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami. The film is very close to my heart and it was lovely working with director Susi Ganeshan sir, producer M Ramesh Reddy sir, and my co-stars Vineet Kumar Singh and Akshay Oberoi. "

"The film has created a massive response in the south industry and I am very positive about the story that it will be also be loved by the audience here. I hope my fans would bless us with their love and support. Super excited to watch my film on the big screen after a long time," she concludes. (IANS/ MBI)

Keep reading... Show less