Archive for September, 2009

Undertrials explode bombs; one killed

An undertrial was killed and a constable critically wounded when a group of undertrials in a bid to escape exploded bombs in the civil court campus here, forcing policemen to open fire at them.

Police said the incident occurred when the undertrials were boarding a police vehicle to return to prison after they were produced in the court.

As they were about to board the vehicle, a group of undertrials, including Danny Yadav, Amit Mandal and Sujit Yadav, exploded bombs.

The policemen retaliated and fired at them.

While Danny Yadav, an undertrial, was killed on the spot, Mohammed Khairuddin, a constable, was critically injured in the explosion.

Another undertrial, Sujit Yadav, managed to escape.

Raids were on to apprehend him, the police said.

The bombs were supplied to the undertrials allegedly by fellow undertrials at the court lock-up, they said.



Bihar to replace old chopper

The Bihar government has decided to buy a new helicopter to replace its 23-year-old one, alarmed by Wednesday’s crash that killed Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy and four others.

Bihar has one Dauphin 365-M chopper (VT-ENU) surviving and in a serviceable condition. The other VT-ENV was declared sick by French experts who said it was beyond economic repair after the chopper suffered an accident at Munger in early 2000.

Besides the chief minister, the governor, ministers and VIPs use the chopper to move within the state.

Cabinet secretary Girish Shankar, also the civil aviation secretary, confirmed that his department would soon buy a new helicopter and will float a global tender for it.

The mandarin’s decision is allegedly guided by considerations that Nitish Kumar, like late YS Reddy, is a “high flying” chief minister who uses the air route frequently. Nitish used the chopper during JD(U) vikas yatra and for supervising development schemes. Read the rest of this entry »

Blueprint ready for ATS debut in Bihar – Maharashtra model to overpower Maoists

Bihar is contemplating its own anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on the pattern of Maharashtra. Police headquarters has already prepared a blueprint for it that is under consideration of the state government.

If every thing goes as planned, Bihar may become the fourth state to have its own ATS, IG (operations) SK Bharadwaj informed. Besides Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have also constituted ATS to deal with such terror strikes.

The ATS for Bihar will be very much similar to Maharashtra’s as it had been modelled on it in composition, chain of commands and weaponry. An IG rank officer will head the ATS having its base in the state capital. Two DIGs and four SP rank officers will head operational units. The ATS will function an an independent unit having all facilities right from transportation and communication to the state-of-art equipments and weapons.