Tension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died of torture in police lock-up. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate.According to local sources, Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the G.S. Medical College in Pilakhuwa and then the Meerut Medical College, where he died in the early hours of Monday. A video purportedly showing Tomar’s posterior as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms has gone viral.‘Died during treatment’Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. She was the wife of Tomar’s brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the policemen didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Tomar into custody, Mr. Singh added, inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial inquiry have been ordered.” He refused to comment on the viral video and the claim of Tomar’s son and wife that he was beaten in their presence. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murder charges against policemen involved in the case. The Provincial Armed Constabulary has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.
Mounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that its “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power”, and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting the people. He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir issue and the Ayodhya dispute. “This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Mr. Modi said at a rally in Daltonganj.Social justiceMr. Modi asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice — stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security. Maoism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said. “Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the State. They had their eyes on the riches found beneath the surface of the earth and cared little for those living on the earth. How would it then have been possible to give electricity, roads and water to people? Set up industries?” he said.‘Free from Naxalism’At another rally in Gumla, Mr. Modi said when people would vote for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he said, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to Jal, Jungle, Jameen (water, forest and land).”
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Faheem Ruhani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Last year the biopic on legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag made everyone a more aware than what they already knew about the sportsman. Today, art director Omung Kumar in his directorial debut captures the life of five times world champion boxer Mary Kom on celluloid. No doubt, both the sports personalities have had fascinating stories which needed to be told.Mary Kom’s story is very unusual because she fought her circumstances, gender bias and a certain regional bias to be at the top of a sport which is still looked upon as male sport in the country.Director Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras attempt to weave a gripping tale of a young girl from a remote village Kangathei in Manipur and how she achieves the remarkable feat of becoming five-time world boxing champion. Not all of the yarn that is spun is seamless. Yet, this two-hour-three-minutes film which talks about achieving your goals under insurmountable difficulties has moments which will pull at your heart strings.advertisementMary’s struggle to reach the top of her game in the face of parental opposition and against all odds is an extraordinary story, which begged to be told on celluloid. Her persevering attitude and the will to fight under any circumstances, even after she got married and was a mother of two twins is a tale of courage and determination. Sprinkle this with a slight personal conflict with her newly married husband Onler (Darshan Kumar). Add to it her struggle to achieve a balance in her personal and professional life even in the wake of her boxing coach (Sunil Thapa) who almost stopped talking to her, the film had everything that a gripping film script should have.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s review Unfortunately, it is all marred by a script which took the convenient route, embellished it with cliches and preferred to tell it in simplistic manner. The film just does not have the gravitas of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. For the most part, it is trying to hard to be a motivational story of one of country’s most inspiring sportsman. Agreed that encapsulating the life of Mary Kom is not as easy task but the first half of the story is told in such a random way, that you fail to get moved by it. It is only in the second half when Mary has to make the decision of returning to the ring that the film gains intense momentum. Till then it feels like a story which was being told all over the place.Things move on too hurriedly in the first half. You do not really get absorbed in the early parts of her life. It remains a bit sketchy and there are too many melodramatic moments like where Mary’s father throws away her boxing gloves into burning coal. Then there are outright stupid moments where Priyanka is shown thanking her husband for rubbing Iodex on her shoulders. Most of us burst out laughing at this silly in-brand advertising gimmick. At another instance Mary is having Havmor ice-cream and eating gol gappas, calling it health food.Then there is the evil Boxing Federation which is only there to create obstacles in the path of Mary Kom. The boxing matches themselves are not able to build the tension that you are supposed to feel when an important match is being fought. Case in point being Chak De! India or the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Yet what binds this doddering film together is Priyanka’s sincere performance and the effort she puts into it. Of course she does not get the body language or the accent right all the time. Like for instance, when she signs an autograph in a local bus, she appears more like her character in Fashion signing the autograph than Mary Kom. Still, Priyanka completely sinks her teeth into this role and makes it watchable for the most part. Not much can be said about the other supporting actors. However, actor Darhan Kumar lends able support in this biopic.advertisementIn a better filmmaker’s hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.