Capital goes under security blanket
Security officials have chalked out an elaborate security plan to keep violence and criminal offences in the capital in check – including the ones in the garments sector – ahead of next month’s Eid-ul-Fitr. According to sources, police and Rab officials have met with the garment factory owners to discuss issues surrounding labour unrest, which usually stems from discontent over wages and Eid bonuses. In addition, elaborate measures were taken to put shopping malls, important city points and areas of strategic importance – under the capital’s 49 police stations – under a thick security blanket. To this end, around 106 vigilance teams were formed with the members of different intelligence and security departments. These teams have already started their operations, raiding different city points.
Colombia’s FARC offers arms, support to Catatumbo protesters
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC rebels offered armed support to a rural protest in the Andean nation’s volatile northeast – a gesture that could ignite violence and increase friction as the Marxist group seeks a negotiated peace with the government. Their endorsement of the farmers’ protest comes at a time when the rebels’ relationship with the government already is jeopardized by weekend violence that killed 19 soldiers. Impoverished farmers in Catatumbo have blocked roads and clashed with police in the past month to protest the government’s regular fumigation of illegal coca crops, the only means of subsistence for many, and a lack of state presence.
The confrontations have resulted in the deaths of four protesters and injuries to dozens of people, including police officials who were maimed by explosives. “They can count on our ranks, on our weapons, on our fighters,” the FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said on Monday in a statement referring to the farmers. “We are ready to receive them, to support them and guide them to final victory.”
Chitambo pupils riot
PUPILS at Justin Mukando Secondary School in Chitambo of Central Province on Sunday night damaged more than 100 window panes and set ablaze six grass-thatched lavatories in protest against lack of water supply at the school. The riot at Mukando comes barely a day after pupils at Serenje Boys Technical Secondary School set ablaze their school administration block, forcing Government to close the learning institution. Central Province Minister Philip Kosamu and provincial commissioner of police Standwell Lungu confirmed the incident in separate interviews yesterday.
Mr Kosamu said it was clear that the recent disturbances were as a result of school authorities’ failure to dialogue with pupils.He, however, condemned the destruction to property especially that the school was still under construction. The pupils were reported to have complained over lack of clean water as well as the continued use of the grass-thatched lavatories.
Dozen Arrested After Inner Mongolian Herders Clash With Police
About a dozen ethnic Mongolians were arrested and several others injured in weekend clashes with police after a herder was assaulted by a group of drunken Han Chinese in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region, an overseas rights group said Monday. Hundreds of mostly ethnic Mongolian herders smashed the windows and doors of the local public security bureau of Sonid Left (in Chinese, Sunite Zuoqi) banner (county) on Sunday night, the New York-based Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said.
The group, citing photos and written communication from eyewitnesses, said the clashes had erupted in the banner’s capital Mandalt (Mendelete) township in Xilin Gol league (prefecture) after three Han Chinese who were drunk insulted the Mongolian herder and had him beaten up. Without punishing those who assaulted him, police arrested the herder and “tortured” him, the group said, quoting one eyewitness blogger as saying that police had beaten him further and “poured hot chili pepper oil” into his eyes.
“Seeing the extreme injustice and discrimination, hundreds of Mongolians rushed to destroy the police vehicle at the scene and proceeded to smash the windows of the Public Security building,” SMHRIC quoted another blogger as saying. A dozen ethnic Mongolians were arrested after riot police were called in from elsewhere in Xilin Gol to crack down on the crowd, it said, adding that several others were injured. An official at the public security bureau told SMHRIC on Monday that those arrested in the clash were still in custody.
Protestor killed in clash at Jharkhand NTPC plant site
Ranchi, July 23 (IANS) A man, protesting the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) upcoming plant in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district, was killed in a clash at the construction Tuesday, police said. According to police, the protestor died after he was shot by the security guard of a contractor, while local villagers claimed that death occurred in police firing.
The construction of NTPC’s project office at the site in Hazaribagh, 110 km from Ranchi, began Tuesday and a group of the contractors awarded the work was at the site when a group of villagers, opposing the project due to the “poor” compensation for their lands, reached there and the clash ensued. Police also reached the spot and opened fire in the air in a bid to stop the clash and disperse the villagers. Four people were injured in the clash, and have been admitted to the local hospital for treatment. Senior police officials are camping the spot to ensure law and order.