Complaints, lies prompted disclaimer notice – CH&PA CEO

first_imgHousing developer sagaComplaints from members of the public about developer Robert Forrester, who the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) issued a notice severing ties with, prompted this course of action.This admission was made on Tuesday by the authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul, in an interview following the announcement of the Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme. He revealed that Forrester, the Chairman of Icarus Construction and Development INC, was moonlighting as a CH&PA agent.“It was so because apparently, from information received, the individual was telling people he’s working for us,” the CEO explained. “He’s not working for us. He is not an agent of CH&PA and that is why we put that notice in the newspaper.”“Because we have received complaints that seemed to suggest that he was sayingCH&PA CEO Lelon Saulhe’s an agent of CH&PA,” Saul also added. When asked if there are other cases of persons pretending to work for the Authority, he replied in the negative.According to a notice in the daily newspapers, CH&PA informed the public that Forrester was not authorised to transact any business on behalf of the agency. The notice added that this was by order of management.It was only in August that an announcement was made of a partnership between Forrester’s firm, the Communities Ministry and the New Amsterdam Municipal Council to construct a model village at Savannah Park.It was noted that the US$3 million initiative, the first for New Amsterdam, would have all the basic amenities and 60 housing units that would cater for low, middle and high-income earners.It was pointed out in the report that only limited spots would be available, as only a specific number could be accommodated; that successful applicants would be screened; and that the requisite documents would be cleared with the relevant lending institutions before applicants would be allocated lots. And like CH&PA’s regular house lots, these homeowners would have a specific time in which they must build.In an interview at the time with the media, Forrester had revealed plans for aThe disclaimer against Chairman of Icarus Construction and Development INC, Robert ForresterPolice outpost to be erected, in addition to commercial spaces, green areas, and a mall that would have all essential services.However, following the publication of the notice on Sunday, sources at the CH&PA indicated that Forrester was charged back in September of 2014 with converting to his own use $1.5 million given to him to purchase a house lot. He was subsequently granted bail in the amount of $150,000. It is unclear what came out of the matter. The source noted that the CH&PA has been receiving a high number of complaints from members of the public about Forrester’s alleged financial improprieties.Guyana Times understands that these complaints have been made for some time now, but a senior CH&PA official had managed to keep them under wraps since the two share a long friendship.last_img read more

Bruins stay alive

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The way UCLA and Pittsburgh play tenacious defense, the best way to score is when the opponent can’t contest the shot. That’s just what Arron Afflalo and the Bruins did. Afflalo made all 10 of his free throws and UCLA shot 23-for-26 from the line to knock off the Panthers 64-55 Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. The game between coaching buddies Ben Howland of the Bruins and Jamie Dixon of the Panthers was played in the style they employed in their years together at Northern Arizona and Pitt. Nearly every shot being contested and neither team able to generate any kind of offensive flow as neither team cracked 43 percent shooting from the field. But the second-seeded Bruins (29-5) were able to win at the line, scoring 12 of their final 18 points on foul shots to advance to play Kansas (33-4) in Saturday’s regional final in a matchup of two of college basketball’s most storied teams. The top-seeded Jayhawks beat Southern Illinois 61-58 in the first game in San Jose. Third-seeded Pitt (29-8) cut a 12-point lead down to five when Levance Fields hit a pair of 3s and Ronald Ramon added another in an 88-second span, but Michael Roll’s baseline jumper with 51.5 seconds left put the Bruins up 58-51. Afflalo finished with 17 points despite going 3-for-11 from the floor in another poor shooting night. Josh Shipp added 16 and Darren Collison had 12 as the Bruins advanced to regional finals in consecutive years for the first time since 1979-80. Ramon scored 12 points to lead the Panthers, who lost in the regional semifinals for the fourth time in six seasons. They haven’t been to the round of eight since 1974, when it took only two wins to get there. Fields added 11 and Aaron Gray was held to 10 in his final college game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bush attack

first_imgThousands of people marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding a way for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become American citizens and condemning President George W. Bush’s latest proposal. Carrying signs saying “Amnesty Now!” and “Love Thy Neighbor, Don’t Deport Him,” about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted “S , se puede!” or “It can be done!” and passed large American flags over the crowd. Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. “Charging that much, Bush is going to be even more expensive than the coyotes,” said Armando Garcia, 50, referring to smugglers who transport people across the Mexican border. “He will become the No. 1 coyote.” Maria Lopez, 50, an illegal immigrant who works as a seamstress and sends $200 a month home to family members in Mexico, said she could never apply for residency under Bush’s plan. “We have no way to come up with that much money, and Bush knows that,” she said. “He is doing this on purpose so we don’t ever become legal residents.” The march passed through one of the most heavily Hispanic districts in downtown, collecting people who had come to do their weekend shopping. Stopping at City Hall, protesters danced to beating drums and listened to immigrant-rights speakers. Alfredo Gonzalez, 33, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, marched with his wife and daughters, ages 6 and 8. He said he fears the stepped-up immigration raids happening across the country. “If they kick me out, who is going to take care of my daughters? The government? I don’t think so,” said Gonzalez, who works in construction. “We need full legalization, and we need it now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Such focused criticism of Bush was a departure from many immigrant rallies over the past year. While illegal immigrants and their advocates have long focused their ire at conservative Republicans and Congress in general, many had seen Bush as an advocate of immigration reform. The White House’s draft plan, leaked last week, calls for a new “Z” visa that would allow illegal immigrant workers to apply for three-year work permits. They would be renewable indefinitely, but would cost $3,500 each time. Then to become legal permanent residents, illegal immigrants would have to return to their home country, apply at a U.S. Embassy or consulate to re-enter legally and pay a $10,000 fine. The proposal has been sharply criticized by Hispanic advocacy groups, many Democrats, the Roman Catholic Church and unions that have many immigrants in their ranks. They argue that the cost of work permits and the green card application are prohibitive for low-wage earners. “For my wife and I, it would cost about $30,000,” said Francisco Gomez, 41, who along with his wife is in the country illegally. “Multiply that by all the illegal immigrants here. … It’s obvious Bush just wants to fund his Iraq war with our money.” last_img read more

Body found near Pouce Coupe trestle bridge

first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – RCMP and emergency crews were called to a scene near the public path and entrance to the Pouce Coupe trestle bridge after the discovery of a body on August 12.According to the B.C. Coroners Service, a body of a male in his teens was found at the Trestle Bridge.RCMP had asked that residents avoid the area as they were investigating the incident.- Advertisement -At this time, the case has been handed over to the Coroners Service and they are investigating the cause of death.The Coroners Service believes the incident is not suspicious.  The Coroners Service does not expect to release any further information on the case.The RCMP are not providing any further details as the case is not criminal in nature.Advertisementlast_img read more

WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE ALBERT LEE AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgAlbert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans.He has worked with some of the world’s top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton.In November 2002, at Eric’s request, Albert appeared at the star-studded Memorial Concert for George Harrison at London’s Albert Hall, and was featured alongside Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton at Eric’s 2007 and 2010 Crossroads guitar festival. He is also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and fronted the band at the O2 arena on the night of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert.Albert is a double Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers the world throughout.And next Wednesday he plays Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre.Donegal Daily has two pairs of tickets for what promises to be an amazing gig. Just tell us – how many grammy awards has Albert won?Email your answer to info@donegaldaily.com and we’ll pick a winner next Tuesday.In the meantime simply click the link and check out Albert.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGU63KqXuZkWIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE ALBERT LEE AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Albert LeeAn Grianan Theatrelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD IN STUNNING FORM AS THEY THRASH CARNDONAGH

first_imgMilford GAA Notes*G4M&O Night at the Races*Our G4M&O team are hosting a night at the races on Friday 30th May in the Travellers Inn, Milford. First race is off at 9pm and anyone interested in buying a horse can see any member of the G4M&O team, cost per horse is €10. Please support this fundraiser for our G4M&O team. Contact any G4M&O player for more details *Senior Fixture*CLG BnaG v Red HughsMoyle Park, Saturday @ 7.30pmThe Seniors will be looking to avenge their defeat in the first game of the season against Red Hughs this Saturday evening. This will be the first of 3 home games in 4 weeks with Naomh Colmcille and Naomh Brid also coming to Moyle Park. Throw in for the Seniors is 7.30pm while the Reserves play at 6pm*Seniors*Carndonagh 1-4 CLG BnaG 5-153 from 3 for the Seniors after another superb display in Carndonagh at the weekend. Na Galloglaigh got off to a golden start when Kane Barrett found the top corner to add to a Christopher Barrett point to leave it 1-1 to nil after 2 minutes. The defence were well on top in the first half with Sean Black in particular playing excellently and showing how big a loss he will be when he departs for the US in a few weeks time. They held Carn to just two points in the first half but had a scare late on when it took a combination of Caolan Mc Gettigan and Sean Black on the line to prevent a goal, while Chippie Barrett got the first of his two goals to leave the half time score 2-9 to 0-2. Carn came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half but the boys stood firm to keep them at bay and began to dominate all over the pitch again. Carn managed to get themselves in for a goal with about ten minutes remaining, but this appeared to be like waving a red flag to a bull as soon after Chippie Barrett, Darragh Black and Cathal Mc Gettigan raised green flags while Gavin Grier, Pauric Curley, and another US bound loss Luke Barrett, excellent in midfield, added points. Another superb performance ended in a thoroughly deserved 5-15 to 1-4 victory, and another victory on the road. Next up is a home game against Red Hughs where the lads will be looking to avenge their defeat from the first game of the season. This will be the first of 3 consecutive home games as games against Naomh Brid and Naomh Colmcille also scheduled to be at home. Team: Caolan McGettigan, Brandon Toye, Sean Black, Gavin Grier (0-1), Dean Burgess, Gary Merritt, James Doyle, Kieran Gorman, Luke Barrett (0-1), Darragh Black (1-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (1-6), Kane Barrett (1-1), Christopher Barrett (2-3), Paddy Peoples. Subs: Enda McHugh for Peoples (44m), Cormac Friel fo K. Barrett (47m), Paul Grier for G. Grier (50m), Gavin McFadden for Caolan McGettigan (52m)*Senior Ladies*The Senior Ladies were defeated by Termon at the weekend however they put up an excellent performance and the scoreline didn’t reflect the game. They put Termon under a lot of pressure and their management was very happy with them. They have no game this weekend*U14 Girls*CLG BnaG v UrrisMoyle Park, Thursday @ 5pmThe U14 Girls are back in action against Urris this Thursday at home at 5pm. All support would be greatly appreciated *U12s*The U12s played their second matches on Monday night against Cloughaneely and it turned out to be a good one. The A Team came from 6 points down to earn a draw, against a very good team, thanks to a great performance in midfield by Matthew McLaughlin, great goalkeeping by John Matthews, and brilliant block downs from Bruce MacAuley. The B Team also earned a draw coming from behind to draw thanks to good performances from Barry Donnelly, Kyle Burns, and Owen McElhinney. Pride of place goes to the C Team who came from 2 down to win by 4 thanks to the performances of Anna Russell, Kyra O’Donnell and Oran McGee. Next Monday the teams play away to Downings*U10 Community Games County Final*CLG BnaG v Glenswilly GaaMoyle Park, Friday @ 7Our U10 Community Games team will take on Glenswilly in the Regional Final this Friday at 7pm in Milford. All support would be greatly appreciated.*Fantasy Gaelic*For a bit of craic why not create a Fantasy Gaelic team for the upcoming Championship to see who really knows their stuff! Once you enter a team you are automatically in a Club league, which we might try get a few prizes for. Very easy to set up a team, only takes a minute, max 2 players per county. See www.fantasygaelic.ie for more details*Training Schedules*Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169 *2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 6-8-11-24. No jackpot winner, 5 match 3 winner win €15 each. Paul O’Hara, Drumbern, Ciaran McHugh, Forquar, John Martin, Drumbern, Kieran Doherty, Kilmacrennan, and Aiden MCHugh, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €680. *Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lucozade Sports Club Crusade*Thank you to all who helped with this years bottle cap collection, your support was much appreciated and we would ask that everyone continues to collect their bottle caps for next years collection.*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website (Milford.Donegal.gaa.ie) and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or marian.mcnulty@lyit.ie*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com, 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie/*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: MILFORD IN STUNNING FORM AS THEY THRASH CARNDONAGH was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

LGFA NEWS: DONEGAL U-16s IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ARMAGH

first_imgThe Donegal Ladies U16 squad in Termon today. Pic Donal SharkeyU-16 LADIESDONEGAL 7-09 Armagh 3-05 at Termon.DONEGAL’S U-16s had a great win over Armagh in Termon today. Big games from Mairead Coll of Fanad and Zoe McGlynn of Convoy plus the introduction of Erica Wilson at half time and Cathy Ward to the forwards added the bite to get the girls over the line.It was a nervous first half from the home side, with the teams level after 15 minutes at 1-02 apiece.Donegal edged a point in front just before the break but with changes in second half the girls worked well and deserved their victory. Team. Aoife McColgan, Maeve McDaid. Aishling Howe. Aishling McHugh. Lara Sweeney. Michelle Logue. Mary Ward. Mairead Coll Capt. Laurem McElwaine. Grace Nolan. Niamh McLaughlin. Zoe McGlynn. Caraigh McGuinness. Lianne Boyce. Subs used. Erica Wilson. Cathy Ward. Megan McGee. Ellen Campbell.  LGFA NEWS: DONEGAL U-16s IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ARMAGH was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Armagh LadiesDonegal Ladies U16sTermonlast_img read more

Scientists Force Rapid Natural Selection in Lizards

first_imgScientists transported a predator to a Caribbean island and watched some of the lizards evolve longer legs to run faster.  Then, as some of them took to climbing trees, their hind legs grew shorter.  They are calling this a test of natural selection, and are amazed the effects took effect so rapidly – in one generation, even.    EurekAlert commented, “Countering the widespread view of evolution as a process played out over the course of eons, evolutionary biologists have shown that natural selection can turn on a dime – within months – as a population’s needs change.”  The story was also reported on Live Science, National Geographic, The Times Online (UK), and New Scientist, which are calling this “natural selection at work” and claiming “This demonstrates that evolutionary biology can be a predictive, experimental science like any other.”And their point is….?  If any of these scientists or reporters think for a minute that this is another arrow in Darwin’s quiver to shoot down creationism, they need to face the tanks.  Creationists already accept limited amounts of natural selection on a microevolutionary scale.  This is not the kind of evolution that is going to help them explain the origin of lizards.  This is like the old peppered myth.  There were probably already long-legged and short-legged variants in existence before the experiment; all that happened was a population shift.  Besides, the genes for legs and the brains to use them were already there.  If you put short people and tall people in a race with a mountain lion chasing them, you already know the outcome.  What kind of predictive science is that?  Where is the evolution?  And where are the environmentalists who should be screaming at these scientists for introducing a non-native species into a fragile ecosystem?    Take your pick for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week from these silly articles.  A researcher in the New Scientist piece made it sound like the lizards decided to evolve: “These lizards are no dummies,” he said.  “Natural selection can turn on a dime,” as if that thought is worth one.  National Geographic quoted a scientist spilling too many beans while bragging about this observational evidence for evolution: “In most cases in evolutionary biology,” he admitted, “you have to look back and speculate what might have happened.”  Live Science called this a reptilian version of “Survivor.”  OK, time to change channels.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa is committed to strong fiscal discipline

first_img• With regards to the fiscal framework, government has stuck to its spending limits for the past three years and is on track to stay within the expenditure ceiling in 2015/16.• Government’s central fiscal objective over the medium term is to stabilise the growth of debt as a share of GDP.• Strict adherence to the planned expenditure ceiling as well as the proposed long-term fiscal guideline of linking government spending with long term growth are projected to result in gross debt stabilising at 49.4% of GDP in 2018/19.• South Africa has also regularly acknowledged for the transparency of its budget procedures. According to the Open Budget Index of the International Budget Partnership, South Africa is ranked third of 102 countries in 2015.last_img read more

Police Inspector, youth killed as mob attacks U.P. outpost

first_imgA police Inspector and a youth were killed when a mob of around 400 persons clashed with the police following the alleged discovery of cow carcasses in a village in Bulandshahr district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday.Around half-a-dozen policemen, including a DSP, and several civilians were injured in the clashes, which saw firing from both sides and stones being pelted on the local police outpost at Chingravati in Syana.Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed in the attack, was in-charge of the outpost.A Special Investigation Team under the IG, Meerut, has been constituted to probe the incident, while the ADG-Investigation has been asked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to submit a report within 48 hours.While the police had initially maintained that the officer had died due to profuse bleeding following a head injury suffered in stone-pelting, ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar confirmed later that Mr. Singh had died of a gunshot injury, as shown by the autopsy report. This was in addition to the injuries he sustained from hard and blunt objects.“The entry of the bullet is near the left eyebrow. As per the post-mortem report it appears to be a .32 bore bullet,” said Mr. Kumar.A police officer was killed in mob violence in Bulandshahr, UP after local outfits first stage jam and then go on a rampage angered by alleged discovery of parts of a dead cow. More details coming in, police on the spot.@the_hinduSpecial arrangement pic.twitter.com/Otl9YWX5xX— Omar Rashid (@omar7rashid) December 3, 2018 Subodh Kumar Singh, who passed away in the Bulandshahr violence.   Caught aloneVideo footage showing the officer lying dead in his jeep in a field with youth seen around filming the scene on their mobile phones amid sounds of bullets being fired had put pressure on the police to clarify the cause of death. While the body was hanging by the door of the vehicle, the window panes were shattered and all doors were open. It is not known how the officer was caught alone in the vehicle.  Trouble started after the former pradhan of Mahav village Raj Kumar approached the police to complaining that bodyparts of five to six cows had been found in a field. Along with his team, Mr. Singh rushed to the spot to investigate and tried to calm the agitated locals, said police.While the police assured the villagers of action and an FIR was also under process, some miscreants carried carcasses, “possibly of cow progeny,” on a tractor trolley, parked it outside the police outpost and blocked the road, said Mr. Kumar. District Magistrate Anuj Jha said the locals did not allow the police to seize the carcasses. Around 400 persons had assembled near the police outpost from three villages — Mahav, Chingravati and Mahavas — said Mr. Kumar.While the villagers first seemed to agree with the police assurances, some began “heavy stone-pelting” on the outpost, following which police had to resort to a lathi-charge and firing in the air to disperse the crowd, said Mr. Kumar. The village mob retaliated with firing from countrymade pistols, the officer said.The mob also damaged at least 15 vehicles outside the police outpost, officials said.BJP activistIn the clashes, a local youth, Sumit Singh, suffered gunshot wounds and died later at a hospital in Meerut. Police are investigating whether he was killed in police firing or in firing from the villagers.BJP district president Himanshu Mittal said he had heard that two activists of the party had been shot in the incident. However, he could not confirm the names. It is alleged that local right-wing groups and BJP members instigated the locals to gather at the police outpost.Officer in Dadri caseInspector Singh was the investigating officer (IO) of the Dadri lynching case resulting in the death of Mohammad Akhlaq from September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. The chargesheet, however, had been filed by a different IO in March, 2016, said a senior police officer.Security has been beefed up in the district and five companies of the Rapid Action Force and six additional companies of the PAC have been deployed to maintain order.last_img read more