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Mahatma Gandhi’s statue vandalised in Rajasthan town, three held (Lead)

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Jaipur, April 4 (IANS) A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalised in Nathdwara town of Rajasthan, following which three young men were arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Police identified the accused as Ankit Gehlot, 25, Kuldeep Gehlot, 22, and Arvind Gehlot, 24. They will be produced in a court on Thursday, a police official said.

The head of the statue, installed by the Nathdwara municipality in Valmiki Basti in the town, was found missing on Tuesday, following which a case was registered under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. Police had rounded up a few suspects for questioning.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Shuklal Pancholi told IANS that the all three were students and had an altercation earlier with their peers from a particular community.

The police official claimed that the accused hatched a plan to damage the statue and then put the blame on members of a particular community in the wake of protests by the Dalits against a Supreme Court order on law pertaining to Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

However, police said, CCTVs installed in nearby areas recorded their crime and exposed their plan. They spilled the beans during questioning.

Earlier, Nathdwara Circle Incharge Mahipal Singh had said that police was scanning CCTV footage from surrounding areas and looking for other clues.

Congress state unit Vice President Archana Sharma condemned the act of vandalism. “It seems the confidence of miscreants has reached an all-time high across the country and so there has been a spate of such demolitions,” she said.

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

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New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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