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Moga molestation: Girl’s family agrees to autopsy, cremation

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Moga (Punjab): The family of the 13-year-old girl who died after she was molested and pushed out of a private bus owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s company on Sunday agreed to her post-mortem examination and cremation.

The father of the girl and some members of her family said they agreed to the post-mortem examination, and that her body will be cremated later on Sunday.

Chaos prevailed at the Civil Hospital complex in Moga town on Sunday as local authorities and the police tried to get the consent of the family for conducting the post-mortem examination and cremation.

Moga Deputy Commissioner Parminder Singh Gill said the family has agreed to the post-mortem examination and cremation. “The post mortem will be the most crucial piece of evidence related to the death of the victim,” he said.

Heavy police deployment was made outside and inside the hospital complex Sunday afternoon as scores of people protested the authorities’ bid to pressurise the victim’s family to give its consent for a post-mortem examination followed by cremation.

Though the girl, Arshdeep Kaur, a Dalit, died on Wednesday evening, the family had refused to allow her autopsy and cremation till the owners of the Orbit Aviation transport company, implying Sukhbir Badal and others, were booked. The row continued for the past three days.

Protesters, including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists, alleged that the authorities and police under pressure from the Badal family had coerced the victim’s father to give consent for the autopsy and cremation. They alleged that the government had offered to pay a compensation of Rs.20 lakh and a government job to a kin of the victim.

The victim, her mother and brother had boarded the bus at Moga town for Baghapurana town, which is 20 km away, on Wednesday evening. The mother and daughter were soon targeted with indecent gestures and molestation by some goons on the bus. When the mother an daughter resisted, the molesters, including three bus staff, pushed them out of the speeding bus.

The girl died immediately while the mother was admitted the hospital in a serious condition.

Following pressure from various quarters, police arrested four people, including three staff members of Orbit transport company. They were booked for murder, attempt to murder and molestation.

Buses of the Orbit transport company were taken off the road in Punjab on Saturday following orders from Sukhbir Badal.

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Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide

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Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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