Kota: A POCSO court in Rajasthan’s Kota city has sentenced a 30-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2013, while acquitting his brother in the case due to lack of evidence. In the order pronounced on Wednesday, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court judge Narendra Kumar Sharma also slapped Umesh Mehara, a resident of Kota’s Thegda area, with a fine of Rs 35,000. Umesh’s brother, Akash, accused of eve-teasing and beating the victim, was acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Umesh and Akash were neighbours of the victim, special public prosecutor Vijay Kachawah said. In October 2013, the victim’s uncle lodged an FIR at Udhyog Nagar police station alleging that Umesh and Akash eve-teased and beat the minor girl, he said. The victim, while recording her statement before the magistrate, alleged that Umesh had raped her around nine months ago, he added. Statements of at least 15 witnesses were recorded during the trial, Kachawah said.
New Delhi: The over 4.2 km-long Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro is likely to open soon as the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has accorded the mandatory approval for starting passenger operations, officials said on Thursday. This section, colour coded the Grey Line, consists of three stations – Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh, and it will connect the outer Delhi locality of Najafgarh with the rest of the city. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Of the three stations in this corridor, Dwarka and Nangli are elevated ones, while Najafgarh station is underground. CMRS Janak Kumar Garg had inspected the corridor for safety on Wednesday. “He has accorded the mandatory approval for the commencement of passenger operations on the 4.295-km Dwarka-Najafgarh section of the Delhi Metro, paving the way for its opening, a senior DMRC official said. The exact date for commencement of operations shall be communicated shortly, he said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka Trial runs on the section had begun in July. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had earlier said the corridor is being extended by another 1.18 km till Dhansa Stand which is slated for completion by December 2020. “During the trial runs, the interaction of the metro train with physical infringements (civil structure) were checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track,” the DMRC said. The Delhi Metro’s total operational network at present stands at over 343 km, with multiple corridors and 250 stations having its footprints in Delhi and various neighbouring cities. An average of about 28 lakh commuters use the Delhi Metro every day.