Weasley Mathews: adopted girl’s father charged with murder

The Indian American father of three-year-old Sherin Mathews, Mr Wesley Mathews is accused of her murder at Texas. The girl had gone missing in October after the parents had put her outside their apartment as a punishment. She disappeared hours later. He was apparently also charged with abandoning a child and damaging the evidence three months after Sherin’s body was found in a drain next to their home in Richardson, Texas. 


The Dallas police inform that Mathews has changed his version of stories constantly, and has not been able to take a stance. On Friday, he will be indicated with capital murder if found guilty and be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.  


The adopted girl’s mother, Sini Mathews, has also faced abandonment charges in the month of November. A night before the child died on October 7th, 2017, she was left alone at her home, while her parents and their 4-year-old biological daughter went out for dinner.  

Holt International, the foster home from where Sherin Mathews was adopted is suspended by the Indian government for not assessing the couple. 

Sources – BBC, Hindustan Times


Shiv Sena takes dig at Maharashtra government after Pune businessman murder

In the wake of the murder of a 56-year-old builder in Pune, the Shiv Sena has chastised the government over the law and order situation in the state.

Devendra Shah, a renowned builder in Pune, was shot dead outside his residence in Deccan Gymkhana area of Pune by two unidentified men. The men allegedly fired five rounds at Shah in front of his son on the plush Prabhat Road on Sunday night. Two bullets hit Shah as the men fled the spot immediately. The Police recovered the CCTV footage and are on the hunt for the assailants.

Shiv Sena was quick to criticize the Maharashtra government. Sena further took a dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by taunting his claim of maintaining a good law and order in the state. Sena claimed that BJP had won the state elections due to the influence of industrialists and traders. But it is they who are facing the plight now.

An editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana said, “The killers in Pune are roaming freely. If they are not controlled in time, the city known for its cultural values, will become ugly. The killing of Devendra Shah should ring alarm bells for the government.”

“Industrialists and traders have brought BJP to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra but they are the ones who are getting killed. This raises questions on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ stand that the law and order situation in the state is good,” it added.

Although Devendra Fadnavis claimed the state law and order to be absolutely under control, Mumbai and Pune have faced problems due to public outrage earlier this month. Notably, the violent protest of the Bhima-Koregaon incident sparked public violence on the streets.

Source: Outlook, NDTV

Kanpur journalist shot dead by unidentified assailants

In a shocking incidence at a market near Billhaur Nagar Palika in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh; a Hindi newspaper journalist was shot dead in broad daylight. The victim, identified as Naveen Gupta, worked for a Hindi daily in the area.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was quick to pay his condolences and order an immediate probe to investigate the murder. The Police have filed a case of murder and already questioned six to seven suspects for an early lead.

The incident occurred at 5:30 pm when three people riding a two-wheeler arrived at the family shop where Naveen was sitting. As soon as Naveen got up from the shop, the trio rushed on the motorbike and sprayed five bullets on Gupta. They immediately fled the spot.

Family members and local shopkeepers rushed Gupta to the hospital, but he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Police said that motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, but suspect some kind of enmity as the prime motive.

Naveen Gupta is now the second journalist to be killed in the past month. Sudip Datta Bhaumick, reporter of a Bengali daily ‘Syandan Patrika’, was shot dead on November 22. Another journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, was also killed he went to cover an agitation by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The most high profile murder came when senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in front of her house in Bengaluru on September 5, a crime that created massive outrage in public.

Owners of Ryan group denied anticipatory bail in student murder case

The proprietors of Ryan International School, where a seven-year-old kid was killed recently, failed to get protection from arrest today. The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice to Haryana on their demand for safeguard and presented the case on Monday.

Ryan Pinto, the CEO of Ryan International, and his family father Augustine and mother Grace Pinto, who are the founders, had gone to the High Court last week asking for an anticipatory bail.

On September 8, Pradyuman Thakur, a Class 2 student of the Ryan International school in Gurgaon, was found dead with a slit throat after he went to the washroom close to his classroom. A school transport conductor accepted to be present in the washroom when the kid entered, and the conductor was also spotted in the security footage fleeing the crime scene.

Justice Inderjit Singh did not allow the Pintos any relief today. “The single seat has issued a notice of motion to the Haryana government looking for its reaction on the anticipatory bail plea,” said the lawyer for the Ryan trustees.

The Pintos moved to the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Bombay High Court dismissed their demand for insurance from arrest on September 14.

The murder is being explored by the CBI after Pradyuman’s parents asserted that the police examination was not up to the mark.

Sources: NDTV, DNA

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Ryan International School Murder: Regional Chief and HR Head were suspended following protests

It has been close to three days since the murder of a six year old boy in Ryan International School. The past two days have seen the parents who send their children to the Gurgaon school stage protests. The blame was placed on the school for security lapses on their behalf. Now, this has consequently led to the arrest of two top officials, Francis Thomas, regional head of the group, and Jeyus Thomas, HR head. The individuals were charged under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.
The accused, a 42- year old bus conductor named Ashok Kumar was was arrested on Friday night. However, it was later revealed that the conductor had been previously fired from another school in his village Ghamroj due to suspicions of similar allegations. This drew the ire of the parents and the media alike due to the negligence of the school authorities. There must be a system set in place that checks the backgrounds of their employees.
The school will reportedly stay shut for all students except for those between Class 6 and Class 12. Investigations were still on in the school, where teachers and staff were questioned. There were several policemen present at the school when protesters lit the liquor shop in the locality. The policemen had to resort to lathi charge to control the mob.
Inspector Arun Kumar, the SHO from Sohna Sadar Police station was also suspended due to the aggressive reaction towards the crowd. Many people including a journalist were left grievously injured. This caused to sharp criticism and compelled the suspension.
Sources: NDTV, HT

Protests by parents continue at Ryan International School

GURGAON: A huge number of flustered parents could be seen protesting outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon, where a bus conductor allegedly killed a Class 2 student on Friday. The acting Principle along with the security agency that used to provide security to the school have been suspended. Parents have been protesting outside the school since Thursday morning where the student was found in the school bathroom with his throat slit.


Sept 09, 2017 at 20:35

Parents protesting outside Ryan International School, Gurgaon with candle lights.

Sept 09, 2017 at 18:52

The accused Ashok Kumar has been sent to three day police remand by Gurgaon Court.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:54

Haryana CM quoted: Directed authorities to complete formalities within 7 days.

Manohar Lal Khatar, Harayana Chief Minister referred to the incident as “sad incident and heinous crime.”

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:33

Haryana PWD Minister said: State government will take strict action against the culprits and tried reassuring the family that they should not worry. Whoever has committed the crime will not be forgiven.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:29

School Principle suspended.

Sept 08, 2017

Late evening, the accused bus driver, Ashok Kumar was arrested. After questioning the staff at Ryan International School, the driver was taken into police custody.

Sourced from NDTV and Indian Express


Ambedkarite thinker Krishna Kirwale found dead

Eminent writer and Ambedkarite thinker Dr. Krishna Kirwale was found dead at his residence near Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur on March 3. The suspect who stabbed the victim to death has been has been taken under police custody. The police suspect that the murder might have been be a fallout of a financial dispute between the two.

The suspect who was tracked down within hours of the murder was identified as Pritam Patil who is also a resident of Kolhapur. The police has remained tight- mouthed about the motive behind the murder.

The murder of Kirwale comes two years after the murder of veteran communist leader Govind Pansare, also a Kolhapur resident. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde condemned Kirwale’s murder and said that the incident reflects the poor law and order situation in the state.

Born in Beed district in Maharashtra, Kirwale had completed his PhD from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in 1987. The 62 year old Ambedkarite retired as the Head of Department of Marathi in Shivaji Vidyapeeth a couple of months ago. The writer was also the chief of Dr. Babasaheb Centre for Research and Development. His major literary contributions were biography of Marathi writer Baburao Bagul and the ‘Dictionary of Dalit and Gramin (Rural) Literature’. He regularly contributed to newspapers and was known for studying progressive movements and Dalit literature in Maharashtra.

Source: 1] Hindustan Times

2] Indian Express