Delhi underground: Cracker of a Diwali

Going round in circles

Members of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad were livid over the "lack of coordination" and "delay in getting updates" from the Delhi Police after being made to go from one court to another for the custody of a Pune blast accused. There was confusion over the procedure to followed for cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and there was only a single prosecutor representing the Delhi Police in such cases. After breaking enough sweat, the ATS has asked for an advocate to represent it so that the confusion over multiple cases could be reduced, sources said. Moreover, the advocate could keep the Mumbai policemen posted about all latest developments in the Delhi courts.

Cut down to size

It takes a lot of guts to cut a big, burly Punjab Police personnel to size. The guards at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital did just that, without batting an eyelid. When Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader Manjit Singh was taken to RML after he was severely injured in the Rakabganj Gurdwara clash, Punjab Police personnel accompanied him and they allegedly blocked the entry to the hospital. The hospital guards asked them to move aside, but the policemen refused to budge, saying they were the Punjab Police. A guard got the better of them with a terse reminder: "You maybe so, but in Punjab. Not here, this is Delhi." The hospital rules apply to one and all.

Kalam floors JNU

They love him and almost mobbed him when he landed at their institute for a 25-minute lecture on dynamics of national development. The place was Jawaharlal Nehru University, occasion was the annual Nehru Memorial Lecture, and the person they all came to listen to was former President APJ Abdul Kalam. As Kalam entered the convocation hall, a rush of students huddled around him — blocking the other dignitaries such as the chancellor, vice-chancellor and the rector. The others could enter only after Kalam was already on the podium. He fielded questions "on any subject" from a full house after his lecture. This was against the format of the event. Nobody complained.

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