Six knocks and loud banging on the door of a one-room house on the outskirts of Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow announced the nightmare that would end nearly an hour later with the gang-rape of a 12-year-old girl and an assault on her parents and little brother.
After a meeting with representatives of various political parties in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that holding free and fair election in the state would not be a problem if the police acted in an unbiased manner.
Uttar Pradesh Police is set to become the most tech-savvy force in the country with completion of "geo tagging" of about 12 lakh locations that would help it "timely" locate victims dialling 100 for help.
A Samajwadi Party legislator and his supporters allegedly beat-up a police constable Thursday when he inadvertently entered the legislator's house while chasing an accused. Senior police officer Sabharaj Yadav said that constables Satyendra Singh and Mehboob Ali had gone to Babrala in Uttar Pradesh to probe an abduction case.
The truce in faction-ridden ruling Samajwadi Party today appeared to be short-lived with state party chief Shivpal Yadav expelling seven party functionaries, including three MLCs, all considered close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The Congress today took a jibe at the ongoing tussle in the "Samajwadi pariwar", saying that despite giving full attention to the "law and order of the family, instead of the state", things (in the family) have gone out of hands.
With dengue claiming seven more lives in Uttar Pradesh capital in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the city rose to 68 today. The government claimed things were "under control" although there was panic among patients.