New Delhi: Demonstrations continued on Monday outside a Delhi police station where the driver of a mini taxi and his son were assaulted a day earlier, leading to a political storm and the suspension of three policemen. Scores of slogan-shouting protesters massed outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station near Delhi University and tried to break into the complex, only to be pushed back by a strong contingent of security personnel. Two Assistant Sub-Inspectors and a constable have been suspended for unprofessional conduct over the way they handled the situation on Sunday after a ‘Gramin Seva’ taxi brushed a police vehicle, triggering a chain of unpleasant events. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijayanta Arya said an enquiry had been initiated into the incident. On Monday, the driver, Sarabjit Singh, 45, became emotional while his 16-year-old son Balwant Singh broke down while telling IANS how they were thrashed at the police station. “They took us inside the police station. One of them instructed the others to switch off the CCTV and then they started beating us badly,” said Balwant Singh, who was with his father when the incident took place. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Balwant Singh said a policeman hit him on the head with a pistol. “First they punched my face multiple times and later one of them started to hit me with his pistol’s butt on the head. I felt like I was a terrorist who was being interrogated,” Balwant Singh said as neighbours in Gandhi Vihar stood by in grim silence. The enquiry will be conducted by an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police along with an Assistant Commissioner of Police to ascertain the role of the policemen in the incident which was caught on camera. The police say it were the driver and his son who first attacked the policemen with a sword. The father was swinging a sword while chasing the police. The driver’s friends alleged that the father and son were dragged out of the vehicle by police personnel and assaulted and again beaten up at the police station. Further action will be taken following the outcome of the police investigation, officer Arya said. A passer-by recorded the violent scenes on the streets on his mobile telephone and posted them on social media. The video shows the driver and his son having an argument with a policeman outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station. As more policemen came to the scene, the man takes out a sword from his vehicle and charges at the policemen, scattering them. Eventually he is overpowered. And then the police personnel began to rain lathi blows on the man. They were then taken to the police station and, according to the father and son, thrashed again, prompting protests by BJP and AAP MLAs as well as demonstrations by residents, including members of the Sikh community.
CONFLICTS, DISASTERS, RECORD high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber – the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters.With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, they say that the incoming Lunar New Year (which began yesterday) is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn’t stand behind – because it incorporates the volatile element of fire.“With this being the Year of the Wood Horse, and with wood being very combustible, there will be a lot of scandals, conflicts, explosions and arguments,” celebrity feng-shui master Alion Yeo told AFP.Feng shui – meaning ‘wind-water’ – is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and even renovate offices and homes based on its edicts to maximise their luck and wealth.Yeo says that conflict in the new year could be defined by anything from diplomatic tension to armed engagement, particularly in the first, fourth and seventh lunar months – February, May and August.“The most likely thing that could lead to a physical war would be the Diaoyu Islands,” Yeo said, referring to acute tensions between Japan and China over the Japanese-controlled islets that Tokyo calls the Senkaku islands.The previous Year of the Wood Horse in 1954 was marked by nuclear bomb tests by the US and the former Soviet Union and the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which led to the defeat of French forces in Vietnam.West gallops aheadChinese fortune-telling such as feng shui is based on ancient philosophy and the belief that events are dictated by the varying balances in the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and through Chinese folklore ascribes 12 animals, one for each year in the rotating cycle. The horse is in the seventh position.Feng shui master Chow Hon-ming believes that while the United States and Europe will enjoy economic recovery, nations such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Pakistan will feel a negative impact. The Western economy will see obvious improvement but Eastern nations will face difficulties and their economies may even take backward steps.Obama gaffesChow believes it will be a tricky year for US President Barack Obama, who was born in the Year of the Ox in 1961.“He may make gaffes, he may face obstacles when it comes to cutting through political red tape,” Chow said.Record-high temperatures and natural disasters will be prominent due to the influence of the fire element, according to soothsayers.“There will be a higher chance of volcanic eruption and earthquakes because the earth element will be irritated by the abundance of fire,” fortune-teller Cheng Chi-hang told AFP, adding that Japan, Indonesia and China will be particularly prone.Bad year for Bieber?A person’s fortune is calculated by using the exact time and date of his birth, with the relationship of each of the elements.Troubled Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be on a streak of negativity this year, Yeo said.There will be times where he will not be able to control himself.Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence after police caught him drag-racing in Miami Beach last week – allegedly after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.“His fire element, if he goes all the way, could lead to health risks,” Yeo said.Well-known personalities born in the Year of the Horse include boxer Manny Pacquiao, actress Halle Berry, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the late former South African president Nelson Mandela – whose 1990 release from prison also occurred in a “horse” year.Tens of thousands of worshippers offered sticks of incense on the eve of the first day of the Lunar New Year to pray for good luck and fortune at Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple.The former British colony is also a popular horse-racing destination, hosting the Chinese New Year Raceday tomorrow, with total payouts of up to HK$68 million ($8.76 million).The city will celebrate the new year with a 23-minute long fireworks display today, which organisers say will display the word “win” in capital letters twice.In mainland China tourism operators are also seeking to capitalise, particularly in Dan Xia Shan, a mountainous tourist attraction in the southern province of Guangdong which includes five hills known as “five horses return to the manger”.- © AFP, 2014