Hindu outfit leader shot dead in Amritsar

first_imgAmritsar, Oct 30 (PTI) A Hindu outfitleader was shot dead in full public view by four unidentified men in the Bharat Nagar locality on the Amritsar-Batala road here today, police said.Hindu Sangarsh Sena district chief Vipan Sharma (45) was standing with a friend outside a shop in the bustling Bharat Nagar locality when around a dozen bullets were pumped into him, the police said.The killing comes within a fortnight of the gunning down of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana on October 17.Two of the four masked youths, including one sporting a turban, pumped bullets into Sharmas body and fled the spot on their motorcycles, police said.Sharma was rushed to the Escort Hospital where he was declared brought dead.”He was brought to the emergency wing of the hospital where a team of doctors declared him brought dead. There were around 15 injury marks on the deceaseds body, including 8 bullet marks,” the hospitals director, Dr H P Singh, said.Police Commissioner, Amritsar, S S Srivastava said the CCTVs installed at various locations had captured the incident. The footage from these cameras had been procured and the police was trying to identify the accused by making their sketches, he said.He said the exact number of bullets shot could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report but initially it could be said that nearly 12 bullets were shot on the spot which directly hit the victim.”It is a targeted killing and we are verifying all the aspects particularly a past threat perception if any,” he said.advertisementFew of the deceaseds relatives and friends claimed that he had recently applied for police protection, since he was active in raising his voice against the Ghalughara week (Operation Blue Star anniversary), the police commissioner said.The deceased was a cable operator by profession and was running his business for the last many years in the city.Meanwhile, the Punjab Shiv Sena flayed the gunning down of the Hindu leader.In a statement, the Senas state vice president Rajesh Palta alleged that the killing of Hindu leaders one after the other was indicative of revival of terrorism in Punjab.”If Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh does not tackle the issue with an iron hand, and instead carries on with the SAD-BJP policy of soft-pedalling over religious fundamentalists, then Punjab will again plunge into the dark days of terrorism like in the past and there will be danger to national integrity and amity,” he claimed. PTI CORR VSD ADSlast_img read more

Leicester Beats Sevilla, Reaches Champions League Quarters Continuing Fairytale

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP) — First, the Premier League title. Now, the Champions League quarterfinals.Is there no end to Leicester’s soccer fairytale?The improbable rise of a previously unheralded club from central England touched new heights on Tuesday when Leicester beat Sevilla 2-0 to reach the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate victory.Two years ago to the day, Leicester was in last place in the Premier League after a dour 0-0 home draw with Hull. On Friday, its name will be in a pot alongside the cream of the continent — Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and two others — in the Champions League draw in Nyon.“We proved a lot of people wrong and pulled off the impossible again,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, one of the scorers inside an atmospheric King Power Stadium.“We will take whoever comes.”Click on image to see the highlights of the matchThat’s the kind of uncompromising attitude that carried Leicester to the Premier League title last season at odds of 5,000-1 and is sweeping the team to another potential miracle.No team is likely to feel comfortable in the cauldron that is the King Power Stadium on nights like these.“Let slip the dogs of war,” urged a message on a giant banner behind one of the goals before the match. It was a line from ‘Julius Caesar,’ a play by William Shakespeare — the English playwright who has the same surname as Leicester’s new manager.Craig Shakespeare recently took over from Claudio Ranieri, the coach who orchestrated Leicester’s sensational Premier League title triumph but was fired because the team had found itself fighting a relegation battle in its championship defense.Shakespeare has three wins from three matches in charge, and has got the team playing back at last season’s levels.“We tried to make it as uncomfortable as we could for Sevilla,” said Shakespeare, who was pictured on that banner holding a dog on a leash.Sevilla — currently the third best team in Spain and winner of the last three Europa League titles — played into Leicester’s hands here, leaving space behind its defense and failing to match the home side’s intensity and energy. Its players also gave away silly fouls, one of which was conceded at the edge of their area to allow Riyad Mahrez to curl in a free kick that Morgan turned home at the back post for 1-0 in the 27th.Winger Marc Albrighton doubled the lead in the 54th — and put Leicester clear on aggregate — by lashing home left-footed from just inside the area after Sevilla defender Adil Rami made a poor headed clearance. Seconds earlier, Sevilla left back Sergio Escudero had powered a dipping 35-meter shot against the crossbar.Sevilla’s anger boiled over. So frustrated was French playmaker Samir Nasri that he was sent off for collecting two bookings — one for kicking out at Wilfried Ndidi in the first half and the second for aiming a headbutt at Jamie Vardy in the 74th.Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli snarled and raged in his technical area throughout and was sent off to the stands late on for complaining over-zealously to officials.Still, outplayed and out-thought, Sevilla could have taken the game to extra time when Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel brought down Vitolo in the area. Steven N’Zonzi took the penalty in the 79th but Schmeichel guessed the right way, just like he did in the first leg when he denied Joaquin Correa from the spot.“It’s been decisive that we’ve missed two penalties,” Sampaoli said.There were a couple of scares in the closing minutes but Leicester held on and the mix of joy and relief was palpable after the final whistle. Leicester’s players gathered in a huddle in the center circle and jumped up and down as music blared and blue-and-white flags fluttered in the stands.Two other banners hung from the stadium roof before kick-off, one reading “Forever” and the other “Fearless.”Leicester fears no team. Shakespeare even said that playing Europe’s top teams will suit Leicester, because of its counter-attacking approach. It is simple but highly effective.“As a football club, we have to know our strengths,” he said. “And you saw that in abundance tonight, in terms of desire and that we can play a bit as well. It epitomized what we are all about.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more