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9 car-jacking cases reported in city each month last year

Almost nine incidents of car-jacking were reported every month in the national Capital in 2017, at an average. South-west, among all administrative districts of the Delhi Police, reported the highest number of incidents.According to a data, accessed by DNA, 97 car-jacking incidents were reported in the Capital in 2017 up to November 15. Of all the incidents, 33 were reported from southwest alone, while North, Central, Shahadra and New Delhi districts, reported just one incident each.However, the data further says that Southwest district also recorded the highest solving rate in the car-jacking cases, which was 13. New Delhi, Central and Shahadra districts, which recorded one incident each, could not solve any of these cases till November mid. Of the total 97 car-jacking cases reported, only 45 were solved.In 2016, Delhi witnessed 124 cases of car-jacking, of which 67 were solved. Rohini district reported 44, which was the highest among all the districts in 2016.Senior Delhi Police officials said that special drives were undertaken in 2017 to bring the menace of car-jacking down and claimed it to have been effective. “Since a surge was witnessed last year, a number of special initiatives were started. These included picketing, erecting barricades at identified car-jacking prone stretches, bike patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras in and around the dark zones,” said a senior officer, adding that awareness among car owners also helped bring the crime rate down.On solving these cases, the officer further added that a tight watch over the second-hand car dealers across the Capital and intense round-the-clock vigil over the unauthorised parking places, where these stolen vehicles are hidden by the gangs until disposed of, has also helped in recovery and arrests.As an advice to the car owners, the officer also mentioned that everyone must ensure that their vehicle has GPS installed. “In many cases, vehicles have been recovered even when it has been taken across the state borders,” he said.SOUTHWEST TOPS2017Total car-jacking: 97 Solved: 45 District with highest:Southwest (33)2016 Total car-jacking: 124Solved: 67District with highest:Rohini (44)

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NCB raids varsity campuses, arrests 4 students

In a major crackdown ahead of the New Year bash, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided several university campuses and arrested four students of the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Amity University for their alleged involvement in a narcotics supplying syndicate. The Bureau also seized 1.14 kg of charas (cannabis) and three lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) blot papers, which were to be supplied at party venues across the Capital.The arrests and seizures were made by the Delhi zonal unit of the NCB, which has booked the four students under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Of the arrested men, two are students of the Hindu College while one each is from the JNU and Amity.Senior NCB officers said arrestee Gaurav, a BA Economic (H) student of Hindu College, has been identified as the kingpin of the racket. “Initial probe has revealed that the drugs were being transported in from Himachal Pradesh by these students. Others have been identified as Aniruddh Mathur, MBA in Hospitality management, Amity, Tenzin Phunchog, MSc Physics, Hindu College, and Sam Mallick, MA Philosophy, JNU. They are all addicted to charas and used to get it from Gaurav,” the officer said.The arrested youths also told the NCB that abuse of drugs was rampant in the DU campus area. Now, based on the information given by the arrested students about drug peddlers and others involved in the racket, the NCB is raiding hideouts and the matter is being thoroughly probed, officials said.”We are expecting a breakthrough. After receiving leads from the arrested students, more action will be taken. This will help us break the syndicates supplying drugs to reputed educational institutions at an altogether larger level,” the officer added.Expressing serious concerns over increasing drug abuse among college students, Rina Mitra, DG, NCB, said, “The NCB Delhi Unit began gathering intelligence inputs on drug peddling around campuses. On Thursday, the agency received information that 03 Nos of LSD blots will be shipped through DTDC courier services to Jaipur for New Year celebrations. The Delhi NCB then reached the DTDC office at Vijay Nagar and seized the consignment of 03 LSD blots,” she said.The Delhi Police said that ahead of the New Year’s Eve, a special watch is being kept over consumption of illicit liquor, drugs, and other narcotic substances. The police will also ensure ample deployment near party places and pubs in the city, they said.Despite several attempts, officials from none of the three universities responded to DNA’s queries. However, student leaders expressed shock over the incident.”This is a very shocking incident. A student’s involvement with such a gang is serious. We, however, don’t know the student personally,” said Duggi Rala, General Secretary of JNU students union.Daniyal Ubaidulllah, member of Hindu College students union, said, “The students from Hindu College who have been arrested do not deserve any support or advocacy from the union. If they have committed the act, then it’s very good that action has been taken against them. It’s for their good, the good of the college and the society as a whole.”NCB arrests students 4 students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Amity University held 1.14 kg of cannabis and 3 Lysergic Acid Diethylamide blot papers seized A BA Economic student of Hindu College identified as kingpin of the racket

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Braveheart chases snatchers and nabs one, awarded

A 32-year-old man gave a tough fight to snatchers in southeast Delhi, after chasing them for over two kilometres near the Kalkaji area late on Friday night. He even managed to pin one of them down until the police arrived. The police felicitated the youth for his courage with an award.According to the police, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, at 12.10 am, car dealer Manik Sachdeva, 25, a resident of Lajpat Nagar, was standing in front of the Rama Gallery on Captain Gaur Marg in East of Kailash area. Suddenly, two men on a motorcycle approached him and forcibly attempted to take his mobile phone and other valuables.”When Sachdeva resisted, the bike-borne duo pushed him and sped away with his phone. A resilient Sachdeva immediately got up, and showing exemplary courage and presence of mind, started chasing the bikers. After a chase of over 2 km, he managed to catch hold of them at the Aanandmai Marg near Kalkaji bus depot,” said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP southeast.During the scuffle, an accused managed to escape from Sachdeva’s clutches but his accomplice, later identified as Aashish Rawat, 19, a graduate and a resident of Govindpuri, was apprehended along with his motorcycle.Biswal said the accused disclosed that he owned the motorcycle and the robbed mobile was with the absconding accused, Rohan Gill. A case has been registered.”Raids were conducted to arrest the co-accused. The effort paid off and the police team succeeded in nabbing Gill from Govindpuri. He disclosed that when he ran from the Kalkaji bus depot, the robbed mobile phone fell down from his pocket. Further investigation is in progress,” Biswal added.Complainant Sachdeva was felicitated with a cash reward of Rs 5,000, along with a commendation card by the Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) for showing exemplary courage and bravery in apprehending a robber after chase, despite being hurt and robbed. He was felicitated at the Distirct Sampark Sabha on Saturday, in front of over 500 police personnel, the DCP said.

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Parakram vans, commandos to ensure safe revelry

With an aim to ensure a safe New Year’s Eve for Delhiites on Sunday, the Delhi Police will be on its toes, with special drives being launched against drunken driving, smoking in public places, and hooliganism. The police will also stay alert against threat perceptions conveyed to them by the intelligence agencies. For the purpose, anti-terror Parakram vans and additional force have been strategically deployed on the streets.Senior police officers told DNA that at some places, a special drive to identify those smoking in public places has been taken up. Those driving after drinking and violating traffic norms will also be under strict scrutiny of the Delhi Traffic Police, which will step out with additional force on Sunday.”Preventive measures against possible threat perceptions, such as vehicular attacks or lone-wolf attacks, have been taken. Parakram anti-terror commandos will be deployed at crowded places and barricades will be erected to regulate traffic flow. Pickets are also being raised on identified stretches, so that all moving vehicles are under close watch,” a senior police officer said.Talking about ensuring a safe and happier New Year, Delhi Police PRO DCP Madhur Verma said three-tier arrangements have been put in place. “Places of gathering and party hotspots will have additional deployment of Emergency Response Vehicles and Quick Reaction Teams, along with Delhi Police’s patrolling motorcycle squads. These will keep an eye on every corner of the city and will be able to reach to any spot of emergency in no time,” Verma said.The DCP further said that the police station staff and traffic police deployment has also been ensured. They will be equipped with breath analysers to keep a strict check on drunk driving.”Traffic diversions have been planned, so that neither the party goers nor the vehicular movement disrupt each other’s functioning. Senior officers will be on round and the deputy commissioners of police have been asked to personally supervise the arrangements,” he said.”Many people prefer visiting religious places on New Year’s Eve. So, temples, mosques, and other religious places are also under tight vigil and additional deployment has been ensured at such places to thwart any kind of drunken brawl, robbery, and hooliganism,” the officer said.MEASURES TAKENParakram anti-terror commandos will be deployed at crowded and party places. Barricades will be erected for regulated and manned traffic flow. Emergency Response Vehicles and Quick Reaction Teams, along with Delhi Police’s patrolling motorcycle squads, to keep an eye. Deputy commissioners of police have been asked to personally supervise arrangements. Temples, mosques, and other religious places are also under tight vigil.

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Elaborate traffic arrangements to control hooliganism

The Delhi Police have made elaborate traffic arrangements throughout the city for the smooth flow and regulation of traffic on the New Year’s Eve. This, the officers said, will also help control hooliganism and keep an eye on vehicular menace. A special drive against drunken driving, red light jumping, and dangerous driving will also be undertaken by the Traffic Police.According to senior traffic police officers, special arrangements will be made in areas in vicinity of party hubs, such as Connaught Place in New Delhi. Other areas where special arrangements have been made include Saket, Greater Kailash, New Friends Colony, Defence Colony, Nehru Place, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Dwarka, Rajouri Garden, Rohini, Pitampura, GT Karnal Road, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, and Mayur Vihar.”Restriction on the movement of all private and public transport vehicles will be imposed 8.30 pm onwards on December 31 in the vicinity of Connaught Place, till the conclusion of the New Year Celebrations,” police said, adding that vehicles will not be allowed to proceed towards CP beyond Mandi House, Bengali Market, Ranjit Singh Flyover, Minto Road, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg crossing, Chelmsford Road near Munje Chowk, RK Ashram Marg, Chitragupta Marg Crossing, Gole Market, GPO, Patel Chowk, Kasturba Gandhi Road to Ferozshah Road Crossing, Jai Singh Road, Bangla Sahib Lane, and towards the Windsor place.”Destined vehicles with labels issued by Delhi Traffic Police, residents of the area, and emergency vehicles, however, will be allowed. Vehicular traffic in the inner, middle, or outer circle area of Connaught Place will be restricted,” the police said.For those heading towards the New Delhi Railway Station, entry will be allowed from the second entry gate from the Ajmeri Gate side. They can reach the station via Paharganj –Shiela Cinema or through Ajmeri Gate–JLN Marg side via Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg to Delhi Gate, the police said.

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Fire teams to conduct surprise checks at eateries

Alert and equipped, all Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials will stand guard on the New Year’s Eve, with adequate deployment of fire tenders and emergency response vehicles. The officials have also been asked to carry out inspections and surprise visits at restaurants and pubs in their areas.A day after DNA reported that only three outlets in the Hauz Khas Village and four in the Khan Market have fire safety clearance, the Delhi Fire Services claimed to have taken sufficient preventive measures. The fact came to the fore a day after a tragic fire incident unfolded in Mumbai, killing 14 people.DFS chief fire officer Atul Garg said: “All DFS offices have been asked to carry out the inspection and make surprise visits at restaurants and pubs in their respective areas, especially at crowded places. It has also been decided that fire tenders will be placed at standby at all prominent places on the New Year’s Eve.”A day before the New Year’s bash, DNA carried out a ground reality check and visited Delhi’s party hubs to speak to owners, authorities, and Delhiites who are planning to head out to celebrate the New Year.Rajat Arora, who owns a cafe in Khan Market, said: “We have all the mechanisms ready, with fire censors in the roofs, to tackle any kind of mishap. Also, we plan to allow only a limited number of guests, so that there is no overcrowding.”Even as restaurant owners claimed to have the mechanisms in place, most of these eateries and restobars built on the first and second floors are like ticking bombs with narrow entries and only a single exit, sources said.Similarly in Connaught Place, where the civic body sealed 22 rooftop restobars earlier this year after two consecutive incidents of roof collapse, including one at the popular Unplugged Courtyard in the middle circle, only a handful have fire NOCs.Officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the civic body governing Lutyen’s Delhi, said they had recieved applications from owners to de-seal the rooftops for the New Year’s Eve, but they have denied these requests.Cafe owners at Hauz Khas Village, one of the city’s most popular hang out and party zone in south Delhi, which attracts thousands of youths and families every night, have their own ways to tackle a fire mishap.Most restaurants and bars in these neighbourhoods, which are usually booked in advance for New Year’s eve, have single exit-entry points with no proper ventilation.Speaking to DNA, SK Jain, owner of building number 30 in HKV that houses more than a dozen cafes, said they have their own fire safety measures.”We know mishaps take place on New Year eve, and fire is the most common one. Hauz Khas gets really crowded as its a party hotspot for youth. But, we are well equipped and prepared,” Jain said.He further showed the fire control panel system, which is set up in the basement of the building. When DNA checked the building, it had two exits and three fire equipment were fitted in the building and all were in a working condition.Jain further stated that the building has a underground tank, which has 40,000 litre of water stored, and a rooftop tank with 30,000 litre water. All cafes in the building have ordered more fire extinguishers for safety purpose.” Hauz Khas Village is my favorite place to party and hang out as it has a lot of good cafes. We should get practical about fire incidents. Places where there are fire security measures in place can witness an incident as well,” Rachna Luthra said.CIVIC BODY ON TOESSDMC has taken many precautionary measures for New Year’s Eve celebrations. South Delhi houses the largest number of hi-end restobars and pubs. The civic body held a high-level meeting in this regard and asked the deputy commisioners of its four zones to constitute ward-wise teams to inspect all big and small restaurants, banquet halls and premises. As per a check list, the teams will find out about fire extinguishers, alarm systems, water hydrants, emergency exits, and staircases.

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Every month, 150 male passengers barge into women Metro coaches

Every month, more than 150 male passengers, who had barged into the women’s coach of the Delhi Metro, were pulled out and fined by ‘Kaali’ – a special CISF women commando group. Senior officials said that the numbers are a result of special drives undertaken to keep away the nuisance created by men in women coaches.According to a data, in all the incidents, 1,941 men were caught in 2017 for violating women’s safety norms in Metro that zeroes down to more than 160 a month.”Kaali is a women commando group that specialises in unarmed combat. They are trained in multi-martial arts and can easily take down their opponent in closed spaces like a Metro. When it was noticed that the menace of men travelling in women coaches is increasing, Kaali was given the job to keep an eye on such men, pull them out of the coaches and slap an applicable fine on them through the station controllers,” said Hemendra Singh, AIG and PRO, CISF.Throughout 2017, more than 150 such special drives were undertaken by Kaali, in which they caught 1,941 men, travelling in the women’s coaches. These women work in teams and even board Metro trains in civil dresses to keep watch on miscreants.”It has been noticed that often during late hours, seeing women coaches not very crowded, men board these coaches, to which women object, leading to altercations. Kaali often makes surprise visits to women coaches. They often deal with those creating brawl after drinking or with the men who try to flout norms. When required, the Delhi Metro Rail Police is also roped in for legal action,” Singh said, adding that this is a step to ensure the safety of women in Metro.BIG NUMBERSAccording to a data, in all the incidents, 1,941 men were caught in 2017 for violating women’s safety norms in Metro that zeroes down to more than 160 a month.

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3 gangrapes in last 2 weeks, no arrests made

The last two weeks have witnessed three alleged gangrapes and two rapes of minors in the Capital. Even as the Delhi Police claims, with statistics, that the number of rapes has declined compared to the past years, some of these cases are yet to witness any arrests.On December 16, a 16-year-old girl was gangraped while her male friend was beaten up and robbed by three men in a park in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh. Police had said that efforts to identify the accused are being made. However, no arrests have been made even two weeks later.According to senior police officials, the matter was reported by the victim to her family which approached the police. According to the complaint, the minor victim used to work as a housemaid and was sitting with her male friend in the park near Haidarpur Slums in Shalimar Bagh area, when the three accused arrived and forcefully took her to a secluded corner and raped her in turns.DCP northwest, Aslam Khan told DNA that they are yet to make any arrest in the case and that the probe is on.Over the past two weeks, the Capital has witnessed many similar cases. Just five days later, on December 21, a 20-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by five youths inside a park in northwest Delhi. Two days after this, on December 23, a 19-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by two men who had offered her a lift from Gurugram and then dropped the woman at Dwarka.The very next day, an elderly man sexually assaulted two minor girls in southwest Delhi’s Palam area. The accused was arrested from his residence. On December 26, the police again claimed to have arrested a man who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl for 13 days in Madhya Pradesh, after kidnapping her from northwest Delhi. The minor was rescued and man was arrested from Chhatarpur in MP.Just a day after this, on December 27, a model alleged that she was gangraped by three men in Sarojini Nagar, whom she had met at a hotel in Mumbai on the pretext of giving her contacts in Bollywood. The police arrested three men.According to the NCRB, last year the conviction rate in crimes against women fell to 18.9 per cent – the lowest in a decade. Moreover, only one in every four rape cases resulted in the conviction, it said.Crime Against Women – (upto Nov 30)Rape – 1968Assault– 3146Kidnapping– 3250Dowry death- 118Recent Cases–Dec – 27 – A model alleged that she was gangraped by three men in Sarojini Nagar whom she had met at a hotel in Mumbai on the pretext of giving her contacts in Bollywood.Dec – 26– Police claimed to have arrested a man who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl in confinement for 13 days, in Madhya Pradesh, after kidnapping her from northwest Delhi.Dec – 24– An elderly man sexually assaulted two minor girls in southwest Delhi’s Palam area and gave them Rs five each to not disclose the matter.Dec 23 – A 19-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by two men who had offered her lift from Gurugram and then dropped the woman at Dwarka and sped away.Dec 16 – A 16-year-old girl was gangraped while her male friend was beaten up and robbed by three men on Saturday evening in a park in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh.

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Every 3 mins, snatching/theft in Capital

Step out in the city, and there is no surety that your valuables will last with you for more than five minutes. Every five minutes, a Delhiite is either snatched of his/her belongings, or it is stolen. At a time when the Delhi Police is working hard on the ground to thwart the rising numbers of snatching and theft in the Capital, the same have grown to become force’s biggest challenge.Statistics say that till November 30 this year, 7,870 snatching incidents were reported; 24 a day on average. Apart from these, 1,02,954 thefts were also registered, which has a daily average of 308, more than 10 thefts an hour. Put together, 13 incidents of snatching and thefts take place in Delhi every hour. Senior police officers say that women outnumber men as victims of snatching as they are considered a soft target by the criminals.Last Monday, a 28-year-old woman fell off an autorickshaw and sustained multiple injuries while resisting two bike-borne snatchers in east Delhi.Not just this, in August, a 50-year-old woman was grievously wounded when she fell off a moving auto while trying to save her purse from motorcycle-borne snatchers in north Delhi.However, it is not just the common people who have suffered this growing menace. Last Saturday, first Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Eenam Gambhir, was attacked by two bike-borne men, who fled with her mobile phone in Rohini. Police are yet to identify the accused.In September, Ukraine’s ambassador to Delhi, Dr Igor Polikha’s phone was also snatched while he was clicking pictures near the Red Fort.Police, however, say they have taken stringent measures, as a result of which the number of snatchings has witnessed a dip than the last year. “We undertake special drives in areas prone to snatching. Some dark zones have been identified and installation of CCTV cameras and ensuring good illumination in such areas is being carried out. Pickets are also raised and following a number of raids many snatchers have been arrested,” said a senior police officer.They also said that it has been noticed that juveniles are a part of these gangs and due to non-stringent laws, they get away easily. The vehicles used by them are also mostly stolen and therefore cannot be traced, the officer said.POLICE VERSIONPolice, however, say they have taken stringent measures, as a result of which the number of snatchings has witnessed a dip than the last year. “We undertake special drives in areas prone to snatching. Some dark zones have been identified and CCTVs installed,” said a senior police officer. STEP OUT AT OWN RISK (*till Nov 30)7,870 snatchings reported (24 a day on average)1,02,954 thefts registered (daily average of 308)PAST YEARS2017 – 7,870 (till Nov 30)2016 – 9,5712015 – 9,8962014 – 7,3502013 – 3,6382012 – 1,4402011 – 1,476HOW THEY TARGETUsually in a team of two to be able to flee on a two-wheeler They modify bikes by removing fuel supply regulator for high speed Use stolen bikes to remain untraced While one waits on the bike with ignition on, the pillion rider commits snatching Target elderly women and women unable to chase or raise alarm instantly Melt ornaments and sell off valuables instantly to avoid any recovery from them Cover face or perform at dark stretches to keep identity hidden

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3 men create ruckus inside Metro, held

Three men, allegedly in an inebriated state, entered the Pul Bangash Metro Station on Tuesday night and manhandled officers from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) after they tried to stop the trio from hurling abuses at co-passengers and creating a nuisance. The men, seeing the armed Quick Response Teams (QRT), which was called on the spot attempted to reach out to one of the officer’s weapon during the scuffle. All three have been arrested.According to the senior CISF officers, who guard the Delhi Metro, it was around 12.30 pm on Tuesday when the three men, later identified as Rahul (21), Sumit Sharma (28) and Gulshan Jacob (29), entered Pul Bangash Metro Station in an inebriated state and started hurling abuses at other passengers.”Hearing the ruckus, when the shift in-charge Head Constable Richh Pal Singh arrived at the spot, the trio got into an argument with him. On this, Singh called in the armed CISF personnel to take the trio to the station control room, but Rahul started a fist fight and even injured Singh. A Quick Reaction Team of the CISF commandos then had to be called in and the trio was detained. The Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed that arrived on the spot,” a senior CISF officer said.However, the officer added that when the DMRP attempted to take the three men to Rithala Metro Police Station, Rahul could not be controlled as he turned violent.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Bleeding professor fails to get first aid at IGIA

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) may boast about its international-standard Terminal 3 but a 57-year-old professor from AIIMS, Jodhpur, had to roam around with a bleeding forehead for more than an hour while the medical aid room at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) remained locked. Reportedly, there is a lavish Medanta clinic inside the airport but both the professor and the airport staff were unaware of it.The incident took place on December 19, when Dr Prem Prakash Sharma, who works as an Assistant Professor (Biostatistician) at AIIMS, Jodhpur, in Rajasthan, arrived at the Delhi airport to catch an Air India (AI) flight to Vishakhapatnam.”I was trying to take out my luggage from the cab’s trunk when it fell on my head and I fell down. Seconds later, when I got up with the driver’s assistance, I noticed that my forehead was bleeding. I tried to contain the blood flow with my handkerchief but it did not stop. So then I approached my airline’s counter to seek medical assistance,” Sharma told DNA.He further said the person on the counter took him to a medical room inside the terminal but it was locked. After that, the airline staff took Sharma around the terminal but failed to find any medical assistance for him, who was still struggling to control the blood flow.”No medical or paramedical staff was available nearby. Finally, the airline staff apologised to me. Later, a woman at an information counter, who had a first aid kit, helped me. Luckily, the bleeding had stopped by then,” Sharma said, adding: “I got proper dressing and Tetanus injections after reaching Visakhapatnam.”The airport operators, meanwhile, claimed that sufficient medical facilities are available at the airport, including a Medanta clinic. Sharma, however, said that neither he nor the airline staff was aware of any such facility.”Surprisingly, out of hundreds of airport staff on the floor, none came forward to offer help as we roamed around. It was shocking for me to learn that on an international airport like IGIA, no first aid facility could be availed. Fortunately, it was not a major accident. Had this happened to a tourist or an international passenger, it would have been an insult for the country,” the professor said.

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Five more minors rescued from Dixit Ashram branches

After Vijay Vihar in Rohini, members of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), the Delhi Police, and other authorities concerned conducted raids and rescued five more minors from suspected confinement in ashrams in Dwarka, Palam and Uttam Nagar on Saturday. Following this, the Delhi Police clarified that the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini, from where 41 girls were rescued, is far from getting a clean-chit.Eight sites in Delhi, owned by the self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit, were identified for raids, after a raid on the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini revealed a gory reality.DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who was present during the raid, said the same prison-like situation was found at the Mohan Garden site, where 21 girls were living in similar conditions. “The Ashram was smaller but prison like. The girls were kept locked. There were stacks of medicines and no registers were maintained. When questioned, all girls had evasive replies. Many girls are undergoing psychological treatment and have been shifted from the Vijay Vihar ashram,” she said.Maliwal added that locals told them that many girls were removed from the premises before the DCW’s visit. “The Baba is operating under complete secrecy and these Ashrams seem to be den of illegal activities. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should shut down these Ashrams and arrest the Baba. All girls should be rescued. Further, the CBI should also investigate the role of the police and political leaders in this matter. I am glad that rescue operations are being undertaken in other parts of the country as well. This Baba should be put behind the bars immediatelt,” the DCW chief said.Meanwhile, during a press conference, Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said they have received complaints from parents of girls living in Vijay Vihar ashram a number of times. He said many inquiries were being done under the court’s supervision and in many cases, counter complaints by girls were also given.”In one case, the court had directed the police to provide protection to a girl living in the ashram and her parents were directed not to take her out of there forcefully. In another case, a victim was given liberty to live in the ashram, if she wished to. So far, two FIRs have been registered against this Ashram at the Vijay Vihar police station. Both matters are under investigation and statements of victims have been recorded,” Verma said.The Deputy Commissioner of Police further said that since the rescue of 41 girls, the police have visited the premises twice. “The matter is being probed as per directions from the High Court. The Delhi Police hace never given a clean chit to the ashram. The DCP concerned had visited the ashram earlier as well, on a complaint from a Rajasthan family that their daughter was forcefully confined there. The officer met their daughter personally,” he said.

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Cops’ neighbourhood watch schemes failed to uncover sex racket

With as many as eight sites identified in the Capital where minor girls were kept in confinement and were allegedly being sexually assaulted in the garb of running ashrams, Delhi Police’s numerous neighbourhood watch schemes seem to have crumbled completely. From the ‘Eyes and Ears scheme’ to ‘Thana-level and district level committees’ and even ‘Community policing’ that the Delhi Police Commissioner has often been talking about, surprisingly, did not help unveil the racket.When DNA spoke to locals and RWA members, it was revealed that the Delhi Police’s Neighbourhood Watch Schemes have not reached far. Thakur Vishambhar Singh, president of the Vijay Vihar Residents Welfare Association told DNA that a similar issue was raised two years ago when they had also informed police about such practices in the Ashram, but nothing was done.”Beat constables used to come and question us but nothing was ever done. And as far as Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are concerned, no meeting of RWA has been held by police officers in our area. We internally meet often to discuss matters, but police has never participated,” he said, adding that the police have been aware of the Ashram menace for long.The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday in a joint raid with police rescued 41 girls from Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini owned by a self-styled Godman Virendra Dev Dixit, after parents of a few girls admitted there created ruckus on not being allowed to meet their daughters.After their rescue from “inhumane conditions and confinement”, a further probe revealed eight other addresses owned by Dixit are also practicing the same. Eventually more rescues were made on Friday and Saturday from Dwarka, Mohan Garden and Uttam Nagar areas.Such major rescues which unveils a strong nexus of authorities running sex rackets in the Capital, have also raised questions on the community policing initiatives that the Delhi Police has often been talking about at public platforms.According to Delhi Police the ‘Neighbourhood Watch Scheme’ has enhanced security by keeping residents alert. At present, police claims this scheme is functional in 2,252 residential colonies and housing complexes. Further, ‘Eyes and Ears Scheme’ to sensitise roadside vendors, security guards, parking attendants, auto drivers, welfare associations etc. to keep a watch and look for suspicious persons and inform police immediately.Moreover, ‘Thana Level/District Level Committees’ are constituted by the order of L-G, headed by area MLA with members like ACPS and SHOs of the area. It also includes representatives from RWAs, educational institutions, women’s organisations and representatives from students and labour associations. The DCP is its convenor and the meeting of the committee is held once in three months, police claims.Apart from these, special community policing schemes have been launched like ‘Jan Sampark’ wherein senior police officers go to their respective areas on a pre-scheduled time and hear public grievances for speedier solutions to people’s problems/grievances.Despite repeated attempts, Delhi Police PRO could not be contacted for comment.

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Dera men who set two rail coaches afire held

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested four followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who had set railway coaches afire at Anand Vihar yard in New Delhi, following the godman’s conviction in August this year.The arrest was made on Tuesday in a joint raid with the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, after more than three months of intense probe, scanning of over 100 CCTV footages and questioning of more than 200 suspects.The four men have been identified as Vijay Malik, Bir Singh, Kanhaiya Lal Mittal and Harjeet Singh, all residents of Delhi. All of them have admitted that they are followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s Dera Sachcha Sauda and that they had set ablaze two coaches of a train at the Anand Vihar yard to avenge the Panchkula court’s verdict against Ram Rahim.It was on August 25, 2017, that two empty coaches of a train were set ablaze by the miscreants at the Anand Vihar Railway Station. According to Divisional Security Commissioner of the RPF, Shashi Kumar, who led the operations over the past four months:”Some bottles with inflammable liquid were also found at the spot which indicated it to be the intentional handiwork of some miscreants. In this regard, a case under IPC 436 for mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc and for causing damage to public property under Railway Act was registered. The arrests were made following a tip-off on Tuesday.””The accused Vijay Malik is a businessman, who owns a banquet hall on Wazirpur Road in Delhi. Interrogations revealed that the violence and the act to set the railway coaches on fire was done at his banquet hall. Harjeet Singh is a chartered accountant by profession while Bir Singh helped another recce the station and the yard before committing the offence ahead of the verdict. They had planned that if the court convicts Ram Rahim, they would instigate violence,” the officer said.He informed that it took over four months to zero down on the accused. “Raids are underway to nab the remaining accused. A team led by Inspector Ajeet Singh, Anil Kumar, Constable Chandrashekhar and Constable Pankaj Goswami along with the Delhi Police’s team scanned over 100 CCTV cameras and questioned 200 suspects before arresting the main accused. Investigations are still in progress,” Shashi added.

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Ryan student murder: Ruling will set example, says father of victim

The victim’s father, Barun Thakur, called the ruling a first major milestone in a long struggle for justice.”We had approached the court appealing that the accused should be treated as an adult, keeping in mind the nature of the crime. My 7-year-old son did not deserve such a brutal end. In fact, no child shall face such a fate. The accused in such cases shall be dealt with utmost harshness,” Thakur said.He also said that the board’s decision will set an example in the society that such crimes will not be tolerated. “We have crossed the first milestone in our long journey to get my son justice. This positive result has left all of us hopeful,” he added.”Even if 5 per cent of such elements fear such a treatment by court, it will bring change in the society,” the father said.”We request that carelessness on the school’s part should also be looked at and action taken against authorities concerned. The battle is way too long,” he said.The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess.

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Over 180 girls abducted daily in 2016: NCRB

More than 180 girls and women were kidnapped in India every day last year. The scarring data was revealed recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which also stated that nearly 100 of these women were kidnapped daily for marriages, while five a day were abducted for illicit intercourse.Also, the data revealed that the number of these victims has risen alarmingly by the year. In 2014, the number of victims of kidnapping or abduction, both male and female, was 77,250, which rose to 83,005 in 2015. The total number of victims in 2016 stood at 88,008.In all, 66,525 girls and women were kidnapped in 2016. The data further classified that 33,796 or 37.7 per cent girls or women were kidnapped only for marriages.Of them, 14,539 were aged between 18 and 30 years and 2,320 victims were aged between 30 and 60 years.Also, of the total kidnapped and abducted victims, 16,937 were children, and 1,853 victims were abducted for illicit intercourse. The data also read that 111 of the total victims were forced into prostitution.Commenting on the report, Priyank Kanoongo, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said that the drastic rise in number of kidnapping or trafficking victims was largely because more cases were being registered now and more victims were coming forward to seek help.”In order to bring down these numbers, we require to enhance skill development among women in bordering areas, specially in West Bengal, Assam, and nearby states that share international borders,” he said, adding that the Commission is taking measures in this direction.Kanoongo further said the NCPCR in West Bengal, which recorded the highest number of trafficking cases last year and surpassed Assam, is organising a workshop to spread awareness, especially among adolescent girls, in order to develop their development skills to make them independent.”The commission is working constantly to curb such crimes against children and to make them aware of their rights. We have also talked to our resident commissioners in various states regarding the issue and post-trafficking guidelines for rehabilitation are also being set up,” he said.NUMBING NUMBERSOver 180 girls/women kidnapped every day in 2016 Nearly 100 of them kidnapped for marriages Five girls a day kidnapped for illicit intercourse In all, 66,525 girls and women kidnapped in 2016 33,796 (37.7%) abducted for marriages 1,853 kidnapped for illicit intercourse 111 kidnapped for prostitution Total abductions (male and female)2014: 77,250 2015: 83,005 2016: 88,008

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Scare as ‘drone’, flight nearly clash

The security agencies were thrown into a tizzy on Friday, when a drone-like unidentified flying object (UFO) and an Air India (AI) flight about to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) almost collided.Seconds later, another flight to Leh, which had taken off from another runway at IGIA, also spotted the flying object.The ATC then immediately alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police.The incident affected some departures and arrivals as a CISF search team of armed commandos was rushed to the spot to look for this flying object, which according to the two pilots was spotted not far from runway 27-9.The team, however, could not locate the UFO within the periphery of the airport.The incident sparked panic among the intelligence agencies as it was the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session and the airport was witnessing heavy VIP movement.According to sources at the airport, around 10 am, pilot of the AI 914 Dammam-Delhi flight, Sandeep Kumar, reported a “flight safety hazard”, saying that when he was about to land at runway 27 and was at a height of 2,100 ft, he saw a drone-like object flying “slightly right on the central approach path of the runway”.”The pilot immediately reported the matter to the Delhi ATC, which alerted the AOCC and the CISF and Delhi Police were roped in. The pilot also gave a hand-written complaint in this regard at the police station. Surprisingly, the object was observed by another pilot as well,” a senior officer said.Drone-like UFO sighting at the IGIA is is not something new but such incidents leave the security and intelligence sleuths rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29, reported a drone flying in the proximity, nearly 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three such incidents were reported in 2016, while two were reported in 2015.UFO MENACE AT IGI AIRPORTOct 7, 2017 Jet Airways’ Singapore to Delhi flight reports a drone flying near the airport. Mar 31, 2016 UFO spotted over the apron area but disappears before security forces arrive. Mar 13, 2016 A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway at Delhi airport.

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Delhi police reunite two missing kids with their family

After a long search, Delhi Police rescued and reunited two lost children with their family in northeast Delhi. The two kids, aged seven and eight years, had gone missing while returning home from school. Following a door-to-door search, the two children were spotted by police.Deputy Commissioner of Police, northeast, Ajit Singla, said that information was received at the New Usmanpur police station, that the two male children, wearing their school uniform, had gone missing. Their family members reported that they had gone to school on Monday, but had not returned.””Five teams were constituted and each was given photographs of the two. They started looking for them in Usmanpur, and also searched the ISBT Kashmere Gate. The father of the missing boys told police that both his sons had gone to their school, Nagar Nigam Prathmik Vidyalya, Gamri Extension, which is near their residence. The school shut at 5:30 pm, but the children were not home,” Singla said.He further added that one team was sent to Shahdara Railway Station, while the second rushed to Nizamuddin Railway Station. Others were sent to the ISBT Kashmere gate and Shastri Park red light area, while the last one searched New Usmanpur and Bhajanpura.”It was only after an intensified door-to-door search that both children were found weeping at Mobin Chowk Noor-e-Lahi in Bhajanpura area. After recovery, both of them were handed over to their father Jitender within two hours,” the DCP said.Missing childrenAccording to data shared by the past session of the Lok Sabha, only 78 persons were convicted for kidnapping and abducting children in 2014, out of a total of 612 persons who were charge-sheeted. In 2015, only 67 persons were convicted out of a total 569 charge-sheeted persons.

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Bomb scare at Khan Market, but nothing found after day-long search

A bomb threat sent Delhi Police and intelligence agencies into high alert on Friday. Early in the morning, an anonymous caller informed police that a bomb had been planted in the tony Khan Market and would soon blow up. The upscale market area also houses VIP residences.Police, fire-fighters, and a dog squad with a bomb disposal team surrounded the Market in no time and kept scanning the area until evening. However, no explosive was found.Since the Parliament is located within a radius of 2.5 km from the market, and bearing in mind that it was the first day of the Winter session, police presence was ensured until late. Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg of the Delhi Fire Services said, “After assuring the area was free of explosives, the parking space was opened.””A few shops also started functioning. Vigil, however, was maintained till around 4pm,” he added.Cleared of parked vehicles, Khan Market was fortified throughout the day with police vehicles, anti-terror Parakram vans and armed commandos.”The New Delhi District Control Room got a call through Police Control Room at 6.46 am today (Friday) saying ‘Khan Market mein bomb plant kar diya hai’ (A bomb has been planted at Khan Market), said Deputy Commissioner of Police BK Singh, “A probe revealed that the call originated from outside New Delhi district. Adequate measures were taken and all the concerned agencies were roped in without any delay.”He added that the police was verifying facts and following the steps required as per the standard drill to handle a threat call. “There is no need to panic,” he asserted.

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Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of ‘Shiv aarti’ at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked on Wednesday. Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force that guards the monument has sought a report on the incident.According to the sources in the force, the video appeared on Wednesday and was apparently filmed on Tuesday evening. Soon as the visitors reported that two men had kept some ‘pooja articles’ on the marble floor near the graves and were seen doing Shiv Aarti, officials intervened and the CISF deployed at Taj Mahal was also informed.”The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force has sought a report on this. The Deputy Commandant deployed at Taj Mahal has been asked to submit a report related to the incident to the DG office, to the District Magistrate and concerned Superintendent of Police. Primary probe has revealed that the video was filmed on Tuesday evening and the matter is being looked into,” a senior officer told DNA.However, the officers also said that cell phones are allowed inside the monument and the two men were not carrying anything suspicious for which they could be stopped at the entrance. “Soon after the incident was reported required measures were taken,” the officer added.The Taj had off late been into repeated controversies, one of them sparked recently when the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a booklet on UP Tourism, featuring most of the state’s heritage and cultural sites leaving Taj Mahal. A few months before this Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a remark that attracted criticism and controversy, had reportedly said that Taj Mahal did not reflect Indian culture.

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Delhi cops to have two wings

To make their crime investigation and law and order management more efficient, the Delhi Police will divide into two wings. After making the decision to bifurcate the force, the Ministry of Home Affairs has now directed Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to divide the police force into two units — Investigation and Law and Order.The move for the reshuffle came after the force failed in clearing the backlog of cases.DNA recently reported that the force could solve on average only about 33 per cent of cases till mid November. The ministry issued directions based on strong recommendations from the Bureau of Police Research and Development in this regard.Documents accessed by DNA show that in a recent letter to the office of the Commissioner of Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs conveyed the Centre’s approval for the creation of 4,227 posts — 1,409 sub/assistant sub inspectors, 1,409 head constables, and 1,409 constables — to be operationalised in two phases — 50 per cent posts in 2016-2017 and remaining posts in 2017-2018.This will facilitate the separation of crime investigations and law and order functions.The commissioner then approved the districts- or unit-wise allocation of 4,227 posts in two phases. The allocation of these 4,227 posts (3,645 posts of 1,215 teams, each of which would include a sub inspector, a constable and a head constable, along with 582 posts) has been made across various Delhi Police units. Notorious districts such as Rohini and northeast have the highest number of 510 posts each.Core investigative units such as the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been allocated six and three posts, respectively. Apart from this, north district got 132 posts, central 117, outer 414, east 459 and Shahadra 321. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Additional Secretary, MHA, all the Special Commissioners, Joint Commissioners, Additional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and other officers of the Delhi Police.SPLIT AND ACTConsidering its dismal show in clearing backlog of cases, the Home Ministry has directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to divide the force for better performance

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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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NCRB data reveals Delhi cops go soft on own men

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau suggests that Delhi Police is rather lenient in handling crimes committed by its own men. In a surprising revelation, 136 criminal cases were registered against Delhi Police personnel in 2016, of which only 42 were arrested. The NCRB data further shows that of these, only two cases were chargesheeted.The data also revealed that 20 persons escaped from the Delhi Police’s custody last year, of which five escapees were chargesheeted.Also, in 2016, one case of disappearance or death in the Delhi Police’s custody was recorded and a magisterial enquiry was ordered. A case was also registered against the police personnel in connection with the death. However, as per the data, no chargesheet was filed in the case, and neither was any policeman convicted.Last week, Praja Foundation had revealed that the number of complaints received in 2015 against the police force was 12,913, of which 346 were declared false. Only 145 criminal cases were registered but no policeman got arrested. The same year, of the 1,057 cases registered against the police, 62 per cent were either withdrawn or disposed of, while 69 were dismissed, and in 292 cases major punishment was awarded, it said.A number of incidents were reported in 2016 where rogue policing came to light. In December 2016, a head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station. The act was caught on a CCTV camera. In the same month, a constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees in Burari area.Two months before this, in October, an inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case for fake coin manufacturing.These apart, in September, three cops from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell were dismissed for extorting money, and in August, a head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar area.NCRB DATA – 2016 136 criminal cases registered against Delhi cops.42 arrests made.2 cops chargesheeted.Rogue Cop casesDecember: A head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station when the act was caught on CCTV.Another constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees.October: An inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case of fake coin manufacturing.September: 3 cops from the Special Cell were dismissed for extorting moneyAugust: A head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar.
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Is Delhi ready for the DNA test?

In 1983, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Lynda Mann, was abducted from Narborough in England’s Leicestershire. She was found raped and murdered. Three years later, while investigators were still struggling for clues, another young woman met the same fate near Lynda’s resting place. Fear and sensation gripped the area.In 1986, the police arrested Richard Buckland, a 17-year-old local with learning difficulties, and claimed that he had confessed — but only to the second murder. Investigators applied an untested technique — genetic fingerprinting through DNA analysis — but there was no match in either murder. The test was repeated. Ultimately, Buckland was proven innocent. He claimed he had been pressured by the police to confess.Over the next few months, 5,500 local men were tested. It turned out that one Colin Pitchfork, a 27-year-old baker and father of two, had persuaded a friend to test in his place. But when Pitchfork bragged about fooling the investigators, he was overheard and reported. His genetic profile matched the semen samples from both girls, and in 1987, he became the first murderer convicted based on DNA fingerprinting evidence.Over the last three decades, more than 50 million people are estimated to have had their DNA tested during criminal investigations. The tests have helped nail millions of criminals and overturn the miscarriage of justice by saving innocent suspects like Buckland.Cut to 2017. The Delhi police is still struggling with cases that could have been easily cracked with a DNA database. Half the cases, including those of murder, rape and kidnapping, remain unsolved in the city. In October this year, an 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and a security guard were found murdered with their throats slit in their house in East Delhi’s Shahdara.The police ruled out robbery as a motive and said a property dispute could be the reason behind the murders. The police questioned over 100 people and rounded up possible suspects, but there are no clues yet. Investigators say they have collected fingerprints and other forensic evidence and samples, most likely of the killers, but they have no DNA database to match them with.Legislation pushAbout 60,000 DNA tests are done in criminal investigations every year, in the UK, as compared to 7,500 in India. This, despite the fact that India’s population is 13 times more than that of the UK. China has planned to build a USD 1 billion super-sized DNA sequencing platform in the Jiangsu Province aimed at storing genetic information of millions of its ethnic Chinese population.A debate for DNA’s use as evidence in criminal investigations — through databanks both at national and regional levels — has grown in recent times in the Indian legal system. The first step in the direction of a DNA Profiling Bill was initiated in 2007 with the ‘Draft DNA Profiling Bill’ by the Central government for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics. Since then, there has been a version of the Bill in 2012, 2015, and 2016.The Central government is pushing a bill called the DNA Based Technology (Use and Regulation) Bill, 2017, which safeguards against data misuse. Once the Bill becomes a law, India will be among the last large countries to have adopted DNA profiling that is also used for disaster victim identification, identification of missing persons and human remains, and for medical research purposes.The Bill provides for the setting up of a statutory DNA Profiling Board to spell out procedures and standards to establish DNA laboratories. The Bill has provisions for consent, defined instances for deletion of profiles, limitation on purpose of the use of data in the DNA databank, defined instances for the destruction of biological samples, and the ability for an individual to request a re-test of bodily substances if contamination is suspected.Supreme Court (SC) lawyer Ashok Bhan said that there is an urgent need to incorporate some provisions in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to deal with forensic issues. “Investigators have to face trouble in collecting evidence. However, DNA profiling is seen as a challenge to an individual’s right to privacy and right against self-incrimination. This is the reason courts are sometimes reluctant in accepting DNA-based evidence.”India’s Law Commission, which submitted the Bill to the government in July, has also noted that privacy concerns and the ethics involved in this scientific collection of data are very serious. Campaigners against the Bill say it should have had a right to notification of storage and access to information on the databank, the right to appeal and challenge storage of samples, and the right to access and review personal information stored.Sidharth Luthra, Senior Supreme Court lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General of India said that there needs to be a legislative protection to regulate the obtaining and maintaining of DNA samples because there are concerns of privacy, concerns of security and investigation… and all this needs to be balanced.—Gajanan NirphaleLimited successThough no DNA databank exists as of now, the police has had profiling done in many cases, resulting in critical and conclusive evidence. In May, the SC upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang-raped a woman, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, on board a bus in South Delhi in 2012. DNA tests had helped the police nail the accused of their crime that had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.”While upholding the conviction, five years after the horrific crime, the Supreme Court said in its judgment that the DNA reports cogently linked each of the accused with the victim and the crime scene. The court further noted that DNA profiling proves the presence of the accused in the bus and their involvement in the crime,” a senior police officer said.The court also flagged the significance of DNA in the case as bite marks, though a crucial piece of evidence, lack the specificity and durability as human teeth may change over time. The DNA analysis, fingerprints lifted from the bus, and the analysis of the bite marks on the body of the girl had also been appreciated by the lower court.Last year, five men were sentenced to life in prison for raping a Danish tourist in the heart of New Delhi’s tourist district in 2014. “Even in this case, we got DNA tests done to find conclusive evidence that was accepted in the court,” the officer said. There is no doubt that a DNA database will speed up criminal investigations, he said, adding, “It will certainly help bring down the number of pending investigations in cases, especially murders and rapes.”In Priyadarshini Mattoo case, the Delhi High Court relied mainly on DNA and other circumstantial evidence to hold the accused as guilty. The 25-year-old law student was found raped and murdered at her house in Delhi in 1996.In 2006, the court found Santosh Kumar Singh guilty on both counts and sentenced him to death. In 2010, the SC commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment.In 2014, after a six-year legal battle that involved emotional arguments and a DNA test, veteran Congress politician ND Tiwari finally accepted a man, who dragged him to court, as his son. In 2012, Tiwari was forced to give samples of his DNA for a paternity test after warnings by the Delhi HC. He even moved the SC against the test but failed to stop it.Delhi police PRO Madhur Verma said, “Our DNA fingerprinting is only a tool of evidence for the trial of accused in courts. While in foreign nations, detection is also being done with the help of DNA sampling. If such a technology comes to Delhi, it would revolutionise the way crimes are probed. Like western countries, India must use DNA profiling.”How it worksDNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the same in every cell throughout an individual’s body, whether it is a skin cell, sperm cell, or blood cell. With the exception of identical twins, no two individuals have the same DNA blueprint. In DNA analysis for a criminal investigation, using highly sophisticated scientific equipment, first a DNA molecule from the suspect is disassembled, and selected segments are isolated and measured. Then the suspect’s DNA profile is compared with one derived from a sample of physical evidence to see whether the two match.If a conclusive non-match occurs, the suspect may be eliminated from consideration. If a match occurs, a statistical analysis is performed to determine the probability that the sample of physical evidence came from another person with the same DNA profile as the suspect’s. Juries use this statistical result in determining whether a suspect is guilty or innocent. DNA profiling removes chances of human error, frauds and technical glitches.DNA evidence is sufficiently conclusive to solve crimes as only monozygotic twins (derived from a single ovum, and so identical) share the same DNA profile, said Dr Durgadas Kasbekar, INSA (Indian National Science Academy) Senior Scientist, Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD). “Different tissues, teeth, bones, blood (one drop is enough), spit, semen-detected on cloth using specific staining procedures and skin cells sloughed off with sweat yield the same DNA profile if they are from the same individual.””India needs a more aggressive DNA ‘collect, test and compare’ approach for faster convictions and disposal of cases by courts,” said Tim Schellberg, president of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, a government business market development firm. He has advised over 50 foreign and state governments on DNA database legislations, laws and policies.If India has to send a strong message to perpetrators of crimes and instill the fear of the law in them, it has to ensure that evidence collection is strengthened, said Ravi Kant, SC lawyer and president of human rights organisation Shakti Vahini. “Crime scenes have to be forensically examined, crucial evidence collected, scientifically examined and analysed. DNA profiling offers one of the most reliable forensic evidence which can be very helpful in solving of cases,” he said.Capital Concern50% cases of murder, rape and kidnapping remain unsolvedOne of the many casesIn October, an 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and a security guard were found murdered with throats slit in their East Delhi home. Over 100 people questioned, but there are no clues yet. Investigators say they have collected fingerprints and other forensic evidence and samples — most likely of the killers — but they have no DNA database to match them with.DNA’s success in DelhiIn May, SC upheld death sentences against four who fatally gang-raped a woman, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, on board a bus in South Delhi in 2012. DNA tests had helped police nail the accused for their crime that had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women. DNA reports cogently linked each accused with the victim and the crime scene.Last year, five were sentenced to life in prison for raping a Danish tourist in CP in 2014. Police got DNA tests done to find conclusive evidence that was accepted in the court.In the Priyadarshini Mattoo case, Delhi HC relied mainly on DNA and other circumstantial evidence to hold the accused as guilty. The 25-year-old law student was found raped and murdered at her house in Delhi in 1996. In 2006, the court found Santosh Kumar Singh guilty on both counts and sentenced him to death. In 2010, SC commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.In 2014, after a six-year legal battle that involved a DNA test, Congress politician ND Tiwari finally accepted a man, who dragged him to court, as his son. In 2012, Tiwari was forced to give samples of his DNA for a paternity test after warnings by Delhi HC. He even moved SC against the test but failed to stop it.Global Scene30 years since the first conviction based on DNA fingerprinting evidence.50 million people have had their DNA tested during criminal investigations.60,000 DNA tests are done in criminal investigations every year in the UK as compared to 7,500 in IndiaThe DNA Based Technology (Use & Regulation) Bill, 2017It provides for a statutory DNA Profiling Board to spell out procedures and standards to establish laboratories.DNA profiling is also used for disaster victim identification, identification of missing persons and human remains, besides medical research purposes.ProsThe Bill has provisions for consent, defined instances for deletion of profiles, limitation on purpose of the use of data in the DNA databank, defined instances for destruction of biological samples, and the ability for an individual to request a re-test of bodily substances if contamination is suspected.ConsCampaigners against the Bill say it should have had a right to notification of storage and access to information on the databank, the right to appeal and challenge storage of samples, and the right to access and review personal information stored.QuotesDNA fingerprinting tech is still costly in India. This is why we use it only in cases where it is required the most. If it comes to Delhi, it will revolutionise investigations. Like western countries, India must use DNA profiling.—Madhur Verma, Delhi police PRODNA evidence is sufficiently conclusive to solve crimes as only monozygotic twins (from a single ovum) share the same DNA profile.—Durgadas Kasbekar, DNA scientistDNA profiling is seen as a challenge to right to privacy. This is the reason courts are sometimes reluctant.—Ashok Bhan, SC lawyerWe need to regulate the obtaining and maintaining of DNA samples because there are concerns of privacy.—Sidharth Luthra, Former ASGIndia has to ensure that evidence collection is boosted. DNA profiling offers one of the most reliable evidences which can be very helpful in solving of cases.—Ravi Kant, SC lawyer
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Love, illicit affairs sparked 3 murders a month: NCRB data

In Delhi, almost three murders were sparked every month either due to an illicit relationship or a love affair at an average, out of the total 479 murders reported from the city in 2016. Delhi ranks first with 21.8 per cent as the Capital’s percentage share in total murders recorded in all metropolitan cities across the country.The fact was revealed in a data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday. Other reasons that the data mentioned behind killings in the Capital, were personal enmity in 50 murders, property related dispute leading to 37 killings, four people were killed over water or money disputes, three due to rape and two murders were claimed by honour killings.The Capital also witnessed one death following road rage and apart from this six people were killed for robbery in 2016. The data also states that out of the total number of murder victims of 2016, 11 were below the age of six years and 14 victims were among the age group of 12 and 16 years. The highest number of murder victims targeted between the age of 18 to 30 years, was 254. Twenty senior citizens including 11 women were also killed in the city in 2016.Interestingly, at a time when the Delhi Police is seeking curbs on regulation of illegal arms in the Capital, data read that 26 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 21 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms were reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.A few weeks ago, based on Delhi Police data, DNA had reported that sudden provocation in the Capital leads to 12.60 per cent of the total crimes reported, while 22.83 per cent were sparked out of enmity.
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Delhi is national capital of crime

When it comes to the rising crime rate, Delhi has left behind states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra. In 2016, the Capital also recorded the highest number of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes ever in its history, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday.The NCRB has ranked Delhi first based on the crime rate across the country and also first among all metropolitan cities based on the percentage share of incidents. It also ranked Delhi fifth based on the percentage share of crimes across the country.The data further suggested that the Capital ranked fifth, when it came to the number of crimes, and it alone added 7% to the country’s crime records. According to the data, in 2016, Delhi witnessed 209,519 crime cases. The number was 191,377 in 2015 and 155,654 in 2014.The data also stated that in 2016, 545 people were murdered while 1,591 died due to rash driving. Dowry claimed 162 lives, 6,982 fell victim to kidnapping and abduction, 2,079 were raped, and 85 were gangraped in 2016.Apart from this, 837 victims reported stalking, 183 were made victims of unnatural offences, and 230 cases of extortion, 4,776 robberies, and 131,418 thefts were reported. Based on the crime rate in 2016, after Delhi, Kochi was ranked second and Jaipur was ranked third.Moreover, as inflow of arms in the Capital has reportedly increased in the recent past, 688 cases under the Arms Act were also registered while total number cases under the Arms and Explosives related Acts were 702.The data further stated that 2,356 cases were registered under the Excise Act while 2,653 were lodged under the Liquor and Narcotic Drugs-related Acts.
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Elderly cancer patient refused wheelchair at Indira Gandhi International Aiport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 79-year-old cancer patient was allegedly denied a wheelchair at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Thursday, after he arrived from Kathmandu for his treatment, along with his 75-year-old wife. The septuagenarian couple had to wait for more than an hour and a half, before they chose to walk out of the airport.Narrating the incident to DNA, Ravi Kedia, son-in-law of the cancer patient, Deoki Nandan Surekha, said that the couple landed at Delhi airport by an Air India flight AI 216, on Thursday. After this, Deoki’s wife Chanda Surekha, requested the airline staff for assistance, mentioning that her husband would need a wheelchair.“The airline staff then informed the couple that they would get assistance from the airline’s ground staff, once they got down from the aircraft. However, when my in-laws got down they were denied a wheelchair.”“A man on ground duty said that the airline was not informed prior to their landing, as a result of which they could not make arrangements. My father-in-law showed them the ticket on which it was mentioned that they are both senior citizens and that a wheelchair would be required,” said Kedia, an Indian citizen living in Kathmandu.He added that Deoki is a cancer patient and had undergone a major surgery few weeks back. “Even if they were not informed, they must prioritise according to the situation. An almost 80-year-old cancer patient cannot be made to walk at the airport, especially when he is here for treatment,” Kedia said.He said that Deoki along with his wife waited for about two hours inside the terminal building but seeing that nothing was happening, they slowly walked out of the terminal and took a taxi for the hotel. Deoki was taken to a hospital in Rajendra Nagar the next day, Kedia added.Despite DNA’s repeated attempts, airline officials could not be reached for any comment on the matter.

Principal didn’t take my calls, says mother of ‘raped’ four-year-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing her outrage in her complaint given to Delhi Police, the mother of the four-year-old Dwarka school rape victim, said it had been a restless night for her and her child, who kept on narrating the gruesome ordeal she had undergone.The woman has demanded action against the school administration alleging that it was their “negligence” that had led to the crime.It was on Friday when the child had reported pain in her private parts to her mother, which was initially overlooked by the woman. However, later on, when she noticed injuries in the girl’s private parts, the woman approached police and a medical examination confirmed rape. The child had also hinted to her mother that she was sexually assaulted in school, after which the parents gave a written complaint at Dwarka south police station and an FIR was registered.Talking about the alleged negligence on the school’s part, the woman said, “At night I sent a message to her school teacher informing her of the incident. In the morning, I asked the teacher and the school coordinator, but they did not take any interest in the matter. I spoke to the principal but she did not bother to answer my calls in the morning and even did not respond to my emails. She instead passed on the number to the school counsellor,” the mother said.Talking to DNA, the woman also said CCTV footage points out that her child’s teacher left the class to the ayah (woman help) and that the victim was the last one to walk out of the class because she could not put on the hook of her pants that the boy had opened. The mother also alleged that since the school is an “upmarket school”, it is not being booked for any negligence by the police.”The police are apparently going after the classmate, but the school is allowed to go scot free. How could it happen in the first place? If that boy has been booked under POCSO, why can’t this so-called upmarket school be booked for criminal negligence?””Police is all out to defend the school knowing well the boy is a juvenile. But the school’s criminality needs to be established. The school should be booked for scarring my innocent child for no fault of hers and letting something like this to happen in the classroom,” she said.The mother further asked that when she had brought it to the notice of the school, why the authorities didn’t call the police or hospital?”They didn’t try to meet the child or me when my child was being medically examined at a hospital and from there taken to a police station to file an FIR. How convenient for the school to pass the buck of this gross negligence to the boy and his upbringing,” the mother said.UNSAFE SCHOOLSOn Friday, the child reported pain in her private parts to her mother.
The mother then noticed injuries in the girl’s private parts.
She approached police, a medical test confirmed rape.
The child had also hinted she was sexually assaulted in school.

‘Lack of faith’ keeps Good Samaritans away from police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Delhi Police’s repeated attempts to encourage good Samaritans, 57 per cent of the total witnesses to the crime did not step forward to inform. The analysis was on Thursday reported by Praja Foundation that also claimed that 76 per cent of the respondents, who reported a crime to the Delhi Police, were not satisfied with the police response.Releasing data on Thursday, Praja, a non-partisan organisation, stated that of the total of 24,301 respondents to crime, 15 per cent had witnessed crime in Delhi. Of these 15 per cent respondents, it said 57 per cent did not inform the Delhi Police. It also said that of 43 per cent respondents, who reported a crime to the police, 76 per cent were not satisfied with their response.The data collected by Praja claimed that respondents from North West Delhi and Chandni Chowk were the least satisfied respondents with 21 per cent each, from among those who witnessed and reported the crime to the Delhi Police.Chalking out the reason for the low turnout of good samaritans, the data stated that “No faith” in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who witnessed a crime.”46 per cent of the respondents who witnessed crime reported the same reason. This lack of faith in the police/legal system clearly explains the fall in the registration of cases for almost all the major crimes in Delhi,” the data read.Further, 9. 11 per cent of respondents did not inform the police because they do not want to get involved in any trouble even after witnessing a crime, it said.”Comparing Delhi and Mumbai on the parameter ‘people’s faith’ in the police/legal system’, Mumbai does fairly well with 15 per cent of its residents not having faith to 46 per cent of Delhi residents, who do not have faith in the institutions of police and legal system,”the data suggested. The number of respondents who were satisfied with the response is a meager percentage, 21 per cent in Delhi as compared to Mumbai where 46 per cent people are satisfied.It also said, from the respondents who witnessed a crime in Delhi, 69 per cent preferred to use the police helpline numbers like 100/ 103 to alert them. The second most preferred medium of informing the police by respondents, who have witnessed crime, was calling on the local telephone number of the police station, which was 17 per cent.”No faith in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who have faced crime. 32 per cent of the respondents who faced crime reported the same reason for not informing the police. This also has clear linkages with low reportage of crimes in 2016 for almost all the major crimes as compared to 2015. The second highest reason for not informing the police by respondents who faced crime was that they do not want to get involved in any trouble was 16 per cent,” Praja data stated.

145 cases against policemen in 2015, no arrest: Survey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a surprising revelation, despite over 12,000 complaints received against the Delhi Police officers in 2015, of which 346 were declared false, only 145 criminal cases were registered, according to the data released by Praja Foundation on Thursday. It further stated despite 145 criminal cases, no policeman was arrested.The foundation revealed that the number of complaints received in 2015 against the police was 12,913 of which 346 were declared false. Only 145 criminal cases were registered but no police personnel got arrested. The Same year, of 1,057 cases registered against the police, 62% were either withdrawn or disposed of, while 69 were dismissed and in 292 cases major punishment was awarded, it said.A number of incidents were reported in 2016 where rogue policing also came to light. In December 2016, a head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station when the act was caught in a CCTV camera. In the same month, a constable and five others, including three women were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees in Burari area. Two months ahead of this, in October, an inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case of fake coin manufacturing.Apart from this, while in September, three cops from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell were dismissed for extorting money, in August a head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar.The data also mentioned that 50% of the respondents to crime do not feel secure in Delhi, whereas 60% do not feel that Delhi is secure for women, children and senior citizens.”67% respondents from Chandni Chowk and South Delhi find Delhi to be unsafe/not secure for women, children and senior citizens. South district of Delhi Police recorded very high occurrence of molestation with women,” it read.57% of the respondents do not feel secure while travelling in Delhi, of which the highest number of respondents was of North East Delhi i.e. 63%, Praja data stated.”A comparison between Delhi and Mumbai numbers (Annual Survey of Households), strictly going on people’s perceptions, Delhi is not considered to be as secure by its residents,” it stated.

CISF offers consultancy to schools at nominal fee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schools in Delhi might soon be fortified like airports and other vital installations. Taking note of the recent Ryan murder case and expressing concern over the safety of children in schools, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has written to various private and government schools across the country, offering professional consultancy service for tighter security.CISF is considered to be the premier security agency to guard most of the critical and vital installations in the country, such as Delhi Metro, nuclear plants and airports. In a letter sent to various schools, the force stated that it can help create a “safe and secure” environment for school-going children at a minimal cost.A copy of the letter, which DNA has, read: “It is felt that in the wake of the recent unfortunate incident in one of the reputed schools in NCR in which a young student lost his life, there is now a need to revisit the security infrastructure of our schools. We firmly believe that our consultancy will assist in finalising the blueprint for effective security and fire protection of educational institutions.”CISF DG OP Singh told DNA that many schools have already replied positively. “The security overhaul would be done following an audit. We will check access control, propper manning of entry-exit points, security at the periphery, surrounding areas, and CCTV cameras to cover the dark zones. We will also set up certain protocols for the safety of the children as well as the faculty and staff,” Singh said.Also, at a time when private firms are charging hefty fees for such services, the paramilitary’s consultancy fee would be around Rs 4 lakh per school.Among those who have been sent the letter include the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the Delhi Public School Society, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Springdales, Salwan Education Trust, Modern School, Sanskriti, Mothers International, Shri Ram, and Appejay Education Society in Delhi.The force even approached the Ryan Group of Schools in Mumbai, the Doon School in Dehradun, Scindia School in Gwalior, and Rishi Valley in Chitoor, Andhra Pradesh. Many more such letters will be dispatched soon.The force has provided similar security consultancy for the Dhirubhai Ambani International school in Mumbai and has audited a number of Indian Institutes of Management (IIsM) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).”Our report will cover all aspects related to integrated security solutions, student/faculty protection, and any other specific requirement. The consultancy report and security architecture will be commensurate to the requirement,” the letter added.CISF’S PLANAccess control to the school buildingStrict manning of entry and exit pointsInstallation of CCTV cameras to make school premises dark zone freeSecuring the outer periphery and schools’ surroundingsFire fighting and crisis management

CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

CISF may take over security of Delhi courts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security of courts in the national Capital might soon be a mandate of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Top level sources in the force told DNA that after “successfully” guarding the Madras High Court, the CISF may now find itself stationed at various Delhi courts. Nothing, however, has been finalised as of now.An undertrial was shot at and killed inside the Rohini court complex on Monday. This was not the first time that a court in Delhi witnessed such an incident. In April, a shootout had left the Rohini court complex rattled. In 2015, three men opened fire inside a court room at the Karkardooma court, killing a Delhi Police constable and critically wounding an undertrial.“Our deployment at the Madras High Court has received a positive response. The hooliganism and nuisance that was reported at times have witnessed a drastic curb. The premise has also witnessed a tighter security ring and a hawk-eye vigil. If asked to secure Delhi courts, the force will make a proposal accordingly,” a senior officer said.“If deployed, the CISF will demarcate fixed entry-exit points, install baggage scanners, and get cameras installed to get rid of dark zones. This will step up the security manifold,” the officer said.Security of the Madras High Court landed in CISF’s lap in 2015, following a suo motu PIL on two incidents that had raised serious concerns about the arrangements at the court premises. A group of lawyers had laid siege to the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, sporting black flags and placards and demanding that Tamil be declared the official language of the High Court.Former Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul then insisted on getting the court building secured by the CISF, though the state government objected to it and went up to the Supreme Court. It lost the case. A series of orders extended the cover periodically, by either a year or six months.

Court shootout: Alarmed lawyers threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gunshots disrupted the routine at the Rohini court on Monday, leaving the advocates, staff, public, and security officials shocked. An undertrial was critically injured in the incident. Following the shootout, the Rohini Court Bar Association threatened to go on a strike from Wednesday, if their demand for entry passes was not accepted.Advocate Satyanarayan Sharma, who witnessed the entire incident, said: “Panic gripped us after the incident. A huge crowd gathered as the accused was caught right after the incident.””It was shocking to see something like that right in the morning. Following the incident, I could barely concentrate on my work for the rest of the day. I did not attend to any of my clients after the shootout. The scene was horrifying and scary. This is a huge security lapse. The accused should not have been able to bring a weapon inside the court in the first place,” Sharma said. He added that the security of the court has never been stepped up, despite repeated requests.Another lawyer, who was present in the court at the time of the incident, said they rushed out after hearing the gunshots and found a number of people gathered around a ramp near the canteen area. “We heard the shots and rushed out. There was a huge crowd and the number of policemen kept increasing. Soon, there was heavy deployment, which remained till late in the evening,” he said.According to advocate Mahavir Sharma, president of the Rohini Court Bar, an ultimatum of one day has been given to the authorities to start issuing entry passes. “If this is not done, the bar would go on an indefinite strike from November 15,” he said.The association also held a meeting with the District and Sessions Judges, besides meeting the police to raise their safety concerns. It demanded a stop to entry of unauthorised vehicles in the court premises. “We are concerned about the safety and we are ready to allow frisking of lawyers,” Sharma said.WHAT HAPPENED11.00 am Vinod alias Balle, arrested in a 2010 cheating case appears at Rohini court11.15 am He was being escorted back by 3rd Batallion Delhi Armed Police after hearing11.20 am Balle reaches a ramp near the canteen area, and Abdul Khan pulls out a pistol and opens fire at him. Bullet hits his abdomen11.22 am Men from 3rd Batallion Delhi Armed Police overpower Khan and he is taken into custody12.00pm Balle, who was rushed to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, and is declared dead by doctorsPAST HORRORSApril 29, 2017A prisoner was shot dead in the premises of Rohini court when he was being produced at the court for a hearing. The attacker, later identified as Mohit, opened fired when the deceased Rajesh, a criminal arrested in December 2016, appeared in court on charges of a murder.December 2015 Three juveniles barged into a courtroom at Karkardooma court complex and shot at an undertrial, injuring him critically and leaving a constable in his security dead on the spot.January 2014 A witness in an attempt to murder case on Thursday escaped unhurt when a man outside the Rohini district court’s complex opened fire at him.

Accused killed in city court shooting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent gangwar, an undertrial who was being produced at Rohini Court on Monday was shot dead by a killer who had gained entry into the court by posing as a litigant. The accused was nabbed by the police before he could escape. Police said that the motive behind the killing is being probed into, but did not rule out the possibility of a gangwar or a contract killing.This is the second such incident in Rohini court after in April this year. Monday’s incident took place around 11.20 am, when the deceased, Vinod alias Balle, a resident of Mangol Pur, was being taken back after his appearance in the court by the Delhi Police’s 3rd Battalion Armed Police. Police officers said that the moment Balle reached near the canteen, the accused, later identified as Abdul Khan, opened fire at him.”Khan was not more than 10 metres from Balle when he fired at him. He pulled out a country made pistol suddenly and shot at Balle. As Balle collapsed, the 3rd Battalion armed guards immediately overpowered him before he could even plan to escape. Meanwhile, Balle, who had sustained grievous injury and was profusely bleeding, was taken to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital where he was declared dead,” said a senior police officer.The court was immediately turned into a fortress and the gates were locked. The policemen deployed at the court complex then sanitised the entire area and a crime and forensics team was also called on the spot. Rishi Pal, DCP Rohini, said that the accused was taken into custody from the spot and the weapon was recovered from him. “We are questioning the accused to know the reason behind the murder. Since no criminal record has surfaced against the accused, and initial probe revealed that he was not known to the deceased, it does not look like a gangwar. Contract killing cannot be ruled out and the motive is being probed into,” Pal said.Police said that the accused initially claimed to be a juvenile, but later it was found that he is 24 years old and has a wife and a child.Pal also said that the CCTV footage of the incident is being checked in order to establish the sequence of incident. It is also being probed how the man managed to sneak into the court premises with the weapon, the DCP said. Balle was arrested in 2010 for a property cheating case, the officer said.The incharge responsible for the security of Rohini court i.e. Incharge of Police Post Rohini Court Sub Inspector Narender has been placed under suspension and Station House Officer Prashant Vihar has been sent to district lines pending further inquiry, the DCP added.The incident has raised serious concerns regarding the security of the courts in Delhi and additional deployment was ensured following the murder that took place in full public view.Earlier, on April 29, a prisoner was shot dead in the premises of Rohini court when he was being produced in the court for a hearing. The attacker, later identified as Mohit, opened fired when the deceased Rajesh, a criminal arrested in December 2016, appeared in court on charges of a murder.In 2015, three juveniles barged into a courtroom at Karkardooma court complex and shot at an undertrial, injuring him critically and leaving a constable in his security dead on the spot. Also in January 2014, a witness in an attempt to murder case escaped unhurt when a man outside the Rohini district court’s complex opened fire at him.

Over 100 flights, 50 trains delayed in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a brief spell of respite, smog cover enveloped the Capital again on Sunday, disrupting flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) for the fourth day this week. More than 100 arrivals and a number of departures were delayed as visibility dipped during the early hours and late in the evening. A number of trains were also affected, with the adverse weather leaving several stranded at railway stations.Airport officials, however, denied reports of any diversion or cancellation on Sunday, unlike on Tuesday and Wednesday, when major air traffic menace delayed and diverted over 500 flight. Runway 29-11, which was shut for three days, also added to the congestion.”Low visibility slowed down air traffic, eventually causing backlog resulting in congestion. Flights witnessed delays ranging from 30 minutes to more than an hour,” a senior officer said.The situation is expected to worsen as winter approaches. Officials said that keeping the possible fog and adverse weather conditions in mind, they have planned to undertake several measures to ensure commuters’ convenience. Deployment of additional traffic marshalls for smooth traffic flow, adequate lighting in car parking areas, and increased number of airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be undertaken to ensure smooth traffic on the roads.”Display of weather information inside terminals, additional help desks at entry gates where information on cancellations and delays will be displayed, and additional seating capacity in the terminal building will be ensured. Apart from this, airlines will be briefed about deployment of additional staff for appropriate manning of check-in counters and boarding gate areas during fog,” the official said.Meanwhile, more than 50 trains were also affected in Delhi due to reduced visibility coupled with operational glitches. This left many passengers stranded at railway stations, leading to overcrowding.”Some arrivals were delayed, while more than two dozen trains had to be rescheduled and cancelled on Sunday, a senior railway official said. “Adequate security arrangements are being ensured to manage the situation,” the official added.TRAIN ISSUES, TOOApart from the flight delays due to reduced visibility, some two dozen trains were also rescheduled and cancelled on Sunday for adverse weather conditions and technical glitches.

Soon, elite force for Metro security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Explosion at the Parsons Green station of the London Tube — the underground metro rail service in September, had also left the Indian agencies worried. Preparing to tackle any such disaster and combat terror attacks in Delhi Metro, the CISF has now raised a special elite force of 40 commandos who specialise in terror intrusion and close combat.Director General, Central Industrial Security Force, told DNA that equipped with advanced automatic weapons and armours along with canines the module that has been trained at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), Hyderabad, is ready to take on any adversity.”The effort has been taken in order to specifically train our jawans to tackle any possible threats in metro trains. Their training includes anti-terror intrusions, anti-highjack combat, dealing with chemical attacks, biological disaster, explosions and any other emergency that may put human life and state property into danger. After completing their training these 40 men excel in hostage crisis, eliminating enemies, speedy evacuations and protecting passengers,” a senior CISF officer said.These men have also been trained in multiple martial art tactics for close combat, like Israeli fighting style Krav Maga and a set of Japanese martial arts — Jujutsu, Kenp and Aikido. “The commandos carry advanced automatic weapons like MP5 rifles and Glock pistols. They also carry armours and will be assisted by highly trained CISF canines to take down the enemies, when need be,” the officer added. Officers said that the specialised team will be called in only at the time of crisis.The Quick Reaction Teams and already deployed armed commandos will carry on regular sweeping and sanitisation of stations on daily basis.NISA, at Hyderabad, where the commandos were trained, has been imparting professional and specialised training to officers and men of CISF and other police organisations.It was in September when at least 20 people were injured in an explosion at the Parsons Green station of the London Tube. The state police had later confirmed that ‘Improvised explosive device’ (IED) was used in the underground train attack, which was termed as an act of terrorism.

Fake number plate racket likely to see an increase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Starting Monday, the odd-even formula will be tougher to implement than imagined. As a reality check by DNA showed, if one drops in at any of the numerous shops at the outer circle of Connaught Place, central Delhi or NCR, and anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours, you can easily walk out with a new number plate for your vehicle — that too without producing the registration certificate (RC) or any other documents. Traffic cops say a close watch will be kept on the menace.Fake number plates top the list of the many challenges the government and traffic police are going to face in implementing its clean-up plan for the Capital. According to norms, a number plate can be procured only from an authorised dealer and after producing the RC of the vehicle and other related documents.However, when DNA accessed the black market, the reality seemed different. Shops providing fake registration number plates not only put on display a number of designs and styles but also did not bother to ask for document or ID proof.”We have number plates starting from Rs 250 and the costliest is Rs 3,500. While the cheapest one has sticker digits, styles vary from stylish embossed fonts to illuminated digits with custom-made logos,” said a dealer who owns a shop in Noida’s sector 16 car market.Another dealer, who has a shop in Connaught Place, says that a simple number plate would cost Rs 800 while a legal one with holograms can only be made after the customer provides transport authority’s approval. “Last year, during the scheme, demand for fake number plates was high, the same is expected this year,” he said.When asked about the flourishing hidden business of fake registration number plates — which can lead to a severe national security threat — a senior traffic police officer said, “The only way this market can be curbed is to conduct raids on such shops and take legal action.”Price rangeRs 250 to 500 with sticker digits, simple, non-styledRs 500 to 1000 embossed stylish digits, custom made designs, change of languageRs 1200 to 3500 number plates with fancy lights, golden silver design, change of fontsHidden BusinessShops at Connaught Place, Kashmere Gate, Karol Bagh and NCR provide fake number platesPrice range varies from Rs 250 to 3500 depending upon styleNo vehicle-related document or ID proof required

Over 150 flights, 90 trains affected for third day running due to reduced visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Smog continued to disrupt flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for the third day running on Thursday and added to the chaos already in place due to a closed runway and ongoing Air Traffic Control (ATC) congestion.More than 150 flights, including both departures and arrivals, were affected as the visibility dipped at the airport during the early hours on Thursday. More than 90 trains were also affected.According to airport officials, however, no diversions or flight cancellations were reported on Thursday, unlike Tuesday and Wednesday when the airport witnessed major air traffic menace with over 500 flight delays and diversions.”Low visibility led to slowing down of air traffic, eventually causing backlog resulting in congestion in air traffic. As the main runway that is CAT III capable, is unavailable due to ongoing maintenance, runway 27-9 which is not as equipped, is bearing the traffic pressure with runway 28-10. Flights witnessed delay ranging from 30 minutes to more than an hour,” said a senior officer.The menace is, however, expected to worsen as the fog is likely to thicken with the winters approaching. DIAL, the airport operator, had informed in advance that its new runway 29-11 would remain shut for three days, from November 7 to 10.This, the officials said, has also added to the slowdown of air traffic.Officials said that keeping in mind fog and adverse weather conditions that are expected in future, they have planned to undertake several measures to ensure passenger convenience.Deployment of additional traffic marshals for smooth taxi flow during fog, adequate lighting in the car parking areas and increased airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be taken to ensure smoothness on the city side.”Display of weather information inside terminals, additional conspicuous help desks at entry gates where information on cancellations and delays will be displayed and additional seating capacity in the terminal building will be ensured. Apart from this, airlines will be briefed for deployment of additional staff for appropriate manning of check-in counters, and boarding gate areas during the fog season,” the officer said.Meanwhile, more than 90 trains were affected in the Delhi region due to adverse weather conditions and operational reasons. This left many passengers stranded at the railway stations across the Capital, leading to overcrowding.Neeraj Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railways, said that 56 arrivals were delayed while 25 trains had to be rescheduled. Further, he said that 10 cancellations were reported on Thursday.”Adequate arrangements and security are being ensured to manage the situation,” Sharma added.

In one year since DeMo, Rs 445-crore gold seized at airports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Industrial Security Force, in charge of airport safety, has seized gold worth more than Rs 445 crore and silver worth over Rs 2.4 crore being transported illegally by passengers at various airports since demonetization. Apart from this, cash Rs 87.1765 crore was also recovered, CISF said on Thursday.A senior officer said that following demonetization and acting on an advisory from the Ministry of Finance, the CISF had issued directions to all its units at 59 airports to keep a close watch on movements of high volume of cash and gold in hand baggage. It was also directed to inform the Air Intelligence Unit of Income Tax Department of the respective airports for further action.Hemendra Singh, Assistant Inspector General and the Public Relations Officer, CISF, said that between November 8, 2016 and November 7, 2017, the CISF has recovered 1491.504 kg of gold, 577.637 kg of silver, and cash worth Rs 87.1765 crore.”During this period, the airports that witnessed highest gold recovery were Jaipur with 203.544 kg and Mumbai with 342.989 kg, while Delhi topped with 498.356 kg. Jaipur, however, saw the highest recovery of silver at 266.362 kg, followed by Ahmadabad with 103.704 kg and Delhi at 74.55 kg,” Singh said.Mumbai saw the most cash, Rs 33.29 crore, being recovered. Interestingly, Imphal witnessed recovery of the second highest amount of cash at Rs 16.60 crore, while Delhi saw only Rs 6.25 crore.The data showed that a major chunk of Rs 71.48 crore of cash was recovered within less than two months after demonetization was announced on November 8 last year. Only Rs 15.6871 crore was recovered in 2017 up to November 7.Also, no airport witnessed ‘no recovery’, even though Trivandrum, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Jodhpur and Bhavnagar saw minimal recoveries in that period.A senior officer said that the airports which lie in states sharing international boundaries or those with sea route connectivity witnessed a large number of recoveries.”Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Imphal, Jaipur saw major recoveries. These states either touch with international boundaries or have sea routes. There is a possibility of easy cross border movement from these location, which might have been one of the reasons of airports here seeing major portion of total recovery,” the officer said.RECOVERYCISF has recovered 1491.504 kg of gold, 577.637 kg of silver, cash worth Rs 87.1765 crore.
None of India’s 59 airports witnessed ‘no recovery’.

Day 2: Flight, rail services thrown off schedule in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) continued to be disrupted for the second day on Wednesday as the smog situation further worsened in the national Capital. A closed runway and ATC congestion added to the commuters’ woes.More than 200 flights were affected as visibility dropped to 250-300 m at the airport during the early hours of Wednesday and late in the evening. Apart from that, 70 trains arriving and departing from Delhi were also delayed.According to the airport officials, no flight was, however, diverted or cancelled, unlike Tuesday, when a flight was diverted and more than 300 were delayed. Officials said that since CAT II operations had to be put in place, it led to congestion in air traffic.Also, airport operator DIAL had earlier informed that its runway 29-11 would remain shut for three days, November 7-10, for maintenance work. “29-11 is the main runway, which also allows CAT III operations. Since it is under maintenance, flights were delayed, which led to a backlog,” a senior official said.They added that keeping in mind the fog and adverse weather conditions expected in future, they have planned to undertake several measures to ensure passenger convenience.Deployment of additional traffic marshalls for smooth taxi flow during fog, adequate lighting in parking areas, and increased number of patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that willbe taken.ADDITIONAL TRAINSThe Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to run 186 train trips more to help public combat the weather. Starting Thursday, 3,317 train trips will be made instead of the normal practice of 3,131.

Alert on memorials creates panic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within 48 hours after ISIS rattled Manhattan in the US, an alert from the Indian intelligence agencies left the Delhi Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on their toes for the next several hours.According to the alert, a Sikh radical group being led by one Baljeet Singh Khalsa was planning to deface the Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi memorials, Shakti Sthal, and Veer Bhoomi soon. The report created panic among the CISF members who had been deployed at these memorials of national and political importance.According to sources, the alert was conveyed to the CISF by the Daryaganj police station and immediate arrangements, including deploying additional force and armed Quick Response Teams (QRTs), were made, a senior officer told DNA.”The message read that an attempt to deface these two memorials would be made on November 3. We took necessary precautions, including repeated sweeping of the two memorials and their sprawling premises. Enough armed commandos and QRTs were deployed. Dog squads and bomb disposal teams were also put on standby, in order to tackle any emergency situation,” the officer said.He added that while armed CISF commandos patrolled the outer periphery of the two memorials, the Delhi Police took care of the neighbouring locality.Shakti and Veer Sthals are in close proximity with Red Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Raj Ghat. Hours before the alert, on Tuesday, eight people were killed and almost a dozen were injured when a 29-year-old man drove a truck into a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Centre site in Manhattan, New York City. Authorities also found a note that claimed that the attack was done in the name of ISIS.Earlier last month, Khalsa, 54, was detained by the Delhi Police and objectionable posters were recovered from his possession. He was sleeping at a gurudwara in Old Delhi when a team of more than a dozen policemen detained him and brought him to the Kotwali police station. He was held as the Gurudwara workers had reported to the police that he had some objectionable posters. Khalsa was then interrogated by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for hours.FAIL SAFEThe alert was sent from Daryaganj Police Station that a Sikh radical group led by Baljeet Singh Khalsa may attack Shakti Sthal and Veer Bhoomi
As an immediate measure, the number of armed guards and QRTs were increased
Delhi Police kept up a constant patrol in adjoining areas
Dog Squads and Bomb Disposal Teams were kept on standby to tackle any emergency

300 flights, 25 trains delayed as smog hits visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poor visibility disrupted operations at Delhi’s airport as about 300 flight arrivals and departures were delayed, and affected the running of about 24 trains.The situation at the airport became worse because one of the three runways is shut for maintenance. Because of VIP movements, many arrivals and departures were rescheduled, causing further chaos at the airport already reeling under an acute manpower shortage.As air quality worsened drastically in Delhi-NCR, CISF Director General OP Singh directed distribution of masks to the force’s personnel deployed across the city. About 8,000 masks were distributed.Many flyers from Delhi took to social media on Tuesday and narrated their ordeal, after they were left stranded at the airport. Airlines, however, replying to the passengers’ queries, claimed Air Traffic Control (ATC) slowdown was a major reason for flight disruptions.Airport operator DIAL had earlier said that its runway 29-11 would remain shut for three days, during November 7-10, because of maintenance work. This, officials said, added to the slowdown of air traffic.Officials have planned to undertake several measures to ensure passenger convenience. Deployment of additional traffic marshals for smooth taxi flow, adequate lighting in car parking areas and increased airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be taken.Meanwhile, about 25 trains arrived late in Delhi because of poor visibility. Neeraj Sharma, chief PRO, Northern Railways, said that departures were taken care of but arrivals were hit. He said that the Railways has geared up for fog and additional arrangements will soon be put in place to reduce passenger.The health impacts may be experienced even during light physical activity..

Gang supplying drugs online in exchange of bitcoin busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have stumbled upon an internet network supplying contraband drugs to youths and parties in the Capital and NCR. Senior officer said the entire syndicate works online and the payments are done in the form of Bitcoins. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been asked by the police to ensure such transactions are stopped.Police have arrested two men with drugs purchased online. They were circulating drugs including LSD, MDMA, MDA, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and amphetamine, largely to rave parties.The syndicate came under the police radar after information was received by the Crime Branch’s Narcotics cell that such a gang was involved in supply of party drugs. On October 29, following a tip-off about a person named Kamal Kalra, a resident of Rohini, a raid was conducted and he was arrested with 100 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA), a psychotropic substance. The entire operation was conducted under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar.During interrogation, Kalra disclosed that he had procured the contraband from a person he contacted through phone. “Kalra said the man used to call him using different identity each time. The suspect’s mobile phone call details were then analysed and the police team zeroed in on one Mahesh Goyal, a resident of Dwarka. He was identified as the supplier of drugs and on Kalra’s instance, Goyal was arrested with 20 gm of raw MDMA,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime, adding that the commercial quantity of Ecstasy/MDMA is 10 g, as per the NDPS Act.Goyal disclosed that it was during a party in Chennai that he found out that such drugs could be obtained online. “Interrogation revealed there are sites on Deep Net where these drugs are available. Further, the payments are being received in the form of ‘Bitcoins’ – a worldwide currency system. One Bitcoin equals more than Rs 4.7 lakh. On payment of Indian rupees, the equivalent amount of ‘Bitcoin’ is provided to the Deep Net market places. The matter has been taken up with the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ensure that such transactions are stopped,” Deo said.HOW THE SYNDICATE WORKS:On ‘Deep Net’ or hidden web, there are sites where drugs are available.
In order to access these websites, one needs a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPN can be used through software on a computer or mobile phone to encrypt all of the internet traffic.
It will also hide the information if one is using a ‘Tor browser’ to access the dark web.
To access the Deep Web, an encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, one needs a Tor browser.
A Tor or The Onion Router is a software that enables one to browse the internet anonymously.
Most VPNs are simple to install and use, and can be downloaded in just 2 or 3 clicks. They can then be connected to a server using ‘OpenVPN’ protocol.

Faster services at IGI soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passport reading machines, web cameras, additional e-visa counters, and computers with additional manpower, will give travellers a better and hassle free travel experience at the immigration counters of IGI airport, by the end of this month.The step has been taken to ease congestion at the immigration counters during peak hours following repeated complaints from travellers.Sources said that following regular complaints, a meeting was recently held under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary where officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) were also present. According to sources, it was discussed in the meeting that technology upgradation, introduction of modern equipment and additional space, along with added manpower, is what the immigration department need to be lanced with, without any delay.In order to implement the discussion on the ground, a team of home ministry officials visited the immigration counters at the IGI airport on Tuesday. Sources said, DIAL will provide additional space for at least 10 more immigration counters at the departure area by November 15 and these counters will be made operational by January 2018.”The Bureau of Immigration will provide manpower and other equipment like passport reading machines, computers, web cameras, to make counters functional by November 20. At least ten e-Visa counters would also be made for electronic visa facility for foreigners by November 30 this month. Furthermore, 25 more counters will be made functional by January 2018,” a senior officer said.In addition, the Bureau of Immigration will also provide additional manpower of 1,800 personnel for improving immigration services by filling up vacant posts. “These would include personnel from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and also some ex-servicemen,” the officer said.Home ministry officials said the increase in passengers due to grant of e-visa to citizens of over 160 countries in the recent past which led to the arrival of a large number of tourists, was one of the key reasons that led to overcrowding of counters demanding immediate attention. Besides, there have been allegations that many immigration officers leave counters in rush hours for tea/ lunch/dinner breaks and that some of them were not well trained.

Cop kills self by jumping in front of Metro in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year-old policeman — broken by his deteriorating health – ended his life on Wednesday by jumping in front of a metro train at Uttam Nagar metro station. A suicide note found in Sub Inspector Hans Ram Barala’s shirt pocket said his prolonged illness had driven him to take the extreme step. The incident occurred at around 11 am; Barala is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Pankaj Kumar Singh, Barala – who originally hailed from Rajathan and resided in Uttam Nagar — had been on leave for three months after being diagnosed for stomach tuberculosis. “He had been under heavy medical treatment and was also admitted to a hospital,” he added.”He jumped in front of a metro train going to Noida,” said a senior CISF officer. “The shift in-charge Sub Inspector Pankaj Patwari and Controller Shailender Singh pulled up Barala’s body with the help of the other staff. It was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital for post mortem.”

From Sunday, GoAir’s operations to shift to IGIA’s new Terminal 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All those flying GoAir airlines, in or out of the Capital, will have to use the newly revamped Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) from Sunday onwards. The airline has shifted its operations from 1D to T2 in order to allow the airport operator to execute expansion plans for the existing domestic terminal 1D.Two other airlines, IndiGo and SpiceJet, however, are still at loggerheads and are yet to decide who will be the next one to leave 1D.Senior officials said that GoAir flights will start arriving at T2, earlier used only as a Haj Terminal, from Saturday and departures will start from Sunday. The airline had agreed with Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to move its operations from 1D to T2 from October 29. Officials said that T2 has been revamped at a cost of more than Rs 100 crore.The step was taken after the expansion became necessary as 1D, that has a capacity of 20 million per annum, already recorded a footfall of over 24 million passengers during 2016-17.Earlier, DIAL had insisted that SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir should shift one-third of their existing flights from 1D to T2, but the suggestion was opposed by these airlines which were not keen to operate from two terminals simultaneously. It was also discussed that all three flights either shift their operations to metro cities to T2 or SpiceJet and GoAir go to T2 but IndiGo keep operating from 1D, and nothing worked out within the time frame given by DIAL.An option that IndiGo alone be transfer to the newly renovated T2 was also raised, but the airline refused.DNA had reported in March this year that Terminal 2, renovated at a cost of more than 100 crores, missed its fourth tentative deadline in February 2017 to be made operational. The terminal, was initially to be declared open on January 1, 2017, by the airport operator DIAL, however the tentative deadline was postponed to mid-January and then to February starting. The terminal then missed another tentative deadline of being declared open on February 15, after which the ministry of civil aviation had said that it will find a solution within a week.What’s in store? Can handle 12 million passengers per yearRadio taxis as well as Black & Yellow taxi services Inter-terminal connectivity and shuttle serviceDedicated parking for staff and passengers Sunday onwards, GoAir’s departure flights will be operational only from T2

Cops rescue 2-yr-old just before he’s taken to Nepal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes before two-and-a-half-year-old Sumit was to be transported to Nepal, after being abducted from his house in southeast Delhi, a Delhi Police team managed to raid the hideout in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and rescue him .A day before, the police claimed to have rescued a girl from the clutches of traffickers, who had sold her for prostitution. These consecutive incidents have raised concerns of the police department against traffickers active in the Capital. According to the police, it was on October 8, when Sumit, a resident of Garhi area was kidnapped from outside his house.During the investigation, a CCTV footage from the vicinity revealed that a person aged about 25 years, who was carrying the child, walked out of the locality. Followed by an extensive door-to-door search in nearby areas, it was found that a person of similar description, to the one seen in the CCTV footage, was identified as one Vinod Shera. Police said Shera hailed from Gorakhpur in UP and questioning revealed that he was absent since October 9 along with his family.”This brought him under suspicion. With this, another family of one Panna Lal residing in the same building and having a permanent address of Gorakhpur was also missing since October 8. With this, a team was sent to Gorakhpur in search of the suspects. Following repeated raids, Vinod was apprehended from near a bus stand in Bans Gaon area. On questioning him, the entire chain of events unfolded and it was revealed that the real mastermind behind the crime was a married couple. On Vinod’s instance, Panna Lal was also arrested and the captive child was also recovered,” said Romil Baaniya, DCP southeast.Baaniya said that Panna Lal was about to leave for Nepal along with the child.

Man causes bomb scare at IGIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intelligence agencies were in for a shock when a man walked into the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a shirt, in his handbag, fitted with an electric circuit, suspected to be a suicide bomb suit. The Intelligence Bureau, Delhi Police were roped in. The incident unfolded at international terminal T3, at around 6 pm, during an X-ray screening and security check.”It was at the domestic security hold area, when an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force at the X-ray screener, noticed an image of a suspicious circuit in the handbag of a passenger travelling to Guwahati,” said a senior officer.The man was surrounded immediately by armed CISF men and following a pat down search, was declared clean. His baggage was then opened in presence of bomb disposal squad and every item was checked. Since the gadget seemed to be suspicious, an explosive test was conducted which came back negative. On physical check, a shirt was found fitted with four batteries attached, with a small electric motor with an improvised circuit.”On questioning, the passenger was unable to provide any convincing reason for the same. Officers in the IB were also called in and the man was thoroughly questioned and then handed over to Delhi police,” the officer said.

Indians in Nigeria upset over violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the recent incident of a Nigerian being tied and brutally thrashed by mob for an alleged theft, Indians living in Nigeria are now concerned as they say the public broadcast of such incidents sparks threat and tension for them on foreign land. In March this year, following a series of such untoward incidents against Nigerians, ‘The Indian Cultural Association’, in Nigeria had written to the high commission of India in Nigeria, drawing their attention towards irresponsible conduct of media in such incidents.As DNA spoke to Indians living in Nigeria over the repercussions, they said that the community is concerned, even though thy have not been mistreated in this manner so far. Gulrez Singh, an Indian origin man based in Port Harcourt in the southern part of Nigeria, said this incident is even worse than the last time a Nigerian man was assaulted in public and no one came for his rescue. “Many of my friends are still trying to process what we saw in the video. But this crossed the line, in my opinion. Something needs to be done,” Singh said.

Return Rs 5L? Man decides to kill lender instead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was so upset about returning a loan that he decided to commit murder rather than return the money. The bizarre state of affairs came to the police’s notice when they interrogated one Nadeem who decided to kill his friend Akhtar Abbas, rather than return the Rs 5 lakh he owed him.During the early hours on Thursday, a night patrolling police team intercepted a two-wheeler on which two men were carrying a bulky package. On being stopped, the vehicle initially slowed down but then sped away leaving behind a bag that was carrying a carcass. The cops tracked down the vehicle and zeroed in on the accused in the crime.On interrogation, the accused revealed the names of others involved in the crime. They were identified as Shareef alias Pravej (29), Khalid (41) and Sobi Khan alias Raja (20). However, the two masterminds behind the murder, Nadeem and Gulfam, are still absconding, police said.During interrogation, the other men revealed that Nadeem decided to kill the deceased with the help of his friends.”The deceased, Abbas was shot in the head and molten plastic poured on his head to stop the bleeding,” said DCP (Northeast) Ajit Kumar SinglaSingla said that it was Sub Inspector Dinesh Kumar and Head Constable Ashok who had spotted the two-wheeler on Thursday and tried to stop it.”This was when the bag fell from their scooter but the riders sped away towards Gautampuri. On checking the bag, police found the dead body of a man wrapped in plastic. The body was partially burnt with both its legs tied together with a cord,” Singla said.Following technical surveillance, the police then traced the two-wheeler with the help of its registration number and the owner was identified as one Mohammad Khalid, the elder brother of one Nadeem, who was later identified to be the mastermind of the case.”During investigation, it was revealed that construction work was going on at the sites owned by Nadeem. One of these sites in Jafrabad was checked and at the first floor, blood stains and burnt material were found.”It was also revealed that one Sharif alias Pravej from Gautampuri and Sobi Khan alias Raja, used to work for Nadeem. Meanwhile the deceased was identified as Akhtar Abbas who dealt in properties,” the DCP said.Abbas had been demanding money from Nadeem, leading to various arguments between them, following which Nadeem conspired to eliminate him with the help of his associates.”Late night on Wednesday they called Abbas from his residence and consumed liquor at the site in Jafrabad. Nadeem then shot Abbas in his head and then poured melted material on the head of the deceased to control the bleeding. They then tried to burn the body to conceal its identity,” the DCP said

A murder in Delhi every day, but cops say crime rate down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every day a person dies in Delhi. This shocking statistic was unveiled in data shared by the Delhi police which showed that so far 383 persons have died in the Capital from January till September. Police officials maintain that though the figure looks alarming, crime has gone down from 2016 when a total of 528 murders were reported.Most often than not murders take place due to property disputes, personal enmity, intimate relationships or monetary disputes. This comes in light of the recent spate of murders that have taken place in the city. Less than three weeks before the murder of four women and a security guard in Shahadra on Saturday, a man had beaten to death a woman, the mother of three, for allegedly refusing the man’s sexual advances. Her body was then burnt and dumped near a landfill site, where the police recovered it.In August, a 40-year-old man was shot dead and his sister stabbed in a clash between two groups in southeast Delhi’s Madangir. While some family members of the deceased alleged that the other group passed lewd remarks at his sister which triggered the clash, police denied the same.In June, a woman and her paramour planned and executed the murder of her husband and mother-in-law when they started to suspect her relationship with him.According to the data, the highest number of murders takes place due to personal enmity, which is 22.83 per cent.The police, however, said that the crime rate has seen a decline compared to 2016.”There has been a decline in cases of heinous crimes such as dacoity, snatching, robbery, murder, rioting, etc by as much as 26 per cent including crimes against women.There is also an increase in arrests by 23 per cent and in the detection rate by 7.85 per cent compared to 2016,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.

‘Labourers killed our family ‘

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the deceased women have refuted the police’s suspicion of a property dispute leading to the killings and said that they suspect the labourers, who had been working in the house for the past fortnight, of being the culprits.The house where the murder took place early Saturday morning is a sprawling property and houses over 40 people from seven families. Owned by the Jindal family, the house was established in 1932. The family deals in the oil business.According to the police, the house was being white-washed, and one of the deceased had an altercation with a labourer, hours before she was killed. An initial probe had revealed friendly entry, bringing in the possibility that someone who was known to the family was behind the killings. This also brought to fore the possibility of a property dispute, which the police are looking into.However, family members continue to refute these allegations.”Yesterday, one of Urmila’s daughters had an argument with a labourer who was whitewashing the cars. On being scolded, the labourer responded back angrily. His contractor was also contacted and a complaint was made. We suspect the role of these labourers behind the murder,” said Rakesh Jindal, Urmila’s nephew.Another member of the family, Shakun Jindal, said that these labourers returned to work on Saturday morning but the family suspects that this was done so that they would not come under the police radar.”We have been living together since 1932 and the family is famous all around. There has never been any property dispute in the family. The crime scene itself explains that it was a robbery attempt. The killers were professionals as all the deceased had their throats slit,” Shakun said.On asking if any of the 40 family members heard the screams of the victims, one said that they did not as they were asleep.”The incident probably happened between 3 am and 5 am when the killers attacked. We were all asleep with our room locked and air conditioners on. Unfortunately, we did not hear any alarm being raised by the victims. The accused knew that there were many people on the premises and therefore took precautions like covering the faces of the deceased with towels and pillows so that they did not scream,” he added.The family also said that they would request the police to focus on the involvement of outsiders in the murder rather than probe into the family’s personal matters.

FOBs at rly stations to come under CCTV camera cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of last week’s stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road foot overbridge (FOB), which claimed 22 lives, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Delhi has suggested to Delhi Division’s senior officers to install CCTV cameras on foot overbridges at all railway stations.Talking to DNA, Sanjay Kishore, Inspector General-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of RPF, Northern Railways, said the precautionary measure has been taken to step up vigil at FOBs, which get unusually crowded during peak hours. “The festive season is approaching and the step is being taken so that Mumbai-like tragedy is not repeated,” the IG said.On September 29, a huge mob of morning commuters were caught in a stampede on a narrow footbridge that links two railways stations in Mumbai, leaving 22 dead and more than two dozen injured. The bridge was unusually overcrowded as people had taken shelter there from heavy rainfall.Kishore further said the CCTV cameras would help them keep an eye on the mob and help in crowd management. “Every day, lakhs of passengers use FOBs at railway stations. In the wake of the Mumbai incident, the RPF and the Railways have become cautious. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the Divisional Railway Manager’s office, Delhi Division, and it has also been discussed with senior officers,” he said.The RPF had also stepped up security at railway stations in Delhi, after the terrorist attack on the Marseille train station in France last week.Taking precautionsOn September 29, a huge mob of morning commuters were caught in a stampede due to heavy rains on a narrow footbridge that links two railways stations in Mumbai.The incident left 22 dead and more than two dozen injured. The bridge was unusually overcrowded as people had taken shelter there from heavy rainfall.

New detection tech to help CISF secure Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new video analytics system will now help the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in preventing unwanted intrusion into the Delhi Metro. According to senior officers, the sensor-based system will detect movement and ring an alarm whenever CCTV cameras catch any suspicious activity in restricted areas.The step has been taken in the wake of repeated terror incidents across the world. Also, on Monday, a group of people had barged into the Azadpur Metro station and thrashed a Delhi Police constable, who was trying to take two men to a nearby police station for creating ruckus at the station. The ruckus soon grew violent, forcing a senior CISF officer on duty to fire a shot in the air from his service pistol, to disperse the violent mob. Four women were detained and two men were arrested for the offence, and a case of rioting was registered.“The new system will be installed mainly in restricted areas, such as entrance to tunnels, so that any movement on tracks other than that of trains can be traced without any delay. Also, the system will alert personnel about unattended bags. Emergency gates will also be covered, so that any unauthorised use of these gates can draw immediate attention of personnel on duty,” a senior CISF officer said.He further said that CISF had recently sent a proposal in this regard to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and the matter was also discussed in a meeting.“Initially, we have requested for three such systems. These will be installed at all Metro stations. The CCTV operator will get alerts on his screen, so that he can identify the area of concern and alert the Quick Response Teams. This would help us tighten the vigil, especially during peak hours,” the officer added.NEW SYSTEMTraces unattended baggage and raises alarm
Senses any movement other than that of trains on tracks
Alerts personnel about emergency exits being used

Railway security stepped after ISIS comments on Marseille attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after terror outfit ISIS’s media wing Amaq reportedly called the attacker of Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France, a “soldier of the Islamic State”, the Railway Protection Force and the Delhi Police stepped up the vigil at railway stations in the national Capital significantly.Stating that railway stations were an easy target because of the “open architecture” , a senior RPF officer said profiling of trespassers and deployment of undercover armed commandos were among the precautionary measures being undertaken.Amaq had released its statement on the Marseille attack on social media, late on Sunday, after a man with a knife attacked and killed two women at a railway station before being killed by the military police. The statement, reportedly issued in Arabic, said the attacker “implemented the operation as an answer to the call of targeting coalition countries”. France is a member of the US-led coalition battling ISIS in Syria and Iraq, media reports said. The ISIS, however, did not name the attacker or provide evidence that he was linked to the terror group.Hours later, over 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded after a shooter rained bullets during a music festival in Las Vegas, US. This was followed by the arrest of a Somalian for stabbing and ramming into pedestrians in an alleged terrorist attack.This string of attacks, allegedly by militant groups, has sparked concerns among railways authorities and security agencies in Delhi.Sanjay Kishore, IG-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force, Northern Railway, said: “Keeping such attacks and intelligence inputs in mind, we have significantly stepped up the vigil and frisking of passengers entering the station has been tightened. Since our stations are open from all sides, we are ensuring strict profiling and armed commandos in plainclothes have been deployed at platforms and in circulating areas.”The officer further said the stations in Delhi might soon get more CCTV cameras to enhance surveillance during crowded seasons. The current scenario has also triggered repeated inspections of trains, platforms, and parking areas by bomb disposal and detection squads and sniffer dogs.Security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi Metro, inter-state bus terminals, bus stops, markets, shopping malls, critical installations, monuments, and government offices has also been adequately stepped up, the police said.VULNERABLE RAILWAYSMore than 800 trains pass through 232 railway stations in Delhi Division daily.
These stations see a footfall of over 15 lakh every day.
Only 11 stations are equipped with CCTV cameras.
The RPF is drastically short staffed.
Regular checks are conducted only in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Only seven dogs guard over 800 trains and 232 stations.
Unmanned entries, broken boundaries, and open access to railway lines compound the problem.

70% helpline queries are not security-related: CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attending calls on its helpline number has become a task for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that manages the security of the Delhi Metro. As many as 70 per cent of the calls received by the Force are related to recruitment in CISF, train timings, about the airport metro line, or other issues, and do not pertain to security.The problem has become so manifest that the Force is also planning to launch a new direct helpline soon.According to data, out of a total of 6,228 calls received this year so far on the helpline number, more than 4,200 were not security-related issues.Senior officers say the menace has just become bigger over time but the Force is coping with it and all the callers have been directed to the concerned authorities to ensure adequate help.”From recruitment queries to train timings and from airport line connectivity to queries about banned and prohibited items, our men handle all kinds of calls in a day. Majority of them are related to metro timings and routes,” said a senior CISF officer.”DMRC also has an enquiry helpline number for this but when we receive such calls, we try to answer their queries. If it is out of our ambit, we transfer these calls to the departments concerned for disposal. However, such calls are irrelevant for a security force and waste of time,” he added.Calling for helpTotal calls received6,228*3,153 related to general information and miscellaneous calls543 related to train timings and route409 calls to inquire about permitted and prohibited items63 regarding recruitment in CISF58 for timings on special days*Till August 2017

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‘Razor man’ on rampage sparks panic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a terrified voice alerted the Delhi police’s control room on Sunday night about a man on a “stabbing” spree, already wounding more than a dozen people, the first question that the officers asked each other was: Is it lone-wolf terror attack?It was only when an Emergency Response Vehicle, full with armed policemen, arrived at the spot in Outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area, there was a sigh of relief. The attacker turned out to be a drunk labourer. He did not have a knife. He carried a razor to slash his victims. He was arrested, and the injured were rushed to hospital.The attacks happened at around 9 pm and immediately sparked panic in the area. “Initially we thought, he would be a strong attacker, and a team of policemen was rushed to the spot. We found that the man was drunk, overpowered by locals. He was thrashed before being handed over to the police,” said a senior police officer.The accused was identified as Shubham, a 25-year-old who works at a shoe factory in the same area. “Six of his victims — one of them critical — had to be taken to hospital. The razor he used was recovered from him. He has been booked for attempts to murder,” the officer said.The police also got a medical examination done for the accused, and he was found drunk. On Monday, when he was better, he was arrested and grilled by the police to check his background.“We are trying to know his motive behind the attacks. So far, he has said that he was not in his senses and therefore attacked people,” the officer said.Cops are watchful to thwart any potential lone-wolf attack in the National Capital. At many of recent meetings, strategies to foil this particular modus operandi have been discussed, following lone-wolf attacks in other countries, responsibilities for which were later claimed by terror outfits.

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