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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulawama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass

Noor Mohammad Tantray, the ‘midget’ terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter on Tuesday, wanted to join the BJP to eliminate its top leaders way back in 2003.Also known as Peer Baba, the four-feet-tall Kashmir chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad even went to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Raod in New Delhi. He managed to get a form to get himself registered as an active member, snoop on the leaders and attack them, a plan that never materialised. Before he could have succeed in his conspiracy, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand nabbed him and his associates from Delhi with huge cache of arms and ammunition.Tantray also went by the name Gulzar Ahmed Bhat or Uwais was a resident of Darganjgund in Pulwama’s Tral area and was arrested in Delhi in August, 2003.“Tantray was a member of JeM, a terrorist organisation banned under Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Mohd Sahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt, all said four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.He was convicted in 2011 for life. He was languishing in Tihar Jail and was out on a parole since 2015 and thereafter started reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.In 2003, on August 29, the Special Cell received an intelligence inputs about Jaish terrorists being engaged in supply of arms, ammunition and explosive material transported in wooden boxes of fruits and vegetables by trucks from Kashmir to Delhi. The vehicles were also used to take back Hawala money from Delhi to Kashmir for being used for terrorist activities.On a specific information about a truck bearing registration number “153” of Jammu and Kashmir having reached Delhi with certain quantity of arms, ammunitions and explosives, efforts were made through a team headed by then Sub Inspector Govind Sharma, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, to locate the vehicle.It was learnt that truck bearing number JK-03-0153 had actually entered the fruit market in Delhi’s Azadpur at 10:55 pm on August 28, 2003. Since the truck could not be located in the market, extensive search was launched in surrounding areas. On August 30, 2003, at about 2.00 pm, then Sub Inspector Umesh Barthwal is said to have located the said truck parked in Qutub Road parking lot. A police officers comprising, amongst others, of then Inspector Hriday Bhushan was deployed to keep a watch over the truck in secrecy.At about 7.45 pm a short statured person later identified as accused Noor Mohd Tantray was seen approaching the truck and having a talk with the driver who was later identified as accused Parvez Ahmed Mir and cleaner later identified as accused Farooz Ahmed respectively of the truck.Tantray along with other two boarded the truck, thereafter three wooden boxes kept in the tool box were taken out. All three were nabbed and the three wooden boxes unloaded from the truck were opened and checked and beneath the fruit, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenades shells and one under barrel grenade launcher were recovered.Tantray during interrogation revealed that the consignment of explosives was to be delivered by his associates Zahoor in Pakistan and Aslam of Sikandrabad in UP, who were to meet him in front of Indraprastha Park on outer ring road in Nizamuddin. A team of police personnel at 9.15 pm in private cars and reached the park near and about 10.45 pm, a Maruti car bearing registration no. DL3C N8749 came from the side of Nizamuddin flyover and stopped.From the said car, two persons allegedly alighted and stood nearby and challenged by the police and when asked to surrender but instead of compliance the said they started firing at the police. The police returned the fire in the course of which both the said persons came to be injured and later scummed to injuries.In Delhi, Tantray had made his in house no A-44 at Mohindra Park in Azadpur as the base to carry out terror attacks. During search of his place, police recovered computer with its accessories, stereo cassette players, sets of Nokia, 10 channel cordless telephones, cash, Hawala money in the sum of Rs 19.20 lakh and certain incrementing documents. Sources said that these documents contained a form for BJP membership.The police team lead by ACP Rajbir Singh, who has since died, had then nabbed the accused under supervision of then DCP Ashok Chand. Chand retired from Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in 2015.

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Submit report on acid seizure: DCW to Magistrate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has asked the District Magistrate (North), to submit a detailed report over a reported seizure of more than 300 litres of acid in Azadpur Mandi.The commission has directed the DM to explain how and from where the acid was procured, the purpose it was being used for, how it reached Azadpur Mandi and whether any action was against the businessmen who were found in possession of the acid.It also sought to know how many raids and inspections have been carried out in the Mandi over the past two years along with dates of inspections, name and designation of the officer who undertook the inspection, amount of acid confiscated and details of FIR registered, if any.”It is pertinent to note that even though open sale of acid has been banned by the Supreme Court, it continues to be sold in shops in Delhi and recovery of such large quantities of acid displays the gross failure to implement the directions of the court,” the commission wrote in the notice.

Watch: CISF jawan fires in the air after crowd turns violent at Delhi’s Azadpur metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Panic gripped the Delhi’s Azadpur metro station, a CISF jawan fired in the air to disperse a violent crowd that had gathered after a scuffle broke out between two groups in the metro premises.The incident took place on Monday evening.As per reports , two men entered into an argument at the ticket counter after which a violent clash took place between the two.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel deployed at the station brought the two to the control room and asked them to pay the fine for creating trouble, CISF officials said.But one of them, a 17-year-old resident of Wazirpur industrial area, called his associates to the station.Soon, almost 20 people reached the station and allegedly beat Delhi Police constable ML Meena, who was taking the two to the Kashmere Gate police station.The miscreants grabbed the collar of CISF Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammed Umar, who had to fire in the air to control the crowd. The situation at the station was chaotic.Metro rail services however remained interrupted, officials added further.Few people were detained and examined in connection with the Azadpur scuffle incident.Meanwhile, senior CISF officials and the Delhi Police are examining the CCTV video of the incident.

Vegetable produce hit by tension, prices soar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Basic amenities were hit and normal life was thrown out of gear, especially when it came to vegetables. On Saturday, vegetable supply to Azadpur mandi — one of the main mandis of the Capital — was hit by 20 per cent as trucks from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh could not reach their destinations.”There were fewer trucks in the mandi today since the ones coming from HP, Haryana and Punjab did not arrive. The same was the situation with fruits like apples as crops from Jammu and Kashmir and HP was less than normal,” said Ashok Kaushik, a wholesale trader.Apart from receiving less vegetables than normal, vegetable vendors also complained about their inability to send certain products outside Delhi. Cities like Panipat, Karnal, Sonepat and Ambala contribute to the Capital’s daily stock of vegetables and because of the crisis, capsicum, brinjal, gourd, cauliflower, beans were some of the products that had curtailed supply on Saturday.The lack of vegetables led to rising prices on Saturday. Prices of different vegetables skyrocketed. Tomatoes which have already been beyond the reach of common man for more than a month, commanded a price of Rs 80 for a kilogram in the wholesale market. While onions and potatoes remained unaffected, beans and capsicum were sold at Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg respectively, in the retail market, a 20 percent jump from existing prices. Lemon which till Friday was available for Rs 50, touched Rs 60 for one kg on Saturday.Apart from the lack of produce was the security angle. The effect of Friday’s violence with arson incidents reported from areas such as Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Khyala and other areas in the north-east Delhi, ensured that some people looked to stay at home rather than go shopping.And with the verdict due on Monday, it is unlikely that the vegetable crisis will get resolved over the weekend.

NDMC seizes 150 kg of polythene bags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North Delhi Municipal Corporation today seized carry bags weighing 150 kg in total as part of its drive against use of polythene bags. The civic body has started the drive to confiscate polythene of thickness less than 50 microns in the wake of an National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on it. “Polythene bags weighing 80 kg in total have been seized from Azadpur Mandi area in Civil Lines. Seventy kg of polythene bags has been seized from Sadar Paharganj area,” a senior official of the NDMC said. There are 104 wards under the NDMC and several markets fall under its jurisdiction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tomato prices soar, govt cracks down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government, on Friday, reviewed the situation arising out of the increase in the retail prices of tomatoes in the Capital, and what measures could be taken to curb it.Delhi Food and Supplies Minister Imraan Hussain organised teams and directed them to gather information about instances of hoarding and black marketing of tomatoes so that the concerned departments could initiate legal action against the offenders.The Food and Civil Supplies Department has been entrusted with the responsibility of checking the availability and prices of various food items in Delhi. The department has constituted a Market Intelligence Unit (MIU) which regularly reviews the availability and fluctuations in the prices of various food commodities in Delhi.The information is then gathered during the process is shared with concerned Departments of Delhi Government for necessary action.The minister said that the exercise of collecting information from the market should be carried out during the weekends as well. He also asked the department to keep strict vigil on the availability and movement of prices of tomato and other seasonal vegetables as well as other food items.Meanwhile, wholesalers in the Azadpur Mandi claim to have been buying tomatoes for Rs 40-50 per kilogram which is then being sold for a minimum of Rs 70. Most of the crop reaching the vegetable market comes from Haryana, with Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh also contributing to the product. According to people in the trade, the rains, in the past 10 days, have triggered the steep price rise of tomatoes.The prices of other vegetables like capsicum, carrot, and peas, and fruits like mangoes too have increased sharply. The retail price of capsicum is Rs 120 per kilogram, while wholesale it is available at Rs 90 per kg.Carrot and peas are being sold at Rs 60 and 120 per kilogram respectively in the retail market. Ginger is priced at Rs 80 for a kilogram in the wholesale market while mangoes are for Rs 70.

Fake call centre owner held for cheating in name of jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have busted a fake job call center, through which several people all across India were duped, and arrested one person in this regard. The accused and his associates would lure people on the pretext of providing them jobs with a reputed firm.The kingpin of the racket, identified as Narender alias Gaurav, a resident of Azadpur area, has been arrested. A number of mobile phones and computers, along with documents for the fake company named Smart HR Zone, were recovered from his possession, police said.Gaurva would give vacancy ads in newspapers and then conduct fake interviews. The aspirants were asked to submit a hefty amount as application fee. The gang members would then vanish with the money.The fraud came to light when a sales manager of a reputed limited company registered a complaint at the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell in northwest district. The complainant stated that some fake call centers were operating in parts of Delhi-NCR and were cheating people in the name of providing them with employment.”The complainant told the police that the accused were calling victims for interviews. They charged a fixed amount as security fee and even gave them offer letters. After receiving the money, the accused would stop taking calls from the candidates and vanish,”a senior police officer said.With the help of technical surveillance and emails received by the victims, police zeroed in on Gaurav and he was arrested. He was found to be working with a consultancy firm and he admitted that he started cheating people because he was facing a financial crunch.”He launched his own fake consultancy firm, named Smart HR Zone, in Pitampura. He hired six tele-callers and gave advertisements for his firm in newspapers and on job portals. When aspirants responded, tele-callers told them about the date, time, and place of interviews,”the officer said.MODUS OPERANDIThe accused would give vacancy ads in newspapers and then conduct fake interviews.
The aspirants were asked to submit a hefty amount as application fee.
Gang members would then vanish with the money.

LG returns files on constitution of mandies to Delhi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal has returned a file pertaining to constitution of six major mandies (wholesale markets) to the city government. The LG has sought to know whether the nominations of the members of the markets’ committees’ have been made as per rules. “The Lt. Governor has sent back the file of six wholesale markets’ committees to government and sought to know whether all rules were followed in nominating their members,” an official said. The AAP government had sent the same to the Lt. Governor for his approval on these six committees formation. These committees of wholesale markets are situated at Azadpur, Kesopur, Narela and three at Gazipur. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta today met the LG and demanded rejection of Delhi government’s proposal to reconstitute market committees of major mandies. “Committees are being formed in violation of rules which lay down that the nominated members could only be agriculturist, traders and qualified commission agents and weighmen,” Gupta said in a statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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