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Mahakal temple says specific dress code required to enter sanctum sanctorum; rejects disabled mountaineer’s claims

A day after Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest, alleged that her disability was mocked at when she visited the Mahakal temple here, the temple authorities today said a specific “dress code” had to be followed to enter the sanctum sanctorum.Madhya Pradesh’s Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis has ordered an inquiry into the incident.Sinha, a former national-level volleyball player, had yesterday said she felt “greater pain” while visiting the temple than climbing Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,844 metres.The temple authorities said men had to be clad in “dhotis” (shola), while women had to wear a saree to enter the sanctum sanctorum during the “bhasma aarti”, a unique practice observed at the temple in the early hours every day.”According to the temple traditions, women wearing a saree and men in dhotis are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum during the bhasma aarti in the morning,” the temple’s administrator, Avdhesh Sharma, said.He added that Sinha had come to the temple at around 4.30 am on December 24 and was told about the tradition by the priests and security personnel there.Sharma said generally, those not wearing a dhoti or a saree were allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum, but the entry was restricted during the “bhasma aarti”.He said entry to the sanctum sanctorum during the “bhasma aarti” was only allowed through pre-booked slots and added that Sinha had reached the temple on a short notice.The temple authorities also made public the CCTV footage, in which the security personnel were purportedly seen talking to Sinha.However, Sinha told reporters that the footage also showed a man entering the temple’s sanctum sanctorum wearing jeans.”Not allowing a person wearing jeans or pants in the sanctum sanctorum is wrong. In the footage, a man is seen entering the restricted area wearing jeans. Why was I not allowed? Only because I am a disabled woman? I am a devotee of Lord Shankar,” she said.The 29-year-old mountaineer also said she did not intend to seek an apology from anyone over the incident.Recounting her unpleasant experience, she had earlier said her disability was mocked at when she visited the temple.”I am very sorry to tell you that I felt greater pain in visiting Mahakal temple (at Ujjain) than scaling the Everest. My disability was mocked at there (at Mahakal),” Sinha had tweeted yesterday.She had also tagged the Prime Minister’s Office and the Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s office in her tweet.Sinha was pushed out of a running train by robbers in April, 2011, while she was resisting a robbery attempt. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. She is the first Indian amputee to climb the Everest.Meanwhile, Chitnis apologised to Sinha for the incident and said the mountaineer was the pride of the country.In a statement, the minister said she had asked the Ujjain divisional commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the incident.Chitnis said she had also told the officials that such incidents should not take place in the future.She added that she would talk to the priests at the temple and also visit Lucknow soon to meet Sinha.The temple houses one of the 12 “jyotirlingas” in the country.

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Travelling from Borivili to Churchgate in a Mumbai local has never been cooler

The silver-blue exterior of the country’s first AC local train was gleaming as it arrived at Borivili station’s platform 9 at around 10.10am on Monday. On the inside, it is furnished with the same blue and grey polycarbonate seats found in the second class compartments of a regular local which was disappointing considering I expected better after paying Rs 165 for a one-way journey. Fortunately, there was ample place to sit despite it being the maiden journey as the ticket collector asked travellers without a ticket to alight before the train finally departed right on time.This being the first AC local train, I was keen on walking down the vestibule coaches from end to end and experience the frenzy. While the Railways have provided separate coaches for women and reserved seats for physically challenged passengers and senior citizens, one tends to miss the difference as you walk into the coaches. The Western Railways may have to better demarcate the coaches reserved for women, like in the Metro.The luggage racks, although sturdy, are too low. Most importantly, the coaches of the AC local need CCTV cameras which the administration has promised to install soon.The air conditioning was pleasant and the fans complimented the cooling. However, the far ends of the coaches, particularly near the motor coach, it seemed a bit warm. Each coach is equipped with two fire extinguishers, a talk back system with instructions to ensure the safety of passengers, notices regarding pulling of chain, and a list of dos and don’ts.

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Man stole items from temples to fund kids’ edu, nabbed

The Agripada police have arrested a 40-year-old man who was allegedly involved in stealing jewellery from Jain temples in south Mumbai. The accused has been identified as Naresh Doshi, a resident of Agripada.According to the police, the accused would specifically go to Jain temples and after the prayers, he would steal silver and gold items like idols and utensils from the temples. The accused told the police that he ran a business of metals. When this did not convince the officers, he claimed he was stealing the items to take care of his household expenses.”We had recently received a complaint from a temple in Agripada that a silver table and idols are missing. We scrutinised the CCTV footage of the temple in which Doshi was seen stealing the silver idols. We immediately swung into action and arrested the accused. He is a repeat offender however he claims that he stole to finance the education of his two children,” said a police officer from Agripada police station.The Azad Maidan police too had recently received a complaint from a Jain temple in south Mumbai about several missing silver items following which a case was registered in the police station. “We have taken him into custody on Sunday and are trying to recover the stolen items,” said Vasant Wakhare, Senior Police Inspector, Azad Maidan police station.Several cases have been registered against Doshi in three to four police stations in south Mumbai and the police are interrogating him to ascertain if he has committed theft in other parts of the city as well.

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Juveniles stab man, son; one arrested

A group of youths stabbed an elderly man and his son after an argument, leaving the duo critically injured, in north Delhi’s Jakhira area on Sunday afternoon. Police said both victims are out of danger and one of the accused, a juvenile, has been apprehended.According to witnesses and locals, the victims worked as labourers. Around 1 pm, victim Iqbal, 60, had an argument with a youth over some petty issue and he ended up slapping the boy. This sparked a heated argument, which soon turned violent. Then Iqbal’s 22-year-old son Dilshad rushed to the spot to intervene but was attacked by the juvenile and some of his friends.DCP (north) Jatin Narwal said: “The matter was reported around 1 pm from a slum area in Jakhira. We came to know that two persons had been stabbed by a group of juveniles. When we visited the area, we found that Iqbal and his son Dilshad had sustained stab injuries. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, where their condition was stated to be out of danger.”Officers said that based on the primary probe, raids were conducted and one of the juveniles involved in the matter was apprehended.”Efforts to trace others are being made and CCTV footage from the area is being checked to ascertain the sequence of events. A case of attempt to murder has been registered and the matter is being probed,” he said.

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Over Rs 18 lakh looted from NRI couple at Vadodara railway station

Cash and jewellery worth Rs 18.25 lakh was looted from a Non-Resident Indian couple at Vadodara railway station late last night, police said.The couple, 74-year-old Raghuvir Agrawal and his wife, were waiting on platform number one to board the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express.Agrawal, who is wheelchair-bound, told police that someone snatched his purse while he was awaiting the train’s arrival.The purse contained US dollars, two passports and gold and diamond jewellery, police said.A porter chased the thief but the latter managed to get away, police said.NI Pandya, Sub-Inspector of the railway police said that a First Information Report had been registered and police teams were scouring CCTV footage from the station to nab the thief.Police said that the couple, who have settled in the United States of America, had come to the city some time ago and were staying in the Gotri locality of Vadodara.

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Two men attacked with blades for urinating in open

Two men, who were caught red-handed urinating in the open, were brutally thrashed and injured with blades in North Delhi’s Timarpur area, late on Monday night. Police have arrested three men for the attack.According to the police, one of the victims, later identified as Rohit Saluja, told police in his complaint that his friend and he were taking a late night stroll when they decided to relieve themselves nearby. They said that as they started to urinate near the slum cluster where they live, a local youth approached and started pushing them away.”Victims said, after this, an argument started and the local youth slapped the duo. When the duo overpowered the local boy, he called his two more friends from the area who then allegedly took out a sharp blade like thing and attacked them. Even after Saluja and his friend started bleeding, the trio thrashed them brutally. Both of them received cuts on their faces, necks and arms, but are out of danger,” said police.Locals, however, called the police and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital where they received treatment.”We have arrested the three men and booked them for causing hurt by using a dangerous weapon. Locals and are being questioned and the CCTV footages are being checked to ascertain the facts. The two men are out of danger now,” said the police officer.

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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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7-year-old drowns in Madh hotel pool

The Malwani police have registered a case against the lifeguard of a four-star hotel in Madh island for allegedly causing death of a seven-year-old boy owing to negligence. The body of the deceased was found floating in the pool on Saturday.According to police, Idris Khokhar a resident of Prabhat colony in Santacruz, died in a pool at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre in Madh Island. Tasneem, mother of the victim had planned the outing along with her friends.There were six children playing in the resort when Idris went missing. The other visitors informed Idris’s sister Zahra,14 about the incident.The Malwani police sent the body for post mortem and registered a case of accidental death. Shrirang Nadgowda, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Malwani division), said, “We have taken the complaint of the parents and have registered the case against the lifeguard for failing to save the life of the child.”“We have acquired the CCTV camera footage and are probing the case further,” added Nadgowda.

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3 men rape 16-year-old girl in Shalimar Bagh

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on Saturday. Police said that efforts to identify the accused and arrest them are being made.According to senior police officials, the matter was reported by the victim to her family who approached the police. According to the complaint, the minor victim used to work as a house-maid 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. Her mobile phone was also snatched while her male friend was threatened and assaulted.”Yesterday evening, an incident of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl by the three accused persons was reported. Following the medical examination, a case of gangrape has been registered under IPC sections 323, 363, 376D and 6 POCSO Act at Shalimar Bagh Police Station,” a senior officer said.He said the statement of the victim has been recorded and an investigation is being conducted. “Teams have been formed to apprehend the accused persons and raids are being conducted. A counsellor has been arranged for the girl,” he added.Police are also checking CCTV footages from the area in order to ascertain the sequence of incidents. It is also suspected that one of the accused was known to the victim, police said.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | Webcasting: 21 people were monitoring 441 sensitive booths

A team of 21 people was continuously monitoring 441 sensitive booths in 21 constituencies via webcasting on Thursday.The team had installed 441 cameras at these booths, 21 most sensitive ones from the select constituencies to see what was happening in real time. Data was collected from the past three elections to identify these booths.Rajendra Sarvaiya, the Addition district election officer, said, “Entire footage is stored on our hard drive for further reference. Also the real time monitoring would have come handy in case there were some issues that needed immediate intervention.”Apart from the CCTV cameras, at every 441 booths, a team member was also deployed, who gave regular updates. These men were deployed at the location as a backup if there was an issue in the CCTV cameras at the time. The monitoring helped control room to tackle two EVM issues in Naroda and Jamalpur booths. Technical teams were rushed and machines were replaced immediately.

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HC reserves order on Tarun Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of rape

The High Court of Bombay at Goa today reserved its order on a petition by former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, seeking quashing of rape and other charges against him.Justice Nutan Sardesai reserved the order without specifying the date. Tejpal, who is accused of raping a former colleague during an event in Goa in 2013, today presented before the high court the CCTV footage outside the lift of a five-star hotel, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted her.Senior advocate Aman Lekhi and advocate Pramodkumar Dubey, who represented Tejpal, displayed the CCTV footage to the judge on a laptop to support his contention that he has been falsely accused of a rape, outraging modesty and sexual harassment by Goa police. “The CCTV footage shows that the petitioner and the prosecutrix (victim) were out of the lift walking leisurely not indicating any sign of distress or outrage,” Lekhi said while providing the footage which was sourced from the Goa Crime Branch, which has filed a charge sheeted against the Delhi-based journalist.Tejpal has been charged by the district court in Mapusa town under under 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape), 376(2)(k) IPC (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman) by crime branch. The crime branch later added IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (2) (f) (person in position of trust or authority over women, committing rape of such women), 376 C (sexual intercourse by person in authority) and section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).Lekhi argued that the charges were framed by the lower court without considering the material evidence on record, “which shows that the prosecutrix was not restrained, confined or her modesty was outraged by the applicant (Tejpal)”. He pointed out that after the alleged incident, the prosecutrix had accompanied Tejpal in the same lift for the second time next day without showing any sign of distress. The lawyer also claimed that the investigating officer in the case had failed to examine several crucial witnesses, which were named by the prosecutrix in her statement. The investigating officer had also withheld the CCTV footage from the applicant, who had to obtain it through the order by the Supreme Court, Lekhi said.Public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar said the trial court (district court) has come to the conclusion that “primary case” has been made out as the charges are already framed. He said the charges against the accused should not be dismissed without a trial in the case. Lotlikar said that the statement of the accused that she was raped and the CCTV footage showing her conduct otherwise, would get the clarity only when she is examined in the witness box.

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JD(U) asks workers to use social media for spreading party message ahead 2019 polls

The rank and file of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have been asked to reach out to every village, every habitation, to connect with the grassroots 365-days of a year and spread the message of JD(U) being a “party with a difference” that believes in “politics with agenda”.This has to be done, especially by promoting the social campaigns undertaken by the Nitish led government in Bihar, including total alcohol prohibition, and those against dowry and child marriages. Party MP R C P Singh asked them to get it printed in marriage invitation cards of their family members – that the bride and groom are above marriageable age and no dowry has been exchanged in the solemnisation of the wedding.Senior leaders of the party have asked the workers to give priority to booth-level management, both in the urban and rural areas. “The workers have been asked to rope in women, members of self-help-groups, ex-armymen, retired cops and teachers at every booth, to widen the party’s base,” said a Bihar-based JD(U) leader.Also readNitish Kumar govt to rely on CCTV cameras to keep crime rate in check The party will also launch a renovated, state-of the-art web portal early next year, to reach out to the tech savvy voters. The move is being seen as its preparations for the 2019 general election. Information about the party’s agenda and activities, web magazines, how to connect with the party or feedback for improvement etc, will be some of the features of the JD(U) website, the party leader said.Party workers were told to update their technological and social media skills. “Members have been asked to learn the use of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to reach the thoughts and ideals of the party and its leaders among the masses and use e-mails for communication,” said party leader Dr Amar Deep. The party has social media accounts but these are not update on a daily basis, and several of its leaders are also not quite active on social media platforms.Also readSBI changes names, IFSC codes of 1,300 branches: How will it affect you and other things to knowJD(U) has also told its youth leaders to up their participation in the party activities.

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Pre-school anxious after leopard entry

The Junior Crafting Playschool where leopard entered on Sunday remains close for two days that is Monday and Tuesday. According to the pre-school and day care centre, the school is kept close to sanitize the area for the safety of the small children. On the other hand the suggestions came from the parents to cover the rooftop of the playschool, but the playschool officials refused to do it explaining that BMC wont allow them to do that.On Sunday a leopard entered the playschool named Junior Crafting a junior and senior kindergarten as well as a day care centre area in Andheri located in Sher-E-Punjab society, Andheri east. Thankfully there were no children because of the day being Sunday. It was easy for the forest department to catch the animal because of CCTV cameras being around the school and inside as well.Ruchi Sabharwal, one of the owner of Junior Crafting Playschool, said, “The school is kept close for two days because the forest officials requested us to sanitize it as the animal moved around and inside the school. The school is sanitized in the morning as well as we will do pesticide and keep the school closed.

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Security guard held for writing IS threat at international airport

The Sahar police have arrested a 26-year-old security guard for allegedly writing a threat message on the wall of the toilet inside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) warning of an IS attack on the cargo area on Republic Day next year. The police said that the accused wanted to play a prank.Four days back, a note with a threat message written on the toilet wall was found by the staffers working in the cargo section after which Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was alerted and the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) conducted a search in the cargo section and security was tightened.The Sahar police on Saturday late night arrested Akshay Gaikar,26 from Bhandup for allegedly writing the threat message inside the airport.Gaikar was promoted as the supervisor and was the in-charge of one of the gate of cargo section. Gaikar was working at the airport since past 1.6 years.”We checked the CCTV camera footage of the cargo section and found few persons entering and leaving the toilet section. We zeroed down on Gaikar and after sustained interrogations, Gaikar claimed the responsibility of writing the threat message,” said a senior Sahar police officer.”We arrested the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and when we produced him in the court, the accused has been sent to Judicial Custody.”We have completed the investigations in the case and have concluded that the accused had received a message on WhatsApp which showed a similar such incidence which provoked him to write the message to play prank and have fun looking at the police agencies being probing such incident,” said Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police, zone 8.
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Court summons DCP after arms dealers accuse cops of framing

Raising suspicion over the arrest of two alleged arms distributors, whom a team of Delhi Police arrested from east Delhi last year, a Delhi court has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, to be present in the court on the date of the next hearing with a status report.The directions were given by the Metropolitan Magistrate Mahima Rai on November 30, after the court termed the report submitted by the Investigating Officer (IO) as “highly unsatisfactory”.”The said report (status report) is highly unsatisfactory in nature and is silent on the main complaint filed by the complainant,” the court said, adding that it is necessary that DCP concerned be present in person with a reply to the complaint.The arrested duo — Mursalin Malik and Asif — who claim to have been running a scrap shop in Old Seelampur, were arrested in November 2016. Police had registered two FIRs against them, one under various sections of the Arms Act and the other under Section 379 (Punishment for theft) and 411 (Dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The court’s direction came following Malik’s complaint under 156 (3) of the CrPC after police refused to lodge a complaint against the police officers.According to the complaint filed by the duo in the court, they had been falsely implicated by the police officers. They claimed that on November 7, 2016, five to six people in civil dress, who claimed that they were officials of the Special Staff of the police station in Anand Vihar, arrested them without any “just and sufficient reason.”Following this, the duo were granted bail on production of CCTV footage which showed the officers coming to the shop and making the arrest. Malik’s brother, Mehraj made a complaint to the Commissioner of police and National Human Rights Commission but no action was taken.The police, however, in their complaint had stated that Mursalin and Asif were apprehended at Purana Seelampur Ganda Nala with a motorcycle, a country made pistol and one live cartridge following a tip-off.After the complaint by the accused, the court had called for a status report from the IO. However, when the report was submitted the court said that “it was silent on the main complaint and there was no mention about the CCTV footage provided by the complainant”.The court has fixed the next date of hearing for December 19.
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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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Mumbai Congress office vandalised, MNS takes responsibility

Mumbai Congress office at Azad Maidan was vandalised on Friday morning. According to the local police, the few unidentified people entered the Mumbai Congress office in this morning. “When the housekeeping staff was cleaning and mopping the floors inside the office, that time few people barged and vandalised the glass facades and cabins. The images of unidentified are captured in the CCTV. We will carry the investigations and culprits will be booked soon,” police added requested anonymity.However, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande took the responsibility of this attack on Mumbai Congress office. In his tweet, Deshpande said, “attack on Bhaiya Sanjay Nirupam party office is a surgical strike. Eet Ka Jabab Pattar Se,”. When called Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, he was not available for comment. The tug of war between the MNS and Congress has been going for a long time over the hawker’s issue. Recently, the MNS workers were attacked in Vikaroli and earlier at Matunga. Raj Thackeray, MNS president told his workers in the closed-door meeting, “I do not want the party workers who get beaten but want who can beat.”Also readWant men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray“Once the Raj saheb has given us clear-cut directions so we have decided to teach a lesson to north Indians in Mumbai. We will not tolerate their arrogance anymore. In future, there will be more such attacks on Mumbai Congress offices across the city and on their leaders,” threatened MNS leaders refused to be named. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad condemned the attack. He demanded strict actions against the goons.
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I did not intend to blame or shame the victim: Kirron Kher

BJP MP and Bollywood actress Kirron Kher’s unsolicited advice to a 21-year old gangrape victim has stirred a controversy. Kher, who represents Chandigarh in the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday had said that the victim should have been more cautious, applied common sense and not boarded the auto-rickshaw in which three men were already sitting. On Thursday she sought to clarify her statement, saying it was “only in the context of certain precautions” that women should take and that it was “not intended to blame the victim or shaming her”.”I want to tell this girl and all other girls that if you see three men sitting in an auto, you should not board it. I am saying this to protect the girls. We all have to be alert about such things. I am saddened by what has happened with the woman,” she had said.On Thursday she, however, cried foul blaming Congress for politicising her statement. “It is very unfortunate that in our country, every statement is politicised. I am a woman and a mother, and I have always spoken up for women’s rights whether inside Parliament or outside. I think giving a political colour to this is very unfortunate. I am only looking after the security of girls in the city,” she said.”I just said that the world is a bad place. We all, especially women, have to take precautions,” Kher said. “If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help,” she said.Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal had criticised Kher, saying: “I am amazed how she gave such a statement…it seems like a light take on a serious matter. Instead, she should say how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women.”She also said that Chandigarh Police would provide transportation facility if women were unable to find a public transport. “You can dial 100. The police will then send a PCR to pick you up and drop you to your residence. So I think you should avail this facility. We also have smartphones with which we can click a picture of the number plate of the auto or of the drivers. We have to learn how to look after ourselves,” she said.The victim was allegedly gang raped by three men on November 17 evening after she hired the shared auto-rickshaw to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh. The police has got the CCTV footage of the auto-rickshaw and its driver from a gas station in Sector 42 where the vehicle had stopped to get a CNG refuel. The Union Territory police so far has arrested the three men after over a week after the incident. The accused arrested included auto-rickshaw driver Mohammed Irfan, Garib and Poppu. Onr of accused Irfan had tried to commit suicide in police custody by stabbing himself with a glass that he broke in the lockup.The victim, who hails from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, had boarded the shared auto-rickshaw after attending her stenography class in Sector 37 here. The victim told the police that the driver took the vehicle to the gas station for refuelling and then turned towards Sector 52. He stopped the auto near a wild growth along the road and said that it had broken down. When the woman got out of the vehicle to take another one, the three men pulled her into nearby bushes and took turns to rape her.
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Coimbatore: Robbers try to rob ATM, fail

A futile attempt was today made to break open an ATM of a nationalised bank in the city, police said. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>CCTV footage shows two men, with their faces covered, entering the ATM cabin and attempting to open the machine with a device around 2.45 AM, police said.After hearing the alarm sound, the duo fled from the spot, they said.Police, who carried out a vehicle check, are confident of nabbing the culprits based on the CCTV footage,the sources added.
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Merc stolen, crime caught on camera

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A burglary incident was caught on tape where four men were seen barging into a motor shop in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar and then driving away with a Mercedes Benz Car and a safe containing Rs 10 lakh along with a licensed firearm. Police are trying to trace the accused.According to the police, the incident took place on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday around 2.30 am. In the video, four persons were seen arriving at the motor shop in a Baleno car, after which they barge into the shop.“They got inside the National Motor’s shop in Moti Nagar and drove away a Mercedes Benz Car, having registration number DL3CBK 1717, and a heavy safe containing cash Rs 10 lakh. According to the owner, there was also a licensed firearm in the safe. Their movements have been captured in CCTV footage and efforts to identify them or trace the vehicle used by them are being made,” said a senior police officer.

‘Who killed Ragu’? Police deny NRI techie died owing to ‘illegal’ AIADMK hoarding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death of a 30-year-old motorist in an accident in Tamil Nadu has snowballed into a major social media outrage, which has put the ruling AIADMK on the backfoot. Software engineer Ragupathy died on last Saturday when his motorcycle crashed into a temporary wooden arch set up on a road in Coimbatore by the ruling AIADMK for its MGR centenary celebrations.As Ragupathy hit the structure and fell off his bike, a truck ran him over. The young engineer working in the US had come home to Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore to meet a prospective bride and he was set to return over the weekend. The techie was planning to visit a temple in Palani after parking his bike at a bus stand, when the accident happened. With someone painting ‘Who killed Ragu?’ on the spot of the accident and even marking the ‘hole’ drilled on the road with the paint for erecting arch with the wooden logs, it went viral on the social media with people questioning the AIADMK government’s publicity blitz risking the lives of the motorists.With public anger palpable, the Coimbatore police claimed that the engineer was ran over by a lorry which was coming in the wrong direction. The police has arrested the driver and seized a tipper lorry involved in the incident. The police also claims to be in possession of CCTV footage which proves wrong the theory of the techie dying of injuries after hitting the wooden arch.Meanwhile, police on Tuesday detained two friends of Ragupathy on suspicion overwriting on the road “who killed Ragu?” However, no cases were filed and both of them were let out after being questioned, a police officer. Activists and political parties blamed the illegal arch which narrowed road space for the tragic accident. The civic body officials removed the arch immediately after the accident claiming it to be illegal, but local administration minister claimed that permission was obtained for the structure. DMK Working President MK Stalin condemned the accident and tweeted, “Under the pretext of #MGRcentenary, the AIADMK govt. continues to blatantly violate the High Court’s order on obstructive & dangerous hoardings – now resulting in the death of Ragu, a promising young engineer in Coimbatore. I condemn this lawless govt. in the strongest terms.”DMK MLA N Karthik has filed a PIL in the Madras High Court to declare erection of hoardings, banners, arches and flex boards across Coimbatore for MGR birth centenary celebrations as illegal. The petitioner wants a direction to the State government to pay compensation to Ragupathy’s family. Actor Kamal Haasan reacted strongly to the incident and tweeted, “Any government that regards power and fame even at the cost of others life will fall. A government that doesn’t respect pedestrians won’t go too long on the palanquin. Banner ‘Jis’ should realise those who pave way for accidents abet murder.”

RPF hero saves senior citizen’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable saved the life of a 62-year-old man after the senior citizen accidentally slipped in the gap between the train and the platform at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) while boarding the wrong train on Sunday. The incident was captured by the CCTV cameras installed on the platform.According to the RPF, Jagannath Unhale, a Vashi resident, was on his way to attend a marriage ceremony in Nagpur and had bought a ticket for the Nagpur-Duronto Express but wrongly tried to board the Vidarbha Express at 7 pm.Amidst the confusion, Unhale slipped which is when head constable Sachin Sabne, posted at the station, displayed quick-thinking and helped to pull Unhale out before he could slip into the gap entirely.”By the time I realised I had boarded the wrong train, it started moving and I slipped. Before being dragged into the gap, the head constable came to my rescue and saved my life,” said a relieved Unhale.

Remembering 26/11: High-risk sites step up to conduct mock drills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recognising the vulnerability of sensitive installations and establishments that see high footfalls as possible targets, the Mumbai police has decided to conduct coordinated security drills for these locations.The objective is to enable a quicker response through real-time streaming and enhance the level of protection and deterrence for these institutions.”It will help us react during an eventuality. We must be prepared for the worst. The drills will be conducted every three to six months to examine our readiness in terms of technology and its use,” an official in the state Home department, on condition of anonymity, told DNA, adding that these drills would involve relevant state agencies.The exercise will be carried out at 103 high-value targets such as malls, five-star hotels, religious places, hospitals, and the railway network. The community-based policing framework is part of the Rs 949-crore Mumbai CCTV surveillance project that was floated after the 26/11 terror attacks.Under the collaborative surveillance project, these establishments have volunteered to be the site of the drills and will share their feeds with the police. So far, 91 of these places have been commissioned. The feeds will be accessed based on requirements, worst-case scenarios and after consent is secured from each establishment.”The focus should not be to just connect the cameras from these establishments to the system and then forget all about it. The idea is to ensure that they are in a state of alert to respond to emergencies,” the Home department official noted.An official said their focus would be on increasing the reach of the CCTV project by ensuring network connectivity between their system and that of private and public establishments.Pakistan-trained terrorists had attacked the Taj and the Trident hotels and the CST station during the 26/11 terror attacks. Mumbai’s Railway network has been a target of terror attacks in 2003 and 2006.The high-level enquiry committee under former union home secretary Ram Pradhan, which probed the 26/11 attacks, had pointed out that unlike their counterparts in cities like New York, the Mumbai police had no ready access to the CCTV cameras of private sites such as hotels.Though the state government initially planned to establish 6,020 remote-controlled, high-definition cameras in the city, that number was reduced to 4,717 at 1,510 spots due to the decision to increase the number of poles at the sites. So far, around 97 per cent of these cameras are live.TRACKING TERRORThe 26/11 terror attacks exposed the poor state of security at railway stations.Nine years later, railway authorities and security forces are finally upgrading their CCTV systems at stations with Rs 115-crore integrated security system (ISS).The Western Railway will extend the ISS on the suburban network to amplify surveillance at railway stations between Churchgate and Dahanu which need constant monitoring.The CCTVs will cover every corner of the station and their feeds will be integrated with each other for a seamless sequence of events. — Shashank Rao

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

Big brother watched on: A look at traffic police’s initiatives that have failed to live up to expectations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In October 2016, amid much fanfare, the Mumbai traffic police announced that they would be introducing an e-challan system to replace the archaic pavti (receipt) system. The ambitious plan aimed to make the traffic police force go cashless so that they don’t have to physically collect fines from motorists on the streets.While the move was touted as an image makeover for the traffic police, another intended advantage of adopting the system was to end the corruption prevailing in the department and bring down police-citizen conflicts.The decision was welcomed by Mumbaikars who assumed it would negate ‘harassment’ from traffic policemen, and make paying fines a less time-consuming and hassle-free process.From road to appThe Mumbai Traffic Police even introduced an app, and appealed citizens to enter their vehicle, residential and contact details on the app, which could be used to prepare a full-fledged database.The traffic police officials had also physically sought these details from motorists during sustained drives carried out in the city.They also contacted the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to share their vehicle registration database with the Mumbai Traffic Police.CCTV watching youIn a phase-wise manner, a CCTV network was installed across the city, under an ambitious project of the state government. The use of these cameras was not only to monitor the city’s law and order situation, but its feeds were also tapped into by the Mumbai Traffic Police to monitor traffic on a real-time basis and identify traffic offenders.By 2016, around 4,700 CCTV cameras were installed at strategic locations, junctions, and roads across the city. A team of over 25 policemen, posted in the Mumbai Traffic Police control room, was tasked with monitoring the live feeds of these cameras and identify traffic offenders. Once the offenders were identified, they were intimated via SMS about the e-challan issued against them. The offenders were then expected to login into the Mumbai Traffic Police app and make the fine payment. The app also provided offenders with an image, captured by the CCTV at the time of the traffic violation, to be used as evidence.PLANNED TO GO DIGITAL, WENT BACK TO SQUARE ONEWhen the plan was initially rolled out, the Mumbai Traffic Police had instructed its men to not insist that motorists pay the fines at the time of getting caught violating the rules. Instead, the officials were advised to issue an e-challan against them. Later, if the offender did not make the payment via the digital route, the department planned to levy interest on the offender’s fine amount.The Mumbai Traffic Police had also stopped seizing licenses of offending motorists after the e-challan system’s introduction.However, within a few months, the department realised that offenders were not paying the fines at all and the total amount of unpaid fines ran into crore of rupees.Failure to get access to the database of all vehicle users was another hindrance in implementing the system effectively. This resulted in not being able to identify and trace offenders in most of the cases.Seeing the entire system crumble due to various flaws and loopholes in its implementation, the officials soon went back to their archaic ways of dealing with motorists. The Mumbai Traffic Police began collecting fines by impounding licenses and forcing motorists to pay the fine on the spot. With this, police-citizen conflicts were back on the roads.NOT ENOUGH MACHINESThe Mumbai Traffic Police provided its personnel with more than 500 e-challan machines to issue challans on the spot, and allow offending motorists to pay the fine using debit or credit cards. However, the number of machines proved to be marginal considering the large-scale crowd that the Mumbai Traffic police deals with across the city.Sushil Joshi, a motorist who recently faced a tough time dealing with a traffic policeman at a nakabandi in Ghatkopar, said, “While they are using e-challan machines at a few places, even now, in several parts, the police asks us to pay in cash. They do not use the e-challan machines despite it being functional, and ask us to pay the fines in cash stating that they do not have swiping machines. Why should we pay in cash when there is a facility of paying through cards?”The traffic police started the e-challan system half-heartedly and handled it casually which is why the effect is not what it should have been. —Ashok Datar, road and traffic expertNAKABANDI NUISANCEAccording to motorists, the biggest issue that has plagued Mumbai’s Traffic Police Department and proved to be the triggering device for police-citizen conflicts is nakabandi. Police officials, however, claim that nakabandi is only carried out on receiving information about criminals plying in the area. In the process, the officials check vehicles and fine motorists if they are found violating Motor Vehicle Act rules.A traffic police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Nakabandi and checks are carried out by both the local and traffic police. It is during these checks that policemen from both departments come across motorists violating traffic rules. The local police is not armed with e-challan machines. This at times leads to conflicts. Whereas traffic police do not accept fines in cash and use e-challan machines.”PAY UP OR ALLOW TOWINGLike the issue of nakabandi, similar issues prevail in the towing system. Since the traffic policemen working in coordination with towing van operators have not been provided e-challan machines, the Mumbai Traffic Police had instructed its men to click pictures of the vehicles violating parking rules, upload them on the Mumbai Traffic Police app and later get e-challans issued against the offenders. However, a lack of e-challan machines led to quarrels between motorists and policemen during instances of towing of vehicles.”Neither can we accept fines in cash nor are we provided e-challan machines. Hence it results in conflicts with citizens. We have no option left but to tow the vehicle, bring it to the traffic police chowky and release it after the fine is paid,” accepted a Mumbai Traffic Police officer.TRAFFIC DEPT NOT TO ASK FOR PUC, INSURANCE DOCUMENTSIn March this year, after receiving several complaints from motorists about the harassment they faced from traffic policemen on the pretext of asking for PUC and insurance documents, the then Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Milind Bharambe, had issued a written order instructing traffic policemen to not stop motorists merely to check their PUC and insurance documents. This was another move aimed at curbing the police-citizen conflicts. According to the traffic police, these documents should be checked by the RTO. However, even this order is being brazenly disobeyed by the traffic police personnel.A motorist and Malad resident, Nitin Jadhav, said, “On Thursday I was stopped at Marol by a policeman who was part of a nakabandi at the spot. He asked me to show my PUC and insurance documents. Since I did not have them with me, he told me that I would have to pay a penalty of Rs 4,000. After a lot of time-consuming negotiation, he agreed on Rs 300 in cash. I was allowed to leave only after making the payment. However, I was given no receipt, neither was I informed about the offence I had violated, under which rule, and the fine’s actual amount.”FINE COLLECTION STATISTICSFROM JAN 2016 TO OCTOBER 201628 lakhNumber of challans issued Rs 24 crFine collection amount FROM NOVEMBER 2016 TO JUNE 201720.1 lakhNumber of challans issued Rs 6.2 crFine collection amount MONTHLY AVERAGE OF OFFENDERS CAUGHT4 lakh47New Automatic Speed Cameras Installed In The City57New High Tech Breathalyzers Procured

Cheating plaint lodged against SoBo gym

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An event-management company has lodged a complaint with Marine Drive police, alleging that four partners of a South Mumbai-based gymkhana have charged them Rs 49 lakh for renting a venue and not giving them the amenities as promised while making the deal.According to the police, the event company had organised an exhibition called ‘Code and Shopping festival’ and had taken a venue for rent from Wilson Gymkhana. The complainant has alleged that the accused had promised to give several facilities like safety and security of the venue, electricity backup and CCTV cameras at the venue while making the agreement. However, no facility was provided on the day of the event.Several incidents of theft have also taken place at various stalls during the event as no security measures were given by the gymkhana, company’s owner Monika Singh alleged. However, Amin Pawar, representative of Wilson Gymkhana refuted all the allegation and said,”We had provided everything which was promised and the company had issues with their exhibitors.””After receiving the complaint from Singh, we registered a case of cheating against the four partners of the gymkhana.The accused have not been arrested yet,” said an inspector of Marine Drive Police station.

CCTV footage: Brave woman journalist fights back molester at Delhi metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CCTV footage released on Thursday showed a woman reporter being molested at Delhi Metro station. A 25-year-old female journalist was molested inside Delhi Metro’s ITO station on November 13, according to an ANI report.”At first I thought he touched me by mistake but then he groped me again, after that it took me few seconds to gather myself and there were no security personnel around, otherwise I would’ve caught him there,” the victim told ANI.The journalist was groped by a man as she was walking up towards the stairs inside the station. Soon, she retaliated and fought back and chased down the criminal.The metro station was empty and there was no security personnel present during the incident.The accused has been arrested by the police.

40-year-old man stabbed, critical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man was stabbed in his throat at his residence in east Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area on Thursday morning. The matter came to light when locals heard a man crying for help and rushed him to a nearby hospital where his condition was said to be critical till late evening. Police suspect personal enmity or financial dispute behind the attack.According to a senior police officer, it was during the early hours on Thursday when the locals heard cries of a man asking for help. “When the owner of the house saw that the voice is coming from a room locked from outside, he unlocked the room and found a man drenched in blood. He was crying for help and was immediately rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where he has been admitted for treatment,” added the police officer.The man was identified as Ram Avatar. Police said that the man’s condition was critical and he has not been able to tell the police who attacked him. Police are now checking CCTV footages from the area to find who had visited Avatar last. Locals and neighbours are also being questioned to know more.”Primary investigation revealed that the man had his nephew visiting him late last night. His family members are also being questioned, and a crime and forensics team was also rushed to the spot. A case of attempt to murder has been registered and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” the officer added.

Cops nab train robbers in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Greater Noida police have arrested two people of a notorious gang which stopped trains by planting Rs 2 coins on railway tracks and then robbed commuters at gunpoint from Tilapta on Monday..According to police, the gang operated late at night and had been active in the Dadri area. This gang stopped the trains and looted commuters between Dadri and Boraki railway stations, police said.”Many such incidents have been reported at Railway Protection Force police station in Dadri. Based on the complaints, Surajpur police, along with railway police team, scanned the CCTV footages and then nabbed two persons from railway tracks near the inland container depot in Tilapta on Monday,” said Girish Kumar Kotiya, station house officer of Surajpur police station.Police said the gang placed the coins placed between the track helps the joints in breaking down the ‘track circuit.’ What this does is that when the train passes over the coins it turns the next green signal into red for a couple of minutes, during which the miscreants looted commuters at gunpoint.”We have managed to nab two persons of the gang while two other members managed to escape from the spot,” Kotiya added .The arrested persons are identified as Rajan and Dinesh, both natives of Bulandshahr. Police has recovered a country-made pistol and live cartridges rounds from their possession.”They revealed that they mostly looted people sitting in the last bogies. If the loot is executed successfully, they called it a lucky coin, with which they managed to stop the train. Once the track circuit is broken, the next signal on the track turns red. While one member of the gang is engaged in breaking the circuit on the tracks, others wait near the next signal to loot the passengers,” said a senior police officer.

Defunct cams, apathy mar Noida parking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noida’s prime market area, Sector 18, might have all shops and spots for all necessities, but it lacks a proper parking management system. In fact, the double-lane parallel parking leaves very little room for pedestrians to even walk. Also, most of the 60 CCTV cameras installed in the complex are non-functional, while 13 that work have no recording facility.All these issues were tragically highlighted on Sunday evening, when a car being driven by a minor parking attendant ran over a 26-year-old pregnant woman, killing her instantly. The woman’s husband is reportedly in a critical condition.The car was allegedly being driven by a juvenile who was filling in for another attendant and did not even know how to drive. ‘He was a child… 14 years of age. He was probably driving for the first time,” said Rakesh Singhpuria, a parking attendant.A day after the shocking incident, instead of being more stringently managed, the parking area was left unattended. Commuters had to park cars on their own risk. Rajesh Mishra, manager of parking attendants in the area, said they did not show up, fearing that if any such incident takes place again, they would be held responsible.”We work very carefully. But if anything happens, then Mishra has to come in,” said Pappu Kumar Singh, a parking attendant. When tried to reach him again, he had switched off his phone.The Noida Authority authorises parking lots in the market. The manager refused to talk when a car, driven by the parking attendant, hit a couple Sunday night killing the pregnant women on the spot.Also, the CCTV cameras installed in the area have not been working for a long time, and those that work don’t have the recording facility. Of the 60 CCTV cameras, only 13 were found functioning, but without a recording facility. In the afternoon, two persons were seen repairing a camera. The technicians revealed that the locals cut the wires.The juvenile attendant was trying to park the car when he lost control. The car first hit other cars, before slamming into the couple walking on the footpath. The woman, who was 8-month pregnant, died on the spot and her husband was admitted to the hospital. The accused was nabbed from the spot, where he was being beaten by a crowd. The car was removed from the accident spot on Monday afternoon.

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.

Punjab gangster confesses to murdering Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader on FB; says it was revenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Punjab Police busted a terror-module behind the recent targeted killing in the state, a Punjab-based gangster wrote on Facebook that murder of Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader, Vipin Sharma be not be linked to religion, as it was a ‘revenge killing’.In a Facebook post, the gangster named Saraj Sandhu wrote that murder of Sharma who was shot dead by two persons in Amritsar in broad daylight on October 30 was committed by him. “He (Sharma) paid for his sins, as he was involved in the murder of a friend’s father. Anyone who has doubts can check the police investigation records exposing his involvement,” he wrote.He further highlighted that the murder should not be linked to any religion, as it was committed to avenge his friends’ father murder. “We not spare anyone who does wrong to our friends. The murder should not be linked to any religion,” he wrote.Vipin Sharma, President of Amritsar unit of Hindu Sangharsh Sena was shot dead by two unidentified youth when he had gone to the market on his motorcycle on October 30. The incident captured on a CCTV camera showed two men opening fire at unarmed Sharma. The face of one of the accused was visible in the footage, which bore resemblance to gangster Saraj Sandhu.Punjab Police had recently busted a terror module funded by ISI, which had allegedly confessed to the recent targeted killings, including murder of two RSS leaders and Pastor of a Church in Ludhiana. Five incidents of targeted killings took place between April 2016 and February 2017, while two took place in July and October 2017.“We have got certain leads about him (Sandhu) who was narrowed down after the CCTV footage and he would be arrested soon. We are yet to verify if the posts on the social networking site were made by him or someone else uploaded it,” said a senior Punjab Police official.It is not the first time that gangsters in Punjab have confessed to the killings on social media and glorified them with impunity. Out of the 52 gangsters operating in Punjab according to police, a number of them are active on social networking sites.

DCW chief conducts surprise raid at New Delhi station; asks govt to deploy more female constables

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal paid a surprise visit to New Delhi Railway Station on Sunday. Maliwal saw that only two female constables were deployed at the railway station, even as thousands of women commuters were moving around at 1.30 am New Delhi Railway Station situated between Ajmeri Gate and Kashmeri gate is the main railway station in Delhi. Thousands of passengers from across the nation travel each day from here. It is one of the busiest stations in India in terms of passenger movement. Despite all this, only two female constable were seen on duty ear. No female officer or police personnel was found on the Ajmeri Gate Police Chowki that guards one exit and entry point of the Railway Station. The central Railway Station is also very close to GB Road. The city’s crime branch has busted many human trafficking cases and the girls have been lifted from the Railway Station only. This makes the area more vulnerable to crime and women being unsafe in the area. Many dark spots and lanes serve as a hub for crime in the area making it more sensitive. Also, keeping in mind the increased number of unwanted incidents in the area compelled the Railway officials to install more CCTV cameras. As per reports, only nine out of the 213 stations under the Railway authority has CCTV cameras. According to Railway officials Rs.12 crore from the Nirbhaya fund was allotted to the stations to ensure safety of women. Incidents like theft and chain snatching has seen a fair increase in number this year. In 2017, 1,225 cases of theft of passengers’ belongings were reported till June. Last year, 12 instances of robberies and 3 of dacoity were reported in the Delhi area.A total of 2,874 cases of theft were reported in trains coming to Delhi or while departing from a station in the capital, along with 74 cases of robbery. While Railway Protection Force believes that the encroachments around the Railway tracks is a huge concern and the number of slum housing clusters are a bigger problem for them as many ‘anti-social’ elements stay around or in these areas. Despite all of these issues and the sensitivity of area on being prone to crime has not made the officials take proper measures to avoid such situations.

City’s CCTV project set to get a boost

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After rolling out the installation of 4,717 cameras in the city under the Mumbai CCTV surveillance project, the state government is planning to identify areas where women, children, and senior citizens are vulnerable to street crimes and expand this network there. The state will also install more thermal cameras along the city’s coastline and beachfront to enhance coastal security.Sources from the state home department said that in a meeting on Wednesday, additional chief secretary (home) Sudhir Srivastava had asked police officials to map out such areas within a month for the setup of additional cameras.”We are looking at expanding our CCTV coverage in parts where this network is poor, in densely populated areas and places where street crimes against women, children, and senior citizens have been reported. Thermal cameras will also be set up on the coastline,” said a senior state home department official.The Rs 949 crore Mumbai CCTV surveillance project was floated after the 26/11 terror attacks and a network of 4,717 cameras have been installed at 1,510 sensitive locations. While these systems have been installed at most places, work is underway on around two to three per cent locations.Though the Mumbai CCTV project initially planned to establish 6,020 remotely-controlled, high-definition quality IP cameras, the number of cameras was reduced due to the decision to increase the number of poles at the sites for better coverage. The project also includes the installation of around 20 thermal cameras on the coastline.”The actual number of cameras may be much more than the original 6,020 that was envisaged,” the official added. “There are some areas which have not been covered. The crime hotspots have also shifted,” explained another official, adding that the police had been asked to inform the home department about their requirements.KEEPING A WATCHThe project includes two control rooms at the police commissioner office and traffic police headquarters, a disaster recovery room at Kalina, two data centres, 10 mobile vans with mounted cameras to help control rooms monitor the ground-level situation through live feeds and a picture intelligence unit and facial recognition software.
GPS-based tracking of 1,000 police vehicles, integration of the city’s spatial information with a GIS system for a shorter response time and a vehicle tracking system with automatic number plate recognition are also included.

Woman sees man molesting 2 women, police deny help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bhayander-based housewife, Vaidahi More, was in for a rude shock on Friday when she saw a man allegedly molesting and groping two women at Bhayander Railway station. More, along with one of the victims, approached the police, who were present on the platform to raise an alarm. However, the police refused to entertain the complainant.In a fit of rage, the woman shot a video and is seen threatening the police authorities to take the matter into her own hands and pick up weapons to fight the molester.More, a housewife, decided to confront the man with the help from other commuters and took the victim to the two police officers at the railway station. The police officers refused to help and asked her to catch hold of the person and bring him to them. More later found that the man had managed to escape after crossing tracks.”The policemen refused to nab the man and instead told me that we have other work to do. I came forward to fight after seeing the man molest other women. The attitude of police was pathetic and now I have decided that I will take the matter in my own hands and will attack men if they are found molesting women at public places,” an agitated More said.The housewife soon posted the video on social media and gained a huge response with over 8,000 people viewing it and a few others sharing it too. Purshottam Karad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Western Zone, Government Railway Police, said, “We have got in touch with the woman and are also checking the CCTV camera footage.”

Zaveri Bazaar store robbed of gold worth Rs 36L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The LT Marg police are on the lookout for six unidentified persons who entered a jewellery shop in Zaveri Bazaar and robbed jewellery worth Rs 37 lakh at gunpoint on Wednesday.According to the police, the incident took place on Wednesday at 11:30 pm when around 7 to 8 workers at a jewellery workshop store in Zaveri Bazaar were returning home and seven unknown persons entered the workshop and threatened them on gunpoint. The police said the accused then gagged them with a rope and fled with the 1.2 kg gold worth Rs 36 lakh. The accused had closed the door from outside.”We have registered a case and are on the lookout for the accused. We suspect that the accused may be known to the victim and we are scrutinising the CCTV footage of the area to identify the accused,” said a police officer.A case under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code has been registered in the LT Marg police station for robbery and arms act.MODUS OPERANDIThe incident took place on Wednesday at 11.30 pm when 7 to 8 unidentified persons entered the jewellery shop and threatened the store workers. The accused gagged them with a rope and fled with 1.2 kg gold worth Rs 36 lakh.

Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Class 11 student of Ryan International School, apprehended by the CBI for allegedly killing a seven-year-old student, has confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has claimed before a juvenile court here.To corroborate the 16-year-old student’s statement, CBI sleuths took him to a “certain place” on Thursday, the first day of his three-day remand.A special crime team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is questioning him, remained tight-lipped about the exercise, saying it could affect the probe.The juvenile court in Gurgaon on Wednesday sent the student to three days’ CBI custody. He is being kept at the Sewa Kutir, a child welfare home, at Kingsway Camp, from where he was brought to the CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.45 in the morning.The CBI has been directed by the court to carry on questioning for seven hours between 10 in the morning to five in the evening during the custody period.The agency said that his custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain if there were other people involved in the crime.The confession of the student has little meaning as of now as such statements need to be recorded before a court under Section 164 of the CrPC. The agency said his statement was yet to be recorded under CrPC Section 164.CBI sources said the agency is still investigating the case and that admission of crime is just the beginning of a process of collecting corroborative forensic and legally tenable evidence.The agency also wants the teenager to identify the shop from where he had purchased the knife used to slit throat of Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, on September 8, the agency told the court.The CBI said the interrogation was needed to reconstruct the scene of crime, to unearth conspiracy, if any, and to collect any other evidence related to the case.”He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of…In ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School…In presence of his father…, independent witness, welfare officer of the CBI, etc.,” the note said.In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Wednesday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.The agency did not find any evidence of sexual assault, a CBI spokesperson had yesterday.The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff members of the school.Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, sources said.​

16-year-old arrested for Ryan student’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended a 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Tuesday in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur in September. The Class XI student allegedly slit Pradyuman’s throat in an attempt to have school examinations and a parents-teacher meeting postponed.The teen student was the one who had informed the school authorities about Pradyuman lying in a pool of blood. The accused has been sent to three days police custody; CBI had sought six-day custody and to treat the accused as an adult in the case.The arrest has raised a serious question mark about preliminary investigation carried out by Haryana police, who had arrested a bus conductor named Ashok Kumar for the crime and even accused him of sodomising the child. “Koi baat nahin (it’s okay),” reponded Director General of Police (Haryana) BS Sandhuput to the latest development.The accused’s father insists his son is innocent. “I have always cooperated with the probe,” he said.”My son’s statement was recorded under Section 164. They called me late at night and arrested my son saying that he committed the murder. My son is innocent, in fact, he informed the teacher and gardener when he saw the child. No blood was found on my son’s clothes. CBI has no evidence against him.”CBI, however, maintains that evidence points to the teen’s guilt. CBI spokesperson, Abhishek Dayal, said, “The Class XI student was detained after inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning several people. The accused had carried a knife to school on the day of the crime and used it to kill his schoolmate. He then threw it in a commode in same washroom where Pradyuman was found. The weapon was initially recovered by police in Gurugram (Haryana); it is now with us.”Dayal said the teen was weak in studies and that Pradyuman was a random target. “Had any other child been in the toilet at the time, he would had been the target,” he said.The agency took over the case on September 22 after public outrage and the parents’s insistence that CBI handle the case. Pradyuman’s father, Varun Thakur, said he never believed Gurugram police’s theory that the conductor committed the crime.”From Day One, we had said that the bus conductor was not guilty,” said Thakur, “The sequence of the crime which Haryana police told us was unconvincing.”

Biker slapped by constable complains to Maha State Police Complaint Authority (SPCA)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A biker, who was slapped by a traffic police constable for entering into no-entry lane, the resident has approached the Maharashtra State Police Complaint Authority(SPCA) against the constable, recently. SPCA is an independent body formed for investigating complaints against policemen.According to the complainant, Salim Ismail Haji, he was returning to his home in Nagpada on a bike from Tardeo when he entered into a No-entry lane where traffic constable was standing. The complainant before entering into the lane, got down from the bike and was dragging the bike through no entry. The complainant alleged that the constable then stopped him and started abusing with him. An argument began between them and the constable slapped Haji.”The constable allegedly slapped Haji during the argument. After the incident, Haji approached us and filed a complaint. We have heard the matter from both the sides. While the police claims that he slapped Haji as the latter caught hold of his caller and manhandled him, Haji says he was stopped for no reason and was harassed and thrashed by constable” said a member from SPCA.”After hearing the police’s side, a CCTV footage of the incident that was provided by the complainant was examined, however it can only be seen that the constable is slapping the complainant. The decision is still pending, and it will be given in the next hearing,” said a member from SPCA. The SPCA is going to give their recommendation in the matter December 5.On Friday, the Maharashtra SPCA, which has received 334 complaints till date, recommended to the state home department that it carry out a departmental inquiry against a police sub-inspector from Kurla police station, for allegedly detaining a 15-year-old boy illegally at night.

Colaba residents demand CCTVs, better footpaths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a meeting held with their local corporator on Saturday, a section of Colaba residents have demanded CCTVs, removal of encroachments and better tiles on footpaths among various other demands. The demands were made by Clean Heritage Colaba Residents’ Association (CHCRA) to Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap.”We have asked for CCTVs because of the issue of violation of traffic rules and encroachment in the area,” said Subhash Motwani, president, CHCRA. The other demands include the removal of no entry on Sundays on the road near Regal Cinema that leads to Gateway of India as it leads to traffic jams, clean up wardens, replacing paver blocks with tiles so that they do not sink, address issue of double parking, installation of sign boards, pruning of trees, and better lighting in the area.”When we complain, the officers are so indifferent that they do not take any action. When we asked the corporator, they finally towed away a vehicle that was parked in the area for over eight days,” said Motwani.”With respect to pruning of trees, installation of sign boards and road work, I will be doing that with my fund. I have also arranged for a meeting with officers on Thursday. Since the road on which the residents want CCTVs is an inside and residential road, the CCTV from my fund will not be possible. I can help them if they want to fund it on their own,” said Sanap.

Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system for rail employees by January 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cracking the whip on latecomers, the railway ministry has said it will install Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system across its zones and divisions by January 31 next year.The railway board issued a letter in this regard to all zones on November 3. According to the order, the biometric attendance system would be first implemented in the offices of all divisions, zones, Metro Rail Kolkata, railways workshop, factories and production units by November 30. “The plan is to put a check on the officials arriving late or not coming to work at all,” a senior rail official told PTI.”Once the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system is installed across the railway zones and divisions by January 31, 2018, this problem can be addressed,” the official added. In the second phase, it will be implemented in all the offices of Railways, including public undertakings, attached and subordinate offices by January 31, 2018. Currently, the system is already in place in the railway board and few zonal headquarters. The letter from the board also states the biometric system should be integrated and implemented in such a way that it can be monitored by the divisional railway manager’s office.It has also instructed that CCTV cameras be provided with the biometric machine.

Fortnight after attack on Swiss couple, German national beaten up in UP; accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely a fortnight after a Swiss couple were assaulted in Fatehpur Sikri, a German national was beate up in the state’s Sonbhadra on Saturday. The reason? He inadvertently ignored a man’s greeting.According to a Hindustan Times report, Holger Erik, a native of Berlin, alighted the train at Robertsganj railway station. He was looking for directions to go to Agori fort when he was greeted by the accused, Aman Kumar. Erik didn’t respond, which infuriated Kumar, who then pushed him to the ground and repeatedly slapped him, the report said.A passerby alerted cops about the assault and Kumar, an electrician with a private company, was arrested. A case was registered against him.The tourist was immediately rushed to hospital.Earlier this week, state director general of police Sulkhan Singh issued a list of guidelines, including deployment of policemen in plainclothes, more patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras, to prevent such crimes at tourist spots.

CM Vijay Rupani’s posters vandalised, BJP, Congress get into slugfest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP and Congress went into an ugly confrontation after several posters of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were found torn and soiled in Kalawad Road locality of Rajkot. The incident took place in the CM’s own constituency, which has fuelled the spark in local politics.In fact, CM Rupani’s supporters have been running the campaign in the city on his behalf with the title, ‘Rajkot Vijay Bhavah’ meaning May BJP win in Rajkot in the polls. The Patel community-led organisation Sardar Patel Group held a march in Rajkot on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s anniversary and some members of the group vandalised the posters of Rupani on Kalawad Road. The CCTV footage of the incident also went viral on social media in a few minutes.BJP leader from Rajkot Nitin Bharadwaj condemned the incident and blamed the Congress for inspiring several people from the back door. Bharadwaj said, “This is nothing but a task conceived by the Congress. They are in depression about the imminent loss in the Gujarat polls and so they are trying to pollute the atmosphere.”The Congress countered BJP’s blame and MLA from Rajkot East Indranil Rajyaguru said, “Why would the Congress indulge in such a lowly act? None of the people who soiled Rupani’s posters were from the party. They were common people and unhappy with the BJP rule and failure in administration. Their displeasure has come on the fore in form of the ire and it shows that the BJP will surely lose in the upcoming polls.”Rajyaguru also said that some of BJP members had torn his posters in Rajkot West Assembly constituency area the day before. However, no party has filed a police complaint on the issue. SPG also did not take any responsibility for the act.WHO SAID WHATBJP leader from Rajkot Nitin Bharadwaj condemned the incident and blamed the Congress for instigating miscreants.
The Congress countered the BJP and said that the BJP was scared of losing and were making baseless allegations.

Bizman’s debit card cloned, Rs 1.4L siphoned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A South-Mumbai based businessman reportedly lost Rs 1.4 lakh in a cyber-fraud wherein his cloned debit card was used to withdraw money from a Gurgaon ATM, while the victim was in Mumbai with his original debit card, at the time the withdrawal was made . Gamdevi police is probing the case.According to victim Animesh Jain, on October 26, he came to Lamington Road around 11 pm and made some withdrawal from an ATM. Jain later slept after having dinner at home. He was woken up by a text message beep around 2 am on October 27, on his mobile phone. Initially, Jain did not bother to check his phone but when there was a flurry of messages, one after the other, a perplexed Jain checked his phone.”I was shocked to see that the messages were actually 14 transaction alert messages sent by the bank. There were 14 transactions of Rs 10,000 each. I rushed to check my debit card and found it to be in my wallet. I then realised that my card details were miused to make a cloned card to make withdrawals,” said Jain.Jain then immediately got his card blocked by the bank and later complained to Gamdevi police. The bank later informed Jain that the withdrawals were made from a Gurgaon ATM.The police suspect that the victim’s card must have been cloned using a skimmer device. “We suspect the card has been cloned as the victim did not shared his card details with any one. We are checking CCTV footage of the Gurgaon ATM to get clues about the suspect,” said a police officer from Gamdevi police station.

Rs 2.09 crore heist in Vashi: Navi Mumbai police arrest a woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after a vegetable trader was robbed by six armed persons, including one woman, of Rs 2.09 crore in Vashi, the Navi Mumbai police on Monday arrested a woman suspected to be involved in the robbery.According to sources, they traced the accused using CCTV footage and the registration number plate of the vehicles which they used to flee from the spot after robbery. “We have arrested the woman and have also traced other accused in the case,” said a senior police officer. The robbery took place at an APMC vegetable dealer Arun Menkudale’s house on Friday in which cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.09 crore were robbed at gunpoint within 15 minutes. The robbers posed as courier staff to gain entry into the house.

Rs 2-cr heist: Cops have major lead based on vehicle number

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after a vegetable trader was robbed by six armed persons, including one woman, of Rs 2.09 crore in Vashi, the Navi Mumbai police have a major lead in the case and have the residential address of one of the accused.The robbery took place at an APMC vegetable dealer Arun Menkudale’s house on Friday in which cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.09 crore were robbed at gunpoint within 15 minutes. The robbers posed as courier staff to gain entry into the house.According to the police, four teams have been formed and the police have CCTV footage of the accused. An officer claimed that they have identified two persons from the footage and have the registration number of the vehicle in which they fled.The police claim that the robbery was pre-planned and the accused may have acted on a tip-off. “We are on the lookout for them and the arrests will be made in a day or two if everything turned out to be according to our plans,” said a senior police officer.

Gujarat Assembly elections: SC to hear plea by Congress on counting of votes through VVPATs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear this month end a plea by the Congress party seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame guidelines for counting of votes through VVPAT machines in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly poll and other elections.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought the assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter which is to be heard on October 30.Prakash Joshi, a secretary of All India Congress Committee, has moved the top court seeking a direction to the EC to install CCTV cameras inside the polling booth to watch the “mobility of persons inside”.During the hearing, senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, appearing for him, told the bench that this matter was required to be heard expeditiously as dates for the Gujarat Assembly elections were expected to be declared soon.”Let a copy of the petition be served to the central agency so that we can have the assistance of Attorney General,” the bench said.The petition said the poll panel should be directed not to post any official, who is facing any inquiry or disciplinary proceedings, in key positions in the districts on a contract basis or on the extension of time from services.The plea said they had made representations to the EC in raising these issues but no decision was taken by it.It has also sought the apex court’s direction to the poll panel not to disturb the voters’ list without notice to the voters as well as the concerned political parties.”…issue direction to install CCTV cameras inside the polling booth to watch the mobility of persons inside the polling booth and such videograph has to be displayed along with the number of votes poll, outside the polling booth on a display board,” the plea said.The plea has said the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee had initially given a representation to the state election commission on September 21 expressing concern specifically regarding the comparison of electronic results with the paper trail results. It said thereafter, another representation was filed on September 22 raising several issues, including framing of rules and guidelines for counting of votes through the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines. The plea said the party had suggested to the poll panel to increase the visibility time of VVPAT paper trail from 7 to 13 seconds and hold random checks of the VVPAT machines.It also said there should be video recording of paper trail prints which should be preserved for 120 days.The plea said that though the EC said it would look into these issues, no decision has been conveyed to them so far.In August, the EC had told the apex court that it would be able to conduct the Gujarat assembly elections using Electronic Voting Machines with a paper trail.The EC had told this to the court which was hearing a separate petition seeking direction for use of VVPAT machines in Gujarat Assembly polls.

Bengaluru: Two drivers put cockroach in food at Indira Canteen to seek ‘publicity’, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two autorickshaw drivers have been arrested for allegedly dropping a cockroach in the food served in the state government’s flagship programme ‘Indira Canteen’, to seek ‘publicity’, police said today.Hemanth and Devaraj, along with two others went to have meals at Indira Canteen in Kamakshipalya on Friday and created a ruckus when they ‘found’ a cockroach in the meals, police said, adding, they threatened people serving food there besides urging people not to eat there.Police said the CCTV cameras installed inside the canteen purportedly showed Hemanth bringing the cockroach with him and putting it in the food.Devaraj reportedly knew this fact but yet he supported Hemanth’s claim, according to police.City civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is executing the programme in the city, handed over the video footage to police and lodged a complaint against Hemanth and his friends.”We have arrested Hemanth and Devaraj. They are autorickshaw drivers from Kamakshipalya. During interrogation they revealed that they did it to seek publicity,” a police official said.He said they were not affiliated to any political party.The state government launched the Indira canteens on August 15 offering food at subsidised rates. Breakfast and meals are served at Rs five and Rs 10 respectively.Presently, the scheme is being implemented in Bengaluru municipal limits.Based on its success, Indira Canteens will be set up in 246 district and taluk headquarters from January 1.

Goregaon hookah parlour brawl leads to stabbing, leaves one dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Early morning on Sunday, an alleged brawl inside a hookah parlour in Goregaon turned ugly when a 26-year-old salesman was allegedly stabbed to death by unidentified persons on the street. The Goregaon police are scrutinising the hookah parlour’s CCTV footage and have registered a case of murder against unidentified persons. The case has also brought to light the fact that the prominent hookah parlour was operational until the wee hours on Sunday.According to the police, Mayur Panchal, a Jogeshwari resident had visited Royal Smoke The Sheesha Lounge & Pool Parlour in Goregaon West. Panchal, along with his friends, entered into a verbal fight with another group of youths who were allegedly in a drunken state at 4 am. The confrontation and fight went on for an hour when one of the youths stabbed Panchal using a sharp weapon.”We are checking the hookah parlour’s CCTV footage and we are yet to make arrests in the case. We are taking statements of the people who were present inside the hookah parlour at the time of the incident and a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered,” said a Goregaon police officer. “We are also probing if the hookah parlour was operating illegally,” he added.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man attempts to molest woman in Kerala; flees when she fights back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unidentified man was caught on camera attempting to molest a woman in a Kozhikode street.He was caught on CCTV cameraIn the video footage, the accused is seen walking along with a woman on a narrow road. Few steps later, he tries to molest and harass her, but when she resisted he fled the spot. The woman filed a case against the attacker and the Local Police of the area has registered a case of molestation against him. Investigations are underway.

Toll staff member critical after being shot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year toll tax staff member was shot at by unidentified assailants after they demanded the staffer shouldn’t not charge toll from a group of truckers at Tikri Toll plaza in South- West Delhi. Singh is believed to be critical.The incident occurred on Friday evening when Amar Singh who was stationed at one of the toll collection booths, refused to oblige the truckers. Three persons were on a bike and as Singh refused, one of them whipped out a pistol and shot at him. The accused men fled the spot immediately.Police officials are scanning the CCTV footage to ascertain the identity of the attackers. A case of attempted murder has been registered.

Bizman killed in robbery attempt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old businessman was gunned down and his brother critically injured after they were attacked for resisting a robbery attempt on them by two bike borne men in Narela on Thursday evening. No arrest in this case could be made till late Friday. Police said that the incident took place at 8:45 pm, outside the victim’s house where they run a confectionery shop. The entire incident was caught on CCTV camera.A senior police officer said that when the brothers reached home, two men approached them on a bike and threatened, and asked them to hand over the bag. When duo tried raising an alarm, one of the accused shot Neeraj Jain, killing him on the spot. The accused then used the butt of the pistol to assault Neeraj’s brother, Rinku, 30, when he tried to overpower the attackers.A case of murder, causing hurt during a robbery attempt has been registered.

Another case of molestation reported from BHU campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems that Benares Hindu University authorities haven’t done enough to curb the harassment of their female students on campus. Another case of harassment was reported late Thursday after a girl returning to her hostel room was slapped on the head, and subsequently catcalled by three unidentified motorcycle-borne individualsThe girl shouted for help and immediately informed the BHU authorities, including the first lady Chief Proctor Prof Royana Singh. A search was conducted for the motorcycle-borne miscreants in campus till late Thursday night by security guards, without any luck.“They could not be traced. We are also retrieving CCTV footage to identify the three youth,” said Prof Singh.The victim told her hostel inmates that the three youth first made some inaudible remarks and when she did not react they slapped her on head from behind – the impact of which caused her to nearly lose balance and fall down. They sped away when she raised an alarm.After the incident, the Chief Proctor held a meeting to beef up security arrangements again on campus. “We have decided to post more women security guards near girls’ hostel. Strict instructions have been given to security guards to allow only those in the campus who carry identity cards,” Prof Singh told mediapersons.Ironically, the incident took place near the girls’ hostel which was illuminated recently with LED lights after the September 23 violence in the campus following molestation of a girl two days ago.The BHU authorities claimed to have posted about half a dozen women guards also in and around the girls’ hostels to prevent any eve-teasing incident. Despite elaborate security arrangements, fresh incident of eve-teasing has once again raised serious doubts over safety and security of female students in the campus.This is the third incident of eve-teasing and molestation in the BHU campus in less than a month. The first incident had taken place on September 21 when two miscreants had molested a female student. When then BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof G.C. Tripathi did not act on victim’s complaint, agitated girls held massive dharna the next day resulting in large-scale violence and police lathicharge on September 23 night. Following national outcry on BHU V-C inaction over safety and security of girls, the V-C was forced to go on leave.Another incident was reported from within the campus on October 5 when a married female student had lodged a police complaint against a student who abused and assaulted near her classroom. Prompt action was taken and the male student was taken into police custody.Besides posting six women guards, about 52 CCTV cameras at strategic surveillance points and 30 LED lights were installed to remove all dark spots within the campus, particularly in and around girls’ hostels since these incidents. But despite that BHU campus remained unsafe for female students.

Police botched up Ranka case probe: Kalpana Chavan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking conviction of the accused involved in the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Aditya Ranka, son of a diamond broker, proved to be tough for the prosecution, which slammed the police for their ‘shoddy probe’.According to police, Ranka was abducted and killed brutally by one Vrijesh Sanghvi, a friend of his cousin Himanshu. The police had alleged that Himanshu was the mastermind. The police had claimed that Himanshu and Sanghvi were into betting on cricket matches and had lost money in it. Aditya was kidnapped and ransom was demanded from his family to pay up debts.The sessions court on Monday convicted Sanghvi on charges of kidnapping and murdering Aditya.Aditya was initially kidnapped for money, but when Sanghvi realised that Aditya’s family was approaching the police, the accused got instructions to kill him in order to close the matter.The prosecution claimed that the police probe was shoddy and the very basics of performing a proper and authenticated panchnama was done poorly.”The police had botched up with the panchnama. The police had recovered CCTV footage of the accused with Aditya in the car, in which he looked playful in Sanghvi’s company. However, the police did not authenticate the footage, which is not admissible in court,” said Special Public Prosecutor Kalpana Chavan.She added, “During trial, I sought permission from the court to get CCTV footage which clearly showed Aditya accompanying the accused in his car. We then got the footage authenticated so that they can be used as evidence in court. Also, there were several witnesses of the total 44, who had supported the prosecution’s case. The prosecution was able to prove the case right from the point when the accused had picked up Aditya by convincing him for a long drive and then later murdering him. The prosecution could also prove that the accused then stashed the body in the car and dumped it on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. This entire chain was proved with the help of CCTV footage and call data records of the accused. It was actually a tough fight for the prosecution.”Since the police did not provide sufficient evidence against Himanshu, he was acquitted in the case.HOW IT HAPPENEDAditya Ranka, 13-year-old son of diamond broker, abducted and killed
Cousin Himanshu, suspected to be mastermind, acquitted due to lack of evidence
Cousin’s friend Vrijesh Sanghvi convicted

Watch: CCTV footage of leopard that strayed into Maruti Suzuki plant in Haryana’s Manesar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CCTV footage has now emerged of the leopard that had strayed into Maruti’s Manesar plant on Thursday.Although no one was injured, the feline was rescued only after a 36-hour joint operation by the forest department and Gurgaon Police.The leopard was tranquillised after being lured out with meat in two cages.The leopard scare had brought work to a standstill as thousands of workers had to wait outside for it to be caught.”It will be released into the forest after a medical examination. The animal did not hurt anyone,” conservator of wildlife Vinod Kumar told PTI.(With Agency Inputs)

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.

Pallavi suicide: GRP probing abetment angle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar Central Government Railway Police (GRP) probing the alleged suicide case of Pallavi Vikamsey, daughter of President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Nilesh Vikamsey, are probing whether anyone had driven her to commit suicide, with her friends and family members telling the police that there was no apparent reason for the 21-year-old law intern to end her life.The GRP, meanwhile, is yet to recover her cellphone, and are in the process of scrutinising her Call Data Records (CDR) to identify whom she may have spoken to prior to her death.Machindra Chavan, Assistant Commissioner of Police, GRP, said, “We are probing if the girl was pushed to end her life. We will take the statements of the persons who witnessed the incident. We are also in process of taking the statements of the motorman, guard and the station master.””We will also take the statements of the close friends of the victim and are probing if there were personal or professional reasons which may have pushed the girl to end her life,” said Chavan.On Wednesday, Pallavi Vikamsey had visited her workplace- Oasis Counsel and Advisory in Fort after which, at 6pm, she had boarded a slow train from Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey road railway station had informed the GRP about a mangled body of a female lying on the tracks between Currey road and Parel railway stations. At 10.30 pm, after repeated attempts to reach Pallavi were futile, her family members registered a missing persons complaint at MRA marg police station.”We checked the CCTV camera footage of the CSMT railway station and found Pallavi speaking on the cellphone while boarding a local train. We then received information through GRP of a female commuter meeting with an accident and we went to identify the girl. Since Pallavi’s description matched that of the victim,we informed her family members and they identified her,” said Sukhlal Varpe, Senior Police Inspector, MRA Marg police station.A senior police officer privy to investigations said, “We are yet to recover the cellphone of the victim and are trying to trace it through its IMEI number and tower location. The CDR will be studied thoroughly and we will record statements of the person to whom Pallavi has spoken before her death. In the CCTV footage, Pallavi is also seen speaking to someone at CSMT railway station before entering a slow train. We will also record statements of family members to whom she sent the last message, ‘no one is responsible’.””We have taken an initial statement of the deceased’s father, Nilesh and elder brother, Jihaan. We will take detailed statements from from the duo,” said the officer.A close friend of Pallavi who visited the Vikamsey residence at Kalpataru Habitat building in Parel on Friday afternoon said, “We met her at the college, but she did not seem tense or depressed. She had also participated in a mock legal case competition recently. All friends in our group are in shock and we could not believe she could take such an extreme step. The police should probe her death thoroughly.”When DNA spoke to Pallavi’s family members at their residence in Kalpataru Habitat building at Parel, they did not wish to comment.THE CASEOn Wednesday, Pallavi Vikamsey had boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey road and Parel.

Prowling leopard shuts down Indian car factory

Wildlife rescuers and police have been combing the car manufacturing plant with tranquiliser guns.

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.

BHU row: Girish Tripathi goes on indefinite leave, registrar Neeraj Tripathi becomes interim vice-chancellor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after ordering the midnight lathicharge on non-violent girl protesters, Banaras Hindu University’s embattled vice-chancellor Girish Tripathi has gone on an ‘indefinite leave’.In view of this, BHU registrar Neeraj Tripathi has been appointed as interim Vice-Chancellor for two months, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.The development comes a day after the BHU reopened after the Dussehra holidays.The September 23 incident has sparked number of changes in the system. More women force has deployed on the campus to instill confidence among female students.The BHU administration also installed 52 new CCTV cameras on its gates and in and around women hostels to keep a round the clock vigil on unwanted visitors.A team of local intelligence unit has also been deployed in plain clothes to keep a watch on anti-social elements.DNA had reported earlier how Girish Tripathi tried to get an extension for the job.The BHU didn’t even start the process of advertising for the VC post despite a reminder from ministry of human resource development.According to an official communication sent to the university, a copy of which is with DNA, a letter dated August 1, sent by the ministry, addressed to the Registrar, BHU, had asked the university to start publishing advertisements for the appointment of next VC and inform the ministry of the same, so that the ministry can also publish the advertisement on their website.However, the BHU initiated the process only on September 29, two months after that communication.

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