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How safe are the elderly in Ahmedabad?

The senior citizen of Ahmedabad is no longer safe, as per the reports of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Senior police officials that DNA talked to said criminals find senior citizens to be easy targets for murder, chain-snatching and loot. For instance, take the loot and murder case of 75-year-old woman Rambha Patel, a resident of Ghatlodia.The Karmacharinagar Housing Society, part-2, resident was found strangulated with a cloth by her daughter Bhagwati Patel around 2 pm on Thursday. There was no sign of struggle at the crime scene. Cops say CCTV footage from the house shows a courier boy entering it with two boxes. The two gold bangles that the victim was wearing were found to be missing from the spot. Deepan Bhadran, DCP of Crime Branch, said, “We are investigating the case. More CCTV footages have been recovered but we cannot reveal further information right now as it may affect the probe.”73% crime against senior citizen of state reported from AhmedabadAccording to the NCRB data, Ahmedabad ranked third in the incidents of crime against senior citizens in 2016. Out of 496 crime cases registered against senior citizens in Gujarat in 2016, 362 were reported from Ahmedabad, which is almost 73 per cent of the total cases.While 68 cases were reported in 2014, it reduced to 17 in 2015 only to rise to 362 cases in 2016.MK Rana, ACP of Prevention of Crime Branch, said, “Senior citizens are the soft target for the accused. Not just elderly but all people should remain alert. We conduct several awareness programmes for senior citizens regularly and also issue guidelines. But most of them don’t follow it.”He added, “If a senior citizen lives alone, his or her relatives should have the information of the people visiting the house including milkman, newspaper boy, cook and domestic help. Most of the time, these aspects are neglected.”The top cop added that informed and updated relatives not only help avert crimes against elderly but also increase the possibility of police to catch them after committing the crime.AHMEDABAD NO CITY FOR ELDERLY?A LOOK AT 2017 On October 12, Meena Jog, 60 was attacked by four people while she was alone in her house in Vidyanagar Flats near Keshavbaug Party Plot in Ahmedabad. Valuables were also stolen but cops were able to nab all the four accused.On August 25, 93-year-old Rasiklal Mehta was suffocated with a pillow at his house in Darshan Society of Navrangpura by his former domestic help, police said. He was nabbed later.On February 1, a 75-year-old woman identified as Malti Parekh was found dead in her house in Swastik Society of Navrangpura. Police later nabbed her former domestic help, a 19-year-old for the crime.CRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN REPORTED IN GUJ2016- 496 cases2015- 195 cases2014- 372 casesCRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN IN AHMEDABAD2016- 3622015- 172014- 68CRIME AGAINST ELDERLY IN CITY IN 2016Murder- 6 elderly were victimsExtortion- 1Robbery- 12Cheating- 6Other IPC cases- 336NATIONWIDE (2016)Mumbai- 1,218Delhi- 642Ahmedabad-362Coimbatore- 233Chennai- 210

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75-yr-old strangulated to death

A complaint of murder was lodged with the Ghatlodia police station after a 75-year-old local woman was found dead at her house on Thursday afternoon. The woman was strangulated to death with a cloth. The cops are yet to find the motive of the murderer.The incident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, the police said. The deceased has been identified as Rambhaben Patel, who used to live alone.Her daughter, who was married, used to visit her daily to help Patel with household chores.Patel’s daughter, who lives in Ghatlodia area came to mother’s her house to prepare lunch, left around 12 pm. Two hours later, when she came back to find the main door of the house broken and her mother lying dead. Patel’s neighbours immediately called the police when the victim’s daughter told them what had happened. Investigating the case, cops said that Patel was strangulated with a piece cloth.A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert and dog squad were called to the spot to unearth clues. The body has been sent for an autopsy. RG Desai, an inspector of Ghatlodia police station, said, “No sign of robbery or theft could be found from the house.”According to police, the killer might have been a known person to the deceased. The killer entered Patel’s house and there are no signs of hint that the victim struggled when she was attacked.The police have initiated an investigation on the bases of primary reports and are talking to people who might give leads statements of people.CRIME SHEETIncident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, cops said. Victim’s daughter is married and used to visit her mother daily to help Patel with household chores. A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert were called to the spot to unearth clues.

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Delhi’s Max Hospital that wrongly declared baby dead resumes services after 10 days

Exactly 10 days after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of Max Hospital after its doctors wrongly declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead, the Shalimar Bagh hospital has resumed its services on Wednesday.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday.“The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the licence of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.Also readNo relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9 “Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.Also readDelhi L-G Anil Baijal may look into govt decision on Max hospital“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.Also readFamily celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licenceThe authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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L-G Anil Baijal cancels exam to recruit teachers over paper leak issue

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Tuesday cancelled a Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) examination for recruiting primary teachers in MCD-run schools, after a Delhi Police report alleged cheating during the test on October 29.The move comes days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia demanded the cancellation of the examination, stating that the question papers were leaked. “The L-G has cancelled the DSSSB examination held on October 29. The move follows a report by the Delhi Police on the issue of alleged cheating in the examination,” his office said in a statement. Baijal directed the education secretary to take strict disciplinary action against all staff identified in the case and submit an action taken report within 10 days.Following the allegations of cheating, an FIR was registered on October 29 and the matter was handed over to the Crime Branch for a swift investigation.According to the L-G’s office, Baijal had directed Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to investigate the matter in a time-bound manner.Baijal then issued directions to the DSSSB chairman to reconduct the examination expeditiously, so that vacancies could be filled as soon as possible.”The DSSSB may review their systems and methods of conducting the examination thoroughly and also look into the modus-operandi employed by the accused, so that in the future, all such loopholes can be plugged,” the statement read.Earlier this month, Kejriwal had sought Baijal’s nod on the Delhi government’s decision to cancel the DSSSB examination.In November, Sisodia had written to the L-G, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case and had demanded strict action against the officials involved.

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Licence cancellation: City govt officials, Max to meet tomorrow

The Delhi government will have its first meeting with the Max hospital authorities on Tuesday, after the hospital’s license was cancelled over medical negligence charges. The hospital authorities had appealed to the government and other authorities on Wednesday to reconsider their decision.The hospital representatives will be making their case to the finance commissioner, who will take a final call regarding the matter. The Department of Finance will submit its recommendation to the Department of Health for further consideration.”The government will once again hear their side of the story. The hospital has approached us and we do not want to do anything against the public. We will strictly monitor the reasons, and if there is any scope, we may reconsider the cancellation order,” a senior Delhi government official said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. A preliminary report by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday had found the Max guilty of not following norms in dealing with a pair of newborns.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemotherapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital statement read.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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City sees a 43% rise in debit and credit card frauds

Mumbai city has seen a whopping 43 per cent rise in cases of debit/credit card fraud as compared to last year. While as many as 546 cases of credit/debit card fraud were registered in Mumbai from January till November this year, 382 cases were registered last year during the same period.Experts say that the increase was reportedly due to demonetisation as a huge number of citizens went for cashless transactions after November last year.While, debit/credit card fraud cases are on the rise, the detection of these cases have come down. According to Mumbai police’s statistics, while 50 people were arrested in these cases from January till November last year, this year, 35 people were arrested during the same period.”An increased number of citizens have gone for cashless transactions following demonetisation last year and hence the instances of debit and credit card frauds have increased. There are various modus operandis that cyber-fraudsters use to dupe citizens. The most common of them is where debit cards of users are being cloned using skimming devices,” said a senior Mumbai police officer.Speaking about what precautions one can take to ensure they are not duped, the officer said, “One must not share his/her card number, CVV number and expiry date of a card. In case of suspicious transactions, one should immediately notify the bank. Also, please beware while swiping your cards at restaurants and bars; do not share your PIN with the waiters and enter the PIN for the card yourself in the swiping machine.””Around three years ago my credit card was cloned and the bank refused to file a case in this regard. The numbers revealed in the police statistics are actually very low than what it should be. Such massive frauds are not possible without the connivance of bank officials. It is highly possible that bank officials give customers’ debit card/credit card data and client phone numbers to the cyber-frauds, which they use for their benefit,” said cyber expert Vijay Mukhi.In a bid to increase the detection and conviction rate of cyber crimes in the city, Mumbai police have set up specialised cyber crime investigation units at each police station in Mumbai. “The policemen working in these cyber-units are well trained and the main aim for setting up these units is to take the burden off the Cyber-Crime police station,” said another police officer.HOW TO STAY SAFE?Do not share your card number, CVV, and expiry date Notify the bank immediately about suspicious transactions Do not share PIN with waiters at bars and restaurants

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Family helps man kill wife, dump body

A 37-year-old property dealer confessed to strangling his wife to death and disfiguring her face with a hammer before dumping her body in a gorge in Mussorie.Lalit Jain, along with father and brother, hatched a plan to kill her as they were having financial and dowr-related disputes. Lalit, a resident of Pitampura, along with his brother, sister-in-law and father, initially played the victim card and claimed that he did not know where his wife had gone. However, during sustained interrogation and CCTV footage which showed Jain and his brother along with their friend putting her body in the car, they confessed to the crime.On December 3, Jain strangled his wife as her in-laws held her hands and feet. He then used a hammer to hide her identity, stuffed her body in a gunny bag and took it to Mussorie and threw it off the hills.Silky’s parents who knew relations she was being beaten by her husband, grew suspicious after they could not get in touch with their daughter after December 3.Police officials revealed that the couple earlier had a dowry related financial dispute which was brought to the notice of the Crime Against Women (CAW) cell and was resolved amicably.When her family enquired about her whereabouts, Lalit maintained that she was busy. He then called the police station on December 11 and filed a missing persons complaint.”There were lot of discrepancies in the statement of the family members. The parents of the deceased expressed suspicion on the husband and the family,” said Aslam Khan, DCP, North-West.Those arrested include the husband, his father, his brother, his sister-in-law and sister-in-law’s brother.Khan added that to destroy evidence the accused painted the house, cleaned their sofa and furniture in the house and burnt the clothes they wore during the murder.Baby taken alongThis family sticks together especially when it comes to murder. Police said the sister-in-law drove the car, on the way to dump the body, as they were less likely to be stopped. Also, her two-year-old child was in the car with the body.

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Man duping people online, nabbed

A 32-year-old man has been arrested for duping people by offering them virtual currency Kashhcoin by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police. Police officials claimed that around eight more persons are likely to be arrested”The accused has been identified as Narender alias Sonu Dahiya (32) who hails from Sonipat, Haryana. Dahiya ran the multi-level marketing syndicate of fake cryptocurrency in the name of ‘Kashhcoin’ like Bitcoin along with many others.A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 has been registered by the police,” said Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.The police officials received a complaint from Arun Kumar in which he alleged that that he was cheated for Rs 13,90,000 by people who persuaded him to invest in the newly launched virtual currency.”The coins are of no use as of now. While the investigations were going on more complainants came to the police with the same grievance of being cheated in the name of ‘Kashhcoin’. As per the given guidelines of RBI Virtual Currencies (Cryptocurrencies) are not legalised in India,” said Kumar.Narender has studied upto Class 12 and passed out from Haryana. He then started dealing in real estate. After the failure of the real estate business he engaged in Multi Level Marketing (MLM) in the year 2011. In November 2016, he came in contact with other associates. They then launched the virtual currency Kashhcoin in December, 2016 and organized lavish seminars at different places like Nepal, Mumbai, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Raipur, Nagpur.

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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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Cyber cell to investigate Congress IT cell chief’s tweet

The cyber crime cell of Ahmedabad police is investigating an alleged violation of code of conduct by the head of Congress IT cell Rohan Gupta.According to an application received by the Cyber Crime cell, Parindu Bhagat, in-charge election and legal cell head of BJP Gujarat has sought investigation into an exit poll survey tweeted by Gupta on Sunday at around 2.25 pm.Bhagat in his application has alleged that Gupta broke the model code of conduct by tweeting the results of the exit survey for the first phase of elections.The application states that Gupta claimed the survey was by Panchari India whne it was not so. He has alleged that Gupta knowingly tried to mislead everyone by stating that the survey was from Panchari India.He has alleged that by putting out the results of the survey, Gupta has tried to influence the election results. Cyber Crime cell is investigating the matter and an FIR has been registered.

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Delhi cops to have two wings

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

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184 killed over illicit relationships

In what could give clues to the social demographics in Maharashtra, 2,299 murder cases were committed in 2016, 184 people were killed over illicit relationships – a fact that was revealed in the data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently.In fact, Maharashtra stands third at 184 in murders committed because of illicit relationships, the NCRB data revealed. According to the NCRB, in 2016, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum number of murders committed because of illicit relationships at 284, followed by Bihar at 195.Delhi, again topped last year in the number of murders due to love affairs, with 398 cases and Maharashtra was on fifth position with 81 cases, which means at least six person died due to love affairs every month in Maharashtra.Other reasons that the data has mentioned behind killings in the state are personal enmity with 199 murders, property related disputes leading to 117 killings, 75 persons being murdered for dowry, 74 persons being murdered due to extremism and naxalism, 34 being killed during robberies and extortion, 39 people being killed in disputes over water or money, 19 due to rape and eight lives were claimed by honour killings.The data also read that 43 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 39 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.”The figure of murder cases in Maharashtra is indeed alarming, but often it has been seen in criminal cases that sour relationships and illicit affairs lead to behavioural changes leading to the crime. Those affected with experiences of love affairs gone awry or illicit relationships should go for counselling instead of choosing a wrong path. Also, we are making concentrated efforts to ensure there is sustained crackdown on those using and smuggling illegal firearms in the state,” said a senior Maharashtra IPS officer, requesting anonymity.CRIME IN NUMBERS2,299Murders committed in Maharashtra 2016184Murders committed over illicit relationships284Murders committed over illicit relationships in UP195Murders committed over illicit relations in Bihar

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2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark

The future of nearly 2,000 employees and hundreds of patients in the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh hangs in balance after the Delhi government ordered cancellation of its license two days ago. The employees have still not received any communication from the hospital on what will happen next.”There is no communication from the hospital on what will happen to our job. We are in dark. We cannot apply anywhere else as we have been associated to the incident,” a senior doctor said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. As per instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment from the hospital will be entertained till the time they are cured.Patients admitted in the hospital have also expressed concern over the decision. “There is uncertainty on the issue. We have been coming here for the treatment of my father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The treatment requires follow-ups with a team of doctors. How will that continue?” rued Shubhi Arora, a resident of Shalimar Bagh.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of the super specialty hospital as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said the government should have waited for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) report on the issue, which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike, if needed, and will appeal to the government to revoke its decision.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said on Sunday that the government has high respect for doctors but it would not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring.”We want private hospitals. We are not against them. But in case of criminal negligence or in cases of openly looting the patients, the government will not remain silent,” he said while speaking at a public function organised in Mundka.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who opposed the cancellation of the hospital’s licence, also came under attack by Kejriwal, who called the decision a conscience call. “It was shameful that Manoj Tiwari and BJP stood with the Max hospital after the government cancelled its license. It is sad that instead of standing for the interest of the people, BJP and Tiwari stood with the hospital,” he said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the death of the child, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.POINT-COUNTERPOINTDMA terms Delhi government’s move to cancel Max’s license irrational and autocratic. Cm Arvind Kejriwal says government will not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring. Preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government finds hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms.

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Ex-scribe held for harassment

The Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) on Thursday arrested a 52-year-old former journalist for allegedly writing defamatory posts against women on Facebook. The accused was produced at Esplanade Court later in the day and was remanded to four days police custody.According to police, the accused, Ketal Kamlakar Tirodkar, had allegedly posted a defamatory write-up against women in July this year. On July 21, CCPS registered a criminal case against Tirodkar and initiated the probe. Later, police collected evidence against Tirodkar and placed him under arrest.“The accused used his Facebook profile account to write things outraging the modesty of women and was a clear act of criminal intimidation. After gathering enough evidence we arrested him after he failed to appear before the police when we asked him to,” said a senior cybercrime police officer.“We have arrested him under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (2) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. We have also booked him under sections of the Information Technology Act. We have to collect the device used to commit crime and submit it for forensic analysis,” said the officer.
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Crime handcuffed

The men in Khakhi have always been on the firing line of the general public over law and order and crimes in the state. It is a general feeling amongst people that with each passing year the incidents of crime escalates. Even thinkers and experts in the field of policing and crime claim that there exists a directly proportional relation between crime and increase in population, simply because there has been observed an upward trend cases of crime year after year.However, the state of Rajasthan has coughed up yet another surprise. Compared to 2016, a whopping 5.65% decrease has been observed in IPC crimes till November 2017 like murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, kidnapping and rapes to name a few. With another 23 days to go in the year, the number of crimes might increase, but will still be less than the last year.Out of a total of 1,69,558 IPC crimes registered till November 2016, 1,59,980 IPC crimes were registered till 2017 November. A close look at the various crimes reveal a change in pattern. Till November 2016, a total of 1451 murders were recorded in the state, however till November 2017, 1362 murders were committed pointing towards a decrease of 6.13%.The biggest decrease has been registered in dacoities with 29.03% as 44 cases of dacoities were recorded till November 2017 as compared to 62 for the same time period in 2016.However, crime relating to the law and order situation has seen an increase. Arson in the state rose by 17.91% as 316 incidents were recorded till November 2017 as compared to 268 incidents till 2016 November. Moreover, thefts appear to be almost on the same footing as previous year with just .06% decrease in 2017 as 1,17,355 cases were registered compared to 1,26,069 cases till November 2016.
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BJP MP Suresh Gopi booked for forging documents to evade Motor Vehicle Tax

BJP Rajya Sabha MP and actor Suresh Gopi has been booked for allegedly forging documents to get his luxury vehicle registered in Puducherry to evade vehicle tax in Kerala.The Crime Branch wing of the state police registered an FIR against the MP and submitted it at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here, sources said. Police said the actor-turned-politician used a fake residential address to register his luxury vehicle in the Union Territory to evade the 20% tax in Kerala on luxury cars costing Rs 20 lakh and above.Similar cases were also registered last month against Southern film actors Fahadh Faasil and Amala Paul.
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Gujarat fifth in crime against SC/ST: Data

According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday, Gujarat ranks fifth in crime rate against those belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) category in 2016. While Madhya Pradesh topped the list, Rajasthan, Goa, Bihar and Gujarat followed closely.The data states 40,801 cases were lodged under (Prevention of Atrocities) Act across the country in 2016. Out of which 1,322 cases were lodged with Gujarat police. The number of such cases shot up in Gujarat as compared to the last two years. It was 1,010 cases in Gujarat in 2015 and 1,094 cases in 2014.Out of the 1,322 cases that were lodged in Gujarat, 32 cases were related to murder, 35 cases of attempt to murder, 64 cases causing grievously hurt, 75 cases of assault on Schedule Caste women, 36 cases of sexual harassment, 57 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 70 cases of rape, 99 cases of rioting, 16 cases of robbery, 11 cases of arson, 688 cases of other IPC crimes and 165 cases related to other incidents, the data said.TOTAL ATROCITY CASES IN INDIA2016- 40,8012015- 38,6702014 – 40,401RANK OF STATES BASED ON RATE OF CRIME IN 2016Madhya Pradesh – 3,294 casesRajasthan- 6,735 casesGoa-13 casesBihar- 7,886 casesGujarat- 1,322 cases(Crime rate is the number of incidents per 1,00,000 of the population.)
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In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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India sexual abuse: ‘Four child victims every hour’

The National Crime Records Bureau reports a steady rise in offences against children.

Rajasthan crime graph shows steady rise

The state that was considered one of the best for leading a secured life, could be heading for a separate path. With a population of six crore living in the state, it does not mark good to the state’s image when considering that the state stood on the fifth pedestal in the country in number of crimes committed in 2016. The statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shocking facts about the law and order and crime in the state.Interestingly, a dip has been registered in the incidences from 2014, 2015 and 2016. Where in 2014, a total of 2,10,418 incidences were registered, the same decreased in 2015 to 198080 incidences which in 2016 has further decreased to 180398 incidences. However, the state is still on the fifth pedestal in crimes in India.Rajasthan is the eighth state in country with most murders with 1551 murders, the state stands 10th in attempts to commit murders (1632). It is also fifth in incidences of deaths by negligence with a whopping 9345 incidents.WOMEN IN STATEWhile a pandora’s box has been opened with the movie Padmawati and various social organisations have come out openly against the movie, citing honour of women in state, the statistics paint a grim picture for women in Rajasthan. Registering fourth most crimes against women in country, in 2016 a whopping 27422 incidents were reported against women in state. Notably, this is far below the numbers for the year 2014 wherein 31216 incidents were registered, third highest in country.
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Surat, Ahmedabad in top 10 for IPC crimes

Of the 19 metropolitan cities with populations of more than 20 million, Surat and Ahmedabad have the dubious honour of being in the top 10, as measured by the highest number of IPC crime cases registered.As per data released on Thursday by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2016, around a total of 5.1lakh crime cases have been registered in the 19 cities, led by DelhiSurat came in at 6th position with 19,844 cases while Ahmedabad was in the 9th position with 16,383 cases in 2016.Ahmedabad saw 103 murders in that period, followed closely by Surat with 102. Cases of attempted murder were 65 in Ahmedabad and 44 in Surat, Ahmedabad has 170 cases of causing grievous hurt, while Surat had 190.Ahmedabad was also a far less safe city for women, with 131 cases of assaults against women with intent to outrage her modesty. Surat had less than half of that, with only 55 cases.However, Surat was marginally ahead in rapes, with 121 registered cases versus 112 for Ahmedabad.Kidnappings were also much higher in Ahmedabad, totalling 376, while Surat, the diamond polishing hub of the nation, had 270.Ahmedabad also had more that twice the number of theft than Surat, with 2,624 cases against 1,174.
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Delhi is national capital of crime

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

The Maharashtra government has organised a two-day brain storming session on December 1 and 2 on the state’s report card on crime control, investigation, detection, conviction, and the steps to be taken for further improvement.The Home Department officers, under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’, will make a series of presentations on achievements, shortfalls and the roadmap for future with regard to crime control.The session will take place a day after the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released crime data for the year 2016. According to NCRB, Maharashtra ranked third when it comes to reporting of Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases in the country. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5% of the total IPC cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7).Furthermore, Maharashtra tops in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty with 11,396 registered cases, ranks second in kidnapping and abduction cases with 6,170 cases and comes third in cases of rape with 4,189 cases registered in 2016.A senior officer, who will be present at the two-day session, told DNA: “There has been marked improvement in the crime conviction rate which has surged to over 47% from 9% in 2014, largely due to the increase in forensic facilities. Still, there is scope for improvement. Also, crime against women are being tried in 27 fast-track courts, and the pending ones are going on in 22 such courts.”
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Police no longer ignore crimes against children

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Mumbai reported 3,400 cases of crime against children, next only to Delhi which reported 7,392 cases in 2016. Bengaluru reported 1,333. Mumbai, in fact, recorded the second highest cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The city tops in reporting of child labour cases.The NCRB data states that in Mumbai 1,864 children were allegedly kidnapped while in Delhi 5,457 children were kidnapped. Bengaluru recorded 871 cases. While 13 children were murdered in Mumbai, 36 were murdered in Delhi. Pune and Bengaluru registered 10 murder cases each.In 2014, 1456 cases were reported for crime against children in Mumbai, in 2015, 3187 cases were reported. The cases were rising steadily since 2014 and in 2016, 3400 cases were registered for crime against children.A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police department said, “We have ensured that the police officers do not indulge in neglecting cases leading to increasing crime rate against children.”
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Delhi stands first, Mumbai second in most violent crimes

With a total of 6,096 cases of violent incidents reported in Mumbai, the city ranks second after Delhi which reported 15,297 cases in 2016. Maharashtra reported a total of 42,468 violent crime cases last year. Mumbai stands second after Delhi in cases of sexual exploitation against women.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 2,299 murder cases were registered in Maharashtra of which 147 cases were reported in Mumbai. The city also reported 712 cases of rape in 2016, with Delhi at a record of 1,996 cases.A total of 473 cases of rioting were reported in Mumbai, and stands after Patna reporting 565 cases. There were 1,145 cases of robbery in Mumbai, while Delhi recorded the highest with 4,560 cases.In 2016, of the 19 metropolitan cities, 647 cases of senior citizens being cheated were reported, of which 336 cases were registered in Mumbai, followed by Delhi in which 108 cases were registered. Moreover, a total number of cases registered by senior citizens being robbed off was more in Mumbai with 373 cases followed by 91 cases in Delhi and 46 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra stood fourth in violent crime cases after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar.
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JNU: Theories abound as CBI, cops, probe on Najeeb gets nowhere

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a status report on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Najeeb Ahmed’s case took several interesting turns in the last one year, with the Delhi Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday reaching a stand-off after the latter rejected formers’ claim that Ahmed was last seen boarding an autorickshaw from his hostel and was dropped at the Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI).Ahmed (28), a first year MSc student, had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year, following an alleged scuffle with some members of BJP-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.Initially, the Delhi Police had claimed that Ahmed was taking treatment for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his medical condition could be responsible for his disappearance. They had also said that he might have taken up an assumed identity and might be living in a secluded place, to distance himself from everyone. The family, however, had confirmed that Ahmed was suffering from insomnia, but they denied any mental illness angle.In November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI, where he used to live before shifting to the JNU hostel.The case again took a turn when a letter was delivered at the Mahi-Mandvi hostel from Aligarh by a woman, who claimed to have spotted Ahmed. The woman had claimed that Ahmed had approached her in a market seeking help. But when the crime branch officials reached the address mentioned in the letter, no one could be found.Later, the Delhi Police said that Ahmed was seen in Darbhanga district of Bihar and a team was also rushed to trace him. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s office had also said that he was last seen in Bihar, However, it was later turned out to be a false alarm.In January, the Delhi Police also arrested a man for allegedly making a ransom call to Ahmed’s family and demanding Rs 20 lakh from them.MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI. After multiple failed theories put forth by the Delhi Police’s crime branch, the Delhi High Court had transferred the case to the CBI on May 16.

Jolt to CBI: Knife shop owner fails to identify Ryan student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI suffered a jolt as the owner of a shop from where Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student is suspected to have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior has failed to identify him.This left the CBI with no option but to buy seven similar knives that cost Rs 100 to establish its claims. Shop owner Pawan would have become a crucial witness if he had identified the juvenile. The agency alleges that the suspect himself disclosed the shop location. The CBI apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police for killing Pradyuman Thakur on the campus two months ago.The agency has planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. Seven-year-old Pradyuman had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8The CBI is also focusing on a second juvenile student who had raised an alarm about the murder. His statement has been recorded, but he has not been confronted with the suspect who is weak in studies and allegedly committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources.The agency is probing whether school staff and the Haryana police are involved in destruction of evidence. The Haryana police had claimed to have found a blood-stained knife from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency, however, said it has found the actual knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI, within six days of taking over the case on September 22, identified the juvenile as an accused and even went to his residence and collected “crucial materials”. Sources said that the agency collected the clothes which the accused was wearing on the day of the crime.Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said. He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has told a juvenile court.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police. Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.The suspect student was produced before the juvenile court on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. His custody will get over on Saturday when he will be produced before the juvenile court.

CBI takes Ryan student to knife shop; trip to school slated today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI questioned Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student on Thursday and took him to a shop from where he may have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior Pradyuman Thakur on the Gurugram campus two months ago. The agency apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, in a sensational twist to the crime for which school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police.On Friday, the CBI will take the juvenile to the school to reconstruct the murder that sparked outrage and triggered safety measures across campuses. The seven-year-old had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8, sparking violent protests by parents and locals.The CBI refused to comment on a blood-stained knife that the Haryana police said it had found from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency said it has found the knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI theory has questioned the investigation by the Haryana police which defended itself on Thursday. Gurugram Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khirwar said, “I am not aware of what CBI has found. We had the crime scene inspected by our forensic team.”He said the state police had investigated the case for 12-13 days and had not concluded anything. “Hope, CBI will bring justice to the family. There is a lot of speculation going on… let CBI investigate the case,” he said.He refuted the charge that that police had botched up the probe, saying that it was moving logically in the direction where the evidence led. He said the police was not given time to complete the probe.The suspect student was produced before a Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. He was weak in studies and committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources in the CBI, which took over the case on September 22 after a massive uproar.He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency told the juvenile court.Teachers had noticed the suspect, reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues, bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police.Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.

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.​

Gang supplying drugs online in exchange of bitcoin busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have stumbled upon an internet network supplying contraband drugs to youths and parties in the Capital and NCR. Senior officer said the entire syndicate works online and the payments are done in the form of Bitcoins. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been asked by the police to ensure such transactions are stopped.Police have arrested two men with drugs purchased online. They were circulating drugs including LSD, MDMA, MDA, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and amphetamine, largely to rave parties.The syndicate came under the police radar after information was received by the Crime Branch’s Narcotics cell that such a gang was involved in supply of party drugs. On October 29, following a tip-off about a person named Kamal Kalra, a resident of Rohini, a raid was conducted and he was arrested with 100 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA), a psychotropic substance. The entire operation was conducted under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar.During interrogation, Kalra disclosed that he had procured the contraband from a person he contacted through phone. “Kalra said the man used to call him using different identity each time. The suspect’s mobile phone call details were then analysed and the police team zeroed in on one Mahesh Goyal, a resident of Dwarka. He was identified as the supplier of drugs and on Kalra’s instance, Goyal was arrested with 20 gm of raw MDMA,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime, adding that the commercial quantity of Ecstasy/MDMA is 10 g, as per the NDPS Act.Goyal disclosed that it was during a party in Chennai that he found out that such drugs could be obtained online. “Interrogation revealed there are sites on Deep Net where these drugs are available. Further, the payments are being received in the form of ‘Bitcoins’ – a worldwide currency system. One Bitcoin equals more than Rs 4.7 lakh. On payment of Indian rupees, the equivalent amount of ‘Bitcoin’ is provided to the Deep Net market places. The matter has been taken up with the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ensure that such transactions are stopped,” Deo said.HOW THE SYNDICATE WORKS:On ‘Deep Net’ or hidden web, there are sites where drugs are available.
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Prime conspirator in Akshardham temple terror attack case held in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged prime conspirator in the 2002 terror attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, was arrested at the city airport after he arrived from Riyadh, a senior official said.The arrest was made late last night.”Ajmeri is one of the prime conspirators behind the Akshardham temple terror attack. He was arrested from the airport after he landed here late last night. We had inputs that he is travelling to Ahmedabad from Riyadh to meet his brother,” the DCP of Ahmadabad Crime Branch, Deepan Bhadran, said.It was alleged that he had planned the terror attack and helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying it out.Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, “had absconded to Riyadh before the terror act was committed,” Bhadran said, adding that more names may come out during his interrogation.Two militants, allegedly with links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002, killing 32 and injuring over 80 people.The attackers were were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.The Supreme Court had, in May 2014, acquitted all six convicts arrested earlier, including three facing death sentence, in the case.

Najeeb case: Court seeks students’ stand on lie detection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday sought the response of nine Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, regarding conducting of a polygraph test on them, in connection with the case of missing varsity student, Najeeb Ahmed.The students’ counsel sought 10 days to file the reply, following which the court fixed the matter for November 10. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal passed the directions after allowing the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea for advancement of the hearing.In its plea, the CBI has sought an early hearing on its application, seeking consent of nine students for a lie-detection test. The investigating agency approached the court on October 16 for an early hearing, which has been adjourned to January 24, 2018.Ahmed has been missing since October 15 last year. The case was initially being probed by the local police. Later, a special investigation team (SIT) was formed, before the Crime Branch took over the case. The Delhi High Court handed over the investigation to the CBI on May 16.The agency then approached the trial court, seeking an early hearing on its plea. On January 23, the police had issued notices to these nine students and asked them to appear before a magistrate to record their statement to confirm whether they were willing to undergo the lie detector test. The students, however, approached the court, challenging the notices sent to them. On May 3, the court quashed the police order.

Bomb and hijack fears ground Mumbai-Delhi flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai was diverted to Ahmedabad in the early hours of Monday after its pilot was passed on a note which said there were hijackers on board. It didn’t take the police long to identify the person who unleashed several anxious hours — both for authorities and for passengers.During interrogation by Ahmedabad Crime Branch, one of the passengers on the flight, Birju Kishor Salla, a Gujarat native from Thane, Mumbai, revealed he wanted his girlfriend, who worked with the PR section of the airlines to quit her job. So he plotted to destroy the name of the airlines so that it eventually shuts. Salla thus left a note in one of the lavatories.Soon after the flight, 9W 339, took off from Mumbai at 2.55am, a crew member found the letter in the tissue box inside the lavatory, stating that the plane had hijackers on board and it should not land in Delhi.The crew informed the pilot about the same and he contacted the air traffic control. The plane was then diverted and landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport here around 3.45 am.The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, the deputy commissioner of police and his team, Ahmedabad crime branch officials and other specialised teams reached the spot immediately.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI said, “At 3.34 am, the pilot of the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight informed ATC, Ahmedabad, that there were hijackers and explosives on board. When the pilot expressed his desire to land in Ahmedabad, the ATC allowed priority landing of the aircraft. There were a total of 115 passengers and seven crew members on board.””The aerodrome committee soon assembled at the airport and after conducting thorough security checks of passengers, aircraft and cargo, the flight was cleared for Delhi. The Ahmedabad city police have taken cognisance of the incident and have initiated an investigation,” Gangal noted.According to police sources, the noted was in both Urdu and English. “Salla used Google converter to write in Urdu,” they said.ACP of Special Operations Group of Crime, BC Solanki, who is investigating the case, said the note was printed on an A4-sized paper.”The CCTV camera showed five passengers, including Salla, using the lavatory from where the note was found. Salla was our main suspect because he was involved in a similar incident a few years ago, when he had claimed to have a cockroach in the food served on board,” Solanki said.Interestingly, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju took to Twitter and asked all airlines to ban the hoax caller who disrupted the flight. “I am informed that person responsible for Jet flight 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morning has been identified… I am advising the airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action,” Raju tweeted.Last year, in a similar incident, 125 passengers and six crew members of a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight were panic-stricken when a torn boarding pass with the word ‘BOMB’ written on it was found in a seat pocket. Those on board were immediately evacuated and the flight moved to an isolated location at the Ahmedabad airport.After checking the passenger manifest, it was found that the torn end of the e-boarding pass belonged to a passenger who was in the city to attend a meeting. While he accepted that the piece was torn by him, he denied it was his handwriting.When the search operation at Ahmedabad airport was on, Jet Airways issued a statement saying: Jet Airways flight 9W 339 Mumbai-Delhi diverted to Ahmedabad following declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat. The aircraft landed without incident at Ahmedabad and was parked at a remote bay, where all 115 guests and seven crew members were safely deplaned.Jet airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest.

JNU missing student: Court allows CBI’s plea seeking advanced hearing of its application on polygraph test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court today allowed the CBI’s plea seeking advancing of hearing on its application on polygraph test on nine students in connection with JNU student Najeeb Ahmed who has been missing for over a year now.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal posted the matter for November 10 and sought the response of nine students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the central probe agency’s application.Najeeb, a first-year MSc Biotechnology student, has been missing from the Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU since October 16, 2016.The CBI, in its plea, had sought early hearing on its application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test regarding the disappearance of Najeeb in October last year.The CBI had on October 16 approached the court seeking early hearing of its plea seeking consent of the suspect students for a polygraph test.The application was moved by the agency on the direction of the Delhi High Court for an early hearing of the plea, which has been adjourned to January 24, 2018.27-year-old Najeeb went missing after a scuffle at his JNU hostel allegedly with ABVP activists. The RSS students wing has denied any involvement in his disappearance.A Delhi court had on May 3 quashed a police order summoning nine JNU students for recording their consent or denial for lie-detector test in the case after it noted a defect in the notice sent by the investigating officer to the students.On May 16, the high court handed over probe of the case to the CBI.The nine students, who are suspects in the case, had approached a magisterial court challenging the notice sent to them by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking their presence before the magistrate for recording of their statement.The notice was sent after the Delhi High Court had asked the police to explore other avenues of probe as all other leads had not yielded any result.

EC bribery case: Will take 4-6 weeks to complete probe, says Delhi police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court was today informed by the Delhi Police it would take 4-6 weeks to complete its probe in the Election Commission bribery case allegedly involving AIADMK (leader) T T V Dhinakaran and others.The court directed the Delhi Police Crime Branch to file by December 5, a status report on the current status of investigation.Justice Ashutosh Kumar was hearing a bail plea of co- accused and alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who has sought the relief on the ground that he was in jail for six months and a charge sheet against him has been filed in the trial court.During the hearing, the court asked the police about the status of investigation against the other accused — Dhinakaran, his close aide Mallikarjuna, suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar, who were earlier granted bail.To this, prosecutor Ashish Dutta and DCP (Crime) Rajesh Dev said the probe against the other accused was going on and it would be completed within four-six weeks.The court then adjourned the hearing on Chandrashekar’s bail plea and asked the police to file the status report.It also asked the police to inform it as to who was the person who had called the special judge asking her to grant bail to Chandrashekar.Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who was appearing Chandrashekar, argued that till date the police has not identified a single person in the Election Commission whom the alleged middleman had met in pursuance to the purported conspiracy to get the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction.He further claimed that the charge sheet was hurridly filed to prevent him from getting bail and some stringent provisions were added in the case.Chandrashekar, arrested on April 16, has been denied bail once by the high court and thrice by the trial court.The high court had on June 15 rejected his bail plea on the ground that the police had seized a fake Rajya Sabha member ID card from his possession.A chargesheet was filed by the police before the trial court in the case on July 14 alleging that Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar had conspired to bribe Election Commission (EC) officials to get the ‘two leaves’ symbol for their party.The Delhi Police Crime Branch also included in the charge sheet allegations of forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine, possessing a forged document, intending to use it as genuine and criminal conspiracy.Chandrashekar had moved the high court alleging that he was tortured despite an order not to subject him to violence inside the Tihar Jail where he is in custody.The claim was denied by the jail authorities, who said it was an “afterthought of the shrewd mind of the accused”.The high court on July 24 had warned of “serious action” over the allegations of torture and said any such incident would not be tolerated.Chandrashekar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dhinakaran to bribe EC officials to get the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.Dhinakaran was arrested here on April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe EC officials for the symbol.The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who represented the constituency.The EC had frozen the AIADMK’s symbol after the two factions — one led by Dhinakaran’s aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam — staked a claim to it.Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50 crore deal between Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar.

Pallavi Purkayastha’s killer nabbed in Jammu & Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Crime Branch officers on Tuesday arrested Sajjad Mughal, who was convicted in 2014 for the August 2012 murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha. Police sources say that Mughal was nabbed from Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Mughal has been on the run since he jumped parole in March 2016 and, according to the police, he has been hiding in a prohibited area near the India-Pakistan border, surviving by doing petty jobs.On August 9, 2012, Purkayastha, the daughter of IAS officers Atanu and Sumita Purkayastha – who were posted in Delhi at the time – was found dead in her flat in Wadala.The police had arrested Mughal, who worked as the watchman of the building where Purkayastha stayed, for his involvement in the crime. Mughal had fled from the building after Purkayastha was found dead. In his confession, Mughal told the police that he had killed Pallavi as she fought him when he tried to force himself on her.Mughal is a native of Salamabad in Baramulla District. He was arrested from Gagangir village in Sonmarg where he had gone to work as labourer in highway construction project.According to the police, Mughal took up several temporary jobs and was garnering sympathy and support from villagers as he had told them that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the police. This sympathy from villagers made it easy for him to hide, and difficult for police to nab him, the cops claimed.”In August 2016, a team was formed to track Mughal’s movement and it visited J&K at least four times to develop human intelligence on Mughal. On Tuesday morning, the accused was finally nabbed and brought to Mumbai same day. We will hand him over to Nashik Police as the case was registered by them after he jumped parole,” said Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.The team, led by inspector Sanjay Nikam, had been living in J&K for a week and nabbed Mughal through an undercover operation. “Mughal was hiding in a village that neighbouring his, and since it is a prohibited area, it was difficult for us carry out any operation. His village is 16 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border and it was impossible for us to arrest him. Mughal had also changed his identity, names and appearance. He would introduced himself as Sajid, Salim or Sahil,” Nikam said.Another officer said, “We posed as Kashmiris so that we would not face opposition from locals. We developed our local sources and were keeping a watch on him. We were waiting for him to come out of the prohibited area to arrest him. Apart from J&K, he also attempted to work in Maharashtra under another identity, before fleeing to his village.”

Man keeps hopping between India-Pak, gets caught in Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Intelligence unit of the Crime Investigation Department has just dealt with a strange case of a 55-year-old man, whose case came to light when he was picked up by their unit. It started 27 years ago when he went to meet his ailing relative, but instead ended up spending half his life in a hostile foreign country.On Monday, the unit picked up one Hassan Khan, a native of Siyalon Ki Dhani village under Sam Police Station of Jaisalmer district. “Hassan’s sister Soni was married to one Sumer Khan, a native of Kharado village in Amarkot district of Pakistan. When he learnt that Sumer had cancer, he approached a tout and took his help to cross the border into Pakistan,” said Rajiv Dutta, Additional SP, Border Intelligence Unit.However, around two years ago, Hassan’s mother and brother travelled to Pakistan and informed him of his father’s ill health and he then again crossed into India illegally,” Dutta said.After making this trip in April, Hassan then vanished from the village. “he has claimed that he moved to Gujarat and Maharashtra and was employed as a labourer. He recently came back to his village and we picked him up,” Datta said.ILLEGAL TRAVELHe had gone to Pakistan to visit and ailing relative using help of a tout to sneak in

Madhya Pradesh: Son kills mother for resisting rape bid; held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year old woman was allegedly killed by her 24-year-old son for resisting his attempts to rape her at their house in Kailaras town in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.The accused was arrested on Monday, three days after the incident.”The body of the woman was found at her home on the morning of October 6. Preliminary investigation and the crime scene had suggested that someone attempted to rape or had raped the victim before killing her,” Kailaras police station in charge Naveen Yadav said.The officer said the woman’s body bore injury marks, suggesting that she was beaten up for resisting her attacker.Yadav said police grew suspicious after they found that the woman’s son was an alcoholic and was behaving strangely since the incident.”The man has admitted having committed the crime during his interrogation,” the officer said.On the day of the incident, the heavily drunk man went to his mother’s room and tried to force himself on her, Yadav said, adding that the man had thrashed his mother and killed her with a stone.He said the accused then slept off in the same room after committing the crime.Police have recovered the blood-soaked clothes and the stone used by the accused in the crime.

Auto-lifting gang targeting scrap dealers busted, 11 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ever wondered what happens to your car after being declared scrap by an insurance company? The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has busted an auto-lifting gang that was turning this scrap into gold. As many as 11 people have been arrested and 30 vehicles, including SUVs and high-end sedans, have been recovered.The accused were identified as Mohammad Sibbu, 38, Aamir, 28, Safiq, 23, Mohammad Arzad Ali, 31, YM Sabir Ahmed, 21, Asrar Hussain, 55, Kewal Kamal, 45, Vinay Kumar, 33, Tarun Seoran, 30, Rajesh Kumar, 35, and Atul Chunni, 35.In a novel modus operandi, the gang members would first buy these scrapped vehicles from dealers. They would then steal a vehicle of the same make and interchange the vehicles’ chassis, and registration and model numbers. The stolen vehicles were then sold as original at hefty prices across the country, the police said.During interrogation, the accused revealed that they used to sell stolen vehicles in the open market easily, through their links in various states. Senior police officers said the accused, one of them a graduate, have been involved in disposing off more than 500 stolen luxury cars in Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Nagaland.Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar said the accused included a set of middlemen, who would tamper with the engine and chassis numbers and procure forged documents for stolen vehicles.”The gang operated through a network of car dealers across the country. The members would trace vehicles declared as ‘total loss vehicles’ by insurance companies. These vehicles, along with their documents, were then purchased. Later, the gang would target a brand new vehicle of the same make and colour and steal them. A team of experts would replace the original engine number and chassis number with those of the stolen vehicle,” Kumar said.Police said, besides the 30 stolen vehicles, they also recovered laptops, tools, punching keys, grinding machine, and drill machine used to tamper with the chassis and engine numbers of stolen cars from the accused.

Magistrate not shown barrack where Shetye was kept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the day that Byculla prison inmate Manjula Shetye died after she was allegedly assaulted by prison staff, Magistrate Jyoti Pokhale had visited the prison on a routine, but mandatory procedure, according to the orders passed by the metropolitan magistrate court.This visit was to hear the grievances of the prisoners at a personal level and accordingly make a report of the same. A charge sheet, filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in the Shetye murder case, reveals that Manisha Pokharkar, a jailor who has since been arrested for Shetye’s murder, purposely did not take the magistrate to the barrack where Shetye was kept after she was assaulted.

Angadia men robbed of Rs 12L jewellery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four miscreants fired at two Angadia workers and looted jewellery worth Rs12 lakh from them in Panchkuwa of Ahmedabad on Wednesday morning.Ahmedabad Crime Branch is investigating the matter and one of the accused has been arrested. As per the complaint lodged by the victim Dashrath Patel, working at Patel Jayantibhai Somabhai firm, at Kalupur police station, the incident occurred around 7:30 am. Patel said he and his colleague were on their way to Gita Mandir Bus Terminus on a scooter with a bag containing jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh, when four persons riding on two motorcycles intercepted them in Panchkuwa. One of the attackers also fired upon them and all the four fled with the jewels.However, the entire episode was recorded on a CCTV, on the basis of which police conducted a search operation. MD Upadhyay, PI of Kalupur police station, said, “We have arrested Deepak Jat. The other three managed to flee.”

Court tells cops to reopen case against Supertech official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming the Noida police report in a case against Managing Director of real estate firm Supertech Limited, a district court has directed the Crime Branch to reopen the case. Managing Director RK Arora has been accused of constructing extra number of flats against the map passed by the Noida Authority in one of its projects in Greater Noida.Additional Sessions Judge dismissed the final reports submitted by the Gautam Budh Nagar police in the case against Arora, who has been accused of constructing 1,904 flats, instead of the 844 sanctioned by the Greater Noida Authority in Supertech Czar in Omicron I of Greater Noida.”The police have not been able to justify the case and have not submitted satisfactory reports against Arora. We will cross verify the reports submitted by the the Noida Police and have ordered the Crime Branch to probe into the matter and take the case forward,” the order read.”When the Authority sanctioned the project for 850 flats, how can the builder construct 1,914 flats and use the greenery area for construction?” the judge rued.A complaint in this regard was filed by homebuyer Arvind Kumar Singh. The magisterial court had then, on September 25, 2014, summoned the accused to face trial for offences under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record),504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to the complaint, in 2009, Singh had booked a flat in Supertech’s Czar project in Greater Noida and paid the amount as per the demand of officials of the firm. He had alleged that he was supposed to receive the possession of the flat in 2011, for which he had paid the entire amount by 2010.”The possession was delayed and in 2014 they sent me the offer of possession via mail. I asked them for a proper occupancy certificate. They told me that they only offer the possession. So, I approached the Greater Noida Authority and asked them about the planand certification,” Singh said.He then cross-verified the project and found that the builder had constructed more flats than the sanctioned plan. He then wrote an application to the authority to recheck and filed a plea in the court against the builder.The court accepted the contention of the complainant in 2014 and ordered the police to probe into the matter and asked them to submit the final reports, which it did not find satisfactory.”In the given factual matrix of the case, in my view, the revisionists have rightly been summoned to face trial in the case,” it said.Many others Supertech homebuyers have also filed a complaint against Arora for duping them.Excess flatsManaging Director RK Arora of Superteach Limited has been accused of constructing extra number of flats against the map passed by the Noida Authority in one of its projects in Greater Noida.Additional Sessions Judge dismissed the final reports submitted by the Gautam Budh Nagar police in the case against Arora.

Cops bust bitcoin racket, seven held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested six people including a woman for allegedly duping buyers on the pretext of selling bitcoin.According to the police, the accused have been identified as Aditya Rajput, Priya Thakur, Sandeep Chauhan, Devender Chauhan, Karamvir Singh and Kunal Sharma. The gang leader Aditya Rajput is a law graduate from Dehradun.“The complainant uploaded his information on a website localbitcoins.com, from which he received a call from a bitcoin dealer Karishma Rajput, her real name is Priya Thakur. He (the complainant) revealed his interest in buying bitcoins which was then available at the rate of Rs 72,000 per bitcoin. He wanted to make the payments through Zebpay.com but Karishma Rajput persuaded him to conduct the transaction in cash,” DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said.Delhi police said that Karishma alias Priya, along with her associates called the complainant to a mall situated in East Delhi. After confirming the identity of the complainant they abducted him and took them to a flat in Ghaziabad, where he was robbed of Rs 36 lakhs.“This modus operandi was used to contact interested parties through phone calls and Facebook messages and convince them to deal in cash to buy Bitcoins. Once, they convinced the buyers and called them to the designated place, the other gang members would come into action. These were namely Karamvir, Kunal, Kuldeep Amandeep, Sandeep and Devender who armed with weapons would rob the victim,” Deo added.On further interrogation, the victim revealed that gang took the commission of two more dacoities of 28 lakhs and 8.5 lakh rupees by transferring the bitcoins from his wallet into their own accounts. This, he said, was done by threatening him at gunpoint after the abduction. The gangs he said were using fake identities to escape detection.Apart from these gang members, police are claiming that six other victims have been identified and soon the Delhi police will call them for their statements. Police have also recovered eight mobile phones, numerous SIM cards and jewellery items, along with lakhs of rupees in cash.

KJ Singh murderer: Punjab Police says investitation will yield result in a day or two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Police said today its investigation into the killing of senior journalist K J Singh and his 92-year-old mother at their residence in Mohali will yield result “in a day or two”.The 64-year-old Singh was stabbed multiple times and his throat had been slit, while his mother Gurcharan Kaur is suspected to have been strangled at their Phase-3 B2 residence two days ago.Inspector-General of Police (Crime) Shashi Prabha Dwivedi, who heads the Special Investigating Team probing the double-murder case, said their investigation was progressing, but she refrained from giving any details.”Our teams are working on scrutinising CCTV footages and call details in the case. Definitely there will be result in a day or two,” Dwivedi said.A senior Mohali police official said on the condition of anonymity that they have zeroed in on some suspects.”We have been working on two-three theories, including property (dispute) angle and some relation in the case. We have zeroed in on certain suspects in this regard. Certain facts are being verified,” said the official.When contacted, SP (Detective) Harbir Singh Atwal said they have re-recorded the statements of a few close relatives of the victims this evening to double check some informations.Singh and his mother were cremated yesterday.A doctor said the victims seemed to have died between 2 am and 4 am on Saturday. The doctor said Singh was stabbed at least once close to his heart. “His throat was also slit.” Singh’s three fingers on the right hand were cut and he had multiple injury marks on his “other body parts”, said the doctor on the condition of anonymity.The Punjab Police has set up an SIT to probe the crime.

Cops nab bootlegger for role in mob clash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police have arrested a man from southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar for his alleged involvement in leading a mob to attack a group of people which had left two dead and 15 others injured in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district in mid-July this year. The brutal attack was sparked by a land dispute, police said.Police say that the accused, identified as Sikandar, is also an active bootlegger and mainly supplies in areas of south and southeast Delhi.Sikandar is the second person to be arrested for the killings by Delhi Police in this case. He was arrested from south Delhi’s Tughlaqabad village on Friday based on a tip-off. A pistol was seized from him.Sikandar, who hails from Pichoona village in Bharatpur district, had also been arrested a decade ago by the Malviya Nagar police for allegedly abducting and raping a woman.”It has come to light that Sikandar and his family were involved in a property dispute with another group in his village. Police said that as a result he and his family decided to threaten their rivals into parting with their property.”On July 14, Sikandar, his friends and a few family members left for their village from Delhi, lanced with rifles, pistols, axes and iron rods. There, they confronted the rival group and following a heated argument, Sikandar and his aides assaulted the other group,” said a senior officer.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. Two persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet and critical injuries, while the assailants fled immediately from the spot.The incident sparked protests and agitation, and following this, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far haven’t been apprehended yet.CasualtiesTwo persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet injuries and critical injuries in the mob attack.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. The incident sparked protests. Following this, Delhi the police managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far remain at large.

17-year-old stages his own abduction to help girlfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy and his 19-year-old friend were held by Sakinaka police on Saturday after the juvenile staged his own kidnapping and attempted to get his family to part with Rs 50 lakh as ransom. The juvenile informed the police that he wanted to help his girlfriend’s family by providing financial help, and was also planning to elope with his girlfriend.According to the police, at around noon on Friday, the juvenile had “gone missing” and his family had lodged a complaint at Sakinaka police station stating that he had been abducted by someone, following which a case of kidnapping was formally registered.While the local police station and Crime Branch unit 10 had just begun their investigation, the missing juvenile’s family received a phone call from an unknown number, and the caller informed them that their son had been kidnapped.The caller demanded Rs 50 lakh. The ‘abductor’ told the family to deliver the money at Manor in Palghar, and also threatened that if they informed the police, their son would be killed. Following the phone call, the police immediately tracked the mobile number to a lodge in Palghar district.”He thought that he could solve his girlfriend’s family’s financial crisis, and also could flee with her. He took the help of his childhood friend to stage the kidnapping,” said a crime branch officer, adding that both the girl and boy are natives of Talasari in Palghar, and the juvenile was only visiting Sakinaka for eight days.

Veteran scribe and his mother killed in Mohali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A veteran journalist and his aged mother were found murdered at their home in Mohali on Saturday.A former news editor with The Indian Express in Chandigarh, Karam Jeet Singh, 66, and his mother Gurcharan Kaur, 89, used to live together, while Singh’s sister Yashpal Kaur visited them often. She came to the house around 1 pm on Saturday, to find the two of them lying in pools of blood in separate rooms. The house was ransacked.Singh’s throat had been slit with a sharp-edged weapon while his mother was reportedly strangulated to death. According to the police, Singh must have tried to fight the attackers as he had deep injury marks on his abdomen and hands. The forensic teams were called in to examine the blood stains on the house’s door, which was found to be open. There was a trail of blood going from the door to inside the house.While Singh’s relatives claimed that some household items, including his old car and a television, were missing, in its initial investigation, the police have ruled out burglary.”It is too early to say anything. Prima facie, burglary does not appear to be the motive behind the crime. We have some important clues in the case and will nab the accused soon,”IG Pramod Kumar said.According to the police, the incident took place at 10 pm on Friday night. Singh had last talked to his brother, who lives in Chandigarh, around 7:30 pm. The post-mortem report is awaited.Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the IG, Crime, has been formed to probe the double murder, on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The CM also directed DGP Suresh Arora to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident, besides directing the police to step up security in the area and take steps to ensure safety and security of people.Expressing deep shock over the incident, former Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “The media has lost a leading light, who was one of the senior-most news editors of this region. I have fond memories of interacting with him. He was a most upright and professional journalist.”Badal further said the perpetrators of this ghastly crime must be booked as soon as possible. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Khaira also condemned the incident.Singh started his career with the Chandigarh edition of the Indian Express, before working briefly with the Times of India. He had last worked for The Tribune in Chandigarh. The incident has led to a shock wave among the journalist fraternity in the region, who condemned the incident and called for speedy justice.

Gangster Amrik Singh arrested after jumping furlough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have arrested a gangster Amrik Singh who is a life convict and had not returned after completing the period of his furlough.A close aide of Krishan Pehalwan, Singh was absconding and had been planning to eliminate his rivals in the Capital. He has been booked twice in MCOCA and several cases of murder, attempt to murder and a case under Arms Act are registered against him.According to the police, Amrik Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He told the police that he had killed a man named Ved Prakasha and later murdered his niece and her husband. While he was in Tihar Jail he was informed that his relatives were making plans against him. It was then that he decided to come out on furlough and did not come back to surrender.”During his furlough, he threatened his cousin and asked him to evacuate a property in Mongolpuri,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Rajesh Deo.Singh was also declared a bad character of South Rohini area. The police were constantly on the lookout for him. On September 20, the police came found out that Singh was hiding somewhere in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. A trap was laid and he was nabbed from near Murli Cinema in Bharatpur on Thursday.Singh started committing crime at an early age and was arrested for the first time in 1985. In 1985, he was arrested in a hurt case and has committed several cases including murder and attempt to murder. To curb his illegal activities, he was also booked under the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act ( MCOCA).Behind barsAccording to the police, Amrik Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He told the police that he had killed a man named Ved Prakasha and later murdered his niece and her husband. While he was in Tihar Jail he was informed that his relatives were making plans against him.

Cops likely to invoke MCOCA against Iqbal Kaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police are setting the groundwork for applying the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides in connection with the extortion racket case.A police source said they are now in the process of checking technicalities to invoke the Act and have written a letter to the Mumbai Police asking for Kaskar’s past record and details of the cases registered against Kaskar and his aides.To apply MCOCA in the case the police will have to prove that the gang is organised and committing crime for pecuniary gain. For application of MCOCA in a case, it is also mandatory that there should be at least two charge sheets filed in the past ten years against one of the accused in the case.

Mahila cops to keep vigil during Navratri festival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move to step up its security during Navratri, the city police have extended the duty hours from 9 pm to 1 pm. Sleuths of local police and Mahila crime branch will be deployed across the city to maintain peace. The cops have created three teams which will closely monitor the 58 garba venues during the nine-day festival.In order to avoid traffic snarls, at least across the main city arteries, the cops will also deploy teams outside the venues.As per Mahila crime branch officials, around three teams of Mahila police officers have been formed, who will be traditionally dressed during celebrations. The cops will also keep a special watch with CCTV footage to prevent any harassment of women. Besides, the cops in uniform will also be deployed across all venues.Panna Mommaya, ACP Mahila Crime branch, said, “The teams will be deployed in both western and eastern parts of the city. For safety of women, our officials will be deployed across major garba venues. The woman officers will also be present at different venues for immediate assistance.”Restriction on heavy vehiclesIn order to maintain a smooth vehicular movement during the nine-day festival, the traffic police department has issued a notification to band heavy vehicles on SG Highway. The vehicles will be diverted to alternate routes between 11 pm to 3 am to avoid any congestion. Around 14 towing trucks will be deployed outside major Garba venues to clear the vehicles which will be parked on the roads and creating congestion. At the major crossroads, more traffic personals will be deployed to maintain the traffic movement.

Minor’s rape: Security lapses found in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sub-Divisional Majistrate (SDM) of Vivek Vihar has identified “major lapses” in the functioning of a private school, recognised by the civic body, in Gandhi Nagar, where a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a peon on September 9.According to the SDM’s report, “unhindered access” was given to the accused to all parts of the school. The Delhi government had ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.The report, which was submitted to Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, has now been forwarded to Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia for further action.”The accused was working for the school, though a formal appointment letter was not issued to him. His movement and of other such non-teaching employees was required to be restricted, so that they did not have any contact with the school children,” the government said in a statement, quoting the report.It also stated that the nursery classroom, where the incident allegedly took place, should have been locked after the class was over, adding that the unlocked pitch-dark room facilitated the accused.”Non-coverage of the entire school building under CCTV cameras reduced the deterrence effect. The accused had been working in the school for almost two-and-a-half years without any kind of verification and background check by the school authorities or police,” the statement read.Last week, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police after Health Minister Satyendar Jain requested Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal for the same. The accused has already been arrested.NO ACTION TAKENGovernment says the magisterial probe report stated the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against the school for undertaking classes in “unrecognised areas” of the building.

Blue whale game: 35 calls in 8 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ahmedabad Cyber Cell of Crime branch received 35 calls in eight days on the helpline number launched to create awareness on the Blue Whale Challenge. The helpline number was issued on September 7.As per the cyber cell officials, out of the 35 calls received, only one call was from the victim. The others were regarding guidance to prevent the Blue Whale threat and tip-offs regarding the links of the Challenge.The officials have received calls from parents in the city asking how to prevent their kids from felling prey to the challenge. The officials gave tips on how to prevent their kids from playing the Challenge and how they can know whether their kid is playing the Challenge or not. They also told the parents to keep a close watch on their kids, especially when they are using a mobile phone or a computer.Officials also received many calls from people who claimed that they have links of the challenge in order to get the reward of Rs 1 lakh.Rajdeep Zala, ACP, Cyber cell of crime branch said, “We have received many links of the challenge, but not a single one is genuine. People have sent us links to other fake Blue whale games which are available on Google play store.But it’s a good news as people have now started taking this news seriously and have started approaching for help.”The helpline number for Blue whale challenge was launched by Cyber cell of crime branch on September 7, 2017, as per the orders of City police commissioner AK Singh.The helpline number brochures have been made by the department which is circulated in the city areas and they have even posted the helpline number on Social media sites.

Cops close probe against 6 accused in Pehlu Khan case

Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Nuh in Haryana, was attacked by a mob in Behror, when he was transporting cows purchased from Jaipur <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan police have closed investigations against the six accused, carrying an award of Rs 5,000 each, in the Pehlu Khan lynching case. Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Nuh in Haryana, was attacked by a mob in Behror, when he was transporting cows purchased from Jaipur. This closure is based on investigations by the Crime Investigation Department-Crime Branch (CID CB). The CID CB had sent a report to the Alwar police and asked them to remove the names of the six accused.The CID CB found that the accused weren’t present at the location when Pehlu Khan was lynched.The investigation is based on their call records, mobile location, police statements, and staff of Raath Gaushala, where they were supposedly at the moment. Based on its findings, CID CB asked Alwar cops to take out the names of the six persons and also revoke the Rs 5000-award on them.

Legal and HR heads of Ryan International School arrested for attempting to ‘destroy evidence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Gurgaon police, which arrested two top functionaries of Ryan International School in connection with the brutal murder of a 7-year-old child in the school premises, said that there was an attempt to destroy evidence in the case.The police arrested Francis Thomas, legal head and Jeyus Thomas, HR Head of the Ryan International School group, who were produced in a Sohna court which remanded them to two days in police custody.Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case believes that evidence in the case was tampered with.”The SIT said in the Sohna court that destruction of evidence was found to have been done. Attempt was made to wash away the blood stains from the spot where the child was found murdered. The blood on his water bottle and bag was also found rubbed. Some other pieces of evidence were also tampered with,” Khirwar said.We will add appropriate sections against the school management or other staff, whoever is found to be involved, at the time of submission of the charge sheet, Khirwar said.”A team was sent to Mumbai to the Ryan headquarters for questioning the top officials including the head and directors so that we can look at their roles and responsibility regarding the school in Gurgaon, he said.Asked about the post-mortem findings, he said that these details could not shared at the moment.”Some other security lapses also emerged. We have already taken action under the Juvenile Justice Act against the school and arrested their two top officers and are interrogating other staff members including suspended Principal Neerja Batra,” Khirwar added.More arrests will be carried out as per the evidence that emerges, he said. The police teams will again question the bus driver and school gardener, he added.Haryana Police Additional Directorate General of Police Law and Order, Mohammad Akil has also visited the scene of the crime.We will not spare any person found involved, irrespective of his or her position, he said.”We will add Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other sections on the basis of SIT report.As per our investigation and evidence before us, we have found Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor is guilty in this murder,” Akil said.The police also added section 34 (common intention) of the IPC in the murder case against the two officers of school, officials said.The prosecution counsels demanded the addition of section 201 of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender). The police told the court that the school authorities tampered with the evidence at the crime spot.Meanwhile, there were also allegations that the school management had not carried out a proper verification of the conductor and his Aadhaar card was obtained from his house in Ghamroj village hours after the crime to maintain records.Amir Chand, the father of accused alleged that his son was a soft target and hence the school was framing him.”Why did the school take his Aadhaar card six hours after the crime?” Chand asked.

‘End the shame’: India kicks off world’s largest march to protect children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered in southern India on Monday to kick off what is expected to be the world’s largest march against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children as reports of such crimes continue to rise in the country.Organised by Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, over 10 million people from across India are due to take part in the month-long “Bharat Yatra” – or India March – which will end in the capital New Delhi on Oct. 16.Flagging off the march from Kanyakumari, a coastal city on the southern-most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Satyarthi told crowds of school children, officials and activists it was time to shatter the silence around such crimes.
ALSO READ Sorry Mr. CEO, Ryan International is no victim and you have blood on your hands”The sun rises every morning. But today this morning is different and this sun is different. Today this sun rises to dispel the darkness of fear, hopelessness and shame faced by our children. Today we march to end this,” Satyarthi said.”India is known for a country where children are being raped, where children are being sold. They are not safe in their schools; they are not safe even in their homes. If one child is in danger, then it means that the whole of India is danger.”
ALSO READ Ryan student death: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar assures victim’s father of CBI investigationChildren in India face a barrage of threats ranging from human trafficking, sexual violence and early marriage to a lack of access to quality education and healthcare, say activists.More than 9,000 children were reported to have been trafficked in 2016, a 27 percent rise from the previous year, according to government data.Most are from poor rural families who are lured to cities by traffickers who promise good jobs, but then sell them into slavery as domestic workers, to work in small manufacturing units, farming or pushed into sexual slavery in brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some are found, but many remain missing.Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau also show that almost 15,000 children were victims of sexual violence such as rape, molestation and exploitation for pornography in 2015 – up 67 percent from the previous year.But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg in socially conservative India, say activists, where fear of being blamed, shamed or stigmatised means victims and their families often keep quiet and do not report the abuses they face.BREAKING THE SILENCESatyarthi, whose charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) has rescued 80,000 enslaved children, said the march was part of a three-year campaign to spread public awareness and push for stronger policies on child protection.The march participants will travel around 11,000 km (7,000) miles) and cover 22 of India’s 29 states. They will stop in towns and villages, visit schools and colleges and hold events with local officials, police, religious and community leaders.Monday’s kick-off saw thousands of children from remote areas across the country travelling to Kanyakumari to participate in the event. They chanted slogans and waved banners calling for an end of child slavery and child sexual abuse.”I am here today as I want to help protect other children like me,” said Ruby Kumari, 14, a pony-tailed schoolgirl from the district of Koderma in India’s eastern Jharkhand state.”We want to tell people that we are the future of this country and we want a safe environment for all children. They should be able to go to good schools and not sent to work.”The event also saw the participation of parents and their children who are survivors of sexual abuse and child labour.Thirty-five-year-old Moti, whose two teen daughters were raped by a family friend in the northern state of Punjab for years before the crime was discovered, said he hoped the march would help parents understand the dangers faced by children.”I had no idea that this was happening to my daughters. I trusted this man and he did this to my daughters,” said Moti, as he sat amongst the crowds, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with #MakeIndiaSafe printed on the back.”If there had been marches like this before, perhaps I would have known better and I could have saved them. Now I am here to take part in his march so that it doesn’t happen to other children and parents won’t have to go through what I did.”

Ryan student death: Key questions remain unanswered; victim’s kin allege evidence tampering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After three days of an “intense probe” in to the murder of a seven-year-old Ryan International School student, several key questions remain unanswered. For instance, how could the accused, a school bus conductor, take the minor to a toilet, try to sexually assault him, slit his throat, and then clean the weapon, all within a span of 15 minutes. Also, why did the accused target the victim, who did not even take the school bus.According to the child’s father, on that fateful day, he saw him off at the school gate at 7.55 am. At 8.10 am, he received a call from the school authorities, informing him about the tragic incident. It seems unlikely that within just 15 minutes, the event took place and came to the notice of the authorities as well. Also, it has now come to the fore that initially, the crime scene was not sealed and the school authorities were allowed to walk in. A video of the crime spot, which went viral on the social media, showed the washroom’s floor drenched in blood. The school authorities might have tampered with the forensic evidence, sources said.Further, the police initially stated that the accused helped rush the boy to a school van, to be taken to hospital, but his clothes did not have single blood stain. This could have not been possible without someone else’s involvement.The accused was arrested the same night but the police refused to divulge the circumstantial evidence found against him or even from where was he arrested.Meanwhile, the victim’s parents told DNA that he never travelled in the school bus and did not know the conductor. Then what made him target the child? Many are now raising the suspicion that the boy witnessed something that he wasn’t supposed to, and was targetted because of that. It is also still not clear whether the CCTV cameras installed in the school were functional.

My son has been falsely framed: Accused’s father blames Ryan School of ‘misleading case’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The father of the accused in a murder case of a seven-year-old boy at Gurugram’s Ryan International School has cried foul over the charges and blamed the school authorities for trying to cover up the crime on Sunday. “My son has been falsely framed,” said the father of the accused.While pleading for his son’s innocence, the father alleged that the school authority has forced his son to accept the crime.”My son is being falsely framed. My son is innocent; people have forcefully made him accept this crime,” the father of the accused bus conductor told ANI.He further said that the owners of the school are misleading the case.”He did not say anything but started crying. The school authority has falsely framed charges against him,” said the father.The sister of accused bus conductor also blamed the school authorities for forcing his brother to accept the crime and said that the school principal has bribed the police to make false case.Earlier, wife of the accused Mamta Devi also cried foul over the charges.”If my husband had committed the crime, he would have fled from the spot rather than helping the school staff in rushing that poor kid to hospital,” Devi explained.In another development, the victim’s mother had also questioned the the link between the accused and her son.“My son did not even know the bus conductor as he never travelled in the school bus,we used to drop him and pick him,” Jyoti said.Meanwhile, the Gurugram Police lathi charged people protesting outside Ryan International School.The incident took place after the protesters set ablaze a liquor shop near the school in Gurugram.A Gurugram Court on Friday sent the accused involved in the murder of the seven-year old student of Ryan International School to three days of police remand.The accused was nabbed after the body of the class II student was found inside the toilet of the school, with his throat slit, on Friday.Meanwhile, the school authorities, represented by Acting Principal Neerja Batra, assured that security measures will be reviewed immediately and all necessary improvements would be made.”Following the tragic incident at our school yesterday, the school authorities have seriously taken up the review of the security measures at the school. All necessary improvements and measures are being audited and reinforced with the help of experts. We are also seeking advice from the Police department to guide us in this regard,” the official notice of the school said.”While, we are all in great shock and grief at the loss of life of our beloved student Pradhyuman Thakur, we are taking these steps simultaneously to ensure vigorous safety measures in place for all our students and staff. We are closely working with the investigating authorities so that we could be guided further with their expertise,” it further noted.Earlier, the principal of the Gurugram-based school was suspended, the lawyer of the victim’s parents said.

Taekwondo player, four aides arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested a national level taekwondo player Gaurav, and his four aides for their involvement in robberies. Five loaded pistols and valuables robbed at gunpoint were recovered from the accused who was also involved in a recent a sensational gunpoint robbery in Vikaspuri.The others arrested with Gaurav have been identified as Amit Yadav (22), Vikas Puri (21), Vikas (24) and Sidharth Sharma (20).According to the police, the gang has revealed their involvement in several cases of burglary. They also said that initially they started robbery and burglary to earn easy money but soon graduated into being a gang of organised criminals and purchased firearms. After thorough investigation, police believes that they have solved more than a dozen such cases.Bhisham Singh, DCP, crime branch said that the gang was busted when after receiving a tip off about Yadav, Puri and Vikas. A police team laid a trap where the trio were expected to come. On seeing them, when the police team raided, the trio tried to flee and even took out pistols. Following a brief scuffle the police team managed to overpower them and snatched their weapons. All of them were arrested, the DCP said.Five country-made pistols, stolen laptops, mobile phones and gold ornaments were recovered from their possession. After investigations other members of their gang Sidharth Sharma and Gaurav were also arrested, police said.

Two held for duping 50 people by issuing fake visa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has busted a fake visa racket and arrested two persons, who allegedly cheated nearly 50 people by issuing them bogus visa and air tickets, police said today. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Makarand Ranade told a press conference yesterday, two persons have been held during a raid at the house of one of the accused in Mumbra here, and seized 89 passports, 62 visas, a laptop and two mobiles from them. According to police, the six members of the racket ran a fake job recruitment centre in Mumbra and told the victims that they would get them job as ground staffers at Dubai and Kuwait airports. Thane police on Saturday received a complaint from one of the victims, stating that she was cheated by a job recruitment firm, which extracted Rs 50,000 from her and assured visa and air ticket. But later, she found after reaching the airport in Mumbai that the visa and air ticket was fake. The complainant said many people from Thane, Mumbra and nearby places have been duped in a similar fashion by the accused. The senior officer said police has launched a hunt to nab the four members of the racket. The gang began operation in March 2016 and since then, they have so far cheated nealry 50 people. They collected Rs 50,000 from each person and gave them fake visa and air tickets to Dubai and Kuwait, Ranade said. The accused in this manner collected Rs 24.71 lakh, he said. The accused were identified as Salauddin alias Bablu Nepali (44), a Mumbra resident, and Ajgar Ali alias Javed Sayyed (51), who is from Powai in neighbouring Mumbai. A case has been lodged under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), rw 34 (common intention).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt plans to abolish physical police verification for passports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The physical police verification for getting a passport will soon be a thing of the past as the government plans to connect the service with a robust national database of crimes and criminals that will check the antecedents of applicants at the click of a mouse.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) is expected to link with the passport service of the Ministry of External Affairs and it will replace physical police verification for passport applicants with online verification in a year.”Police in some states are already using CCTNS for passport credentials. Police will be given hand held devices to go to an applicant’s address and his or her details will be uploaded with the network. It will minimise contact with police and reduce time,” he told reporters here.Mehrishi was speaking after Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a digital police portal under the CCTNS project, which aims to create a national database of crimes and criminals and connect country’s all 15,398 police stations with it. He said with the port, mandate of the CCTNS has been expanded by incorporating citizen centric services tenant verification, which could be done with the consent of the person being verified, quick registration of FIR in any crime and connecting the network with criminal justice delivery system.Asked about the safety of the database, the home secretary said possibility of hacking was always there but enough safeguards have been put in place and the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre has been roped in for the task. The home minister said the digital police portal will provide citizens, facility for online complaint registration and request for antecedent verification.”The police portal will provide 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies. Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics,” he said after launching the portal. Singh said the CCTNS has enabled 13,775 out of 15,398 police stations to enter 100 per cent data into the software.He said as of now the CCTNS national database has around 7 crore data records pertaining to past and current criminal cases. Singh said the CCTNS project will help in realising the Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s dream of ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’. A home ministry official said the CCTNS will facilitate pan-India search on complete national crime and criminal database that is accessible to the investigating officers throughout the country.The CCTNS project will interconnect about 15,398 police stations and additional 5,000 offices of supervisory police officers across the country and digitise data related to FIR registration, investigation and charge sheets in all police stations. The project has been extended by the government for one year till March 2018.The one-year extension will help the government to comprehensively achieve the remaining goals of the CCTNS, which was conceived by the former Home Minister P Chidambaram when the UPA was in power. With a total budget of Rs 2,000 crore, a sum of Rs 1,550 crore has been spent till 2016-17. The inter-operable criminal justice system aims to integrate the CCTNS project with e-courts and e-prison data bases in the first instance and with the other pillars of the criminal justice system, another official said.The integration will be achieved by providing access to the judiciary, police and prisons through a desktop dashboard to facilitate expeditious and informed decisions and aid investigations. The full implementation of the project with all the new components would lead to a central citizen portal having linkages with state-level citizen portals that will provide a number of citizen-friendly services, the official said. These include services like police verification for various purposes like issuance of passport, reporting a crime and online tracking of the case progress, online reporting of grievances against police officials, accessing victim compensation fund and legal services etc.

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