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In a year, no more 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.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EOW arrests two rice mill owners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch of Odisha Police today arrested two rice mill owners on charge of misappropriation of rice worth about Rs 3 crore, police said. The accused persons arrested by EOW were identified as Pankaj Agrawalla, Director of Ganapati Parboiling Industries in Bhadrak and Dillip Kumar Agrawalla, Managing Director of Sabitri Industries in Jajpur. Pankaj is a resident of Chowbazar, Baraka in West Burdwan district of West Bengal). According to Crime Branch DGP B K Sharma, the rice mill owners were arrested based on the FIR registered by Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation in connection with the failure in delivery of rice after receiving paddy. The Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation had entrusted 66,04 quintal of paddy to Ganapati Industries under the decentralization procurement scheme of the central government, while the mill only delivered 36.39 quintal of rice as a result of which the state exchequer suffered Rs 1.22 crore of consequential loss. Similarly, Dillip Agrawalla was entrusted of 62,239 quintal of paddy by Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited to deliver the resultant rice of 4242,32287 qunital of rice during the year 2016. But, Dilip Kumar Agarwalla had delivered only 24,402.12 qunital of rice leaving a balance of 17.92 quintal of rice. In the process, Agarwalla had allegedly misappropriated Rs 2,97,93,570 with consequential loss to the state exchequer. While Pankaj Agarwalla would be produced before a local court in West Bardman (West Bengal) and will be brought on transit remand for production before SDJM, Bhadrak, Dillip will be produced before the JMFC, Chandikhol in Jajpur district, EOW sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for killing pregnant wife in Sahibabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his pregnant wife by slitting her throat and wrist, police said today. Sandip Rai, a resident of Shyam Park colony told the police that he had married Pooja (23) three months ago, SP (City) Akash Tomar said. “Pooja was pregnant and anaemic. She was undergoing treatment for her ailment and due to financial crisis, the accused was not in a condition to bear the expenses, that is why they often used to have arguments,” he said. “On August 13, he reached home and picked a quarrel with his wife and in a fit of anger he slit her throat,” the SP said, adding that he fled from the spot after the crime. The next day, he informed the police that his wife was found dead in her room as some unknown assailant had killed her by slitting her wrist and throat, Tomar said. After lodging the compliant, police summoned the forensic expert who lifted the finger prints from the knife used in the crime. Police suspected the man’s claims and after questioning, they found the complaint to be concocted. Following a tip-off, police today arrested him from Sahibabad railway station, Tomar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat cops probing mysterious hair-chopping cases: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat home department has taken cognisance of media reports about incidents of braid cutting in nearly half a dozen districts and asked police to remain alert, a minister said today. Pradeepsinh Jadeja, minister of state for home, said reports about women claiming that their hair had been mysteriously chopped off at night have been received from Surat, Amreli, Mehsana and Rajkot, among other districts, in the last few days. “The home ministry has taken cognisance of media reports,” he said. Jadeja was talking to reporters after attending a function where the foundation stone for a police station was laid here. The home department has asked police authorities to remain alert and find out who is behind such alleged incidents, he said. “The women wing of the state Crime Branch has already started investigations into such cases,” said Jadeja, making an appeal to women not to panic. Incidents of women’s braids being mysteriously chopped off have been reported from states like Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, among others. Police in these states believe such incidents are the handiwork of anti-social elements.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EC bribery: HC notice to Delhi Police on Sukesh’s bail plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Delhi Police on the bail plea of Sukesh Chandrashekar, arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran. Justice Ashutosh Kumar sought the response along with a status report from the police before the next date of hearing on September 5. Appearing for Chandrashekar, senior advocate Aman Lekhi sought bail for him and said he had been in jail for the last four months. Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16, has been denied bail once by the high court and twice by the trial court. The high court had on June 15 rejected his bail plea on the ground that police had seized a fake Rajya Sabha member ID card from his possession, which was a “serious threat to Parliament’s security”. A chargesheet was filed in the case on July 14. The police have alleged in the chargesheet that Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar 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 chargesheet 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 last week alleging that he was tortured despite an order not to subject him to violence inside Tihar Jail. 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.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Illegal telephone exchanges busted in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra have unearthed several illegal telephone exchanges by arresting five persons from Shivaji Nagar in suburban Govandi, police said tonight. The racket, which used the internet-based Voice Over Internet Protocol, bypassing the mobile phone/landline phone networks, was active for the last four months, and caused a loss of at least Rs 49.14 crore in revenue to the Department of Telecom, police said. The raids were carried out at Shivaji Nagar, Mankhurd, Govandi and Trombay here. Indian nationals living in Saudi Arabia used these illegal telephone exchanges to speak to their relatives here, police said. The server of the telephone exchanges was located somewhere in Europe, police found. “As per the DOT officials, the loss of revenue from calls received from foreign countries through three SIMBOXes during the last four months was Rs 49.14 crore. Calculation of calls received through remaining 44 SIMBOXes is going on,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Dilip Sawant. The accused used Chinese equipment and technology to set up the exchanges. The mastermind of the racket had visited China for `training’, he said, adding that further probe was on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Live in partner accused of rape acquitted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man accused of rape by his live in partner has been acquitted by a district court. The man was acquitted as the woman did not did not appear before court, which also felt that as she was a 27-year-old mature person living with the male partner with her consent, rape seemed unbelievable. In 2014, the woman had lodged an FIR at the sector 20 police station stating that she was friends for six years with a man, who promised to marry her. They started living together and one day the accused forcibly established sexual relations with her, the woman claimed. The woman claimed she got pregnant twice and the accused gave her pills and got the pregnancy aborted. The third time she was not interested in abortion, the woman said in her submission. She claimed that in October, 2014 she was admitted at a Noida hospital where her third pregnancy was aborted. On her complaint, a FIR under IPC sections, 313, 493 and 376 was registered against the accused and the investigation officer got her medical examination done as per law. The charge sheet was filed against accused who denied the charges. Appearing as a witness, the owner of the rented accommodation in which they stayed, stated that accused and the woman lived there for 2 years and claimed to be husband and wife. The medical report mentioned that the woman’s age was 27 years. This shows that woman competent enough to understand the implications and the complainant woman did not appear before court inspite of repeated requests by investigation officer. The court stated that the prosecution could not produce evidence which could hold the accused guilty. The court of an additional sessions judge has acquitted the accused, said Chaman Prakash Sharma, District Government Counsel, (DGC), Crime, today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

L-G constitutes district level committee to promote police-public interaction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to promote interaction between the general public and Delhi police, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, on Tuesday, has constituted a district level committee.The district level committee (DLC) will have MPs and local MLAs and representatives for various RWAs, educational institutions, women organizations, student and labour representatives and industry association of the district concerned.The committee, across the 13 police districts, will hold meetings on a quarterly basis. According to officials, DLC meetings have been held recently in July 2017 in South-East, West, North-West, Rohini, North-East and Shahdara districts.”These meetings have provided a real time feedback on several policing initiatives and have led to modifications in key schemes and areas of concern of respective district police establishments,” said a senior police official.According to officials, commonly observed issues which have been collated from the minutes of several DLC meetings and which can be said to be pertaining to almost the entire 13 policing districts have been concerns over traffic congestion and road engineering, unauthorised parking, consumption of liquor at public places, sale of illicit liquor, encroachments along pavements and pedestrian areas resulting in traffic congestion, deployment of police at parks and schools during opening and closing time, incidents of thefts, etc.”The benefits of this inter-disciplinary approach towards community policing are also reflected in the follow-up meetings where the agenda points and minutes of the previous meetings are laid bare before the gathering. On several occasions, the efforts of the local police, individually as well as jointly along with other civic agencies, have found appreciation by the co-opted members who have expressed their satisfaction as the issues raised by them have been duly taken care of,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (Crime) and Public Relations Officer (PRO).

35 sedition cases registered in 2016, government tells Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said that 35 sedition cases were registered across the country in 2016.”Of the 35 cases under sedition charges (Section 124A of IPC), 12 were registered in Haryana, six in Uttar Pradesh, three each in Karnataka and Kerala and two each in Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.Replying to another question, Ahir said, “The National Crime Records Bureau has conveyed that it does not maintain record on sedition cases registered against individuals who have supported cricket teams post match.”

Speak Up: Delhiites have short fuse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Notorious for being the crime capital, Delhi saw three back to back brutal crimes triggered over minor issues. If in one case, a young boy was forced acid down his throat because he didn’t stock some dairy item in his shop, a father-son dhabha owners were duo were shot dead for providing a cooler. The Azadpur lynching too saw an angry mob turning into kangaroo court and trying to “deliver justice” in their own fashion. In most of the cases that happened in the past week, the accused were strangers to the victims. The Azadpur lynching turned out to be a classic case of unknown persons taking to task a thief even as others watched on line mute spectators. The accused didn’t leave the man after thrashing him mercilessly and continued to unleash their anger at him till he died. In the remaining two incidents, the accused felt slighted when the owner of a shop and an eatery reasoned with them.While the police have solved most of these incidents, the common thread running through all of them remains the same —an instant provocation. None of the crimes could be pinned as premeditated and narrate a telling tale of a society that is sitting on a short fuse. Psychologists claim that a number of reasons including no fear of law and bloated ego lead to such crimes. According to psychologist and counsellor Taruna Trehan, highly stressful life has made people impatient. “Everyone is under tremendous pressure these days, which has made all of us short tempered. We fly into a rage at the flimsiest of reason. Blinded with the rage, we lose our sense of logic and reasoning and as a result such crimes happen.”She further adds that in some cases, people don’t fear the law too. “They know that even if they are caught and tried in the court, it would take decades before they are convicted of the crime. In the sub conscious they may be repenting but their conscious mind is aware the wheels of justice churn way too slowly and they have all the chance of getting away with, which emboldens them,” she states…& ANALYSISAnger management issues are spilling over into normal life with a lot of people taking law into their hands. The police and the government must take up programmes doling out tips to lessen aggression in people, as also telling them about the repercussions of acting on provocations. VOICESI personally feel that people don’t fear law, which is the reason crime is committed at such a large scale. They feel they can bribe the authorities and get away with any penal crime, and this reflects how our authorities behave. We have seen many a times justice is denied if the person has good connections. — Akansh GulatiI believe that the lacuna lies in involvement of civil society when it comes to standing against people who take the laws into their own hand. A simple altercation over debt payment or regarding a seat in the train has costed lives of individuals while the public has done nothing more than speculate. There has possibly been an absence of humanity amongst the spectators and unwillingness to involve themselves using peaceful means. This has ultimately led to apathy resulting in death.—Tanvi VartakPeople tend to take justice into their own hands because of their lack of faith in the system. Hence, such disastrous and heinous acts take place. The laws aren’t at fault, the procedure of their enforcement is.— Manek SinghAs they say empty vessels make noise. So is the case with Delhites. There are lack of good job opportunities that lead to such catastrophes. The government should make it a point to create better quality education and also generate more jobs so they don’t get time to fight for silly things are better occupied in life.”—Simran MehtaI think it might be because of psychological issues or frustration in their personal life. People who do this, don’t understand the importance of life, hence there are high chances that they are emotionally unstable and are threat to their own life as well— Anikaa MurarkaThis is an extremely atrocious incident that shows how reckless people, especially in the capital have become. We are not taught to behave nicely to people. People don’t care about each others’ convenience; we take pride in keeping egos, which lead to such issues.—Akshita DuaEXPERT SPEAKThe reason behind this is that people do not have patience and lead a stressful life. Due to this their reaction is swift and violent. Many a times it has been seen that trivial issues under the influence of alcohol and drugs take an ugly turn and small fights become a violent crime. People should try and lead a balanced life and healthy life and also include yoga and meditation in their day-to-day routine—Madhur Verma, DCP, Crime and PRO, Delhi Police

India heroin bust: Coastguard seizes 1,500kg of drugs

The haul was worth $550m, with the coastguard calling it India’s largest-ever single drugs seizure.

Hate speech: T’gana govt gives nod for prosecution of BJP MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telangana government has given its nod for the prosecution of BJP MLA Raja Singh in a case related to hate speech filed nearly four years ago. The case against the lawmaker was filed in the city’s Shahinayathgunj police station. In September 2013 the BJP legislator from Goshamahal organised a meeting — ‘Vishal Gau Rakshana Garjana’ — against cow slaughter wherein he allegedly made an inflammatory speech, Shahinyathgunj inspector Ravinder Reddy said. An FIR was filed and Singh booked under IPC section 153 (A) — promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, he said. A conviction under the section attracts imprisonment of up to three years, or fine, or both. The government issued an order yesterday clearing the decks for Singh’s prosecution. “And whereas, upon perusal of the relevant records pertaining to Crime No 231/2013 of the Shahinayathgunj Police Station, the government has satisfied and considered that the accused (Singh) should be tried for the offences punishable under section 153 A of Indian Penal Code,” the order said. “The government, hereby, accords sanction for prosecution of the accused,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 minor Assamese girls, forced into sex trade, rescued; 1 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police here have arrested a person and rescued two minor Assamese girls, who were pushed into prostitution after being lured to the national capital on the pretext of getting them jobs. The accused, Mujahid alias Surya, was arrested from near the IT Park at Shastri Park here on July 26, Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said today. The two girls, who were abducted from Hojai in Assam in May, were found with the accused, he added. The girls, aged 12 and 13, were told by the accused that he would get them employed as maids in Delhi, said another police officer, adding that they were also told that they would be rich by the time they turned 30. After the girls were handed over to Mujahid, in exchange for money, by a man who had brought them from Assam, the accused forced them into prostitution, the police said. The accused used to charge anywhere between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 to the “clients” of the girls, they added. The girls were produced before the Child Welfare Committee and were currently lodged in a girls’ home here, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi govt to reply on drug lord’s wife’s plea for her kids’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today sought response of the city government on a plea over non-payment of maintenance by it to two minor children of an alleged drug lord and his wife Zohra Sheikh, who has been jailed since June 2006 on charges of being part of an organised crime syndicate. Justice A K Pathak issued notice to the child welfare department of the Delhi government on a fresh application moved by Zohra, who was earlier denied bail by the high court, seeking compliance of the court’s 2009 order to pay for the welfare of the children. The application, filed through advocate Sumeet Verma, said that as per the 2009 high court order, the child welfare department was directed to take care of the food, education and other needs of her three minor kids as Zohra and her husband Sharafat Sheikh were in prison, facing trial under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). It said that in 2014 the government came up with a new policy for maintenance under which it was decided that an amount of Rs 3,500 shall be paid to first child, Rs 3,000 to the second and above two children, a maximum of Rs 6,500 shall be disbursed to cover the needs. It said that the government stopped disbursing the amounts to all the children since its policy came into force. The plea also said that in 2016 the eldest child turned a major, but the remaining two kids were also being deprived of the payment by the government. The government intimated the court about its 2014 policy, but failed to comply with its order to pay the children till they became major. Asking the city government to respond on the issue, the court fixed the matter for hearing on November six. The high court had in February this year denied bail to Zohra observing that she has been “roped in” on very serious charges including possessing unaccounted wealth on behalf of the crime syndicate under the MCOCA and that she might influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence considering the stakes for her and her husband. It had also said since the woman was facing charges of destruction of evidence, forging voter identity cards to meet her husband in jail and was also convicted in two criminal cases for kidnapping and causing hurt by dangerous weapon, an inference could be drawn that she could commit an offence while on bail. According to the prosecution, a secret information was received on July 7, 2005 that Sharafat, suspected to have been trading in narcotics with his gang members in Delhi on a large scale, was to come to his residence. Based on the information, a raid was conducted and Sharafat was found. He was also alleged to have in his possession a loaded pistol and a packet of 500 grams of ‘heroin or smack’. The Delhi Police had said that since it was alleged that Sharafat was the chief of a crime syndicate and was amassing wealth through illegal trade of narcotics, provisions under the MCOCA were invoked. Later, sanction was granted by an additional commissioner of police for prosecution of Sharafat and other accused — Mohd Saleem, Sheikh Hannan, and Najma Sheikh (first wife of Sharafat) and subsequently, the first charge sheet was filed on December 10, 2005. During the investigation, the prosecution had sought sanction against Zohra for alleged commission of offence under section 4 (for possessing unaccountable wealth on behalf of member of organised crime syndicate) of the MCOCA and a supplementary charge sheet was filed against her on September 8, 2006. She was arrested on June 12, 2006.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crime Branch to find out who gave false info

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the prison authorities on Monday told the Bombay High Court that Manjula Shetye died accidentally, the head of the state prisons department told DNA that the initial report by the jail staff to superior officers did not mention accidental death. The Prisons Department is now waiting for a Crime Branch report to shed light on who gave “misleading” information initially.”Initial report received from the jail staff stated that Shetye had fallen unconscious. Later, the postmortem clearly established assault. Shetye died on June 23 and a case was registered the next day,” Additional Director General of Police, Prisons, BK Upadhyay told DNA.Another prison official said, “When the incident came to light, since the staffers must have assaulted Shetye, they must be hiding the facts. Since male guards are not allowed inside the barracks, some female jail guard must have given the initial information about Shetye having fallen unconscious to the superiors.”Crime Branch is conducting an inquiry to find out who gave the false information, Upadhyay said. “Onnce we receive their report and verify the information given by the Crime Branch, we will take action,” he said.”The initial report does not mention that Shetye died due to an accidental fall. How she died is not mentioned in the report at all. It only stated that she was lying unconscious near the bathroom and died after she was rushed to the hospital,” said Upadhyay.Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the prison department to complete their probe and submit its detailed report to the Commission, confirmed SHRC Chairperson SR Bannurmath.WHAT REPORT TO SHRC SAYSReport by the Prisons Department to the SHRC states that there was an incident of assault on Shetye inside Byculla prison
It also states that prima facie, was an assault on Shetye by six prison officials who have been suspended pending probe

CCTV footage shows Manjula Shetye was dragged out of her barrack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could bring further trouble to the six jail staff of Byculla prison arrested in the Manjula Shetye murder case, the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has retrieved footage from nine CCTV cameras installed in the prison, in which the accused can be seen dragging Shetye out of her barrack.The footage also shows how other inmates of the prison, including Sheena Bora murder case, accused Indrani Mukerjea, damaging prison property during the riots that broke out a day after Shetye was assaulted.Sources said that the FSL has submitted a report on tests on the DNA samples collected in the case. However, a report on viscera samples is awaited from the FSL. The report submitted by the FSL to the Crime Branch states that no sexual assault had taken place and that Shetye was bleeding profusely and her own blood has been found on her body.”The video which has been retrieved by the FSL has revealed that the accused jail staff were present during the assault and are seen dragging Manjula out from the barrack,” said a senior crime branch officer.”The video will also help us strengthen our case against the female prison inmates who went on a rampage. Indrani Mukerjea and her co-inmates are seen rioting in the video. We will soon make few arrests for rioting,” said the officer.

MP: Over 15,000 people associated with farming ended lives in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 15,000 “farmers and people associated with farming” have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh in the last thirteen years ending 2016, the Legislative Assembly was informed today. “As many as 15,129 farmers and the people associated with farming have killed themselves in the last 13 years ending December, 2016,” Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said in response to a question raised by Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, who had sought to know the exact number of suicides by farmers during 2004 to 2016. Singh said his reply was based on the figures available with the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB). The BJP has been ruling Madhya Pradesh since December, 2003. Citing the data, the minister said the disturbing trend has been on a decline since 2005 when 1,248 such suicides had occurred. While 1,638 such cases were recorded in 2004, the figures for subsequent years are (bracket mentions the year): 1,248 (2005), 1,375 (2006), 1,263 (2007), 1,379 (2008), 1,395 (2009), 1,237 (2010), 1,326 (2011), 1,172 (2012), 1,090 (2013), 826 (2014), 581 (2015) and 599 (2016), stated the reply. Madhya Pradesh was on the boil last month after cultivators in various parts of the state held protests for their demands including a complete loan waiver and a better remuneration for agri produce. The state government yesterday clarified that six persons were killed and as many were injured in the police action during the farmers’ stir in Mandsaur district on June 6, which had triggered a political firestorm in the BJP-ruled state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Water leaks in ministers’ chambers in AP secretariat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rains in the last two days have caused water leaks in portions of the interim secretariat complex in Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati built in a “record” 192 days at a cost of Rs 512 crore. The downpour has left the chambers of at least three ministers soaking as water leaked through the roof. The false ceiling broke at several places while rain water seeped into the stamps and registration section of the revenue department. All these are housed in block-4 of the secretariat complex. State Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, who oversaw the construction of the complex, sought to play down the matter saying “some small problems are always common.” This was not the first time that rain caused havoc in the new buildings. Last month, the rain water leaked into the chamber of opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the Legislature building, located in the same compound. The state government then called it an act of ‘sabotage’ and ordered an inquiry by the Crime Investigation Department (CID), which is yet to be concluded. The maintenance staff plunged into action to mop up the rain water while the revenue department staffers hurriedly removed the files, computers and other material to safety as the ceiling cracked. “When you build a house, there will be problems. You need not see them with a magnifying glass,” the minister said, adding that there was nothing amiss with the construction. “The edges of the duct sheets were not properly cut in line with the outer wall because of which rain water seeped through them. Otherwise everything is fine,” Narayana said after inspecting the block-4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurugram cops nab member of dreaded Bawaria gang

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurugram Police’s Crime Branch has arrested a gang member belonging to the notorious Bawaria Gang. The accused is wanted in numerous cases involving burglary, dacoity and murder.The accused, Sahab Singh, 36, is a native of Jhajjar district in Haryana.Police sources said that they had arrested the man after getting a tip-off from one of their sources. Following this, the Crime Unit of Bilaspur deployed a team near Hanuman Mandir area.”A man was walking around near Hanuman Mandir. When he saw our team he became apprehensive and started moving away. We stopped him and took him to the station for interrogation,” said Sub Inspector Surendra Kumar, Crime Unit Bilaspur.Police said, during interrogations the suspect revealed that he belonged to the Bawaria Gang and was roaming in the area to commit a theft.The accused has been taken into four days police remand after which he was presented in court and taken into judicial custody.”We will try to nab the other members of his gang soon in the area,” said Sumit Kumar, DCP Crime, Gurugram. The Bawaria gang is notorious for attempting numerous crimes including murder and Rape in areas of NCR and western Uttar Pradesh.

SP, BSP walkout from UP Council over law and order issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition SP and BSP members today staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s reply over the law-and-order situation in the state. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of the Opposition Ahmed Hasan said, “In the 100 days of the BJP’s rule, 1,229 cases of murder, 1,321 incidents of rape and 1,201 incidents of dacoity have been reported.” “Crime has increased almost four-fold in the state. Uttar Pradesh at this point of time has become Crime Pradesh,” he said. Countering his allegation, Leader of the House and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, “During the Samajwadi Party rule, no cases were registered. When the cases were not registered, it boosted the morale of the criminals. “The BJP government has made provision of online registration of complaints. When cases are being registered, the number will go up,” he said. The legislators also protested levying of electricity charges to government schools at commercial rate. To this, state Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma assured the House that the government will look into the matter seriously. “The government will seriously deliberate over the proposal that electricity bill of secondary schools should not be levied at commercial rates. “There are over 1.5 lakh primary schools, of which there is no provision of electricity in 60,000 such schools. The effort of the government is to make available electricity in all the government schools by October 2017,” the minister said. Some members also raised the issue of “bad behaviour” they reportedly face at various toll plazas in the state. Earlier in the day, members condoled the death of seven Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district and observed two- minutes silence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Senior Navy officer arrested for disappearances of youths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior Naval officer is among six others who have been arrested by the police on charges of aiding and abetting disappearance of 11 youths between 2008 and 2009. Yesterday, five Naval intelligence officers were arrested and remanded over the same incident. The Colombo Fort magistrate also issued an open arrest warrant on another senior Naval officer. The arrested Naval officers were put under remand custody till July 19. The parents of the missing youth had complained that they were abducted and demanded ransom by the said Navy group. The government is to soon introduce the disappearances bill in parliament. It was aimed at ensuring there will be no enforced disappearances of individuals in future the government announced. The Crime Investigation Department is probing into the incident, where 11 youths were kidnapped in Colombo and later disappeared after being detained illegally between 2008 and 2009. Enforced disappearances figure heavy in Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the separatist armed conflict that ended in 2009. Both government troops and the LTTE were blamed for the disappearances of individuals.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crime Branch to probe alleged assault on woman by APP MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police Crime Branch has been tasked with investigating the allegation that three Aam AAP MLAs manhandled and abused a woman on the state assembly premises. The three MLAs are Amanatullah Khan (of Okhla), Somnath Bharti (Malviya Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). The North District police had lodged an FIR in the matter but the case was transferred to the Crime Branch a few days ago. Joint commissioner of Delhi Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan confirmed the development. “The district police has to deal with law and order problems as well as routine crime incidents. However, the Crime Branch is a specific unit and the matter has been transfered to it to ensure a speedy probe,” said an officer privy to the development. The three MLAs have been accused of assaulting a woman with “an intent to outrage her modesty and using words or gestures to hurt a woman”. The incident happened on June 28 and after the woman recorded her statement on June 29, the police sought legal opinion on the matter, sources said. In her statement, the complainant accused the three MLAs of roughing her up and abusing her. “I had gone to see the proceedings of the House, but could not get a pass for the Visitor’s Gallery. While I was standing outside the building, some men, including Khan and Singh, who were a part of a scuffle that was taking place there, came towards me,” she had claimed in her complaint. She had said “they pushed her and shoved her”. She was later taken to a room where she was assaulted, threatened and beaten up by Singh and Khan, she alleged. The duo was later joined by Bharti who abused her, she claimed. The AAP dispensation, in its tenure of a little over two years, has had an uneasy relationship with the police, with 15 of its MLAs being arrested for charges ranging from rioting, outraging the modesty of woman and sexual harassment to criminal intimidation and assault.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai Police arrests man accused of raping minor, mute girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Police on Sunday arrested a 20-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh’s Pharenda, in case of rape of a minor girl, who is deaf and mute since her birth.The girl, 14-year-old was found four and half months pregnant on December 6, 2016 when she complained about stomach ache.A case of rape was registered in Boriwali Police Station but it was difficult to find out the culprit, as the girl was unable to give description of the accused.The police then took help of various NGOs and experts who can communicate with deaf and mute people.With this, the police were able to establish that the culprit was a laborer on some construction site near the victim’s house.After a lot of effort the police was able to make a list of suspects and finally zeroed on the accused, who fled to his home town after committing the crime.A team of Mumbai Police was sent to Pharenda which brought him to Mumbai and where he was arrested on July 7, almost a year after committing the crime.

Akhil gang member arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Unit of Gurugram Police has arrested a gang member of ‘Akhil Gang’, actively involved in auto thefts in Southern Gurugram Area.According to the police, after getting a tip off from one of their sources revealing that some people who had previously been a part of auto thefts are making rounds in the Badshahpur area.A team was then sent to Badshahpur and arrested the man.He was identified as 25-yea-old Azharuddin of Nuh in Haryana.Azharuddin told the police that he was active in auto thefts since the past few months.He further revealed that he was a gang member of the Akhil group, whose leader Mohd.Akhil is currently an inmate of Palwal Jail serving time for burglary.Police has confiscated an ‘Eicher Canter’ from him which was stolen from Southern Delhi.A case has been registered under section 380 (Theft) of Indian Penal Code in the Badshahpur Police Station.The accused has been taken into police remand after court issued a production warrant against him.Badshahpur has witnessed a rapid increase in the cases of theft and burglary in the recent past.”We will soon be able to recover other stolen vehicles from the gang,” said Rajendra Kumar, SHO Badshahpur.

Crimes against women in TN lower than other states: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister K Palaniswami today said Tamil Nadu had fared better in prevention of crimes against women when compared to other states and credited measures taken by the police for this. Citing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2015, the chief minister said a total of 5,847 cases of crimes against women were registered in Tamil Nadu whereas the number was far more in states like Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The same year, Uttar Pradesh had recorded nearly 35,600 cases while West Bengal came next with with 33,218, followed by Maharashtra (31,126) and Rajasthan (28,165), he said. The number of such cases were in excess of 9,000 in states like Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, he added. “Since crime prevention activities are undertaken effectively in Tamil Nadu, crimes against women, when compared to other states, are lesser,” he informed the state Assembly. The chief minister was wrapping up a debate on the grants for his Home (Police and Fire and Rescue Services) department. Palaniswami said his government was guided by the principles followed by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa and therefore accorded top priority for women’s safety. Police are providing adequate security for women at workplaces, educational institutions and crowded areas like commercial establishments, he said. Reeling out statistics, he said the overall instances of crime, including murder and robbery, have come down in the state due to effective policing. There was a substantial dip in such instances in the 2011-16 period as compared to 2006-10, when DMK was in power, Palaniswami said. The police and agencies concerned were closely monitoring the activities of banned outfits, fundamentalist organisations and Naxalites, and taking preventive activities to ensure peace in the state. “Police are ensuring terror activities don’t find a footing in the state,” he added. Meanwhile, responding to pleas from opposition DMK and three allies of AIADMK for granting of parole to A G Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the chief minister recalled having said the matter was under the government’s consideration. He said he had discussed the matter with Law Minister C V Shanmugam and that legal opinion had also been sought. “The government will take action keeping in mind the opinion of all,” he said. Earlier, Palaniswami made a slew of announcements for the Police and the Fire and Rescue Services. These included procuring gadgets and equipment, increasing allowances for the personnel and revising incentives, among other measures.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Home Ministry indifferent to Nirbhaya Fund projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what can be perceived as nonchalance to the reinforcement of women’s safety in the country, the Home Ministry has refrained from sending remarks on the progress it has made on projects sanctioned under the Nirbhaya Fund to the review committee. In the absence of any self-appraisal, the women and child development, which is the nodal ministry of the Fund, was left to carry out the appraisal based on its own findings.An official of the WCD ministry said reminders have led to no concrete response. This is not the first time the review committee, which convenes almost every month, has asked the Home Ministry to speed up projects. WCD minister Maneka Gandhi had shot off letters to the ministry and other ministries to speed up the progress of these projects in December.The projects under the home ministry sanctioned under the Nirbhaya Fund include a central helpline called the the National Emergency Response System (NERS) under a project cost of Rs 321.69 crore, the Organized Crime Investigative Agency (OCIA), with a project cost of Rs 83.20 crore, the Central Victim Compensation Fund which is a corpus of Rs.200 crore to be disbursed to states for victim compensation under section 357A of the CrPC, and the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women & Children (CCPWC), a project under which an online portal was to be built by the cyber cell of the home ministry along with the WCD ministry for Rs 244.32 crore.While the NERS was in cold storage because of a technical glitch, the OCIA was clubbed with the anti-human trafficking. The CCPWC plans to form an online cyber crime reporting platform, a national cyber forensic laboratory, and research and development for new tools, training and capacity building and is slated to finish by 2018. In reply to a standing committee, the home ministry said that over 42,000 personnel are being trained for the project.UP FOR REVIEWUnder the Rs 3,000 crore corpus, over 18 proposals were received by the Empowered Committee in 2016. Of these, 16 proposals were recommended. The committee is currently reviewing over 8 projects from various state departments.

Haryana govt clears proposal for special task force

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government today cleared a proposal to set up a special task force for tightening the noose around wanted criminals, including serial killers and those who indulge in organised crime. The state may also enact a law similar to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, passed in 1999 to combat organised crime and terrorism. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved a proposal to to set up the task force during a meeting of the Police Department here today. The task force, which will be headed by an IGP-level officer, will be headquartered in Gurugram. Khattar directed the police to closely monitor caste- based issues. He asked the police to immediately nab the main accused in the killing of a 17-year-old Muslim youth on board a Mathura-bound train on June 22, and seek strict punishment for all those involved in the heinous crime. Khattar directed officers to carry out special campaigns to nab the accused wanted for crimes such as snatching, theft, dacoity, extortion and kidnapping, an official spokesman said. The chief minister said steps should be taken to curb the drug trade. The officers were also told to study the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act so that a similar Act could be brought in Haryana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 Nigerians held for duping man of over Rs 13 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has arrested two Nigerians and an Indian who cheated people of lakhs of rupees.The accused have been identified as George Ike alias Doctor Cosmos Brown (36), Ugwuele Bright Onyeka alias De Man Cooler (32) who are both from Nigeria. Their Indian aide, Vishal Sharma, a resident of Mumbai, has also been arrested.The accused contacted people through social media, claiming they were a pharmaceutical company, Herbal Root Seeds, based in the UK doing research for the treatment of cancer. They urged people to buy seeds which would help in this treatment from a trader in Mumbai, Sharma, and sell it to their company at a higher price to make a profit.The scam came to the fore when one S Rahul from Delhi, lodged a complaint with the crime branch alleging that he has been cheated by a group who contacted him through Facebook.The complainant told police the accused had contacted him a few months ago and asked him to buy herbal root seeds from their Mumbai trader. The trader then sold him the seeds for Rs 13,07,400, said Bhisham Singh, DCP (Crime Branch).”The complainant transferred Rs 13,04,700 as advance for five packets of seeds, following which Doctor Cosmos Brown, the Purchase Manager of the company visited his house to check the samples of seeds. After this they remained non-contactable on which the complainant approached the police,” Singh said.Using technical surveillance police traced the trader Vishal Sharma in Mumbai and his interrogation led police to the other accused.

Report confirms no sexual assault on Shetye

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch on Tuesday stated that they had received the postmortem report, which does not mention any sexual assault on Shetye. “We have received the detailed postmortem report and sexual assault on Shetye has been ruled out,” confirmed a senio’r official.”The postmortem report confirmed injuries but not on Shetye’s private parts. Samples have been sent for chemical analysis,” said JJ Hospital Dean TP Lahane.Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court’s former Justice Anand Nirgude was announced as the Special Investigation Team’s head to probe the case further. State’s former Director General of Police Pravin Dixit and social worker Anjali Deshpande will be the other two members of the SIT.The SIT will not only investigate Shetye’s death but will also look into the jail facilities available for inmates such as infrastructure, food, health and safety. No deadline has been put in place as yet for the SIT to submit its report.

‘Autopsy report reveals Manju Shette suffered head injuries’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The detailed post-mortem report of Byculla jail inmate Manju Shette, who died after allegedly being assaulted by prison guards, has revealed that she suffered injuries on her head as well as body, dean of the state-run J J Hospital, Dr T P Lahane, said today. “The detailed post-mortem report of Manju Shette shows that she had head injuries apart from injuries on her body,” Lahane said. Shette (45) died at the J J Hospital on June 23 after being allegedly beaten up by the Byculla jail officials and staff as she “failed” to account for two eggs and five loaves of bread, which were distributed by her to the inmates, police has said. Police had registered a case of murder against the jail officials. On Saturday, the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police arrested all the six accused — Manisha Pokharkar, Wasima Shaikh, Shital Shegokar, Surekha Gulve, Aarti Shingne and Bindu Naikade. After Shette’s death, around 200 prisoners had launched a protest on June 24 for their demands, including allowing the media inside the Byculla jail premises. Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was among the inmates who were booked by police for rioting and other offences after they staged a protest over Shette’s death. Indrani had earlier lodged a complaint with Nagpada police alleging that she was beaten up by jail officials and threatened of sexual assault after the death of a convict sparked protest in the prison. The complaint, which was accessed by the media today, also said that jail official Bindu Naikade, who was later arrested over the murder of Shette, was posted to guard her (Indrani) on June 24. “On the morning of June 24, Naikade was posted to guard me,” Indrani said in the complaint. The police had earlier said that Shette was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts. However, Maharashtra State Women’s Commission chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar had last week said that a magisterial inquest ruled out any injury on Shette’s private parts though her autopsy suggested multiple injuries on the body. The Women’s Commission has also said that it would form a three-member SIT in connection with Shette’s death. It will be chaired by a retired high court judge and it would comprise a retired senior police officer and a woman NGO member. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into Shette’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gang stealing cattle for illegal abattoir busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons involved in over 100 cases of cattle theft have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. As many as 25 cases of robbery registered in various parts of the national Capital have been solved with the arrests, the police said.The group, notorious as ‘Lukman Gang’, has been carrying out robberies of cattle and goats for the last two years. The animals were then sold to a man identified as Manzoor, who lives in Dasna, Uttar Pradesh (UP), and runs an illegal slaughterhouse there.”The accused have been identified as Kamru, 27, Parvej alias Rana, 23, Lukman alias Tillu, 32, Shahazad, 21, and Abid, 25. Four country-made pistols along with 10 live cartridges, master keys, equipment to break into a house, and stolen vehicles were recovered from their possession,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Madhur Verma said.The Crime Branch had recently started developing information regarding various criminals after several such incidents in Delhi and the surrounding areas came to the fore. On July 1, a team of officers was informed about the gang and they were apprehended in a raid while trying to flee.Explaining their modus operandi, the police said the accused would first steal a vehicle, usually a tempo, and then conduct a recce on the outskirts of Delhi to identify a target area.During sustained interrogation, the accused revealed that they were habitual criminals and had been previously arrested in connection with several heinous cases. They decided to steal cattle as animals were an easy target and could be easily disposed off for cash. The gang mostly targeted villages on Delhi borders, so that it doesn’t take much time to flee from the spot.REVELATIONSThe accused were habitual criminals and had been previously arrested in connection with several heinous cases.
The gang mostly targeted villages on Delhi borders, so that it doesn’t take much time to flee from the spot.

National-level javelin thrower among 5 held in kidnapping case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A national medal-winning javelin thrower was the “mastermind” behind the kidnapping of a city- based trader’s son, police said today. Sohanvir Chaudhary, who won a silver medal in the 2011 National Games in Guwahati, is among five persons arrested in the case, SP (Crime) Shivram Yadav said. Chaudhary is the son of retired PAC company commander Jagveer Chaudhary. The 15-year-old boy, the son of a scrap dealer, had been kidnapped on June 23. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of 2 core which later came down to Rs 30 lakh. However, they released the boy unharmed at Mohan Nagar area of Ghaziabad on June 25 after reportedly getting wind of an impending police raid on the Noida hideout where he had been kept. The sportsman, who had won medals in several competitions, has also been involved in other cases of dacoity, murder and kidnapping, police said. The other kidnappers are all Meerut residents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai crime branch to probe death of Byculla jail convict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the death of a woman convict who was lodged in the Byculla prison here, a senior police official said today. The Commissioner of Mumbai Police has issued an order, as per which the crime branch will investigate the death of convict Manju Shette, the official said. The police had earlier suspended six jail staffers and booked them on the charge of murder. Manju (45) died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of the jail on June 23. The Byculla jail, located in the heart of the city, houses around 251 inmates. The police had earlier said Manju, whose death triggered protests in the prison, was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts. “These allegations are part of an FIR filed against the jail staff. We are probing the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3), Akhilesh Singh had said. Following Manju’s death, the enraged inmates rose in protest on Saturday, some of them went to the prison’s terrace, while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger. Later, the Nagpada police booked nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla jail, including Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, who is lodged in the same prison, for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Indrani yesterday moved a Mumbai court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the convict’s death triggered a protest in the prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 Nigerians, Indian woman held for duping people with fake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Nigerians and an Indian woman have been arrested in the national capital for allegedly duping people of crores of rupees with fake lottery schemes, the police said today. The Delhi Police Crime Branch, which made the arrests, said the accused used to send text messages and e-mails to the unsuspecting victims informing them that they had won huge amounts in lottery schemes. “Then they used to seek details of the victims such as their names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails. They used to send false documents to the victims and then ask them to deposit money for income tax, service charge, conversion charge etc.,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) G Ram Gopal Naik. On June 22, Sardar Kamaljeet Singh from Punjab lodged a police complaint in the national capital alleging that he was cheated to the tune of around Rs 1.5 crore by a gang of Nigerians and an Indian woman. The complainant was called to Delhi by the accused to pay the last instalment. On June 23, a trap was laid by the Crime Branch sleuths at a bus stand in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar and two of the accused were arrested. Four mobile phones, fake US dollars, three laptops and passports were seized from their possession, said Naik. Two more arrests, including that of the Indian woman, were made subsequently. The Nigerians were staying in India on expired visas, said the police. The Nigerian High Commission has been informed of the arrests.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC directs TN police to produce records on sale of idols

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu Police to produce records before it on the sale of two idols made of five-metal alloys and worth about Rs 20 crore by officials of its Idol Wing, without recording its seizure. Justice R Mahadevan gave the order orally while hearing a petition by advocate ‘Elephant’ G Rajendran, seeking a direction to transfer the probe to the Crime Branch of the CID from the Idol Wing and posted the matter for further hearing to June 29. According to Rajendran, Arokiaraj and Santhanam were arrested on April 4 when they were attempting to sell the panchaloha idols to a foreign national. Police later handed over the two along with the idols to the Idol Wing. Idol Wing Inspector Kader Batcha and Sub Inspector Gopal instead of taking action against Arokiaraj and Santhanam, sold the idols to a smuggler for Rs 15 lakh, without recording its seizure. On a complaint from DSP Ashok Natarajan of the Idol Wing, criminal cases were registered against Kader Batcha, Subraj and a constable of the wing. Meanwhile, Batcha was promoted as DySP. Rajendran submitted that case was now handled by an officer in the rank of inspector of the wing and he cannot effectively handle the case, as Batcha’s rank is senior than the investigating official. Contending that the protectors of the antique has committed a crime, the petitioner submitted that the accused were not suspended till today and there was every chance of them escaping from the clutches of law. He sought transfer of the case from the Idol Wing to the Crime Branch of the CID and filing of a charge sheet against the three within a time frame fixed by the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court to hear plea for FIR in Ramjas College incident in July

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today fixed July 19 for hearing a plea seeking the lodging of an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in February this year. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra listed the matter for further hearing on the next date after the court was informed that a transfer application filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch was pending before the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM). The transfer plea is listed for hearing on July one. Police has said that the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate has no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, CMM Satish Kumar Arora had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg has vehemently opposed the police’s plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents. Police had earlier said in its status report that the Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee which has been probing complaints relating to the incidents of February 21-22 this year and has so far examined 62 witnesses, including student groups and police officials. The court was hearing the complaint seeking lodging of an FIR into the February incidents during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by members of students groups AISA and SFI. The plea had said a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year. It alleged that “massive anti-national slogans/ activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting morale of terrorists against our country.” It has claimed that the organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain its nod for the event and “conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war against the country”. It has sought lodging of an FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC. On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Omar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving several students and three teachers injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hate crime over-reported, over-hyped: home secretary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi today said hate crime is not new in the country and that such incidents have been over-reported and over-hyped particularly by the electronic media. “Hate crime is not a new sort of crime in India. It is a feudal crime which has happened over the ages. Such crimes today shake the conscience of people and disturb them much more than the past,” he said. Mehrishi said hate crimes are over-reported and over- hyped today. “They have been taking place over decades and it is not a different crime,” Mehrishi said at the ‘State of the States’ conclave of India Today group here. “A crime is a crime and should be handled with strictness, fairness and justice must be done,” he said. He also said that an entire paradigm shift in policing is needed to drastically improve the situation in the country. He stressed that changes in training methodology and structure in police department should take place and people should make themselves responsible because the government cannot do everything. Speaking on the cyber crime scenario, ADG (Crime) Rajasthan Police , Pankaj Kumar Singh said new challenges have emerged with the changing pattern of crime. “Serious concern today is for the safety of digital transactions. Financial crime is rising and it is a challenge. Security of database is a main challenge and companies should be prepared and responsible enough to ensure the safety of people’s database,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How Sadhvi Giri was nabbed from Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sadhvi Jayshree Giri, who had escaped from police custody on June 14, was caught near a toll booth on the Udaipur-Nathdwara highway in Rajasthan late on Tuesday. Her six-year-old son was also with her.The sadhvi, who was arrested in a cheating case, had given the slip to four police personnel escorting her from Himalaya Mall. The crime branch set up three teams to track her down.The team that arrested her comprised PSIs Jatin Patel, Jain Goswami, Ashok Chawdari, ASI Pooja Rathod and ASI Chandravali Ratnu. While talking about the operation, officials said the sadhvi was using her mobile phone and police kept track of her movements. However, she switched off the phone near Chiloda toll booth. On the basis of the routes, officials concluded she was heading toward Rajasthan. They started scanning CCTV footage at each toll booth along the way. At the Udaipur toll booth, they spotted footage of the sadhvi seated in a red-coloured car with someone else in the driver’s seat.Inquiries revealed the driver had taken a return ticket. Armed with this information, they kept a vigil at the booth. Sure enough, the car returned to the toll both on Tuesday night and the Crime Branch team immediately swung into action and arrested her.

Man shares wife’s private pics on video chat, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old marketing executive was arrested today for allegedly sharing his wife’s objectionable photos as well as the videos of their intimate moments on a video chat application, police said. The woman (around 26 years), a resident of neighbouring Medchal district, complained to Cyber Crime Police of Cyberabad Commissionerate that her husband had shot her semi-nude and nude photos without her knowledge and shared them with his friend through the application, an officer said. The couple has been married for nearly 15 months. The woman stated that she had been harassed by her husband since the day of their wedding. “The woman stated that her husband used to take her pictures and videos without her consent by using his mobile phone handset,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crimes) S Jayaram said. The officer said the woman suspected that something was amiss and forcibly took possession of her husband’s handset around four days back. Besides vulgar messages, she found her pictures and shared chats in the handset. The woman also found that private videos shot during their intimate moments were shared through the handset, he said. A case was registered following the woman’s complaint. It was revealed during the investigation that the man was habituated to watching porn videos and he used to do sex chat on various porn websites. “About 20 days back, he met a person online and they exchanged their app account details for chatting. On June 11, he started chatting with one Sriman on his app account. After exchanging their personal information, they both came to an understanding, exchanged their wives semi-nude/nude photos through the app,” the ACP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

6th arrest in smuggling case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Crime Branch team on Thursday arrested Ukaaram Nai alias Ramesh from Mumbai in connection with the smuggled gold seized from Ahmedabad international airport a fortnight ago.This is the sixth arrest in the case. The consignment had been sent from Dubai.Inspector RS Suvera told mediapersons on Friday that Ramesh admitted he was working at a shop in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai. He got involved in gold smuggling in January 2013.

Kennels, but no ACs, for Crime Branch canines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch thought their canine fleet would be ecstatic at seeing their newly constructed kennels, located at a new building on Tuesday. But no, the 35 labradors turned up their noses and refused to walk into new kennels. The reason? No air-conditioning.The kennels that the canines had refused to enter were housed in the dog squad building. This is part of Crime Branch’s new police station, located in Pushp Vihar in south Delhi. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had inaugurated the new building with much fanfare on Tuesday but the lack of ACs ensured that while people might be staying there, the canines would not, at least for now.Speaking to DNA, Crime Branch officials admitted that they had forgotten to install ACs in the building where the kennels were housed. As a result, alternate accommodation would have to be provided for the dogs till they were installed in the building. The 35 labradors have been procured from IBC Meerut, by the Crime Branch.”All the labradors are aged between two to three years. These dogs are already endowed with basic skills and will further specialise in tracking down weapons and explosives. Each of them have been allocated a dedicated trainer and assistants will be hired, as and when required,” said Constable Sandeep Kumar, one of the dog handlers.Trainers added that each dog will be given their independent kennel, which is something like a small room with mauve tiles that lead to a balcony, for better air ventilation. “Since they are young and are police dogs, they will need space to run around freely to exhaust themselves,” said Constable Pawan Agarwal, another handler.Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Praveen Ranjan said there are plans of doubling the strength of the dogs in Pushp Vihar to 70.

AIADMK symbol case: Fake RS I-card seized from ‘middleman’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Probing into the alleged AIADMK symbol bribery case, investigators have recovered a fake Rajya Sabha (RS) identity card from the possession of Sukesh Chandrasekar, who was the suspected middleman in the case. The case involves TTV Dinakaran, the nephew of tainted AIADMK leader Sasikala Natarajan, who has been accused of attempting to get a party symbol by bribing the election body.”The identity card is an exact replica of the original, with all the security features,” a senior police officer said, adding that it was a case of forgery. Chandrasekar was arrested earlier this year in relation to the election fraud. While the bribery link has been established by the Crime Branch, the new revelation makes the case even stronger. The incident has allowed the investigative agency to add Section 467 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), related to forgery, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.The police have started investigating as to who gave Chandrasekar the fake RS identity card. Delhi Police found the card during their ongoing probe into EC bribery case. The police have managed to establish the relationship between Chandrasekhar and Dinakaran and the hawala transactions.

Crime branch registers case against a company for cheating,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered by the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police against proprietors and other officials a company for allegedly alluring and cheating innocent youths on the pretext of sending them abroad for getting admissions to professional colleges. Acting on a report that a company, located at Bahu Plaza area of Jammu, was alluring and cheating the innocent candidates and their parents on the pretext of sending them abroad to various professional colleges, the Crime Branch registered a case and started enquiry, a Crime Branch spokesman said here today. During the probe it was found that the company was owned by Jallandhar-based S Bahvnoor Singh Bedi (Director), which was functioning through Rahul Dev (Regional Manager), Arundeep Singh and Vinod Kundal (Branch Manager) at Jammu, he said. It was also found that the company was not registered to carry out its business at Jammu or had the mandate to send candidates to various professional colleges abroad, he said, adding the company was alluring innocent candidates and their parents. They were impersonating themselves as authorised agents of various professional colleges of foreign countries and is taking money in lakhs from them on the pretext of sending them to various professional colleges abroad, he said. It was also revealed that the license was issued to the accused by the Ministry of External Affairs under the Emigration Act 1983 only for the purpose of carrying out the business of recruitment for deployment of Indian workers with foreign employers within the jurisdiction of Jallandhar area, he said. The company, in violation of the norms, had opened its office at Jammu and contacted about nine candidates through print and electronic media. They had taken Rs 27,000 from each of them as application and registration fee, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane Crime Branch busts another call centre scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late on Thursday, sleuths from Thane Crime Branch raided a bogus call centre operating from a business complex in Ambarnath and have arrested eight persons for duping American nationals by posing as Columbus Bank officials. Police have seized 31 computer hard disks and three laptops containing data about the scam.According to crime branch officers, the conmen operated from Ramesh Enterprise building of Mount Logic Solutions call centre. The crooks resorted to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to contact US nationals and lured them into taking loans. The callers, in the age group of 20-22, availed details from the US nationals and lured them by giving $100-500 as processing fee through iTunes cards.”The caller used to take the 16-digit code of the cards, which were used to withdraw cash from them. US nationals have been duped in large numbers since 2015,” said a crime branch officer.Thane crime branch had also busted call centre scams in Mira road seven months back, wherein the callers had been threatening the US nationals. However, the modus operandi of the present case revealed that the US nationals were conned by the call centre operators.”We have also arrested Jaya Gunjal, the owner of the place, who was receiving Rs 7 lakh as rent. We suspect that she was aware of the illegal operations,” said the officer.Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner, Thane Crime Branch said, “We are also investigating the roles of 18 other people involved, and a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Telegraphic Act has been registered. We also suspect the involvement of foreign nationals in this scam and further probe is on.”

Kidney Racket Gang: Cops seeks Govt nod to prosecute under anti-organ law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost two weeks after the Delhi Police crime branch busted a kidney racket, the force has written to Delhi Government seeking its sanction to slap charges under the stringent anti-organ trade law — Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 on the five accused who were arrested following a 40-day-long secret operation last month.Five persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly running the racket that was busted by the crime branch.“We require the sanction of the Delhi government to book the accused under this Act and to strengthen the case,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity. Police have also requested the government for expert help to study technical details of the case.The reason the police are seeking government sanction is because of the strict wording of the act. As Section 22 of the Act states, “No court shall take cognisance of an offence under this Act except on a complaint made by the Appropriate Authority concerned, or any officer authorised in this behalf by the Central Government or the State Government.”Earlier, following arrests, police had seized some documents from Batra Hospital, and had requested the government to set up a panel of doctors to study the nuances of the matter.The racket which indulged in kidney transplants was busted by a team of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch with the help of a 24-year-old MBA student and a TV reporter following investigations over a period of 40 days, based on more than 200 calls and video recordings.The MBA student had posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the crime branch, they recorded the entire process from his meetings with the middlemen to his screening process at the hospital for kidney donation. The man even underwent a screening test in front of a medical team at Batra Hospital that had cleared his interview despite him giving some wrong answers.The hospital had however denied any such involvement and said that it would cooperate in the probe.

Rape victim’s father opposes CBI closure plea, seeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the CBI has sought closure of the case related to the rape of a seven-year-old girl at Vasco, the victim’s father today filed an application in a local court alleging that there were serious lapses in the investigation. In his application submitted before Judicial Magistrate First Class at Vasco, the victim’s father Apurva Nagvekar opposed the CBI’s application seeking closure of the case as they could not find the accused and sought that thorough investigation be carried out in the case “as the culprit should not remain scot-free”. The girl was raped inside the toilet of her school by an unidentified person in January, 2013. The Goa Police’s Crime Branch had conducted the investigation. However, since the police failed to identify the culprit, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which interrogated 391 suspects, but failed to achieve a breakthrough. In December last year, the CBI had filed the application for closure of the case before the JMFC, which the victim’s father has opposed. In his two-page application, he said, “The report is bristling with inaccuracies and omissions, apart from indicating that no thorough investigation has yet been done in the case by the CBI.” The closure report is silent on the investigation carried out by CID (Crime Branch), he said adding, “The statement of the security guard, who was on duty on the fateful day, was not recorded by the CBI.” Pointing out several “omissions” in the probe, he said the CBI, which was entrusted with the investigation, because of dissatisfaction about prior investigation, has not further recorded the statement of the first informant, the suspects, the headmistress of the school and others considering that the investigation has to start from scratch,” he claimed. He also said that the identification parade of the suspects was not carried out. The court today adjourned the case till July 4, when it would decide whether the CBI’s application for closure of the investigation be allowed or not.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: Four-year-old sexually abused by school trustee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MIDC police have registered a case against an Indian-origin French national who is a trustee of a school in Andheri (E) for allegedly sexually abusing a four-year-old student at the school. The case was registered after the child’s mother noticed unusual behaviour of her daughter, and on showing her the school website, the child pointed to the photograph of the accused as the one who had touched her inappropriately.A female class teacher who was aware of the crime, but did nothing to stop it, has also been booked for abetting the crime.The school is one of the few institutions in the city following the Waldorf curriculum — an alternate way of teaching students that is gaining popularity in the West.According to the MIDC police, the mother, a businesswoman, approached them and complained that around four months back, her daughter was allegedly sexually abused by a trustee of the school, Patrick Brillant, and her female class teacher abetted the crime.When the mother noticed unusual behaviour of her daughter, she first contacted the school authorities, who bluntly asked her to register a complaint with the police.”The complainant has revealed that after noticing unusual behaviour of her child, she opened the school’s website, and the girl identified the trustee as as the man who had sexually abused her, and and also named her class teacher. Being a sensitive case, we registered the First Information Report on May 18″, said a senior police officer from MIDC police station.”The complainant said that her daughter informed her that she was touched inappropriately and this had affected her. The mother revealed that the trustee who also teaches in the same school touched herdaughter’s private parts. A female teacher who was aware of this, did nothing and abetted the crime”, said the officer.”We have conducted the medical examinations and are awaiting reports from the hospital. Few medical examinations are yet to be conducted and we have asked the parents to accompany their daughter to thehospital for medical check ups”, said the officer.ND Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone X, said, “We cannot rule out more victims coming forward in the case. The accused is not in the country and we have enquired with the school authorities regarding the incident. We are dealing with the case sensitively and we will soon ask the accused to be present before us to record their statement”, said Reddy.”A case under Sections 376 (2) of the Indian Penal Code for rape, and under relevant Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, has been registered at MIDC police. We are investigating further”, said Reddy.Despite repeated calls and messages, the school management could not be reached for comment.

Har cop opens fire, injures one in Himachal Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A toll-booth employee was injured after he was shot at by a policeman of the Haryana Crime Branch at Gara Maur on the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh border, police said. The incident took place on the Kiratpur Manali road when a car ferrying six policemen from Gurgaon to Kullu skipped a toll-booth barrier without paying the fee, police said. The booth’s employees stopped the vehicle by putting up a barricade, they said. The cops allegedly abused the employees which led to a scuffle between them, police said. “One of the policemen opened fire, injuring one Ranvir. He was rushed to a hospital in Nalagarh from where doctors referred him to the PGI hospital in Chandigarh,” a police source said. “Four out of six policemen have been nabbed from Punjab’s Maura village. Two others are still at large,” SP Bilaspur Rahul Nath said. “The cop who fired with his service revolver at Ranvir is yet to be identified,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Missing JNU student: CBI files FIR in Najeeb Ahmed case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR in the Najeeb Ahmed case. 27-year-old Najeeb, a student of biotechnology in Jawaharlal Nehru University has been missing since October last year. The agency has filed a case of “kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully to confine” him.The agency has filed an FIR on the complaint of his mother Fatima Ahmed. CBI took over the probe after Delhi High Court issued directions in April. The court also had rebuked Delhi Police for wasting time.Najeeb had gone missing on October 15, 2016 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members the night before. Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees had approached the high court, complaining that the police were not making any “serious endeavours” to find her son, a first year post-graduate student at the university. Ahmad is a member of AISA in JNU. The incident triggered massive protest by students, forcing the police to launch a massive hunt.Delhi Police had set up a Special Investigating Team to trace Ahmed last year, and transferred the case to the Crime Branch after they could not crack the case. The police had also announced Rs. 10 lakh reward for information that could help locate him. Delhi Police had formed the team after direction from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to trace him.Delhi Police earlier announced a reward of Rs50,000, which was then increased to Rs1 lakh, then Rs2 lakh and subsequently to Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb. The Crime Branch had managed to trace the auto driver who reportedly took Najeeb from JNU. The clue, however, could not help them trace Najeeb’s location. A thorough search using sniffer dogs and police horses on campus was also carried out for two days inside JNU campus. More than 600 police personnel, 20 inspectors, 16 ACP rank officers and two DCPs were part of the operation. But in the end the police could not trace the missing student.

Mumbai police bust transfers racket, arrest PA of former Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police claimed to have busted a transfers and postings racket concerning senior officials by arresting four persons, including a personal assistant of a former minister, from a plush hotel near city airport. The accused were arrested after a raid at a five star hotel near Mumbai airport last night, said police. Besides, the personal assistant of minister of state for Home, the others arrested include Kishor Mali, who is the kingpin of this racket and two others hailing from Pune and Delhi, said police. Mali, who hails from Solapur is politically connected, police claimed. “We have arrested four persons for running a postings and transfers racket concerning senior government officials. It includes PA of former minister of state Home,” Sanjay Saxena, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Land grab case: Court asks ex-Goa minister to appear on Jun 17

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Panaji today directed former Goa tourism minister Dilip Parulekar and two others to appear before it on June 17 in connection with a land grab and cheating case filed against them. Social activist Aires Rodrigues had filed a case against Parulekar and two other government officials accusing them of being involved in land grab near Panaji. North Goa Principal District and Sessions Judge Irshad Agha today directed Parulekar, Peter Martins, the then attorney of Comunidade of Serula, and Irene Sequeira, the then administrator of Comunidade of Bardez, to appear before the court. Comunidade is a Portuguese era community institution, which has land holdings across the state. The three accused have been directed to appear before the court on June 17 to face trial for the offences under sections 119, 120, 420 read with 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13(1)(c) and (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The crime branch, which was investigating the case, had filed a reply in the court last year seeking to close the case against the trio. In December last year, the court, while rejecting the plea of the crime branch to close the case, had noted that it was not satisfied with the investigation conducted by the crime branch under Section 190 (1) (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code. Strongly opposing the move to close the case, Rodrigues had then submitted to the court that the crime branch, in an attempt to shield Parulekar, had derailed and vitiated the investigation by falsely and malafidely portraying to the court that he (Parulekar) was a victim, who was misled by the Comunidade officials to grab the land. Rodrigues also drew the court’s attention that the crime branch had repeatedly informed the court that the probe was almost complete and that only sanction from the government was awaited to prosecute the accused. In his complaint, Rodrigues had drawn the court’s attention that the 599 sq mt of prime land on the Chogm Road at Porvorim near Panaji was given away to Parulekar without any auction and without following the procedure laid down under the Code of Comunidade. The social activist had also alleged that the Comunidade of Serula had granted the land to Parulekar for just Rs 3,41,320 although it was worth over Rs one crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jewar case: Mobile call record fails to provide clue about possible criminals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hot on the trail of those involved in the sensational Jewar robbery and alleged gangrape case, the police were left disappointed after they could not find any mobile phone call record from the crime site area that could lead to them.The police are now depending on their information network to trace the five culprits of the May 25 incident in which eight people travelling to Bulandshahr were looted off Yamuna Expressway in Jewar area, while four women, part of the group, were allegedly raped and a man shot dead.Police have found that the criminals had not used the mobile phones during the crime period, a senior Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) official said today.The Jewar Police and the UP STF team scanned call details of the mobile phones operating in the crime site area between 1 AM to 4 AM of May 25 and found around 2,500 numbers were operational during that period in the area.Call details of these numbers were scanned but nothing suspicious was found, the official said, adding the criminals may not have used mobile phone during the crime period fearing that it could help police trace them.The three mobile phones of the victims, which were allegedly robbed by the criminals, too did not function during the crime period, officials said. The STF official said till date these mobile phone are non-functional.Surveillance specialists from Aligarh were called to join the probe in the case, which has found echo in the political corridors as well with opposition parties flaying the BJP-led UP government over law and order situation in the sate. Now the UP STF is putting thrust on its informers’ network to get clues about the criminals.Police have also shown around 100 photographs of suspects people, but the victims were unable to identify the culprits. They (the victims) said it was dark when the crime took place and identifying the criminals from photograph was difficult, the official said.The family members of the victims yesterday held staged a demonstration at Jewar tehsil and demanded arrest of the criminals. They also threatened to commit suicide if they do not get justice.Their family members said they will meet UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya during his visit to Noida tomorrow and demand arrest of criminals and justice to the victims. Meanwhile, former Noida MLA and BJP leader Vimla Batham claimed that the victims’ families were upset over police ruling out rape in its initial investigations.She said police should have put thrust on arresting the criminals instead of making statements “against” the victims and condemned the force making the “statement in hurry”. Armed robbers had on May 25 struck a group of eight people travelling to Bulandshahr in a vehicle on the Yamuna Expressway, shooting dead a man and looting cash and jewellery.Four women, who were travelling in the car along with as many men, alleged that they were raped at gunpoint after they tried to resist the robbery bid. On May 26, four persons were detained for questioning over the robbery and alleged gangrape incident on the Yamuna Expressway. “Once we confirm the involvement of the suspects, we will arrest them. More suspects are also being questioned,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jewar, Dileep Singh.

Racket dealing with wild animal body parts busted in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was today held and body parts of over 400 monitor lizards were seized in a joint operation by Odisha Crime Branch, state Forest Department and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). The accused was held from from Brahmeswarpatna locality of the state capital region during the raid, official sources said. The man, said to be the alleged mastermind of the racket, has been detained, Special DG, Crime Branch B K Sharma said. As many as 210 dried hemipenes (sexual organs) of monitor lizards have been seized during the joint raid, Sharma said, adding that a case has been registred under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The crime branch was earlier alerted by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) regarding presence of such racket Odisha’s capital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crime Branch to assist probe into e-rickshaw driver’s killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch has been roped in to assist a probe into the killing of an e-rickshaw driver who had objected to two men urinating outside the GTB Nagar Metro Station here. The police said that eight teams are working to crack the case. They are probing other angles including personal enmity and professional rivalry, a senior police officer said today. The police called a few men for questioning and inquiry but no headway had been made so far. It is suspected that the accused were students of School of Open Learning, Delhi University. Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak said that the Crime Branch has been brought in to assist the district police in its probe in the case. The Crime Branch team visited the spot and questioned some eyewitnesses. Ravinder (32) was beaten to death allegedly by a dozen men after he objected to two of them urinating in public near the metro station on Saturday. Two men had bought liquor from a shop near the metro station and consumed it near Gate No. 4. They urinated outside the station, to which Ravinder, objected, the police said. He had asked them to use a public toilet nearby. The police have collected CCTV footage from the liquor shop in which two of the accused can be seen. They are trying to ascertain their identity. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the killing and directed the authorities to punish the culprits. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, accompanied by Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, met the family members of the victim yesterday. The Delhi government has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for Ravinder’s family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Need to train judicial officers dealing special enactments: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Irked over the “inept” handling of a case by judicial officers of a lower court, the Delhi High Court has said there was a need to train these officers in dealing with special enactments. Justice R K Gauba pulled up the presiding officers of the special court over the handling of the public prosecutor’s report for extension of the judicial custody of an accused in the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). “The impropriety reflected in the inept handling on the part of the judicial officers who dealt with the matter at hand, points to the need for proper sensitisation of the judicial officers at large in the intricacies and nuances of such special enactments through training or orientation programmes organised by the judicial academy,” the court said. The court further shed light on the confusion that might prevail in cases when the judges in special courts are not available. The high court has proposed the introduction of an arrangement of link courts, which is similar to the courts of the metropolitan magistrates, in such cases. The court observed this in an appeal by Rambeer Shokeen, who was arrested in December last year for offences under the MCOCA. He had challenged certain orders passed by the two special courts contending that his judicial custody beyond February this year was illegal. Shokeen had contended that he was entitled to be released on bail due to the delay on the part of the investigating agency in completing the probe and filing its charge sheet within the statutory period of 90 days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Middlemen get info about potential recipients from chemist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The arrested middlemen in the alleged kidney racket used to find out about potential recipients through chemist shops in hospitals and diagnostic centres, police said today. The Delhi Police had arrested four persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in the illegal sale and purchase of kidneys. The Crime Branch officials probing the inter-state racket have also sent teams to Hyderabad, Rajasthan and some other cities to find out about the other persons who are involved in the racket, said a senior police officer. The racket was busted after an MBA student, along with a news channel reporter, contacted the Crime Branch officials in April. He had posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the Crime Branch recorded the entire process from his meetings with the middlemen, to his screening process at the hospital. The man underwent a screening test in front of a medical team at a private hospital that had cleared his interview despite him giving some wrong answers. The doctors, who were part of the panel, that had conducted the screening of the donor, are also being questioned. The four accused — Jayant Sahoo, Sulekha Panda, Anoj Patra and Birju Paswan — are currently in police custody and are being interrogated. It has been found that they have their own ‘persons’ working at chemist shops in hospitals and diagnostic centres in Delhi and some other cities, said a senior police officer. These persons talk to those patients who are buying medicines for kidney ailments. After finding out that they are looking for donors, they would put them in touch with the middlemen who would gauge their financial strength and then make them meet potential donors. The middlemen gave the complainant a separate identity with fake Id cards, so that he could pass off as a member of the family of the recipient. The middlemen targeted helpless families, who were looking for kidney donors. They were induced and charged huge amount of money with the promise to complete necessary documentation and formalities for the smooth transplant operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Law panel for electronic tagging of accused, but with caution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Law Commission today recommended the “electronic tagging” of people accused of grave crimes, saying it would help reduce pressure on overcrowded jails as well as keep a check on people hoping to evade the law. The commission, however, warned that the system should only be used with the “highest degree of caution” after changing laws. Electronic tagging has the potential to reduce both fugitive rates, by ensuring that a defendant can easily be located, and government expenditure, by reducing the number of defendants detained at state expense. In its report submitted to the law ministry today on “Provisions relating to bail”, the panel quoted a New Zealand law to define electronic tagging or electronically monitored (EM) bail as a mechanism that is also known as a “restrictive” form of bail. “A person on EM bail must remain at a specified residence at all times unless special permission to leave is granted for an approved purpose (such as work). Compliance is monitored via an electronically monitored anklet that must be worn 24 hours a day,” it said. EM bail is available in New Zealand for defendants and young people aged between 12 and 17 years who would otherwise continue to be held in custody in prison while they waited for a court hearing. But at the same time, the Commission warned that electronic tagging had a “grave and significant impact on the constitutional rights” of individuals. “It must be implemented with the highest degree of caution. Such monitoring must be used only in grave and heinous crimes, where the accused person has a prior conviction in similar offences. This may be done by amending the appropriate legislations to restrict the application of electronic tagging…,” it said. It also recommended that section 50 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) be amended to ensure that a person arrested is given in writing, in the language he or she understands, the reasons for the arrest. It also said a person should not continue to remain behind bars as an undertrial because of an incomplete investigation. “A bail condition must not unreasonably violate the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the prosecution cannot show through evidence that the person accused of an offence is at the risk of absconding, or is likely to commit the same offence, the accused should be considered eligible for release,” it recommended. The Law Commission, headed by Justice (retd) B S Chauhan, said it was of the opinion that anticipatory bail must not only be granted with caution but must also be made operative for a limited period of time. It said undertrials accused of crimes carrying a punishment of seven years in jail should be released on bail if they have spent one-third of that time, or two-and-half years, behind bars while on trial. The Commission also recommended that those who were accused of crimes which attracted a term of over seven years be released on bail if they had spent half of the term behind bars on trial. It said undertrials who could not produce a non-monetary surety — an undertaking by an individual that the undertrial will appear before authorities when required — should be allowed to instead deposit government identity documents such as Aadhaar or PAN cards to get bail. As of now, Section 436 A of the CrPC deals with the maximum period for which an undertrial prisoner can be detained. Under the law, those accused of a crime which is not an offence where the punishment is death should be released on bail if they have been in jail for a period “extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law”. Two-thirds of prison inmates in India are undertrials, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Malwani hooch tragedy mastermind held from Indore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane Crime Branch Unit 1 arrested the mastermind of Malwani hooch tragedy, which had claimed over 100 lives in 2015. The 39-year-old accused, who was absconding for two years, was finally nabbed from his residence in Indore.Dharmendra Singh Shivbali Singh Tomar alias Sanjay Singh was arrested after a tip-off by an informer when the Shil Diaghar police was investigating a case of hooch den which was busted in 2016. Further investigations revealed Singh’s involvement in supplying methanol for producing hooch. Singh was running a business of scrap after the tragedy.“Our informers were tracking the movements of Singh. We were confirmed that he was involved in providing harmful chemicals to hooch dens in Malwani which had led to death of over 100 persons. More than 120 people also fell ill after consuming the hooch,” said a Thane crime branch police officer.Shil Diaghar police had registered a case under Section 328(causing hurt by means of poison, etc) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act. Param Bir Singh, Thane police Commissioner said, “After completing our interrogations, we will hand over the accused to Mumbai Crime Branch for further investigations.”“After producing him in the court, he has been remanded in police custody up to 25 May,” added Singh.The Malwani police had registered a case under Sections 302 (Punishment for murder), 307 (Attempt to murder), 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison, etc), 114 (Abettor present when offence is committed), 109 (Punishment of abetment), 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevants sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act.

IPL betting racket busted at Crowne Plaza in Rithala, 9 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the country was busy enjoying the IPL finale between Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors on Sunday evening, a team of Crime Branch sleuths was conducting a secret raid at a five-star hotel in Rithala, Crowne Plaza, to bust a betting racket. As many as nine people were arrested and it is now being probed whether the hotel staffers were involved in the racket, police said.A team of Eastern Rage Crime Branch conducted the raid and arrested the nine men, identified as Kunal Miglani, Sumit Kalra, Jitender Kumar, Nitin Harjani, Nikhil Goswami alias Nannu, Amit Kumar Dhingra, Sumit Sharma, Rajesh Jain, and Naveen Kumar. Ten mobile phones, three laptops, seven book numbers (mobile phones used to place a bet), two local line numbers called dibba, and some note sheets used to book the bets were recovered from their possession.According to the police, the Crime Branch had been receiving inputs that a suspect, Kunal Miglani, who had been held for gambling and cheating earlier, one Sumit Kalra, and their associates were running an IPL betting racket.”Information was gathered and it was established that the suspects have booked a room in a Rithala hotel for Sunday. A raiding team was formed and the identified hotel room was raided. Nine people found to be running a betting racket were apprehended,”DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma said.The accused were watching the match live in the hotel room.Talking about the group, Verma said:”The accused started their own betting network to earn quick and easy money. Miglani was initially working with Garg, and getting a salary for it. Garg introduced him to Sonu, who provided him with the latest updates of the bet rates through local line phone number. Kalra and Jitender disclosed that they were receiving latest updates of bet rates from Sunil through a local line phone number. Miglani has been arrested in a case of gambling and cheating earlier.”

Main accused in Malvani hooch tragedy arrested from MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officials of Thane Crime Branch have arrested the main accused in the 2015 Malvani hooch tragedy case, wherein over 100 persons lost their lives, from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Dharmendra Jivbali Singh Tomar alias Sanjay Singh, who was on the run for the last two-years, was yesterday nabbed from his hometown Rajendra Nagar in Madhya Pradesh, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters today. Thane Crime Branch team had destroyed illicit liquor centres at Shil Daighar in Mumbra and was on the lookout for the main supplier in that case, an official said. During their investigation it was revealed that Singh had allegedly supplied poisonous chemical to be mixed with liquor, he said. A team of officials then went to Madhya Pradesh and raided Singh’s house in Rajendra Nagar and detained him, he said. During interrogation, Singh confessed that he had also supplied chemical to be mixed with liquor in Malvani hooch tragedy, he added. The arrested accused would be now handed over to Mumbai Police, said the commissioner. The Malvani hooch tragedy in Mumbai which occurred in June 2015 had claimed over 100 lives and more than 120 were admitted to hospital after consuming spurious liquor.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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