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Chhattisgarh: CBI court grants bail to journalist Vinod Verma in ‘sex tape’ extortion case

A special CBI court on Thursday granted bail to journalist Vinod Verma for allegedly extorting a BJP minister over a sex tape.In November this year, Verma had claimed that he had a sex tape of BJP leader Rajesh Munat, who later said that it was fake. Verma was allegedly blackmailing him, which resulted in his arrest.The police seized over 300 CDs from Verma’s house. The Ghaziabad Police confirmed that the journalist’s laptop and pen drive were also taken away. The case was registered against Verma at the Pandri Police Station of Raipur district under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.The senior journalist, who is also an executive member of the Editors Guild of India, was part of the fact-finding team looking into the intimidation of journalists in Chhattisgarh.On November 6, a Chhattisgarh court had rejected Verma’s bail plea, saying the arguments put forward could not be discussed during a hearing on bail and that the charges against the journalist were serious.After the journalist’s arrest, the “sex-video”, allegedly involving Chhattisgarh’s Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat, surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political storm with opposition Congress and ruling BJP targeting each other on the issue.The Chhattisgarh government has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sex CD row.Munat had told reporters that Verma and the Congress were trying to tarnish his image through the “fake” CD.Subsequently, the minister had lodged a complaint against Verma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel at the Civil?Lines police station in Raipur

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Air quality back to ‘severe’

Even as the Christmas fever grips the city, a thick haze enveloped the Capital on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) plummeting to 372 units in the’very poor’category against 305 on Sunday. The permissible standard is 60 units.Also, a dense fog covered parts of the city in the early hours leading to a number of trains and flights being delayed. The visibility was reduced to 500 meters in the morning, however, after 11 am, the fog started to clear.As many as 17 pollution monitoring stations under the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded’severe’levels of air pollution. Delhi Technological University recoded 498 while the NCR towns, including Noida and Ghaziabad too, recorded ‘severe’ air quality at 476 and 465, respectively.The AQI is measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi-NCR. The hourly readings at the CPCB’s Central Control Room for air quality management showed the rising trend of PM 2.5.According to the officials, the concentrations spiked through the day due to a fall in wind speed and high-level of moisture-trapping pollutants in the air. The India Meteorological Department recorded humidity levels at 100.”With rising levels of moisture and humidity, pollution levels are going to remain similar even on Tuesday. The wind speed fell to below 10 kmph, which is mainly responsible to disperse pollutants from the air. Also, moderate to dense fog is likely to occur during the week,” said a senior CPCB official.Meanwhile, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), which operates 10 stations in Delhi-NCR, recorded 24-hour average of PM2.5 at 205 units.

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2 pupils critical after boy turns gun on girl

Panicked parents of the 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, waited for news of their children’s health which is stated to be critical. The girl had been shot by the boy in the Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad who then turned the gun on himself. Police have registered an FIR in this matter against the boy, following a complaint by the girl’s uncle.According to police, the girl sustained two bullet injuries to her head. The boy later shot at himself with the same weapon and had left the spot. He was later found injured state just 100 meters away from the girl’s body.”The doctors have removed the two bullets from the girl’s head and a bullet from the boy’s body. However, both of them are still critical and have not gained consciousness. They both are still in Intensive Care Unit, the girl is more critical as her wounds are stated to be deeper,” said a senior police officer.On Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara.The boy studies in class 11 at a private school in Vasundhara while the girl, police said, is a class 10 student at a Geeta Colony school in east Delhi.Initial investigation has revealed that the boy fired two bullets at the girl and she fell unconscious. He then went to a nearby place and shot himself. The two were rushed to a hospital where both underwent operations.Police also said that the crime seemed planned as the boy had taken his father’s licensed weapon in his bag.”The weapon is licensed in the name of the boy’s father and he has joined us for questioning. We have registered an FIR against the boy on the basis of the girl’s uncle’s complaint. We will initiate the investigation once the boy gains consciousness,” an officer added.Police said the boy stole the gun from his father’s almirah. His father is a property dealer while the girl’s father is an engineer with a private firm.MODUS OPERANDIOn Wednesday, around 7 pm the two were going for tuitions at Vasundhara Sector 4 on a scooter when the boy shot her after an altercation, with his father’s licensed weapon, police said. The minors are residents of Vasundhara. The boy is in class 11 and the girl in class 10

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3 Romanians arrested for cloning ATM cards

The Pune police arrested three Romanian nationals for cloning ATM cards with the help of skimmer and withdrawing nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts within eight days. Police say the fraudsters got ATM card details of 1,030 people – all of whom had withdrawn money from PNB ATM at Pashan in October.Pune police nabbed the three from Vasai and suspect they are part of a global fraud. They have been identified as Erima Dragos Junete (26), Lazar Alim Kresti (22) and Balan Floria Christinel (44).The fraud came to light when bank manager of Punjab National Bank’s Pashan circle approached police stating that money of their depositors was withdrawn without their knowledge.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III), Ganesh Shinde, said, “We found that the fraudsters used a skimmer at the ATM center to steal confidential information belonging to the authentic ATM card holders.”Assistant police inspector Sanjay Thenge of Chatushrungi police station, said, “The skimmer is a device that can be attached where an ATM card is inserted to withdraw money. When a card is inserted, the skimmer’s sensor copies the confidential details. The fraudsters also used a transparent keypad, with the help of which they were able to decipher the password of the ATM cards.”Senior police inspector Dayanand Dhome, in charge of Chatushrungi police station, said “In the span of eight days. the fraudsters managed to withdraw nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts. Acting on a tip-off, we sent a team to Vasai and asked our team in Bangalore to join them. On Tuesday, after the fraudsters withdrew some money from an ATM in Vasai, we managed to catch them red-handed.”The arrested trio has been sent to police custody till December 28.In a similar case in Mumbai, Navghar police are probing the case of cloning and skimming at the ATM kiosk of a private bank in Mulund. A bank user’s card details were compromised and money withdrawn illegally. Mumbai police has dispatched a team to Delhi and Ghaziabad to nab the fraudsters.The police source claimed that they have CCTV footage of the suspects, who installed the skimmer machine at the ATM machine, and withdrew money from the accounts of people in Delhi and Ghaziabad.As many as 40 people, who used the ATM in Mulund, were shocked after their card details were used to withdraw money while the cards were in their possession. All the victims had approached Navghar police station on Monday and case was registered.

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Relief from pollution as rain lashes Capital, NCR

After rain lashed the city at 21.7 degrees Celsius, Delhiites finally felt the winter chill for the first time on Tuesday. It was the first coldest day in December with the maximum temperature going down, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The rain that continued through Monday night also brought down temperatures in Delhi-NCR.The Capital could breathe better on Tuesday, as Monday’s rainfall brought the air quality index (AQI) down considerably from 366 units (very poor) to 219 (poor). According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality is set to improve further with the cold north-westerly winds in the coming days.The AQI also came down significantly in NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which had continuously remained in the ‘severe’ category with the AQI shooting past 400. While Gurgaon which was in ‘very poor’ category improved to ‘moderate’ at 192 units.The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — – the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).The AQI recorded at Ghaziabad improved from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’ at 290 units while Noida too came down to ‘poor’ at 224 units.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The cold wave from the northern region is to set in from 15-16 December, which will bring in clean air and help improve air quality further,” said a MET department official.After brief respite on December 6 and 7 which was tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels had spiked again on Friday with the AQI shooting up to 390 units.The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters). Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant Governor in a meeting to tell Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.AIR QUALITY Delhi: 219 (poor) Ghaziabad: 290 (poor) Noida: 224 (poor) Gurgaon: 192 (moderate) Faridabad: 229 (poor)

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Greater Noida teen killer kept in isolation at juvenile home

The 16-year-old boy who was arrested for killing his mother and sister at their Greater Noida residence has been kept under observation and in isolation at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping an eye on him to check for behavioural changes and to make sure that he does not develop suicidal tendencies.Talking to DNA, officials taking care of the teen said that during his first day in the juvenile home, he did not utter a single word. He has been kept separately so that he doesn’t get violent and attack other inmates.”A team of doctors and councillors is keeping an eye on him and trying their best to keep him out of depression,”the official said. According to the officials, the boy was remorseful and cried for some time after being brought to the observation home in Phase II of Noida.”He was accompanied by his father and relatives. They came around 6 pm on Saturday. He hugged his father and kept crying. Once we start seeing changes in him, we will move him with the other inmates,” said Nem Chand, Superintendent of the observation home.Meanwhile, the boy has gradually started talking to other inmates. “We have told other inmates to not discuss or ask him about the incident. He is getting better by the day. He is, however, ashamed of the act he committed. He is reading books by famous legends such as Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand,” Chand said.On the first day, the boy was so tired that he went to sleep at 10 pm and woke up at 6 am. He seemed to be tired and depressed after traveling 2,511 km. “He eats egg and bread with milk in the morning, sabji, roti, dal-chawal, for lunch and sabji, roti, raita for dinner,” Chand added.After an examination by a psychologist, the next step would be his age determination. The juvenile house has 130 other inmates from five district — Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Meerut, and Muzzafarnagar.On Tuesday night, the boy’s 42-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister were found murdered in their Greater Noida flat. His father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by a team of officials probing the case, deceased Anjali and the two children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on the fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building around 11.30 pm.

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Brief spell of rain brings relief to pollution-hit Capital

The pollution-hit Capital heaved a sigh of relief on Monday after a light rainfall graced the city in the evening. The drizzle started around 5 pm and as much as 2 mm rainfall was received till 8.30 pm, officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The air quality, however, remained ‘very poor’, with an AQI score of 366 during the evening. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the rain was likely to continue on Tuesday as well, with which the air quality might improve from poor to moderate in the coming few days. In fact, it is not expected to end up in the ‘severe’ category till December-end.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help in washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The AQI in the city is expected to range from moderate to poor in the coming fortnight,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of air laboratory, CPCB. The temperature is also expected to come down with the downpour, he added.The maximum and minimum temperatures on Monday were recorded at 24.2 degrees Celsius and 8.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.”So far, winter has not set properly in Delhi. It is expected to set in by December 15-16. At present, the pressure in the atmosphere is low, which will pick up after winter sets in and a cold wave from the Himalayas comes in. Air from this region is clean and will help improve the air quality in the Capital as well. In the next 20 days at least, it will not touch the ‘severe’ category,” Saha said.After a brief respite on December 6 and 7, which were tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels spiked once again on Friday, with the AQI shooting up to 390 units. The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters).Meanwhile, the air quality in the NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which are industrial hubs, continued to remain in ‘severe’ category at 463 and 408 units, respectively.Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels, which leads to pollution.The Delhi Technological University (DTU) surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi has been witnessing massive pollution levels. The air quality index (AQI) readings of these two areas is always found to be high.

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No ban on movie ‘Muzaffarnagar the Burning Love’ in UP: SC told

The Uttar Pradesh government today told the Supreme Court that there was no ban on movie – ‘Muzaffarnagar, the Burning Love’ – in any of the districts in the state.The state government told this to a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which was hearing a plea alleging that there were ‘verbal instructions’ by authorities not to release the movie in six districts of Muzzaffarnagar, Meerut, Shamli, Saharanpur, Baghpat and Ghaziabad.The movie, ‘Muzaffarnagar, the Burning Love’, is a love story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl set in the backdrop of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh.The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, disposed of the petition filed by Morna Entertainment Pvt Ltd, producer of the movie, after hearing the submissions of advocate Sanjay Kumar Tyagi, representing Uttar Pradesh.The apex court noted in its order the statement by the counsel that no order for banning the movie was passed by the authorities and the film was running in theatres even today.The bench disposed of the plea saying nothing remained to be adjudicated in the case but if the producer and distributor wanted police help in screening the film, it would be provided to them.The film producer had approached the top court seeking directions to the authorities of these districts to allow the film’s screening without any hindrance and also sought directions to provide adequate security for it.It had alleged that the authorities in these districts had “illegally and without any authorisation” warned and threatened the cinema theatres not to screen the movie, which was released on November 17 this year.The plea had said the movie was granted ‘U/A’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification and censor board had cleared it to be shown to the audience.The plea had alleged that the authorities had not issued any formal order to the theatres “but only on verbal instructions, the release of motion picture has been stalled thereby causing a great financial loss to the petitioner and also violating the fundamental right…”The petitioner had alleged that such ‘verbal instructions’ were patently illegal and arbitrary exercise of power.

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After brief respite, Delhi air quality very poor again

After a brief respite, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi-NCR again entered the’very poor’ category at 377 units, with the most polluted sites being industrial towns of Ghaziabad and areas near the Delhi Technological University (DTU) in Rohini. The air quality may further deteriorate with a drop in temperature and low wind speed, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) officials said.Low wind speed and humidity brought in by a drop in temperature have spiked the pollution levels, officials said. The AQI at Delhi’s pollution hotspot Anand Vihar was recorded at 393 units, while DTU stood in the ‘severe’ level at 595. The NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, too, reeled under the’severe’ levels at 448 and 415 units, respectively.”The wind pattern is still fluctuating with south-westerly winds bringing in moisture, leading to trapping of pollutants. The wind speed is low, below 10 kmph, which does not help in disbursal of pollutants,” a senior CPCB scientist said.Earlier this week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.The DTU, surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi, has been witnessing massive pollution levels. It was discussed in a review meeting with L-G Anil Baijal on Thursday.Anand Vihar is surrounded by two industrial areas — Sahibabad and Patparganj. These areas use non-approved fuels to run their industries and burn the industrial waste thereafter. Similarly, DTU where over 2,000 students are enrolled, is located near Badli and Bawana, which have a number of unauthorised small factories and industries. The poor quality fuels used by them go unchecked. There are around 10,000 rubber units in operation and need to be checked.Besides, the Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar is in a bad condition, as there are no pavements or road carpeting in the area, the official said.The L-G had advised the city’s environment department, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), and other agencies to devise a mechanism for door-to-door checking and patrolling in these areas for better enforcement of non-usage of non-permitted fuels.AQI READINGSDelhi: 377 (very poor)Ghaziabad: 448 (severe)Noida: 415 (severe)Gurugram: 332 (very poor)Faridabad: 312 (very poor)

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Nithari murders: CBI court sentences Moninder Pandher, Surinder Koli to death in ninth case

Businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli, the main accused in the Nithari killing, were sentenced to death by CBI Special Court in the ninth out of 19 cases against them on Friday.In July this year, a special CBI court convicted Pandher and Koli in one of the cases and sentenced themcourt in Ghaziabad today convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli in one of the cases of the sensational Nithari killings.Police had discovered 19 skeletons from Pandher’s house in Nithari in Noida on December 29, 2006.Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence.Most of the victims were young girls.

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Cops nab arms supplier believed to be involved in RSS leader’s murder

Ghaziabad Police finally managed to nab Malook, believed to be involved in the killing of RSS leader, from his home in Ghaziabad on Thursday.”Malook was arrested from the Seemapuri border area in Sahibabad. A .32 bore revolver along with three live cartridges were recovered from him. Malook has over a dozen cases registered against him and is stated to be a prominent arms supplier,” said a senior police officer.Earlier, NIA and Uttar Pradesh officers had been attacked by a mob who tried to shield him when they had gone to raid his home on December 3. A constable was injured during the attempted raid to apprehend and question Malook in connection with the murder of Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain.The raids were being carried out at Pilakhuwa Dehat village located on the outskirts of Ghaziabad.Police said that while investigating the murder case of Gosain, names of several arms suppliers, who had supplied the firearms to the accused in Punjab, had cropped up. A team of NIA officers, along with the help of the UP police, conducted a raid in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and apprehended the suspected arms dealers from Meerut.On gathering further information, the officers then raided the residence of another suspect Malook in Pilakhuwa Dehat, Ghaziabad on Sunday morning, which led to clashes with the mob.They managed to finally apprehend him on Thursday.In another incident, a 28-year old man who supplies arms to various criminals in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, NCR, and Haryana has been arrested by the Dwarka police. Mohammad Intezar has supplied over 400 pistols to several gangsters in the last six months.The gang members communicated in code words such as bhains and machine to escape the police dragnet. Twenty seven improvised pistols and a stolen Maruti car have been recovered from them. The recovered weapons were manufactured with high proficiency making it extremely difficult for anyone to identify them as imitations.
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Air quality improves to ‘poor’, relief temporary

The Capital breathed better with the air quality improving from ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category on Wednesday.The air quality index (AQI) improved to 282 units from 378 units yesterday. The sun showing up and winds picking up speed were attributed as factors behind the relief by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Delhi-NCR is likely to receive rainfall on Thursday, which officials of the CPCB said, is expected to wash down the pollutants hanging in the air.The relief, however, is going to be temporary, as fog is set to return after this period with a sharp drop in temperatures.”The AQI improved because of sunlight and movement in the air. The air is going to get even better if the expected rainfall occurs on Thursday. We are expecting a complete washdown. The AQI is likely to remain better over the weekend.However, a further drop in temperatures is expected thereafter, which will bring more moisture resulting in fog and trapping of pollutants,” said Dipankar Saha, air lab chief, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Delhi witnessed much hue and cry over bad air quality, as Sri Lankan cricketers wore anti-pollution masks during the Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. A player even threw up on the field during the match on Tuesday. ‘Very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure to air which affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. The PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in Delhi NCR — has remained high in the NCR towns including Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida, which until Tuesday had’severe’levels of pollution.However, the wind speed helped clear the air with the AQI recorded as ‘very poor’ in these two towns with Noida (303), Faridabad (310) and Ghaziabad (347) units, respectively. While Gurugram was better off in ‘poor’ category — at 294 units. The units for pollution concentrations are measured in microgramms per cubic meters.
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Air quality may turn ‘severe’

The Capital’s air came close to’severe’category on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) at 390 units. Though still in the’very poor’category, the index bordered the ‘severe’ air pollution levels, over six times above the prescribed standards of 60 units.The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) — a Supreme Court mandated body — said if pollution levels enter’severe plus (500+)’ category in the next 48 hours, it will issue emergency directions.No movement in the air and emissions from the NCR towns led to the spike in pollutants, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said. This comes a day after much hue an cry was raised as Sri Lankan cricketers wore anti-pollution masks during the test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.The PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in Delhi NCR — had reached past 400 during the day. NCR towns, including Ghaziabad, Noida had’severe’levels of pollution at 467 units and 415 units, respectively.Gurugram and Faridabad remained high up in the’very poor’category — at 323 and 394 units, respectively. The units for pollution concentrations are measured in microgramms per cubic meters. “Meteorological conditions, in particular, no wind speed coupled with fuel emissions from vehicles and industries in NCR towns is resulting in foul air. If the wind speed picks up the pace in the coming days, it will get better. However, if conditions reach ‘severe plus’ category for 48 hours, we will issue fresh emergency directions,” said Bhure Lal, EPCA chairman.The monitoring stations under the CPCB and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) recorded high PM 2.5 concentrations above 300-400 units — R K Puram (442), Anand Vihar (476), DTU (390), NSIT Dwarka (367) and Mother Dairy Plant, Patparganj shooting up to (515).”There is a depression in the south and west with no movement of air on the Indo-Gangetic plains. There is a condition of complete calm, which means there are no winds to disperse the pollutants. However, light rain is expected in Delhi on Thursday, which will help clear the air and improve the air quality,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of Air Laboratory, CPCB. ‘Very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure air affects healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.GASPING ALREADYNCR towns, including Ghaziabad, Noida had ‘severe’ levels at 467 and 415 units, respectively.
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RSS Leader’s Murder: NIA questions two suspects in Punjab

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday questioned two persons regarding their alleged involvement in the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Punjab’s Ludhiana.On October 17, Gosain was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Ludhiana’s Kailash Nagar.The NIA team is trying to locate suspect Malook, who is wanted in connection with the supply of arms and ammunition used in the killing of Gosain in Punjab.During the course of investigation, names of certain suspects were figured regarding supply of firearms to the accused in Punjab.The NIA teams with the assistance of the Uttar Pradesh Police conducted a search to apprehend the suspected arms suppliers in Meerut.Also readNIA registers case in killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in LudhianaOn getting more leads, further raid was conducted at the residence of suspect Malook in Ghaziabad earlier on Sunday.During the raid, a large crowd of men and women tried to obstruct the local police and the NIA team.Some people in the mob also opened fire and pelted stones at the team.In self defence, the police and the NIA personnel also fired in the air, during which a police official got injured and one official vehicle was also damaged.Earlier in November, three suspects were sent to a five-day police remand in connection with the case.On October 20, the case was transferred from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the NIA, on the request of the RSS.
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Ghaziabad municipal polls: BJP candidate wins

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the municipal corporation elections on Friday with party’s mayoral candidate Asha Sharma defeating her rivals with 1,63,000 votes. The polls were seen as the litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, which came to power in March this year.Sharma defeated Congress’ Dolly Sharma, Samajwadi Party’s Rashi Garg, and BSP’s Munni Chaudhary, wife of strongman Satyapal Chaudhary. The Ghaziabad mayor seat was reserved for a woman. Sharma, who was leading from the first round of counting, received a total of 2,82,738 votes. The results were declared after 26 rounds of counting. 13 candidates contested for the post.After her landslide victory, Sharma promised to turn Ghaziabad into a smart city. “Ghaziabad will be made a smart city just like Noida and other NCR cities. We will immediately start tackling the civic problems of the city, most importantly disposal of the garbage,” she said while speaking to the media persons.Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is the official local governing body of the district urban center. It has been divided into five district administrative zones, including City zone, Kavi Nagar zone, Vijay Nagar zone, Mohan Nagar zone and Vasundhara zone.The municipal corporation of Ghaziabad came into existence in 1994. In 1995, for the first time, the election was held for the mayor’s post. BJP’s Dinesh Chand Garg was the first mayor followed by Damayanti Goyal, Teluram Kamboj and Ashu Verma. All the three were from the BJP.The BJP won 14 of the total 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh. By the time of filing this report, the party was also leading in municipal councils and nagar panchayat elections as well. There are four new municipalities this time – Ayodhya, Saharanpur, Firozabad and Mathura – all have been won by the BJP.
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EPCA plans to put odd-even scheme on auto mode

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) is soon planning to devise a system under which measures like odd-even will kick in automatically when air pollution enters’emergency’zone.”It is learnt that the EPCA is now mulling over a proposal to make the enforcement mechanism automatic so that such situations can be avoided. The issue is likely to be taken up at the panel’s meeting on Friday,” said an EPCA official.Earlier this month, when pollution breached emergency levels, the Delhi government had decided to implement the car-rationing scheme based on odd and even number plates but had to call it off at the last moment.The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had made it clear that it would allow the scheme to be enforced only if the exemptions to two-wheelers and women were withdrawn, but the Arvind Kejriwal-led government had expressed its inability to do so, citing inadequacies in the city’s public transport system.Caught between the NGT and the government, the measure, which is a part of the Centre-notified Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), could ultimately not be enforced in the Capital.In fact, the Delhi government had gone ahead with its plan without the EPCA approval. Firstly, the court-appointed watchdog was not in favour of its implementation as the pollution levels were expected to dip and secondly, it was against the exemptions as well.This was also found in a recent report of the EPCA to the apex court. The report stressed the need for “deterrence” so that GRAP’s implementation is strengthened.”It is clear that any direction is as good as its implementation.Given all the challenges of effective governance in our cities, it is clear we need a better system for the implementation of GRAP, during the pollution emergency periods. EPCA will discuss how stronger deterrence can be incorporated in GRAP and get back to the Hon’ble Court on the possible directives needed in this regard,” said the report.Under the current mechanism, if pollution persists in the emergency category for 48 hours or more, then action, as required under such severe spells, shall immediately be pressed into through state-level committees and various implementing agencies listed in the GRAP.In the case of odd-even, the implementing agency as listed by the GRAP is the transport department in Delhi and transport commissioners of the NCR towns such as Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida.

IMD predicts rain for today, may lower pollution levels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While thick smog continued to envelope Delhi-NCR on Tuesday morning, the pollution levels, however, came down by the evening from the ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category. The air quality index (AQI), which stood past 400 units in the morning, fell to 308. However, it is still five times above the safe standard of 60 units.The improved wind conditions, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), can be attributed to a change in meteorological conditions including wind speed picking up and a sunny day.CPCB officials, as per the forecast provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said that slight rains are expected on Wednesday, which is further likely to bring down pollution levels.”The weather conditions have changed, reducing humidity and moisture, and wind speed improved on Tuesday which helped disbursal of pollutants hung in the air. Besides, if it rains tomorrow, pollutants will be washed away majorly bringing much respite. The week ahead is expected to have better air quality,” said, Dipankar Saha, head of air laboratory, CPCB.However, even as the average AQI in the capital improved, NCR towns including Noida and Ghaziabad continued to reel under ‘severe’ pollution levels.Meanwhile, some monitoring stations in the city still recorded ‘severe’ pollution levels above the score of 400 units including Delhi University (410), Lodhi Road (428) and Pitampura (411).

NCR schools open in a haze, parents worried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While pollution levels remained hazardous on Monday, schools in the national capital reopened, leaving parents anxious about the health of their children.Schools in NCR towns will, however, re-open on Tuesday. Those in Gurugram and Ghaziabad will start two hours late to keep children from the toxic haze. Schools in Noida will not tweak their schedule. Outdoor activities and sports events will, however, remain suspended in all NCR schools.A group of parents wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to voice their concern. “The Delhi government should have shut classes, at least for primary students. I’m really worried about the health of my 7-year-old daughter,” said Shramistha Saini, mother of a Class 2 student at Ahlcon International School.”We can’t force small children to wear masks. I make my 8-year-old son wear a mask but he throws it away. It’s better for him to stay at home,” said Anjana Singh, mother of a Class 7 student.”Primary school children should not get exposed to this smog. The government should order schools to suspend at least primary classes for three more days or the schools themselves should take this initiative,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.School authorities said that shutting classes is not the answer to the problem. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, “These are just knee-jerk reactions. The government has to look at workable solutions to deal with a problem of this level. Even delaying timings won’t help, as children are used to a body clock.”A principal of a Delhi government school said, “It is difficult to wrap up the syllabus if schools are shut several times. Also, some schools have half-yearly tests going on. Shutting classes will affect the overall schedule as well as the students’ study patterns.””Children should wear masks whenever they go out. While it is not a foolproof method to avoid pollutants, it certainly helps in prevention. Also, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be consumed to combat the ill effects of Delhi’s smog. Immune system boosting herbs like neem, tulsi and haldi also help,” said Dr Mukesh Goel of Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

Businessman found dead in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old Delhi businessman was found dead in Ghaziabad late on Friday night after he went missing on Tuesday, November 7. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Rahul Saxena whose body was recovered by Ghaziabad police from a drain in Ghaziabad’s Kavi Nagar.”On Tuesday, Rahul texted my number informing me that he had come to Rohini sector 32 with two builders, Sellu and Brijendra. He mentioned that these builders belong to sector 22 in Rohini and that sensed something was wrong about them,” said Himani Saxena, Rahul’s sister.Rahul had also texted the same message to his employees when he had left the showroom on November 7 and since then he had been missing.”When he didn’t return to his home or the showroom and his phone was switched off, we informed the police at Sultanpuri police station, Himani added.She claimed that the officers did not show any seriousness in investigating the matter and it was only 24 hours later, when the family again approached the police did they file a complaint.Contradicting the family’s claim the local DCP said that the case under section 365 (Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person, otherwise than on grave provocation) of IPC was registered on Tuesday and investigation was taken up.”After the ransom call, under section 364A (kidnapping for ransom) was added in the case,”he SAID.Himani also stated that on Wednesday, the family had received a ransom call of Rs. 20 lakh and a warning. “We received the ransom call in the afternoon and immediately informed police about it. When we checked with the police about any clue in the case we did not get any confirmation from them. We then started arranging for the money and by the evening we had arranged approximately Rs, 10 lakh,”she said.”We were waiting for the kidnappers to call for the address to deliver money but we never got any call from them,” she added.NEIGHBOURS TO BLAME?Rahul’s family also stated that, few years back they had a property dispute with their neighbor whose trial date was on the same day Rahul went missing.

Noida’s ‘Traffic Baba’ dies at 81

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retired Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Mukul Chandra Joshi, popularly known as the ‘Traffic Baba’, died on Monday. He was 81. Joshi had been aiding the traffic police by managing traffic and creating awareness about traffic rules at various locations in Noida and Ghaziabad for the last 14 years, and had won several accolades for his selfless contribution.In a tribute to the man, Traffic Inspector (Noida) Layak Singh said: “The services of Joshi have become an example for others. He stood for hours and managed traffic, only to help people avoid inconvenience. If every one of us makes our own little contribution, things would be better. He set an example for others with his social work for the city. We were disappointed by his death. Now, we will never see him on the busy roads managing the traffic anymore.”Wearing a white gown with traffic advisories written on it and a cap to go along with it, Joshi was often seen at the intersections around the Spice Mall in Noida, distributing traffic rules related pamphlets to commuters. Every day, he gave away nearly 250 pamphlets, printed at his own expense.”He was always armed with a loudspeaker and a microphone. Often, his loudspeaker would blare, ‘Aye bhai, zara dekh ke chalo’, in a bid to convey road safety message through music. This will be missed the most on the streets of Noida. He has set an example by spreading awareness, which we don’t see often nowadays,” Singh added.Joshi was a resident of Jalvayu Vihar in Sector 25 of Noida, where he lived with his wife and son.

Chhattisgarh court rejects journalist Vinod Verma’s bail plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district today rejected the bail plea of senior journalist Vinod Verma, who is in judicial custody after his arrest in connection with a case of alleged blackmailing and extortion.The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Bhavesh Kumar Watti rejected the bail application, Verma’s lawyer Faisal Rizvi told reporters.The defence sought bail on various grounds, including lack of evidence, he said.The court said the arguments put forward could not be discussed during a hearing on bail and that the charges against the journalist were serious, Rizvi added.The defence would now move the sessions court for bail, he said.Special Public Prosecutor Suresh Prasad Sharma said he opposed Verma’s plea, contending that he could influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence, if granted bail.Verma is currently in judicial custody till November 13.He was sent to judicial remand on October 31, after three days of police custody.Verma had, after his arrest by the Raipur police from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on October 27, said he was in possession of a “sex tape” of a Chhattisgarh minister.According to the Raipur police, a case of blackmailing and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station, on a complaint by BJP leader Prakash Bajaj, who alleged that he was being “harassed over the phone by an unidentified caller”, who told him that he had a “CD of his master”.Following an investigation, a police team was sent to Ghaziabad and Verma was arrested in connection with the case, the police had said.They had also claimed to have seized 500 “porn” CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma’s possession.After the journalist’s arrest, the “sex-video”, allegedly involving Chhattisgarh’s Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat, surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political storm with opposition Congress and ruling BJP targeting each other on the issue.The Chhattisgarh government has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sex CD row.Munat had told reporters that Verma and the Congress were trying to tarnish his image through the “fake” CD.Subsequently, the minister had lodged a complaint against Verma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel at the Civil?Lines police station in Raipur. PTI TKP RMT RC

Govt mulls copter service from IGIA to NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It takes almost the same time to fly to Delhi from other metro cities and to travel on road from one spot to the other within the National Capital Region (NCR). Considering the size of the region as well as its traffic problems, the Centre is now exploring the possibility for air travellers to avail helicopter services from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to satellite cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has asked the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), to explore the possibility of providing space for helicopters within the Delhi airports, so that direct connectivity can be provided to air travellers. The move will help commuters bypass the cumbersome traffic congestion and reach their respective destinations within a much shorter time.If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.”This will be a big relief for frequent flyers as many of them complain about missing their flights due to traffic chaos,” a source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. These choppers could also be used as air ambulances, and hospitals and patients could avail the facility on a regular basis. The service will particularly facilitate swifter organ transfer, as compared to green corridor. “A Detailed Project Report is being prepared and accordingly, changes will be made in building bylaws, wherein rooftop helipads might also be included,” the source added.Initially, however, the Centre will use unattended helipads in these satellite cities.In July this year, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had revealed that there were no “non-peak hours” in Delhi anymore as there was almost no difference in the time taken to travel during peak and non-peak hours. The CSE had carried out the study on 13 arterial roads for 12 hours daily. It stated that on an average, the morning and evening peak traffic speeds were 28 kmph and 25 kmph, and the off-peak speed was 27 kmph.Expansion planPossibility to avail services from IGIA to satellite cities like Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

‘Psychopathic’ husband chokes wife to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old woman was allegedly choked to death by her husband inside her house in Modinagar area of Ghaziabad, on Friday morning. The man is said to be mentally challenged. After killing his wife, the husband went to the police station and confessed to the crime. Police, however, said the woman’s husband is changing his statements frequently.According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Kavita Kumari (28), who was allegedly chocked by her husband while she was sleeping inside their house in Bhupendra Puri Colony.”The deceased’s husband, Krishan, came to the police station at around 5 am and stated that he chocked his wife to death while she was asleep. Later, the police reached the spot and found the woman’s body on the bed. The body had finger marks on the neck,” informed a senior police officer.According to the police, the body has been sent for post-mortem. Following the incident, the deceased’s father registered a police complaint against Krishnan.”We have registered an FIR against Krishan. However, he is continuously changing his statement. According to the deceased’s family also, Krishan was a psychopath and was under some stress from quite a long time now, and he used to act weird also,” the officer added.Police said the accused is in police custody and they are exploring all the angles in the case. The two got married in 2007 and have two kids. Krishan is an egg vendor. The deceased hails from Muzaffarnagar.CONFUSED MINDAfter killing his wife, the husband went to the police station and confessed to the crime. Police, however, said that he is changing his statements frequently.

Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post Diwali there has been hardly any let up in the pollution level, as toxic air continues to batter the lungs of Delhiites. According to monitoring stations across the city the air quality dipped to “very poor”on Tuesday and according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) the levels of airborne particulate matter PM 10 touched 289 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) and PM 2.5 touched 171 µg/m3 on Tuesday morning .The ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Meanwhile, the air quality index recorded for Delhi by the CPCB, based on as many as 15 monitoring stations, on Tuesday, was 351 µg/m3. It also remained “very poor” for Noida and Gurgaon as well at 349 µg/m3 and 343 µg/m3 while neighbouring Ghaziabad and Faridabad had “severe” air quality with 439 µg/m3 and 410 µg/m3.Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor. Experts say that what is likely to make the situation worse is the drop in temperatures. And already the Capital is seeing a fall in temperature. The maximum temperature recorded by the weather department on Tuesday was 30 degrees while the minimum was 17 degrees Celsius.The mercury is likely to remain stable till Thursday when the minimum temperature drops by one degree to settle at 16 degrees Celsius. It will again rise to 17 degrees on the weekend.The drop in temperature is not good sign for air pollution. This is because a drop in temperature leads to reduced wind speed and a rise in air pollution. This ensures the pollutants suspended in the air are not able to disperse and thus remain hanging in the air.Of late, winters have become the harbinger of worse weather conditions as pollution increases severely due to concentration of toxic gases in the air. Stubble burning by farmers from neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana make matters worse for the Capital that has already been ranked as one of the worst polluted cities in the world.DEATH BY AIRThe ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor.

FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR was lodged against the President of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in state minister sex CD case by the Chattisgarh Police on SaturdayThe FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act.Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad on Friday for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a ‘sex CD’ allegedly involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police was given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the ‘conspiracy’ involving the ‘fake CD’.(With agency inputs)

Vinod Verma arrested: BJP attacks Congress for confusing ‘media freedom with criminal activities’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Training guns at the BJP over the arrest of senior journalist Vinod Verma on charges of extortion, the Congress today accused it of squeezing press freedom and demanded immediate release of the scribe.Senior Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken also demanded a judicial probe into the “serious sex-related allegations” against Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat, which, he added, were being investigated by the journalist.Referring to Verma’s arrest, Maken said, “The Narendra Modi-led central government and the Chhattisgarh government have been attacking, squeezing press freedom…We strongly condemn Verma’s arrest and demand that he be released immediately and a judicial probe into the allegations against the state minister announced.”Verma, who earlier worked with the BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, has claimed that the Chhattisgarh police is not happy with him as he has a “sex CD” of a minister of that state.He was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police from his Ghaziabad residence at around 3.30 am today on charges of blackmailing and extortion. Around 500 CDs with pornographic contents, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from his house.Citing other cases of attacks on mediapersons, Maken said Verma’s arrest should not be seen as a “one-off” incident.Noting that Verma was also a member of the Editors’ Guild, the Congress leader wondered whether a junior journalist would dare do investigative stories after the way the former was picked up from his residence late at night just because “he was probing the allegations against a state minister”.Meanwhile, Munat said the CD was fake and asked chief minister Raman Singh to order probe.”The sex CD is fake. I appeal to the chief minister to get this investigated from any agency. I condemn this,” Munat said.The BJP also condemned the Congress statement, calling it shameful. “It is utterly shameful that the Congress is confused between media freedom and criminal activities beyond the realm of media space. Attempt to blackmail is a serious criminal offence and the Congress is showing its political bankruptcy by defending it,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.Meanwhile, a Ghaziabad court rejected Verma’s bail plea, and granted Chhattisgarh police his transit remand till October 30, his lawyer said.

Former BBC Hindi journalist arrested in India

Vinod Verma is known for his reporting from insurgency-affected Chhattisgarh state.

Ex-BBC journalist Vinod Verma arrested in Ghaziabad over extortion charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an early morning operation, the Chhattisgarh Police arrested former BBC journalist Vinod Verma from his home in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram on Friday.Verma, who at present is the Digital Editor of Amar Ujala, was arrested over extortion charges around 3:30 am.According to media reports, Verma was in possession of a sex CD involving a Chhattisgarh minister and was allegedly blackmailing him.The police seized over 300 CDs from Verma’s house. The Ghaziabad Police confirmed that the journalist’s laptop and pen drive were also taken away. The case was registered against Verma at the Pandri Police Station of Raipur district under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.The senior journalist, who is also an executive member of the Editors Guild of India, was part of the fact-finding team looking into the intimidation of journalists in Chhattisgarh.

Agent shot outside Spice World Mall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old collection agent was shot at outside the Spice World Mall in Noida’s Sector 25A on Wednesday. The two assailants decamped with his bag. One of them was later arrested after a brief encounter in Ghaziabad’s Vaishali area. The victim’s condition was reported to be critical and he was undergoing an operation at the time of filing this report.According to the police, the incident took place around noon, when the victim, Krishna Om Prakash, a native of Aligarh and a resident of Khoda Colony in Noida, was about to enter the mall to collect money from some business establishments. He worked as a collection agent with the Brinks India Private Limited, which collects money from different business establishments and deposits them in banks.The miscreants had parked their two-wheeler on the road connecting the Noida Stadium and the Elevated Road opposite Spice World Mall. They entered the mall’s parking area, intercepted Krishna, and tried to snatch his bag. When he resisted, one of them opened fire at Krishna and fled with the bag.After the incident, the police informed nearby stations about the two miscreants who were heading towards Indirapuram. “We were checking in Vaishali and saw the miscreants coming towards us. When we signalled them to stop, they opened fire at us,” said Akash Tomar, Superintendent of Police (City), Ghaziabad.Shahrukh, one of the accused, was nabbed while his partner managed to flee from the spot.

Kejriwal’s trusty Wagon R ready to hit the road again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Its tyres replaced, a brand new battery and an engine control module finally in place, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Wagon R, which was stolen earlier this month, is ready to hit the road after beating a severe fund crunch.Vandana Singh, a mid-rung AAP leader who was using the car before it was stolen, calls it “jugaad”, that particularly north Indian term to denote innovative, quick-fix solutions.The battery and two tyres (the other two are workable) have been sponsored by AAP volunteers, while the engine control module has been purchased by Singh.Dents, scratches and all, the humble blue hatchback is more than just a set of wheels for Delhi’s ruling party and has enormous sentimental value, say party workers.The car was stolen from right outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12 and found in Ghaziabad two days later. The robbers had removed its battery, replaced the tyres with old worn out ones and even changed the spare.”The IP Estate police station handed over the car to us on October 16. But we realised that its battery was stolen and tyres replaced. We had to tow the car using another vehicle from the party office,” said Singh.Then began the task of starting the car. Shortage of funds proved to be major hurdle, she said. Till the “jugaad” happened, it rested inside the premises of the party office at Rouse Avenue.”Kuch jugaad kar diya hain (we have made some arrangement),” Singh said with a sense of satisfaction.She described the two days after losing the car as amongst the most miserable in her life. Reproachful eyes of party workers conveyed that losing the car was an “unforgivable mistake”, she said.”I must have got at least 100 calls the day I lost the car,” she said.However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to cheer her up, Singh added.Gifted by a party volunteer in January 2013, the blue Wagon R helped in crystallising Kejriwal’s status as an “aam aadmi” with a people connect.He used it till the 2015 assembly election.The car has seen it all — Kejriwal’s ascension to power in 2013, his downfall in 2014 and again his rise in 2015.Quick to realise that the car itself had become a talking point and was synced with his ‘aam aadmi’ image, Kejriwal chose to use the Wagon R even after becoming chief minister the first time in 2013.Photographs of Kejriwal sitting next to the driver did the rounds of newspaper and social media pages, as much a part of his persona as the muffler or the wide collared shirt and sweater. He also slept in it during a protest outside Rail Bhavan after he became chief minister in the winter of 2013.Associated with its “andolan” days, the car also carries a lot of emotional value for its volunteers.AAP’s Haryana unit convenor Naveen Jaihind borrowed the “lucky” car from Kejriwal when he was contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Rohtak.He lost the election but his affection for the car remained — he announced a prize to anyone who helped get back the car.”The blue Wagon-R is more than a car to us. That is why it was important for us to have it running,” Singh said.

Former ADM of Ghaziabad suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended former Ghaziabad additional district magistrate (ADM) for his suspected role in a Rs 27-crore land scam.According to the divisional commissioner, the then ADM Gyanshyam Singh is accused of receiving Rs 20 crore enhanced compensation from the government, through arbitration proceedings presided over by two successive DMs — Vimal Kumar and Nidhi Kesarwami.The scam pertains to the purchase of nearly 1,800 sqm of agricultural land from farmers in Ghaziabad and Hapur in 2013, after it got notified for the Delhi-Meerut Expressway and EPE project, for which they later got enhanced compensation from state government.Earlier, Meerut divisional commissioner Prabhat Kumar had indicted Singh and two former DMs in the land scam case. In the reports, Kumar had pointed that Singh along with others had purchased land in the Kushliya village and got 10 times more compensation from the government.

Delhi ‘severe’ air quality situation to improve today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Delhi’s air quality was pushed into the ‘severe’ zone due to fireworks on the day of Diwali, the volume of pollutants considerably slipped on Saturday due to a strong wind movement throughout the day. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the situation will improve further by Sunday, if favourable conditions prevail. “The wind speed is expected to pick up and reach up to 9 km/hour, which is adequate enough for the dispersion of suspended particulates. Yesterday and the day before, the wind speed and mixing height were extremely low, which led to the rapid build-up of pollutants near the surface,” CPCB officials said.The improvement was captured by the pollution monitoring stations. Six of the eight stations maintained by SAFAR (System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research), an agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, had air quality index (AQI) in the ‘very poor’ category, a shade better than “severe”. Among the stations maintained by the CPCB, nine of the 17 were in the “very poor” category, while the rest recorded “severe” air quality.At 12 pm, the 24-hour rolling average of PM2.5 and PM10, ultra-fine particulates, which are up to 30 times tinier than the width of a human hair, were 206 and 357 microgrammes per cubic metre (ug/m3) respectively, as against yesterday’s 407 and 595.The Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) to lessen the health risks this year had some impact as Delhi had its cleanest Diwali in three years, but pollution levels still peaked to dangerous levels on Thursday night and Friday morning.ON RECORDThe CPCB had on Friday recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 403 in Delhi, 402 in Noida and 412 in Ghaziabad, all in the severe zone, or the most polluted category, on October 20. The sulphur dioxide levels that otherwise remain very low in the region, had increased by more than three times in several locations

Aarushi case: Talwars back home, family says will never get over loss

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nupur and Rajesh Talwar will never get over the pain of losing their child, but will try and get back to a normal life, Dinesh Talwar said on Monday. Rajesh Talwar’s brother said the dentist couple, who walked out of Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad today after four years behind bars, were in no position to speak to the media. “The pain of losing Aarushi can never go away and the grief over her loss, which was somewhere bottled up, will now come to the fore. They are not in a position to talk,” he told reporters here. The couple were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on October 12 after they were convicted in 2013 by a lower court for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.The police escorted the Talwars to Aarushi’s maternal grandparents’ house in Noida’s Jalvayu Vihar. The Talwars lived in another flat — where the double murder took place in 2008 — in the same housing complex. While addressing the media in Noida, Dinesh Talwar hinted at media reports that linked Aarushi with Hemraj, and said they were not “guilty”. “Aarushi and Hemraj’s names were linked in this story. It was not only her parents who had been branded guilty but it was also Aarushi who was meted out the same treatment. Even Hemraj was held guilty. At this point, we can say none of them was guilty,” he said.
ALSO READ Aarushi Talwar case: Acquitted of murder charges,Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walk out of Dasna jail In the last four years, the family had controlled their emotions because they had to fight the battle in the “quest for truth”, he said. “We forgot everything else and our motive was to clear Aarushi’s name. The day Rajesh was convicted, he told me, ‘I will fight this battle for Aarushi till my last breath’. He did not say that he wanted to come out of jail. He wanted to clear his daughter’s name,” Dinesh Talwar said. He also requested the media to respect the couple’s privacy and allow them to get back to a life of normalcy.Since the Talwars walked out of jail at 4.45 pm today, the media has been dogging them. “They are not in a position where we can say that they are normal. They are not even in a condition to soak in the fact that they are now home. It will take some time for them to register this,” he said, adding that it had been “emotionally draining” for them. He said he would do everything to support his brother and sister-in-law, while adding that the pain of losing Aarushi would never go. “Please give them some time to get back to a normal life,” he said.

Acquitted Talwars will visit prison, but as docs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Dasna Jail near Delhi every fortnight to attend to inmates facing dental problems, prison authorities said on Sunday.The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars of killing their teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after the dentist couple was convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders. The two are likely to be released on Monday.The dentist couple had helped revive the near “defunct” dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said.”We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.Dr Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children.”Since Talwars have come here (prison), they have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services,” he said.To manage rush of dental patients at the jail hospital after Talwars’ release, prison authorities have also tied up with a Ghaziabad-based dental college”The doctors from the dental college will also visit Dasna Jail twice a week to attend to patients so that inmates don’t face problems,” Dr Tyagi added.Since their acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, there has been a steady increase in patients wanting to consult the couple.Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, will also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.The Talwars have been lodged in the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad after a Special CBI court in Ghaziabad sentenced them to life imprisonment on November 26, 2013 for murder, destroying evidence and misleading investigators. But the High Court debunked the CBI’s investigation and said the “circumstantial evidences” were not adequate for a conviction beyond doubt.(With PTI inputs)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s stolen blue Wagon-R recovered from Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Blue Wagon-R car which was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12, has been recovered from Ghaziabad.A Wagon-R car was used by Kejriwal till the 2015 assembly polls and had in many ways helped cement his ‘aam aadmi’ imageThe hatchback was being used by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) functionary over the last few months.The car was donated to Kejriwal by Kundan Sharma, a software engineer, in January 2013.Meanwhile, Kejriwal has shot off a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, saying the theft of his car points towards the rapidly ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation in the national capital.Kejriwal also wondered what the people of Delhi should expect when the chief minister’s car gets stolen from outside the secretariat, which is the headquarters of the local administration.”My Wagon-R car was stolen outside the Delhi Secretariat. My car getting stolen is a small matter. But the fact that it went missing outside the Delhi Secretariat reflects the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi,” Kejriwal wrote.

Aarushi Talwar, Hemraj murder case: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar’s release from Dasna Jail delayed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, acquitted in the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, will have to wait till Monday to walk out of the Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail. According to reports, a certified copy of the order is needed for the release of the couple. The copy is likely to be received by the jail authorities on Friday evening only. This certified copy will be presented in Ghaziabad court on Monday which would ensure the release of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.The Talwars have been lodged in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders.”We have not received the court order as yet. We will release them once we get it,” Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya told reporters earlier.He said there were two methods to complete the process of releasing a prisoner from jail.”Either the Allahabad High Court sends its order copy directly to jail authorities or it is sent through the CBI court concerned which awarded them a life sentence,” he said.The Allahabad High Court had on Thursday acquitted the Talwars in the case, saying neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.Also read:Who killed Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj? 9 years later, the mystery remains unsolved

Need to review criminal justice system, says former CBI officer in Aarushi Talwar case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADG BSF Arun Kumar, who had headed a CBI team into the Aarushi Talwar murder case, today called for a review of criminal justice system following the acquittal of the Talwar couple by the Allahabad High Court.The CBI team under Kumar had concluded that Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered by Krishna Thadarai- help at Talwar’s clinic, his friend Rajkumar– a domestic servant with Praful and Anita Durrani who were Talwars’ friends, and Vijay Mandal, driver of Talwars’ neighbour.The findings, however, were trashed by then CBI director Ashwani Kumar who found holes in the investigation by Arun Kumar.”It is a well-discussed case. Subject to the confirmation of the court (about Talwar couple being innocent), think of the family and what has happened to them. Let us review our criminal justice system,” Arun Kumar told PTI.He said nobody should face what the Talwars had faced.”#AarushiVerdict My only concern is how do we ensure that this is not repeated with any other case! It was worth pursuing the truth,” the Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) wrote on Twitter after the verdict.The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 2008 murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45-year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later.

Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj murder verdict: Talwars acquitted by Allahabad HC – Who said what

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major development in the 2008 Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of brutally murdering their daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj.The verdict came four years after Aarushi’s parents were convicted for killing their only daughter.On May 16, 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom in Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar flat and her throat slit with surgical precision. The family’s domestic help Hemraj was found killed on the terrace. The dentist couple was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in 2013. They had appealed against their conviction.Here are the top developments of the case so far:1. The Allahabad High Court acquitted the Talwars of killing their daughter and their domestic help Hemraj saying ‘no chain of evidence’ could be established.2. A division bench of the court comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra upheld the appeals by the Talwars against the Ghaziabad CBI court order sentencing them to life imprisonment. The court questioned the poor investigation and Talwars were given ‘the benefit of doubt’.3. While reacting after the judgement, mother Nupur Talwar reportedly said: We have got justice. Nupur Talwar, who is lodged in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail along with her husband Rajesh, was watching the proceedings on TV.4. The teenager’s grandfather BG Chitnis, a former group captain in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and father of Nupur Talwar expressed relief over the judgement. Chitnis said he “is emotionally drained after hearing the decision. He and his family said they were grateful for the acquittal; we always knew that they were not guilty”.5. Vandana Talwar, Aarushi’s aunt also expressed gratitude towards the verdict. “We are deeply relieved and grateful to God for the verdict. It’s been an exhausting journey for us and it has been very trying time for our family. We have suffered a lot for almost ten years,” Vandana said.6. The CBI, however, said, “We are waiting for the copy of the judgement. We will decide our next course of action after studying it.”7. Former CBI Director AP Singh refused to hold the parents innocent. “It is not really a clean chit because it says benefit of doubt and not that they are innocent,” Singh told ANI.8. Singh further said, “Only weakness we found was that scene of crime had been badly tampered on the 1st day itself”.9. Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the police has made a “total dog’s breakfast” of the investigation on Twitter. “Don’t know who killed #Arushi & will probably never know but what I do know is the police made a total dogs breakfast of the investigation (sic),” Abdullah said on Twitter.10. Avirook Sen, the author of the book based on the 2008 murder of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj welcomed the court’s decision. “I am glad that the wrong that was done in Ghaziabad has been corrected. It has been reversed today by the honourable High Court,” Sen was quoted as saying by a news agency.11. “On November 26, 2013, the CBI announced life imprisonment to the Talwar couple. Today, the appeal filed by them will be heard and I believe they will get justice,” Sunil Maurya, writer of book ‘Ek thi Aarushi’ was quoted as saying by the news agency minutes before the acquittal was announced.

Aarushi Talwar, Hemraj murder verdict: Nupur Talwar says, ‘We have got justice’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been acquitted of murdering their daughter Aarushi and domestic servant Hemraj in May 2008 case. The Allahabad High Court (HC) on Thursday acquitted Aarushi’s parents and set aside November 25, 2013 ruling by special CBI court that found the couple guilty of murdering their daughter and their domestic help. While reacting after the judgment, Nupur Talwar reportedly said: We have got justice. Nupur Talwar, who is lodged in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail along with her husband Rajesh, was watching the proceedings on TV. While allowing the appeal by Talwars, the High Court was of the view that as per the circumstances and evidence on record, the couple can’t be held guilty. The court ruled that there is no clinching evidence that the Talwar’s are guilty. A division bench of the court comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra upheld the appeals by the Talwars against the Ghaziabad CBI court order sentencing them to life imprisonment.The court questioned the poor investigation and Talwars were given the benefit of doubt.Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom at the Talwars’ home in Noida near Delhi in May 2008. The family’s Nepalese domestic help Hemraj was found killed on the terrace. The dentist couple was sentenced to life prison in 2013. They had appealed against their conviction. “Both Rajesh & Nupur Talwar have been acquitted and we are expecting that they will be out of jail tomorrow”, said Lawyer of Rajesh & Nupur Talwar.

Haldiram staffer’s body found month after fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The charred body of a Haldiram staffer was recovered from the popular sweet brand’s packaging unit in Noida’s Sector 68 on Thursday, a month after the structure was gutted.According to the police, the deceased was identified of Sundar Singh Rathore, who worked in the factory’s packaging department. More than 100 workers were rushed out to safety on the day of the incident.”We found the half-burnt body on Thursday, while some workers were removing debris from the factory site,” said Akhilesh Pradhan, Station House Officer, Phase–III. Police said the victim was a resident of Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad and worked on the first floor of the factory’s packaging unit.On September 8, victim’s wife Pooja Rathore had said that her husband had gone to work two days ago, when the fire broke out in the factory, and did not return. She then lodged a missing complaint at the Phase–III police station.”Based on the missing complaint, we put the victim’s cellphone on technical surveillance but could not locate him. On Thursday, we received a call from the factory regarding the discovery of the body,” a police officer said.”The body was identified as that of Rathore and was sent for post-mortem,” Pradhan said.On September 6, the packaging unit of Haldiram was gutted in a fire triggered by a boiler blast. As many as 12 fire tenders and more than 100 firefighters were deployed to douse the flames. Eight fire tenders from Delhi also joined the operation. It took 15 hours to put out the fire.Up in flamesOn September 6, the packaging unit of Haldiram was gutted in a fire triggered by a boiler blast. As many as 12 fire tenders and more than 100 firefighters were deployed to douse the flames. Eight fire tenders from Delhi also joined the operation. It took 15 hours to put out the fire.

Men nabbed for gang-raping 25-yr-old nurse in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ghaziabad police Crime Branch has arrested two men for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman on Friday night when she was returning home from work. The victim who works as a nurse was raped near Sihani Gate in Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad.The accused, identified as Mohit and Ankit Jaat, have been arrested after the Crime Branch carried out a search for them in several local areas. Another associate Kapil is absconding. Police said that they planned to rob and rape the victim on September 23.”We questioned around 50 persons from villages in the area. We had also drawn up sketches based on the description provided by the victim. The accused were arrested following the drive by the Crime Branch,” said RS Khoda, the Station House Officer of the Sihani Gate police station.During interrogation, the duo confessed to the crime and revealed that they both work for a medicine company in Ghaziabad.Mohit and Ankit who are both alcoholics and habitual criminals confessed that they gang-raped the young woman while Kapil was only involved in planning the crime. Their initial motive was only to rob her.”They spotted a woman coming walking towards Sikroad village. Kapil planned the theft but when he saw she was from the same village as his he backed out from the crime,” Khoda added.Police have recovered two country-made pistols and 9 live cartridges from their possession.

Woman files rape plaint, withdraws it hours later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two incidents of rape were reported within hours from the national Capital, police said on Saturday. In the first case, a 25-year-old nurse was raped near the Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad, while she was returning home on Friday night.Two men dragged her into a roadside bush near NH-58 and took turns to rape her. They also snatched her mobile phone and filmed the assault. Police said the woman was admitted to a private hospital, with injuries on her face and other body parts.”She saw the two men following her on the isolated road. She tried calling up her family but the call did not go through,” said RS Khoda, Station House Officer of the Sihani Gate police station.The incident took place at around 10 pm, barely 200 mts from the locality where the woman lives. It was raining heavily when the assault took place, police added.”She told us that initially she thought that the two accused, 22-23 years old, were trying to snatch her mobile. She handed over her phone but they slapped and punched her multiple times. She said both were drunk at the time,” an officer said.In the second incident, two men allegedly abducted and raped a 25-year-old woman in a moving car for hours on Friday evening. The woman, however, refused to undergo a medical examination and later withdrew the case.According to the police, two men pulled the woman inside an SUV from outside the Noida Golf Course Metro station at around 6 pm. They raped her for hours before dumping her near Delhi’s Akshardham at 2 am the next morning. The woman then called up the police, who took her to the police station and registered a case.While narrating her ordeal to DNA, the traumatised woman said she was waiting for an autorickshaw at the Metro station when the two men approached her in a Mahindra Scorpio and asked for the way to Sector 18. While she was explaining the route to them, one of them dragged her inside the SUV and drove away, she said.The woman was taken to various areas in Noida and Delhi, while the accused took turns to rape her. “I was scared. They threw me on the road. I immediately dialled 100. A Delhi Police team reached the spot and brought me to Noida Sector 39 police station,” she told DNA.

Woman gang-raped in moving car in Noida Sector 39

Updated: Sep 23, 2017, 01:49 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly gang-raped in a moving vehicle in Noida on Saturday.The incident took place at Noida Sector 39.The woman was pulled into a Scorpio car by men at Golf course metro station and then was allegedly gangraped in a moving car.Meanwhile, the victim has been sent for medical examination.A case has been registered in regards to the matter.In a similar incident, a nurse was allegedly looted and gangraped in Sihani Gate area of Ghaziabad.

Cops book former BSP legislator for BJP leader’s daylight murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police booked a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator from Sahibabad on Sunday for the murder of BJP worker Gajendra Bhati, who was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants in Ghaziabad on Saturday.According to the police, Bhati’s brother Yogesh had lodged a complaint at the Khora police station, alleging that his brother was killed at the behest of former BSP legislator Amarpal Sharma.Speaking to DNA, Yogesh said his brother had seemed disturbed for the last three-four days, and upon being queried, he had said that Sharma was threatening him. “Gajendra said he wanted to contest in the upcoming municipal elections in Khora but Sharma was warning him against doing that,” he said.Talking about the fateful day, Yogesh said in the afternoon, he and his sister-in-law Reena Bhati were travelling in a car while Gajendra and his colleague Balbir Chauhan were ahead on a bike.”They had reached near the RK Memorial school in Khora when two assailants opened fire at them and fled towards Delhi. The two were rushed to hospital, where Gajendra was declared dead on arrival,” Yogesh said.He added that that he can recognise the assailants, if they are produced before him.”We have registered an FIR on the basis of the complaint filed by Yogesh. All CCTV footage, call records, and statements of eyewitnesses are being explored to aid investigation,” Superintendent of Police (City), Ghaziabad, Akash Tomar said.

Ghaziabad: BJP leader shot in broad daylight; assailants on the loose

Updated: Sep 2, 2017, 05:00 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gajendra Bhati was shot dead by unknown assailants in Ghaziabad’s Khora Colony on Saturday.The culprits committed the crime in broad daylight and soon fled the spot.Earlier this year, another BJP leader Ikhlaq Qureshi was shot dead, while three BJP leaders namely Jameela Bi, Sachin Shilke, and Ashok Jaiswal were shot dead last year.The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh had been of much concern, under both former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

We knew this was going to happen one day, say locals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as rescue operations were underway at Ghazipur where two people died due to the landfill site caving in, residents of East Delhi and nearby Kaushambi say they were not surprised.Despite repeated reminders to the municipal corporation and a petition, residents living in the eastern part of the Capital and Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, rue that the landfill site had been working way past its original deadline and no concrete steps had been taken to shift the same.Talking to DNA, BS Vohra, social activist who has been following the matter since the garbage dump started growing disproportionately, said, “It is a man-made disaster which has happened because of sheer negligence of civic body officials. The engineers and others at site let the mounds grow into tall storeys. This was to happen.”He further added that the site pollutes the water and air around the area making it a health hazard. “Repeated reminders to East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) have only yielded hollow assurances but nothing has been done on the ground. The government must fix responsibility,” Vohra stated. His views were shared by Bharat Sharma, a resident of Kaushambi. “We breathe polluted air and going by the height this site has been attaining, we feared the worst always and it happened today.”Earlier on, RWAs in Kaushambi had moved the National Green Tribunal against the stench, groundwater contamination and hazardous emissions from the oldest landfill in the Capital. The matter on waste management is still pending in the NGT.The Ghazipur landfill was established in 1984 and comes under the jurisdiction of EDMC.

Body set up to check fee hike in Ghaziabad schools: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that a committee has been set up to keep a check on schools in Ghaziabad that have arbitrarily raised fees.”We have already set up a committee which is working towards the fee hike issue and promise the parents that no student will suffer,” he said. The Chief Minister said that already a number of agitated parents had approached the government in regard to this issue.The CM announced the formation of the committee on Thursday in Ghaziabad when he was there to lay the foundation stone for the Kailash Mansarovar Bhavan. The Bhawan — a transit house for pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Kanwad Yatra and Char Dham Yatra — will be constructed in Indirapuram. The UP CM was spoke about the plan PM Modi had shared with the nation during his speech on Independence Day.”Uttar Pradesh is a big state and we are going to help PM Modi’s vision of 2022. We are working towards providing the poor with concrete houses, farmers shall double their incomes, youth and women will get ample opportunities. We will get an India free of casteism, terrorism, corruption, nepotism — a clean India,” he said.Speaking about the Kailash Mansarovar Bhavan, CM said that once constructed, the building will be a symbol of national integration and help boost tourism in the state. He also blamed previous governments for not allowing construction of the Bhawan.

7,500 cops ensure a normal day in NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 7,500 police personnel had been deployed in the Capital on Monday to keep a constant vigil. Even in Haryana’s Gurugram, the police assured the citizens through tweets that they could move fearlessly on roads, as there was police presence at all major points.Though there was no such official order from the government, most private schools in Gurugram remained shut.”Situation is peaceful in Gurugram. Buses, Metro, and train services are running as normal in the district. Internet and other cellular services will continue to be operational,” Deputy Commissioner (Law and Order), Gurugram, Vinay Pratap Singh said.Pamela Roy, a resident of Sector 21, said: “Though the roads were comparatively less congested, there was no other difference. Everything was peaceful here. The attendance in the office was also normal.” Roy’s office is located in Sector 50.In Ghaziabad, all educational institutions remained shut after the administration gave the order to this effect on Sunday. Circle officers carried out special patrolling to keep an eye on Dera Sacha Sauda followers. All borders leading to Ghaziabad were put under scanner.”To ensure that a Friday-like situation did not arise, all possible precautionary measures were taken. Checking was carried out in different parts of the city and at all borders leading to the city. Everything went smoothly and no damage was done,” Akash Tomar, Superintendent Of Police (City), Ghaziabad, said.Situation remained normal in the Gautambudh Nagar as well.

Gujarat police on high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following unabated violence in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Delhi, the Gujarat Police have been placed on high alert in the state.The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted the police to be on watch for breakout of violence and rioting, as the state has considerable number of followers of the Dera Sacha chief, according to Piyush Patel, JCP, Sector 1.Though city police commissioner AK Singh played down the alert as a routine one during festivals (Friday being Ganesh Chaturthi), JCP Patel claimed police have been directed to closely watch the followers of Ram Rahim as well as members of the Patidar community, in view of the second anniversary of the quota agitation.Earlier, high alert was issued in New Delhi after supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim stormed Anand Vihar railway station and burnt two coaches of Rewa Express, forcing cancellation of several trains.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal and Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik appealed to people not to panic. Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed across the city. Prohibitory orders were also imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat.

Suspected BJP workers run over and kill man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man in his forties was run over by a vehicle driven by two alleged BJP party members on the bypass road behind Rajghat in central Delhi.The deceased’s two wheeler was hit by the Honda City from behind. The victim died on the spot.The accused, who were supposedly drunk, were arrested while they were hiding in the railway yard and changing the blood stained tyres. Locals from the area nabbed them, broke their car and took them to the police.Meanwhile, in another accident, a man was killed and another injured, after a speeding Fortuner car ran them over in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar. This happened on late night Thursday, police said.The victims were employed with a construction company that has been handed a contract by the NHAI for construction on NH-24, they added.Jasvir Singh (28), employed as a safety officer with the construction firm, was supervising the installation of a safety board when the accident happened.Singh was standing near his car and issuing instructions to two labourers – Keshav and Deepak about putting up the board. While he was standing there, a Fortuner that was coming from Nizamuddin Dargah’s side and being driven towards Ghaziabad hit Singh and labourer, Deepak (18), said a senior police officer.ANOTHER MISHAPMeanwhile, in another accident, a man was killed and another injured, after a speeding Fortuner car ran them over in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar. This happened on late night Thursday, police said.

Siblings go missing after getting scolded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two children reportedly went missing while on their way to the tuition class in the Vaishali area of Ghaziabad on Saturday evening. Siblings Tina, 12, and Aniket, 14, had left home for tuition around 4 pm, their mother Shreya Roy said.”They usually return by 5.30pm. When they didn’t return by 6pm, I called their tuition teacher. She told me that they did not come for the class,” she said. A shocked Shreya then immediately started looking for them in the locality. She had scolded them in the morning and thought that they might be hiding in the vicinity to get back at her.”Their school had a parent-teacher meeting on Saturday, but they didn’t inform me. I came to know about the meet from someone else. Their performance was also not good, so I shouted at them for not studying. I am worried that this might have led them to disappear,” she said.When the children could not be located after 2-3 hours of search, a missing FIR was lodged. “We are trying to trace the children. The family has said they do not suspect anyone,” Circle Officer (Indirapuram) Rajesh Kumar said.

Ghaziabad nodal officer reviews development works

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nodal officer for Ghaziabad Sadakant Shukla today took stock of developmental schemes and law and order situation in the district, an official said. He was here to know about the status of state government schemes, District Information Officer R B Singh said here. The officer, in a meeting, instructed police officers to improve the law and order condition and reviewed the crime data, the information officer said. He assessed the working of the Ghaziabad Development Authority, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam, Jal Nigam, Pashchimanchal Vidhyut Vitran Nigam Limited and medical facilities in government hospitals among others, Singh said. Shukla inspected the newly-constructed sick and burn units, and the Sihani Gate Police Station, he said. District Magistrate Ministhy S apprised Shukla about the new distribution system for ration, Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP honeytrap case: Court denies bail to woman, businessman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today dismissed the bail pleas of a woman and her associate in a case of allegedly organising a honeytrap and blackmailing BJP MP K C Patel, saying prima facie they were “partners in crime”. Special Judge Hemani Malhotra denied the relief to the 40-year-old woman and businessman Ajay Kumar alias Ajay Pal Chauhan, who are lodged in judicial custody. The court said the material prima facie suggested that the woman adopted this “ingenuous modus operandi to trap public personalities by accusing them of rape/molestation and then extort money from them”. “This kind of act is not only diabolical but also brings loss of reputation and stigma to the persons accused of rape/molestation. Such persons are repeatedly shunned by their own families and public at large, irrespective of the ultimate result. It is not a simple case of extortion in which case, the victim suffers pecuniary loss. The present case is an instance where the victims suffer loss of honour and fall in the eyes of society,” it observed. According to the prosecution, the woman had allegedly filmed obscene videos of the Gujarat’s Valsad MP after drugging him and threatened to make them public if she was not paid Rs seven crore. Chauhan had allegedly helped the woman in the execution of the offence. The court considered the gravity of offence and dismissed the bail pleas saying they do not deserve any leniency. “On the basis of the admitted fact that accused Ajay Kumar alias Ajay Pal had made payment for installing hidden cameras in the flat of accused woman and the call detail records, it prima facie appears that both the accused persons were in conspiracy with each other and were partners in crime,” the court said. During the hearing, the investigating officer informed the court that he would file a supplementary charge sheet in the case as further probe is going on. The court said, “In view thereof, matter be renotified for filing of supplementary charge sheet, consideration of charge sheet and for scrutiny of documents on September 16.” The woman had sought bail on the ground that she was a victim and she has been falsely implicated by the complainant to circumvent legal action for the alleged offence of rape against him. Chauhan’s counsel argued that there was no material on record to suggest that he was in conspiracy with the woman in commission of offence relating to taking gratification by corrupt means to influence public servant. Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava opposed their bail pleas saying that to extort money, the woman used to ensnare politicians and people in public life and she had earlier too lodged several FIRs in which she either turned hostile or resiled from her statements. The prosecutor opposed Chauhan’s bail plea saying it was this accused who had made payment for installation of hidden cameras in the flat of the accused woman which established conspiracy between them. Police has earlier filed charge sheet against the woman, Chauhan and Mitrapal for alleged offences of extortion, criminal conspiracy, taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence a public servant and other charges under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act. While the woman and Chauhan are in judicial custody, Mitrapal has not yet been arrested. The woman was arrested on May 2 by Delhi Police from her Ghaziabad residence. Chauhan was arrested on June 9 from Connaught Place here on the basis of a tip-off received by the police. Patel had filed a complaint alleging that he was drugged by the woman at her Ghaziabad house and obscene videos and photographs of him were taken by her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Fed up of system’, Buxar DM Mukesh Pandey commits suicide in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police were thrown into a tizzy on Thursday when they were informed that an IAS officer from Bihar had gone missing in the city and that he planned to end his life. The personnel had been on their toes for nearly six hours when the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Ghaziabad informed them that Mukesh Pandey, the Buxar District Magistrate (DM), had been found.It was far from good news, however, as the DM could not be saved in time. His severely mutilated body was spotted on the railway tracks in the district.Around 6 pm, Pandey’s family members had called senior Bihar police officers, telling them that they had received a message from him, in which he stated that he was going to kill himself. In the message, Pandey also conveyed that he was fed up with the system and his life, and that he would be jumping to his death from a Janakpuri shopping mall.Without a moment’s delay, the Bihar officers contacted the Delhi Police, after which the west district authorities were alerted, and a police team was rushed to the identified shopping mall.”When he could not be found, the CCTV footage was checked, in which the DM could be seen exiting the mall and heading towards a Metro station. His mobile phone was recovered from the 10th floor of the mall, from where he had apparently planned to jump,” a senior police officer said.Meanwhile, Pandey’s sister-in-law registered a missing complaint at the Sarojini Nagar police station, in which she stated that he had checked in to Hotel Leela Palace after arriving in Delhi on Thursday morning.Additional DCP (south) Chinmoy Biswal said: “Based on the complaint, a missing person report was lodged and a search was undertaken to trace him. Finally, in the evening, it came to the fore that Pandey had committed suicide on a railway track in Ghaziabad. ADM Ghaziabad is conducting the inquest and post-mortem is being done by a medical board of three doctors.”The police said a suicide note was recovered from near the body, which mentioned that a detailed note was in his bag in room number 742 of the Hotel Leela Palace. The note also had contact details of Pandey’s relatives, who he wanted to be informed about his death.

Buxar DM found dead on rail tracks in Gzb, suicide note

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IAS officer and District Magistrate of Bihar’s Buxar district Mukesh Pandey was found dead near railway tracks here, police said. Pandey’s body was found on the tracks about one km from the Ghaziabad railway station late last night and a suicide note was also recovered from the spot, they said. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the death of the officer. “He was a capable administrator and a sensitive officer. May god bless his soul,” he said in a tweet. In the purported note, Pandey, a 2012-batch IAS officer, said he was fed up with his life and has lost his “faith in human existence”. “I am committing suicide in district centre area of Janakpuri in west Delhi…by jumping off the 10th floor of the building. I am fed up with life and my faith in human existence has gone. My detailed suicide note is kept in a Nike bag in room 742 of a five-star (name withheld) hotel in Delhi. I am sorry, I love you all! Please forgive me,” said the note, according to Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh. Officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP), who reached the spot, near Kotgaon here, said prime facie it was a case of suicide. The body was found around 8.40 pm near Katgaon yesterday. The body was identified with the help of ID cards recovered from his pocket. Police said Pandey’s post-mortem was conducted today by a team of three doctors in Ghaziabad and it was videographed. The body will be transported to Guwahati where his family lives and the last rites will be conducted there, they said. Before taking the extreme step, Pandey had sent messages to his family members that he was planning to commit suicide at Janakpuri District Centre. A senior Delhi Police official said that police received information from his friends that Pandey would commit suicide and had gone to the Janakpuri District Centre yesterday. A police team was immediately rushed to the mall but it could not trace him. The police received information around 6.30 pm and started analysing the CCTV footage but it was seen that he had left the mall around 6 pm. The police carried out searches in nearby malls, hotels and even shut down some shops and the entrance to the top floors to scan the corridors but he could not be traced. Later, the Delhi Police learnt that he had allegedly committed suicide, the official said. Around 8.10 pm, the Sarojini Nagar police station in south district was informed by Pandey’s sister-in-law that he was missing. She told the police that he had checked into a five-star hotel in the morning yesterday, but after he remained incommunicado, she informed the police. The Delhi Police said they are awaiting a report from their counterpart in Ghaziabad before taking future course of action.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar CM expresses grief over Buxar DM’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grief over the death of Buxar district magistrate Mukesh Kumar Pandey, who allegedly committed suicide at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. “Mukesh Kumar Pandey’s death is a very heart-rending incident. He was an efficient administrator and a sensitive officer…May his soul rest in peace,” the chief minister said in his condolence message. Kumar prayed to the almighty to give strength to his family members to bear the loss of their loved one, an Information and Public Relations Department release said. Pandey’s body was found yesterday from the railway tracks about one km from Ghaziabad railway station, the police said. A purported suicide note was also recovered from the spot. In the suicide note, Pandey, a 2012-batch IAS officer, had written that he was fed up with his life and had lost his “belief on human existence,” the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two held for duping many by promising govt jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police have arrested two men and busted a gang of cheats who used to pose as Lower Division Clerks (LDCs) and Upper Division Clerks (UDCs) employed in Udyog Bhavan. The duo used to dupe people of hefty amounts on the pretext of getting them government jobs.Police said the arrested persons disclosed they had conducted interviews of aspiring candidates at other government buildings, including Shashtri Bhawan. So far they have cheated about 15-16 persons in this manner.The two cheats have been identified as Rakesh Kashyap, 37, and Salauddin, 32, both residents of Loni in Ghaziabad. According to the police, the forgery came to light on July 28, when a complainant, Sunil Kumar from Meerut, reported that he and his cousins have been cheated by a gang of cheats who posed themselves as working LDCs and UDCs in Udyog Bhavan.”The victims stated that the accused assured them of government jobs for all three of them on payment of Rs 4 lakh per candidate. After paying the money they were called then three times at Udyog Bhawan on pretext of filling up application forms, interview, written exams and medical examination at GTB Hospital,” said BK Singh, DCP, New Delhi.”The victims were shown their exam results by the accused on a fake SSC sites. However, when they could not find their exam result at the real SSC websites, they approached the police,” Singh added.Following investigations, on August 1, CISF staff — deployed at Udyog Bhawan — shared information with the local police about the presence of suspects, but by the time the police reached, they managed to flee.”On August 4, similar information was shared by CISF staff and a raid was conducted, following which the suspects were nabbed near gate number 12, Udyog Bhawan,” said Singh.

Doctor on radar for 7 years, held in DA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Palghar range on Saturday booked a government doctor Anil Yadav, in a disproportionate asset (DA) case.Shockingly, Yadav had been on the radar of the ACB since 2010 and three ACB officials probing the case had given him a clean chit by submitting a case closure report to the department. Earlier, Yadav was arrested on charges of extortion by the Palghar police.The local Crime Branch of Palghar police had arrested Yadav after two builders had filed a case of extortion against him. According to the crime branch, Yadav was posted in Vasai as Public Health Officer but was later transferred to Osmanabad after being arrested on corruption charges in 2010 by ACB, Thane. Yadav did not join duty and instead formed a team of people who filed Right to Information queries at government offices and issued threats to renowned builders to extort money.”Yadav has a row house in Nashik and properties in Vasai. We have also found exorbitant bank transactions of Yadav despite no source of income. We have acquired details of his bank account in Ghaziabad and properties belonging to his first and second wife,” said an ACB official.

5 arrested for smuggling liquor, 3 for peddling drugs in a

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ghaziabad police today said it has arrested five persons on charges of smuggling liquor and three for alleged drug peddling in the past week during several raids in the district. Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh said in this week the police has recovered 304 cartons of liquor during its routine checking drives at intersections of Sector C-8 and A-7 under Tronica City Police Station. Two persons were arrested while two managed to escape, he said. Singh said the Tronica and Masuri police have nabbed three more alleged bootleggers and seized 760 and 148 bottles from their possession. Three alleged drug peddlers have been apprehended near Mandirwala Park of Sanjay Nagar this Tuesday. Nine kilograms of marijuana was seized. They have been sent to jail, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maintain greenery along roads in Ghaziabad: Green Tribunal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) to expedite the work of maintaining roads and pavements with sufficient green cover. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim passed the order after noting the submission of the municipal commissioner who said a sum of Rs 2.77 crore has been sanctioned and allocated to complete the work on three roads in Sector 3 of Vasundhara area. “The commissioner of municipal corporation seeks six months time to complete the work and report which we find is not reasonable. However, we direct him to expedite the work and complete it as early as possible. Since the issue raised in this execution application regarding non-compliance have been answered, we permit the applicant to submit what further actions is necessary in this regard,” the bench said. During the proceedings, the counsel appearing for Uttar Pradesh Avas Vikas Parishad told the bench that since the municipal corporation has found its own resource for carrying out work in terms of directions of this tribunal, it may not be proceeded against. The matter is fixed for hearing on August 3. The tribunal had earlier slammed the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation for not maintaining roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Ghaziabad and summoned its municipal commissioner there for explaining the delay in the implementation of the directive. It had also taken exception to the affidavit filed by the GMC stating that the green panel’s direction of May 16, 2016 order had been complied with. The tribunal had earlier imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on three officials of the Ghaziabad for non-compliance of its order on maintenance of roads and pavements with green cover in one of the sectors. It had said that municipal commissioner, chief engineer and the executive engineer were responsible for the lapses in Sector 3 of Vasundhara and directed that the fine be recovered from them. The tribunal’s order came on a plea filed by Ghaziabad- resident Nayan Agrawal seeking execution of the NGT’s direction to repair and carry out maintenance of the roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Sector 3 in Vasundhra area of the district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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