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Indian-origin motel owner Akash Talati killed in US shootout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old Indian-American owner of a motel in North Carolina has been shot dead in a shootout at a strip club, becoming the latest victim of rampant gun violence in the US.Akash R Talati, who owned Knights Inn and Diamondz Gentlemen’s Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out of the club returned soon and exchanged gunfire with a security guard on Saturday, police detective Jamaal Littlejohn said.Police said they were called to the club at 1:51 am on Saturday.Littlejohn said Markeese Dewitt, 23, of Fayetteville has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He said Dewitt was shot four or five times and remained in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Centre,fayobserver.Com reported.He said only Dewitt and the security guard exchanged gunfire. Talati and four others injured were bystanders, he said. One of the victims was in fair condition at the hospital. The two others were treated and released. Talati died at the hospital.Talati is reportedly from Anand in Gujarat.Police have not released the names of three other people who were injured. Littlejohn said they included the security guard and a female employee of the club who operated the cash register.Littlejohn said security escorted Dewitt out of the club because he had caused a disturbance. He said Dewitt appeared to have gone to his vehicle, got a gun, went back inside the club and started shooting.Littlejohn said police have no idea what caused Dewitt to get kicked out of the club.”All we know is he got put out, he goes and gets a gun and it goes crazy from there,” Littlejohn said.Detectives are actively investigating the homicide and shooting and have appealed to the public to contact them if they have any information on the incident.According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 6, there have been 307 mass shootings in the US in 20017. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.

Youth smarter than police, says Gujarat High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing that the police “may be very good at phone tapping but poor at phone tracking”, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Gujarat Police for failing to trace a minor girl, who is missing since May from Central Gujarat.A Division Bench comprising Justices Abhilasha Kumari and BN Karia also underlined that the young generation is smarter than the police, especially since it knows how to erase digital foot-prints, so that the cops can’t track them.The court was upset with the police for its bureaucratic response that it had been unable to trace the girl, whose father had filed a habeas corpus plea, since their — the girl’s as well as the man, who had allegedly kidnapped her — mobile phones were switched off. In his petition, the girl’s father had alleged that a man had kidnapped his minor daughter after promising to marry her and despite a police complaint both remain untraceable. After he filed the plea in the High Court, the police filed three action taken reports, all of them saying basically the same thing: investigation is going on and they girl and man are untraceable since their mobile phones are switched off.The bench today noted that the police investigation in a serious case of a minor girl going missing was lax and mechanical.”If girl and boy don’t switch on their mobile and throw away their sim cards, police will remain clueless for years. Police may be very good at phone tapping but poor at phone tracking. Is there no other way of tracing or finding missing girls and boys? Nowadays, when such incidents are on rise, police should find new ways and strategies to trace and track down missing people. Gujarat Police needs to undergo some short-term crash course or should watch detective serials. Only then it can find new tricks to trace the young couple,” the bench noted during hearing.In a damning comment on the functioning of the police, the court also observed, “We do understand that the police is overburdened. Your job is stressful, your first priority is VIP security, than festivals and other duties and only after discharging all these duties, investigation gets priority. It is high time that the state creates a separate wing for investigation of such cases.”The bench asked the police to put in more efforts to trace the missing girl and produce her before the court. “If there is no serious action on the part of Virpur police, this court will not hesitate to order senior police officers to personally appear before the court,” it said.

Accused in Akshardham case held after 15 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At 3.45 am on Saturday, crime branch officers arrested Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, a key accused in the Akshardham temple terror attack case, from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhai Patel International terminal.Abdul was flying in from Saudi Arabia, and is accused of being the prime conspirator in the terror attack in Gandhinagar that left 34 people dead and 84 injured in 2002. According to a crime branch officer, Abdul is supposed to have planned the attack and helped the two terrorists who stormed the temple. “The accused has links with the banned terrorist organizations such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba,” said ACP Rajdeep Zala of Crime branch.His brother, Adam Ajmeri, once an accused, was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2014. He now lives with his family in Ahmedabad.According to a senior police official, they had received specific information about Abdul and three others involved in the case arriving at Ahmedabad, and had been on the lookout for six months. They had staked out at the airport four times in the past six months. This time, they believe that the three other accused found out that the team was waiting for them and canceled their plans to come to Ahmedabad at the last minute.A senior Crime branch officer says ill-health and sentimentality brought Abdul back, who had been living in Saudi Arabia for two decades. “He has grown old and suffers from several illnesses, and wanted to spend the rest of his life with his family in Ahmedabad, even at the risk of being caught” said the officer. He had informed his brother Adam, who was supposed to receive him at the airport.On September 24, 2002, two terrorists entered Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar with automatic weapons and hand grenades and fired indiscriminately, killing 34 people including devotees and police personals, while injuring 84 others. National Security Guard commandos ended the 14-hour seige by killing both terrorists.Of the 34 people named in the attack, Abdul is the ninth accused to be arrested. In 2003, an FIR was lodged against Ajmeri and others at the Sector 21 police station in Gandhinagar under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government, sedition, murder, attempt to murder among others. They were also booked under relevant sections of the POTA Act, the Explosive Substance Act and the Gujarat Police Act. In May 2014, the Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts convicted earlier, including three facing death sentence. (With agency inputs)

Supreme Court cancels bail of former BJP MP Solanki in Amith Jethava murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday canceled the regular bail of former BJP MP in RTI activist Amit Jethava’s murder case. He has been directed to surrender before the jail authority within two days. In February 2014, regular bail was granted to the accused and conspirator in the offence.Deceased Amit Jethava’s father Bhikhabhai had moved petition before the Supreme Court with prayer to cancel the bail of conspirator Dinu Solanki, alleging that he was influencing the witnesses and because of which numbers of witnesses have turned hostile. The matter had come up for hearing before the division bench of justice AK Sikri and justice Ashok Bhusan. After hearing both sides, the division bench cancelled the bail granted to Dinu Solanki and ordered him to surrender before the jail within two days.In 2014, when the regular bail was granted, SC had clearly observed, “bail is not granted because you are law maker, but as the fact says CBI has recently filed supplementary charge sheet and trial is likely to take long time, court deems appropriate to enlarge you on bail.”This June, Gujarat High Court had ordered for fresh trial in the Amit Jethava murder case with direction to change the CBI court judge, as the high court judge JB Pardiwala had observed that it has lost trust in the present judicial officer, who was hearing the case. Deceased’s father Bhikhabhai had moved petition pleading for retrial as 105 of 195 witnesses had turned hostile and felt that the trial has become joke.Jethava, who was shot dead on July 20, 2010 outside the Gujarat High Court. He was an RTI and environment activist. He had filed numbers of RTI applications and a PIL against illegal mining in Gir forest region and the Gujarat Police had ruled out any involvement of Solanki in the murder.WHO WAS JETHAVA?Jethava, who was shot dead on July 20, 2010 outside the Gujarat High Court. He was an RTI and environment activist. He had filed numbers of RTI applications and a PIL against illegal mining in Gir forest region and the Gujarat Police had ruled out any involvement of Solanki in the murder.

Dalit community protests after man dies in judicial custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of a Dalit community today protested over the death of a man in judicial custody in Amreli district of Gujarat. Police said the body of the deceased, Jignesh Sondarva (29), has been sent to Bhavnagar forensic science laboratory for autopsy. Members of the Dalit community to which he belonged gathered outside the laboratory and questioned delay in sending the body for autopsy, police said. Sondarva died at Amreli civil hospital today morning. District superintendent of police Jigdesh Patel said that Sondarva had been arrested under the Prohibition Act from Dungar in Rajula tehsil, and sent to Amreli sub-jail in judicial custody on June 12. “While in judicial custody, he developed some health complications and was taken to the civil hospital thrice. He died today morning,” the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to continue hearing plea against Teesta Setalvad, others today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Wednesday will continue to hear the case involving social activist Teesta Setalvad, who is accused of misappropriation of funds which was meant for rehabilitation of Gujarat riot victims. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is appearing for the Gujarat Government, while senior advocate Kapil Sibal is appearing for Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Teesta, her husband and the two NGOs – Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace – approached the apex court challenging the October 7, 2015, verdict of the Gujarat High Court which had rejected their pleas for defreezing their personal bank accounts. One of the residents of Gulberg Society had filed a complaint against Setalvad and others alleging that money was raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society in the memory of those killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots, but it had not been utilised for the purpose. The high court had upheld the verdict of a lower court in this regard observing that the probe was at a serious point. In their plea before the apex court, the petitioners have alleged that their accounts were “illegally freezed” without following the due process of law. The Gujarat Police filed an affidavit in the apex court alleging that the funds collected by them for setting up of museum in memory of the riots victims of Gulberg Society was spent on personal use.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj ACB arrests 3 Gujarat Police personnel for graft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three personnel of Gujarat Police were today arrested by Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) here for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 20,000 from a man here. The accused head constable and two constables had demanded the bribe from Sunil for not making him an accused in a case of illegal transportation of liquor, DySP of Anti Corruption Bureau, Rajasthan, Neelkamal said. Sunil’s car was seized by police in Banaskantha district in Gujarat sometime back in the case of illegal transportation of liquor, he said. The accused policemen demanded the bribe from Sunil for not making him an accused in the case. “After verification of the complaint, a trap was laid. The policemen came to Jaipur and they were nabbed by our team while taking the bribe amount of Rs 20,000 from Sunil at a juice center near Jawahar circle,” he said. The accused have been arrested under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security tightened at Somnath temple after suspected ISIS operatives held in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The security has been beefed up at Somnath temple after Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two persons for alleged links with ISIS. The Gujarat Police today arrested two suspected Islamic state operatives in Rajkot. Rajkot Joint Commissioner of Police (crime branch), IK Bhatt, said the arrested suspects were siblings. ?Our ATS team has arrested two (Islamic State) suspects from Rajkot. They have been identified as Wasim Arif Ramodia and Naem Arif Ramodia. Both are brothers,? said Bhatt. Bhatt futher said that the suspected IS operatives were about to attack a religious place.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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