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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulawama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass

Noor Mohammad Tantray, the ‘midget’ terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter on Tuesday, wanted to join the BJP to eliminate its top leaders way back in 2003.Also known as Peer Baba, the four-feet-tall Kashmir chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad even went to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Raod in New Delhi. He managed to get a form to get himself registered as an active member, snoop on the leaders and attack them, a plan that never materialised. Before he could have succeed in his conspiracy, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand nabbed him and his associates from Delhi with huge cache of arms and ammunition.Tantray also went by the name Gulzar Ahmed Bhat or Uwais was a resident of Darganjgund in Pulwama’s Tral area and was arrested in Delhi in August, 2003.“Tantray was a member of JeM, a terrorist organisation banned under Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Mohd Sahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt, all said four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.He was convicted in 2011 for life. He was languishing in Tihar Jail and was out on a parole since 2015 and thereafter started reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.In 2003, on August 29, the Special Cell received an intelligence inputs about Jaish terrorists being engaged in supply of arms, ammunition and explosive material transported in wooden boxes of fruits and vegetables by trucks from Kashmir to Delhi. The vehicles were also used to take back Hawala money from Delhi to Kashmir for being used for terrorist activities.On a specific information about a truck bearing registration number “153” of Jammu and Kashmir having reached Delhi with certain quantity of arms, ammunitions and explosives, efforts were made through a team headed by then Sub Inspector Govind Sharma, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, to locate the vehicle.It was learnt that truck bearing number JK-03-0153 had actually entered the fruit market in Delhi’s Azadpur at 10:55 pm on August 28, 2003. Since the truck could not be located in the market, extensive search was launched in surrounding areas. On August 30, 2003, at about 2.00 pm, then Sub Inspector Umesh Barthwal is said to have located the said truck parked in Qutub Road parking lot. A police officers comprising, amongst others, of then Inspector Hriday Bhushan was deployed to keep a watch over the truck in secrecy.At about 7.45 pm a short statured person later identified as accused Noor Mohd Tantray was seen approaching the truck and having a talk with the driver who was later identified as accused Parvez Ahmed Mir and cleaner later identified as accused Farooz Ahmed respectively of the truck.Tantray along with other two boarded the truck, thereafter three wooden boxes kept in the tool box were taken out. All three were nabbed and the three wooden boxes unloaded from the truck were opened and checked and beneath the fruit, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenades shells and one under barrel grenade launcher were recovered.Tantray during interrogation revealed that the consignment of explosives was to be delivered by his associates Zahoor in Pakistan and Aslam of Sikandrabad in UP, who were to meet him in front of Indraprastha Park on outer ring road in Nizamuddin. A team of police personnel at 9.15 pm in private cars and reached the park near and about 10.45 pm, a Maruti car bearing registration no. DL3C N8749 came from the side of Nizamuddin flyover and stopped.From the said car, two persons allegedly alighted and stood nearby and challenged by the police and when asked to surrender but instead of compliance the said they started firing at the police. The police returned the fire in the course of which both the said persons came to be injured and later scummed to injuries.In Delhi, Tantray had made his in house no A-44 at Mohindra Park in Azadpur as the base to carry out terror attacks. During search of his place, police recovered computer with its accessories, stereo cassette players, sets of Nokia, 10 channel cordless telephones, cash, Hawala money in the sum of Rs 19.20 lakh and certain incrementing documents. Sources said that these documents contained a form for BJP membership.The police team lead by ACP Rajbir Singh, who has since died, had then nabbed the accused under supervision of then DCP Ashok Chand. Chand retired from Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in 2015.

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Separatist leader Shabir Shah’s judicial remand extended till August 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The judicial remand of separatist leader Shabir Shah on Wednesday was further extended till August 31. Earlier on Tuesday, a Delhi Court dismissed the bail application of Shah. He was arrested on charges of money laundering and was sent to a 14-day judicial remand earlier on August 9. “The remand time of 14 days got concluded so we had requested for a custodial remand of another 14 days, which the court has granted. We also have a lot of electronic evidences and telephonic information and call records. Basically we have been confronting him with the information we have. Rest cannot be disclosed more,” Enforcement Directorate (ED) lawyer, Rajeev Awasthi told ANI. Earlier on August 6, the Enforcement Directorate questioned Shah’s wife in the ongoing money laundering case. On July 25, Shah was arrested from his residence, where he was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. On July 26, Shah was produced in the Patiala House Court, following which he was sent to seven-day ED custody. All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were sent to 10-day NIA custody. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several Separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA indicates more arrests in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was sent to a 10-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) remand in connection with the terror funding case today, the Agency has indicated that there will be more arrests in this regard. NIA officials have said that work is underway in this regard, sources state. Earlier in the day, close aide of separatist Shabir Shah and an alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani were produced before a Delhi Court today in connection with the case. The Delhi Court on August 14 extended Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) remand of Wani, by six days in the terror funding case. On August 6, the ED arrested Wani from Srinagar with the help of the state police. Reportedly, Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs 63 lakh, received through ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition, on August 26, 2005. The NIA has been tough on Separatists regarding the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir. On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were later sent to 10-day NIA custody. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several Separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested in Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Shah was arrested from his residence, where he was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir?s Srinagar. As per sources, police arrested Shah late yesterday evening. The reason for his arrest is yet unknown as he was already under house arrest since many months. On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven Separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. Yesterday, all seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate ? have been sent to 10-day NIA custody. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir. The NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time. The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Arrested Separatists to be produced before Delhi court today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The seven arrested Separatists leaders will be produced before the Patiala House Court on Monday. Yesterday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven Hurriyat leaders on money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley. The arrested Hurriyat leaders were brought to the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Delhi yesterday. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The seven separatists include Naeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtus, Ayaz Akbar, T. Saifullah, Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir. NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time. The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa police drag feet on US bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just like Luis Berger bribery case, a report has surfaced in which a US-based consultancy has confessed before the US Justice Department of paying bribe in crores of rupees to unknown officials to get a water project contract in Goa between 2011 and 2015. In Luis Berger bribery case, Goa police took cognizance of media report and even arrested former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. But, this time Goa police are dragging their feet.In July 2015, on the basis of that media report Crime Branch Registered FIR and 5-6 teams of Crime Branch flew to the different parts of India and arrested Luis Berger officials and a Hawala operator. Then BJP government had praised the swift action of the Crime Branch.Now, another report has surfaced in which another US based consultancy firm CDM Smith has admitted before the US Justice Department of paying a bribe of $25,000 to some officials to get a water project contract in Goa. But, contrary to Luis Berger episode, Goa police are yet to initiate any action.When contacted, a couple of senior police officers said an inquiry can be initiated only on the basis of state government issuing necessary directions.Meanwhile, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has directed the National Highway Authority of India to conduct an inquiry into the bribery allegations involving NHAI officials.

ED conducts raids at premises of N.C. Jain for involvement in Hawala operations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches at 10 premises, both offices and residential, of Naresh Chand Jain located at Pitampura, Vikas Puri, Rohini and Wazirpur, in Delhi. The searches were conducted under Section 37 of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 on July 1. The searches were conducted on the basis of information received by the Directorate that Naresh Chand Jain and his brother Bimal Kumar Jain are involved in large scale Hawala and illegal activities. Naresh Chand Jain has been indulging in opening of shell companies and generation of fake invoices which he uses for making bogus import and exports. Indian currency to the tune of Rs. 27 lakh and foreign currency of various countries including Dubai, Hongkong, U.S., and Philippines were seized, besides various incriminating documents including details of various shell companies, stamps, letter head, fake/bogus invoices of various shell companies were recovered from his offices located in north-west and western part of Delhi. Seizures made by the ED also include hard discs, mobile phones, several pan cards, voter ID cards, digital payment devices of various foreign banks, various SIM cards of Nepal and Dubai. It has been found that Naresh Chand Jain, along with his brother, has been doing Hawala transfers to Dubai, Singapore, Hongkong, China, Nepal, USA, Europe and other countries. Details of various bank a/c?s maintained in Dubai were also seized from the searched premises. It has also been found that Naresh Chand Jain registered shell companies by paying certain people a meager sum of Rs. 5,000-50,000 for becoming directors in his companies. These fake directors and shell companies were later used by Naresh Chand Jain and his associates for Hawala and illegal activities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fresh trouble for Kejriwal, ACB orders probe in ‘medical scam’ after allegations by Kapil Mishra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh trouble for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has ordered a probe in alleged medical scam after allegations were levelled by the sacked minister Kapil Mishra.Last week, Mishra accused Kejriwal of Rs 300 crore worth scam in the health care department of the state.”Delhi government gave the largest allocation in budget to health and now the government doesn’t even have basic medicines for people”, Mishra had alleged in a presser here. Mishra had also alleged that there were also discrepancy in the prices of hundred ambulances that were bought, saying the actual cost of an ambulance is Rs 11 lakh but the government bills show that these ambulances were bought for Rs 23 lakh.On Wednesday, after he was heckled in the Delhi Assembly, Mishra said, “You (Kejriwal and Satyender Jain) have been exposed. All your hawala interactions are with me. Kejriwal’s relatives are under the scanner now. Jain’s frauds, Rs. 300 crore medicines scam is all exposed now. I will expose them.”The sacked minister fell out with the party early this month when he was removed as the water minister. Days after, he accused the Delhi Chief Minister and his former cabinet colleagues of corruption.Following is the list of accusations laid by Mishra against Arvind Kejriwal so far:May 6: Mishra alleged he was removed from the position of Delhi Water Minister because he was going to submit the names of those people involved in the tanker scam to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).May 7: Mishra revealed that he was witness to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain offering a Rs 2 crore bribe to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.May 8: Mishra accused that the Chhatarpur seven acre farm house deal and Rs 10 crore fake bill scam of Public Works Department (PWD), was done for Kejriwal’s brother in law. He also added that there are inconsistencies and corruption in the donations made to the party that he has informed Central Bureau of Investigation about. He also alleged that AAP leaders like Ashish Khetan, Sanjay Singh, Satyendra Jain, Raghav Chadha and Durgesh Pandey used party funds to travel abroad.May 14: Mishra accused AAP for misleading the Election Commission and Income Tax department. He added that the party is continuously involved in money laundering. He also alleged that donations were made to the party by 16 shell companies of its own MLA.May 19: Mishra claimed AAP is involved in ‘Hawala’ and foreign funding.

‘Arvind Hawala Kejriwal’: Kapil Mishra’s new name for Delhi Chief Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kapil Mishra on Tuesday warned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to divulge the information in connection with foreign funding of the parties and overseas trip of its leaders.Taking a dig at Kejriwal for accepting money from companies embroiled in corruption, Mishra dubbed the AAP supremo as ‘Arvind Hawala Kejriwal’Asserting that it has come to saving the nation’s pride Mishra said, “AAP has received funds from companies which are corrupt. Kejriwal ji keeps on hiding the letter head of Hemprakash’s company and his company has been raided in connection with Hawala money.””Hawala, Hawala, hawal, should your name be changed to ‘Arvind Hawala Kejriwal’,”he added.Further asking his ex-leader to answer his queries in regard to foreign funding of the party and trips of AAP leaders, Mishra said, “I have dug out information regarding the Russia trip. It will be better if you public information which I have asked for, else I will find out everything anyhow. This time it has come down to the nation and I won’t give up.”
ALSO READ ‘Honesty is my weapon’, Oppn scared of AAP’s anti-corruption campaign: Kejriwal on Mishra’s graft claimMishra had yesterday said that whoever “tries to raise a voice in the party is immediately thrown out,” adding that party leader Kumar Vishwas will not be “spared” as well.”In this party, whoever tries to raise their voice is thrown out. Kumar Vishwas is also on the target. He should know that this party will not spare him also, even if he is keeping silence,” Mishra told media here.He added that till the time corruption scams of the AAP were coming up, he would be addressing press conferences to inform the public.Following the series of allegations raised against him by Mishra, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asserted that the accusations show that the other political parties were scared of them and their “anti corruption campaign.”

Round 3 of allegations by Kapil Mishra, claims AAP received money through ‘hawala network’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Kapil Mishra, whose vociferous campaign against the Delhi Chief Minister continues in full steam, entered its third round on Friday as he levelled a new set of charges against Arvind Kejriwal. Mishra dropped another bombshell on friend-turned-foe Kejriwal claiming that the party received money through “hawala network”.Mishra showed a powerpoint presentation in a press conference as “evidence” to back his claim that the party received funds from shell companies. “Arvind Kejriwal is keeping quiet despite me providing clinching evidence of his corrupt practices. I have also presented evidence on the Hawala case last Sunday. It been one week, but no one from the AAP has come up with any clarification. It is evident from this presentation how AAP forged letter heads to shell companies. Even the letter heads were fake,” he said.Mishra also challenged Kejriwal to inform the Income Tax Department that the donation amount received by AAP was from Mukesh Kumar. “I will prove two things. Aam Aadmi Party gets fund from Hawala operators…They are avoiding my questions. The video which was tweeted by Kejriwal on Twitter on Thursday was fake. The Letterhead of companies, who gave donation to Aam Aadmi Party are forged. I challenge Arvind Kejriwal to tell Income Tax Department that the donation was received from Mukesh Kumar. Mukesh Kumar’s company is a bank defaulter. How can he donate Rs 2 crore to Aam Aadmi Party?” he added.
ALSO READ AAP crisis: Satyendra Jain files defamation case against Kapil MishraRubbishing the claims made by Mukesh Kumar of having donated Rs 2 crore to AAP, Mishra said it was all plotted by Kejriwal to conceal the identity of Hem Prakash Sharma, who is director in several companies. “Mukesh Kumar’s company is also VAT defaulter. Instead of paying VAT to Delhi government, the company donated money to party. Delhi government had issued notice to SKN associates, which later donated money to Aam Aadmi Party,” he added.”Why doesn’t the Chief Minister give an answer? Kejriwal will have to leave the country the day party leader’s foreign trips come to light,” he continued in a strained vein.
ALSO READ AAP crisis: Arvind Kejriwal hosts dinner for party MLAs to foster unity, Kumar Vishwas absent Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has filed a defamation case against Mishra and MLA Manjinder Sirsa. Mishra accused Kejriwal of corruption, claiming that he witnessed Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister. On Thursday, an east Delhi resident had claimed that he owned the four companies that had donated Rs 50 lakh each to the party in April 2014.

Navy war room leak case: Verma’s ex-biz partner moves court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former business partner of arms dealer Abhishek Verma, accused in the 2006 Naval War Room leak case, has moved a Delhi court to direct ED to file a report on the probe into the PMLA case allegedly involving him. C Edmond Allen, who is also a lawyer by profession and a US citizen, filed the application before Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal for direction to the Enforcement Directorate to submit a status report on the investigation into money laundering crime allegedly committed by Verma by using American Express cards in 2004-06 and later paying his bail sureties via Hawala channel in 2008. The court fixed the plea for hearing on April 17. The application, filed through advocate Harshvardhan Jha, also sought a status report of the probe into Allen’s June, 2012 complaint in which he had alleged that Verma had paid his bail money in the Naval war room leak case via Hawala channel from Mauritius through one of the close associates of Verma. It said that Verma was granted bail by the Delhi High Court in June, 2008 and it was upheld by the Supreme Court in May, 2009. The plea alleged when Verma came to know about Allen’s complaint to CBI, he withdrew his bail surety fearing it would be seized and was sent to judicial custody for non- payment of his bail bond. The money laundering case against Verma is pending before a different court. In the CBI case, also allegedly involving four former Naval officers, the court is recording prosecution evidence. Former naval officer Kulbhushan Prashar, former commander Vijender Rana, sacked naval commander V K Jha, former IAF Wing Commander Sambha Jee L Surve and Delhi-based businessman Verma are facing trial in the case for the offence of criminal conspiracy under IPC and under various provisions of Official Secrets Act (OSA). All the accused are out on bail in the case. Meanwhile, the court is also scheduled to hear arguments on another plea by Allen seeking cancellation of Verma’s bail. The 2006 Navy War Room leak case involves leakage of over 7,000 pages of sensitive defence information from the Naval War Room and the Air Headquarters, having a direct bearing on national security. The court had earlier framed charges after the five accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. Prime accused Ravi Shankaran is still absconding and has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI registers case against govt. employee for seeking ‘help’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered a case against a Chhattisgarh government employee for allegedly seeking ?help in a case against him? by paying bribe through Hawala operators. A case was registered against a Principal Secretary, a 1988 batch IAS officer, and three other persons under the section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, for paying Rs. 1.5 crore to three other persons to help him disrupt a CBI case registered against him. “It was further alleged that an amount of Rs. 45 lakh (approx.) was handed over by the public servant to hawala dealer at Raipur which was to be delivered at Delhi to a person (r/o Greater Noida) at Delhi, out of which Rs. 20 lakh (approx.) has been delivered to the said at Delhi,? an official release stated. It was also alleged that the hawala operators agreed to accept the part of a payment in the form of Gold in 2 kilograms which was delivered by the bureaucrat?s brother-in-law to one of the persons. ?During investigation, 2 kg of gold was recovered. Searches were conducted at the premises of accused persons and Hawala operators at Raipur, Hyderabad and New Delhi/Greater Noida,? the officials added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh has taken a jibe at separatists and stated that their lobby is not by conviction but by convenience. ?This so called lobby of separatists are not separatists by conviction but by convenience,? he said. Addressing a round table conference on ?Counter Terrorism?, Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has taken decisive steps against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. He also said that military strike inside Pakistan territory gave a befitting response to Islamabad?s mischief. ?What Pakistan is doing is very clear, the point is not what they are doing but what we are doing,? added Singh. He also said that the section of citizens who tend to speak for Pakistan, don?t have the courage to utter a word when human rights violation happen on the other side. On Pakistan, Singh said, ?when your jawans get killed, they?re hesitant to even pay homage. They?re so much worked up at some Burhan Wani or someone else.? He also said that remonetisation has drastically reduced terror-related transactions and Hawala funding. ?What Pakistan is doing is very clear. The point is not what they are doing but what we are doing,? he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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