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Kerala Police arrests admin of Telegram group involved in child pornography

Kerala police has arrested an admin of Telegram group where posting pornographic videos involving children were shared. According to the Malappuram police, 25-year-old Sharaf Ali shared videos of child pornography, child sexual abuse and even child rapes on group named ‘poombatta’ on popular encrypted messaging app Telegram. The police started its investigation after receiving information from Cyberdome, cybercrime wing of the Kerala Police, news18.com reported. The group was closed last month after certain details were leaked online.The complaint was lodged by one Jaljith T, who had earlier busted Facebook groups of paedophiles. He said that he got to know about ‘poombata’ group in November through a friend and later joined it to see their activities. “There were nude photographs and videos of children, videos of child rape. In the group everyone had to participate by sending such photos or videos. There were also discussions as to how to groom a child, how to abuse them and how it’s best to abuse children below 3 years of age,” Jaljith said.Accused Ali, an aspiring accountant from Kozhikode, had four such groups on Telegram with almost 5,000 followers where users could share videos. Besides Ali, Police have identified 6 other people who will be arrested soon, police said.

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Audio clip of ISIS threatening to attack Kumbh Mela, Thrissur Pooram has cops on high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Islamic State (ISIS) recently released an audio clip in Malayalam where they have threatened a Las Vegas-type terror attack on crowds thronging Indian festival events such as the Kumbh Mela and Thrissur Pooram.The male voice in the audio clip also quoted verses from the Quran as it warned of a terror attack in India. It is believed to be the 50th such clip from Daulatul Islam – a regional IS outfit.The male voice in the clip also made clear references to the Las Vegas shooting where several innocent people were killed at a music concert. Incidentally, while the Islamic State had claimed responsibility in the attack, the FBI and CIA ruled out their role, saying that the shooter was working alone.“You use your intellect. Poison them in food. Use trucks. Drive over them at Thirssur Pooram or at Maha Kumbh Mela. IS Mujahideen are doing it in several parts of the world. In Las Vegas, one of our supporters killed many people at a music concert. At least you should try to derail a train. Or use a knife,” the male voice in the clip said.The male voice in the audio clip is believed to be of Rashid Abdullah – the alleged leader of the Islamic State module in Kasaragod who had left the country to join the outfit in Afghanistan.Rashid Abdullah has been chargesheeted by NIA under IPC sections 120B r/w 125 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Sections 38,39 and 40.There has also been an Interpol Red Notice issued against him.The case against him came to light after his father filed a police complaint last year, saying Rashid Abdullah, his wife and son were missing from Mumbai.The clip has surfaced at a time when Kerala Police have said that about 100 people from the state are suspected to have joined the Islamic State.The Kerala Police, which has now started its investigation into the matter, has now collected over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, Telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms.The clip in question says that Muslims should go for ‘Hijrah’ (migrate) from ‘Darul Kufr’ (house of non-believers) to Darul Islam (house of believers).“If you are not able to do that despite your prayers and efforts, then you should financially support Daulatul Islam and Islamic State,” the male voice says.Responding to the audio clip, former special director of Cabinet Secretariat, V Balachandran said, “This is very serious. They are going to take the battle to India from Europe and the Middle East.”Kerala DGP Loknath Behera was also quoted as saying that the matter is being investigated.

About 100 Keralites suspected to have joined ISIS: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 100 Keralites are suspected to have joined the Islamic State over the years, police said on Saturday. The Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources here told PTI. The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin here about the death of her husband, who had joined ISIS. The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the ‘jihadi war’. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said.The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said. The voice clip was received by Shajil’s brother. Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the ISIS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said. Three men with suspected links with ISIS were arrested in the district on October 25.
ALSO READ Why is Kerala a fertile land for the ISIS?The trio, who had left Kerala years ago, were suspected to have visited Syria and reportedly received training from the terror outfit, police said.Police had also seized photocopies of tickets and visa, proving that they visited Syria, the source added. The arrested were identified as Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid, all of whom belonged to the district.The National Investigation Agency is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS. Among them, 17 are from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

Kerala police yet to confirm news about death of 5 ISIS sympathisers in Syria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police is trying to confirm news about the death of five Islamic State (IS) sympathisers from the district in Syria, the Kannur DSP said on Saturday.”We came to know about the death of five men from the district through their relatives. We are trying to confirm news about their death,” said Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police P P Sadanandan.”The news about the death of one of them, Muhammed Shajil (25) was conveyed by his wife in a foreign country, to his uncle. The wife of another Rishad disclosed information about his death to her mother,” he added.”Similarly, news about the death of the other three, Shahanad (25), Shameer (45) and his elder son Salman (20) were also received by their relatives from their kin in various places,” the DSP said.”They had died at various periods of time between 2014 and 2017,” he said when asked about the time of their deaths.Sadanandan, who is the investigating officer into the case relating to the recent arrest of five persons, allegedly with links to the terrorist outfit, said, “We are going to take them under police custody today for further interrogation.”Three youths – Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid – with suspected links to the IS were arrested by the Valapattinam police in the district on October 25 followed by the arrest of two others the next day.

Kerala Love jihad not isolated case: NIA tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe of the Kerala love jihad case after it suggested that the case of a woman converting to Islam for the purpose of marriage is not an isolated incident.However, to ensure a fair and impartial investigation, the probe will be supervised by retired SC judge Justice RV Raveendran, a Supreme Court bench noted.The central probe agency said there were other similar cases where allegations about a well-oiled mechanism to convert women from Hinduism to Islam were made. These observations made before a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud were made in pursuance to an earlier order where the NIA was asked to scrutinise the investigation reports prepared by Kerala Police.On Wednesday, the bench added that before coming to any definitive or final conclusion, it would speak the 25-year-old woman who is currently under the court-ordered supervision of her parents.The husband’s counsels — senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising, initially objected to an NIA probe, raising apprehensions over its credibility as an independent agency. “I can file an affidavit pointing to so many u-turns it has taken in several cases,” Sibal submitted.

SC directs NIA probe into Muslim man’s nikah annulment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today directed an NIA probe under the supervision of a retired apex court judge into issues raised by a Muslim man whose marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court that described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the investigation into the matter will be supervised by the retired apex court judge R V Raveendran. It directed the probe agency to furnish the report to it after completing the investigation. The apex court bench, also comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, said it will take a view after considering the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and after talking to the woman. On August 10, the apex court had asked the Kerala Police to share the probe details of the case with the NIA. The issue reached the apex court as Kerala-native Shafin Jahan challenged the annulment of his marriage by the Kerala High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases. The top court had said that it was entrusting the task to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a neutral agency to get a “whole picture” and ascertain whether the particular instance was limited to a “small pocket” or was there “something wider” to the issue. Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Earlier, the apex court had sought a response of the NIA and the Kerala government on the plea of Jahan. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The NIA has recently conducted probe into some cases of ‘love jihad’ in which women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join the ISIS. The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala love-jihad case: Supreme Court asks NIA to investigate matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate a case of ‘love jihad’ involving a Muslim man’s marriage to a Hindu woman converted to Islam.Last week, the top Court had ordered the Kerala Police to share with the NIA the probe details of a case.The issue reached the apex court as the man challenged the annulment of the marriage by the Kerala High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases.A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud had taken a serious note of the objection raised by the counsel for Kerala-native Shafin Jahan that the NIA should not be allowed to peruse the investigation records of the police in the case.Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan.It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.The NIA, represented by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, had moved the apex court in the forenoon seeking an order that it be allowed to access the records of the investigation carried so far by the state police.The bench, which allowed Jahan to file his response to the NIA’s plea, had said that the central probe agency would not be able to assist the police in a fair manner if it was not allowed access to the probe records.(With PTI inputs)

Blue Whale: Police probe teen boy’s death in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police have begun investigations into the death of a 16-year-old boy here after his family raised doubts that it was due to the Blue Whale Challenge game. The school student from Vilapilasala near here allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house on July 26. The boy’s mother today told a Malayalam TV channel that her son had downloaded the game in November last. “He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game,” she said. She said the boy had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued. Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone, the woman added. The statements of the family have been recorded and investigations are on, police said. The Centre has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove links of the ‘dangerous’ online game, which has reportedly led to suicide of children in India and other countries. On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Muslim man’s marriage: SC directs Kerala Police to assist NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today directed the Kerala Police to render “all assistance” to the NIA in ascertaining whether there is any wider amplitude to the issue raised by a Muslim man whose marriage was annuled by the Kerala High Court that described it as a case of “love jehad”. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took serious note of the objection raised by the counsel for Kerala-native Shafin Jahan that he was opposing the NIA’s plea to peruse the investigation record of the case. The bench said that it gathered the impression that “the petitioner (Jahan) does not desire the correct and independent view of the controversy” be brought before the court. However, the bench allowed Jahan to respond to the plea of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking court’s direction for Kerala Police to allow it to have access to the investigation records of the case. “We want the whole picture. Why should anynody doubting the NIA. Are you doubting the NIA,” the bench observed. Earlier in the day, the NIA had moved the apex court seeking a direction that it be allowed to have access to the police records relating to the investigation into the case. Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage saying that it was an insult to independence of women in the country. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trivandrum Police declares Section 79 of Kerala Police Act to prevent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Trivandrum Police on Friday declared Section 79 of the Kerala Police Act in Thiruvananthapuram to prevent demonstrations, protect marches and meetings till July 30. Political clashes occurred earlier in the day between major political parties. They attacked houses, party offices, vehicles and other valuable items at various areas in the city. Looking at the situation, Indian Police Service G. Sparjan Kumar, in a statement, said, ?I am taking charge of the situation here as there are chances for further untoward incidents to happen in the city. If protest marches and meetings are held in these places, then the members will be grounded for proceeding under the Section of 79 of Kerala Police Act.” ?I do hereby prohibit all forms of demonstrations, protest marches and meetings within the jurisdiction of Thiruvananthapuram City Police limit for 3 days from July 28 to July 30,? Kumar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those behind Kerala calf slaughter have no place in the party: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today distanced itself from the public slaughter of a calf in Kerala allegedly by Youth Congress workers, saying those behind the incident have no place in the party and have been suspended.Three Youth Congress workers — Kannur YC district president Rijil Makkutty and activists Joshi Kandathil and Sharafuddin — were suspended both from the YC and the Congress, party sources in Thiruvananthapuram said.The AICC in-charge of communications, Randeep Surjewala, said such action by Congress workers was “completely unacceptable” and was “alien to civil society, our culture and founding principles”.
ALSO READ Do not need lesson on food habits from Delhi, Nagpur: Kerala CM Vijayan “Anybody who has done so will have no place in the party and that’s why the workers have been already suspended by the Youth Congress,” he said.”Such elements have no place in the Congress or in our culture. Indian culture is not to cause harm to any living being, much less to the holy cow which we all celebrate and revere,” he also said.
ALSO READ Youth Congress activists slaughter calf in Kerala, red-faced Rahul Gandhi calls incident ‘barbaric’Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday condemned the butchering allegedly by some Youth Congress members to protest against the government’s move to ban sale of cows for slaughter.Terming the incident as “thoughtless and barbaric”, he said that it was “unacceptable” to him and his party.”What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to me and the Congress. I strongly condemn the incident,” he tweeted.Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president M M Hassan said in Thiruvananthapuram that the action had dented the Youth Congress’ protest and the activists were suspended from the party.”The public slaughter of the calf by the YC activists is against the Congress’ culture. The party condemns the incident,” Hassan told reporters.Surjewala, however, asked whether the BJP would give similar advice to BJP-ruled Goa and to its chief minister Manohar Parrikar, to Union minister Kiren Rijiju who has been “gloating” over similar incidents, or to other BJP-ruled states “where such incidents are common”.”We should rise above partisan politics and comprehensively condemn such incidents,” he said.Surjewala also raised the issue of attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.The Kerala Police today booked some Youth Congress activists after the incident drew flak from various quarters.

‘LDF govt failed to book those involved in RSS worker killing’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy today charged the CPI(M) led LDF government with failing to book all those involved in killing of an RSS worker here and said this would be brought to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s notice. Expressing ‘deep concern’ and ‘anguish’ at the brutal killing of RSS worker Biju here on May 12, he said exemplary punishment should be meted out to the guilty. The state government, however, has not taken any step for it. “This will be brought to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh,” Rudy told reporters here. The minister, who is the party’s general secretary in- charge of Kerala, also met the parents and relatives of Biju earlier in the day. Rudy said a detailed report on Kannur would be submitted to party president Amit Shah. “It was a pre-meditated murder. The life of every citizen has to be protected and we are deeply concerned and anguished at the killing of Biju, who was waylaid and butchered,” he said, adding it is a sad state of affairs in Kerala. The minister said Biju’s name was added ‘prospectively’ in a murder case of a CPI(M) worker and he had been under threat for a long time. The BJP’s central and state leadership are with the family of Biju, he said, adding it was unfortunate for a state like Kerala to be ‘so radical.’ Rudy said it was the state government’s primary responsibility to provide security to the lives and properties of its citizens, which it had forgotten. “If Kerala Police finds it difficult to provide security to life and property, the state had the responsibility to seek assistance of central forces to maintain law and order,” he said. The minister said BJP had also submitted a memorandum to the state governor as the government has ‘failed’ to take action against those responsible for the RSS worker’s killing. He said Biju’s family had sought a CBI probe and this would be examined. Two CPI(M) activists have been arrested so far in connection with the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala seeks modification of order reinstating IPS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government today moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier order reinstating senior IPS officer T P Senkumar as the state police chief, saying he was only entitled to be appointed as DGP. “Appellant (Senkumar) was only appointed as DGP, and he was neither empanelled nor participated nor considered nor selected as the state police chief as prescribed under Section 18 of the Kerala Police Act. It is therefore submitted that the appellant is not entitled to be appointed to the post of state police chief but only to the post of DGP,” the plea said. It said that Senkumar was a DGP who was “merely enjoying” the apex pay scale as head of the police force with his cadre posting being only that of a DGP and nothing more. “As per the order of appointment dated May 22, 2015 issued by the state, the appellant was appointed to the post of Director General of Police and Head of Police Force and not to the post of Director General of Police and State Police Chief, which is a separate and distinct post,” it said. The modification plea, filed by advocate G Prakash, claimed that to be appointed as the state police chief, the procedure under Section 18 of the Kerala Police Act, 2011 should have been followed. “As the appellant was appointed without following due procedure under Section 18, the government did not appoint him as the state police chief,” it said. Section 18 of the Kerala Police Act, 2011 enables the appointment of state police chief by the government taking into account the ability to lead the police force of the state, overall history of service, professional knowledge and experience. The petition said that in 2012, for the first appointment under Section 18 of the Act, the government had constituted a committee consisting of Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Home and Vigilance and Director General of Police. The apex court had on April 24 ordered the reinstatement of Senkumar, saying he was transferred by the ruling LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily”. It had set aside the order of the Kerala High Court which had upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision that had not found fault with the state government’s decision to transfer Senkumar from the post of the state police chief. The petition also sought clarification of the April 24 order so that it will not affect the other appointments and transfers effected by the said order other than that of Senkumar. The plea said that on June 1, 2016, Lokanath Behera was appointed to the post of Director General of Police and state police chief as per Section 18 of the Act and that too after constituting a committee for the selection of the state police chief. “By the impugned judgment set aside the order dated June 1, 2016 in its entirety. It is respectfully submitted that by setting aside the order, the other appointments of Jacob Thomas IPS as director, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, transfer of N Shanker Reddy IPS and the appointment of Loknath Behera as the state police chief were also set aside,” it said. Th plea also clarified that the transfer order of Senkumar has nothing to do with the appointment of the state police chief as he was never appointed in this particular post. Senkumar had on April 29 moved the apex court seeking contempt action against state government and its chief secretary alleging “wilful, deliberate disobedience” of its order reinstating him. The contempt plea, filed against Chief Secretary Nalini Netto, had alleged there was a “sinister intention” behind her “resolute refusal” to implement the court’s direction and sought strict punishment against her. Senkumar, who is due to retire on June 30, had also urged the court to extend his tenure as state police chief for the period which was illegally taken off from him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police to begin probe on women journalists’ body’s complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Police will launch a probe into the allegation of a women journalists’ body that they were facing a “disgraceful” situation following charges that one of them had a role to play in the alleged sleaze talk incident involving former transport minister A K Saseendran. The journalists, affiliated to the ‘Network of Women in Media, India’, in a complaint to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, alleged that they were facing a “disgraceful” situation following reports in a section of the media that a woman journalist had a role to play in the sleaze talk episode. They said it had adversely affected their work and things had gone to an extent where women journalists were being “insulted and doubted”. A comprehensive probe into the issue was needed to bring out the truth, the complaint, signed by Geeta Nazeer and Jisha Surya from the journalists’ body, said. Sources in the chief minister’s office said he has forwarded the complaint to the police, who would conduct a detailed probe into the allegation. The police investigation would run parallel to the judicial probe ordered by the government into the sleaze talk incident, they said. The government had yesterday announced a probe by retired district judge P S Antony into the sleaze charges. It had also said the probe report would be submitted within three months. Meanwhile, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists also sought a detailed police probe, along with the judicial probe, to clear the “mystery” behind the whole matter. KUWJ general secretary C Narayanan, in a statement, said even isolated incidents of insulting and doubting women journalists were unfortunate. Saseendran, an NCP nominee in the LDF ministry, resigned on March 26 after a Malayalam television channel aired an audio clipping, purportedly a telephonic conversation of him speaking to a woman in sexual undertones. The channel had claimed that the woman was a housewife who had called the minister for redressal of some of her grievances. Meanwhile, Saseendran, who reached his home district Kozhikode, said “people of the state are convinced about what had happened”, but did not elaborate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

File report if temple tragedy probe should be handed to any

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court today directed the Director General of Police to file a report on whether it was necessary to hand over to any other agency the probe into last year’s Puttingal fireworks tragedy at Kollam in which 111 people were killed. The order was issued by a division bench, headed by Acting Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan, considering a suo motu proceeding as well as a Public Interest Litigation, seeking handing over of the investigation to the CBI. The court also asked the DGP to examine whether supervision of higher officials is necessary to inquire into alleged meddling of certain persons in the matter of granting permission for fireworks, which ended in tragedy on April 10 last year at the temple. More than 350 people were also injured, some with severe burns, in the incident. The temple and at least 150 houses in the area of the temple were damaged by the blast. The Crime Branch wing of Kerala Police is currently probing the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

To its credit, Delhi Police’s Special Cell unit arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>12 terrorists in 2016 and was instrumental in busting a Daesh (ISIS) module conspiring to commit terrorist acts in a joint operation with the NIA and Kerala Police in October. The Crime Branch busted an espionage ring with the arrest of four people who were allegedly sharing sensitive defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the India-Pakistan border with a Pakistan High Commission staffer. It also busted two interstate rackets allegedly involving unauthorised procuring and selling of CDRs with the arrest of eight persons, including two policemen from Rajasthan and UP Last year also saw the arrest of 93 criminals who were carrying a cash reward either declared by police or other state’s police. Notable among them was the arrest of Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Singh aka Mintu, who had escaped from Punjab’s Nabha jail and carried a reward of Rs 25,00,000. A drive was launched against Fake Indian Currency Notes last year and associated with other agencies like RBI, Customs department and Intelligence Bureau. Last year, counterfeit currency worth Rs 5.74 crore was recovered and 80 cases were registered, the Delhi Police data said. The number of deaths due to road accidents in Delhi has been declining steadily over the past few years, with fatalities coming down from 2,153 in 2010 to 1,591 in 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA arrests wanted FICN trafficker from West Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man wanted in a case of trafficking of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) has been arrested by NIA officials from West Bengal’s Malda area.Mohammed Ashraful, was wanted in a case registered initially by Kerala Police pertaining to the seizure of high quality FICN having face value of Rs 67,000 from migrant labourers hailing from West Bengal. Ashraful was arrested on Tuesday, an NIA official said today. In this case, six accused were arrested initially and FICN was recovered from each of them, while three others including Ashraful, had managed to escape. NIA has filed charge sheet against the six arrested accused persons under various Sections of Indian Penal Code, before a court in Ernakulam and trial of the accused has commenced on January 3. Ashraful was produced before the NIA special court at Kolkata which sent him in transit remand for five days for producing him before the competent court at Kochi, the official said. I

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