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Man stole items from temples to fund kids’ edu, nabbed

The Agripada police have arrested a 40-year-old man who was allegedly involved in stealing jewellery from Jain temples in south Mumbai. The accused has been identified as Naresh Doshi, a resident of Agripada.According to the police, the accused would specifically go to Jain temples and after the prayers, he would steal silver and gold items like idols and utensils from the temples. The accused told the police that he ran a business of metals. When this did not convince the officers, he claimed he was stealing the items to take care of his household expenses.”We had recently received a complaint from a temple in Agripada that a silver table and idols are missing. We scrutinised the CCTV footage of the temple in which Doshi was seen stealing the silver idols. We immediately swung into action and arrested the accused. He is a repeat offender however he claims that he stole to finance the education of his two children,” said a police officer from Agripada police station.The Azad Maidan police too had recently received a complaint from a Jain temple in south Mumbai about several missing silver items following which a case was registered in the police station. “We have taken him into custody on Sunday and are trying to recover the stolen items,” said Vasant Wakhare, Senior Police Inspector, Azad Maidan police station.Several cases have been registered against Doshi in three to four police stations in south Mumbai and the police are interrogating him to ascertain if he has committed theft in other parts of the city as well.

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Mumbai’s first AC local train to begin operations tomorrow

The first Air Conditioned local train will depart on its historical introductory run on Monday from Borivali station at 10.30 am for the Churchgate station. After the introduction, the AC local train will be operated on an experimental basis between Churchgate and Borivali stations till December 29 wherein only 6 services shall ply per day.After reaching Churchgate, the train will depart for Borivali again within 5 minutes of its arrival. This train will follow a schedule of 6 services – 3 services each towards Churchgate and Borivali – until December 29.The train service will have halts at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri. It will then be monitored during the weekend. From January 1, it will have 12 services each day. Those having existing first class tickets and season passes wouldn’t be allowed to travel in AC rake but those with AC ticket/passes can travel in regular first class.People have been given option of buying daily tickets — for instance a journey between Churchgate to Borivali will cost Rs 165 which is Rs 15 more than the daily ticket price of regular first class.It will cost more to travel shorter distances. For instance, a Churchgate-Dadar/Bandra would cost Rs 85 (Rs 30 more than the regular first class). There is also an option of buying weekly, fortnightly and monthly passes.The Churchgate-Borivali weekly pass will cost Rs 855 as compared to Rs 755 for monthly pass for a regular first class on the same route. The fortnightly pass will cost Rs 1245 and monthly will be Rs 1640 for the same route of this AC rake. For those on Churchgate-Andheri route, AC passes will cost Rs 655, Rs 945, Rs 1240 for weekly, fortnightly and monthly respectively. In comparison, it costs Rs 670 for monthly first class pass on same route. The Churchgate-Dadar/Bandra would cost the same at Rs 445, Rs 630 and Rs 820 for weekly, fortnightly and monthly respectively.The coaches reserved for Ladies and Seats earmarked for Senior Citizens/Divyangs are different from Standard Configuration. 1st and 12th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked as Ladies coaches and 7 seats in 2nd and 11th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Senior citizens while 10 seats in 4th and 7th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Divyangs.

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‘Disruption’ during Christmas celebration in Rajasthan, Hindu activists allege religious conversions

Christmas celebrations in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh town were allegedly disrupted by Hindu activists on Tuesday. Hindu activists have alleged that organisers were carrying out religious conversions. According to reports, around 7: 30 pm on Tuesday, a group of people accompanied by the police arrived and ordered the organisers of the event to halt the proceedings. A couple of tribals were allegedly taken into the custody but later released, say media reports. Police officers have denied the allegations of vandalism. “The organisers did not have permission to hold a religious gathering. So, they voluntarily halted the programme upon being approached by the police,” Hindustan Times quoted Pratapgarh superintendent of police Shivraj Meena as saying. The organisers have submitted a memorandum to the district administration, demanded action against those who disrupted the programme. Both the parties have not registered an FIR in the case. Some villagers have alleged that tension has been brewing up for a long time here. “Pratapgarh is a tribal area, the people are being lured to convert,” alleged Sachin Patwa, a villager who demanded action against such conversion. The organisers have denied allegations of conversions. “We come here to pray, and don’t offer any inducement to make people convert,” said Ramesh, Secretary Masih Shakti Samiti. Senior leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena have denied any knowledge of the incident.

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Cops hold women awareness event

The Gautam Buddha Nagar Police held an awareness programme on women’s safety at the Great India Place Mall on Saturday. This women’s safety week has been going on for this entire week According to a senior police official, the need of the hour is to educate boys about gender equality as young males in their early 20s are committing these crimes.“We earlier held self-defence workshop for girls in academic institutions. Now we have planned to sensitise and educate the boys in colleges and academic institutions to behave well. We will form teams and talk to them about women’s safety. We believe this will yield good results in bridging the gender equality gap,” Luv Kumar, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Gautam Buddha Nagar said.He added that the women should make a complaint and contact the helpline number 1090 immediately if they face any problem. “Women should display courage and make a complaint. Once the complaint is received, police will actively pursue the matter. Their courage will deter the accused and inspire others to raise their voices,” he said.The SSP also said that some people have pre-conceived notion that the police personnel are unfriendly, which is not true. “The city police are very sensitive towards people’s safety. We take all complaints seriously and take actions accordingly,” he said.

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Structural audit conducted for only 10% buildings

The BMC has revealed that only 10.72 per cent of societies in C/Ward, where a building collapsed on Friday, have submitted their structural audit reports in the last two years,Senior civic officials told DNA that not more than 20 per cent of the societies in the city submit their structural audit reports to the BMC, risking the lives of their inhabitants.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of C/Ward, J Ghegadmal, said, “In the last two years, a total of 1,454 notices were served to make a structural audit. However, only 156 societies have submitted their structural audit reports to us.By not auditing the structure of the old building, residents risk their own lives. Two years ago, section 353 B of MMC Act was amended where failure to audit invited strict action and prosecution.”The BMC sends notices for the audit to all buildings more than 30 years old under section 353 B of the Act. Following the notice, the buildings have to carry out repairs or if found in a dangerous condition, an evacuation notice is sent.”BMC looks after the structural audit of only 1,200 private buildings. For 4,500 cessed buildings, MHADA does not carry out a proper audit but only a visual inspection as it lacks funds for a structural audit. Hence, the spurt in collapse incidents in MHADA buildings,” a civic official said.Anil Ankalgi Resident Executive Engineer of MHADA accepted that MHADA only carried out a structural survey before the monsoon season.”Like in C/Ward, only 10 per cent of the societies have submitted their structural audit reports. the situation is more or less the same in the city. Of the total notices served, we re-send them to the buildings which are in a bad condition. However, the tenants are sentimental about the property and appoint their own auditor apart from the municipal auditor. It becomes difficult to ascertain which ones are actually dangerous,” a senior BMC official said, requesting anonymity.

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Anchor’s kin slam cops for shoddy probe

The kin of the 25-year-old anchor have slammed the Malwani police for hurriedly declaring her death as an accident and not as a case of murder.Arpita Tiwari was found dead inside a duct of the second floor of a high rise in Malad. The police, after registering a case of accidental death, has now registered a case of murder.According to the police, Tiwari, a resident of Mira road had visited her friend’s 15th-floor residence in Malad on Sunday night. She allegedly jumped out of a window at around 3 am on Monday, police had claimed.Shweta Tiwari, Arpita’s sister said, “We do not know why Malwani police declared my sister’s death as accidental when it was clearly a case of murder.”Dipak Phatangare, Senior Inspector, Malwani police station, said, “We are probing whether the woman was killed and thrown out of the window.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Exit polls predict BJP win for sixth time in a row

What was predicted to be a real keen contest between BJP and Congress in Gujarat, may actually have ended up as a virtual rerun of 2012, if the exit polls are to be believed. Most of the polls predict BJP winning around 110 seats, touch short of 115 it won in the last assembly polls. Today’s Chanakya though has predicted a two-third mandate for BJP predicting that the party will win 135 seats. Here’s what the exit polls of the major agencies predicted:Also readAs Gujarat campaign progressed, we saw complete bankruptcy in BJP: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala Agency BJP Congress Others Today’s Chanakya 135 47 0 Times Now-VMR 113 66 3 ABP-CSDS 117 64 1 NewsX 110-120 65-75 2-4 Sahara Samay-CNX 110-120 65-75 C Voter 108 74 News Nation 124-128 52-56 1-3 India Today-Axis 99-113 68-82 1-4 So all 8 exit polls predict a clear win for BJP, though most predict Congress to do better in terms of vote share than 2012. But their seats aren’t really increasing and that would be a major cause of concern for Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi if these results turn out to be correct. Today’s Chanakya has the most lavish prediction for BJP and expect them to win 135. The Axis survey actually shows BJP trailing Congress in Saurashtra and North Gujarat. They also have the most conservative estimate for BJP, with lower range of 99. The election result will be published on 18th Gujarat, and we will know soon if the polls got it right. Gujarat recorded an estimated 68.70 per cent voter turnout in the second and final phase of polling for 93 Assembly seats today, the Election Commission said. The figure is likely to go up as details are still being worked out, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here. The 93 seats are spread across north and central Gujarat.Around 2.22 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from among 851 candidates in the fray. With PTI inputs

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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut plans full-fledged commercial biopic on late party patriarch Bal Thackeray

Senior Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut is planning a biopic on late party patriarch Bal Thackeray, with an aim to bring before the people the real personality of the fiery leader.”It will be a full-fledged commercial film produced by me. The film will reveal the true personality of the great leader that Balasaheb was,” Raut told PTI.The Rajya Sabha MP, however, refused to disclose the names of the director and actors of the film.Raut, who has closely worked with Bal Thackeray for over two decades, said the formal announcement of the film will made on December 21, when its trailer will be released in the presence of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.According to him, the shooting of the film will start sometime in January (2018) and is expected to be ready for release by early 2019.Also readBal Thackeray memorial row: Bombay HC asks BMC to maintain status quo on eviction notice to kindergarten school”The film will be shot mostly in Mumbai and many of the scenes will be shot at the actual locations, where a particular event had taken place. It will take around 3-4 months for us to complete the shoot,” Raut said.Thackeray, an advocate of a strong pro-Hindu policy, died on 17 November 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 86. Besides being known as an aggressive leader, Thackeray was famous for his political cartoons.

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25-year-old event anchor found dead, family demads CBI probe

After a semi nude body of a 25-year-old event anchor was found dead on the second floor duct of the high rise building in Malad, the family members are suspecting foul play into the entire incident and have demanded that the incident must be probed by the Criminal Bureau of Investigations (CBI). The Malwani police have so far taken the statements of the friends of the deceased and a case of accidental death has been registered in this regard.According to police, Arpita Tiwari, is a resident of Mira road. Arpita on Sunday had visited her friend’s 15th floor residence at Manav Thal building at Malwani in Malad West. Tiwari works as an event host and anchors different events. Tiwari allegedly locked herself inside the washroom and jumped out from the window at around 3 am on Monday.Also readMumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunitionAt around 7 am, one of the friend woke up to answer nature’s call and found that the washroom was locked from inside and despite repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. Her friends later on using force opened the door and found glass of the washroom window being tampered. At around 7.30 am her friends found the body on the second floor’s duct. Later they informed the police about the incident.Also readNavi Mumbai suicide: Woman’s body not fit for donation, say copsThe sister of the victim on Wednesday claimed that Tiwari cannot end her life and it can be a case of murder. “The incident must be probed by the CBI and the culprits should be put behind bars”, Tiwar’s sister said. Dipak Phatangare, Senior Police Inspector, Malwani police station said, “So far a case of accidental death has been registered and we are investigating further. If we find any foul play into the incident. A case will be registered.”

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Didn’t instruct Jethmalini to use bad word against Jaitley: Kejriwal tells Delhi HC

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has denied before the Delhi High Court that he filed a false affidavit claiming he had not instructed his counsel to use derogatory words against Union Minister Arun Jaitley.Kejriwal’s response came in pursuance to the August 23 notice issued to him by Justice Manmohan on Jaitley’s plea seeking action against the chief minister for making a false statement during his cross-examination in a defamation suit against him and five other AAP leaders. Jaitley, who has filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, had moved a fresh application alleging that the chief minister had falsely denied that he had instructed his then senior lawyer to make derogatory comments. This was opposed by his former counsel Ram Jethmalani two days later. The high court listed the matter for hearing on April 26.In his response filed through advocate Anupam Shrivastav, Kejriwal has denied that he has committed any perjury or made any false statement supported by an affidavit under oath. “It is denied that the Senior Advocate representing the Defendant 1 (Kejriwal) on instructions had used abusive, offensive and per se defamatory words against the applicant/ plaintiff (Jaitley). “On the contrary the Defendant No.1 had at no time instructed his counsels to use abusive, offensive or defamatory language against the applicant,” he said.Also readArvind Kejriwal’s denial of instruction to Jethmalani ‘belated’ and ‘afterthought’: Arun JaitleyThe chief minister also submitted that the Bar Council Rules and the Advocates Act 1961 prohibits a senior advocate from taking instructions in any case directly from a client. “Therefore no utterances of a senior advocate can be attributed to the instructions of the client unless they are received through the Advocate on Record (Instructing Counsel),” he said. Kejriwal said the union minister’s application was “completely baseless” and was filed with the sole motive of “attempting to overawe the judicial process” sought its dismissal with costs.”It is denied that untrue averments have been made in the pleadings which would amount to committing perjury,” he said. The high court had on August 23 sought Kejriwal’s response on the plea seeking that a criminal complaint be lodged against him for allegedly filing a false affidavit that he did not instruct his counsel to use derogatory words against Jaitley. During the cross examination on May 17, Kejriwal’s then counsel Jethmalani had used offensive words against Jaitley.Jethmalani had categorically stated in court that he had received specific instruction from Kejriwal to use derogatory words against Jaitley. The application had stated that in an interview to the media on July 26, Jethmalani reiterated his earlier statement that he had instructions from Kejriwal to use the words. In his application, Jaitley had said that on July 28, Jethmalani had written a letter to Kejriwal. He copied it to the union minister stating he had not received a reply from the chief minister on his July 20 letter.According to the application, in the July 20 letter to Kejriwal, Jethmalani had said “ask your (Kejriwal) conscience how many times you used the word…” Seeking strict action against Kejriwal for allegedly stating false facts, Jaitley’s counsel had said, “a blatant, false and dishonest statement under oath by such a high functionary must attract severe and stringent punishment.” “Committing perjury before this court by making false averments in pleadings is squarely covered under provisions of section 340 of CrPC and the defendant (Kejriwal) deserves to be punished in accordance with law,” it had said.The high court had on July 26 asked Kejriwal not to put “scandalous” questions to Jaitley during the cross-examination in the defamation suit filed by the Union minister against the chief minister and five others — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The first Rs 10 crore defamation suit was filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in 2015.The second Rs 10 crore defamation suit was filed on May 22 this year only against the chief minister.Jaitley, who denied all the allegations of corruption levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had claimed that they had made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving the DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. The cross-examination of Jaitley by Jethmalani on May 17 led to heated exchanges between them. Kejriwal had on July 24 told the high court that there was no instruction from him to Jethmalani to use objectionable remarks against Jaitley.

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‘After humiliating end to Delhi case,’ SC lawyer Rajeev Dhavan quits court practice

After a showdown with the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, senior Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhavan has decided to quit court practice. In a letter addressed to CJI Misra, he said: “After the humiliating end to the Delhi (vs Centre) case, I have decided to give up court practice. You are entitled to take away the Senior Gown conferred on me, though I would like to keep it for memory and services rendered”. Two recent run-ins of Dhavan with the Chief Justice were widely reported in the media. During the Ayodhya case, Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave pleaded that the Supreme Court defer hearing in the Babri-Ram Janambhoomi case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.According to reports, Dhavan shouted at CJI Misra during the arguments. In another matter of Centre vs Delhi, Dhawan while representing the Arvind Kejriwal government, wanted to further a few more arguments even though Supreme Court had reserved its order in the case. Also readPM Modi, Kapil Sibal take digs at each other over Ayodhya caseAfter these two instances, CJI Misara said the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.CJI Misra said: “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them”.CJI further said: “When lawyers argue in a manner, not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? ”

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Cocaine, LSD worth Rs 14.5 L seized, 1 held

The Azad Maidan Unit of Mumbai Polices Anti-Narcotics cell arrested a drug supplier on Sunday and seized Cocaine and LSD worth Rs 14.5 lakh from his flat in Khar.The accused has been identified as Bakul Chanderia,(42) According to the police, they had received a tip-off that the Chanderia is instrumental in peddling party drugs and he operates from his flat in a posh residential building in Khar (W). The police laid a trap and raided his flat when they found 106 gm Cocaine worth and 90 LSD dots from the flat. The police said that Chanderia would allegedly supply the party drugs to top celebrities and in posh nightclubs.Chanderia’s photos with top Bollywood actors have also come to the fore. The police believe that the arrest of Chanderia would lead them to a big drug racket involving celebrities like TV and movie actors. Chanderia is history-sheeter and was earlier arrested for supplying drugs in a high-profile rave party at a posh hotel in Juhu in 2012 in which as many as 44 celebrities were found taking drugs.”He would supply drugs to celebrities, names would be cropped up during the interrogation,” said a police officer. “We have arrested Chanderia for possessing the drugs and seized the drugs,” said Santosh Bhalekar, Senior PI of Azad Maidan Unit.

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Navy offers job in private company to transgender ex-sailor

The navy today offered a job in a private company, which works for the government, to a transgender ex-sailor who was removed from service after she underwent a sex change surgery to become a female.The offer was made by the Indian Navy in the Delhi High Court before a bench of Justices G S Sistani and V K Rao.It said that while there was no job in the naval force for the former sailor, it could facilitate her to get employed as a data entry operator in a private company. The submission on behalf of the Navy was made by Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain and central government standing counsel Anil Soni. Senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the ex- sailor, said the offered job paid much less than what his client was getting while being on the rolls of the navy.The senior lawyer said he would need to speak to his client on whether to accept the offer, which he termed unfair. The bench thereafter listed the matter for hearing on December 15 by when the stand of the former sailor has to be indicated. The court was hearing the ex-sailor’s plea challenging an October 6 order of the Navy removing her from service. She had claimed that she was suffering from gender identity issues since 2011 and, when she had told her parents, they forced her to marry a woman.Also readIndia’s first transgender soldier vows to fight for her jobShe further claimed that she was absent from service without leave several times as she suffered from bouts of depression, owing to her gender identity issues. The court had on the last date of hearing called for a change in mindset while asking the Navy to consider her for another job. It had said that while the person deserved to be punished for indiscipline for being absent without leave, but where there was a medical condition of this sort, it may be seen from a different perspective.The bench was also of the view that the petitioner who was posted onboard INS Eksila at Visakhapatnam, could give up the claim for the job of a sailor and may accept a clerical position so that the family, comprising aged parents, the individual’s wife and child, need not suffer. The Navy had removed her from service as women cannot be employed as sailors.
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Apollo Hospitals completes 100 robot assisted myomectomies

Apollo Hospitals on Monday said it has reached a milestone by performing over 100 robot assisted myomectomies.Dr Rooma Sinha, Senior Consultant Gynaecologist, Minimal Access & Robotic Surgeon, Apollo Health City, accomplished this distinction of performing the “largest series of robot assisted myomectomies, in South Asia”, Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.Removal of symptomatic fibroids with uterine preservation in women who wish to conceive or otherwise retain their uterus is called myomectomy.Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, said,” Robot assisted surgery enables greater reach, manoeuvrability, very little blood loss and minimises internal disruption. This technique will become the mainstream in due course.”
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SC rejects woman’s plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s biological daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today refused to entertain the plea of a woman who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta refused to allow her prayer for DNA test to know her parentage as she claimed to have been given in adoption to Jaya’s sister and her husband. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the woman, also sought cremation of Jayalalithaa as per Hindu rites on the grounds that she was an Iyengar Brahmin. She said there were two witnesses when the child was given for adoption and the petitioner had come to know about her real parentage only when her adopted father was on his death bed.”There is a politically charged-up atmosphere in Tamil Nadu and this case should be transferred outside the state as infighting is going on in the ruling political party,” she said. Jaising said in order to establish her real parentage, DNA test should be allowed to be conducted on the woman as she has the right to know about her biological parents.”In this society, it is very difficult for an unwed mother to keep the child. Therefore (she) was given to Jaya’s sister who resided in Bangalore and there were two eyewitnesses to the incident,” the senior lawyer said. The court, however, said the petitioner is at liberty to approach the high court.

Gujarat elections 2017: 66 in 2012, BJP MLA is 69 in 2015

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If her poll affidavit is anything to go by, BJP MLA and the party’s candidate from Bhuj constituency Nima Acharya has grown older by only three years in the last five years.In the affidavit filed along with her nomination papers on Tuesday, the senior MLA and BJP nominee from Bhuj seat in Kutch stated her age as 69.In her 2012 election affidavit, she had stated her age as sixty six.The anomaly in the affidavit was spotted by her Congress rival Aadam Chaki who distributed copies of the ‘erroneous’ declaration in the affidavit to media.He also complained to the election officials about the same and demanded cancellation of his rival’s nomination form.Acharya could not be reached for a comment.

Didn’t anticipate what I was doing was legally wrong: Traffic cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic constable Shashank Rane, who was suspended after he got a car towed in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child in Malad, has told his department that he did not anticipate that towing a vehicle with a woman and child inside “was legally or morally not a correct thing to do”. The department has made it clear that Rane’s suspension was just interim action, and that he could be liable for departmental action. Two other local police constables are being quizzed in the case.”Prima-facie, the constable was at fault by towing vehicle with a woman inside. He tried to do whatever he could before towing. However, towing of vehicles with woman inside could not be justified by any stretch of the imagination,” said a police officer, who is privy to the inquiry.The officer added, “Constable’s anticipation on what he was doing went wrong. His justification was that he did not anticipate that it would go this way. He did not know what else to do at that time. As per the constable, he did not anticipate what he was doing was legally not correct and just thought to take the woman to the police station.”Senior officers within the department feel that the woman should have been proceeded against legally but not by towing the vehicle. “The constable should have called a police inspector from the chowky or should have called female staff and taken immediate action. The vehicle could not have been towed with the lady.”As per sources in the department, the report in the matter which is being a Deputy Commissioner of Police-rank officer is likely to be submitted within a week’s time. “There were so many people at the spot when the incident happened. The report will comprise their statements as to what they had witnessed were. The responsibility of the other two constables, too, have to be fixed. We have also reached out to the woman involved,” the source said.Asked about what more action the suspended cop could face, the officer said, “Speaking technically, suspension is not a punishment; it’s an interim action. A departmental decision is yet to be taken. It would not be appropriate to comment on the punishment before the report is given. We are planning to issue a circular on how to ensure these things are not repeated again in future,” said the source.

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

CM Yogi Adityanath vs IAS officers? UP panel to screen ‘corrupt, inefficient’ babus, bureaucrats say not your jurisdiction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Uttar Pradesh government gave ‘forced retirement’ to over two dozen government officers, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has constituted a committee to screen ‘corrupt’ and ‘inefficient’ IAS officers who are above 50 years of age.The committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar. Senior IAS officers Anu Badhawan, Suresh Chandra, Deepak Trivedi and Praveer Kumar will be its members. The Committee will screen corrupt and inefficient IAS officers on the basis of their ACRs (Annual Charatcter Rolls).It may be recalled that after assuming power, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced to forcibly retire government officers and employees who are corrupt, inefficient and not keeping pace with the work assigned.The Chief Minister had stated that such employees and officers will be given the option to take VRS or salary of three months or face legal action.The Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar said that the committee will screen ACRs of above 50 IAS officers and submit a report within a month. The confidential report will be submitted to the state government for action.Uttar Pradesh is the largest and one of the most prestigious cadre of civil servants in the country. Currently, about 621 IAS officers are posted in the state. In 1997, the UP IAS Association had created flutter in the cadre when it had selected three most corrupt IAS officers through a secret ballot during their annual general meeting (AGM).The Association had submitted the names of the three most corrupt IAS officers to then Kalyan Singh government which had, however, refused recommend any action against them to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) questioning its selection process.IAS officers are up in arms against the Yogi government’s move to force retirement of their colleagues above 50 on the basis of screening of their ACRs. “ACRs can be prejudiced if your senior is not happy with you. How can that be formed the basis for initiating any action against any officers of the UP cadre,” pointed a former Secretary of the UP IAS Association.“We are governed by services rules framed by the DoPT. How can state government decide on our service matters. We are not against action against corrupt ones but then charges against them have to be proved legally,” said another senior IAS officer, not wishing to be quoted.IAS officers are likely to raise the issue during their four-day AGM, beginning December 14. “We will certainly take up the issue during the AGM to lodge our protest against any such move,” claimed the senior officer.

Free trade fair entry for physically challenged, senior citizens

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2017, which commences from November 14, will have free entry for physically challenged people and senior citizens. Also, various facilities will be provide to ensure a positive experience for these people.The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), in collaboration with NGO HelpAge India, is planning to provide wheelchairs to physically challenged as well as old people to go around the exhibition, which will be held at Pragati Maidan. Senior citizens above the age of 60 years will have free entry to IITF, according to a senior ITPO official. They will have to show their identity card at the entrance as age proof. The official clarified that in case these visitors were accompanied by relatives or friends, they will have to buy tickets for themselves. The ITPO also opened an online booking facility for tickets on November 11. Business tickets have been priced at Rs 500 each, while a general ticket on weekdays will cost Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. Weekend tickets are priced at a steep Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids under five years of age. The 37th edition of IITF will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well. The exhibition will introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country. Titled ‘Startup India and Standup India’, the theme will specially put the youths in the spotlight, highlighting policies, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. Vietnam would be the partner country while Kyrgyzstan would be the focus nation. Meanwhile, Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a whopping cost of Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year.A HELPING HANDIITF 2017 commences on November 14. It will have free entry for physically challenged persons. Senior citizens, too, will have free entry to IITF.
NGOs plan to provide wheelchairs to both the physically challenged and senior citizens.

Stones pelted at a Muslim yoga teacher’s house in Ranchi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified assailants on Saturday allegedly pelted stones at the house of a woman yoga teacher in the Hatia area here, following which security was increased at her residence, an official said.Two days ago, Rafia Naaz was allegedly threatened by members of her community after she performed yoga. She had informed the Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) about it, Deputy SP Vikas Chandra Srivastav said.Following her meeting with the SSP, the police had provided security to her. But after she gave an interview to a TV channel today, some people pelted stones at her house, the police officer said.Two quick response teams have been stationed near Naaz’s house, Srivastav said, adding that senior police personnel have assured security to the teacher and her family.The police are investigating the matter, he said.

Mumbai: Man says sorry for stepping on foot, gets stabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old man was allegedly stabbed repeatedly by a pedestrian for accidentally stepping on his foot at Ambarnath. The accused pulled out a knife and stabbed the man despite the victim apologizing for the mistake. Shockingly, the passersby did not intervene and were mute spectators to the entire incident.According to police, the complainant John Purshottam Nallasevy, 25, along with his friend Ajay Nawalgire, were on their way to Vimco Naka when the accused Ravi Kandekar walked passed by them. Accidentally Nallasevy slipped and stepped on the foot of Kandekar which allegedly led to a verbal fight. During the heated conversation, Kandekar pulled out a knife and slashed the neck of Nawalgire. The victim also suffered injuries on chest and abdomen and was rushed to a private hospital for treatment.”When the victim was apologizing, the accused kept on assaulting him and the crowd which had gathered during the brawl did not intervene. When we got the information we rushed to spot and found Nawalgire in a critical state.”, said an Ambarnath police officer.”The victim’s friend tried to intervene during the fight and was seeking help from the crowd which had gathered but no one intervened as Kandekar was armed with a knife. We have taken the statements of the persons gathered during the fight and have also seized the weapon used in the crime. The victim is in a critical state and has been kept under observation at the hospital.”, said a senior police officer.”We have registered a case under section 307(attempt to murder), 504(intentional insult) and 506(criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and we will soon arrest the accused in the case. When we rushed to the spot, the accused- Kandekar slashed himself and tried to prove his innocence.”, said BD Wagh, Senior Police Inspector, Ambarnath police station.

Arun Jaitley’s lawsuit based on hearsay, says Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today told the Delhi High Court that Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s second defamation suit against him over the usage of ‘scandalous’ words by his former counsel was based on hearsay and thus was inadmissible as evidence for fresh action.Jaitley’s counsel, however, termed as “belated” the chief minister’s denial that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader.The submissions were made by Kejriwal in the court of Justice Manmohan who is hearing his separate application which sought Jaitley’s response to his defamation suit of Rs 10 crore to be struck down after the latter’s counsel confirmed that the words against the union minister were used following instructions.Appearing for Kejriwal, senior counsel Anoop George Chaudhari and advocate Anupam Srivastava, told the court that the “averments in the plaint (filed by Jaitley) in regards to the use of defamatory words…said to be uttered, as stated by the senior counsel for the defendant (Kejriwal), are nothing but hearsay.”Senior counsel Rajiv Nayar and advocate Manik Dogra, appearing for the union minister, contended that the Aam Aadmi Party leader has neither substantiated his claim that he did not instruct his former lawyer to use such words, nor did he initiate any action against Jethmalani for using scandalous words without his permission.The CM said that the objectionable words were used by Jethamalani and he was not present in the court on the date of the incident. The court has fixed the application for further hearing on December 14 after the counsel for Jaitley said he does not wish to file a reply to it.Jethmalani, who in September announced his retirement from over seven-decade-long career as an advocate, had used the words while cross-examining the Union Minister in a separate Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.THE PLEAIn Jaitley’s counsel, however, termed as “belated” the chief minister’s denial that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the objectionable words were used by Jethamalani and he was not present in the court on the date of the incident.

You are bound to intimate the LG, but you cannot say that the LG has to concur: SC tells Delhi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The position of Delhi is different from other states and the elected government is under an obligation to apprise the Lieutenant Governor about policy decisions, the Supreme Court said today.While hearing pleas on who enjoyed supremacy in governing the national capital, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to provisions of the Constitution, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules and said there was “some kind of wall” which distinguished Delhi from others. “Unlike other states, if you (Delhi government) take a policy decision, then you have to intimate the Lieutenant Governor (LG). You are bound to intimate the LG, but you cannot say that the LG has to concur. This is the range,” the bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said.On the issue of concurrence, the top court said there was no need for “fundamental concurrence” of LG in every aspect and there should be “real good reason” in case of difference of opinion over the decision of government.It said a balance needed to be maintained between the powers of the LG and the Chief Minister and the council of ministers. Every file is not required to be placed before the LG, but only those which are mentioned in the Transaction of Business rules.The bench, during the day-long hearing, also referred to provision 23 of the Transaction of Business rules and said in certain cases like in matters of peace and tranquility of the capital, the issue “shall essentially be submitted to the LG through the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister before issuing any orders thereon”. Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, arguing for AAP government, said “as a responsible government, we cannot contest it”.He, however, said the constitutional schemes be given the widest interpretation and they cannot be interpreted to defeat what is intrinsic to the Preamble.On the issue of mandatory “aid and advice” of the council of ministers to the LG, the senior lawyer said it was “not a permission to interfere”. Referring to Article 239AA which deals with Delhi, he said supremacy of Parliament on law-making was not being questioned, but theory of separation of powers was also a key to participatory democracy, which has to be considered. The court said in case of difference of opinion with regard to a law made by Delhi assembly, the LG has the power to refer it to the President for a decision and sub-article 4 of Article 239AA provides that pending decision, the LG can pass an interim order if necessary.The counsel for Delhi government said the elected government has powers to undertake executive functions. “It is not permissible that the Lieutenant Governor use residuary powers to take primacy and, moreover, the overriding powers cannot be vested with the LG,” Subramanium said. As far as legislative powers of Delhi are concerned there was no issue with regard to supremacy of Parliament which can make laws on subjects specified in state and the concurrent list of the Constitution, the bench said. Subramanium alleged that the LG demands files and issues directive to all officers to follow his instructions, rather than those of the elected Chief Minister.”Then what is the purpose of having a CM? You can’t have two executive dice for ruling one state,” he said. The bench observed that constitutional provisions suggest that the LG has power in all such subjects which are not in the purview of state legislature. “There cannot be problem with this but there cannot be a scheme of things to circumvent everything. Proviso provides for harmonisation of powers to enable governance by democratically elected government,” Subramanium said.He said the LG calls for files and overrides decisions of the government without informing the minister of the concerned department. “There is need to act in harmony not to circumvent the decision of government,” he added.To this, the bench said it was never contemplated by the Constitution makers that one man’s concurrence was needed for every aspect though over-riding powers were given to LG. Subramnium asked in matters relating purely to welfare measures like opening of primary health centres or a school or a night shelter, does the government need the LG’s concurrence.”IAS-IPS officers are from All India Services. Does that mean they won’t listen to the CM and council of ministers,” he said, adding transfer orders are passed by LG. “Cabinet does not need concurrence of LG every time. Power to call for any file by LG is residuary and needs to be exercised in exceptional cases,” he said. He cited the 2001 Parliament attack case and said if the action of Delhi government endangered an institution of national importance, then in such case the LG can take a call. The arguments remained inconclusive and the senior advocate will resume them tomorrow.

Nirmala Sitharaman visits army posts in Arunachal Pradesh, China objects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Monday objected to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying there is a dispute in the eastern section of the India-China border.Sitharaman yesterday visited forward army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China to take stock of the defence preparedness.The minister, in her maiden visit to the state, was accompanied by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna and other senior Army officers.Reacting to her visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said “there was a dispute in the eastern section of the India-China border.”China views Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet.The defence minister was briefed on the situation and defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control, Defence Spokesman Lt. Col. Sombit Ghosh said in a release yesterday.Sitharaman interacted with the troops at forward army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district and lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain.She also visited the key air force base in Chabua in Tinsukia district of neighbouring Assam, where she was received by Senior Air Staff Officer (HQ), Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar and Air Commodore George Thomas.The minister took stock of the operational preparedness and infrastructure development at the base.

Cleaner held for molesting woman in express train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old railway cleaner was arrested by the Borivli Government Railway Police (GRP) for allegedly molesting a 31-year-old woman inside a Mumbai-bound Kutch Express near Viramgam railway station.According to GRP, the woman had visited Gandhidham in Gujarat for personal work when on Saturday at around 9.30 pm she boarded the general compartment of the train. When it neared Viramgam station, the accused — Bhanupratap Singh, a resident of Kanpur and a contractual cleaner with the railways — touched the woman inappropriately thrice.”The woman later alerted other commuters and they soon holed him up. The train reached Borivli at 1.20 am on Sunday and we arrested the accused after registering a formal complaint,” said a Borivli GRP officer.Abhang Rao, Senior Inspector, Borivli GRP, said, “We registered a case under sections 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and later transferred the case to Viramgam railway police and handed the accused to the Gujarat railway police.”

BJP’s CP Thakur goes against party line, questions NDA govt’s decision to introduce reservation in outsourced services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior BJP leader C P Thakur today questioned the decision by the NDA government in Bihar to introduce reservation in outsourced services, saying this may lead to public resentment and a drop in investment in the state.”I think there was no need to introduce reservation in outsourced services. There is already scope for better implementation of the reservation system in sectors where the quota system is in place”, Thakur, former Union minister and ex-Bihar BJP president, said expressing dissenting opinion.”What the government needs to do is to pay more attention to spread of education among the socially backward classes. Introducing reservations in a new sector may make a section of the society feel that the space available to it is shrinking. This may lead to public resentment that may become difficult to handle”, Thakur, who is a BJP Rajya Sabha member, added.”The decision could send a rather unfavourable message outside Bihar. Investors from outside the state may get discouraged by this to put their money in Bihar”, he said.Meanwhile, reacting to Thakur’s comment, Janata Dal (United) state spokesman Neeraj Kumar said “if Thakur has strong views on the matter, he should raise his voice on his own party forum. The decision to introduce reservation in outsourced services was taken by the Nitish Kumar government, of which BJP is a part”.Former Chief Minister and leader of the Hindustan Awam Morcha – an NDA constituent in Bihar – Jitan Ram Manjhi said “the views expressed by Thakur appear to be personal and not of the party to which he belongs. We need not pay much heed to it”.At a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday, nod was given to introduce reservation in outsourced contractual appointment made by the state government.

Economic Offence Wing raids DSK’s offices and residence in Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a week after a case of cheating was registered against noted real estate developer DS Kulkarni and his wife, a team of economic offence wing (EOW) of Pune police raided Kulkarni’s offices and residence in Pune on Thursday morning. The EOW has received nearly 300 more complaint applications against Kulkarni, popularly known as DSK, after the case was registered against him in Shivajinagar police station on October 28. Senior inspector Sanjay Kurundkar of EOW told DNA, “Earlier we had received 41 complaint applications against Kulkarni and on Wednesday, we received 258 more complaint applications against him claiming that he has not returned money of investors. Based on these applications, we are now carrying out searches at his offices and residence.”According to some of the investors, there are more than 8,000 investors who have invested around Rs 485 crore with DSK and have not got back their money from the developer. When asked about the details of the outstanding amount payable by Kulkarni, Kurundkar said, “Since there are nearly 300 complaint applications, we have to go through each and every application and only then will we be able to know the total amount payable by the developer to these complainants.”According to EOW officials, they will be scrutinising computer data, official papers and bank details of Kulkarni and his family members. DSK is a popular name in Pune’s real estate scene. For many, he is an inspirational figure for his rag-to-riches journey. Apart from real estate, Kulkarni ventured into automobile and education institutes too. However, since earlier this year, the developer has been going through a financial crunch, openly admitting that he was unable to repay his investors immediately. He had sought some time from them to manage funds to repay the amount.

Hawkers caught in political crossfire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another flashpoint between the Congress and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over illegal hawking around railway stations, activists of the two parties clashed at Dadar on Wednesday. The Congress organised a morcha in support of hawkers who have been targeted by the Raj Thackeray-led MNS party.While the Congress had organised a ‘Sanman Morcha’ at Dadar West at around 11 am, the MNS workers arrived at morcha site before it began. This resulted in a confrontation between the activists of the two parties, and the MNS workers hurled potatoes at the Congress workers. The police had to resort to a mild lathi charge and take Congress and MNS workers in custody. The Congress morcha was called off.The MNS has blamed Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam for the assault on its Malad division chief Shashank Malavade by hawkers on Saturday.The party has charged that Nirupam asked the hawkers to retaliate. Later, the MNS activists also gathered near Nirupam’s residence at Andheri.Meanwhile, Shivaji Park Police on Wednesday arrested 15 MNS and eight Congress workers for allegedly holding rallies without police permission and booked them for unlawful assembly in Dadar.”Workers from both the parties were picked up before they could indulge in any clash and we deployed heavy police bandobast in the area. Those detained were released on bail. Nirupam was not present at the time of clash,” said Gangadhar Sonawane, Senior Police Inspector, Shivaji Park Police Station.Around 12 pm, a dozen unidentified suspected MNS workers vandalised a car and a Congress party banner at Dhanmill Naka in Parel. Dadar police have registered a rioting case in the matter, said Divakar Shelke, Senior Police Inspector of Dadar Police Station.Later in the day, Versova police detained five MNS workers and 29 Congress workers as a preventive measure. Congress workers had gathered outside Nirupam’s residence to protest in support of the hawkers.”The detained persons were let off after giving a notice,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX.

60 customers duped by vehicle store owner, sales manager

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Borivali police is on the lookout for an automobile store owner and the store sales manager for allegedly duping 60 persons by taking the advance payment for the purchase of two wheelers, and later fleeing with approximately Rs 20 lakhs. The customers were assured that their two wheelers will be delivered on the day of Diwali.According to police, Sudhir Jain, owner of Jayna motors located at Link road in Borivli, along with the sales manager had taken advance payments from at least 60 customers for delivering different brands of two wheelers, and despite repeated calls from customers, Jain continued to assure the delivery. When the customers reached the store, they found it shut, and later approached the police to file a complaint.”The victims were expecting the delivery of their two wheelers on Diwali, but the accused delayed the delivery. The owner shut his store and went into hiding,” said a Borivli police officer.Gunaji Sawant, Senior Police Inspector, Borivli police station, said, “We have registered a case under sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. We will soon arrest the accused, and we expect the cheating amount to rise to Rs 40 lakhs.”

‘E-mail bomb’ threat sends city school and police into a tizzy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of horror and panic for students, teachers, parents at Jaishree Periwal school in city when the school administration learnt about a bomb blast that would occur in the day on the school premises.The information came through an e-mail and was passed onto the city police. Senior officials of Jaipur Commissionerate, Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), Intelligence Bureau, bomb squad, sniffer dogs and administrative officials rushed to the scene.However, later the mail came out to be a hoax. The police have initiated an investigation and has learnt that few youths in a white car had thrown few crackers inside the premises late on Monday night.The school was opening for the day on Tuesday, when around 7 am, an email was received by the administration.“The email conveyed that a bomb blast would occur on the premises at 12 noon and 3 pm. This alerted the school administration which immediately contacted the police and passed the information,” officials said. The police sprung into action and officials rushed to the spot immediately.“The school administration was asked to take all the students, teachers and support staff out of the campus. They were sheltered in the Chitrakoot stadium, adjacent to the school,” officials said.News about the bomb spread like wildfire across the city and parents rushed to the school.Meanwhile, the police have initiated an investigation into the matter.BLAST THREATENEDThe school was opening for the day on Tuesday, when around 7 am, an e-mail was received by the administration.
The e-mail conveyed that a bomb blast would occur on the premises at 12 noon and 3 pm. This alerted the school administration which immediately contacted the police.

Pillion rider dies after biker rams into auto on highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 16-year-old biker met with an accident leading to the death of the pillion rider on the Western Express Highway. The Kasturba Marg police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against an unidentified biker. The police will also initiate action against the minor biker who had gone for a ride with his friend.According to police, the teen and his friend (also a minor) were residents of Railway colony in Dahisar. They went for a ride on the highway and stopped an autorickshaw near Devipada junction at Borivli. At the same time, a biker, who was riding rashly, rammed into the autorickshaw, which in turn, knocked the pillion rider from the bike that had stopped near the rickshaw. The pillion rider fell on the ground and died on the spot due to head injuries. The minor biker too sustained injuries on his leg.Satish Raorane, Senior Police Inspector, Kasturba Marg police station, said, “We have registered a case against unknown persons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and are checking the CCTVs of the location.”

Man kills wife, claims she drank poison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nizampura police, on exhuming the body of a 28-year-old woman, found that her husband allegedly killed her and then buried her corpse in a pit he dug himself.The accused, in order to prove his innocence, claimed that his wife had consumed poison and died.According to the police, Banya Korde, 28, a resident of Katai in Bhiwandi of Thane district, allegedly killed his wife, Laxmi, on Saturday night and later buried her corpse in a burial ground.Their neighbhour, Shobha Dabhale, 35, had heard Laxmi’s screams and had tried to help her.In her complaint to the police, Dabhale alleged that she saw Banya assaulting Laxmi brutally. When the neighbours enquired about Laxmi’s health, Banya claimed that his wife had consumed poison and died.”The locals gathered at his residence and grilled the accused after which he revealed that he had killed his wife. They later informed us about the incident and we took him in our custody. We asked the accused to identify the spot where the corpse was buried,” said a Nizampura police officer.”We sent the corpse for a post-mortem. The accused assaulted the woman brutally following which she succumbed to her injuries. We have arrested him under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the Indian Penal Code,” said RE Yadav, Senior Police Inspector, Nizampura police station.

50-yr-old held for not returning friend’s diamonds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The VP Road police have arrested a 50-year-old a man for allegedly duping his friend of diamonds worth Rs 39 lakh.The arrested person has been identified as Vijay Navinchand Patni.According to the police, the 42-year-old complainant Sameer Bharat Shah, a resident of Khetwadi in Girgaum, alleged that between June and August this year, he had given loose diamonds worth Rs 39 lakh to his friend Patni to sell it to customers.”Shah had alleged that, though a long time had passed, Patni neither returned his diamond nor gave money in return for the diamonds. After waiting tirelessly, Shah finally decided to confront Patni and when he realised that Patni would not return the diamonds, Shah approached the police,” said an officer from VP Road police station.Police said that since Shah and Patni worked together in a diamond shop in south Mumbai, they became good friends. It is because of this trust that Shah had given the diamonds to Patni, police said.”Both Shah and Patni were working in a diamond shop and had also started their own business of diamond trading. After Shah approached the police, his claims were probed. A case of criminal breach of trust and cheating has been registered against Patni and he was subsequently arrested. We have not recovered the diamonds yet and are probing further,” said Sanjay Kamble, Senior police inspector, VP Road police station.

Experts hail ban, rue lack of penalties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environmentalists and the medical professionals in the national Capital on Monday hailed the Supreme Court (SC) decision of putting a complete ban on the sale of firecrackers this Diwali. They, however, opined that the ban does not mention any regulatory measures, in case the direction is flouted.Experts said the decision has come as a big relief. The Apex Court banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1, stating that the ban would help improve the air quality. Diwali will be celebrated on October 19.”It is a welcome and a much-awaited decision, which will help people breathe clean air this Diwali and even after Diwali.The decision, however, has many loopholes, as no penalising or regulatory measures have been announced. There will be people who will flout the ban and discreetly sell crackers, but there is no mechanism to enforce the ban,” said environmental activist Vivek Kamboj.The impact of the ban would have been much bigger, said Kamboj, if the decision had included enforcement measures and penalties for violations. Also, activists said, the ban on bursting crackers after 10 pm has, so far, seen zero implementation on the ground.”The deadline to burst crackers has never been observed in the city. How do they expect that this decision will be implemented?” said another expert from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).Dr Vikas Maurya, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology, Fortis Healthcare, said: “Soon after Diwali, the number of patients with respiratory ailments increases. It has become a regular phenomenon. The problem is more severe among the elderly and the children. I have already started putting my patients on precautionary medicines and glad that the SC has taken this decision.”

Youth tries to live stream suicide, Mumbai police foils bid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old professional photographer was rescued by Saki Naka police as he was about to hang himself to death at his residence on Friday evening.The youth was depressed after he fought with his wife and had decided to take an extreme step. He started streaming his suicide via WhatsApp and was posting statuses and pictures on various groups when police learnt about the incident and reached his home.A resident of Saki Naka in Andheri, the youth was hanging from the ceiling fan when the Saki Naka police reached his residence. His parents were unaware about the incident.”We were informed by a person about the suicide bid, and we rushed to the spot to rescue the youth. The family members were shocked as they were not expecting police. They said their son was resting upstairs.After the youth did not open the door we had to take him into confidence but by that time he had disconnected the streaming of his act,” said a Saki Naka police officer.”We took the youth into confidence and he revealed that he had fought with his wife leading which he was depressed and wanted to end his life. We will counsel him now”, said Avinash Dharmadhikari, Senior Inspector, Saki Naka police station.

Police staged encounter to kill our son: Manveer Singh Gurjar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high voltage drama was witnessed on the roads of Noida following the encounter of 27-year-old wanted criminal Sumit Gurjar who was shot dead in an encounter in Greater Noida later Tuesday night.Family members of the criminal Sumit Gurjar, staged a protest on Mahamaya Flyover on Wednesday, alleging the Gautam Buddha Nagar cops carried out a fake encounter.Mahamaya flyover is an important surface link that connects Noida with parts of South Delhi. So the protest led to chock-a-block traffic with vehicles all the way up to Noida and Greater Noida Expressway.The family has arrived in city around 10pm from their native place Baghpat to have the last glimpse of Gurjar, whose body had been kept at mortuary in Sector 94 but refused to take it.Later, they then moved to the Mahamaya Flyover and blocked the traffic movement of vehicles from Noida to Delhi. In the backdrop of the traffic jam, police teams from Sector 39, Sector 20 and Expressway police stations swung into action along with traffic personnel to divert the traffic.While protesting, Manveer Singh Gurjar, Sumeet’s uncle, alleged the encounter by police was staged.”Sumit was in the market when a police team picked him up from there. Someone told us about it and we went to the local police station and feigned ignorance about it. We had no clue about where he had gone and why police took him into custody,” he said.He said that later following day they were informed that the Noida police has taken him into custody.”We had approached the Noida police and informed the senior police officers about the illegal detention of Sumit Gurjar. The police officers did not bother to take the matter seriously,”It was only when television broke the news that the family knew about the encounter.”We have promised a fair probe into the matter to the family. But we have all the evidences against him,” said Love Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Narayan Rane claims Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis asked him to join NDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Maharashtra politician Narayan Rane, who resigned from the Congress party about two weeks ago, said today that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has invited him to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.Rane, who met Fadnavis at the chief minister’s residence ‘Varsha’ here, told PTI that he has sought two days to decide.Fadnavis could not be contacted for his comment.Rane quit the Congress late last month and floated a new party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh.”In my meeting with the chief minister this evening, I was given an offer to become a part of the NDA. I have sought two days’ time to think about the proposal,” Rane said.He quit Congress, alleging that the party reneged its promise to make him Maharashtra’s chief minister when he joined it in 2005 after leaving the Shiv Sena.The Sena is a part of the NDA.A prominent leader from the influential Maratha community, Rane, hails from Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region. He became Maharashtra’s the chief minister of Maharashtra in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena. P

Youth clicks suicide selfie on death noose

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old youth clicked a selfie with a noose around his neck and sent it to his friends before hanging himself.A suicide note found at his rented Virar residence claimed that an agent had duped him of Rs 60,000 and the money which he paid to the agent was taken as a loan from a money lender by his parents in his native village of Sangamner.Somnath Shinde, residing in the Ghaskopri area of Virar, had been living in a rented flat for the past one month after leaving his native village in Sangamner.In his suicide note, Shinde mentioned an agent, Anand Shinde from Sinnar, who had taken Rs 60,000 for helping him land a good job with the airport authority.Being from a poor family, Shinde’s parents took a loan of Rs 60,000 from a money lender which he claimed he would not be able to pay.”The youth was depressed, and in the suicide note, he mentioned an agent who had duped him of Rs 60,000 after which he decided to end his life,” said a police officer from Virar.”He clicked a selfie while hanging by the ceiling fan with a nylon thread and sent it to his friends and the agent. We have registered a case of accidental death in this regard. If we get a complaint from the parents, we will register a case of abetment of suicide against the agent. We are investigating further,” said Yunus Shaikh, Senior Inspector, Virar police station.

Senior journalist KJ Singh murdered: Captain Amarinder orders SIT probe, Sukhbir Singh Badal condemns incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist K J Singh and his 92-year-old mother were found dead at their residence here, the police said today.Singh’s throat had been slit while his mother Gurcharan Kaur was suspected to have been strangled at their Phase 3B2 home, said an official spokesman of the Chief Minister’s Office.Mohali DSP Alam Vijay Singh, too, said there were injury marks on their necks.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed state DGP Suresh Arora to set up the SIT.
ALSO READ Senior journalist KJ Singh, mother found dead in Mohali; Punjab CM orders probeThe Punjab Police has set up a Special Investigative Team (SIT) under the Inspector General (Crime) to probe the suspected murder, the spokesman said.Singh, who was in his sixties, was a former News Editor of the Indian Express, The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.The media fraternity in Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh strongly condemned the alleged killings and sought speedy arrests

Aligarh BJP leader slaps girl for being friendly with Muslim youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local woman BJP leader purportedly slapped a girl here for being friendly with a youth from the minority community, a video of which went viral on social media.The youth in question was arrested on charges of “obscenity” in public place and released later on bail, according to police officials.The incident, in which BJP’s Aligarh city convenor Sangeeta Varshney allegedly slapped the girl twice, took place on Tuesday when she saw her having tea with the youth, according to the police.In the video which has gone viral on social media, Varshney is heard saying, “Tere ko samajh mein nahi aataa kaun Hindu hai, kaun Musalmaan hai. Pyaar se samajhaa rahee hoon, samajh hee mein nahi aa raha. (Don’t you understand who is a Hindu and who is a Muslim. I am politely making this clear, but even then it seems that you are not getting it).”When contacted on Friday, Varshney said, “I do not have any problems with Muslims. But, we have a problem with their policy of alluring Hindu girls (Humme Musalmaano se koi shikayat nahi hai, humme unki bargalaane ki neeti se shikayat hai).”Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey on Thursday said that after the slapping incident, a case under relevant sections of the IPC pertaining to obscenity at a public place was registered against the youth.He was arrested but later released on bail, Pandey said..The SSP also said that the girl’s father arrived on the spot and took her away after declaring that he and his family did not wish to make an issue.”Both the girl and her father do not want any action against anyone in the case and they gave this in writing to the police,” Pandey said.

Out of favour TMC MP Mukul Roy returns ‘Z’ category status

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy today returned the ‘Z’ category security provided to him by the West Bengal government.”I have verbally communicated (to the government) that there is no need to provide me with a security cover. I have told my guards not to come,” Roy told PTI. Quizzed on his decision, Roy said “I have come to know from newspapers that I have been removed from the post of the TMC vice-president and from various parliamentary standing committees. So I felt that there is no need for any security cover.” When asked TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said “It is up to him (Roy) to decide whether he wants security or not. He felt he doesn’t need it any more.” To questions on whether Roy would leave the party, Chatterjee said “How can I comment on it? He(Roy) says that staying on the crease is important. But cricket is a team game and how will a striker score runs without another batsman at the non striker’s end.”I don’t know in which crease will he play in days to come, but he is friend of mine and he is still a member of the party’s working committee,” Chatterjee said. Once a number two in TMC, Roy, a Rajya Sabha MP, presently has a strained relationship with the party. He was absent from the inaugural program of party’s mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’s’ Durga Puja edition yesterday.The edition was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the entire top brass of the party was present at the programme except Roy. The TMC leadership had recently decided to restructure its committee following which the post of its vice-president was abolished. Roy was earlier removed as the party’s in-charge of Tripura, a state where TMC was steadily making inroads till its members switched to BJP earlier this year.

J&K: Head constable killed, jawan injured after ‘suspicious firing’ at SSB camp in Banihal belt of Ramban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A head constable of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was today killed in mysterious firing and another jawan was injured in Banihal area on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, a senior police officer said. The incident took place at around 7.15 pm and the police is investigating the cause of the firing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal told PTI.”An SSB head constable suffered a fatal casualty in the brief firing while another jawan lost his jaw bone due to an attack by some blunt object,” Lal said. The deceased received one gun shot and his body was removed to the hospital for post-mortem, officials said, adding the injured jawan was also evacuated to a hospital for treatment.”It is premature to say anything about the incident right now. We are ascertaining the details,” the SSP said while not ruling out either a militant attack or fratricide. He, however, said there was no retaliation from the SSB personnel to the firing. The jawans were manning a post outside an 8.5 km-long under-construction tunnel connecting Banihal town of Ramban district in Jammu province with Kulgam district’s Qazigund, the gateway to the Kashmir valley.

Sewer cleaners’ death: Ashram staffer held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after two men died while cleaning a sewer at the ashram of jailed self-styled godman Rampal in outer Delhi’s Mundka, the police have arrested a manager at the ashram for negligence. A person who tried to rescue the duo was affected by toxic gases as well and had to be admitted to hospital in a critical condition, the police said.The arrested man was identified as Shyam Rathi. Senior officers said he was being questioned about the lack of safety gear as the probe, so far, has pointed out that no safety equipment was provided to the cleaners. The officer further said that the role of any civic agency has not come to the fore as the sewer was located on private property.The incident took place around 4pm on Monday, when the two men, Amarjeet, 30, and Makhan Lal, 27, entered a sewer inside the ashram to clean it. When they did not come out, two more men went inside to check, but were themselves affected by the gases. Amarjeet and Lal were declared dead on arrival at the hospital while the third person is under treatment.Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis has written a letter to the Chief Minister, demanding Rs 10 lakh as compensation for the families of the deceased. “We had come here to inspect the site. It is a 8-9 feet deep water tank. We came to know that the tank is connected to a toilet or sewer and there was presence of toxic gases, which led to the death of the two,” Sant Lal, the commission’s chairman, said.”The commission will try and help the families get the compensation. As per law, the families must get Rs 10 lakh each. We have written to the CM about it,” Lal added. Even devotees at the ashram expressed shock and anger over the incident. The deceased were also members of the ashram, where no outsider is allowed.”We have lost two brothers because the government does not have machines to clean tanks,” BD Sharma, a devotee, said.

Ryan murder: SC pulls up bar body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) came down on the District Bar Association of Gurugram on Monday for obstructing the course of law and barred it from stopping any lawyer to represent Francis Thomas, the northern zone head of the Ryan Group.Following a virtual boycott from lawyers in Gurugram and Sohna, Thomas, who was arrested for negligence, had moved the top court last week, seeking a transfer of the case to Delhi. The court turned down the petition. Pulling up the bar body, the apex court stated it was under an obligation to not obstruct any lawyer from appearing on behalf of an accused.Appearing for Thomas, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi and Advocate Sandeep Kapur informed the Bench that the atmosphere at the Sohna court was “hostile” and no lawyer was prepared to represent the accused in the case.To this, the Apex Court stated: “We must say without any hesitation that any accused, whatever the offence maybe, has a right to be represented by an advocate. The tradition of the bar does not authorise any association to pass a resolution like this.”The Bench, comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said: “The solace, however, is realising the fault. The bar association has withdrawn it (resolution).”Thomas was arrested on September 10 in an alleged case of negligence, after a seven-year-old student was found murdered in Ryan school’s Gurugram branch. Shortly after the murder, the boy’s parents filed a petition in the top court, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the case and safety guidelines for schools across the country. Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi, who represented Thomas in an earlier hearing, told the Bench that bar associations in both cities had resolved to not defend the accused. Lawyers from Delhi willing to take up the case, were barred from appearing at the district court, he added.Earlier this month, the SC had issued notices to the Centre, the Union HRD Ministry, Haryana, and other states, directing them to respond in three weeks to a petition filed by Varu n Kumar Thakur, father of a Class 2 student found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram.

CBSE serves de-affiliation notice to Ryan International School

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Based on the report of the two-member panel formed to investigate the death of 7-year-old student in Ryan International School, CBSE has sent a showcase notice for de-affiliation notice to the school. The panel in its report submitted on Friday held the school responsible for the child’s death and said that it could have been avoided had the school been more cautious. “The death of Pradyumn Thakur could have been avoided had the school discharged it’s responsibility and duty with care,” the report, a copy of which is with DNA says. Based on the findings of the report CBSE has on Saturday morning served a de-affiliation notice to the school and given them 15 days time to explain why their affiliation should not be withdrawn as per CBSE by-law. “Manager of the Ryan International School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon, Haryana is served with notice to show cause as to why Provisional Affiliation for Secondary and Senior Secondary level may not be withdrawn for willful violation of the provisions of the Affiliation Bye-laws of the Board” the notice reads.
ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Post-mortem report cites ‘shock and haemorrhage’ as cause of death”His/Her reply to this notice should reach to the undersigned within 15 days from the date of issue of this Notice failing which it will be assumed that School Authorities have nothing to represent in the matter and ex-parte decision shall be taken as per rules of the Affiliation Bye-laws of the Board,” it adds.

Narada sting case: Mukul Roy questioned by CBI, Suvendu Adhikari by ED

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari were today questioned by the CBI and ED respectively in connection with the probe into the Narada tapes “scam”.Roy, a TMC MP, was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appear before the agency for questioning with regard to his alleged involvement in the “scam”, a sting operation allegedly involving various leaders of the ruling party in West Bengal. The sting operation was conducted by Matthew Samuels, the CEO of Narada News. The tapes show Samuels, posing as a businessman, purportedly offering money to the TMC leaders.Adhikari, who is also the state transport minister, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the first time in connection with the case and was questioned about his alleged involvement in it, the agency sources said.Both the ED and CBI are jointly probing the case.

Shocker after another woman commits suicide in capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another case of suicide in the city, a 25-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree in a park in front of Tarapore Enclave, Vasant Kunj, on Sunday. The woman, a resident of Jharkhand, had left home after she had an argument with her husband on Saturday night. The victim has two children, aged 8 and 4. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained, police said.Phool Mani Devi had come to Delhi in 2006, and had been staying with one Chand Uran since 2008. According to police, the duo got married after their second child was born. Police, who denied any foul play into the incident, suggested that the woman may have slipped depression.”Cases of suicides have not increased much, but more reports are coming in. The main reason for the suicide is the psychiatry disorder caused by depression. Depression is the most underdiagnosed and undertreated illness even today,” said Dr Om Prakash, Senior Psychiatrist, IHBAS. “There are severe stages of depression and mostly in case if a suicide, instead of just focusing on the causes of depression, it is absolutely necessary to explore the background,” he added.

SC orders CBI probe into DYSP Ganapathy’s suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing that there were “startling facts” which needed to be probed in a fair manner, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a CBI probe to look into the death of Karnataka Deputy Superintendent MK Ganapathy who had died under mysterious circumstances last year. The bench, comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit, accepted the petition filed by Ganapathy’s father against a Karnataka High Court order, rejecting his plea for a CBI probe into the death.“There are certain startling facts in the case. Whether it is murder or suicide, it is required to be investigated in a fair manner,” the apex court bench observed. The CBI has been directed to file a status report on the probe within three months.The top court clarified that it was neither determining the nature of the offense, nor the fact as to who is guilty. “But public confidence and societal requirement demand that the guilty persons must be reached,” the bench said.Karnataka had opposed the father’s plea in the top court, saying that an in-depth probe had been conducted in the case. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the state, submitted said that relevant materials could be submitted in the court to establish that the probe was conducted in a fair manner.

A battle with ‘snatching’ menace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Believe it or not but the Capital witnesses at least one case of snatching an hour on average. And that’s not all. Data shows that from 2011 to 2015, incidents of snatching doubled more than eightfold showing that perpetrators were becoming more bold about targeting victims and stealing from them. As for 2017, police data shows that 5,682 cases of snatching have been registered till August, suggesting that the total number of cases may go beyond other years by this year-end. Police say that the victims of snatching are usually women and especially elderly women. This fact was borne out on Monday when a 50-year-old woman almost died when she fell off a moving auto while resisting a snatching bid from two bike borne men who were trying to take her purse. Senior police officials stated that doctors told them that the woman might lose her memory permanently.As far as dealing with snatching was concerned, a senior police officer told DNA that a stricter law is required to curb the menace, as mostly juveniles who are often active gang-members, commit this crime.”Protected by law, these juveniles commit snatching and are released. Also, snatching has not been listed as a heinous crime. This provides for easy bail. Even if the police ensures a crackdown on snatching gangs, the law is not harsh enough to create deterrence,” the police officer said. He added that even if they are arrested, the lack of reformatory programs in jail, resulted in the accused making contacts with known criminals.Coming to the modus operandi of these gangs, the officer said they were mostly led by criminals who induct juveniles and other youth with criminal backgrounds to commit such offences.”In many cases it has also been seen that members of auto lifting gangs lend stolen two wheelers to these youth which they use in fleeing from the spot after snatching. Since the vehicles are stolen, even if it is recovered following surveillance, the accused remain untraced,” the officer said.Since CCTV footage have helped crack a lot of such cases, these men cover their faces or work at dark stretches to keep their identity hidden, police said.CHALLENGES BEFORE LAWJuveniles are active gang members who don’t get harsh punishments
Snatching is not a heinous crime
Offender gets easy bail
Lack of reform programs in jail CASES IN CITY2017: 5,6822016: 95712015: 98962014: 73502013: 36382012: 14402011: 1476MODUS OPERANDIUsually in a team of two to be able to flee on a two-wheeler
They modify their bikes by removing its fuel supply regulator to flee at high speed
Use stolen bikes to remain untraced
While one waits at the bike with ignition on, the pillion rider commits snatching
Melt ornaments and sell off valuables instantly to avoid any recovery from them
Cover face or perform at dark stretches to keep identity hidden

Chandivali mishap: 1 still feared trapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll of the Chandivali building collapse touched seven on Thursday when the dead body of a labourer was pulled from under the debris. A search operation for one more labourer is underway.Avinash Dharmadhikari, Senior Police Inspector, Sakinaka police station, said, “Search operation is being conducted as one person is still missing. We suspect the man is trapped under the debris.”The Sakinaka police have asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to submit a detailed report about the incident after which the police will make arrests in the case.”An FIR has been registered. The debris which accumulated after the collapse will have to be cleared first so we can confirm the total number of workers who were inside the building during the collapse,” Dharmadhikari said.On August 26, the Krishna Business Park in Chandivali collapsed allegedly due to the weight of the cranes stationed on the building. Many labourers working on the demolition died in the mishap. The rescue operation is being conducted by the fire brigade department and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Dahanu drug racket accused had fooled cops a year ago

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police while interrogating the four accused involved in manufacturing mephedrone or meow meow, a recreational drug, at a Dahanu farmhouse revealed that a year back, a police team had raided their drug den in Dapchari in Palghar district but they had managed to fool the police.The accused fooled the police by claiming that it was a medicine manufacturing plant. They also invested the money acquired from the drug business into real estate. The police are now probing this money trail as well.On August 25, Amboli police team led by Assistant Police Inspector, Daya Naik had arrested Valsad resident Sanyal Bane, 33, Baba Gafoor Chaudhary, 37, and Ahmad Abdul Rauf,41, for allegedly producing mephedrone inside the farmhouse for the past four months. The police seized 900 grams of drug worth Rs 18 lakh. Moreover, the police have also seized raw materials which could have led to production of another 65 kg of mephedrone.Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station said, “So far, they had managed to sell 10 kg of mephedrone and the accused have been arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. They have been remanded into police custody up to September 1. We are probing if other persons are involved in the drug racket.”

NIA grills Hurriyat chief Geelani’s sons about bank accounts & family assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons, who were summoned by National Investigating Agency (NIA) for the second consecutive time, joined investigation on Thursday in the national capital. Geelani’s sons — Nayeem and Naseem — joined probe after a week wherein they were asked to come up with all the details of their properties spread across Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Delhi.The brothers were grilled by the probing agency for almost a week about the their properties and that of their father. “This time they were asked about various bank account numbers and also their bank account,” said a source. Along with them were few others who were also summoned by the agency. Senior officers, however, remained tight-lipped about the questioning of other people.A week ago, NIA after carrying out raids, in J&K at 12 places, arrested businessman Zahoor Watali. Watali, after being questioned by the agency sleuths several times, was arrested. His business is reported to be spread across Kashmir, Delhi, Dubai and London. His relatives who have reportedly purchased properties across the north India are also under the scanner.Two weeks ago the agency had summoned 30 people for questioning after they arrested seven people in the case. NIA is probing the terror funding case, wherein Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul-Dawah, the front of another proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, has been named as an accused.They had arrested seven separatists including the son-in-law of Geelani.

Derailment again, Rlys runs for cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near Achchalda railway station in Auraiyya district, eye-witnesses said that negligence on the authorities’ part had caused the mishap, which injured more than 80 people.This is the second derailment in less than five days. Rescue operations have been completed.The train collided with a dumper at an unmanned crossing in Veerpur village. The injured have been admitted in hospitals in Auriayya and Etawah. More than 20 were critically injured and had to be shifted to Safai PGI in Etawah for treatment.“This is nothing but negligence and lack of coordination between different wings of the Railways. The authorities could have alerted the driver to slow down, or it could have put up some red light warning signals on the ongoing construction work. How the dumper came across the track is less important.” said a Railways officer.Another official admitted that maintenance work was being carried out on the corridor and the truck belonged to a contractor working on the track. Senior officials rushed to the site to probe the incident, according to the instructions of Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who said he will resign because this was the 20th accident during his tenure.The train was speeding when it hit the dumper. The driver said that the signal was green, so he did not slow down. The intensity of the collision caused the derailment.The Delhi-Howrah route, on which the Kaifiyat Express derailed, is one of the most busy routes with about 120 trains taking it every day.

2 other existing ‘talaq’ a challenge to gender justice: PC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said even though the instantaneous divorce has gone, two other types of ‘talaq’ continue to exist and these are challenge to gender justice and gender equality. “Greater clarity today. Only instant triple talaq is illegal. Other two kinds are also a challenge to gender justice and gender equality,” he said in a tweet. The former Union home minister said ‘triple talaq’ was a distortion of original Quranic legal principles and it was good that it has been declared unconstitutional by the apex court. “Majority judgment is a resounding affirmation of gender justice and of equality of spouses,” he said in another tweet. In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down the ‘talaq-e-biddat’ (triple talaq or instantaneous divorce) among Muslims. However, the court did not touch on the two other method of divorce – ‘talaq ahsan’ (single pronouncement followed by abstinence) and ‘talaq hasan’ (three pronouncements; 1 each in 3 successive months).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Triple Talaq verdict: Deoband says ‘stick to Shariat’ for making any law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many Muslim women across India celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark judgment of abolishing Triple Talaq, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has issued a veiled warning and wants the Centre to ‘stick to Shariat.’Hours after the verdict, the Deoband madrassa said that the government must consult Islamic scholars before enacting any law.“We welcome the Supreme Court judgment but Parliament should ensure that the new legislation should be as per our Shariat laws and in consultation with Muslim scholars and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board,” Darul Uloom spokesperson said.He said that the seminary won’t tolerate any interference in the personal laws of Muslim community.“Before enacting new law, Parliament should consider our requests. Triple talaq is an issue of Shariat-e-Islam. We will not tolerate any interference in our religious matter by the court or even Parliament if it was against our religious laws,” the spokesperson said.Meanwhile, All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s Senior Vice-President Maulana Mohd Salim Kasmi said there was no need to enact any law on Triple Talaq since the Board has already taken several drastic steps to discourage it.“Under the Constitution of India, all religions are free to practice their personal laws. Muslims in India are governed by directives from Board and they will not allow any interference in their personal laws from any corners,” said he. Taking a hardline view, Tanzeem Ulema-e-Hind’s Chairman Maulana Nadeem-ul-Wazadi said, “If Parliament enacted a law which is against our personal laws, Muslims in India will not abide. We follow laws made by our Prophet and we will not follow any other law.”The AIMPLB Senior Vice-President Maulana Mohd Salim Kasmi said that there was no need to enact any law on triple talaq since the Board has already taken several drastic steps to discourage it.“Under the Constitution of India, all religions are free to practice their personal laws. Muslims in India are governed by directives from Board and they will not allow any interference in their personal laws from any corners,” he said.A woman cleric from Kanpur has, however, countered claims of the AIMPLB. “Board is only a platform for Muslims to raise their voice. The country will run by laws passed by the Parliament and Supreme Court orders. Board’s diktats neither have any religious sanctity nor any constitutional value after Supreme Court directives,” Dr Heena Zahid Naqvi said.

Man robbed of Rs 15 lakh in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was allegedly robbed of Rs 15 lakh at gunpoint by four bike-borne assailants near the Vasundhra Police Outpost at the Hindon Canal River here, the police said today. The incident occurred when the victim, a collection agent, was going to deposit the money in a bank after collecting it from outlets of different companies, Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh said. The assailants snatched his bag and hit his head with the butt of a pistol. The incident took place around 1 pm, the officer said. The police are scanning CCTV camera footage to identify the accused, the SSP said. A case has been registered and the matter is being probed, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM chairs meeting of CMs, dyCMs of BJP-ruled states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah today chaired a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. The meeting is being attended by all the 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers of the party. It is being organised to take stock of the development and social welfare work being done in the party-ruled states. Senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj were also present in the meeting. The chief ministers are also expected to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective governments at the meet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police: Bandit gang abducts 7 Pakistani police officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani police say bandits have abducted seven policemen from a forested area of southern Punjab. They say the gang wants several of its members who are behind bars to be freed. Senior police officer Atiq Tahir says the police were returning by boat to the town of Rojhan, in Rajanpur district, from an outpost in a forested area along the Indus River when the gang captured them in the early morning. Tahir said police reinforcements with armoured vehicles were dispatched to the forest. Another police officer said police are working with influential landlords to get the abductees freed. He said the gang is demanding the release of their arrested cohorts. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NSG to examine security arrangements at Jagannath Temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elite National Security Guard (NSG) is all set to examine the security arrangements at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri for chalking out an action plan against any possible terror threat. Senior NSG officials are slated to undertake a visit to the seaside pilgrim town of Puri shortly to inspect and review the security arrangements in the 12th century shrine, a senior official said. Visit by NSG team to the famous temple has been proposed in the wake of moves to prepare an action plan jointly by the Union Home Ministry, Odisha police and the intelligence agencies in order to strengthen the security arrangements in the shrine. “Sensitive locations inside the site and outside will be identified for taking necessary steps to deal with any possible terror strike. The NSG team is slated to undertake the inspection for two days from August 28,” he said. Sri Jagannath Temple has been described as an important and sensitive pilgrim centre of the country in a communication from central agencies to the state government, sources said. The NSG team would examine whether the master plan prepared earlier by the state government for Jagannath Temple security is being properly implemented, they said. Discussion would also be held with officials of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration on the issue and the need to enhance security by working out a coordinated action plan to ward off any threat. The NSG functions as a federal contingency deployment force to tackle all facets of terrorism in the country. Its primary role is to combat terrorism in whatever form it may assume in areas where activity of terrorists assumes serious proportions, and the state police and other Central Police Forces cannot cope up with the situation, sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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