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Money laundering case: ED arrests Rohit Tandon, to produce him in court today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday night arrested Delhi lawyer Rohit Tandon in connection with the money laundering case, reported ANI.On December 11, the Crime Branch and Delhi Police had carried out raids at the office of his firm T&T Law and seized nearly Rs 13.5 crore, of which Rs 2.6 crore was in new banknotes released after demonetization.The lawyer had recently declared unaccounted income worth over Rs 125 crore after searches were carried out against him.A day ago, ED has arrested a manager of a Kotak Bank branch here in connection with its money laundering probe in a criminal case of detection of nine alleged fake accounts with deposits worth Rs 34 crore post demonetization.(Developing story, more details are awaited)

Delhi Gangrape: US national identifies three out of four accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US national, allegedly raped by five men at a five-star hotel earlier this year, identified three of the four arrested accused in a test identification parade, police said. The test identification parade was conducted at Tihar jail and the US national managed to identify the tour guide, driver and cleaner while she couldn’t confirm the identity of the hotel staffer, he said. The US national arrived here a few days ago to join the probe and recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate where she reiterated that she was raped by five persons in the five-star hotel in Connaught Place.She flew back to the US this evening. She has assured police that she would come down to India in case they needed her again for the probe. Police have told her that they would be filing a charge-sheet in the case soon, sources said.The four men, who were arrested yesterday for allegedly raping her in April, were today sent to two-day judicial custody by a city court.They were sent to Tihar Jail after Delhi Police moved an application seeking their judicial custody.The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued a notice to Delhi Police asking it why the Rape Crisis Cell of the women’s panel was not informed when the victim’s statement was recorded.Earlier, the complainant had said she was not “satisfied” with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused.The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days and also threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.She had also stated that the accused had made a video of the act and threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone. She had also told the police that the accused had c aimed to have sexually assaulted a couple of other female tourists as well. A team of psychologists and psychiatrists had assisted the woman in recalling the details of the incident. The team is also working with the police in their investigation to tie up loose ends.

91% pickpockets in Delhi metro are women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing the trend witnessed over the past few years, women constitute over 91% of pickpockets apprehended by the CISF in the Delhi Metro network in the national capital region. The force, that is tasked to provide armed security to Delhi Metro operations, apprehended a total of 479 pickpockets, out of which an overwhelming 438 were women, according to official data.The full-year data, updated till the middle of December, states that the security force undertook a little over 100 operations to check pick pocketing in the rapid rail lifeline of Delhi and its adjoining areas, that carries an estimated 26 lakh commuters every day. The overwhelming number of women indulging in these crimes has shown a constant trend over the last few years and the Central Industrial Security Force, after apprehending these women, hands them over to the Delhi Police for legal action under law.Recently, the CISF had unearthed a notorious gang of such women who had robbed a US-based Indian lady of her jewels and valuables while she was travelling in the Delhi Metro with her husband. “The figures state that women constitute over 91%(of the total pickpockets) in pick pocketing crimes in the Delhi Metro. “It has been found that the modus operandi of these women is to either carry a child or travel in a group to con and pick a purse or other valuables of a traveller, be it a man or a woman,” a senior official said.In order to check these crimes, the force regularly undertakes special operations and deploys women and men personnel in plain-clothes to keep an eye on trouble makers. Last year, 93%of the total number of pickpockets apprehended by the CISF in the Delhi Metro were women.In 2014, over 300 women were intercepted for these crimes making them about 94% of those held, while in 2013, of the total 466 pickpockets held across various stations of the Delhi Metro, 421 were women and the rest were men. This year, during the same time period till mid-December, the force also found 106 missing children and handed them over to their guardians or the station controlling authorities.

US woman’s gangrape: Court sends four accused to 2-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four men, arrested for allegedly raping a US tourist in a 5-star hotel earlier this year, were today sent to two-day judicial custody by a city court.Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh sent the accused to Tihar Jail after Delhi Police moved an application seeking their judicial custody. Yesterday, the police had arrested a tour guide, a driver, a cleaner and a hotel staff in connection with the alleged gangrape of the woman in April this year.The US national arrived here a few days ago to join the probe and recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate where she reiterated that she was gangraped by five persons in a five-star hotel here. Four accused were arrested after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to Delhi Police asking them why the Rape Crisis Cell of the women’s panel was not informed when the victim’s statement was recorded.Earlier, the complainant had said she was not “satisfied” with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused. The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days and also threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.She had also stated that the accused had made a video of the act and threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone. She had also told the police that the accused had claimed to have sexually assaulted a couple of other female tourists as well. A team of psychologists and psychiatrists have been assisting the lady in recalling the details of the incident.The team is also working with the police in their investigation to tie up loose ends.

US woman’s gangrape: Accused to be produced before Patiala House Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four accused and arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a US national in a five-star hotel, will be produced before the Patiala House Court on Tuesday.The Delhi Police yesterday arrested a tour guide, driver, tourist bus helper and a hotel worker. “On December 3, the Delhi police registered a case in connection with the gangrape. The complainant was kind enough to come down to Delhi, got her statement recorded before police and court and helped in collecting evidence,” said Deependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police, South West District.The lady in her complaint said she had arrived in Delhi on a tourist visa in March this year and was staying at the hotel when the crime took place.Reports suggest that the tourist guide during her stay arrived at the hotel along with four friends one day. The men shared a few drinks in the lady’s room following which they allegedly took turns to rape her.The woman, who went back to the US traumatised by the incident, had gone into depression.

New Delhi: Court acquits two men of charges of waging war against country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city court has acquitted two persons of charges of waging war against the country in an over ten-year-old case registered by Delhi Police which had claimed that they were members of a banned militant outfit.Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh absolved Bihar residents, Irshad Ali and Maurif Qamar, who were allegedly picked up by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in 2005.The case was later transferred to CBI following directions of the Delhi High Court. After probing the matter, CBI had filed a closure report in the case claiming that the two men were informers of the special cell and Intelligence Bureau.According to the FIR, the police apprehended Ali and Qamar from Mukarba Chowk bus stand in north west Delhi on February 9, 2006. It was alleged that both were members of banned outfit Al-Badr and were carrying arms and ammunition including pistols, live cartridges and detonators.Thereafter, an FIR under section including 121 (waging war against Government of India) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, and under several provisions of the Explosive Substance Act and the Arms Act was registered.The accused, however, approached the high court and sought a CBI inquiry in the case alleging that both were illegally picked up by Delhi Police in December 2005 from the city and that they were the informers of the agency’s special cell and Intelligence Bureau, advocate Sufian Siddiqui, the counsel for the accused, said.The high court directed a CBI probe in the matter and the agency filed a closure report.The trial court, however, rejected the CBI’s report against which the accused again approached the high court. The high court asked the city court to consider CBI’s report.The special cell, however, had approached the Supreme Court against the high court order. The apex court in December 2012 directed the trial court to take the call and, if needed, ask the agency for re investigation in the matter.The trial court then ordered framing of charges without considering CBI’s closure report, the counsel said.The accused again approached the high court challenging the city court order for trial in the case. Thereafter, the high court again asked the trial court to consider all the aspects before passing the order which has now resulted into the acquittal of the accused. The accused were on bail since July 2009.

JNU student Najeeb’s roommate bunks polygraph test with Delhi police

Missing JNU student Ahmed’s roommate, who was supposed to undergo a polygraph test , didn’t turn up for it despite giving his consent. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate, who was supposed to undergo a polygraph test , didn’t turn up for it despite giving his consent, police said. The polygraph test was scheduled today after Mohd Qasim, Najeeb’s roommate gave his consent last week but he didn’t turn up at Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini, a senior police officer said. Many of the students connected to the probe are out of Delhi because of vacations and have been asked to give their consent for the polygraph test. Police have so far served notices to nine people, including family members of Najeeb as well as the students with whom he was allegedly involved in a brawl at his hostel a night before he vanished.More than 600 Delhi Police personnel assisted by sniffer dogs and mounted police had concluded their search of the sprawling JNU campus on December 20 but could not find any clue. Najeeb has been missing since October 15 after an alleged scuffle at his hostel with ABVP students on the night of October 14. A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced by Delhi Police on any information about him.

JNU missing student case: Police concludes campus search, to quiz Nejeeb’s roommate

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday concluded its massive search in JNU campus without any success and will be conducting a lie-detector test on Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate Mohd Qasim on Wednesday as it stepped up efforts to get clues regarding the mysterious disappearance of the student since 15 October.

Police have so far served notices to six people, including family members of Najeeb as well as the students with whom he was allegedly involved in a brawl at his hostel a night before he vanished, said a senior police officer.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

The police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, had told Delhi High Court that four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts.

“We have served notices to six people and after their consent, we will be carrying out the tests. Qasim gave his consent and he will be put to a lie-detector test tomorrow (Wednesday),” said the officer.

Many of the students have gone to their homes for vacations, which is hindering investigation, he said. Meanwhile, more than 600 Delhi Police personnel assisted by sniffer dogs concluded their search of the sprawling JNU campus but could not find any clues of the missing student.

Police team began its search around 9 AM today under the supervision of DCP (Crime Branch) G Ram Gopal Naik and finished by 3 PM. The search had begun yesterday and almost 60-70 percent of the campus was covered while the remaining campus was scanned on Tuesday.

All agencies of Delhi Police including Special Cell, Special Branch and the local police, pooling more than 600 personnel scanned the interiors and residential areas, the official said.

Najeeb has been missing since October 15 after an alleged scuffle at his hostel with ABVP students on the night of 14 October. A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced by Delhi Police on any information about Najeeb.

The massive search was mounted following a Delhi High Court order last week directing the police to scan the entire JNU campus including hostels, classrooms as well as rooftops of the buildings with help of sniffer dogs.

After scanning the campus, the police is likely to ask JNU administration to beef up its security.

“We have observed that the forest area is quite dense and students go there even late in the night. We will request JNU authorities to increase security inside the campus for the safety of students,” said an officer.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 21:54 IST

JNU missing student case: Delhi Police search university campus for Najeeb

New Delhi: Police on Monday reached the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in search of a student who went missing over two months ago.

Crime Branch personnel searched different parts of the campus with sniffer dogs in a desperate bid to find out what happened to Najeeb, whose disappearance had led to unending protests in the university.

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Representational image. CNN-News18

A police officer said Najeeb’s hostel, classrooms, rooftops and other deserted places were scanned.

“A search operation is on in various parts of the JNU campus to get clues which can help police locate Najeeb,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav said.

The search began as police have been unable to get any trace of the missing Najeeb, who went missing on 15 October following a scuffle the previous night with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied any involvement in Najeeb’s disappearance.

Police have raised the reward amount for providing information that could help locate Najeeb from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.

The Delhi High Court has directed the police to scan the entire JNU campus.

The court said the police were also free to search Jamia Millia Islamia where Najeeb was reportedly dropped by an auto-rickshaw driver after he left from JNU campus.

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 16:11 IST

Rahul Gandhi, Congress Twitter hacking: Delhi police seeks info from 5 nations

New Delhi: The Delhi police have sought information from five countries to help them trace the group which hacked into the Twitter accounts of the Congress party and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi's Twitter handle was hacked on 1 December. PTIRahul Gandhi's Twitter handle was hacked on 1 December. PTI

Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle was hacked on 1 December. PTI

The hacking group ‘Legion’, which claimed responsibility for the act, is still a mystery for internet service providers. The Delhi police is probing the case after it received a complaint from Congress members.

Accounts of two journalists — Barkha Dutt and Ravish Mishra, both from the NDTV group — were also hacked, but their complaint was yet to be received by the cyber cell.

During its preliminary enquiry, the police could trace IP addresses from five countries — Sweden, Romania, the US, Canada and Thailand — in the hacking job. Investigators want to know if the hackers used the servers in these countries from somewhere else, or if they were physically present there while breaking into the microblogging sites.

“We have got the IP logs from Twitter. The details of IP logs were sent to the internet service providers in five countries after a thorough examination. We are yet to get the details of hacker’s account and address,” deputy commissioner of police (cyber cell) Anyesh Roy told IANS.

Asked if the act was done by Legion, Roy said the group “is itself taking responsibility for hacking these microblogging sites but we don’t as yet have any information about the real hackers. The case is under investigation”. He said the police was also taking help of Twitter officials in Bengaluru to identify those responsible.

The cyber cell is probing the case after two FIRs under Section 66(c) of the Information Technology Act were filed. Randeep Singh Surjewala, a senior Congress leader, had filed a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi police on 1 December after the two accounts were hacked and a string of abusive messages posted on their Twitter handles.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 15:56 IST

PM Modi pays tribute to martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack

Tue, 13 Dec 2016-01:35pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to those who died in the terror attack on Parliament on this day in 2001 on Tuesday. He placed a wreath at the photos of the deceased in Parliament House complex.”Salutations to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the 2001 Parliament attack. Their bravery will never be forgotten,” he tweeted later.Five heavily-armed terrorists had stormed Parliament House complex on this day 15 years back but they were killed before they could enter the main building.Five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff, and a gardener were among those who lost their lives in the attack.

Over Rs 13 crore seized from Delhi law firm, Rs 2.6 crore in new currency notes

New Delhi: Delhi police have seized nearly Rs 13.5 crore in a raid at a law firm in southeast Delhi’s GK-I
area, of which Rs 2.6 crore is in new currency released after demonetisation, a senior police official said on Sunday.

The raid was carried out by Crime Branch at the office of T&T law firm last night, the officer said. “The recovered amount is close to Rs 13.5 crore. The amount of Rs 2.62 crore was found in newly introduced Rs 2,000 notes. Besides these, Rs 7.7 crore were in the form of Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.06 crore were in the form of Rs 100 notes along with Rs 11 lakh in Rs 50 denomination. Two note counting machines were also found there,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime).

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

According to I-T department sources, the lawyer had recently declared unaccounted income worth over Rs 125 crore after searches were carried out against him.

The officer said that police had been keeping a watch on the advocate who owned the law firm for a long time. “A secret information surfaced that a renowned advocate who had declared Rs 125 crore before the I-T department officials a few days ago, was hoarding huge amount of cash illegally and indulging in transaction of the old and new currency notes. A round the clock watch was kept on his activities by the crime branch, especially at the premises in GK-I,” said the officer.

The Inter State Cell (ISC) of Crime Branch received a secret input late last evening that huge amount of currency notes had arrived at the advocate’s office in Greater Kailash.

“A team led by ACP ISC Sanjay Sehrawat was constituted under the supervision of DCP (Crime) Bhisham Singh and the information was shared with the Income Tax officials. They were also roped in for the operation,” said the officer.

After due procedure and sanction, a search warrant was procured and a raid conducted on the premises following which huge new and old currency notes to the tune of several crores were recovered.

When the police team raided the office, the rooms were locked and a caretaker was present. “It’s probably one of the several office premises which was mainly used as cash godown guarded by just one guard,” said the officer.

Police said that more cash was likely to be recovered in the follow-up raids.

First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 18:30 IST

I-T dept raids law firm in South Delhi, seizes Rs 10 crore, including Rs 2.5 crore in new notes

Sun, 11 Dec 2016-08:42am , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police on Saturday raided the office of a law firm in southeast Delhi’s Greater Kailash-I area and recovered Rs 10 crore in cash, of which Rs 2.5 crore was in new banknotes released after demonetization.The raid was carried out by the Crime Branch at the office of T&T Law Firm, said a senior police officer.”Rs 10 crore was recovered. Out of which, Rs 2.5 crore was in new currency notes and the rest in old notes. The I-T department has been informed,” said the officer.When the police team raided the office, its rooms were locked and a caretaker was present.Police are searching for the firm promoter Rohit Tandon. Police said more raids would be conducted in this connection.

Rahul Gandhi Twitter hacking: IP addresses from five countries used, Delhi police told

The Delhi police’s cyber crime cell, which had been investigating Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi‘s Twitter handle getting hacked, has received information from the microblogging site about the IP addresses used by the culprits. According to news agency ANI, both Rahul Gandhi‘s and Congress’ Twitter handles were operated from five countries: Sweden, Romania, Canada, Thailand and the US.

Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle, which has about 1.26 million followers, was allegedly hacked on the night of 30 November, and the culprit used the social media platform to send a series of abusive messages. Even the handle name was changed before being restored to ‘Office of RG’. This went on for a while and several messages were posted, before normalcy was restored.

After the news that the accounts were hacked surfaced, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had called it an “unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct”. “Will lodge a formal complaint with cyber police, hope the government will show sincerity of purpose in investigating and punish them,” RS Surjewala had said.

But within just a single day, the Congress Twitter handle was hacked and a series of similar profanities were posted. After the hacking, the party raised questions about digital safety in India, saying repeated hacking incidents reflect the disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country.

After the dust had settled, however, Rahul Gandhi took to the microblogging site one more time to say he bore no hard feelings against anybody. “To every one of you haters out there. I love all of you. You’re beautiful. Your hatred just doesn’t let you see it yet,” he had written.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 18:44 IST

US woman rape case: Victim in touch with police, may come to India to join probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police is in touch with a US woman who was allegedly raped by a group of men at a five-star hotel here in April and she may come to India to join the probe.The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.”After the incident, the woman went back to the US without informing about the incident even to those accompanying her in the trip. Initially, she approached an NGO which sent an email about the incident to Delhi Police and on Sunday she mailed her complaint to police.”We are in touch with her and we are trying to convince her to come to India. She might come here but no date has been fixed for her visit,” said an officer privy to the probe.Police suspected that the accused had targeted a couple of other women tourists, a source said.Teams have been formed to nab the accused, one of whom is a hotel employee and his relative, the source said, adding that the accused even shot a video of the act and threatened her with making the clip public if she filed a complaint.

Demonetization: ED arrests two Axis bank officers for money laundering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate has arrested two officials of a private bank here in connection with its money laundering probe for alleged irregularities in the conversion of old currency and supply of new notes leading to blackmoney generation.Officials identified the two managers as Shobit Sinha and Vineet Sinha, working as managers in the Kashmere Gate branch of Axis bank here, and said they were arrested late night on Sunday under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They will be produced in a court today for further custody, they said.A gold bar, part of alleged kickbacks payment given to the bankers, has been seized by the agency from a location in Lucknow, they said.The Axis Bank issued a statement in this regard saying: “The bank is committed to following the highest standards of corporate governance and has zero tolerance towards any deviation on the part of any of its employees from the set model code of conduct.In this particular case, the bank has suspended the erring employee and is cooperating with the investigating agencies.”ED sources said the duo were allegedly indulging in converting black money into white by reportedly misusing banking transfer systems like RTGS and NEFT in the wake of the demonetization of the two large currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. A number of bank accounts of various people and traders are under the scanner of the agency in this case, they said.The ED had registered a criminal complaint against the duo and others based on a Delhi Police FIR after the latter agency first got into the case after intercepting two people with Rs 3.5 crore cash in new currency sometime back. The Income Tax department too had carried out its action in this case and had surveyed the bank branch and later searched the residential premises of the two.

Nirbhaya gang rape: Amicus Curiae questions evidence, hearing to continue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Amicus Curiae Sanjay Hegde, questioning the evidence produced by the prosecution in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, the Supreme Court will continue hearing of the case on Monday.In a special hearing held earlier today, Hegde came out with certain points putting a question on the merit of evidence.Hegde said that one of the convicts, Mukesh, was not with the prime culprit Ram Singh when the offence was committed. He further added that mobile locations of Mukesh and Ram Singh were found to be different on the night the offence took place.However, Delhi Police lawyer Siddhartha Luthra said they have evidence of a dying declaration, forensic evidence with regard to DNA blood samples and finger prints. He said that the evidence establishes the fact of the alleged persons’ involvement. Luthr further said there was no element of tutoring in the case, as was the point made by one of the defence lawyers.On December 16, 2012, a 23-year old was assaulted and brutally gang raped by six people in a moving bus in South Delhi. After raping her, they threw the girl outside the vehicle, along with her male friend who was accompanying her. The girl succumbed to her injuries in Singapore on December 29, 2012. The incident led to large scale protests across the country and prompted the government to make laws related to harassment of women more strict and punitive.

American tourist gang-raped in Delhi, police registers FIR

Sat, 3 Dec 2016-05:20pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police on Saturday registered an FIR based on a complaint filed by an NGO alleging that an American tourist was raped by five men at a five-star hotel in Connaught Place in March.The complaint was filed through an email. It alleged that five men had entered the woman’s room on the pretext of some tour and travel-related work and raped her.The victim did not approach police as she was scared and returned to the US. The accused also threatened her of dire consequences if she told anybody about it, the complaint said. “An FIR was today registered in connection with the incident,” Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (South West) Dependra Pathak said.

Twitter reacts to Rahul Gandhi’s hacked account

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Twitter handles of both the Congress party and its vice president Rahul Gandhi were hacked on Thursday morning. What followed was a slew of tweets from both accounts, criticising the party and its members, including plenty of cuss words directed at the Gandhi family.And yet, though it was obvious both accounts were compromised, that didn’t stop Twitter from piling on the insults where Rahul Gandhi was concerned. “Please don’t blame Rahul Gandhi,” said one Twitter user, “Twitter is not a Swiss company and Congress is only good at managing Swiss accounts.” Another user added, “Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account hasn’t been hacked, it’s just that for the first time he himself is tweeting from that account.”Confirming the hack, Gandhi’s office said efforts were being made to rectify the problem.Taking to the micro-blogging site, Congress party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala ​said, “First @OfficeOfRG & now @INCIndia hacked by lumpen fascists. Free speech & right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls.” The Congress has, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police over the hacking of Rahul Gandhi’s account.The complaint was filed by Surjewala, demanding strict action against those behind the hacking.After the incident, Congress raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians and said it reflects disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country. The party is likely to raise the issue of hacking of verified twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi and Congress in both the houses of the parliament.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has initiated a probe into the hacking of Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account and has written to the management of the social media site seeking necessary details.“We have written to Twitter to provide us log details such as the IP address of the hackers. We have started investigating the matter,” a senior police official said.

Congress Twitter hack: Two FIRs filed, police seek log details

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Police on Thursday lodged two FIRs in connection with the hacking of the two twitter accounts, the party website and the email accounts of Congress and Rahul Gandhi and sought log details from the microblogging site and also the Congress server to identify the culprits.Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala filed two complaints with the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police on the hacking of the two Twitter accounts, the party website and the email accounts of Congress and Rahul Gandhi. Rahul’s Twitter account was hacked last night and some obscene remarks were put out online for around an hour. Today, his email account was also hacked, the party claimed. “A case has been registered by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) under Section 66 of the IT Act. Twitter has been asked to provide details of log of the account for investigation purpose,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesman and Joint Commissioner (Southwest).A similar FIR was registered by the EOW in connection with the hacking of Congress’ website. “We have registered a case under section 66 of IT Act on a complaint by Congress leader Randeep Surjewala,” a senior EOW officer said, adding log details from Twitter as well as Congress server have been sought to identify the culprits and trace the digital footprints from servers. Confirming that first Rahul’s twitter account @OfficeOfRG and then Congress’ @INCIndia were hacked by “lumpen fascists”, Surjewala said he has filed a complaint on behalf of Congress to Delhi police and now the onus is on Narendra Modi government to ensure digital security and punish the guilty.”Free speech and right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls. Such despotic and vulgar attempts reflect the extremities of an intolerant culture that resorts to abuse when cornered and left answer less,” he said.”Indian National Congress has fought such hatred and animosity with Gandhian compassion and tolerance. ‘Sabko sanmati de bhagwaan’ (May God give better sense to all),” Surjewala said on Twitter. “Cyber attacks on @INCIndia and @OfficeOfRG exposes the vulnerability of cyber security and Digital platforms in India. An eye opener for Modiji!” he tweeted Earlier, Rahul had tweeted, “To every one of you haters out there. I love all of you. You’re beautiful. Your hatred just doesn’t let you see it yet.”Congress later tweeted, “Hello everyone! We are back. The tweet s in the morning lacked wit, evidently. Anyway, Mr Modi, back to people’s questions, care to answer?”

Is this real truth of digital India? Congress questions Modi after account hack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the official accounts of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Indian National Congress twitter handles got hacked, the grand old party on Thursday said that free speech and right to disagree are under threat and shows extremity of intolerance. The Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned the cyber security of the nation and also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Digital India project.”Free speech and right to disagree are under attack by lumpen Fascists in this country. Such vulgar and despotic attempts reflect the extremity of intolerance and culture that resorts to abuse when answerless. Congress party has always dealt with such animosity and such hatred with compassion and tolerance,” he said.”It exposes the weaknesses of the cyber security and also digital payments network in India. Is this the real truth of digital India? This is something which Modiji needs to ponder over,” he added.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account hacked, Congress calls it sinister conspiracy to abuse and intimidate A day after Rahul Gandhi’s hacked Twitter handle put out offensive and homophobic posts on Wednesday evening, the Congress party’s account has also been hacked and abusive tweets have been posted on Thursday morning. The matter of the Congress vice-president’s hacked account was taken to cyber cell on Thursday.The Congress has, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the cyber cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of Gandhi’s account. Delhi Police has initiated the probe and has written to the management of the social media site seeking necessary details.

Official Twitter accounts of Congress party & Rahul Gandhi hacked, abusive tweets posted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress party’s verified Twitter account was hacked on Thursday morning and abusive tweets were posted shaming the party, hours after Rahul Gandhi’s account was hacked.Expletives-laden tweets were posted on the party’s official handle @INCIndia.Confirming the development, Gandhi’s office said efforts were being made to rectify the problem.Taking to micro-blogging site, Congress party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala ​said, “@INCIndia hacked by lumpen fascists. Free speech & right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls. First @OfficeOfRG & now @INCIndia hacked by lumpen fascists. Free speech & right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls.”he Congress has, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of its Vice President’s twitter account.The complaint was filed by Surjewala, demanding strict action against those behind the hacking.After the hacking, Congress raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians and said it reflects disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country.Congress party is likely to raise the issue of hacking of verified twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi and Congress in both the houses of the parliament.Taking a serious note of the hacking of its Vice President’s official Twitter account, the Congress party has targeted the government for lack of digital safety and said that if it could not protect a private platform for conversation, how it could ever protect the money and data of crores of people.Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seriously ponder over ‘Digital India’, ‘Cashless India’ and online payments, Surjewala said, “If you cannot protect a private platform for conversation of crores of the people of India, how can you ever protect them from being hacked in terms of their ‘financial money’ is also a question that the people of India need to think and ponder over.”(Developing story)

At least 20 ISI agents arrested for spying for Pakistan in 2016: Home Ministry

New Delhi: As many as 24 ISI agents have been arrested for spying for the Pakistani intelligence agency so far this year, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

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“In addition to these 24 agents, one Pakistani spy agent detected in October 2016 was Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi-based intelligence officer Mehmood Akhtar,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said replying a written question.

Of those, who were arrested so far this year, nine were detected in Rajasthan, six in Punjab, two in Gujarat, two in Jammu and Kashmir, one in Uttar Pradesh and four in Delhi.

Ahir said some of the staff posted in Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi is suspected to be involved in running espionage network.

The official who was apprehended by the Delhi Police for spying was consequently declared persona-non-grata by the Indian authorities.

“The government is taking adequate steps to counter such incidents in future. The government is resolutely committed to take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens,” he said.

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 14:08 IST

Cops manhunt to nab KLF chief’s aide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have launched a manhunt in the Capital and neighbouring areas to nab Kashmeer Singh, the absconding aide of Harminder Singh alias Mintu, the chief of banned terror outfit Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).The fact that Singh had aides in Delhi has alarmed the intelligence agencies about the possible hideouts of former Sikh militants in the Capital, who might be making attempts to revive the movement.The Special Cell of Delhi Police is conducting raids at various guest houses, hotels, bus stands, railway stations and all the other probable hideouts.“Mintu was in touch with associates of terror groups in Pakistan,” said Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora. The dreaded terrorist would be subject to “intensive interrogation” when he would be brought from Delhi, the DGP said.Security at Asia’s largest prison, Tihar Jail in Delhi, has also been stepped up. The intel- agencies have alerted the authorities of the jail that also houses six more Khalistani militants. Apart from strict checking, a close watch is being kept at the militants and gangsters.Sources said Singh had a few associates in Delhi, who were earlier also a part of the Babbar Khalsa force.Former Chief Minister Amrinder Singh claimed that the chief of KLF, Harminder Singh Mintu, was deliberately made a part of the plan so that his arrest later could be used to quieten the noise following the jailbreak.“I have written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, explaining to him the gravity of the situation. I told him if he viewed things dispassionately, he would know what is going on,” said the Former CM. “Whenever there is a situation in Punjab in which Akali Dal is down, it tries to create polarisation. Earlier, they tried to tear Guru Granth Sahib and then Gita, thinking that this will polarise the state,” he added. Contradicting Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal’s claim of Pakistani hand in the escape of Mintu, Amrinder Singh said, “Had the whole thing been plotted from across the border, Mintu would have escaped out of India, instead of waiting in Delhi to be nabbed.” He further said he has apprised the Election Commission (EC), requesting it to impose the model code of conduct in Punjab.MATTER OF CONCERNThe fact that Singh had aides in Delhi has alarmed the intelligence agencies about the possible hideouts of former Sikh militants in the Capital, who might be making attempts to revive the movement.Sources said Singh had a few associates in Delhi, who were earlier also a part of the Babbar Khalsa force. Security at Asia’s largest prison, Tihar Jail in Delhi, has also been stepped up.The intel-agencies have alerted the authorities of the jail that also houses six more Khalistani militants.

Punjab jailbreak: Harminder Singh Mintoo nabbed, high alert continues in northern states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a swift operation, chief of Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Singh Mintoo was arrested in Delhi last night within hours of his escape from Nabha jail in Punjab, with Delhi Police saying he was planning to flee abroad, to Malaysia or Germany.However, high alert continued in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi as about 12 armed dreaded fugitives are still at large. Two cars used by them in the escape have been found in Haryana’s Kaithal district. 48-year-old Mintoo was nabbed from Nizamuddin railway station’s parking area, marking the second arrest in the sensational jailbreak case of Sunday morning in which 8 people stormed the prison to free six inmates — two militants and four dreaded criminals.Earlier, Parminder alias Penda was arrested on Sunday in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, few hours after the jailbreak. Mintoo, accused in 10 terror cases, was in touch with terror groups in Pakistan, Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora said. Harminder was carrying a sophisticated semi-automatic pistol along with six live cartridges when he was arrested, Arvind Deep, Special Commissioner of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, told reporters in Delhi on Monday. “He had bought a (train) ticket for Panvel and from there he had plans to go to Mumbai and then to Goa. He had good contacts in Goa since he had stayed there for 18 years from 1989 to 2007,” Deep said while giving details of the arrest effected nearly 200 km from the scene of the crime.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: ‘Harminder Mintoo was in touch with terror groups in Pak,’ says Punjab DGPFinally, Harminder planned to flee to Germany or Malaysia, where he had good contacts since he had stayed there, police sources said. He was produced before a court in Delhi which sent him to seven days’ police custody.During interrogation, Harminder said the jailbreak was under planning for the last six months and its masterminds and executors were Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Harjinder Singh who are members of a criminal gang, said DCP (Special Cell) PS Kushwah.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Haryana police on maximum alert, one more abandoned car foundGiving details of the operation, Kushwah said after receiving information about the escape of six men from Nabha Jail of Punjab, Delhi Police was put on high alert and the Special Cell was also tasked by senior officers to develop information and apprehend them. There was quick sharing of information by Punjab, Haryana and UP Police with their counterparts in Delhi. Meanwhile, information was received that one of the criminals identified as Palwinder Singh alias Penda was arrested by UP police in Shamli district.On interrogation, Palwinder disclosed that Harminder and Kashmeer Singh were dropped by him in Kaithal, Haryana. He said that they might come to Delhi, the DCP said. Pictures of Harminder and Kashmeer were circulated through whatsapp to all the districts and an alert was also issued to all the SHOs about his presence in Delhi, he said. Police personnel were asked to be on lookout for any suspicious movement, the DCP said. “Personnel were deployed on probable hideout areas and checking of guest houses was undertaken. Searches were conducted at bus terminals, railway stations, etc,” he said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: KLF Harminder Singh Minto sent chief to 7 days’ police custodyA police team was deployed at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station where they noticed a Sikh man having patka on his head and a trimmed beard that looked as if it had been trimmed haphazardly and improperly, said Kushwah, adding that he was looking extra conscious which raised suspicion. “The person bought ticket and came outside of the building and as he was moving out, he was apprehended by the police personnel who grappled with him and managed to snatch the pistol from him,” he said.A case under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) IPC along with relevant sections of the Arms Act and 20 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been registered at Police Station Special Cell, said the DCP. “On the day of incident, all the men who ultimately escaped from jail were out in the open in the jail premises as a ‘bhandara’ was being organized at the Gurudwara in jail premises. In accordance with their plan, they reached near the exit gate of the jail at the time when the intruders in police uniform stormed the jail,” the officer added.”After escaping from the jail, Harminder, Kashmeer Singh, Gurpreet Singh Shekhon and Amandeep Singh, boarded a Toyota Fortuner. Shekhon was driving the vehicle. Around 24 kms before Kurushetra, Harminder Singh and Kashmeer Singh got down from the vehicle, Kushwah said. They were given Rs 19,000 by Mani (Shekhon’s brother).”Both of them had hidden themselves in the sugarcane fields. Kashmeer Singh went to the nearby village and brought a pair of scissors. They cut their hair and trimmed their beard to change their appearance and boarded a jeep to Kurushetra. From Kurushetra to Panipat, they went by bus and then changed another bus to ISBT, Delhi,” said Kushwah.Sources said that Kashmeer and Harminder had separated at Kashmere Gate bus terminal in Delhi to avoid suspicion and apprehension and had decided to move separately towards Nizamuddin Railway Station with the objective of ultimately going to Goa where Mintoo had lived for 18 years, the officer added. “Mintoo used to visit Pakistan frequently and there are reports that he had backing of Pakistan’s ISI, which is being investigated,” the DCP (Special Cell) said.”He was involved in 12 terror-related cases, including the attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2008 and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force Station near Ludhiana in 2010,” said Kushwah.Mintoo was earlier a member of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) which he left in year 2009 and revived Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). He used to operate from Thailand and Malaysia before he was arrested by police from IGI airport in 2014 after being deported from Thailand for possessing fake passport.In Thailand, Mintoo had set up a base and was using it to mobilise funds for the banned Sikh groups, Kushwah said. Before being arrested, he had also travelled to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, the officer said. Parminder, who was arrested yesterday in Shamli district, has claimed that 8 people were involved in the jailbreak and he was in contact with them through Whatsapp.He said during interrogation that he was staying in a hideout in Dehradun and five other fugitives were in Karnal and Panipat in search of a hideout, Uttar Pradesh Police said. Parminder, who was accused of killing Punjab police inspector Gurudev and was on the run, told police he was also involved in narcotic smuggling in states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, SP of Shamli District Ajay Sharma said.Last evening, when he was travelling to Dehradun his vehicle was intercepted by police at a check post in Kairana in Shamli district in western Uttar Pradesh, police said. Meanwhile, amidst opposition attack on the Akali Dal-led government of Punjab over the jailbreak incident, its Deputy Chief Minister Sukbhir Singh Badal insisted that law and order situation in the state was fine. “No such incident took place in past 7-8 years. It an unfortunate incident. We have suspended jail superintendent and jail officers, we have dismissed them from their job,” he said.He said investigation into the matter is on and “the main conspirator has been nabbed in UP while the main terrorist who escaped (the jail) has also been nabbed in Delhi. Police is looking for others.”

Parliament attack: Terrorists’ grave diggers acquitted due to lack of evidence

New Delhi: Two persons, accused of trying to dig out from the grave bodies of terrorists of the 2001 Parliament attack for “exposing them to vultures”, have been acquitted by a Delhi court which said prosecution has failed to prove its case against them.

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Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra gave benefit of doubt to Raghu and Vijay Sharma saying it was clear that prosecution witnesses have given contradictory statements in the court. “… It is clear that the prosecution witnesses have given contradictory statement in the court. The independent witness of the prosecution… is hostile on the point of identity of the accused. The testimony of police officials is inconsistent and contradictory.

“The prosecution has failed to prove its case against both the accused, accordingly benefit of doubt is given to both the accused,” the court said, adding the authenticity of some documents allegedly recovered from the two accused remained unestablished and questionable. The court freed Raghu and Vijay of the charge under sections 297 (trespassing on burial places) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

A case was registered by Delhi Police at IP Estate Police Station against 10 people but charges were framed against Raghu and Vijay only. Police received information that some unknown persons, associated with a political party, were planning to exhume the bodies of December 13, 2001 Parliament attack terrorists from the graveyard at ITO here.

Prosecution said when police reached the spot on 13 January, 2002, they caught Raghu and Vijay along with spade and stick as they were trying to dig out the corpses of the terrorists for exposing them to vultures. Both the accused had denied the allegations against them.

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 11:08 IST

Najeeb Ahmad missing case: Show cause notices to 20 JNU students including Kanhaiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU administration has issued show cause notices to 20 students including sedition accused Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, seeking explanation for the alleged “illegal confinement” of Vice Chancellor and other officials in the varsity building.A group of agitating students had confined the VC and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last month alleging inaction on the administration’s part in locating missing student Najeeb Ahmad. Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, the night before. “Twenty students including Kanhaiya and Umar have been sent notices over the illegal confinement and have been asked to depose before the Proctorial committee which is probing the issue after a complaint was received from the university’s Chief Security Officer,” a senior varsity official said. JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student. On the directive of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, a SIT was formed last month to trace the missing student The SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter.The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch. The university panel probing the incident of October 14 following which Najeeb went missing had found ABVP members guilty of assaulting him. However, no disciplinary action has been taken yet.

Government and cops get notice after Najeeb Ahmed’s mother moves HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a month after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed went missing under mysterious circumstances, his mother Fatima Nafees on Friday filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the High Court, expressing dissatisfaction over the police investigation in the case.The matter was listed before the Division Bench comprising Justices G S Sistani and Sunita Gupta, which issued notices to the Delhi government and the police, asking them to come up with explanations. The Bench also directed the Delhi Police to come up with their investigation report within three days.Najeeb Ahmed, a resident of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh and a first-year MSc student at JNU, has been missing since October 15 following an altercation with some ABVP members on the night before at the Mahi Mandavi hostel.In her petition, Nafees expressed dissatisfaction with the way the Delhi Police have been conducting the investigation and accused the varsity administration of “shielding the persons responsible for her son’s disappearance”.The case was recently transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from the special Investigation Team formed by the Commissioner of Police, Alok Kumar Verma.Last week, the Crime Branch traced the initial movement of Najeeb, stating that he had taken an auto-rickshaw from outside JNU for the Jamia Millia University after calling his mother.The revelation came after the sleuths managed to trace the auto driver who ferried Najeeb. The driver even took the police to the spot where he dropped the student. Before shifting to Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU campus, Ahmad was living with his relatives in Jamia.Earlier, the Delhi Police had raised the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate Najeeb.The issue had almost paralysed the functioning of the varsity with agitating JNU Students Union keeping Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other university officials under siege for over 20 hours.Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had also pulled up the force and asked the CP Verma to make all efforts to trace the missing student.

JNU missing student case: Delhi HC directs police to file status report within three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, whose whereabouts are not known since October 15, reached the Delhi High Court on Friday where his mother sought directions to the police and the government to produce him before the court.27-year-old Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the night before.The petition came up before a bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel which issued notice to the Delhi government and the police asking them to explain their stand on the plea by the student’s mother, Fatima Nafees. The bench also directed Delhi Police to file a status report within three days.
ALSO READ Find Najeeb in a day or I’m going to UP cops: Mother to Delhi PoliceNajeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from Crime Branch of Delhi Police.Earlier, an SIT of Delhi Police was set up to trace the missing student on instructions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they failed to find him. Thereafter, the case was transferred to the police’s Crime Branch for a “fresh look” into it.The police has increased the reward for information about the student from the initial amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, but no productive leads have yet been found. In her plea, 45-year-old Fatima has alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi Police comes under the control of the Central Government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.She has sought criminal prosecution against those persons who were involved in the alleged assault of her son on the basis of the records of the investigation carried out so far.

Demonetization: Duo carrying Rs 27 lakh in new notes apprehended in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police apprehended two men from outside Hazrat Nizammuddin railway station on Thursday who were allegedly carrying Rs 27 lakh in new currency notes which they received after exchanging old demonetised notes from some agents in Mumbai.The duo told Crime Branch sleuths about a Delhi-based man who has allegedly exchanged currency worth Rs 1.5 crores till now. On a tip-off from intelligence agencies, the Crime Branch team apprehended Ajit Pal Singh and Rajender Singh this evening, said a senior police officer.Singh and Rajender had returned from Mumbai after getting demonetised notes exchanged for new currency. During joint interrogation conducted by police, IT department officials and intelligence officials, they revealed that they were carrying money that belongs to one Sanjay Malik, who has a pharmaceutical company in Baddi. “We are on the lookout for Malik. It has emerged during investigation that he has got his money changed from Mumbai and he is taking commission from acquaintances for getting their old notes exchanged. He and his accomplices have so far brought Rs 1.5 crore of new currency from Mumbai,” said the officer.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Defunct notes of Rs 1.40 cr seized from builder in AhmedabadThe IT department has been informed and police might seek the help of their counterparts in Mumbai for further investigation, said another officer. “It looks as if some bank officials from Mumbai are involved in the racket. There is a well-oiled machinery of agents and sub-agents dealing in new currency and gold,” he said.Ajit Pal is involved with a firm that is engaged in the business of retail of medicine and is Malik’s friend. Rajender works under Malik. “They were travelling with new currency from Mumbai to Delhi by Sampark Kranti Express and had come out of the Nizammuddin railway station. They were in a car when their vehicle was intercepted outside the railway station by Delhi Police officials,” he said.

DNA Exclusive: India sceptic at Pak terror alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rising tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB), the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed the Delhi Police and other Central intelligence agencies that “Hindu radicals” could attack the Delhi-Lahore bus service, the Samjhauta rail service that operates between India and Pakistan, and the luxury bus service from Delhi to Nepal.This information, the MEA said, had been provided to them by the Pakistan High Commission.Following directives from the MEA, the Delhi Police have increased security at Old Delhi Railway Station and the Ambedkar Stadium Bus terminal and intensified checking.The communication, which was shared by the Pakistan High Commission to the MEA, and accessed by DNA, stated: “A message has been conveyed from the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi that Hindu radical organisations can attack rail and bus services operating between Pakistan and India in the aftermath of Pathankot attack.”The alert has triggered serious concern among India’s security agencies. Decoding the alert by Pakistan High Commission, a review done by India’s intelligence agencies claim that the alert could be a “smokescreen” for Pakistan’s ISI to aid in terror activities across India. Intelligence officials also believe that the ISI is planning terror strikes in India by activating sleeper cells of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Indian Mujahideen.”The ISI could carry out terror strikes in India’s heartland and blame it on saffron terror. It is amply clear from the Pakistan High Commission’s input that the ISI has already activated its sleeper cells and the so-called alert it has shared with the Ministry of External Affairs is nothing but preparing the ground for outright denial after the attack.”Intelligence agency officials also believe that the Pakistani communication may be playing on the fact that Hindu radicals have been accused of being behind previous blasts on Indo-Pak rail service.On February 18, 2007, twin blasts on the Samjhauta Express connecting Delhi and Lahore – near Diwana station at Panipat killed 68 people. During investigation, eight Hindu radicals were charge-sheeted in connection with the Samjhauta blasts. The accused include Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, late Sunil Joshi alias Sunilji, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange (both absconding), Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Amit and Rajender Choudhary.Meanwhile, the Pakistani communication also advises Indian agencies to keep sharp vigil. “Keeping a view on the sensitivity and international matter, sharp vigil, tactful handling and adequate police arrangements by local police, PCR and Traffic are suggested. Besides, a close watch may be kept over activities of such radical groups and organisations,” the communication to the MEA further stated.

Ex-Teri chief RK Pachauri allowed to travel abroad again

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday once again granted permission to former Teri chief RK Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to travel abroad.

Pachauri, currently on bail, was allowed to travel to Dominican Republic from 22 November to 5 December by Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan, after he moved an application.

The court allowed the application, filed through Pachauri’s counsel Ashish Dixit, noting that the probe was complete and charge sheet has already been filed in the case.

A file image of ex-Teri chief RK Pachauri. IBNLive

A file image of ex-Teri chief RK Pachauri. IBNLive

“The investigation is complete and charge sheet has already been filed. The accused has been granted permission to travel abroad on several earlier occasions and has complied with the directions given by the court.

“In these circumstances, the accused is permitted to travel as per his itinerary… subject to furnishing a local surety of Rs 2 lakh to the satisfaction of this court,” the court said and directed him to give an undertaking that he shall appear in court in person or through counsel and not dispute his identity at a later stage.

It also asked him to file a copy of his travel tickets and intimate the court after his return or any changes in his travel itinerary.

The court had on 11 July granted regular bail to Pachauri and allowed him to travel abroad after he appeared in pursuance to summons.

Pachauri has been allowed by the court to travel over a dozen times to various countries including USA, UK, China, Japan, France, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Kuwait, Mexico, Somalia and Saudi Arabia, during pendency of probe and proceedings.

The former Teri chief was summoned as accused by the court after it took cognisance of the charge sheet filed against him for allegedly sexually harassing an ex-colleague.

The court, while taking cognisance of the charge sheet, had said there was sufficient material to proceed against him under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault against woman with intent to disrobe), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of woman) and 341 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.

The charge sheet, filed by Delhi Police on 1 March last year, had arrayed 23 prosecution witnesses, many of whom are present and former employees of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri). Pachauri was granted an anticipatory bail in the case on 21 March last year and an FIR lodged against him on 13 February last year.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 16:24 IST

Missing JNU row: Jamia CCTV footage of the day of Najeeb’s disappearance erased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CCTV footage sought by Delhi Police from the Jamia authorities in connection with the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed has been erased as the authorities store a day’s clips for one month, prompting the probe team to seek help from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to retrieve the images.The Jamia Millia Islamia administration, after initial reluctance, has shared CCTV footage with the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch which is probing the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, but has informed it that the footage of the period before October 18 was not available.The probe team has traced an auto-rickshaw driver who told them that he had dropped Najeeb at Jamia Millia Islamia on October 15.”We contacted the Jamia authorities and they told us that the footage of the period till October 18 has been erased since the clips are stored only for a period of one month.We are trying to retrieve the footage of October 15 in order to trace Najeeb’s movement inside the Jamia campus. We have sent the cameras to FSL so that we can get some clues in Najeeb’s case,” a police source said.Meanwhile, a guard at JNU’s Mahi Mandavi Hostel where Najeeb was staying had received a letter a few days ago which stated that the student was being held captive in Aligarh.However, on verification, the letter was found to be bogus. “We checked it. The information was bogus. The letter said he’s in captivity but it was found to be fake. There was no ransom demand,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said, adding that a team was sent to the address in Aligarh and it was found that the sender had used fake identity. The reward amount for providing information on Najeeb’s whereabouts has been increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh owing to the “sensitivity” of the matter.Najeeb went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before. The case was last week transferred from South District Police to Crime Branch in order to have a “fresh look” at the case.

JNU missing student’s case: Probe into Najeeb’s disappearance case hits roadblock

New Delhi: Delhi Police’s investigation into the mysterious disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed has hit a roadblock as the administration of Jamia Millia Islamia, where he was reportedly last seen, is allegedly not cooperating in the probe.

On Wednesday, the Crime Branch team had revealed that it has traced an auto driver who said he had dropped Najeeb at Jamia Millia Islamia.

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Representational image. AFP

However, sources privy to the probe said the Jamia administration hasn’t shared the CCTV footage. “They aren’t cooperating with us. They haven’t yet shared the CCTV footage with us,” a source said.

Jamia authorities claimed that they have been cooperative in the probe. “They have approached us and we are cooperating with police in every possible way,” Jamia spokesperson said. Police had also said that Najeeb had hailed the auto himself and he wasn’t accompanied by anyone when he left the JNU campus thereby ruling out the theory that he was kidnapped.

On Wednesday, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma also approved the increase in the reward amount from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh owing to the “sensitivity” of the matter. Najeeb had gone missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before.

Meanwhile, JNU Students Union President Mohit Pandey took to Twitter requesting an appointment with Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to seek a status report on Najeeb’s case. “Since our VC is only active on Twitter, we are tweeting to seek an appointment with him,” he said.

JNUSU General Secretary Satarupa Chakraborty tweeted, “Dear VC @mamidala90, we are waiting for your reply as JNUSU seeks urgent appointment.”

JNU students and teachers have been leading a movement alleging inaction on administration and Delhi Police’s part in tracing the missing student.

First Published On : Nov 18, 2016 12:04 IST

JNU missing student case: Delhi Police trace auto driver who ferried Najeeb on 15 Oct; reward on info raised

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have traced the auto driver who ferried Najeeb Ahmed from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) the day he went missing, even as it raised the reward from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate the missing student.

The Delhi Police’s crime branch team investigating the case said that the auto driver told them he had dropped Najeeb to Jamia Millia Islamia. “We have been able to trace the movement of Najeeb on October 15, the day he went missing. He took an auto from JNU and reached Jamia Millia Islamia campus. He had taken the auto himslef and wasn’t accompanied by anyone,” said a senior police officer.

The police is now trying to find out whether Najeeb had any friend in Jamia whom he had gone to meet, sources said. The crime branch also spoke with Najeeb’s family today and apprised them of the status of investigation.

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Earlier in the day, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma approved the increase in the reward amount from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Initially, the reward amount was Rs 50,000 but later on, it was increased to Rs 1 lakh and subsequently to Rs 2 lakh last month. Verma today raised the amount to Rs 5 lakh, said a senior police officer.

The team, which is investigating the matter, has started from scratch and is re-looking at all the clues and evidence, the officer said. Najeeb has gone missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before.

Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student following an instruction from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the Delhi Police Commissioner. The SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II(South) Manishi Chandra, could not to gain any actionable clue in the matter.

The SIT was focusing on psychiatric angle in the probe after it was learnt that Najeeb was suffering from OCD with depression. The team was also mulling to seek help of psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for investigation.

However, the Crime Branch is now investigating all probable angles rather than focusing on any one perspective, sources said. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they could not find him.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 21:06 IST

JNU missing student: Delhi police raises reward to Rs 5 lakh for information about Najeeb Ahmed

New Delhi: Delhi Police has raised the reward from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate JNU student Najeed Ahmed, who has been missing from the university for over a month now.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The force had initially announced that it will give Rs 50,000 to anyone providing information about Najeeb and had later increased the amount to Rs 1 lakh and then to Rs 2 lakh.

A senior police officer said the amount has been increased to Rs 5 lakh.

The case was last week transferred from South District to the Crime Branch to have a “fresh look” into it. The team probing it has started from scratch and is re-looking at all clues and evidence.

Najeeb went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student following an instruction from the Union Home Minister to the Delhi Police chief.

The SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II (South) Manishi Chandra, however, failed to gain any actionable clues in the matter.

The SIT was focusing on psychiatric angle in the probe after it was learnt that Najeeb was suffering from OCD with depression. The team was also mulling seeking help from psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for probe in the case.

The Crime Branch is probing all angles, sources said.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 17:15 IST

Girls from north-east to patrol national capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puja Dey’s elder sister was married when she was just entering her teens. Pooja hails from Tripura and the financial conditions of her family weren’t great, hence her sister was married. She did not want to get settled so soon and hence started studying at a higher level. A MA in Political Science from Tripura University, Dey wanted to do bigger than this in life. “My father passed away four years back due to a heart stroke and my mother started tailoring. I wanted my mother to feel that the sacrifice they had made was worth it and hence when the form to be inducted in the Delhi Police came out, I knew this was it,” said Dey.She is also a national level archery player. Recalling going home after her mid-term break, she said “My mother came to pick me up at the bus stand and kissed me in front of everyone. People who did not bother much about us are now coming forward since I am in the forces. I had always waved at planes but it was for the first time that I ever sat in an aircraft that too with my own money.”Fighting all odds, coming from disturbed areas, and making a life changing decision, these girls from the North-East (NE) will be patrolling the national capital. They are part of the country, equal contributors to its growth and economy, aware of their duties and rights and proud of their nationality. A common and perennial grouse people from the NE part of India have is the discrimination they face in the national capital. The sense of alienation they are subjected runs deep, affecting basics of life like renting a place to stay. Constant racial slurs and being judged for their looks by their own countrymen makes them feel more unwanted, invariably forcing them to form close clusters of their ‘own’ people.The past few years in Delhi have also seen surge in crime against North Eastern people, smacking of an evidently prejudiced mindset. Addressing these biases and in an effort to break the mental blocks that North Indians have for the NE and make the latter feel part of the society, the Delhi Police has inducted 134 young girls from various states in the NE who by the beginning of next year shall be visible on Delhi roads patrolling the city and taking charge of the situation.The gang of 134 girls from various parts of the North-East looks no less than a family here training together at the Police Training School at Dwarka. They are all set to pass out in February and are excited to keep a strict vigil in the city. The girls admit that initially not just them but their family members were also hesitant in sending them to Delhi because they had heard so many news of discrimination and also the rise in crime against women in the Capital. Marami Boro from Assam speaks fluent Hindi like any other North Indian and says “This is India’s best police service. The sense of security that a uniform gives you and also to the other people around you is the reason I decided to take it up. The field work makes you mentally and physically strong and that’s what excites me all the time,”The girls do believe that discrimination does exist but they want to look at the bigger picture wherein they just don’t want to serve the women of the NE but any other women of the country. “When you are in the police and have the authority then there are many ways you can help someone. We have joined the force because we want people to know that we are no less than anyone. Infact we would love to be a part of more challenging teams like the SWAT and commandos,” said the girls with a scream. This is one of the steps to make Delhi police cosmopolitan and gender balanced. The women cops are doing great in the training and are especially wonderful in the outdoor training. In addition to basic training they are also learning Hindi,” said Suman Nalwa, Principal, Police Training School, Dwarka.

Demonetization: Cash-strapped people resort to violence, Delhi police gets 4.5K calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police received nearly 4,500 calls till 6 PM on Saturday as cash-strapped people standing in long queues outside banks and ATMs resorted to violence in some parts of the city. “We received over 4,000 calls today. There were sporadic incidents of violence reported from the city but there were no reports of any grievous injury,” said Sanjay Beniwal, Special Commissioner of Police (Operations).Police said a case of stone pelting at IDBI bank in Roop Nagar was reported and one person was arrested. At noon, Imran (44), who had already withdrawn money from the bank once, tried to go inside again and was stopped by a security guard, they said.He got into a scuffle with the guard and called six-seven other men who resorted to stone pelting, police said. Imran is a resident of Malkaganj and was arrested from the spot, police said, adding they are scanning the CCTV footage from the bank to identify the other accused. “No one was reported to be injured in stone pelting. The bank operations resumed after few hours,” said a senior police official.
ALSO READ War on black money | Irrate customers break bank’s glass door in KollamHe said a case under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) IPC has been registered against the accused.There were dime a dozen rumours floating about incidents of violence even as Twitter added more fuel to fire, police sources said. A purported video from Metro Mall in Seelampur area of northeast Delhi went viral where people were “plundering goods” and police had to intervene.
ALSO READ War on black money: Post offices collect, exchange notes worth Rs 435 croreAjit Singla, DCP (Northeast) said, “The reports of miscreants taking away stocks from a mall in Seelampur area are false and baseless. It is a self-catering Mall which allows entry to card holders only and routine disbursal of stocks was being done.” He said some mischievous elements tried to show it as looting but local police intervened immediately and removed the miscreants. “No complaint of looting received. Regular operations are being carried out in all market places in Delhi. Strict action as per law is being taken any such rumour mongering,” he said.

Missing JNU student: Students blame Delhi Police for delay in efforts to find Najeeb Ahmed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus criticized the Delhi Police on Saturday for delayed efforts to in find Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing from last 28 days after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising mostly of ABVP members. JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said, “Police has not taken any action for finding Najeeb. They have not followed the procedures and responsibilities. Those who had beaten him were not interrogated. Constantly the members of ABVP are saved. We will go to police time and again. We will not let Najeeb forget our responsibility. Police is delaying the investigation. Why is the basic investigation not happening? We want only Najeeb to be searched. We doubt that whether the Delhi police is really doing the investigation or not?” Former President Akbar said. “The police have delayed the investigation in the beginning and are creating rumors. It is complete failure of the police and the state. They are not investigating footage of metros and Bus stoppages,” Another student Shashi told ANI.According to reports, police sources said that Missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed was on anti-depressants and taking medicines for insomnia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Ahmed, a 27-year-old first-year MSc student, went missing from campus on October 15 after getting into an altercation with members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. There has been no information about Ahmed’s whereabouts so far.

JNU missing student: Students’ organisation to hold country-wide protests from Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNUSU and several students’ organisations will hold country-wide protests on Saturday over alleged inaction against those who assaulted Najeeb Ahmad and police’s failure to trace him. The students’ groups will stage protests and burn effigies of the vice chancellor of JNU and the Home Minister on Saturday across campuses in the country. It will to be followed by campaign “Chalo JNU” on Sunday and Monday and a protest meeting on November 15.Najeeb has been missing for 26 days.JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey said, “The disappearance of a student from a central university in the national capital after he was assaulted and intimidated by right-wing lumpens is no doubt an ominous reflection of the dark times we are living in.””For the past four weeks, students, teachers, staff members of JNU, and citizens of Delhi have been taking to the streets demanding institutional accountability to bring back Najeeb. What is shocking and shameful is the partisan role of the university administration in the whole affair.”On the other hand, Delhi Police did not allow Najeeb’s mother to mention the incident of assault on Najeeb in her FIR, which now stands as a simple FIR of kidnapping against unknown persons,” he added.Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before. JNU students and teachers have been leading a movement alleging inaction on administration and Delhi Police’s part in tracing the missing student.

Missing JNU student: Delhi police team reaches Darbhanga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi police team is in Darbhanga in Bihar in search of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with some members of ABVP the night before, police said on Tuesday.”Whenever and from wherever any information is coming about Najeeb, teams are being sent there. A team has also been sent to Darbhanga,” a senior police officer said.Meanwhile, a Delhi Police team will also be going to Badaun to speak to a doctor, who was treating Najeeb for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), even as his family members claimed that he was suffering from insomnia only and no other mental disorder.”Najeeb was undergoing treatment for depression since 2012 in his hometown Badaun. A team will be visiting Badaun to question the doctor to know about Najeeb’s personality, his behaviour and his thought process,” said a senior police officer.Sources said Najeeb’s family has not shared details that the JNU student was undergoing in Badaun. However, on the basis the prescriptions found in Najeeb’s hostel room, police questioned the doctor whom he had consulted in Delhi.”According to prescriptions, Najeeb had been prescribed an anti-depressant and sleep inducer medicines in August by a doctor at VIMHANS,” he said.On September 9, Najeeb had visited the hospital again with his mother and he was prescribed the anti-depressant drug and another drug to treat fits, police said, adding that he didn’t visit the hospital after that day. A psychiatrist from VIMHANS, who had been consulted by Najeeb and his mother twice in August and September was questioned by the SIT on October 23 to know about Najeeb’s mental condition.”In her statement, she said that she was told by Najeeb’s family that he was undergoing treatment for depression in Badaun since 2012. She concluded in her diagnosis after speaking to Najeeb that he is suffering from OCD and depression,” said a senior police officer. She stated that people who are suffering from OCD tend to have negative thoughts in their mind, get upset with small things, answer only in ‘yes’ or ‘no’.The doctor also told police that people suffering from OCD are not sure about themselves, tend to forget things and the medication prescribed to them has to be taken daily. If patients don’t take medicines regularly, their condition might worsen and may develop suicidal tendencies, she wrote in her statement given to the police.Police is also mulling over the possibility of seeking the opinion of a mental health expert to decode Najeeb’s personality.”We are thinking about making the investigating officer, Najeeb’s mother and a psychiatrist sit together and do a construction of Najeeb’s personality. It is possible we might seek the assistance of the VIMHANS doctor since she has met him or we might consult some other expert,” said the officer. The police is also considering issuing an appeal from Najeeb’s mother to urge him to come back.”It is being considered to ask Najeeb’s mother to issue a message to her son asking him to come back. The video message will be aired across news channels. But it is still a suggestion and no final call has been taken,” added the officer.More than 25 people have been questioned in the case, including the doctor who was treating Najeeb, his roommate Qasim, ABVP members, JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and former members of students union, but police hasn’t got any actionable clues that could lead them to Najeeb, who has been missing for over three weeks now.A team is also working to gain clues to Najeeb’s personality through his social media profiles. He was active on social media and he had two Facebook profiles and his posts and messages are being analysed, said the officer.Meanwhile, Najeeb’s family denied that he was suffering from OCD and claimed that he was only suffering from insomnia.”All these claims about him being mentally unstable are false. We have told police right from the start that Najeeb was suffering from insomnia. He was a studious person and many persons who study for long hours suffer from insomnia. He was only taking medicines for that,” Najeeb’s brother Mujeeb said.Police is making these claims just to hide their inefficiency in tracing my brother, he said, adding he was not mentally unstable.Earlier, Najeeb’s family met Delhi police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and today they had a meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh.”It’s been 25 days since our brother went missing. Whether the police is conducting investigation promptly or slowly, the result has been zero,” Mujeeb said.Najeeb’s brother also said that they also urged the Home Minister to initiate a CBI inquiry in the matter.”He patiently heard us. We also discussed with him possibility of initiating a CBI inquiry. The SIT hasn’t been able to find Najeeb for the last so many days. It’s high time now that a CBI inquiry should be ordered,” Mujeeb said.Najeeb (27) went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with some members of ABVP the night before.

JNU missing student – 8 special teams formed to investigate case: Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that there are some vested interests by those who are creating misplaced apprehensions among the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, Joint Commissioner of Police, Southwest, Deependra Pathak on Tuesday said eight separate teams have been formed to investigate the missing Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Pathak said the police are constantly communicating with Ahmed’s family and have been informing them about the investigation’s progress. “These protesting students are aloof from the truth. Eight separate teams are investigating the case. We have been communicating with the victim’s family on a daily basis and informing them of our progress,” Pathak said.The Joint Commissioner further said that special emphasis is being put on the reconstruction of the incident and of the personality to asses different dimensions of the case. “Under reconstruction of personality, we examine individuals’ health condition and psychosomatic condition. The fundamental aim of the police is to find different dimensions arising out of this,” he added.On Sunday, the Delhi Police detained JNU students who were staging protest against the authorities at the India Gate here for not taking firm steps to locate their Ahmed. Najeeb’s sister Sadaf Mosharraf, who was also among those detained by the police, vented her ire at the men in uniform. “We were protesting very peacefully but the Delhi Police detained us without any reason,” she said.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the incident saying the Centre is adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures. Kejriwal also met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to seek his intervention into the matter. Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising of the ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.

Najeeb Ahmed row: Police says JNU student may have been emotionally disturbed, family claims he was fit

Family of the missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, met the Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh on Tuesday who assured Najeeb’s mother of proper and timely action in the case. Najeeb’s family is also se to meet the Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb jung later in the day.

The Delhi Police is in the process of reconstructing the psychological profile of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the campus over three weeks ago, as reports surfaced that the student may have been suffering from depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

According to a report in India Today, the police believes that Najeeb was on anti-depressants some other drugs used to treat OCD as they recovered a prescription from his hostel room. According to the report, Najeeb was prescribed with Flunil 20mg (used to treat OCD) and Zolfresh 5mg (sleep inducers) on 27 August this year. Later in September, he was also prescribed the drug Lonazep which is used to treat fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of public places). The police also found some anti-depressants in his room, which led them to shift gear from their traditional methods of tracing him and considered to do his psychological profiling to crack the case.

“We are doing a meticulous reconstruction of Najeeb’s personality and the incident. Our team is analysing his WhatsApp messages, SMSes, his call records and the people he used to interact with to gain an insight on whether he was an introvert or extrovert,” said a senior police officer.

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

Eight special teams have been fanned out to various places where he has stayed and studied before JNU in order to talk to his teachers and friends to know whether he has been in touch with any of them or contacted them, he said. The cops also sought information from the doctor he was in consultation with, along with questioning other JNU students who knew Najeeb personally. The police is also in touch with the local chemists, who have been asked to report to the police should a young person matching Najeeb’s description approaches them for medicines, according to Times Now. 

A special team is also doing technical surveillance of Najeeb’s mobile phone and laptop to know about his interests and what he used to read on the internet, police said. We are also appealing to JNU students to assist us in our efforts in tracing Najeeb and sharing information about him, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest).

Police will also be questioning members of JNUSU including its President Mohit Pandey in connection with this case.

After the psychiatrist’s prescription were recovered, police is also mulling the possibility that Najeeb could have left the hostel premises voluntarily. According to Hindustan Timesthe police said that Najeeb was visiting a doctor thrice in two weeks and could have been emotionally disturbed.

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also told Times Now that the missing student was reportedly “emotionally upset” and was on medication. He also defended the action of Delhi Police in the case while maintaining that the Sunday’s scuffle between protesting JNU students and Najeeb’s family was “most unfortunate.”

Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, however said that Najeeb was fit and alleged that the police was “making this up because they were unable to find Najeeb,” states the Hindusta Times report. Najeeb’s sister also refuted the Delhi Police’s claims and said that they would appreciate if the Police will take the right track to look for him rather than maligning his image. She also said that Najeeb was a model student

Najeeb, a 27-year-old student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and his family members also met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and other senior officers, including special commissioners of police (Law & Order) North and South, joint commissioner of police (Southeast), on Monday, who assured her of all the action in the matter.

After coming out of the meeting, Fatima said, “I have been told that all possible steps are being taken to trace Najeeb. I just want him back.” The police also asked the family members to share with them minutest of details about Najeeb’s personality so that he can be traced.

She refused to comment on reports that she was allegedly dragged by Delhi Police officers on Sunday and detained. “I am ready to tolerate more pain than what I went through yesterday just to get my son back,” she said.

Najeeb’s family members also alleged that the officers didn’t talk about Sunday’s incident where they were detained en route to India Gate and taken to different police stations.

With inputs from PTI

Arms haul in JNU campus: Pistol, cartridges found in abandoned bag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid existing high tensions within the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, an abandoned bag was found on the university grounds with two local pistols and seven cartridges in it. The bag was discovered last night when security guards were patrolling the area near the north gate of JNU campus.The police were informed immediately and a case was registered under the Arms Act. An investigation has been launched into the matter.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has launched a manhunt to trace student Najeeb Ahmed, whose disappearance has become a major political issue. Upon the intervention of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, President Pranab Mukherjee has sought a report from the Delhi Police and the MHA over the missing student.Najeeb went missing on the intervening night of October 14 and 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections.

JNU missing student row: Pranab Mukherjee promises action after meeting Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday promised action after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged him to direct the Modi government to step up efforts to trace a JNU student missing for over three weeks.

File photo of Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

File photo of Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

After meeting Mukherjee, Kejriwal said the President had promised to seek a report from the Home Ministry and the Jawaharlal Nehru University. “He (President) assured all support,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted.

The Chief Minister sought the President’s intervention regarding Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the Jawaharlal Nehru University on 15 October after a tiff with alleged members of the BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

In a letter to the President, Kejriwal expressed shock that police did not question the students who allegedly attacked Najeeb until 4 November.

“I request you to urgently intervene in the turn of events in JNU, in your capacity as the Visitor of this premier university,” he said.

“I also request you to immediately direct the central government to expedite the investigation process to find Najeeb. We are at a juncture where every single moment counts.”

The AAP leader said the fact that Delhi Police had not been able to trace Najeeb raised serious concerns about the law and order situation in the national capital.

Kejriwal added that it was a shame that students struggling to trace their missing friend faced police action and an insensitive JNU administration.

“Since ABVP students are involved, there is a general perception that Delhi Police is not acting effectively. Even more problematic has been the role played by the Vice Chancellor of the University.”

He accused the Vice Chancellor of not acting against the ABVP students who attacked Ahmed.

And as police cracked down a JNU student protest at the India Gate memorial in the heart of the capital, Kejriwal urged the government not to turn Delhi into a police state.

The Chief Minister added sarcastically that if half the number of policemen deployed on Sunday had been utilized to trace Najeeb, he would have been found by now.

Delhi: Pollution, pooja and protests take toll on traffic

New Delhi: Chhath festivities, smog-filled air and protest by Jawaharlal Nehru University students over the missing student led to traffic snarls in the city on Monday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Tight security was in place in Lutyens Delhi amid reports of protest by Jawaharlal Nehru University students over the missing of Najeeb Ahmed.

Security personnel were posted around the roads leading to India Gate and traffic restrictions and diversions were put in place in anticipation of the protest, police said.

C Hexagon was closed for traffic movement, they said.

As students were detained around 5 pm while marching towards India Gate, traffic snarls were observed in the area.

Amid accusations of manhandling of students and missing Najeeb’s mother, Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and joint commissioner of police (Southwest) said, “We took all the precautions. Najeeb’s mother was not manhandled by our cops. When police were making the protesters sit inside buses, she lied down on the road. Our female officers waited for a while and tried to explain to her, but then they picked her up to ensure that she was not trampled in the crowd.”

The protesting students were taken to Mandir Marg police station. Mandir Marg was closed for a couple of hours as many students stood outside the police station, said a traffic police officer.

27-year-old Najeeb Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Traffic was also affected in the city due to Chhath Puja celebrations and poor visibility over smog.

Heavy traffic was observed between Chandgi Ram Akhada and ISBT, Kalindi Kunj and Noida due to Chhath Puja, the traffic police officer added.

JNU missing student: Kejriwal takes matter to President, assured of report from MHA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday President Pranab Mukherjee has assured that he will seek a report from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the JNU administration on the missing student. The Chief Minister called on the President. Talking to reporters after the meeting, he said he apprised Mukherjee of the matter. He also alleged that the Delhi Police did not take any action in the matter due to “political pressure”.”People who were involved in the brawl with Najeeb were questioned by the police yesterday, 22 days after he went missing. That was also a formality. We have apprised the President of the matter. He has assured us that he will seek a report from the Delhi Police and JNU in this regard,” Kejriwal said.”Met Hon’ble Prez to seek his intervention on missing JNU student Najeeb. He assured of all support n that he will seek report from MHA n JNU,” he later tweeted.
ALSO READ JNU missing student protest: Delhi police detain Najeeb Ahmed’s mother and others On November 3, while speaking at a solidarity meeting on the JNU campus, Kejriwal had accused Delhi Police of not probing the matter properly. Kejriwal, who has had frequent run-ins with the Delhi Police, had said it will not dare to pursue any investigation in this regard as RSS’ students’ wing ABVP was involved in the brawl.

JNU missing student row: Students, police clash at Jantar Mantar; Najeeb Ahmad’s mother detained

A scuffle broke out between Delhi Police and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, who were protesting against the alleged administrative inaction in the case of a missing student from the university as the police manhandled and detained all protesters along with the missing student’s mother.

After the protests, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee who sought a report in the case, reported CNN-News 18.

Students of the JNU were protesting at Jantar Mantar as Najeeb Ahmad, 27-year-old, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

The Delhi Police was be seen forcing students into a bus and in the process manhandling even women protesters, according to visuals aired by Times Now.

As the police tried to detain the students and force them into a bus, the students resisted the police action, which led to the scuffle, Times Now reported. Najeeb’s mother, who was present at the protest along with 30-40 JNU students, was also detained and manhandled in the process. The students and Najeeb’s mother could be seen being dragged and shoved by the police officials, in an attempt to empty the streets.

According to the report, the JNU students were shouting that they had planned for a peaceful candle march from Jantar Mantar to India Gate. The protest was scheduled to start at around 3.30 pm, however, the Delhi Police reached the venue and detained the students even before the protest could start.

The Delhi Police on the other hand said that prohibitory orders were in place in the area and the security was beefed up in the wake of Chhath festival. Therefore, such a meeting or demonstration could have created a law and order situation in the region, according to the Times Now report. The police, meanwhile, is not disclosing where the detained protesters have been kept. Media reports speculate that protesters will be held at different police station within Central Delhi. However, according to CNN-News18, some of the protesters are held at the Mandir marg police station.  

Speaking to CNN-News18, Najeeb’s sister said that the police mistreated her and Najeeb’s mother and dragged them into the police vehicle. “They abused us, harassed us, is this the way to treat women,” she told the TV channel. She also said that the police action started even before the protesters could assemble.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Meanwhile, politics around the issue was already gathering steam, as Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the behaviour of state machinery was extremely oppressive and instead of holding the Delhi police responsible for not being able to locate the boy, the government is busy stifling the protest. Delhi Chief Minister on the other hand had on Friday requested the students to take the fight outside JNU alleging that full efforts to bring back Najeeb will only be made when Modi will realise that he is losing out on votes of youth. “The movement for demanding justice for Najeeb needs to come to mainstream. The vice-chancellor is also scared that if he will take any action he will also go missing,” Kejriwal said.

Following the call by Delhi Chief Minister to take their protest “mainstream”, the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) had called for the candle light march at India Gate on 6 November.

He also questioned why the Delhi Police did not question ABVP students, with whom the student allegedly had a fight before he disappeared.

The government has meanwhile, ordered an SIT probe into the issue while Lt Governor Najeeb Jung asked the cops to speed up their work. Jung also met the head of the SIT probe team and took stock of the situation. He also increased the reward money from Rs one lakh to Rs two lakh for giving information about the whereabouts of the missing student. The SIT team on Friday also questioned the nine ABVP activists, including Vikrant, who were allegedly involved in a brawl with Najeeb in the JNU hostel and over 20,000 posters of Najeeb have been pasted in Delhi and outside as part of efforts to trace the boy. Najeeb has now been missing for 23 days and there has been no word on his whereabouts.

With inputs from PTI

Delhi: AAP MLA Rituraj Govind arrested for assault during Chhat puja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police on Sunday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Kirari Rituraj Govind, who has been accused of assault during Chhath Puja celebrations along the Yamuna river bank in his constituency.Rituraj has been arrested on charges of apprehension of breach of peace during Chhath pooja.A day ago, Rituraj had claimed that he was detained for trying to conduct puja at a heritage site along the Yamuna river bank, even as the police said the legislator was only called for a “discussion”.According to him, he was trying to build a ghat at Nithari talaab near the expressway on the occasion of Chhat puja. Local villagers objected to by his move even as he said that the construction of the ghat was funded by the Delhi government.However, the police said CrPC section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) was imposed in the ghat area, which is a heritage property, since Sunday morning in view of the Chhat puja and the MLA had allegedly violated the order. The prohibitory order will remain in place till November 7, they said.The MLA alleged that there was minor stone-pelting by a group of villagers, which was led by a local BJP activist.

Orop suicide: Delhi Police team in Bhiwani to meet Ram Kishan Grewal’s family members

New Delhi: A Delhi Police team has been sent to ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal’s home town Bhiwani in Haryana today to meet his family members, a day after his suicide case was handed over to the Crime Branch.

A file image of Ram Kishan Grewal. PTIA file image of Ram Kishan Grewal. PTI

A file image of Ram Kishan Grewal. PTI

“A team has been sent to Bhiwani to talk to Grewal’s family members. However, the team is still waiting to talk to them since they have been surrounded by media and politicians. They have shared all the details with the media but we still need to talk to them,” said a senior police officer privy to the probe.

On Thursday, the case was transferred from New Delhi district to Crime Branch keeping in mind the sensitivity of
the matter and the fact that the district police is busy with law and order duties in the area.

The Crime Branch team led by DCP(Crime) Bhisham Singh is conducting inquest proceedings in the matter.

Grewal, along with three of his companions, had come to the city apparently to submit a memorandum to the defence
ministry over the issue of OROP.

The 70-year-old ex-serviceman had consumed poison in the lawns behind Jawahar Bhavan, which houses some offices of the Ministry of External Affairs, on 1 November. He was rushed to RML Hospital where he died later.

The officer said that they are still searching for the three men who were accompanying him when he took the extreme step.

Police have procured the suicide note and the audio recording of Grewal’s last conversation with his son from
media persons as the family members haven’t shared any details with the police yet, he said.

Grewal’s suicide had snowballed into a huge political showdown on Wednesday in the capital with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi being detained twice by Delhi Police amid high drama and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also being detained by the policemen.

Phone tapping allegation: Police writes to Kejriwal, Delhi CM puts onus on IB for proof

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said police should ask the Intelligence Bureau (IB) whether judges’ phones were tapped amid reports that Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has written a letter to him regarding the matter.A letter, purportedly written by Verma to Kejriwal seeking details about his allegations that judges’ phones were being tapped, is doing the rounds on Twitter. Kejriwal tweeted his response to the letter: “Ask IB. They will tell u.” However, police didn’t confirm the authenticity of the letter.”It might be a confidential letter and not many people might be aware about it,” said a police source, without confirming the authenticity of the letter that is doing the rounds on Twitter. The letter says that it’s a serious matter that the chief minister is talking about.”As you are aware, phone tapping is an extremely serious matter and is not allowed without due authorisation after following strict procedures mandated under law. Therefore, your alluding to the matter raises serious concerns,” the letter reads.The letter asked the CM to inform them about the source on which he has based his allegations. “Under the circumstances, please let us know of any incident or case of phone tapping that you have referred to in the course of your speech. We would also appreciate if you could inform us the source on which you base your allegations so that appropriate action can be initiated in the matter,” it said.Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the Delhi High Court on October 31 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India T S Thakur also participated, Kejriwal had claimed that during his meetings with judges he has “overheard them telling each other that they should not talk on phones because they could be tapped”.The Chief Minister claimed that when he told them the phones of judges cannot be tapped, “they retorted by saying that all phones could be tapped”.”I don’t know whether it is true or not but there is a widespread fear. If it is true that phones are tapped then judges can be influenced…,” he had said.

Rahul Gandhi to meet ex-servicemen over OROP issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi will meet several ex-servicemen today keeping up his campaign on the cause of ‘one rank, one pension’ which is back in limelight after the suicide by a former army man.Yesterday, the Congress Vice-President was detained by Delhi Police to prevent him from leading a protest march over the suicide by ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal allegedly due to his grievances in implementation of OROP. “Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will meet several ex-servicemen today afternoon over the OROP issue,” party sources said.Gandhi had yesterday met Grewal’s family in their native village in Bamla in Haryana where the former subedar was cremated. On Wednesday, he was detained here when he went to meet the family of Grewal.Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, yesterday, had said that Modi government may see politics when Rahul Gandhi and others raise issues involving soldiers over OROP issue, but the party would not remain a mute spectator on it. Government had in November last year issued a notification on OROP to meet the long pending demand but a section veterans had expressed their dissatisfaction with it.

OROP suicide | ‘Yeh Modi ji ka Hindustan hai’, says fuming Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was detained on Thursday for the third time in two days, with Delhi Police picking him up from Jantar Mantar to prevent him from leading a protest march over the suicide of an ex- serviceman, allegedly due to his grievances in implementation of OROP. Around 7 PM, Rahul was whisked away by police, first to 5 Firoz Shah Road and later to Tughlak Road Police Station where he was kept for over one hour.The police action triggered sharp reactions from the Congress leadership which accused the Narendra Modi government of making a “mockery of democracy” and likened the situation to an “undeclared Emergency”. Speaking to reporters after his release, Rahul claimed police refused to lodge his complaint over his detention.”If police refuses to accept the complaint of an MP, imagine the plight of the common man. How will they accept their complaints? Yeh Modi ji ka naya Hindustan hai (This is the new India of Modi,” Rahul said.
ALSO READ Ex-serviceman suicide: Kejriwal released after more than 4 hour detentionPolice sources claimed that Rahul wanted to lodge a complaint of “kidnapping” against it, however, he “later changed his mind.” Police also claimed that Rahul refused to get off the police vehicle at Firoz Shah Road, forcing them to take him to Tughlak Road Police Station. “Rahul Gandhi was detained at Tolstoy Marg when he continued his candle march towards India Gate in spite of repeated requests not to proceed. He along with other leaders was brought to police station, Tuglak Road, and were released,” police said in a statement.The police action enraged Congress leadership, prompting former Union minister Salman Khurshid, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and DPCC chief Ajay Maken to hit out at the Centre, under which the Delhi police functions. Earlier, confusion prevailed on whether Rahul was detained or not as police kept on claiming that the Congress leader was not detained but merely taken away from the protest site keeping his security in mind.
ALSO READ OROP suicide: Delhi Police mishandled protest, says BJP MP Satyapal SinghRahul, however, claimed in a tweet: “Was detained by Delhi police and taken away from Jantar Mantar.” “Police vehicle was stopped at 5, Feroze Shah Road, enroute to Tughlak Road PS,” he tweeted.At Firoz Shah Road, Rahul told reporters, “I have only one thing to say that the way the family was treated was wrong and it may affect the morale of the army. The police should at least apologise to the family. Prime Minister should apologise to the family, accept what he did was wrong and deliver OROP.”The Prime Minister should act on 7th pay commission. He lied that OROP has been implemented. That’s why the gentleman killed himself. His family was disrespected and humiliated,” he said.A police official said the action was taken keeping Rahul’s security in mind as the crowd at Jantar Mantar was swelling by the minute. On Wednesday, Rahul was detained twice when he went to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the “non-implementation” of One Rank One Pension (OROP). “It is a chaotic disruption for civil liberties. Delhi Police is behaving like a headless chicken, unclear about its duty, unclear about its authority. This whole episode is a mockery of democracy,” Surjewala said.

OROP suicide | Shiv Sena calls Rahul Gandhi’s detention by Delhi Police ‘shameful’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming out in support of Congress, the Shiv Sena said on Thursday detention of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi by the Delhi Police was “shameful”. “Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia should not have been stopped from visiting the aggrieved family of a retired soldier who allegedly committed suicide over the One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) issue,” Sena spokesperson Arvind Sawant told reporters in Mumbai.”What kind of an attitude is this? The action of Delhi Police was condemnable and shameful,” said Sawant, an MP from Mumbai South constituency. “It was not right to politicise the alleged suicide and the family was not treated well. The issue has been politicised after detention of Rahul Gandhi and Sisodia,” he added. “Rahul is Vice-President of a national party while Sisodia is Deputy Chief Minister of an elected government. Action should be taken against the erring Delhi Police officials,” demanded Sawant.The suicide by an army veteran over OROP on Wednesday snowballed into a huge political show with Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other opposition leaders attacking the Narendra Modi government on the issue while there was high drama after police detained and prevented them from entering a hospital.
ALSO READ Detention of Rahul Gandhi an ‘undeclared emergency’: CongressThe Congress Vice President was detained twice and was finally released late in the evening as restrictions were put on Kejriwal’s movements before he was briefly detained. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was kept in custody for close to 10 hours.The leaders were detained when they tried to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, 70, an ex-serviceman who ended his life on Tuesday by consuming poison on the lawns of a government building at Janpath in the heart of the national capital.

OROP suicide to Gajendra Singh’s death: Same political play, different detention policy

Let’s be clear about something. There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are playing politics over the suicide of veteran Ram Kishan Grewal.

A photo of Ram Shankar Grewal. PTI

A photo of Ram Kishan Grewal. PTI

Grewal committed suicide at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday over the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme after pointing out that his pension was still low in a letter written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

But is the punishment for politicising an issue getting detained by the police?

For the moment, let’s accept the stupid assumption that politicising an issue is a strong enough reason for the Delhi police — which comes under the control of the central government — to detain political leaders and claim that they were causing “disturbance” and “obstruction” at the hospital where Grewal’s body had been brought.

Now, let’s reiterate some solid facts.

Fact 1: Grewal’s body was brought to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Fact 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Rahul Gandhi made a beeline for the hospital and tried meeting some of Grewal’s family members, who were at the hospital.

Fact 3: Delhi police eventually detained Kejriwal, Gandhi and Sisodia, claiming that their presence at the hospital would cause disturbance.

Now, let’s go back a year. Let’s go back to 22 April, 2015, when farmer Gajendra Singh allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a tree at a rally organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). By the way, a Delhi police probe into the alleged suicide later hinted that the farmer’s suicide could have been an accident.

Let’s reiterate some solid facts again.

Fact 1: After the alleged suicide, Gajendra Singh’s body was brought to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, where he was declared dead.

Fact 2: Opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, Manish Sisodia, Ajay Maken, Somnath Bharti, Sitaram Yechury and even leaders from the ruling party like Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay visited the hospital.

Fact 3: None of these politicians who visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital that day were detained.

After Gajendra Singh’s alleged suicide, the BJP and Congress had played politics over the issue and lashed out at AAP and CM Kejriwal for continuing the rally despite knowing about Gajendra Singh’s tragedy.

Gajendra Singh, the farmer who died in April, 2015. PTI

Gajendra Singh, the farmer who died in April, 2015. PTI

After Grewal’s suicide, AAP and Congress played politics over the issue and lashed out at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly lying about the implementation of OROP.

Can detaining politicians based on reasons like “causing disturbance” be justified only when the ruling party at the Centre is facing criticism over an issue?

Going by the logic of the Delhi police, weren’t the politicians at the RML Hospital causing “disturbance” when they visited the hospital after Gajendra Singh’s suicide?

At this point, one cannot stress enough on how important the fact is that the Delhi police is under the control of the Centre. Somehow, when the Modi government is on the back foot and Opposition leaders are taking advantage of that fact, the Delhi police finds some reason or the other to detain them. But when the tables are turned and Opposition leaders are on the back foot and BJP is taking advantage of that fact, nothing of this sort happens.

It is very obvious what is going on here. To deny the fact that the detentions of the AAP and Congress leaders by the Delhi police was purely based on petty politics is laughable.

It is a horrible irony that BJP and leaders from the Modi government have accused the Opposition leaders of politicising Grewal’s suicide when they themselves seem to be playing a much darker and more sinister version of politics over the issue. Dissenting voices in a democracy are being stifled.

The biggest evidence of this kind of politics is that even Grewal’s family members were detained.

One of the most ridiculous aspects of this issue was when BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao told Times Now on Wednesday night that the government empathised with Grewal’s family members. So the government apparently empathises with the family members. But the Delhi police, under the government’s control, detains them, definitely not out of ’empathy’.

Grewal’s son has also alleged that he and his family members were abused and beaten up while in detention.

Moreover, Kejriwal and Sisodia are ministers from the Delhi government who were visiting a hospital after they heard of a tragedy which had taken place in Delhi, irrespective of whether they were playing politics or not.

After the SIMI jailbreak, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also visited the residence of the guard who had been killed and met his family members.

Politicians from state governments have been meeting people affected from a tragedy in their own state for a very long time. Detaining them on flimsy grounds makes no sense.

By the way, merely hours after Gajendra Singh’s suicide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted about how he was “deeply shattered”.

Till now, PM Modi has not posted a single tweet about Ram Kishan Grewal’s suicide. He might still make a statement about the suicide. In fact, he should, because he had recently said that he kept his promise on OROP when he spent his Diwali with soldiers in Himachal Pradesh. And this issue is all about OROP.

But the difference in the reaction time of the PM between the two incidents is something we should all think about.

Espionage case: After Mehmood Akhtar, Delhi Police detains PA of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP

Espionage case: After Mehmood Akhtar, Delhi Police detains PA of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP

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New Delhi: Personal assistant of a Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP has been detained by Delhi Police in connection with the espionage racket in which a Pakistan High Commission staffer was expelled from the country and three persons were arrested.

Farhat, the PA of SP’s Rajya Sabha MP Munabbar Saleem, was detained on Friday night, said a senior Crime Branch officer, adding his interrogation is underway.

Delhi Police is also trying to nab other members of the racket who, it believes, were in close contact with Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar who was caught receiving secret documents here on 26 October.

Two others, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, residents of Nagaur, Rajasthan, were held along with Akhtar. Another accused Sohaib was detained in Jodhpur and brought to Delhi by
the police where he was arrested.

Tit-for-tat: Pakistan declares Indian High Comm official persona non-grata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a tit-for-tat action, Pakistan on Thursday declared an Indian High Commission official as persona non-grata and asked him to leave the country within 48 hours. Foreign Office said in a statement that the decision was conveyed to Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale who was summoned to foreign ministry.”The Foreign Secretary (Aizaz Chaudhry) summoned the Indian High Commissioner today and conveyed the decision of the Government of Pakistan to declare Surjeet Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission, as persona non-grata,” the statement said.The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms, it said. The Indian High Commission has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by October 29.Earlier on Thursday, India declared a Pakistan High Commission staffer in New Delhi as persona non-grata for espionage activities after he was caught by Delhi Police with sensitive defence documents including deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border. Indian government gave him a 48-hour deadline to leave the country with his family.

MEA summons Absul Basit after arrest of Pak High Commission staffer for espionage

Mehmood Akhtar, the Pakistani High Commission staffer, who was arrested on Tuesday morning by Delhi Police on espionage charges, has been let off as he enjoys diplomatic immunity on Indian soil, CNN-News18 reported. He will be sent back in 24 hours.

Akhtar, along with four others, was arrested on Tuesday morning after a tip-off by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and was arrested with sensitive defence documents. However, according to NDTV, two staffers from the Pakistani High Commission were held. Official confirmation is awaited.

Delhi Police arrests Pak High Commission staffer with Defence documents; Basit also summoned by MEA at 11.30AM
-reports @manojkumargupta

He was remanded at Chanakyapuri police station under the espionage charge. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit at 11.30 am on Thursday to convey that Akhtar has been declared persona non grata.

According to CNN-News18, some maps and details of force deployment were found with Akhtar. It also quoted sources as saying that Akhtar was on Pakistan ISI’s payroll.

The Crime Branch also arrested two persons, residents of Rajasthan, for allegedly passing on sensitive information to the staffer. “The spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI. The spies were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information,” said a senior police officer. Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.

A former Raw official RSN Singh told CNN-News18 that the fact that this has been released to the media and this is being given so much importance, reveals that this is a major catch.

Crime branch officials have also briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor, according to a report by The Times of India.

Pakistan’s government has lodged a protest over the arrest of Akhtar with the Indian authorities.

Some staffers came under scrutiny after a spy ring with links to Pakistan intelligence was busted in November, 2015, according to an NDTV report. Four arrests were made in Jammu and Kashmir and one of the accused was supposed to meet a high commission staffer who would have helped him with papers to reach Pakistan.

The identity of the accused’s source at the High Commission could not be ascertained then. Further details are awaited.

With inputs from PTI.

Arvind Kejriwal crossed limits of decency by ‘thulla’ remark for Delhi cops: Delhi High Court told

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has “crossed all limits of decency” by allegedly using the insulting word ‘Thulla’ for Delhi policemen in an interview, a police constable told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. In his reply, filed before Justice Mukta Gupta, Delhi police constable Anil Kumar Taneja sought dismissal of a plea filed by Kejriwal seeking stay and setting aside of a trial court’s order summoning him in a criminal defamation complaint against him.

Taneja, who has filed the criminal defamation complaint against the AAP leader, claimed that by referring to policemen as ‘Thulla’, Kejriwal “has intentionally insulted the entire Delhi Police force as a whole and caused unnecessary provocation to the police personnel in Delhi. Being Chief Minister of Delhi, which is a Constitutional position, the petitioner (Kejriwal) has immense influence and reach across public domain. His words definitely impact the public at large and the personnel of Delhi Police. Therefore, by using such a derogatory and insulting word, he (Kejriwal) has crossed all limits of decency while uttering such words on a famous national hindi news channel, that too in an interview being telecast at prime time…,” he said in his reply filed through advocate L N Rao.

Seeking dismissal of Kejriwal’s plea, Taneja claimed that the word uttered by the chief minister was sufficient to harm his reputation in the eyes of the general public and “lowered the image” of Delhi Police as a whole.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

“This remark ‘thulla’ uttered by the petitioner (Kejriwal) has not only maligned the reputation of the respondent number one (Taneja) but also degraded the image and reputation of entire Delhi Police in the eyes of the general public and in the society as a whole,” the reply said.

Meanwhile, during the hearing, the counsel appearing for Kejriwal sought more time to file an affidavit in the matter. The court fixed the matter for hearing on 21 February next year. The court had earlier issued notice to the constable and sought his response on the Chief Minister’s plea.The High court in July had asked Kejriwal to explain the meaning of word ‘thulla’ he allegedly used against policemen while staying the trial court’s order.

The word used by Kejriwal was a Hindi word and the high court wanted to know its meaning as it does not exist in the dictionary.

Earlier, Kejriwal’s counsel had told the court that the word ‘thulla’ was not used against all policemen but against those indulging in wrong practices. In the complaint filed on 23 July last year before the trial court, Taneja had claimed that Kejriwal had used the “derogatory” term for policemen on a news channel while talking about the AAP government’s “constraints” in ensuring effective functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch.

“If a word like ‘thulla’ is used by an eminent personality like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to refer to personnel of Delhi Police, then the general public too would have no respect or regard for police personnel who dedicate their entire lives to maintain law and order in Delhi,” the plea had said.

The constable had earlier claimed to have called the office and residence of Kejriwal and also on the helpline numbers to talk to him, but there was no “positive response”.

Missing JNU student: Cops fear issue could turn communal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passions are flaring up on campus as JNU student Najeeb Ahmed remains missing for the eighth consecutive day. The Delhi Police now fear that the issue may take a communal turn in the university.According to a report of the Delhi Police’s Special Branch, there are chances that political parties prevalent on the JNU campus may try to polarise the matter. This, they say, can lead to communal tension.“It is pertinent to mention that the student involved in this issue, Vikrant, belongs to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organisation and Najeeb belongs to religious minority community. As a result, this incident can flare up into a communal issue. Presently, JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union) is dominated by students from different left leaning organisations and in recent elections they formed an alliance against ABVP,” read the report.Ahmed, a biotechnology student at JNU, went missing on October 15 evening after a scuffle with ABVP members. An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on October 20 after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.The report comes amidst ongoing protests and mudslinging by the political parties. It also says that while the JNU administration has taken a note of the entire situation, no action has been taken yet.The report further adds, “Keeping in view the overall situation in the campus and the student sentiments there are chances, different student and political organisation may try to mobilise and polarise supporters on this issue. Moreover, the media may also give the matter larger coverage through a communal lens.”The sudden disappearance of the student has led to severe tension on campus with students leading continuous protests and demanding immediate action in the issue. The agitated students had even locked-in the authority officials including vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar and other university officials, keeping them confined to the administrative block for over 20 hours.The protest by the students had also led Union Home minister Rajnath Singh to direct the Delhi police to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to trace the missing student.

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