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BK Bansal suicide: CBI DIG Sanjeev Gautam removed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sanjeev Gautam was on Wednesday removed from former Director General Corporate Affairs Bal Kishan Bansal’s suicide case probe. Sources said, Gautam, a 1995 batch Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer (Custom & Excise), has been sent to the parent department.BK Bansal, a senior bureaucrat, who committed suicide along with his 31-year-old son in September end had in his alleged suicide note, mentioned that his family was tortured by Gautam and his team members. Bansal, had named several persons for making his family’s life “hell”, including Gautam, Superintendent of Police Amrita Kaur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rekha Sangwan and Investigating Officer Harnam Singh, apart from an unnamed head constable.In July, Bansal was arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption. Hours after he was produced in court, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha were found hanging in two separate rooms at their residence in Neelkanth Apartments on July 22. The Supreme Court earlier in November issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the controversial suicide case.

Florence Nightingales of the army sing discrimination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two officers in the Military Nursing Services (MNS), the only all women corps of the army, have challenged discriminatory practices by the army in the Supreme Court (SC) and have sought restoration of their status, dignity and service conditions as officers of the Regular Army.In their petition, MNS officers Lieutenant Colonel Uma Kaushik and Captain Harpreet Kaur sought parity with officers in the army on various grounds. In their prayer, the officers have listed at least 13 grounds where discriminatory practices were observed. They include orders where nurses of senior ranks would not be saluted by junior ranked officers. Hence, though a MNS officer may be a Major General in uniform, a jawan will not salute her.The petitioners are of the opinion that the core consideration of the case stems from the prejudice they face, based on an obsolete and backward notion that nurses are inferior to other professionals. In their petition, they said they believe the heart of the matter is that doctors and male officers find it unpalatable that they are required to treat nursing officers in accordance with their status and rank.This petition is similar to a 2015 writ petition filed by Major General (Retd) Usha Sikdar on behalf of Military Nursing Service Corps Association in which a notice was issued to the army. It is interesting to note that since hearing in December, 4, 2015, the matter has not come up again in the top court.Known as the Florence Nightingales of the Indian Army, MNS officers have been seeking redressal for over a decade now. The petitioners believe that discriminatory practices were introduced after a 2003 SC judgement in Jasbir Kaur’s case, where an unfortunate one line observation made by the Bench stated, “That the Indian Military Nursing Service is a separate class, sui generis even though an auxiliary force of the Indian Military, is an undeniable fact.”Over the years, the nurses allege that they were discriminated against on at least 13 grounds that included discontinuation of arms training, change in uniform, stripping of stars and flags from vehicles and verbal instructions to stop saluting MNS officers among others.According to the petition, the Army, vide letter no. B/42706/MNS/AG/CW-1 09.02.2004, changed the olive green shirt and pants (like other officers in the Army) worn by the officers in the MNS to safari style beige colour uniform. This, the officers allege, was discriminatory and a grave gender injustice.IN 2005, the Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) disallowed the display of star plates and flying of flags by officers in the MNS of the rank of Brigadier and Major general on their official vehicles. In 2008, the CoAS wrote to the Cabinet Secretary against granting the same pay band and grade pay to officers in the MNS as for the other service officers as recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission.After 2004, MNS officers have been denied membership and access to exclusive army clubs and institutes and accommodation has been segregated. The 6th Pay Commission recommended parity in time-scale promotions, a notification that has not yet been implemented.In their petition, the two officers further allege that there has been an attempt to take away their commissioned rank. In her blog titled Fall of Nightingales – the tale of a losing battle, Maj Gen Sikdar wrote that a 10-member committee, headed by then army director-general of discipline, ceremonial and welfare, Lt Gen MG Girish recommended that MNS ranks be changed to Sister, Senior Sister, Matron, Deputy Principal Matron, Deputy Nursing Superintendent and Nursing Superintendent from Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lt Colonel, Brigadier and Major General, respectively. However, medical officers got to retain their ranks, Sikdar noted.

Malegaon blasts: NIA refutes allegations of investigations being conducted in pre-determined manner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency has refuted allegations of state Anti-Terrorism Squad that it conducted investigation in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case in a pre-determined and calculated manner to negate the effects of earlier probe by ATS and CBI. The NIA filed its affidavit on Monday in response to a petition filed by Maharashtra ATS challenging the discharge of eight Muslim persons from the 2006 blasts case.In April this year, a sessions court had discharged the eight persons (accused by ATS and CBI) of all terror charges after the NIA submitted that a “Hindu Right Wing” organisation was behind the blasts. The ATS approached HC claiming that the sessions court order was “illegal, unjust and goes against evidence on record”. Its conclusion that “Muslims would not plant bombs inside a mosque was absolutely wrong, and had no legal basis,” the ATS claimed.In its affidavit, the NIA said it arrived at the conclusion that the blasts were carried out by Hindu group only after a thorough probe was carried out. “It is not correct to say NIA conducted investigation in a pre-determined and calculated manner to negate the effects of earlier probe by ATS and CBI,” the affidavit filed by NIA Superintendent of Police Vikram Khalate said.The affidavit further said that as per NIA probe, Manohar Narwaria, Ranjendra Chaudhary, Dhan Singh Shiv Singh, Lokesh Sharma, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sunil Joshi, Ramesh Mahalkar, Sandeep Dange and few others allegedly entered into criminal conspiracy between January and September 2006 to commit terrorist acts in Malegaon. “Training camps were organised in Indore where bombs were prepared and then transported to Malegaon. Narwaria, Chaudhary, Singh and Kalsangra planted the bombs in Malegaon.They (accused) wanted to set off the bomb in a Muslim dominated area so that it would result in communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in Malegaon,” the affidavit said. The affidavit further relied on a statement of Swami Assemanand, accused in the Mecca Masjid blast, in which he has said the Malegaon blast was handiwork of “his boys”.The NIA in its affidavit also said that the ATS’s claim that accused Mohammad Jahid Ansari had planted bomb in Malegaon on September 8, 2006 is wrong. “It is revealed in NIA probe that on the day of the blast, Ansari was in Yavatmal, which is about 400 kms from the blast site. Twelve witnesses have supported this,” it said. It further claimed that Shabbir Batterwala, who according to ATS had supplied explosives, was in judicial custody from August to September 2006 after he was arrested by Crime Branch Mumbai.

Kerala: Five accused of ragging college student surrender

Kottayam: Five of the seven students accused in the ragging case in government polytechnic, in which a first year student suffered kidney damage, have surrendered before police, police said on Monday. The five senior students surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Changanassery near here last night.

According to police, there are a total of seven accused in the case and two are still absconding.

On the night of 2 December, eight first-year students of the polytechnic at Nattakom here were allegedly subjected to brutal ragging by a gang of senior students at the men’s hostel of the college.

Two students — one hailing from Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district, and another from Cheranallur in Ernakulam district — were seriously injured in the incident. They have been admitted to hospitals in Thrissur and Ernakulam respectively.

Representational image. Getty Images

Representational image. Getty Images

The student from Irinjalakkuda has been hospitalised with kidney damage, police said.

He was put on dialysis after doctors diagnosed him with kidney damage. The victim underwent dialysis three times after his admission in the hospital 11 days ago.

The accused allegedly forced the victim to consume liquor mixed with some harmful powder following six hours of brutal ragging which included hard physical exercises like push-ups.

The accused were absconding after police booked them for allegedly ragging their juniors in the hostel.

They have also been suspended from the institution.

Two cases have been registered against the accused based on two separate complaints by the two students, police said.

Meanwhile, the state human rights commission has sought a report from the education department on the alleged ragging incident.

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 12:00 IST

Kerala ragging case: Victim with kidney damage undergoes dialysis, 5 accused surrender

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five of the seven students accused in the ragging case in government polytechnic, in which a first year student suffered kidney damage, have surrendered before police, police said on Monday.The five senior students surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Changanassery on Sunday night.According to police, there are a total of seven accused in the case and two are still absconding.On December 2 night, eight first-year students of the polytechnic at Nattakom here were allegedly subjected to brutal ragging by a gang of senior students at the men’s hostel of the college.Two students–one hailing from Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district, and another from Cheranallur in Ernakulam district– were seriously injured in the incident. They have been admitted to hospitals in Thrissur and Ernakulam respectively.The student from Irinjalakkuda has been hospitalised with kidney damage, police said.He was put on dialysis after doctors diagnosed him with kidney damage. The victim underwent dialysis three times after his admission in the hospital 11 days ago.The accused allegedly forced the victim to consume liquor mixed with some harmful powder following six hours of brutal ragging which included hard physical exercises like push-ups.The accused were absconding after police booked them for allegedly ragging their juniors in the hostel.They have also been suspended from the institution.Two cases have been registered against the accused based on two separate complaints by the two students, police said.Meanwhile, the state human rights commission has sought a report from the education department on the alleged ragging incident.

Telangana: Cop, 4 others arrested for looting Rs 91 lakh in defunct notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police officer and four others were arrested in Medak district of Telangana on Friday for allegedly robbing a businessman of Rs 91 lakh in the defunct currency notes.According to the police, two men, Y Venkatesham and K Raju Goud, told Baswakoti Lingam, a businessman, that they could exchange his old currency notes with new notes for a commission.As decided, Baswakoti went to Keshav Rao farmhouse at Kallakal on the night of December 12 with Rs 91 lakh in old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Venkatesham, K Raju Goud and three others, one of whom was wearing police uniform, reached there, and allegedly took away the money after threatening to kill him.After Baswakoti filed a complaint, police arrested sub-inspector Anand Goud who is attached to Manoharabad police station, Venkatesham, K Raju Goud, Pariyal Singh and Bhikshapathy.Police recovered Rs 34 lakh from them. The accused were sent in judicial remand, said Toopran Deputy Superintendent of Police Venkateshwarlu. Further probe is on.

Chhattisgarh: Naxal killed in gun-battle with security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Naxal was gunned down in an encounter with security forces on Friday in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The skirmish took place in the morning in the forest of Metapal village under Gangaloor police station when a joint team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv told PTI.”A composite squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) had launched the operation in the interiors of Gangaloor, around 450 kms away from the state capital,” he said.When the party was advancing through Metapal forest, they came under heavy fire from Maoists that led to a gun-battle between both the sides, the SP said. However, the ultras soon fled from the spot.During the search conducted later, body of a rebel and a 12-bore gun were recovered from the spot, the SP said adding that the identity of the deceased Maoist was being ascertained. On Thursday, two coammnder-rank ultras, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, were killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Bijapur.

West Bengal: Angry customers pelt stones at bank, smash ATM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of agitated customers pelted stones at a branch of a nationalised bank and smashed a closed ATM in the Ratua area of the district on Thursday after officials informed them that they would be unable to dispense adequate amount of cash, police said.Several local residents of Ratua had queued up outside the Balupur branch of State Bank of India to withdraw cash from their accounts and as the branch opened, they were informed that every customer would be given only Rs 1,000, the police said.A section of customers first tried to reason with the bank officials urging to give at least Rs 2,000 in cash, which was going on for the last couple of days, but when they came to know that there was not enough cash in the branch, they started pelting stones at its premises.Police said a closed ATM near the branch was also smashed by angry residents. The staff of the branch downed shutters and informed the police. A large contingent of police personnel rushed to spot from Ratua police station and the branch resumed business after the situation was brought under control.Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh said there was a commotion and tempers flared while withdrawing cash from the SBI, Balupur branch, but timely intervention by the police ensured that the situation did not escalate further. “No one has been arrested in connection with the incident,” Ghosh said.

Demonetisation: Meghalaya Police nabs three GNLA terrorists, hopes for more to surrender soon

Despite the Opposition claims that demonetisation has failed to make the desired impact on terrorist groups, Meghalaya Police has successfully used it as a tool to fight the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), one of the dreaded outfits in the state.

The Meghalaya Police has not only contained regrouping of the terrorist outfit but also made one of its top leaders, Nikam C Momin alias Baichung C, surrender using demonetisation as part of its strategy. Momin, who is the second in command of the outfit surrendered on last Friday after failing to convert old currency notes amounting to Rs 27 lakh.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Anand Mishra, Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills District told Firstpost, “Due to incessant operations by the Meghalaya Police, the group had already become weaker than earlier. Demonetisation came as a bolt from the blue for the outfit. It was like a final blow to the GNLA. ”

Soon after Momin, another aide of the group, Lingdho N Sangma, surrendered on the same night. The Meghalaya Police expect the entire group to surrender soon along with its commander-in-chief Sohan D Shira.

“We have to wait for a month or so before the entire GNLA winds up,” says Mishra.

The surrender by the two GNLA members has happened after repeated claims in the media that demonetisation has failed to create the desired impact on north eastern terrorist outfits since a large number of tribes in the region are exempted from income tax.

“It is true that many tribes in the region are free from the legal compulsion to file income tax returns. Hence, it is often believed that money deposited in the bank accounts of the tax exempted region are not subject to scrutiny,” said an official in Assam Police, posted in the Assam-Meghalaya border of the region.

“But it is clearly not the case. A person suspected to be transacting terror money can be subjected to investigation and interrogation,” he added.

Rather than waiting for the terrorist groups to get frustrated on account of failure in currency conversion, the Meghalaya Police prepared a pro-active counter-terrorism strategy tailored to take advantage of the situation created by demonetisation.

“We learnt from sources that the GNLA has enough old currency notes to convert into the new ones. Since the leaders could not come to the banks themselves to convert the currency, we had every reason to believe that they will employ conduits to do the same,” said Mishra. The Meghalaya Police kept an eye on the over-ground cadres of the terrorist outfit.

“Since effective sensitisation has been made among the people about the risk of converting currency derived from doubtful sources, people have become cautious. So, terror groups are now left with no other option but to send their over-ground cadres to exchange the currency,” says a police official in Assam.

The strategy helped the police arrest three conduits who deposited Rs 27 lakhs of terror money in a bank, thus leading to the surrender of Baichung.

Mishra also informed that the Meghalaya Police has seized one crore rupees terror money after demonetisaion.

Normally, the extortion money that the GNLA collects is kept in the form of cash by the militant outfit. “The group wraps the currency notes with polythene and put them in a dry moulded plastic water tank. These tanks are then buried in the forest,” Mishra said, explaining the money hiding method used by the GNLA.

Earlier, the north-eastern terrorist groups had the option to convert Indian Rupee to Bangladeshi currency. However, Mishra says that this option is closed for them after demonetisation because old Indian currency notes are also not accepted in Bangladesh eiher.

The GNLA has also been debilitated by repeated counter-insurgency measures launched by the Meghalaya Police. “Now the group is left with only 20 to 25 cadres. After the final blow of demonetisation, we hope all of them will surrender soon,” said Mishra.

First Published On : Dec 13, 2016 08:33 IST

Jharkhand: 106 bombs recovered during anti-Maoist operation

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Altogether 106 bombs, including a pressure cooker bomb were recovered by security personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in Bakhar tola jungle in Barwaiya village under Maneka police station of Latehar district on Sunday, the police said. The security personnel comprising CRPF and District Armed Police were on a routine anti-Maoist operation when they stumbled upon 100 bombs of one kg each hidden in a ditch, Superintendent of Police Anoop Birtheray said.Following the recovery, he said a search operation was launched in the vicinity and a five kg pressure cooker bomb and five bombs of two kgs each were recovered from a nearby ditch. Altogether 106 bombs were recovered during the operation, he said adding the bombs were hidden deliberately to target the security personnel engaged in operations against them. However, the security personnel have foiled their attempt, Birtheray said and added that all explosives were defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. Around 1,000 bombs were recovered in course of anti-Maoist operations in the district this year, the SP said.

Maharashtra: Dalit houses in Satara attacked after murder of upper-caste girl, 36 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police in Satara district of western Maharashtra have arrested 36 persons for attacking a Dalit locality following the murder of a girl belonging to the upper-caste Maratha community.The accused, angry over the killing of the girl last month, targeted the houses and vehicles of Dalits on the outskirts of Korale Khurd village last night, police said.In July, the rape and murder of a Maratha girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district had sparked off state-wide protests and mobilisation of Marathas.Yesterday’s incident at Korale Khurd followed the murder of 21-year-old Aruna Mohite, allegedly by her estranged lover Siddharth Dhanane (24), a Dalit, police said.They were in a relationship for the last few years but her parents forcibly married her off to another person, according to the police.Dhanane asked her meet him at Thoseghar on November 30.During an argument, he allegedly hit her with a stick, killing her on the spot. He then buried the body to destroy evidence, police said.After a missing persons case was lodged, police found that she was in contact with Dhanane on phone, and questioned him.He allegedly confessed and took the police to the buried body.Late last night, several members of Maratha community attacked homes of Dalits on the outskirts of the village and torched their vehicles, police said.Stones were pelted at the houses, window panes of 18 houses were broken and 13 vehicles including three cars were damaged, police said.”We have arrested 36 persons. We also held meetings of leaders from both communities,” said Sandeep Patil, Superintendent of Police, Satara, speaking to PTI.

Maharashtra: Police arrests 36 for attacking Dalit houses after murder of girl

Mumbai: Police in Satara district of western Maharashtra have arrested 36 persons for attacking a Dalit locality following the murder of a girl belonging to the upper-caste Maratha community.

The accused, angry over the killing of the girl last month, targeted the houses and vehicles of Dalits on the outskirts of Korale Khurd village on Tuesday night, police said.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

In July, the rape and murder of a Maratha girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district had sparked off state-wide protests and mobilisation of Marathas.

Tuesday’s incident at Korale Khurd followed the murder of 21-year-old Aruna Mohite, allegedly by her estranged lover Siddharth Dhanane (24), a Dalit, police said.

They were in a relationship for the last few years but her parents forcibly married her off to another person, according to the police.

Dhanane asked her meet him at Thoseghar on 30 November.

During an argument, he allegedly hit her with a stick, killing her on the spot. He then buried the body to destroy evidence, police said.

After a missing persons case was lodged, police found that she was in contact with Dhanane on phone, and questioned him. He allegedly confessed and took the police to the buried body.

Late last night, several members of Maratha community attacked homes of Dalits on the outskirts of the village and torched their vehicles, police said.

Stones were pelted at the houses, window panes of 18 houses were broken and 13 vehicles including three cars were damaged, police said.

“We have arrested 36 persons. We also held meetings of leaders from both communities,” said Sandeep Patil, Superintendent of Police, Satara, speaking to PTI.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 22:18 IST

22-year-old woman shot dead in marriage hall in Bhatinda, accused on the run

22-year-old woman shot dead in marriage hall in Bhatinda, accused on the run

A 22-year-old dancer was shot dead while performing in a marriage hall in Bhatinda on Saturday night for allegedly refusing to dance with a man, reported Times Now.

The news channel also reported that the woman was pregnant.

According to Times Now, the unidentified man, believed to be a relative, shot the dancer while she was on the stage.

Senior Superintendent of Police of Bhatinda said that the accused was in an inebriated state and a case has been registered against four people.

National Commission for Women (NCW) Chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam told Times Now that “nobody present in the hall is willing to talk on the issue but nobody can get away with murder.”

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 17:29 IST

Kashmir police turn counsellors, advice youth against stone pelting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an effort to curb incidents of stone pelting, police in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district are conducting counselling sessions with the pelters to guide them on ways to lead better lives.More than 200 stone pelters participated in these counselling sessions recently and were asked to refrain from indulging in protests and to stay away from pelting.”We have tried to explain to the students to concentrate on their studies and their careers rather than indulging in stone pelting incidents,” Mir Imtiaz, Senior Superintendent of Police, told ANI.The pelters were asked to get into constructive work that would be beneficial to society.Stone pelting, known locally as ‘Kanie Jung’, has become a tool of resistance in the hands of young boys who take to the streets to express their anger at the Indian state.The need to rehabilitate stone pelters can be attributed to the spate of stone pelting incident that took place post the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani, who was gunned down in southern Kashmir on July 8 by the security forces.Reportedly, Kashmir has so far witnessed more than 2,347 incidents of stones pelting at security forces, across all ten districts.

More Naxalites surrendering in Maharashtra, post note ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With demonetization dealing a crippling blow to their finances, Naxalites have begun surrendering in large numbers in the state. From November 8 till date, at least 12 Naxalites including a Deputy Commander of a dalam have surrendered to the Maharashtra Police.The police claim that the sudden surge in surrenders by Naxalites is due to a resource crunch faced by them post-demonetization. Naxalites, who are short of money, are opting to surrender as they are entitled to handsome compensation and rehabilitation under the surrender policy of the government.According to police sources, 12 Naxalites operating in Gadchiroli district have surrendered since the announcement on demonetization, raising the total number of Naxalites who have surrendered this year in Maharashtra to 45.A senior officer dealing with anti-Naxal operations in the state told DNA that on an average, around four Naxalites surrender in a month in the state. However, in a span of less than a month, 12 Naxalites have surrendered after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on demonetization.”On analysing the reason for this spurt in surrenders, it was learnt that Naxalites were badly hit by ban on high denomination notes. With their existing cash resources wiped out, cadres were left with no money, forcing them to surrender in the hope of getting money under the government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy,” the officer said.He added, for Naxalites, in the current scenario, surrendering is the best option. “If a Naxalite continues to operate in jungles, then he will have to stay away from his family, and the fear of being killed during exchange of fire with the police is constantly there. On the other hand, if they surrender, they won’t be killed in encounters and they will get compensation under the surrender policy. They will be rehabilitated by the government and they can get an opportunity to live with their families and lead an independent life,” he said.”Most importantly, Naxalites who have been involved in non-serious crimes will be let off from the cases against them if they surrender. In case of those who have been involved in serious offences, their case would be studied by a committee comprising an Inspector General, a Superintendent of Police, Collector and a local judge. They will check the gravity of the case, and if the offence is very serious in nature, a chargesheet will be filed and a quick trial will take place so that a decision is taken quickly. Such Naxalites too will get compensation,” the officer said.Under the rehabilitation policy, a commander of a dalam gets around Rs 8 lakh, a deputy commander Rs 6 lakh and a member of the dalam Rs 3 lakh, the police said.In order to rehabilitate those surrendering, the police have set up a ‘Surrender Colony’ in Gadchiroli. “Over 40 persons are currently residing there, under heavy protection. They are also given small time jobs to earn a livelihood. Efforts are being taken to integrate them into the mainstream. Some are scared of going back to their villages fearing reprisal from their dalams,” said the officer.”With a month to go for the year to end, more surrenders are expected,” Additional Director General of Police, Special Operations, Bipin Bihari told DNA.

‘Is this a coup?’, Mamata opposes Army presence, to stay overnight at secretariat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unprecedented incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday that she would stay overnight at the state secretariat, Nabanna, till the Army withdraws its routine exercise of collecting data of load carriers operating in the state across all toll plazas. “Very unfortunate. Army stationed in front of Nabanna, the Bengal State Secretariat, in a high security zone, inspite of police objection. I am waiting here at the Secretariat and watching, to guard our democracy,” she announced at a media briefing held at 10 pm. “Is this a military coup? I gathered information whether such exercises were held in Maharashtra, Odisha and Kerala. I was told that no such exercises have taken place in their states,” added Banerjee. Presently, Army officials are stationed at the Vidyasagar Setu Toll Plaza, which is adjacent to the state secretariat, gathering data on load carriers. On the other hand, the Army Eastern Command Headquarters has issued a statement saying that it is not a deployment, but just a routine exercise. The statement also added that the administration, District Magistrate and the Police are informed during the exercise being performed. “The army conducts annual exercise throughout the county with the aim of getting statistical data about the load carriers that could be made available to the Army in case of a contingency. For this purpose vehicles are spotted to get basic parameters like make load capacity. The vehicle is then marked so that the next checkpoint knows that the vehicle had already been checked for the parameters. There is nothing alarming about this and it is carried out as per government orders,” read the statement, adding, “This gives an estimate about the number of vehicles that are passing a certain area that could be tapped during operations.” Sources in the Army revealed that Thursday was the second day of the three-day long annual exercise. Some more figures of the load carriers will be noted across different toll plazas tomorrow. The CPRO, Defence, Kolkata, Wing Commander SS Birdi claimed that the exercise is undertaken after informing the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. “This is not a deployment. This exercise is taking place under the laid down rules of the Central Government. The police and the administration are kept in the loop. There is nothing to get alarmed about,” said Birdi.

West Bengal: Mamata claims Army deployed without informing state govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that the Army has been deployed at two toll plazas at Palsit and Dankuni on NH 2 in West Bengal without informing the state government. However, the Army maintained that it is a routine exercise held annually, where officials take down data about load carriers operating in the state. “Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration? Army has been deployed in the State without informing the State Govt. This is unacceptable. Army has been deployed at two toll plazas without informing the State. Army is normally deployed during disasters. This is a black day. Why have they been deployed?” Banerjee posed a question to the Centre, while addressing the media at the state secretariat.A statement from the Army Eastern Command Headquarters said that the exercise is aimed at getting statistical data about load carriers. “The Army conducts an annual exercise throughout the county with the aim of getting statistical data about load carriers that could be made available in case of a contingency. For this purpose, vehicles are spotted to get basic parameters like make load capacity. The vehicle is then marked so that the next checkpoint knows that the vehicle had already been checked for the parameters. There is nothing alarming about this and it is carried out as per government orders,” read the statement, adding, “This gives an estimate about the number of vehicles that are passing a certain area that could be tapped during operations.” Sources in the Army reveal that Thursday was the second day of the three-day long annual exercise. Some more figures of the load carriers will be noted across different toll plazas tomorrow.However, Mamata said, “Army is our asset. We are proud of them. We requisition Army in times of major disaster or communal flare up. But even if the Army is conducting a mock trial, the permission of the state should have been sought.”Meanwhile, the CPRO, Defence, Kolkata, SS Birdi claimed that the exercise was being undertaken after informing the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. “This is not a deployment. This exercise is taking place under the laid down rules of the Central Government. The police and the administration are kept in the loop. There is nothing to get alarmed about,” said Birdi.An infuriated Banerjee said, she will write to the Centre and approach the President on this. “The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. I will approach the President regarding deployment of Army without our knowledge. We are living in terrible times. This is a black day. In a federal structure, the functions of Centre and state are clearly divided. We know our jurisdictions,” she said.

Nabha jailbreak: Palwinder Singh Pinda sent to 11-day police remand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Palwinder Singh Pinda, who allegedly facilitated the escape of six prisoners from Nabha Jail, was sent to police custody for 11 days by a local court here.Patiala SSP Gurmit Singh Chauhan said Pinda, who was brought from Uttar Pradesh on transit remand, was produced before the Nabha court last night.The court of Judge Pamalpreet sent Pinda to 11 days police remand, the SSP said.Three other persons, including Assistant Jail Superintendent, who were arrested yesterday in connection with Nabha jailbreak would be produced before the court today, police said.Assistant Jail Superintendent Bhim Singh, Head warden Jagmeet Singh and a sweet shop owner Tejinder Sharma were arrested on the charges of abetment and criminal conspiracy in the Nabha jailbreak case.Six prisoners –Harminder Singh Mintoo, Kashmir Singh, two terrorists, and gangsters Amandeep Dhothian, Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol were freed by a group of armed men who stormed the high-security jail at Nabha in Patiala district on Sunday.

Maharashtra: RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder suspect killed in police shootout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A history-sheeter, suspected to be involved in the murders of RTI activist Satish Shetty and a local BJP leader, and his associate were killed in an alleged shootout with police on the outskirts of city on Monday.The deceased, identified as Shyam Dabhade, had a string of cases pending against him in various police stations in Pune district, ranging from murder to robbery.According to a police official, Dabhade’s movements might have got restricted because of the cash crunch following demonetisation of high value currencies.While Shetty was murdered in 2010, BJP leader Sachin Shelke (38) was hacked to death last month in broad daylight in Talegaon Dabhade, about 35 kms from here.”Our local crime branch officials received a tip-off that Dabhade and his aide Dhananjay Shinde were hiding in the forest near Chakan,” Superintendent of Police Jay Jadhav said.”After conducting combing operation for the whole night, Dabhade and his aide were located near windmills close to Varsai and they were asked to surrender by our four teams headed by senior police inspector Ram Jadhav,” he said.However, instead of surrendering, the duo fired eight rounds at the police teams and in retaliation, the policemen too fired five rounds.”In the retaliatory fire, both were injured seriously and taken to Chakan rural hospital where they were declared brought dead,” the SP said.Inspector General of Police (Kolhapur) Vishwas Nangre Patil said Dabhade had created a “terror-like” atmosphere in the industrial belt by terrorising people through extortion.”After the gruesome murder of Shelke on October 16, there was a panic among the industries and local people. After today’s incident, a strong message has gone to goons in area and the incident will have impact on the criminal activities in the area,” he said.Dabhade had 19 cases registered against him in various police stations including of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, Arms Act, and robbery.On the probe into the shootout, Nangre Patil said in such cases judicial inquiry is mandatory which will be initiated.

Punjab jailbreak: Haryana police on maximum alert, one more abandoned car found

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana police force was on maximum alert on Monday, a day after the sensational Nabha jailbreak incident in neighbouring Punjab, even as one more abandoned car was found in Kaithal district. Acting on inputs that some fugitives had passed through Haryana territory, the police remained on maximum alert and a vigorous search was on to nab the accused. “We are maintaining a high alert. If any of the fugitive is found in Haryana, we will immediately nab him,” IGP Karnal Range, Subhash Yadav said.Another car was found on Monday abandoned in a village in Haryana’s Kaithal district after the Nabha jailbreak incident. The car was found abandoned in Pharal village in Kaithal district. Kaithal in Haryana is about 70 km from Nabha in Punjab where the jailbreak incident took place on Sunday. “A car has been found in the village,” IGP Yadav said, adding it was suspected to have been used in Sunday’s jailbreak incident.Another car had been found abandoned on Sunday in Solumajra in Kaithal and is suspected to have been used by prisoners who escaped from the Nabha jail. “Some Punjab Police uniforms and some telephone numbers written on torn pieces of papers had been found from the car which was found in Solumajra. Further investigation in the matter is being conducted by Punjab Police,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kaithal, Tarun Kumar said. The car bore a fake Punjab registration number, Kumar said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: KLF Harminder Singh Minto sent chief to 7 days’ police custodyPolice teams from Punjab were called in for a coordinated investigation in the case. Security has been beefed up in Haryana and police force has been put on high alert after Nabha jailbreak incident at Patiala in neighbouring Punjab on Sunday. The borders with Patiala and the adjoining borders with Ambala, Kaithal and Jind have already been sealed. Checking is being carried out at ‘nakas’, Yadav said.Khalistan Liberation Front Chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who had escaped from Nabha jail in Punjab along with five other inmates on Sunday, was nabbed from Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi on Monday.

Punjab jailbreak: Deputy CM suspects Pakistan’s involvement to revive terrorism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sensational jailbreak, chief of Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Mintoo escaped on Sunday along with five other prisoners after armed men in police uniform stormed the high-security Nabha prison in Patiala, exposing “lapses” and raising doubts of possible collusion of insiders, with the Centre seeking an immediate report.Punjab DGP Suresh Arora said that “the unidentified assailants came in police fatigues and were carrying small firearms.” He said that they told police personnel deployed on jail premises that they were bringing a prisoner. “Later, they fired indiscriminately and fled with six criminals, including a terrorist,” he said, adding over 35 rounds were fire and there was no casualty among the jail personnel, who were allegedly taken offguard and did not offer any strong resistance.”The firing was also done from inside the jail. We will see why the firing was not effective,” the DGP said and added there is a “conspiracy somewhere”. “Had there been effective firing, it would have been the other way round,” he said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Accused arrested, two suspicious cars impoundedPunjab government sacked two senior prison officials, Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, suspended ADGP (Jails) and formed an SIT to probe the jail break. It ordered a separate inquiry committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to look into the “security lapses”. “There are two aspects. One is that the jailbreak will be probed and the second thing is lapses. Who is responsible, if there is any connivance?” the DGP said.Those who escaped from the high-security prison included hardcore Khalistani militant Mintoo, who was arrested by Punjab police in November 2014 after he was deported from Thailand and was wanted in 10 terror cases. Meanwhile, a woman, who was in an SHO’s vehicle, died after being hit by a bullet when the police opened fire at her vehicle after it jumped a barrier about 20 km away from the prison. The incident occurred at a ‘naka’ on Patiala-Gulha Cheeka road, police said.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Khalistani terrorist escapes, high alert in Northern statesAfter the jailbreak, security agencies in northern states were sent into high alert and Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He sought an immediate report on the incident, besides directing the state to step up security in jails.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal who apprised him of the details of the incident and steps being taken to apprehend the six absconders. Sukhbir said Pakistan could be behind the incident as it was desperate to revive terrorism in the state post-surgical strike across LoC and vowed that the “conspiracy” will be unravelled soon.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Kejriwal demands Deputy CM Sukhbir’s resignationThe others who fled were gangster Vicky Gaundar, Amandeep Dhotian, Gurpreet Sekhon, Nita Deol and Kashmira Singh, who is also a terrorist. The DGP said that the prisoners had fled towards Haryana. Punjab government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for any person who provides information leading to the arrest of the under-trial prisoners. With Punjab going to polls early next year, the opposition Congress said the incident exposed the “complete breakdown of law and order” in the state and triggered fears of revival of terrorism ahead of Assembly elections. Mintoo was arrested in 10 cases including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force Station in 2010. A high alert has been sounded in Punjab and Haryana after the incident with security around railway stations, airports, inter-state bus terminuses and other places of key importance stepped up.The CM held a meeting with top brass including State Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal following the incident. A manhunt has been launched to trace the prisoners who escaped, Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the home portfolio, said and added that a special task force has been formed to track them.The Deputy CM said a special investigation team under an ADGP rank officer has also been constituted which shall look into lapses as well as any conspiracy theories surrounding the jail break incident. “Special Investigation team has been asked to submit report within three days in this regard,” he said.The Home Secretary has also been asked to submit a report. “Home Secretary will give me a report on wherever any lapse has taken place. Whosoever will be found responsible in this incident, strict action will be taken against him,” he said.Prabodh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police, Internal Vigilance Cell shall head the SIT comprising Paramraj Singh, IGP/Patiala Zone, Ishwar Singh, IGP, Nilabh Kishore, IGP/Counter Intelligence, Amar Singh Chahal, DIG/Patiala Range and Gurmeet Chouhan, SSP/Patiala.He said the red alert has been issued throughout the state and security at all jails has been furthered tightened. However, Deputy CM said that there was no need to worry adding, “they (prisoners) will not be allowed to run away. Police is after them. We will catch them soon.” Sukhbir had rushed to Nabha jail after the incident, an official spokesman said.ADGP (Jails) MK Tiwari has been placed under suspension, the spokesman said adding that the government has dismissed both the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of High Security Nabha Jail with immediate effect. Meanwhile, ADGP (Railways) Rohit Chaudhary has been posted as new ADGP (Jails) and S Bhupati, an IPS officer has been appointed as the Superintendent of Nabha High Security Jail. Sukhbir also summoned jail minister Sohan Singh Thandale, officials said.The jailbreak incident triggered sharp reactions from the opposition with Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh alleging connivance of the Badal government in the “brazen daylight” jailbreak. The “shocking manner” in which the gangsters walked into the high-security jail and freed a dreaded Khalistani terrorist along with other convicts clearly shows complicity at the highest levels, he told reporters during the second day of the his road show in Sangrur.Amarinder said the law and order situation in the state had “deteriorated to unprecedented levels” under the Badal regime, especially in the run-up to the Assembly polls. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demanded the resignation of Sukhbir. “Punjab Home minister shud immediately resign taking responsibility of jail break and killing of innocent girl by Punjab police,” Kejriwal said in his tweet. AAP spokesman and in-charge of party’s affairs in Punjab, Sanjay Singh demanded resignation of Sukhbir and Jail Minister Sohan Singh Thandal. Meanwhile, an eyewitness said that he saw two vehicles outside the prison and some people coming out from inside while firing. “After firing, they tried to flee in their vehicles. One of them threw a quilt near the gate after taking out weapons wrapped in it. They fled while firing,” the youth said. “They were carrying a large number of weapons. As they were not changing magazines, so obviously there were a number of weapons. Three to four people were in police uniforms. “One of them was in sub-inspector’s uniform. They returned from a railway crossing that is around one kilometre from here kept on firing before escaping finally,” he said.

Punjab jailbreak: Accused arrested, two suspicious cars impounded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused of the Nabha jailbreak was arrested by the Shamli Police and huge cache of arms seized from his Fortuner car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. Confirming the arrest Shamli Superintendent of Police Ajay Sharma said, “During police checking at Kairana, the accused, who identified himself as Parvinder Singh from Jalandhar, was arrested. He is being questioned.””Accused Parminder has been arrested with huge cache of arms, and he has confessed to his crime. There was a high alert in Uttar Pradesh since the morning, and we had information that accused might try to enter Nepal. During checking, we nabbed him,” Additional Director General (ADG) Daljeet Singh Choudhary said.Meanwhile, a suspicious black Verna car with Punjab number plates was found abandoned at Shamli and Solumajra village in Pundri Tehsil of Kaithal District, respectively. The Kaithal Superintendent of Police swung into action and reached the spot with a team. An investigation is on.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Special Investigation Team formed by the policeKarnal Inspector General of Police Subhash Yadav said, “A car with Punjab number plate was found abandoned in Sonumajra village in Kaithal. We suspect that the car was used in the Nabha jailbreak. An investigation is going on and we are in regular touch with the Punjab Police.”A group of armed men in police uniform broke into high security Nabha Central jail of Punjab and took along six inmates, identified as Khalistan liberation force chief Harvinder Mintoo, Amandeep Doda and gangsters Vicky Gonder, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotia.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Khalistani terrorist escapes, high alert in Northern statesPolice said, all of the escaped are dreaded criminals and high alert has been sounded in entire Punjab. Following the incident, Haryana has also been put on high alert and all borders with Punjab have been sealed and police of both the states are working in coordination with each other. Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in all jails of the state and Jail Superintendents have been asked to review the security in jails.

Punjab jailbreak: Special Investigation Team formed by the police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accepting that the Nabha Central Jail incident was result of a conspiracy as well as security lapses, Director General of Punjab Police Suresh Arora on Sunday said five criminals came in a car and told santari (guardsman) that they want to handover a prisoner. “Following which the santari (guardsman) opened the gate and the criminals, who were carrying small arms, overpowered the santaris and as a result six prisoners, four known criminals and two terrorists, were able to escape,” said the DGP, divulging details of the jailbreak.”Their names are Harvinder Mintoo and Kashmir Singh (both terrorists), and gangsters Gurpreet Sekhon, Vicky Gonder, Amandeep Dhotia and Neeta Deol,” he said.Asked why did the santari open the gate so quickly, the DGP said, “There are two aspects of it: one, they escaped, and the second, what were the lapses and who are responsible for those lapses; is there any connivance, we will clear these things soon.”
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Rajnath Singh seeks report from Punjab govt, ready to provide assistanceWhen asked when the criminals fired 100 rounds, why did not security guards respond, he said, “Not 100 rounds; we have found around 30-35 rounds. Though the security guards responded to the firing, it was ineffective, which will be probed into.”Answering a question that if police suspect a conspiracy, the DGP said, “If you say that it’s not a part of conspiracy, then it will be wrong. There is a conspiracy, which we have to unearth. In such a cases, there are also roles of insiders.”
ALSO READ Centre seeks report from Punjab govt on jailbreakHe said Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who visited the Nabha jail to take on the spot stock of the jailbreak, told them to arrest the escapees and fix responsibility of the incident. “Being a Home Minister his directions are very clear arrest the escapees, fix responsibility of the incident, and to prevent such incidents from reoccurrence by enhancing jails’ security.”When asked could Pakistan be behind the incident, he said, “As a police officer I will not comment on this. It is too early for me.”Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a high-level meeting of the civil and police administration, including intelligence officials, in the morning to review the situation. The state government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh to any person providing information leading to the arrest of these six escaped under trial prisoners.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by the Punjab Police to investigate the escape of six under-trials. Additional Director General of Police, Internal Vigilance Cell, Prabodh Kumar would head the SIT comprising IGP, Patiala Zone, Paramraj Singh; IGP Ishwar Singh; IGP, Counter Intelligence, Nilabh Kishore; DIG, Patiala Range, Amar Singh Chahal; and Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chouhan.At the same time, a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the escaped prisoners, and all districts have been alerted to lay nakas (barricades) and conduct mobile patrolling to nab the escapees. Meanwhile, the statement said, the state government took a series of administrative steps and a red alert has been sounded throughout the state, besides, tightening security apparatus at all jails.Both the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of the Nabha jail have been dismissed with immediate effect, following the incident. The state government has also ordered the constitution of an inquiry committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to look into the security lapses that led to the jailbreak. ADGP (Railways) Rohit Chaudhary has been posted as new ADGP (Jails) in place of MK Tiwari, who has been placed under suspension, and S Bhupati as the Superintendent of Nabha High Security Jail.

Nabha prisonbreak: One arrested in Shamli, UP for freeing pro-Khalistan terrorists from Punjab jail

Shamli: UP Police claimed to have arrested one of the armed men involved in the sensational jailbreak in Patiala in which a Khalistani militant outfit chief and five other prisoners escaped this morning.

Parminder alias Penda was travelling in an SUV when his vehicle was intercepted by police at a check post in Kairana in Shamli district in western Uttar Pradesh, police said. He tried to flee but was apprehended. Police said it has recovered an SLR and three other rifles from his possession.

Police officials investigate after six inmates of Nabha Jail including dreaded Khalistan ultra and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Mintoo escaped near Patiala on Sunday. PTIPolice officials investigate after six inmates of Nabha Jail including dreaded Khalistan ultra and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Mintoo escaped near Patiala on Sunday. PTI

Police officials investigate after six inmates of Nabha Jail including dreaded Khalistan ultra and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Mintoo escaped near Patiala on Sunday. PTI

ADG (law and order) Daljeet Choudhury said that police had heightened security as it had apprehensions that the accused in the jailbreak may try to flee to Nepal.

The ADG said that Parminder had “confessed” to his involvement during questioning. He was also allegedly wanted in connection with the murder of a policeman.

Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Mintoo escaped along with five other prisoners after armed men in police uniform stormed the high-security Nabha prison in Patiala in Punjab, which is about 175 km from Kairana.

The others who fled were gangster Vicky Gaundar, Amandeep Dhotian, Gurpreet Sekhon, Nita Deol and Kashmira Singh, who is also a terrorist.

A senior official of Punjab Police, requesting anonymity, said, the prisoners along with armed men have entered towards Haryana’s Kaithal area from Samana in Punjab.

“Our teams are on the job to nab them,” he said.

Giving details about the jailbreak, the official said five men, of whom three were in police uniform, had entered the jail premises in a car under the garb of dropping a prisoner.

Responding to a question on death of a woman after being hit by a bullet in police firing about 20 km away from the prison, DGP Arora said the police opened fire at a checkpost after her four-wheeler did not stop even after being asked to do so which led to her death.

The woman, who belonged to an orchestra group was inside the vehicle which had jumped a barrier at a ‘naka’ on Patiala-Gulha Cheeka road.

Meanwhile, CCTV footage near the Nabha jail showed a few vehicles, including MUVs, moving at a fast pace. The footage showed that the rear door of one of the vehicles was opened. A car was later found lying in an abandoned state in a village in Haryana’s Kaithal district, some 70-80 kms from Nabha, after which forensic teams were summoned while a police team from Punjab was reaching the spot to inspect the vehicle, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kaithal, Tarun Kumar said.

“A car was lying in an abandoned state in Solumajra in Kaithal (Patiala’s adjoining district falling in Haryana). It was lying in a locked state. A bomb disposal squad and forensic team has reached the spot to inspect the vehicle. It is a matter of investigation whether the vehicle was used in connection with the (jailbreak) incident. The investigations are underway in this regard,” the DSP said.

“The car bore a Punjab registration number. Another number was also pasted under the number plate,” he said, adding that efforts were on to trace the owner of the vehicle.

Some villagers had noticed the car lying in an abandoned state after which the police was informed. Another official of the Kaithal police said Punjab police officials can confirm whether the car was used in any manner
in connection with the Nabha jailbreak incident.

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 21:49 IST

Militant activities in Meghalaya hit the hardest following demonetization: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militant groups and small criminal gangs operating in the Garo Hills region in Meghalaya have been hit the hardest following demonetization, police said. Suddenly there is an unusual silence and there is no report of any kind of kidnapping and extortion and this is all because of the demonetization effect which has become a boon for small time traders, businessmen and even farmers, they said.”It gave them no way to push the money back into the banking system given that deposits are being fully monitored by all teams, including Income Tax, police and the like.Militancy has been depressed by the sudden announcement of the prime minister,” said South Garo Hills (SGH) police chief, Anand Mishra. South and East Garo Hills are both known as militancy hotbeds with the dense forest cover of Durama Hills providing natural shelter for them.The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and ASAK groups are the most active in the region and have been at the heart of all militant activities in the region, though splinter groups have also done their bit. It is widely suspected that more than 500 crores lies in the hands of militant groups, mostly with the GNLA “This is a body blow for them as they have to bring out the money they stashed meaning a fear of exposure. We are also keeping a very close tab on amounts being deposited and have identified dozens of sympathisers and over ground workers of the group. Come January and we may fall short of jail space,” added SP Mishra.Banks in all districts have been asked to provide information on suspicious deposits as was confirmed by banks when contacted. Meetings between police teams and banks have now become aregular feature to ensure that all attempts by militants to convert blood money is thwarted. “We had information of a huge amount of money being brought into the district but the scrutiny involved ensured they didn’t even get into the line. We have identified many sympathisers and are keeping a close tab,” said Mishra.Recently a raid on the house of the GNLA chief, Sohan D Shira’s house saw 27 bank passbooks being seized and the accounts frozen. In another incident, three people were arrested while they were bringing more than Rs 36 lakhs allegedly belonging to the GNLA for conversion. “These passbooks belonged to family and relatives of Sohan and were to be used for conversion of hidden stash. We are keeping a very close watch on things,” said Davies NR Marak, Superintendent of Police, EGH.Police sources said militants are seeking “money mules” and approaching villagers, even through coercion to turn their money white through the use of their (villagers’) accounts. “The heyday of militancy is over in Garo Hills. To recover it will take decades and even then they may fail as more people move into the banking system. If what is being predicted is right, we will be able to ensure they never receive the kind of money they did and certainly impact movement,” said Mishra.

Rs. 20 crore Naxals’ black money deposited in Chhattisgarh banks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 50 banks in Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh have recorded deposits of nearly Rs. 20 crores within two weeks. Based on an intelligence report, transactions in these accounts have been put on hold.Police suspect the money deposited belonged to the Naxals and that the latter is using the bank accounts of other people to escape the demonetisation drive.Police said they are not making the names of the account holders? public as of now, but if the money was found to be of Naxals, legal action will be taken against the latter for helping the former.Special Director General (Naxal Operations and Special Intelligence Bureau) Durgesh Madhav Awasthi said: “We have issued an instruction that after demonetisation. The Naxals will bring out huge hoarded money buried in the ground for mobilisation in a bid to save it from becoming illegal tender. They are applying two-way approach to save their money: first, they are returning old money to their contractors and asking them to provide new currencies after getting it converted; secondly, they are using their rural and urban networks to deposit their money in banks.””We are getting such information from all eight Naxal-hit districts. In the last three to four days, we have identified people in whose accounts money was deposited, and have sent their names to the SP (Superintendent of Police), Collector and banks, asking them to stop transactions in such accounts till it is established that the deposited money belongs to account holders. The depositors will themselves speak about the source of money. It is also possible, in some cases, that money belongs to the depositors,” he said.”However, as per information, Maoists have deposited big amounts in the accounts of people having very little transactions or having ‘Jan Dhan’ accounts. I have instructed Superintendents of Police and bank officials to inquire into such accounts. More than 50 accounts have been traced so far, but their numbers are increasing. We have information of Rs. 15-20 crore being deposited in such accounts,” he added.

Cash-starved militants loot Rs 12.45 lakh from bank, suffer embarrassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to rob a bank for some cash, suspected militants barged into the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch in Central Kashmir’s Malpora village looting Rs12.45 lakh at gunpoint.The gunmen, however, suffered a massive faux paux when they discovered Rs11 lakh of the total looted money was old currency, that have been declared obsolete post the demonetization process.Police said four masked gunmen had entered into the Malpora branch at Charar-i-Sharief in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Budgam police have registered a case, “ and a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits,” said a police spokesman.Located on the border of Budgam and Pulwama, the bank is located inside ‘hired shops’ and has never been given any proper security mechanism which police sources said might have been exploited by the gunmen for the heist. “This is a branch that has been operating from inside hired shops. There were no security cameras installed in the branch,” said Abdul Wahid Shah, Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam.Police sources said four masked gunmen on board a WagonR disembarked near the branch and walked right into the bank. One of them then slapped the cashier and asked him to hand over the cash. They later took the money and escaped in the same car.Police suspect militants in the heist a first in Jammu and Kashmir since the commencement of demonetization. There was no security guard posted in the bank and the gunmen were heavily armed. Police said the masked men spoke in Kashmiri and Urdu. “Investigations have been put on fast track to track down the militants responsible for the heist,” said a police officer.The heist comes at a time when ‘terror financers’ have been hit hard by demonetization. Sources said ‘terror finances’ have shown signs of drying up in the wake of demonetization.Intelligence sleuths and counter terrorism cops are working overtime to gauge the effect of the demonetization on the financing of terror and unrest in the militant hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Chhattisgarh: Two CRPF jawans injured in IED blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma. The two jawans were working on the safety of road construction when the incident took place.At least one person was killed following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion at Imphal’s Singjamei area on Sunday. The incident took place at around 8:40 a.m. soon after a convoy of the Assam Rifles passed through the area.The IED is suspected to be planted at the central median of the NH-102 road, which comes under the jurisdiction of Singjamei Police Station, Imphal West.At the time of the blast, the deceased was sitting on the footpath in front of a cement shop. The blast also caused some damages to a scooter parked nearby.Top police officials headed by Superintendent of Police Herojit Singh and officials of the sixth battalion of Assam Rifles rushed to the blast site to take stock of the situation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

ULFA(I) claims responsibility for attack on Army convoy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack on an Army convoy in Tinsukia district in which three soldiers were killed on Saturday. The 15 Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army at Burhi Dihing, Tinsukia, was on Saturday morning, the banned outfit said in a statement, adding at least four jawans were seriously injured in the ambush.The attack was carried out by ULFA(I) and the Coordination Committee (CorCom), an umbrella body of militant groups People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive), Revolutionary People’s Front and United National Liberation Front, the statement said.Tinsukia district Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said the ambush was carried out jointly by NSCN(K) and ULFA(I) militants and they used sophisticated weapons, including Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG), AK-47 rifles and mortars.

Pune: Death row convict hangs self in Yerawada jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 39-year-old man on death row for sodomising and murdering a minor boy allegedly committed suicide in his cell at Yerawada Central Prison here by hanging himself with a bedsheet, a senior official said on Friday.Khalak Singh Panchal was awarded death sentence in September this year by a special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) court for sodomising and murdering an eight-year-old boy at Chakan, 35 km from here, in 2013.”Convict Panchal was lodged in a separate cell and at around 8 pm on Thursday, he allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the use of bedsheet which is provided to the inmates,” Jail Superintendent U T Pawar said.Panchal, a contract labourer working in Chakan at the time of the crime, was a native of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. On May 15, 2013, he had called few children, including the deceased boy, to his place by luring them with chocolates. He then sodomised the boy before strangling him. Body of the victim, with his clothes taken off and blood oozing from his mouth, was found at an under-construction building the same night.Panchal was arrested when he was preparing to leave the town. He was tried under sections 302 (murder), 377 (unnatural sex) of IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act.

Demonetization: Naxals force elderly to convert black money in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to evade scrutiny, Naxals in Jharkhand are forcing elderly people to exchange their unaccounted money after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.In Latehar district, one of the most Naxal-affected areas in Jharkhand, the left-wing extremists, who have extorted crores of rupees by levying “tax” and through ransom, are forcing elderly people to deposit the cash into their accounts, using the cap of Rs 2.5 lakh deposit in one go.”It is correct. We have received information that Naxals are using villagers to deposit their extortion money into bank accounts so that it can be converted into legal currency. Not only elderly people, but young people could also be involved in the practice,” Latehar Superintendent of Police (SP) Anoop Birtharay told PTI.Birtharay said that for the last two days, police have been conducting searches in several places to nab those involved in the illegal practice.”We suspect that some locals, who could be Naxal sympathisers providing logistical support to Naxals, are behind it,” the SP said.Birtharay said police are keeping a close vigil and conducting raids upon receiving tip-offs to nab those involved in the practice. Vehicle checking is also being conducted.”We got information that some Naxals from Bihar were scheduled to hold a meeting with their Jharkhand counterparts here but panicked upon learning that police have been conducting raids to nab them,” he said.

Demonetisation: Naxals using villagers to convert black money into legal currency, say Jharkhand cops

Latehar: In a bid to evade scrutiny, Naxals in Jharkhand are forcing elderly people to exchange their unaccounted money after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

In Latehar district, one of the most Naxal-affected areas in Jharkhand, the left-wing extremists, who have extorted crores of rupees by levying “tax” and through ransom, are forcing elderly people to deposit the cash into their accounts, using the cap of Rs 2.5 lakh deposit in one go.

“It is correct. We have received information that Naxals are using villagers to deposit their extortion money into bank accounts so that it can be converted into legal currency. Not only elderly people, but young people could also be involved in the practice,” Latehar Superintendent of Police (SP) Anoop Birtharay told PTI.

Birtharay said that for the last two days, police have been conducting searches in several places to nab those involved in the illegal practice.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“We suspect that some locals, who could be Naxal sympathisers providing logistical support to Naxals, are behind it,” the SP said.

Birtharay said police are keeping a close vigil and conducting raids upon receiving tip-offs to nab those involved in the practice. Vehicle checking is also being conducted.

“We got information that some Naxals from Bihar were scheduled to hold a meeting with their Jharkhand counterparts in Latehar but panicked upon learning that police have been conducting raids to nab them,” he said.

A local resident said on condition of anonymity that some elderly people of Matlong village are visiting banks in Latehar district headquarters carrying lakhs of rupees to deposit into their account so that they could help Naxals convert their ill-gotten money.

“A few days ago, an elderly woman who was unable to even recognise notes correctly, went to a state-run bank to deposit Rs 4.5 lakh in her Jan Dhan account. She, however, went back without depositing the money, saying she was asked to show PAN card which she did not have,” he said.

Another villager said in some cases, some Naxal sympathisers are depositing the money willingly after deducting their “share” which ranges from 10 percent to 30 percent but in other cases, many elderly people are forced to comply with the Naxals’ instructions.

“Naxals are frustrated with the government’s move demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. They are threatening locals to deposit their money into banks so that the cash does not become defunct,” the villager said.

Inspector General of CRPF (Jharkhand) Sanjay A Lathkar said they too have received some information that Naxals were trying to convert their money in the area.

“Some people have been arrested with old notes. We are keeping a close watch on Naxals’ movement in the state and would foil any attempt by them to convert money. The state police is also looking after these inputs,” he said.

Recently, the CRPF recovered Rs 25 lakh from two suspects of People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of CPI (Maoist) and one of Jharkhand’s several dominant extremist outfits, in Bodo area.

The two arrested suspects are said to have links to PLFI supremo Dinesh, a CRPF official said.

Security agencies suspect that the seized cash could be part of funds used for Naxalite activities.

NaxaLs have amassed nearly Rs 1,500 crore organised extortion business in the form of “levy”, police and central security officials said.

Many splinter groups are said to be indulged in “levy” collection besides carrying out kidnapping, looting and narcotics trade, they said.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 12:46 IST

Demonetisation: Invalid Rs 1,000 notes found floating in Ganga

Sat, 12 Nov 2016-02:00pm , Mirzapur , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetised Rs 1,000 notes were found flowing in Ganga river at Nayaghat area here, police said.According to reports, boatmen got into a fight after spotting the invalid Rs 1,000 notes flowing in the river yesterday after which police was informed. Nineteen Rs 1,000 notes in a torn condition have been recovered from the river, Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said.The authenticity of the notes will be known only after further investigations, the SP added.

SIT to question 105 tribal girl students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), which will question 105 tribal girl students studying at the tribal school in Hivarkheda village in Buldhana district, where 12 teenagers were allegedly raped by school staffers.On Saturday, the local police arrested 17 people from the school. As per the FIR, the accused are charged under IPC Sections 376 (2) (f,i,n), 109 , 2 (N and F), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and the SC and ST Atrocity Act.An investigating officer said that six girls have so far complained about sexual assault. While two of them admitted to being raped, four others admitted to being sexually molested. “If more girls complain of sexual abuse, their medial examination will be conducted and more complaints will be registered,” he said.DNA has obtained a copy of the FIR, which says that the girls were raped multiple times by the accused. The accused allegedly raped them at knifepoint and threatened to kill them if they resisted.Sources said that the main accused, Etusingh Pawar, used to persuade tribal students to join the school. Sources said that he was doing this, so that the school trust could avail of grants and other benefits. Pawar’s job, they said, was to roam around the remote tribal areas and get students for the school. This year, he enrolled 50 students and was given the temporary assistant’s post in return. School authorities also assured Pawar that he would be made permanent if he continued to enroll more students.The SIT is being led by Arati Singh, Superintendent of Police, CID, Nagpur. The other officers in the team comprises Shweta Khedkar (Additional SP, Buldhana), Rupali Darekar (Deputy SP, Khamgaon), Bharati Gurunale (Assistant Police Inspector) and two woman constables. Darekar said that they have already started their investigations.”We have got the list from the school. Most of the tribal girl students are based in Jalgaon, Akola and Buldhana. We have set up multiple teams that will visit their locations to record their statements and obtain other information,” she said. Another woman official said that it would take at least a week to meet all the girls as most of them live in remote and hilly areas where they cannot take their vehicles.”It will take a week or so to meet all the 105 girls. Since we realise that because of fear and social stigma, they may feel reluctant to speak out about the incidents, we are taking along psychologists. Counselling is very important as all girls are minors.”

Tribal minor girl student raped at knifepoint for six months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panic, shock and anger surround the families of the tribal girls who were allegedly raped by their school staffers in Buldhana, Maharashtra, as the police continue their probe. On Friday, DNA had reported that 12 girls, aged between 12 and 14 years, had been allegedly raped in their boarding school in Hivarkheda village. The rape accused include peons, teachers, and even two headmasters. In fact, one of them was allegedly raped for six months at knifepoint.A Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the incident, said that it is likely that the number of victims may increase. Currently, there are 10 accused in the incident, out of which eight have been arrested. Two are absconding.The probe has also revealed that the main culprit, a peon, was not even on the roster of the school and was being paid by the school peon to work in his place.The accused are Etusingh Pawar (Assistant), BV Lahudkar (Headmaster for primary school), DR Kharat (Headmaster for secondary school), SB Lakhe (Assistant), ND Ambhare (Superintendent), Deepak Kokare (Kitchen Staffer), Ms MG Vajire (Superintendent), Vijay Kokare (Clerk), Mrs Manta Kokare (Kitchen Staffer) and Mrs Raut (Assistant). Lahudkar and Kokare are absconding.SD Baviskar, Superintendent of Police, Buldhana, said that they have booked the accused under IPC Section 376 (rape) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO).Recounting the incident, the mother of one of the victims, said that Etusingh Pawar (an assistant) had told her daughter that during the night, the bedroom door should be kept open. “When my daughter questioned him, he threatened to kill her if she did not do so. My daughter got scared and kept the door open. Etusingh came at midnight and forcefully pulled her into the next room. He was carrying a knife. This became routine for him and he raped the girl for six months at knifepoint. One by one, other school staffers also started exploiting the girls.”Another parent said that when his daughter complained about a similar incident to the headmaster, he threatened to thrown her out of the school. A senior police officer said that despite the incident coming to light, some parents and girls were not complaining or undergoing medical tests. “No one wants the stigma. This could affect the probe,” he said.Maharashtra Tribal Minister Vishnu Savara said that they are taking the statements of the victims and sending them for medical examinations. “The medical report (of the examined girls) are still being awaited.” However, a source said that the report has confirmed rape of the first girl.On justice for the victims, Savara said that within a month, the charge sheet would be filed. “We have asked the authorities to fast-track the case.”Securing child rightsThe National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to the Superintendent of Police and the Buldhana District Collector to submit a report on the rape incident with 10 days. “We have sought a copy of the FIR, the medico-legal report and the recorded statements under Section 13(1)(j) of the CPCR Act, 2005. We have also demanded from the district administration a report on the steps they taken,” said Yashwant Jain, member, NCPCR. The NCPCR has also demanded that the girls be given adequate medical and psychological help.

Naxal leader Rama Krishna not in custody: Andhra Police tells HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top naxalite leader Rama Krishna is not in the custody of Andhra Pradesh Police, the Hyderabad High Court was, on Thursday, informed by the police.Following submission from the state police, the court asked the petitioner, who is Krishna alias RK’s wife, to produce before it any material with regard to him and gave her two weeks.A division bench of justices CV Nagarjuna Reddy and MSK Jaiswal had earlier directed the Andhra Pradesh government to file counter affidavit informing the court whether RK was in police custody or not, by Thursday while hearing a habeas corpus plea filed last week by RK’s wife Kandula Sirisha.In the wake of an exchange of fire on Andhra-Odisha border on October 24 in which 24 Maoists were killed, doubts were expressed by RK’s wife and relatives and party comrades that he might be in police custody.In the habeas corpus petition, RK s wife Sirisha sought directions to the state government to produce the outlaw before the court and to record his statement for appropriate action.Responding to the petition, Visakhapatnam Rural District Superintendent of Police Rahul Dev Sharma filed an affidavit before the court that the husband is not in the custody of police.”In fact the records reveal that the husband of the petitioner is a member of the Central Committee of CPI (ML), which is a banned Organisation and there are around 40 cases registered against RK at various police stations of Andhra Pradesh.”The police could not apprehend the husband of the petitioner till date in connection with those pending criminal cases,” the SP submitted.The senior police officer further submitted that the incident of exchange of fire has occurred in the territory of Odisha state and requested the court to dismiss the petition.Referring to the affidavit of AP Police that RK is not in their custody, the court told the petitioner, “In absence of material, if you (petitioner) have any material produce it,” after which the petitioner sought time to file reply.The court then posted the matter after two weeks to enable the petitioner to file material, if any with regard to RK.AP Police had on Wednesday informed the High Court that joint teams of AP and Odisha police had to “fire in self-defence”, which resulted in the death of 24 Maoists in Malkangiri district of Odisha area on October 24.

SP among 100 injured in Kashmir clashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least 100 people, including a Superintendent of Police (SP) and 35 other security personnel, were injured on Wednesday in clashes between stone-pelting mobs and law enforcing agencies in different parts of Kashmir valley, officials said.The intense clashes took place in Soura area in the outskirts of Srinagar after police tried to arrest some youth allegedly involved in disturbing law and order, leaving 80 people including SP Hazratbal and 35 other securitymen injured, they said. Among the civilians injured, three received pellet injures while another was hit by a tear-smoke shell during the clashes which continued throughout the day, the officials said.The clashes broke out when police, assisted by paramilitary forces, launched a cordon and search operation to nab some youth in Anchar locality of Soura, they said. Commenting on the incident, a police spokesman said “miscreants in large numbers pelted stones heavily upon the deployments at Anchar-Soura resulting in grievous injuries to SP Hazratbal and 35 other police and security forces personnel. “While dealing with the law and order in the area, three civilians who were part of the mob also sustained injuries.They were shifted to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The condition of all of them is stated to be stable,” the spokesman said. He said a Deputy Superintendent of Police was injured during another clash which took place between stone-pelting protesters and security forces at Tarzoo village of Sopore township in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, officials said 15 people were hurt in the clashes during which police fired dozens of teargas shells and used batons to restore law and order.In Shopian district of south Kashmir, the spokesman said miscreants pelted stones on police and security forces deployed at Dachoo, Rabben, Nagbal and Sugan during the day.Police chased the protesters, using mild force, he said. However, officials said at least five persons sustained minor injuries in the clashes.

Bihar road rage case: Rocky Yadav surrenders before Gaya district court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rocky Yadav surrendered before the Gaya district court on Saturday, a day after the police could not trace him.The Supreme Court on Friday had stayed the bail granted by the Patna High Court on October 19 to Yadav in connection with the death of Aditya Sachdeva in the road rage incident, making it clear he will have to go back to jail.Rocky is accused of shooting and killing Aditya Sachdeva, a Class XII student who was driving his Maruti car, for overtaking his SUV on May 7 this year near Gaya.The Nitish Kumar government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the Patna High Court’s granting bail to Rocky Yadav.After the Supreme Court stayed his bail, the police launched a manhunt when Yadav could not be located. Raids were conducted at various places in order to put him back to jail, Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Malik told PTI. “As soon as the Supreme Court judgement reached us the police raided Rocky Yadav’s house in AP Colony, but did not find him there,” the SP said.The police filed an application in the court of Additional District Judge SP Mishra seeking non-bailable arrest warrant against Yadav to send him back to jail in accordance with the apex court judgement. Rocky Yadav’s lawyer also filed an affidavit in the court of the ADJ during the day stating that he was out of Gaya and would come before the court on Sunday.With PTI/ANI inputs

Bihar: Bikers molest minor, crush her to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor girl in Kaimur district of Bihar died after motorcycle-borne men allegedly ran her over after molesting her.The 15-year-old schoolgirl was on her way to write an exam when the motorcycle-borne men chased her, pulled her dupatta and ran her over.As per reports, one of the accused pulled her dupatta, which got entangled around her neck like a noose that choked her. The victim fell and as her body remained motionless, the accused reversed their bike and drove over her, killing the minor.According to Jagarnath Jla Reddy, Superintendent of Police Bhabua, a case of molestation was registered against the guilty. The culprits abandoned the motorcycle, fled the spot.The investigation is under way.

Chhattisgarh: Five Naxals arrested following gun battle in Kondagaon district

Raipur: Five Naxals were arrested following a gun battle in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said on Wednesday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The cadres were apprehended by a joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police from the forests of Dhanora police station area on Tuesday, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.

Those arrested were identified as Singrai Kawde (36), Bhagat (30), Sagnu Komra (22), Mannu Komra (45) and Sukalu Ram Korram (40).

When security forces reached the forests between Badeodagaon and Badagaon villages during a search operation in Dhanora region, about 250 kms away from Raipur, a group of armed rebels ambushed the police party by triggering an IED blast followed by indiscriminate fire on them, the SP said.

However, when security personnel retaliated heavily, rebels fled from the spot, he added.

No harm was reported from either side in the skirmish.

Immediately after the gunfight, security forces launched a search in the region during which five ultras were held while trying to escape, the SP said.

Two tiffin bombs, four packet gunpowder, live cartridges of 12 bore gun, electricity wire, naxal banners and pamphlets, bags, Naxal uniforms, their literature and commodities of daily use were recovered from their possession, he added.

While Bhagat was active as janmilitia deputy commander, Singrai was the head of Janatana Sarkar squad in Kiskodo area committee of Maoists, he said, adding that other Naxals were lower rung members of the banned outfit.

UP: 5 killed, 4 injured in explosion in illegal cracker factory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons have been killed and four others were injured in an explosion in a two-storey building in Pitarkunda locality here, police said on Wednesday.The explosion took place late Tuesday night in a two-storey building where firecrackers were being produced illegally.At the time of explosion around nine persons were inside the house. Five of them have been killed and four others were critically injured, Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari said.Three deceased have been identified as Sarfaraz, Shaba and Amina.Police suspect that the incident occurred as some explosives must have caught fire. The roof of the house also collapsed after the explosion.The injured were rushed to the BHU’s Trauma Centre, he said, adding an investigation is still underway.Firetenders were rushed to the spot which doused the fire.A NDRF team was also called in to carry out the rescue and relief operation, Tiwari said.District Magistrate Y R Mishra, Divisional Commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, DIG Sanjeev Gupta and other?officers also rushed to the spot along with a large number of police personnel and brought the situation under control.

Maoists encounter: Senior greyhounds commando dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior commando of Andhra Pradesh greyhounds, who was injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists on the AP-Odisha border early on Monday, succumbed to injuries in Vishakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam (Rural) Superintendent of Police, Rahul Dev Sharma said that the commando succumbed at a hospital.The deceased Abubacker, along with another senior commando, was injured in the exchange of fire with ultras in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Monday morning. Both the injured were brought in a helicopter from the encounter site and admitted to the King George Hospital for treatment.Abubacker, who hails from Gajuwaka near Vishakhapatnam, died while undergoing treatment. Greyhounds is AP’s elite anti-Maoist force.Earlier in day, 21 Naxals lost their life in firing with troopers in a major operation launched by security forces on Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border.

Bhubaneswar fire: Hospital Superintendent, 3 others arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four officials of the SUM Hospital were arrested on Tuesday night in connection to the fire that broke out at the hospital on Monday. 22 people were reported dead in the fire and several others were left critically injured. Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner said that SUM Hospital Superintendent and three other employees were arrested. Odisha government on Tuesday filed two FIRs alleging negligence in conduct and safety against the private hospital, while administrative inquiries into the mishap have begun. Two separate FIRs have been lodged by Joint Director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Umakanta Satpathy and Fire Officer (Central Circle) B B Das with the Khandagiri police station, said ACP P K Patnaik.”In both the cases, allegations of negligence in conduct and safety were levelled against the Sum Hospital authorities. A case will be registered soon,” he said, adding that some other organisations have also lodged complaints against the hospital.As many as 106 patients, who were shifted from the private Sum Hospital following the blaze on Monday night, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said, amid reports that some of them are in critical condition. Most of them were from the ICU and the dialysis unit, an official said.Most of the deaths in the four-storey hospital took place due to suffocation and asphyxiation, a senior official said, adding that majority of the patients at the ICU were on ventilator support.The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor which spread to the nearby ICU. The fire rapidly spread to other areas on the same floor of the hospital building.

BJP leader brutally murdered by group of persons near Pune

Pune: A 38-year-old local BJP leader was shot and hacked to death allegedly by a group of persons in broad daylight in Talegaon Dabhade, 35 km from Pune, on Sunday.

Representational Image. AFP

Representational Image. AFP

Sachin Shelke, former mayor of Talegaon municipal council, was travelling in his car when assailants waylaid him near a petrol pump at around 11 am.

“The assailants asked Shelke to get down from the car and fired a round at him and then attacked him with sharp-edged weapons before fleeing,” Superintendent of Police Jai Jadhav said.

“An old enmity could be the reason behind the murder,” he said.

People who were around him, rushed him to a private hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

The police have registered a case against 10 people, believed to be associates of Shyam Dabhade, who has criminal record and is absconding, the SP said.

Four suspects also have been detained.

Police also recovered CCTV footage from the spot and a manhunt has been launched to trace the remaining assailants.

In 2013, Shelke was attacked but survived. His brother and father too had survived similar attacks.

Situation in and around Talegaon was tense and heavy police force have been deployed there.

The town was in news for similar incident in 2010 when Satish Shetty, an RTI activist, was murdered while on morning walk.

Gujarat: 4 cops suspended after clash between two communities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons were injured after members of two communities clashed at Dhori village in Dhrangadhra taluka of Surendranagar district, following which four policemen were suspended for “dereliction of duty”, police said on Sunday. The confrontation between the members of Patidar and Koli communities occurred on Saturday night and the police had to lob three teargas shells to control the crowd.”Members of Patidar and Koli communities clashed last night after tempers ran high over a land issue,” Surendranagar District Superintendent of Police Deepak Meghani said.”Yesterday morning, a Patel youth was beaten up by the members of the Koli community over the issue, after which tension between the two communities escalated. Around 9 pm, both the sides indulged in stone-pelting with some members even firing two rounds in the air,” he added.The incident left at least four persons injured, Meghani said, adding that the police lobbed three teargas shells to bring the situation under control. Four policemen were found guilty of dereliction of duty and were suspended in this connection, he said.The suspended policemen were sub-inspector DV Basiya, assistant sub-inspector DM Jadhav, constables Rasikbhai Panara and Rohit Thakor. “The in-charge of the outpost should have visited the spot in the morning after the Patel youth was beaten up and should have informed the senior officials about it so that proper police deployment could be made to prevent the clash. They were suspended for negligence and dereliction of duty,” Meghani said.Cross FIRs have been filed against 36 persons in this regard for attempt to murder, rioting, unlawful assembly, causing hurt using dangerous weapons and under relevant sections of the Arms Act, police said. Further investigation into the case was on although, no arrest had been made yet, they added.

Varanasi Stampede: Death toll mounts to 24; Akhilesh Yadav orders magisterial inquiry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-four people were killed and 50 injured in a stampede on an overcrowded Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli when followers of a religious leader were crossing it to attend a congregation this afternoon.Following the incident, Uttar Pradesh government tonight suspended five police officers including two Superintendents of Police.The incident took place in Ramnagar police station area of Varanasi when thousands of followers of Jai Gurudev were proceeding towards Domri village in Chandauli for the two-day samagam (camp) which began on Saturday, ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said.Of the deceased, 20 were women, police said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP from Varanasi, expressed anguish over the incident and asked senior officials in Varanasi to take stock of the situation. He also announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the Commissioner, Varanasi, to institute a magisterial inquiry into the incident.He extended an ex gratia of Rs five lakh each to next of kin of those killed and free treatment to the injured, who have been admitted to different hospitals in Varanasi and Chandauli.Besides the ex-gratia, Yadav announced another compensation of Rs 5 lakh under the Samajwadi Kisan and Sarvhit Bima schemes, an official release said.He also said that injured will get Rs 2.50 lakh from these schemes for the treatment and Rs 1 lakh for artificial limb, if required.The place where the camp is being organised is two kilometres away from the spot where the incident took place, police said, adding people in large numbers were brought for the camp by the organisers who had taken the permission only for two to three thousand devotees.One person died due to suffocation on the bridge because of the surging crowd on the narrow Ganga bridge leading to rumours which resulted in the stampede, Chaudhary said.Spokesman of Jai Gurudev Sansthan Raj Bahadur said the devotees were proceeding towards the camp, but police started sending them back though they kept on thronging the bridge.This led to rumours that the bridge ahead has collapsed leading to stampede, he said, alleging there was a serious lapse on the part of the administration.Principal Secretary (Home) Devashish Panda, Home Secretary S K Raghuvanshi, DGP Javeed Ahmed have rushed to Varanasi to monitor the rescue work. Senior officials from the two districts are camping there.Chaudhary said that additional force, including 20 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary, has been deployed in the area for the second day of the samagam on Sunday.The Chief Minister assured that stern action will be taken against the organisers or administration, whosoever is found guilty of negligence that lead to the stampede, the release said.Varanasi Superintendent of Police City Sudhakar Yadav, SP Traffic Kamal Kishore, Kotwali Circle Officer Rahul Mishra, Station Officer of Ramnagar police station, Anil Kumar Singh and Incharge of Mughalsarai police station in Chandauli district, Sub-inspector Vinod Yadav have been suspended.Meanwhile, Varanasi district administration has launched a helpline number 0542-2508464.

BRICS Summit: Vladimir Putin’s arrival in Goa delayed due to poor visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Russian President Vladimir Putin’s arrival in Goa today to attend the BRICS Summit was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state. The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1.00 am at INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to the Dabolim Airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region, sources in the naval base said. His flight, which was supposed to land at 3 AM, was rescheduled to 7.00 am but even at that time it could not arrive. However, due to security reasons it was not stated as to where his plane has been diverted.Heavy security was in place along the road connecting INS Hansa base to the summit’s venue hotel in Benaulim village. Several Union and Goa government officials were also camping at the base since last night to welcome the Russian President. “The arrival of President of Russia has been delayed. The exact rescheduled time of his arrival has not been given to us,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Suchita Desai said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa last night and was welcomed at the INS Hansa base by Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza. The Prime Minister was later taken to the venue hotel by road in Benaulim where he was welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Madhya Pradesh: 17 dead as bus falls in a pit near Ratlam, over 13 injured

A private bus carrying more than 40 people fell into a gorge on Friday near Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, reported ANI. According to latest reports, so far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, however, further details are awaited from the scene of the accident. Rescue operations are underway.

The bus was on its way to Jaora from Ratlam when the mishap took place on the four-lane road at 12 Patthar Khadan, about two kms away from Namli town.

The pit, which was dug to collect earthen material for laying roads was lying deserted and rain water got filled into it. Prima facie, the speeding bus fell into it after its steering failed and the driver lost control of the vehicle, Additional Superintendent of Police Dr Prashant Choube told PTI. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving on a high speed and suddenly it overturned and fell into the large water pit.

The ASP said that nearly 13 people were pulled out from the bus in injured condition and referred to nearby hospitals. Efforts were on to pull the bus out of water with the help of local residents.
Senior officials, including Collector, SP and others, reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation.

However, according to another report in Dainik Bhaskar, the bus was reportedly speeding at the highway when one of its tires went flat and the bus driver lost control. The pit, according to the report is around 25 feet away from the highway and over 50 feet deep.

The Financial Express,  locals reached the spot soon after the incident and started helping the injured. The bus, according to the report belongs to a private service, Mamata Bus Service.

According to a PTI report, at least 13 people were pulled out from the bus in injured condition and referred to nearby hospitals. The ASP said that efforts were on to pull the bus out of water with the help of local residents. Senior officials, including Collector, SP and others, reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation.

MP: 9 killed as bus falls in gorge

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least nine persons were killed and several others injured today when a private bus fell into a gorge near Namli town in the district on Friday, police said. “So far nine persons have been found dead in the ill-fated bus that fell into the gorge,” Ratlam Superintendent of Police Avinash Sharma said The bus was on its way to Mandsaur from Ratlam when the mishap took place. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was moving on a high speed and suddenly it overturned and fell into the gorge filled with water. Unconfirmed reports said there were 40-45 passengers in the bus. However, the SP said the figure is not correct. Efforts were on to pull the bus out of the gorge with the help of local residents. Senior officials have rushed to the spot and further details are awaited.

MP: Martyr’s mother says police demanded bribe to find stolen medals, govt promises action

The mother of a martyred Army Captain on Thursday accused Shahpur police in Madhya Pradesh of demanding a bribe to make efforts to trace the bravery medals of her son that were stolen in 2014.

Nirmala Devi Sharma stands alongside the picture of her martyred son Captain Devashish Sharma. News18

Nirmala Devi Sharma stands alongside the picture of her martyred son Captain Devashish Sharma. News18

Nirmala Sharma, a resident of Shahpura locality in Bhopal, told IANS that her only son, Captain Devashish Sharma of Punjab Battalion, was killed on 10 December, 1994, during Operation Rakshak.

He was posthumously awarded Kirti Chakra by the government of India and a bravery award by the Jammu and Kashmir government.

The medals were stolen during a theft at their house on 21 October, 2014, regarding which a report was lodged in Shahpura police station.

Nirmala said certain police officials demanded money to make efforts to trace the stolen medals, which she refused.

When contacted, Bhopal (South) Superintendent of Police Anshuman Singh said the police had not received any complaint in this regard.

“We got to know about this from the media only,” he said and assured of suitable action.

News18 reported that Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh visited Nirmala Sharma’s house and assured them of a re-investigation into the case.

“My son won’t come back, at least return his honour,” the report quoted Nirmala as saying. CNN-News18 also reported that she has been invited to an event which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nirmala said that she will tell the PM about the issue if she gets to meet him.

With inputs from IANS

Gujarat: FIR lodged against two suspected ISI agents nabbed by ATS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a late night operation in Bhuj town, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed two suspected ISI agents allegedly involved in sending sensitive information about movement of Army and BSF troops to their Pakistan-based handlers.An FIR under various sections of Official Secrets Act and Indian Penal Code was registered against the accused on Thursday. The ATS had been keeping a close watch on the duo after learning about their suspected role as spies for the Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, officials said. They have been identified as – Alana Hamir Sama (40), a resident of Kukma village of Bhuj taluka, and his associate Shakoor Sumra (38), resident of Sumrapor in Bhuj taluka of the district.”We had been keeping a close watch on the duo since some time as we learnt that they were sending sensitive information about troop movements of Army and Border Security Force in this region to their Pakistan-based ISI handlers,” ATS Deputy Superintendent of Police BH Chavda said.
ALSO READ Gujarat: ATS nabs two suspected Pakistan spies in Kutch”We nabbed the duo last night when they came to Bhuj bus station to discuss about sharing of more information with ISI,” he said. According to an official release by the ATS, a mobile phone made by a Pakistani company was recovered from Alana, who was in touch with ISI since last two years.”From Alana, ATS recovered a Pakistani-made mobile phone, his I-card issued in Pakistan and an Aadhar card issued here. Preliminary questioning revealed that he visited Pakistan four times on Indian passport in the recent past,” the release said.Both of them are now being questioned in Bhuj by various state and Central agencies to dig out more information from them, it said. The action comes amid tension between India and Pakistan after the recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the LoC. A high alert has been sounded in Gujarat, specially in border areas due to the threat of terror attack.

Bihar: Three policemen suspended for dancing with bar girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar police on Thursday suspended three policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO) of Bhojpur district, after a video showing them dancing with bar girls went viral on Wednesday, a senior police official said.”We have suspended three policemen including an SHO, an ASI and a constable of Koilwar police station of Bhojpur district after a video footage went viral showing them dancing with bar girls at a function held at Koilwar, a small township in Bhojpur, the day before yesterday,” Patna Zonal IG Naiyar Husnain Khan told PTI.The action was taken after verifying the video footage, he added.Sources said that the dance programme was organised by a puja committee at Koilwar chowk on Vijayadashmi.The three policemen who have been suspended with immediate effect include Koilwar police station SHO Sanjay Shankar, Assistant Sub-Inspector Devchandra Singh and a constable Bhushan, IG said.”Bhojpur Superintendent of Police has also been asked to initiate departmental proceedings against these policemen for their improper conduct. We will not tolerate such conduct at any cost in which policemen, including SHO, were seen dancing publicly at a stage,” IG said adding that this is not expected from a police officer.

Monica Ghurde murder case: Accused sexually abused her before killing her, reveal cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The man held for the murder of perfumer Monica Ghurde spent two nights on terrace of her building monitoring movements and sexually abused her before strangulating her, police said on Tuesday, as chilling details emerged about the sensational case. The accused, Rajkumar Singh, has confessed to sexually abusing Monica after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips, they said.Singh, a 21-year-old native of Punjab who worked as a security guard in Panaji, has been arrested for allegedly murdering the photographer-turned-perfume specialist on the night of October 5 at her rented flat in Sangolda village in Goa. Singh, nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel two days ago, was brought to Goa on transit remand on Monday night. The accused was produced in a court of a Judicial Magistrate of First Class at Mapusa town on Tuesday, which remanded him in seven-day police custody. He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations after stealing two cards of the 39-year-old woman and forcing her to reveal their PINs.”The accused has confessed to the crime. He has told the Investigating Officer that for two days he took refuse on the terrace of the building where Monica lived before forcibly entering her flat on October 5 evening,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters at police headquarters.Singh, during interrogation, narrated how he tortured Monica throughout the night before strangling her to death, Gupta said, adding he tied the victim to bed and went to the kitchen, where he had boiled eggs for dinner. Gupta said the accused arrived in Goa on April 5, 2016 in search of a job and was employed as a security guard in the complex, where Monica came searching for a rented flat.”The accused was attracted towards Monica since the day she inquired about availability of a flat in the complex and later followed her movements when she started residing there. After his duty as a security guard, he would wash cars of the residents, including that of Monica,” the DIG said.Gupta, who interrogated Singh at Saligao police station in presence of Superintendent of Police (North) Umesh Gaonkar in the morning, said the accused developed grudge against Monica after he was sacked from the job on July 22, 2016 after being accused of stealing her umbrella.”The security agency, which had employed him, kept on hold his two months’ salary amounting to Rs 22,000,” the IPS officer said.”After losing his job, Singh worked as a labourer in Ponda town for sometime before visiting places like Pune, Chennai, Hyderbad and Mumbai in search of employment but was unsuccessful,” Gupta said.During this time, the accused contacted Monica and requested her to tell the security agency to release his salary. She, however, refused to do so. Overcome by anger and sense of revenge over what he perceived as humiliation by the perfumer for his loss of job, Singh went to her residential complex on October 3. He spent two days on her building’s terrace looking for opportunity to get inside her flat and finally succeeded on October 5 at around 6.30 PM, the DIG said.Gupta said the accused had a scuffle with Monica in bathroom. He then overpowered and tied her to bed and sexually abused her. Fearing Monica will complain to the police, Singh smothered the perfumer to death but before that forced her to reveal PINs of ATM cards and password of her mobile phone. The DIG said the woman screamed for help several times during her captivity but no one from the complex could hear it.

Shiv Sena leader, others booked for opposing Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s participation in Ramleela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena district chief Mukesh Sharma and 19 others were booked on Friday on charges of promoting enmity and public mischief for opposing Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in taking part in a Ramleela at his native place in Budhana, a senior police official said.Siddiqui had pulled out of the Ramleela programme on Thursday due to opposition by the right-wing activists following which it was cancelled.”Police has registered a case against 20 Shiv Sena activists, including district chief Mukesh Sharma, for opposing the film star today,” Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said. They have been booked under IPC sections 153(a)–promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony and 505(2)– statements conducing to public mischief. Sharma is absconding, he added.The actor was to play Maarich, a rakshasa (demon), because the demon wanted to be killed by the arrows of Ram. But, the organisers had to cancel the programme after the activists approached them and expressed their displeasure over Nawazuddin’s participation.The District authorities had said police would provide security to Nawazuddin but he decided to pull out of Ramleela.

Chhattisgarh: 57 Naxals, 297 supporters surrender before police

Raipur: As many as 57 Naxals and 297 sympathisers surrendered before police in the insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“Altogether 57 Maoist cadres and 297 sympathisers turned themselves in before the government, police and CRPF officials at Sukma district headquarters. Seventeen of these 57 Maoists were carrying a cash reward on their heads,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.

Seventeen Naxals surrendered along with firearms, he said.

“Cadres are getting increasingly fed up with violent Maoist activities and want to see development in their area,” the SP said.

He described the move as a good indicator in the conflict-ridden Bastar region.

Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri, Sukma Collector Neeraj Bansod and other police and CRPF officials were present on the occasion.

The Maoist supporters belong to Kerlapal, Majhipara, Patelpara, Potampara, Borguda, Gondpalli Mosalpara, Jeerampal, Badesatti, Pandupara and other villages of the region, the SP said.

According to the official, the cadres in their statements said that they decided to move away from the Maoists as they were frustrated with continuous exploitation, atrocities and violence by them.

An encouragement amount of Rs 10,000 was given to each of the 57 Maoists, he said, adding that they would be provided assistance as per the rehabilitation policy of the government.

According to the figures provided by the police, with this development, about 1,400 Naxals and their supporters have surrendered before police in separate districts of Bastar division so far this year.

Dadri lynching case: Mohammed Akhlaq’s murder accused dies of kidney and respiratory failure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused in the infamous Dadri lynching case died on Tuesday of kidney and respiratory failure at a hospital here.Ravi, 22, was rushed to Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital from district hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after suffering “kidney failure”.”He was brought here in a very bad condition, with kidney failure and high blood sugar level, around 12 noon. He died around 7 PM of kidney and respiratory failure,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital, Dr J C Passey told PTI.He was lodged in a jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.”Ravi was first brought to the district hospital in Noida this morning from the jail. He was then rushed to a Delhi hospital after his condition worsened,” Station House Officer of Jarcha Police Station, Pradeep Kumar Singh said.It is also suspected that Ravi was suffering from dengue, though hospital authorities said, “medical report is still awaited.””We had done his dengue and chikungunya tests. But, it is only by tomorrow that we can say whether he was suffering from dengue or not, as the medical reports are not out yet,” Passey said.In Dadri’s Bishada village, Mohammed Akhlaq (51) was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September last year on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.

Raipur: Naxal gunned down in face-off with security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Naxal was gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said on Monday.The face-off between rebels and a joint team of security forces took place near the jungles of Chheri village last evening, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said.A small party of forces comprising Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and local police was undertaking a search operation in the interiors of Bayanar, located around 300 kms away from here, yesterday.While they were advancing into jungles of Chheri, security forces came under heavy fire from a group of Maoists to which they retaliated in self-defence, he said.However, the ultras soon escaped from the place.During search, the body of a Maoist clad in uniform , a pistol with loaded magazine and many other items were recovered from the spot, the SP said.”The area could not be searched properly due to darkness, and prima facie it appears that more ultras were either injured or killed in the gunfight, he said.The patrol parties have safely reached back to camps, he said adding that identity of the killed Naxal was being ascertained.

Chhattisgarh: Naxal gunned down in face-off with security forces in Kondagaon

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Raipur: A Naxal was gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said on Monday.

The face-off between rebels and a joint team of security forces took place near the jungles of Chheri village last evening, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said.

A small party of forces comprising Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and local police was undertaking a search operation in the interiors of Bayanar, located around 300 kms away from Raipur, on Sunday.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

While they were advancing into jungles of Chheri, security forces came under heavy fire from a group of Maoists to which they retaliated in self-defence, he said.

However, the ultras soon escaped from the place.

During search, the body of a Maoist clad in ‘uniform’, a pistol with loaded magazine and many other items were recovered from the spot, the SP said.

“The area could not be searched properly due to darkness, and prima facie it appears that more ultras were either injured or killed in the gunfight,” he said.

The patrol parties have safely reached back to camps, he said adding that identity of the killed Naxal was being ascertained.

West Bengal: Police recover huge cache of arms from illegal factory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police on Sunday recovered a huge of arms from an illegal factory in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Over 100 arms and ammunition were recovered from a house in Santoshpur. Most of the arms were semi-finished, which points toward an illegal manufacturing unit existing in the area. “From a house in Santoshpur, we have recovered hundreds of semi-finished arms and a huge cache of ammunition. Besides that, we have recovered seven 7mm pistols and twenty-two 9mm pistols. Other recoveries range from gas cutters to lead machines. We had specific inputs and when we conducted the raid, we found a full-fledged illegal arms factory existing in the area,” said Chandrasekhar Bardhan, Additional Superintendent of Police, West, South 24 Parganas District. Preliminary investigations reveal that one person had rented the house from landlord, Samsher Ali and later got labourers from Bihar to manufacture arms in this particular house. Investigators told reporters on Sunday that the house had been sound-proofed and a music system would play to prevent any sound from being heard outside. “We have also begun an investigation into the case to find out which state the consignment was meant for. The gang might have its roots in other states too. However, existence of similar illegal arms factories in the district cannot be ruled out at this moment,” added Bardhan. While the police arrested the landlord of the house on charges of harbouring anti-socials, all the others, including the mastermind, are at large. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case and have begun a lookout for all the accused. This is the third such illegal arms factory that the police stumbled upon within a span of a month in the same district. On September 9, a similar factory came to light in Maheshtala’s Rabindranagar and on September 27, police found another illegal arms manufacturing unit at Baruipur.

Jharkhand: Three villagers killed, four injured in PLFI firing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three villagers were killed and four others seriously injured when activists of ultra Left outfit People’s Liberation Front of India opened an indiscrimnate fire on a gram sabha meeting at Raitodand in naxal-hit Khunti district, police said on Tuesday.The villagers had assembled to discuss village-related issues on Sunday afternoon when about two dozen PLFI activists with firearms arrived on the spot and opened fire indiscriminately, DIG (Ranchi) R K Dhan, who along the Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta went to the spot on Monday night, said.The injured were rushed to Sadar Hospital, Khunti, from where doctors referred them to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi.The police suspect that the PLFI presumed the meeting was part of “peace meetings against ultra activities” being held across the district.The victims have been identified as Sukhram Munda (50), Rokan Purty (60) and Deet Munda (45). A villager, Ghansiram Purty, was reported missing following the incident, the SP said.Police personnel were rushed to the spot to track the culprits. Jharkhand DGP D K Pandey was likely visit the spot later on Tuesday.

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