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Trapped by CBI
Sanjay Pratap Singh, who was the principal secretary of Delhi government’s welfare department, was arrested by the probe agency on December 8, along with his PA, when he was caught red-handed in a trap laid by the CBI. This was after a complainant, who is apparently an AAP volunteer, approached the CBI and accused Singh of demanding a bribe from him.

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Arrested IAF official was honey-trapped by spy in guise of British journo

Ranjith KK, the 30-year-old Indian Air Force official who was dismissed from service and arrested from an airbase in Punjab earlier this week, had allegedly passed on official secrets to a suspected intelligence operative.According to Delhi police crime branch, the official had been compromised after falling prey to a honey trap set up by the suspected operative, Damini McNought, who posed as a journalist on Facebook.The arrest, made during a combined operation by Delhi police, military intelligence and Air Force liaisoning unit (LU), is being considered another major breakthrough after an ISI-backed espionage network was busted in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.Ranjith was posted in Bhatinda as an LAC (Leading Air Craftsman) before being dismissed on Monday. Bhatinda serves as a front line airbase near Pakistan border and has a very important surveillance unit, according to the officials. He is married and has a kid as well, said police.”The accused joined IAF in 2010 and has served in other states as well. He was booked under official secrets act and produced in a city court which sent him to four-day police custody,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of Delhi police (Crime).Investigators told dna that Ranjith was contacted by Damini on Facebook nearly a year ago. Damini told Ranjith that she was working for a leading British magazine as a war correspondent and needed his help for a story she was working on.”The suspect offered to transfer money into a bank account under Ranjith’s name. We are looking into recent transactions made towards that account,” said a senior police official. In exchange, Ranjith sent official secrets that included Air Force deployments, exercises and troop movements, he added.Sources told dna that Rs30,000 transferred into the account of Ranjith from a foreign bank had tipped off the intelligence agencies. “Air Force had kept him under surveillance for nearly three months. He had passed on critical sensitive information including air field markings through VOIP calls,” said the source.The accused has disclosed that the alleged spy has a British accent, which was apparent in their conversations during later phase of their relationship, interrogators said.Ranjith’s relationship with the suspected operative took a turn after the duo cosied up to each other. By this time Ranjith had been frequently talking to the suspected spy over WhatsApp and Viber.”We cannot delve into the exact nature of the conversation. But it is believed that the alleged Intel operative had begun to blackmail the accused, threatening to publish the content he had sent her on social media,” an investigator told dna.Delhi police are now trying to pinpoint the location of Damini. Her Facebook profile shows Leeds, United Kingdom as present address and has some others with military background too in friends’ list.The Crime Branch had earlier busted a major espionage network involving officials of the armed forces. Five persons were arrested including personnel of Border Security Force and Rashtriya Rifles. With a second espionage case coming to fore, the Crime Branch is not ruling out the possibility of multiple espionage networks in Indian armed forces.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Grimmer details of Dadri lynching emerge, meat found from Mohamad Akhlaq’s home was goat’s

However police refused to comment whether or not Shivam had actually retrieved any mutton from the drain. While filing a charge sheet in Dadri lynching case, police had ruled out conspiracy angle into the murder. The move can prove it difficult for the victim’s counsel or prosecution to establish murder charges (302) against any specific person or persons as the chargesheet has not invoked conspiracy charges. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not any meat was recovered by the accused at all as it could put light on whether the entire incident was a pre-planned conspiracy.

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Journo’s jottings 2015: When politics over beef claimed a life in Dadri

Sometime later, I wrote a story on how Akhlaq’s family saw him as a son, father, husband and brother and I realised how little I knew about the man who I was supposedly covering. He was not just “the man who was killed for eating beef”, he was “Papaji”.

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Chargesheet rules out conspiracy angle in Dadri murder

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It names names 15 of the total 19 accused identified by Akhlaq’s daughter Shaista and his son Danish Saifi

Uttar Pradesh police, while filing a chargesheet in Dadri lynching case, ruled out conspiracy angle into the murder of Mohamamad Akhlaq who was beaten to death in Dadri’s Bisara village on September 28 by a mob that accused him of eating beef.The move can prove it difficult for the victim’s counsel or prosecution to establish murder charges (302) against any specific person or persons as the chargesheet has not invoked conspiracy charges giving more precedence to charges of rioting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chargesheet names 15 of the total 19 accused identified by Akhlaq’s daughter Shaista and his son Danish Saifi, who was also injured grievously in the attack allegedly led by Vishan Rana, the son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana.Initially 10 persons were named in the first information report (FIR) which also listed another 5-6 unknown suspects. The accused were booked under section 323, 304, 506, 307, 427 and 458 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 302 (murder), section 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons and 149 (unlawful assembly) were added to the FIR later leaving out an the important 120 A section which could have established criminal conspiracy.On the night of the incident Vishal and his cousin Shivam Rana, had allegedly asked Hindu residents of Bisara to ‘gather near the electric transformer, as remains of a slaughtered calf had been discovered’. A mob gathered outside Akhlaq’s residence and attacked his family with iron rods and sticks. While Akhlaq succumbed to his injuries, his son Danish survived the attack after receiving medical treatment for more than two months.In a statement to the police, a copy of which is with dna, Vishal was quoted as, “Some people informed us that (Mohamad) Akhlaq, a Muslim, had slaughtered a cow which is considered as mother in Hindu religion. Our feelings were provoked and after that we entered deceased Akhlaq’s home and injured Danish by beating him. We beat up deceased Akhlaq and dragged him towards the transformer and left him there.””I know the people who provoked us to take the step. I don’t know them by their name but I can recognise their faces and can identify them if police takes us to them” the document reads further.When asked why the police has ruled out criminal conspiracy a senior police officer said, “We have taken cognisance of the FIR and the case diary which does not indicate that there was a criminal conspiracy. There is no main accused in the case. In a riot and no one can be sure of the exact role of the accused”. The statement means that Vishal and Shivam, who allegedly instigated the mob, are also not being considered as prime accused.Furthermore while it was believed that there were two juveniles involved in the murder, it has come to fore that one of the juvenile has turned out to be above 18. This was after verifying his school documents.Two more persons, Puneet and Bhim, were arrested on Wednesday while two others, identified by Danish continue to be absconding indicating a chance of a supplementary chargesheet in the case. A total of 19 people are accused in the case.

Veterinarian with alleged BJP affiliation among latest arrests in Dadri lynching

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday arrested five more persons who were allegedly part of the mob that lynched Mohamad Akhlaq in Dadri’s Bisara village in September. The number of arrested persons in the case has now risen to 15 with police looking for four more accused who were named by Shaista and Danish, children of Akhlaq.Among the latest arrested persons is the local veterinarian about whom dna had reported on December 4. Sources privy to investigation said that the veterinarian, identified as Arun Kumar, had affiliations with the local unit of Bhartiya Janata Party.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The arrests were made today (on Monday). Name of the arrested persons are Arun, Hari, Ravin and Vinay,” said Anurag Singh, circle officer Dadri. “The fifth is a juvenile,”he added. The number of juveniles allegedly involved in the murder has now risen to two. When asked about the political affiliations of Arun, the officer said, “Finding political affiliations is not the focus of the investigation. We are arresting persons on the basis of their involvement in the crime,” Singh said.Laxmi Kant Bajpai, the state president of BJP Uttar Pradesh, when contacted by dna for a reaction said, “I am not aware of the latest development. I can only comment once I verify whether the said person has any affiliations with the party.”The 52-year-old Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob on suspicions that his family had slaughtered a calf and consumed beef. Sources privy to the investigation had told dna Kumar had given his ‘expert view’ on whether the meat found by Vishal Rana, son a local BJP leader, was beef or mutton. The veterinarian was shown the meat allegedly thrown by Akhlaq on the roadside on the night of September 28. The same group of people, allegedly led by Vishal and his cousin Shivam, went on to declare from a temple loudspeaker that a calf had been slaughtered. The group appealed to the residents to gather outside Akhlaq’s home. The FIR had named 10 persons who were arrested by the police in September and October. Another five people were also mentioned in the FIR as unknown suspects. While Shaista, named six more people in her statement to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Danish named another three accused taking the number of accused to 19.

Nirbhaya case: Everyone has failed us, says victim’s dad as juvenile walks free

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Even as the 20-year-old convict in the 2012 gangrape and murder of a physiotherapy student was released from a juvenile home on Sunday, protestors, led by parents of the deceased victim, took to the streets of Delhi demanding a stay on his release. The parents, who headed a demonstration at India Gate late evening were detained by the police and taken to the Parliament Street police station along with dozens of supports. The detention took place after almost an hour of sloganeering by more than 150-200 protestors, some of whom demanded a renewed death sentence for the juvenile.

Nirbhaya’s parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi

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Even as the 20-year-old convict in the 2012 gangrape and murder of a physiotherapy student was released from a juvenile home on Sunday, protestors, led by parents of the deceased victim, took to the streets of Delhi demanding a stay on his release. The parents, who headed a demonstration at India Gate late evening were detained by the police and taken to the Parliament Street police station along with dozens of supports. The detention took place after almost an hour of sloganeering by more than 150-200 protestors, some of whom demanded a renewed death sentence for the juvenile.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The day was marred with utter confusion as both Delhi police as well as Aam Aadmi Party government remained tight-lipped over the status of the juvenile who was supposed to be released on Sunday at 10 am. On Saturday night in a last-ditch attempt to stall his release, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal filed a special leave petition (SLP) with the Supreme Court, challenging the High Court order that refused to restrain the convict’s release. The SLP was referred by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur to the vacation bench. The grounds which has been taken in the appeal against the High Court order says that no mental assessment of the state of mind of the juvenile offender has been taken into account for his release. The apex court in a late night hearing refused to stop the convict’s release, but agreed to hear the plea on Monday. Sources told dna that the Juvenile Justice Board processed the convicted 20-year-old as per the mandate under the law and the state’s women and child department as well as the CMO had been kept in the loop. While no government or police official was willing to be quoted on whether or not the juvenile was released, sources told dna that the juvenile had been released to an NGO based in Delhi and was no longer under the protection of the Delhi police. “JJ board officials and members of the NGO have taken him in. We cannot disclose where he is as of now,” said a senior police officer. The officer however added that there were chances that the juvenile would be taken to a village near to his native of Budaun in Uttar Pradesh. As per the norms his criminal record has to be expunged and his new identity will not be revealed. The development clearly did not go down well with the parents of Jyoti Singh, who told dna that all they wanted from the authorities to either delay the release of convicted juvenile or to reveal his identify as he poses a threat to the society. Badri Nath, father of Jyoti, told dna, “I have met everyone, from the Prime Minister to senior police officers to even the clerks working in that remand home. No one helped. The DCW also waited for the last moment to act.” Both Badri Nath and his wife Asha Devi were in the evening detained by police and released late in the night. Scores of ABVP activists and Congress workers were also detained when their sloganeering turned into a near confrontation with the local police. “Everyone has disappointed us,” said Badri Nath moments before his detention.

Delhi police draw flak in al Qaida case, families of accused claim innocence

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Time will tell: Special Cell on their part maintained that the matter was under investigation and more facts will be revealed with time

Mohamad Asif

Even though the Special Cell of Delhi police claimed that Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was given the responsibility of recruiting Indians, parents of the 41-year-old accused have come out in support of their son accusing the police of fabricating the case against him.Special Cell also received flak from Jamia Milia Islamia university after investigators had told dna that Asif had claimed he allegedly helped two youngsters (former Jamia students) to cross over to Af-Pak region, where they are currently fighting alongside al Qaida fighters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamia management on Friday accused vested interests of giving a bad name to a ‘university which has been at the forefront of nation-building’. ” Several of our alumina have contributed greatly towards the development of our nation. It is preposterous that people have started raising fingers at a nationalist university from which thousands of students have proven to be instruments of change and progress,” said Dr Mukesh Ranjan, the media coordinator of Jamia. “Earlier this year some persons arrested for dacoity in Meerut told police were from Jamia. When we verified the same it turned out to be a fabrication,” Ranjan added.The cell on Thursday told dna that two boys, identified as Sharjeel and Rehan, from Sambhal and Delhi respectively, had joined al Qaida in 2013, as claimed by Asif during his custodial interrogation.Police had claimed Zaffar Maqsood, who was also arrested from Sambhal on charges of being part of the AQIS module, was Sharjeel’s uncle. Not only has Zaffar Maqsood’s wife, Intiqab Begum, denied that they have nephew by the name of Sharjeel, she also told dna that Zaffar was arrested by Special Cell when he had gone to attend a marriage function in Muradabad. Zaffar according to her, owns a private transport business and has four siblings who work in different parts of UP.The Special Cell on their part maintained that the matter was under investigation and more facts will be revealed with time. “Asif during his interrogation has told us that he had on multiple occasions spoken to the two youth about atrocities committed on Indian Muslims. This might have led to their radicalisation. We are trying to find more details about the two youth,”said a senior police officials of the Special Cell.He added that one of the youth, named Rehaan, belonged to Welcome area of Delhi. When local police was contacted to know more about the identity of Rehaan, officials said that they were not aware of anyone by that name gone missing since 2013. Special Cell had claimed that both Rehaan and Sharjeel were taken to North Waziristan in Pakistan via Iran by accused Asif.”The Special Cell has a notorious record of helping to stereotype a particular community and make them look suspicious in front of the world. Jamia students have been at the receiving end of the state police for decades now,” said Manisha Sethi of the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association. Her organisation had complied a report titled ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted’, examines court documents and judgments 24 persons accused of terror related charges who were acquitted by court due to “fabricated” and “planted” evidence, procedural lapses and false cases.Receiving end “The Special Cell has a notorious record of helping to stereotype a particular community and make them look suspicious in front of the world. Jamia students have been at the receiving end of the state police for decades now,” said Manisha Sethi of the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association. Her organisation had complied a report titled ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted’, examines court documents and judgments 24 persons accused of terror related charges who were acquitted by court due to “fabricated” and “planted” evidence, procedural lapses and false cases.

Two Jamia students join Al Qaida, last known location is North Waziristan: Delhi Police

According to the Special Cell, the two youth, Rehan and Sharjeel, are from the national capital’s Welcome area and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh respectively. Sharjeel’s uncle, Zaffar Masood, the latest arrest in the alleged AQIS module, also hails from Sambhal.

Mohamad Asif was arrested on Wednesday

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Two youth, who were supposedly radicalised and sent over to Af-Pak region as recruits for Al Qaida by Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), were students of country’s premier Jamia Millia Islamia University.The claim was recorded in interrogation report of Asif (41), who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on December 14. Furthermore, the third person arrested from UP’s Sambhal district on Wednesday evening, is an uncle of one of the youths, who are now believed to be fighting as mid-level soldiers in AQIS, after they successfully crossed over to Pakistan through Iran in 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the Special Cell, the two youth, Rehan and Sharjeel, are from the national capital’s Welcome area and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh respectively. Sharjeel’s uncle, Zaffar Masood, the latest arrest in the alleged AQIS module, also hails from Sambhal.Earlier it had come to fore that Maulana Asim Umar, who was in September 2014 chosen to be the Amir (head) of AQIS by Al Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri, was a resident of Sambhal. Umar crossed over to Pakistan in 1995 and had fought alongside Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a group originally formed in 1985 after breaking out from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI). In 1993, the group merged with HUJI to form Harkat-ul-Ansar under the leadership of Abdelkader Mokhtari, an Algerian commander who later came to be known for his participation in the Bosnian war.”Zaffar, the uncle of one of the youths, has told us that the claims made by Asif might have credibility as his nephew had spent quite a time in Delhi as a student,” said a senior police officer. Local police in Welcome when contacted by dna said, “We are not aware of the whereabouts of anyone by the name of Rehan”. The Special Cell said that their investigators are figuring out the addresses of the youth. Officials did not specify whether they had any fresh information about the two youth.Asif, along with Sharjeel and Rehan, is said to have entered into Pakistan through Iran in June 2013 after procuring travellers’ visa on the pretext of performing ziyarat at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Tehran. “Asif was in touch with Zaffar who introduced him to Sharjeel. Asif motivated Sharjeel to join AQIS who in return persuaded Rehaan to do the same,” said a senior police officer.A person code named Qasim was Asif’s main contact and also facilitated his travel after the duo got in touch through social media in 2012.”After landing in Tehran, Asif is said to have contacted Qasim who approached them at the hotel where they were staying . The three then travelled from Zahedan, to Sarwan where they were picked up by another contact of Qasim. From Sarawan, they reached the Iran-Pakistan border and crossed it over foot,” said Arvind Deep, Special Commissioner, Special Cell. The three reached North Waziristan after crossing Quetta, Ghazni and South Waziristan.Asif, after dropping Sharjeel and Rehan in North Waziristan, is said to have returned by the same route in September, 2014 but was apprehended by Iranian Security agencies on his way.The contacts of Al Qaeda ensured that he was transited to Turkey and after some days, accused Asif approached Indian embassy where he told the officials there that he had lost his passport. He was sent back to India on emergency certificate. Police custodyMeanwhile, Zaffar and Abdul Rehman (37), were remanded to 12-day police custody by a Delhi court. Rahman, who was arrested from Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, runs a Madrasa. Rahman, according to the Special cell is the brother of one Tariq Ali who was arrested after 2001 bombing of American cultural centre in Kolkata.

Islamic State-Al Qaida rivalry reaches Indian subcontinent

Mohamad Asif in the custody of Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Wednesday
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The rivalry between dreaded terrorist group Islamic State and Al Qaeda has apparently reached the doorsteps of the Indian subcontinent according to intelligence agencies. The apprehension of the intelligence agencies as well as senior officials of Delhi and UP Police comes after arrest of two men who are accused of being operatives of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Sources in the Special Cell of Delhi Police told dna that during a meeting held in South Waziristan (Pakistan), attended by senior Al Qaeda leaders, IS influence in India was discussed at breadth and a unanimous decision was taken to undermine IS efforts of recruiting Indians.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting held in February 2014, that is more than six months before Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri floated AQIS, was also attended by Maulana Asim Umar, the special cell said. Six months after the meeting, Umar was declared the Amir (head) of the AQIS and according to the police one of the two operatives arrested by them, attended the AQ meetings held in February. “AQIS was declared in September 2014 by none other than Ayman Al Zawhiri who chose Umar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district, as the head of AQIS. One of the arrested operatives of AQIS, identified as Mohamad Asif (a resident of Sambhal district in UP), has claimed to have attended meetings held in South Waziristan which were attended by AQ leaders of Arabian descent. The foundations of AQIS were laid in the meeting and Asif has told us that Al Qaida leaders were concerned about IS making inroads into the sub-continent,” said a senior official of the Special Branch. This is not the first time when armed groups based in South Asia have shown their discontent over IS activities in the region. Earlier this year Lashkar-e-Taiba had termed IS as a “sectarian force” in one of its statements. “Mohamad Asif was chosen as the chief motivator for South Asia region. This was after he was given extensive training during his visit to Pakistan which lasted for over a year, ” the officer added.Investigators claimed that Asif was in touch with many youth whom he was trying to recruit for AQ. “At least two boys, identified as Sharjeel and Rehan, have been sent to Pakistan for arms training. Another youth from Hyderabad was in touch with him and would be questioned soon. Besides this we have arrested an Odisha youth who was in touch with Asif,” the officer said further. “The recent spate of AQIS recruitments indicate that there is a battle of supremacy raging between AQ and ISIS. The arrests are very crucial and we are sure that the accused will shed some light on Al Qaeda’s plans in India,” said another senior police officer. Asif was arrested on December 14 from Delhi’s Seelampur area while as Odisha youth Abdul Reham, was arrested today. Asif, along with Sharjeel and Rehan , is said to have entered into Pakistan through Iran in June 2013 after procuring travellers’ visa on the pretext of performing ziyarat at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Tehran.A person code named Qasim was Asif’s main contact and also facilitated his travel after the duo got in touch through social media in 2012. Upon his return, Asif is said to be working as an accountant in a methanol producing factory in Sambhal and had travelled to Delhi for recruitment purposes, police said.

Arvind Kejriwal says files on DDCA scrutinised, CBI refutes

Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in fresh allegations accused the investigating agency of seizing documents which were not related to its probe against principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

A day after the CBI raided the third floor of the Delhi secretariat housing the chief minister and his secretary’s office, the Delhi government claimed it has seized files containing “cabinet decisions” during its day-long raid. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised.Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in fresh allegations accused the investigating agency of seizing documents which were not related to its probe against principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief minister also launched a fresh attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying he had “misled” Parliament by saying that the CBI did not raid the Chief Minister’s office.”CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office. They wud hv seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy. Docs seized from my office. No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7-file movement register of last one month,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said he wonders why the CBI had allegedly seized “file movement register of November-December” and three files of transport department. “What is the connection? CBI also scrutinized files of DDCA. They even planned to seize them but did not do so after Chief Minister raised the issue,” Sisodia said.Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh alleged that Jaitley lied on the floor of the House and this warrants a privilege motion against him and the government.”Since Jaitley has lied on the floor of the House and misled Parliament, this warrants privilege motion against him and the government.Earlier on Wednesday, the CBI officials said that they had “unearthed” bank balances of approx Rs 28 lakhs of Rajender Kumar. “Fixed deposits worth approx Rs 1.66 crore were also found at premises of co-accused A K Duggal former MD, ICSIL,” said Devpreet Singh, CBI spokesperson.”CBI seizures during the searches at 14 places, were in the presence of independent witnesses, as per procedure laid down by law. The search cum seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent court,” she added. CBI sources said that two other accused in the case were questioned by agency sleuths. The accused included A K Duggal and GK Nanda – both former directors of Intelligent Communication Systems India Ltd. (ICSIL) After verbal assault launched by various Aam Aadmi Party leaders, including Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, the probe agency seemed to be in an aggressive mode in the evening. After claiming that CBI was acting at the behest of the Centre, AAP accused the agency of seizing documents not related to the probe against Kumar. AAP leaders also claimed that the money in bank accounts that the CBI had searched was Kumar’s life savings from his 27 years of service. “Blatant incorrect information is being spread by certain quarts since yesterday to discredit the agency with the intent to obstruct investigation. CBI categorically denies having seized any material during searches which are not relevant to the investigation,” the agency said in a statement. The agency also took a dig at the Delhi government by bringing up another Principal Secretary who arrested by the agency on charges of accepting bribes earlier this month. Following the arrest of IAS officer SP Singh, AAP held a conference stating that the complainant who informed CBI about the corrupt practices of Singh, was an AAP volunteer.Kejriwal had claimed the complainant approached CBI on the directions of AAP government. The agency today responded that no functionary of Delhi government ever contacted or was ever in touch with CBI. “The entire operation of laying the trap and arrest of SP Singh was conducted by the CBI on its own after receipt of complaint followed by independent verification.”

Arrested AQIS operative speaks of an arrangement between Al Qaida and Iranian security agencies

The arrest of Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has brought to fore several revelations which are going to keep Indian intelligence agencies on their toes. Among some of the alarming claims made by Asif during his interrogation is perhaps the safe passage given to him for travelling to Turkey from Iran where he was caught by Iranian security agencies. The special cell claimed that it was Al Qaida that ensured that their operative travels to Turkey instead of being deported to India or out under arrest by Iranian authorities. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, the Special Cell said, “When accused Mohamad Asif reached Iran following the same route and modus operandi through which he had entered Pakistan, he was caught by Iranian security agency at the Mehriyaz border. However, the contacts of Al Qaeda ensured that he was transited to Turkey and after some days, accused Asif found himself in the company of Uighur AQ operatives, who had a base in Istanbul.”Since his travel visa for Iran had long expired and he had overstayed it by almost 13 months, as advised by his handlers, he approached the Indian embassy at Istanbul and pleaded that he had lost his Indian passport and was sent back to India on an emergency certificate. Accused Mohd Asif landed in Delhi in September 2014 and since then was deeply involved in the expansion of AQIS in India,” the statement read. While senior officials of the special cell did not delve into details of what, they said, looks like an arrangement between Iranian security agencies and Al Qaida, it is likely that Asif’s interrogation can prompt intel agencies to notify their counterparts in Tehran. Among other revelations are the fresh details on Maulana Asim Umar, who was appointed the Amir(head) of AQIS by AQ chief Aymin-al-Zawahiri. The wide network starting from Uttar Pradesh and covering Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan is something the investigators will now be looking into. “Asif along with the two youths radicalised by him procured travelers’ VISA for Iran on the pretext that they had to perform ‘ziyarat’ at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Teheran, said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.After landing in Tehran, Asif is said to have called up Qasim to inform him of their arrival. In a few days, a contact of Qasim approached them at the hotel where they were staying and got them their tickets for traveling up to Zahedan, the capital city of Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.From Zahedan, they went to Sarwan where they were picked up by another contact of Qasim. From Sarawan, they reached the Iran-Pakistan border and crossed it over foot. The contact of Qasim ensured that there was no difficulty in crossing over the border. Once in Pakistan, the contact sent by Qasim got them board a car which took them to Quetta. From Quetta, they were taken on motor cycles to Ghazni in Afghanistan, crossing hostile mountainous terrain which is a hotbed of terrorist activity. From Ghazni, they went to Junubi Waziristan or South Waziristan in Pakistan and from there, to Sumali or North Waziristan. In Sumali Waziristan, accused Asif met his long emigrated Indian friend, who was using the code name of Assad. Assad has been identified as Usman a resident of Sambhal, UP. “Finding Usman was a moment of extreme joy for Asif as he knew that he had landed amongst his kin. Usman further took the trio to Miran Shah where they met Qasim, identified as Sayed Akhtar also a resident of Sambhal, who was the local assistant to the elusive Maulana Asim Umar, ” said the senior officer.”Sayed and Usman briefed Asif and the young terrorists accompanying him about Al Qaeda, its structure, objectives and what was in store for these jehadis on their path to the ultimate glory. Accused Asif was especially chosen to meet Maulana Asim Umar as he had to shoulder greater responsibilities, ” the senior officer added.

Thinking of buying second-hand gadgets online? Think again!

The story of this Delhi youth might make you reconsider your online deals.

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Buying products from e-commerce websites can prove to be a nightmare, as was the case of Akshay Manocha, a Delhi youth. In the last week of February, 2015, Manocha intended to buy an iPhone after seeing an advertisement of the same on the popular website, OLX.com.The youth, contacted a mobile phone number which was given alongside the advertisement. The voice on the other end told Manocha to meet at Jasola Metro Station in South East Delhi at 3 PM, the following day.When he reached the venue, he was further called at the Round About Jasola Vihar where he was asked to sit in a car already parked there. As he sat in the car, four persons seated in the car robbed him of his mobile phone and ATM card at gun-point.The accused then asked for his PIN number of his ATM card and withdrew 25,000 rupees.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, during a scuffle with Manocha, one of the accused dropped the pistol from the car and could not pick it up due to large public presence. Moments later, Manocha was dropped at a secluded spot after which the four people fled the area.The youth approached the police as he had noted the car’s number, but problems for the investigators had just begun. Not only was the registration number a fake, the pistol which was used to rob Manocha, turned out to be a toy gun.To complicate police investigations further, when cops approached the management of OLX, they were informed that the number given along with the advertisement belonged to a person based in Uttar Pradesh. After chasing the case for more than 9 months, investigators got their first lead when they got to know about a phone call made from the sim previously owned by Manocha.Within no time, Delhi police arrested all the accused who were identified as Ahmed Raja (29), Jahangir (22), Altmas (22) and Hashim (21). All of them belong to Sambhal district in Western UP and are said to have started the racket after suffering huge losses in cricket betting.”Accused Ahmed Raza, Jahangir and Altmas belong to good and educated families. After passing out 12th standard from their native place, they got involved in cricket betting. After some time, they came to Delhi for further studies and took admission in 3-D Interior Designing course. Meanwhile, they suffered huge losses in cricket betting due to which they were unable to continue their studies, so they started looking for easy sources of money,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP, South East.Further investigation is under progress and efforts are being made to ascertain their previous involvements, police said.

Did the judiciary help avoid another AAP-Delhi police confrontation over Odd-Even formula?

Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

As the Delhi government announced its decision to allow even and odd number cars to ply in Delhi on alternate days, senior police officers, in meetings held soon after, had voiced their concerns about viability of the plan introduced to counter air-pollution. Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre. However by December 7, three days after the AAP government’s decision, the mood within the Capital’s police had changed. A senior police official, who witnessed the growing opposition within police ranks to the odd-even formula, said, that had it not been the ‘supporting statements’ made by judiciary, especially, Tirath Singh Thakur, the Chief Justice of India, the already rocky relationship between Delhi police and AAP would have suffered another blow.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Initially there wasn’t any communication between the state government and police about the latest steps taken to reduce air pollution. Naturally a lot of pessimism about the odd-even formula existed, especially among the senior police officials. The concerns were raised in a series of inter-department meetings on Friday last week. But statements in support of the formula made the police re-think its approach,” said the senior police official requesting not to be named. The official added that statements made by CJI Thakur had especially helped to ‘reduce doubts’ among senior police officials. “The top rung of Delhi police now believes that the judiciary, like many other people of the city, wants to at least try the formula. We are now working out a plan to enforce the plan effectively,” the official added. “If a judge of the Supreme Court can pool cars, it sends a message to the people that we have no problem. We can walk down or even take a bus,” Mr Thakur had said. In response Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted, “His (CJI Thakur’s) support to odd-even formula is welcome and a huge encouragement”. “Supreme Court judges pooling cars would inspire millions to follow. Thank you My Lords.” Another senior police official told dna that not only the statements in support of the odd-even formula had helped to cool down possible confrontation between the Centre and AAP, the rejection of a petition to block Delhi government’s proposal had ‘more or less sealed the deal’. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had refused to block the Delhi government’s proposal to allow vehicles with odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from Jan 1 stating the petition filed against the plan was “premature”. dna contacted Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, the officer at the helm of the affairs in the national capital. When asked to confirm if the Delhi police in its entirety supported the formula, the official said, “I cannot speak on behalf of other senior officials. The officials at their personal levels might have varying opinions but the department follows orders and that is what we will do,”. He added that the police department has held multiple meetings with representatives of the Delhi government to work out the details of the formula. “We are also researching on cities that have enforced such a formula and taking notes. Besides this there are discussions to be held on decisions as under which law is the traffic police to fine persons not following the odd-even formula. If it is under the Motor Vehicle Act, then it is under our domain, but if the Environment Protection Act is to be evoked than the Environment Ministry has to be taken on board,” said the senior police officer.

Teenage girl arrested for conspiring to kill prime witness in murder case of ex-MLA

“On 8 December, the woman had called Vipin on the pretext of meeting her near Rithala Metro Station and passed this information to her friend Aditya Shokeen.

A 19-year-old girl was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with killing of Vipin Chaudhary who was a prime witness in ex-MLA Bharat Singh murder case of 29 March, 2015. The girl, who is a student in Outer Delhi area, had allegedly helped the assailants to lay a trap for Vipin.Vipin Chaudhary, was earlier this week gunned down by four car borne assailants in what looked like a planned execution. According to police, the girl, identified as Alisha, befriended Vipin earlier this month on the directions of Aditya Shokeen, the nephew of Udaiveer, the main accused in the Bharat Singh murder case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On 8 December, the woman had called Vipin on the pretext of meeting her near Rithala Metro Station and passed this information to her friend Aditya Shokeen.Vipin wanted to take the accused for a movie, but she convinced her meet her on an isolated stretch of road between Japani Park. There the suspects Vipin and Aditya were waiting for the couple.” said DCP Outer District, Vikramjit Singh.Aditya’s family has a long running dispute with Bharat Singh over several issues, prominent among them being the ultimate control Outer Delhi’s badlands. Bharat Singh, a former INLD legislator was shot dead in March this year when he was attending a religious function in West Delhi’s Najafgarh area. Vipin, the driver of Singh, was the lone eye-witness to the case and had been instrumental for the arrest of Udaiveer. However the 23-year-old driver ran out of luck on December 8.According to sources in Delhi police, Alisha was arrested after informers told police that they had spotted Vipin and the accused on a motor-cycle. “The accused told police that Vipin was shot dead right in front of her. According to her, Vipin was shocked on seeing Aditya and couldn’t believe what was about to happen to him. The accused left as soon as Vipin was killed and so did the other accused,” a source told dna.The Police had been denying the involvement of any woman up till now and dismissed these reports as hearsay evidence. However the 19-year-old was finally was arrested by the Police on 10 December after she was traced to a PG hostel in Gurgaon, Haryana.”The investigation is ongoing, the police are trying to trace of the whereabouts of Hemant and Aditya,” the DCP added.In the year 2002 Udaiveer’s father Surajmal, his uncle Narayan Singh and his brother Sukhbir Singh were killed in Sonipat, Haryana and his family holds Bharat Singh’s brother Krishan Pehalwan and his associates responsible for this murder. Pehalwan is a local strongman and has over dozen criminal cases against him.

CBI questions Vijay Mallya on Rs 900 crore Kingfisher loan

The case involves some senior level officials of the IDBI bank, who are accused of colluding with the Mallya to get the massive loan for his company despite his airline’s negative credit ratings and net worth.

Vijay Mallya

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned liquor baron Vijay Mallya for his role in the sanctioning of Rs 900 crore loan in favour of Kingfisher Airlines, which was in violation of banking norms.The case involves some senior level officials of the IDBI bank, who are accused of colluding with the Mallya to get the massive loan for his company despite his airline’s negative credit ratings and net worth.According to officials, Mallya, who is also the chairman of the UB group and a Rajya Sabha member, landed in Delhi for the investigation, and was grilled by CBI sleuths at the Lodhi road headquarters of the agency for several hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources told dna that investigators are keen on getting to IDBI officials to question them for their alleged role in loan defaults of the Kingfisher Airlines, which caused a massive loss of approximately Rs 900 crore to the bank.Mallya, who was the director of the now defunct airline, was named as an accused in the case along with A Raghunathan, the CFO of Kingfisher Airlines. According to CBI, an internal report had recommended against granting of loan while questioning the credit worthiness and net worth of the airlines, which eventually went down under.In October, CBI registered a case against the two and some unknown officials of the IDBI bank and booked them under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of Indian Penal Code and under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.The probe agency had conducted searches on Mallya’s residences and his offices across India and claimed to have recovered incriminating documents.”It is alleged that officials of IDBI colluded with the promoters/directors and CFO of Kingfisher Airlines and sanctioned credit limits of 900 crore rupees in violation of banking norms, thereby causing loss to the said bank by such fraudulent act,” CBI officials said.According to the agency, Raghunathan might be the next in line for questioning, following which CBI would approach IDBI banks to question officials that are under scanner for their alleged role in the case.

Alleged Thai gunrunner extradited to India, accused of supplying Chinese arms to militants

Naru was brought to India on Tuesday and was produced in a special court that sent him to NIA custody till December 21. Naru is accused of illegal procurement of huge quantity of sophisticated arms and ammunitions from a foreign country and supplying the same to insurgent groups in the North-East India.

A Thai national, accused of being a major gunrunner for militant groups operating in North Eastern states, was brought to India and placed under arrest after National Investigation Agency his extradition. Identified as Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich alias Willy Naru, the accused’s name had come up during the interrogation of Anthony Shimray, self-styled foreign secretary of Naga group NSCN (I-M).Naru was brought to India on Tuesday and was produced in a special court that sent him to NIA custody till December 21. Naru is accused of illegal procurement of huge quantity of sophisticated arms and ammunitions from a foreign country and supplying the same to insurgent groups in the North-East India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 58-year-old’s arrest is being considered an extremely important development as he is supposed to be the main liaison between Chinese arms dealers and militant groups waging war against India. He was arrested on the request of the NIA in Bangkok on August 30, 2013, on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner Notice.”Naruenartwanich is a Thai national and was stationed in Bangkok. He had appealed against the order of extradition in the Appellate Court in Bangkok which was rejected November 2015. Accordingly the custody of Willy was given to Chief Investigating Officer of case on December 8 by the Government of Kingdom of Thailand. He was brought to New Delhi and was arrested,” said NIA in a statement.In its charge sheet, the NIA said that the NSCN(I-M) used to get most of its arms from the Chinese arms company NORINCO and Naru had allegedly negotiated the deal.”Investigation by NIA had revealed that the accused Anthony Shimray had negotiated several times with Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich to fix a deal to the tune of US $ 1.2 million to procure huge quantity of arms and ammunition for supply to the NSCN (IM) and other insurgent groups operating in the North Eastern region for waging war against the Government of India. For this deal, US $ 800,000 was paid by accused Anthony Shimray to co-accused Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich,” NIA said. Important development The 58-year-old’s arrest is being considered an extremely important development as he is supposed to be the main liaison between Chinese arms dealers and militant groups waging war against India. He was arrested on the request of the NIA in Bangkok on August 30, 2013, on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner Notice.

Rolex, jewelry and 300 bottles of foreign liquor allegedly recovered from IAS officer in Delhi

While principal secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh and his PA were arrested by CBI in an operation on Wednesday evening. The problems of the senior bureaucrat, who was nearing retirement, seem to have multiplied overnight.

Arrested principal secretary of Delhi government Sanjay Pratap Singh (centre) in New Delhi on Wednesday

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The Rs 2.2lakh bribe, allegedly accepted by the principal secretary of Delhi government’s welfare department, seems to be quite a meager sum when compared to the luxurious items the IAS officer owned.While principal secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh and his PA were arrested by CBI in an operation on Wednesday evening. The problems of the senior bureaucrat, who was nearing retirement, seem to have multiplied overnight.According to the Central Bureau of Investigation Singh, besides being the owner and co-owner of at least eight properties in Delhi-NCR area, had quite a taste of expensive items, which have now been allegedly recovered by CBI sleuths.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expensive watches, more than 300 bottles of foreign liquor (including expensive scotch) and jewelry, whose net worth is yet to be calculated are some of the items recovered by the CBI. All the items have now have been confiscated by the agency after sleuths conducted multiple raids at atleast eight flats owned by the senior bureaucrat and his wife.The flats that CBI raided, also have come under scanner of investigators who have calculated the net worth of the properties somewhere between 15-20 crores rupees. Among the flats, three are located in Noida, two in Greater Noida, two in Gurgaon and one in posh Safdar Jung enclave area of south Delhi. The flats in NCR are also located in some of the most expensive sectors and most of them are currently occupied by tenants.”Pearl Gateway, Amrapali, Unitech High and Unitech Habitat are among the gated societies and towers where the CBI on Wednesday conducted raids. All of the flats are located in some of the most expensive sectors of NCR.For instance Sector 44,15, 50 of Noida and Greater Noida and Sector 56 in Gurgaon. We will investigate if the said properties qualify for a disproportionate assets case against the accused,”said an official source.Singh, (an IAS officer of 1984 Batch of AGMUT cadre), was appointed as the head of department of welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities in August 2014, when the national capital was being governed by L-G Najeeb Jung. But the agency claims that he had been under scanner for quite some time now.The reason for keeping Singh under radar is attributed to the multiple complaints lodged against him often accusing the officer of using government funds for personal use.Singh had been accused of taking a trip to Kasual, Lahol Spiti and Manali allegedly on government expenses when he was sent in as an observer during the 2012 assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.Another complaint against Singh is that of purchasing a Tata Sumo car in the late 90’s when he was project director in Urban Basic Services Programme.He had later been accused of purchasing yet another car, this time a Maruti Suzuki, which he allegedly used for months before his department took notice of the same.His journey came to an unlikely end on Wednesday evening when he was caught red-handed in a trap laid by the CBI. This was after a complainant, who is apparently an AAP volunteer, approached the CBI and accused Singh of demanding a bribe from him. AAP claimed that complaint did so on direction of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalThe complainant’s firm was providing manpower in the form of security guards to the department of welfare and Singh had, through his PA asked for a bribe to clear certain bills.The agency claimed after receiving a complaint from the owner of the firm, an undercover CBI official was sent in to meet the PA who first checked the money and allegedly kept Rs20,000 for himself. The remaining sum was taken outside welfare department’s Vikas Minar office in ITO area of Delhi where Singh was allegedly waiting in his car for his PA. As soon as the money was delivered to him, the CBI took him in custody. A lesson for others, says SisodiaDeputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said the arrest of the bureaucrat will serve a lesson to those who indulging in corruption despite his government’s anti-graft measures.He said, “When our chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says he will follow the corrupt people till hell, he means it. Whether that corruption is being committed by a minister or a junior staff, we will not spare them. SP Singh’s arrest proves that our government will not tolerate corruption.””I had also received some complaints about him, but there wasn’t any substantial evidence available. I had even conducted a surprise raid in his office, when I had discovered how he employed one security guard wherein on paper he had stated the employment of two security personnel. “

Are militants trying to reinforce agenda of global jihad in Jammu & Kashmir?

Attacks in the first week of December have led the intelligence agencies based in Jammu and Kashmir to suspect that the banned outfits — Jaish-e-Mohamad and Harkut-ul-Mujahideen – might be attempting to re-establish a space for militant groups with a ‘global agenda’ instead of a Kashmir-centric one.

Army and special operation group personnel take positions during an encounter with militants in J&K’s Handwara district on Friday

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Attacks in the first week of December have led the intelligence agencies based in Jammu and Kashmir to suspect that the banned outfits — Jaish-e-Mohamad and Harkut-ul-Mujahideen – might be attempting to re-establish a space for militant groups with a ‘global agenda’ instead of a Kashmir-centric one.While JeM claimed responsibility for an attack on Gorkha Rifles Camp in Tangdhar area, which resulted in the killing of a military contractor and three militants, HuM spokesperson Hassan Askaree, in a tele-statement to local news agency, paid ‘tributes’ to the militants slain in the Handwara and Poonch attacks.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though senior intelligence officials said that “it is too soon to say that JeM and HuM are trying to regroup,” they did not deny the possibility of the latest attacks being carried out to reclaim lost ground in the valley. While JeM’s presence was last witnessed in 2013, when the group engaged security forces on multiple occasions, resulting in the killing of several of its top commanders, HuM was involved in a major Fidayeen attacks carried out in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar in January, 2010.”Both the groups were very close to each other and, in fact, they worked in close co-ordination till 2007. However, HuM fighters in Sopore and Handwara area maintained their independence from JeM and carried out attacks till 2010,” said an official source.Counter-insurgency officials told dna that while one can see similarities in modus operandi of various Kashmir-based militant groups, the major differences lie in their goals.”Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have confined their goals to Kashmir. Most of its fighters advocate either Kashmir’s independence or a merger with Pakistan. However, the same cannot be said of JeM or HuM,” a senior counter-insurgency official said.”Groups with global jihad waned over a period of time. It is unlikely that global jihadists will gain territory in future. The reason LeT and HM are still operational is because of their focus on Kashmir,” the official added.JeM was established by Maulana Masood Azhar in the year 2000, after he was freed by the Indian government in exchange for passengers on the hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814. The group’s history is, however, not as elaborate as HuM which makes the December 4 Handwara attack quite significant.”JeM does not have more than 10-12 terrorists on ground. HuM is a different ball game altogether. The global network Hum possesses, gives it an edge over groups like Hizb and Lashkar whose primary goal continues to be Kashmir,” said a senior police official in J&K.”The recent attacks can also be seen as a reaction to advances of ISIS which is a sectarian terrorist force. In the past, we have seen several valley-based militant groups releasing anti-ISIS statements. Point in case is LeT’s statement against ISIS’s anti-Shia agenda,” the official added.HuM was originally formed in 1985 after breaking out from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI) in 1985.Towards the end of Soviet-Afghan war, the group entered Kashmiri politics, and in 1993 the group merged with HUJI to form Harkat-ul-Ansar under the leadership of Abdelkader Mokhtari, an Algerian commander who later came to be known for his participation in the Bosnian war. The group was banned in mid-90s after which it renamed itself as HuM. It was banned once again following the 9/11 twin tower attacks.

Dadri Lynching: Police documents raise doubts on weapons used by accused

A senior police officer, when asked if Vishal and Shivam were taken by police to identify more suspects, said, “The accused had identified some people but we cannot arrest them arbitrarily. The accused have tendency to mislead the police but it is our job to refine the evidence gathering process”.

A file photo of Danish Saifi

Even though Mohamad Akhlaq’s family have repeatedly expressed their satisfaction over the investigation into the brutal murder over beef, this September, police documents raise certain questions which cops might find hard to answer when the case will go on trial, later this month. As per the recovery memo, which lists the weapons recovered by the police in the aftermath of the murder, they have recovered just five sticks. Out of the 10 arrested, police says no weapons have been recovered from four of the arrested men, which include Shivam and Vishal Rana, the son of a local BJP leader. Police claimed to have recovered five sticks, out of which three are shown to be smeared with blood. An iron rod is shown to have been recovered from one of the accused identified as Vivek. The other accused in the case from whom police have recovered a weapon include Rupinder, Om, Sandeep , Saurav and Gaurav. The recovery memo does not clearly mention Vishal and Shivam, who, allegedly, were the ones to have announced from a temple in Dadri’s Bisara village on the night of September 28, that Akhlaq had slaughtered a cow. Interestingly, in early November, Subodh Singh, the investigating officer of the case, was transferred to Varanasi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Meanwhile, in his statement in front of a magistrate, Danish Saifi identified three more men involved in the attack, taking the number of accused to 19. The statement quotes Danish saying that the accused, after using abuses against him and his father, alleged that they had slaughtered a cow. The mob, according to Danish said, ‘Maaron saalon ko. Hinduon ka khoon pani samajh rakha hai (Beat this scum up. They think Hindu blood is like water) Confessional statements of Shivam and Vishal, accessed by dna, also quote the two main accused on how they attacked Akhlaq and his younger son Danish, after they found out that the family had slaughtered a cow. In addition to the confession, police documents quoted Vishal stating, “I know the people who provoked us to take the step. I don’t know them by their name but I can recognise their faces and can identify them if police takes us to them”. A senior police officer, when asked if Vishal and Shivam were taken by police to identify more suspects, said, “The accused had identified some people but we cannot arrest them arbitrarily. The accused have tendency to mislead the police but it is our job to refine the evidence gathering process”. The “evidence gathering process”, which the senior police official mentioned, also takes into account fine details of the case such as who among the accused used what kind of weapons to attack Akhlaq and Danish. According to medical reports, while Akhlaq had sustained 18 injuries, Danish had also suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull. It is yet to be known if police has established the exact role of each of the accused men. When asked to comment on the ongoing probe, Yusuf Saifi, counsel for Akhlaq’s family said, “If we find any discrepancies in the probe we will point them out to the authorities. SSP Kiren S and the police team investigating the matter have done a great job till now. We hope police uncovers the entire truth.”

Intel note calls Kafaitullah a notorious criminal

As the espionage network prevalent in the Indian armed forces widened with the arrest of Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired Rashtriya Rifles constable from Jammu and Kashmir, the family of the two main accused seems to be in denial, claiming that two main accused are innocent.Relatives of the two Rajouri men, identified as Kafaitullah Khan and BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, told dna on Friday that the duo had a ‘long family history’ of serving in the Indian armed forces and would not dare to collaborate with Pakistani Intelligence operatives.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An intelligence note consisting of a profile of the duo, also mentions their family history and current socio-economic status. The note accessed by dna states that siblings of the two accused, are currently serving in the Territorial Army and BSF respectively.”After verification, Kafaitullah Khan S/O Qudratullah Khan caste Doman, age 35 years, is a resident of village Kalai. His brother is serving in the Army (TA),” the profile reads. An intelligence official told dna that Kafaitullah’s father has expired and that he has mother, wife and four children. The note also mentions Kafaitullah as a notorious criminal against whom case FIR No. 13/2012 under section 363, 109 and case FIR No. 101/2014 under section 307 of the Ranbir Penal code stand registered.However, Mohamad Amin, brother-in-law of Kafaitullah claimed otherwise. While speaking to dna, Amin said that Kafaitullah was getting only Rs 4,000 in salary as the bulk of it would get deducted as he had taken to build a house. “His brother is in the army as well. He had been selected for BSF but decided not to join due to personal issues faced by the family. The cases against him are false,” said Amin.Both Kafaitullah and his cousin Rasheed were arrested by the Crime Branch for sending documents related to security deployment to a Pakistani intelligence operative. A senior police official told dna that Crime Branch recovered incriminating documents at the residence of Kafaitullah, yet his family claimed that no such documents were recovered.However, the intelligence note profiling the accused states,”The subject (Kafaitullah) was arrested by Crime Branch on November 26, at railway station Delhi and was brought to his native village Manjakote, on his disclosure some documents, including one identity card issued by Education department was recovered from his house”.”We can’t travel all the way to Delhi so we don’t know what is happening with his case. Through media reports we are getting to know about. We are sure he will be released soon as he is innocent,” Amin said.Similarly, Rasheed’s brother too is currently serving in the BSF. Rasheed had also joined the BSF in 1990 and now stands accused of procuring secret documents and sending them to Kafaitullah and a PIO identified as Faizal.”The duo had sent the documents through whatsapp and deleted the conversation they were having with PIO’s. We cant disclose the nature of other documents recovered from the duo,” said a senior police officer.Meanwhile Tahzeem Akhtar, wife of Rasheed, while speaking to dna said, “There are many soldiers in our family and this is a conspiracy against us. My husband has been in army for 25 years and his record is clean. So how so suddenly does all this evidence comes up. Someone in the village did not like to see us serving the nation.”She added that, her husband would be released soon ‘as all of this was a misunderstanding’. But not according to the Crime Branch whose investigators are now looking at a wide network of espionage.”Many more arrests will follow,” said an officer adding that at least four new names have cropped up during the investigation so far.Munawwar Ahmad Mir, joined the Indian Army in 1995 and took retirement in 2011 after serving in J&K Light Infantry, Rashtriya Rifles at various places in India was arrested by the Crime Branch.

Six accused in Dadri case ‘untraceable’

When dna asked the SSP to confirm if a veterinarian was among the people named by Shaista he said, “I cannot confirm or deny the possibility if such a person being named by the victim family. It will interfere with our investigation”. Sources said that the veterinarian was known to UP state politicians as well.

After Shaista Saifi named six more persons allegedly responsible for murdering her father Mohamad Akhlaq in Bisara, Dadri, local police told dna that the men named by her had not been seen in the village. The police said they will be called in for questioning once traced. In fact, a senior police officer said that not only had these six men ‘disappeared’, most of the ‘young men’ of Dadri’s Bisara village have not been spotted by local police since Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob suspecting him of eating beef.Sources privy to the investigation also told dna that among the persons named by Shaista is a local veterinarian who allegedly had given his ‘expert view’ on whether the meat found by Vishal Rana was beef or mutton. The veterinarian was shown the meat allegedly thrown by Akhlaq on the roadside on the night of September 28. The same group of people, allegedly led by Vishal, son a local BJP leader, went on to declare from a temple loudspeaker that a calf had been slaughtered. The group appealed to the residents to gather outside Akhlaq’s home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If anyone is not to be found in the village, they will be brought in to join the investigation. For now police teams monitoring Bisara have not seen many men, especially the younger ones,” said a police officer posted in the area.When asked about the supposedly missing men, Kiren S, SSP Noida, said, “The persons named by the victims’ family will be investigated and if enough evidence is found against them we will take action as per the law. It won’t matter where they are hiding.”When dna asked the SSP to confirm if a veterinarian was among the people named by Shaista he said, “I cannot confirm or deny the possibility if such a person being named by the victim family. It will interfere with our investigation”. Sources said that the veterinarian was known to UP state politicians as well.The FIR had named 10 persons, including Vishal Rana and his cousin Shivam. A juvenile was also named along with five other people were also mentioned in the FIR as unknown suspects. UP police has so far taken all those named in the FIR into custody.

Crime Branch identifies four more suspects

It is worth mentioning that Indian citizens are required to declare criminal cases against them, a move which can be the deciding factor for the issuance of passport.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will most likely scrutinise passport issuing procedures in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area after it came to the fore that Kaifaitullah Khan, accused of sending state secrets to a Pakistani intelligence operative, had been issued a passport by the authorities there.It is worth mentioning that Indian citizens are required to declare criminal cases against them, a move which can be the deciding factor for the issuance of passport. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police, following the arrest of Kaifaitullah Khan had said that the accused had a criminal background and had been charged previously as well. It it yet to be known how Kaifaitullah managed to get a passport as well as the year in which the travel document was issued as it is believed that he began to work for the PIO from 2013, the year he visited Pakistan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Moreover, a ‘recommendation letter’ written by a separatist leader of Rajouri area in favour of Kaifaitullah had also been recovered from the accused’s possession, as claimed by police sources. The letter, which many separatist leaders write, when approached by people to do so, is more like a request made to the Pakistan High Commission to grant visa to the concerned person for travelling to Pakistan.The separatist leader in this case, has been identified as Sharief Sartaj, of the Freedom Movement group, aligned with Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat party. While speaking to dna Sharief said, “We only make a formal request to the authorities in Pakistan for a visa when people approach us and we do not entertain anyone who does not posses a passport. Generally those who have been issued a passport are cleared by state agencies. It is their job to screen the people applying for passport, how would we know who is a criminal and who is not”.Meanwhile, intelligence sources said that Crime Branch had detained a retired BSF officer in Rajouri area for questioning but was later released. The Crime Branch official denied that they had detained anyone on Wednesday but told dna that at least 4-5 suspects will be questioned in the coming week. On Sunday, the Crime Branch arrested Abdul Rasheed, a head constable with the BSF who is being accused of procuring information about security development and sending it to Kaifaitullah who was arrested Thursday last week. While Rasheed was arrested from J&K, Kaifaitullah was taken into custody from Delhi while he was on his way to Bhopal to attend a religious gathering. Police came he had gone there to collect information and scout for recruits. His family has denied the accusations calling them baseless.

Dadri lynching: Rajnath Singh says no beef angle, but accused cite cow slaughter as prime motive in confessional statements

Dadri incident evoked nationwide protests

A day after Union home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Dadri lynching had no communal or beef angle while citing a report submitted by Uttar Pradesh government, dna managed to access confessional statements of some of the accused of the case in which they clearly mention that cow slaughter was indeed the prime motive.According to documents accessed by dna, two of the accused, Shivam and Vishal Rana, in their statement to investigators said that they “got emotional after some persons informed them that a Muslim had slaughtered a cow.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Some people informed us that (Mohamad) Akhlaq, a Muslim, had slaughtered a cow which is considered as mother in Hindu religion. Our feelings were provoked and after that we entered deceased Akhlaq’s home and injured Danish by beating him. We beat up deceased Akhlaq and dragged him towards the transformer and left him there,” the documents read quoting both Vishal and Shivam Rana.On Tuesday, while responding in the Lok Sabha to the debate on intolerance, home minister Rajnath Singh said that as per the reports filed by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Dadri lynching case had no communal angle.”The word beef was not even mentioned and even pre-meditation was difficult to establish,” said Rajnath. The confessional statement by the accused was recorded in a police remand report, dated October 14 and submitted to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Surajpur court.The confession was produced by UP police while requesting custody of Shivam and Vishal Rana. Vishal, who is being seen as the prime accused in the case, is the son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana. He is also accused of announcing, from a temple in Dadri’s Bisara village on the night of September 28 that Mohamad Akhlaq had slaughtered a calf and stored the beef at his home. Akhlaq was beaten to death while his younger son Danish was left grievously injured and is now recuperating in Delhi.”I know the people who provoked us to take the step. I don’t know them by their name but I can recognise their faces and can identify them if police takes us to them” the document reads further. A senior police officer when asked why haven’t there been further arrests in the case said, “The accused had identified some people but we cannot arrest them arbitrarily. The accused have tendency to mislead the police but it is our job to refine the evidence gathering process”.”If the deceased’s daughter identifies more people we will certainly take action according to the law,” the officer told dna.The FIR had named eight other people, including a juvenile, all of whom were arrested by the police. Five other people were also mentioned in the FIR as unknown suspects. Sources in the police said that Shaista Saifi, daughter the deceased, recorded her statement in front of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and identified six more accused persons responsible for the killing of her father. Lawyer’s takedna contacted Yusuf Saifi, the lawyer for Mohamad Akhlaq’s family to know the status of the other accused persons. “I cannot delve into the details of the case as it is still in the court. However it is a known fact that the FIR mentions other persons accused of attacking my clients. I will not rest until justice is delivered. Every single person guilty of the crime will face the law. Beef callThe confession was produced by UP police while requesting custody of Shivam and Vishal Rana. Vishal, who is being seen as the prime accused in the case, is the son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana. He is also accused of announcing, from a temple in Dadri’s Bisara village on the night of September 28 that Akhlaq had slaughtered a calf and stored the beef at his home. Akhlaq was beaten to death while his younger son Danish was left grievously injured and is now recuperating in Delhi.

Retired BSF Personnel held by Crime Branch in Rajouri

The Crime Branch last week had arrested a BSF head constable and a Jammu and Kashmir based lab assistant for allegedly spying for a Pakistani Intelligence Operative.

In what is turning out to be a major controversy for the Border Security Force, a retired inspector was taken into custody, by the Crime Branch of Delhi police on Wednesday evening from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir in connection to the alleged espionage network prevalent in country’s security forces. Both the accused were taken into custody by a Crime Branch team currently camping in Rajouri area of Jammu and Kashmir.The Crime Branch last week had arrested a BSF head constable and a Jammu and Kashmir based lab assistant for allegedly spying for a Pakistani Intelligence Operative. The latest police action also is part of the investigation which was initiated after Intelligence agencies informed the Crime Branch of the prevalent espionage network.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to intelligence sources, the retired inspector of the BSF was identified as Abdul Aziz. Abdul is a resident of Dhani Dhar area of Rajouri district which falls under Kaapa Kha police station. Abdul, according to officials, had retired from the BSF 2-3 years ago and had been staying in his village since then. His name allegedly cropped up during questioning of the two persons arrested by Delhi police last week. Among the arrest persons are BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed and the civilian Kaifaitullah Khan, both of whom belong to Rajouri area in J&K.The arrested persons are accused of passing secret information about security deployment along the Line of Control (LoC) to their PIO handler in Pakistan identified as one Faizal. Crime Branch of Delhi police told dna that Kaifaitullah had been forced to develop sources in the Indian armed forces so that he could procure secret information about army movement. Kaifaithullah had then approached his cousin Rasheed and some other officers of the armed forces who now are accused of providing information to Pakistani intelligence agencies. Sources told dna that the information was passed through WhatsApp but the conversations and the documents exchanged between the PIO and the accused were being deleted regularly.According to police, names of at least 4-5 army-men have cropped up during the questioning of the arrested men who have been charged with the Officials Secrets Act. A senior police official of the Crime Branch told dna that several of its teams have been dispatched to J&K as well as other northern states of India to question the suspected army-men that include some retired personnel as well.”Most of the information procured and sent to the PIO by the accused was regarding army deployment in areas including Nowsheera and Manthal. We suspect that the details of deployment, timings of movement and the number of forces were being asked by the Pakistani intelligence for the purpose of infiltrating terrorists,” said a senior Crime Branch official.

Crime Branch to question ex-army officer in probe of ISI espionage network

ISI Espionage Network: Alleged spies deleted all whatsapp conversations.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will be questioning a retired army officer based in Jammu and Kashmir after his name cropped up several times during questioning of Kaifaitullah Khan and Abdul Rasheed, both arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan. According to sources, a team of investigators will be dispatched to J&K sometime this week to question the senior ranking army officer who retired from service recently.Investigators of Crime Branch will also be hunting for more evidence in Jammu and Kashmir as most of the documents allegedly dispatched to Pakistani intelligence agencies were sent using WhatsApp and the record of the same were deleted afterwards.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials said that besides the retired army officer, some other colleagues of BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, who is accused of providing secret information to his Pakistani handlers, might also be questioned in the process. Senior officials of the Crime Branch refused to name the army officer saying that “revealing any information about the accused might interfere in the ongoing investigation”.Meanwhile, investigators told dna, that new details about the modus operandi of the espionage network have emerged following interrogation of Kaifaitullah alias Master Raja. According to sources Kaifaitullah was initially reluctant to work for a Pakistani intelligence operative (PIO) named Faizal, who had approached him in Gujrawala, Pakistan two years ago.”Kaifaitullah Khan was only permitted to visit a few places, including Islamabad. But some of his relatives were in Gujrawala. A PIO by the name Faizal approached him there and told him that he would be arrested because he was not supposed to travel beyond Islamabad.”Later the same PIO took him to the local police station where he was kept for days and ultimately convinced to develop sources in the Indian Army. According to the accused, the PIO threatened to hurt his extended family in Pakistan after which he was left with no choice but to work for him,” said a source in the Crime Branch. Other than his liaison with Abdul Rasheed, Kaifaitullah had allegedly managed to infiltrate Indian armed forces as well as the BSF.Crime Branch officials also believe that this particular network for now, seems to be limited within the Jammu and Kashmir but did not deny the possibility of similar networks within the armed forces stationed across the country.”After confiscating mobile phone of the accused, we found out that the whatsapp conversation were wiped clean. We are trying to retrieve mobile phones belonging to PIO’s in Pakistan. For now we are relying on the multiple bank transactions under which money was deposited into the accounts of the two accused. The accused have mentioned the Jammu and Kashmir based bank and we will be approaching the same to retrieve concerned documents,” said a senior police officer.Kaifaitullah was arrested on Thursday when he was on his way to Bhopal for a religious gathering while, Rasheed was arrested on Sunday. Rasheed is accused of procuring documents related to security deployment in India and sending them to his cousin Kaifaitullah. Families of the accused men have claimed their innocence stating that the duo are being framed.

Is the rise of ISI agents in J&K Police, Armed Forces an alarming situation?

Back in 2012, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was left rattled after a similar busting of a militant module that was responsible for 13 attacks that Srinagar had witnessed between 2011-12, including killings of atleast four police officials and one National Conference activist .

The busting of a major espionage network involving a BSF personnel and a librarian from Rajouri area of Jammu and Kashmir, has uncovered an alleged nexus between Pakistan’s premier intelligence agencies, members of the Indian armed forces and the J&K police. Crime Branch officials told dna that the arrests might be a part of a nation wide exercise to sanitise security forces across country from suspected espionage networks. This however is not the first time when such a network has come to light since an armed insurgency against the Indian state erupted in the valley in 1989.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Back in 2012, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was left rattled after a similar busting of a militant module that was responsible for 13 attacks that Srinagar had witnessed between 2011-12, including killings of atleast four police officials and one National Conference activist . The arrested men included a policeman, named Abdul Rashid Shigan, and a released Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant, Imtiyaz Ahmad Gojri who were operating under the shadow name of Omar Mukhtar and General Usman.However, what makes the current bust even more important is the fact that the Crime Branch of Delhi police believes that the arrested librarian, identified as Kaifaitullah Khan, had managed to penetrate not only the security agencies but also the Indian Armed forces. He had also roped in his cousin Abdul Rasheed who is accused of directly sending secret information relating to army deployment to ISI agents.While J&K Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar maintained that the security forces in the state, including JK police, are ‘professionals’ curbing terrorist activities on daily basis, Dr Ajit Kumar Singh, of the South Asia terrorism portal, said the phenomenon of providing state secrets to Pakistani intelligence needs to be curbed immediately with better selection ,training and recruitment procedures of the Indian armed forced as well as the J&K police.Kaifaitullah during his interrogation disclosed that in 1992, he was selected in BSF but he did not join the service. In 1993, he got selected in J&K police and after completing the training, he was posted in J&K armed police till 1995 after which he got job as Library Assistant in in a Higher Secondary School in Manjakot, Rajouri. The Crime Branch maintains that Kaifaitullah had begun his operation to penetrate the Indian army only 2-3 years back, but given his history, it is unlikely he was dormant from 1995, the year he joined militancy. This could well mean that he has served as an ISI handler for over 20 years even after being arrested by the state police on several occasions. Singh attributes this to botched up investigation into terror acts which according to him is detrimental to the cause of fighting terrorism.His research titled ‘J&K Police, The enemy within’ also documents one such botch up during the investigation of 26/11 attacks of Mumbai. “When Mukhtar Ahmad Sheikh (arrested on June 16, 2012) was detained by the Kolkata (West Bengal) Police in December 2008 in the aftermath of November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks for supplying SIM cards to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, the cases against him were dropped after the J&K Police informed their Kolkata counterparts that he was an undercover agent, and was trying to infiltrate into the terror group”, reads his research paper.”According to the data compiled by the Institute for Conflict Management, a total of 21 Policemen were arrested for their links with militants since 1990. While there were only three such arrests till 2009, 2010 alone witnessed four arrests and it increased to seven in 2011. The current year has already witnessed seven such arrests. Apart from these Policemen, four Army personnel and a Central Reserve Police Force trooper have also been arrested since 1990,” the paper reads.”We will have to look into his records. The case indeed is very alarming,” said a senior official of the JK police.

Pakistan High Commission’s role comes under scanner in spy ring

Kaifatullah Khan(left), in the custody of crime branch in New Delhi on Monday
BB Yadav
dna
In a development which could also result in a major diplomatic row between India and Pakistan, the crime branch of Delhi Police has put Pakistani High Commission under their scanner in connection to the espionage network busted in the National Capital on Sunday.Not only has Pakistan High Commission’s name cropped up during the busting of the espionage network, but police here believe that there is a strong possibility that the arrested ISI agents had penetrated both the Indian Army and India based security agencies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime branch officials on Monday said that during interrogation Kaifatullah Khan, the alleged spy, revealed that a Pakistani Intelligence Operative (PIO) in Pakistan had directed him to apply for the Pakistan visa at the high commission and meet a ‘contact’ there.”The PIO had briefed him to contact him once he reaches Pakistan High Commission. He (Kaifatullah) was supposed to meet a contact of PIO near the Pakistan High Commission and had to hand over the passport and the recommendation letter. The recommendation letter was discovered from his possession which has been addressed to Pakistan High Commissioner. All the logistic support was to be provided by the contact of the PIO whom he had to meet near Pakistan High Commission. The passport and the recommendation letter have been seized from his possession,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch.Kaifatullah, a librarian in a higher secondary school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area, was taken in police custody on Thursday last week when he was on his way to ‘Bhopal Ijtema’, an annual religious gathering, where he was allegedly supposed to scout for information and possible recruits.Subsequently Abdul Rasheed, a head constable in the Border Security Force was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday for allegedly providing official secrets to Khan who is accused of working at the behest of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. According to sources, Abdul was first interrogated by the BSF and then handed over the crime branch.According to investigations so far, it has been revealed that Kaifatullah was able to penetrate Indian Army, BSF and various security agencies of India at multiple levels and had been “procuring secret information detrimental to the security of the country”. Rasheed, a cousin of Khan, however was one of his main sources.Kaifatullah was given specific tasks by the PIO, which were mainly concerning with the deployment of security forces and air force operations. The information was passed through e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber.Abdul, a head constable in the intelligence wing of BSF posted at the office of DIG, initially passed information to Kaifatullah but later had come in direct contact with ISI agents across the border. According to police Kaifatullah was selected in the year 1990 and was earlier posted in Gujarat and West Bengal and shifted to J&K in year 1998.”Being in the intelligence wing of BSF, he was having access to secret/sensitive information pertaining to deployment/ Border fencing/movement of the troops. He was passing the information to PIO initially through Kafaitullah but later on he developed close relations directly with the PIO and started communicating with him regularly through the App based communication.”His father had visited Pakistan in the year 2014 to meet his paternal uncle. He disclosed that he was cultivated by Kafaitullah to give sensitive/ secret information in lieu of monetary considerations. His bank account details are being verified for the same,” investigators said. “We have apprehensions that the espionage network had spread into the army and other security agencies,” Yadav said. According to sources name of at least one army official has cropped up during questioning.

BSF officer, Jammu and Kashmir librarian caught spying for Pakistan

According to Crime Branch officials, Khan is an handler of Pakistani Intelligence Operative or PIO, which is supported by the ISI.

In what could be called a major breach within the Indian security forces, a serving officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Sunday for allegedly providing official secrets to a civilian accused of working at the behest of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. The civilian was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi police two days ago and has been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, 44, a resident of Kalai village in Rajouri area of J&K.According to Crime Branch officials, Khan is an handler of Pakistani Intelligence Operative or PIO, which is supported by the ISI. Khan had been able to penetrate different security agencies of India at multiple levels and had been “procuring secret information detrimental to the security of the country”, said a senior official. However, a much bigger catch is Abdul Rasheed, a head constable in BSF posted in the Intelligence Wing of Border Security Force, Rajouri, J&K. According to police, Rasheed served as one of the main sources of Khan and has till now passed on information about deployment of security forces and Air Force operations within Indian territory. “Both of them have been arrested under the provisions of Official Secret Act,” said a senior police officer. According to the officer, the department received a secret input about the ongoing anti-national activities at the behest of Pakistan Intelligence Operative.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime Branch officials said they had to tread cautiously, as according to the input, the spy network was spread over the civilian handlers and the security forces personnel. “Looking into the gravity of the matter, the information was developed and a few involved were identified. On November 26, one of the handlers, Kafaitullah Khan, had boarded a train from Jammu for Bhopal. He was apprehended at the railway station and a few documents having implication on national security were recovered from him, said another senior official of Crime branch. According to police, Khan was supposed to attend the annual rally, also known as Ijtema, which is attended by more than 30 lakh Muslims. Khan was supposed to scout for information and possible recruits, police said. According to investigators, during questioning he disclosed that he had been working as library assistant at Higher Secondary School, Manjakote in Rajouri. In 2013, he had visited Pakistan where he came in contact with ISI agent and in lieu of monetary considerations, agreed to share secret information on Armed forces. “He cultivated his sources in Army and BSF and started passing on the information to PIO via e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber. He was given specific tasks by the PIO, mainly on deployment of security forces and Air Force operations, investigators told dna.According to police, Khan was in touch with Abdul Rasheed, who is also his relative, and lured him to part with sensitive information. “Khan was taken in police custody and a team was sent to Rajouri to arrest his accomplice. A search has been conducted on the premises of Khan and Rasheed, which led to recovery of important documents,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch. On Friday, Uttar Pradesh special task force (STF) claimed to have arrested an ISI agent from Meerut Cantt area with sensitive documents related to Indian Army. The accused was identified as Mohammand Eizaz alias Mohammad Kalam, a resident of Taramadi Chowk, Irfanabad, Islamabad. He was arrested by STF team from Meerut Cantt area when he was on his way to Delhi.

Delhi’s biggest-ever heist cracked at tea shop

Senior police officers told dna that they used human intelligence to narrow down to the places where Shukla might have dumped the money. “Once we heard of the godown, it narrowed down our search. Till that time we had combed the entire city,” said a senior police officer.

Had it not been for a cup of tea, Delhi cops might have found themselves spending at least a few more sleepless nights chasing the driver of the cash van who carried out a Rs 22.5 crore heist. After hiding the money in a godown in south-east Delhi, the driver, identified as Pradeep Kumar Shukla, had stopped to have tea not far from the scene of the crime. It was here when he called the guard of the godown telling him that he would be spending the night with him. The conversation was overheard by the tea vendor. When the cops chasing Shukla reached the tea shop, the vendor informed them about the conversation he heard. The cops showed the vendor the photograph of the accused, and the tea vendor confirmed his identity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, a team of investigators chasing Shukla suffered a minor roadblock after they found the abandoned cash van which the accused had fled with in Govindpuri area. The van was fitted with a GPS-enabled system and Shukla after dropping the money he had just stolen, decided to dump the vehicle.Senior police officers told dna that they used human intelligence to narrow down to the places where Shukla might have dumped the money. “Once we heard of the godown, it narrowed down our search. Till that time we had combed the entire city,” said a senior police officer.Shukla was arrested early morning on Friday and the money was recovered from the godown. Later during questioning he revealed that he had spent Rs 11,000 of the stolen cash. According to a senior police official, the rest of the money was taken in as evidence and will be returned to Axis bank.”The gunman, who was accompanying Shukla, had gone to relieve himself by the road when the accused decided to take off with the money. He went straight to the godown where he dropped the nine boxes containing the money. He knew the guard of the godown. The guard’s role is also being probed but for now he has said that he did not know what was inside the boxes. He dropped the vehicle in Govindpuri and then went shopping,” said the police officer while narrating the sequence of event. Sources say he used this money to buy some clothes and a watch. He also bought chicken dishes and some liquor for the night. Later slept at the warehouse with boxes containing the remaining cash. Shukla, a native of Ballia district in UP, had recently joined the security agency. In the records he claimed that he lived with his wife, who is from Mau district, at a rented accommodation in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area, but when a police team visited the place, it emerged he never lived there.Police in both the UP districts were intimated about the case and asked to keep vigil on all movements. “We found out that Shukla was living at a rented accommodation at Harkesh Nagar, close to the spot where the van was found and also to the godown from where he was later arrested. However, his wife was also found to have no idea about the incident,” said an official.It was only after another police team reached the tea shop in Okhla phase III area of Delhi that crucial details about his whereabouts were known. It is yet to be known if Shukla had planed the heist well in advance or did so in the spur of the moment. Interestingly, around two three months ago, shots were fired at another van that was being driven by Shukla. He had then managed to prevent a loot.

Fifth AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi arrested by Delhi police since government formation

The case was lodged following allegations that on March 8, 2013, the accused along with other AAP supporters had gathered at Azadpur area in Noth Delhi and entered into a quarrel with complainant Bittu Jha.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA was on Thursday arrested by the Delhi Police after a city court ordered the legislator to be sent to judicial custody in a case of rioting and criminal intimidation. According to officials, Akhilesh Tripathi, MLA from Model Town area of the Capital, was sent to two days judicial custody making him the fifth legislator from the AAP to be arrested since the party formed a government here. Tripathi was brought to the court by the police in pursuance of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him by the court earlier for his non appearance. Metropolitan Magistrate Kapil Kumar ordered that the MLA, an accused in the 2013 rioting case, be taken into custody while noting his conduct of not complying with court’s order directing him to appear.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police officials, an FIR was registered against Tripathi in 2013 for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The others to have been named in the FIR are Inder Vikram Singh, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha, all of whom are said to be Tripathi’s associates.The case was lodged following allegations that on March 8, 2013, the accused along with other AAP supporters had gathered at Azadpur area in Noth Delhi and entered into a quarrel with complainant Bittu Jha. The accused allegedly assaulted the complainant in which he sustained injuries. In June, former Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar was held in a fake educational degree case followed by the arrest of MLA Somnath Bharti in September on allegations of attempt to murder and domestic violence case filed by his wife. Surinder Singh, AAP MLA from Delhi Cantonment, was arrested in August for allegedly assaulting an NDMC employee and passing casteist remarks. All of them are currently on bail.Meanwhile, on Thursday, there was a massive chaos in the Delhi assembly on Thursday with Aam Aadmi Party legislators unanimously voting to extend the suspension of BJP lawmaker OP Sharma for his sexist remark about AAP leader Alka Lamba till winter session. “We had asked the BJP to take action against its legislator, but they have conveniently ignored that. On the other hand, the Delhi police has arrested our legislator at their behest,”an AAP legislator said. Toughening their stand against Sharma, AAP lawmakers demanded that Sharma be sent to jail. “We will not budge from our demand. He must be sent to jail and disqualified,” Lamba said. Sexist remark Meanwhile, on Thursday, there was a massive chaos in the Delhi assembly on Thursday with Aam Aadmi Party legislators unanimously voting to extend the suspension of BJP lawmaker OP Sharma for his sexist remark about AAP leader Alka Lamba till winter session.

Intolerance debate: Hindu Sena buys Aamir Khan, family tickets to Pakistan!

Speaking to dna on Thursday, Gupta said that tickets for Khan’s family were brought after the actor revealed during an interview that his wife felt insecure in the country.

Even though Aamir Khan has already issued a public statement in response to the flak he received over his remarks on growing intolerance in the country, the backlash against his observations reached a new level on Thursday with a Hindu right-wing group booking air-tickets to Pakistan for the actor and his family. Hindu Sena, the group that booked a one-way ticket for Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and their son, was in news last month after they led a Delhi police patrolling team into Kerala House claiming that a restaurant there was serving cow meat. Vishnu Gupta, the head of the group, was arrested and later released on bail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to dna on Thursday, Gupta said that tickets for Khan’s family were brought after the actor revealed during an interview that his wife felt insecure in the country. Gupta also said that their group had initially thought of booking a one-way ticket to Syria “where ISIS would welcome the star’s family but an advisory issued against travelling to Syria made Islamabad, Pakistan the preferred choice”. “If he doesn’t feel safe in India then he should go to Syria where ISIS will welcome him just how they welcome fellow Muslims. Or he can take his family to Pakistan where Taliban will make him feel safe,” said Gupta.According to him, members of the Hindu Sena contributed money for Khan’s air ticket to Pakistan. “The tickets cost us 50,000 rupees and we have already sent it by speed post to Aamir Khan’s Mumbai home,” Gupta said.The ticket was booked with Oman Air and is supposed to depart on November 30 from Mumbai and reach Islamabad on the same day after a brief halt in Muscat.

Expensive marriages fuelling child labour in Delhi

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Delhi filmmaker files complaint against Aamir Khan

Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.

A file photo of Aamir and wife Kiran

Reacting to Aamir Khan’s remarks on insecurity and fear in the country, a Delhi-based filmmaker on Tuesday filed a complaint against the Bollywood actor at a local police station here. The complaint was received and acknowledged by the police at the New Ashok Nagar police station in East Delhi. While no FIR was registered in this connection and senior officials of the Delhi police said further action will follow in accordance with law.Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I don’t want the actor to be punished. I just want the needful to be done to prevent such remarks which spread fear in the country,” he said.”We have received the complaint and are looking into it. Further action will follow in accordance with law,” DCP (East) B S Gurjar said.”I also live in the same society and don’t feel any fear. The actor should specify which society was he talking about and if there is enough evidence in his (Khan’s) statements then we all should come forward and do something about it,” the filmmaker said referring to the remarks made by Khan on society.Aamir Khan who on Monday spoke against intolerance, said that he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. Khan said that there was a sense of growing insecurity and fear in the society in the last six months.”(Wife) Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” Khan had said.The filmmaker also shared his opinion on how the Bollywood actor should have responded to his wife when she expressed the desire to leave India. “The actor should have told his wife that he as a public figure and he will try to make India better instead of speaking about their discussion in public,” Ullhas said.”I am not doing this for publicity. I have filed complains against the Supreme Court for ‘misrepresentation’ of state emblem,” he said.The filmmaker had earlier in August approached the police for action against Khan for referring to police as ‘thulla’ in his film ‘PK’.

Indian diaspora under IB watch for ‘Islamic State infection’, over 500 already screened

Sources said that those surveyed included students as well as those who have settled in foreign countries for work in the last two years.

The growing tentacles of IS (Islamic State) are prompting Indian intelligence agencies to keep a tab on the Indian diaspora, including students. In fact, the Union home ministry has specifically asked agencies to keep the diaspora under surveillance and has advised all states and Union territories to follow suit. Sources say that a massive ‘survey’ of more than 500 Indians living in foreign countries had already been undertaken, much before the deadly terror attacks in Paris on November 13. The government believes that at least 40-50 of the youths ‘surveyed’ over a period of time, have close links with the IS. Agencies claim that they have not been in touch with their families for over a year. Most of them are from south Indian states.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sources said that those surveyed included students as well as those who have settled in foreign countries for work in the last two years. “Between 2014 and 2015, more than 500 persons, who were either travelling to foreign countries or have gone there for permanent settlement, were kept under surveillance. We have also been keeping a tab on persons who have extended families abroad,” said a source. In September, UAE had deported a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, for allegedly recruiting youths for IS through social media. Another 17-year-old girl from UAE was sent back from Turkey when she was on her way to join IS. Already 23 Indian youths are reported to have joined the terror group and more than 70 have been prevented from being its part. Six youths, according to intelligence officials, have died while fighting along with IS. They are Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Adilabad, Telangana), Mohammad Umar Subhan (Bengaluru), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Thane), Faiz Masood (Bengaluru) and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (Azamgarh, UP). “We have found out that 40-50 youths have communicated with members of IS through social media. There is high possibility that they might be in contact with the Indian diaspora as well,” the official added. The home ministry has held a meeting with senior officials of state agencies last Friday. The ministry said the recent multiple attacks in Paris clearly indicate the intention of the IS to expand the area of terror beyond its core area of Iraq and Syria. “Though the IS has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalising some youth, attracting certain sections of local population or Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities or the possibility of piggy-backing on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of IS-sponsored terrorist attacks on Indian territory,” reads the advisory sent to Director Generals of Police.

Dadri lynching: Mohamad Akhlaq’s son still unaware of his father’s fate

Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.
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Still unaware of his father’s fate, Mohamad Akhlaq’s younger son Danish Saifi, was discharged from the Army Hospital earlier this week and is limping back to recovery, a development that has left his family both happy and uncomfortable. Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.Speaking for the first time after the fateful night when his family was attacked on suspicions of eating beef, Danish said that he was recovering from the temporary memory loss he suffered due to the brutal attack and would like to resume normal life soon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am feeling better now, but, it will take at least a year to recover completely. Till then, I will prepare for the IPS examinations. It’s my parents’ dream,” said Danish to dna while discussing his plans for the future.When asked about the well-being of his parents he responded, “They are well. Father is travelling across India for a religious journey,” said the 22-year-old. Danish had received grievous injuries on his head in a mob attack allegedly led by Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader.Almost two months later, Danish has now shifted to Delhi’s Subroto park, where his brother Sartaj was allotted an accommodation by the Indian Air Force. After being operated twice, Danish is now better but continues to have acute pains in his ear and the fingers of the left hand.When asked if he remembered what transpired that night, he responded, “I heard the announcement but didn’t pay attention to it. Sometime later, when I was climbing the stairs to my room I saw Vishal and Shivam trying to scale our wall. A mob gathered outside our main door. They were abusing us and were trying to barge in. That’s when I yelled at Vishal and asked him what were they trying to do and he responded, ‘There he is’. Moments later there were people coming from all sides,” Danish said.Danish asked his mother and grandmother, who were at that time in the ground floor of the house, to lock themselves in the kitchen. He himself ran back to the room on the first floor where his sister Shaista and father were. “I bolted the door from inside and tried to reason with them but they kept on saying that they will not leave us. When I refused to open the door they broke it down so we entered the next room. The door in that room did not have a bolt so I tried to block the door using my hands but there were too many of them. And when they entered they started beating us up,” Danish said.”I have been told father was injured badly too.” Danish named some attackers who are not listed as accused in the FIR filed by Dadri police.His brother told dna that the family avoids talking about what happened that night but Danish has ‘too many questions’ and keeps on asking why his father hasn’t even called him once after the attack.”We are being discreet but he is suspicious. We don’t have a television set and he doesn’t read newspapers because it causes strain on his eyes. I hope we keep up the lie,” said Sartaj.

From taxi rides to forced prostitution: How foreigners in India are being trapped by human traffickers

Even as Delhi police attempts to crack the murder mystery surrounding two Uzbekistani women, investigators have come across the modus operandi employed by Gurvinder alias Gagan, the accused in the case as well as other human-traffickers.

Shokhista, mother of the murdered Uzbekistani belly dancer, being consoled by her younger daughter Nadira
Azaan Javaid
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Even as Delhi police attempts to crack the murder mystery surrounding two Uzbekistani women, investigators have come across the modus operandi employed by Gurvinder alias Gagan, the accused in the case as well as other human-traffickers. An investigator said that Gurvinder used to drive a taxi operating out of Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan and it was during this time that idea of ‘venturing’ into human trafficking came to Gurvinder who now has a country wide network and mostly conducts his ‘operations’ through social media websites like Facebook.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On many occasions Gurvinder had passengers either coming for the first time to India or those who were already studying here. The accused told us that during his travels from to various destinations in the national capital and other northern states, met several foreigners from Central Asian states. He would interact with them and as he gained confidence he used either offer them jobs,” said the official. “He used to tell his victims them that he knew some rich people who could offer a lot of money for jobs like baby-sitting and running household chores as well as modeling and hospitality,” the official told dna.Take for instance the case of Atazhanova Shaknoza Kupalbayevna (also known as Naaz) who was initially being seen as a suspect in the murder of Uzbekistani belly dancer Shakhnoza Shukurova. However Gurvinder confessed of killing her as well. A letter drafted and addressed to the Uzbekistan embassy in India by Naaz was recovered from the belongings of Shakhnoza.In the letter Naaz wrote that a girl named Muyassar, residing in Vodnik, told her that that she could have a job of a babysitter and a housekeeper. In july Naaz left her native in Horazm and came to Tashkent from where she went to Almaty in Istanbul and then travelled to India before staying in Nepal.She added that she handed her passport over to another woman, Dilya, and worked as a maid in her house for a week till Gurvinder took her to Chandigarh.Naaz wrote I asked what I was going to do there, and the girls told me I had to dress nicely and sit, I would be looked at. There was one girl named Zamira who was engaged in prostitution; I could not understand anything and was forced to work. I worked there for seven days and returned to Delhi to Gagan’s and Muyassar house,”Naaz added that she met Muyassar again in September who sent her to work for a “broker” named Gorof.“I worked for 11 days. For each day of my work, she (Muyassar) received Rs 15,000. On September 13, I came to work for a broker named Rohan. Every day, I was forced to have sexual relations with six or seven men. They took the money from a broker 10 days in advance. I worked until September 15 and told them that I need to send money home for my brother’s surgery. They gave me $500 and said it was a loan,” she wrote.In the letter, Kupalbayevna also describes the beatings she allegedly got at the hands of Gorof’s mistress, Gagan and Muyassar. “ I wanted to go home but they told me I had to pay my debt off and then I would be able to leave,” the letter reads. The letter ends with Naaz asking for help so she can live with her husband.”I gave her rupees one lakh for my passport. If something threatening my life happens to me while I am in India, I am asking to blame Muyassar (Masha) and her husband Gurvinder (Gogan), the letter concluded.

How the Uzbekistani belly dancer was murdered, driven around Delhi for two hours and set on fire

Shokhista, mother of the murdered Uzbekistani belly dancer, being consoled by her younger daughter Nadira

After a missing Uzbek woman was found murdered in Haryana’s Sonipat earlier this week, harrowing details of how the crime took place have emerged from the interrogation of Gurvinder alias Gagan who is being accused of the killing. What has baffled the police even more is the transformation of Gurvinder from a taxi driver to a sex racketeer who allegedly murdered not only the 28-year-old woman Shakhnoza Shukurova but also another Uzbekistani woman who had helped the accused to kill the victim.Gurvinder told investigators of Delhi Police that he along with Atazhanova Shaknoza Kupalbayevna or Naaz, strangulated Shukurova, also known as Shahnaz, after she kept on demanding Rs 8 lakh that he owed her. According to an investigator, the accused called Shahnaz to meet him and strangulated her in the Indica car driven at that time by Gurvinder.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the alleged murder on September 24, the two drove around Delhi for two hours before dumping the body in Haryaná’s Sonipat area. Shahnaz’s body was stuffed into a bag following which Gurvinder allegedly set the bag on fire and threw it in a dense patch of forest in Sonipat.”The duo had driven around for about two hours with the body. They decided to proceed to Haryana via Karnal road but had not thought about how exactly the body would be disposed of,” said a police official quoting Gurvinder.According to the official, the duo came to the conclusion that burning the body would be a better option than burying it.”They spotted a petrol pump on the highway and parked the vehicle at a distance of half-a-kilometre from it. Gurvinder then allegedly went to the petrol pump and told the workers present there that the petrol in his car had finished and he needed some of it so he could go home. Gurvinder told us that he used the same petrol to burn the body,” the official further added.Gurvinder apparently didn’t even look back after setting the body on fire and left with Naaz.A missing report was filed by a driver of a private taxi who reported Shahnaz had been missing. Shahnaz who worked in Delhi as a belly dancer, is survived by her mother and two sisters who flew in from Uzbekistan on October 2 and have been been in constant touch with Delhi Police since then. Yet Gurvinder managed to mislead the investigators. When he finally confessed to the crime, not only did he spill the beans on the gruesome murder but he also claimed that he had killed Naaz as well and dumped her body in Hapur area of Haryana. Sources told dna that police had checked the area identified by Gurvinder only to find nothing. Delhi police officials now believe that Gurvinder is still trying to mislead the investigators. Official sources even told dna that the second Uzbekistani girl, Naaz might not be involved in the murder at all. “There is a chance that the accused along with some other of his associates might have killed the two girls as they owed them money. He is trying to shield the other accused,” said a police source. “There might be more people involved in the human trafficking racket as it came to the fore that Naaz had also sent a letter to Uzbek embassy that she was being forced into prostitution,” the source further said, adding that there were three other suspects whom police are trying to nab. “One from Goa, another from Bangalore and third one seems to be an Afghan national,” the source said.

Wife of Delhi ACP who committed suicide succumbs to injuries

Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction, said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.

The mystery into the alleged suicide of an assistant commissioner of Delhi police deepened further as the wife of the deceased cop today succumbed to her injuries which she had received after jumping from the fourth floor of the apartment building in Noida.The wife, Sarita, had allegedly jumped out of the verandah after seeing her husband shoot himself to death on Monday. Investigators had been speculating that the ACP, identified as Amit Singh (30), might have been having domestic issues with his wife. forcing him to take the extreme step. Police, however, were left baffled after parents of the couple said that were no signs of a marital discord and the couple had recently gone on a vacation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction,” said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell. With no eye-witness’s in the case, Uttar Pradesh police had been hoping statement of the wife would be instrumental in cracking the case.”We had planned to record the statement of the wife but unfortunately she passed away this afternoon,” said Kiran S, SSP Noida. The 18-month-old daughter of the couple, who was present at the apartment at the time of the incident, has been handed over to the grandparents, the SSP added.Other than the family, the only witness are a few neighbours who had entered the flat on hearing a single gunshot. The neighbours told police that when they entered the flat they saw the bloodied body of Singh and a shocked Sarita who first tried to shoot herself from the same service revolver with which her husband had shot himself. The timely intervention of the neighbours bought her a few minutes following which she jumped out of the building.Sarita suffered multiple fractures on her limbs and grievous injuries on head and neck. Questioning of neighbours has also not proved of much help as the couple barely knew them. The couple had moved into the new apartment only last week. “We will have to explore other possibilities to get to the heart of the case,” said Kiran S. Sources in Delhi police mobile phone companies have been contacted and told to send records of call history of the couple. The mobiles of both the deceased have been taken in as evidence and text messages will be checked for possible evidence.

PM Narendra Modi calls for targeted economic sanctions to disrupt terror fund flow

The Prime Minister also said the terror groups derive funding from criminal activities that include smuggling of narcotics, bank robbery, vehicle thefts, fake currency or from ‘state sponsored activities in failed states’.

PM Narendra Modi being presented a memento by CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha at the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Wednesday

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Stressing on the need to devise a strategy to disrupt fund flow to terror outfits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that “targeted economic sanctions” was the key to constrain capabilities of terrorists to execute dastardly attacks as seen in Paris last week. The PM, who had recently returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, said that the Paris attacks were a grim reminder of how terror outfits are getting remarkably flexible in arranging finances.”The dastardly acts committed in Paris are a grim reminder of how terrorists have remarkable flexibility and adaptability in meeting their funding requirements. Disrupting fund flow constrains the capabilities of terrorists and reduces their ability to execute attacks. This involves putting in place both systemic safeguards, and targeted economic sanctions based on credible counter-terrorism intelligence,” he said addressing the sixth Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery and 21st conference of CBI and state anti- corruption and vigilance bureaux.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The conference, which is being attended by investigators from more than 30 countries, is themed on issues including ‘illegal transaction of virtual currency and terror financing. The Prime Minister while addressing the gathering said that international cooperation was important for countries that are seeking to fight terrorism and other issues including corruption, drug trade and illicit financing.”Illicit funding promotes organised criminal activities like drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism. Organised crime hampers both investment and economic growth and it can also infiltrate or control a large section of economy. It is thus imperative to focus our efforts to enhance international co-operation in the field of asset recovery for fighting crime, corruption and terrorism,” he said.The Prime Minister also said the terror groups derive funding from criminal activities that include smuggling of narcotics, bank robbery, vehicle thefts, fake currency or from ‘state sponsored activities in failed states’.This year’s conference, is also being attended by Interpol Secretary General, Jurgan Stock, who spoke at Wednesday’s event and took the moment to condemn the terror attacks in Beirut, Ankara and Paris.

Delhi Police clueless about motive of ACP’s suicide

Grieving relatives of ACP Amit Singh at Noida on Tuesday

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Senior officials of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Police are puzzled and shocked, after an assistant commissioner of police allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Noida area of National Capital Region.According to the investigation so far, the ACP shot himself following an argument with his wife who after seeing her husband die right in front of her eyes jumped from the fourth floor of the apartment building. She is currently undergoing treatment and is said to be in a critical condition.Initially, Delhi Police was speculating that the ACP, identified as Amit Singh (30), might have been having issues with his wife Sarita. But the subsequent investigation so far has revealed that the couple was not facing any marital discord. In fact officials told dna that the couple had recently gone for a holiday in Uttar Pradesh and visited Sarita’s parents as well. Another senior police officer of special cell even told dna that cop had met him the same morning and ‘was in a very good mood’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parents of the couple, who had arrived in Delhi for the cremation, told police that not even once had the couple fought during their three years of marriage. Sarita’s parents have even told cops that they were not only close to Singh but also his family. Singh, who was posted with the special cell of Delhi Police, had recently purchased the flat in Noida sector 100 and had moved in with his wife and 18-month-old girl on Saturday.”We are absolutely shocked to learn about the incident. We have questioned his colleagues and they also said that Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction,” said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.Late on Monday night, Amit Singh had a brief argument with his wife following which he went for a drive. Once he was back at his residence, he took out his service revolver and shot himself. The wife is suspected to have jumped soon after leaving behind the 18-month-old girl at home. The girl was later taken into preventive care by the UP police. Investigators are now waiting for Sarita to recover so that her statement could be recorded.Amit, had been posted as an ACP in Eastern Delhi and was transferred to the Special Cell in 2014. The unit is considered one of the most elite part of the Delhi police force and specialises in counter terrorism. While it is yet to be known what led Amit to take this extreme step, senior police officials of Delhi police told dna that work pressure coupled with domestic issues can sometimes be too much for cops who often find themselves working overtime and under harsh conditions. No in-house counsellorsA senior police officer also said that every year nearly 2-3 lower ranking police officials take their lives due to varied reasons but Amit’s case was the second time that a senior official had done so. “We do not have in-house counsellors or government designated therapists who could talk to police officials. Police operates in a harsh environment and sometimes this can get to them. On top of this, the masculinity and posturing attached with being a cop often deters police officials from approaching us with their problems. This is a real problem,” said a senior police official.

Senior Delhi police officer kills self, wife jumps from fourth floor

The ACP identified as Amit Singh had been posted with the Special Cell of Delhi police which is considered one of the most elite units of the police force.

An assistant commissioner of police posted with Delhi Police’s Special Cell committed suicide by allegedly shooting himself in his apartment at Noida area of the National Capital Region. Senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh Police confirmed the incident and added that the wife of the ACP had also jumped from the fourth floor of the same building and is currently in a critical condition. Police also said that 18-month-old daughter of the couple was also at the apartment when the incident took place and has been rescued from the flat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ACP identified as Amit Singh had been posted with the Special Cell of Delhi police which is considered one of the most elite units of the police force. The Special Cell has in the past been involved in operation against banned outfit Indian Mujahideen as well. Singh had previously served as the ACP in Preet Vihar area of East Delhi and was transferred to the Special Cell in 2014.A senior police officer of the Uttar Pradesh police told dna that Singh had died on spot after shooting himself. Prima facie it appears that the wife seeing her husband die decided to commit suicide herself. The incident was reported late evening on Monday when Singh’s neighbours called police on seeing his wife lying right outside the building with grievous injuries. Some neighbours had made a PCR call hearing a single gunshot emanating from the couples flat. “The wife was taken to the hospital immediately. She has severe injuries on head, neck as well as on her legs. As soon as an ambulance was called to take her to the hospital, a police team went up to her flat where bloodied body of Mr Singh was lying. Police also heard cries of a child when they were inspecting the flat and immediately informed seniors. The child has been taken into preventive custody and relatives of the couple have been informed,” said Kiran S, SSP Noida. While senior officials of the Special Cell could not be reached, sources in the unit said that the suicide might be a result of a domestic issue. UP police however said that they have launched an investigation into the case and facts of the case will emerge simultaneously.

Government should deal with Chhota Rajan’s cases on humanitarian grounds, says sister

“I am meeting my brother after almost 30 years. This is a big moment for me. I had dreamed of this moment for a very long time,” the sister told dna moments before she was accompanied by security officials to meet Rajan.

Chhota Rajan’s sisters, who were allowed to meet the arrested don on Friday, said that criminal cases filed against their brother were ‘false’ and that the government of India should take a humanitarian approach while dealing with their brother. “The cases against my brother were filed in the last 20 years during which he was not in India to defend himself. The cases are false,” said Sunita Chavan, who is currently based in Chembur area of Maharashtra. The family of the underworld don, who is currently in CBI custody, had appealed to the “compassionate” side of the court, to “be allowed to meet” their brother for “Bhai Dooj” “after 27 years”. “We want true justice to be served. I have faith in the Indian judicial system,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am meeting my brother after almost 30 years. This is a big moment for me. I had dreamed of this moment for a very long time,” the sister told dna moments before she was accompanied by security officials to meet Rajan.She also said that all the other siblings wished to meet Rajan as well but couldn’t do so due to security restrictions. Rajan has five other siblings, all of them are based in Maharashtra. One of his elder brother passed away recently, Sunita said. The plea requesting permission to meet Rajan was filed through advocates Rajiv Jain and Gajinder Kumar. The plea stated that the two women — Sunita Sakkharam Chavan and Malini Sakpal — are the “real sisters” of Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, and “have not met their brother for the past so many years,” and “wish to bless him”. “The investigation is ongoing. All that the family wanted was to meet my client on the occasion of the festival. We had asked the court to grant the permission on humanitarian grounds ,” Mr Kumar told dna.After being allowed the permission to meet Rajan, both the sisters, on Friday, arrived at the CBI headquarters in the evening and were taken to a visiting room in the headquarters where the underworld don is currently being held. The family also spoke about their concerns on the possibility of taking Rajan to Mumbai for questioning by the local police there. “It would be better if investigation is carried out here without him being taken to Mumbai. It is a very sensitive case,” said another family member who wished not to be named.The family member also said that the government should take note of the ‘health condition of the aging don’. “All these years he (Rajan) has proven to be of ‘great help’ to Indian government,” the family member added. Out of more than two dozen cases, Rajan is also being investigated for the murder of wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Bakhtiyar Ahmed Khan alias Phillu Khan who was allegedly lured to a hotel room in Bangkok, where he was tortured to death. It is believed that Khan was betrayed by his sidekick Mangesh “Mangya” Pawar who along with Khan were accused of being involved in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. After being on the run for more than two decades Rajan, was arrested in Bali on October 25, 2015 by Indonesian police which was acting on a tip-off by the authorities in Australia. Out of the 70 cases, Rajan is accused in 17 murder cases including that of a journalist. The don is also accused of cases of attempted murder, extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking.

Government should deal Chhota Rajan’s cases on humanitarian grounds, says sister

“I am meeting my brother after almost 30 years. This is a big moment for me. I had dreamed of this moment for a very long time,” the sister told dna moments before she was accompanied by security officials to meet Rajan.

Chhota Rajan’s sisters, who were allowed to meet the arrested don on Friday, said that criminal cases filed against their brother were ‘false’ and that the government of India should take a humanitarian approach while dealing with their brother. “The cases against my brother were filed in the last 20 years during which he was not in India to defend himself. The cases are false,” said Sunita Chavan, who is currently based in Chembur area of Maharashtra. The family of the underworld don, who is currently in CBI custody, had appealed to the “compassionate” side of the court, to “be allowed to meet” their brother for “Bhai Dooj” “after 27 years”. “We want true justice to be served. I have faith in the Indian judicial system,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am meeting my brother after almost 30 years. This is a big moment for me. I had dreamed of this moment for a very long time,” the sister told dna moments before she was accompanied by security officials to meet Rajan.She also said that all the other siblings wished to meet Rajan as well but couldn’t do so due to security restrictions. Rajan has five other siblings, all of them are based in Maharashtra. One of his elder brother passed away recently, Sunita said. The plea requesting permission to meet Rajan was filed through advocates Rajiv Jain and Gajinder Kumar. The plea stated that the two women — Sunita Sakkharam Chavan and Malini Sakpal — are the “real sisters” of Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, alias Chhota Rajan, and “have not met their brother for the past so many years,” and “wish to bless him”. “The investigation is ongoing. All that the family wanted was to meet my client on the occasion of the festival. We had asked the court to grant the permission on humanitarian grounds ,” Mr Kumar told dna.After being allowed the permission to meet Rajan, both the sisters, on Friday, arrived at the CBI headquarters in the evening and were taken to a visiting room in the headquarters where the underworld don is currently being held. The family also spoke about their concerns on the possibility of taking Rajan to Mumbai for questioning by the local police there. “It would be better if investigation is carried out here without him being taken to Mumbai. It is a very sensitive case,” said another family member who wished not to be named.The family member also said that the government should take note of the ‘health condition of the aging don’. “All these years he (Rajan) has proven to be of ‘great help’ to Indian government,” the family member added. Out of more than two dozen cases, Rajan is also being investigated for the murder of wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Bakhtiyar Ahmed Khan alias Phillu Khan who was allegedly lured to a hotel room in Bangkok, where he was tortured to death. It is believed that Khan was betrayed by his sidekick Mangesh “Mangya” Pawar who along with Khan were accused of being involved in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. After being on the run for more than two decades Rajan, was arrested in Bali on October 25, 2015 by Indonesian police which was acting on a tip-off by the authorities in Australia. Out of the 70 cases, Rajan is accused in 17 murder cases including that of a journalist. The don is also accused of cases of attempted murder, extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking.

Home-grown militants pose a greater threat in the Valley

The militants ensure that they attract the young crowd with their education qualifications

Burhan Wani, the 21-year-old commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group

In the last week of October, intelligence agencies were alarmed when people from three villages of south Kashmir almost had a confrontation while attempting to lay claim to the body of Abu Qasim, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of the Udhampur attack on a BSF convoy.With the deceased Pakistani militant’s popularity, particularly in south Kashmir, no longer a concern for the security forces, agencies now believe that countering ‘home grown militancy’ can pose an equally challenging task. In fact, the vacuum created by the killing of Qasim, one of LeT’s most senior militants in Kashmir, awaits to be filled by young Kashmiri militants who, according to agencies, despite being ‘ill-trained’ might pose a grave threat to the security situation in the valley.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a senior intelligence official, the new generation of Kashmiri militants led by the 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, are poorly trained and lack proper ammunition as most of them have trained themselves in remote parts of Kashmir itself.The official further said that most of the militants joining the Hizb rank either snatch weapons from the security forces posted in the valley or borrow it from LeT. In order to save the bullets for a possible confrontation with the armed forces, these militants practice without bullets.”While these terrorists might lack proper training in arms and guerrilla warfare, their Kashmiri identify can pose a great threat especially to areas where they belong from. The youngsters in these places who chose to idolise the terrorists sometimes end up joining their ranks,” said the official.A senior J&K police officer while speaking to dna said that unlike the past, when Kashmiri youth crossed over to Pakistan to receive arms training, militants of Kashmiri origin now hold a slight edge over Pakistani ones due to the connect they form with the general population.He said foreign militants from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan were previously looked as ‘mythical characters’ but the new-age Kashmiri militants are more real than their predecessors. Among other prominent militants are Nisar Pandit, Zakir who hails from Noorpur and Isaaq Dar from Tral area of Kashmir, also known by the nickname ‘Newton’ which he got after topping his class.The officer also said the fact that most of the new militants are educated and degree holders is intentionally highlighted to influence educated youth of the valley.”We are fighting the current militancy at multiple levels, social media being one of them. But the sympathy garnered by some of the Kashmiri militant groups has to be tackled carefully. People here have seen these militants grow from boys into adults and while dealing in such scenarios we have to ensure we do not end up alienating people further,” said the officer who had been part of the counter insurgency operations in North Kashmir. Reaching out people through videos In August this year, Burhan, had also released a five-and-half minute video which was first circulated through WhatsApp before it was uploaded on Facebook. The 21-year-old is seen in the video asking Kashmiri youth to join the ‘armed movement against the Indian state’. His elder brother Khalid was killed this year in police action during an attempt to capture Burhan, now referred to as a ‘poster boy’ of the new age militancy.

Kerala House beef row: Buffalo meat back, Hindu Sena chief held

Staffers here told dna that 15 kgs of meat is purchased on daily basis from government authorised shops out of which half is served during the lunch and the rest is stored for dinner.

Kerala residents in Delhi protests outside Kerala House on Wednesday
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Buffalo meat on Wednesday was back on the menu of Kerala House’s Samridhi restaurant. Even though the food items earlier named as beef curry and beef fry were renamed as meat curry and meat fry, customers queued to finish the stock. A day after staffers at a Kerala House restaurant refused to serve certain food items to its customers, nearly 10 kilogram of buffalo meat was sold within the first hour of the lunch being served.Staffers here told dna that 15 kgs of meat is purchased on daily basis from government authorised shops out of which half is served during the lunch and the rest is stored for dinner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We had to use two-and-a-half kilogram of the total stock we store for dinner. I think people who don’t eat buffalo meat started to do so from today,” said a staffer jokingly.”I have been told nearly 150 customers ordered meat curry and meat fry. That number is quite telling,” said KJ Joseph the Protocol Officer at Kerala House.On Monday acting, on a complaint from a right-wing group, Delhi Police had entered the premises of Kerala House and quizzed restaurant staffers whether they were serving cow meat. There complaint was made by chief of Hindu Sena, Vishnu Gupta who was on Wednesday arrested by police and booked under section 107 and 151 of the Indian Penal Code.Coming under fire from all corners Delhi Police on Wednesday first detained the Hindu Sena Chief.Delhi Police also submitted it’s report to the MHA on the alleged raid. Police in their report have maintained that cops entering the Kerala House was not a raid and the staff members of the canteen were briefed to remain alert and inform the police in case of any issue or vandalism.Even though the law and order situation here has not been effected by the incident on Monday, companies of Delhi Police and Rapid Action Force continue to keep a vigil outside the Kerala House.A senior police officer told dna that the officials posted outside Kerala House have been told to take immediate action against anyone threatening peace and tranquility of the area.Later in the evening more than 50 Keralites held a demonstration outside the Kerala House and raised anti-BJP and anti-Delhi Police slogans. The protestors accused BJP of furthering their ‘communal agenda’ and blamed the party for polarising the country. It is a closed matter: BassiDelhi police commissioner B S Bassi, who ostensibly had come to brief union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on action taken by Delhi Police in the case of Kerala Bhawan, said that the Delhi police officials have also been instructed not to enter any state bhawans and sort out any matter with the resident commissioners of the state bhawans. Bassi added that the matter is closed as far as the Kerala Bhawan matter is concerned.

Get out of our kitchens’ say Kerala politicians

Kerala chief minister slams ‘raid’, writes to prime minister Modi seeking action; Police did not ‘raid’ Kerala House defends Delhi CP Bassi

Kerala MPs protest on Tuesday after Delhi Police entered the Kerala House on a complaint that beef was served in its canteeen
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A defiant Kerala government, supported by senior politicians of the state, launched a scathing attack on the Centre and Delhi Police, a day after local cops, acting on a complaint by a right wing group, quizzed staffers of Kerala House whether beef was being served at the premises of the state’s Bhavan.Merely hours after food items made of buffalo meat being taken off the menu, senior officials of the Kerala government informed dna that food items available before the police search on Monday, will be served again from Wednesday afternoon. Kerala chief secretary Jiji Thomson told dna that the decision to remove certain food items from the menu was taken by staffer’s who were afraid of ‘violent retributions’ that the country has been lately witnessing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of right-wing Hindu Sena, accompanied by 20 officiers of the Delhi Police, had on Monday entered Samridhi Restaurant in Kerala House and accused staffers of serving cow meat. Police had left Kerala House without taking further action when they were told that meat was of buffalo and was bought from a government authorised meat shop.However, when news of the police action came to fore, Delhi cops yet again found themselves in the midst of a major controversy with opposition party leaders arriving at the Kerala House with all guns blazing.The main contention of the opposition being how Delhi Police entered the Kerala House premises to conduct a search without following proper protocol of informing Resident Commissioner of the Bhawan.The entire incident merged opposition parties into a unison with Kerala chief minister sending a strong worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chandy termed the search by Delhi police as a ‘raid’ conducted without any permission or prior information to local state government officials, especially the resident commissioner of Kerala house.Members of Parliament from both Rajya and Lok Sabha held a sit-in demonstration at the Kerala House accusing Modi government of invading into personal spaces of Indian citizens. While Kerala MP CP Narayan said that Delhi police should know its limits, PK Shrimati, MP from Kannur constituency, described police action as an attack on federalism. CPI (M) MP A. Sampath dubbed the incident as deplorable and said the Centre had humiliated the Kerala Government. “This (Kerala House) is the property of the Government of Kerala, just like a foreign nation having its embassy here in India. How can any random person just by having police around demand that we cannot cook it or serve it (buffalo meat) here? These people should get out of our kitchens” he asked.AAP, which has been at loggerheads with the Delhi Police, also took the opportunity to attack the department.”Instead of worrying about women security or the growing rate of crime, Delhi police is busy checking who is cooking what in their kitchens,”AAP leader Ashutosh told dna.Meanwhile the Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, defended the actions of his cops by saying that they were only following standard procedure. “It was not a raid. We are an instrumentality of law and when we get a call, we have no choice but to respond. And in this case we acted as per the law and are entitled to act in this fashion under the Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 1994,”BS Bassi said. The Delhi agricultural cattle preservation act, 1994 prevents slaughtering of cow, calf, ox, bull and bullocks.Senior police officials involved in the action when asked to comment on why permission was not taken from the resident commissioner before entering the Kerala House premises said, “All we wanted was to avoid any untoward situation to take place. We are all aware of the things are in the country,” the officer said.

CBI registers case against former AAP minister Asim Ahmed Khan

The AAP leader is being accused of demanding and accepting bribes from a builder for allowing him to construct in violation of Building Bye laws.Khan had been sacked from his post by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over an audio clip which allegedly showed him demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh for construction of a building.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday registered a case against former environment and food and supply minister in the AAP goverment Asim Ahmed Khan. CBI officials also conducted searches at the Delhi and Noida residences of the former minister and sources told dna that Khan will most likely be questioned this week. The AAP leader is being accused of demanding and accepting bribes from a builder for allowing him to construct in violation of Building Bye laws.Khan had been sacked from his post by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over an audio clip which allegedly showed him demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh for construction of a building.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “It was alleged in the complaint that there was demand and acceptance of illegal gratification of Rs. 6 lakh from a builder by the minister for allowing him to construct a building in violation of Building Bye laws. Further investigation is in progress.” CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh told dna. A CBI source said that incriminating documents were also recovered by officials conducting the search.”Mr Khan’s, Delhi and Noida residence were searched along with the official quarters allotted to him at Rouse Avenue area of Delhi.Officials also searched premises of a private person,” said a CBI source adding that the minister will soon be questioned by CBI sleuths. Following his sacking, during a much talked about press conference, Kejriwal had suggested that his government will request a CBI probe into the matter.”There is a liasion between the builder and minister and this clip involves him. These recordings are between one and two month.The complainant has requested that we hide his identity,” Kejriwal had said during the press conference. Soon after the sacking, the AAP government filed an official complaint with the CBI. The AAP government had also released a four-minute clip from a purported one-hour compilation of taped conversations between Mr Khan and an unidentified man allegedly spread over a month. Sources in the agency said that investigators were in possession of the tapes and had been scrutinising the same before formally registering a case.

CBI reaches out to students affected by Vyapam scam to further probe

Students from colleges of Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were contacted by officials of the agency.

In a bid to further their probe in to Vyapam scam, Central Bureau of Investigation has ‘reached out’ to students who have been affected by the massive education and recruitment fraud that involves several senior politicians, businessmen and officials of the Madhya Pradesh government. According to sources in the agency, the students were contacted by CBI earlier this week. The contacted students include both arrested and currently on bail, expelled, currently in judicial custody and those whose admission process got halted once the scam surfaced. “There are many students who were involved and affected by the alleged scam. The agency has been taking over the FIR’s lodged by the Madhya Pradesh Police and simultaneously preparing a list of students that could be contacted for furthering the probe. These students can put more light on areas that have not been explored during the probe,” a source said without specifying how many students have been contacted so far.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students from colleges of Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were contacted by officials of the agency. Cases of malpractice in Vyapam scam had been reported since 1995, and the first FIR was found in 2000, but the full scale of the scam came to light in 2013 when Indore police arrested 20 people from various city hotels, who had allegedly come to MP to impersonate local candidates in the PMT exam scheduled on July 7 that year.Documents accessed by dna show that how MP police’s raid on Indore’s Hotel Partik on July 7, 2013 had brought them face to face with a student who identified himself as Rishikesh Tyagi. As police had intelligence that the said student was an impersonator appearing for the PMT exam instead of the original candidate, it took only one question to blow of the lid from the massive scam. The student, when asked his father’s name and date of birth, could not answer his interrogators after he had said that he was as a resident of Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, and provided the police with an identity card.During the questioning, he confessed he was Ramashankar from Gonad district in Uttar Pradesh, masquerading as a student from MP. Over the next two years 2,000 persons were arrested by the MP government constituted special task force.Several of the arrested persons included impersonators also called as ‘scorers’ who belonged from Kanpur, Etawah, Jhansi, Sahranpur and other places in UP. Many ‘scorers’ came from Rajasthan and Bihar, too and middlemen, who had contacts in governments, offered them anything between Rs1.5 lakh-2 lakh. The probe agency now is looking into both the middlemen and contact persons who are yet to be arrested.According to agency sources, these scorers were brought from their hometown to MP by second rung middlemen who would also make them stay in private accommodations instead of hotels. The agency is looking into who the private homes belong to and what kind of an arrangement existed between their owners and these middlemen. Up to Rs2 lak was offered to ‘scorer’ Several of the arrested persons included impersonators also called as ‘scorers’ who belonged from Kanpur, Etawah, Jhansi, Sahranpur and other places in UP. Many ‘scorers’ came from Rajasthan and Bihar, too and middlemen, who had contacts in governments, offered them anything between Rs1.5 lakh-2 lakh. The probe agency now is looking into both the middlemen and contact persons who are yet to be arrested.

Mystery surrounding Dalit minor’s death continues to deepen

“Some members of the Gadia Lohar community had on Wednesday approached the Sonepat police, charging the boy with the theft of a pigeon and demanding appropriate action against him,” said superintendent of police, Sonepat, Abhishek Garg.

Tensions continued to simmer in Sonipat district’s Gohana town on Friday, where a 15-year-old Dalit boy died under mysterious circumstances after being summoned by the local police for allegedly stealing pigeons on Wednesday evening.The youth’s family, along with several hundred members of Haryana’s Dalit community, staged a massive demonstration for the second day, refusing to perform the boy’s last rites. They demanded the arrest of two assistant sub inspectors who, they believe, had tortured Govinda after he was summoned.Later in the evening senior Haryana police officers held meetings with elders of the community, following which Govinda was cremated in his hometown of Devipura. Also, the two policemen were suspended and an official internal inquiry was initiated after they were named in the FIR.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Govinda’s brother Gautam has claimed that the 15-year-old was brutally beaten in custody and had prominent cuts across his body. He also claimed that his arms and legs had been fractured. The family had also recorded a video which shows the boy’s lifeless body with injury marks on his abdomen and legs.”Some members of the Gadia Lohar community had on Wednesday approached the Sonepat police, charging the boy with the theft of a pigeon and demanding appropriate action against him,” said superintendent of police, Sonepat, Abhishek Garg.Gautam said he had dropped his brother at the local police station. “In the evening I went to pick him up. The cops told me and family of Govinda’s friend, who was also accused, to pay Rs5,000 for their release. When we brought them the money, they told us to get Rs10,000. I pleaded with them that I didn’t have that kind of cash, but they said my brother won’t be released until I paid. I then arranged for more money. When my mother went to the police station later that evening to give Govinda some food, the cops told her he had escaped. How is it possible to escape from police custody?” Gautam told reporters.According to the mother, on Thursday morning, she had gone to fetch water from a government pipeline close to the house of Govinda’s uncle. The home, according to the family, is empty. “I noticed that the door was open. When I entered, I found my child’s lifeless body there,” she said.An autopsy revealed that the death was hanging. The family believes that either he died in police custody, after which the accused policemen put the body there, or he was tortured severely and hence he committed suicide.Questions are also being raised as to why a juvenile board official was not present at the local police station when the boy was summoned, as per the general protocol.However, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in a press conference on Friday, said it was a case of suicide and that the death should not been given a casteist colour.”As per information, two families Gadia Lohar and Dhanik had some dispute over money and pigeons. Their matter was resolved in the police station, where two people mutually decided to contribute the money. However, one family gave its share and the other didn’t,” he added.

In Ballabhgarh, talk of Dalit mahapanchayat and religious conversion grow louder

Talking to dna, the speakers, most of them belonging to the Bahujan Samaj Party, said that the Dalit community will debate the possibility of leaving Hinduism and choosing a religion ‘which does not believe in caste system’.

Dalit Community members shout slogans against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after his visit to Sunpedh village where a dalits house was set on fire allegedly by men belonging to the upper-caste community, in Ballabhgarh in Faridabad on Thursday.

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Dalit leaders from Haryana on Thursday said that if investigation into the killing of two children is not conducted in a fair manner, a mahapanchayat will be convened in the coming days where ‘future course of action’ would be decided after consultations with the Dalit community. During a meeting with residents of Sunped village in Faridabad district, the leaders added that if ‘atrocities on Dalits continue to happen’, they would embrace Buddhism or Islam.Talking to dna, the speakers, most of them belonging to the Bahujan Samaj Party, said that the Dalit community will debate the possibility of leaving Hinduism and choosing a religion ‘which does not believe in caste system’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Haryana police have arrested seven of the accused men while four are still absconding. Police told us that they will, eventually, arrest all the accused but if during police investigation we feel that a deliberate attempt is being made to shield the culprits, a mahapanchayat will be organised,” said Surinder Kardan of BSP.The meeting, which was attended by 30-40 villagers, took place merely a few feet away from Jitendar Kumar’s house which was set ablaze on Monday allegedly by upper caste men. Kumar’s two children, a nine-month-old daughter and a two-and-a-half-year-old son died of burn injuries and suffocation while his wife, Rekha, is undergoing treatment at the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.”If Dalit samaj decides that we need to leave Hinduism, we will do that and if it is decided that we need to covert to Buddhism or Islam, we will do that as well,” Kardan added. In August nearly 100 Dalit families of Haryana’s Bhagana village converted to Islam in a ceremony at Jantar Mantar in Delhi “Let this be the last act of oppression that our community has witnessed. Let there be no more atrocities. We must stand united,” said Kamal Gautam. Another local leader from Haryana’s Meewat area spoke at the gathering, and said that they will march to the state secretariat as well as Jantar Mantar in Delhi irrespective of whether villagers from Sunped accompany them.”We will take our struggle to New Delhi and if anyone among you would like to join us your are welcome. We will not force anyone to come with us but we will ensure that death of these children is not forgotten,” he said.The meeting was also attended by people belonging to the adjoining villages. Among those listening to the rousing brief speeches by Dalit leaders were youth of the village. Both Pawan and Manish felt that culprits behind the killings must be punished but they were not sure if changing their religion would make a difference to what they called as ‘casteist mindset’.In the same meeting controversial remarks of BJP Union minister General VK Singh were brought up briefly but speakers changed the topic saying,” A tragedy has taken place in this village. We don’t need to discuss Mr VK Singh’s remarks. “Blaming a family feud for the burning alive of the two children, Singh had said, “If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible. It was a feud between two families, the matter in under inquiry.”

Dalit children burnt alive: Sunped villagers accuse cops of tampering with evidence

The villagers claimed that tampering of evidence was being done to create ‘confusion’ at the behest of the local Thakur community.

Haryana Police avoided a possible flare-up in Sunped village after angry villagers accused a policeman of tampering with evidence and ‘recreating the scene of crime’. After a forensic team visited the spot on Thursday and inspected the area for possible evidence, angry villagers confronted police officers saying that one of the members of Haryana Police had placed a toy and a blanket in the room where Jitender Kumar’s family was set ablaze on Tuesday.The villagers claimed that tampering of evidence was being done to create ‘confusion’ at the behest of the local Thakur community. The villagers also said that the crime scene should have been sealed off on Monday itself so that it could have been kept intact before the arrival of CBI officials to take over the case from Haryana Police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sensing potential flare-up, senior officials of Haryana Police arrived immediately to pacify the angry villagers. The matter was resolved after police sealed the area.”The was some confusion. The forensic team was visiting and they took account of the evidence. No police officer tampered with the evidence. But the case being very sensitive, we are looking into the accusations, and if we find any negligence on the part of the police we will take action,” said deputy commissioner of police Bhupender Singh.Earlier, three more persons were arrested for their alleged role in the killing of two Dalit children who died when the entire family was set ablaze while they were sleeping at their residence. The chidren’s father, Jitender Kumar, told police that 11 persons had carried out the attack in which his wife Rekha also suffered burn injuries. She is undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital. Seven persons have been arrested so far and four, according to police, are absconding. Eight police officials, including inspector Anil Kumar, officer-in-charge of Sadar Ballagbarh police station, have been suspendedThe Haryana government had on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the case, meeting the demand raised by the victim family.Earlier in the day, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited the family of the two Dalit children. The CM, while speaking to reporters, said the incident should not be given a “political or casteist colour”. Haryana’s director general of police Y P Singal said that as per investigations so far, an old enmity appeared to be the trigger behind the gruesome incident.Kumar was later in the evening take to a local hospital after his family told authorities that he needed medical assistance. Kumar, who has suffered burn injuries on both his hands, had not eaten properly since the death of his children, according to the family.

How can I bury them with my own hands, says father of Dalit children burnt alive

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meeting Jitendra whose house was set on fire by men belonging to the upper-caste community

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“How can I bury them with my own hands,” wailed Jitender Kumar, the father of the two Dalit children who were burnt alive allegedly by upper caste men on Tuesday.Kumar, in fact, attended the protest by several hundreds of his community men, who blocked the Delhi-Agra highway for hours demanding suspension of cops who failed to act, as well as the arrest of the accused. Kumar’s family was set ablaze after locking the house from outside, in Sunped village of Faridabad. While his two kids succumbed to injuries, his wife Rekha is still battling for life with 70% burns.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wednesday’s protest, however, started when bodies of nine-month-old Divya and Vaibhav, 2, were brought from the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi to the village where they were to be buried. The victims’ relatives and villagers however stopped at Jat Chowk, which is three kilometres short of their village, and listed their demands in front of the police. They said the children will not be buried until appropriate action is taken against the accused. The protesters also demanded suspension of six cops who were supposed to be posted in the village on the fateful night.The cops have been posted in the village since last year when a violent confrontation between members of Dalit and Thakur communities had resulted in deaths of three upper caste men. Jitender Kumar, the father of the deceased children, soon arrived at the spot where his children were wrapped in plain white cloth. Kumar broke down on seeing his children. The sight of the father weeping while holding his children created quite an emotionally charged environment and agitating protesters soon began to gather around the area where the bodies of the children were kept, raising anti-government slogans.Some of the protesters while talking to dna even said that the Dalit community in Haryana will convert to Islam if their demands were not met immediately. “More than 50 Dalit families of Bhagana village have converted to Islam. Why shouldn’t we do the same if we are being persecuted on the basis of our caste,” said Rohtas Kumar. Five kilometres away from Jat Chowk, hundreds of Dalits from various villages of Faridabad gathered at the bypass road. Sensing a potential law and order crisis, police also resorted to lathicharge following which some of the protesters dispersed from the main road.The situation was only brought under control when senior police officials accompanied by local political leaders pacified the villagers and requested them to return to Sunped village to continue with the pending last rites of the two children.Earlier in the day, Jitender Kumar was visited by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Brinda Karat of the CPM. Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was expected to meet the family, cancelled his visit due to the protest. His government later stated that the CM has ordered a CBI inquiry into the matter. The union social justice ministry has sought a report from the Haryana government on the episode. Social justice minister Thawarchand Gehlot had spoken to the chief minister on Tuesday night.

Dadri lynching a pre-meditated murder, says official report

NCM has further said in the report that facts of the case clearly suggest that the plan involved to attack a ‘hapless family’ from the minority community by using a ‘sacred place like a temple to exhort people of one community’ to attack Mohamad Akhlaq and his son.

Mohammed Akhlaq’s killing evoked nationwide protests

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An official report on Dadri lynching complied by National Commission for Minorities has claimed that Mohamad Akhlaq’s killing in Dadri’s Bisara village was a ‘premeditated plan’ and calling the murder ‘an accident would be an understatement’.NCM has further said in the report that facts of the case clearly suggest that the plan involved to attack a ‘hapless family’ from the minority community by using a ‘sacred place like a temple to exhort people of one community’ to attack Mohamad Akhlaq and his son.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It would be quite an under-statement to say that Bishada killing was merely an accident, as has been calmed even by some persons in authority. The facts as reported to NCM team point strongly that the whole episode was the result of a planning, in which a sacred place like a temple was used for exhorting people of one community to attack a hapless family, read the report accessed by dna.”The team feels that a crowd in large numbers appearing within minutes of the announcement from temple’s loudspeaker and at a time when most villagers claimed they were asleep seems to point to some pre-meditated plan,” it further reads.The report compiled by a fact finding team of NCM members has also taken the Uttar Pradesh police to task stating that the authorities have stopped gathering intelligence which could be used to establish communal amity in the face of growing moral policing in western UP.”It seems that intelligence gathering is no more occurring in the rule book of authorities. It has to revived with utmost sincerity if we are really interested in restoring communal amity. it is an issue on which both the central and state authorities are to work tandem without blaming each other,” reads the report.The fact finding team headed by NCM chairperson Naseem Ahmad, TN Shanoo and Farida Abdulla Khan had visited Bisara village soon after Mohamad Akhlaq was killed by a mob that believed that he had eaten and stored beef at his home. Akhlaq’s younger son Danish, was also attacked in the attack and is currently undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital.UP police has arrested 10 of the accused mentioned in the FIR including Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP functionary. According to Kiran S, SSP Noida, Vishal was the one who made the announcement from the temple in which he said that Akhlaq had slaughtered a calf and people should gather outside Akhlaq’s residence.However, during a court hearing police told chief judicial magistrate that the main culprits are yet to be arrested and that VIshal and his cousin Shivam, were innocent (Seedhay Sadhey bachein), as reported by dna on October 14. The NCM has also taken notice of police investigation and asked the department to complete investigations expeditiously so that the culprits are brought to book. The report also points out the role of controversial leaders making irresponsible statements without mentioning their names.”Moral policing with impunity is being resorted to at many places. The malaise is spreading fast, especially in Western Uttar Pradesh. What is more disturbing is that responsible persons converge at the place of any such incident and make irresponsible statements which further vitiates the relations between the communities. This has to be stopped at all costs, otherwise things will go out of hand,” the report reads.BJP MLA Sangeet Som and Sadhvi Prachi had made controversial remarks following the lynching of Akhlaq on Sepember 28. While Som said he was capable of giving a “befitting reply” if “innocents were framed”, Prachi had went ahead a step further saying “Those who consume beef deserve such actions against them.” Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had termed the killing as an accident.

Dalit family set ablaze in suspected revenge attack in Haryana

File photo of the two kids who were burnt alive

Merely twenty five kilometers from the southeastern border of the National Capital, a nine-month-old girl and a boy, aged two-and-a-half, were on Tuesday set ablaze in a suspected revenge killing perpetrated by members of an upper caste community. The incident comes two weeks after mother of the two children, who was also set ablaze in the attack, had filed a complaint with the local police after men from upper caste community had allegedly threatened to kill her family.The incident was reported from Sunped village of Haryana’s Faridabad district where an all-night vigil (also called as Jagran) was organised by the villagers on the occasion of Hindu festival Navratra. Kumar (27), a private medial assistant by profession, sees his patients in the office located right next to his room where he and his family were sleeping on the fateful night. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At around 2 am, a resident of the village, was on way to her home after attending the Jagran function. She noticed flames emanate from the bereaved family’s home and alerted a police team that was stationed a few feet away from the scene of crime. Seeing the commotion several villagers followed the police team to the house only to see Jitender Kumar and his wife Rekha, crying for help. The police found the two children in a room adjacent to where the couple was. Kumar had desperately tried push out his two children from tiny passage which opens into what was his office. He was woken up today morning by droplets of some liquid falling onto his feet. “I woke up to see about a dozen men throwing petrol into our room. I tried to open the door only to find that it had been locked from outside. The attackers continued to throw petrol into our room while I kept begging them to spare us. Minutes after that, one of them used a matchstick to set us on fire. I pushed my children into my office through that tiny window but by then the fire had engulfed them,” said 27-year-old Kumar.According to him 5-7 minutes had passed before villagers finally opened the door. “I used my hands to extinguish the fire but that wasn’t enough. When the villagers arrived they wrapped my children and wife in a blanket and took them to a local hospital. From there the doctor told us to go to Safdarjung hospital. My children passed away even before we could reach the hospital in Delhi,” Kumar added.The children, according to the medical reports, had suffered more than 30% burns and were declared dead on their arrival at the hospital. His wife, is currently undergoing treatment and is said to be in a critical condition. Kumar himself has burn injuries on his nose and hands.Tensions between Dalits and Thakurs of Sunped village had been simmering since October 2014 when three upper caste men were killed in a major confrontation between the two communities. According to officials, a fight had broken out between children of two communities in which a mobile phone had fallen into a drain. Villagers claimed that youth from the upper caste community had abused a Dalit youth and asked him to retrieve the phone from the drain. “When the Dalit youth did not oblige them, he was beaten up,” said Jal Singh, the village head.Moments later adults of the two families from which the youth belonged to fought with each other as a result of which around 12 persons were injured. Three of the injured men, who belonged to the Thakur community, succumbed to their injuries following which 11 persons, including two women were arrested. The two women were released on bail later but situation in the village continued to be tense.After Dalit villages approached local authorities a police team had been maintaining 24-hour vigil in the area since last year. However, tensions continued to prevail. “They had told us that they will murder our family. They used to abuse us whenever they saw us or passed by our home. On some days they would throw rocks into our home,” said Santa Devi, the grandmother of the two children.On October 6, Rekha had written a letter to the SHO of the local police station and had asked the cops to take action against some men who had allegedly threatened to kill her family. “The police told us that three men of their community had died so they will abuse but they won’t do anything more than that,” said Rakesh Kumar, the younger brother of Jeetendra.Senior Haryana police officers, however, denied the accusations. “We knew the threat level and we had taken necessary precautions. A police team was present there,” said a senior police officer adding that the noise coming from the function had made it difficult for the posted cops to know what was happening in Kumar’s home.The villagers, however, refused police’s defense accusing them of appeasing the dominant community. “Is it possible that the attackers would come, set the house on fire and leave without getting caught. Either the police was sleeping or they know something that we don’t,” said Manish, a resident of the village. Members of the Thakur community speaking to dna floated a different theory altogether. Vinjendra Singh, a resident, even claimed that the Kumar was not in good terms with his wife and might have committed the act himself.When told that the wife, who is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung hospital, might give a statement contrary to his belief, Singh told dna that it was police’s job to find out the truth. Neighbours of the family rubbished theories of a domestic dispute stating that the couple were recently married and were happy to be with each other. “The husband was not even in the fight that took place a year ago. His uncle, who was a Pradhan, was accused of being in the fight but not him. But all the men in their family are in jail so the attackers though of taking revenge on Jeentendra,” said Rohtas Kumar a distant relative of the family.According to Kumar, a total of 11 people carried out the attack. Police detained three men, identified as Balwant Singh, Kartar Singh and Dharam Singh, and have launched a massive manhunt to nab the other eight accused named in the FIR. Police said that most of the accused belonged to one family which had been involved in a major confrontation with the Dalit family since 2014. Following the killing more than 150 officials of Haryana police were deployed in the village on account of simmering tension that prevailed in the area throughout the day.The village has a total population of 2000-2500 out of which 300-400 make up for the Dalit community.

NIA arrests kingpin of fake currency notes in Dhanbad

The probe agency had claimed that the fake currency is pushed into India from Bangladesh in order to fund the activities of outfits like the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Indian Mujahideen (IM).

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The National Investigation Agency arrested a 35-year-old man alleged to be a major kingpin in the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) network, a group that has been responsible for funding terror activities in India according to the probe agency. The accused, identified as Uttam Kumar Sinha, has cases registered against him in states including Mumbai, Gujarat and Jharkhand, and has been arrested on several occasions previously. He was arrested on Sunday in Dhanbad and the NIA said that a total of five mobile phones and 13 sim cards were recovered from him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A resident of village Saluipahari in district Bankura of West Bengal, Sinha is said to be instrumental in allegedly dispatching fake currency to the tune of more than Rs 4 crore to different parts of the county in the last few years. The agency said that Sinha’s name had cropped up several times during interrogation of other arrested members of the network accused of smuggling fake currency. The currency has also been referred to as ‘money jihad’.Sinha was also wanted in a FICN smuggling case being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and had been absconding since July 2012. “The modus operandi involves dispatching fake currency by couriers in the guise of labourers and masons to different parts of the country and in turn the payment is received through cash deposits from different states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and other parts of the country, into the bank accounts maintained by him,” said an NIA official.The probe agency had claimed that the fake currency is pushed into India from Bangladesh in order to fund the activities of outfits like the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM). Sinha’s arrest has further pointed out towards the strong bases maintained by the fake currency network in Bangladesh as the accused is said to have been maintaining contacts there for almost a decade.Sinha, according to the agency, has disclosed that he used to procure high quality FICN through his contacts in Bangladesh and then distribute the same through his gang members in different parts of the country. He had been arrested in the past in Gujarat as well as Jharkhand in cases relating to FICN smuggling but he managed to obtain bail and activated the smuggling network again. In 2008, Mumbai Railway police had also arrested one Nishpal Mandal suspected to have circulated fake currency valued at over Rs 1.5 crore. Mandal was arrested in West Bengal. Police had claimed that Mandal was in touch with Masood Shiekh, his point man in Bangladesh, and had been bringing in fake currency to India through Indo-Bangladesh border. Sinha was among the four people who acted as his agents. They were also arrested the same year. The accused were booked under IPC sections for fraud, forgery, conspiracy and distribution of counterfeit currency.Following an 2012 amendment in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the circulation of such high quality FICN printed abroad and smuggled into the country is considered to be done with the sole intention to threaten, deplete, erode and undermine the economic security and sovereignty of India. This according to the amendment is tantamount to a terrorist act.NIA along with Jharkhand ATS is now conducting raids in different parts of the state to identify and arrest other co-accused. The probe agency had taken over the investigation of a case relating to recovery of FICN of face value of Rs 10 lakhs which was seized at Murshidabad (West Bengal) by officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.

Rail Neer Scam: Rs 28 crore seized in CBI raids on railway caterers; two senior officials suspended

The companies booked by CBI are RK Associates Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd, Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate, PK Associates Pvt Ltd, Sunsine Pvt Ltd, Brandavan Food Product and Food World, under Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI officials in Delhi count the cash recovered from Railway caterers during the agency’s searches in connection with alleged corruption in the supply of Rail Neer on premium trains

The two former Chief Commercial Managers Northern Railways (Catering division) were suspended in the wee hours of Saturday morning after CBI registered a case against them for allegedly showing favour to private firms which provided cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) to premium trains instead of the mandatory “Rail Neer”. The officers identified as Sandeep Silas and MS Chalia, posted as Chief Project Manager (FOIS) and Chief Claims officer, respectively, now might be facing arrest if the probe agency deems it necessary to question them. Silas has served as the private secretary to three former Union ministers including Oscar Fernandes, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ambika Soni.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to sources the probe into their role has further widened after CBI recovered incriminating documents from the premises of private firms which were allegedly shown favour by the two officials. According to a CBI source, the probe agency is not only looking into the supply of bottled water, but also into restaurants located at railway stations that belonged to the catering firms which were in the good books of the officials. The agency is also looking into the catering products and food served in premium trains including Shatabdi and Rajdhani express. “The accused public servants allegedly did not take any action against the private parties providing catering services in the premium trains despite repeated requests of IRCTC for non-picking of allotted quota of “Rail Neer” by private caterers and directions of Railway Board to ensure supply of “Rail Neer” PDW in premium trains, thereby causing undue pecuniary advantage to the private parties and corresponding loss to IRCTC,” said Devpreet Singh, CBI spokesperson. On Friday the probe agency conducted searches on premises of at least seven private firms based in Delhi and recovered Rs20 crores in cash. CBI officials told dna that the amount that has been recovered has increased to a whopping Rs28 crores. “The money was stuffed in 27 large bags and hidden in various locations raided by the agency,” said a CBI official. The companies booked by CBI are RK Associates Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd, Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate, PK Associates Pvt Ltd, Sunsine Pvt Ltd, Brandavan Food Product and Food World, under Prevention of Corruption Act.”A large number of incriminating documents have also been recovered,” said the CBI spokesperson. Officials told dna that the most of the money was recovered from the residence of Shyam Bihari Agrawal, his sons Abhishek Agrawal and Rahul Agarwal, who own RK Associates and Brandavan Food Product World. “Mr Agarwal was a small-time businessman in Chhattisgarh nearly two decades ago. Examination of accounts of one his firms shows that he has a turnover of more than Rs500 crore,” said a CBI official privy to the investigation. According to the official, the close relations Agarwal shared with senior officials of the railways had helped him to accumulate vast sums of money. According to officials, the Railway Board had prescribed that IRCTC shall provide “Rail Neer” at a rate of rupees 10.50 per bottle to the private caterers who in return would be paid rupees 15 per bottle for supplying the same to the passengers in premium trains . The private caterers however in order to obtain undue gain were allegedly supplying cheap PDW brands, instead of “Rail Neer”, which were available in the market at a rate Rs5.70 to Rs7 per bottle. The agency said the total amount of loss to the exchequer is yet to be calculated

Arvind Kejriwal guns for Narendra Modi, police as two minors get gangraped in Delhi

The girl’s abduction was captured on a CCTV camera installed in the area, but the footage has so far been of no use to police. The investigators have not been able to identify either the culprits or the vehicle which they used to abduct the child.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took on the Centre yet again on Saturday after two minor girls were gangraped, merely days after a horrific sexual assault of a five-year-old girl surfaced in the national capital. Even as the victim of the brutal rape from earlier this week was recuperating in a city hospital, two minor girls – aged five and two – were gangraped in West and East Delhi respectively, prompting angry residents to hold a demonstration highlighting the growing crimes against women and minors. The first incident was reported from Ranhol area on Friday night where a two-and-a-half-year-old minor was abducted by two bike-borne men, who used the cover of a power outage to carry out the dastardly act. The girl was playing with her grandmother when she ran onto the main road only to fell into the hands of the culprits.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The girl’s abduction was captured on a CCTV camera installed in the area, but the footage has so far been of no use to police. The investigators have not been able to identify either the culprits or the vehicle which they used to abduct the child. According to residents, the child’s cries for help were heard by hundreds gathered for a Ramleela event, just metres away. The grandmother too cried for help, but the abductors gave neighbours a slip. The girl was later found abandoned in a nearby park, bleeding profusely. In another incident, three men, allegedly under the influence of intoxicants, gangraped a five-year-old girl on Anand Vihar area, east Delhi, on Friday evening. The accused were neighbours, and the victim’s parents, both labourers, were not at the residence, at the time of incident. “The girl was alone at home and was lured by one of the accused to the second floor of the same building where two other men were waiting. The accused trio was caught by the locals after the girl’s aunt, hearing her cries, alerted the neighbours,” said police. The accused, who were trying to escape, were thrashed by the public and later handed over to the police. The Delhi chief minister, who visited the family of the victims, took the lead in unleashing a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Delhi police. Kejriwal said the police have “completely failed” to provide safety to women in the city and once again demanded that its control be transferred to the state government. “If the PM wants to have Delhi police under his control, he has to be answerable. I request the PM to take some time out and meet the LG and find out ways to deal with crime against women in Delhi,” he said adding the Centre has “only one job, which is to interfere with the day-to-day working of Delhi government”.

Rescued girl faces risk of being trafficked again

According to officials of Jharkhand government, in Gumla district alone, a total of 587 cases of human trafficking have been reported since 2014.

Students protest against human trafficking in the country

The 15-year-old girl, who was earlier this week, rescued from a flat in Gurgaon where she was being routinely abused by a couple, is yet to go back to her home in Jharkhand’s Gumla district. Currently in a protection home in Gurgaon, the minor’s rescuers are less bothered about the delay in her being taken back and more concerned about the possibility of her being trafficked again. This, according to them will not be the first time when a rescued victim of domestic abuse would fall into the trap of traffickers who now have turned large parts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha into ‘slavery belts’ of India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to officials of Jharkhand government, in Gumla district alone, a total of 587 cases of human trafficking have been reported since 2014.The other trafficking affected districts include Garwah, Sahibganj, Dumka, Pakur, West Singhbhum (Chaibasa), Ranchi, Palamu, Hazaribag, Dhanbad, Bokara, Girdih and Kodarma. But what sets districts like Gumla, Lohardaga, Khuti and Simra apart from all the others is the poor government outreach in the face of decades old Maoist insurgency. “A lot of working couples as well as joint families these days prefer domestic helps from other states so that they could stay at their residence 24×7. So they approach these illegally operating ‘placement agencies’ . The increase of number in these so called placement agencies makes it evident that the demand for cheap labour is growing by the day,” said a Crime Branch official said. Not being paid enough is only one of the injustices that these children endure. The 15-year-old told police that she was served no food for hours together and beaten up regularly. In her statement, the girl said that she used to be beaten up with things ranging from brooms, cutlery and leather belts. On some occasions her head was banged against the wall. She was also locked up when the couple would go off to attend parties. Rishikant of Shaktivahini, the NGO which alongwith Haryana police rescued the 15-year-old minor, told dna that an increasing number of minors rescued by their organisation in the last few years have turned out to be from states which face abject poverty. In most of the cases, Rishikant said, the minors are brought to major metropolitan cities of India including Delhi with the proper consent of the parents who are lured by the idea of money and other modern amenities. “Sadly in some cases we found out the minors facing extreme levels of poverty themselves opt to travel to distant towns where they work as domestic help in households. They are routinely abused and paid a paltry sum of money or they end up in the notorious forced-sex trade,” he said. A Rapid Assessment of Domestic Workers in 8 districts (the most affected by migration) were surveyed by ATSEC Jharkhand and Research Plus Group, Ranchi which concluded that 70 per cent of the total migrant women and girls are forced to join the flesh trade The findings of the study indicated that most of the trafficked victims are below 20 years and many of them are children. Many of them undergo slave-like conditions and earn way below minimum wages and the national Capital is one of the most preferable destination of traffickers. Alakh Narayan Singh, a member of the Child Welfare committee in Gumla said traffickers are more organised now as they are well aware of the growing demand of cheap labour. “They roam around the village on their motorcycles or cars. They wear expensive clothes, carry a mobile phone and wear goggles to impress both the children and their parents. They tell them that all their wealth they have is because they work in big cities,” said Singh.

‘Rail Neer’ racket: CBI seizes Rs 20 crore during raids; case against two former Railway officials

The probe agency conducted searches on premises atleast seven private firms based in Delhi and recovered rupees 20 crores in cash.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered a case against two former Chief Commercial Managers (Catering), Northern Railways for allegedly showing favour to private firms which provided cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) to premium trains instead of the mandatory “Rail Neer”. The probe agency conducted searches on premises atleast seven private firms based in Delhi and recovered rupees 20 crores in cash. According to the agency, these firms were providing their product to premium trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express after coming to an agreement to do so with the help of the accused managers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Searches are being conducted today at 13 places in Delhi and Noida which led to recovery of cash amount of more than rupees 20 crore. A large number of incriminating documents have also been recovered,” said Devpreet Singh, CBI spokesperson. Among the firms that have been accused in the conspiracy are family owned RK Aggarwal Pvt Ltd and Brindavan Food Products, both based in New Delhi. Agency sources said that said amount was recovered from the two firms. Sources told dna that some of the money was recovered from the residence of the owners of the private firms. According to officials the Railway Board had prescribed that IRCTC shall provide “Rail Neer” at a rate of rupees 10.50 per bottle to the private caterers who in return would be paid rupees 15 per bottle for supplying the same to the passengers in premium trains . The private caterers however in order to obtain undue gain were allegedly supplying cheap PDW brands instead of “Rail Neer” which were available in the market at a rate of rupees.5.70 to rupees seven per bottle. The agency said the total amount of loss to the exchequer is yet to be calculated “The accused public servants allegedly did not take any action against the private parties providing catering services in the premium trains despite repeated requests of IRCTC for non-picking of allotted quota of “Rail Neer” by Private Caterers and directions of Railway Board to ensure supply of “Rail Neer” PDW in premium trains, thereby causing undue pecuniary advantage to the private parties and corresponding loss to IRCTC,” said the CBI spokesperson.

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