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Census 2011: Sikhs, Jains have the worst sex ratio

Work participation rate for total population stands at 39.8 per cent and, by religious communities it is 41.0 per cent (Hindus), 32.6 per cent (Muslims), 41.9 per cent (Christians), 36.3 per cent (Sikhs), 43.1 per cent (Buddhists) and 35.5 per cent (Jains).

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Delhi govt hits out at Bassi, says police chief should not act as political spokesperson

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Worrying signals from Delhi’s underbelly: Juveniles being used to settle gang scores

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Odd-even formula: AAP volunteers to help implementation within framework of law

Ashtuosh also talked about the lack of necessary “strength” of the Delhi Police. “Various committees have recommended to increase the strength of Delhi Police by double as around 30 per cent of the cops are deployed in security duty. The Centre should look into the matter,” the AAP leader added. The scheme, set to roll out from January 1 for 15 days, has been proposed to curb pollution in the national capital by restricting movement of private vehicles based on their registration numbers.

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Govt’s plan to repeal over 1000 obsolete laws remains stuck in Rajya Sabha

The Bill, introduced in May this year, aimed at scrapping 187 old laws. Since 30 of them had already been repealed through the Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014, the rest 157 will now be deleted from the statute books through the Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015, cleared by the Union Cabinet on July 16.

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Parliamentary panel asks MHA to increase women in Delhi Police to 33%

The Standing Committee, meanwhile, also said that Delhi Police must ensure, through the education department of Delhi government, that all schools designate one teacher as road safety coordinator so that regular road safety programmes are organised for raising awareness among children in this regard.

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“It is not possible (to return to the old houses)..Memories remain, the way they were thrown out, how can they live in that house”, Kher said.

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AAP seeks cooperation from Centre, LG Najeeb Jung on anti-pollution drive

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In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Transport Minister Gopal Rai urged them to to issue instructions to Delhi Police authorities to support efforts of the city government in its endeavours in this direction.

AAP government on Thursday sought cooperation from the Centre and the Lt Governor in its efforts to curb pollution in the national capital, with initiatives like observance of ‘car-free day’. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Transport Minister Gopal Rai urged them to to issue instructions to Delhi Police authorities to support efforts of the city government in its endeavours in this direction.On December 22, AAP government held its scheduled ‘car- free day’ at Vikas Marg in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar, but Rai in the letter alleged that during the event, some police officials were noticed “stopping” two-wheelers, taxis and even buses, causing huge traffic congestions in nearby areas. “The representatives of Delhi Police and Traffic police had also been part of this planning (‘car-free day’) exercise and a detailed pre-event strategy was chalked out with them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”However, it was noticed that the police staff at site was found stopping two-wheelers, taxis and even buses, causing huge traffic congestions in nearby areas. Police officials were also seen conveying that the traffic jam has happened due to the policies of Delhi government. This act on the part of police has put the Delhi government in a poor image…” Rai claimed in his letter.Rai said a CD containing visuals of the site during the event has also been enclosed along with the letter. “I request you to issue instructions to Delhi Police authorities to support the efforts of this government to reduce the pollution in the city and expect that Delhi Police will extend their full support and cooperation in this endeavour in future,” he added.

Arvind Kejriwal, Najeeb Jung, others pay tribute to constable killed in Karkardooma court firing

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The mortal remains of the deceased were kept in caskets draped in the national flag as the dignitaries paid tributes by laying wreaths over them.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi on Thursday paid last tribute to Delhi Police Head constable Ram Kumar who was killed on Wednesday in Karkardooma court firing.The mortal remains of the deceased were kept in caskets draped in the national flag as the dignitaries paid tributes by laying wreaths over them, one by one.Kumar was killed when four armed assailants opened fire inside a courtroom at Karkardooma Court Complex in east Delhi on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The incident occurred around 11:15 am when a criminal, having more than 100 cases against him, was being produced at courtroom number 73. Those present in the courtroom, including the judge, had to run for cover as the assailants fired indiscriminately.A case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered at Farsh Bazar police station. Several teams have been formed to investigate and catch the culprits behind the daring attack.

Delhi: Firing in Karkardooma Court premises, three injured

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Three persons, including a Delhi Police official, sustained bullet injuries when unidentified persons opened fire inside the premises of East Delhi’s Karkardooma Court on Wednesday.

Three persons, including a Delhi Police official, sustained bullet injuries when unidentified persons opened fire inside the premises of East Delhi’s Karkardooma Court on Wednesday.The incident took place around 11 AM when an undertrial was brought to court number 73 there, following which the unidentified persons, who were suspected to have been waiting to attack the undertrial, fired at least 10 rounds and fled, said a police official.Several police teams have been rushed to the spot and the injured persons taken to hospital, said DCP (East) B S Gurjar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Preliminary investigation reveals that the police official, who was escorting the undertrial, was hit by four bullets.Among others injured were the undertrial and a home guard posted at the court, the police added.

Delhi: Two men killed, two women injured in suspected gang war

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Jyoti Singh’s parents detained for second day after protests over juvenile’s release

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Juvenile convict in Dec 16 gangrape case walks free; Nirbhaya’s parents protest, get detained

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The freedom for the 20 year-old convict came as parents of the gangrape victim continued their protest for the second day today along with activists protesting against his release and demanding death for him.

Mother of Dec 16 gangrape victim, Asha Devi being detained by police for protesting at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday

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The juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape was on Sunday released and sent to an NGO at an undisclosed destination with police no longer guarding him, amid continued protest by the victim’s parents.The freedom for the 20 year-old convict came as parents of the gangrape victim continued their protest for the second day today along with activists protesting against his release and demanding death for him.”We have left him with an NGO,” police sources said. Government sources said when asked two days back whether he would like to go home in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh or to an NGO, he opted for the latter citing security concerns.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Sunday detained the family members and protestors of Nirbhaya who were protesting against the release of the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape case at Rajpath. Nirbahaya’s parents while protesting had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to when justice would be delivered to them. “We demand that the juvenile should not be released. I met the Prime Minister last year but I didn’t get any answer. Today I want to meet the Prime Minister again and I want to ask him when would I get the justice”, Nirbhaya’s mother told the media here. The release became possible notwithstanding the Delhi Commission for Women’s late night effort to stall it failed after the Supreme Court post-midnight held a sitting and refused to stay it. In its order, the Supreme Court declined to stop the release of the juvenile offender and posted the matter before a vacation bench that will hear the matter tomorrow. Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the DCW which had approached the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court had also declined to stay his release, hoped that since the matter has become sub judice, the government and Delhi Police will not release the juvenile offender.”We are helpless as far as the release is concerned. Our government, whether Centre or state, they only listen to you when you protest and get lathicharged, else they don’t care,” said the victim’s father Badri Singh Pandey.Asha Devi, the victim’s mother said, “All knew that he will be released, so adequate steps should have been taken in the past three years.” The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court refusing to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur to the vacation bench.Lawyers associated with the case, including senior advocate Guru Krishna Kumar and Devdutt Kamath, had rushed to Justice Goel’s residence at around 1.30 AM after Maliwal was told by the Registrar that the matter has been assigned 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.Kamath said that there are intelligence reports that even during his stay in the provision home, the convict was unremorseful of his action and he has been further radicalised. So at this stage, it cannot be said that he is not a threat to the society.The SLP has also stated that though the High Court was of the view that there was a need for mental assessment of the convict, there was no direction that before his release the authorities should go for a health and mental assessment of the offender.The convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, was yesterday taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was a threat to his life.Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict. The government said that as per the plan, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.The convict along with five others had gangraped and murdered the 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, an incident that shook the nation and led to protests in the country.He was sentenced to three years in a reform home ‘Place of Safety’ in north Delhi’s Magazine Road by Juvenile Justice Board, a punishment which drew criticism from several quarters saying it was not adequate and was disproportionate in view of the heinous crime he had committed. There were also demands that he be tried in an adult court.

Nirbhaya case: SC declines DCW appeal for urgent hearing to stop juvenile from walking free

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The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench.

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The juvenile offender of the horrific December 16 gangrape case is all set to walk free on Sunday as the Supreme Court refused the dramatic post-midnight move of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to stay his release by giving an urgent hearing.A vacation bench comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit in their order pronounced at 2 am, posted the matter for hearing on Monday.However, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal and the lawyers of the women’s panel hoped that since the matter has become sub judice, the government and Delhi Police will not release the juvenile offender. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Nirbhaya’s parents and 40 students released after short detention by Delhi Police”The matter has been posted for hearing on Monday as item number 3. The matter has now become sub judice. I hope that government and the Delhi Police will wait for one day and not release him,” Maliwal told reporters outside the residence of Justice Goel.The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench.Lawyers associated with the case, including senior advocate Guru Krishna Kumar and Devdutt Kamath, had rushed to Justice Goel’s residence at around 1.30 am after Maliwal was told by the Registrar that the matter has been assigned to the vacation bench.”CJI had refferred matter to Vacation Bench. Registrar General taken our case to Judge. On our way dere. Appeal for case to be heard tonight,” Maliwal had tweeted earlier. 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.Advocate Kamath said that there are intelligence reports that even during his stay in the provision home, the convict was unremorseful of his action and he has been further radicalised. So at this stage, it cannot be said that he is not a threat to the society.The SLP has also stated that though the High Court was of the view that there was a need for mental assessment of the convict, there was no direction that before his release the authorities should go for a health and mental assessment of the offender.Further, it is submitted in the petition that there is also likely to be threat to his own life as reports are appearing that there is anger and tension between two groups in his own village. “Therefore it is also in his own interest and for the protection of his life that he should not be dumped and left unprotected,” it said.In the petition, Kamath said there are other legal points raised to challenge the High Court order. Guru Krishna Kumar is to appear for DCW in the case. The High Court had yesterday refused to restrain the convict’s release citing that there is no legal provision for the action.Maliwal reached the Chief Justice of India’s residence around midnight and later arrived at the Registrar’s office in the apex court premises. A day before his scheduled release, the juvenile convict was moved out of Delhi today even as distraught parents of the victim were detained today after they held a protest against allowing him to walk free.The convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, has been taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was a threat to his life.Sources said the juvenile has been kept under observation of an NGO under the protection of Delhi Police. The parents of the gangrape victim, along with 40 Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) students, were detained by the police as they staged a protest against the release of the juvenile convict. The police action was condemned by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”I am shocked to learn that Nirbhaya’s parents have been detained. They shud immediately be released. Police action against Nirbhaya’s parents is unacceptable. I have asked Chief Secretary to talk to Police Commissioner and get them released,” Kejriwal tweeted.

My son is innocent, claims father of arrested Al- Qaeda operative

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Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested earlier this week by the Delhi Police, who claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.

Father of a suspected al-Qaeda operative, who was arrested recently in Delhi, has claimed that his son is “innocent” and that the family would try to save him.”My son used to sell clothes brought from Delhi. He is not much educated and never fights with anyone. How can we believe that he was associated with al-Qaeda. My son cannot be a terrorist,” Ataur Rehman, father of Mohammad Asif told repoters in Sambhal on Thursday. Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested earlier this week by the Delhi Police, who claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Mohammed Asif (41) was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative, Abdul Rahman (37) was nabbed in Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, police said. According to police, it was found during interrogation that Asif belonged to Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district, from where one Zafar Masood was arrested on December 17 in this connection. “My son is innocent and we will trying to save him,” Rehman said.Asif’s youger brother too defended him and said that he (Asif) had once gone to Saudi Arabia and then he had sold his portion of house to manage money.”An alert has been sounded in the district after the arrests in Delhi and Odisha,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Atul Saxena had said yesterday. “Directives have been issued for verification of workers in factories and a search operation has been started,” he had said.Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al-Qaeda in Indian subcontinent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.AQIS was floated by al-Zawahari in September, 2014, following a meeting in the Af-Pak region which reportedly had in its quorum the entire grand council (Arabian Shura) of al-Qaeda, including al-Zawahiri’s son-in-law, a senior official said.

Alleged Al Qaeda financier arrested by Delhi Police

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Uttar Pradesh: Alert in Sambhal after arrest of al-Qaeda operative

Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.

An alert has been sounded in the district after it emerged that a suspected al Qaeda operative had links with youths, police said.Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested from the national capital and Odisha on Wednesday as Delhi Police claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.While Mohammed Asif (41) was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative, Abdul Rahman (37) was nabbed in Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police, it was found during interrogation that Asif had links with some youths who are all natives of Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district.”An alert has been sounded in the district after the arrests yesterday in Delhi and Odisha.”Directives have been issued for verification of workers in factories and a search operation has been started,” said Superintendent of Police Atul Saxena.Hotels and guesthouses, too, are being checked, he added.Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.AQIS was floated by al-Zawahari himself in September, 2014, following a meeting in the Af-Pak region which reportedly had in its quorum the entire grand council (Arabian Shura) of al-Qaeda, including al-Zawahiri’s son-in-law, said a senior official.

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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.

Case of negligence filed over toddler’s death

The Delhi Police has registered a case of negligence in the infant’s death even as the High Court reacted to a PIL filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken, slamming the Railways and issuing notices to the Railways authorities, police personnel and Delhi government officials directing them to prepare and organise a co-ordinated plan towards those rendered homeless.

Families left homeless at Shakur Basti, where a demolition drive was carried out in a slum, in New Delhi on Monday
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The postmortem report of the six-month-old baby girl, who died during a demolition drive in a west Delhi slum cluster, said that she died due to “shock as a result of chest and head injury due to blunt force impact”. The report, that came out Monday, two days after the demolition on Saturday morning, also mentioned fractures in “2 to 4 ribs”. The report disputes the version of the events put forward by the Railways, which maintained that the baby died two hours before the drive started.The Delhi Police has registered a case of negligence in the infant’s death even as the High Court reacted to a PIL filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken, slamming the Railways and issuing notices to the Railways authorities, police personnel and Delhi government officials directing them to prepare and organise a co-ordinated plan towards those rendered homeless.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The slum cluster in Shakur Basti, nestled between the posh east Punjabi Bagh colony, and Paschim Vihar, housing nearly 5,000, was razed on Saturday morning after the Railways, which owns the land, evicted people from their homes and bulldozed all that stood. Six month old Rukaiya, the daughter of Mohammed Kalim was found dead under a pile of her parents’ belongings, which triggered a furore. By Monday, a number of politicians, and NGOs, had descended on the residents of the colony, as the latter sat out the winter cold in makeshift tents scrounging around for food and blankets.Congress scion Rahul Gandhi made an appearance in the morning, promising to raise the issue in Parliament, blaming the Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government for the demolition. All he earned was a scathing tweet from Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, calling him a “child” who didn’t know the Railways came under the central government. Kejriwal is the only politician who isn’t the object of the slum residents’ ire, as they recount how he was first on scene, in the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday, and his party has been providing all relief material.”All politicians have come and made us promises but no one will fulfill them,” said a very angry Ruma Devi, even as others remembered the BJP promise of “jahan jhuggi wahaan makan”. There is palpable anger in the air at the mention of politicians and promises. Before Rukaiya’s death, barely any leader, they say, bothered about them.”At least Kejriwal has given us tents and blankets,” added young Mohammed Sadiq Malik. However, distribution is a problem as the residents, who are currently scattered across tents in various stages of falling apart, said that people from outside their colony have been sneaking a way the relief material. “Now they will give us material after checking our ids,” said Ruma Devi.The residents all have their ids ready; voters cards bearing the Railway colony address so as to prove they belong. “We have been here for almost 30 years, some of us are born here. Yet they have destroyed our homes six or seven time,” said a weary Rajeev Sharma waving his voter id.The residents of the colony are mostly labourers working in the nearby cement godown. Migrants from “mostly Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jhansi” as they say, they have been doing the same work for more years than they can count. Men and women offload sacks of cement from goods trains that run on the lines bordering their slum, and take them to construction plots. Every day they go the Rani Bagh chowk to be hired as daily labour. When there is no work, they stay home. “We will be here as long as the godown is, we won’t move,” said Mohammad Siqandar Alam. All of them say that their children don’t go to school, as there is none nearby. They barely have enough water for daily needs, which they get by standing three hours in a line everyday. On Monday, their water supply was shut off.Behind them, a bunch of children ran screaming excitedly long a bicycle with a fogging machine, spewing mosquito repellant chemicals in the dusty air. “That us first time since I’ve been here I’ve seen anyone fog this place,” said Alam. “They didn’t even do this in the dengue season.”Every single resident denies having received a notice of eviction before hand. “They only put up notices in the evening on 11 December. I was reading namaaz, many people were at work.” Around 8 in the morning on 12, said Sahin, officials came and told them to leave their homes, the bulldozers came just before 12. “There was no time to gather any belongings. We have lost everything we had,” said Lalita. Meanwhile in the ongoing Parliament, the political slugfest over the demolition heightened as the Trinamool Congress and the Janata Dal (United) joined AAP and served notice to raise the issue in both houses. The blame game too continued as AAP charged the centre for carrying out the drive to disturb its government, even as Kejriwal met with Railways minister Suresh Prabhu later in the evening.

‘Slum demolition and child death are different incidents,’ claims Delhi Police

The Delhi Police have, meanwhile, lodged a case and are investigating the matter. “The post-mortem report has also come which states its death due to shock on chest and face,” Deependra Pathak said.

Delhi Police washes hands of child’s death in slum demolition

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Following a child’s death in Shakur Basti, the Delhi Police on Monday washed its hands of the incident, claiming it took place about two hours before the demolition of hutments in the area took place.”The demolition exercise started at around 11.45-12.00 pm So both the incidents are totally different. There is time gap of 2-2:30 hours. After continuous request from the Railway authorities and with due assessment, this exercise was done. The job of the police is just protection, the land owning agency demolishes. So, taking out a meaning in this is bereft of truth,” Joint Commissioner of Police Deependra Pathak said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have started investigation of the death of the child based on negligent act of 304 (A) of the IPC. On the day of demolition, the family of the kid assembled their heap of clothes, while the kid was sleeping on the floor. They go to another part of the slum to assemble other things. When they return back, they found that the heap of clothes was lying on the kid,” he said.”The kid was gasping for breath. They rushed to the hospital where the doctor declared the infant to be dead. Then they came to the slum at around 10:45 pm where a briefing exercise of the demolition process was going on. They then take the child to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital where the doctor declared the child to be dead,” he added.The Delhi Police have, meanwhile, lodged a case and are investigating the matter. “The post-mortem report has also come which states its death due to shock on chest and face,” he added.Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the razed Shakur Basti where the Indian Railways had conducted a demolition drive, uprooting around 500 jhuggis and promised the homeless slum dwellers that they would be provided aid at the earliest. While speaking to the slum dwellers, Rahul promised them that he would extend every help possible to alleviate them of their problems.”Call me if they try to break your homes again and I promise I won’t let it happen. I will help you in every way possible. You know we are not in power, its Modi ji and Kejriwal ji who are at power. You’re fight is our fight,” Rahul told a slum dweller.Speaking to the media later, he accused the Delhi government and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre for the razing of the slum and asserted that the law had been clearly broken during the demolition.Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Rahul for questioning the Aam Aadmi Party’s protest against the demolition, saying that he was still a “child” in politics. “Rahul Gandhi is still a child. I don’t think his party has told him that that Indian Railways comes the Centre and not the Delhi Government,” Kejriwal tweeted.Rahul had demanded to know the reason behind AAP’s “dharna” since they were the ruling power in Delhi. Earlier today, the AAP joined by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) protested outside the Parliament against the slum demolition.

Murder suspect in Vipin Chaudhary and Ex-MLA Bharat Singh’s cases nabbed

Ravi Shokeen, part of a rival gang responsible for the two murders this year, arrested by Delhi police

Acting on a confidential tip-off, a joint task force from the Delhi police laid a trap and captured 22-year-old Ravi Shokeen, the prime accused in the murders of ex-MLA Bharat Singh and his driver Vipin Chaudhary late on Friday evening. Police personnel apprehended Shokeen at a CNG petrol Pump at Rajiv Chowk, Gurgaon and confiscated an English pistol and four live cartridges that were found upon his person at the time of the arrest.Shokeen alias Chuja is a sharpshooter and was considered to be the mastermind and executor of Chaudhary’s killing on December 8, 2015. Shokeen, along with three others, carefully planned and laid out a honey trap for Chaudhary that lured him near near Japanese Park in Sector 12 of outer Delhi’s Rohini sub-city where he was shot dead. A 19-year-old woman connected in Chaudhary’s murder was arrested by the police in Gurgaon earlier this week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shokeen, a third year BA student at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), was also involved in the sensational murder of former INLD legislator from Najafgarh, Bharat Singh in March this year. Following the murder six persons, including the alleged mastermind Udaiveer alias Kaale, and Nitin Sherawat, the son of a former Delhi MLA were arrested for the crime. Hemant, Udaiveer’s nephew and Shokeen were absconding. In order to facilitate the quick capture of Shokeen, police personnel had announced a cash reward of Rs50,000 for information would lead to his capture.”Shokeen was one of the key members of Hemant’s gang and as such was involved in the planning and murders of Singh and Chaudhary,” Joint Commissioner of Police (south-western range) Dependra Pathak at a press conference held at the Delhi Police Headquarters on Saturday.Shokeen was produced before the court on Saturday where various charges relating to murder and attempt to murder were levelled against him.

Centre has assured full cooperation to implement odd-even formula: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

“Rajnath Singh has assured us full cooperation in the implementation of odd-even scheme,” Kejriwal added.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of the scheme for plying of private vehicles. “Rajnath Singh has assured us full cooperation in the implementation of odd-even scheme,” Kejriwal added. He said that official vehicles will also be covered under odd-even number plate policy. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier recorded an audio message urging people to give the ‘odd-even’ restriction on plying of vehicles a chance while top officials met to work out its modalities even as the Delhi Police said that they have not yet been approached by the government seeking assistance in enforcement of the rule.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain, however, asserted that police is a part of government and “not the government”. It is police’s responsibility to implement the law enacted by the government, he said. In his message, which will be released tomorrow, Kejriwal sought support of people for the proposal’s success and has said it will be applicable to him and all the ministers as well, a senior government official said.

46% of rape victims in Delhi are minors: Government

However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of “truthful reporting”, is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported

In the past three years, five minor girls were allegedly raped in every two days, forming around 46% of the total rape cases reported in the national capital in the corresponding period.”In 2013, 1,636 rape cases were reported in Delhi of which, in 757 cases victims were minors. In 2014, 2,166 rape cases were reported in which 1,004 pertained to minors. “Till October 31 this year, as many as 1,856 rape cases have been reported and in 824 cases, the victims are reported to be below 18 years,” Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of “truthful reporting”, is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported. “During 2014, the work-out percentage of rape cases in Delhi was as high as 80.79%. Similarly, during the current year (upto October 31, 2015) it is 77.16%,” the Rajya Sabha was told.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Crimes like rape are handled with great sensitivity and various measures have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the city. Emphasis is given to ensure that all cases of crime against women are investigated by women officers. “Delhi Police has organised self-defence training programmes in which 17,699 girls and women were imparted training during the year 2014,” said Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary.

FIR filed against Russian diplomat who allegedly assaulted Delhi traffic cop

The Delhi Police has no authority to arrest the diplomatic due to his ‘diplomatic immunity’ which is why through the MHA, intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is being sought.

The Russian diplomat’s car, stopped by police

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An FIR has been registered against a Russian diplomat who in an allegedly intoxicated state allegedly hit a constable in Moti Bagh in Delhi. Meanwhile the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been briefed about the incident.The diplomat has been booked under IPC Section 186- obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, 353- assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, 332- voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty and 337- causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has no authority to arrest the diplomatic due to his ‘diplomatic immunity’ which is why through the MHA, intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is being sought.Following this, the Russian Embassy will be left to contemplate action on the diplomat. Earlier on Wednesday, the diplomat, who was severely intoxicated, rammed into a police barricade and also rear-ended a motorbike, injuring two.The incident happened late at night around 1:30 am where the diplomat after hitting the bike was asked to stop by the police. But instead of stopping, he slammed his car into the barricade.The diplomat refused to come out of the car and allegedly punched and abused a constable on duty. Besides the other biker who has been admitted in AIIMS, the Russian official also sustained injuries and was seen with a heavily bleeding nose.

‘Intoxicated’ Russian diplomat allegedly drives car into motorcycle, assaults cop in New Delhi

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AAP government to file FIR against Delhi police chief BS Bassi

The AAP government has decided move court to file FIR against Delhi Police chief BS Bassi for illegally acquiring a flat in one of national capital’s society. According to government sources, the Delhi government had received a complaint that a flat owner in a west Delhi cooperative society was thrown out in 1990 to favour Bassi.According to the complaint, Bassi had not allegedly disclosed that he already owned another flat, while he was being allotted the new flat. In 1998, he allegedly sold off the apartment to his younger brother for Rs11 lakh, which is less than the market rate, to save on stamp duty.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bassi had denied these allegations. The corruption allegation marks another fight between AAP and the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the Centre. Ties have always been strained lately over the arrest of several AAP leaders.Kejriwal has accused the police has failed to curb crimes in Delhi and is not cooperating with his government. He had always demanded that his government be given control of the city’s police force.

Kerala House beef row: Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi faces tough questions from MPs in Parliament

The Parliamentary panel, which met in New Delhi to discuss the issue of ‘communal and social harmony’, also asked Mehrishi about the number of communal incidents which have taken place in the recent past.

Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi
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Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Tuesday faced some tough questions from Parliamentarians over a Delhi Police “raid” on Kerala House canteen for allegedly serving beef. The Home Secretary assured the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home that he would get back with a detailed statement.The Parliamentary panel, which met in New Delhi to discuss the issue of ‘communal and social harmony’, also asked Mehrishi about the number of communal incidents which have taken place in the recent past. He was also asked to explain how the government defines a ‘major’ or a ‘minor’ communal incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We asked the Home Secretary how the Delhi Police could take such a step like raiding the canteen of Kerala House over allegations that beef was being sold there. He assured the Committee to get back with a detailed statement,” a member present in the meeting told PTI. The Home Secretary was also quizzed about attacks on Dalits in various parts of the country. Members pointed out that while victims of communal riots are paid compensation, no such practice followed by the Centre for dalits.Controversy had erupted over Delhi police personnel entering Kerala House on October 26 following a complaint that cow meat was being served there. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal had condemned the “raid”. Though Kerala House said cow meat was never on its menu, it stopped serving even buffalo meat for a couple of days.Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi had claimed the canteen was not raided and that the police were merely taking “preventive measures” based on a PCR call. The incident had come close on the heels of lynching of a Muslim man at Bishada village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he and his family had eaten and store beef.Police had detained Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta for allegedly making a false complaint about beef being served at Kerala House.”Parliament did not run but the Standing Comtee (Committee) on Home Affairs had a purposive two-hour meeting. Should these be televised? Just asking,” panel member and TMC MP Derek O’Brien tweeted later.Last month, the top MHA official had faced criticism from MPs for his absence from the meeting of the committee.

Have taken note of odd-even formula of plying of vehicles: Delhi Police

The odd-even rule will be implemented from January 1, 2016 till January 15, 2016.
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Delhi Police on Tuesday said they have taken note of AAP government’s odd-even formula of restricting movement of private vehicles in the national capital from January one but need some more clarity on the matter.”We have taken note of the scheme but some more clarity is needed in the concerned matter for which another meeting has been scheduled on December 10,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander.However, the implementing authority (the police in this case) are still not clear about under what provisions of law will they prosecute offenders if the formula, meant to curb air pollution in the national capital, is implemented from January 1, said a senior traffic official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a meeting held on Tuesday — chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and attended by all cabinet ministers, Muktesh Chander and other senior officials — at the Delhi Secretariat, the matter was discussed with Delhi Police for the first time, said the senior official.Also read: Air quality of Delhi set to dip further in the next two daysDelhi Government today said that the odd-even scheme for plying of private vehicles in the city will be in force from 8 AM to 8 PM from January 1 for an initial period of 15 days and there will be no restrictions on vehicular movement on Sundays.After the meeting, Kejriwal said his government was yet to take a call on whether the scheme will have two-wheelers on its ambit. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the government will come out with a detailed blueprint by December 25 which will answer all the questions being raised by experts and public. He added that the government will soon come out with details of exemptions like those who are ailing and disabled.A decision on whether women will be included in ‘exemption list’ is yet to be taken.

After unearthing LeT terror plot in national capital, Delhi Police sends police team to Kashmir

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LeT operatives planning suicide attacks in Delhi: Police

According to the complaint, LeT is conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi and other places in the country, for which alleged handlers have infiltrated operatives in India.

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Delhi Police is searching for two suspected LeT operatives who have allegedly hatched a conspiracy to carry out “suicide attacks” in the national capital targeting “high profile personalities”. The conspiracy was unearthed when the Special Cell of Delhi Police received an intelligence input about two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, identified as Dujana and Ukasha, who allegedly infiltrated in Jammu and Kashmir through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, following which an FIR was registered, said a police source.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The FIR was registered on December 1 at the Special Cell office in Lodhi Colony here under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and doesn’t name any suspects. It was submitted at the concerned anti-terror court, said the source. According to the complaint, LeT is conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi and other places in the country, for which alleged handlers have infiltrated operatives in India through Jammu and Kashmir and other international borders, said the police source. “Two of them, identified as Dujana and Ukasha, have been reported to be based in the Kashmir Valley for quite long and are allegedly conspiring to target high profile personalities in Delhi by carrying out ‘fidayeen’ (suicide attacks) or grenade attacks either themselves or through their cadres,” said the police source. The cadres are believed to be using code names like Noman, Zaid and Khursheed. They are also suspected to be targeting particularly crowded areas in the city, said the source.Following the registration of the FIR, senior officials directed the Special Cell to deploy sources to collect information about LeT sympathisers, mount technical surveillance and take all possible measures to track down the threat as the earliest, the source added. In July, the Special Cell had registered an FIR against unknown persons suspected to be associated with the ISIS and allegedly conspiring terror attacks in the national capital and other cities.

After Kargil war veteran, two more arrested in connection with spying for Pakistan’s ISI

Further investigation in this is underway and all the arrested people would be produced before a Delhi Court on Saturday.

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A retired Indian Army personnel and a school teacher have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for being part of the espionage racket run by the ISI, bringing the total number of arrests in this case so far to four.The Delhi Police said the team of Inter State Cell of Crime Branch had gone to Jammu and Kashmir in search of other persons involved in this racket when they arrested Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired havildar of the Indian Army. He had joined the Indian Army in 1995 and retired in 2011 after serving in J&K Light Infantry, Rashtriya Rifles, at various places in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Kargil war veteran held on charges of providing confidential documents to Pakistan’s ISIThe school teacher was arrested from Khablan tehsil in Thanna Mandi of Rajouri district. Further investigation in this is underway and all the arrested people would be produced before a Delhi Court on Saturday.Earlier, two espionage rackets were busted with arrests of five people from Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Kolkata. One of the men caught was suspected to be a handler from ISI, while the other was a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, claimed the Delhi police.However, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah branded the entire operation as ‘baseless and unfounded’. One of the accused Kafaitullah Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly had connections with an official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police successfully foiled a massive Lashkar-e-Taiba plot where an attack was being planned on prominent personalities and crowded areas in the national capital.According to an FIR that was submitted on December 1 in a concerned anti-terror court, the LeT commanders have been in touch with the operatives in India using several code names. The Delhi Police has also warned of possible Fidayeen attacks in the national capital and other areas.Related Read: Delhi Police unearth Lashkar-e-Taiba plot to carry out terror attacks in city

Will expose AAP for making false allegations against me, Delhi Police: BS Bassi

“I am gathering further details on these allegations, and if necessary, will also take adequate action. Bhim Sen Bassi works with honesty. I will bring truth out in front of the people and expose these liars,” he added.

Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi on Friday asserted that he is not all worried about false allegations being made by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government, and added that he will expose the latter before the people and also take adequate action against the latter for making such ‘baseless’ allegations against him and his force. “I am not worried about false advertisements and allegations against me. I am not scared of any one who calls me a deceiver. In my entire life, I have followed the path of law and honesty,” a curt yet aggressive Bassi told media here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “I am gathering further details on these allegations, and if necessary, will also take adequate action. Bhim Sen Bassi works with honesty. I will bring truth out in front of the people and expose these liars,” he added. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has complained against the Delhi Police to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), accusing it of trying to ‘hound’ ruling AAP MLAs by reopening old cases and creating new ones against them. In a letter to the MHA written on November 7, Kejriwal also said that the Delhi Police was not cooperating with his government on several issues. He has mentioned 10 specific complaints against the city police. The Delhi Police has categorically rejected the charge and issued a point-by-point rebuttal in response to Kejriwal’s letter to the Union home ministry.

Delhi: Report traffic violations, win a car or free air tickets

Delhiites can now report traffic violations through a mobile application, earning them points which may get them a car, a motorbike or free air tickets, declared as rewards by Delhi Police on Thursday.

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Delhiites can now report traffic violations through a mobile application, earning them points which may get them a car, a motorbike or free air tickets, declared as rewards by Delhi Police on Thursday.The initiative has been named “The Traffic Sentinel Scheme” under which citizens can report traffic offences through photographs of video clips uploaded and transmitted with the help of a mobile application, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said today.While violations like red light jumping, dangerous driving and usage of mobile phones while driving shall have to be reported only through videos, other offences can be reported trough photographs too, said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reporting cases of “driving against the flow of traffic” can earn one five points, followed by red light jumping and dangerous driving earning three points each, Chander added.The first prize shall be a car, followed by a motorbike and free air tickets. However, the details and points required to win those prizes will be announced by December 15, he added.

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.

BSF personnel arrested in espionage case; Pakistan High Commission employee under scanner

The serving BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed was remanded on Monday in police custody till December 7 by a Delhi court which questioned the police on whether any senior official of the border guarding force was involved in the case.

Abdul Rasheed

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A Pakistan High Commision employee is under the scanner of Delhi Police probing an espionage racket in which an alleged ISI operative and a serving BSF personnel have been arrested.The serving BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed was remanded on Monday in police custody till December 7 by a Delhi court which questioned the police on whether any senior official of the border guarding force was involved in the case.Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, an alleged handler of the Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO), was in touch with an ISI operative in Pakistan who had told him that a source in the Pakistan High Commission will help him secure visa to travel to that country, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said. Yadav said the person in Pakistan High Commission whom the ISI operative referred to is yet to be identified but sources said it appeared he was not in the rank of a diplomat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Once we get some leads with further interrogation of the accused duo arrested, we shall have to approach the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for their permission to question staff at the High Commission’s office,” said Yadav.The Crime Branch said Kafaitullah was running the espionage racket backed by ISI and he was to meet the spy agency’s handler in Pakistan to seek more “resources”.”Is there any involvement of any senior officers?,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal asked the police during the hearing on its application seeking Rasheed’s remand. Delhi Police told the court it had not yet found complicity of any officer but the probe was on.Khan told the police he was going to Bhopal where he was supposed to meet another PIO handler to seek information from him about the unidentified source who could easily arrange his visa, said Yadav. Khan was, however, intercepted in Delhi on Thursday on way to Bhopal where he was also to attend a religious congregation and recruit youths for the espionage racket, he said.During interrogation, Khan, a native of a village in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, disclosed about his cousin, Abdul Rasheed, who was posted as a head constable in the intelligence wing of Border Security Force there, police said. The Delhi Police is also trying to track the money trail from Pakistan to India — routed through the Middle East, to pay off spies operating in a suspected pan-India network.During his interrogation Khan told the police his counterpart in Pakistan had promised him huge money for passing on secret and confidential information. When Khan started doing so, he was put on a permanent pay roll and promised performance-based appraisals, said an official.”Records obtained so far from bank accounts in Jammu and Rajouri district have revealed that Khan used to get a fixed pay of around Rs 20,000 per month through money transfers,” he said.Almost all the money transfers received by Khan were routed either through UAE or through Saudi Arabia. Further investigation revealed that the money actually came from Pakistan, said the official. The police are, therefore, also investigating that money trail, said an official privy to the investigation. Khan was taken to Rajouri district and Rasheed too was arrested following a raid, a senior police official said.”The police recovered secret and confidential documents in connection with force deployment locations, movements and patrolling routes of security forces from possession of both the accused,” he said. Both of them have been booked under provisions of the Official Secrets Act.Meanwhile, a Crime Branch team sent to Jammu is also looking for an Army personnel suspected to be close to Khan and believed to have allegedly passed on secret information to Pakistan’s ISI that could pose a threat to national security, the official said.Khan was recruited in Jammu and Kashmir police several years ago. Later, he quit the job and became a library assistant at a senior secondary school in Majankote area in Rajouri district, the official said. In 2013, he visited Pakistan where he came into contact with an ISI agent and thus began his journey as a spy. Khan soon started cultivating sources in the Indian Army and BSF, and some of them allegedly started passing him secret documents, the official added.According to the police, information was largely passed on through e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber networks. Khan was given specific tasks by the PIO which were mainly related to deployment of security forces and Air Force operations. The official denied that Khan’s earlier visit to Gujranwala in Pakistan, where many of his relatives live, had anything to do with any source in the High Commission as he was not in touch with intelligence operatives then.

Espionage racket: Arrested BSF personnel sent to police custody for 7 days

Seeking seven days remand of Abdul Rasheed, the police told the court that he was posted as a head constable at the BSF head quarters, intelligence wing at Jammu, and had access to secret documents which he was allegedly supplying to his associates.

BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed

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BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s ISI, on Monday was remanded in police custody till December 7 by a Delhi court even as investigators said they have to track the money trail and identify his possible accomplices in the force.”Is there any involvement of any senior officers?,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal asked crime branch of Delhi Police during the hearing.The police said, “Not yet. We are doing the probe. He (Rasheed) is required to be interrogated for ascertaining the money trail as well and the payments made to him for supply of documents.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking seven days remand of Rasheed, the police told the court that he was posted as a head constable at the BSF head quarters, intelligence wing at Jammu, and had access to secret documents which he was allegedly supplying to his associates.”Rasheed was working at the intelligence unit of BSF head quarters at Jammu where each and every document was secret in nature and he was supplying the documents to his associates,” the police said.It alleged that he was involved in spying activities and several incriminating documents have been recovered from his house during the probe.The police said he was required to be taken to various places in Jammu and Kashmir, including Rajouri district, and questioned to identify his associates. While allowing the plea seeking remand of the accused, the court observed that the matter pertains to national security.Besides Rasheed, Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja (44), a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, was intercepted and arrested in connection with the case at New Delhi railway station while he was on his way from Jammu to Bhopal on November 26.Three suspected ISI agents were arrested in Kolkata yesterday in a separate case. They were Irshad Ansari (51), a contract labourer with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), his son Asfaq Ansari (23) and a relative Mohammed Jahangir.

Pakistan High Commission should be locked, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.

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The Shiv Sena on Monday demanded closing of the Pakistan High Commission in the national capital after it emerged that the members of the busted ISI spy-ring had links with them.”This is a very serious matter. Look how far they have penetrated. The people, who were arrested yesterday, have links with Pakistan High Commission. The Pakistan High Commission in Delhi should be locked and the key should be thrown away. It should be closed,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.”The people having links with the ISI are sitting in the Pakistan High Commission here and they are using our people. Is it not a threat to the national security? Despite all this do we want cricketing and cultural ties with them? It is dangerous,” he added.The ISI spy-ring busted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Sunday reportedly had links with the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. Reports say that the racket was being run at the behest of senior officials of the Pakistan High Commission.The police arrested a handler of Pakistan’s Intelligence Operative (PIO) and one serving officer of the BSF (Border Security Force) on Sunday. One of the accused has been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja from Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District. He is the handler of PIO and is allegedly having contacts in different security agencies.

Jammu: Delhi Police arrest BSF personnel, ISI operative in spying racket

The accused duo have been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja (44), a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.

A serving BSF personnel and a suspected ISI operative have been arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in an espionage racket – allegedly trading secret and confidential information posing threat to national security – from the railway station at Jammu, police said on Sunday.The accused duo have been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja (44), a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, and BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, posted at the intelligence wing of Border Security Force in the same district, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said. “Khan is a handler of Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO) and Rasheed was one of his chief sources. The espionage racket run by them is supported by Pakistan’s ISI,” Yadav said, adding that the duo has been arrested under various provisions of IPC and Official Secrets Act.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related read: Kolkata Police STF arrests 3 suspected ISI agents with strong links to Trinamool Congress Based on tip-offs about ongoing anti-national activities sponsored by Pakistan Intelligence Operative, which suspectedly has a network spread over civilian handlers and security forces personnel, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch developed a network and a few suspects were identified, said a senior police official. On Thursday, Khan had boarded a train from Jammu and was about to leave for Bhopal. He was apprehended by a police team at the railway station there and “documents having implication on national security” were recovered from his possession, said the senior official.

Biggest heist in Delhi: Driver of ATM cash van flees with Rs 22.5 crore

The incident was reported in the evening when the armed guard accompanying the van asked the driver to stop the vehicle near Govindpuri Metro station so that he could relieve himself by the roadside, said police

In what could be the biggest cash heist in the national capital, the driver of a cash transit van allegedly fled with around Rs 22.5 crore from southeast Delhi’s Govindpuri area on Thursday. The incident was reported in the evening when the armed guard accompanying the van asked the driver to stop the vehicle near Govindpuri Metro station so that he could relieve himself by the roadside, said police. The driver, identified as Pradeep Shukla, told the guard that he would wait for him in a lane nearby and was last seen taking a sharp turn. When the guard returned, the vehicle and the driver were nowhere to be seen, said police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The guard, Vinay Patel, informed the matter to the branch concerned of the private bank whose cash they were carrying and bank authorities immediately called up police. They told police that they had sent four cash transit vans — with total cash of around Rs 38 crore — from their Vikaspuri branch in the day, and the van (DL 1LK 9189) which headed towards southeast Delhi was carrying around Rs 22.5 crore. However, the final evaluation of the heist would be possible only after the accused is nabbed, police said.Personnel from at least two subdivisions of Delhi Police’s southeast district were roped in along with a specialised crime team and the cash van was soon recovered from near a petrol pump close to the spot where the accused driver had deserted the guard. However, the boxes containing the cash were missing, said police.Senior police officials who rushed to the spot after the incident was reported maintained that this was not a case of robbery but criminal breach of trust. Scores of pickets and police check points were set up across the city and checking was intensified at the borders to track down the accused, said police.CCTV grabs have been obtained from nearby premises while eyewitnesses are being examined and several teams have been put on the case, police added. Police said that this could be the biggest cash heist in Delhi after the January 2014 gunpoint robbery of Rs 7.69 crore from a businessman at BRT corridor near Moolchand flyover.

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Delhi Police official commits suicide in Noida, wife jumps off balcony

New Delhi: A senior Delhi Police official allegedly shot himself dead after which his wife jumped from the balcony of their apartment in Noida Sector 100 on Monday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The deceased identified as Amit Singh, was posted as an assistant commissioner in the Special Cell of Delhi Police. He was a DANIP officer of 2010 batch, police said.

After the incident, residents of the building called up the police control room, following which the couple was rushed to a hospital where Singh was declared brought dead and his wife was admitted in a critical condition, police said.

The reason behind the couple taking the extreme step has not been ascertained yet.

The couple have a two-year-old child.

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Details of FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar can’t be made public before submission in court: Delhi Police

New Delhi: The details of the FBI report that has virtually ruled out ‘polonium poisoning’ as the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death cannot be made public before its submission in court, Delhi Police said on Thursday.

“The report cannot be made public at least till the time we send it to the court,” said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi.

Even as the report was reviewed by a panel of the senior-most police officials on Thursday, Bassi added that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been set up to probe the case has not yet been handed over the report for analysis.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, the top cop said.

Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Wednesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report.

Bassi had said that the report from the Washington DC-based laboratory would be soon handed over to a medical board for examination before further action is taken in the case.

Sources in police had said that SIT is likely to summon Tharoor again for questioning. They are also likely to seek court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test (lie detector test) on the former Union minister.

Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned.

According to sources, the eight-page FBI report, received via e-mail around nine months after the samples were sent for examination, has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two years ago.

The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in February to determine the kind of poison that may have killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.

Reacting to the development, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. However, he said that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused Pushkar’s death.

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OROP row: Protesting veterans attempt to burn medals

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said he was pained to see the medals being returned.

While officially, the protesting veterans had denied that that they will be burning medals today, the media was tipped off in the morning itself.

High drama ensued on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar here where two veterans tried to burn their medals in protest against the ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) scheme announced by the government. Amid slogans against the government, the two veterans, who had also sat on a hunger strike, tried to burn their medals before the camera glare. However, others stopped them, with Maj Gen Satbir Singh, (Retd) asking them not to burn the medals.While officially, the protesting veterans had denied that that they will be burning medals today, the media was tipped off in the morning itself. Later, the veterans, numbering around 50, marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest but were stopped by the Delhi Police at Rail Bhavan. The developments came a day after some ex-servicemen returned their medals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said he was pained to see the medals being returned. “Medals are given by the country for the service and gallantry acts that the soldiers have rendered. A section insisting on returning the medals because one is not happy with certain clauses of OROP, for which the government is paying over Rs 8,000 crore, is demeaning the medal itself,” Parrikar had said.

Chhota Rajan finally brought to India after 27 years on the run

New Delhi: After being on the run for the past 27 years, underworld don Chhota Rajan was brought to New Delhi early Friday morning from Indonesia by a joint team headed by CBI officials for facing trial in various criminal cases registered against him in Delhi and Mumbai.

The 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, will be kept in the national capital where he will be questioned by sleuths of various investigating agencies as he has been making claims of having further evidence to nail India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his links with Pakistan’s snooping agency ISI.

Chhota Rajan was brought to India. AFP

Chhota Rajan was brought to India. AFP

Immediately after his arrival in New Delhi in an Indian Air Force Gulfstream-III aircraft from Indonesia’s Bali, Rajan, who is considered as a ‘friendly don’ as he reportedly tipped Indian security agencies about the movement of Dawood and his aides, was whisked away to an undisclosed location under tight security.

Official cars with flashing lights accompanied by heavy-armed escort vans were seen leaving the Palam Technical Area at around 5.30 am, as anxious camerapersons and photographers made unsuccessful attempts to get a glimpse of the underworld don, who was in one of those vehicles with tinted glasses.

Rajan had told media in Bali that he was happy to return to his motherland and had rubbished reports that his arrest was orchestrated as he was facing threat from Dawood’s men.

Ahead of his arrival in India, Maharashtra government made a surprise announcement of handing over all the cases related to the underworld don to the CBI as the agency had expertise in handling such cases. This move comes barely a few days after the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been making claims that Rajan will be brought only to Mumbai.

The Maharashtra government’s sudden U-turn raised many eyebrows within the police establishment in the megalopolis as the Chief Minister himself had ordered for creation of a special cell inside Aurthur Road prison with medial arrangement of dialysis being made. Rajan is on dialysis as his both kidneys are not working.

Rajan, after his arrest, had expressed reservation over plans to lodge him in a Mumbai jail, fearing that his arch-rival and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim may target him there.

Till the formalities of CBI to take over the Maharashtra cases are completed, Rajan will be in the custody of Special Cell of Delhi Police which has six cases registered against him.

Interestingly, CBI had told the Bombay High Court, while hearing petitions filed by the family members of murdered rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, that it was severely understaffed and required officers from the Maharashtra Police to assist it in the probe.

Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he had arrived in the island city of Indonesia from Australia.

India was keen that the deportation takes place at the earliest and had put in a request to Indonesian authorities immediately after his arrest, sources said.

However, his deportation was deferred by a day as the international airport in Bali was shut down due to spewing of volcanic ash from a nearby mountain.

Immediately after his flight took off, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh tweeted: “#ChotaRajan deported successfully to India. Delay due to Bali airport closure ends. Thanks Indonesia for support.”

Rajan is wanted in over 75 crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.

Mumbai Police has nearly 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Delhi Police has six cases registered against Rajan, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood at one point but split before the 1993 Mumbai blasts were conspired.

In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.

Rajan had fled India in 1988 for Dubai.

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Underworld don Chhota Rajan brought to India from Indonesia

The 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, will be kept in the national capital where he will be questioned by sleuths of various investigating agencies.

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After being on the run for the past 27 years, underworld don Chhota Rajan was brought here early on Friday morning from Indonesia by a joint team headed by CBI officials for facing trial in various criminal cases registered against him in Delhi and Mumbai.The 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, will be kept in the national capital where he will be questioned by sleuths of various investigating agencies as he has been making claims of having further evidence to nail India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his links with Pakistan’s snooping agency ISI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Immediately after his arrival here in an Indian Air Force Gulfstream-III aircraft from Indonesia’s Bali, Rajan, who is considered as a ‘friendly don’ as he reportedly tipped Indian security agencies about the movement of Dawood and his aides, was whisked away to an undisclosed location under tight security.Official cars with flashing lights accompanied by heavy- armed escort vans were seen leaving the Palam Technical Area at around 5:30 AM, as anxious camerapersons and photographers made unsuccessful attempts to get a glimpse of the underworld don, who was in one of those vehicles with tinted glasses.Rajan had told media in Bali that he was happy to return to his motherland and had rubbished reports that his arrest was orchestrated as he was facing threat from Dawood’s men.Ahead of his arrival in India, Maharashtra government made a surprise announcement of handing over all the cases related to the underworld don to the CBI as the agency had expertise in handling such cases. This move comes barely a few days after the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been making claims that Rajan will be brought only to Mumbai.The Maharashtra government’s sudden U-turn raised many eyebrows within the police establishment in the megalopolis as the Chief Minister himself had ordered for creation of a special cell inside Aurthur Road prison with medial arrangement of dialysis being made. Rajan is on dialysis as his both kidneys are not working.Rajan, after his arrest, had expressed reservation over plans to lodge him in a Mumbai jail, fearing that his arch- rival and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim may target him there.Till the formalities of CBI to take over the Maharashtra cases are completed, Rajan will be in the custody of Special Cell of Delhi Police which has six cases registered against him.Interestingly, CBI had told the Bombay High Court, while hearing petitions filed by the family members of murdered rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, that it was severely understaffed and required officers from the Maharashtra Police to assist it in the probe.Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he had arrived in the island city of Indonesia from Australia.India was keen that the deportation takes place at the earliest and had put in a request to Indonesian authorities immediately after his arrest, sources said.However, his deportation was deferred by a day as the international airport in Bali was shut down due to spewing of volcanic ash from a nearby mountain.Immediately after his flight took off, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh tweeted: “#ChotaRajan deported successfully to India. Delay due to Bali airport closure ends. Thanks Indonesia for support.”Rajan is wanted in over 75 crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.Mumbai Police has nearly 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.Delhi Police has six cases registered against Rajan, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood at one point but split before the 1993 Mumbai blasts were conspired.In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.Rajan had fled India in 1988 for Dubai.

Kejriwal government begins proceedings for imposing penalty on ACB chief Meena

Retired IAS officer B S Banerjee will probe the charges against Meena, who is also a Joint Commissioner in Delhi Police.

MK Meena

The Arvind Kejriwal government has initiated proceedings for imposing penalty on Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Mukesh Kumar Meena for “not working in accordance with law”.Retired IAS officer B S Banerjee will probe the charges against Meena, who is also a Joint Commissioner in Delhi Police. “There were several instances in which Meena did not work in accordance with the law, which include not replying to the CM’s memorandum for intimidating his juniors, alleged scam, and issuing false statement about government’s anti-corruption helpline 1031,” a government source said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said that as the AAP dispensation is not the cadre controlling authority of Meena, Delhi Government is only concerned with the ACB work. “In view of several rule violations by the ACB Chief, Delhi Government can impose penalty for not working in accordance with law,” the government source said.Last month, Kejriwal had issued a memorandum to Meena seeking his reply within 10 days over allegations of negligence in performing his duty and “intimidating” his juniors. Meena, however, had challenged the Chief Minister’s note to him and threatened “appropriate action” if it was not withdrawn immediately. Despite several attempts, ACB chief Meena could not be contacted for his comment.

Uber rape case: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi hails verdict

Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, was given the life imprisonment till death by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, who held that the convict while raping the victim abducted her with an intent to compel her for marriage.
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Expressing satisfaction over life imprisonment to Uber rape convict Shiv Kumar Yadav, Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi on Tuesday said the verdict had provided justice to the victim.”The verdict will also be a lesson to the people having such mindsets that if they indulge in such an act the law will not forgive them,” said the police chief.He further said that the verdict was a profound step in the direction of women’s safety and security.Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, was given the life imprisonment till death by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, who held that the convict while raping the victim abducted her with an intent to compel her for marriage. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 21,000 on him. The court also directed the Delhi Legal Services Authority to give compensation to the victim and to take care of the family of the convict.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was on her way back home at Inderlok in Central Delhi. The accused was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura.

Special commandos for Indian team escorting Chhota Rajan over Dawood Ibrahim threat

Mumbai-born Rajan, once a close confidant-turned-rival of underworld ganglord Dawood, has said that he is not afraid of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The Indian team, comprising CBI, Mumbai Police and Delhi Police officials, is also accompanied by elite commandos of Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

Special police commandos have been provided for the security of the Indian officials who arrived on Sunday to expedite underworld don Chhota Rajan’s deportation to India.Special commandos of Indonesian police were already providing round-the-clock security for Rajan, who was arrested on his arrival from Australia last Sunday, sources said. Security of the Indian officials as well as Rajan, one of India’s most wanted criminals, was enhanced due to the high threat perception to Rajan from rival gangs most notably of Dawood Ibrahim. The Indian team, comprising CBI, Mumbai Police and Delhi Police officials, is also accompanied by elite commandos of Special Cell of the Delhi Police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai-born Rajan, once a close confidant-turned-rival of underworld ganglord Dawood, has said that he is not afraid of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Rajan was arrested on a Red Corner notice by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decades. Out of these 75 cases, Rajan is facing four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), one under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Rajan was travelling with the identity of Mohan Kumar with an Indian passport number G9273860 when he was apprehended at the airport here after arriving on a Garuda Indonesia flight GA715 by Indonesian police on a tip off from Australian authorities, they said.The 55-year-old underworld don was arrested in Bali on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia. In the absence of an extradition treaty, the Indian authorities have already provided documents to their Indonesian counterparts about Rajan’s Indian identity to facilitate his deportation. The sources said Rajan was in touch with various police officials for last six months seeking a passage to return to India as he feared for his life in Australia from Chhota Shakeel, a henchman of Dawood.In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.

Kerala House beef row: Centre has of action against Delhi Police, says Kerala Chief Secretary

The Union Home Secretary also said procedures would be laid down for police entering in state bhawans in the national capital, Thomson said.

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A day after Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy wrote his second protest letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre on Friday assured action against Delhi police officials who conducted ‘the raid’ at the Kerala House on complaints of cow meat being served there. Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson said the Union Home Secretary telephoned him on Friday ‘accepting’ Delhi police’s ‘mistakes’ in the Kerala House episode.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He said action would be taken against those officials responsible for the incident,” Thomson said.The Union Home Secretary also said procedures would be laid down for police entering in state bhawans in the national capital, Thomson said. The Congress-led UDF government had threatened to take legal action over police ‘raid’ at Kerala House on complaints of cow meat being served there, if the ‘mistake’ was not admitted.In his letter on Thursday, the second on the issue, Chandy had said the state views the act of Delhi Police, who ‘raided’ the state-run guest house on October 26, “as one of total disregard of niceties and refinement by the police which is controlled by the Centre in a constitutionally federal structure.”The Home Secretary had sought information from the Delhi Police Commissioner and Kerala House Resident Commissioner, Chandy had said. He had also said Delhi police s explanation that they only did their duty and carried out an inspection in accordance with law was not acceptable to the state. Chandy had on October 27 shot off a letter to Modi terming the episode “highly objectionable”.

After Delhi Police raid, Kerala House to bring back ‘carabeef’ on the menu from Wednesday

New Delhi: The popular ‘carabeef’ (buffalo meat) dish will be back on the menu of Kerala House here from Wednesday.

Kerala House officials took it off the menu following a complaint by a little known Hindu group opposed to beef consumption and after some 20 Delhi Police officials visited the premises on Monday.

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The police action triggered allegations of “intolerance” and an attack on the federal structure by chief ministers of Kerala, Delhi and West Bengal besides Left leaders.

Officials from Kerala House confirmed on Tuesday they had got orders from Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to bring back the ‘carabeef’.

Sudheesh Kumar of Kerala House said: “We are going to bring back carabeef on the menu. We have the approval of Gyanesh Kumar, the Resident Commissioner of the Kerala government, as well.”

Sudheesh Kumar said Kerala House serves Kerala cuisine which includes buffalo meat.

Nandini Nair, a south Delhi resident and a regular at Kerala House for its beef dish, said: “This is really welcome. We were really disheartened when we read about the dish being discontinued.”

Chief Minister Chandy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take action against the police officers who “raided” the Kerala House.

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Kerala House beef ‘raid’: Oommen Chandy writes to Modi seeking action against incident

Thiruvananthapuram: Slamming the “raid” at Kerala House in New Delhi over an allegation that beef was being serve there, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming the episode “highly objectionable”.

Charging that Delhi Police had overstepped their brief, he asked Modi to take strong action over the incident.

And, even as criticism was voiced by Congress and Left parties in the state over the matter, two key Kerala MPs vowed to raise the issue in Parliament during the Winter session.

Congress Deputy Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, KC Venugopal, and CPI(M) Deputy leader in Rajya Sabha, KN Balagopal, said they would take up the incident and raise the issue of killings in the name of consumption of beef when Parliament meets next month.

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy. PTI

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy. PTI

In his letter to the Prime minister, Chandy termed “highly objectionable” the raid by Delhi Police at the canteen at Kerala House and sought stringent action against those responsible for the action at the state-run guest house.

“I feel that the action by Delhi Police is highly objectionable and they have clearly overstepped their brief,” the Chief Minister said.

Detailing the incident, Chandy charged that a few unidentified persons accompanied by Delhi Police officials on Monday evening came to Kerala House and conducted a raid on the staff canteen.

They disrupted the functioning of the canteen alleging that cooked cow meat was being served, Chandy claimed, adding that the complaint was based on “wrong information”.

Delhi Police officials questioned the staff regarding the food items served at the canteen and Chandy said that the “raid” was conducted without any permission or prior information to local state government officials, he said.

Kerala government has already lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner in this regard, he said.

Chandy told the Prime Minister that the Kerala House canteen served authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian state cuisine and the items on the menu were in accordance with and “entirely within the confines of the existing law”.

He wanted Modi to instruct the Union Home Minister to take action against those responsible for the act and also ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

Meanwhile, among the political leaders who slammed the incident were former Defence Minister AK Antony, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC President VM Sudheeran and LDF leaders.

Chennithala said the police action was an infringement on the powers of the state while Sudheeran termed the issue a challenge to the “Federal set up of the country”.

Congress leader Antony said that the freedom of an individual to eat and wear what he or she felt like should not be infringed upon.

CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that the police action at Kerala House was part of Sangh Parivar agenda as he sought to attack the BJP-led government at the Centre.

“There is neither any ban on beef in Delhi nor any restriction to cook or sell it at Kerala House. Delhi Police’s illegal action is part of the Sangh Parivar agenda,” Vijayan, former CPI-M state secretary said in a Facebook post.

In Kochi, Venugopal said the Prime Minister would have to answer in Parliament for the “searches” at the guest house.

“Who gave authority to Delhi Police to conduct searches at Kerala House? I condemn the Prime Minister’s inaction against the fascist elements trying to interfere with the food habits of crores of people of the nation,” said Venugopal.

Accusing the prime minister of “keeping silent for days” after the Dadri lynching, Balagopal said, “Modi will have to answer us in Parliament about violent incidents occurring under his rule in the country over consumption of food.

“Delhi Police was acting at the behest of the forces trying to infringe upon the fundamental rights of the people of the country.”

The Rajya Sabha MP further told PTI in Kochi that the issue will be raised in Parliament when it convenes for the Winter Session “because it is a question of the fundamental rights of Malayalees”.

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Received a PCR call informing about beef served at Kerala House: BS Bassi

In the evening, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat dropped the term “preventive” and stated, “No raid was conducted at Kerala House by Delhi Police. The police had gone there to attend a PCR call.”
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Under attack for its action at Kerala House, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Tuesday said that they did not “raid” the canteen there, as it is being projected, and claimed to have acted on a PCR call. On Tuesday night, BS Bassi speaking to a TV news channel, said that they were only acting on a PCR call they received. “Our PCR received a call at 4:21 pm informing us that beef was being served at Kerala House. We give utmost priority to any call concerning law and order situation, we had no option but to react and react very fast,” Bassi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further added, “The person we got a call from has been in our notice and action has been taken against him for creating mischief in the past also. We are contemplating action against Vishnu Gupta (who called PCR) under sec 182 IPC for lodging false complaint with a public servant.”Earlier on Tuesday Bassi had said, “It was not a raid. It, in fact, was a preventive measure as per our standing operating procedures. We had alerted their private security staff as soon as we got a call to prevent any protest. We also deployed possible security measures and alerted the staff working there.”On being asked about reports that the state guest house removed “beef curry” from their menu before police could reach, he said, “I don’t have any knowledge about it…we have been informed by the staff that there was no beef item on their menu.”In the evening, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat dropped the term “preventive” and stated, “No raid was conducted at Kerala House by Delhi Police. The police had gone there to attend a PCR call.”Around 4.15 PM yesterday, the police control room (PCR) received a call by a Hindu Sena activist, who reported that beef was being served at the canteen of Kerala House. The policemen took no chance and the input was immediately passed on to Parliament Street police station, from where a team was sent to Kerala House to deal with any potential violence.Also read: PMO pulls up Delhi police over Kerala House beef raid”We received a call by a person who had come into notice for taking law in his own hands. We sent a police team to Kerala House to enquire about the matter and the staff there were also informed about the PCR call,” said the top city cop.”The staff at Kerala House were also asked to keep an eye for any potential mischief in the premises. The police were alert and officials were put on alert to avoid any untoward incident,” said Bassi.As far as the right to enquire such matters is concerned, there was no illegal conduct on part of the police, said the commissioner, citing the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994, under which slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks and the possession of their flesh are illegal in Delhi-NCR.

Dog analogy: NCSC directs Delhi and UP police to register FIR against VK Singh

Taking suo motu cognisance of his comments, the NCSC also asked Uttar Pradesh Police to submit an action taken report within 10 days based on its directive of filing an FIR against the Union minister.
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The National Commission for Schedule Castes on Friday issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh DGP and the Delhi Police Commissioner, directing them to register FIR against Union minister V K Singh for his dog remarks on Dalit killing in Faridabad which drew sharp criticism and demands for his sacking.Taking suo motu cognisance of his comments, the NCSC also asked Uttar Pradesh Police to submit an action taken report within 10 days based on its directive of filing an FIR against the Union minister.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Notices have been issued to DGP Uttar Pradesh and SSP Ghaziabad to register FIR against Singh. They have also been asked to submit an action taken report by November 2,” NCSC chairperson P L Puniya said.After an AAP delegation petitioned the Commission against Singh for his controversial remarks, it served a notice to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to file an FIR against the Union Minister of State for External Affairs.”The AAP delegation also came with an application to us and they said it is a matter of atrocities against Dalits. So we have asked Delhi Police Commissioner to file a case under Prevention of Atrocities on Scheduled Castes Act. The FIR will be surely registered against Singh,” Commission Vice Chairman Rajkumar Verka said.Singh was at the centre of a controversy over his comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog to shield it from criticism for the Faridabad Dalit burning incident in which two children were killed.Opposition parities slammed Singh for his insensitive comments and demanded his immediate removal. BJP had come to his defence saying the matter should not be blown out of proportion. Puniya said Haryana has always been “notorious” for atrocities on Dalits and that there has been over 200 per cent increase in such cases in the state.”Violence against Dalits has increased from 117 in 2000 to 500 last year (in Haryana). Haryana has always been notorious. These cases had taken place during rule of previous regime and is taking place now as well,” he said.Verka said that there was a “rift” going on between Dalit and Thakurs in Sunped area for the past one year. He said the Haryana administration has been asked to identify policemen who were responsible for providing security to the Dalit families in Sunped.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal meets Rajnath Singh, flags concern on women safety

During the 20-minute long meeting, the DCW chief also raised the issue of fixing accountability of police.
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Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Thursday met Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and said there is an absence of synergy between Central Government, Delhi Government and Police and hence a coordinated response towards women safety is lacking.”I had sought an appointment with the Home Minister because rapes are increasing in the national capital regularly. The way minor girls are being harassed is very wrong. I have raised few appeals with few minister and he has given me positive response,” Maliwal told reporters after the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Firstly, I believe there is no synergy or coordination between the Centre, state and Delhi Police and therefore there is lack of a coordinated response in dealing with issue of women safety. I suggested that a forum should be set up in which LG, Minister Home Affairs, Delhi Chief Minister and DCW should atleast meet twice a month. They should review whatever steps are measures are being taken,” she added.During the 20-minute long meeting, the DCW chief also raised the issue of fixing accountability of police.”We have got certain statistics. For instance, only 13 out of 4000 complaints received by police through himmat application were acted upon. Similarly, charge sheets are filed only in one-third cases and rest remain pending. Hence, there needs to be a mechanism to fix accountability of police,” she said.”As Rajnath Singh is the political head of Delhi Police, I raised all these issues with him and urged him to dedicate one day every week to women security issues,” she added.

Kiren Rijiju shares ex-Delhi LG’s view that North Indians enjoy breaking rules

“If people are not showing the right conduct and they are indisciplined and they don’t listen even when told once, twice or ten times, police will have to use stick to make them listen,” he said.

Society will not be reformed by abusing police alone, Rijiju said.

In potentially controversial comments, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said he agreed with the statement of a former Lt Governor of Delhi who had once remarked that north Indians “take pride in and enjoy” breaking rules. “I was witness to a statement made by one of the Lt Governor’s of Delhi some years back. He had stated that people of north India enjoy breaking the rules and by evening he was forced to apologise.”But I believe what he said was right,” Rijiju said on the sidelines of a function for inauguration of a think tank on police-related subjects. Though he did not name the Lt Governor, records show the comments were made by the then Delhi LG Tejinder Khanna who had said in February 2008 that “it is a speciality of north and west India that the people feel a sense of honour and pride in violating law and boasting that no action has been taken against them.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, he had later retracted his statement after Congress and BJP protested. Rijiju went on to say people here love to brag about having threatened a police official. “That means the society as a whole needs to change.”The junior Home Minister said it was not right to blame police for everything. “Many people say police has become very rude. Police will be rude only if citizens are indisciplined. If people are disciplined, then police will not be rude. But there is a general saying here that until you beat them with a stick, people don’t listen. “So if people are not showing the right conduct and they are indisciplined and they don’t listen even when told once, twice or ten times, police will have to use stick to make them listen,” he said.(Yahan toh boltey hain ki danda jab tak nahi dega toh log sudhartey nahi hain. But if citizens theek nahi hai …indisciplined hai…dus baar bolney ke baad nahi mantey hai toh phir toh danda toh chalana padega) The Minister’s comments came against the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s allegation that Delhi Police was the “most corrupt”. “Kejriwal keeps on saying that Delhi police did not do something or the other but if he, himself, will not correct his approach what could the police do?” (aap (Delhi CM) khud nahi sudhrogey toh police kya karega),” he said.Defending the men in uniform, he said it is easy to blame police for any incident or crime that takes place anywhere, but it is only the men and women in ‘khaki’ who keep awake all night to ensure peace and law and order.”Police ko gaali dekar samaj nahi sudhrega (society will not be reformed by abusing police alone). One incident cannot make the police force corrupt,” he said. The Minister said if a woman does not feel safe in her surroundings, the society will have to take the blame for it. “There is something wrong in the society. We have to accept. We are very good in criticising others (but) we don’t accept….(our mistakes). I am very critcial of my own conduct, my own system and my own society if they are not perfect. If we don’t criticise and develop ourselves how will we improve?,” he said. Rijiju said it was very “disturbing” and “frustrating” as a Minister when there are frequent media reports about harassment of women. “You feel very helpless. But I cannot show my helplessness outside. We have to take action against these things…but it’s not enough…,” he said.The MoS said the present-day police is just a “reflection” of the society. He said the police and politicians are the “favourite punching bags” for everyone and that they are made to do some of the most “difficult” and “thankless” jobs. Rijiju said just having robust systems for security and police affairs is not enough and sincere reforms are required to improve them.

Will quit if CM Kejriwal proves I am corrupt: Delhi top cop BS Bassi

Earlier in the day, Bassi advised the AAP government to focus on its “own work” and let the police do theirs.

Bassi said that Kejriwal himself has not been able to keep his cabinet free of corruption.

Taking exception to claims by a study that the Delhi police was the most corrupt, city’s top cop BS Bassi on Tuesday said that he will quit if Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal proves that he is involved in corruption. “I will resign from my post if the Chief Minister proves that I am involved in corruption,” said Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi. His comments come in the wake of Kejriwal’s tweets citing a new survey on corruption, that Delhi police was the most corrupt.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in the day, Bassi advised the AAP government to focus on its “own work” and let the police do theirs. “The six ministers in the AAP government are facing a tough time fighting corruption; so, they have a lot of work to do,” he said, adding that “the government should focus on its own work and let the police do theirs”.Citing the CMS survey, Kejriwal stepped up the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should “stop being stubborn” and hand over Delhi Police and the Anti-Corruption Branch to AAP government. “Shocking findings CMS survey 2day-Del police (under Modiji n his LG) most corrupt- scathing attack on Modiji’s capbilities n intentions (sic). “Modi ji stop being stubborn, work with us. Hand over ACB and police to Delhi Government. We will deliver in a year,” the Chief Minister said in a series of tweets.In an interview to a television channel yesterday, Bassi said that Kejriwal himself has not been able to keep his cabinet free of corruption. “Delhi police, with 85,000 personnel under it, ensures that the department is corruption free and in cased where officials were found involved in corruption, we have dismissed them and even lodged cases against them,” Bassi said. “He (the CM) is running a cabinet and he must have realised that it is very difficult to even keep six cabinet members free of corruption,” he said, adding that it now appears that the man who was determined to end corruption has failed to do so with regard to his own cabinet.Referring to the AAP Government’s proposal to set up a parallel police system, Bassi called it “unconstitutional” and a “laughable claim”, adding that such ideas reflect inadequate knowledge of law of the land.

Uber cab rape case: Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav convicted for raping woman passenger in Delhi

A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav for raping a 25-year- old woman executive in his taxi last year in Delhi.

A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav for raping a 25-year- old woman executive in his taxi last year in Delhi.Court convicted driver for offences of endangering woman’s life while raping her, abducting and criminally intimidatingSpeaking to the Media, Shiv Kumar’s lawyer Dharmender Kumar Mishra said, “Court has convicted Kumar Yadav for all charges.”The arguments on quantum of sentence will be heard on October 23, 2105.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back to her house at Inderlok.Accused driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura and is currently in judicial custody.Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had earlier said that an accused can be convicted on the basis of sole testimony of the victim if it is trustworthy.The Supreme Court had earlier set aside the Delhi High Court order allowing the accused to re-examine 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim.The woman and the Delhi Police had moved the apex court against the high court order. The proceedings in the case were stayed by the apex court for six months from March 10 to September 10.The trial court has framed charges against Yadav under IPC for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage and criminally intimidating and causing hurt.

Don’t be stubborn, let us work together; hand over Delhi Police to us: Arvind Kejriwal to PM Modi

On Sunday, after a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal lambasted the Centre and Delhi Police, asserting that he will not remain silent on the issue of women’s security even as investigators claimed to have cracked the case of rape of a two-and-half year old child with the arrest of two juveniles.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday fired a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to put Delhi Police under his government purview. In his comments, Kejriwal said that a CMS survey had found the force ‘most corrupt’.Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, “Second finding – Corruption has come down in Delhi Govt – it proves AAP govt’s neeyat n admn capability.”Further attacking Narendra Modi, he said, “Shocking findings CMS survey today- Delhi police (under Modiji n his LG) most corrupt – scathing attack on Modiji’s capbilities n intentions.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after stating that he will not let Modi sleep “peacefully” if “jungle raj prevails”, Kejriwal also asked the PM to not be stubborn and to work with the Delhi government. Kejriwal said, “Modiji, don’t be stubborn, let us work together. Handover the ACB and Delhi Police to us, we will change the situation in one year.”On Sunday, after a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal lambasted the Centre and Delhi Police, asserting that he will not remain silent on the issue of women’s security even as investigators claimed to have cracked the case of rape of a two-and-half year old child with the arrest of two juveniles.”We will not allow the Prime Minister to sleep peacefully if women in Delhi do not get proper safety and the present trend of rapes continues. That is guaranteed,” Kejriwal said.In the 45-minute-long meeting which was attended by several top officials, Kejriwal questioned the “control” over police, emphasising that they must be made accountable.

Kejriwal govt bats for trying boys above 15 years of age as adults for rape

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Kejriwal said a Commission of Inquiry will be set up within a week to examine issues relating to women safety, in accordance with the resolution passed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
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Prosecuting juveniles aged above 15 years as adults for heinous crimes, setting up of ‘special police stations’ and ensuring death penalty or life term to those accused of raping minors were among a host of proposals mooted by the AAP government on Monday to deal with cases of sexual violence.A meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, discussed the law and order situation in the city in the wake of rape of two minors, and appointed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to come up with a report within 15 days recommending appropriate amendments to the existing criminal law. If the government chooses to go ahead with the proposals, it could mark flashpoint in its already turbulent relationship with the Centre.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Setting up special police stations absolutely wrong: Delhi Police chief BS BassiBriefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Kejriwal said a Commission of Inquiry will be set up within a week to examine issues relating to women safety, in accordance with the resolution passed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly. He also took a swipe at Narendra Modi saying the Prime Minister should “stop his foreign tours” and instead “focus” on improving Delhi’s administration.”Since CrPC and IPC are subjects in concurrent list over which Delhi Government has executive powers, GoM will examine and submit a report on whether Delhi Government can set up special police stations to register and investigate crime against women in those cases where women do not get satisfactory response from local police stations,” said Kejriwal.He said the “GoM will also further examine and recommend that those committing heinous crimes like rape and murder and are above 15 years of age should be treated as adults and not juveniles under the law for being tried in these cases.”The GoM, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, will prepare a list of rape cases pending in various courts in Delhi in order to fast-track them. The proposal to prosecute juveniles aged above 15 years of age as adults came as two boys, aged 16 and 17, were accused of raping a two-and-a-half year old girl in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar last week.A senior government official said after the GoM submits its report to the Cabinet, a decision on whether to forward it to the Centre or not will be taken by the government. The Chief Minister said Delhi government was ready to spend funds to increase the number of courts, judges and improve the existing infrastructure in this regard for expeditious delivery of justice.Attacking the police, the Chief Minister said law and order situation has deteriorated significantly and women do not feel secure in the city.”There is no fear among those who commit such crimes. The sense of security is over,” the Chief Minister said.He claimed there have been more than 1,500 rapes in Delhi since January 1, 2015 but only 1 person has been punished, adding it would be good if media raises these issues instead of “abusing” him.Sisodia, assisted by Home Minister Satyendar Jain, has been tasked with preparing “suitable amendments in appropriate criminal laws” for providing harsh punishments to those guilty of committing heinous crimes against women.”The GoM has been asked to furnish its report within a fortnight, so that the cabinet can consider these and bring an amendment bill in relevant criminal laws during the next session of assembly,” an official said.The GoM, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, will also examine whether the investigating teams or forensic experts can be held accountable in case of delay in filing charge sheets relating to cases of sexual violence against women, he said.In May, the Lok Sabha had passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014 which will allow children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes. The bill did not get through in Rajya Sabha. The amendments were prepared in the backdrop of public outcry over the Delhi gangrape case of 2012 in which a juvenile accused escaped with a lighter punishment because of his age.Kejriwal said a list of pending rape cases in which special prosecutors are required is being prepared. He said it will be ensured that samples in rape cases are sent to forensic labs at the earliest so that the investigation is not hampered. He said government will expeditiously instal CCTV cameras across the city and light up the dark spots which have already been identified.Kejriwal has been targeting the Centre following the rape of a toddler and a five-year-old girl in the capital on Friday and even demanded control over the Delhi Police for at least one year. On Monday, Kejriwal had a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung following which he stepped up attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will not let him sleep “peacefully” if “jungle raj prevails”.

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