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Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi hospitalised

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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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Centre sanctions 4227 additional posts for Delhi Police

He said that the augmentation of manpower in Delhi Police will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the force. “It will in turn improve the quality of investigation, expedite filing of charge sheets in a professional manner and also accelerate the rate of disposal of the cases,” Singh said. “The newly sanctioned posts will comprise of SI/ASI — 1409, Head Constable — 1409 and Constable — 1409. The sanction of the additional posts will be operationalised in two phases — 50 per cent posts in 2016-17 and remaining 50 per cent posts in 2017-18,” a statement from the Home Ministry said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Starting 2016, devotees can’t wear jeans, leggings, bermudas to Tamil Nadu temples

“The department should consider implementing the dress code as follows: for men dhoti or pyjamas with upper cloth or formal pants and shirts and for women saree or half saree with blouse, churidhars with upper cloth, for children any fully covered dress,” the judge had said, adding, it should be followed in temples from January 1, 2016.

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IT dept conducts nationwide searches on pulses traders, others

Prices of key pulses, especially tur and urad, have shot up unabated in the last few months due to a fall in domestic output by 2 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year (July-June) due to deficit monsoon.

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Mumbai Police Twitter handle gets over 10,0000 followers after 24 hrs of its launch

Mumbai Police spokesperson, Dhananjay Kulkarni said, “Any Mumbaikar in distress can reach out to us directly and we are there to render quick response. We have a dedicated team working the tweets received by us and doing the needful to help the person in distress.”

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Return of jungle raj? Yet another engineer found murdered in Bihar

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Bajrang Dal leader arrested for threatening on Facebook to rape and kill social worker

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Gurgaon girl kidnapped outside her college, freed after 7 hours

In a shocking incident, a 19-year-old girl was allegedly abducted in full public view by three men and driven away in a car outside the Dronacharya Government College (DSD) here on Monday morning. Police rescued the girl and have booked the three accused under various sections of IPC.The entire incident was captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed outside the college. It shows a young man, apparently known to the young woman, entering the college premises through a broken wall at 9:45am and calling her. As soon as the girl appears close to the wall, he took her across towards his associates who were waiting by the car. She is then dragged inside the car, which immediately drove off.The CCTV visuals also showed the resistance put up by the young woman, by frantically trying to kick open the back door on the driver’s side. This, along with what can be presumed to be cries of help, alerted two passers-by who gave the car a chase. In the first information report (FIR) lodged at the city police station, the witnesses claimed they saw the car driving off in the direction of the old Gurgaon railway station.The police control room registered a case of a possible kidnapping and immediately swung into action. Investigation carried out by ASI Satendra led to the recovery of the girl within seven hours of her abduction.According to Navdeep Singh Virk, commissioner of police, Gurgaon, the three accused were known to the girl and have been identified as Mangal, Jasvir and Vicky, all in their twenties. Two have completed their graduation and one dropped out of college after first year. “We have detained them and an investigation is on,” he said.”We are checking their criminal history, but nothing has come up so far. In this case, we are trying to ascertain the sequence of events that led to the kidnapping. It is coming to fore that the girl knew them and some argument had ensued between them following which the accused kidnapped her,” said another police officer.The identity of the car or its owner was not immediately known since the number plate of the car was not visible. The entire incident took place over a period of less than 30 seconds, and comes close on the heels of a debate on the rise in crimes in the capital region.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Dadri lynching: Meat found in Akhlaq’s fridge was mutton, not beef, says report

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Bihar: One arrested in connection with murder of two engineers in Darbhanga

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Delhi horror: Four-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted by landlord

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West Bengal: Car runs over cyclist; two killed after fleeing occupants open fire

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Radhe Maa to Anupam Kher: 8 stars who ‘broke out’ in 2015

When a host of awards were being returned to protest ‘intolerance’, Anupam Kher and his band of angry men took out a ‘March for India’ where Kher claimed that he wouldn’t tolerate any talk of intolerance under his watch. He also directed some outrage at his colleague Dibakar Banerjee for returning an award that frankly he had no right to return (since it was the award for Best Film and belonged to the producers). All in all, Anupam Kher was the breakout ‘unexpected star’ of the year.

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Government committed to electrification of villages: PM Modi

“Against a target of 1,900, we have electrified over 3,000 villages in around 100 days,” Modi had said at the inaugural function of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2015.

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Mann Ki Baat: Address the disabled as ‘divyaang’, not ‘viklaang’, says PM Modi

He asked students in schools and colleges and members of society to organise essay competitions, debates and poem recitals on duties of a citizen and also share their views through myGov.in website.

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Modi’s surprise visit to Pak: What happened behind the scenes to make it possible

“It is a positive step that he came … definitely … but we still have to move with caution,” he said. “It’s a new Modi in an old bottle; Nawaz Sharif should take it one sip at a time.”

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Thousands soak in Christmas celebrations in Kolkata

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Around 500 police personnel were deployed in the Park Street area only, the nerve-centre of Christmas revelry with officers of Deputy Commissioner rank overseeing the situation.

Park Street Christmas decorations (Image credit – Mamata Banerjee’s Twitter account)

Thousands of revellers in the city celebrated Christmas with most churches holding the traditional midnight mass tonight.Kolkata was all decked up with lights, balloons, Christmas trees and other decorations to welcome the occasion and witnessed a huge number of people taking to the streets to soak in the revelry.Starting from Park Street, Allen Park, Bow Barracks, St Paul’s Cathedral and other famous churches in and around the city to other major landmarks, revellers poured out in thousands with the evening slipping into midnight.Kolkata Police have tightened the security measures in the city and till midnight have arrested 50 persons for disorderly conduct, a senior officer of the force told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 500 police personnel were deployed in the Park Street area only, the nerve-centre of Christmas revelry with officers of Deputy Commissioner rank overseeing the situation.

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.

Dadri lynching: Name of BJP leader’s son figures prominently in charge sheet, says police

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A murder case under section 302 of IPC was registered in connection with the lynching incident in which 51-year-old Akhlaq was dragged by a mob out of his house and beaten to death over rumours of beef storage in his house and consumption

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The forensic lab report on the controversial meat whose consumption led to the Dadri lynching incident is yet to come and the name of the son of a local BJP leader “figures prominently” in the charge sheet filed on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.Greater Noida Superintendent of Police Sanjay Singh said the forensic report is yet to be received to ascertain whether the meat sample taken from the fridge of deceased Akhlaq s house at Bishada village was that of goat or cow. “The lab report hasn’t come. Whenever it comes, we will let you know,” he said. He said the name of Vishal Rana, son of BJP leader Sanjay Rana, “figures prominently” in the charge sheet while others named in the document “are involved in rioting.” The charge sheet in the case filed in a magistrate court here yesterday names 15 persons including Vishal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A murder case under section 302 of IPC was registered in connection with the lynching incident in which 51-year-old Akhlaq was dragged by a mob out of his house and beaten to death over rumours of beef storage in his house and consumption. His son Danish was seriously wounded in the attack. The victim’s advocate Yusuf Saifi said today that January 4 has been fixed for committing the case to a sessions judge for trial and other proceedings.”All the 15 accused will be produced before the court on that day and then the case will proceed further for evidence and other proceedings,” said Saifi. The charge sheet has been filed in the court by police on the basis of statement recorded by deceased s daughter Shaista and other investigations, he said. According to Saifi, in the accused list, two had claimed to be juveniles. “In one case, the age-proof certificate produced showed his age of 16 while his actual age was 20.Another accused s age proof is being further verified,” he added. Police have arrested two accused and the rest would be arrested soon by police, said Saifi adding Danish’s statement has been recorded by police but there is no need at present to produce it before the court.Meanwhile, notice was yet to be given by the court in the case relating to another BJP leader Sangeet Som who has been accused of violating prohibitory orders in Bishada village. Senior Prosecution Officer officer Daya Shankar Ram Tripathi said “notice is yet to be sent from the court.”

Thane: Kalyan balloon vendor killed in cylinder blast, 7 students injured

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At least seven children sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, they said.

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A balloon seller on Saturday died and seven students were injured after a cylinder used for filling gas in balloons exploded at a school in Kalyan town here, police said. The management of Arya Gurukul School, where the incident occurred, had hired the balloon seller for the annual sports day, they said. “The man was filling the balloons with gas when suddenly the cylinder exploded this afternoon. The impact was so powerful that the victim was blown away in the blast and died on the spot,” police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least seven children sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, they said. The deceased was yet to be identified, police said. Further details are awaited.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to retire on 60th birthday, announce his successor

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But the transition will not be sudden. Dawood might hang around for a few years and guide the gang’s successor.

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Wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, has decided to retire, says a report in Mumbai Mirror.Dawood, who is currently based out of Karachi in Pakistan and enjoys the protection of the Pakistani security agencies, is likely to appoint his successor, even as his health is failing. The frontrunner for the position is his brother Anees Ahmed.Dawood’s right hand man Chhota Shakeel on the other hand, will only retain his position, says the report. The successor’s name will be declared on Saturday when Dawood Ibrahim turns 60.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dawood has decided that his failing health will not allow him to helm D-company’s $10 billion multinational empire of drugs, betting, hawala, and arms smuggling. There has been no official word on the same from D-Company. But Mirror reports say that no one knows the venue of Dawood’s birthday celebration. Those who have been invited have been told that they will be picked up just minutes before.But the transition will not be sudden. Dawood might hang around for a few years and guide the gang’s successor.Dawood now has three brothers living with him – Anees, Humayun and Mustaqeem, after he death of his brother Noorul Haq alias Noora and deportation of Iqbal Kaskar from Dubai. Humayun and Mustaqeem are not very active in the gang any more.Dawood’s two sons Mahrukh and Moin, as well as wife Mehjabeen have advised him to reduce his workload. Mahrukh is married to Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad’s daughter Junaid.Dawood also did not want to leave his huge ill-gotten fortune to become a source of contention and endless dispute among his family members including his brothers, their children and his own, says the report.Indian intelligence agencies and the Mumbai Police are already keeping a tab on the forthcoming birthday celebrations in Karachi. They already have a list of 35 people who are supposed to attend the event. The list includes members of UAE’s royal family and influential diplomats.But the D-Company sources have denied that any such bash is to take place. What we know about is the family’s plans to feed 10000 orphans and distribute clothes to poor. We have no idea about any succession plan,” said a Karachi-based family friend of Dawood to Mirror.Secret parties and revelry is also planned at some South Mumbai locations on Saturday. The Mumbai Police is keeping a watch on these parties.Dawood, who has turned into a ‘devout’ Muslim over the past few years, is likely to visit Mecca after his 60th birthday.

Delhi: 2 teenage ‘contract killers’ open fire in courtroom; cop killed, target escapes with bullet wounds

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Maharashtra govt is not in favour of reopening dance bars: CM Fadnavis

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Fadnavis also told the House that the crime rate has dropped to some extent.

Stating that the state government is not in favour of reopening of dance bars, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis on Wednesday told the Legislative Assembly that his government is framing new set of rules for these establishments. The 18 new rules for dance bars include disallowance of showering of currency notes on bar dancers and also a CCTV cover for every dance bar with the feed available at the police control room would be compulsory. Fadnavis also told the Assembly that there was a drastic drop in the crime rate in the state. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the members of the Opposition Congress and NCP staged a walkout earlier today protesting against the government’s failure of waiving farm loan and Fadnavis addressed the Assembly facing virtually empty benches. Replying to the ‘last week resolution’, Fadanvis said the government was seeking state Advocate General’s opinion in the issue of dance bars to appeal in the apex court. In October this year, the Supreme Court had stayed the operation of 2014 amendment in the Maharashtra Police Act that had banned dance performances at bars and some other places, paving the way for reopening of dance bars across the state. “A new set of 18 rules and regulations are being framed by the state to curb dance shows and also to keep a tight vigil on activities during the dance shows,” he said. “The entire show will be filmed on CCTV and the nearest police station will be given live feed to check any irregularities. Safe distance has to be maintained by the audience and no showering of currency notes on dancers,” he said.Fadnavis also told the House that the crime rate has dropped to some extent. “There has been a drop in one year period of BJP-Shiv Sena government as compared to what it was during the erstwhile Congress-NCP rule. There has been a significant rise in rate of conviction, which is 48 per cent now, whereas the previously it was just nine per cent,” he said. The Chief Minister admitted that due to enactment of new law after the gangrape and murder case in the national capital, awareness among women on the issue has grown and they are fearlessly coming forward to lodge complaints about sexual abuses. All police stations were working online and from January 1 and surprise checks would be carried out to ascertain whether it was working as per this decision or not.

Aurangabad cops asked not to keep film songs as ringtones

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The police officers have been asked to keep a ringtone that is ‘appropriate and nice.’
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In a bid to improve the image of police among the public, Special Inspector General of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil has asked officials of Aurangabad range to desist from keeping film songs, loud sounds or bird chirping as ringtone of their mobile phone.”It has been observed that ringtones of police officers and personnel in the range are either film songs, loud sounds or chirping of birds. Because of such ringtones, the image of police among common man is taking a beating,” he said in an order sent to all police superintendents in Marathwada region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It should be ensured that the mobile ringtone of police officers and personnel is appropriate and nice,” the senior IPS officer said.”Heads of departments in the force should issue instructions accordingly to police personnel under their jurisdiction,” the Special IG said.

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.

Madhya Pradesh: Rs 7 lakh cash under bed, five iphones, 20 foreign watches found in clerk’s house

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Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Lokayukta Police raided the house of Narendra Gangwal and recovered jewellery, foreign watches, five Iphones.

Lokayukta Police on Saturday raided the residence of an Assistant Grade-II clerk, posted at the Collectorate office here, and unearthed huge amount of wealth, including assets over Rs 60 lakh and Rs 7 lakh cash, highly disproportionate to his known sources of income.Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Lokayukta Police raided the house of Narendra Gangwal and recovered jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh, papers of land worth Rs 55 lakh, 20 foreign watches, five Iphones and details of a bank locker (documents), beside Rs 7 lakh cash that was hidden beneath a bed, Lokayukta Inspector Basant Shrivastava said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raids were also conducted simultaneously at his residence in Neemuch and Mandsaur districts.Shrivastava said sleuths conducted the raid at a time when Gangwal was planning to leave for Goa on a vacation. He had also taken loan from various banks, amounting to Rs 10 lakh.Two kgs silver and 250 gram gold ornaments were recovered from the bank locker, the officer said, adding that Gangwal also owned a car.In Mandaur, team of Lokayukta Police recovered ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh and documents related to bank accounts and a locker, which will be opened later.Further investigations in the matter are on, he added.

10 killed as BSF aircraft crashes in Delhi

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A Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed on the boundary walls of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Tuesday morning, killing all 10 people on board, including the two pilots, and injuring two labourers on the ground who were hit by debris.Even as an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, eyewitnesses said the aircraft narrowly missed the densely populated localities nearby, including a train, that passed on the Delhi-Jaipur line, seconds before the crash just about 50 metres from it, thus, avoiding a large collateral damage.The pilot, after detecting a snag, had contacted the Air Traffic Control and had sought permission for an emergency landing at the nearest runway but crashed in the process, a source said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“At 9.45 am, a phone call from monitoring station was received at BSF Air Wing control Room, Palam about some mishap with the VT-BSA, Superking B-200 plane. At 9.45 am, ATC, Palam airport, informed that it had crashed.The aircraft was totally burnt and all personnel were charred to death in the crash,” BSF said.The aircraft had taken flight from Palam Technical Airport at 9.40 am and plunged within five minutes, officials said. The flight was on way to Ranchi ferrying six technicians to repair an Mi-17 BSF chopper stationed there.Commanded by Captain Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt and co-pilot Captain Rajesh Shivrain, the aircraft was returning to the runway number 10 after developing a snag from the Dwarka locality side when it got entangled into tree branches just about 20 metres outside the airport boundary and finally crashed into a sewage treatment plant inside the airport.Eyewitnesses’accounts said the aircraft veered off over the Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur main railway line which is just about 50 metres from the accident site. “I saw the plane just above the tracks and veering left before a tall flame rose at the airport boundary,” said railway gateman Pramod Kumar who claimed to witness the accident from his elevated cabin at the Shahbad Mohammadpur railway crossing, less than 500 metres from the crash site. “The flames continued for over 20 minutes before I heard the police and ambulance sirens, he said adding the average frequency of trains passing the line is less than 10 minutes here.Another eyewitness who identified himself as Naresh Bharal said, “If the plane had crashed in the Baghdola village, which is less than 500 metres across the railway tracks or on the railway crossing where road vehicular traffic is high during the day, the damage could have been bigger.” Bharal said he was shaken after seeing the crash from such close quarters, a feeling expressed by several local residents who said they were lucky to have escaped the plane crashing on their homes.While emergency services were launched after the crash, air and rail traffic were not affected due to it.The bodies of three personnel were found charred in the burnt cockpit while the remaining seven were found entangled with the remains of the aircraft fuselage. The turbine multi-engine aircraft weighing 5,669 kg and with a seating capacity of 10 , plus two crew members, was registered with the BSF in 1995. Based at IGI airport itself. Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspector RP Yadav, Inspector SN Sharma, Sub Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Sunder Singh and Chotte Lal, Assistant Sub Inspector DP Chouhan and a Constable K Rawat were those killed besides the two pilots.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has registered an FIR under section 304 A (death due to negligence) 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code.The FIR, according to a senior police officer, was registered against unknown persons. ” We will proceed further once we receive the Director General of Civil Aviation report. The black-box has been recovered from the spot,” the officer told dna.

Estranged husband Chintan Upadhyay arrested in murder case of Hema, her lawyer

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A team of Kandivli police on Tuesday afternoon produced Chintan and four other accused – Vijay Rajbhar, 40, Pradeep Rajbhar, 22, Azad Rajbhar, 19 and Shivkumar Rajbhar, 19 – arrested earlier in the case, before a magistrate court in Borivli.

Contemporary 43-year-old artist Chintan Upadhyay was arrested by the Kandivali police in the wee hours of Tuesday in connection with the murders of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani. According to the police sources, Chintan was called for questioning around 11.30 pm at the police station. Chintan was questioned for over five hours after which he was formally placed under arrest. “We wanted Chintan to answer a few questions, but the latter kept giving unsatisfactory replies,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy commissioner of police, Zone XI, Vikram Deshmane said, “After we found involvement of Chintan in the murder conspiracy we arrested him.” A team of Kandivli police on Tuesday afternoon produced Chintan and four other accused – Vijay Rajbhar, 40, Pradeep Rajbhar, 22, Azad Rajbhar, 19 and Shivkumar Rajbhar, 19 – arrested earlier in the case, before a magistrate court in Borivli. Chintan’s defence counsel Satish Maneshinde told the court that, “relations between Hema and Chintan were cordial and whenever Chintan visits Mumbai he used to stay with Hema.” Prime accused and a wanted in the case, Vidyadhar Rajbhar, had met Chintan in Jaipur a few days before the double murder. The police claimed that this meeting was part of a conspiracy. Countering this claim, Maneshinde said, “Vidyadhar knew Chintan for the last many years. The two used to interact with regards to work. Just because Chintan spoke to Vidyadhar does not mean he had a role in the murder.” He added that Chintan had last spoken to advocate Bhambhani with regards to alimony money. After hearing the arguments, the court remanded Chintan in police custody till January 1, while earlier arrested accused persons were remanded in police custody till December 28. Relatives and friends of Chintan, who were present at the court, refused to speak on the matter. Bodies of Hema and Bhambhani were found wrapped in card boxes in a sewer in Kandivli on December 12.

BSF plane crash: Delhi Police register FIR

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All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry.

Delhi Police have registered a case in connection with the crash of a Ranchi-bound BSF plane shortly after it took off from IGI Airport in Delhi on Tuesday, killing all 10 persons on board.”We have registered an FIR under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of IPC and investigation has been taken up,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) D K Gupta. The FIR, against unnamed persons, was registered at the police station in IGI Airport this evening. The matter is being probed by a team supervised by Gupta himself, a senior official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry. Following the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister about the crash and rushed to the site, which was also inspected by Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back apparently due to a technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi. The aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am, they said. The 10 persons onboard the ill-fated aircraft comprised the pilot, who was a second-in-command rank officer of SIB, the co-pilot, who is a Deputy Commandant, six technicians, one engineer and one crew member.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Arvind Kejriwal demands PM Modi’s resignation for ‘fraudulent raid’

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Delhi CM Kejriwal said: “I demand PM Modi’s resignation for the fraudulent raid that he got carried out just to save Arun Jaitley.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded PM Narendra Modi’s resignation for the ‘fraudulent raid’ he carried out to save Jaitley. He said: “When I meet PM, I only tell him one thing-that we dont need money or land, just stop hampering our work. I’ll take PM’s projects like Swacch Bharat forward in Delhi, will give PM all the credit. But they should just stop troubling us. If the raid happened on my Principal Secretary, what was the need to come to my office? Today is the 8th day, for 6 days Rajendra Kumar was interrogated for hours. I want to ask PM, what did he discover? Nothing. If my job is to punish corrupt officers, then my job is also to protect honest officers.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers staged a protest outside the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday just before the House met for a special session. The party accused the AAP government of trying to rake up the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) issue to suppress the charges faced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary. The Delhi Government had called the special session of assembly to discuss alleged irregularities in DDCA and the last week’s CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat. Raising slogans against the AAP Government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP workers marched to the entrance of the Assembly where they were stopped by security personnel. Later they were detained by the police and taken to the office of the Operation Cell of Delhi Police. With inputs from agencies

West Bengal – Bidhannagar City Police arrests 28 for shooting porn movie

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The police have also arrested the landlord for renting out the community hall without the production of any valid documents.

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Bidhannagar City Police arrested as many as 28 people on Monday while shooting a porn movie amidst a residential township. Acting on a tip-off, officials of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate carried out a raid at a community hall in the DD block, rented out for weddings and arrested the male and female actors, camera persons, director, and technicians of the porn movie. Of the total 28 arrested, seven are female and 21 are male.The police have also arrested the landlord for renting out the community hall without the production of any valid documents.“These people shoot x-rated movies and upload it on several sites. The filmmakers have collaborated with people in Delhi who upload these movies on the internet after they are shot in Kolkata. We have even contacted the websites to provide us some information, so that we can intercept others involved in this racket,” said Deputy Commissioner (Detective Department), Kankar Prasad Barui.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Tarmac bus hits Alliance Air’s stationary plane at Kolkata airport

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An Alliance Air aircraft on Tuesday suffered “extensive” damage after a Jet Airways tarmac bus ferrying its crew rammed into the vacant stationary plane at the international airport here.No injuries have been reported in the incident which occurred at around 5.25 AM. Air India subsidiary Alliance Air’s flights to Silchar and Shillong were cancelled as the plane was grounded. While Air India said the incident was a “gross act of negligence”, Jet Airways said that the coach accidentally collided with the stationary aircraft.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to officials at the NSCB international airport here, the plane was parked at bay 32 and was preparing to leave for Silchar when the driver of the Jet Airways bus lost control of the vehicle and it hit the aircraft near its left wing. “The aircraft sustained extensive damage on the right engine, right landing gear and also some other parts because of which the flight operations to Silchar and Shillong had to be cancelled.”AAI (Airports Authority of India), Police, CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) and other authorities have taken serious note of this gross act of negligence and are investigating the incident,” Air India said in a statement.In a separate statement, Jet Airways said “no one was injured in the collision” and it has started investigation into the incident.”A coach transporting Jet Airways cabin crew at the Kolkata airport accidentally collided with a stationary aircraft of another airline,” it added. Air India said it was a clear fogless morning when the Jet Airways tarmac bus intruded into the slot marked at bay 32 and hit the aircraft VT-ABO (ATR 42).

Real-life Gangs of Wasseypur: Man chops father’s killer’s body into 12 pieces!

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When he was captured by the police, he claimed that he had seen the man kill his father. Police SP Ram Suresh Yadav said that he confessed to the crime and showed no remorse.

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In a shocking murder that is reminiscent of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, the son of a murder victim has confessed to stabbing his killer’s father to death and chopped his father’s body into 12 pieces, one for every year of his father’s death. Alam Khan was 12 when he saw his father was murdered by a family friend in 2003, and he had secretly planned his revenge ever since. Recently, Alam Khan invited his father’s murderer over for a drink and after getting him drunk knifed him to death before using a hammer and hacksaw to dismember the body and chopped it into 12 pieces. He and an accomplice then threw the pieces of the body into the river. However, when the bags washed up on the river’s banks, police were able to recognise him because of a distinctive scar on his torso. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When he was captured by the police, he claimed that he had seen the man kill his father. Police SP Ram Suresh Yadav said that he confessed to the crime and showed no remorse.

Sword-wielding youth attacks 22 people before being shot

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Following an altercation with his parents, Balvinder Singh attacked his parents and 22 other people, including passer-bys, fatally injuring a few.

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In a frenzied sword attack, a 28-year-old software engineer, on Tuesday, left 22 people including his parents and three constables injured before being fatally shot by police.The attacker’s parents and an auto driver are in a critical condition. The policemen, who suffered serious injuries as they tried to stop him, and the other wounded were also undergoing treatment at a local hospital.According to Karimnagar Deputy Superintendent of Police, J Rama Rao, the trouble began at 7 AM after Balvinder Singh alias Babloo (28), of Laxmi Nagar locality in Karimnagar town, entered into an altercation with his parents – Amruth Singh and Baby Kaur- and allegedly attacked them with a sword.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaving his parents lying unconscious in a pool of blood, Balvinder ran out of his house wielding the sword and began randomly attacking passers-by and people on the road, police alleged.It was a scary scene as an auto-driver and a dozen other victims were bleeding profusely, eyewitnesses said.As the police patrol team reached the spot, Balvinder attacked three constables and wounded them seriously.Subsequently, police opened fire.Balvinder was then taken into custody and shifted to Government District Head Quarters hospital in Karimnagar, where he died within three hours of being admitted, hospital sources said.Balvinder was working in a company in Bangalore.His parents and the injured auto driver Narayana, also admitted in the same hospital, are said to be in a critical condition.Further investigations are underway, the DSP said.

PM’s mantra to defeat radicalisation: Bank on local links

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He sought the mobile numbers of SHOs at the recently held annual DGPs meet in Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. While it is anybody’s guess what will be the content of PM’s SMS, he is expected to praise their difficult work and exhort them to make police personnel under them public friendly.

Continuing with his innovative approach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will connect with the Station House Officers (SHOs) of over 14,000 police stations of the country by sending his personal message on their mobile phones on the Republic Day.He sought the mobile numbers of SHOs at the recently held annual DGPs meet in Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. While it is anybody’s guess what will be the content of PM’s SMS, he is expected to praise their difficult work and exhort them to make police personnel under them public friendly.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meet of the country top cops deliberated on several issues including the need to have a specific central law for the organised crimes that in addition to the traditional spheres of activities like extortion, protection money, contract killing, boot-legging, gambling, prostitution and smuggling now also includes drug trafficking, printing and smuggling counterfeit currency, illicit arms trading and money laundering.The conference spread in several packed sessions for two-an-half days also dwelt on the need to identify and fill the gaps to tackle cyber crimes and economic offences. It also sought amendment in the criminal procedure code (CrPC) to tackle delays in criminal jurisprudence.In a marathon session held on the final day, issues of terror, IS and radicalisation of youths were discussed in detail. The meet observed the need to take the help of the technology to the fullest by upgrading it at the police station level to tackle radicalisation among youth.It also sought empowering the community, especially in the potential terror hubs to tackle the youth from going astray and sensitising police to understand the difference between a highly religious and radicalised person.PM Modi advice to the top cops was to take local communities into confidence in policing and technology should be used in tackling crimes.”Police forces should establish links with local communities and one way of doing this is to celebrate the successes and achievements of people in the community,” he said.The top cops also took up topics like women’s safety, better inter-state policing, police reforms, steps to bring competitive spirit between police officers reforms at police station level and bringing uniformity in police uniforms across India.The PMO gave detailed directions to every state on which compliance report will have to be submitted by every state in a time bound manner.

Haven’t registered leave-and-licence agreement? Expect no police clearance

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Tenants not registering their leave-and-licence agreement may not get police clearances now on .

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Tenants not registering their leave-and-licence agreement may not get police clearances now on .The department of registration and stamps has written to the police, asking them not to issue no-objection certificates (NOCs) to unregistered agreements.In leave-and-licence agreements, the stamp duty is 0.25% of the total rent and registration fee is Rs 1,000. Around 60% documents registered in Mumbai are leave-and-licence agreements. But many people notarise them on plain stamp papers to avoid stamp duty payment. “We have written to the police (asking them) to see if the agreement is properly registered,” Dr Ramaswami N, Inspector-General of Registration and Controller of Stamps, told dna. “In case, the agreement is not registered, the police can ask people to register it and then (come for verification),” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new proposal will be applicable for both flats and shops. A leave-and-licence agreement can be registered up to five years.Of the over 3 lakh leave-and-licence agreements registered in Maharashtra, a major portion is from Mumbai. The department has also enabled Aadhaar-based e-registration of documents like leave-and-licence and first sale of flats. According to the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, the responsibility of getting the agreements registered shall be on the landlord. Those who contravene the law can be imprisoned up to three months or be fined Rs 5,000. In some cases, both the penalties will apply. The letter to the police notes that the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, came into force in 2000. Pointing to the provisions of the Act, which make registration of leave-and-licence agreements mandatory, the letter says that, still, some licensors and licensees notarise agreements.This has raised questions on the legal validity of the agreements and evasion of stamp duty and registration fees, which is a violation of the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999, and the Registration Act, 1908.

Sushma Swaraj responds to social media post on 14 Indians stranded in Malaysia

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A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.
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A social media post stating that a group of 14 Indians from Tamil Nadu are stranded in Malaysia after being allegedly duped by a job agent drew External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj’s attention on Monday as she said the Indian envoy in Kuala Lumpur has contacted them.A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.The post said they were promised a higher salary by a job agent in Tamil Nadu but were given a lesser amount and when they protested and refused to work they were allegedly beaten.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post drew the attention of External Affairs Minister Swaraj, who tweeted, “Our High Commission in Malaysia has contacted them. Police has taken cognizance. Please contact Mission for any help.” She also posted a link to the Facebook post.

37 Patel community members arrested for demanding Hardik Patel’s release

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Police arrested 37 members of the community, including their leader Lalji Patel, for demonstrating in front of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
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Police on Monday foiled a proposed indefinite hunger strike by Patel community members, who were arrested for staging without permission a protest demanding release of incarcerated quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and withdrawal of sedition charges against him and others.Police arrested 37 members of the community, including their leader Lalji Patel, for demonstrating in front of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.”We have arrested 37 people as they tried to protest without permission in front of Sabarmati Ashram,” Ranip area Police Inspector V B Patel said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They included Lalji of Sardar Patel Group (SPG) and Atul, Convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), Ahmedabad unit, he said.PAAS, spearheading the stir demanding reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutes, has sought immediate release of its jailed leaders, including Hardik. Leaders of PAAS earlier handed over a memorandum to District Collectors and other government officials at taluka level in various parts of the state and said if their leaders are not released, they will start a stir from today.The Samiti also asked the government to withdraw sedition charges against their leaders Hardik, Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel, Dinesh Bambhaniya and Nilesh Arvadia. As part of the stir for their release, PAAS members were to sit on an indefinite hunger strike. However, police foiled their plan by placing them under arrest.

Air pollution situation in Delhi of an emergency nature: Delhi High Court

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DPCC has also been asked to provide the court with details of action taken by it, against any violations, in the last five years.

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Air pollution in the national capital is of an “emergency nature”, the Delhi High Court on Monday observed and said this situation would not have arisen if the authorities had implemented laws and rules in place to prevent environmental degradation.A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva was of the view that while legislations were in place for ensuring maintenance of air quality levels, individuals and departments tasked to enforce the rules, “have not done their work”. It directed officers of all concerned authorities, including Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), that “all the rules have to be followed to the ‘t’ as the situation today is of an emergency nature”.”This situation would not have arisen if all authorities had implemented the rules,” the court said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The court, referred to particulate matter-PM 2.5 and PM 10-and said as per the statutory norms their levels are not to exceed 60 microgram per cubic meter per day and 100 microgram per cubic meter per day, respectively. However, as per DPCC monitoring stations, their levels are always far in excess of 400/500. It directed DPCC, represented by advocate Sanjeev Ralli, to “analyse data from 2011 onwards and to provide us a monthly average chart of each pollutant.” Another exercise the panel has been directed to carry out is to give a weekly chart of the pollutants during the months from October to February for all the years from 2011 to 2015. DPCC has also been asked to provide the court with details of action taken by it, against any violations, in the last five years. Meanwhile, on the issue of traffic management to reduce the timings of idling vehicles, the court observed that despite its direction for zero tolerance towards violation of rules, especially by people who jump onto other carriageways to get ahead during traffic snarls, police was doing nothing. “People in Delhi need to be disciplined. Send anyone who changes carriageways to turnaround and go in the opposite direction from which they came, as they do in Mumbai,” the bench said while hearing a PIL initiated by it on the issue of increasing air pollution in Delhi. Delhi Traffic Police, in an affidavit, told the court that it had identified 14 areas in the city which were heavily congested and that, in those places, it had observed zero tolerance for violation of rules.

Babus need to declare clear dealings with NGOs before taking: Govt

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The new rules, which are applicable to officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), among others, also cut the period to one year from two years for seeking prior permission from the government for taking up any commercial job.

Babus need to declare clear service records particularly with respect to integrity and dealings with non-government organisations before taking up commercial employment post their retirement, as per new rules formed by the government. Besides, they need to mention that the proposed emoluments and pecuniary benefits being offered to them are in conformity with the industry standards.The new rules, which are applicable to officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), among others, also cut the period to one year from two years for seeking prior permission from the government for taking up any commercial job. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The move assumes significance as government has been taking action against thousands of NGOs for violating norms. Few among them have been charged for carrying out activities which allegedly hampered country’s economic growth.”The organisation in which I am seeking employment is not involved in activities which are in conflict with or prejudicial to India’s foreign relations, national security and domestic harmony. The organisation is not undertaking any activity for intelligence gathering. The employment, which I propose to take up also will not entail activities which are in conflict with or involve activities prejudicial to India’s foreign relations, national security and domestic harmony,” the officers need to declare in a revised application.Pensioners need to affirm that they have not been privy to sensitive or strategic information in the last three years of service, which is directly related to the areas of interest or work of the organisation that they propose to join or to the areas in which they propose to practise or consult.”My service record is clear, particularly with respect to integrity and dealings with non-government organisations (NGOs). The proposed emoluments and pecuniary benefits are in conformity with the industry standards,” reads the declaration to be done by an applicant mandatorily, while seeking the nod.The application form carrying new declaration has been recently revised by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

VIDEO: Police break up Delhi rapist protest

Police break up a demonstration in Delhi after the release of one of those involved in the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in 2012.

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.

White fly attack: Swaraj Abhiyan to fight case legally for Punjab farmers

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Yadav said that in the past few months he had visited 10 states in India which were drought affected and which were struck with famine like conditions.

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Swaraj Abhiyan has decided to fight the case of Punjab farmers whose crops were destroyed in white fly attack in courts, and claimed the government cannot shirk its responsibility in the supply of “spurious” pesticides to the cotton growers.Stating this here this evening, Swaraj Abhiyan leader and national convenor of Jai Kisan Andolan Yogendra Yadav and Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi said noted Supreme Court lawyer and Abhiyan’s national leader Prashant Bhushan will meet the affected farmers and hold a legal camp at Bathinda on December 27 in this regard. Jai Kisan Andolan is a Swaraj Abhiyan-led farmers movement. “Bhushan will fight this case like innumerable other such cases free of cost,” Yadav said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav said that in the past few months he had visited 10 states in India which were drought affected and which were struck with famine like conditions. “Swaraj Abhiyan after a detailed survey of these states had submitted memorandums to chief ministers of these states demanding immediate steps for the distressed. However, in the wake of inaction by these states, Parshant Bhushan ji knocked on the doors of Supreme Court on behalf of these drought affected farmers… “Now he will fight a case on behalf of the cotton farmers of Punjab and demand damages for massive loss to cotton crops in the state,” Yadav told reporters here.Both the leaders held the alleged anti-farmer policies and widespread corruption in the government machinery responsible for the white fly induced destruction of cotton crop in the state this year. “This is not a natural disaster. This is not a matter in which the government can extend some small relief measures to the farmers. This is a matter where the government is criminally culpable. Therefore, we have decided to take the matter of farmers crop loss to the court, not demand relief and compensation, but the damages which the government owes.”For this purpose, we have called a public hearing of the affected farmers in Bathinda on December 27, which Prashant Bhushan will attend. Here farmers will be invited and requested to join this petition and to file their cases to be taken to the court demanding damages,” Yadav said. Yadav, who was expelled from AAP, along with Bhushan, alleged, “This is a case involving criminal culpability of those in power. Therefore, we also demand that Agriculture Minister Tota Singh must resign because his continuing in power will seriously affect the nature of investigation in this case.” “This was not a natural disaster but a result of fake and spurious pesticides sold by the connivance of unscrupulous government officials, politicians and corporates,” Yadav said.A few days ago, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held state-wide protests against the SAD-BJP regime, demanding resignation of Agriculture Minister Singh in connection with the pesticide scam. A top official of Punjab Agriculture Department had been arrested around two months ago for his alleged role in the supply of “spurious” pesticides to cotton growing farmers, whose crops was damaged in pest attack.The state government had also ordered a probe into the sale of “spurious” pesticides by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising three Inspector Generals of Police under the direct supervision of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Crime.

A juvenile needs support system to lead normal life: Experts

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Youths protest against the release of juvenile in Nirbhaya case
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A day before the juvenile convicted in the December 16 gang-rape of a young paramedic Jyoti Singh, known as Nirbhaya, is to be released after three years in a remand home in New Delhi, a protest led by the victim’s parents erupted outside the home. It culminated, on Saturday evening, in the detention of Nirbhaya’s parents and others by the Delhi police, even as the former juvenile was shifted from his north Delhi correctional institute to an “undisclosed location” outside the capital. Sources said the juvenile has been kept under observation of an NGO under protection of Delhi Police amid concerns that there is threat to his life.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal angrily tweeted that he was shocked at the police action and had asked the chief secretary to talk to the police commissioner. Later in the evening, Jyoti’s parents were released.The protest was another symptom of the anxiety gripping the capital over the juvenile’s release. A recent demonstration held by certain civil society groups and the Centre for Social Research spoke out strongly against his release, asking for proof that he had “reformed”. They also asked for protection for Jyoti’s parents.Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to the President Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and the Principal Magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board, Murari Prasad Singh, asking for a stay on the boy’s release.Amidst this furore, there have been some voices asking people to give the justice system a chance, especially in the light of the after care provision where the boy would be monitored periodically for two years. This provision is for those who are recognised as no longer in conflict with the law but are in need of care and protection till they get back on their feet. A senior officer with one of the city’s remand homes told dna that this includes providing accommodation with a group of peers, certain financial support till the person in question is able to provide for themselves.The officer added, based on his experience of dealing with juveniles, that everything a child becomes is formed by the society they have grown up in, all what they have been exposed to. Whether they are in an observational home for a few days in judicial custody, or a remand home for a few years after conviction, no amount of counselling and intervention will help unless they have a support system when they go out.”Though we have engaged mental health experts to understand the children’s’ psyche, what they’re dealing with, they go back to same, unchanged, circumstances outside the institute,” said the officer. “They find that what they have been taught and counselled on doesn’t work in these communities. They and their parents need support systems, so they know who to turn to when they need help. Right now, they don’t have that, and their families have no resources to get them help.”Children don’t realise the consequence of the habits they pick up, till they turn into addictions, the officer added, or criminal behaviour. Often they are trapped by their circumstances. We can teach them, said the officer, to recognise their mistakes, and right from wrong, so that hopefully they will be able to choose their path outside.However, counselling has shown to help these juveniles settle into law-abiding lives after they leave these correctional facilities.Bharti Ali, co-founder of the NGO HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, said that with minimal counselling they had been able to reduce the rate of repeat offenses to half, in the cases they dealt with. This juvenile too, she added, had received counselling, but could have got more. “He was witness to something extremely brutal on 16 December, and he needed help getting over that,” she said.Both Ali and the officer refrained from commenting on what would happen to the former juvenile after his release. Ali did add that the society needed to have “faith” in the juvenile justice system, and in the state’s claim that it would monitor his mental health.

Modi in Kutch: PM reviews security scene, women safety at police meet

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On the second day of the conference, the Prime Minister attended various theme-based sessions where officers shared insightful presentations.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed country’s security situation, especially on terrorism and women safety, with top police officers and took briefing from them during the annual conference of DGPs and IGs being held in Kutch. On the second day of the conference, the Prime Minister attended various theme-based sessions where officers shared insightful presentations.Earlier in the morning, the Prime Minister attended the morning Yoga session along with the delegates and Directors General of Police (DGPs) and Inspector General (IGs) of Police from various states and central police organisations. He also witnessed the sunrise at the white Rann.Theme-based presentations on various aspects of policing marked the day as the Prime Minister joined the deliberations, an official statement said. Modi observed and listened to the interactions on security-related matters including terrorism, cyber-security, digital technology, women’s safety and disaster management. The presentations, break-out sessions and interactions over meals were scheduled for a total of 13 hours on Saturday.Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Ministers of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary were present during the sessions.On the inaugural day of the conference yesterday, the Home Minister had raised serious concerns over radicalisation of youths through social media and other online forums. He had said the activities of dreaded terrorist group ISIS have been witnessed in India and their is concern over radicalisation of youths through social media and other online forums. Singh had also said the ISIS has been trying to enhance its foothold in India’s neighbourhood — in Bangladesh and Afghanistan.”It is a fact that the ISIS activities have increased globally and India is not isolated from it. Besides, there are problems of radicalisation of youths through social media and other online forums,” he said and sought concerted efforts to tackle the problem.

Nirbhaya’s parents detained, later released for protesting juvenile’s release; ‘shocked’ CM Kejriwal intervenes

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Nirbhaya’s parents were protesting outside the remand home against the release of the juvenile convict.

File photo of Nirbhaya’s parents.

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December 16 gangrape victim’s parents and scores of other activists were detained by Delhi police on Saturday for protesting outside the remand home. They were released a few hours later. The juvenile convict in the case is scheduled to be released tomorrow from the correction home and Nirbhaya’s parents were protesting against it.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday tweeted that this action by Delhi police is unacceptable and that he has spoken to the Chief Secretary of Delhi to talk to the Police commissioner and get them released.The juvenile convict on Saturday was shifted from the remand home to an undisclosed location amid concerns that there was threat to his life, and several agencies are keeping an eye on the matter, said a highly-placed source.Brushing aside the public outcry against his release, Delhi High court on Friday had said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking stay on the release of juvenile convict cannot be allowed as the statutory and existing law was coming in its way.Nirbhaya’s parents have expressed disappointment in the Delhi HC’s judgement and said that justice was not meted out to them.”Crime has won and we have lost (jurm jeet gaya, hum haar gaye). Although we haven’t seen him, nor met him, but despite all our efforts, a criminal will walk free,” said a dejected Asha Devi, mother of the victim on Friday.The mother, who waited for the order alongwith her husband Badri Singh Pandey, in the court, said, “Despite all our efforts for three years, our government and our courts have released a criminal. The assurance we were given was that we will get justice but that has not been delivered. We are very disappointed,” she had said about the order of the Bench which also directed the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to interact with the convict, his parents and concerned officials of Department of Women and Child Development regarding his “rehabilitation and social mainstreaming”.Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case. 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, who is now 21, is to release on December 20 after his three years stay in the observation home as part of the sentence for the offence of rape.(With Agency Inputs)

69% of Delhi believes odd-even car formula cannot be implemented: Survey

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The survey provides a collective pulse of what the citizens of Delhi have to say about the odd-even rule and what are some of the other things that must be implemented before it is implemented to reduce pollution in Delhi.

Sixty nine percent of citizens in Delhi say the odd-even vehicle rule cannot be implemented effectively from January 1, 2016, while sixty one percent citizens believe the rule will result in an increase in the number of cars plying on the roads of the national capital. According to a survey carried out by LocalCircles, India’s leading citizen engagement platform, over 9,000 to 10,000 citizens responded to each one of the poll questions. The survey provides a collective pulse of what the citizens of Delhi have to say about the odd-even rule and what are some of the other things that must be implemented before it is implemented to reduce pollution in Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the other the key findings are that 74 percent of citizens support the ban on registration of new diesel cars in Delhi;78 percent support the ban on registration renewal of more than 10-year-old cars in Delhi and citizens are split even on implementing this rule in a limited area of Delhi on a pilot basis. More importantly, citizens believe that there are a number of things that can be done before the government must do before it implements odd-even rule. Here are the collective inputs from over 100,000 citizens of Delhi on the subject of immediate actions to reduce pollution: All diesel commercial vehicles older than 10 years must be banned in Delhi. Plying of such vehicles from outside the state has to be managed by Delhi Traffic Police by setting up proper checkpoints into entry into Delhi. This has to be done wisely to avoid congestion. Delhi Government should work with the Haryana Government to complete the under construction Kundli-Manesar-Palwal by pass on a priority basis. Most of the civil work on this by pass has been completed and it will divert a bulk of traffic whose final destination is not Delhi.Delhi government should work actively with UP government for completing Kundli -Ghaziabad Palwal high the work on which has not even started fully. This is an important by pass and if it is not completed then the Supreme Court’s decision on commercial vehicle diversion can also not be implemented fully. A practical suggestion is that petrol pumps should be instructed to check the PUC certificate before giving petrol/diesel. This used to be the norm, but is not followed by petrol pumps. Delhi Police should impound vehicles having dangerous level of pollution. Open burning of garbage, dry leaves, rubber, synthetic clothes etc. should be made a criminal offence with a fine of Rs. 5000. Any one booked thrice for same punishable act to be liable to imprisonment for 30 days or a fine of Rs. 50,000 or both Cleaning of roads with brooms should be stopped and mechanized cleaning should be deployed to prevent the dust from spreading in the air.Open trucks carrying construction material should be banned. They should be strictly asked to cover them so dust does not fly outside Construction sites should be ordered to cover themselves from all sides and heavy penalty should be imposed if not covered.Permanent rain guns/sprinklers should be installed to keep top cover of all landfill sites within NCR of Delhi moist to prevent dust from flying around. Mist nozzles/water sprinklers should be mandatorily fitted on top of commercial buildings to spray water for 15 to 30 minutes before sun rise to enable the particulate matter to become heavy and settle down. Bursting of Crackers/fireworks in private functions should be banned.

Mumbai double murder: Hema Upadhyay was warned of threat to life hours before death

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The family members of artist Hema Upadhyay suspect the role of her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya in the double murder and want the police to probe it.

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Mumbai artist Hema Upadhyay, who was found murdered last weekend along with her lawyer, had received a call hours before her death warning of a threat to her life, says a report in Indian Express.Upadhyay received a call last Friday evening allegedly from a person working in the studio of absconding accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar. Shankar Lal, who worked with the artist in her studio in Andheri.”Between 4 pm and 5 pm on December 11, Hema received a call from somebody after which she got hold of a screwdriver and removed her name plate from outside her office. When I enquired she said that she had received a call where the caller had asked her to beware as her life was in danger,” Shankar Lal told police, says Indian Express.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family members of artist Hema Upadhyay suspect the role of her estranged husband Chintan Upadhyaya in the double murder and want the police to probe it.The deceased artist’s cousin brother Deepak Prasad told mediapersons on Thursday that he and his other family members “strongly suspect Chintan’s role behind the conspiracy to kill Hema and her 65-year-old lawyer Harish Bhambhani”. Prasad also said that the motive, as cited, of the prime accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar and his men to kill Hema and her lawyer for Rs five lakh was not true, as she had financially helped Vidhyadhar in the past and never asked him to return her money. He also alleged that some years back, Chintan had threatened Hema that he would kill her and could go to any extent to do that.Meanwhile, a senior police officer, who is probing the case, told PTI on Friday that, “When a body is recovered and identified, police immediately take the statements of the deceased’s relatives to get their version.””In this case too, we had taken the statements of the deceased’s relatives. Hema’s relatives have accused Chintan of hatching the conspiracy to kill her,” he said.Based on the statements of Hema’s relatives, Chintan was constantly grilled for four days by several police officers in connection with the twin murders, he said. The deceased artist’s husband still remains a “suspect” in the case, he said, adding the motive behind the murder is yet to become clear. However, without proper evidence, police cannot arrest anyone based on mere allegations, he further stated.Only after the arrest of the Vidhyadhar, who is on the run, the police could get a clear picture about involvement of Chintan, if any, the officer said. He also said that Hema’s relatives were trying to build pressure on the investigating team by approaching the media and expressing their views which they have already mentioned in the statements given to police.Bodies of noted installation artist Hema (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani wrapped in plastic and packed in separate cardboard boxes were found dumped in a drain in suburban Kandivali on December 12.So far, police have arrested four persons in the case namely Azad Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu and booked them for murder and causing disappearance of evidence. Except Sadhu, who was nabbed from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the remaining three were picked up from Kandivali on Sunday.Three of the accused –Azad, Pradeep and Vijay– were placed under arrest on Tuesday after being booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).The three, who are in police custody till Saturday, are in the business of manufacturing and selling fibre glass used by Hema and Chintan for their installations. Sadhu was earlier remanded in police custody till December 22.Based on leads provided by the accused during their sustained questioning, teams of Mumbai Police has been searching locations in and outside Maharashtra to nab Vidyadhar, who used to make the material required by Hema for her work.

Peace is in the air: CRPF vacates 25 year old camp from stone pelting epicentre

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Back bone: Paramilitary force performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the Valley

Call it a dividend of peace; the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has started vacating one of the oldest and super-sensitive camps in the stone pelting hub of the old Srinagar city.The camp housing the company of 49 battalion CRPF in Kawdara area was established at the onset of militancy 25 years ago. From housing Border Security Force (BSF) troops to CRPF soldiers, the camp has seen many upheavals during the heydays of militancy and the stone pelting.Come 2015, the CRPF has decided to vacate the camp and hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police. “The camp is in the process of shifting. There was one company of 49 battalion comprising around 100 men located in the camp. We will hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police,” Ashish Kumar Jha, CRPF spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considered as super-sensitive camp of the valley, scores of the CRPF soldiers were injured in stone pelting particularly during 2008 and 2010 agitation. Since the camp is old city, it was always at the receiving end of the stone throwers who used to target it almost every day.”During the peak time of the stone pelting (during Amarnath land row of 2008 and 2010 groundswell) this camp suffered a lot. So many of our men were injured in the stone pelting. It was a super sensitive camp. Prior to CRPF, this camp housed BSF as well. It has been there for the last 25 years”, said Jha.CRPF performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the strife torn Jammu and Kashmir. The paramilitary force plays key role in helping the local police in the counter-insurgency duties. Most of the times they conduct joint operation with the cops and other security agencies. Govt welcomes the decision There are around 47 battalions of CRPF deployed in the Kashmir valley of which around 25 battalions are posted in capital city of Srinagar mostly to quell the street protests and stone pelting.The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has gone gaga over the shifting of the camp describing it as the major achievement of 10 month old Mufti Mohommad Sayeed led government in Jammu and Kashmir. “Shifting ofCRPF camp from Kawdara is a welcome step. People of the state are benefiting from visionary leadership of Mufti Saheb,” said Khursheed Alam, Srinagar district president of PDP.

Gadar Part 2: When a Sikh man chased away a gun-carrying nutcase in US

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There is dramatic surveillance video from Monday night, when the masked gunman tried to rob Singh’s gas station convenience store in Salt Point in Dutchess County.

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A 58-year-old Indian-American Sikh store owner bravely fought off a gun-wielding masked assailant by using his slipper, thwarting an attempted robbery here in the US. Amrik Singh, who managed to save his hard-earned money from the would-be robber, had a narrow escape in the fight as the assailant opened fire at him but the bullet missed him.”I tell you honestly, I’m not scared,” Singh was quoted as saying by abc7ny.com today.There is dramatic surveillance video from Monday night, when the masked gunman tried to rob Singh’s gas station convenience store in Salt Point in Dutchess County. The suspect handed the store owner a bag and Singh began filling it with cash from the register. There was a scuffle when the gunman demanded the larger bills he thinks are under the tray.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He said ‘Put the hundred dollar bill, the hundred dollar bill, and I said I don’t have a hundred dollar bill,” Singh said.Things took almost a comic turn when Singh flung a slipper at the suspect, hitting him near the face. Then Singh rushed the gunman and forced him out of the store, it reported. An outside camera showed him chasing the gunman as the suspect fired the weapon. The video was uploaded on You Tube.”I fell down, he didn’t get me, but he did shoot it outside in the parking lot,” Singh said.The blast left a hole in the ground. Singh suffered a scraped nose and experienced chest pain, but was not seriously hurt. Singh has owned Route 9 Mini Mart in Staatsburg for 17 years, and has been robbed once before. This time he fought back. He said he couldn’t get a good look at the suspect, but did manage to grab his mask. The New York State Police are hoping the video will generate leads. Watch the video:

Modi Kutch visit: Gujarat govt spent Rs 31 lakh on building tent for PM, alleges Congress

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The annual three-day conference of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police organised by the Intelligence Bureau was today launched in the presence of Modi and Union Minister Rajnath Singh.
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Gujarat Congress on Friday alleged that the state government spent Rs 31 lakh on raising a lavish tent for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dhordo in Rann of Kutch, where he will stay during the ongoing meeting of country’s top police brass.The annual three-day conference of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police organised by the Intelligence Bureau was today launched in the presence of Modi and Union Minister Rajnath Singh.”Prime Minister describes himself a Pradhan Sevak but improper expenses have been made to build a tent for him. The money spent is huge,” state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solnaki alleged.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are not against the conference as such, they should meet and discuss national security but our problem is the expense done behind it,” Solanki added.In a statement earlier on Friday, Congress leader Jayrajsinh Parmar claimed that Rs 31 lakh have been spent to build the tent for Modi.”The Prime Minister himself has appealed to countrymen to forsake the LPG subsidy but is now living in a tent worth Rs 31 lakh,” Parmar said.He also criticised the state government for providing “royal treatment” to the Prime Minister.”Gujarat government is spending huge money on the PM but not giving good price to farmers for cotton,” he said.

National Herald case: Security beefed up at court premises ahead of Sonia, Rahul Gandhi’s appearance

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The sources said security personnel have discussed at length the arrangements to be made for tomorrow as both Sonia and Rahul are SPG protectees.
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Security was beefed up on Friday at the Patiala House District Court premises in New Delhi ahead of the scheduled appearance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and others tomorrow in connection with the National Herald case.According to court sources, senior officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG), Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau reviewed the security arrangements at the court premises where 16 more CCTV cameras were installed today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said security personnel have discussed at length the arrangements to be made for tomorrow as both Sonia and Rahul are SPG protectees. The security officials have also had a meeting with the District Judge of the Patiala House courts.The police have made elaborate security arrangements considering the fact that the court is a public place where a number of lawyers, litigants come daily. The sources said that shops inside the premises will remain closed tomorrow and the area near gate number two of the court, where the courtroom in which the hearing is scheduled is located, will be cordoned off with deployment of a multi-layered security cover.

‘Call money’ racket: 19 held in East Godavari, Rs 23 Lakh seized

Out of the Rs 23,20,500 seized from the arrested persons, Rs 18 lakh was handed over to the Income Tax department as the accused could not show any valid documents of the money in their possession, he said.

Nineteen people have been arrested in connection with the ‘call money’ racket and over Rs 23 lakh cash seized from them, police said on Friday.The 19 people were arrested from different areas of the district last evening during raids and searches conducted on unlicensed businessmen who were collecting high interest from the borrowers, Rajahmundry (Urban) Superintendent of Police S Harikrishna said.During the raids, police also seized Rs 23,20,500 cash, 447 signed blank promissory notes, 80 signed blank cheques, 60 blanked signed white papers, a General Power of Attorney and 26 other miscellaneous documents, the SP said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Call money’ refers to a mode of private lending where loan is made available instantly at borrower’s doorstep but at exorbitant rates of interest, and the lender can demand repayment anytime over a call.”The station housing officer and DSP of Rajahmundry Urban district limits conducted surprise raids and searches on call money businessmen and unlicensed businessmen who are collecting high interest from borrowers,” he said.A total of 18 cases have been registered against the 19 accused who were produced in a local court today which remanded them in 14-day police custody.The arrested persons include two rowdy-sheeters.Besides, two more cases of alleged harassment by ‘call money’ operators were also registered on a complaint lodged by some people and an inquiry was on in them, Harikrishna said.Out of the Rs 23,20,500 seized from the arrested persons, Rs 18 lakh was handed over to the Income Tax department as the accused could not show any valid documents of the money in their possession, he said.The SP said the victims of ‘call money’ rackets should inform police about such operators and assured them that their identity will be kept secret while police will initiate action against the culprits.Notably, the ‘call money’ racket issue rocked the Andhra Pradesh Assembly yesterday leading to its adjournment and suspension of two YSR Congress MLAs for two days even as police picked up promoters of two private finance companies in Visakhapatnam in connection with the scam.The state government has decided to order a judicial probe into the illegal private lending and alleged sexual exploitation of women borrowers in some cases.So far, over 80 call money operators have been arrested across the state, of whom 27 had links allegedly with YSR Congress, six with TDP and three with CPI, according to Information Minister Palle Raghunadha Reddy.

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

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

Mohamad Asif was arrested on Wednesday

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

Bangkok handshake effect: Pakistani military hands over J&K youth to Indian army after six months

The timing of the handover is also significant given the new found bonhomie after National Security Advisor (NSAs) of both countries met in Bangkok which was followed by the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend heart of Asia conference.

Bonhomie appeared to have replaced the hostilities on the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) after Pakistani military handed over a Jammu and Kashmir youth to the Indian army, six months after he had crossed into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), in Poonch district of Jammu division. Mohammad Rashid of village Degwar-Teruan in the Poonch district had crossed over to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on June 12 and since then his whereabouts were not known. On Wednesday, Pakistan army handed him over to Indian army at Chakan- da-Bagh crossing on the LoC in the Poonch district. “The individual has been handed over to police for further questioning. Rashid, who was a contractual driver, had crossed over for the reasons still under investigation by the police. His father Sattar Din had registered a First Information Report with the police”, said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Usually any individual who inadvertently strays across the LoC is handed over to the respective armies within days after proper verification. But Rashid’s case is a stark contrast since his father had lodged a report and he was in PoK for six months without any trace. The timing of the handover is also significant given the new found bonhomie after National Security Advisor (NSAs) of both countries met in Bangkok which was followed by the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend heart of Asia conference. Camaraderie between the two countries notwithstanding, Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested Rashid and he has been sent to joint interrogation centre to unravel the mystery behind his sudden disappearance. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch JS Johar said Rashid was booked under EIMCO (Egress & Ingress Movement Control Ordinance) after he had crossed the LoC into PoK some six months ago. “They live near the fence (at LoC) and he had crossed over to the other side. You can go to PoK via Chakan da Bagh on permit. If you do not go with valid permit, you have to be booked under EIMCO. He was handed over yesterday and we have arrested him under that case”, Johar told dna. Police said the investigation and interrogation of Rashid will help in unraveling the truth behind Rashid’s disappearance. “Interrogation and investigation will go on. He has been arrested since he was wanted by us. We will share with you whatever comes after his interrogation”, Johar said.

West Bengal: CPI(M) seeks Rajnath Singh’s intervention in case of trafficking & rape of a minor from state

The party claimed the girl suffered “unbelievable” violence and trauma and was dumped by one of her alleged traffickers in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here and has been diagnosed with HIV.

CPI(M) on Thursday sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s urgent intervention to ensure action against some police personnel for “ignoring” a complaint about alleged trafficking and rape of a minor girl from West Bengal.In a memorandum submitted to Singh, the party requested him to ensure that the alleged victim gets free medical treatment and a rehabilitation package covering her lifelong expenses. According to the Left party, the girl, a native of Mograhat in South 24-Paraganas district, was abducted a year ago from Diamond Harbour when she was 17.The party claimed the girl suffered “unbelievable” violence and trauma and was dumped by one of her alleged traffickers in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here and has been diagnosed with HIV. “The girl had rung up her mother six months ago and gave exact location of where she was in Delhi. The mother rushed to the police station in Mograhat and the police directly spoke to the girl.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But unbelievably, the police did not act. If they had the girl might have been saved. I have demanded immediate action against the police personnel involved,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat told reporters, while being accompanied by the girl’s mother Lal Bano Bibi.Karat said the role of West Bengal authorities has been “absolutely shocking” as more than a year after the girl went missing, no case has been filed though the girl was a minor at the time of abduction. “When will central and state governments take action to save our women from criminal networks of traffickers and conniving police?” she asked.

Alleged al-Qaeda financier held in New Delhi

Masood had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by Special Cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in Af-Pak region, an official privy to the investigation said.
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A 39-year-old man has been arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly acting as a financier to al-Qaeda’s Indian sub-continent (AQIS) module busted in New Delhi, the third arrest in the case, police said on Thursday.Zafar Masood was arrested from mohalla Deepa Sarai in UP’s Sambhal district last night after being booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep. Masood had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by Special Cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in Af-Pak region, an official privy to the investigation said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Masood was alleged to have paid the duo around USD 500 in two instalments for a trip to Pakistan. The two, besides another youth, identified as Rehan (26), had gone to Pakistan via Tehran and Afghanistan in June 2013 for training, the official said. Masood’s arrest follows that of Mohammed Asif, also a native of Sambhal, and Abdul Rahman, a madrasa teacher in Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack district. Both Rahman and Masood were brought here on transit remand and produced before a court, which sent them to 12-days’ police custody starting today, police said.During interrogation, it emerged that Rahman has “connections” from Jharkhand to Saudi Arabia and Glasgow in Britain. He frequently visited Bangalore and met people, whose names police did not disclose, for which a team of Special Cell is likely to be rushed to Karnataka, said a police source. It has also emerged that his brother Tahir Ali, who was arrested in 2002 in connection with the terrorist attack on American Cultural Center in Kolkata, had taken shelter at his residence before his arrest. However, such details are to be cross-checked with old records of the police department in Kolkata, the source added.On the other hand, Masood, alleged to be a former operative of Harkat-ul-Mujahidin (HuM) trained in explosives and handling Kalashnikovs, is a neighbour of Asif, and a former student of a prominent university in the national capital, said an official. After finishing a diploma course in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certification from the university here in 1994, Masood went to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, where he worked in an AC company for 950 Riyal a month, the official said.He returned to India around three years later and rented a room at Batla House in Delhi with his friend, Usman, also a native of Sambhal. During his stay there, they met Saeed Akhtar alias Qasim, who is believed to be the deputy to AQIS chief (Amir) Maulana Asim Umar, said the official. Umar and Qasim are also natives of Sambhal. It was Qasim who allegedly radicalised the two and convinced them to leave for Pakistan in 1999, while he himself left for Mumbai, he said.Masood and Usman received training in a group of around 70 youths at Mansehra in the Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, which was the former training ground of HuM militants. They were specially trained in explosives by one Ustad Noman and in handling AK 47 by one Ustad Danial, said a source in Special Cell.When Masood met Maulana Asim Umar, who was allegedly a senior HuM operative then, at the training ground, Umar turned out to be his “best friend” during school days, Sanaul Haq, whom he had not seen for several years. It was Umar who advised Masood and Usman to return to India, the source said. Soon after his return to Sambhal, Masood was contacted by Qasim, who informed him that he had gone for ‘Deeni’ and ‘Asgari’ trainings at Mansehra and also instructed him to facilitate the travel of two more villagers from Sambhal to Pakistan.These two villagers later became accused in a case registered under Explosives Act, Foreigners Act and Sections 121 and 121 A (related to conspiracy in connection with Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) of IPC at Delhi’s New Friends Colony police station in September 2001. However, they were acquitted of all charges in around eight years, following which they were never heard of, the source said.Masood also allegedly facilitated the stay of two Pakistan nationals, identified as Maqsood Ahmed alias Ali and Sayed Mohammed alias Hamza, who had arrived in India in 2001. They were reported to have stayed in Faridabad and Lucknow, following which they were arrested by Delhi Police, said the source.Masood later went to Saudi Arabia at least thrice — in 2003 (to Dammam), 2005 (to Riyadh), and once in the past one year — for work. He also got married in 2009 and has a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. He had lately opened his own enterprise, filing sales tax returns for businessman, the source said. It was in early 2012, that Masood claimed to have realised that his nephew Serjil and neighbour Asif were radicalised by Usman. While the former were planning to leave for Pakistan for training, Usman, who later came to be known as Assad, left for the training camp in Af-Pak region in July within a few months, said the source.In 2013, Qasim called up old associate Masood one day and asked him to contact him through video chat, which was finally arranged through Asif’s laptop, he said.Qasim allegedly instructed Masood to pay them money and facilitate their travel to Pakistan. Masood paid the first instalment after which Asif and Serjil left for Delhi. A few months later, Serjil called up Masood asking for the balance amount and informed him that the duo, along with another youth from Delhi, would go to Pakistan via Iran capital Tehran and Afghanistan.Masood allegedly paid the balance and claimed that he never came in touch with them again until he saw Asif return to Sambhal, having left his nephew and the Delhi youth at a training camp in north Waziristan, in September 2014, the source said. At the training camp Asif, who later became the Indian Head of AQIS’s Indian Head for the motivation, recruitment and training, also met one Umar Hyderabadi, who turned out to be a recruit sent there by Abdul Rahman.Rahman and Hyderabadi, a youth from Hyderabad whose actual name has yet not been disclosed, are so far the only non-Sambhal links the police have found in connection with the AQIS module, said a Special Cell official. AQIS was floated by al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahari himself in September 2014, following a meeting somewhere in 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.Despite several Indians being present at the training camp, Maulana Umar and Asif are believed to be the only Indians present in the council, the official said. After Umar was anointed the chief, it is believed that some “unexpected visitors” met him, including Indian Mujahideen chief Riyaz Bhatkal, who is still at large, and other senior IM commanders like Baba Sajid, who was recently reported to have been killed in Syria, police said.Asif was Umar’s chosen candidate and, with the help of his deputy Qasim, Umar had contacted Asif through a social networking site, a year before he left for Tehran on a ‘ziyarat’ visa, exclusively meant for visiting a holy shrine in Tehran. Qasim also ensured that the trip was financed by someone in his own locality here, police said. The financier later turned out to be Zafar Masood, police added.

Islamic State-Al Qaida rivalry reaches Indian subcontinent

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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.

2 suspected al Qaeda operatives arrested in Delhi, Odisha

Police recovered three mobile phones, a laptop and other “incriminating articles”, including documents of indoctrination and jihadi literature from one of the suspect’s possession.
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Two suspected operatives of al Qaeda have been arrested in the national capital and Odisha and Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a module of the terror group’s Indian sub-continent wing operating out of the country.While Mohammed Asif (41), 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, was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative Abdul Rahman (37) was arrested today from Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahman was arrested after a raid by a joint team of Delhi Police and Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police at his house in Paschimakachha village in Jagatpur area in the wee hours, Commissioner of Police R P Sharma told reporters in Bhubaneswar. The duo have been booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep in Delhi.Police recovered three mobile phones, a laptop and other “incriminating articles”, including documents of indoctrination and jihadi literature (authored by Maulana Umar) from Asif’s possession. Rahman is suspected to have international links in countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Dubai. Rahman, who is married and has three children, ran a madrasa at Tangi area near Cuttack. His brother Tahir Ali was arrested in 2001 in connection with the terrorist attack on American Center in Kolkata, police said.”In June 2013, Asif left Delhi, along with two other youths, for Tehran in Iran, where they met Qasim, who arranged them tickets for Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran, from where they further headed towards the Iran-Pakistan border and crossed it over foot,” Deep said.”After reaching Pakistan, they continued their journey and crossed south Waziristan to reach Sumali in north Waziristan, where Asif met his long-emigrated Indian friend, Usman (code name Assad). It was Usman who introduced Asif to Maulana Asim Umar — a terrorist of Indian origin who was declared the amir of AQIS by none other than al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri,” he said.”In Waziristan, Asif underwent intense training, keeping in view that he was to act as the principal ideologue of AQIS in India upon his return. During that period, US forces were conducting successive drone strikes at several places in close vicinity of the safe- house, where Asif had been lodged and in one such strike quite close by, the then chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsood was killed,” the Special Cell chief added.AQIS was floated by al-Zawahari himself in September 2014, following a meeting at 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. Thereupon it was decided that Asim Umar would head AQIS.Maulana Umar emigrated from Sambhal in 1995 allegedly as an operative of the Harkat-Ul-Mujahidin (HuM) and served as a long-standing fighter first for HuM and then climbing ranks through Tehrik-e-Taliban and al-Qaeda, to finally become the AQIS chief, said the official.”As the AQIS head, Umar pledged to take the frontiers of Islamic jihad towards the entire South Asian continent including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan with India being the centerpiece of action,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Vivek Gogia.After Umar was anointed the chief, it is believed that he was visited by some “unexpected visitors” which includes Indian Mujahideen chief Riyaz Bhatkal, who is still at large, and other senior IM commanders like Baba Sajid, who was recently reported to have been killed at Syria, said Gogia.Asif was Umar’s chosen candidate and with the help of his deputy Qasim, Umar had contacted Asif through a social networking site, a year before he left for Tehran with a ‘ziyarat’ Visa (exclusively meant for visit to a holy shrine in Tehran). Qasim also ensured that the trip shall be financed by someone in his own locality here, Gogia said.Umar, Qasim, Usman, Asif and one of the youths who accompanied Asif in his journey, are all natives of Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh, said a senior official. While the two youths — one from northeast Delhi’s Welcome area and the other from Sambhal — who accompanied Asif, were left at a military training camp, which keeps changing locations in the Af-Pak region, Asif returned to Delhi in September 2014, allegedly scouting for more recruits, the official said.On his way to Delhi, Asif took the same Tehran route, where he was detained by Iranian security agency at the Mehriyaz border. However, the contacts of al Qaeda ensured that he was transited to Turkey, following which Asif found himself in the company of Uighur al Qaeda operatives, said DCP (Special Cell) P K Kushwaha. Later, on the expiry of his Visa, he approached the embassy there and was sent to Delhi.On Tuesday, the police received a tip-off from an intelligence agency, based on which they laid a trap and Asif was arrested from near northeast Delhi’s Seelampur flyover.

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