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QCrime: Head Priest of Gujarat Temple Booked for Rape & More

Here are the top crime stories of the day.

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1. Head Priest of Gujarat Temple Booked for Rape

The head priest of the famous Madhavraiji temple in Gujarat’s Prachi, was on Monday, 28 May, booked on charges of “rape, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt” after a woman filed a complaint alleging the priest had repeatedly raped her over one-and-a-half years promising he would marry her, but backed out later.

The woman, a resident of Ankolwadi village in Talala taluka, had given an application to Deputy Superintendent of Police (Veraval Division) on 23 May, alleging that Rishigiri Gauswami had been repeatedly raping her since August 2016. Based on her complaint, police booked Gauswami under IPC Sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt).

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Gang Stole Phones, Sold Them at Borders

A gang that used to steal iPhones for sale in the bordering villages of Nepal and Naxal areas was busted on Sunday, 27 May. Police have recovered 15 iPhones from them. The gang members used to steal or snatch the phones from metro stations and supply it to their kingpin based near Jama Masjid. Cops are trying to trace the phone owners.

The arrested men, Shazada Nizam and Mohd Shahid, used to target iPhone users near Connaught Place and Hauz Khas. They would pickpocket phones or snatch them while the victim was stepping out of a metro station. By the time the victim realised that his phone was gone, the snatchers would escape on a vehicle parked nearby.

(Source: The Times of India)

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3. Police Arrest Two for Trying to Smuggle Haryana-Made Liquor Worth Rs 40 Lakh to Bihar

In a major breakthrough, police on Monday, 28 May, arrested two liquor smugglers and seized around 4,000 litres of alcohol worth Rs 40 lakh. The seizure was made in Bithari Chainpur police station area. The liquor was meant to be sold in Haryana only.

The liquor bottles were packed in 361 boxes, police said. The two men arrested have been identified as Amandeep Singh and Gurcharan Singh of Monga district of Punjab. They were taking the consignment to Bihar, police said.

Station house officer of Bithari Chainpur police station Govind Singh said this was the second such haul in one month when they seized liquor being smuggled from Haryana through UP to other states.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Caught With Girlfriend, OBC Man Hung From Tree, Beaten to Death in Gorakhpur

A 20-year-old man of a backward caste was hung from a tree upside down and beaten to death allegedly by the family members of a 21-year-old woman of upper caste with whom he was accused of being found in a compromising position, in Lala Tola village in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur on Sunday, 28 May, police said.

Agitated over the incident, the victim’s family tried to set the house of the accused on fire but were prevented by the police. Tension prevailed in the area between the two groups, and personnel from four police stations and one company of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) was deployed to avert any untoward incident.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Man Stabbed to Death Over His Clothes, 4 Held in Delhi

A 22-year-old man from Delhi, who used to dress in woman’s clothing, was stabbed to death by seven men who made fun of his clothes and the way he walked, police said.

Police have arrested four people and detained three juveniles from Okhla in connection with the incident.

DCP (southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said the accused are school dropouts. “The juveniles have been sent to a shelter home. We recovered a Swiss knife used in the murder,” said DCP Biswal.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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6. Jewels Worth Crores Robbed From Lockers of Bank in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur

Jewels pledged by customers estimated to be worth crores of rupees and kept in safe deposit lockers in the branch of a public sector bank were burgled in neighbouring Tiruvallur district, police said on Monday, 28 May.

The robbery came to light when bank staff came to open the branch which was closed over the weekend, police said.

“We believe the jewels in the bank are worth crores of rupees. We are yet to evaluate the exact value of the jewels stolen,” a police officer told PTI.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. Seven Held for Cheating Mulund Coctor of Rs 4.5 Lakh

Mumbai police have arrested seven people for allegedly cheating a medical professional of Rs 4.5 lakh on the pretext of giving him rewards and an opportunity to take part in a lucky draw on an insurance policy. The accused were running a call centre which has also been busted by the authorities.

The complainant, Dr Rajshekar Ujgare, 70, a Mulund resident, has an insurance policy in his son’s name and pays an instalment of Rs 1 lakh per year for the same.

In September 2017, the doctor received a call from a person by the name Korgavkar, who pretended to be an employee with the insurance firm. The caller, was aware of Ujgare’s insurance policy, and lured him with claims that he had won Rs 9. 46 lakh as a bonus on the policy. He then told the doctor to pay Rs 3,000 as a processing fee in order to claim the bonus.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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