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QCrime: Dera Chief Gets Life Term; Woman Raped in Chennai

A roundup of crime news of the day.

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1. Dera Chief Ram Rahim, 3 Others Get Life Term for Journalist’s Murder

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three others were on Thursday, 17 January, sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who was shot dead at his house on 24 October 2002.

The four accused in the case, Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, former Dera manager Krishan Lal, two carpenters — Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, were held guilty by a special CBI court in Panchkula on 11 January.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on all four convicts.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. ‘IS Module’: NIA Raids in UP, Punjab, 4 Detained

Suspecting that members of the recently-busted outfit, which has been accused of being an Islamic State module, were planning to form a separate group to carry out terror activities, the NIA on Thursday, 17 January, raided seven locations across Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

NIA sources said that four people have been detained and are being questioned. The key among them, sources said, is a Maulvi from a mosque in Ludhiana. The Maulvi hails from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and was an associate of arrested accused Saqib Iftekhar, also a Maulvi from Hapur, said the sources.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. Delhi: Man Calls up PCR, Threatens to Kill PM Modi

A man has been nabbed for allegedly calling up the police control room and threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Police said he was traced to central Delhi’s Anand Parbat where he owns a tailoring shop. He is being questioned by a joint interrogation team of the Delhi Police and intelligence agencies.

Police sources said Muktiyar Ali (53) had called the PCR on Thursday afternoon, 17 January, and hurled abuses at the PM, threatening to take “actions” against him and some BJP leaders soon.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Delhi: Armed Men Rob Passengers as Train Halts for 10 Mins Due to ‘Signal Glitch’

Around eight armed assailants allegedly looted passengers occupying two coaches of the Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express on Thursday, 17 January, and decamped with cash, jewellery and ATM cards, said police.

According to police, the train was headed to Sarai Rohilla railway station, but stopped for “over 10 minutes at 3.25 am because of a signal problem”.

Police claimed a railway attendant opened the door of one of the coaches, through which the men entered the train.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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5. Mumbai Triple Blasts: ‘No Discharge for Hawala Operator Who Helped Fund Terror Group’

The Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday, 17 January, rejected the discharge plea of hawala operator Kamalnayan Pathreja, who has been accused of facilitating the 2011 triple blasts at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar in Mumbai.

Pathreja allegedly routed a sum of Rs 10 lakh, through hawala channels, to Yasin Bhatkal, an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative and the purported brain behind the blasts.

The 50-year-old Ghaziabad resident had approached HC after his discharge plea was rejected by the special court on 5 January.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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6. Delhi Road Horror: Woman Dies After Man Stabs Three of Family in Public View

A woman was killed, while her husband and 18-year-old son were critically injured after they were stabbed by their neighbour on Wednesday evening, 16 January, in west Delhi’s Khayala, said police.

The suspect, a 40-year-old Mohammad Azad of a DDA colony, is absconding. Police identified the deceased as Sunita, her injured husband and son as Viru and Akash, respectively. They said that Azad’s family lived on the ground floor, while Sunita’s family lived on the second floor.

According to the police, the attack could have been a fallout over a minor argument the two families had a couple of days ago.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. Chennai Woman Raped After Her Head is Smashed in

A 22-year-old woman and her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter were found with their heads smashed in, at their house in Chennai’s Avadi, during the early hours of Wednesday, 16 January. The woman was reportedly raped after being hit with a rock.

A police complaint was lodged and the bodies were sent for post-mortem to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

The police have arrested Veerakumar, 19, a local soothsayer, on charges of rape and murder. Further investigations are on.

(Source: The Hindu)

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8. CBI Files Cases Against Two More Shelter Homes in Bihar for Abuse of Inmates

The CBI has registered two more cases related to alleged abuse of inmates in shelter homes in Bihar, officials said on Thursday, 17 January. The two cases pertain to as many shelter homes in Munger district, they said.

The agency has booked Manoj Kumar, the Director of Novelty Welfare Society which ran a short-stay home, and office-bearers of Panaah shelter home in Munger district.

It is alleged that the Director of Novelty Welfare Society and others used to lock the room of a mentally-sick woman inmate, causing wrongful restraint and confinement and ill-treated other inmates.

(Source: PTI)

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9. Noida Man Circulates Obscene Pictures of Ex-Girlfriend, Arrested

Police arrested a man, in his twenties, for allegedly circulating obscene pictures of his female friend on social media after their break-up. The brother of the victim filed a complaint on Wednesday, 16 January, in which he alleged that the man was blackmailing his family saying that he will not let the victim marry anybody else.

The accused, a resident of Sector 20, works at a private company in Noida. He was arrested on Thursday morning, 17 January, from his residence after he was accused of blackmailing the victim and her family who lives in Noida.

(Source: The Hindu)

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