QCrime: Maoists Kill Three Tribals in Maha’s Gadchiroli & More

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Suspected Maoists on Tuesday morning, 22 January, killed three tribals in a jungle near Kasansur in south Gadchiroli.

1. Maoists Kill Three Tribals in Gadchiroli Suspecting Them of Being Police Informers

Suspected Maoists on Tuesday morning, 22 January, killed three tribals in a jungle near Kasansur in south Gadchiroli, some 250 kms from Nagpur and bordering Chhattisgarh, on suspicion of being police informers.

The Maoists believed that the deceased were police informers and they killed them to avenge their alleged involvement in the two encounters with security forces in the forests of Kasnasur-Boriya and Nainer that killed over 40 Maoists in April 2018.

The south Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI(Maoist), after dumping the bodies on Tuesday morning, put up a banner next to them that read, “Our comrades lost their lives. These three informers of police who were responsible for the deaths of 40 of our comrades have been sentenced to death by us.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)


2. Jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari Arrested in Extortion Case by Mohali Police

Jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari was arrested on charges of trying to extort of Rs 10 crore from a Mohali-based builder after he was brought to Mohali from Uttar Pradesh’s Banda jail.

The gangster-turned-politician was produced before the court of judicial magistrate, Amit Bakshi, on Tuesday afternoon, 22 January. The court sent him to two days police custody.

Though the police remained tight-lipped on the case against Ansari, police sources said he was arrested after a builder in sector 70 filed a complaint that he had received a call from a man identifying himself as Mukhtar Ansari and seeking Rs 10 crores as “protection money”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Maharashtra: ATS Detains 9 'Linked' to Islamic State

A swift, simultaneous operation by anti-terrorism squad teams early on Wednesday, 23 January, in the densely-populated Mumbra-Kausa township Thane and Aurangabad led to the detention of nine youths, one of them a minor, suspected to have been radicalised and aligned to extremist ideology of the Islamic State.

"We have detained nine men and are questioning them," additional director general (ATS) Atulchandra Kulkarni said.

The police claimed to have strong evidence they were known to each other.

(Source: The Times of India)


4. Rs 500 Crore Ponzi Scam: Investor Money Diverted for MD’s Use

The Mumbai Economic Offences Wing (EOW), probing the Rs 500-crore cheating case involving businesswoman Nowhera Shaikh, on Tuesday, 22 January, filed a more than 3,000-page charge sheet against Shaikh.

The charge sheet says Shaikh used a couple of accounts to collect investments from investors and diverted that money to other companies for her use.

On 23 October, the EOW registered an FIR against Shaikh, MD of Heera Group of Companies, and others after a Bhendi Bazar resident, Shane Ilahi Shaikh, complained that he had invested Rs 6 lakh in Heera Gold scheme but the company defaulted on payments.

There are around 10,000 investors in Mumbai alone who have been duped by Shaikh.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Bhojpur Woman Put on Funeral Pyre by In-laws, Saved by Neighbour

A 30-year-old woman, who was put on a funeral pyre in an unconscious state at Sandesh, Bhojpur, was saved by a neighbour who had called police. The woman, who regained her consciousness, accused her husband and in-laws of torturing her and attempting to kill her by burning.

The incident took place on Monday evening, 21 January, at Sandesh when a villager heard groans of a woman, who had been put on a funeral pyre at Saripur Ghat crematorium ground along Sone river. The villager called the Police. Sensing police arrival, in-laws of the woman left the place leaving her on a heap of dry woods

(Source: The Indian Express)


6. Four-year-old Witnesses Father’s Murder in Noida, Alerts Family Who Thought He Killed Himself

The body of a 31-year-old man, who was thought to have taken his own life on Saturday, 19 January, was brought back by Noida police from Bulandshahr after his four-year-old daughter told the family that he had been murdered and she “witnessed the killing.”

Santosh Raghav, a native of Bulandshahr, was found hanging on the terrace of his rented accommodation in Sector 93 around 8:30pm on Saturday.

“We were on our way to Bulandshahr on Sunday morning for the last rites. I was travelling in the first car with the body. The kids were following in the second car with their mother. The daughter had fallen unconscious from what we thought was shock. When she regained her senses, she revealed that two ‘uncles’ had come to the house on Saturday evening while Santosh was helping her study,” Seema Rana, Santosh’s paternal aunt, said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Man Held for ‘Raping’ Actor Named in Rs 19 Crore Duping Case

Sarfaraz Khan alias Aman Khanna, who was held along with his accomplice Kishore Nathani last year for allegedly raping and cheating a yesteryear female actor of Rs 15 crore, was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Tuesday, 22 January, in a fresh Rs 19.2 crore cheating case.

Police are also likely to file a third case against him for impersonating as a businessman from Mumbai and marrying and duping a woman in Mussoorie.

In the current case, complainant Amarjit Singh Ubhi, a UK national, was allegedly duped by Khan who posed as a real estate agent and made him invest Rs 19.2 crore in fictitious flats in Pali Hill, Bandra, 10 acres in Karjat and Goa and a Mercedes, said police inspector Mahesh Desai of crime branch Unit IX.

(Source: The Times of India)


8. Thane: Father, Brothers Arrested for Killing Woman, Making It Look like Suicide

In a suspected case of honour killing, a man, his son and two nephews have been arrested by the Thane police for allegedly killing his daughter. The accused allegedly planned to kill the 32-year-old woman and make it appear like suicide, said police.

On 1 January, the police found a woman’s body hanging from a tree at the Kalyan train yard. “While prima facie it looked like suicide, we found injuries on the woman’s neck and hands. The post-mortem report revealed that she had been murdered,” said a senior police officer.

CCTV footage showed the woman alighting at Kalyan station, along with three men. Hours later, the three were seen boarding another train, without the deceased. “The three turned out to be her father, brother and cousin… While they were arrested on Sunday, the other cousin was arrested last week,” the officer added.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. Mumbai: Man Dupes Bank Manager He Met on Facebook of Over Rs 3 Lakh

A 33-year-old man from Delhi was arrested for allegedly duping the manager of a private bank he had met on Facebook to the tune of Rs 3.71 lakh.

Police said the accused, identified as Satyandra Pratap Sovaram Singh, had befriended several women on Facebook and later duped them of cash under the pretext of sending valuable gifts from abroad.

He worked with two accomplices, added police: a Nigerian national who identified himself as Sandy and another woman. In November 2018, a case of cheating was registered in Powai.

According to the complainant, in mid-2018, she accepted the Facebook friend request of Satyandra, who told her that he was a UK-based businessman.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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