QCrime: Third 1Above Owner Held, Police Says Delhi Safer in 2017

Here is a roundup of the top crime stories of the day.

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Wanted posters of 1 Above owners, who are accused in the Kamala Mills fire, pasted on their residential building gate in Mazgaon.

1. Third 1Above Partner Held, All Sent to Police Custody

A day after nabbing the Sanghvi brothers, owners of 1Above restobar, police arrested their absconding partner Abhijeet Mankar around 7.30 am on Thursday near a five-star hotel on Marine Drive.

All three were produced in Bhoiwada court on Thursday. Magistrate VB Bohra sent them to police custody till 17 January. Mankar, Kripesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi face multiple charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, after 14 persons were killed when a fire swept through their terrace-top restobar and the adjoining Mojo's Bistro. They had gone underground immediately after the 29 December fire.

2. Is Delhi Safer? Police Data Shows Fall in Crime in 2017

The year 2017 has proved to be a good year for the police in Delhi. After several years, almost all genres of crimes — including crimes against women — have dipped, data released by the police at its annual press conference on Thursday shows. Road fatalities were down as well.

According to police data, not only have heinous crimes like murder, dacoity and robbery — the prime indicators of a crime situation in a city — gone down significantly but more cases were solved as well. According to police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, a focused approach to combating crime and strengthening ground level constabulary had resulted in this reduction. "Street crime came under control with a sharp decline in robberies and snatchings by 21.05 percent in 2017. Insistence on concentrated investigation led to a high rate of detection of heinous cases, which was 87.98 percent in 2017, as compared to 71.81 percent in 2016," Patnaik said.

3. Stalked Girl Leaves School and Tuition, Kills Self

A 14-year-old girl died on Thursday after she set herself on fire, unable to handle the harassment she was subjected to by four men who had been stalking her for months.
The girl, a student of Class VIII, first dropped out of school. Then she gave up her tuition classes. Finally, she killed herself. Her family claimed that the same men, taking the girl's silence for acquiescence, had even gangraped her recently, an attack she had kept to herself for days until she could no longer bear the ignominy.

4. Twelve Years on, Murder Case Solved With Arrest of Victim's Wife

Twelve years after a clothes vendor was murdered, the Mumbai Police has solved the case with the arrest of his wife, now 60-years-old. Allegedly tired of her drunkard husband’s harassment, she paid Rs 2 lakh to two contract killers to get him killed, said the police.

On 14 May 2006, the police said, they found a beheaded body in a plastic bag at Mastan Talao in Nagpada, following which a case under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the Indian Penal Code was registered.

5. Greater Noida: Constable Rapes 7-Year-Old, Arrested After Mob Roughs Him Up

A constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police allegedly abducted and raped a seven-year-old girl from his locality in Greater Noida, police said on Thursday.

The constable, 45-year-old Subhash Singh, posted in the sales tax department in Gautam Budh Nagar, was beaten by locals before being handed to the police. He has been booked under the stringent Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

6. Eight-year-old dies in Ghaziabad school, FIR against his teacher

Twenty minutes after eight-year-old Katib’s fees was deposited at his school in Loni on Wednesday morning, his parents were informed by school authorities that “he had fallen sick”. By 1 pm at GTB Hospital, Saja-ud-din and Afsana were told that Katib — one of their three children — had died.

The family is now alleging foul play, and an FIR has been filed against the class teacher and the school management at Loni police station on Thursday.

7. Orphanage Director Held for Molesting Minor Inmate

The director of a private orphanage in Dhemaji district of Assam was arrested today on the charge of molesting a minor inmate there, the police said.

The girl also alleged that rape and molestation of inmates have been going on in the orphanage at Silapathar for long, but a section of the local people said the director is being framed.

The 13-year-old girl lodged a complaint with the police that the director forcefully took her out of her room and molested her in another room on the night of 7 January.

After the FIR was lodged on 8 January, the director was arrested and forwarded to judicial custody, district Superintendent of Police Nilesh Sawakare said.

The girl said in the FIR that she had managed to escape from the orphanage and took shelter in a neighbour's house.

(Source: PTI)

8. Dollar Racket: Probe Role of Second Crew Member, Says Delhi Court

A delhi court has directed an official of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to look into allegations of the involvement of another Jet Airways crew member in connection with possessing unaccounted foreign currency.

On Monday, the DRI had arrested airhostess Deveshi Kulshreshtha and hawala dealer Amit Malhotra for possessing money to the tune of Rs 3.24 crore in dollars. On Thursday, the accused were produced before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat, after their two-day judicial custody ended.

9. Wife, Paramour Held for Decapitating Husband

Days after a headless body of a man was found in his home in Bhiwandi, the police on Wednesday arrested the deceased's 24-year-old wife and her lover from Uttar Pradesh, a city police official said on 12 January.

The body was found after people complained of a foul smell emanating from the woman's house.

After locals complained to Shanti Nagar police, they broke into the house and found the man's body stuffed into a plastic bag.

The deceased was later identified only as Kaif (32).

(Source: PTI)

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