QCrime: 2 Lynched in West Bengal On Suspicion of Cow Theft & More

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1. Two Lynched in West Bengal On Suspicion of Cow Theft

Two men were lynched in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district Thursday for allegedly ferrying two stolen cows in a vehicle with no number plate, police said, adding that 13 people have been arrested so far. According to an officer probing the case, rumours of cows being stolen had been rife in the area of late.

According to police, Mathabhanga residents Prakash Das (32) and Babul Mitra (37) were stopped by around 20 locals at 5.30 am after they noticed the animals in their pick-up van. “They pulled them out and beat them with sticks and stones before torching the vehicle. The mob dispersed when police reached the spot,” said an officer from Kotwali police station. The men were rushed to Coochbehar Government Medical College and Hospital, where they succumbed to injuries. Police said they are yet to ascertain whether the cows were actually stolen.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Missing Man’s Burnt Body Found in Footwear Factory

Four days after a massive fire gutted a footwear factory in Narela, killing a security guard, rescuers on Thursday recovered a second burnt body, that of a missing labourer.

The first victim’s body – identified later as that of security guard Mangal Mandal, 32 – had been recovered after a 14-hour search on Sunday.

Police identified the second victim as Hardev, 45. “His body was burnt badly, but we have identified him from a kada (bracelet) on his right hand,” said Gaurav Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (outer north district).

Hardev and Mandal were the only two men inside the three-storey factory when the fire had broken out around 12.45am on Sunday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


3. Marshal Rescues Girl From Her Kidnapper

A bus marshal deployed in a cluster (orange) bus saved a six-year-old girl from being kidnapped by a 22-year-old man in Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan area on Wednesday.

The rescue made by bus marshal Arun Kumar (24) drew praises from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and transport minister Kailash Gahlot, who, on Thursday, said the incident was an answer to those questioning the Delhi government’s move to deploy nearly 13,000 marshals in the 5,666 DTC and cluster buses operating in the city. “My salute to bus marshal Arun Kumar. People like you are pride of Delhi. Our 13,000 bus marshals are providing security to lakhs of passengers. People are having faith in the safety inside the buses,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


4. 19-Year-Old Murders his Brother-in-Law in Najafgarh

A 19-year-old man stabbed his brother-in-law in outer Delhi’s Najafgarh on Sunday for allegedly objecting to his relationship with a married woman and then slapping him in front of her.

The victim, identified as Riyaz, 27, was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed on Tuesday, police said.

Anto Alphonse, deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka), identified the arrested suspect as Naushad, an e-rickshaw driver.

The officer said that Naushad lived in Najafgarh’s Prem Vihar and was having an affair with a 23-year-old married woman from the same neighbourhood. The woman has a child and was in the process of divorcing her husband.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


5. False Rape Case: Woman to Face Action for ‘Misuse of Law’

A Delhi court has directed police to initiate action against a woman who was found to have filed a false case of rape by “misusing the process of law”.

A special court dealing with the rape case acquitted the accused and directed the DCP concerned to initiate action against the woman under Section 182 (false information, with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person) of the Indian Penal Code.

“The prosecutrix is the complainant in the case but in view of the evidence on record, it emerges that by no standards is she a victim in the true sense of the word,” the court observed.


6. ₹80 Lakh Looted from Cash Van in Dwarka

Two men abducted the gunman and driver of a cash van at gunpoint and took away the Rs 80 lakh kept in the cash box. The incident took place near a private hospital in Dwarka on Thursday afternoon. The spot was just 100 metres away from a police post.

The cash van was later found abandoned near Dwarka Sector 11 metro station with the gunman Vijay Kanth Mishra and the driver Dheeraj lying injured nearby. Police have admitted them to a private hospital and efforts are on to identify the criminals.

Dheeraj told the cops that he had parked the cash van – a white Eeco car – at a service lane in Sector 6 around 12.30pm. Narender and Vikas Kumar entered a kiosk to fill the ATM of a private bank while Dheeraj and Mishra stood outside with the cash van to keep a watch. After a few minutes, two men approached them from behind and held up a gun and a knife at them and forced them into the van. They then asked Dheeraj to drive towards Sector 11.


7. How Five Men from UP Managed to Sell Broom Bits as ‘Jeera from Rajasthan’

Even though it was being ground in massive quantities, the earthy and nutty undertones of cumin were suspiciously missing. It was a “unique Rajasthani technique,” the five men who manufactured cumin seeds allegedly told curious shopkeepers nearby.

On Tuesday, the five men were arrested for allegedly making and selling “fake cumin seeds” — made using broom bits, stone powder, molasses and grass. Police said the men distributed the seeds at wholesale markets across Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

(Source: The Indian Express)


8. Rs 20 Lakh Necklace Leads Cops to 3 States — and Cook Who Fled With It

In search of a stolen Chopard diamond necklace – a luxury Swiss jewellery and watch label – Delhi Police went on a week-long wild goose chase that led them to UP, Bihar and Jharkhand where they found the Rs 20 lakh necklace and the 22-year-old woman who made off with it.

Police said the woman worked as a cook for a couple who live in Greater Kailash II and allegedly stole the necklace, two pairs of earrings worth Rs 20,000, five gold coins, and Rs 4 lakh in cash. She “distributed” Rs 2 lakh to her mother, mother-in-law, friends, and also loaned some money to an acquaintance.

(Source: The Indian Express)


9. Truck Driver Held After Man Dies in Mishap

A 36-year-old truck driver was arrested Tuesday for rash and negligent driving after he allegedly over a 30-year-old pillion rider in Kurla. The incident took place on LBS Road at 6.45 pm, police said. The deceased has been identified as Arvind Waghmare.

The police said that Waghmare used to take a lift from his colleague Siddhesh Rajankar after work. “On Tuesday, Rajankar lost control of his vehicle and the two came under the rear tyre of a truck. Waghmare died on the spot but Rajankar survived with minor injuries as he was wearing a helmet,” said an officer.

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