QCrime: Dalit Youth Dies After Assault; Abducted Delhi Boy Rescued

Here are the top crime stories of the day.

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1. Dalit Student Dies After Assault in Uttar Pradesh

A second-year LLB student of Allahabad Degree College succumbed to injuries on Sunday morning, two days after he was allegedly beaten up by a group of youths following an argument outside a restaurant in Colonelganj police station area.  Using CCTV footage, police have identified the main accused and detained two others, including the restaurant owner, for questioning.

The matter came to light after some videos, reportedly of the same incident, surfaced on social media. One such video, reportedly shot by a passerby, shows two people beating the youth with an iron rod and bricks, while some others are seen trying to stop them. Police said that that victim, Dileep Saroj (26), was a Dalit and a resident of Pratapgarh district.


2. Couple in Viral 'Love Jihad' List Gets Death Threats in Kolkata, Files Complaint

After more than 100 Facebook profiles of inter-faith couples across the country were listed on social media as examples of ‘love jihad’, a couple, named in the list, has lodged a complaint with the Kolkata police cyber cell after receiving death threats.

The list went viral on Facebook and Twitter in January. “Yeh ek suchi hai un hindu ladkiyonke Facebook profile ki jo love jihad ka shikar ho chuki hain yah ho rahi hain… har Hindu sher se aagrah hai, inme jo ladke hain, unki khoj ke shikaar karein. (This is a list of Facebook profiles of Hindu women who are victims of love jihad… We exhort all Hindu tigers to find the men listed in these profiles and hunt them,” said a post on Hindu Varta, a group on Facebook. The post has since been deleted.

3. Detective at Wrong End: Rajani Pandit Sent to Judicial Custody in Call Records Case

Rajani Pandit, considered Maharashtra’s first female private detective, was sent to judicial custody on Sunday by a holiday court in Thane. Pandit was arrested on 2 February for allegedly obtaining call records of multiple people illegally.

Pandit has been a private detective for over 40 years. According to police, she was implicated in the case after four other detectives, who were previously arrested, named her as an accomplice. “Pandit had been obtaining the call records over a long time and she might have used it for extortion. We have been investigating the source of the leak,” said an officer from the crime branch.


4. Delhi Man Gets Life Term for Stabbing Wife 21 Times With Peeler

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court for brutally stabbing his wife to death 21 times with a fruit and vegetable peeler six years ago.

The court noted that the assault on the woman’s head was “so brutal” that it resulted in fracture of underlying skull bone.

A bench of Justices Sunil Gaur and Prathiba M Singh dismissed the appeal of Devender Dass, saying it was without any substance, and upheld his conviction and sentence of life imprisonment by the trial court.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Five, Including 2 Minors, Held for Sexually Harassing Women at Marine Drive

Acting on a case of alleged sexual harassment reported by an eyewitness, the Marine Drive police arrested three men on Saturday, for harassing three women walking along Marine drive last week.

Police said two more accused, who are minors, have been sent to a children’s correction home.

Police said Ashit Shroff, 57, an executive at a finance firm and a Churchgate resident, was jogging at 5.20 am on Thursday when he saw the five men on two bikes approaching the women.

“The men sexually harassed the women, who pleaded with the bikers to leave them alone. The accused also passed sexually explicit comments and asked the women for their mobile numbers. When Shroff intervened, they got scared and fled,” said an office

(Source: Hindustan Times)


6. Assaulted and Forced to Lick Spit, Man Hangs Himself in Mumbai

Four men, who allegedly assaulted a vegetable vendor after making him lick sputum, have been arrested after the vendor committed suicide and left a suicide note blaming them.

The arrested accused – Ismail Shaikh (47), Akbar Shaikh (35), Karia Pavse (35) and Afzal Qureshi (44) – have been booked for abetment of suicide.

The police said that the four accused, who are residents of slums in Cuffe Parade, have been remanded in police custody.

7.Gang Attacks Land Survey Team in Bengaluru, 3 Held

A government land survey team led by IAS officer Munish Moudgil was attacked by a gang during a survey of a parcel of land in New Thippasandra near Indiranagar, around Friday noon.

Two survey department officials – supervisor Cheluva Raju and his assistant Narayan – sustained injuries when the gang threw stones and bottles at them. Moudgil, survey settlement and land records commissioner, was unhurt in the incident.

Sensing trouble when the youths confronted them, Moudgil called the Indiranagar police, who rushed to the spot. Police arrested Pavan, Ranjith and Manoj, cousins and residents of New Thippasandra.

"We acted as soon as we got information that a gang was attacking a survey party," Ajay Hilori, DCP (east division), said.


8. Man From Navi Mumbai Gets Life Imprisonment for Raping Minor in 2014

A special POCSO court convicted a 56-year-old labourer, Afazuddin Shaikh, and sentenced him to life imprisonment for raping and poisoning a six-year-old girl. Shaikh was also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000. Though the girl survived the poisoning, she did not live to see her rapist being punished as she died of snake bite on 18 December 2017.

Shaikh committed the crime in a hutment belonging to the girl's aunt in Koparkhairane on August 28, 2014. He was arrested after two days when he was about to escape to Kolkata. He said that he had committed the crime as the girl's mother had insulted him in front of others. The judgement was given on Friday.

(Source: Times of India)

9. Kidnapped Boy From South Delhi Rescued, Two Arrested

Two persons, including a woman, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a seven-year-old boy from outside the Sai Temple in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony Thursday. The child was reunited with his family Sunday.

Additional DCP (south) Vijayanta Arya said the accused have been identified as Radha and Bhajan Singh. “Radha has two children, but after a dispute with her husband, she left home and came to Delhi with her brother-in-law, Bhajan Singh. Her husband did not let her take the children. On Thursday, when she saw the boy outside the temple, she kidnapped him,” the DCP said.

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