QCrime: Mumbai Flesh Trade Racket Busted; Couple Fired At in Delhi
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QCrime: Mumbai Flesh Trade Racket Busted; Couple Fired At in Delhi

1. Flesh Trade Racket Busted: Woman Held, Two Girls Rescued

The Thane crime branch on Thursday night arrested a woman and rescued two girls, one of them a minor, after busting an alleged flesh trade racket. The accused used to contact customers using social media and charge around Rs 50,000 or more per girl. It is the eighth raid by the Thane Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) in two months.

According to the police, the woman, who allegedly used to supply girls, had brought her own sister and a minor cousin for a decoy customer.

“We contacted the woman over WhatsApp and she demanded Rs 50,000 per woman. Using dummy notes, we managed to get the cash and planted our decoy at the restaurant where she had set up a meeting,” inspector Ravindra Daundkar, head of Thane AHTC, said. The police arrested the 26-year-old woman, a resident of a colony in Mira Road from Dwarka restaurant in the Wagle Estate area.

(Source: Indian Express)

2. Three Booked for Selling 26-Year-Old Woman for ₹1.5 Lakh in Rajasthan

A month after three people were booked in Rajasthan for selling a 26-year-old woman for Rs 1.5 lakh, the case has been transferred to the Mahatma Phule police station in Kalyan.

Police said the woman and her mother had been searching for a job in January last year, when they met the main accused Vishnu Sharma, his wife Mala and relative Manohar. “The three gave the woman and her mother work as labourers in Kalyan for the next three to four months,” said R Diwekar, assistant inspector, Mahatma Phule police station.

Vishnu then told the woman and her mother that he could arrange for them to work in Rajasthan, as there were no jobs in Kalyan. “The women said they were hesitant to move to Rajasthan as they did not know the area. Vishnu assured them, saying Mala would also join the same firm,” added Diwekar.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Decomposed Body of Man Found in Colaba Highrise

The decomposed body of a 65-year-old man was found in a 4-BHK flat in a highrise in Colaba. The deceased, Al-Farooque Kabli, a divorcee, lived alone in the 30th-floor flat in Sagar Sangeet building, the police said.

The matter came to light on Thursday afternoon when the building watchman went to Kabli's flat to report about water seeping from his house into the flat below his. As the watchman failed to get any response, he informed the building management. A foul smell that pervaded on the floor and around the flat, spurred the management to summon the police. Kabli's body was discovered after the police and firemen broke open the door to the flat.

Kabli's ex-wife lived in Malabar Hill while his sons are settled in the US and the other in Oman, said the police. "The flat was in a state of disarray," said an officer. "Power had been cut off two years ago due to unpaid bills."

(Source: Times of India)

4. Private Investor Held for Sexual Harassment of Delhi Woman

Angel investor Mahesh Murthy was arrested on Friday for alleged stalking and sexual harassment of a Delhi woman in early 2017, reports V Naryan. He was released on bail hours later.

The woman had moved the National Commission for Women last April accusing Murthy of making objectionable, derogatory and sexual remarks and obscene signs. Later, the commission received four other similar complaints against the co-founder of Seedfund, a venture capital fund for early stage investment in startups. The NCW sent the complaints to the Maharashtra DGP in November and later lodged a complaint with Khar police.

(Source: Times of India)

5. Dance Teacher Held for Molesting Class II Student in Kolkata

A dance teacher at a prominent convent school in Kolkata was arrested on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a Class II student over the past two months.

Soumen Rana, 27, was detained amid a violent protest by parents outside the school, which left two police officers injured. “The accused has been arrested under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and the POCSO Act following a complaint by the victim’s father,” said Joint CP (crime) Praveen Tripathy. The girl’s parents have also alleged that the school principal did not believe their complaint initially.

(Source: Indian Express)

6. Delhi Couple Fired At for Fighting Robbery Bid

Five men opened fire at a couple who owned an electronic showroom in east Delhi's Shakapur, when the latter tried to stop them from taking away 70 laptops worth almost Rs 50 lakh from their store on Friday. Police said they have not identified the accused yet.

Police received a PCR call regarding the incident at 6:10 am following which a team reached the spot and started the investigation. The victim, Vipul Jain, told police that when he and his wife tried to stop the gang, they opened fire at them.

On Friday, Jain got an alert on his phone that someone was trying to break into the shop and he rushed to the shop along with his family. He said that he lives barely a few meters away from the store and reached there within five minutes.

(Source: Times of India)

7. Train Attack: Right Sole Crushed, Two Fingers Lost After Woman Falls on Tracks

Two days after a 23-year-old woman fell off a train when she was allegedly struck by a juvenile with a rod between Sandhurst Road and Masjid stations, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has said the spot was never prone to such incidents.

The GRP said ‘fatka’ robberies have never been reported from the area before. Additional staff members have been deployed to monitor the stretch, officials said.

On Wednesday, Dravita Singh fell off a train and lost two of her fingers, broke one finger in her left hand and part of her right foot. She was on her way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) when she managed to roll away from the tracks as a down train bore down on her. But the sole of her right foot got crushed.

(Source: Indian Express)

8. Properties of Bizman, Ex-Ed Official Attached

The Enforcement Directorate has attached the properties of businessman Bimal Agarwal and a former ED official, collectively worth Rs 2 crore, as part of a money-laundering probe linked to IPL betting.

Agarwal in connivance with former ED joint director (Ahmedabad) JP Singh had allegedly collected money from bookies offering them protection in a money-laundering probe. The agency is investigating a money-laundering case against JP Singh, his then junior Sanjay Kumar, businessman Bimal Agarwal. bookie Sonu Jalan and Dhruv Singh. The ED investigation is based on a CBI case registered against the said accused in 2015, for accepting and bribing the government officials.

(Source: Times of India)

9. Co-Op Bank's Ex-Ceo Booked for Rs 26 Crore Forgery

Konark co-operative bank ex-CEO Ramesh Makhija has been booked for allegedly tampering with a customer's account and sanctioning an overdraft facility of nearly Rs 26 crore to 16 companies by forging documents. Makhija was booked under IPC sections related to cheating and forgery after bank customer Nirmal Bhatia approached Central police station on Thursday and submitted documents allegedly forged by Makhija.

Bhatia said that he and his partners, Satish and Harish Harchabi, have an account at the bank and an overdraft facility of Rs 6 crore. He had pledged property documents with the bank too. Bhatia alleged that Makhija misused the documents and tampered with his account to fraudulently sanction the amount under the overdraft facility, police said. The "fraud" has been going on since March 2015 but he noticed it only recently.

(Source: Times of India)