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1. Padma Awards of Renowned Kannada Poet Kuvempu Stolen

Unidentified thieves barged into the Kuvempu memorial built after the late Kannada poet Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa at his birthplace in Shivamoga, and stole some cash and his Padma awards. According to a report in The Indian Express, the robbery was carried out within 19 minutes and was captured on CCTV.

The miscreants stole Kuvempu’s Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan from the museum at his residence in Kuppalli. They damaged the CCTV cameras before they committed the crime but the CCTV has managed to capture the images of the persons who entered the museum with their faces covered.
G Parameshwar, State Home Minister

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2. Extortion call to Techie: Pay up or We’ll Kidnap Your Child

According to a report in The Times of India, a resident of Kolkata who works for an MNC has stopped going to office after he got extortion calls demanding Rs 5 lakh. The callers threatened to kidnap his six-year-old daughter if he didn’t pay up.

The man stopped going to work after the Kolkata police dismissed the threat as a “prank call”.

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3. FB Sex Ring Accused May Have Trafficked Girls to Gulf: Police

Investigators of the online sex racket in Thiruvananthapuram have said that the accused could have trafficked girls to West Asian countries, considering the fact that he has been in the business for a decade now.

The main accused and his accomplice were nabbed on Monday by the state police, according to The New Indian Express.

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4. Doctor’s House Burgled Thrice, Police Clueless

A doctor in Delhi’s Hauz Khas is faced with a bizarre situation. Every time he leaves town, a gang of robbers have been targeting his house. A report in The Times of India says that in the last three months, his house was burgled three times.

The police have registered an FIR, but are clueless about who is behind the crimes and how they are being executed.

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5. Crimes on the Web: More FIRs Make Cyber Cell Cops the Busiest Officers

Officer Kalpana Gadekar is currently the investigating officer of about 100 cases, out of which 30 are from last year. A report in The Indian Express says that with an increase in web crimes, the cyber cell is having to deal with more and more cases of the likes of identity thefts and people being duped online.

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6. Thane Cops Position Outside Wedding Halls to Nab Snatchers

Thane police chief has asked police personnel to keep a close watch on weddings in the city to be able to arrest chain snatchers. A report in DNA says nakabandi has been strengthened and police force has been deployed outside select wedding halls.

Police stations will be informed about the marriages taking place in their area and also about other functions in the city. Accordingly, officials will be alerted in that area and more patrolling will be increased.
Parag Manere, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime)

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7. 20 Vehicles, Machines Set Ablaze by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

According to a report by The New Indian Express, at least 20 vehicles were set on fire by naxals in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The report says that the group had raided the Hahaladdi iron ore on Tuesday evening and torched vehicles and machines used for mining work.

Last month a similar incident had taken place in the Chargaon iron mining site in Kanker district.

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8. Police Probing Circulation of Fake Notes in Khammam

According to a report in The Hindu, Andhra Pradesh police has started cracking down on motorcycle-borne youths who have been circulating fake currency in Nalgonda district.

The situation has come to the fore after the police identified several incidents of fake currency notes being circulated in select areas in Nalgonda.

We have registered a case based on a complaint lodged by a local businessman and launched a detailed investigation into the incident.
Kiran Kumar, Inspector of Police, Kusumanchi

9. Two Alleged Maoists Held in Chhattisgarh

Two Naxals, including a woman, who were active on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on their head, were arrested from insurgency-hit Rajanandgaon district of the state, police said today.

The cadres, Manisha alias Jani Kovachi (29) and Manglu Sori (21), were nabbed by a joint team of security forces from the forests of Bortalav police station limits last evening, Inspector General of Police, Durg Range, Pradeep Gupta told PTI.

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