QCrime: Cops Say ‘No Poison’ in Body of Unnao Rape Witness & More

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Activists from Left parties participating in a protest against the government’s alleged inaction in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, in Mumbai on Friday, 13 April. 

1. Unnao Rape Case: Police Say No Poison Found in Body of Key Witness

Forensic examination did not find any poison in the viscera samples of Mohmmad Yunus Khan, the key witness in the alleged murder of the Unnao rape victim’s father, police said on Sunday, 2 September.

Yunus’s body was exhumed on 25 August amid tension after the rape victim’s uncle alleged that he was poisoned to death, but ADG, law and order, Anand Kumar, said no poison was found in the viscera samples sent for chemical analysis to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Lucknow.

“This should end all the speculation and settle the cause of the death,” he said.

Unnao SP Harish Kumar confirmed he had received the FSL report and said all the allegations made by the uncle of the rape victim had been found false.

A panel of three doctors conducted the autopsy and didn’t find anything unusual behind the death.

(Source: Hindustan TimesE

2. 24 Jharkhand Children Rescued from Punjab; Kingpin, Aide Held for Conversion, Trafficking

Jharkhand Police have rescued 24 children who were illegally trafficked from the state and converted to Christianity in Punjab, and arrested two persons in this connection.

Satyendra Prasad Moses, the alleged kingpin of Packiam Mercy Cross child home in Ludhiana, and his erstwhile student, Junul Longa, have been sent to jail on charges of trafficking and converting 34 Jharkhand children, police said on Saturday, 1 September.

Moses and Longa were produced in Chaibasa court and sent to jail on charges of converting 34 kids from Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum, Ranchi and Khunti districts, police said.

Police brought Moses from Ludhiana along with four kids, who originally hail from Khunti and Bundu (Ranchi) and were kept in the home along with 30 other children aged 5-13 years under inhuman conditions.

“We have evidence of conversion and other forms of exploitation of the kids in the Ludhiana-based home run by Moses and Longa,” said Kranti Kumar Gadidheshi, West Singhbhum superintendent of police (SP).

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Chhota Udepur: 16-Yr-Old Attempts Suicide After Alleging Rape by Friend’s Cousin

A 16-year-old girl from Chhota Udepur’s Bodeli taluka tried to kill herself after being allegedly raped by a friend’s cousin brother. While the incident occurred on Thursday morning on 30 September, a case was registered at Bodeli police station on Sunday, 2 September.

As per the complaint filed by the Class X student, she was walking towards her school with her friend and neighbour when they met her friend’s cousin brother and his friend who were on two separate motorbikes. The four then decided to visit a temple together.

According to the complainant, she sat on the motorbike of her friend’s cousin brother, while her friend sat on the other. They were taken through a secluded forest area where the 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her friend’s cousin brother.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Servant Held for ‘Poisoning’ 65-Year-Old Since August

A 33-year-old domestic servant was arrested by the Colabapolice on Sunday, 2 September, for allegedly slow-poisoning a prominent Colaba businesswoman.

According to the police, the son and daughter in the Khajotia family usually stayed abroad on work. The family members had lodged a complaint with the Colaba police.

Their mother, businesswoman and activist Zinnia Khajotia, 65, had hired Riyal Mandal, 33, a resident of the nearby Ganesh Murti Nagar, as a house help. It was he who cooked for the family, police said.

Since August, Khajotia had been regularly feeling drowsy and nauseous after eating. When her son and daughter returned to India, she told them about it, and they took her to their family doctor. After conducting tests, the doctor suspected that she was being given food laced with rat poison.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Prisoner Escapes From PGI, Three Ludhiana Jail Officials Arrested

A prisoner who was lodged in Ludhiana jail in connection with a theft case and admitted to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for treatment, fled from police custody on Saturday, 1 September.

Three jail officials, including a Ludhiana jail warden, were booked for the lapse and arrested.

The officials of Sector 11 police station told Chandigarh Newsline that Anil Paswan, who was lodged in Ludhiana prison in connection with a theft case, came to PGI for his treatment around 8:30 pm on Friday, 31 August.

He was reported missing on Saturday morning from emergency ward where he was admitted although the police are yet to ascertain the exact time at which he made good his escape.

(Source: The Indian Express)

6. Man Beaten to Death over Parking at Rajkumar Road

A 63-year-old man was beaten to death during a fight that broke out over a parking issue on Dr Rajkumar Road on Thursday night, 30 August. The accused three, who were severely drunk, were unaware that their beatings had resulted in the victim’s death till they were picked up by the police.

The victim has been identified as Sri Ram, a resident of Prakash Nagar. The accused three are Karthik, 34, of Manjunathanagar, Rajshekar, 28, of Nagarabhavi and Janardhan, 34, of Kamakshipalya.

Rajashekar and Janardhan are medical equipment sales representatives while Karthik is an interior designer.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

7. 2 Held for Murdering Priest Over ‘Relations’ with Married Woman

A 60-year-old priest of a temple, in a locality under the jurisdiction of the Sihani Gate police station, was allegedly murdered as he was “friendly” with a 42-year-old married woman with three children.

The police said the woman’s cousin allegedly discovered their “relationship” a month ago and hatched a conspiracy to murder the priest. He then allegedly disposed of his body along with his two-wheeler in the Upper Ganga Canal near Muradnagar.

According to the police, Harvansh Kumar Shukla, the priest, went missing on the evening of 28 August, and his body was recovered from the canal in Kakod area of Bulandshahr a day later.

The police had lodged a missing person report at Sihani Gate police station and were informed by their counterparts in Bulandshahr of the discovery of the body.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

8. Prostitution Racket Busted in Sector 43

The police on Saturday, 1 September, arrested a man for allegedly operating a prostitution racket from a spa and massage centre in Sector 43.

A team of police personnel, including women staff, from the Sushant Lok police station raided the spa at Vyapar Kendra in Sector 43. According to Arvind Kumar, station house officer (SHO), Sushant Lok police station, the accused owner of the spa is a resident of Laxman Vihar, Sector 3A.

“We received a tip-off that a prostitution racket was being operated under the guise of a spa. The women working at the centre were questioned, and the accused was arrested,” said Kumar.

Police officials said a decoy customer was sent to the centre, and after sufficient evidence of the owner’s involvement in prostitution was found, the spa centre was raided.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

9. Thane: Man Arrested for ‘Blackmailing’ Girl

A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing a 17-year-old girl that he would released morphed pictures of her. The accused, a student, was arrested by the Thane anti-extortion cell on Saturday, 1 September. He had downloaded the minor’s photographs from a social networking platform.

“The accused and the victim were friends. The girl had sent some pictures to the accused over Snapchat, which he allegedly morphed into obscene pictures,” said a police officer.

The girl approached the police last week after the accused demanded Rs 50,000 from her, the police said. “The man had been blackmailing her for some time. She allegedly paid him Rs 5,000 twice,” the officer said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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