News Flash – 07 May 2019

National News



3 Men who Duped PVR of Rs.14 Lakhs held



New Delhi: A week ago, crooks took away Rs 14 lakh from PVR Cinemas by posing as cash collection staff. Now, three people have been arrested, including a PVR employee who had baked the plot. So far, police have recovered Rs 12.4 lakhs. The heist was plotted by Amreek Singh (26) who had roped in his 41-year-old namesake and another friend named Amit Singh (38), police said. On April 30, manager of PVR Cinemas in Naraina had lodged a complaint. In his complaint, the victim had said that PVR has an account with Axis Bank, which has hired Logicash Solution Pvt Ltd to collect cash from it and deposit in the bank. That day, a person named Laxman arrived at PVR Naraina claiming to be a Logicash representative. He entered his particulars at the security register and also produced his Logicash ID card. He then walked away with Rs 14,14,310 from the accountant. The employees of PVR, however, went into a tizzy when the real representative of Logicash, Rahul, arrived to collect the cash. Initially, the employees mistook him for an imposter and verified his credentials. However, it became clear soon that the money had been handed over to the wrong person.



Police lodged an FIR under Section 420 of IPC. “A team led by ACP Tanu Sharma and SHO Hari Kishan was formed to investigate the matter,” said DCP (west) Monika Bhardwaj. Initially, the team focused on feeds from CCTV cameras of the theatre and nearby areas. The footage revealed that a person aged about 25-30 years collected the money with ease from the counter. The modus operandi also suggested that the accused was well-versed with the process of cash collection of PVR Cinemas and must have been fed information by a PVR insider. The team interrogated all the accountants of PVR Cinemas of west district and mounted technical surveillance. Eventually, the culprits were identified and arrested. Amreek Singh turned out to be an accountant in PVR Vikaspuri. He had bought SIM cards on forged papers. “Amreek called the accountant of PVR Naraina posing as a collection agent from Logicash. He sent his friend Amit, who is involved in three similar crimes previously, to collect the money. Amit duped the accountant pretending to be a Logicash collection agent,” Bhardwaj said.



Bikers Snatch Rs.18 Lakhs from cash collection agent in NW Delhi



New Delhi: Bike-borne snatchers made away with a whopping Rs 18 lakh from a cash collection agent in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Monday afternoon. The snatchers pushed the victim to the ground and snatched the bag from him. DCP (northwest) Vijayanta Arya said that a case has been registered. As per preliminary probe, Manoj Sharma (46), who works as a cash collection agent with a private firm, had gone to Jahangirpuri to collect cash from various mobile shops and showrooms. After collecting the money, Sharma reached C-block of Jahangirpuri, when three men on a motorcycle came and tried to snatch the bag from him. Sharma resisted the attempt but fell on the road even as the men on the bike tried to grab the strap of the bag. During the scuffle, the bag fell on the road and the snatchers grabbed it and fled. Sharma tried to chase them but to no success. Sharma then called his employer and police and informed them about the incident. A police team reached the spot and recorded Sharma’s statement, during which he also gave them the description of the attackers. It is suspected that the snatchers were armed as well. Officers are scanning CCTV footage of the stretch to ascertain the identity of the suspects. They are also questioning the local informers to get information about the suspects. It is suspected that the snatchers were aware of the movements of Sharma and knew that he would be carrying the cash.



Rice Merchant’s House Burgled of Rs.15 Lakhs



Chennai: Burglars broke open the house of a rice merchant in Madurantakam and decamped with Rs.15 lakhs worth gold jewellery, silver ornaments and some cash on Sunday. The theft happened when the residents were asleep. Police are searching for the suspects. The theft came to light on Monday morning. Police personnel from the Madurantakam police station visited the house and examined the premises. A team of experts collected fingerprints from the door, bureau and safe. The merchant told police that he had kept at least 46 sovereigns of gold jewellery, 1.5kg of silver ornaments and Rs. 10,000 cash in the safe. Police said the merchant, Sri Ramulu, went to sleep on the terrace on Sunday night. The burglars sneaked into the house through the back door. A case has been registered.



International News



Pilot blames lightning as Moscow investigates jet crash that killed 41

The plane, a Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by the Russian carrier Aeroflot, had taken off from the airport but turned back within minutes. When asked if the Sukhoi planes should be grounded pending the outcome of the investigation, Russia’s transport minister said: ‘There are no grounds for that.



Moscow: The plane that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at a Moscow airport, killing 41 of the 78 people on board, was without radio communications because of a lightning strike, Russian news media on Monday quoted the pilot as saying. The plane reportedly did not jettison any fuel before the landing, as is common procedure. It was not clear why the crew did not take the time to do that. A flight attendant said there was a sharp flash soon after takeoff on Sunday from Sheremetyevo Airport as the plane headed to Murmansk. Some of the 37 survivors were seen on video carrying hand luggage as they plunged down an inflatable slide from the plane’s forward section, raising questions about whether grabbing their baggage might have impeded an evacuation in which every second could separate life from death. Pilot Denis Evdokimov was quoted as saying by Russian media that “because of lightning, we had a loss of radio communication”. Russia’s main investigative body said both of the plane’s flight recorders data and voice have been recovered from the wreckage. Investigators were looking into three main possibilities: inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather.

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