Gang Drills Hole in Wall to Steal Gold, Busted
The men rented a godown behind the office 10 days ago and started to drill a hole in a wall, which would have led them to the firm’s bathroom.
New Delhi: A gang’s audacious attempt to execute a heist at a gold finance company by drilling a hole in its wall was foiled by police in the nick of time on Sunday. Four thieves have been arrested. The accused had rented a godown behind the office 10 days ago and started to drill a hole in a wall, which would have led them to the bathroom of the finance firm office. DCP (northwest) Vijyenta Arya said the breakthrough was possible because of the police’s ‘eyes and ear’ scheme. “We carry out regular verification drives for tenants in resettlement colonies to keep a check on anti-social elements,” Arya said. During one such exercise in an area falling under Shalimar Bagh police station, a resident informed the cops about some suspicious people who had recently come to the area, the DCP added. A team comprising inspector Rajender Singh, sub-inspector Shekhar and a few others laid a trap near the godown and kept a watch on it.
Around 2.30pm on Sunday, they spotted a person standing outside the godown and it seemed as if he was keeping a watch. As a policeman approached him, he ran inside to alert the rest. The cops chased and nabbed him. The man then led the team to three others, who were still drilling the hole. The cops seized various tools, such as gas cutters, cylinder, pipes, regulators, saws, and a pistol from them. The arrested men have been identified as Panchu Ram Mandal, Pheku Basak, Mohijur and Nirjan Joshi. The accused said they had hatched the plot on the directions of an accomplice, who is currently at large, as he had all details about the office. They were told that they could get around 18kg gold and cash worth lakhs if they strike on Sunday. After taking the godown on rent, they got the house-breaking tools and started working during daytime, an accused said.
Dip in School Attendance Amid Surge in Dengue & Viral Fevers
Hyderabad: The surge in cases of dengue and viral fever has led to a sharp drop in attendance across private schools in Hyderabad, with many of their registers showing up to 40% absentees every day. Staff say that the count of students missing classes, owing to ill health, has increased over the last couple of weeks in particular. While the pre-primary sections of private schools are said to be the most affected, the primary and high school sections too have a large number of students who have been absent for a while now. “Starting from the second week of August, there has been a sharp decline in number of students attending classes regularly. While in nursery about 60% of students are absent daily, in other classes the count of absentees ranges from 30% to 40%,” said P Sridevi, principal, Srinidhi Global School. In fact, the principal said that they are forced to send at least a couple of student’s home during school hours every day. “When a child complains of high temperature, we call his/her parents and advise them to get a blood test done,” Sridevi said, adding that the situation is the same in most private schools of Hyderabad. Teachers also said that parents are often wary of sending their wards to school when they hear of another student from the school being diagnosed with dengue. “Parents don’t want to take a chance.
So when we call them to enquire about why they aren’t sending their children to school, they blatantly say that they won’t send their child unless the situation normalises,” said Shabir Ali, president, Telangana Private Teachers Federation. While schools with a healthcare centre on its premises are reporting a lower percentage of absentees, there too at least 12% to 15% of the children are seen missing classes regularly. “We have been able to create awareness and treat students on time so that it does not spread to other students. This has ensured that a lesser number of our students fall sick,” said Jyothirmayee M, principal, Narayana School, RK Puram. Government teachers, meanwhile, said that the situation isn’t as alarming in their schools even as they urged civic officials to maintain hygienic conditions around all educational institutions. “Whether it is a state school or not, municipal officials should ensure that the surroundings of all schools and localities are clean and have no waterlogging, so that everyone is safe from dengue or other viral fevers,” said M Ravinder, general secretary, Telangana Progressive Teachers Federation. Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) minister KT Rama Rao also directed officials to create awareness in schools and colleges and said that they would try and control the spread of these viral fevers within 15 days.
Break-in Attempt at ATM Kiosk, Cash Intact
Chennai: Burglars on Monday unsuccessfully attempted to break open the chest of an ATM kiosk at Tiruttani. The incident came to light after some passersby noticed the damaged of kiosk and informed police. A police team from Tiruttani rushed to the place and alerted bank officials who examined the kiosk and confirmed that the cash chest could not be not tampered. However, police have registered a case and launched a search for the suspects. They have collected CCTV camera footage. Meanwhile, police solved the August 27 burglary attempt at Andhra Bank in Avadi with the arrest of a 49-year-old man identified as Delhi Babu alias Raja, a resident of Chitlapakkam. Police narrowed down on the suspect with the help of CCTV camera footage. Employees found the main shutter was damaged and informed police, adding the suspects tried to break open the strong room.