News Flash – 11 November 2019

National News



Customers Rob Rohini Jeweller of Gold & Cash


New Delhi: A jewellery shop was robbed near Rohini on Saturday afternoon, when only the owner and one of his employees were present. The incident was captured on CCTV, police said. The criminals made away with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 30 lakh. Police officers said they have some clues but no arrests have been made yet. The incident has created panic among the Jewellers in the area. Cops rushed to the spot after receiving a PCR call at 1pm. Owner of Sriram Jewellers in Begampur told cops that he was at his shop with a staff, while others had gone for lunch, when the robbers came. The footage shows two of the four criminals coming into the shop posing as customers. They ask the jeweller to show them rings and necklaces. As soon he displays the items, two others barge in with pistols and assault the jeweller. The footage shows the staffer being brutally thrashed with pistols, punched and kicked after being thrown on the floor. The robbers then pack the jewellery in a blue bag and leave after threatening the jeweller.



Police said they have registered an FIR and formed teams led by a SHO rank officer to arrest the accused. The Crime Branch was also working on identifying and locating the accused. The owner has reported loss of over 600gm gold, Rs 1 lakh in cash and silver jewellery. Cops also spotted a white car, which was used by the criminals as the getaway vehicle, in another CCTV camera and were trying to trace the suspects using its details. The footage had been circulated among the informers who tipped the officers that the criminals could be from outer Delhi area or from villages near Haryana border. Raids were conducted on Sunday to nab the accused. The involvement of an insider or a local from the area was also being probed as the robbers seemed aware that during that time of the day only the owner and one staffer would be present at the shop. Cops said the robbers had conducted a recce and they were scanning the footage of the previous day too for clues.



Cabbie’s Bomb-Threat Letters Set Off alarm at HSR Layout



Bengaluru: A 25-year-old MCA graduate, who spread panic in tony HSR Layout Sector 1 by dropping letters at the doorsteps of residents saying their houses would be bombed if they did not pay him a ransom of Rs 5 lakh, recently landed in police net. HSR Layout police said Devendra Kumar, a resident of Agara and from Punganur in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, was arrested while he was dropping the third threat letter in front of a house in Sector 1 on November 3. He had placed the first letter in front of engineer and contractor V Kiran’s house on November 1 and the second letter near another residence the next day. Police said a few years ago, Kumar worked with a BPO in the city for a monthly salary of Rs 9,000. He, however, wasn’t happy with his income and went back to his hometown. In 2018, he returned to Bengaluru and started working as a cab driver. But he also wanted to make a quick buck. An avid watcher of crime series on Netflix, YouTube and other platforms, Kumar was apparently “inspired by one of the documentaries” he saw and resorted to bomb threats. Police, however, couldn’t immediately confirm which documentary triggered the idea. Kiran said around 6pm on November 1, the security guard at his house found four copies of a letter inside the compound. The letter was from a man who identified himself as Rehman.



In the letter, Rehman demanded a ransom of Rs 5 lakh from Kiran. He said that if Kiran failed to pay, he would bomb his house. Kiran immediately alerted police, who arrived with sniffer dogs and searched his premises. Having ascertained that there was no bomb, police began a probe. The next day they found another resident in the locality too received a similar letter. While panic spread, HSR Layout police began vetting CCTV footage from the area and questioned as many as 50 persons in a single day. The letter sender had provided an email ID in his missive, asking the recipients to contact him on the same to work out details of ransom payment. Police got the recipients to send an email to the address provided, seeking to know where they should deliver the money. After an eight-hour wait, the suspect replied, saying the money should be delivered near a temple at HSR Layout. He, however, did not turn up as per the plan. By then police were on the trail of the mobile phone from which he had sent the emails. An unsuspecting Kumar was dropping his threat letter in front of another house in the locality when he was picked up.



10 Dead, 4.6 Lakhs Affected in Bengal as Bulbul Heads for Bangladesh


Bakkhali/Kolkata: Cyclone Bulbul veered towards Bangladesh early on Sunday and steadily lost strength but left a trail of death and destruction in Bengal, claiming at least nine lives spread over three districts. According to late evening reports, as many as 4.6 lakh people were affected and 60,000 houses damaged. The toll, officials feared, could rise further: eight fishermen on board trawler MV Chandrani, which capsized off Mousuni, an island in the Bay of Bengal, are still missing. Five persons (four in North 24 Parganas, one in East Midnapore’s Nandigram) died after uprooted trees fell on them; one person died in North 24 Parganas in a building collapse. Two people died in Hooghly of electrocution early on Sunday morning and one person Sanjoy Das (45) died when the trawler capsized. Bulbul’s death toll in Bengal stands at10. One of the deaths occurred in Kolkata on Saturday before the cyclone made landfall, when a 28-year-old chef working with the Calcutta Cricket & Football Club (CCFC) died after a deodar tree collapsed on him seconds after he had entered the club premises.



Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has postponed a scheduled north Bengal visit. On Monday, she will embark on an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali and meet the Kakdwip administration to review relief and rehabilitation measures. On Wednesday, she will visit affected areas at Basirhat, North 24 Parganas. On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the chief minister and assured her of all help. Union home minister Amit Shah, too, called up Banerjee, promising help. “Ten teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) in West Bengal and six teams in Odisha have already been deployed and are assisting the state administration in evacuation, restoration of roads and in distribution of relief. An additional 18 teams of NDRF have been kept on standby,” Shah later said.

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