News Flash – 12 September 2019

National News



Thieves Cut Open ATM, Flee with Lakhs



New Delhi: Thieves managed to cut through an ATM in northeast Delhi’s Jyoti Nagar and made away with around Rs 2.5 lakh. The thieves reportedly used gas cutters to cut through the machine. Police said that the incident happened on the night of August 26. The company responsible for replenishing the cash found the machine damaged the next day. A case has been registered. A preliminary probe has revealed that there was no security guard at the kiosk at the time of the incident. Before leaving, the men sprayed black paint on the CCTV camera located inside and damaged its lens.



Jaipur Express Coach Gutted in Yard, Delayed by 2 Hours

No one was injured in the fire at the Mumbai Central yard.



Mumbai: A three-tier AC coach of Mumbai Central-Jaipur Express caught fire in the maintenance yard at Mumbai Central on Wednesday at 6pm, around 50 minutes before it was to depart. No one was injured as the coach was empty. A Western Railway spokesperson said, “Flames were extinguished in the B-3 coach by fire tender at 6.45pm. The adjoining B-2 coach is safe without the fire and smoke affecting it. The cause of the fire will be ascertained after investigations.” A fire tender reached the site in 10 minutes and immediately doused the fire, officials said. The train departed from Mumbai Central at 9.08pm, as against its scheduled time of 6.50pm. A senior administrative grade-level probe has been constituted, comprising four senior officers, each from safety, security, mechanical and electrical departments.



GRP Cop Risks Life to Catch Cellphone Thief on Train Track



Mumbai: In a dramatic capture, a GRP constable chased a fatka thief for over 300 metres on a live track on Tuesday after spotting him clambering down a railway pole and picking up a stolen phone. The constable, Prakash Kamble, then hauled the thief to the GRP chowky where it was found that he was a habitual offender. Kamble received a cash reward from his superior, senior inspector Rajendra Pal, for having risked his life to nab the thief. Around 10pm on Tuesday, a commuter, Surendra Sav, was travelling on the footboard of a down Panvel local, talking on the phone. When the train moved out of Sewri station, Sav felt a stab of pain on his hand and dropped his phone. He instinctively held the vertical rod at the door and saved himself from falling out. Meanwhile, Kamble was patrolling on Sewri station. As the train left, he heard commuters scream “chor, chor” and peered out in the direction of the tracks. He spotted a man slithering down a railway pole and picking up something from the tracks. As the man started to run, Kamble followed him and jumped onto the tracks without a moment’s thought. “I chased him for over 300 metres before overpowering him. He was hiding a stolen cellphone,” said Kamble. It was only after returning to the platform with the thief that Kamble realised he had risked his life. “There have been instances of railway cops losing their lives while chasing thieves on live tracks. But I was only concerned with doing my duty and did not bother about anything else at that point,” he said.



Telangana Reels from Dengue: Over 10k Cases in Three Months


Hyderabad: As many as 1,388 new cases of dengue have been reported from across Telangana over the last six days alone more than half of them from within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits show records sourced from the state health department. In fact, the total count of dengue cases between June 1and now, registered at state and private hospitals, stand an alarmingly high 10,876. The records underline August as the worst-hit given the month registered 6,800 of the total cases this season. These revelations come at a time when officials claim that the spread of dengue is on the decline in Telangana. While areas within GHMC limits including Hyderabad, parts of Sangareddy, Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts reported lower numbers during initial period of the dengue season, they now stand at the top of the charts. Till date, these areas have collectively reported 2003 cases. Among Telangana districts, the highest number of cases have been recorded from Khammam, Warangal Rural, Warangal Urban and Jagthiyal, sources said. Doctors say a large number of cases are being reported from Uppal, Hayathnagar, Shamshabad, Vikarabad, Picket, Trimulgherry and Bowenpally.



“Every day, 60-70 cases of fever are reported at the Public Health Centre of which half are dengue positive. There is a significant number of patients coming in with platelet counts of between 30,000 and 40,000. This means that the severity of the virus is as high as earlier,” said a doctor from the area hospital in Bollarum. Rising concern over sanitation standards in some pockets, doctors said a majority of patients are in the 5 to 18-year bracket. “As compared to a month ago, there is an increase in cases coming from areas like Chandrayangutta, Barkas, Shaheennagar and Malakpet as well. Fogging has not been done in half the places,” said Dr Shafi, consultant infectious diseases working in Malakpet. Owing to rise in cases, several corporate hospitals that TOI spoke to admitted that they are forced to turn away patients due to excess load in their intensive care units. Such patients are, compelled to visit state-run Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General Hospital (OGH). “Compared to a fortnight ago, the number of dengue cases on an average have not increased or decreased. Our dengue wards have no more place to accommodate patients,” said an official source.



Six Burglars held for Jewellery Store Heist



Hyderabad: Six persons reportedly involved in three offences, including a burglary at a jewellery shop at A S Rao Nagar, have been arrested from Dammaiguda and Danapur in Bihar. Rachakonda police said that Mohammed Shahbaz Alam, Mohammed Shahid, Mohammed Mansoor Alam, Mohammed Kasim, Aftab Alam, Mehandi Azeem, all involved in menial works, were arrested. In the early hours of September 4, the six had drilled a hole in the wall of a jewellery shop, gained entry to steal the valuables. Meanwhile, some passers-by observed it and alerted the shop owner, who rushed to the shop along with his wife. Five accused, who were inside, left the booty and fled with 11tolas of gold ornaments. After analysing CCTV footage at different locations, police found the culprits were residing at Dammaiguda, but when the police went to their residence, their door was found locked. They learnt that the accused had left for their native place in Bihar. The police then went to the railway station and found that some of the accused had boarded Dhanapur Express. Immediately, the team took a flight and nabbed Shabaz, Shahid, Mansoor and Kasim at Danapur station near Patna on September 5. Based on their confession, police nabbed their associates Aftab Alam and Mehendi Azeem, both residents of Dammaiguda but hailing from Bihar. However, their another associate Azam went absconding.



Parts of Vijayawada Flooded Post Rains

A woman wades through floodwater inside her house at Ranigaari Thota in Vijayawada on Wednesday.



Vijayawada: The state disaster management authority issued a high alert as low-lying areas in the city were inundated after heavy rain and rising water levels in the Prakasam barrage. Areas like Ranigari Thota and Kanakadurga Vaaradhi are virtually submerged by the water released from the barrage. On Wednesday, there was inflow of 2.5 lakh cusecs at Prakasam barrage, which might lead to the second big flood in a month.

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