News Flash – 14 November 2019

National News



Cash Van Driver Flees with Rs.73 Lakhs, held Hours Pater



Mumbai: A driver working with a cash delivery company allegedly stole Rs 73 lakh from a pickup van on which he was on duty The incident occurred at Malad (west) on Wednesday. He was arrested the same day, said an official from Bangur Nagar police station. Most of the cash has been recovered, said sources. The accused, Sher Ali, was on duty with two colleagues, Rahul Khare and another identified only as Wadekar who is a security guard. By 12.45 pm, they had collected Rs 72.6 lakh from eight establishments and it was kept in the van. When they reached Zenith Hospital at Mith Chowky for collection. Khare left the vehicle with Ali and Wadekar to go to a restaurant in the hospital building. Ali then asked Wadekar to buy him a snack. While Wadekar was away, Ali fled with the van. Later, Khare lodged a complaint at Bangur Nagar police station. Ali had abandoned the van at Dahisar (east), took the cash and went to his daughter’s house in Kandivli. He did not take his colleagues’ calls. The police contacted his wife who called up Ali and asked where he was. The police then nabbed him near his daughter’s home.



Air Emergency in Delhi-NCR, Schools to be Shut till Friday


New Delhi: Air quality in Delhi-NCR plunged deeper into the “severe” zone on Wednesday, staying in the worst category on the AQI scale for the second straight day, which prompted the authorities to take “air emergency” action. Schools in Delhi and adjoining cities were ordered shut till Friday while CM Arvind Kejriwal said odd-even traffic scheme may be extended beyond November 15. “In view of deteriorating air quality because of pollution due to stubble burning, Delhi government has decided to close schools tomorrow and day after,” deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted. Similar announcements were made in Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad after the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority wrote to NCR states recommending the move and advised people to avoid outdoor exposure and work from home wherever feasible. The average air quality index in Delhi on Wednesday was 456 the third highest so far this season deteriorating from Tuesday’s 425.



It was 470 in Noida, 446 in Faridabad, 467 in Ghaziabad, 462 in Greater Noida and 447 in Gurgaon. A toxic smog hung over much of north India with cloudy skies over Punjab, Haryana and west Uttar Pradesh as well as calm winds ahead of an approaching western disturbance trapping pollutants close to the ground. The CPCB-led task force met to review the situation and recommended shutting down of schools for next two days. It extended ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers till November 15. “Low surface winds, low mixing depth and contribution from farm fires due to northwesterly winds resulted in the severe plus category, which is likely to continue till Thursday,” an IMD official said. “Strong winds are expected from November 15, which will bring down the air pollution levels to the very poor category,” he said.



Jewellery Store Worker Attacked with Pepper Spray, Rs.30 Lakhs Robbed



Hyderabad: Two offenders stole a bag containing Rs.30 lakhs cash from a jewellery store worker near Ujjaini Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad on Tuesday night. During preliminary investigation, police found that the offenders used a stolen bike to escape from the crime scene. Jewellery store worker Rupram was carrying a cash bag for his employer, whose store is at Jagdish Market near Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, and taking the stairs when one of the offenders attacked him with pepper spray, a police officer said. “The worker was carrying money after a deal was struck between Navkar Jewellers and Rohit Jewellers. He was supposed to deliver the cash to owners of Rohit Jewellers, but while he was ascending the staircase from ground floor to the first floor, he was robbed,” Mahankali sub-inspector Gopal Rao said. Police said two persons were directly involved in the robbery, while two others might have provided them logistical support. “While one of them snatched the bag from the worker, the other one kept the bike ready. Both fled from the spot. The second offender was wearing a helmet,” the SI added. Police checked CCTV footage and secured the registration number of the getaway bike. According to sources, the bike used in the offence was stolen at Hayatnagar on October 16. Four special teams, including Task Force ones, were working on available clues to nab the culprits.



There is No Guard, Attendants look after Security: Owner


Kolkata: Seba Old Age Home at Panchasayar, a nondescript shelter home at Panchasayar, has suddenly come in the limelight after one of its inmates, who had walked out of the premises early on November 12, was abducted and allegedly raped by two-three men in a moving car before being thrown out near the Sonarpur station. The home was established 22 years ago as part of an NGO, the owner, Hare Krishna Mondal said. But, he admitted, it did not have any sanction either from the social welfare department or any other agency. Located a little more than a kilometre from EM Bypass, the home has 12 inmates, one of them the 36-year-old rape survivor. She had joined the facility on November 9. On October 30, her 70-year-old mother, who has been bedridden with multiple fractures in her leg, was shifted there. “Beside this, we have 11 such residential facilities, all under the same name,” said Mondal. He admitted that despite being called an old age home, not all inhabitants—the total number of inmates at the facilities in the Panchasayar-Narendrapur-Sonarpur belt was 150—were elderly. Many were also mentally and physically disabled, both old and relatively young. “These are poor people. We charge around Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 each. We lodge some of the poorest of the poor here. Do you think they can survive if we let them go?” said Mondal. When questioned further, he told TOI, “We were not quite aware of the rules. Now that you have mentioned, we will do the needful”.



Astami Das, an attendant working at the home for the past 15 years, is now being interrogated by the police for not being alert as a result of which, the 36-year-old woman could walk out of the home in the middle of the night. Das said all the residents, men and women, lived on the ground floor of the two-storey house on a two-acre land. “This woman was staying in a corner room. My employer (Mondal) had promised to change the lock of the rear gate, which was quite flimsy. But before that, she broke it and walked out,” she claimed. Asked what was she doing when she was supposed to keep an eye, she said, “I went to sleep at 1am. At 2 am, I woke up to find everyone sleeping. When I woke up at 3.30am, I did not find her in her bed and I alerted Mondal. I guess she used a grinding stone to break the weak lock.” By evening, Das changed her statement: “I do not know how she managed to escape as I was sleeping in a room, located more centrally”. Mondal accepted the security was lax, as was evident from the fact that the survivor had made a similar attempt to leave the night before but was brought back. “I do not deploy any security personnel. At night, there are two attendants who double as security here,” Mondal claimed. Cops from the Panchasayar police station and the detective department are questioning the employees. “Food for all the facilities is cooked centrally. There are at least four other help. Astami does not even know how to use a mobile and not even aware of the medicines the survivor or her mother takes. We have asked all of them to report to the police station at the earliest,” said an officer from the women’s cell of the detective department.

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