News Flash – 17 July 2019

National News



Blame game between different Government departments begins as Building Crash in Heart of City kills 10


Mumbai: A little before noon on Tuesday, almost half of a four-storey building, Kesarbai Mansion in Dongri, collapsed, killing 10 persons, including three children, and injuring nine. The toll could climb as fire brigade and rescue personnel continued their search operations late into the night. Local residents and the police could not give an accurate estimation of how many people lived in the building, and several are still feared trapped in the rubble. Soon after the building collapse, ministers, politicians and officials rushed to the spot and a blame game started over whether the building was illegal. While Mhada CEO Milind Mhaiskar told TOI that the building was “illegal” and did not figure on its records, a top BMC official said the structure was authorised because Mhada had been collecting cess from the occupants. But state housing minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil confirmed the building was illegal. He said that officials from both BMC and Mhada be held responsible for letting it come up. The blame game possibly stems from the fact that criminal liability in the incident will be decided based on the negligence, if proved, of the agency concerned.



Gang that Duped scores at ATM Kiosks Busted



New Delhi: Three members of a gang that allegedly duped people by stealing their ATM cards were arrested on Monday. The leader of the gang fired at the cops when intercepted on Nelson Mandela Marg in south Delhi. DCP (crime) Rajesh Deo said that the accused have been identified as Sadiq, Adil and Abid. Police seized 95 ATM cards, Rs 20,000 and a country-made pistol with live rounds from the men. The gang came on the police radar after numerous incidents of people being duped at ATM kiosks were reported across the capital. The gang members would approach women and senior citizens and offer to help them with the transaction. They would exchange the card with a blank one and later use the valid card to empty the target’s bank accounts. Police said the men would also threaten the targets at gunpoint if they got caught. Police received information that the gang behind these incidents will be in Munirka. The cops spotted a Chevrolet car and signaled it to stop. However, the kingpin Sadiq fired at the cops with a country-made pistol. The cops overpowered Sadiq before he could fire again. The other two gang members in the car were also taken into custody. During probe, it was found that Sadiq has many cases of fraud registered against him in Telangana.



3 held for assault on Man & Security Guard



Hyderabad: Three persons were arrested by Abids police on Tuesday for assaulting a two persons, including a security guard at Lenaine Estate in the wee hours of Monday. The accused Shayna Madge along with two associates, B Akarsh Kumar and P Jagan, were allegedly creating nuisance inside the premises of Lenaine Estate. According to police, the victim, who runs an electrical shop, after closing had gone to the cellar to take his vehicle and go home. Meanwhile, the trio approached him and threatened him to give his bag containing cash. The victim was beaten up and when the watchman intervened, he too was beaten up. The trio escaped from the spot after stealing the bag.

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