News Flash – 17 June 2019

National News



Gang Kingpin held for Rs.30 Lakhs Robbery at Doctor’s House

IN NET: Aftab.



New Delhi: Eight months after armed men forced their way into the house of a doctor in Mukherjee Nagar and looted cash and items worth Rs 30 lakh, the crime branch has arrested the kingpin of the gang. The accused, Aftab Hussain, was involved in several cases of violent robberies in the city, police said. According to DCP (crime) Ram Gopal Naik, Hussain had fled to Mumbai after the incident. “A team of ACP Arvind and inspector Dinesh Kumar received information that Hussain, with aliases of Rihaan and Chand, would be coming to a petrol pump on the main Wazirabad road to meet a friend and together they planned to carry out another robbery,” Naik said. A trap was laid and the accused arrested. A pistol was seized from him. During interrogation, the accused disclosed his involvement in a series of robberies. He also admitted to have been a part of the gang that had robbed the doctor in October. Talib, a friend of Hasan’s, had told him that the doctor kept a large amount of money at his residence in Mukherjee Nagar. On October 15, Hussain, Talib and four other men Murli, Surjeet, Nitin and Vijay forcibly entered the house and tied the doctor up. They took away Rs 5.5 lakh in cash and diamond and gold jewellery from the house. When the doctor resisted, they assaulted him. Police had arrested Hussain’s associates earlier, but the kingpin himself had remained elusive. In another operation, a notorious criminal, Saifi, was arrested from Jafrabad. Last year, he had shot himself in the arm to implicate his rival in a case of attempted murder.



325 Health Workers to check Dengue Mosquito Breeding


Hyderabad: In a bid to do keep vector borne diseases especially dengue and chikungunya at bay, the state health department plans to recruit ‘breeding checkers’ ahead of the monsoon season. Their role will be to identify and prevent breeding of dengue and chikungunya causing Aedes mosquitoes. This is the first time that the health department has planned to control dengue by employing ‘breeding checkers’. A total of 325 specialized professionals will be deployed across 13 districts where the case load of dengue has been particularly high last year. Although, so far, anti-larvae and mosquito control activities were dealt with by municipal corporations, the new measure has been planned as both dengue and chikungunya saw an exponential rise in 2018. Dengue cases went up to 6,362 in 2018 as compared to 3,827 in 2017, while chuikungunya cases went up to 1,063 in 2018 from 58 in 2017.



The 13 districts where breeding checkers will be deployed are Adilabad, Khammam, Bhadadri Kothagudem, Peddapally, Mahabubnagar, Warangal rural, Warangal urban, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Ranga Reddy, Mahabubabad, Medchal and Nizamabad. The breeding checkers must have passed Class 10 and will be recruited at a salary of Rs. 10,000 per month for a period of five months and will be given training before deployment. Payments will be made with National Health Mission (NHM) funds. Their role in the vector borne disease control includes working in tandem with the primary health centres, conducting pyrethrum space spray and fogging operations, conducting focal spray, ensuring timely submission of daily reports on status of antilarvae activities, submitting monthly reports and having a mandate to cover 100 houses per day (600 in a week) for antilarval operations.



Blaze at Lenin Sarani building Sparks Panic

Firefighters try to douse the fire at the building on Lenin Sarani on Sunday.



Kolkata: A fire at a temporary structure on the roof of a five-storey building on Lenin Sarani sparked panic on Sunday. The temporary structure, which allegedly operated as a lodge, was gutted in the fire that was spotted around 6pm, a fire official said. Nine fire tenders had to be pressed into action to douse the blaze. Fire officials said that the fire was brought under control by 6.35pm and it was doused by 7.07pm. No one was trapped or injured in the incident. Residents of the area claimed that the lodge was being operated in the temporary structure without fire-safety clearance, for which minister of state for fire service Sujit Bose ordered a probe. Bose said a forensic team will visit the spot on Monday to find out the cause of the fire. He added that initially, there were two fire engines and later ladders were sent, following reports of people living in the building. Fire officials said they would investigate if a lodge was indeed operating without the department’s consent. They said they will take action against the owner of the building and will file an FIR if found that he was running a lodge illegally. The building also houses some shops on the ground floor and some residential flats on the upper floors.



Burglars Strike at Police Quarters, make away with Gold & Sash



Chennai: Even the police quarters aren’t off limits for burglars in the city. A traffic special sub-inspector and his family returning home after a week away found the lock of their home in the police quarters at Madhavaram broke and 13 sovereigns of gold jewellery and Rs2000 in cash missing from their almirah on Sunday morning. This is the second burglary in a police quarters in the city in a week. On Thursday night, burglars sneaked into the house of a woman constable at Kondithope police quarters and escaped with valuables. The SSI, Kothandaraman, 51, who is attached to Sembium traffic enforcement and lived on the first floor of A block, had gone to Thiruchendur on June 13. The burglary came to light only when the family returned home. They had kept the key on top of the almirah, which came in handy for the burglars. Based on the complaint from the SSI, Madhavaram police went to the scene and collected fingerprints. Police suspect the hand of someone inside the quarters as outsiders cannot sneak in easily. Police have collected the CCTV from Madhavaram police station, which is located right opposite the quarters. There are 7 blocks in the quarters with 12 apartments in each block.

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