News Flash – 17 September 2019

National News



Thief Strikes at SRCC Hostel, Flees with Cash & Cards



New Delhi: A thief targeted the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) girl’s hostel on September 12, the day when Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections were held. The CCTV footage has shown an individual entering the hostel in the guise of a woman and spending quite some time on the premises. Students residing at the Shri Ram Memorial Girls’ Hostel alleged that the thief went away with money and debit cards kept in the rooms. On Monday, the principal claimed that an FIR has been filed. Girls, meanwhile, alleged that the college authorities did not take timely action. “We are living in a state of fear since the incident,” said a student. The theft came to light when a first-year student realised that her debit card had gone missing.



“She later received messages that an amount of 50,000 rupees had been withdrawn from her account. Many others then also complained of debit card loss and stolen cash,” said a student. “In the CCTV footage, we saw a stranger entering the hostel at 1:40 pm on Thursday. The person then walked past the guard station and headed towards the rooms,” the student added. Students alleged that the guard later saw the stranger fleeing, but did not alert anyone. “We fear that the thief might be a man,” said a student. When contacted, principal Simrit Kaur told TOI: “We have assured the students of their security. An FIR has been filed, and police have been given all the evidence for probe.” However, an official at Maurice Nagar police station, said that no FIR was filed yet in this regard.



After Dengue, GHMC Sting: People Need to Pay for Fogging


Hyderabad: Even as municipal and health authorities maintain that they are taking all measures to deal with the dengue crisis, many citizens who have been infected by the virus have taken it upon themselves to get fogging done in their locality. “With intermittent rains lashing the city, mosquito menace has increased. It is a challenge to walk outside or stand on balconies without being attacked by mosquitoes. Fogging and anti-larval measures can be helpful. Though the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation claims to have taken up measures to check the breeding of mosquitoes, I haven’t seen fogging being done anywhere. I had to ring up a person from GHMC to do the fogging and he charged me Rs.200/- for fogging our apartment. What’s worse, it didn’t help at all, the next day mosquitoes were back,” said Chitra Shenoy, a resident of Banjara Hills who had been hospitalised for a month after contracting dengue.



Areas where fogging has not been done include Pragathi Nagar, Kukatpally, Quthbullapur, Dwarakapuri Colony, Punjagutta, Tophkhana, Bachupally and Ameenpur. “In the last three to four months, no fogging has happened at Puppalaguda in Manikonda. My sister was affected by dengue and there are a lot of kids in our area who are getting affected too. The government is not taking any measures. It looks like citizens now have to do it on their own,” said Kartheek Josyula. Many others have taken to social media to express their concern over no fogging or anti-larval measures being taken in their areas. “Both me and my wife suffered from dengue July and August. I called the GHMC helpline but no positive response was received,” tweeted Shashi Shankar, stating that Ayyappa Society, Madhapur was one of the areas that needed fogging.



Security Agency Owner Held for Robbery Spree



Chennai: A history-sheeter who started a security agency after serving a five-year imprisonment for series of robbery, has again been arrested for similar offences near Medavakkam. Following complaints lodged by elderly women being waylaid and robbed, police formed special teams. With the help of CCTV camera footage, police nabbed Rajesh, 35, who was a resident of Chitlapakkam. Police found that he committed similar crimes in 2015. He had been involved in chain-snatching cases in Thiruvanmiyur, Besant Nagar, Adyar and Shastri Nagar. He had snatched chains from at least 20 elderly women who were walking alone in these areas. He mainly targeted elderly women as they would not be able to chase him.



He was then jailed for six years. After he came out, he started a private security bureau in which he recruited 42 people. He had employed them in different apartments. Rajesh would wear helmet and go on a spree of snatching chain. At one place he went without helmet thinking there was no CCTV camera. Later, police caught him in the act. “People who were employed in the agency too were not aware of his criminal past,” said an investigating officer. Police seized a 10-sovereign gold chain, Rs.600 and a bike from him. Police have sent a letter to the agency concerned to seal the firm. Police said people hired personnel from the agency believing it was a registered firm. Rajesh was remanded in judicial custody. Police are trying to recover more items from him.

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