News Flash – 23 February 2018

National News



Man, 31, held for cheating elderly at ATMs



CHENNAI: Police arrested a man for cheating the elderly by offering to help them withdraw cash from the ATM. Police nabbed the suspect with the help of footage from CCTV cameras. Police said the accused Mariappan, 31, of New Washer men pet would routinely wait outside ATMs for the elderly. He would offer to assist them in withdrawing cash from the machine and would enter the kiosk with them. However, after helping them, Mariappan would send the people away and before the transaction ended, he would quickly withdraw more money for himself. victims Ekambaram and Gomathy lodged a complaint with the Thiruvottiyur police. They had lost nearly 1 lakh each. Police analysed footage from CCTV cameras and nabbed Mariappan when he was waiting outside an ATM in Washer men pet. He is believed to have been operating in Tondiarpet as well. “Despite several efforts to raise awareness, many had given their ATM cards to the man and some even disclosed their pin numbers to him,” said an investigating officer. “We received only two complaints so far but he is suspected to have targeted more than six people”.



BBMP ward offices to get CCTV vigil



BENGALURU: All ward offices of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be equipped with CCTV cameras soon. In the wake of the recent fracas involving Congress leader K Narayanaswamy, who threatened to set the KR Puram BBMP office on fire, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad asked his officials to have CCTV cameras installed to keep a close vigil on visitors. This will apply to all BBMP offices spread over 198 wards, which serve as decentralized contact points for citizens. The BBMP commissioner said CCTVs serve as a deterrent for criminals. “The cameras will record high-definition images,” he said. An official said the footage will be monitored from the BBMP headquarters as well as the jurisdictional police stations of the ward offices.


In addition to ward offices, BBMP is installing about 3,000 CCTV cameras at a total cost of Rs 20crore to keep vigil at garbage black spots and places where citizens dump waste. K Narayanaswamy, former president of KR Puram Block Congress and close aide of KR Puram MLA Byrathi Basavaraj, had walked into the K R Puram BBMP office with a bottle of petrol, sprinkled the fuel all over the office and threatened the assistant revenue officer that he would set the office ablaze. He has since been suspended by the party and is on the run. Mayor R Sampath Raj said the installation of CCTV cameras was an ongoing project and has nothing to do with the KR Puram incident.



Fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru



BENGALURU: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said. The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told IANS. “The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said. Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire. Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.



Credit card loan fraud: 9 held for duping 3 banks of Rs 1.5 crore



HYDERABAD: Nine persons, including a GHMC employee, were arrested on Thursday for duping three banks to the tune of 1.5 crore by floating a fictitious company, fictitious staff and raising loans using 125 credit cards obtained illegally. Hyderabad in-charge police commissioner VV Srinivas Rao on Thursday said prime accused K Ranga Reddy, his brother-in-law T Vinay Kumar Reddy, internet cafe owner M Santosh Reddy, GHMC election cell employee M Naresh, voter ID application processing agent V Srikanth, HDFC employee G Kishore Babu, field executive of Paakr Consultancy & HDFC credit card application form verification agent G Sailesh Kumar, Innov Global Services & Application sales executive R Sandeep Kumar, V&Co verification executive U Anand and M Paramesh Kumar were arrested from different areas.


Police said Ranga Reddy floated ‘Parnika Nano Systems’ and registered it with Registrar of Companies in April 2013. Ranga Reddy and Santosh Reddy created fake IDs. Using them, V Srikanth, in connivance with Naresh, first procured 48 voter ID cards and then PAN cards. Later, using the fake documents, Ranga Reddy and Vinay Kumar opened 48 salary accounts for the fictitious staff. “Ranga Reddy applied for credit cards in their name and even managed bank verification agent G Sailesh Kumar. After procuring credit cards, he siphoned off 45 lakhs,” Srinivas Rao added. He had duped SBI and Standard Chartered of 25 lakhs and 77 lakhs respectively in 2015. During audits, bank officials came to know that credit cards were obtained by Ranga Reddy using fake documents and approached police.



International News



Taliban attack local police, killing 8: Afghan official



Kabul: An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have attacked a police security post in central Ghazni province, killing eight local police. Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said today the attack happened the previous night. He said the insurgents attacked from four sides using heavy weapons, including artillery, killing eight police and wounding another in a two-hour attack. Government reinforcement reached the area too late to stop the attack, Noori said. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, and said nine local police were killed and one other captured in the attack.



Five-day death toll in Syria rebel enclave tops 400: Monitor

A wounded Syrian child lies at a makeshift clinic.



BEIRUT: The death toll for five days of bombardment by the Syrian regime and its allies on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta passed the 400 mark Thursday, a monitor said. “Five days of air strikes and intense artillery fire by the regime and its Russian ally have killed 403 civilians, including 95 children,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said 46 people were killed in strikes and rocket fire on Thursday. Bodies of victims killed earlier in the week were also retrieved from the wreckage of destroyed buildings, bringing the overall death toll to 403. The regime, which is supported by Russian forces, intensified its operations against the enclave near Damascus on Sunday. The area is controlled by jihadist and Islamist groups but many civilian areas and even hospitals were targeted this week, sparking an international outcry. The armed groups in Ghouta have also fired rockets and mortar rounds on civilian areas in the capital, which is under government control, killing at least 16 over the same period.



Palestinian attacker dies after shot by Israeli soldiers: Army

A Palestinian uses a slingshot against Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.



RAMALLAH: A Palestinian died after attacking Israeli soldiers and being shot during clashes overnight in the occupied West Bank, the army said Thursday. Protests broke out when the Israeli army entered the Palestinian city of Jericho in a bid to arrest suspects. “A Palestinian assailant armed with an iron rod ran towards (Israeli) troops,” an army statement said. “The troops fired towards the assailant and confronted him from close range and were able to stop him. A knife was also found in his possession”. The man was identified by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club as 33-year-old Yassin al-Saradeeh, from Jericho. A video online appeared to show Saradeeh running at soldiers with a heavy object before being shot, beaten and detained. Since US President Donald Trump‘s controversial December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 27 Palestinians and two Israelis have died in attacks, clashes and air strikes. Palestinians consider at least the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state.

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