News Flash – 24 December 2019

National News

 

 

Housing Society Security Guards Nab Deaf & Mute Thief

 

 

Mumbai: A Borivli housing society’s security guards caught a deaf and mute thief while he was escaping from a building on Saturday. Shakti Vadar’s photo had been pasted in the building’s lobby few days back, but he did not notice it. Kasturba Marg police had arrested him in an earlier case in the area. Police struggled to get a person knowing sign language to question him. Senior inspector Namdeo Shinde said he confessed to five offences. A week back, Vadar had stolen a laptop from an open flat from Samta Nagar, Kandivli, but he was caught on a CCTV camera in the building. The footage was circulated among nearby societies. A resident, Dheeraj Upvan, had also circulated his photo among security guards and pasted his photos on entry gates and lobbies of buildings. Vadar had walked into the eight-storey building after avoiding a guard. He took the lift up but came down by the stairs, when he was caught.

 

 

Courage Under Fire: 2 Neighbours Rescue 3

 

New Delhi: Dibesh Pathak and Rajesh Kumar had just returned from their daily grind and had stepped into their houses in D Block of Kirari Suleiman Nagar in north-west Delhi when the silence of the night was broken by desperate screams for help from their neighbour’s terrace. When Pathak rushed out to check what had happened, he saw flames through the windows of the first floor. He picked up a rubber pipe and ran to the building to see if he could spray water through the windows. Pathak quickly fixed the pipe to a water pump and aimed the water at the fire when the electricity line snapped reportedly after sparking at a nearby power pole. It later became apparent that the wires had melted due to the heat of the blaze. Kumar also confirmed that the intensity of the flames had rendered the main gates of the building glowing hot. Cloth stored on the ground floor was fueling the fire. Pathak, a vegetable seller, said, “When we ran out of water, I decided to climb to the terrace of my own house and try and see if I could at least help some of the affected people in the burning building. On the terrace, I found three water tanks, so I broke their pipes to allow the water to flow down, hoping it would extinguish the flames. The smoke was so thick that I started feeling dizzy too”.

 

 

Kumar and some other neighbours kicked down the door on the second floor and managed to evacuate house owner Ram Chander Jha’s younger daughter-in law, her daughter and the daughter of his deceased elder son. “I asked her to call out the rest of the family members, but she communicated they had fainted due to the smoke. And the blaze was so intense we could not enter the rooms to pull them out,” said Kumar. Kumar called the fire services and Jha’s younger son, Amarnath, and informed him about the tragedy. Neighbours later said that Jha’s elder son, Vaidyanath, had died a year ago after illness and Amarnath was in Hardwar for some rites related to the death. He was accompanied by members of a family in the neighbourhood who were there for the same purpose. “Amarnath had not even carried out the asthi-visarjan of his brother’s ashes when he had to learn about the death of his parents and family members,” said Kumar. After the fire was doused in a few hours, Patnaik, Kumar and some neighbours entered the house with the firemen and discovered that the wife of first-floor resident Uday Chaudhary had covered her children with a blanket hoping to save them even as the couple tried to push open the door. Their bodies were found near the door.

 

 

500 CCTV Cameras to be Setup in CBD

A technician installs a CCTV camera on Church Street on Monday.

 

 

Bengaluru: Police will install around 500 CCTV cameras on MG Road, Brigade Road and adjoining areas in central business district (CBD) to track mischief mongers during New Year celebrations on December 31. “Ensuring safety of women and preventing untoward incidents will be our priority. We don’t want to take any chances during the celebrations,” a senior police officer said. Police along with technical crew were seen installing CCTV cameras on Church Street on Monday night. “CCTV cameras will be installed at MG Road, Brigade Road, Anil Kumble Circle, Kasturba Road, Vittal Mallya Road, UB City, St Mark’s Road, Magrath Road, Museum Road, Residency Road and other sensitive areas. Focus lights will be also installed in these areas. Police watch towers will be erected on MG Road and Brigade Road, where more revellers are expected,” the officer said. Asked about other measures, another officer said, “We are deploying more than 500 women personnel, from police and home guards to assist women during celebrations,” he said. “Hoysala vehicles will patrol CBD till early morning. Commercial establishments have been asked to ensure their CCTV cameras and digital video recorders are functional,” police said.

 

 

Trio Arrested for Trying to Rob ATM

 

 

Hyderabad: Three persons who allegedly attempted to break open into an ATM at Falaknuma were arrested by police on Monday. Falaknuma police said that Mohammed Mubeen, Shaik Quasim Ali, Mohammed Sajid were in possession of gas cutter kit, gas cylinder, oxygen cylinder, crowbars, hacksaw when they were arrested. On Sunday night, the trio were seen moving under suspicious circumstances near Shamsheergunj road. On spotting cops, they tried to flee leaving their tools behind. Police discovered that five cases and three non bailable warrants are pending against the prime accused, Mubeen. They also found out the trio were involved in other robbery cases and were attempting to rob the ATM machine on Sunday night.

 

 

Three Held for Burglary at Textile Shop in Parry’s

 

 

Chennai: Police have arrested three people, including an associate of notorious burglar Nathuram from Rajasthan, in connection with the December 8 Rs.7 lakhs burglary at a shop in Parry’s. Maduravoyal police inspector S Periya Pandian had died trying to nab Nathuram for a 3.5kg gold heist at Kolathur in 2017. The arrested were identified as Mahesh Chowdry, 24, Thayalram, 22, and Shyam Chowdry, 23. The last named, a friend of Nathuram, ‘trained’ under him and committed thefts in their hometown, said police. The shop where the burglary happened on December 8 on Godown Street belongs to Thallaram, 50, of Sowcarpet who employed the trio a few months ago, said police. Based on his complaint, the Flower Bazaar police registered a case and launched a hunt for the suspects. After CCTV camera footage showed them boarding an autorickshaw, the driver was secured and based on his inputs, a private bus operator where they got down was contacted. Investigation revealed that they had boarded a bus to Pune and with the phone number they had registered with the private bus firm, they were traced to different cities. While Mahesh Chowdry was secured in Ahmedabad, Thayalram was nabbed in Pune. Based on their inputs, police arrested Shyam Choudry in Goa. Police seized Rs.5 lakhs from them and a court sent them to jail.


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