News Flash – 24 November 2017

National News



Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails near Manikpur in UP


ALLAHABAD: Three persons were killed and seven others got injured when a train heading towards Patna from Vasco Da Gama, Goa, got derailed near Manikpur railway station in the wee hours of Friday. Thirteen coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express were derailed near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh at 4:18am, a railway official said. ADG (Allahabad zone) S N Sawat told TOI that three passengers were killed and seven others got injured in the incident. Sawat told TOI that two victims have been identified as Ram Swarup and his son Dipak Patel, both residents of Betia. He also said that another passenger succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. “Of those injured, two were serious and admitted to district hospital, Chitrakoot. Seven with minor injuries are being treated at Manikpur,” Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said. Railways has issued helpline numbers for kin of accident victims.


Allahabad: 0532-1072,0532-2408149,2408128, 2407353

Mirzapur: 05442-1072,05442-220095, 220096

Chunar: 05443-1072, 05443-222487,222137,290049


Providing a breakup of the derailed coaches, North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said, the coaches which jumped off the rails were coaches numbered S3-S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches. “The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway,” Malviya said. He further said that soon after the accident, a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20 am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot. The divisional railway manager (DRM), Allahabad has already reached the spot while the General Manager, NCR is on his way, he said. In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route. Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured railway track as per local assessment, UP ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.



CCTV, cell tower data helps nab 4 bag-snatchers on bikes



MUMBAI: Andheri police on Thursday managed to nab four men who waylaid a 33-year-old biker on Western Express Highway (WEH) and robbed him of Rs 14.4 lakh on October 30. The case was cracked with the help of CCTV and cell tower data. Cops sifted through data of lakhs of mobile network users who were present or had travelled along the route where the crime was committed that day. Late on Thursday, cops were in the process of recovering the stolen cash. The incident took place when the victim, Vijay Kadam, was returning to the cash management company where he is employed, after collecting money from corporates and commercial establishments in western suburbs. It was around 5.45pm on the busy Andheri flyover on WEH when four men on two bikes followed Kadam and his office colleague. “A case of robbery was registered based on his complaint. The CCTV record of the incident spot helped us spot which route the robbers had taken to speed away.


Dozens of cameras showed them taking the route from Marol to Jogeshwari and finally to Aarey Colony,” said an Andheri police officer. In his complaint, Kadam said, “I and my office colleague were returning to our office when four men on two bikes, one red and the other black, followed us for a short distance before waylaying me. After assaulting me and my colleague, they sped away with the bag, which contained the day’s collection”. A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code’s sections 34 for common intention and 392 for robbery. Cops said the four have no connection with the victim. Deputy commissioner of police (Zone X) Navinchandra Reddy confirmed the arrests but refused to divulge any details citing ongoing probe.



Jewellery shop in Baranagar looted



KOLKATA: A jewellery shop in Baranagar was robbed of gold ornaments and cash worth “several lakhs of rupees” late on Wednesday night. Police are looking for the culprits. The theft was detected early on Thursday morning by locals who found the shutter of the shop, on AK Mukherjee Rd near Baranagar’s Tobin Road, broken and informed the owner. “I rushed to the shop around 5.30am and found that the burglars had broken all five padlocks of the shutter. They had also managed to open the locker inside the shop and looted all the gold ornaments and cash in it,” said the shop owner Raju Gope, adding that Rs 1 lakh and gold weighing nearly 250gm was stolen. Gope said he closed the shop around 9.20pm on Wednesday as there were no customers. “As usual, I had locked all the key points properly before leaving.” he said. A Baranagar police team visited the shop on Thursday morning and questioned the employees. “We are trying to find out whether some local criminals were involved in the theft. The raid is on to nab the culprits,” Barrackpore Commissionerate DCP (zone II) Dhrubajyoti De said. This comes barely three months after another jewellery shop on AK Mukherjee Rd was looted by a gang on August 11. Later, its store manager, the mastermind, was arrested. On December 30 last year, around 30kg gold was looted, at gunpoint, from the Dunlop branch of a gold loan office.



Police sounds warning for people circulating obscene videos on social media



BHUBANESWAR: Alarmed by a spurt in circulation of obscene photos and video clips of girls on social networking sites, the state police on Wednesday sounded warning for those responsible and asked the district superintendents of police (SPs) to bring them to book. Director general of police Rajendra Prasad Sharma said a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued to the SPs, highlighting method of investigation and relevant sections of law to deal with the culprits. Police also issued an advisory for the public, highlighting the penal provisions for committing such offence. In the SOP, the SPs have been asked to create special teams to keep tabs on mischief-mongers, who circulate the objectionable videos and photos on digital platforms. Cops have also been asked to improve their intelligence mechanism to prevent the cybercrime against women. “We will act tough on people, who indulge in defaming girls and women on social media. Police in districts have been asked to accord top priority to such complaints and arrest those responsible,” Sharma told TOI. Clicking obscene photos and shooting such videos will amount to voyeurism and attract minimum imprisonment for one year, which may extend to three years. Circulation and publication of the objectionable photos and videos will attract jail term for a period of five years, which may extend up to seven years.


In the last three months, at least a dozen incidents, involving circulation of obscene videos of girls were reported in different districts. While a girl allegedly committed suicide in Kendrapada on November 7 after finding her obscene photos on Facebook, Mayurbhanj district police on November 16 arrested three youth for allegedly stripping a girl naked and circulating her video on social networking sites. In July two separate instances came to the fore in Bhubaneswar where sex videos of two engineering girls went viral on WhatsApp. Police said many victims and their family members hesitate to seek the help of police after being defamed in public life following circulation of the videos and photos. “We appeal to people to refrain from committing the offence. Victims and their family members should be encouraged to approach the police for action against the culprits,” Sharma said. Sharma said the SPs have been asked to approach educational institutes and request them to sensitise the youth to abstain from taking and circulating objectionable photos.



International News



Suicide attack kills at least eight in Afghanistan’s east: officials


JALALABAD (Afghanistan): A suicide bomber struck at a crowd of people in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarharon Thursday killing at least eight, officials said, in an attack that underscored worsening security. The bomber approached the crowd of dozens on foot in provincial capital Jalalabad as they were demonstrating in support of a local police commander who had been sacked and calling for his reinstatement, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. “Unfortunately, eight people were killed, all of them civilians,” he said. A further 15 people including children were also wounded in the explosion, he added. The casualty toll was also confirmed by provincial health director Najib Kamawal, who said some of those wounded were in a serious condition. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. But the Taliban are active in Nangarhar province, as are the Islamic State group. Afghan and US officials have stepped up their attacks against IS and recently said it is steadily losing territory, with fighters largely confined to two or three districts in Nangarhar from around nine in January. But the group has intensified attacks across the country, particularly in the east and in the capital Kabul, recruiting followers and in some places challenging the Taliban on its own turf.

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