News Flash – 27 September 2017

National News



Mandi Security officer was killed for slapping 17-yr-old



NEW DELHI: The security officer of the Azadpur Mandi shot dead a week back was killed in revenge after he had slapped a 17-year-old youth when he refused to remove his food cart away to make way for the trucks, police said. The juvenile and his associate Love Kumar were arrested after cops scanned through more than 100 shopkeepers and loaders from the area. The victim, Sumer Singh (52), was working with Agricultural Products Market Committee (APMC), when he was shot in the head from behind. Some traders told cops that Singh had an argument with someone over parking handcarts near the gate a few minutes before the incident. Singh had threatened to stop the errant drivers from entering the market if they did not comply with the norms, said traders. “The two youths were identified after some of the eyewitnesses found their movements to be suspicious,” said Milind Dumbere, DCP (northwest). CCTV cameras installed around the market were scanned, during which it was found that two youths were seen running away from the spot after the incident towards the Peer Baba Gate.


The footage was shown to the staff to identify the suspects in nearby cluster areas. Love was arrested from a nearby slum cluster. During investigation it was found that the father of the juvenile is a road side vendor. For the past few days the juvenile had taken up his father’s job after he had fallen ill. A few days before the incident, Singh did not allow him to enter the Mandi as there was heavy traffic jam and he was entering from wrong side. This led to a heated argument between them, during which Singh slapped him and broke a wheel spoke of his cart. Singh had also pushed him out of the Mandi. The accused had called his father to tell him about the incident, who had asked him to let it go. However, the enraged juvenile had decided take revenge against Singh and roped in his friend Love Kumar to arrange for the pistol. After shooting Singh at the back of his head, the youths fled towards Peer Baba Gate and fled on a bike parked outside the gate.



Conference on waste treatment



MUMBAI: BMC’s A ward, which covers Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Churchgate and Fort, will hold a conference on Thursday for all restaurants in the area to discuss ways to treat waste. This comes close on heels of the October 2 deadline from when BMC has decided not to collect waste from properties which generate over 100 kg of waste a day. Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of A ward, said, “We also plan to rope in vendors to present the technologies available in the market to treat waste”.



Cops suspect firm filling up cash may have stolen from 22 ATMs



NEW DELHI: A day after TOI reported about two employees of a cash replenishment firm suspected of siphoning cash from two ATMs in Malviya Nagar, cops further suspect that the firm might be involved in stealing money from 22 other ATMs in the city since February this year. A total of Rs 35 lakh was reported to be missing by the security officials employed by the banks. At least 11 employees of the company are suspected to be involved in siphoning the money. It was found that they have been stealing after demonetisation, when ATMs were being re-calibrated with new currency. The miscreants had passed off the theft as a technical glitch. Police officials said that the company has alleged that a few of its own employees are involved in the thefts after the data logs of the machine’s vaults were analysed. A case under section 379 (theft) and 34 (act committed by several persons) of the IPC has been registered at Malviya Nagar police station. Remaining cases are still being examined. DCP (south) Ishwar Singh was, however, not available for comments. National security head of the company, Sudhanshu Singh said that the incidents occurred after ATMs were being recalibrated with new currency notes post the demonetisation. “After the currency ban, our teams were responsible for loading cash at various ATMs across NCR. The accused culprits were siphoning off a share of the new currency by tampering with the machines.


We got to know about the incident only in May and since then we have been trying to get a police complaint registered,” Singh said. “We had submitted a formal complaint on May 22 at Hauz Khas police station,” he added. Singh said that the employees would enter the ATM and pull down its shutter. One of them would open the ATM vault with his password and deposit the cash. Technical experts shared that each machine has a fuse where the deposited amount is noted. The accused had tampered with the fuse of the ATMs. For example, they would deposit only Rs two lakh in the machine, but would enter in the system that they had submitted Rs ten lakh. The company has so far accounted Rs 35,70,000 to be missing from 22 ATMs, and are expecting the amount to rise further. The cash loading company also found that the employees would declare a technical fault with the machine so that it is registered as out of operation with the bank and the cash collecting company till another technical team is sent to check it. This delay helped them continue siphoning off the money. The company also found that they had damaged multiple hard drives containing the CCTV footages from the ATM to avoid being detected.



Mangaluru gangwar: Two rowdies hacked to death

Police inspect the vehicle after Adyar Ziya, Fazal and three others were attacked at Farangipet on Monday night.



MANGALURU: Two rowdy-sheeters met a bloody end late Monday night in what Dakshina Kannada district police top brass insist is a case of gang war stemming from personal rivalry. The attack near Garden Hotel on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru NH at Farangipete under Bantwal Rural police station limits left three injured, superintendent of police C H Sudheer Kumar Reddy said. Three police teams have been set up to nab the accused. The attack took place around 10.45pm, 15km from the city. The assailants, rowdy-sheeters from Adyar, came in an SUV, and attacked five members of a rival gang who were in another car. Police said the five assailants attacked Ziya, Fayaz and three others with swords. While Ziya, 27, died on the spot, Fayaz, 22, died on the way to hospital. Both were residents of Kannur. Musthaq and Hameez were injured and shifted to a private hospital where their condition is stable. Police constable Subrahmanya B, who was on duty at the nearby police outpost, rushed to the spot and saved Fazal and secured him at the outpost. Police sources said that the marauding gang who swung their swords wildly almost decapitated the constable too.


Police have gained vital clues about the assailants by going through the CCTV footage from nearby buildings, the SP said. Soon after the incident, pictures of a car with its right-hand side bumper ripped off and blood stains on the right-hand side door did the rounds on social media. Police said an hour before the attack on these rowdysheeters hailing from Kannur, the accused made a vain bid on the life of a Ziya gang member. However, he escaped and informed Ziya, who with accomplices rushed to Farangipete. The rival gang learnt about his movement, followed the gang and attacked them. The slain Ziya aka Riyaz had been arrested along with six others for the murder of Ijaz at Kannur in 2014. Ijaz had been killed as payback for the murder of Sanna Putta alias Abdul Rahiman in 2012. Ijaz was murdered when he gone to a barbershop in Kannur for a shave. Ziya and his gang rushed inside and attacked Ijaz, killing him on the spot. Police said the gangs had been at each other’s throats to establish local supremacy.



SDMC schools to get Security Guards, CCTVs



NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation is going to hire 434 guards and install CCTV cameras in all their school buildings to ensure safety and security of students in their primary schools. For several years there has been shortage of manpower and lack of infrastructure, but after the Ryan International School incident, the civic bodies have sprung into action. At present, south civic body has 409 guards to look after their 581 schools running in 434 buildings. However, the existing guards work in just one shift. Additional commissioner Meeta Singh said that SDMC is hiring guards from civil defence and ex-Armymen, who are trained to look after safety and security in school premises. “We are hiring 434 more guards to double the numbers. We have got the administrative approval and the process will be initiated soon,” she said.


“We are going to install CCTV cameras at all our schools which will be monitored through mobile application by deputy commissioners, additional commissioners, commissioner and head of departments, and senior zonal officials along with principal of every school,” she added. Singh said that it has been directed to all zonal officers to ensure that high rise walls with barbed wires are being developed at all school buildings. “In the circular that we have issued, we have directed all the mid-day meal staffs to wear ID cards and the principals should get proper verification done for all employees and staffs,” said Singh. The school management committee, that includes parents, teachers, will organise safety audit in all schools to ensure that the directions are being followed. Taking cue from western countries, Singh said that SDMC is going to introduce ‘buddy concept’ in their schools as well, to ensure that even outside school campus no student goes alone.



Special units must guard Metro: Cops



HYDERABAD: In cities where metro rail services are operational, special police units are providing cover to their mass transport systems. Telangana police brass too feel security of Hyderabad metro rail system should be with special police units. In Mumbai, the Mumbai Metro has enlisted the services of Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) to provide security cover. MSF provides security to vital installations, PSUs and government entities, but for a fee. Apart from providing armed security, MSF personnel carry out frisking, bag checking and guard platforms. Similarly, in Chennai, the metro operator has brought in a trained police unit now. Chennai police have raised a dedicated unit for their metro. Earlier, a private firm used to handle security operations, but it was replaced with Chennai police. In Bengaluru, on the other hand, security for the metro is provided by private security guards except at a few places, where Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSIF) is extending its services. KSIF, however, supervises the private security personnel deployed at various stations.



Dengue claims first life in Salt Lake, Kolkata



KOLKATA: A 7-year old boy died after suffering from dengue shock syndrome on Sunday afternoon, making it the first reported confirmed dengue death in the satellite township, Salt Lake in Kolkata. The boy died at BC Roy Post Graduate Institute of Paediatric Sciences (BCRPGIPS) formerly known as BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Sunday. Hospital source have confirmed the death and the matter was reported to Swasthya Bhawan on Monday. The boy Saikat Makal was brought to the hospital on Saturday evening. A resident of 214 Duttabad Road, had been suffering of high fever for the past few days. His parents got blood samples tested at a private laboratory that confirmed dengue. The boy’s platelet count plunged drastically making the family press the panic button. By the time father Surajit took the boy to the hospital on Saturday night, the patient was also in severe respiratory distress. Hospital sources said that the boy was brought in a very critical condition. The boy died around 1 pm on Sunday. Sources in the hospital said that the dengue report was reconfirmed in the hospital’s laboratory. Though Saikat’s death certificate mentions dengue shock syndrome, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed that they are yet ascertain if it was a confirmed dengue case. “I have heard about the death and have sent health workers to collect test and treatment reports. We can only say if it was dengue death case only after going through those documents,” said Paranay Roy. MMiC (health) at BMC.



In TN, 4,399 areas vulnerable to flooding



Chennai: Taking pointers from past experience, the Tamil Nadu government has identified 4,399 vulnerable areas in various parts of the state, including Chennai, that are prone to floods during northeast monsoon based on data for several years. Vulnerability maps have been prepared at the firka level, with analysis of vulnerability, details of escape routes and relief centres for faster evacuation of the affected people by the district administration in time of crisis. The revenue and disaster management department zeroed in on 4,192 areas of vulnerability during last year. “These locations have been identified, marked and linked to the nearby relief centres for possible evacuation. The causes for inundation and any mitigation that needs to be taken up, has been done,” Revenue secretary B Chandra Mohan told TOI. Revenue minister R B Udhayakumar had a review meeting with officials on monsoon preparedness at the state control room in Ezhilagam. Images of inundated Chennai and Cuddalore in the 2015 floods continue to haunt many. Tens of inter-departmental zonal teams have been set up for the vulnerable locations to take up mitigation measures drafted by the department. The composition of the teams includes personnel from police, fire service, rural development, agriculture and municipal administration departments. The teams carried out a recce. These teams have been instructed to submit report on the preparatory work taken up in the high vulnerable areas to the district-level multi-disciplinary coordination teams led by the district collectors. Senior bureaucrats will be deputed for each district to monitor the preparedness and coordination similar to last year, if necessary.


In a bid to ensure community participation in the rescue operations, the government has roped in 23,324 volunteers – first responders — for each locality and imparted training by Red Cross, Fire and Rescue Services, Police and voluntary organizations. The skilled responders include 6,740 women, fishermen and youth. “These able-bodied men and women will guide us in the process of evacuation. Preparations have been an ongoing process and we have taken the historical data of the location of vulnerability,” Chandra Mohan said. Chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan held a high-level meeting last week with line departments, including SDRF and NDRF to take stock of preparedness and facilitate speedy movement of relief teams and material. “The district administration is equipped with vulnerability maps this time to do the needful as and when the crisis arises during heavy rain. Meticulous planning has been done this time. Blocks have been removed in canals and bridges to avoid flooding. Special emphasis is on removing silt in water bodies,” Udhayakumar told TOI. Under the state’s kudimaramath scheme, 4.43 crore cubic metre of silt has been removed from 23,132 water bodies and nutrient-rich silt given free of cost to 4.59 lakh farmers so far. The revenue department has notified 43,821 water bodies for desilting exercise.



International News



UK terrorist identified as part of ISIS ‘Beatles’ gang



LONDON: A Zimbabwean-origin terrorist who fled from Manchester to Syria has emerged as a key member of an Islamic State (ISIS) terror cell referred to as the ‘Beatles’ because of their British accents. Raymond Matimba is believed to have left Britain in 2014 to link up with ISIS terrorists in the Middle East. According to ‘The Daily Telegraph’, he went on to join the group of high-profile British terrorists that included Mohammed Emwazi, who was dubbed Jihadi Johnand seen on beheading videos. The newspaper also reports that Matimba had links to suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who is linked to the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester earlier this year which claimed 23 lives. The 28-year-old adopted the name Abu Qaqa al-Britani al- Afro as he became a leading sniper for ISIS in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital. The newspaper report believes he may still be alive, unlike Emwazi who was killed in 2015 in a US-led drone attack. It published a video apparently showing Matimba, Emwazi and two other British terror suspects – Reyaad Khan and Junaid Hussain – in a coffee shop in Raqqa in 2014. The men are lounging on sofas, their weapons leaning against the wall, while they charge their phones.


The clip, which was filmed in secret by an infiltrator, is said to be the first to show all four together as part of a cell dubbed the ‘Beatles’ by the ISIS after the four-member British pop group. The unnamed source of the video claimed that it was Matimba who had urged the terror cell to organise an attack on his home city of Manchester, and had spoken to Abedi in the months before the attack on Manchester Arena in May. “He said [to the group] that he hated his city, that he wanted it to be bombed,” the source was quoted as saying. Matimba was reported to have been killed earlier this year, however his mother, Monica, told the newspaper that she had not received any official confirmation. She said she last heard from her son in 2015 via WhatsApp. The other three members of the so-called Beatles group are believed to have all been killed in airstrikes over the years but Matimba’s fate continues to remain uncertain.



Earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude strikes off Fiji, no tsunami threat



SYDNEY: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 magnitude struck off Fiji on Tuesday but there was no threat of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. The quake, at a depth of 104 km (64 miles), was south of the Fijian islands in the South Pacific, the Hawaii-based PTWC said.



Japan: Man nabbed for trying to steal car, with cop’s inside



TOKYO: A would-be car thief in Japan has been nabbed after he tried to steal a vehicle- with several police officers inside. Ushio Sato, 23, was caught red-handed trying to make off with the unmarked police car in his failed pre-dawn heist on Monday in the central city of Numazu, said a police spokeswoman. She declined to give more details. Japanese media reports said the luckless Sato did not notice there were officers inside the unlocked vehicle, which was at a local parking lot. He immediately fled but was quickly caught, according to the Sankei newspaper. It was not clear if the officers were wearing uniforms or were on duty at the time.



Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for the first time



RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that women will be allowed to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom next summer, fulfilling a key demand of women’s rights activists who faced detention for defying the ban. The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban. The move, which has been welcomed by the United States, represents a significant opening for women in Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights have steadily and slowly gained ground over the years. Saudi women remain largely under the whim of male relatives due to guardianship laws. King Salman and his young son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have tested the waters though, allowing women into the country’s main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for national day celebrations this month. The stadium had previously been reserved for all-male crowds to watch sporting events. The king and his son have also opened the country to more entertainment and fun. Women’s rights activists since the 1990s have been pushing for the right to drive, saying it represents their larger struggle for equal rights under the law. Some ultraconservative clerics in Saudi Arabia, who wield power and influence in the judiciary and education sectors, had warned against allowing women to drive. They argued it would corrupt society and lead to sin.


Women in Saudi Arabia have long had to rely on male relatives to get to work, run errands and simply move around. The more affluent have male drivers and more recently, in major cities, women could access ride hailing apps like Uber and Careem. The state-run Saudi Press Agency and state TV reported the news late Tuesday evening, saying King Salman decreed that both men and women to be issued drivers’ licenses. Women, however, will not be allowed to obtain licenses immediately. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order, which is slated to come into effect in June 2018. The kingdom had held out on allowing women to drive, despite a number of social openings and gains for women, including granting women the right to vote and run in elections for the first time in late 2015. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US is “happy” with the move, calling it “a great step in the right direction for that country.” She did not comment on whether Saudi Arabia still needs to do more to ensure full rights for its female citizens.

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