9L Snatched Inside Bank, but Heist Short-Lived as Robber Slips
New Delhi: Located inside a school, the Central Bank of India branch in Farsh Bazar in Shahdara, usually has a very laid-back atmosphere. However, on Thursday it witnessed hyperactivity when two men barged into the bank and pointed a gun at a businessman who had withdrawn Rs 8.9 lakh. The robbers snatched the businessman’s cash bag, exited the school premises and started running towards their bike. Their heist, however, was short-lived as one of the robbers slipped and fell. He was caught by the bank customers and officials, thrashed and handed over to police. While the cash was recovered from the fallen robber, his partner in crime managed to flee taking advantage of the crowd. A country-made pistol and four rounds were seized from the arrested robber. The crime was reported around 4pm at the bank inside SD School. A businessman from Bara Bazar was about to leave the bank when two men with their faces covered held him at gunpoint. The men snatched his cash bag and started running towards the exit. The businessman and bank officials raised an alarm and then started chasing the robbers along with the guards. Eyewitnesses said one of the robbers carrying the cash bag slipped on the ramp outside the school gate, fell and was caught by the locals. A police emergency response vehicle passing by saw the commotion and decided to check. “We heard people calling out for help and ran after the robbers.
The man carrying the heavy cash bag slipped. The policemen in the ERV tried to chase the second robber, but he managed to escape taking advantage of the crowd,” said Chajjuram, a shopkeeper. Chetan, a local resident, said that the criminal whipped out a pistol to shoot at the crowd, but panicked upon seeing the policemen. The arrested robber, Vikas Kumar (20), is a resident of Dhanora village near Amroha. He told police that he and his friend planned the bank robbery and took a house on daily rent near Bhaitia railway station in Loni on Wednesday. They had planned to return to Loni after committing the crime. On Thursday morning, they stole a bike from near Loni station. They went to the bank and kept a watch on customers withdrawing large sums of money. After they snatched the bag from the businessman, the customers and bank official raised an alarm. They panicked and started running towards the bike. Vikas then slipped and fell. He claimed that he was in dire need of money, so he decided to do “something daring”. “We have registered a case of robbery and seized a country-made pistol and four .315 bore rounds from the accused. Efforts are on to nab his associate,” said DCP (Shahdara) Amit Sharma.
17 Die, 8 Missing as Pune goes under after 2-hour Downpour
Vehicles piled up on a street after heavy rain in Pune city on Thursday.
Pune: Roads turned rivers, nullahs overflowed and gushing water swept away vehicles as 17 people were killed and eight others were missing in Pune district after two hours of torrential rain on Wednesday night. The downpour triggered wall collapses and unprecedented flooding. It was the third successive night of heavy showers, bringing 53.1mm of rain in a short span. Meanwhile, in rural Jalgaon district, lightning killed five people, four of them from a family, around 1pm on Thursday. The victims were working in fields when they were killed. In Pune city alone, 12 people lost their lives and five others were missing. Many of them were returning home from work. A man died in his sedan after it was swept away into a nullah off Sinhagad Road near Mumbai-Bengaluru highway; just across the same nullah, a young woman on scooter was washed away; and a young working professional driving back home was missing along with his car. Over 1,000 small and large animals were also killed due to the flooding.
NATURE’S FURY: Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Pune on Wednesday night. A scene from Gururaj society.
The civic administration on Thursday said over 1,000 personnel from its disaster management teams worked tirelessly and evacuated around 3,500 citizens stranded in the flooded areas across the city. However, several citizens and the opposition parties said help either came late or did not reach all affected areas. The administration did not have much to offer for being caught off-guard. Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram said the administration did not get area-wise alerts about such sudden and heavy rains due to technical limitations. Pune municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao argued the flooding happened in non-conventional areas along the nullahs, rather than the usual vulnerable spots along the river. The gushing water swept away scores of cars, motorcycles and scooters, ripped out paver blocks from pavements and eroded the road surface in several neighbourhoods. Another two people were reported missing in other parts of the district.
The Katraj tunnel, which connects Pune to Satara on the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway, was shut late at night after rocks and stones came rolling down from a hill nearby. However, traffic through the tunnel was restored on Friday morning. In Pune city, the downpour hit power supply to around 1.25 lakh consumers in different areas. Three transformers were uprooted, electricity poles were damaged and feeder pillars were submerged. In the district, five transformers were washed away in Khed, Nasrapur and Shivapur. Water supply was affected in some areas after rain water gushed into a few pumping stations. These areas are unlikely to get water on Friday. Nearly 25,000 landline connections of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited were affected due to the flooding. Two pipelines of the Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited suffered damages, affecting around 1,200 customers. A heavy downpour in the catchment area of the Nazare dam, around 50km from Pune, led to a huge release of water into the Karha river late on Wednesday night. The water discharge at the rate of 85,000 cusecs led to flooding in Purandar and Baramati talukas.
Snatchers Kill Again, Stab Man to Grab his Bag in West Delhi
Cops suspect the role of a gang that chokes their victims and rob them.
New Delhi: In yet another violent snatching case in the capital, a 27-year-old man was stabbed to death by three assailants trying to take away his bag on a desolate road in west Delhi’s Sagarpur early Thursday morning. In the gruesome attack, captured on CCTV camera, the man was stabbed multiple times on his chest as he resisted the snatchers. The victim, Monu Tyagi, was going to board a bus for his village in UP. He had died by the time he could be taken to hospital. Police have arrested three suspects. At least five people have been killed by snatchers in the city in the past month, amid a spurt in crime. Tyagi’s relatives told cops that he had come to Delhi on Tuesday for a visit. He was waylaid by the snatchers while walking down Arya Samaj Mandir road in Hans Park. CCTV footage shows the three men surrounding Tyagi and asking him something, possibly the contents of his backpack. They then start pulling at the bag. When Tyagi resists, one of the men grabs his neck with his forearm while the other pulls out a knife and stabs him thrice on his chest. The men drag Tyagi to a corner and snatch his bag while continuing to stab him.
One of the criminals is seen in the footage fleeing down the lane with some of Tyagi’s belongings. After some time, a passerby noticed Tyagi lying in a pool of blood and informed the PCR. By the time the cops arrived, the passerby had left. Tyagi was taken to the DDU hospital where he was declared dead. Police say there was no eyewitness to the murder but the CCTV footage had given them some vital clues. Tyagi’s relatives have told police that he owned a plot of land at his village near Muzaffarnagar in west Uttar Pradesh and often stayed in Delhi with his uncle, who is in the business of lending sound systems for religious functions. They said Tyagi had planned to go to his village on Thursday to attend to a family issue and return to Delhi on Monday. DCP (south-west) Devender Arya said a case under sections of murder had been registered based on the CCTV footage. Cops suspect the role of a gang that chokes their victims and rob them. The three arrested suspects are being interrogated. Tyagi’s body was handed over to his family after an autopsy on Thursday afternoon. His parents who stay at the village had been informed about the murder.
Two Days of Heavy Rains Leave City Battered, Roads & Houses Inundated
To protest against GHMC for ignoring his complaints, Hayathnagar corporator S Thirumal Reddy lies down in stagnant water at Green Meadow colony road on Thursday.
Hyderabad: Two days of torrential rains brought Hyderabad to a standstill and caused severe damage to properties. Police station, government school and a hospital were inundated, a portion of Balaclava Road caved-in, vehicles were washed away, trees fell and several low-lying areas were affected. On Thursday morning, people were seen wading through water-logged streets in some parts of the city. According to GHMC officials, they received 80 complaints of water-logging. Rainwater was drained out in many parts of the city by Thursday, but movement of traffic at Hi-Tech City MMTS station remained out of gear and it took commuters more than an hour to cross a five-km stretch. “It took me over an hour to travel from KPHB Colony flyover to Hi-Tech City MMTS,” said Prashant Kothari, a techie. In a video that went viral, people were seen trying to hold on to their two-wheelers that were being washed away in rainwater at Begum Bazaar. The Nacharam police station was flooded with rainwater and services were halted for hours. The rainwater also entered a government school in Goshamahal. Meanwhile, residents of East Anandbagh and Malkajgiri were seen pumping out rainwater using motors. On Wednesday, Hyderabad mayor Bonthu Rammohan monitored the situation from GHMC command control room as monsoon teams cleared rainwater from city streets. GHMC commissioner Lokesh Kumar also directed officials to take immediate action on complaints.
After Dengue, State Prepares for Swine Flu
Hyderabad: While dengue cases have already put a huge strain on the healthcare machinery over the last two months, the state health department, anticipating a rise in the cases of H1N1 (swine flu) this season, has issued a memo to district authorities to prepare for the onslaught of swine flu. The health department has ordered the district authorities to keep isolation wards ready, besides keeping a strict vigil on cases of swine flu. It has also decided to conduct a massive public awareness campaign on the prevention of swine flu. Incidentally, there have been 21 deaths and 1,299 cases of swine flu have been reported in the state, 85% of which are from Hyderabad, Medchal, Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts. As part of the preparation, positioning of drugs, masks and other materials has been ordered. District medical health officers and hospital superintendents have been directed to collect throat swab samples of suspected cases and send them to the laboratories at Institute of Preventive Medicine in Narayanguda or Fever Hospital, Nallakunta.
“In view of the transmission season, there is every need to maintain strict vigil and closely monitor the cases to contain the spread of the disease in the state. There are effective drugs to deal with H1N1. “However, strict compliance to treatment protocol should be ensured and abundant and timely care should be taken for high risk category patients,” read the memo. Pregnant women, persons over 65 years of age and children below 5 years of age, patients with lung, liver, heart, kidney, blood or neurological diseases or those on long-term cortisone therapy and children with mild illness are among the high-risk patients. “If a patient has co-morbid conditions and is in high-risk category, such patients should be straight away shifted to Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad while Paediatric patients should be shifted to Niloufer Hospital, Hyderabad where adequately trained team is present and other requisite equipment and treatment facilities are kept ready,” read the memo.
6.5 Earth Quake Rocks Indonesian Island, 20 Killed
Jakarta: A strong earthquake on Thursday killed at least 20 people and damaged a bridge, a hospital and other buildings on one of Indonesia’s less populated islands. Parts of a building at an Islamic university collapsed in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman said more than 2,000 people took refuge in various shelters. The magnitude 6.5 quake was centered 33 kilometers northeast of Ambon at a depth of 18 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.