News Flash – 3 October 2019

National News



Terror Threat: Red Alert in Delhi, Raids at 9 Locations

Raids were conducted at Seelampur and two other places in northeast Delhi, Jamia Nagar and two localities near Paharganj in central Delhi.



New Delhi: A Red alert was sounded late on Wednesday following a category-A intelligence input about the presence of 3-4 hardcore and “highly-motivated” terrorists in the capital. This kind of input means that information received by the intelligence agency could be treated as extremely credible and all anti-terror measures should be pressed into service. Sources told TOI that the group of fidayeen belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), who may have infiltrated into the city last week to execute an attack in retaliation to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir. At least two of them could be foreign (Pakistan based) terrorists. Around 9pm, Delhi Police’s Special Cell and sleuths from an intelligence agency carried out raids at nine locations in the city. At least two suspects were detained for questioning. Raids were conducted at Seelampur and two other places in northeast Delhi, Jamia Nagar and two localities near Paharganj in central Delhi.



Last week, TOI had reported how the security alert level at the four defence establishments had been upgraded to “orange” in anticipation of an imminent terror strike. Inputs also suggested that JeM was readying a special squad to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval. The same input also suggested that the terror attack could occur between September 25 and 30. An intelligence officer said this could be the same squad. JeM has been on an overdrive since August 5 trying to send fidayeen from across the border to carry out strikes in India. The operations are being coordinated by Maulana Masood Azhar and his kin, a top intelligence officer said. Jaish cadres have been seething in revenge after sustaining a major blow to their operations in the past one year.



Rain Floods Roads, Spells Trouble for BTM Layout, Koramangala Residents

HIGH AND DRY: Citizens remove rainwater using buckets in HSR Layout on Wednesday. (Left) A two-wheeler rider negotiates a flooded street.



Bengaluru: Heavy rain pounded Bengaluru on Tuesday night, causing residents in many localities to wake up to waterlogged roads on Wednesday. Showers began late evening in spurts and intensified as the night progressed. While the Met department put the quantum of Tuesday’s rain at 22.4mm in the heart of the city, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said Bommanahalli received the highest rainfall of 97mm. KSNDMC described the rain as heavy in southeast Bengaluru and moderate (7.5mm to 35mm) elsewhere in Bengaluru. The impact was severe in BTM Layout, Koramangala, Bommanahalli and Singasandra, where residents had a tough time safeguarding their vehicles with several low-lying roads flooded with knee-deep water. Staff of business establishments had to stay indoors till the water receded.



Syed Saheb, employee of a furniture store in BTM Layout, said it started to pour around 8pm and by 10pm, the whole street was inundated. “Many cars and two-wheelers were stranded. A car driver ended up with injuries after ramming a median as he couldn’t see it,” Saheb said. A furniture store owner from BTM Layout, Syed Fouzan, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board need to plan better and ensure rainwater is drained into lakes. “I feared the water may enter my store and damage the furniture,” he said. Residents of 29th Main in BTM Layout said it was first time they had seen the stretch flooded after a rain spell. “Four cars and two two-wheelers were submerged in five-feet deep water,” said Naveen Reddy, a social activist, adding: “No civic authorities came to our rescue”. Rain lashed the city again on Wednesday night and areas like Jogupalya, RR Nagar and Hemmigepura reported power cuts for hours. A tree was uprooted in Koramangala.



Ornaments Worth Rs 13 Crore Stolen in Trichy Jewellery Heist

CCTV footage showed two men wearing fancy masks and gloves enter the shop.



Trichy: In a major heist, two masked burglars decamped with 30 kg of gold, diamond and platinum ornaments from Lalitha Jewellery at Chathiram bus stand in Trichy in the early hours on Wednesday. They had gained entry into the shop by drilling a hole on the wall of the store. The theft came to light when staff opened the shop in the morning. “Around 700 to 800 pieces of ornaments including gold, diamonds and platinum worth Rs 13 crore were stolen from the ground floor of the shop,” chairman and MD of Lalitha Jewellery Kiran Kumar said. According to police, the burglary took place between 1 am and 3 am. They said the burglars had spared the ornaments on the first and second floors of the shop. The culprits had made a hole on the wall on the right side of the store, which is near an open parking ground. Police said they could not have used a drilling machine. Some kind of a manual tool appears to have been used. At the time of the burglary, the shop was guarded by four security men. It is under CCTV surveillance round the clock. Commissioner of police, Trichy city, A Amalraj, inspector general of police, central zone V Varadharaju, deputy commissioner of police, crime and traffic A Mayilvaganan and senior officers visited the store. Forensic experts collected samples from the crime scene. The burglars had scattered chilli powder near the hole to prevent sniffer dogs from picking up scent, and left the half-used packet behind the shop. The officials collected samples of the chilli powder and the packet. A sniffer dog was pressed into action. Police said the burglars were cautious not to leave any clues. CCTV footage showed two men wearing fancy masks and gloves. They were seen stuffing a bag with ornaments and leaving through the same hole through which they came in.



Attempt to rob Rs 20 lakh from gold firm foiled



Chennai: In a failed robbery attempt on Wednesday, a three-member gang of masked men tried to rob Rs.20 lakhs from a gold firm in T Nagar. An alert security guard of the firm helped foil the robbery bid with his double-barrel gun. The gang followed Krish, a cashier at Attica gold company, in a car from Koyambedu and tried to rob Rs.20 lakhs from him in T Nagar. Krish was returning to the firm’s T Nagar branch from Koyambedu. Police said Krish reached CMBT from Bengaluru carrying Rs.20 lakhs. Company’s security guard Chandrakumar met him there and the two left for T Nagar on a bike. When they neared the T Nagar branch of the firm on Bharathi Nagar Second Street on North Usman Road, three masked men got down from a car and tried to snatch the bag containing the cash from Krish. Krish raised an alarm and ran into the office of the firm. It was when Syed Sultan, another security guard at the firm, came out with his double-barrel gun and confronted the gang. Soon, the robbers fled in the car. Police have registered a case and are investigating.



Jewel Heist: Thieves Fool 4 Security Guards


Trichy: Even CCTV cameras, security guards and police patrol could not prevent a heist of valuables worth Rs.12.3 crore at Lalitha Jewellery near Chathiram bus stand in Trichy in the early hours of Wednesday. Slipping past four security guards on duty, the robbers drilled a hole in the wall to make off with the stolen goods. Surprisingly, the guards had not heard the noise of drilling, which would have lasted for over an hour. All four security guards had been posted in the front of the store while the other sides remained unguarded. Police believe the noise from buses nearby and the distance between the crime scene and the location of guards could have drowned out the noise of drilling. Deputy Commissioner of police, (crime and traffic) A Mayilvaganan told ToI that footage of only the two surveillance cameras on the right and rear sides were unclear. The DCP also pointed out that there was no burglar alarm in the store. The alarm in the store was not connected with the local police station. Mayilvaganan further said that a woman inspector on patrol duty visited Lalitha Jewellery and signed on the beat point book kept outside the store at 12.40 am.



“The record shows night patrol team regularly visits here,” he added. Police are also checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the Chathiram bus stand area for clues. But, the jewellery shops have been reluctant to keep burglar alarms connected to police stations. “We have been insisting on installing CCTV cameras in all shops, which has been adhered to. But, in case of burglar alarms, it becomes a nuisance if it is triggered by insects or rats. The option of connecting such alarms is yet to be adhered,” said president of Trichy Jewellers Association N Chandrasekaran. The association was also yet to consider the appeal of the city police to link the CCTV cameras of the shops with the modernized control room. The police are checking CCTV footages from cameras installed by police and commercial establishments in Chathiram bus stand area for clues.

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