News Flash – 31 August 2019

National News



Data from cab firm, CCTV help Cops nab Thieves

The kingpin was a cab driver who would commit the crimes with two teenaged friends.



New Delhi: Using CCTV footage and data from an app-based cab service, police have nabbed three criminals who targeted cars in Moti Bagh and nearby areas and stole the engine control modules (ECM). The kingpin was a cab driver who would commit the crimes with two teenaged friends at night. The accused have been identified as Neeraj Goyal, Sunny and Yunus. Sunny and Naresh have two cases lodged against them, while Yunus is a history-sheeter from Mayur Vihar with seven crimes to his credit. Police have seized 10 ECMs, two batteries and a WagonR car from them. The price of an ECM, also called the brain of a vehicle, starts from Rs 15,000 and can go as high as Rs 50,000 depending upon the make of the car. There is a huge demand for ECMs in the grey market and many vehicle thieves just steal the engine part rather than take away the vehicle.



A probe began after six cases of ECM theft were reported in one night in Moti Bagh. A special team led by ACP Satish Kain and SHO Paras Nath Verma analysed CCTV footage of the area to identify the suspects. They soon spotted a WagonR suspected to be involved in the crime. IT experts couldn’t provide a clear image of the vehicle from the footage, but a blurred word, Uber, could be seen on the car. “We contacted Uber and took data from them. Analysis of the data showed the car in Moti Bagh on the day of the incident,” an officer said. When the car owner, Rahul from Trilokpuri, was quizzed, he told police that the WagonR was in the possession of his driver, Neeraj. The accused was nabbed and he spilled the beans about the thefts.



Experts Pitch for Dengue Vaccine as Threat of Epidemic looms large


Hyderabad: With over 4.18 lakh cases of dengue being reported across the country in the last three years and the vector-borne disease expected to touch epidemic proportions this year too, experts are pitching for the need to develop a vaccine locally to combat the infection. In fact, health authorities in the state have admitted on paper that a ‘dengue epidemic’ is expected in Telangana this year. With 1,927 cases being reported in the state this year and cases being turned away by private hospitals, managing the increasing case load is becoming harder by the minute for government hospitals. Dengue vaccines world over are known to be effective in case of pre-exposed patients (who have already had dengue once). “We have been seeing several cases of dengue relapse in the past few months.



Moreover, the centre should fund research for dengue and malaria vaccination as we are unable to control the number of cases,” said a senior official from the state health department. There, however, have had several side-effects and so its introduction in the country have met several hurdles. The second attack of dengue can be life threatening, say doctors. “Unlike other infections, the second and subsequent dengue attacks are more serious and usually affect all organs intensively. Although the vaccine may not be effective against all strains of the virus and may be of help to limited number of patients, it should be made available in India, when it is available in the market,” said Dr Ashish Chauhan, consultant preventive medicine.



Gang that Robbed Train Commuters Arrested at Central Station



Chennai: A six-member gang from West Bengal that had been stealing valuables from both suburban and long distance train passengers, was arrested from Chennai Central railway station on Thursday. Police said a special team of GRP personnel scanned footage from at least 14 CCTV cameras before nabbing the accused. Police found that they diverted the attention of passengers on unreserved compartments and also on platforms and took away their gold chains and mobiles. The arrested are Balasa Rai, 43, Gowtham Das, 42, Sumit Pathak, 21, Sankar Agarwal, Gopla Mothi, 57, and Radhyeshaym Rai, 63. The gang mainly targeted passengers at Chennai Central, Fort and St Thomas Mount stations, railway police said. They were nabbed at the Chennai Central railway station when they were getting ready to board a train to West Bengal. Police said they gang members used to go home only after gathering not less than 25 sovereigns of gold and at least 30 phones. “It is easy for them to dispose the stolen items of in their home town as they are regular customers of a few pawn brokers,” said a railway official. After spending the valuables, they would return for their next ‘operation’. They would travel only on trains to reach their homes. Police recovered four sovereigns of gold and five phones from them. All the arrested were remanded in judicial custody.

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