News Flash – 31 July 2019

National News



7 get 8 Year’s Jail for Robbing Rs.1.95cr meant for Bank ATM’s



Mumbai: Seven men were sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for robbing Rs 1.95 crore from a van on its way to load cash in HDFC ATMs in 2015. Among them are the van’s driver Tariq Khan (34) and security guard Sadar-e-Alam Khan (34), who had served sedative-laced tea to the others before the robbery. Sessions judge R M Sadrani found the duo and five others—Balasaheb Muneshwar (24), Mohammad Iqbal (49), Khursid Shaikh (30), Mukhtar Shaikh (37) and Manzoor Shaikh (32)—guilty under section 395 (dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code. Two others are absconding. Public prosecutor Ashwini Rayakar said circumstantial evidence and cellphone records showing the accused were in touch with each other around the time of incident helped nail them. Of the loot, police recovered Rs 1.79 crore from the accused and returned the money to the bank. Accused gave drug-laced tea to guards, On the afternoon of January 16, the cash van with custodian Dharmesh Pedamkar, guards Bashar Khan and Sadar-e-Alam, and driver Tariq collected Rs 2.13 crore from HDFC Bank at Kamala Mills and set off for Virar.



Alam stopped the vehicle at Worli on the pretext of returning money to a friend. He returned 10 minutes later with the tea. The prosecution said after Pedamkar and Bashar fell unconscious, the van and the other accused, following in a car, stopped on the Western Express Highway at Vile Parle. The cash was transferred to the car and they fled. Tariq, however, stayed back. The case was cracked when cops recovered around Rs 4 lakh from Tariq during a search. The numbers on the notes matched those the bank had disbursed. Tariq’s arrest led to that of the others, including four from Punjab. Among the witnesses was Raju Mahajan, who worked with the cash management company. He said around 2.15pm on January 16, a staffer told him that Tariq had called to say he had been given something in his tea and was unable to drive. When Mahajan reached the spot, he saw Pedamkar and Bashar lying unconscious. Tariq said Alam had given them the tea. Later, a car intercepted the van, some people broke open the back door and looted the money. Alam left with them. Another key witness was a tea-seller, who identified Alam and some other accused as those who had bought cups of tea on the afternoon of the robbery.



After Heavy Rain, Panic as Ulhas Overflows again

The rising Ulhas river on Tuesday, a little before it submerged the Rayta bridge on the Kalyan-Murbad road.



Badlapur: Heavy rain in Badlapur and Kalyan from Tuesday morning again saw the Ulhas in spate and triggered panic among people living in low-lying areas or houses near the river. As the rain continued, the swift-flowing river submerged the Rayta bridge on the Kalyan-Murbad road, stopping traffic. “Due to the Rayta bridge being submerged in to Ulhas river, vehicles have been diverted via the Ambivli route,” said Deepak Adke, Tehsildar of Kalyan. The diversion means a 20km detour for residents of Murbad and beyond to reach Kalyan. On Sunday, a part of the approach to the bridge had been washed away, but was restored quickly. Water also entered some of the houses in Kamba village, where over 2,000 villagers had been evacuated on Saturday. Nearby, about a hundred people stuck in riverside resorts and a petrol pump had also been rescued then by IAF choppers and NDRF and other rescue personnel with boats after the Ulhas began overflowing. “After we saw water entering our houses, we shifted our belongings to houses in higher parts as we cannot take a risk,” said Shyam Ubale, a villager.


A grab from a video showing Prashant Tare (in pic) and four youths risking their lives to save a five-month-old baby, which has gone viral on social media. The incident took place on Saturday at the flooded Yadav Nagar in Mohane area of Kalyan. The baby was rescued using a truck tyre tube and another 40 people stuck in the area were taken safely to higher land using guide ropes.



Similarly, many of the 30 families staying at the Matru Krupa Chawl near Bhavani Nagar in Kalyan, who were affected by the flooding on Friday, shifted to an adjoining under construction building. The Ulhas began overflowing at Badlapur too, but the water did not enter the housing societies close to the river. But residents, still recovering from the severe flooding last Friday-Saturday when entire cars went under water, kept a close watch on the water level. “After the heavy rain, we kept watch on the river and the nullah passing close to our building so that we could shift the ground floor residents who have already suffered a lot. However, in a relief, the rain stopped on Tuesday evening,” said Mahendra Javale, who lives at Hendrepada close to the Ulhas. The authorities appealed to citizens living near the Ulhas not to believe rumours that Baravi dam near Badlapur is overflowing and the water is bring released into the Ulhas. The dam supplies Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Thane. “The messages about Baravi dam overflowing is not correct and we have requested police to take action against those spreading false rumours,” said Prashant Chavan, executive engineer of MIDC.



Lakhs go up in Smoke in ATM Kiosk Blaze

GUTTED: The machine had approximately ₹30 lakhs and was refilled with fresh currency just a day ago.



New Delhi: An ATM kiosk of a private bank in south Delhi’s Amar Colony was gutted in a blaze that started around 8.30am on Tuesday. Locals noticed smoke coming out of the kiosk and informed the fire department. The blaze was brought under control in 30 minutes, but by then the entire structure had been destroyed. Though the official figure is yet to be compiled, it is suspected that currency notes of approximately Rs 30 lakhs were destroyed as the machine had been refilled just a day ago. Police suspect that a short circuit in the air-conditioning caused the fire, but they are probing other angles, including that of foul play. Eyewitnesses told police that no one was inside the kiosk when the fire broke out. Cops are trying to get CCTV footage from inside the kiosk to ascertain the sequence of events. A team of forensics experts visited the accident site and collected evidence to probe what caused the fire. A case has been registered at Amar Colony police station. The statement of the locals has been taken and bank officials have been asked to join in the investigation.



International News



Pakistan Army Plane Crashes into Homes, 19 Killed

Army officials inspect the crash site in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. The military said the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed.



Islamabad: At least 19 people were killed and 15 others injured when a Pakistani military plane crashed into a residential area near the city of Rawalpindi before dawn on Tuesday. Witnesses said the crash occurred at 2am (02.30am IST) in Mora Kalu village. The dead included five crew members, including two lieutenant colonels, and 14 civilians, rescue officials said. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), army’s media wing, said that the aircraft was on a “routine training flight” when it crashed into the village. After the plane crashed, a fire broke out, engulfing several houses. The ISPR did not specify the type of aircraft involved in the crash but sources said it was King Air 350 turboprop. The military said the army aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed, but had no information on the possible cause. An investigation was underway. Ghulam Khan, an eyewitness, said the plane was ablaze before the crash. “It was already on fire in the air,” Khan told media. “It fell on a house where a family used to live,” he added. A video posted on Twitter showed the plane was flying very low before it quickly went down. “All the dead were burnt beyond recognition and required DNA tests for identification,” said Farooq Butt, a spokesman for the rescue services. He feared the death toll could rise since some of those injured were critical. PM Imran Khan offered his condolences and wished a “quick recovery for the injured,” in a tweet.

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