News Flash – 4 June 2019

National News



2 in net for Robbing Bizman of Rs.1.4 crore



New Delhi: The Special Operations Squad of Crime Branch has arrested two key members of a gang that was involved in a sensational case of robbery in which Rs 1.4 crore was looted from a businessman in northwest Delhi’s Rani Bagh in March. The accused were identified as Bablu (38) from Palam and Vikas alias Jai Prakash (39) from Anand Parbat. “Bablu admitted that he purchased a flat worth Rs 23 lakh from the looted amount in Palam and bought modern amenities worth Rs 3 lakh to furnish the house. Vikas said he paid Rs 4 lakh to a financier to get a new LGV (light goods vehicle) and Rs 1.5 lakh to an insurance company to clear the dues of his burnt old LGV,” said DCP (crime) Joy Tirkey. On March 22, the accused, travelling on two bikes, had intercepted the businessman’s Swift car. The victim, who was returning with his collection from Naya Bazar, was taken hostage at gunpoint and his cash bag was snatched.



Police found that the accused were also involved in another case of robbery reported from Moti Nagar, in which the accused looted Rs 8 lakh from a businessman. The incident happened on February 15. On April 1, the Crime Branch had arrested two of gang members, Alam and Mustaqim, and recovered Rs 40.4 lakh from them. They disclosed the names of the other accused. Bablu and Vikas were arrested on June 2. Bablu has multiple cases of robberies, dacoities and snatchings in various police stations of Delhi. A non bailable warrant was also issued against him. The last accused was identified as Baba. He has 24 criminal cases lodged against him. After the robbery, he managed to get himself arrested under a false name to avoid arrest and recovery of looted cash by the police in this case. The cops will seek his custody.



For a Safer City, Government to install 1.4 Lakhs more CCTV’s



New Delhi: Delhi will soon be under a widespread network of CCTV camera surveillance. To ensure women feel safe while moving in the city, Delhi government has decided to install additional 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras at various parts of the capital. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said a proposal to increase the number of the CCTV cameras is likely to be cleared by the government within this month. “We have decided to increase the number of cameras in Delhi. Earlier, the plan was to install 1.4 lakh cameras, but we will now increase the number by an additional 1.4 lakh. The government will clear the proposal this month,” confirmed Kejriwal. He claimed that the work to install the cameras, which was approved by the government in 2018 after ‘continuous efforts’ spanning over three years, was likely to start from June 8. He added that the survey to identify the spots to install 70,000 cameras had already been completed, and the remaining locations will be finalised soon.



“We will complete the installation work of 1.4 lakh cameras by December this year,” Kejriwal said. The AAP government had given in-principle approval to the CCTV project in October 2015, but it resulted in several flashpoints between the elected government and the lieutenant governor. The project finally took off in October last year when the advisory board of Public Works Department gave its approval. Under the project, the government will be installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras, 2,000 each in the 70 assembly constituencies. The recordings will be accessible by the RWA, police and the government. Apart from this, 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras are being installed at Delhi government schools, Kejriwal said. The process of installation at schools has already started and will be completed by November this year, he said.



Thieves strike it rich, scoot with Rs.10L booty



Hyderabad: Burglars struck at five houses on the outskirts of the city on Sunday night and escaped with Rs.10 lakhs worth property. Around 10.30pm on Sunday, businessman D Anand Kumar of Sai Dharani Colony Phase-II in Nagaram along with his family went for shopping to Charminar. When they returned at 3.30am, the family found the main door lock broken. The family discovered that burglars opened an almairah and stole Rs.1.1 lakh cash, 11 tola gold and a mobile phone, all worth Rs.3.4 lakhs. Burglars also struck at the residence of private employee Srikanth from Suchitra Colony in Rampally. Srikanth had gone to Jangaon. On Monday, Srikanth returned home and noticed the main door latch was removed from its socket. He told police that Rs. 12,000 worth silver articles were stolen from his house. On Sunday night, burglars broke into three houses in Mucherla village near Kandukur and stole Rs.5 lakhs cash and Rs.1.5 lakhs worth gold. The offenders stole Rs.6000 cash from the house of T Nirmalamma and Rs. 15,000 cash and 2.5 tola gold from her neighbour M Mangamma’s house. The families slept on the terrace and the burglars gained entry by breaking the main door locks. Police suspect the same gang could be involved in the burglary at supervisor M Narasimha’s house in Mucherla on Sunday night Narasimha stated he went to Nalgonda on Sunday and burglars stole four tola gold and Rs.5 lakhs cash.



CCTV upgrade to curb traffic, law-&-order issues across city


Kolkata: Over 1,300 CCTV cameras set up by the traffic police are back in operation across the city after being shut down for 48 hours for server maintenance. The police said they were now better equipped to handle not only traffic violations, but also tackle law-and-order issues and detect crimes. The CCTV cameras themselves have also been cleaned across all 25 traffic guards so that the footage captured is clearer. “The server maintenance was long pending and we are happy with the results,” said an officer at Lalbazar. Police sources claimed that video feed from roads will now be easier to store and real-time reactions will become faster. “We have long realized that technology is the way forward at a time when we are short of manpower. The present upgrade has been carried out keeping the present-day challenges in mind,” said an IPS officer. The officers on the ground — sergeants and traffic constables — said the biggest challenge so far has been identifying vehicles from grainy footage. “While maintaining the CCTVs is our duty, augmenting the server capacity will help with storing and analysing footage of events and accidents, and also traffic pressure at the crossings,” said an officer from the Beliaghata Traffic Guard. The police claim that such cameras would help in reading number plates clearly even during peak traffic hours. Unless a number plate can be read clearly, challenging of traffic challans will continue. Similarly, the cops can build a bank of real-time footage of violators who can be better prosecuted.



“We will ensure that almost all challans that we send through SMS will have adequate CCTV footage as evidence,” said an IPS officer. But there is also another reason cops are looking to use the CCTV cameras to solve the law-and-order problem. At present, there are 2-megapixel cameras installed at most of the crucial intersections, but officers of the city’s traffic police realized that video footage of better quality are required for better detection of crime and to keep a watch on a situation that may lead to law-and-order trouble. As a result, steps have been taken to replace the existing ones with 5-megapixel cameras. The upgrade process has already begun. Police sources maintained that, ideally, they want CCTV cameras to be able to read the number plates even at night. “The most important idea is to create a deterrent that will stop criminals from carrying out the crimes,” an officer said. The cops cite the example of Behala. Located in the southern fringes of the city, CCTV camera was an alien concept here until it was included in the Kolkata Police jurisdiction. The local police have now set up 35 sets of CCTV cameras, besides one at almost every crossing set up by the traffic police. “We are approaching individuals and trader’s establishments who have CCTV cameras at their establishments so that they can share their feed with ours,” said an officer. Times View: This will help cops in probes and law-and-order solutions. Use of technology and, more importantly, the right technology is increasingly important in detecting crime and aiding prosecution.

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