News Flash – 8 January 2020

National News



Railway Police Arrest Gang for Series of Thefts at Central



Chennai: The Government Railway police have arrested five men for a series of thefts at MGR Chennai Central. The arrested Rajendra Kumar, 46, Madan Lal, 34, Ramdhiya, 40, Sunil Kumar, 34 and Sureshkumar, 40, are from Haryana. A 25 sovereign gold bar, worth around Rs.6.5 lakh, was seized. A police team headed by DSP Murugan and inspector Velu had been formed to nab the gang. On November 28, 2019, V Kavitha of Hyderabad lodged a complaint saying she was about to board Charminar Express at Central to Puducherry when she found her bag torn and 39 sovereigns of jewellery worth Rs.3.9 lakhs missing. Police checked CCTV camera footage and found the gang members moving around suspiciously.



They were arrested at the station on Monday. Investigation showed the gang targeted commuters carrying handbags and stole valuables by cutting the zips. Police said the gang would come to the city by train and return after carrying out thefts. They always targeted passengers ready to get down. They would first divert the attention of passengers by fighting for space for baggage, cut open the side of bags and flee with valuables. “Their job is done within ten seconds,” said inspector Velu. All the five accused have at least ten theft cases pending against them. They were involved in similar offences across the state. DGP (railways) C Sylendra Babu said, “We deployed special teams to keep an eye on them. They were operating across all railway stations in the city”. “We are creating awareness among passengers to keep their baggage secured,” said Sylendra Babu. All the five were remanded in judicial custody.



International News



Stampede at Funeral Kills 56



Tehran: A stampede broke out on Tuesday at a funeral for Major General Qassim Suleimani killed in a US airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, Suleimani’s hometown, as the procession began, said the semi-official Fars and ISNA news agencies, citing Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services. There was no information as to what had set off the stampede. Online videos showed people lying apparently lifeless, their faces covered by clothing. Emergency crews performed CPR on others as people wailed in the background, crying out to God. State TV reported the death toll of 56, with 213 injured, citing Koulivand. Suleimani’s burial was later delayed, with no new time given. Authorities cited concerns about the massive crowd that had gathered as a reason for the delay, the ISNA news agency said.

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