News Flash – 8 November 2019

National News



Cousin Hatched Diamond Park Robbery Plan to Setup Firm, Settle in Canada


Kolkata: The dream to own a promoting firm and settle in Canada permanently drove 34-year-old Oindrilla Roy aka Tia to plan a ‘perfect’ robbery at her cousins’ house at Diamond Park off Joka. She got her male friend to hire a history-sheeter and accompanied him to ensure that the criminal had a smooth entry into the target’s residence. The instruction was simple: eliminate anyone and everyone found inside the house and wipe out all evidence. Hours after 24-year-old bank official Salmoli Das and her domestic help Kalpana (47) were critically injured in a ghastly attack, Haridevpur police with help from the detective department has nabbed all the three accused. Besides Roy a resident of Champahati the cops have arrested her male friend Rupam Samaddar (39), a resident of Subhasgram, and the hired criminal, Pabitra Debnath alias Bhola (20), who hails from Bhadura near Sarisha. While the first two was nabbed from near Champahati, Debnath was picked up from near Sarisha. All the three accused were produced before the Alipore court on Thursday, where they were sent to police custody till November 12. A case of robbery and attempt to murder has been registered against them. Salmoli and Kalpana are undergoing treatment at the CMRI ITU unit. According to joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma, Roy, who was regular at the Das residence and used to borrow money from Salmoli’s mother regularly before she passed away less than a year ago, had come to the residence of Arup Das, a senior doctor at the School of Tropical Medicines, a few days ago.



“She had asked Arup to lend her Rs 19 lakh as she was planning to settle abroad. However, when Arup expressed his inability to oblige, Roy decided to loot the house and planned it with her friend, Samaddar. It was Samaddar’s plan to hire Debnath,” said joint CP Sharma. Roy had reportedly assured Debnath that they can get cash and valuables worth Rs 60 lakh-Rs 70 lakh. According to police, the trio knew that Arup would be at the hospital and Salmoli’s younger sister in school. “Roy probably thought Salmoli would be in her office, but the plan was simple anyone inside the house would be eliminated,” said an investigator. On the day of the attack, the three accused first assembled near Tollygunge Metro station. From there, they came down to the Das residence. When Roy rang the bell with Debnath in tow, Salmoli was taking a bath. As Kalpana opened the door, Roy entered alone before sneaking in Debnath behind her. The duo followed the maid to the kitchen when she went to fetch water for the guests. “They hit Kapana with a hammer that they had brought with them. Kalpana was hit twice on her head. When she screamed and lost consciousness, Salmoli rushed out. The duo attacked her with a boti (kitchen chopper) taken from the kitchen. Salmoli was asked to hand over the locker keys and the locker combination. The accused looted money and jewellery and hit Salmoli again at the drawing room. They thought both Salmoli and Kalpana had died and left the house,” said Sharma. The two accused again met Samaddar where Debnath took leave. Roy went to a popular mall and bought new clothes. The dress she was wearing at time of committing the crime was dumped in a KMC vat near a Garia college.



Centre Puts States on Ayodhya High Alert

Security personnel stand guard on a street in Ayodhya on Thursday ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case.



New Delhi: The Centre has issued advisory to all states to remain alert and rushed around 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh ahead of the crucial Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case. Railway police has cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness. In its seven-page advisory to all its zones, the Railway Police Force (RPF) directed all its zonal establishments to deploy security personnel for escorting trains. They have been asked to step up vigil at all potential hotspots which could either be a site for any violence or could be used to hide explosives ahead of the verdict. The RPF has identified around 78 major stations with high footfall, including those in Mumbai, Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, where presence of RPF personnel has been increased.



The advisory suggests to ensure 100% illumination at stations and other premises, revoking an earlier order which allowed stations to keep their lighting to around 30% to save electricity. It has sought strict compliance with guidelines in case a mob is sighted on railway premises and deployment of quick response teams, seal of entry and exit points and monitoring of CCTV cameras by skilled personnel. It asked zones to ensure there is no leakage of information about VVIP or military movement during this time. All zones have been asked to repair baggage scanners and CCTV cameras and keep a constant watch on crowded areas like lobbies and waiting areas. They have been asked to conduct anti-sabotage drives of all empty rakes that should be locked and secured after operations as they can be used as hiding places by anti-social elements. The circular has specified that a close watch should be kept on all religious structures near or inside stations.



CCTV Camera Visuals Out, Cops Stick to ‘Insider Theory’

A grab of the CCTV footage.



Trichy: Even as the Trichy rural police are struggling to make a breakthrough in the Rs.1.43 crores burglary at the BHEL employees’ cooperative bank, CCTV camera footage of the burglar committing the crime was leaked on Wednesday night. The footage shows a masked man sporting a rain coat and monkey cap, gloves on his hands entering the bank by unfastening the window pane of the main room around 8pm on October 31. The footage was secured by police on November 1. A senior police officer said that leak of the video footage was unexpected and it may affect the investigation to some extent. “The burglar may be aware of all the developments including our access to the CCTV camera footage in the case,” said an officer on Thursday. After entering the bank through the window, the burglar is seen looking around and walking towards the chamber of the cashier to his left as if he knew well where the cash was kept. He took the suitcase filled with cash from there and brought it near the window. The burglar is then seen taking his bag kept outside the window and shifting the cash to it before getting out through the window. It all happened in a matter of four to five minutes. Going by the way the theft was committed on a day when the cash was kept outside the locker room. Police suspected the hand of insiders. “We are pursuing the case in the same direction,” said an officer.



Private Security Agencies Might have to Declare FDI Details for Licence



New Delhi: Private security agencies, while applying for a new licence or renewal of licence under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, may soon be required to declare details of any foreign direct investment, including the country of origin, name and other details of the foreign shareholder, extent of foreign shareholding, year of investment and approval details of FDI. As per amendments proposed to the Private Security Agencies Central Model Rules, 2006, the top management personnel of the applicant private security firm including the proprietor, majority shareholder, partner and director must submit separate affidavits along with the character and antecedents verification form, declaring that they have not been convicted for an offence that attracts a jail term of not less than two years, been linked to a banned outfit, dismissed from government service on grounds of misconduct or moral turpitude, and that they are citizens of India.



The prescribed form now also seeks details of income-tax returns for the last three years. With the launch of a dedicated licensing portal for private security agencies last month, the model rules are proposed to be tweaked to provide for online verification of antecedents of the applicants as well as private security guards and supervisors through electronic databases of crime and criminals such as CCTNS and ICJS. Even the security guard and supervisor desirous of employment in a private security firm must submit his details to the agency in the prescribed form, that will have new fields like Aadhaar number and PAN number, along with an affidavit declaring that he has not been convicted by a competent court, dismissed or removed on grounds of misconduct or moral turpitude while serving in any of the armed forces of the Union, state police organisations, central or state governments or in any private security agency.

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