News Flash – 9 October 2019

National News



Robbers Fail to Break Open ATMs in Udaipur



Udaipur: Robbers failed in their attempt to break open two automated teller machines (ATM) on Pacific University main road under Pratapnagar police station area near Udaipur city on Monday night. The robbers sprayed black paint on the CCTV cameras after entering inside the kiosks and hence the police could not get any footage of the robbery attempts. Two ATMs of Bank of Baroda and Axis Bank, situated on the main road, were targeted by the robbers as they tried to open the machines with gas cutters but failed and hence were unable to loot money. Surprisingly, the night patrolling team did not have any clue of the incident until in the morning when residents informed the police. “My grocery shop is situated just next to Axis Bank ATM where robbers attempted a loot on Monday night. Few months ago, some thieves broke side wall of my shop and stole items. Night patrolling is poor and so robbers don’t fear law,” Rajesh Sharma, a grocery seller said.



Cylinder Filling at Home Sparks Explosion, Kills 2



New Delhi: Tragedy struck a family on the occasion of Vijayadashami after a woman and her daughter were killed in an explosion triggered by illegal cylinder filling at Karawal Nagar on Tuesday morning. A mechanic, who repairs gas stoves and runs a shop in the area, was also injured in the incident after he tried to fix the cylinder leakage at the victims’ house. The blast ripped through the walls of the room, and the bodies of the women were blown to pieces. Police said that the deceased have been identified as Rambiri (62) and her daughter Hemlata (38), and the injured as Rajesh (42). On Tuesday morning, Rambiri went to her daughter’s house in the area after performing puja. She took a box of sweets to be given to her daughter and her family members. Seeing her mother, Hemlata went to make tea for her in the kitchen, but there was some leakage issue with the gas. She called Rajesh to fix the problem. After an inspection, the mechanic tried to fill a small cylinder from the big cylinder in use, which led to the blast. All three were present in the kitchen at the time of the explosion.



“The blast occurred in New Sabapur area in Karawal Nagar. We received a call around 10.45 am, and two fire tenders were sent to the spot. A probe revealed that the mechanic was filling a small cylinder, which led to the explosion,” said a fire officer. A relative of the deceased later alleged that the fire tenders arrived late. “The neighbours heard a loud noise and came out. Flame could be seen billowing out of the house. I also rushed from my house, only to see that flames were rising. We tried to use water and douse the fire, but it was too late,” said Jitin Kumar, the relative of the deceased family. Hemlata’s husband had passed away eight years back after suffering a prolonged illness. She is survived by her son Arun (18) and daughter Kashish (12). While Arun was out for work when the incident occurred, Kashish was at her aunt’s house. “A case under appropriate sections has been lodged at Karawal Nagar police station. We will ask the fire department to conduct an inspection to ascertain the cause of fire,” said Ved Prakash Surya, deputy commissioner of police (North-East).



Rapido Rider Stabbed, Abducted & Robbed of Mobile, Cash at Midnight



Bengaluru: A 37-year-old Rapido bike taxi captain (rider) was abducted and robbed of his valuables by three men when he went to pick up one of them, who was posing as a customer. The incident took place around 12.30am on Monday near Kudlu Gate, off Hosur Road. According to police, Dhaneshwar Bey, a resident of Hebbagodi in Electronics City, rode Rapido bike taxis. Dhaneshwar picked up a customer from MG Road at 11.30pm on Sunday and reached the destination near Kudlu Gate at 12.25am. Within a minute, he received another ride alert and the pick-up point was only 400 metres away. When Dhaneshwar reached the spot, the customer insisted he come a bit ahead. As the rider reached the poorly lit location, three men armed with knives approached him and stabbed him on the left side of his neck and robbed him of his mobile phone, purse and power bank. They abducted him on the same vehicle and took him to a place where the accused consumed alcohol.



They made Dhaneshwar squat on the ground and punched him on the face mercilessly. Later, one of them took his debit card and asked for its PIN, which Dhaneshwar gave fearing for his life. One of the accused took away the card and withdrew Rs 500. They got Dhaneshwar to transfer the Rs 160 had in his Google Pay account. Around 2.45am, Dhaneshwar somehow managed to escape from the abductors’ clutches. The accused chased him but gave up after a few street dogs began to bark. Dhaneshwar hid in a residential compound and later ran into patrolling cops on a nearby road and narrated his ordeal. Police rushed Dhaneshwar to Blossom hospital. He told cops his assailants appeared to be aged between 20 and 30 and spoke in Kannada. Parappana Agrahara police said they have registered a case under IPC 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and have launched a manhunt for the accused. According to the transport department, Rapido bike taxis are illegal as there’s no legal framework for their operations.



51 People Stranded in Bhavani River Rescued

The people were stranded after water level rose suddenly.



Coimbatore: Fifty-one people, who went on a picnic to the Bhavani near Thekkampatty in Mettupalayam, were rescued by the fire and rescue service personnel after they were stranded on an elevated piece of land on the path of the river following a sudden flood on Tuesday evening. The stranded people had gone in two groups comprising friends and family members. They were from several parts of the district, including Saibaba Colony, Thudiyalur and Idikkarai. Entering the river by foot near Karamadai pumping station around 1pm as water level was knee-deep, they had camped at an elevated piece of land dotted with trees on the path of river Bhavani. According to the fire and rescue services, the visitors had lunch and spent time in the land till 5pm. Meanwhile, based on the request from Pillur powerhouse to generate electricity, about 6,000 cusecs of water was released from the Pillur reservoir around 4pm. The water level at the reservoir stood at 89.75 feet. The water would take at least 45 minutes to reach the pumping station from the reservoir. Sources from the powerhouse said it was one of their regular activities. The water was released only after sounding a siren, sources said. Around 5pm, the visitors found water level suddenly increasing in the river with heavy flow of water. Immediately, they alerted the fire and rescue personnel who in turn rushed to the spot. Officials in the powerhouse, who were informed about the people stranded, closed the shutters of the dam to stop the water flow.



700% Increase in Dengue Cases in Surat Since July


Surat: Areas like Varachha, Katargam, Rander, Central Zone, Udhana and Athwalines in the Diamond City are in vice-like grip of dengue, with the number of cases touching the figure of 518 in September. In July, there were only 63 cases of dengue in the entire city. The rise is attributed to lack of door-to-door survey of houses for mosquito breeding, inadequate garbage clearance and lack of awareness among the residents about vector-borne diseases. Health department officials of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) maintain there is no major outbreak of dengue or malaria in the city limits. But comparatively to previous year, in the last one month there has been an increase in vector-borne diseases, including dengue, due to uneven rainfall pattern. An average of 17 cases of dengue per day were registered this September as against 13 cases per day in September 2018. The SMC’s weekly report reveals there were 40 cases of dengue in the city in the past week.



Dr Ashish Naik, deputy municipal commissioner (health and hospital), told TOI, “The uneven rainfall pattern of the last 15 days is responsible for the sudden spike in dengue cases. These cases were not haemorrhagic, but that of simple dengue fever which could be treated with medications. Interestingly, cases of malaria have decreased when compared to last year. The situation is not alarming”. SMC’s Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) department has 24 operational units across the seven municipal zones in the city. Staff members of VBDC units have to perform door-to-door survey of the houses and upload data online. JP Vagadia, in-charge insecticide officer of SMC, told TOI, “We have manpower of 700 people for carrying out door-to-door survey. The survey activity is intensified during monsoon when the breeding grounds of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquitoes, are destroyed by them”.

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