QCrime: 7 Get Life Term in Muzaffarnagar Case; Hooch Kills 40

1. Mahim Pavement Dweller Held for Raping, Strangling 4-Year-Old

After a four-year-old girl was found raped and murdered in Mahim on Thursday, the police arrested a homeless man who used to stay with his family near the girl’s on the same pavement on Friday.

The police zeroed in on Mehendi Hassan Gulam, 23, in dramatic fashion. After the crime, they had collected information and made a tentative sketch of the suspect. They then rounded up beggars, vagabonds and homeless from the area near the St Michael’s Church on Lady Jamshedji road in Mahim, where the girl’s body was found, and a team of officers were questioning them at the Mahim police station. At this point, sniffer dogs pressed into the investigation led the cops right back to the police station, not once but twice, and began barking.

“When the sniffer dog twice reached the police station, we suspected the accused was among the 30-40 people we had rounded up,” said a senior police officer. They zeroed in on Mehendi, who confessed after sustained interrogation, said Ravindra Shisve, additional commissioner of police (central region). The accused does odd jobs for a living.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Ward Boy Held for Murdering Paramour, Burying her Body

A 44-year-old Navi Mumbai civic hospital ward boy was arrested for allegedly killing a 27-year-old woman, to end their illicit relationship. With the help of two friends, he allegedly took her to his village in Mangaon, killed and buried her, and then returned.

Mankhurd police arrested Sunil Shirke and his friends, Vijaysingh More

(22), a BEST bus driver, and Rama Jadhav, a private driver, under IPC sections for kidnapping, wrongful confinement, murder and cheating.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Drug Smuggling Racket Kingpin Arrested

Directorate Revenue of Intelligence (DRI) on Wednesday arrested the kingpin of a 256 kg synthetic drug smuggling racket. It arrested Ravindra alias Rex alias Pravin from Chennai immediately after he was released on bail by a Chennai court in another drug case. Officials said Ravindra, who was also called Rex in the drug world, was operating the mafia from Malaysia along with two partners.

“Ravindra is a key man who used to supply ingredients for making the drugs to a factory in Raisani, Navi Mumbai. His arrest will shed light on the financing and sourcing of drugs in Malaysia,” said an official. With this, the number of arrests rose to 12 in this case.

Last August, DRI busted an international drug-trafficking racket and seized 256 kg of ketamine worth Rs 26 crore, and nearly 13kg of methamphetamine worth Rs 13 crore from a factory at Rasayani, in Raigad district.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Delhi: Man Duped People Using Domestic Helps, Arrested

Delhi Police has arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly duping several people by charging them commissions for providing domestic helps, who would stop showing up for work the day after the fee was paid, police said.

According to police, the accused, identified as Sanjay Sahani, would bring women, mostly from Jharkhand and Bihar, after receiving requests for domestic helps from clients online.

“He would charge Rs 25,000, which was collected the day the women started work. The domestic helps would not turn up from the next day on,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Bhisham Singh.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Seven Get Life Term for Killing Two Men That Sparked Muzaffarnagar Riots

A Muzaffarnagar court Friday sentenced seven to life in prison for the murder of two cousins, Gaurav and Sachin, in Kawal village in 2013. The murders along with the killing of a third man, Shahnawaz in separate incidents on 27 August 2013, led to widespread violence across the district, in which 62 people died and more than 50,000 were displaced.

Two days after convicting them, Additional District and Sessions Judge Himanshu Bhatnagar rejected the prosecution’s demand for the death penalty and sentenced the seven youths to life in prison a life for murder with a fine of 2 lakh each as well as two years imprisonment for rioting, three years for rioting with deadly weapon and five years for criminal intimidation.

The convicted will be sent to the District Jail with immediate effect. A cumulative fine of Rs 12,000 has also been imposed on the convicts and the court ordered that eighty per cent of the fine will be given to the family of the victims as compensation under Section 357 of the CrPC.

(Source: The Indian Express)

6. Domestic Help Alleges Rape by Realtor, Friends

A 28-year-old woman domestic help in an east Delhi neighbourhood has alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her employer and also gang-raped by nine other persons since last October, police said Friday.

On one occasion, she was allegedly raped by a “friend of a doctor” at the Lok Nayak Hospital after she was taken there for treatment of injuries caused by the first rape.

The woman had secured the job as a help at the property dealer’s home with the help of a woman neighbour, Geeta Sethi, after her husband was left unemployed due to the “sealing drive”. In her complaint, the woman has accused 42-year-old Sethi of facilitating the sexual assaults on her.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. 12 Dismantled Air Rifles Seized from Airport, 2 Men Arrested

The customs officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday arrested two Indian men who were allegedly trying to sneak in 12 air rifles from Dubai.

The guns has been dismantled and hidden in their check-in baggage, officials said.

Officials believe the springs or pressurised gas canisters of these guns can be modified to be used in other more deadly weapons. It is also suspected that the men planned to sell these guns to local gun houses in Delhi at a good price.

Customs said the men arrived Delhi around 8 pm by a Jet Airways flight from Dubai. As they were about to cross the green channel, they were intercepted by a team of customs officials.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

8. Parli Abortion Death: 10 Yrs’ Jail for Husband and Doctor Couple

The Beed sessions court on Friday convicted the husband of a sugarcane labourer who died during an operation to abort her female foetus in 2012. Judge AS Gadhi sentenced the accused, Mahadeo Patekar, to 10 years in prison and also pronounced the same jail term for the doctor couple from Parli, Sudam Munde and his wife Saraswati, for the death of Vijayamala Patekar.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 4.5 lakh on the couple. The amount will be put as fixed deposits in the names of Vijayamala’s four daughters.

Prosecution lawyer Milind Waghirkar said, “The Mundes and Mahadeo have been sentenced to 10 years’ RI under sections 312 (voluntarily causing a woman with child to miscarry), 314 (death caused by act done with intent to cause miscarriage), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) and 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) of the Indian Penal Code and various provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.”

(Source: The Times of India)

9. In 48 Hours, Hooch Claims 40 Lives in UP and Uttarakhand

Two days after hooch claimed eight lives in Kushinagar in eastern UP, the far west district of Saharanpur and Haridwar in neighbouring state Uttarakhand were hit by a far worse tragedy that claimed 32 more lives. Till the filing of this report, the toll in Saharanpur and Haridwar had touched 18 and 14 respectively. If eight casualties so far are added in Kushinagar since Wednesday night, the toll reaches up to 40 in 48 hours.

Governments in the states acted swiftly. While 13 excise department officials and four policemen were suspended in Uttarakhand, Saharanpur SSP suspended ten policemen, including an SHO, from Gagalhedi and Naagal police stations, under which all the affected villages fall. Four excise officials were suspended in Kushinagar.

UP goverment announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those undergoing treatment. The UP CM ordered a statewide 15-day joint crackdown by excise and police department against illicit liquor.

(Source: The Times of India)

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