QCrime: Temple Head Priest Shot in MP; Teen Held for Raping Minor

1. Balaji Temple Head Priest Shot Dead in Chitrakoot

Head priest of the famous Balaji temple in Chitrakoot was shot dead late on the evening of 16 January. His driver was also injured in the shootout. Sources told Hindustan Times that property dispute could be the reason for the killing.

Mahant Arjun Dass, 45, was shot twice on the head from close range and his driver Arvind was shot in the chest, said the police.

The two assailants, the police said, were hiding close to the temple. As the mahant came down with driver to visit the akhara, they began firing at them.

The assailants were last seen entering the Shamshan Ghat on a motorcycle.

Both of them were rushed to the district hospital where the mahant was declared dead.

SP, Chitrakoot, Ankit Mittal said an alert had been sounded and all exit points of the city sealed and vehicles were being checked.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. UP: Civic Board Chief, His Two Brothers Held for Rs 1.27 Crore Bank Fraud

Chairman of Bhinga municipal board and his two brothers have been arrested by a Shrawasti Crime Branch team in connection to an FIR registered against them in 2018 for allegedly siphoning off Rs 1.27 crore from the bank account of a man by forging his signature.

While chairman Ajay Arya and his brother Ashish Arya were arrested form Lucknow on Wednesday, the third brother Vijay was arrested from Shrawasti.

Following the complaint of Ram Pratap Gupta, an FIR was registered at Bhinga Police Station in 2018. All the three accused were booked under IPC sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) among others.

The arrests were made after the court issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ajay, Ashish and Vijay.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. Delhi: Four Months After Woman Shot Dead in Car, 1 Held

Months after a 59-year-old woman was shot dead inside her car in East Delhi’s Madhu Vihar during a robbery bid, police arrested the prime accused in the case, Md Mazhar, from New Seelampur.

Police said Mazhar was arrested along with another man, Kamrul, in connection with over 12 cases of snatching and robbery Thursday, 16 January. While they were checking their criminal backgrounds, police found that Mazhar was wanted for the murder.

A senior police officer from the East district told The Indian Express that Mazhar had been identified as the main accused in the murder by one of his associates, who was caught in a robbery case in Pandav Nagar two months ago. “In that case, Mazhar had managed to flee but we caught his associate who told us that Mazhar was involved in the murder,” he said.

As reported by The Indian Express, the victim, Usha Rani, and her husband Kailash Chand Gupta (64) were on their way to the hospital for Gupta’s kidney treatment on September 21. They left home at 6.30 am and stopped on the way at a temple near Max Hospital in Patparganj.

CCTV footage of the incident shows two bike-borne men coming near the car. Meanwhile, the woman shifted from the passenger seat to the driver seat.

Police said the Pulsar bike used by the accused for the robbery in Pandav Nagar was the same one used in the murder case. Rani worked as an assistant manager with an insurance company.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Mumbai: Casting Director Arrested for Running Sex Racket

Mumbai Police arrested a casting director in Versova late on Tuesday, 14 January, for allegedly pushing aspiring actors into prostitution.

The Social Service Branch of the Crime Branch contacted the accused, identified as Navin Premlal Arya (32), through a decoy customer after receiving information that he was operating a sex racket and arranged to meet him outside a popular cafe.

Officers said two women, aged 18 and 24, were rescued. They are natives of West Bengal.

According to the police, Arya had sold them into the flesh trade for Rs 60,000 each.

Inspector Sandesh Revale said Arya was running the sex racket for at least four years. He was booked under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Mason Held for Raping 16-Year-Old Daughter, Impregnating Her

The father of a 16-year-old girl was arrested on Thursday, 16 January, for repeatedly raping her for six months and impregnating her.

The accused, aged 35, is a mason by profession, police said.

The crime came to fore when the girl realised she was pregnant and contacted the Childline helpline. After the helpline counsellors got the victim medically examined, she was found four months pregnant.

“ The girl lived with her parents and four siblings in Kajheri village. Six months ago, her mother left for Uttar Pradesh following a fight with her husband. Later, the accused’s sister took all children to her house,” said Ravi Bedi from the helpline.

Soon after, the accused brought the 16-year-old girl back home, and forced her to fast on Karva Chauth, saying he will marry her. This was followed by a slew of rapes, Bedi added.

Following a complaint by the helpline, cops at the Sector 36 police station booked the accused under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4 (penetrative sexual assault) and 6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He will be produced in court on Friday, 17 January.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

6. Suspecting Infidelity, Bijnor Man Murders Wife, Commits Suicide in Panchkula

Piqued by his wife’s infidelity, a 21-year-old man strangled her to death at their house and later ended his life by jumping in front of a train on Thursday, 16 January.

The deceased were identified as Shaba Khair, 20, a native of Meerut, and Faizan, a native of Bijnour, Uttar Pradesh, who was a daily wager. The couple lived in Rajiv Colony, Sector 17, Panchkula.

Police said Faizan strangled his wife using a mobile phone charger’s cord around 10 am and left home. Around 12.30 pm, a neighbour visited the couple’s house and was shocked to find Shaba lying dead on the bed with a wire wrapped around her neck.

The neighbours alerted the police, following which a team from the Sector 16 police post reached the spot, and moved the body to the civil hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula.

Around noon, the Chandigarh Government Railway Police (GRP) were informed of a suicide on a railway track at Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran.

Officials privy to the investigation said Faizan had come to know a few days ago that Shaba had an affair with a man in Meerut. When he confronted her on Wednesday, 15 January night, it led to an altercation. The couple fought again the next morning, when Faizan killed her in a fit of rage, police said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Teen Held for Raping Seven-Year-Old in Greater Noida

16-year-old boy has been detained for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl in a Jarcha village on Wednesday, 16 January. The alleged assault came to light after the girl opened up to her parents. She told her parents that the accused, who lives in the neighbourhood, took her to a room on the pretext of accompanying her to a nearby market and then raped her.

According to the complaint filed by her family, the girl was on the way to a market when the youth persuaded her to a room in a dark alley. After a few minutes, the girl came crying to her mother and narrated the incident.

Anil Kumar Singh, the station house officer of Jarcha police station, said that they received information about the alleged rape around 11 pm. The girl’s father had returned from his office in Bulandshahr and called up the police. “The family dialled emergency number and informed the police. A team was sent to the spot for primary investigation. The girl was taken for a medical examination, which confirmed rape. The accused had fled after committing the crime,” the officer said.

Singh added that a case had been filed around midnight on Wednesday against the accused under sections 376AB (punishment for rape on woman under twelve years of age), along with Section 5/6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

(Source: Times of India)

8. Ludhiana: Cop Opens Fire at a Woman at Her Residence, Booked; SIT Constituted

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Ludhiana police allegedly opened fire at a woman at her residence in sector-32 on Chandigarh road in Ludhiana Tuesday, 14 January, following an argument over a monetary dispute and also threatened her daughter to keep mum.

Later, he himself rushed the woman to the hospital in his vehicle and then fled from the spot. The scared daughter of the injured woman told her father about the incident Tuesday late when he was still at work.

Police registered an FIR for an attempt to murder against the ASI on the statement of the injured woman.

Police said ASI Sukhpal Singh, posted at Jamalpur police station of Ludhiana, was sitting at the residence of Chanchal Vinocha (40) and both knew each other for the past many years. The woman’s two daughters Riya (18) and Khushi (14) were also at home. ASI and the woman were having tea when suddenly their conversation turned into an argument. According to Riya, they were sitting inside when they heard the gunshot and rushed out

The ASI opened fire at their mother but missed the target. He was allegedly shouting at the woman with the weapon pointed towards her. He again opened fire and this time a bullet hit the woman in her stomach. Seeing their mother bleeding, both girls were in a panic and then ASI allegedly threatened them to keep quiet. He then took the woman to hospital in his Maruti Swift vehicle and fled from the spot. On Tuesday, 14 January, evening, both girls informed their father Sanjay Vinocha, who works as a supervisor in a yarn factory, about the incident and he informed the police.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. Man Surrenders After Killing Wife By Hitting Her With Iron Pestle: Cops

A man allegedly killed his wife by smashing her forehead with an iron pestle after an argument over some domestic issue in Wadi area in Nagpur, police said.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, 15 January afternoon and the accused, Siddharth Sonpipale (35), surrendered before police hours later, following which he was arrested, police said.

"The couple resided in Dr Ambedkar Nagar in Wadi. They used to frequently quarrel over petty issues. After an argument on Wednesday, 15 January, Siddharth thrashed his wife Alka (28). In a fit of rage, he picked up an iron pestle and hit her on her forehead, killing her on the spot," head constable of Wadi police station, Rajendra Borate said.

"The man then tried to destroy the evidence by washing his dead wife's blood-soaked clothes. He left his home after cleaning the floor and covering the body in a blanket," he added.

The accused then consumed liquor somewhere outside and changed his mind.

"He surrendered before the police and told them about the crime he had committed,." Borate said.

An offence under murder and causing disappearance of evidence has been registered against him, police said.

(Source: NDTV)

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