The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 05-08-2022 | 10:45 pm
Pune city police have arrested a gang of four persons who allegedly robbed a milkman of cash after pretending to be “police mitra” and threatening him of implicating him in a false case in Narayan Peth area.The victim, Parmeshwar Jivade (24), resident of Alandi Devachi in Khed, lodged the first information report (FIR) in the case at the Vishrambag police station on Thursday.Police have identified the arrested accused as Irfan Sayyad, Shankar Pakale, Sharad Shire and Sumit Sitap.According to a press release issued on Friday, the complainant works for a milk dairy in Alandi Devachi and delivers the supply in Nagnath Par area of Pune on a two-wheeler.Around 8 pm on July 28, he stopped his two-wheeler on the road towards Bhide bridge to receive a phone call when the accused came to the spot and snatched his cell phone, police said.The accused said they were “police mitra (friends of police)” and demanded money from the complainant by threatening to implicate him in a rape case.The accused persons allegedly thrashed the complainant and forcibly took him near the Mati Ganpati Temple in Narayan Peth. Here, they threatened to take him to police chowki and showed him video of a person, who they claimed was in jail after they trapped him in a false rape case. The accused persons then allegedly threatened the complainant that he would also be jailed if he refused to give them money, police said. They then proceeded to rob Jiwade of Rs 5,500 in cash before allowing him to go, they added.Police sub inspector Rakesh Sarade, the investigation officer in the case, said, “Soon after receiving his complaint, a police team initiated a probe. Videos captured by CCTV cameras around the crime scene provided the clue. We then arrested the four persons. A court remanded them to police custody till August 6, Saturday for further investigation.”The officer said that the accused persons have a previous criminal record.
Good morning, In today’s edition: Four soldiers killed in J&K terror attack; on flight to Kabul, homecoming stories; drought looming in Jharkhand; and more. Big Story Four days ahead of Independence Day, four soldiers were killed in a militant attack on an Army camp in Rajouri district of Jammu on Thursday. Both the militants involved in the attack were gunned down in the four-hour firefight that followed, the Army said.Here’s what happened: According to the Army, the soldiers challenged the two militants who lobbed grenades while attempting to gain entry inside the post. The security personnel then cordoned the area and engaged them in a firefight, he said. Tale of kin left behind: Hours before he succumbed to militants’ bullets in the early hours of Thursday, Subedar Rajendra Prasad Bhamboo, 48, had spoken with his daughter on a video call, before hanging up due to poor cellphone network. Meanwhile, Rifleman Nishant Malik, 21, spoke with his family, based in Hansi town of Haryana’s Hisar district, on a video call on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, his sister dialled Malik’s number — it was the day of Raksha Bandhan. There was no response.Only in the Express Students returning home, a doctor on leave from her hospital in New Delhi to visit her ailing mother, a man who managed to get a medical visa and was going back home after his treatment, a cloth of aid workers — these are some of the 90 or so travellers returning to Afghanistan aboard the A343 Kam Air flight that departed from New Delhi on Thursday afternoon. The plane to Kabul offered a small glimpse into New Delhi’s tentative efforts to build a relationship with the Taliban, without recognising the regime. In our opinion section today, former Commissioner of Police, Pune, Meeran Chadha Borwankar, writes about the slow execution of the police as an institution: “The Indian Penal Code defines conspiracy as an illegal act and holds each conspirator to be equally responsible, but it does not define “killing of an institution” as an offence. It has emboldened the executive to strike at not only the police but at the criminal justice system as a whole.”From the Front Page China has blocked a proposal by India and the US at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Abdul Rauf Azhar, brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and deputy chief of the Pakistan-based proscribed terror group, as a “global terrorist”.CJI N V Ramana on Thursday acknowledged that the impact of freebies promised by political parties on the country’s fiscal health was “a serious issue” but said he was not in favour of derecognising any party over it because that would be “anti-democratic”.A 49-year-old woman from Bengaluru has approached the Delhi High Court with an unusual case — to stop her friend, a Noida-based 48-year-old man with a debilitating health condition, from travelling to Europe allegedly to undergo assisted suicide or euthanasia — an option not available in India to a person who is not terminally ill. Must Read A drought is looming over Jharkhand this year. The state’s Agriculture Department has launched a statewide survey to “understand the depth of the drought” and the condition of farmers. “Every three years it is the same problem, and then there is a food crisis,” said Mahato, the Bokaro farmer. At the fields, there is already fear of farmers falling into debt traps.As Lumpy Skin disease continues to spread across Kutch, trenches and bloating cattle carcasses have become commonplace on the pastoral land adjoining the Mundra-Mandvi coastal highway. The viral disease that originated in Africa has been sweeping Gujarat for three months since the first case was reported on April 23 in the Kutch district, where many depend on cattle-herding for their livelihood. The border district, with livestock population of around 23.79 lakh, has been the worst affected district, accounting for 38,891 cases or 52 per cent of the total reported cases in the state as of August 10. Lower-than-expected United States inflation data at 8.5 per cent in July, down from the 9.1 per cent of June, has generally boosted investor sentiment around the world. Indian markets were already drawing comfort from softening crude oil prices and overall inflation, and were on the rise. However, experts say that inflation remains a concern. We break down what the US numbers boost means for India. And Finally You need to cross a water obstacle to reach the home of India’s best steeplechaser. Not the vertical hurdle on a flat track that Avinash Sable gracefully leaps over to bag medals, but a five-foot wide crater, with brown slushy water, that can swallow a sedan. In his blink-and-you-miss-it village, Mandwa, in Maharashtra’s Beed district, where a GPS is of little use, his under-construction eight-bedroom home has become a reference. But Sable’s story doesn’t begin at this under-construction palace, instead, it starts at a tin-shed hut with no lights and one room a kilometre downhill. Until tomorrow, Rahel Philipose
The daughter of a Malad businessman, aged 27, has lodged a complaint with Kurar police claiming she was allegedly duped of Rs 5.07 lakh by a fraud running an Instagram account by the name of ‘Bond James’. The police said the woman had befriended the fraud on social media after which, on the pretext of sending gifts, the accused and her imposter accomplices allegedly duped her into transferring money. According to the police, a case was registered on Wednesday under relevant sections of cheating, cheating by impersonation and common intention of the IPC.In her statement to the police, the complainant alleged that she received a ‘follow’ request on Instagram from an account holder who identified himself as ‘Bond James’. She accepted the request on April 28 following which they started chatting and subsequently shared each other’s phone numbers. “During a phone conversation, the person posing as Bond claimed that he was a businessman in the United Kingdom,” an officer said, adding, “Later, he asked her about her birthday to which she said it was on May 30. On Bond’s insistence, she went on to share her home address and after a few days, he claimed that he had sent a parcel in her name that contained gifts ranging from gold jewellery and cash to clothes.”On May 17, the complainant received a call from a woman claiming to be an officer from the Reserve Bank of India, the police said, adding that she alleged that she works at Delhi airport and a parcel in the complainant’s name had been seized.“On the pretext of making her pay different types of taxes, the woman instructed her to transfer the amount,” the officer said.It was only after she transferred 5.07 lakh that the complainant realised that she had been duped. She then reported the matter at Kurar police station and a case was registered.
A 31-year-old medical representative from Kurar in Malad (east) fell prey to loan app fraud this week where the fraudsters tried to extort money from him by threatening to circulate an obscene morphed photo of him with his wife. An FIR has been registered by the Kurar police station on August 11. Incidentally, it’s the same police station where an abetment to suicide case was registered after 38-year-old Sandeep Korgavkar died by suicide on May 4 this year owing to harassment by loan recovery agents.The complainant told the Kurar police that on August 6, he downloaded “Hugo Loan” from Google play store to get a loan. For verification, he submitted his AADHAR card, PAN card, photo, bank details and some other details. He also gave access to his contact list on the phone. The complainant did not apply for a loan suspecting something amiss but received Rs 1,100 in his e-wallet. He emailed to the company that he never applied for a loan and also called on the number given by them. He was told to pay Rs 2,000.When he refused , they threatened to harass him by sending his edited photos and defamatory messages to people in his contact list. He paid Rs 1,300 but the frauds kept calling him for more money. When he didn’t give in, they sent him an obscene morphed photo of his with his wife. He then approached the Kurar police.
PUNE: The existing government-appointed administrators of the soon-to-be-defunct Rupee Cooperative Bank have said they would seek legal counsel over the next steps after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled the 110-year-old bank’s licence. The Rupee Cooperative Bank will cease to exist as a bank from September 22 this year, with the RBI on Wednesday announcing cancellation of its licence on the grounds that public interest would be adversely affected if it was allowed to operate. In a statement on Thursday, the administrators of the bank called the RBI’s cancellation decision “fatal” that will “finish a legendary institution”. Freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak was instrumental in setting up the bank in 1912. The bank had then sought equity investments in small amounts, often as low as Re 1, from the people. It was on the basis of this concept that the bank got its name. The bank initially got its banking licence from RBI in February 1987 and was listed in the Second Schedule of the RBI Act the following year. “The RBI’s decision to cancel the banking licence of the Rupee Bank is very unfortunate. Despite the satisfactory performance for the past six years on all fronts, the RBI has taken this fatal decision. The cancellation of the licence is not a solution. The finishing of a century-old legendary institution has left us dejected. We are not demoralised though. We will take into confidence the depositors, employees and all other stakeholders. We will also take legal advice and decide the further course of action,” said Sudhir Pandit, the bank’s administrator. Sources in the bank said while the advances owed by the defaulters to the bank have been adjusted against the deposits they hold there, there are still around Rs6.12 crore of deposits linked to those who owe Rs19 crore in loans to the bank. A source said this was due to the conditions to the permission received from the RBI to adjust deposits from loans owed by the defaulters. The bank got the permissions to adjust deposits from loans owed to the bank over 2017-18. The depositors of the bank, who have also vowed to mount a legal challenge to the RBI’s decision at the Bombay high court, will stage a demonstration outside Rupee Bank’s Marketyard office at 4pm on Friday. RBI has communicated to the state government, specifically the Commissioner for Cooperation and Registrar of Cooperative Societies (CC&RCS), Maharashtra, to appoint liquidators to wind up the bank. A source in the commissionerate, which is based in Pune, said action is expected next week.
CALANGUTE: Calangute police on Wednesday arrested four persons for allegedly committing theft of mobile phones belonging to tourists from the car parking area at Baga, Calangute. The accused, identified as Suresh Rathod, Vithal Rathod, Tarun Rathod and Vikram Rathod, all natives of Gadag, Karnataka and residing at Calangute, have been booked under provisions of the Indian Penal Code. In another case, police have recovered a car which had been stolen from Calangute on August 5. The accused was traced in Maharashtra.