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2 killed, 4 missing as rains continue to pound Telangana




Two persons were killed and four were missing in separate incidents in Telangana as heavy rains continue to lash parts of Telangana.

The Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy rains at few places in the state on Monday and Tuesday.

Heavy to very heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtiyal, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Janagaon, Ydadari Bhuvanagiri, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal, Malkajigiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Mahabubnagar and Nagarkurnool district, it said.

Incessant rains for last two-three days have paralysed normal life in some areas. Overflowing rivulets, lakes, streams, tanks and other water bodies led to inundation of low-lying areas and disrupted vehicular traffic.

Two persons were killed and four went missing in separate incidents since Sunday. A 23-year-old youth was washed away in a stream while taking selfie in Mahabubnagar district. Shivaprasad was taking selfie while standing on the bund of Dondubi Vagu. According to police, he accidentally fell into the stream which was in spate and drowned. His body was recovered some distance away.

Shivaprasad was accompanied by his cousin Geeta Madhu. Though she raised an alarm, people near the stream could not rescue him despite their best efforts.

A drum beater was drowned in an overflowing stream in Vikarabad district. Goraiah (35) along with seven other drum beaters were trying to cross the stream on return to their village Dornal after beating drum (dappu) at a local festival. Two of them Goraiah and Krishna were washed away while crossing check dam. While Krishna was saved by one of them, Goraiah was washed away. After six-hour-long search operation, divers recovered his body.

Four persons went missing in different parts of the state and feared killed. A 30-year-old was washed in flood water along with his motor bike in Sangareddy district.

In Siddipet district, two persons were washed away in a flooded stream. A group of 10 people belonging to a family had gone to the stream. Four of them got into the water for a bath. While two persons were rescued by a local resident, the other two were washed away. Search was on for them.

Continued rains inundated low-lying areas in several towns and villages. Water entered the houses in few colonies in Karimnagar.


2 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist associates arrested from Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam




Two terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit LeT were arrested by a joint team of security forces in J&K’s Budgam on Tuesday, police said.

Jammu and Kashmir Police, at a checkpoint established at Chandpora area of Budgam along with the Army and the CRPF, arrested the two, identified as Zahid Ahmad Sheikh, resident of Alamnag Poshkar Khag, and Sahil Bashir Dar, resident of Mamath, Budgam.

Incriminating materials of proscribed terror outfit LeT, explosive material and ammunition including a hand grenade, two pistol magazines and 15 AK-47 rounds have been recovered from their possession.

Police have registered a case and investigation has been initiated.

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Wanted to meet wife, conman Sukesh twice went on hunger strike in jail




Jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar twice went on hunger strike at the Tihar jail in protest against the prison authorities.

The conman wanted the Jail authorities to relax ‘inmate meeting’ rules for him as he wanted to meet his wife, who is also lodged at the Tihar prison, more than two times a month.

He protested twice and later went on a hunger strike for 10 days and then again for nine days, it was officially learnt on Tuesday.

Director General (Prisons) Sandeeep Goyal told that Sukesh didn’t eat food from April 23 to May 2 and then again from May 4 to May 12. “During this period he was put on IV fluid/Glucose (Intravenous) in the Jail dispensary,” Goyal said.

The top prison official informed that Sukesh was demanding to arrange a meeting with his wife Leena Maria Paul, who is currently lodged in Jail no.6 of Tihar Jail.

“In this connection, he is already being allowed ‘inter-jail mulaqat’ with his wife twice a month, i.e., on every 1st and 3rd Saturday of a month, as allowed to other inmates,” Goyal said, adding that the accused conman wanted extra ‘mulaqat’ in addition to these, which was not allowed. For this misconduct, a Jail punishment was also made against Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

Reportedly, there are 32 criminal cases registered against the couple — Sukesh and Leena — that are pending before the Courts.

Born in a lower middle-class family in Karnataka’s Bengaluru, Sukesh always dreamt of being a millionaire in his life and to materialise his dream, he was determined to earn money by hook or by crook. He started conning people from the age of 17. In 2007, he duped around 100 people of Rs 75 crore on the pretext of providing them a job. At that time he posed as a high-ranking bureaucrat. Later, after many years he also duped politician TTV Dhinakaran of Rs 50 crore.

Delhi Police’s Crime Branch arrested Sukesh on Dhinakaran’s complaint and he was lodged at Tihar Jail.

What was more astonishing was that the conman continued to run the racket from inside of the Tihar Jail. He is accused of extorting Rs 200 crore from the family of former Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy Lab promoters Shivinder and Malvinder Singh within the premises of the prison.

The Delhi Police had in November 2021 filed a charge sheet against the accused conman, his wife Leena Maria Paul and 12 others in the same case of duping Malvinder’s wife of Rs 200 crore.

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police had written to the Tihar Jail authorities to take action against 82 jail officials who allegedly helped inmate Sukesh by providing him luxurious facilities inside the prison.

In the letter, accessed that the EOW had mentioned the names of all the 82 jail officials.

Initially, Sukesh was lodged at Rohini prison complex and then shifted to Tihar Jail number 4 and now he is currently lodged at Jail number 1 of the Tihar prison.

During the probe, the CCTV footage of ten cameras of the Rohini jail were collected and examined and it was found that the view of CCTV cameras installed in the barrack of accused Sukesh was completely blocked by using curtains and putting mineral water bottles in front of the camera.

The EOW had mentioned in the letter that no action was taken to remove the objects from the view of the camera and for this jail officials got a hefty amount from Sukesh and his associates.

“Further, from the statements of the arrested Jail Officials and documents, facts and evidence collected during investigation, it has come out that the money was paid to all the staff irrespective of their duties as bribe to ensure that they keep themselves away from spilling beans and remain silent. The officials of the Jail No 10, Rohini Jail, have also been found involved in taking undue favour from the accused persons, hence, a detailed enquiry/investigation is required to be conducted to reach at a logical conclusion,” an excerpt from the letter read.

It has been learnt that inmate Sukesh used to pay around Rs 1.50 crore every month for luxury facilities without any hindrance.

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Plans of militants to push Kashmiri Pandits out of Valley will be defeated: Jammu and Kashmir Police




The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said the killing of Rahul Bhat, a state government employee, by terrorists was a part of their plan to push the Kashmiri Pandits out of the valley, which will be defeated.

Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) was speaking to the protesting Kashmiri Pandits in Budgam district and urged them not to fall prey to the militant designs to leave the Valley.

“This is the plan of the militants and their masters across and this has to be foiled by all means,” the IGP said.

He assured the Pandit community of every help and promised them better and enhanced security cover in the days ahead.

He added that the shortcomings in the security grid will be addressed very soon and at the same time terrorism would be eradicated.

The Kashmiri Pandit community has been protesting continuously for the last six days against the killing of their colleague last week.

Assuring the protesters, the IGP said, “Everyone including police, army and even local people will have to fight against terrorism.

“I urge the protesters not to do anything that will make our enemy successful. To push you out of Kashmir is the plan of militants and their masters which has to be foiled you and us collectively.”

He said attacking the Kashmiri Pandit community is a ploy to drive them out of Kashmir which will never be allowed to succeed.

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