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630 challans issued on New Year eve in Gurugram

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The Gurugram police issued 630 challans for various traffic violations on New Year’s eve, even as traffic police didn’t use alcometers to catch offenders owing to Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Saturday.

Challans were mostly issued for wrong parkings, driving without helmets, wrong side and rash driving in Gurugram on the December 31-January 1 night.

The Gurugram Police a separate data on these offences was yet to be compiled.

Security was beefed up across the district, especially at malls, five-star hotels, markets, restaurants, pubs and bars, to maintain law and order during new year celebrations.

All PCR vans, additional police force, PCR vehicles, Rapid Action Force and traffic police were deployed at sensitive points, according to police officials.

Police and fire tenders along with traffic personnel were deployed in areas where high footfall was expected, such as MG Road, Ambience Mall, KOD Sector 29, Sector 29 Huda Ground, Galleria Market, DLF South Point Mall, Good Earth Mall, Cyber Hub, Golf Course Road, Palam Vihar, Sohna Road and Sahara Grace.

“Ahead of celebrations, we had prepared a plan in view of the Covid-19 pendemic. We had posted messages on Facebook and Twitter and appealed the people not to drink and drive and not step outside unnecessarily. People were seen following traffic rules,” said DK Bhardwaj, DCP, Traffic.

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Youth, dad and grandpa found dead in Mumbai

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A 20-year-old youth was found dead due to fall from a high rise society building. His father and grandfather were also found stabbed to death in the family flat, police said here on Saturday.

According to an official of Mulund Police Station, a wireless van got a message that a youth had fallen from a building and was lying badly injured in the compound.

The police van rushed to the spot at the Vasant Oscar Society on LBS Marg and found the victim, Shardul M. Mangle, lying in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to the nearby Agarwal Hospital where he was pronounced dead on admission.

Making further enquiries, when the police team reached the victim’s flat in the same building, they came across two men including a senior citizen, stabbed to death.

They were later identified as Milind S. Mangle, 55, and Suresh K. Mangle, 85, the father and grandfather of the deceased Shardul.

The motives behind the multiple crimes are not clear and police teams led by top officers are investigating the incident which sent shockwaves in the Mulund suburb.

Prima facie, the police suspect that the boy may have stabbed his father and grandfather with a knife before jumping to his death from the multi-storied building.

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SUV near Ambani home: ‘Don’t politicize Hiren’s death’

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Terming the mystery death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiren as “unfortunate”, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said it would be wrong to politicize it and point accusing fingers at the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Interacting with mediapersons, he said unraveling the truth behind the intriguing death of Hiren was critical for the “image and prestige” of the MVA government.

Hiren shot into the limelight after his stolen SUV, a Scorpio, was found parked suspiciously outside Antilia, the lavish multistoried home of Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, on February 25, in south Mumbai.

The police later recovered 20 gelatin sticks and a purported typewritten threat letter, creating a sensation in the country’s corporate and political circles.

“It will be wrong to politicize the (Hiren’s) death and put the government in the dock Doubts are being raised whether his death was a suicide or a murder. The police are investigating. He was also an important witness in the (SUV) case,” Raut said.

He also called upon the home department to find the truth about Hiren’s death at the earliest and urged the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to have faith in the police probe.

“The Home Minister has already handed over the case to the Anti Terrorist Squad There’s no need for transferring it to the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” Raut stated.

Hours after Hiren’s autopsy was completed but the report and doctors’ opinion kept in ‘reserve’, his family demanded that the post-mortem report and the video-recording of the procedure must be made public.

An ATS team on Saturday morning visited the marshes adjacent to the Thane Creek near Mumbai from where the body of Hiren – an expert swimmer – was fished out on Friday morning.

ATS sleuths and Thane Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Avinash Ambure, and several BJP leaders visited the family at their residence in Vikas Palms society in Charai where the police have deployed tight security since early Saturday morning.

The Naupada Police on Friday lodged an accident death report even as further probe by the ATS is underway as the sensitive case sparked off a political row.

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NCB’s 12K-page charge sheet ‘damp squib’: Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer

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Terming the voluminous 12,000-page charge sheet filed against Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 31 others as “expected”, their lawyer Satish Maneshinde launched a sharp attack on the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), virtually accusing it of a witch-hunt, here on Saturday.

“All efforts of the NCB have been directed towards Rhea Chakraborty, to somehow rope her in. The entire NCB, from top to bottom was engaged in unearthing the drug angle in Bollywood,” Maneshinde said.

“The charge sheet is a damp squib standing on the foundation of inadmissible evidence and statements recorded under NDPS Act Sec. 67 even after the Supreme Court judgement in the Toofan Singh case. Without Rhea Chakraborty being charged, this case has no substance,” Maneshinde said.

Referring to the NCB’ contentions in the charge sheet that it has seized various narcotic drugs (Charas, Ganja, LSD, Ecstasy) and psychotropic substances (Alprazolam and Clonazepam), the lawyer rubbished the federal drug agency’s claims.

“The entire amount of ‘Narcotic Substances’ recovered against the 33 accused are nothing compared to what even a Constable in Mumbai Police or Narcotics Cell or the Airport Customs or other agencies recover from one raid or trap,” Maneshinde pointed out.

Moreover, he said there’s hardly any material against any known faces, who were paraded during the investigations, and wondered whether the allegations were false, or “only God knows the Truth”.

The lawyer added that even the Bombay High Court did not find prima facie material at the stage of bail of the ‘alleged’ financing of drugs trade, as claimed by the NCB.

Maneshinde’s strong reactions came a day after the NCB lodged its charge sheet — a 11,700-page plus more in electronic format — with the Special NDPS Court in Mumbai, signalling an end to the probe.

The NCB came into the picture in August 2020 after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) stumbled on the drugs aspect of its probe into the financial angles surrounding the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 at his rented duplex in Bandra, Mumbai.

Besides Rhea and Showik, the NCB has named the late actor’s ex-manager Samuel Miranda, his domestic help Dipesh Sawant, a drug peddler Anuj Keshwani from whom commercial quantity of drugs like LSD sheets and Marijuana) were first recovered.

Also figuring in the charge sheet are two foreigners — actor Arjun Rampal’s South African girlfriend and model Gabriella Demetriades, her brother Agisilaos Demetriades, besides Kshitij Prasad, a former executive producer with Dharma Productions, and two collegians, said to be the last-mile peddlers.

“We will have the last laugh Satyameva Jayate,” an unfazed Maneshinde concluded.

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