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Bengaluru Airport: Passenger From Bangkok Arrested For Smuggling In 234 Wild Animals, Dead Baby Kangaroo

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In a tragic incident of wildlife smuggling, a baby Kangaroo died due to suffocation after a Tamil Nadu wildlife smuggler flew a joey (a young kangaroo or wallaby) inside a suitcase from all the way Bangkok to Bengaluru Airport. The smuggler also tried to smuggle 233 reptiles including cobras, crocodiles, tortoises and lizards. These were rescued by the Airport authorities.

The smuggler responsible for the wildlife trafficking has been arrested by police. Authorities at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru were shocked to see reptiles of exotic species smuggled in such large numbers. The recovery included snakes, lizards, tortoises in large numbers. The accused is a 32-year-old man, said reports.

Bengaluru Airport on the incident

The passenger accused of smuggling had travelled on Thai AirAsia’s flight FD 137. The flight had landed in Bengaluru around 10.30 in the night on Wednesday (August 22).

The Bengaluru Air Customs said that the Airport used passenger profiling which helped it intercept the flyer, who had shortly crossed the green channel. The accused was stopped just as he approached the exit gate of the airport’s arrival area.

The airport authorities grew suspicious as they saw the large trolley bag carried by the passenger. He had also taken the green channel, a route which is dedicated for passengers with no goods to declare that falls under duty bound or prohibited goods category.

The menace of wildlife smuggling

The menace of wildlife smuggling is something that afflicts the wildlife all across the globe. Many attempts are made to smuggle exotic wildlife creatures through the air route or even using road and sea route. Reptiles and mammal like Pangolins are a constant victim of wildlife smugglers.

The menace of wildlife smuggling has made Pangolins the world’s most smuggled and trafficked mammal or animal. World Wildlife Fund For Nature (WWF) says that wildlife trafficking is the 4th largest illegal trade across the world and the crime is estimated at worth £15 billion every year.

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Mumbai BMW Hit-and-Run Case Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Judicial Custody Till July 30

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Mumbai BMW Hit-and-Run Case Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Judicial Custody Till July 30

Mihir Shah, the accused in Mumbai BMW hit-and-run was on Tuesday (July 16) sent to 14-day judicial custody lasting till July 30. A court in Sewri remanded him to judicial custody on the day his police custody was to end. Shah was arrested by Mumbai Police on July 9 after the BMW car driven by him, while drunk, struck and killed 45-year-old Kaveri Nakhwa in Worli while she was riding pillion with her husband on scooter.

Shah was on the run following the fatal accident before he was tracked down and arrested by the police.

At the time of the accident, Kaveri Nakhwa got stuck in the wheels of the car but Mihir drove it for another kilometre in spite of passerbys attempting to alert him. The horrific incident was captured on CCTV cameras. Shah fled the scene after the accident. While her husband escaped with injuries, Kaveri Nakhwa wasn’t as lucky. She was taken to hospital by passerbys but later breathed her last.

After his arrest, Mihir Shah was sent to seven-day police custody.

What happened in the court?

On Tuesday, the investigation officer told the court that Mihir Shah was not co-operating with the investigation and was not revealing who helped him and whom he contacted after the accident.

The prosecution pressed for extension of police custody arguing that police needed to question Mihir Shah further as his non-cooperation was an obstacle in finding his accomplices and more evidence in the matter.

Defence countered by saying that the police had already recorded statements from 27 people and had important evidence, such as rear number plate of the car, in their possession. Extension of police custody, it said, was hence unnecessary.

Mihir Shah is son of Shiv Sena (Shinde) leader Rajesh Shah. The party removed Rajesh Shah from his post following Mihir Shah’s arrest.

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Mumbai Cyber Fraud: 42-Year-Old Homemaker Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Online Stock Trading Scam In Mira Road

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Mumbai: A 42-year-old homemaker from Mira Road became the latest target of cyber-criminals who cheated her of more than Rs.13 lakh by promising high returns in stock trading.

In her statement to the police, the complainant who stays in the Delta Garden area said that during her trip to Uttan she came across an advertisement regarding stock trading on Instagram. Upon clicking the provided link, the complainant was added to a WhatsApp group in which tips were provided on stock purchases.

During the initial stages she was able to withdraw Rs. 6,600, prompting her to invest a total of Rs.13.83 lakh for buying shares of various companies through 12 online transactions to specified bank accounts in less than two months.

Though she could see her investments on the online trading application platform, she was unable to make further withdrawals. After seeking a clarification from the group admin, she was asked to transfer Rs. 3.90 lakh towards 30 percent taxes. When she expressed her inability to pump more funds she was removed from the group.

An offence under the relevant sections of the IPC and Information Technology Act-2000 has been registered at the Uttan coastal police station against the yet-to-be identified cybercrooks. Further investigations were underway.

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Mumbai BMW Hit-And-Run Case: Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Police Custody Till July 16

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Mumbai BMW Hit-And-Run Case: Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Police Custody Till July 16

Mumbai: The main accused in the Mumbai BMW hit-and-run case, Mihir Shah, has been sent to police custody till July 3. Mihir Shah, who was missing for three days in the hit-and-run incident that killed a woman, was arrested on Tuesday, July 9.

The development comes a day after Mihir Shah was arrested for allegedly running over his BMW car over Kaveri Nakhwa in Mumbai’s Worli area. Kaveri Nakhwa was further dragged for around 1.5 km by the speeding car, later reports claimed.

Mihir Shah allegedly also swapped his seat with the driver, and fled in another vehicle. Mihir Shah is the son of CM Eknath Shinde led Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah and the issue also kicked up a political storm in Maharashtra.

On July 9, Pradeep Liladhar Nakhwa, husband of deceased Kaveri Nakhwa had broken down in tears and had strongly questioned the delay in arrest of the prime accused in the case. He said sobbing, “I asked him to stop, yet he didn’t stop; he ran away. She (the deceased) must have been in so much pain. Everyone knows this but no one is doing anything. There is no one for the poor.”

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