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Bengaluru police arrests gang selling plots using fake documents

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Police arrested six members of a gang led by a 29-year-old woman, who operated a fake plot selling racket in the city, said the Bengaluru South Police on Wednesday.

The police have recovered gold ornaments valued at Rs 16.83 lakh and three cars worth Rs 35 lakh from the gang’s possession.

According to the police, the gang’s modus operandi was that they used to identify a vacant site on the outskirts of the city where site prices were extremely high but situated in isolated areas.

“Once they identified ‘their site’, they would fabricate false documents in the name of one of their gang members to prove that the site was owned by that member. In the third phase one of the gang members posing as a real estate agent would identify a gullible investor looking for a plot at a ‘cheaper value’. This was followed by two of the gang members posing as husband and wife and on the pretext of selling ‘their property’ in distress would negotiate for the deal,” the police said.

The police claimed that the gullible investors used to believe them instantaneously, especially the husband and wife who were apparently trying to sell their property in distress.

“Gullible investors applied for a loan from the bank and the bank after verifying documents used to give high value loans. Impersonating as ‘plot sellers’, the gang would accept an amount and disappear,” the police added.

According to the police, the accused have been identified as 29-year-old Keerthana Shekhar, Shekhar (36), Pavan Kumar B.R. aka Pavan aka Michel D’Souza (36), Prajwal Ramaiah, Umamahesh Rao (41) and Jayprakash.M (39).

The police said all the accused barring Pavan, worked in different real estate firms and were ace businessmen. Pavan is a bank loan agent who guided the gang about the rules and regulations.

A case of forgery and fraud was lodged on December 21, 2020 against the gang by a Bengali couple Chakravarthy Nandu Pandu and Rutira Devi Chakravarthy when the original owner of the site had started construction work.

“The couple who had purchased the plot argued with the original owners and then the case was booked and the gang was arrested,” the police claimed.

The police has registered a case and is investigating how many plots the gang had sold in a similar manner.

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Bhopal man arrested for raping 13-yr-old girl

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Bhopal Police on Monday arrested an accused for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The matter came to light after a police complaint was registered. The accused has been arrested under sections 376 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to the police, the accused is known to the victim. He runs a grocery store where the victim used to visit to purchase goods.

According to the victim’s complaint lodged at Bhopal’s Sukhi Sevaniya police station, the accused invited the victim to his home on Saturday and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her of serious consequences if she told anyone about the incident.

However, after another person who knew the victim, came to know about the incident, she narrated the entire story to her parents.

Subsequently, they lodged a police compliant on Monday, a senior police official, Vijay Bahadur Singh, from Sukhi Sevaniya police station, told IANS.

“Further, investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.

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Sold for child labour, UP boy rescued from Amritsar

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Abducted by a truck driver and sold to a farmer for child labour in Amritsar, a 14-year-old boy finally managed to escape and was rescued by the ChildLine from the Amritsar railway station.

Satyendra, 14, was kidnapped three years ago by a truck driver who sold him to a farmer in Amritsar, police said.

Narrating his ordeal, Satyendra said, “There were around six other teenage boys from different states who were brought to the barn for labour. Our job was to feed cattle and keep the barn clean.

“We were given new identities and converted to other religions. I was called Shiva and was asked to wear a turban. They used to assault me and keep me starved if I insisted on leaving,” he told reporters after he was returned to his parents in Itaunja, on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.

Satyendra said that he was taken to Katrayaina Kala village which is on the outskirts of Amritsar city. “We were shackled before we went to sleep,” he said.

Sumit Yadav, Satyendra’s cousin who went to Amritsar to get him, said, “Itauja police did not lodge FIR even after a written complaint. For months, police kept on misleading the family and evaded questions about their son’s whereabouts. They never made an attempt to search for him.”

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UP court convicts 4 for planning terror attack

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A Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Lucknow has sentenced four accused to five years imprisonment after finding them guilty of planning terror activities and instigating youths to take up arms.

A fine of Rs 14,000 on each of the convicts has also been imposed by the court on Wednesday.

All the four persons were arrested by the UP ATS from different parts of the country in 2017.

Out of the four convicts, Mohd Faizan and Mohd Nazim are from Bijnor. One of the accused is from West Champaran in Bihar and the other from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a statement released by the UP ATS, “The special judge ADJ (3) found them guilty of harming the internal and external security of the nation by fragmenting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.”

According to Additional DG (law and order) Prashant Kumar, “The arrest was a major breakthrough for security agencies as the four accused were nabbed at a time when they were planning terror attacks by involving and instigating youths. They were also found with explosives and illegal weapons.”

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