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Betel nut smuggling: CBI raids 19 places in Mumbai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad

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In its ongoing probe into the multi-crore rupees betel nut smuggling scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) swooped at 19 locations in Mumbai, Nagpur and Ahmedabad and seized incriminating documents, digital devices and other articles, officials said on Wednesday.

The raids were carried out on the premises of customs house agents, several private persons including proprietors/partners of importing firms and others, in pursuance of a Bombay High Court’s Nagpur Bench order in February this year.

The court order came on a PIL filed by Dr Mehboob M.K. Chintanwala highlighting a huge scam of smuggling of substandard, unsafe and unfit betel nuts/areca nuts causing huge losses to the government.

As per the investigations, unscrupulous traders in connivance with government officials fraudulently claimed to import the stuff from SAFTA-SAARC countries based on fake documents, certificates of origin, bogus or undervalued bills and invoices, and forged customs clearance certificates causing loss of custody duty of around Rs 15,000 crore annually to the government.

In June 2016, 23 wagons loaded with substandard and hazardous betel nuts smuggled internationally were found at Nagpur Itwari station, but the case was not probed properly.

A year later, the Department of Revenue Intelligence’s probe revealed four cases of smuggling of nearly 698 tonnes of betel nuts, suspected to be of foreign origins, smuggled via the India-Myanmar border and brought to Nagpur and Gondia.

The raids are still continuing and further investigations are underway, said the CBI.

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Portion of under-construction flyover crashes in Mumbai, 14 injured

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At least 14 persons were injured when a portion of an under-construction flyover at Bandra Kurla Complex here crashed early on Friday, the BMC Disaster Control said.

The incident occurred around 4.40 a.m. when a girder of the SELR flyover being built by the MMRDAA in Bandra East came crashing down in the early hours.

All the 14 injured men were rushed to the BMC’s V.N. Desai Hospital for treatment and their condition is now stable.

They are identified as: Anil Singh, 28; Arvind Singh, 29; Azhar Ali, 26; Mustafa Ali, 28; Riyazuddin Ali, 23; Motallab Ali, 28; Riyaz Ali, 21; Atish Ali, 22; Akbar Ali, 25; Shravan, 49; Rais Ali, 22; Aziz-Ul-Huq, 29; Parvez, 22 and Shrimand, 25.

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Anti-terror squads of 12 states meet at Delhi Police HQ

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 A meeting of the anti-terror unit chiefs of 11 states and the Delhi Police officials is currently underway in the national capital, officials said here on Friday.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the Delhi Police Special Cell’s recent crackdown on a Pakistan’s ISI sponsored terror module that was planning to carry out violent attacks in India.

Sources told IANS that the meeting is expected to focus on the joint raids and better coordination on the ground to avert any terror activity.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana was also in the meeting, sources said.

On Tuesday, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police had busted a Pakistan-backed terror module and arrested six persons, including two — Zeeshan and Javed — who were trained in Pakistan.

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had trained the two terrorists to blow bridges and railway tracks in order to cause mass casualties in India.

The interrogation of the terror suspects has revealed that the duo was also asked to acquire the details of the timings and route of the trains with more passengers so that the blast resulted in a high number of casualties.

Sources informed that 1.5 kg of RDX was found from their possession when they were caught by the Special Cell earlier this week.

“This much amount of RDX is enough to cause large-scale destruction,” the source added.

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Maharashtra ATS and Delhi Police jointly interrogate arrested terrorists

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 A team of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Special Cell of the Delhi Police is jointly interrogating the six terror suspects who were planning to carry out attacks in the forthcoming festival season, an official said here on Thursday.

According to sources, the Maharashtra ATS team, after reaching the national capital held talks with the sleuths of the Special cell of Delhi Police.

The cops are currently examining Osama, who was trained in Pakistan, and Jaan Mohammed who is suspected to be an operative of the D company. He was arrested in Kota when he was on his way to Delhi.

Maharashtra ATS chief Vineet Agarwal, on Wednesday, said that the terror suspect Jaan Mohammed belongs to Dharavi, Mumbai.

The cops are also looking for Osama’s father Humaid-ur-Rehman, who is being suspected as the mastermind of the terror module.

It is alleged that Humaid had sent Osama and Zeeshan Qamar, a resident of UP’s Allahabad, to Muscat in Oman to join training in Pakistan.

Once they reached Muscat, Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) took them to Gwadar port through sea routes to get them trained in making explosives and bombs.

Osama and Zeeshan Qamar were imparted the training of making bombs and IEDs and committing arson with the help of daily use items at a farmhouse in Thatta in Sindh province.

There were three Pakistani nationals in the farmhouse. Two of these, Jabbar and Hamza imparted training to them. Both of them were from Pakistan Army as they wore military uniforms, according to the information obtained.

The training lasted for almost 15 days and thereafter, they were taken back to Muscat via the same route.

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