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CBI questions Abhishek’s sister-in-law Menka in coal smuggling case

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A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded the statement of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law Menka Gambhir in connection with its probe into the illegal coal smuggling case.

According to CBI officials, an eight-member team of the CBI led by Investigation officer Umesh Kumar along with two women officers arrived at the residence of Gambhir and recorded her statement for over two and half hours.

CBI sources said that the agency questioned her about few banking transactions.

The development comes a day after CBI summoned Gambhir on Sunday to record her statement in the case, which it registered in November last year.

Meanwhile, Abhishek’s wife Rujira Banerjee, who was delivered a summon at her residence on Sunday afternoon also responded to the CBI and agreed to be question on Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at her residence.

Abhishek is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.

The CBI action comes ahead of the high octane Assembly polls scheduled later this year where the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP are in a bitter contest.

Following the CBI action, Abhishek on Sunday said that he has full faith in the law of land, but asserted that he would not be cowed down.

“At 2 p.m. today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down,” he said in a tweet.

Reacting to the development, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh had said that there is nothing new in it as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying everything to unseat the Trinamool Congress-led government in West Bengal.

“They are using central agencies to malign the image of Abhishek Banerjee ahead of the state Assembly elections. The CBI notice is just a step towards that,” he said.

The CBI had registered a case of illegal theft of coal last year in November. The agency had registered a case against coal mafia Anup Majhi alias Lala, his deputy J. Mondal, and other unidentified people, including some employees of the Eastern Coalfields Ltd. and of other Central government offices. It was alleged that Majhi was involved in coal theft from the leasehold mines of the ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas.

On November 28 last year, the CBI had conducted raids at 45 locations in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the coal smuggling racket.

On February 19, the CBI team carried out searches at 13 locations in four districts of West Bengal, including the premises of coal mafia Jaidev Mondal.

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NCB mumbai seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone & cash worth Rs.18 lakh on July 29th, Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on

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NCB Mumbai in its continuous fight against Drug Suppliers and Peddlers in Mumbai had launched 02 operations in various places of Mumbai and seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) along with cash worth Rs. 18,00,000/- on 29th July and intercepted 03 persons including 01 lady. Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on.

On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai raided Chawl at Amina Nagar, Idgah Maidan, Meghwadi, Jogeshwari East and intercepted one person named Abrar Khan & seized 80 grams of Mephedrone with Cash worth Rs. 18 lakh from his house search on 28th July. He was supposed to deliver MD drugs to someone at near his residence at Jogeshwari East. On personal search a packet containing MD drugs of weight 80 gram was found. In the search of accused House cash worth Rs.18 lakhs was found. Further investigation is under process. Abrar Khan is a criminal in Meghwadi area having Police cases registered at Jogeswari Police station & Santacruz Police Station in the year 2006 & 2009 u/s 302, 324 and 326 of IPC. He uses minor children for drugs trafficking i.e. Ecstasy, Corex, Mephedrone, etc. at Meghwadi area. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 72/2021.

On reliable information, NCB Mumbai busted a drug cartel which was run at Three Star Hotel in Andheri (E), Mumbai and seized a total 103.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) on 28 July and intercepted one lady who was the peddler of the wanted suspect Jai Prakash Bhatt. In follow up operation on 29th July, NCB Mumbai intercepted one person named Rohan Pandey from Marol Naka. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused lady is engaged in drug distribution, consumption and other illegal activities. Further investigation is going on. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 73/2021.

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Thief dies after consuming pill in Bengaluru during police raid

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A notorious chain-snatching thief allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison during the police team’s raid on his hideout on Thursday, the police said.

The police said that based on a tip-off, Shankar was to visit the temple on Thursday, before changing his hideout in Chintamani to elsewhere and when he saw police teams coming, he consumed a pill and died instantly.

“We suspect he might have consumed cyanide laced pill but it is not confirmed yet as we are awaiting a post-mortem report,” a police officer from Hoskote police station told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

According to Hoskote police, the deceased is identified as Shankar, 48, hailing from Madanapalle town of Andhra Pradesh while his accomplice Chandrashekar, 52, resident of Bengaluru, has been arrested by the Bengaluru city police.

Hoskote police said that the duo are notorious chain-snatchers who mainly operated in K.R. Puram and other parts of IT Corridor of the city which includes Whitefield, Sarjapura, Electronic City and others.

“After snatching chain, Shankar often visited a temple situated in Pillagumpe, a small village that is located in Hosakote Tehsil of Bangalore Rural district in Karnataka,” the police explained.

Pillagumpe village is situated just 20 kms from KR Puram in Bengaluru which has now transformed into an industrial town.

The police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.

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Kin of 2 Bikru massacre victims join Uttar Pradesh Police force

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The kin of two Bikru massacre victims who were killed in an ambush by slain gangster Vikas Dubey last year in July, have been given jobs by the government.

Vaishnavi Mishra, daughter of deputy Superintendent of Police Devendra Mishra, who was killed along with his aides in the Bikru ambush, has been appointed as an officer on special duty (OSD) by the state government.

Umesh Kumar, the brother of constable Bablu Kumar, has joined as a trainee constable in the Kanpur Police Commissionerate.

Vaishnavi Mishra had applied for the post of OSD. After a year-long process, Vaishnavi has finally got the appointment.

Vaishnavi was initially posted at the police headquarters, but now she has been transferred to Kanpur Police Commissionerate. She has joined the police office and is being trained by the concerned officials.

Remembering her father, Vaishnavi said, “I believe my father is always going to be part of my life. At one point, it seemed as if everything was over. But my mother and other family elders inspired me. I also received huge support from my relatives and friends, and I decided to join the state police.”

Constable Bablu Kumar was posted in the Bithoor police station when the Bikru massacre took place.

Bablu’s younger brother Umesh had applied for a government job.

After clearing the physical and medical examination, Umesh has now been selected in the state’s police force. He has also been given posting in the Kanpur Police Commissionerate.

A senior official in Lucknow said that the family members of the remaining six martyrs would soon be given jobs as per their qualifications soon.

Eight policemen were ambushed in the Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey and fell to bullets fired from rooftops on July 3.

Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter in the morning of July 10 when a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he reportedly tried to escape from the spot in Sachendi in Kanpur.

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