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Dawood set up unit to target bizmen & politicians, says NIA charge sheet

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 The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in its charge sheet filed before a special court in Mumbai, has claimed that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim led D-Company has set up a special unit to target politicians and businessmen and made available lethal weapons to be used against prominent personalities.

“The D-company set up the unit to strike terror in people by attacking eminent personalities, including politicians and businessmen. We have learnt that the arrested as well as wanted accused were “active members” of an organised crime syndicate working as a terrorist gang,” the probe agency has mentioned.

According to sources, the charge sheet was filed on Saturday against Dawood Ibrahim, Chotta Shakeel and three others in connection with carrying out terror activities across India.

The charge sheet was filed against three arrested and two wanted accused.

It was filed against Arif Abubakar Shaikh alias Arif Bhaijaan, Shabbir Abubakar Shaikh alias Shabbir, Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit and Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar alias Shaikh Dawood Hassan and Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel under sections 17, 18, 20 and 21 of the UA (P) Act, Sections 3(1) (ii), 3(2), 3(4) & 3(5) of The Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, read with sections 387, 201 and 120B of IPC.

A total of Rs 25 lakh in cash was sent to Arif and Shabbir through hawala channel from Pakistan via Dubai to Mumbai. It was nothing but proceeds of terrorism.

“Investigations have established that the accused persons who are members of the D-Company, a terrorist gang and an organised crime syndicate, had conspired to further the criminal activities of the gang by carrying out various types of unlawful activities. In furtherance of the said conspiracy, they raised, collected and extorted huge amounts of money by threatening and by putting persons in fear of death or grievous hurt, for the D-Company and for the benefit of an individual terrorist in the instant case, and with the intention to threaten the security of India and create terror in the minds of the general public,” the NIA has mentioned in the charge sheet.

The NIA has learnt that the arrested accused persons received huge amounts of money through hawala channels, from the absconding accused based abroad, meant for triggering sensational terrorist/criminal acts in Mumbai and other parts of India to create terror in the minds of people. The accused persons were in possession of the said “proceeds of terrorism”.

Further investigation in the matter is on.

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Navi Mumbai: Raigad LCB Seizes 33,000 Litres Of Smuggled Diesel Worth ₹36.40 Lakh At Rewas Port; 4 Arrested

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Navi Mumbai: Raigad Local Crime Branch (LCB), has arrested four men from Rewas port for smuggling diesel in the arabian sea. Police have also seized 33,000 litres of diesel along with the boat in which they were smuggling. The diesel and the boat seized amounts to a total of Rs 36.40 lakh. According to the police, the accused smuggled the diesel from the bigger ships in the sea and sold to the smaller boats at a lesser rate than the market rate.

The accused arrested have been identified as Ganesh Kashinath Koli (40), Vinayak Narayan Koli (45), Gajanan Atmaram Koli (45) and Mukesh Khabardat Nishad (45), all residents of Bodni Koliwada in Alibag taluka of Raigad district. Acting on a tip-off that about the accused smuggling diesel in a boat at Rewas port, the police had laid a trap at the jetty at Rewas.

“When the boat arrived, we nabbed the accused and seized the diesel that was being smuggled. The accused did not do any other job and were into smuggling itself. They either stole the diesel from the larger ships or bought the from them at lesser rate and then sold it further to the smaller boats,” police inspector Balasaheb Khade from Raigad LCB said.

The case against the accused was registered under section 287 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) and sections of The Essential Commodities Act and The Petroleum Act. “Since the punishment in this case as per the law is below seven years, they are not arrested and a notice has been served to them as the per the procedure,” the officer added.

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Karnataka Bus Driver, Making Reel While Driving, Hits Bullock Cart From Behind Injuring Farmers, Killing 2 Bulls On Spot In Hubli

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A government bus driver hit a bullock cart killing two bulls on the spot and severely injuring the farmers on it while making a reel in Karnataka’s Hubli on Wednesday.

In the purported video of the incident, the bus driver can be seen sitting behind the wheel as his aide makes a reel. Moments later, the video shows the bus colliding with the bullock cart on the road from behind.

As per reports, the bus in question belongs to the North Western Road Transport Corporation and was going towards Bagalkot at the time of the accident.

Case registered against driver

The impact of the collision was so powerful that the bulls fell down and started bleeding until they lost their lives. The two farmers from Chakkadi, severely injured, were rushed to a nearby hospital.

As per reports, a case has been registered against the bus driver at the Hubli Rural police station.

Red alert still in place for coastal regions

Meanwhile, with the rains not letting up and the monsoon still vigorous, the India Meteorological Department has extended the red alert for coastal Karnataka till July 18.

Since the intensity of rain has reduced in south interior Karnataka, the weather department has retracted the red alert for the region and has issued an orange one till July 20.

Even in coastal Karnataka, the downpour is expected to become less intense from July 19 onwards, with the weather department predicting that it would be under orange category for now.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada Laxmipriya said that due to the relentless rain, the district had opened 26 care centres by the evening of July 16, including six in Karwar taluk, six in Kumta taluk and 14 in Honnavar taluk, sheltering 2,368 people.

According to her, in the last 24 hours, three houses were completely damaged, one severely and 18 partially, and one human life was lost due to a house collapse in Karwar taluk.

In case of emergencies, the DC said, the public can call the district administration’s emergency helpline number 1077 as well as the WhatsApp number 94835 11015.

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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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