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Drug peddlers again attack Mumbai NCB sleuths

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For the third time in nine months, a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) team was attacked by armed drug peddlers, including some foreigners, during a raid late on Thursday, officials said here on Friday.

The shocking incident happened at Mankhurd in the northeast suburbs of Mumbai when the NCB team was following a tip-off on a gang of foreigner drug peddlers operating from the forests near the railway lines, NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede said.

“The gang of drug-peddlers suddenly pounced on the NCB team with weapons, machetes, and stones. One of the officials suffered a head injury while 4 others suffered superficial wounds,” he said.

This is the second attack on the NCB sleuths in a week and the third in 9 months, since the November 2020 incident in Goregaon by aggressive drug peddlers fighting the anti-narcotics actions against them.

However, the NCB managed to nab one Nigerian and seized a huge haul of drugs comprising 7.5 gms cocaine, 254 gms heroin and 52 gms Mephedrone, totally valued over Rs 1 Crore in the illicit markets, he said.

Following secret tips that a gang of 4-5 foreigners was conducting the illicit drug peddling business, the NCP laid a trap and intercepted Obiorah Ekwelar of Nigeria’s Onisha.

The gang, carrying weapons had become a nuisance for the entire area as they operated from the swampy area near the Mankhurd railway lines with the Thane Creek on one side, and many locals had complained of the menace.

While Ekwelar was arrested, the others managed to escape taking advantage of the difficult terrain and the darkness, said the NCB.

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Jewellers in Patna protest against Bakarganj multi-crore jewellery heist

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The Bullion Market Association of Patliputra (BMAP) has gone on an indefinite strike on Saturday in protest against a massive loot at a jewellery shop in Bakaranj area of the city.

Vinod Kumar, the president of (BMAP) said the jewellery shops will remain shut till criminals are arrested and the looted jewellery recovered.

“We have demanded police protection to jewellers so that such an incident does not take place in future. We are strongly protesting against this incident and will also seek support of other bullion trading organisations of Bihar, Kumar said.

Around half-a-dozen masked men looted a prominent jewellery shop of the city’s Bakarganj wholesale market on Friday afternoon and decamped with gold, silver and diamond ornaments worth more than Rs 14 crore.

While scanning CCTV footage, it appeared that the robbers were in the age groups of 18 to 25. They all were carrying firearms and speaking to each other in some other language.

“By the accent and tone, they did not seem to be residents of Bihar. Their faces were not visible as they were wéaring face masks while committing the crime,” said an official of Patna police.

“While talking to each other, they could deliberately be using the accents and tone of other states to mislead the police. We are investigating it from all angles. One of the accused is already arrested after the crime. He has given some leads about the identities and locations of other accused,” he said.

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7 killed, 20 injured in Mumbai high-rise blaze

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At least seven persons were killed and 20 others injured when a blaze engulfed the 18th floor of a building in Tardeo, South Mumbai, on Saturday, the BMC Disaster Control said here.latest update is fire in control now.

The fire was noticed at the top part of the 20-storied Kamla Building at around 7.30 a.m.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) rushed with fire tenders as the flames quickly spread to the two upper floors sparking panic among the building residents.

At least 20 injured persons were rescued by the MFB teams, of which four were critical and rushed to the BYL Nair Hospital nearby.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue and relief operations.

Seven persons succumbed to their injuries and the cause of the fire is being probed.

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Delhi HC defers till Feb 3, DSLSA’s plea seeking Rs 20 lakh cost imposed on Juhi Chawla

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The Delhi High Court on Friday said it will hear on February 3 a petition by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) seeking the execution of the order, in which actress-environmentalist Juhi Chawla and two others were directed to deposit Rs 20 lakh for the abuse of the process of law in relation with a lawsuit challenging 5G wireless network technology.

Justice C Harishankar deferred the matter for February 3 after Chawla’s counsel said his client was not served with the petition copy. It was also observed by the court that the appeal in the matter is pending before the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court.

The DSLSA was approaching the Delhi High Court seeking payment of costs of Rs 20 lakh to them by the court. Adv Saurabh Kansal, who appeared on behalf of DSLSA, submitted that the order is yet to be complied with.

On June 4 last year, Justice J.R. Midha had dismissed the lawsuit filed by Juhi Chawla against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country. Her plea stated the levels of RF radiation are 10 to 100 times greater than the existing levels. It also claimed that the 5G wireless technology can be a potential threat to provoke irreversible and serious effects on humans and it could also permanently damage the earth’s ecosystems.

The court had held that the suit filed by Chawla and two others was defective, non-maintainable, and also contained unverified and vexatious assertions and also imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh for the abuse of the process of law.

On June 2, 2021, the High Court had also questioned Chawla as to why she had directly filed a suit against setting up of 5G wireless networks without making any representation to the department concerned in the government, and insisted the plaintiffs, Chawla and two others, should have gone to the government first. The High Court had also expressed dissatisfaction at Chawla sharing the link of virtual hearing on her social media account.

The hearing of Chawla’s suit was disturbed by unknown persons who were singing Bollywood songs of films in which she had acted. The court directed the Delhi Police to identify the people and proceed against them under the law.

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