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Fake call centres’ racket busted in Jammu and Kashmir, 23 held

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A racket in fake call centres has been busted in Jammu and Kashmir and 23 accused arrested for duping gullible people, mostly in foreign countries, on the pretext of technical support and solutions to software problems, police said on Wednesday.

Police said the Cybercrime Prevention Wing had arrested the 23 persons who operated through bogus international call centres to con innocent people.

These scamsters mostly cheated people staying in foreign countries by posing as technical support executives, insurance agents, law-enforcement officers, bank officials, executives of online shopping sites etc.

The Cyber Police Station, Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, took up the matter for investigation after information through reliable sources that some fake call centres are running in the Kashmir Valley.

“These fake call centre executives made cold calls, sent emails, pop-ups on computer screens of intended victims, and then gained remote access to their computers and infect these with malware, thus starting the process of cheating them out of money on the pretext of technical support.

“They also misused electronic signatures of the victims for illegal financial gains. These accused also demanded the financial and bank details of their victims to make illegal gains for themselves.”

Police said that several teams in association with Srinagar district police conducted multiple raids in Rangreth, Karfali Mohalla, Habbakadal, and Natipora areas of Srinagar and arrested these accused.

The fake call centres were running under the names and addresses of ‘Secure Tech, Rangreth, Srinagar’, ‘YSS Micro Technologies, Rangreth’ and ‘Vertex Technology, Karfalli Mohalla, Srinagar’.

Police said that such fake call centres were earlier limited to big cities only, but had since mushroomed across the country. A major concern was that young students were getting sucked into such crime due to lure of attractive salary packages.

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6 killed as bus comes in contact with live wire in Rajasthan

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A total of six persons were killed and seven injured in Rajasthan’s Jalore district when a bus caught fire after coming in contact with a high tension wire of 11,000 volts, police said on Sunday.

The bus was on its way to Ajmer (and Beowar situated near it) from Nakoda pilgrimage on Saturday late night when the incident happened. The bus apparently lost its way while following the google map and reached a small village.

While making its way through the narrow lanes of the village, the bus came into contact with the high tension wire.

The conductor tried to remove the high tension wire, however the current soon passed into the bus through him, leaving six persons dead as the bus caught fire.

The deceased include the driver and the conductor

Seven of the injured were rushed to Jalore district hospital while the other injured were sent home after preliminary treatment.

Police officials told IANS that Jain families were on their way back to Ajmer and Beowar after offering prayers in the Nakoda temple. However, while following the Google map, the bus reached the Maheshpura village, seven kilometers from Jalore and was followed by another bus.

While one bus caught fire, the other bus following it stopped and passengers from this bus rushed to help after seeing the tragic accident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed their grief over the accident.

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2 BDOs, one JE suspended on corruption charges in Odisha

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The Odisha government on Saturday suspended two block development officers (BDOs) and one junior engineer (JE) on charges of corruption in the Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) programme.

Lariman Kharsel, BDO, Chitrokonda block in Malkangir district, Debendra Bahadur Singh Dharua, BDO, Jharigaon block in Nabarangpur district, and Sunil Samal, junior engineer in Jharigaon, have been placed under suspension, said an official order.

They were suspended by the Panchayati Raj department.

Kharsel was involved in gross irregularities in the execution of the IHHLs programme, while Bahadur and Samal were involved in alleged misappropriation of entitled funds for the IHHLs programme under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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Palghar lynchings: Thane Court grants bail to 89 accused

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A Thane Special Court on Saturday granted bail to 89 accused in the April 2020 Palghar lynching case of two sadhus and their driver, a lawyer said here.

After hearing the arguments by Special Public Prosecutor Satish Maneshinde and defense counsels, Amrut Adhikari and Atul Patil on Jan. 6, the Special Judge S. B. Bahalkar allowed bail of Rs.15,000 each to the 89 accused.

Till date, the state CID has arrested 251 adults and 16 juveniles on various charges of rioting, attempt to murder, murder, etc for the lynching incident that sparked nationwide outrage on April 16 last year, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Till date, a total of 176 adults and 11 juveniles have been enlarged on bail while the bail applications of 36 more were rejected.

Arguing for bail last week, Adv. Adhikari contended that although the 89 accused were present at the scene of the crime, they had no role in the lynching tragedy.

On the fateful night of April 16 last year, two Sadhus – Kalpavrikshagiri Maharaj, 70, and his assistant Sushilgiri Maharaj, 35, besides their driver Nilesh Telgade, 30, were were proceeding from Kandivali suburb of Mumbai to attend a funeral in Surat, Gujarat.

Late that night, mistaking them to be kidnappers or human organ smugglers, a large mob of villagers and tribals stopped their vehicle near the Gadchinchale village.

The trio was dragged out of the vehicle and the huge crowd pounced on them with stones, sticks, rods, despite a handful of policemen who could not control the mob-rage as they were not armed.

After a massive furore, the case was transferred from the Palghar Police to the State CID which arrested the accused hailing from the nearby villages of Gadchinchale, Divshi, Udhna, Sukad, Ambad and also from other villages in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which is barely 500 metres from the lynching site.

All the accused were booked under various provisions of Indian Penal Code, Public Property Damage Act, Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, while the juveniles were charged under the juvenile laws, and later the agency filed three separate chargesheets in the case.

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