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Five men sentenced to imprisonment for raping a mentally disabled woman at Thane   

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On Friday, Five men were sent to jail for raping a 22-year-old mentally challenged woman in 2016 at Thane district. The district court judge S A Sinha convicted the four accused to 20 years imprisonment and also fined Rs 20,000 from them

The accused were charged under for kidnapping and raping the victim. The other one accused who is a fruit vendor was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 for rape.

The accused were identified as autorickshaw driver Balaji Bala Naroji Kharat, 41, Kamlesh Pintu Chotelal Gupta,37, Rajesh Lalchand Mourya,26, Vijay Bahadur Tufani Kamlaprasad Gupta, 43 and Gopi Harishsingh Bora,43.

According to the Additional Public Prosecutor (AAP) Ujjwala Moholkar, the victim was raped by the accused on January 8, 2016. She also stated that the woman had first gone to the house of a fruit seller who raped her. After that an autorickshaw driver who promised to drop her home, however, he took her to a desolate place and called three of his friends and raped her.

Moholkar said the victim narrated the incident to her mother and her mother filed a case against the group of accused at Vartak Nagar police station. She further continued, Seventeen witnesses were examined during the trial of the case.

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ED searches 15 locations in poll-bound Bengal

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Multiple teams of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at 15 locations in poll-bound West Bengal in connection with the coal smuggling money laundering case.

The ED action comes almost one and half month after it had carried out searches at 12 locations in the state in the same case.

An ED official related to the probe told IANS, “Multiple teams of ED are carrying out searches at 15 locations in Kolkata, Purulia and Durgapur of West Bengal.”

The official, wishing not to be named, said that the action of the financial probe agency was based on the assessment of the documents it seized during the raids it carried out at a dozen locations on January 11.

The official further said the agency sleuths are also searching the premises of Subhas Arjun, a chartered accountant in Kolkata’s Princep Street.

The official said the searches are on at the premises at Mahatma Gandhi road and Ganesh Chandra Avenue area of some other persons.

He also said that a team of ED sleuths has reached Howrah.

The agency had in January searched the offices and residential addresses of businessman Ganesh Bagadia and Sanjay Singh. The duo of Bagadia and Singh are believed to be linked with the illegal coal racket kingpin Anup Majhi, alias Lala, who has been named by the CBI in the coal smuggling case it registered in November last year.

The CBI had also named Eastern Coalfield Ltd. General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL chief of security Tanmay Das, area security inspector Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai, and SSI and security in-charge of the Kajora area Debashish Mukherjee in the illegal coal smuggling case.

The Assembly elections in West Bengal are slated to be held in the month of April-May this year. The ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP are already engaged in a bitter war of words over the Central agency’s action.

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Man nabbed for firing at Delhi wedding

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Delhi Police has arrested a man who fired at his cousin’s wedding.

Identified as Ashish, the accused was in an inebriated state at the wedding ceremony in north Delhi’s Indira Park.

The police action came after a viral video on social media. Trying to verify its authenticity, the Delhi police made several teams and hundreds of people were shown the video after which Ashish, who has a criminal record, was identified.

During the probe, the accused, who is a vegetable seller in Azadpur market, disclosed that he was an alcoholic and have been named in a case of robbery.

“He had purchased the pistol from a person six months ago — just to show off and it was the same reason for the firing at the marriage of his cousin, Ankush, on February 17 in Indira park, Subzi Mandi,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP North Delhi.

Raids are being conducted to trace the supplier of the firearm and for effecting further recoveries.

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Woman nabbed with 117 gelatine sticks, 350 detonators

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A Railway Protection Force (RPF) team early Friday took into custody a woman from the Mangaluru-bound Chennai Express, after a bag containing 117 gelatine sticks and 350 detonators were found under her seat.

The RPF attached to the Palakkad division made the seizure just before the train reached Kozhikode railway station.

According to the police, the Chennai woman after initially denying knowledge about the bag, later admitted she was going to Thalassery and was carrying the explosives to be used during digging of wells.

The woman was travelling in the D1 compartment.

Generally these explosive materials at times are used to blast rocks at the time of digging of wells.

The police and the RPF, however, have decided to question and probe the case in detail. The intelligence wing of the Kerala Police has also joined the probe.

The woman is likely to be taken to Shornur for further investigation and questioning.

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