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.
2 Vikas Dubey aides shot dead in separate encounters in Uttar Pradesh
Two accomplices of gangster Vikas Dubey were shot dead by the state police in two separate encounters on Thursday morning.
Prabhat Mishra alias Kartikeya had been arrested in Faridabad on Wednesday by a team of the Special Task Force (STF) and was being brought to Kanpur on transit remand.
“Our vehicle was in the Panki area in Kanpur when it developed a snag. As the vehicle was being repaired, Prabhat Mishra tried to snatch the pistol of an inspector and opened fire at the STF team. He was shot dead in retaliatory firing,” said an STF official.
Another Vikas Dubey accomplice, Ranvir alias Bauan Shukla, was shot dead by the STF in Etawah while he was allegedly trying to flee in a car.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Etawah Akash Tomar said that they had received a tip-off that a Swift Desire with a Delhi registration number was moving in a suspicious manner.
“When we tried to intercept the car in the Civil Lines area, the miscreants opened fire at the police. Bauan Shukla was killed in retaliatory firing. Three other miscreants who were following in a Scorpio managed to flee. We have cordoned off the area and a search is on for them,” he said.
The SSP said that a pistol, a double barrel gun and some ammunition has been seized from the miscreant.
Bauan Shukla carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head and was involved in firing on policemen on July 3 that left eight police personnel dead in Bikru village.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dubey’s trusted lieutenant, Amar Dubey, who was also his nephew, was killed in an encounter in Maudaha in Hamirpur district.
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Odisha’s COVID-19 cases rise to 108.
Odisha has reported 577 new COVID-19 positive cases, which is the highest single-day spike, taking the total tally to 11,201 in the state, informed the health department on Thursday.
The state also reported four more deaths related to COVID-19 pushing the death count to 52.
Three deaths were reported from Ganjam district and one from Bhadrak district. They died while undergoing treatment at hospitals.
The three from Ganjam district include a 65-year-old woman suffering from diabetes and hypertension, a male of 58 years with Tubercular Meningitis and a 63-year-old man also suffering from diabetes.
Besides, a 58-year-old male of Bhadrak district, who was also suffering from diabetes and chronic kidney disease, died due to the infection, said the health department.
Out of the total 577 new positive cases, 416 were reported from the quarantine centres while 161 are local contacts. Ganjam district reported the highest with 260 cases.
The total number of active cases in the state now stands at 4,128 while 7,006 patients have recovered in the state so far.
Officials, staff booked in Uttar Pradesh PCS officer’s suicide case
A day after PCS officer Manimanjari Rai, 30, was found hanging in her house in Ballia, the Maniyar Nagar Panchayat (MNP) Chairman Bhim Gupta, tax clerk Vinod Singh, computer operator Akhilesh, executive officer Sikandarpur Sanjay Rao, a driver and some unidentified persons have been booked in a case of abetment of suicide at the Kotwali police station.
Manimanjari Rai was found hanging at her residence on Tuesday and her family suspected foul play.
Kotwali Inspector Vipin Singh said Vijayanand Rai, brother of the deceased officer, had filed a complaint after which FIR was lodged under Section 306 of IPC.
In his complaint, Rai alleged that MNP chairman Bhim Gupta, some contractors and office employees were pressuring Manimanjari Rai to adopt unfair means in allotting contracts of development works and payments.
“As my sister opposed them, these people were unhappy with her. Feeling the pressure, Manimanjari met the District Magistrate and requested him to attach her with the district headquarters. However, when she resumed the charge after three months, she came to know that many payments had been made by forging her signature,” alleged Rai.
“Tenders had to be floated for development work of Rs two crores, but the MNP board did not pass a proposal in this regard and the tender process could not be initiated. However, the chairman prepared proposals for 35 works and started pressuring her to issue orders for their execution without following tender process. Of these, 18 were given to one contractor,” he stated.
When she complained to the District Magistrate Hari Pratap Shahi in this regard, Executive Officer Sikandarpur Sanjay Rao also started pressurising her in the favour of the chairman.
The officer’s brother further alleged that Manmanjri’s driver was also hand in glove with the chairman and his men. Many anonymous calls were made to Manmanjari to pressurise her.
“The chairman and his accomplices put intense pressure on her. She was subjected to excessive harassment that compelled her to commit suicide,” he alleged.
He has demanded action against those responsible for compelling her to end her life.
Manmanjari was posted as executive officer of the MNP in 2018. It was her first posting.
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