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Four accused arrested for robbing and assaulting a senior citizen at Andheri

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Andheri police held four men for allegedly assaulting and robbing a 70-year-old senior citizen at Old Nagardas Road in Andheri (W). The senior citizen was at his hardware store, at that time the accused attacked on him. The groups of accused were tracked down by the police Titwala area at Thane through phone surveillance.

According to police, two accused were stand out the store like a guard, on the other hand, the other two went into the store around 9.30am on Tuesday. The duo threatened the senior citizen through a stick. To prevent him from raising an alarm or resisting, the accused blocked his arms with a cord and put duct tape on his mouth.

As per the reports, the accused has taken Rs35,000 and the old man’s mobile phone. The accused got panicked and run as the worker of the store started to arrive and they shouted for help.

After the formal FIR was lodged at Andheri police station, the police checked call data records and tower location of the phone and found them at Baneli village near Thane. The accused were identified as Vishal Gupta,20, Zainul Hasan Khan,22, Vikas Sahani,20 and Satish Sonawane, 20. Police said the victim suffered minor injuries. The detection officer Yeshwant Patil said, “We are verifying if the four have a past crime record.”

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Allahabad High Court denies anticipatory bail to Amazon Prime India head

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The Allahabad High Court has refused to grant anticipatory bail to Aparna Purohit, the head of India Originals at Amazon Sellers Service Pvt Ltd, which is showing ‘Tandav’ web series online.

A single-judge bench of Justice Siddharth passed this order on Thursday while hearing an anticipatory bail application.

The anticipatory bail application had been filed by Aparna Purohit in the case under Sections- 153(A)(1)(b), 295-A, 505(1)(b) 505(2) IPC, Section 66 and 67 of the Information Technology Act and Section 3(1)(r) of SC/ST Act.

The allegation in the FIR lodged against the applicant and six other co-accused persons is that a web series is being shown on Amazon Prime Video, which is an online movie OTT platform, has objectionable content.

The web series is being shown through Amazon Prime Video through Head of India Originals, as paid movie.

The movie has been directed by co-accused, Ali Abbas Zafar.

The content of this movie is affecting the image of the Uttar Pradesh police adversely. In a Dial 100 police vehicle, two actors are shown travelling with open doors in a police uniform, consuming liquor and hurling abuses.

It is also seen that Hindu gods and goddesses have been depicted in a bad light with the intention of inciting communal sentiments.

The post of Prime Minister has been depicted in a manner which will adversely affect the democratic system of the country. Caste and community related utterances have been made deliberately so that it may affect the public peace.

Similarly, utterances have been made against the state police, public administration and the constitutional posts so that the element of hate is developed between the communities and there are scenes which show disrespect for the scheduled castes.

All this has been deliberately done to make the web series controversial and gain publicity for the purpose of commercial gain.

The FIR has been lodged against the producer/director and actors/actresses of the movie series.

Aparna Purohit’s counsel submitted that the web series in dispute is a work of fiction and all the places, events, characters and incidents are imagination of the author.

A disclaimer is included in the movie in this regard. The cast and crew of the web series Tandav has already issued an unconditional apology and have removed the offensive scenes.

The applicant along with other co-accused persons filed a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India before the apex court praying for quashing of number of FIRs and complaint cases lodged against the applicant and other co-accused persons on January 27, 2021.

Notices have been issued to the opposite parties, leaving it open for the accused persons to approach the High Court of the state for grant of bail/anticipatory bail. Hence, the applicant sought bail from Allahabad high court.

The state government, meanwhile, vehemently opposed the application. He has submitted that total 10 FIRs and 4 criminal complaints have been filed relating to the disputed web series in the country.

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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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