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Hyderabad Police pieced together jigsaw puzzle in gang-rape case

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With the arrest of six accused, including five juveniles in the gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl in upscale Jubilee Hills, the Hyderabad Police have pieced together jigsaw puzzle of events to crack the sensational case which has triggered a national outrage.

Recording of the second statement of the victim and humungous technical evidence gathered have unraveled what had happened on May 28 during and after a daytime party at a pub.

Police Commissioner C.V. Anand on Tuesday night announced the arrest of all six accused. They include the son of a leader of ruling TRS, who is also chairman of a government-run body and son of a MLA belonging to the MIM.

While five accused, four of them juveniles including the TRS leader’s son, were involved in the gang-rape, the sixth accused, son of the MLA, has been charged with molestation.

The police investigations revealed how it all started with the planning of a party by a boy based in Bengaluru and culminated in one of the most shocking sexual assault cases.

It was on March 20 that one boy living in Bengaluru planned to throw a daytime party in Hyderabad for friends ahead of reopening of schools. He contacted three friends in Hyderabad, who surveyed different pubs in the city and zeroed in on Insomnia Pub on Road Number 36 in posh Jubilee Hills.

Three boys on their Instagram page in April declared ‘Euphoria coming soon’. It was announced that it will be a non-alcohol and non-smoking party. Since the organisers were all minors, Osman Ali Khan, a major on their behalf made the booking after the pub management agreed to slash the ticket price from Rs 1,200 to Rs 900 per head. In the second week of May, the boys announced on Instagram that ‘Euphoria’ party will be held on May 28 at Insomnia Pub. The organisers continued collecting Rs 1,200 from those interested in attending the party. The number of participants crossed 150. The boy came from Bengaluru and paid Rs 1 lakh as advance to the pub.

The victim bought the ticket for Rs 1,300 after being advised by a friend. They reached the pub at 1 p.m. on May 28.

As per the police investigation, here is a blow-by-blow account of the events.

1.10 p.m.: Victim with her male friend danced together during the party

1.50 p.m.: Victim’s friend left the pub due to some work. Victim met a female friend in the pub and they stayed there.

3.15 p.m.: One Child in Conflict with Law (CCL) and another accused, Saduddin Malik approached the victim and misbehaved with her.

5.10 p.m.: Due to molestation, the victim felt uncomfortable. The CCTV footage from the pub shows the accused started planning the crime during the party.

5.40 p.m.: The victim and her friend came out of the pub. The accused followed her. Victim’s friend left in a cab. The CCLs spoke to the victim and trapped her.

5.43 p.m: Four CCLs and the victim girl boarded Mercedes to go to Consu Bakery on Road Number 14, Banjara Hills. Three CCLs and Saduddin Malik, the only major accused in the case, boarded Innova.

While on the way to the bakery from the pub, CCLS in Mercedes by rotation forcibly kissed her. They took videos and circulated the same, which later surfaced.

5.51 p.m.: Two cars reached the bakery. At 5.54 the victim got down from Mercedes and boarded Innova.

6.15 p.m.: Innova left the bakery with Saduddin Malik, five CCLs and the victim on board. Three minutes later, one of the CCLs got down from the vehicle and came back to the bakery as he had some urgent work.

Malik and four CCLs took the girl to Road Number 44 Jubilee Hills behind Peddamma Temple. As the area is somewhat dark with fewer vehicles plying there, they parked the vehicle and by rotation raped her. She sustained injuries on her neck and other parts of the body.

7.31 p.m.: Innova came to the pub, dropped the victim and left. The victim called her father.

7.53 p.m.: The victim came out of the parking place at the pub. Father picked her up and left.

For three days that is till May 31, the victim did not reveal anything. On the night of May 31, the victim’s father approached the police, suspecting molestation happened as there were injury marks on neck. The same night police booked a case of molestation and began an investigation.

The next day the victim was sent to Bharosa centre where female officials took her into confidence and she revealed the details. She was sent for medical examination and section altered to gang-rape and relevant provisions of POCSO Act were invoked

On June 2 police identified the accused with the help of CCTV footage. The victim could not name the accused except one.

On June 3, police arrested Saduddin Malik and sent him to judicial remand. The next day, two CCLs were picked up and sent to observation home. Another CCL was picked up on June 5. The remaining two CCLs were also picked up subsequently.

Police scanned CCTV footage from inside and around the pub, on roads, at the bakery and other places. Victim’s second statement was recorded before the magistrate and comparison was done with CCTV .

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Mumbai: Minor boy detained for raping 5-year-old girl in Nagpada; victim to get free education till 10th std

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A minor boy was detained for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl in Nagpada and sent to a juvenile correction centre.

He was detained within six hours of the crime.

Free education till 10th standard for victim

The Nagpada police officials have collected Rs 1.10 lakh for the victim and have made provisions for giving her free education till the 10th standard.

A case has been registered under sections of IPC and POCSO.

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Teachers scam: WhatsApp chat hinting question paper leak recovered

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 The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the multi-crore teachers’ recruitment scam, has recovered WhatsApp chats hinting at possible advance leaking of question papers to select candidates who took the written examination for primary teachers’ posts in West Bengal in 2016.

Sources said that the selective leaking of question papers were mainly done by the youth Trinamool Congress leader, Kuntal Ghosh, who was arrested by the ED from his residence on January 21.

The probe agency has also recovered Whatsapp chats indicating that Ghosh enjoyed the patronage of former state education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee.

From the documents seized from Ghosh’s residence, the central agency officials have also recovered copies of the admit cards of certain candidates who appeared for the recruitment examination for primary teachers in 2016.

The ED sleuths have come across the names of 35 individuals who secured jobs as teachers in state- run schools by paying money to the arrested youth leader and all of them are currently employed with different schools. Each and every one of them will be questioned to take the investigation forward.

“The recruitment scam seems to be in multiple layers, which again have sub-layers involving multiple players and multiple angles. The uncovering of one layer is leading to other layers. That’s why the investigation process is getting prolonged,” said a legal associate of ED.

The fact that question papers were leaked to select candidates was established after the ED sleuths noticed that some extremely below-average candidates, as per their academic records, scored exorbitantly in the recruitment examination.

Sources said that the marks secured in their academic examinations did not justify their scores in their optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets.

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza in response to rockets firing

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Israeli fighter jets on Friday carried out a series of airstrikes on facilities belonging to militant groups in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the coastal enclave, witnesses said.

Israeli army drones and fighter jets were heard buzzing in the air, and several explosions were heard in central Gaza Strip, the witnesses told Xinhua news agency.

They added that more than 14 missiles were fired at a military post that belonged to Gaza militant groups.

Palestinian medical sources said that no injuries were reported during the strikes that mainly targeted posts and facilities that belong to the Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The airstrikes were in response to the firing of two rockets at southern Israel, said a spokesman from the Jewish state’s army.

No group has claimed responsibility for firing the rockets, which was a response to the killing of nine Palestinians during an Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp, deemed to be the most deadly in nearly two decades.

During the Israeli airstrikes on Friday, militants in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave also fired at least five rockets at southern Israeli communities close to the borders with the Gaza Strip and anti-craft missiles were fired at Israeli fighter jets by Hamas militants, sources close to Hamas security told Xinhua.

Media outlets in Gaza quoted an Egyptian source as saying that Egyptian intelligence is in intensive contact with the Palestinian factions to prevent an escalation in Gaza.

More than 170 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2022, and at least 29 have been killed in January this year, according to figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry.

According to the UN, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

The tensions have been further aggravated since Israel’s most right-wing government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took office last month.

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