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IT raids Maharashtra steel producer, detects Rs 175 crore black income

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In a major operation, the Income Tax Department has raided a prominent steel manufacturer and detected unaccounted income of around Rs 175 crore from 44 targeted premises in Maharashtra and Goa, officials said here on Saturday.

The series of simultaneous raids started on Wednesday in Ahmednagar, Nashik, Pune and Goa and investigations are still on with the recovery of incriminating documents and digital evidences.

The seizures effected so far include unaccounted investments in property, cash of Rs 3 crore, jewellery worth Rs 5.20 crore, silver articles of 194 kgs worth around Rs 1.34 crore, said the ITD.

As per the investigators, it has emerged that the group was engaged in fraudulent practice of booking bogus purchases of scrap and sponge iron from certain ‘fake invoice issuers’, and many such bogus documents were found in the raids.

According to the ITD, such fake invoice issuers have revealed that they supplied only bills but no materials and also generated fake e-way bills to prove it as genuine purchases to enable the claim of GST Input Credits.

With the help of Pune GST authorities, the ITD deployed a ‘vehicle movement tracking app’ to identify the fake e-way bills.

Till now, the sleuths have identified bogus purchases from various parties to the tune of around Rs 160-crore and further verification process is still on.

The ITD also found a shortage of goods to the tune of Rs 3.50 crore and excess stocks of Rs 4 crore from the raided premises which has been admitted by the assessees (the steel company).

“So far a total of Rs 175.5 crore of unaccounted income has been unearthed including cash and jewellery, short and excess stocks and bogus purchases which have been admitted by assessee. Further searches and investigations are in progress,” said the ITD.

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K’taka suicide horror: Minor girl lived with 5 dead bodies for 5 days

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More horrific details have surfaced from the shocking suicide case of four members of a family and the death of a nine-month-old baby in Bengaluru. The police rescued a minor girl who lived with the five dead bodies for five days in the house.

The five bodies were discovered inside the house in the Byadarahalli police station limits on Friday night from where the police rescued the two and half year-old girl, Preksha. She was found in an almost unconscious state.

The girl lived in the house where the dead bodies of her mother Sinchana (34), grandmother Bharathi (51), mother’s sister Sindhoorani (31), mother’s brother Madhusagar (25) were hanging from the ceiling.

The girl was found in the room where Madhusagar was hanged.

Preksha has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

The police said that she would need treatment and counselling.

The Byadrahalli police investigating the case said that the post-mortem of bodies will be conducted on Saturday morning. Though it appears a case of suicide, it has to be confirmed in the post-mortem, they added.

Soumendu Mukharjee, Additional Commissioner of Police (West) said that the reason for the five deaths is yet to be ascertained.

“We have not found a death note from the house. Shankar, the man of the house is in a state of shock. He will be inquired as soon as he is fit,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shankar has said that his daughters came home after fighting with their husbands.

Instead of resolving the issue and sending them back to their husbands, his wife Bharathi encouraged them to stay back.

“I worked hard to get my daughters Sinchana and Sindhoorani educated. Son Madhusagar was also an engineering graduate and worked in a private company. Sinchana had come back home after having a fight with her husband over an ear-piercing ceremony of their daughter. There were no issues regarding finances. They have taken the extreme decision on trivial issues,” Shankar said.

Police said that neighbours have informed them that, there was a fight between Shankar and his son Madhusgar. After the fight, Shankar had walked out of the house.

After the incident, the family had committed suicide on Sunday itself.

The bodies were found in a decomposed state and forensic experts and police officers have predicted that the deaths have occurred five days ago.

However, this will also be confirmed after the post-mortem.

Bharathi, the elderly lady was found hanging to the ceiling in the hall and Sinchana, Sindhoorani’s bodies were found in a room on the first floor along with the nine-month-old baby boy.

Madhusagar was found hanging in his room. All three children had separate rooms in the house.

The incident came to light when Shankar, a journalist, broke open the door with the help of neighbours and police on Friday night.

Shankar had told police that he called his family members for three days which went answered.

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Maha ATS detains 7th terror suspect from Mumbai

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The Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has detained a terror suspect from Mumbai’s Jogeshwari suburb, four days after the Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested six extremists from different parts of India.

The latest in the list, identified as Zakir, will be taken to Delhi for further probe into the busted Pakistan-based terror module involving gangster Anees Ibrahim Kaskar, the brother of absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, currently holed up in Pakistan.

Of the six terrorists arrested earlier this week in a sensational operation by the Delhi Police, at least two were trained in Pakistan and had allegedly conspired for terror strikes in India.

They were produced before a court in the national capital which on Wednesday remanded them to 14 days’ custody of the Special Cell.

The Maharashtra ATS chief Vineet Agrawal had categorically said on Wednesday that there was no recce conducted in Mumbai, nor weapons or explosives found in the state after the busting of the terror module by the Delhi Police.

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Portion of under-construction flyover crashes in Mumbai, 14 injured

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At least 14 persons were injured when a portion of an under-construction flyover at Bandra Kurla Complex here crashed early on Friday, the BMC Disaster Control said.

The incident occurred around 4.40 a.m. when a girder of the SELR flyover being built by the MMRDAA in Bandra East came crashing down in the early hours.

All the 14 injured men were rushed to the BMC’s V.N. Desai Hospital for treatment and their condition is now stable.

They are identified as: Anil Singh, 28; Arvind Singh, 29; Azhar Ali, 26; Mustafa Ali, 28; Riyazuddin Ali, 23; Motallab Ali, 28; Riyaz Ali, 21; Atish Ali, 22; Akbar Ali, 25; Shravan, 49; Rais Ali, 22; Aziz-Ul-Huq, 29; Parvez, 22 and Shrimand, 25.

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