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Kerala HC defers actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail to Saturday

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The Kerala High Court posted for Saturday hearing in the Malayalam film actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail petition in the actress abduction case.

This is for the fourth time that the hearing in the case has been postponed.

Deferring the case on Friday, the court told both the sides that since there is a need for a detailed hearing, a special sitting will be held on Saturday despite it being a holiday.

Several twists and turns surfaced early this month after film director Balachandra Kumar made fresh revelations related to the case.

The trial, which was progressing smoothly for the accused, turned topsy turvy when Kumar made an appearance and spilled the beans saying that Dileep, soon after being released on bail, had seen the visuals of the beleaguered actress being assaulted by her abductors.

Until then, only the trial court had seen it. Besides, Kumar made more disclosures and testified before the police and a magistrate.

Based on the disclosures, the police probe team registered a fresh case and Dileep sensing that he might be arrested sought an anticipatory bail.

Dileep was arrested in 2017 and lodged in prison in a case related to a gang sexually assaulting a frontline heroine of South Indian movies and filming it.

After two months in jail, he was released on bail.

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NIA arrests key accused in Sunjwan terror attack case of Jammu and Kashmir

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday claimed to have arrested one Abid Ahmad Mir, a resident of Pulwama in connection with the April 22 Sunjwan terror attack case.

He was placed under arrest on Wednesday. The case pertains to indiscriminate firing upon the security personnel during a joint search operation in the area of Sunjwan, Jammu, by unknown terrorists in which one ASI of CISF was killed and several others were injured.

Two terrorists were killed in retaliatory firing by the forces. The case was initially registered in PS Bahu Fort, Jammu and later on taken over by the NIA.

During the probe, the investigating agency learnt that Mir was an Over Ground Worker of JeM. He was a close associate of arrested accused Bilal Ahmed Wagay. He was also in touch with Pakistan based handlers of JeM. He knowingly and voluntarily had extended support to the other co-accused in the commission of the instant crime.

Further investigation in the matter is on.

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6 held for trying to rob petrol pump employee by chilli powder attack

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Six accused have been arrested for allegedly trying to rob a petrol pump employee in Gurugram after throwing chilli powder on him, police said on Thursday.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad Jamahir, Colleen, Gulshan, Shamsher, Amit alias Gorilla, and Mosin.

All the accused were nabbed by a crime branch team on Wednesday after a tip-off.

The incident took place on Monday when Ramesh was going to deposit the cash of Rs 16.8 lakh collected from different petrol pumps in the UCO Bank branch located near Harish Bakery in old Gurugram.

“During interrogation, the accused disclosed that Shamsher often used to buy goods from an auto shop located near UCO bank… there he noticed that Ramesh used to visit the bank with a bag and then he shared his plan with accomplices and executed the incident,” ACP, Crime, Preet Pal Sangwan, said.

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31 persons held during raid at dance bar in Mumbai’s Kalina

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At least 31 persons were arrested and four women were rescued during a raid at a dance bar in suburban Kalina area here, police said on Thursday.

Based on a tip-off, the police and social service branch conducted a raid at Pushpak Bar late on Wednesday night, an official from Vakola police said.

During the raid, eight women were found on the premises, despite the owner having permission to employ only four, he said.

The police arrested 21 patrons and 11 employees of the establishment under section 294 (obscene act and songs) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and produced them in court, the official said.

The police will cancel the bar’s licence for violations, he added.

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