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Maharashtra: Experts, politicos jeer NIA’s ‘measly bounty’ for don Dawood & Co.




 In a bolt from the blue, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently announced a bounty for the absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – declared a ‘Global Terrorist’ – and his close confidant Chhota Shakeel and three other infamous gangsters, with a total take-away of Rs 90-lakh.

The rewards are: Rs 25 lakh for the ‘D-Company chairman’ Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, Rs 20-Lakh for his No. 2 Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel, plus Rs 15 lakh each for Anees Ibrahim Kaskar, Javel Patel alias Javed Chikna and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon alias the equally dreaded Tiger Memon.

The curriculum vitae of these ‘inglourious mafiosi’ describes them as “involved in various terrorism/criminal activities such as arms smuggling, Narco terrorism, underworld criminal syndicate, money laundering, circulation of FICN (fake Indian currency notes), unauthorised possession/acquisition of key assets for raising terror funds”.

The NIA missive also said they work in active collaboration with international terrorist organisations like Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-E-Mohammed (JeM) and Al-Qaeda (AQ), and assured that the identity of the informer would be kept ‘secret’.

The proclamation was hardly greeted with cheers in Mumbai but experts, politicos and commoners found it too funny to be true with some comparing it as an ‘April Fool Joke’ played six months in advance.

“This has shown our government and union home department in a poor light all over the world, indicates the utter ineptitude of the NIA and its abject surrender before Dawood,” said Shirish Inamdar, security expert and ex-Additional Deputy Commissioner of the sensitive State Intelligence Department (SID).

Shiv Sena Spokesperson Dr. Manisha Kayande termed it as a “cruel joke” inflicted six months before April 1 on the masses reeling under inflation, joblessness and other burning problems.

“What is the sudden provocation for these rewards… Is it to encash public sentiments before the upcoming Gujarat elections and the 2024 polls, drum up ‘desh-bhakti’ and create patriotic passions to catch votes,” demanded Dr. Kayande.

Slamming the move, Congress state General Secretary Sachin Sawant said Prime Minister Modi kept criticising the UPA Government on this issue and even boasted of his ideas to follow the US-Model used to eliminate Osama Bin Laden.

“Is this another ‘master stroke’ of the Modi regime? Why did Modi not ask the ex-PM Nawaz Sharif when he dropped in for his birthday celebrations (Dec. 2015). Better still, ask the BJP Minister Girish Mahajan who attended a wedding (May 2017) in the Dawood clan,” Sawant said sharply.

Senior marketing consultant S. P. Menon from Mumbai said the piddly reward for the ‘menacing five’ must have amused even streetside toughies.

“What if these same 5 absconders declare a counter-reward of Rs 90-crore to any potential dare-devils for not revealing their whereabouts…? Why can’t India emulate the drone-style attacks deployed by the US,” wondered Menon.

Inamdar said that all these goons have left India over 35 years ago, they are functioning through proxies or henchmen and are said to be mostly leading a retired life and the ‘rewards scheme’ may turn out to be disaster.

A former police officer said that one of the Kaskar siblings, Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, who was arrested by Thane Police in 2017 and still remains in custody, had disclosed the whereabouts of his brother (Dawood) and other members of D-Company in Pakistan, and how they are under the watch of that country’s agencies.

As per Iqbal’s revelations, Dawood was in a state of depression after his sole son Moin Nawaz decided against joining the family business empire and chose to become a ‘maulana’ (cleric-cum-religious preacher), (IANS – 25-11-2017), and later, even Chhota Shakeel’s son Mubashir donned a cap, grabbed a rosary, qualified as a ‘Hafiz-E-Quran’ and became a Muslim preacher. (IANS – 26-08-2018).

These and other titbits tumbled out during Iqbal’s intense grilling sessions by Thane Police, while a media team which went to Pakistan a few years ago, had even ‘viewed and photographed’ the don’s purported home in a Karachi suburb.


Horrific video! Man lifts his wife & jumps on Kolkata metro track on seeing train’s arrival, here’s what happened next




In a horrific incident in West Bengal, a couple was seen trying to die by suicide on metro tracks. A man at the Noapara station platform of the Kolkata metro, on seeing the train’s arrival, hugged and lifted his wife and jumped in front of the transport with her.

Couple jumps before metro rail trying to die by suicide

In the video, we can see a couple casually walking on the metro platform and no sooner taking a drastic decision to end their lives. As the metro coach entered the premises, the man rushed towards his wife and jumped to the tracks with her. The duo was seen coming under the moving train, however, were rescued by the metro staff there.

Rescued by staff

The incident reportedly took place at 6.34 pm on Saturday, leading to a service disruption on the Kolkata Metro’s North-South Line. Within an hour of the suicide attempt, the services resumed in the entire stretch – from Kavi Subhas to Dakshineswar.

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Three men attack Punjab minister’s pilot vehicle after parking dispute




Three drunk men allegedly pelted bricks at the pilot vehicle of Punjab Minister Balkar Singh in Jalandhar city after a parking dispute on Monday.

The accused allegedly chased and intercepted the minister’s official vehicle accompanying the police pilot. They then attacked the pilot vehicle with bricks near Guru Ravi Dass Dham. At that time the minister and his wife were on their way home, the police said.

The accused were arrested. Their luxury car was also impounded. The incident happened at around 1 a.m.

The assailants were reportedly in an inebriated condition. The cause of the attack was arguments over the parking of the vehicle outside an eatery, a police official said.

“They have been booked under Sections 153 and 186 of the IPC,” Police Commissioner Kuldeep Chahal told the media.

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Mumbai News: CBI arrests SoBo developer in connection with ₹280 crore fraud with SBI bank




Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Harresh Mehta, a prominent developer from South Mumbai and director of Rohan Lifespaces Ltd, in connection with a fraud case. The case involves an alleged scam of Rs 280 crore, defrauding a leading public sector bank. The arrest was carried out by the CBI’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in Mumbai.

Details on the case

The CBI’s EOW Mumbai unit initiated the probe in 2016 based on a complaint filed by the Thane branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) against the directors of Rajput Retail Ltd (RRL), Vijay Gupta, and Ajay Gupta. The complaint stated that the accused directors conspired with unknown government servants and availed three loans from the bank using forged documents, resulting in a fraud of Rs 280 crore.

Involvement of Harresh Mehta in the case

During the investigation, the role of Harresh Mehta from Rohan Lifespaces Ltd and Rohan Constructions Ltd emerged. The CBI conducted searches at Mehta’s offices and residences, as well as at Ruby Mills Ltd. It was revealed that loans totaling Rs 155 crore were sanctioned for the purchase of premises in a building called The Ruby.

Legal proceedings in the case

Mehta is currently in judicial custody, and the CBI had submitted a chargesheet in the case in July 2018. Mehta’s lawyers argued against extending his custody, claiming that he had cooperated fully with the agency. They also contended that Mehta was not involved in forgery, fabrication of documents, or cheating, asserting that his arrest by the CBI was unlawful.

Another case taken over by CBI recently

In another development with the investigative agency, the CBI has taken over the investigation of a graft case wherein an Income Tax officer had allegedly demanded a bribe from a doctor for not taking action on a complaint against him for non filing of income tax returns. The accused was caught red-handed by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in December 2020 while accepting a bribe of Rs10 lakh from the complainant.

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