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Mukhtar Ansari claims threat to his life in jail




Jailed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Mukhtar Ansari has told a court that a contract of Rs 5 crore has been given for his killing inside the jail.

According to his lawyer, Ansari claimed that unauthorised people entered the prison without making any entry in the register.

Ansari, who is lodged in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda jail, was produced virtually on Monday before Maushmi Madhesi, a judge in the special court for cases involving MPs and MLAs here in Uttar Pradesh, in a case of forgery and cheating.

The forgery and cheating case against Ansari was registered after it was found that a bulletproof ambulance with a Barabanki registration number was used to ferry him from the Ropar jail to a Mohali court in Punjab in an extortion case.

His lawyer Randhir Singh Suman, Ansari told the judge that a contract of Rs 5 crore has been given for killing him inside the jail.

Ansari also alleged that some suspicious persons entered the jail without making any entry in the register and that the directions of CCTV cameras were changed to facilitate their visits.

The MLA requested the court to order a probe into the matter.

The court has fixed the next date of the hearing in the case on August 27.

After having been brought from the Ropar jail in Punjab in April, Ansari has been lodged in the Banda jail as an undertrial in a slew of criminal cases.


RS extends condolences to earthquake victims in Turkey, Syria




 The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday paid condolences to the victims of the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria.

Leading the house, Chairman Jagdeep Shankar said that the house wishes that those who are still in the rubbles are rescued.

On Tuesday, India dispatched the first batch of humanitarian aid along with a rescue team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Turkey where a massive 7.8-magnitude quake has killed over 4,300 people and injured thousands others.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilites in action.”

“The 1st batch of earthquake relief material leaves for Turkey, along with NDRF Search & Rescue Team, specially trained dog squads, medical supplies, drilling machines & other necessary equipment.”

The 51-member NDRF team headed by Deputy Commandant Deepak Talwar left from the Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad for Turkey on board an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft in the early hours of Tuesday.

Also in a tweet, the IAF said that “An IAF C-17 got airborne for Turkey. Bearing Search & Rescue teams of the @NDRFHQ.”

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Shraddha Walkar murder: Delhi court takes cognisance of charge sheet, scrutiny on Feb 21




A Delhi court on Tuesday took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by Delhi Police against Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and then chopping her body into several pieces.

On January 24, the police had filed the charge sheet in the case which contains over 6,000 pages and the court had extended Poonawala’s custody for 14 days.

After taking cognisance of the charge sheet, the court posted the matter for its scrutiny on February 21.

According to sources, the charge sheet was prepared on the basis of forensic and electronic evidence, and has around 100 witnesses.

Poonawala has been accused of killing Walkar and then chopping her body into several pieces and storing them in a refrigerator before disposing of them in the Chhatarpur forest area over a period of three months.

During the last hearing when Poonawala was produced before the court through video conferencing before Metropolitan Magistrate Aviral Shukla, he had contended that he wanted to change his lawyer.

Poonawala had demanded law books to study. The court had also directed the prison authorities to provide him with warm clothes.

On January 6, Poonawala had moved an application in the court seeking release of his debit and credit cards, citing the need for funds to purchase day-to-day items, as well as warm clothes.

Poonawala’s application was moved through his advocate seeking to release funds from his bank account citing that he did not have enough warm clothes to counter the winter chill inside the prison.

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Delhi: Riders of Ola Bike, Rapido among 5 held for robbery





Delhi Police have arrested five men, including two riders of Swiggy, Rapido and Ola Bike, for allegedly robbing a 55-year-old man of Rs 32 lakh at gunpoint in Delhi.

New Delhi, Feb 6 : Delhi Police have arrested five men, including two riders of Swiggy, Rapido and Ola Bike, for allegedly robbing a 55-year-old man of Rs 32 lakh at gunpoint in Delhi.

The accused have been identified as Rihaan, Ansaar, Nazim, Rahul Verma and Aakash alias Yogesh.

Police said that Rahul and Aakash are working as a rider of online food delivery app Swiggy, online delivery app Rapido and Ola Bike.

According to Rohit Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara), on January 29, 51-year-old Mohan Lal told police that three assailants came on a bike, hit him with the butt of the pistol, threatening to kill him, and robbed his bag containing Rs 32 lakh near Hedgewar Hospital in the area.

“During investigation, the route of travel was mapped and after an amalgamation of CCTV analysis, Rahul and Aakash were nabbed who upon interrogation revealed that many more persons were involved in conspiring, recce and execution of the robbery and thereafter they were booked under dacoity,” said the DCP.

Nazim, Ansaar and Rihaan were also nabbed after multiple raids. “Their interrogation revealed that one accused, who is on the run, planned the dacoity along with Ansaar, Nazim and Rihan. More persons are yet to be arrested,” said the DCP.

“The accused had been doing recce of Mohan Lal for the past 15 days and January 26, they planned to commit the dacoity but dropped it. on January 29, after making a foolproof plan which even involved weapons, they executed and looted Rs 32 lakh,” said the DCP.

“There were four bikes and nine persons, who were assigned individual tasks with minute details of execution. Further raids are being made to nab the remaining accused persons and to recover the remaining amount,” the official added.

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