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NCB Mumbai bust major drugs gangs in Mumbai suburb

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NCB Mumbai in its continuous fight against Drug Suppliers and Peddlers busted a major drug gang run at Bandra- Kurla area in Mumbai and seized a total 109.8 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity), cash Rs. 77.92 lakh & 585.5 grams of Gold ornaments worth Rs. 29.4 lakhs on 18th & 19th July and intercepted 03 persons. Officers said that accused Interrogation is going on.

On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai started mounted surveillance at near LBS Road, Bori Kabrasthan, Palid Khadi, Pattrewali Chawal, Kurla (W), Mumbai and intercepted two persons named Shahnawaz Shahid Khan & Aalam Naeem Khan and seized 56 grams of Mephedrone & Cash worth Rs. 4.20 lakh at LBS Road, Kurla (W), Mumbai on 18th july 2021.

As per preliminary disclosure of the accused, a team of NCB Mumbai raided the house of one suspected lady and seized 53.8 grams of Mephedrone, Cash Rs. 73.72 lakh & 585.5 grams of Gold ornaments worth Rs. 29.4 lakhs at Bandra (W), Mumbai on intervening night of 18th & 19th July. On follow up operation, NCB Mumbai intercepted one peddler named Ravi Arhhan Memon in early morning of 19th july at Bharat Nagar, BKC. NCB Mumbai had received lot of complaints from Residents of Bandra as well as emails about this organised drug gang and it’s drug distribution activity especially among underage children. The gang was headed by 2 ladies and they were having numerous drug peddlers under their command. They were selling drugs specially Mephedrone in the areas of Bandra, BKC, Kurla and other places. NCB Mumbai have registered this case under the Crime No 70/2021.

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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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