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One killed in poaching attempt in Goa



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In a fatal shooting accident, a poacher was accidentally shot dead by his partner while hunting wild boar in the forest near Sanquelim village in North Goa, police said on Wednesday.

The deceased Santosh Govekar succumbed to gunshot wounds while he was being ferried to a local hospital.

“We have arrested Anand Gawade who had used an illegal firearm for the hunting trip during which he accidentally shot Santosh Govekar,” Bicholim Police Inspector Sanjay Dalvi confirmed on Wednesday.

Though illegal, hunting of wild boar, a protected species under Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, is commonplace in Goa forested areas.

The contraband meat of the boar fetches sellers, mostly poachers, a high price and is sold to known contacts and restaurants who sell the game meat illegally and for a premium.


UP woman assaulted by husband, 2 friends for dowry




A young woman, aged about 25 years, was allegedly assaulted with a sharp-edged weapon by her husband and his two colleagues.

The woman, who had been living at her parents’ home in the Umaria village, after she was thrown out of her husband’s home for dowry, was dragged to a nearby sugarcane field in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The police have lodged an FIR in the matter.

The woman was initially admitted to Barkhera community health centre from where she was shifted to the government district hospital as her condition was critical. Later, she was referred to a higher medical facility.

“My daughter was thrown out of the house by her husband who was demanding dowry. Since then, she has been staying with us,” woman’s father said.

The woman had been married to a resident of the Pandaria village in Shahjahanpur three years ago.

Barkhera SHO, Kamal Singh Yadav, said that the two named and one unidentified accused, including the victim’s husband, have been booked under sections 307 (attempt to kill), 498A (subjecting a woman to violence by husband or his relatives), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt of IPC and section 3,4 of the dowry prohibition act) of the IPC.

The police are searching for the accused.

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Two minor girls raped in separate incidents




After the gang-rape incidents in Hathras and Balrampur, two minor girls have been raped in Bulandshahr and Azamgarh districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The new incidents of rape come just hours after the gang-rape victims died in Hathras and Balrampur.

According to reports, in Azamgarh, an 8-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 20-year-old neighbour in Jiyanpur area.

“We received a complaint of rape with a minor girl on Wednesday. A case was immediately registered. The accused, Danish, has been arrested. He lives in front of the girl’s residence and used to visit her house regularly,” said Sudhir Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police.

The Azamgarh SP said that the medical examination of the girl is being conducted and further action is being taken.

In Bulandshahr, a teenage girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour at a village in Kakore area on Wednesday night.

Bulandshahr SSP Santosh Kumar Singh said, “Based on her father’s complaint, a case has been registered. The accused Rizwan has been arrested.”

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Andhra Pradesh police arrest habitual temple burglarizing trio in Prakasam




Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district police arrested a habitual temple burglarizing trio on Wednesday even as they intensify security and monitoring around worship places at a time when religious politics are raging in the state.

Police arrested Lakke Venkateswarlu, 30, Lakke Adhinarayana, 20 and Lakke Brammaiah, 25 for burgling Saibaba temple in Nethivaripalem village of Kondapi mandalam.

“The accused trio is addicted to vices since childhood and whenever they require money they commit thefts in temples and closed shops to sell stolen stuff for petty amounts to fund their indulgences,” said a police official.

Ongole town is 152 km south west of Vijayawada.

Around 11.30 p.m. on September 22, the trio broke into Saibaba temple in Nethivaripalem and split open the offering box (hundi) to steal Rs 2,000.

Later, around midnight on Sunday, the three burglars smashed through a fancy shop in Tangtur village to decamp with cigarette packets worth Rs 20,000 and Rs 8,000 cash.

Following these two thefts, police formed a special team to hunt the temple burglars.

As part of the search, Kondapi police sub inspector was checking vehicles on Wednesday at Atleru Chapta, where the accused were identified and arrested around 2 p.m. Police recovered Rs 7,000 from the trio.

The cops registered two cases against the trio under IPC Sections 380 and 457.

Meanwhile, Prakasam district Superintendent of Police (SP), Siddharth Kaushal, has started an initiative called Sadhbhavana.

One of the goals of Sadhbhavana is to counsel people accused in old temple or worship places theft cases.

Likewise, Kaushal has also strengthened surveillance on the movements of old temple thieves and started acting severely against them if they repeated crime.

Prakasam police have also carried out a survey of religious places in the district and identified 6,685 such places.

According to the police survey, there are 161 important religious structures. In September alone, 232 new CCTV cameras have been installed at religious places.

Similarly, 469 watchmen and volunteers have been posted at some religious places. Nearly 6,685 religious structures got a complete security audit done on their premises.

As many as 1,141 bind over cases were carried under security sections in September and 3,363 people counselled.

Finally, 544 defence committees have been established where nearly 4,000 members are working.

Post Antarvedi Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple chariot blaze on September 5 in East Godavari district, religious politics are raging in Andhra Pradesh, a state which has been immune to such developments until now and renowned for communal harmony.

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