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Palghar lynchings case: 208 new accused, 50 nabbed by CID




In a major development, the state CID on Wednesday named 208 new accused and arrested 50 of them in connection with the sensational April 16 mob-lynching of two sadhus and their driver, officials said here.

“This has taken the total number of accused in the case to so far to 366 including 11 juveniles, while the 50 others arrested today shall be produced before the Dahanu Court on Thursday,a their lawyer Amrut Adhikari told IANS.

Simultaneously, the bail pleas of 62 accused shall be heard on Thursday by Special Sessions Judge P. P. Jadhav at Thane Sessions Court, Adhikari added.

Incidentally, of the 366 accused so far, 28 adults and 9 juveniles were released on a default bail as the CID chargesheet did not specify their exact involvement in the crime owing to lack of evidence, said an official.

Late night of April 16, two seers of the Juna Akhada – Kalpavrikshagiri Maharaj, 70, his assistant Sushilgiri Maharaj, 35, and their driver Nilesh Telgade, 30 – were waylaid near the Gandhchinchale village by a 1,000-strong mob of villagers, at the height of the lockdown.

Mistaking them to be kidnappers, the villagers pounced on them and brutally assaulted them with sticks, rods and stones, resulting in their death, even as a small posse of policemen looked on.

The next morning, it resulted in a huge outcry and kicked off a nationwide political furore while the state government initiated fire-fighting measures.

The (then) Palghar Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh was shunted on compulsory leave and replaced by Dattatray Shinde.

In another unprecedented penal action against so many police officials for a single incident, the former Kasa Police Station head Anandrao Kale was dismissed and two others slapped with compulsory retirement orders.

Following a full-fledged departmental probe, 15 more policemen were penalised with a freeze on promotions and salaries, increments for specified varying periods for their conduct during the incident.


Two gunrunners held in Delhi, 10 pistols seized




Delhi Police Special Cell has busted an interstate gunrunners’ racket by arresting two gang members and seizing 10 sophisticated pistols from them, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

“Both Sagar Gautam and Shyam Singh from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh were involved in the sale of illegal weapons in NCR-Delhi and western UP after sourcing these from Madhya Pradesh for the last three years,” said PS Kushwah, DCP Special Cell.

Both accused arrested from the ISBT at Anand Vihar on Tuesday told police that they had received the seized pistols and cartridges from an illegal manufacturer in Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Sagar said that he was lured into gunrunning by a resident of a village near his own. Initially, he worked as a conduit for a year but subsequently he and his brother Raja developed their own network.

Shyam Singh said that he was lured by Sagar to bring firearms from Burhanpur to the NCR and was paid Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per trip.

“Sagar purchased a pistol for Rs 7,000 and sold it in the NCR for Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. Efforts are afoot to identify other links to the syndicate,” the officer added.

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Woman held for duping people on pretext of providing govt jobs




The Delhi police have arrested a 48-year-old woman identified as Vishakha Gulati for duping several persons on the pretext of providing government jobs but instead extorted money from them.

The police says that many more such victims are expected to file complaints.

The case came to light when a person complained that he met Vishakha who duped him by telling him that though the Delhi government was not conducting fresh recruitments due to the Covid pandemic, it had authorised her to recruit people in government jobs. She claimed that she worked under the Sarita Vihar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM).

To gain the trust of the victim, Vishakha allegedly showed him her identity card as well as an appointment letter issued by the SDM and took Rs 13,000 from him.

A number of such victims were told to resign from their present jobs. After taking money from them they were provided appointment letter/I-card of home guard, data entry operator and assistant manager accounts and finance.

Later, the victims were asked to join work at various places where some of them were directed to work from home while some of them worked from Vishakha’s Sarita Vihar residence.

“During the investigation 11 fake ID cards issued by the accused woman to the complainants have been seized,” said R.P. Meena, DCP south east Delhi.

The accused Vishakha Gulati is a resident of Sarita Vihar in New Delhi, holds an MBA degree in HR from Noida and is pursuing another course from IGNOU. She has been arrested and a probe is on regarding the involvement of her 74-year-old father Ashok Gulati who is operating a website in India, the police said.

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One held with 2 kg marijuana in Gurugram




A Crime Branch unit of The Gurugram police arrested a drug peddler and seized 2 kg of marijuana valued at Rs 16,000 in the market.

The accused has been identified as Kalim Ansari alias Sanju, who is a resident of Motihari in Bihar and had reportedly brought the contraband from Najafgarh in Delhi but was arrested late Tuesday night, said the police on Wednesday.

Ansari had been involved in the trade of contraband substances over the last five months, the Gurugram police added.

During his questioning, Ansari confessed that he bought the contraband for Rs 16,000 and sold it in Gurugram at Rs 150 per gram after dividing it into small packets.

“The police received a tip-off about Ansari at Ghata village in Gurugram and arrested him along with the contraband,” said Gurugram police Spokesperson Subhash Boken.”

A case under various sections of the IPC, including the NDPS Act, has been registered against the accused at Sector-56 police station and a further probe is on,” Boken added.

The accused was produced before the Gurugram Duty Magistrate on Wednesday who sent him to judicial custody.

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