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Police arrest absconder NCB witness Kiran Gosavi

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 In a key breakthrough, the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Pune Police arrested absconder Kiran P. Gosavi, the prime ‘Panch-Witness’ of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the October 2 cruise party raids who is wanted in several fraud and cheating cases by Maharashtra Police, here on Thursday.

Gosavi, who had sneaked into hiding for nearly a fortnight, was picked up from a lodge in Katraj, brought to the police headquarters and later placed under arrest, Pune Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta told mediapersons.

“Let me make it clear. We have arrested him, he has not surrendered,” Gupta said of Gosavi, whose selfie with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, had gone viral after the NCB swooped on the cruiser.

According to the police, from tech-intel it came to light that Gosavi was moving and hiding in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Jalgaon, Lucknow, Hyderabad and other places in the country, with police teams hot on his chase.

“At times, he used an alias of ‘Sachin Patil’ and stayed in various placesa He is saying many things. Let’s not get into details at this stage,” Gupta added.

When pointed out that Gosavi had been offering to surrender for many days, Gupta asked: “He has been saying so, but did he (surrender)?”

The accused, nabbed in an old case registered in 2018, has been claiming to be a private detective, into an export-import business, dealing in electronic gadgets, etc, but Pune Police said all this would be investigated.

Earlier, hunted by the special teams of Pune Police, the AEC cornered Gosavi on the outskirts of the city around 3.30 a.m. on Thursday morning after he was reported missing for the past nearly three weeks when his name first surfaced in the cruise party raids row.

He was detained and taken to the Pune Police headquarters where he is kept in a police lockup prior to completing the post-arrest formalities, and questioned by a team headed by a Pune Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Gosavi, with cases lodged against him in Mumbai, Thane and Pune had sneaked out of the state reportedly moving to various states after his name blew up in the NCB raids case.

Facing a lookout notice, just two days ago he created a midnight drama in Lucknow by announcing his surrender before the Mandiaon Police (Uttar Pradesh), but the move was aborted at the last minute.

Official sources say that his attempts to asurrender’ reportedly failed before the police in at least two states, both ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, and finally he managed to reach Maharashtra where the AEC caught up with him on Thursday morning.

Gosavi is among the 10 persons summoned by the NCB vigilance team from New Delhi, camping in Mumbai, to record his statements in the probe into the alleged corruption charges against Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.

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Centre clarifies on 3rd wave possibility after Omicron detection

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Omicron cases are increasingly being reported from countries outside of South Africa. India has also reported two cases of Omicron Covid variant and is likely to spread to more countries.

“Given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to Delta variant as evidenced by high seropositivity, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low. However, scientific evidence is still evolving,” said the Health Ministry on Friday. It added further that the scale and magnitude of rise in cases and most importantly the severity of disease that will be caused is still not clear.

On the question of existing vaccine efficacy against this variant, the health ministry has said that there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on Omicron, some of the mutations reported on Spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines. However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved.

“Hence vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease, and vaccination with the available vaccines is crucial. If eligible, but not vaccinated, one should get vaccinated,” it added.

The response measures for all variants of concern, including Omicron, is the same as that for SARs CoV2. The ministry has said that the precautions and steps to be taken remain the same as before. “It is essential to mask yourself properly, take both doses of vaccines (if not yet vaccinated), maintain social distancing and maintain good ventilation to the maximum possible”, said the ministry in a statement.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and is issuing suitable guidelines, said the ministry, adding that the scientific and medical community is geared up for developing and deploying diagnostics, carrying out genomic surveillance, generating evidence about viral and epidemiologic characteristics, and development of therapeutics.

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Trouble looms for Balakrishnan as Mumbai HC to hear son’s DNA case

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The Mumbai High Court has posted for January 4 the case of a DNA test result of Binoy Kodiyeri, the elder son of CPI-M politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who was all set to return as Kerala CPI-M state secretary.

A woman from Bihar has alleged that Binoy had a relationship with her while she was working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and till 2015, he used to send her money every month. They also have an eight-year-old child.

The woman had first filed a petition in 2019 and in July 2019 Binoy approached the Mumbai High Court seeking dismissal of the rape case filed by the woman. The court asked all the three to go for a DNA test and Binoy appeared for it on July 30, 2019.

Following which the case went into a limbo. In December 2020 the DNA result was filed before the court in a sealed cover and on Thursday the woman approached the court wanting to know the result. The court has now posted this case for January 4.

Incidentally Balakrishnan who is a cancer patient, was given medical leave by the party soon after his younger son Bineesh Kodiyeri was arrested in October 2020 by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

However Balakrishnan breathed easy when Bineesh got bail from the Karnataka High Court after being in a jail in Bengaluru in October this year. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan strongly backed Balakrishnan to return to the post and the green signal was to have come from the state secretariat on Friday, when came the news about Binoy.

The news about Binoy has come at a time when the CPI-M, ahead of the party state conference scheduled for early next year, wanted Balakrishnan to take over. Sources in the know of things say Balakrishnan will be asked to take over after the national leadership of the party last month asked the state leadership to take a call on it.

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Five dead, one injured in road accident in Gurugram

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 Five people were killed after a car crashed into a roadside wall and overturned on Sadhrana road near Gadhi village here on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

According to police, the deceased have been identified as Sagar, Jibech, Niaz Khan, Prince and Jagbir.

One person, identified as Hardik Tiwari, was injured in the incident.

The victims were returning to Gurugram city from Sadhrana village after attending a marriage.

“All of them were coming from a wedding ceremony in Sadhrana village. The mishap was a result of speeding and a damaged road. All the victims used to work in a city-based private hospital. Police are taking necessary action,” Gurugram police spokesperson Subhash Boken said.

“The injured man has been shifted to a hospital in critical condition. While the bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Further probe is on,” he added.

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