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Priest bludgeoned to death in Lucknow

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An 85-year-old priest of a Shiva temple was brutally bludgeoned to death in Shivpur village on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh capital.

The blood-soaked body of the priest, Fakire Das, was found inside his hut on the temple premises on Wednesday. His assailants appeared to have used a brick to hit him. The brick was also recovered from the spot.

The priest’s body was discovered by a villager who had come to the temple and later informed the police.

According to sources, the donation box was found broken and the cash in it was missing.

The food grains stocked in the store room of the temple complex were also missing.

Police sources said that there was a possibility that the priest had resisted a robbery attempt and was attacked by the miscreants with the brick.

Circle Officer of Bakshi Ka Talab police station, Hridesh Katheria said the priest had been staying alone in the temple for the past few years.

“The priest originally belongs to Sultanpur district and we have approached his family to know if there was any old dispute or apparent motive behind his killing,” Katheria said.

He said the body has been sent for post-mortem after registering an FIR for murder against unidentified assailants.

A team of forensic experts and dog squad was called to examine the crime scene but so far, no breakthrough had been made in the case.

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Firing at Delhi Court, undertrial among 3 dead

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 Three people were killed, including an undertrial gangster in a firing incident inside the Rohini Court here on Friday in a major security breach.

According to sources, the incident took place at the Rohini NDPS Court No. 207. Delhi Police Special Cell-nabbed gangster Jitender Singh Mann, alias Gogi, was being presented in the court. Gogi was shot dead by his rivals. Sources confirmed that the attackers were from Tilu Tajpuria gang.

Gogi was arrested by the special cell in April. He was involved in the killing of Haryana-based singer 22-year-old Harshita Dahiya, who was gunned down by assailants in 2017 in Panipat. Gogi carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh in Delhi and Rs 2.5 lakh in Haryana.

Confirming the incident, a Delhi Police spokesperson said a police team took swift action and launched counter firing. Two of the assailants were in lawyers attire and attacked the undertrial Jitender Gogi. “Both assailants died along with Gogi,” the spokesperson said.

“They killed Gogi and the cops shot them dead,” sources said adding that the Judge was present in the court at the time of the incident. A woman lawyer was also injured during the firing.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana also confirmed that the attackers have been neutralized.

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Minor Girl Gangraped in Dombivli, 21 Accused Arrested

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In a shocking incident, a case has been registered against 29 people for allegedly raping a 14 years old girl in dombivali. Additional commissioner of police informed that 21 people have been arrested while other two detained accused are minors. Police are on the look out for remaining six.

The main accused is said to be a friend of the victim who had first raped the girl in January and made a video of the same. Later, The same video using other accused blackmail the girl and raped her on several occasions at different places including Dombivali, Rabale, Badlapur and Murbad.

On Wednesday night victim approached the police after which gang rape case was registered under Indian Penal Code Section 376(rape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The officer said the police team was looking for the culprit and did not give any further details of the case.

In a shocking incident, a case has been registered against 29 people for allegedly raping a 14 years old girl in dombivali. Additional commissioner of police informed that 21 people have been arrested while the other two detained accused are minors. Police are on the lookout for the remaining six.

The main accused is said to be a friend of the victim who had first raped the girl in January and made a video of the same. Later, The same video using other accused blackmail the girl and raped her on several occasions at different places including Dombivali, Rabale, Badlapur and Murbad.

On Wednesday night victim approached the police after which gang rape case was registered under Indian Penal Code Section 376(rape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The officer said the police team was looking for the culprit and did not give any further details of the case.

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Uttar Pradesh ATS arrests Islamic scholar in conversion racket

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 The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui from Meerut on charges of religious conversation.

His name emerged during the investigation into the Umar Gautam case.

Umar Gautam was jailed in June after the Uttar Pradesh Police rounded him up for allegedly running a conversion racket.

The 64-year-old Islamic scholar was on the radar of security agencies due to suspicious activities. He was picked up as soon as he arrived in Meerut late Tuesday night. He is currently being interrogated by the police.

According to the ATS spokesman, Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui is a resident of Phulat in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, said “Investigation shows that Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui’s trust received Rs 3 crore in foreign funding including Rs 1.5 crore from Bahrain. Six teams of ATS have been formed to investigate this case.”

Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam were arrested in June from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area for trying to convert deaf students and poor people to Islam, with alleged funding from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

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