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Two Gujarat policemen discharged in fake encounter case

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Two policemen, accused in the Sadiq Jamal fake encounter case of 2003, have been discharged by the special CBI court as it observed there wasn’t enough evidence against them.

The court gave the order on Tuesday. P.L. Mawani, a police Sub-Inspector (SI) and A.S. Yadav, a constable, had filed discharge applications in the CBI court in August, saying that the CBI had falsely chargesheeted their involvement in the case.

Jamal, an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba member, was accused of hatching a conspiracy of killing the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders. He was wanted by the state police. Sadiq was killed in Ahmedabad’s Naroda area on January 13, 2003.

After Sadiq’s brother Sabbir Jamal moved the Gujarat High Court, the HC had handed over the probe later on to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

CBI judge B.A. Dave on Tuesday, granted the discharge applications by both the policemen on the grounds that there wasn’t sufficient evidence against them in the case. The applicants had submitted that they were innocent and falsely chargesheeted by the CBI.

The CBI, after taking over the probe on Gujarat HC’s order, had filed the charge sheet, claiming that case was that of a staged encounter and a pre-planned conspiracy. The charge sheet said that Sadiq was in illegal confinement of the Gujarat Police, that after taking custody of him from Mumbai Police, had killed him on January, 13, 2003.

The CBI had claimed the involvement of eight Gujarat Police personnel in the fake encounter, including retired Deputy Superintendent of Police Tarun Barot.

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3 injured as fishing boat catches fires in Andhra’s Kakinada

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Three fishermen were injured on Friday when a fire broke out on their boat in Kakinada Port in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district, police said.

“Diesel spilled on the boat’s floor as the three filled the vessel’s tank around 1 pm. As they tried to jump-start the engine with the help of wires attached to a battery, sparks flew and set the spilled fuel ablaze,” a police official said.

Firefighters rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire as Kakinada Port police shifted the injured to a hospital.

A fisherman who saved himself by jumping into the water was brought to the shore with the help of onlookers.

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25 kg gold stolen at gunpoint from Muthoot Finance branch in Tamil Nadu

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Six masked persons brandishing pistols on Friday barged into a Muthoot Finance branch in Tamil Nadu’s Hosur on Friday and fled about 25 kg gold jewellery valued at about Rs 7.5 crore and Rs 96,000 cash, police said.

The gang members held up the company staff and a couple of customers at gun point, and even assaulted some of the staffers.

Police said the gang first attacked the security guard and forced him inside the branch while warning the staff not to raise any alert.

The gang then looted the jewellery and cash and escaped.

Police have started their investigation into the robbery.

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Four die in illegal mining in Jharkhand

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Four persons engaged in illegal mining died on Friday morning as mica mines caved in Jharkhand’s Koderma district. The incident occurred at the Foolwariya jungle, following which two bodies have been recovered from the mine this afternoon, the police said.

According to police, a rescue operation is underway to extract the other bodies.

When the mines caved in, there were more than 10 persons engaged in illegal mining. As many as four persons managed to escape while six persons got trapped inside the mine.

Of the six persons trapped, two were rescued by the local people but are reportedly in a critical condition.

Illegal mining of mica mines is going on for a long period of time in the state.

Illegal mining of coal, mica and bauxite mines claims many lives every year in the state.

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