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UP court sends Zubair to 14-day judicial custody

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 A local court in Uttar Pradesh has sent Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair to 14-days judicial custody on Thursday.

Zubair was presented in the court in a case registered against him under section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, etc.), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), 298 (Uttering, words, etc with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) of Indian Penal Code and section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act.

The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Hathras had recently issued B warrant against the fact-checker.

The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a two-member Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by IG Dr Preetinder Singh, to probe six cases lodged against Zubair in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar and Hathras.

A Delhi court will hear today a bail plea moved by Zubair in a case related to an “objectionable tweet” he had posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity.

On Tuesday, Additional Sessions Judge Devender Kumar Jangala adjourned the hearing after the prosecution sought time for a detailed argument in the matter.

Earlier, the Supreme Court extended the interim bail of Zubair till further orders in a case lodged against him in the Sitapur district for allegedly outraging religious sentiments.

The FIR was lodged on June 1 on a complaint filed by Hindu Sher Sena district president Bhagwan Sharan for a tweet by Zubair in which he called three Hindu seers — Yati Narasinghanand Saraswati, Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop – “hate-mongers”.

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Karnataka Bus Driver, Making Reel While Driving, Hits Bullock Cart From Behind Injuring Farmers, Killing 2 Bulls On Spot In Hubli

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A government bus driver hit a bullock cart killing two bulls on the spot and severely injuring the farmers on it while making a reel in Karnataka’s Hubli on Wednesday.

In the purported video of the incident, the bus driver can be seen sitting behind the wheel as his aide makes a reel. Moments later, the video shows the bus colliding with the bullock cart on the road from behind.

As per reports, the bus in question belongs to the North Western Road Transport Corporation and was going towards Bagalkot at the time of the accident.

Case registered against driver

The impact of the collision was so powerful that the bulls fell down and started bleeding until they lost their lives. The two farmers from Chakkadi, severely injured, were rushed to a nearby hospital.

As per reports, a case has been registered against the bus driver at the Hubli Rural police station.

Red alert still in place for coastal regions

Meanwhile, with the rains not letting up and the monsoon still vigorous, the India Meteorological Department has extended the red alert for coastal Karnataka till July 18.

Since the intensity of rain has reduced in south interior Karnataka, the weather department has retracted the red alert for the region and has issued an orange one till July 20.

Even in coastal Karnataka, the downpour is expected to become less intense from July 19 onwards, with the weather department predicting that it would be under orange category for now.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada Laxmipriya said that due to the relentless rain, the district had opened 26 care centres by the evening of July 16, including six in Karwar taluk, six in Kumta taluk and 14 in Honnavar taluk, sheltering 2,368 people.

According to her, in the last 24 hours, three houses were completely damaged, one severely and 18 partially, and one human life was lost due to a house collapse in Karwar taluk.

In case of emergencies, the DC said, the public can call the district administration’s emergency helpline number 1077 as well as the WhatsApp number 94835 11015.

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Mumbai BMW Hit-and-Run Case Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Judicial Custody Till July 30

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Mumbai BMW Hit-and-Run Case Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Judicial Custody Till July 30

Mihir Shah, the accused in Mumbai BMW hit-and-run was on Tuesday (July 16) sent to 14-day judicial custody lasting till July 30. A court in Sewri remanded him to judicial custody on the day his police custody was to end. Shah was arrested by Mumbai Police on July 9 after the BMW car driven by him, while drunk, struck and killed 45-year-old Kaveri Nakhwa in Worli while she was riding pillion with her husband on scooter.

Shah was on the run following the fatal accident before he was tracked down and arrested by the police.

At the time of the accident, Kaveri Nakhwa got stuck in the wheels of the car but Mihir drove it for another kilometre in spite of passerbys attempting to alert him. The horrific incident was captured on CCTV cameras. Shah fled the scene after the accident. While her husband escaped with injuries, Kaveri Nakhwa wasn’t as lucky. She was taken to hospital by passerbys but later breathed her last.

After his arrest, Mihir Shah was sent to seven-day police custody.

What happened in the court?

On Tuesday, the investigation officer told the court that Mihir Shah was not co-operating with the investigation and was not revealing who helped him and whom he contacted after the accident.

The prosecution pressed for extension of police custody arguing that police needed to question Mihir Shah further as his non-cooperation was an obstacle in finding his accomplices and more evidence in the matter.

Defence countered by saying that the police had already recorded statements from 27 people and had important evidence, such as rear number plate of the car, in their possession. Extension of police custody, it said, was hence unnecessary.

Mihir Shah is son of Shiv Sena (Shinde) leader Rajesh Shah. The party removed Rajesh Shah from his post following Mihir Shah’s arrest.

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Mumbai Cyber Fraud: 42-Year-Old Homemaker Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Online Stock Trading Scam In Mira Road

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Mumbai: A 42-year-old homemaker from Mira Road became the latest target of cyber-criminals who cheated her of more than Rs.13 lakh by promising high returns in stock trading.

In her statement to the police, the complainant who stays in the Delta Garden area said that during her trip to Uttan she came across an advertisement regarding stock trading on Instagram. Upon clicking the provided link, the complainant was added to a WhatsApp group in which tips were provided on stock purchases.

During the initial stages she was able to withdraw Rs. 6,600, prompting her to invest a total of Rs.13.83 lakh for buying shares of various companies through 12 online transactions to specified bank accounts in less than two months.

Though she could see her investments on the online trading application platform, she was unable to make further withdrawals. After seeking a clarification from the group admin, she was asked to transfer Rs. 3.90 lakh towards 30 percent taxes. When she expressed her inability to pump more funds she was removed from the group.

An offence under the relevant sections of the IPC and Information Technology Act-2000 has been registered at the Uttan coastal police station against the yet-to-be identified cybercrooks. Further investigations were underway.

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