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Uttar Pradesh: 4 injured in clash during wedding procession

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Four people, including a woman, were injured in a clash between two groups over dancing in a wedding procession.

The incident took place in Mubarakpur village of Muzaffarnagar district on Thursday.

According to Mansurpur Station House Officer (SHO) Kushalpal Singh, the trouble started when Hardeep and Surender, who were allegedly in an inebriated state, confronted each other over the issue of dancing during ‘ghudchadi’ (horse riding) ritual.

More people from both the factions soon joined in, leading to a violent clash in which batons and sharp-edged weapons were used, the SHO said.

Hardeep, Surender, Sonu and Kajal were injured in the clash and taken to hospital, police said. The matter is being investigated, the SHO said.

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CBI nabs 2 more in railway bribery case, total 5 arrested

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A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an Indian Railways Engineering Service officer and two others in an alleged graft case of Rs one crore, the agency on Monday continued its action as it arrested two more people taking the total arrests in the case to five, officials said.

The CBI arrested 1985-batch officer Mahendra Singh Chauhan, who was posted as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Construction in North East Frontier Railways in Assam’s Maligaon in one of the biggest traps in the history of the agency on Sunday from Guwahati. The agency sleuths also arrested Inra Singh, a private person and Bhupendra Rawat, an employee of the private company ABCI Infrastructures on Sunday from Dehradun, while exchanging the alleged bribe amount.

The fresh arrests came after the CBI registered a case against Chauhan, Hem Chand Borah, Deputy Chief Engineer, Laxmi Kant Verma, Assistant Executive Engineer (AEN) and Pawan Baid, Director, ABCI Infrastructures Pvt Ltd, Rawat, Singh and other unknown persons under relevant sections of IPC and PC Act.

A CBI official in Delhi said that the agency on Monday arrested two more persons in connection with the case. The arrested people have been identified as Borah and Verma, from Assam’s Guwahati.

The arrest were made after the CBI busted a racket on the allegations that some senior public functionaries of North Eastern Frontier Railways were involved in corrupt practices with private contractors for ongoing projects in the North Eastern Frontier Railways. They all are being brought to Delhi on transit remand, the official said.

The official said that during searches, sums of Rs 18.5 lakh and Rs 6.5 lakh have been recovered from the premises of Borah and Verma, respectively.

He said that a total amount of Rs 2.39 crore has been recovered during the searches in the last two days, which includes the alleged bribe amount of Rs one crore. The CBI had on Sunday also recovered Rs 60 lakh from Dehradun and Rs 54 lakh from Guwahati premises of CAO.

The official said that besides cash, there has been recovery of jewellery and documents related to property from these locations.

He said agency sleuths carried out searches at over 26 locations in Delhi, Uttrakhand, Assam, Tripura and West Bengal since Sunday which are still going on.

The official said the accused were abusing their official positions for obtaining illegal gratification.

The FIR stated that that Baid was in contact with Chauhan over various ongoing projects in NFR region.

It stated that that on Chauhan’s demand, Baid through his employee got bribe of Rs one crore delivered to Singh, who is Chauhan’s relative at Dehradun through Rawat.

“Singh and Rawat were allegedly caught while exchanging the bribe money and the bribe of Rs one crore was recovered,” the official said.

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Andhra Pradesh police nab drunken butcher for breaking Kakinada temple tridents

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At a time when allegations of multiple temple attacks are making headlines in Andhra Pradesh, the initiative of installing surveillance cameras at all religious places has enabled the state’s East Godavari district police on Monday to arrest a drunken butcher for damaging the tridents (trishul) of a local temple in Kakinada more than a week ago.

The police arrested Vanumu Lakshmana Rao, 39, a resident of Kondayyapalem in Kakinada, and also managed to procure the footage of his criminal act. The police shared footage of an inebriated Rao dancing and talking in front of the goddess idols holding the tridents and touching them.

In another video captured by a CCTV camera from the left side, Rao raised his hand and pushed the idol’s trident, resulting in its top part breaking.

He committed the crime in just 10 minutes: between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on the night of January 9 at Sri Nookalamma Temple in Kakinada’s Kondayyapalem.

“He (Rao) was subjected to a thorough interrogation. The arrested accused has confessed to have committed this offence,” said a police official.

On that fateful day, Rao borrowed his friend’s bicycle and got drunk. He later went to the temple, broke the tridents and went away.

In the footage shared by the police, the bicycle was found fallen on the ground as Rao was seen dancing, talking and breaking the tridents, even as passersby zipped by on the road beside unbothered.

“Priest of the temple attended as usual in the morning at about 6 a.m. on January 10th and noticed that the two tridents outside the temple were partly broken,” said the official.

The cement idols standing on either sides of the Nookalamma temple’s entry door used to hold two tridents.

Following a complaint by the temple’s committee president Karri Gangaraju at 1 p.m. on January 10, next day of the crime, that two tridents were damaged, police managed to arrest Rao on Monday.

Rao was arrested under IPC sections 447, 295, 295 – A, 153 – A and was being prepared to be produced in front of a local Court on Monday.

Incidentally, Rao abandoned his wife eight years ago and is a father of two boys who live with their mother at Indrapalem.

Eking out a living as a butcher of goats and also as a labourer, Rao was known for sleeping at the very Nookalamma temple where he broke the tridents as well as Sarada temple in the port town.

Heaving a sigh of relief on cracking the case successfully, East Godavari district superintendent of police Adnan Nayeem Asmi highlighted the need to install sufficient number of cctv cameras at all religious places.

However, the crime did give some jitters to the police department, requiring G. V. G. Ashok Kumar, deputy inspector general of police and the chief of the special investigation team (SIT) formed to crackdown on the temple offenders, to personally visit the crime scene.

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Nigerian peddler swallows drug pellets when nabbed by NCB

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In a new modus operandi, a Nigerian with drugs concealed in his mouth, swallowed the cocaine pellets when a team of Narcotics Control Bureau nabbed him in Mumbai, officials said here on Monday.

The incident occurred on January 14 when the NCB team caught the accused named Ifeamyichukwu Pius when he was moving around a five-star hotel in Juhu to deliver the contraband.

On seeing the sleuths lunging at him, Pius popped the dozen-odd cocaine pellets into his mouth and gulped each plastic pack containing one gm each.

The NCB immediately rushed him to the Sir JJ Hospital where an x-ray and CT scan examination confirmed the pellets were lodged in his abdominal area.

Thereafter, Pius was made to purge the dozen pellets under medical supervision which were retrieved by the NCB. NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede said that the accused was discharged from hospital on Monday and further investigations are on to identify his associates or clients.

The NCB said this is the first instance where a peddler was carrying drugs in his mouth and distributing them to the customers, making it very difficult to ascertain the involvement of the accused.

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