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Uttar Pradesh: Azam Khan’s close aide held, stolen buffaloes recovered

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Fasahat Ali Khan, alias Shanu, a close aide and media advisor to Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, police said on Thursday.

The police claimed to have also recovered two stolen buffaloes and other stolen gold and silver ornaments from Fasahat’s farmhouse at Koyala village.

It is noteworthy that among the cases lodged against Azam Khan, one is related to theft of buffaloes.

In September 2019, some residents of Yateem Khana had lodged FIRs against Azam Khan and his aides on charges of robbery.

They had also alleged that their houses were vandalised by Khan’s supporters and their animals were robbed.

In one of the FIRs, a complainant had alleged that her four goats, three buffaloes, one cow and a calf were taken away.

Rampur SP Shaghun Gautam, said, “Fasahat Khan, during interrogation, had revealed that he had stolen the buffaloes and other items from inside the houses of the Yateem Khana residents on the instruction of Azam Khan. Most of the other accused involved in the crime are already on bail, while a few others need to be questioned.”

Fasahat was produced before the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, late on Wednesday evening, and sent to jail.

The police said that there are 16 criminal cases registered against Fasahat.

Azam Khan, his wife and SP MLA Tanzeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam are already lodged in Sitapur jail after they were arrested on charges of fraud and forgery in February this year.

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Mumbai Customs, DRI seizes heroin camouflaged as ‘ayurvedic’ medicine

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In one of the biggest narcotics haul in Mumbai, the Mumbai Customs and Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have seized 191 kg of heroin worth around Rs 1,000 crore from a cargo container at Nhava Sheva Port Trust, officials said here on Monday.

The seizure of the drugs, being declared as ‘ayurvedic medicine’ — believed to have originated from Afghanistan — was made late on Saturday.

Two customs clearing house agents who attempted to get it cleared through the customs have been arrested and sent to police custody for 14 days.

The narcotic, stated to be of high-grade quality, was concealed in plastic pipes painted in bamboo colour and sought to be passed off as a traditional common medicine, said the officials.

Further probe is underway into the source of the supply, the modus operandi and whether the same has been tried before to evade the various enforcement agencies.

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Global COVID-19 cases top 19.7mn: Johns Hopkins University

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The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 19.7 million, while the deaths have increased to over 729,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,778,566 and the fatalities rose to 729,692, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 5,044,435 and 162,919, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 3,035,422 infections and 101,049 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (2,153,010), and is followed by Russia (885,718), South Africa (559,859), Mexico (480,278), Peru (471,012), Colombia (376,870), Chile (373,056), Iran (326,712), Spain (314,362), the UK (312,555), Saudi Arabia (288,690), Pakistan (284,121), Bangladesh (257,600), Italy (250,566), Argentina (246,499), Turkey (240,804), France (235,237), Germany (217,288), Iraq (150,115), Philippines (129,913), Indonesia (125,396), Canada (121,362) and Qatar (112,947), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Mexico (52,298), UK (46,659), India (43,379), Italy (35,205), France (30,327), Spain (28,503), Peru (20,844), Iran (18,427), Russia (14,903), Colombia (12,540), South Africa (10,408) and Chile (10,077).

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Abducted UP boy found abandoned in bus

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A five-year-old boy, who was kidnapped from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, was found abandoned in a bus in Ghaziabad.

Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) driver Vikal and conductor Deepak found the abandoned boy crying in the bus, which was on its way to Moradabad via Ghaziabad from the Greater Noida depot.

The boy, when questioned by the driver and conductor, could not tell the address but gave them a phone number of his family member.

Vikal and Deepak called the boy’s family who then informed the two that the boy had been kidnapped from Moradabad.

The kidnappers had reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 30 lakh, but seemed to have changed their plan and abandoned the child in the bus.

After speaking to the boy’s relative, Vikal and Deepak informed Moradabad police about the incident.

Moradabad SP (rural area) Vidya Sagar Mishra asked them to bring the boy to the police station and hand him over to the police.

State Transport Minister Ashok Kataria has praised Vikal and Deepak and has decided to felicitate the two.

Transport Corporation Managing director, Raj Shekhar also appreciated the efforts of the bus driver and conductor in rescuing the child.

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