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Wrestler murder case: 4 associates of Sushil Kumar arrested

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In a major breakthrough in the murder of Sagar Dhankar, Delhi Police has arrested four associates of two time olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. All the arrested are members of Kala Asauda and Neeraj Bawana gang.

A senior police official said that on a tip off, a team of Special Staff of Rohini under Inspector Ishwar Singh and overall supervision of Brahmjeet Singh, ACP of Operation Cell, Rohini District Delhi, has apprehended four active members of Kala Asauda – Neeraj Bawana gang from Kanjhawala area on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The official said that all were found to be the associates of Sushil Kumar in Dhankar murder case at Chhatrasal stadium.

The arrested accused have been identified as Bhupender a.k.a. Bhupi, Mohit a.k.a. Bholi, Gulab a.k.a. Pahalwan and Manjeet a.k.a. Chunnil, residents of Haryana’s Jhajjar and Rohtak.

They revealed the entire conspiracy and sequence of events of the murder of Sagar. He said that non bailable warrants (NBWs) were pending against them.

Giving the details of their arrest, the official said that in the intervening night of May 4 and 5, an information was received at Model Town police station regarding firing inside Chhatrasal Stadium.

The official said that the police at Chhatrasal Stadium found five cars including a Maruti Alto, Honda city, Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Scorpio and Maruti Brezza.

The police also recovered one loaded double barrel gun and three rounds were found inside Scorpio Car and two sticks in parking area.

“During spot enquiry it was found that Sushil Kumar and his associates had beaten the injured persons. A case was registered under several sections of the IPC and Arms Act.

The investigation of the case was later transferred to the Crime Branch.

Sushil Kumar and his aide Ajay were arrested on Sunday morning and they are on police remand with Crime Branch.

The official said that on Tuesday, an information was received that four members of Kala Asauda Gang – Neeraj Bawana gang involved in murder of Dhankar at Chhatrasal Stadium, are coming to Ghewra village to meet their associate Kala, also a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana.

“Acting upon the information, police laid a trap near Ghewra railway crossing and arrested the four accused,” he said.

“During questioning they disclosed that in the intervening night of May 4 and 5, they had gone to Chhatrasal stadium. They reached the stadium at around 12 night in two vehicles, a scorpio car and a Brezza car. Thereafter actively involved themselves in the crime,” he said.

The police official also said that the four accused also narrated the sequence of events and details of other persons involved in the crime.

“On hearing police siren, they could not escape with their vehicles but left both the cars (Scorpio and Brezza) and their weapons at the spot,” he said.

IANS had on Monday reported about the Mahindra Scorpio associated with the persons of Neeraj Bawana gang.

Police said that Bhupender, 38, came in contact of Rajeev a.k.a. Kala in 2000, and after committing a robbery he became close associate of Kala and committed a number of robberies and murders till 2011.

The official said that in 2011, Bhupender went to jail in a double murder case and remained in jail till February 2021.

“In year 2020, his gang leader Kala was murdered by members of rival gang in court premises in Rohtak and after his release he was reviving his gang to take revenge,” the official said.

Bhupender is previously involved in 9 cases.

Whereas Mohit’s brother Rohit was close associate of Kala and is presently lodged in jail.

In year 2016, the rival gangsters involved Mohit in conspiracy of attempt to murder of one Suresh. In 2019, Mohit was again involved in a murder conspiracy case of rival gang. He was released on bail in May 2020 and joined Bhupender to revive the gang.

Gulab joined Kala Asauda gang in 2016 and two years later he was involved in an attempt to murder case and later in year 2019, was arrested for an illegal fire arm.

In year 2020, the rival gang members targeted Gulab, wherein his friend Ravinder was killed and he sustained bullet injury. Since then, he left his home and spent his time with members of Kala Asauda gang to take revenge. He was previously involved in two cases.

The official said that Manjeet is involved in supplying illegal fire arms.

In 2011, he was arrested after a brief encounter and 32 illegal fire arms (7 pistols and 25 country made pistols) were recovered from him. In jail he came in contact with Kala Asauda and thereafter, supplied weapons to his gang members, the police official said.

“He was arrested many a times with associates of Kala in various cases. Now he joined Bhupender to strengthen Kala Asauda Gang. He is previously involved in four cases,” the official added.

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Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Supreme Court seeks Uttar Pradesh govt reply in lynching FIR, directs protection of witnesses

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a separate report from the Uttar Pradesh Police on investigation in the second FIR in Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which four persons, including a journalist, were killed. The top court also ordered protection of witnesses in the case.

The widow of an accused-deceased told the top court that her husband’s killers were roaming free, and no action has been taken against them.

Senior advocate Arun Bhardwaj, representing Ruby Devi, widow of Shyam Sundar, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana that there are three accused who are allegedly responsible for her husband’s death and the police have not taken any action against them.

Bhardwaj said ‘killers are roaming free and threatening his client’.

Another advocate representing the journalist, who was killed in the incident, also urged the court to direct the police to apprehend the accused involved.

The bench directed separate replies must be filed by Uttar Pradesh with respect to the counter-case of lynching of a person named Shyam Sundar, who was allegedly attacked after the car ploughed into farmers’ protest, and also killing of journalist Raman Kashyap.

In Sundar’s matter, Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted he was an accused who was also killed in the incident and the police are also probing it along with the death of the journalist, who was in the car.

Chief Justice told Salve to file a separate reply in the matter. The bench noted there are two complainants before the court — one by Ruby Devi and the other in connection with the death of a journalist. “State is directed to file separate replies in the case,” said the bench, fixing the matter for further hearing on November 8.

The bench also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also sought forensic labs, examining the digital evidence in the matter, to expedite the process of submitting evidence in the case.

The bench expressed surprise that out of a gathering of 4,000-5,000 people, only 23 people are eyewitnesses to the incident, where a car ploughed into the farmers’ protest.

Salve, at the outset submitted that out of 68, thirty witnesses have recorded their statements under 164 CrPC. Of these, 23 are eyewitnesses. Chief Justice queried that in a case where there were hundreds of farmers in a rally, only 23 people were there?

Salve replied that the government gave an advertisement and the people who saw the accused in the car are already there. “Digital media (large numbers) has been recovered. There are overlapping videos”, he added.

Salve further contended that there was also a person who was conducting videography of the event, and the digital evidence would be sent to labs so that they can be admitted as evidence in the case.

On the aspect of few eyewitnesses in the matter, Justice Kant pointed out that mostly local people were there at the spot and after the incident most of them have been agitating for an inquiry. He told Salve that accessibility and identification of such persons in the vehicle should not be a major issue.

Salve replied 164 statements can be submitted to the top court in a sealed cover and added that 16 accused have been identified. The bench, in its order, said: “Regarding witness protection, we direct the witnesses to be provided protection by the state. We further direct that 164 statements… to be recorded expeditiously.”

The top court had registered a petition based on a letter by two lawyers seeking a probe by the CBI in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

A total of eight people, including four farmers and a local journalist, apart from the two BJP men and their driver, were killed in the incident. Farmers were allegedly mowed down by a car of Ashish Misra, son of Union Minister of State Ajay Misra Teni.

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Aryan Khan drug case: Sameer Wankhede in Delhi to meet NCB chief

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 Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, who is heading the probe into Mumbai’s high profile drugs case, on Tuesday reached the head office here to meet chief S.N. Pradhan.

Mumbai NCB arrested Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan in the cruise drug case investigation on October 2.

The official reached Delhi Monday night to meet the Director General of NCB in connection with bribery allegations.

According to reports, he may be questioned on the bribery allegations. When Wankhede reached the NCB office from second gate, some people had gathered there in his support.

However, while interacting with the media after reaching Delhi late on Monday night, Wankhede refuted the allegations against him as “baseless.”

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Did Sameer Wankhede use fake caste certificate for govt job?

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In another salvo, NCP Minister Nawab Malik on Monday questioned whether the Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede submitted a fake caste certificate to get a government job.

The Nationalist Congress Party’s National Spokesperson Malik tweeted a purported birth certificate and marriage photo of the embattled Wankhede with telling captions: “Yahanse shuru hua farziwada (the fraud started here) and Pehchan Kaun (guess who)”.

The birth certificate shows the NCB chief’s name as ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede’, and the picture is from his (Wankhede’s) first wedding with one Dr. Shabana Qureshi, and he later divorced her to get married with Marathi actress Kranti Redkar.

The NCP minister claimed that as per the birth certificate, Wankhede is a born Muslim but allegedly appeared for the civic services (UPSC) exams through a reserved category and became an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

“He has forged the documents to get reservations in the (civil services) examinations and job,” Malik contended.

Vowing to reveal more dope with evidence, the NCP Minister reiterated that the entire cruise party raid is a fake and everything is being done to malign the Maharashtra government and terrorise Bollywood.

Wankhede has not yet reacted to the fresh revelations by Malik, but it is reliably learnt that he has been summoned to New Delhi by the NCB Director-General to provide an explanation into the stunning allegations levelled by a cruiser ship raid’s ‘panch-witness’ Prabhakar Sail on Sunday.

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