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Karnataka tribal woman dies suspiciously in Sudan

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Bengaluru, April 16 (IANS) A tribal woman from the Mysuru district of Karnataka, belonging to the Hakki Pikki tribe, has died suspiciously in Sudan.

The deceased woman has been identified as Nandini.

The family said that Nandini had gone to Sudan for some business-related issue.

The authorities have not given the exact reason behind her death.

Nandini’s husband is settled in Pakshirajapura in Hunsur town near Mysuru city and has appealed to the authorities to bring back Nandini’s body from Sudan.

The family has been informed that the Chief Secretary Rajneesh Goyal has spoken to the Indian embassy in Sudan and the body of Nandini is expected to arrive on April 17.

More than 181 members of the Hakki Pikki tribe were stuck in violence-hit Sudan last year. The Indian government launched ‘Operation Kaveri’ to bring them back.

The Hakki Pikki tribe lives near the forest areas. Unable to make a living from the forest, they travel to African countries especially Sudan to sell herbal cosmetics.

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Woman who disguised as courier agent to attempt robbery at neighbour's house arrested

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) A 38-year-old woman, who disguised herself as a courier agent to rob her neighbour, was arrested in Delhi’s Dwarka area, the police said, adding that she used to work in the Civil Defence department but currently was unemployed.

The police have also recovered a courier bag, one toy gun, hand gloves, two ropes, one bag, and a helmet used in committing a crime from her possession.

According to the police, on May 23, a complaint was received at the Chhawla police station at around 11:30 a.m. regarding an attempted robbery.

The victim reported that while she was at home, a person disguised as a courier agent arrived and requested a pen to sign the delivery paper.

As the victim went inside her house to fetch the pen, the accused followed her and suddenly grabbed her.

“The attacker began striking her multiple times with a toy pistol, causing her face to bleed. The attacker had covered their face with a towel, wore a helmet, and had gloves on. The victim started shouting for help, which prompted neighbours to arrive, causing the assailant to flee the scene,” said a senior police officer.

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The police team collected intelligence and reviewed CCTV footage from Somesh Vihar to Chhawla to identify the suspect.

“However, on May 24, a police team received information that the criminal was hiding in a vacant house in Somesh Vihar. Based on the CCTV footage, the accused, Rekha, was arrested,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Ankit Singh.

During questioning, Rekha revealed that she had previously worked in Civil Defence but was unemployed and struggling to manage her household expenses and rent.

To earn money quickly, she devised a plan to rob her wealthy neighbour, Chandra Kanta, who lived alone during the day.

Rekha planned to murder Chandra Kanta and steal a significant amount of money and jewellery.

On May 23, Rekha disguised herself as a courier agent, covering her face and head with a cloth and helmet.

“She (Rekha) arrived at Chandra Kanta’s house around 11 a.m. and rang the doorbell. When Chandra Kanta opened the door, Rekha asked for a pen. As Chandra Kanta went inside her house to get the pen, Rekha followed her and attacked, hitting her several times with the toy pistol,” the DCP added.

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Chandra Kanta screamed for help, causing Rekha to flee, fearing being caught.

“Rekha then hid in a vacant house, changed out of her disguise on the stairs of a neighbouring house, and left the items used in the crime there before returning home,” the DCP said.

Later, she returned to Chandra Kanta’s house, mingled with the people, and gathered information about the incident to avoid suspicion.

“Rekha confessed that she committed the crime to manage her household expenses by robbing her wealthy neighbour, Chandra Kanta, who lived alone during the day,” the DCP added.

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Woman strangled to death by husband in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman was allegedly strangled to death by her husband in south Delhi over some dispute on Wednesday, police said, adding that a manhunt has been initiated to apprehend the accused.

The deceased was identified as Pooja, a resident of Rajokri.

Police said that at 12.38 p.m., a police control room (PCR) call regarding a murder was received at Vasant Kunj South police station and a police team rushed to the spot to find a woman dead in the house.

Initial enquiry revealed that Pooja and Abhishek had got married a month ago – the second marriage for both of them, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southwest, Rohit Meena said.

Abhishek had no children from his first marriage, while Pooja had a son from her first marriage. “Prima facie, a matrimonial dispute seems the reason for murder. From the initial examination of the dead body, it has been found that the death is due to strangulation,” he said.

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“The FSL and Crime teams have inspected the spot. A case is being registered under appropriate sections and multiple teams are working to nab the husband. Further investigation is underway,” the DCP added.

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Man arrested over hoax bomb threats in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, May 30 (IANS) Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly made a call about a bomb being planted in Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Praja Bhavan and Nampally Court.

Shiva Kumar, a resident of Chikkadpally area in the city, was taken into custody after police traced the caller.

The accused had called the police control room that a bomb would go off soon at Praja Bhavan.

Police teams including dog squads and bomb disposal squads thoroughly checked the building, which is the official residence of Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. It turned out to be a hoax call.

The police control room had received another call from the same mobile number about a bomb being planted in Nampally Court. Police had conducted checks at the court building.

The accused had switched off the phone after making the two calls. Police launched an investigation and on Wednesday identified the caller.

The accused reportedly told police that he made the calls in an inebriated condition after a fight with his wife. He was previously involved in a bike theft case.

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The police were conducting further investigation.

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Progressive bodies to stage protest against Prajwal Revanna at his native district

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Bengaluru, May 29 (IANS) Progressive organisations in Karnataka have given a ‘Hassan Chalo’ call on Thursday to protest against absconding JD-S MP Prajwal Revanna, the prime accused in the alleged sex video scandal in Karnataka.

Hasaan is the native district of Prajwal Revanna, who is also the sitting JD-S Lok Sabha MP from there.

Activists attached to more than 113 organisations headed towards Hassan from across the state, demanding stern action against Prajwal Revanna, who’s is the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Revanna.

The organisers have erected a huge platform in Hassan where more than 10,000 people are expected to gather by Thursday.

Prajwal Revanna’s uncle and JD-S state President H.D. Kumaraswamy has claimed that the agitation is politically motivated.

Meenakshi Baali, the President of State Janawadi Mahila Organisation, said on Wednesday that H.D. Deve Gowda’s family is known for issuing false statements and lies.

Thousands of people are going to participate in the agitation demanding justice for the victims of the alleged sex video scandal, she said.

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She also said that forces in the state are making an attempt to prevent people from attending the agitation, but they are not going to succeed.

Author and senior counsel Bhanu Mustaq said that Prajwal Revanna took oath under the Constitution, yet he committed atrocities on women who had come to him seeking his assistance.

“This is an unforgivable act. This development needs to be condemned by the civil society. This agitation is being organised to demand the arrest of Prajwal Revanna,” she said.

Meanwhile, Prajwal Revanna has said that he will return to India on May 31 and present himself before the authorities.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara has said that Prajwal Revanna will be arrested once he lands in the Bengaluru airport.

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Fire breaks out in a multi-story building in Patna, residents rescued

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Patna, May 29 (IANS) A massive fire broke out in a multi-story building on Patna’s Fraser Road area on Wednesday evening and more than 20 fire engines were working to douse the blaze, officials said, adding all the residents had been rescued safely.

The incident occurred on the ninth floor of the Surya Apartments located just behind Hotel Maurya and adjoining the residence of former Union Minister C.P. Thakur.

Apart from the Fire Department, the police of Gandhi Maidan and Kotwali police stations rushed to the spot to take control of the situation.

The reason for the fire has not been ascertained yet.

“We have received information about the fire which broke out in the multi-story building. We immediately went there and rescued the family members living in the building. One person was trapped inside the building. We broke the window and rescued him. He had sustained injuries. We are currently focusing on dousing the flame as soon as possible. The reason for the fire could be a short circuit,” DIG, Fire Services, Mritunjay Kumar said.

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