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Woman held for selling stolen SUVs in Bihar, Jharkhand

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New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) A 37-year-old woman, who used to sell stolen high-end Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in Jharkhand and Bihar, was arrested after a massive operation, a Delhi Police official said on Tuesday.

The accused was identified as Lovely Singh, a resident of Patliputra in Bihar, and on her instance, nine SUVs, including Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Alcazar, were also recovered.

Her arrest came after one Govind was arrested on April 4 last year along with a stolen Maruti Brezza.

“On interrogation, Govind revealed that his wife, Lovely, had received numerous stolen luxury vehicles from Delhi and had further sold or supplied them to others in Bihar and Jharkhand,” said a senior police official.

The official said that efforts were made to trace Lovely. An NBW was issued against her, and was further declared as proclaimed offender on December 20, 2023 by the Court.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Apoorva Gupta said that on April 3 this year, Lovely was arrested from the Patliputra area and her transit remand was obtained.

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During interrogation, she disclosed that after completing her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), she initially worked in an insurance company, where she came into contact with individuals involved in the sale and purchase of stolen vehicles.

“Inspired by them, she and her husband, Govind, started engaging in the sale and purchase of stolen vehicles. She revealed that she was arrested in Ranchi, Jharkhand, in a case involving stolen vehicles and robbery in 2021,” said the DCP.

“To evade arrest, she began changing her rented accommodations in Bihar and started residing in well-known societies to avoid arousing suspicion. She also established connections with auto lifters and other receivers of stolen luxury cars, engaging in the purchase and sale of such vehicles to meet her daily needs and earn easy money,” the DCP added.

–IANS

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Man held for killing wife in J&K's Kupwara

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Srinagar, May 29 (IANS) One person was arrested by police on Wednesday for allegedly killing his wife in J&K’s Kupwara district.

Officials said that the accused has been identified as Amjad Ahmad of Shartpalla village in the frontier area of Tangdhar in the Kupwara district.

“A 30-year-old woman was allegedly strangulated to death by her husband at their house during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday,” the officials said.

The accused, Amjad Ahmed, son of Abdul Rasheed Mughal of Shartpalla Tangdhar, is a driver by profession at the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC).

Soon after the incident, police arrested him and started an investigation into the matter.

“Investigation is going on. The body of the slain woman has been sent for medico-legal formalities after registering a case in the incident,” the officials added.

–IANS

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KTR slams Telangana government over seed shortage for farmers

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Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Working President KT Rama Rao on Wednesday slammed the Telangana government over the hardships faced by farmers due to a shortage of seeds.

The BRS leader wondered if there is a government in Telangana.

In his post on ‘X’, the former minister asked where the chief minister and agriculture minister were.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, remarked that the Congress leaders know only election campaigns and have no idea of the quantity of seeds required by farmers.

The BRS leader remarked that till yesterday the government was not buying paddy from farmers and today it is unable to sell seeds to them.

He said this demonstrates that governance has completely derailed in the state.

KTR said that the government failed to supply water for irrigation, resulting in withering of crops. He alleged that it lacks vision to supply seeds to farmers.

He alleged that farmers were queuing up for seeds from 4 A.M. but they were not getting seeds even after waiting for 12 hours.

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Claiming that during the last 10 years, the BRS government supplied seeds to farmers within 10 minutes, he asked if the present government can’t distribute seeds even after 10 hours.

Alleging that farmers were suffering in all districts, he asked how long they will have to face these hardships.

KTR claimed that during the BRS’ rule Telangana had emerged as the food provider of the country but under the Congress’ rule they are struggling to find food for themselves.

Stating that agriculture was a festival during BRS rule, KTR alleged that it has come to a halt in six months of the Congress’ rule.

He warned that if the government failed to wipe the tears of farmers, it would have to face their ire.

KTR on Tuesday described the police lathi charge on farmers in Adilabad, who were lining up for seeds, as extremely atrocious and termed it a government attack on farmers.

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He criticized the Congress government, calling it incapable of providing essential resources like irrigation water, financial support through Rythu Bandhu, and even seeds to the farmers.

For the past 10 years, the state’s farming community had been receiving seeds, fertilizers, and 24-hour free electricity smoothly, but the situation has drastically changed in just five months, he claimed.

KTR demanded that the state government immediately apologise for the lathi charge on farmers. He condemned the Chief Minister Revanth Reddy for neglecting the farmers while being busy with election campaigns in other states and visits to Delhi.

KTR suggested that the chief minister set aside politics and focus on addressing farmers’ issues. He demanded that the chief minister and agriculture minister immediately hold a high-level review meeting on the seed shortage, distribution, and the government’s failures to alleviate the farmers’ difficulties.

–IANS

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Traffic movement restored on NH-6 connecting 4 northeastern states

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Shillong, May 29 (IANS) Traffic movement on the National Highway that passes through Meghalaya, connecting Tripura, Mizoram, and Manipur, including southern Assam, was restored, officials said on Wednesday.

National Highway 6 (NH-6), which is an important road as it connects as many as four northeastern states with the rest of the country, is prone to landslides. During the monsoon season commuters face a lot of hurdles while traveling through this route.

A 30-km-long stretch in the East Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya experiences frequent landslides in the rainy season.

According to a district official, rocks and debris fell on the highway in the Sonapur area on Tuesday that blocked vehicular movement on that route, and the administration deployed a workforce to clear the mudslide.

Abhilash Baranwal, Deputy Commissioner in the East Jaintia Hills district, told IANS, “We have been able to restore traffic movement on one carriageway in the landslide-hit zone. Vehicles have been moving, and we are hopeful of restoring complete traffic movement.”

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However, the official advised commuters on this route to stay cautious and keep sufficient food and water while traveling through this highway.

“There may be partial blockages on the road as the 30 kilometer stretch can experience landslides anytime during the rains. We have kept the workforce ready for restoring traffic movement at the earliest if any disruption happens; however, commuters must remain prepared for landslides, which may delay their journey by a few hours,” Baranwal said.

The Northeastern region is prone to landslides for the most part.

One of the significant landslide-occurring sites lies at Sonapur, which is situated in Meghalaya. The landslip zone is located 141.8 kilometers from Shillong, following the path of a perennial stream that descends on the left bank of the Lubha River.

It is an old, ongoing slide of rock and debris. It becomes active during the rainy season and seriously impairs communication on the roads.

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In the slide zone, the Oligocene-age Barail Group sandstone, siltstone, and shale sequence is revealed, according to a study carried out there.

The study further revealed the poor rock quality, unfavourable orientation of joints, and triggering effect of water during the rainy season, leading to sliding activity in the area.

In 2008, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) built a tunnel of 123 meters in length to deal with the frequent landslides on that stretch. It proved beneficial for the first few years to combat the landslide; however, in the last 3–4 years, the landslides have increased their stretch and recurrently blocked the mouth of the tunnel on two sides.

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PIL filed in Delhi HC seeking action against CM Kejriwal’s wife, others

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court, demanding action against Sunita Kejriwal, wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and several others for allegedly recording trial court proceedings during the Chief Minister’s address following his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The recordings were purportedly shared on social media.

Filed by Delhi-based lawyer Vaibhav Singh, the PIL requests the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate and register an FIR against those involved in the alleged recording and dissemination of the court proceedings.

The plea argues that these actions put the trial court judge’s life at risk.

Singh’s petition names several individuals, including Akshay Malhotra, social media user Nagrik-India Jeetega, Promila Gupta, Vineeta Jain, and Dr Arunesh Kumar Yadav.

The petition claims they willfully disobeyed the Video Conferencing Rules set by the high court.

“Several members of the Aam Aadmi Party, along with other opposition party members, intentionally and deliberately recorded audio and video of the court proceedings with the willful intention to malign and manipulate the court proceedings,” states the plea.

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The PIL alleges a preplanned conspiracy orchestrated by CM Kejriwal and his party members to record and share the court proceedings. It calls for a thorough investigation to identify and punish those responsible for the unauthorised recordings.

The petition also seeks punishment for the alleged contemnors under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, and strict penalties for violating the Delhi High Court’s VC Rules 2021.

Furthermore, the plea asks for directions to social media platforms to prevent unauthorised recordings and their dissemination, and to impose penalties on any individual or entity that fails to comply with these directions.

–IANS

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Porsche crash case: Shiv Sena (UBT) raises fears over accused doctors’ safety

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Pune (Maharashtra), May 29 (IANS) Shiv Sena (UBT) Deputy Leader Sushma Andhare on Wednesday expressed ‘concerns’ over the safety of one of the two doctors of the Sassoon General Hospital who were nabbed along with a peon for changing the blood sample of the minor accused in the May 19 Porsche crash.

Andhare said that certain developments are likely to emerge in the coming days in the case which raises questions on the safety of the accused Dr Ajay Taware — who was nabbed along with Dr Shrihari Halnor.

“Dr Taware is a crucial witness in the Porsche crash case, he knows many things and his safety is important. I shall be making some revelations after the Lok Sabha results as I do not want to overburden the police with many other things,” said the SS-UBT leader.

Rubbishing Andhare’s contentions, ruling MahaYuti ally Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Shirsat said, “It’s not so easy to finish off anybody” and patted the police “who are doing their job efficiently”.

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“If they are so concerned, they should approach the Police Commissioner instead of making such baseless claims,” said Shirsat dismissively.

Dr Taware and Dr Halnor, besides a peon, Atul Ghatkamble were arrested earlier this week and are in police custody till May 30, for allegations of tampering with the blood report and changing the minor accused’s blood sample with that of some other person.

During his interrogation, Dr Taware has reportedly warned that he would not sit quiet and expose all others involved in the sensational case, while police have recovered a bribe amount of Rs 3,00,000 from the two other accused, allegedly paid for services rendered.

Andhare’s statement came a day after Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) ally Congress state President Nana Patole demanded the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

On Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party(SP) National General Secretary Dr Jitendra Awhad also questioned the identity and political links of another boy sitting in the Porsche car with the minor accused at the time of the crash around 2.30 a.m. on May 19 that killed IT engineers Ashwini Koshthe and Aneesh Awadhiya, both from Madhya Pradesh.

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