Daring heist: Gang of robbers decamps with truckload of cellphones worth Rs 15 crore

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October 22, 2020

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Chennai, Oct 22: A DHL Express truck carrying Rs 15 crore mobile phones was hijacked and looted by 10 men near Krishnagiri in the early hours on Wednesday. The truck was heading to Mumbai from Chennai.

The robbers looted the truck after tying up the driver and the cleaner. The robbers, who were all heard speaking in Hindi, later abandoned the truck after taking all the booty.

The truck was carrying 14,000 phones from a Redmi unit at Poonamallee in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai, said a report in Times of India. 

The driver identified as 29-year-old K Sathish Kumar left Poonamallee at around 3 pm on Tuesday. Sathish and the cleaner N Arun halted for dinner at Vellore around 8 pm and again resumed the journey at 10.30 pm.

When the truck neared Melumalai on the Chennai-Bengaluru national highway at around 2 am on Wednesday, it was blocked by another truck and six men got out of it to overpower the driver and the cleaner.

"The robbers attacked Sathish and Arun before blindfolding them and tying their hands and feet. They then fled with the truck carrying phones," said C Murali, DSP, Hosur.

After some time, the robbers stopped the truck on a roadside. In the meantime, they were also joined by four other men from the second truck. They tied-up driver and the cleaner and were later dumped in nearby bushes some distance from the road.

The two trucks then moved towards Azagupavi where the robbed truck was found abandoned.

According to police, all 10 men did not cover their faces as they appear to be from other states. Police officials said they have formed 17 teams to trace the suspects. Though the robbers left no clue,  cops are scanning the CCTV footage of the areas to identify the truck and the accused.

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November 25,2020

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Islamabad, Nov 25: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved in principle a law on chemical castration of rapists and fast tracking of sexual assault cases, a media report said on Tuesday.

The decision was made during a federal cabinet meeting where the law ministry presented a draft of the anti-rape ordinance, Geo TV reported.

However, there was no official announcement about it.

The report said the draft includes increasing women’s role in policing, fast-tracking rape cases and witness protection.

Stressing that this was a serious matter, Khan said no delay will be tolerated.

“We need to ensure a safe environment for our citizens,” he said.

The premier said the legislation will be clear and transparent with strict enforcement.

He said the rape survivors will be able to register complaints without fear, adding that the government will protect their identity.

Some federal ministers also recommended public hanging for the rape convicts, the report said.

But the premier said castration will be a start. The federal cabinet has, in principle, approved strict severe punishment for rape convicts.

Taking to Twitter, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf senator Faisal Javed Khan said the law will soon be presented in Parliament.

There has been much debate around rape laws in Pakistan.

The rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Lahore in January 2018 and more recently the motorway gang-rape in Lahore sparked a debate on the severity of punishment to prevent sexual assaults.

Speaking at a joint sitting of Parliament recently, Khan had said that the government will soon introduce a three-tier legislation including registration of sex offenders, exemplary punishment for rape and child abuse and effective policing.

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December 2,2020

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Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said the Congress will oppose if the government tries to bring in legislation against "love jihad" and cow slaughter in the state during the coming winter session. His comments come in the wake of the Uttar Pradesh governor giving assent to an ordinance against forcible or fraudulent religious conversions, which provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years and fine of up to Rs 50,000 under different categories.

"Love jihad" is a coinage used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love. A delegation of Muslim leaders today met Siddaramaiah and held discussion as the government has decided to introduce the anti-cow slaugher bill during the state legislature session starting from December 7.

"Why has anti-cow slaughter legislation not been implemented in BJP ruled state of Goa? Why Karnataka? Muslim leaders had come to meet me expressing fear that if the law is enacted some of them will have to face difficulty and losses. We will oppose it strongly if the matter comes up for discussion during the session," Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by his office in a release.

The Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan had recently said the anti-cow slaughter bill will be introduced during the winter session. He had also said if the law was enacted, along with prohibition on slaughter, sale and use of beef, illegal transportation of animals for slaughtering would be stopped.

Terming the ordinance enacted in Uttar Pradesh, which among others also curbs religious conversions only for the sake of marriage, as unconstitutional, Siddaramaiah said after crossing a certain age everyone has the right to marry a person of choice. He said there is nothing in the constitution which specifies that a person has to choose a life partner from a specific community.

"This ordinance is without any sanity or discretion," he claimed. Stating that inter-religious marriages have been happening in the county between Hindus and Muslims from the time of the Mughals, the former Chief Minister said the constitution does not provide for implementing such a law.

If such a law is questioned in the court, it will get dismissed.If the government goes ahead with bringing in such a law despite it being against the constitution, it will prove the true intentions of the government, he said. "It makes clear the malicious intent of the BJP to disturb peace in the society," he said.

Last month Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had said that the government will take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of love and marriage. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai too had said the government was considering a law against religious conversion for the sake of marriage, even as several BJP leaders had put forward similar demands.

However, reacting to Siddaramaih's statement, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said there was no proposal of enacting a law against religious conversion for the sake of marriage before the government for now. "I don't know why he (Siddaramaiah) is issuing statements by guesswork. Being the scrutiny committee chairman,I can say that no such proposal has come before me yet," he added.

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November 29,2020

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Udupi, Nov 29: KPCC president DK Shivakumar has welcomed Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai's decision to conduct a detailed inquiry into the alleged suicide attempt by NR Santosh, the political secretary to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

"Basavaraja Bommai has said that a detailed inquiry will be conducted in NR Sanntosh's suicide attempt case, I welcome his statement. This is the first thing that should take place, I brought this issue in the public domain because of the inside information I had," said Sivakumar.

KPCC chief's statement comes a day after he demanded an investigation into the alleged suicide attempt by Santosh.

"As per my information, as whatever I heard was that a confidential video was distributed by Chief Minister's political secretary NR Santosh to an MLC and a minister. Later, it was also given to high command leaders of BJP," the Congress leader had said.

"That MLC and minister both were blackmailing the Chief Minister and the leaders in government. It has been happening for the last several months. The Chief Minister's political secretary allegedly trying to commit suicide is not a small issue. It needs to be investigated properly, the investigation must not be done by the (state) government," he had said.

Santosh was been hospitalised on Friday after he allegedly attempted suicide.

He was admitted to Ramaiah Memorial Hospital in Bengaluru and is suspected to have consumed sleeping pills. Yediyurappa visited the hospital and enquired about Santosh's health, his family members had said.

The Chief Minister said that he will speak with him and his family members once he is better, a family member of Santosh had said.

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