Kolkata magician drowns after live stunt turns fatal

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June 17, 2019

Kolkata, Jun 17: A live stunt meant to surprise people turned fatal as the magician performing the act reportedly drowned in river Ganges here on Sunday, police said.

Chanchal Lahiri, in an attempt to show his skills, entered the water with his arms and legs tied. He, however, could not come out of the river, they said.

"He tied his legs and hands with chains and went into the river with the help of a crane. He wanted to show his audience that he would emerge out of the water, but his plans went haywire. After he was dropped into the water, he could not be spotted," a police official said.

The incident took place below the Howrah Bridge under North Port Police Station limits, he said.

The police have launched a search operation for Lahiri with help from the disaster management department.

"We tried to spot him. But it seems the stream has swept him away. Our divers dived deep, but could not locate him. We have temporarily stopped our search due to darkness. We will launch the search early Monday morning," the official said.

Lahiri, police sources, said had taken permission to show the stunts.

"But there were no proper security measures with him," they said.

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January 9,2021

Tirupur, Jan 9: Suffering losses in online gaming has claimed the life of a 29-year old man in Tirupur district in Tamil Nadu, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police in Tirupur district, S. Elvin from Coimbatore had committed suicide two days back by jumping before a train after suffering losses to the tune of about Rs 7 lakh in online gaming. The deceased was identified on Friday.

An employee with a private company, Elvin had borrowed money from several persons and lost the same in online gaming. He was not able to repay the borrowed money.

Elvin's mother had lodged a missing person's compliant on January 6 with the Coimbatore police.

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January 4,2021

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New Delhi, Jan 4: A 36-year-old woman murdered her husband and then tried to kill herself in Delhi's Chhatarpur area on Sunday. The woman had also allegedly posted the murder information on Facebook after which the police were informed.

The landlord of the apartment also informed the police that the couple was not opening the door at JVTS Garden Chhatapur Extention. The door was locked from inside.

When the police broke open the door, both Chirag Sharma (37) and his wife were found unconscious.

Chirag was found laying in the pool of blood and Renuka was on the bed. Blood was spread on the floor and the wall.

Chirag was originally from Yamuna Nagar, Haryana and Renuka (36) is from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Both were residing at the first floor of the building since March 2013.

"Chirag was working in Max Insurance in corporate sales and Renuka was also working with same entity in operations department. They don't have any child," said Atul Thakur, DCP South Delhi.

"From initial inquiry it was found that there were differences between the husband and wife," the DCP said.

Both the persons were shifted to AIIMS Hospital where Chirag was declared brought dead by the doctors and Renuka is under treatment, the officer said, adding that the investigation is underway.

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January 12,2021

New Delhi, Jan 12: In more trouble for WhatsApp, which is facing criticism over its revised user data policy in India, New Delhi-based think-tank Cyberpeace Foundation said on Monday that China-based hackers are targeting WhatsApp users in the country with the promise of 'part-time' jobs. Such proliferating messages on WhatsApp, which come with attached links, claim that one can earn Rs 200 to Rs 3,000 in a day in 10 to 30 minutes.

"There are multiple links that redirect to a common URL and each link uses different numbers to send a message," the foundation said in a statement.

"It can be observed that the same outgoing link is used for all the links with variation in the numbers. The parameter in the links indicates that they can be redirected to WhatsApp in all regions and in languages other than English," said the report.

The CyberPeace Foundation along with experts from Autobot Infosec Private Ltd has launched an independent investigation into the matter.

"In all the links, the same redirection and outgoing sources were generated. However, in one link, a different URL was found and one new IP address that belongs to one of China's hosting company Alibaba Cloud," the report said.

When the URL is manipulated, an error code is displayed in Chinese language, the report said, adding that the domain names found during the investigation seem to have been registered in China.

"The IP address of the link is 47.75.111.165 and it can be traced to Alibaba Cloud, the city Hong Kong and the country China," it further claimed.

The news comes at a time when WhatsApp is asking users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8, triggering a heated debate globally, including in India.

 

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