Karnataka | Customs officer, wife arrested for illegally carrying cash, gold

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January 19, 2021

Bengaluru, Jan 19: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials have arrested a Customs officer and his wife and seized cash and gold worth RS 74 Lakhs from them on Tuesday.

Officials said that Customs officer Irfan and his wife were carrying cash and gold to lucknow. They arrived from Chennai and decided to catch a flight to Lucknow.

In a routine check like passengers CISC officials checked the Customs official, fearing being caught, they threw Rs 10 lakh cash in the toilet. Observing their movements the security forces caught both with cash and gold.

After the search operation of their bags the officials found two costly mobile phones, an apple watch, a suitcase with cash of Rs 74.81 lakh and old jewellery.

The case has been transferred to the IT department for further investigation. 

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February 20,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 20: Police have nabbed two people and seized Rs one crore worth stolen articles and cash from them in the city.

Police said that the arrested were identified as Najim Sharif and Mohammed Shafiullah. While Jazim was in a Real Estate business, Shariff was doing Granite business. Both had incurred loss in their respective business and wanted money to clear their debt.

Taking advantage of their friend being admitted to hospital for treatment, both of them hatched a plan and robbed his house and escaped with the booty in the vehicles of their friend's car and two wheeler.

Police had a hard time since they were forced to watch CCTV installed in the apartment, on the portico of the building, car parking and on the main street. However, their hard work paid off in the end when they found that after committing crime the duo sprinkled chilly powder to mislead the police and come to the hospital and attend to the patient as they were very concerned about his health.

Najim Shariff was in possession of Rs 32.64 lakh in Indian currency, Rs 5,79,946 in foreign currencies of various countries, One Car, two mobile phones, 45 gram gold, Rs 6,40,000 cash in Indian currency.

Pulikeshi Nagar Police have registered a case and are investigating.

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February 28,2021

Arrival of 'Sticky Bombs' in Indian Kashmir Sets off Alarm Bells | World  News | US News

Srinagar, Feb 28: Security forces battling a decades-long insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival in the disputed region of small, magnetic bombs that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.

"Sticky bombs", which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months in the federally administered region of Jammu and Kashmir, three senior security officials told Reuters.

"These are small IEDs and quite powerful," said Kashmir Valley police chief Vijay Kumar, referring to improvised explosive devices. "It will certainly impact the present security scenario as volume and frequency of vehicular movements of police and security forces are high in Kashmir Valley."

The Indian government flooded Kashmir, already one of the world's most militarised regions, with more troops in August 2019, when it split the country's only Muslim-majority state into two federally administered territories.

The arrival of the sticky bombs in India-controlled Kashmir - including 15 seized in a February raid - raises concerns that an unnerving tactic attributed to the Taliban insurgents in nearby Afghanistan could be spreading to the India-Pakistan conflict.

Afghanistan in recent months has seen a series of sticky-bomb attacks targeting security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists. The attacks - some as victims sat in traffic - have sown fear, while avoiding substantial civilian casualties.

None of the devices seized in Kashmir was produced there, a senior security official said, suggesting they were being smuggled from Pakistan. "All of them have come via drone drops and tunnels," he said, asking not to be named.

Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, which each claim all of the Himalayan region but rule only parts of it.

India accuses Pakistan of backing the insurgency in Kashmir, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives since the 1990s. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it gives only moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people fighting for self-determination.

New Delhi has attempted to maintain a tight grip over the Kashmir Valley, where high-speed mobile internet was suspended for 18 months until earlier in February, but the insurgency has simmered on.

Officials said the bombs are particularly worrying because they can be easily attached to vehicles using magnets, potentially allowing militants to carry out assassinations or target military convoys that regularly criss-cross the valley.

In February 2019, a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a convoy in Kashmir's Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers - the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region - bringing India and Pakistan to the brink of another war.

Police chief Kumar said that security forces were changing protocols to deal with the new threat. The measures included increasing the distance between private and military traffic, installing more cameras on vehicles and using drones to monitor convoys.

A difference between militants in Kashmir and Afghanistan is that the Taliban have tremendous ability to move around in urban and rural areas, which, along with the easier availability of explosives, make the bombs a potent threat.

The Taliban, which initially said it was behind some of the attacks, has since denied any involvement in the attacks.

"The Taliban has targets, can reach them, and kill them with impunity. The whole structure of the attack - and its endless repetition - is what makes the bomb effective," said Avinash Paliwal, a senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London.

"In Kashmir, the space for such ability to manoeuvre with ease is limited."

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February 24,2021

Mangaluru, Feb 24: An In-charge Surveyor of Mangaluru taluk has been caught red handed by the ACB officials while he was allegedly accepting bribe from a businessman in front of the Mini Vidhana Soudha.

He was caught while 'accepting' Rs 20,000 bribe for showing official favour.

A businessman had sought permission from the Forest Department for felling a teak tree in his compound in order to prepare furniture for his office. But the surveyor who did not visit the place for a survey until one month had placed a demand for Rs 3,000.

The businessman had paid Rs 3,000 along with the Rs 600 fee. However, the Surveyor had again placed a demand for Rs 30,000 to provide the sketch of the land. Following this, the matter was brought to the notice of the ACB officials who subsequently trapped the Surveyor.

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