CRIME WATCH: Serial rapists behind Mizo girl’s assault – something is wrong with a parochial & corrupt mentality not meant for a secular & unified India – and the police are in on the take, what a national shame ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, Dec. 2: Delhi police have finally zeroed in on the two accused who were involved in raping a 30-year-old BPO employee from Mizoram.
Shamshad, 28, and Usman, 30, the two accused, were arrested from Mewat district of Haryana early on Thursday while another gang member surrendered at a local court. Police said the two who were arrested on the basis of sketches were serial rapists.
“Both Shamshad and Usman were involved in rape cases in the past and also had several criminal records. It was a blind case as we did not have enough clues. It is one of the major cases where we had employed 300 policemen comprising some senior officers,” Delhi police commissioner B.K. Gupta said.
On November 23 midnight, 30-year-old Rupa, (name changed) from Mizoram, along with a woman colleague, was dropped by the BPO company’s vehicle near her rented apartment at Moti Bagh in south Delhi. Four men, who were inside a mini-truck, intercepted them.
They kidnapped Rupa at gunpoint while her friend managed to escape.
The victim was pushed to the back of the vehicle, raped by the four goons and abandoned at Mangolpuri after almost two hours.
Over the past few days, the top brass of Delhi police drew lot of flak from the public for failing to solve the case and came under fire from girls from the Northeast (and also from the Darjeeling hills, Nepal and Sikkim, for who is to tell the difference ?!!) living in the capital who organised a protest rally, demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits.
Yesterday, leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj had raised slogans inside Parliament and called for the resignation of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit over the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital.
Yesterday, the police, who were groping in the dark since the incident, announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information about the culprits.
In May 2005, a 20-year-old Delhi University student was abducted from near the same place. She was pulled inside a car and then gangraped for several hours before being dumped near a gurdwara in Dhaula Kuan. She was also from Mizoram.
In the last two years, 40 cases of molestation of women from Northeast were not even registered by Delhi police, alleged members of North East Support Centre & Helpline in the capital. In another 20 cases, police have made little headway after taking up the investigation.
“Almost half the women sexually harassed in the capital are from the Northeast and the recent gang-rape of a Mizo woman is only an addition to the list. It tells of a sorry state of affairs of the police force which has failed miserably to protect girls,” said Madhu Chandra, spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline in the capital.
The police commissioner said that they have instructed BPO companies to have a security guard accompany each vehicle while dropping women employees.
“We will take action if they do not stick to the guidelines,” he said. Till November this year, Delhi police have recorded 402 cases of rape.
Siliguri man in Calcutta fraud net – in a hurry to get rich quick, well crime doesn’t pay when caught as criminals always are ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Dec. 2: A youth, who claimed he was a doctor, was arrested from Siliguri today by a team of Calcutta police for allegedly cheating a woman of Rs 17 lakh after promising her an MBBS seat.
Nagma Khan of Guwahati had filed a complaint against Sumantra Gupta, alleging that he had given her a fake document confirming her admission to KPC Medical College in Jadavpur, Bengal’s only private medical college.
On being confronted, he promised to return the money and gave her three cheques that bounced.
The detectives said there were at least 12 similar cases of cheating pending against Gupta, whose father is the superintendent of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
The 35-year-old used to run a consulting firm — Vinayaka Consultancy Private Limited — for admission to private medical colleges across India from an office in Lake Gardens in Calcutta. He used to claim that he was a doctor.
In Siliguri, Gupta was picked up from his home in Uttarayon Township. His father Saibal Gupta, the superintendent of NBMCH, said he was, too, ill to talk to the media.
“Nagma Khan, a resident of Kamarpatti in Fancybazar of Guwahati had filed a case against him on October 24 at Lake police station in Calcutta,” said a source in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Siliguri that granted Gupta’s transit remand.
“We are looking for a few others in this connection. The racket seems to run deep and it could well be that he has duped several others by promising them admission to private medical colleges,” said a senior officer of the detective department in Calcutta.
Ranjit Saha, the assistant public prosecutor in the Siliguri ACJM’s court, said Gupta had been booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating and dishonesty), 467, 468 (forgery) and 471 (use of forged document) of the IPC.
A relative of the Guptas denied the charges. “He is a doctor and is from a well-established family.
There is no question of him cheating people. We feel it is a handiwork of the girl who has filed a false complaint,” the relative said.
Lady cop held for ATM cash theft – disgracing the uniform, how very sad and ugly ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Malda, Dec. 2: A 35-year-old lady constable and her male companion were arrested today for allegedly withdrawing Rs 10,000 from her colleague’s salary account after stealing the ATM card and password.
Anima Oraon, posted at the Samsi outpost of the Ratua police station, was picked up from the police lines here this morning. Her boyfriend, Madhu Debnath, is a contractual employee with the North Bengal State Transport Corporation’s depot here.
Malda police chief Bhuban Mondal said the constable had committed a serious crime and she has been placed under suspension. Anima and Madhu were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
According to police, Anima had come to Malda on Monday from Samsi to withdraw her salary and had put up at the barracks meant for lady constables at Mokdampur. She had shared the barracks with another lady constable, Kabita Das.
“The two knew each other well and used the beds which were alongside. Kabita had kept her ATM card under the pillow and the password was written in a small notebook kept near the bed. Anima memorised the password and took the card out of the barracks on Tuesday morning. She handed over the card to her boyfriend Debnath and asked him to withdraw cash quickly. After the money had been withdrawn, Anima kept the card back under the pillow,” said an investigating officer.
The officer said Anima had taken advantage of the fact that Kabita had left for duty in the morning. The ATM counter of a private bank, from where the money had been withdrawn, is barely a five-minute walk from the barracks.
When Kabita went to the same ATM counter to withdraw cash yesterday, she found that there was Rs 10,000 less in her salary account. The policewoman went to the bank where she was told that Rs 10,000 had been withdrawn the previous day.
She lodged a complaint with the Englishbazar police about the missing cash and a probe was started.
“We contacted the bank and went through the CCTV footage at the ATM counter. We could see Debnath withdrawing the cash from the ATM machine around 11am yesterday. Anima was seen peeping into the counter. We arrested the two today,” said the investigative officer.
Salary accounts were opened with the private bank for police personnel in Malda district in September.
The police said the monthly salary of a constable started from Rs 13,000.
Tipsy jawan runs amok, shoots one – Border bosses mum on firing – well murder is murder, tipsy or not – no getting away from that fact and the sentence should in no way be lightened, in fact the bosses should come down very heavy on such behaviour that disgraces and mutilates the honour of the uniform ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Raiganj, Dec. 2: A BSF jawan allegedly under the influence of alcohol fired 20 rounds from his assault rifle at a shop in Kusmandi last night, killing a local and injuring a colleague who had tried to restrain him.
The CPM today enforced a 12-hour bandh in South Dinajpur’s Kusmandi, 40km from here, to protest the unprovoked firing by Vijay Prakash.
The deputy inspector-general of the BSF’s Raiganj range, Jaswant Singh, said Vijay’s battalion was not under his jurisdiction but under that of DIG Malda.
U.K. Nehal, the BSF’s DIG in Malda, was not in town but the staff at his office said the Santhimari camp where Vijay is posted is under the Raiganj range.
A BSF officer, who refused to be named, said Vijay was in BSF custody and senior officers were coming to interrogate him. “We are yet to find out what made him open fire,” he said.
Both Gopal Tudu, the Kusmandi resident who was hit by a bullet in the stomach, and the injured BSF jawan, Tarsimlal, were brought to the Raiganj district hospital in North Dinajpur here late last night. The doctors referred Gopal, 24, to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital but he died on the way.
Bishnu Tudu, Gopal’s uncle who witnessed the incident and had accompanied him to the district hospital here, said Vijay and four other jawans had come to the grocery store of Jagai Sarkar after 6.30pm yesterday.
“My nephew had also come to the shop to buy some items. The five BSF jawans were from the Santhimari camp. They stopped at the shop and enquired about one of their colleagues, who was missing. When we told them that we had not seen anyone, two of them drove off towards the Bangladesh border,” Bishnu said.
About 20 minutes later, the vehicle returned with a third BSF jawan, Vijay. “He was clearly intoxicated and reeking of liquor. He asked for a cigarette. He could hardly stand on his feet in the shop. When his colleagues tried to take him back inside the vehicle, the jawan started firing indiscriminately. Gopal was hit first and he slumped to the ground. We ran helter skelter for cover in the bazaar area,” Bishnu recounted.
When the firing stopped, Bishnu realised that the other jawans had overpowered Vijay. His rifle had been taken away from him and he had been bundled off into the vehicle that drove off towards Santhimari, less than 2km away.
“When we returned to the shop we found that my nephew was bleeding profusely. We first took him to the Kusmandi primary health centre and then to Raiganj district hospital,” said Bishnu. Gopal was declared brought dead at the NBMCH early this morning.
Tarsimlal, the jawan whose right arm was grazed by a bullet, said Vijay was missing when they came to collect the grocery items.
“Last evening when we came to the shop we found that Vijay Prakash was not with us. He was found some distance away. Our colleagues returned with him to the shop. When we tried to persuade him back into the car, he started firing. We ran for cover and took shelter behind our vehicle. He fired all 20 rounds from his Insas assault rifle and when he tried to reload, we overpowered him,” Tarsimlal said.
The zonal committee secretary of the CPM in Kusmandi, Shyamal Ghosh, said the incident was not an isolated one. “Every day the BSF commits some atrocity or the other. They take things from shops without paying money. They snatch vegetables and other crops from farmers walking along the border roads. The people are so scared of them that seldom do they protest,” he said.
The CPM led a demonstration at the Santhimari BSF camp this morning, demanding that it be shifted. “We have observed a 12-hour bandh in the area demanding punishment for the guilty jawan,” he said.
The subdivisional police officer of Kusmandi, Kazi Samsuddin Ahmed, said a murder case had been started against the BSF jawan. “There was tension in the area and we have sent additional forces,” the SDPO said.
Missing teens: parents cry trafficking – an investigation that doesn’t reveal much, the cops in on it too ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Malda/Cooch Behar, Dec. 2: Four school students in Malda and Cooch Behar have gone missing in the past fortnight prompting parents to allege that the children had been trafficked.
Two Class VII girls from Malda have been missing for the past three days and two boys from Cooch Behar in the same age group have remained untraced since November 20.
The Class VII students of Srirampur High School in Habibpur had left home for tuition on Tuesday afternoon.
The girls were supposed to come back home in the evening at Sirsi Kalaibari and Bulbulchandi. But none of them — they were close friends — returned.
Anxious parents met private tutor Dhananjay Sarkar but only to be told that none of the girls had come to him on that day.
The fathers of the students, both fishermen, lodged complaints with Habibpur police on that night alleging that the girls had been kidnapped.
The inspector-in-charge of the Habibpur police station, Dilip Talukdar, said they had started an investigation.
“We have alerted all adjoining police stations. The guardians of the missing girls had said residents in the area had seen them roaming with Brojen Halder, a local youth. We had also interrogated him but got no clue about the girls’ whereabouts,” Talukdar said.
Malda district police chief Bhuban Mondol said they were trying to find out if the girls had any “affair” or they had been lured away.
In Cooch Behar’s Purbagopalpur, two boys — one in Class VIII and another in Class VII — went missing on November 20. The parents had lodged police complaints alleging their sons had been trafficked.
Tripti Bal, the mother of a missing boy, said some youths of her locality had gone to Rajasthan for jobs. Many of them had recently returned. They used to talk to her son clandestinely.
“I fear that they might have lured my son with prospects of a better life and money and taken him away somewhere outside the state,” Tripti said.
Similarly, Parimal Das also expressed fear that his son had been lured away. His wife Mallika said she had learnt from villagers that her son had spent the night at a house in the village on November 20.
Mallika said the villagers told her that some youths in the house, where her son had been kept for the night, had recently returned from Jaipur where they went for work.
The additional district superintendent of police of Cooch Behar, Amit P. Javalgi, said: “We are trying to locate the boys and also verifying facts whether the boys had been kept in a house in the village.”