Police arrest two Europeans for rigging ATMs

Two European nationals have been arrested for allegedly compromising the security of five ATMs in Bangaluru on Wednesday. According to CBI sources, they planted skimmers which are used to store card details.

“The duo brought sophisticated equipment and planted it in ATMs to gather data of as many ATM users as possible to later monetize it,” CID Director General H C Kishore Chandra said.

The accused, identified as Dan Sabin Cristian, 40 from Rome and Mare Janos, 44 from Ciorbalina who arrived in India on a tourist visa have confessed to being a part of a large gang in Europe. The both of them were earlier caught in Jamaica for a similar issue.

The cash loading staff of Kodak Mahindra bank had noticed a suspicious device inside the ATM. The bank officials did not delay in lodging a complaint with the Police. Police took immediate action and laid a trap for the thieves. As fate had it, both of them were caught retrieving a skimmer from a machine and were arrested.

The CBI has advised every customer who used the specified ATMs to draw money to change their passwords. The banks have also extended helping hands in order to safeguard the security of the customers.

“Security of customer information is of paramount importance to Citi. To the best of our understanding, there has been no compromise of any customer data due to this fraudulent activity as on date, and we shall continue to take all possible steps to safeguard our customers’ interests. We are monitoring the situation and cooperating with the law enforcement agency,” a Citibank spokesperson said.

Sources:

TOI, The Indian Express

Rape inside taxi: Delhi HC slams law enforcers

NEW DELHI: The sexual assault of a 23 year old woman in a cab minus the mandatory global positioning system (GPS), came in the eye of the Delhi High Court, which ultimately came down heavily on the agencies for not properly enforcing the law.

Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal, along with the bench took cognisance of the incident that took place on September 12, where a driver of a yellow-black taxi offered lift to a woman near the railway station and then forced himself on her. C Hari Shankar, also a part of the bench was quoted “It points out that enforcement agencies, Delhi Police and traffic police are unable to check gross violation of law by taxi drivers in Delhi, resulting in serious crimes including sexual violence against passengers, It needs to be checked.”

The bench has asked the Delhi government, Centre, transport department and the city police to file responses of the laws that are being violated by the cab drivers in Delhi. The responses for the same have been ordered by September 20. The court in addition has ordered that the victim should be given compensation and be provided with immediate legal aid.

News Sources- NDTV, India Today

Protests by parents continue at Ryan International School

GURGAON: A huge number of flustered parents could be seen protesting outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon, where a bus conductor allegedly killed a Class 2 student on Friday. The acting Principle along with the security agency that used to provide security to the school have been suspended. Parents have been protesting outside the school since Thursday morning where the student was found in the school bathroom with his throat slit.

HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 09, 2017 at 20:35

Parents protesting outside Ryan International School, Gurgaon with candle lights.

Sept 09, 2017 at 18:52

The accused Ashok Kumar has been sent to three day police remand by Gurgaon Court.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:54

Haryana CM quoted: Directed authorities to complete formalities within 7 days.

Manohar Lal Khatar, Harayana Chief Minister referred to the incident as “sad incident and heinous crime.”

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:33

Haryana PWD Minister said: State government will take strict action against the culprits and tried reassuring the family that they should not worry. Whoever has committed the crime will not be forgiven.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:29

School Principle suspended.

Sept 08, 2017

Late evening, the accused bus driver, Ashok Kumar was arrested. After questioning the staff at Ryan International School, the driver was taken into police custody.

Sourced from NDTV and Indian Express

 

Tea plantation owner killed by workers in West Bengal

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Image courtesy: BBC

In another incident of clash between proletariats and bourgeoisie, the owner of Sonali tea estate in West Bengal was killed by the workers of the plantation on Saturday. This incident took place when Rajesh Jhunjhunwala, the owner of the tea estate, had gone to negotiate the pay dispute with his workers.

Apparently, the workers had not been paid for around two to three months, which enraged them. Agrawal had gone to pacify them, but that didn’t seem to help and he was beaten up and stabbed by them, which led to his death.

The police have arrested two men and five women in this case.

There have been several incidents in recent years wherein tea executives have been attacked by workers; one of them was in 2012 where a tea plantation owner in Assam was burned to death along with his wife.

These incidents throw light on the sorry state of tea plantation workers, many of whom are poorly paid and malnourished, in a country which is the second largest tea producer in the world.

Pune professor arrested for molesting student

A 52-year-old Pune college professor and Ph.D. guide, Dr. Shivaji Borhade, was taken into custody by Kothrud police for allegedly molesting and sexually harassing a female Iranian student in his college room. She had asked the professor for help on getting through a Ph.D. program in accounting.

The police believe that the student was promised a seat by him if she ‘slept’ with him. The 30-year-old Iranian lodged a FIR at the Kothrud police station against the accused. She came to Pune in December 2016 on a student visa.

Police sub-inspector Shankar Khatale told Asian Age, “The accused is a professor in Yashwantrao Mohite College of Arts, Science and Commerce, affiliated to the Bharati Vidyapith. He is a married man with two kids.”

Police say he has been arrested under Section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.

When the student came to Pune in December 2016 for pursuing a doctorate in accounting, Pune university admissions were closed and she started looking for seats in other colleges. It was during this time that she had come across Dr. Borhade, who was ready to be her Ph.D. guide and she met him on quite a few occasions in the Bharati Vidyapith campus.

With the help of a friend, the victim lodged an official complaint on Tuesday night. The accused was then arrested by cops on Thursday. He was produced before a Pune sessions court and will remain in custody for a day.

 

Sources: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/pune-professor-held-for-molesting-iran-student/articleshow/60012961.cms

http://www.asianage.com/metros/in-other-cities/110817/pune-professor-molests-iranian-student-arrested.html

Image source: Asian Age

The dire need for drug detox

Drug abuse puts a country severely at threat than anything else and the reason being the fact that it involves the youth majorly. The young minds are forced to consider drug addiction as cool even before they develop the moral sense to understand that it is far from cool, as a result of which they get into the habit at a susceptible age, spoiling not only their own future but also of the country’s.

In the past couple of days, two cases of drug trafficking have come to the notice and both of them happened in Mumbai. Given the fact that most of the times drugs are sourced from foreign countries and majorly from the African countries so what is needed at this hour is to strengthen the laws of the country.

Recently, Manjit Khan was arrested by Mumbai police with 4.1. gms of heroin outside a school. Responding to the incident, the principal of the school has promised strict vigilance henceforth in and out of the school. But the fact that it has happened and that too outside a school is very upsetting. In another incident, a Nigerian national was held outside a hotel in Mumbai with 10gms of cocaine.

In a statement last month, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi suggested legalising marijuana but only for medical purposes. According to her, the reason United States is able to control drug abuse in the country is because marijuana is legal there. She also added that considering the literacy rate of the country, she wouldn’t want drugs to be legalised instead she would like to have de-addiction centres installed around railway stations as people especially children there are driven towards drug abuse. According to a national survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice in collaboration with AIIMS, drugs are easily available outside schools and colleges, exactly the places where youths are present in a large population.

Monitoring the drug abuse is necessary and what is even more necessary is to educate youth about the harmful impacts of it. It is fine to set up de-addiction centres but what’s the use of first letting people get into the habit and then trying to make them get out of it.

Innocent Lives are Price for Protection here

 

The Border Security Forces (BSF) who are responsible for protecting the Indo-Bangladesh frontier usher violence upon the people of the border areas in the north-eastern states.

In a latest and one of the most shocking incidents, two BSF personnel posted at Silsury Border Outpost (BOP) under Mami district of Mizoram the allegedly raped a woman and killed another, along the Indo- Bangladesh border in Mamit district. The rape survivor, identified as Dangubi Milebo Chakma (name changed) in a statement alleged that on July 16 she was waylaid and gang raped while she, along with another woman Rangabi Chakma, had gone to collect bamboo shoots into the forest. The survivor’s account speaks of more than just this. She told the police that when she resisted the rape attempt, the BSF personnel rubbed an acid-soaked cloth on her face. She has suffered serious injuries on her face and eyes and is undergoing treatment at Aizwal.

Many untold stories of BSF’s atrocities reside in these areas and very few cases see the light of the media and even aspire to seek justice. To note some, on January7, 2011 BSF personnel killed 14 year old Felani Khatun near Anantpur. A year before that, on November 30, 2010 a man named Khoka Mia was shot while trying to save his daughter Tulu Aktar from being molested by BSF jawans at Amzadnagar, Belonia, in the state of Tripura. On April 15, 2006 the BSF indiscriminately open fired upon the Chakma tribal village at Bulongsuri under the Lunglei district when the villagers protested against the BSF for the mistreatment of a Buddhist monk. And many have still not found justice under the judicial files.

To take stringent measures against the BSF becomes tough as they are protected under Sections 46 and 47 of the BSF Act, 1968 that grants BSF personnel immunity from being tried in regular courts, thus making them virtually inaccessible.

Biplab Mukherjee, secretary of Kolkata-based Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), that filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the BSF Act, says that on an average ten cases of BSF related violence are reported every month in the Bengal-Bangladesh border. And this is only a scratch on the surface of the bigger reality that exists.

 

Sources: Newslaundry, The Northeast Today