Delhi: Priest held for rape on Janmashtami

Delhi: Priest held for rape on Janmashtami


Two minor girls, aged seven and eight, were raped in a south Delhi temple by a 70-year-old priest on Janmashtami day, at a time when celebrations were on in full swing.
Baba Vishvabandhu, who is also accused of molesting the girls for over a week, was arrested that very day (August 18) after the girls’ parents lodged a complaint at Mehrauli police station.
The incident, which took place in a village near Mehrauli, came to light after the eight-year-old girl complained to her mother of pain in her lower abdomen and difficulty passing urine before finally breaking down in tears and revealing the truth. The mother went to the house of her daughter’s friend, where she too narrated the same story.

The girls told their parents the priest would molest them and put his fingers in their private parts every time they went to the temple to play or to eat ‘prasad’ over the past week. He would threaten them and also offer money and food to buy their silence.

Family members and villagers surrounded the temple, dragged out the priest — a well-known figure in the area — and beat him up before going to the police. The children were taken to AIIMs where a medical test confirmed rape. 

The accused was produced before a metropolitan magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody.
Delhi has been declared one of the most unsafe cities in India for children. Between 2003 and 2013, child rape cases rose five-fold from 140 to 757. Across the country, 58,224 crimes against children were registered in 2013, up 52.5% from the previous year, according to a June 2014 report.
Crimes against women, including rape and molestation, are on the rise in the Capital, even after the enactment of stringent rape laws brought on by the December 2012 gang rape.






Recruitment scam: CBI court frames charges against ex-DGP

Recruitment scam: CBI court frames charges against ex-DGP


DEHRADUN: A special CBI court has framed charges against former DGP and an ex-ADG in connection with an alleged scam in recruitment of sub inspectors in the state in 2002-03.

Special CBI judge Amit Kumar Sirohi on Thursday charged ex-DGP Prem Dutt Raturi under Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) of IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 66 of Information and Technology Act.

Charges were also framed against former ADG Rakesh Mittal under Sections 120 (B), 420, 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 of IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 66 of IT Act.

In 2002-03, the Uttarakhand government had advertised for recruitment in 253 posts as sub inspectors, IIT-Roorkee prepared the question paper and evaluated answer sheets of the aspirants.

CBI sources said the results of shortlisted candidates was put in a set of two floppy disks prepared by IIT-Roorkee. One of the floppies was retained by DIG AB Lal. Raturi thereafter appointed Mittal as chairman of the interview board. It was decided that marks obtained by shortlisted candidates would not be disclosed to the interview board but Raturi insisted that marks obtained in written exams should be in the knowledge of Mittal, sources said.

According to CBI findings, Raturi ordered Lal to hand over the floppy to Mittal, who thereafter copied it in his official laptop. After that Raturi formed the tabulation committee headed by Mittal.

Mittal convinced the tabulation committee members that the floppy and other records of written exams were not available and the results copied in his official laptop is correct, sources said. Then the results was submitted to the home department and an approval was sought.

IT had found evidence of both original results and the altered results of candidates in the official laptop of the senior police official, sources said.




Delhi Police charge 6 of its own

Delhi Police charge 6 of its own


NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has chargesheeted six of its cops for allegedly abducting, torturing and beating a man to death. Filing its chargesheet before a trial court, the crime branch of Delhi Police said that, on May 26 this year, the six policemen, with common intention, had abducted 30-year-old Manoj from Uttam Nagar area and illegally confined him inside an old building of Bindapur police station in southwest Delhi where he was badly tortured, causing his death.

Chargesheeting the policemen for the offences of murder, abduction with an intent to secretly confine him, destruction of evidence and common intention, police claimed that the cops destroyed all the belongings with intention to hide his identity. The court has fixed September 5 for hearing the matter.

The crime branch, in its chargesheet filed before chief metropolitan magistrate Satish Kumar Arora, named as accused Bindapur police station head constable Bhoop Singh, constables Rajesh Yadav, Rajesh Solanki, Uttam, Sudhir and Arvind, who are presently in judicial custody. Describing the brutality of the accused cops, police said “Accused Bhoop Singh poured water into his (Manoj’s) nose. Manoj had resisted and put up a fight but the accused persons outnumbered him due to which he died.”


Following this, the cops then tried to “escape their misdoing”, the chargesheet said. When Manoj was severely injured, the six cops took him to DDU Hospital but left him unattended leading to his death, the chargesheet added. Manoj is survived by his wife and a 10-month-old child. “It is, therefore, requested that cited witnesses (in the chargesheet) may be called through summons and the accused (cops)… namely HC Bhoop Singh, constables Arvind, Rajesh Yadav, Rajesh Solanki, Uttam and Sudhir who are presently running in judicial custody be called through production warrant and be tried for offences under sections 365, 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC,” the chargesheet said.

In its chargesheet, police said that the accused policemen had claimed that they had got information through various sources that Manoj had illegal firearm and had fired gunshots in the air. However, no complaint was received by the police in this regard, the chargesheet stated. The accused had told the crime branch sleuths that they had got the information from their informer Deepak, who had told them about the whereabouts of Manoj.

The chargesheet said Deepak was not available at his address and his role was still being probed. If required, a supplementary chargesheet will be filed after his interrogation. It also said that FSL result was awaited and would be filed in the court through a supplementary charge sheet. During the initial investigation, the police had said that the cops had picked up Manoj in connection with a firing incident in the area which had taken place few days back. A day after the incident, the case was handed over to the crime branch.





Illegal sand mining on under police nose: Irrigation department

Illegal sand mining on under police nose: Irrigation department


NEW DELHI: Is rampant illegal mining happening right under the nose of authorities in the capital? The state government’s irrigation and flood control department believes so, and has written letters to Delhi Police to stop trucks plying sand in Wazirabad area, but to no avail.

In its latest letter sent on August 19 this year, an alarmed department wrote to SHO Burari alerting him about “trucks filled with sand plying on Jagatpur Bund, which is illegal.” Requesting the police to act promptly, the letter says, “plying of sand-filled trucks on the bund may cause damage to the bund itself rendering nearby residential areas vulnerable to flood.”

The matter has reached the National Green Tribunal by way of a petition seeking a ban on illegal mining in the area and urging the tribunal to issue directions to authorities.

Filed through advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, the petitioner, one Rahul Nagar claiming to be an environmental activist has raised concern over illegal sand mining continuing in the city, in particular at the Yamuna river intake at Wazirabad Water Works Bundelkhand. It is likely to be heard on Monday.

“Illegal mining is not only in contravention of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, but also of order and directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court and directions of Hon’ble National Green Tribunal. The sand mining mafia has begun to trespass private agricultural fields located near flood plains even though such activity, without any environmental clearance, is banned,” the petitioner added.

Blaming authorities of ignoring the threat, the petition says illegal sand mining continues unabated and says if the district administration looks, they will see lakhs of cubic metres of sand amassed by the illegal sand mining mafia in the past couple of months at Jagatpur Bund.

“There is an increased necessity of studying the impact of sand mining, the deterioration caused and remedial measures. Illegal sand mining has already led to devastating consequences in the region. It has changed river hydrology and affected the groundwater,” the plea says.

It prays for an immediate stay on all mining activities being conducted without environmental clearance and cites a 2012 authoritative judgment of the Supreme Court where they dwelled into devastation caused by mining in Haryana.

“Over the years, India’s rivers have been affected by the alarming rate of unrestricted sand mining, which damage the ecosystem of rivers and safety of bridges, weakens river beds, destroys natural habitats of organisms, affects fish breeding and migration, spells disaster for conservation of many bird species, increases salinity in the water etc,” it had observed.




5-year-old raped and strangled under flyover

5-year-old raped and strangled under flyover

MUMBAI: A 5-year-old girl was raped and strangled under a flyover outside the main gate of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, in the early hours of Sunday. The police said her body was found around 7am and bore rat bite marks and bruises. This is the third rape of such a young slum or pavement dwelling girl in 11 days. The culprit is at large.

The girl lived under the flyover, which is on Western Express Highway, with her labourer parents, four sisters and two brothers. Her father is on a visit to his native place in Rajasthan. The police said her body was found at a distance from the family’s dwelling place.

An officer said the culprit must have picked her up after midnight, when the family went to sleep.

In the morning, her mother, while preparing to go to work, noticed that one of her daughters was missing. She started looking around for her and soon found the body, wrapped in clothes.

The police said a group of men used to live at the place where the body was found. The police are questioning pavement dwellers in the area if the men, who left a few days ago, are connected with the crime. An officer said footage from CCTV cameras in the area have been collected for clues. He said the crossing under the flyover is a busy junction from where private buses leave for other cities. Around Saturday midnight, the area became crowded because of Ganpati immersion processions. But the place where the body was found is an isolated end of the flyover, where several vehicles are dumped—ideal for a crime to be committed.

“It is difficult for us to keep corners under flyovers free of miscreants or pavement dwellers. The authorities concerned should fence off such areas and install lights. An idea is to create plant nurseries or gardens to discourage unwanted elements,” said an officer.

The Kasturba police station has registered a case against an unknown person under the Indian Penal Code’s sections related to rape and murder, and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. A police officer said that though a case of rape has been registered, the post mortem report is awaited.