‘Police will act as per the law against miscreants’

‘Police will act as per the law against miscreants’

Hemant Nimbalkar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Bangalore, has said the police will act as per the law against miscreants and persons inciting violence with regard to the issue of the signboard at Yellur in Belgaum.

Mr. Nimbalkar, a Marathi speaker, who was Superintendent of Police of Belgaum a few years ago, has been deputed to help the district administration and police authorities here restore law and order, in the wake of violence by Marathi-speaking workers and the lathi-charge by police on Sunday.

After speaking to senior police officials, Mr. Nimbalkar went to Yellur village in the afternoon. He inspected the damage allegedly caused by the police during the lathi-charge, including damage to doors and windows of some houses. While hearing complaints from the residents, a youth said that some policemen entered his house when he was working on a laptop, which was snatched and broken. A woman complained that her two-month-old baby was hit by a stone.

Later, Mr. Nimbalkar addressed the residents, appealed for peace and urged them not to believe rumours. He made it clear that the police was there to uphold law and order and that he would stay in Belgaum until the situation returned to normality.




Govt schools yet to install CCTVs to check crimes against children

Govt schools yet to install CCTVs to check crimes against children

COIMBATORE: While incidents of sexual assault and thrashing of students on the school pre0mises have been making headlines recently, most government and government-aided schools in the city do not have CCTV cameras installed at the gates. While most private schools have the facility, government schools are yet to install cameras even at the school gates, an official of the city’s education department said.

School education authorities in the city are not aware about the number of schools that have installed CCTV cameras. After the Muskan-Hrithik abduction and murder case in October 2010, then city police commissioner C Sylendra Babu had advised every school in the city to install CCTV cameras at the school gates and corridors. The state government passed an order in December 2012.

The GO states that, “As a measure of crime control, the government feels that closed circuit television units (CCTV) should be installed in all public buildings…public building means any structure where the public have access and are used as a higher secondary school or a college or a university or other educational institutions (including private institutions).” A senior official from school education department said that the department never ordered government schools to install CCTV cameras.

City police said that the motive to install CCTV is to reduce crime rates. “When it comes to schools, issues like torturing children and assaults within the campus need to be monitored,” said police. The fact that incidents of crime are being reported increasingly in schools and other educational institutions itself is the need for a system to monitor the rate of crime and prevent them.

“When a CCTV is installed at least in the corridors and school gates, offenders will be cautious to a certain extent. And if any crime does take place, the possibility of narrowing down on the offender also increases,” said a school principal. “The child can run in to trouble outside the campus as well but with cameras installed at the gate, it can be ascertained when the child left school and who received him/her,” police said.

Private school managements feel that only the private schools were pressurised to install CCTV cameras after the incident. “The safety of government school children is equally important. It is possible that incidents that happen in government schools don’t get reported because of lack of CCTV cameras,” said K Nandakumar, general secretary of Tamil Nadu nursery, primary and matriculation schools association.

“There are some private schools in the city who have installed CCTV cameras. After the Muskan-Hrithik incident, every school was asked to install CCTV cameras at least at the gates,” says a correspondent of a private school in Coimbatore. “In our school there are cameras in the corridors, even in some classrooms to ensure that no untowardly incident takes place on campus,” the correspondent said.



Woman’s ears, ankles chopped to steal jewels

Woman’s ears, ankles chopped to steal jewels

COIMBATORE: An unidentified gang chopped off both ankles and ears of a 70-year-old woman to steal silver anklets and gold ear studs after murdering her at her farmhouse at Thimmapuram village near Kaveripattinam in Krishnagiri district on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Unnamalai, 70, wife of Ellappan from Thimmapuram village. While the couple was staying in a house located at their agriculture land, their two sons were residing at two different houses a few metres away.

The murder came to light on Sunday morning when Unnamalai’s son Ramasamy went to the farmhouse and found his mother lying dead in a pool of blood. According to police, the gang had stolen 6.5 sovereigns of gold ornaments besides 1.5 sovereigns of ear studs and two silver anklets that the woman was wearing. Kaveripattinam police inspector AS Jaffar Hussain and his team went to the spot and sent the body to a government hospital for postmortem.”

We are yet to get any clues about the gang. We have formed two special teams to nab them,” said the inspector.



BJD man charged with molestation found dead

BJD man charged with molestation found dead

BHUBANESWAR: Mystery shrouded the death of a BJD activist, whose body was recovered from the quarters of BJD MLA of Binjharpur constituency and former minister, Pramila Mallick, near AG Square here on Sunday.

Prima facie, police suspect the deceased Surendra Rout, 41, who was an auto-rickshaw driver, committed suicide due to stress over his alleged complicity in a molestation case. A resident of Banapur village in Binjharpur, Rout was a staunch supporter of Mallick.

Rout was found hanging from a tree in Mallick’s garden early in the morning. Police said Rout often stayed overnight at her quarters as she stays in another place in the city.

“Since I rarely stay overnight in my official residence, Rout had been using my quarters’ parking space and sleeping in his auto for a long time. As he belonged to my constituency, I had allowed him to park his auto-rickshaw in my quarters. In the morning, I learnt about his shocking death,” Mallick told TOI. “I immediately rushed to my quarters and asked the police to find out the circumstances leading to his death. He never discussed his problems with me, if any,” Mallick said.

Raj Kishore Mallick, who also hailed from Binjharpur and often stayed in the quarters, said he first saw Rout’s body.



Man beaten to death over parking issue

Man beaten to death over parking issue

A family member showing a photo of Rajendra Bhatia who was beaten to death after a parking row in New Delhi on Sunday.– PHOTO: Sushil Kumar Verma

A family member showing a photo of Rajendra Bhatia who was beaten to death after a parking row in New Delhi on Sunday.– PHOTO: Sushil Kumar Verma

A 56-year-old businessman was allegedly beaten to death following a parking issue with a neighbour at his residence in Patel Nagar on Sunday. The victim, Rajendra Kumar Bhatia’s family have accused the tenant, his landlord and a local property dealer for the assault.

Three men have also been arrested in this regard.

The victim lived with his family in a three-storey house in West Patel Nagar. The family owns the ground, first and third floors of the house and had sold off the second a few years ago. The current owner of the second floor is Kartik who had rented it out to one Prashant last week. Kartik, too, had frequent arguments with the family over access rights to the terrace.

It was Prashant who raised an objection to the manner in which a car owned by the Bhatias had been parked outside the main entrance of the house. The diagonally parked car, he told the family, blocked his way.

“On Saturday morning, Prashant came to us and said that we keep our car elsewhere. We explained to him that due to limited space available that was the only way, the car could be parked. He seemed convinced and even apologised,” said Mokshit, the victim’s son.

In the evening, Prashant visited the Bhatias once again and reiterated his demand in a more aggressive tone. Mokshit once again told him that it was not possible to keep the car elsewhere or even change the manner in which it was parked. “Before leaving, he told us that he would get the car removed from there ‘anyhow’,” Mokshit added.

Around 11-45 a.m. on Sunday, Kartik along with Ashok and Mohit Oberoi (a father-son duo, both property dealers) and few others reached Mr. Bhatia’s house and attacked him.

According to the police, even though Prashant was the one who had the argument, he was not part of the group that attacked Mr. Bhatia. Mokshit, however, alleged that the tenant was also part of the conspiracy to eliminate his father.

“They punched my father on the face and chest followed by repeated blows on different parts of the body. My father fell unconscious and they fled. We then took him to the nearby BLK Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead,” said Mokshit.

The family also claimed that the attackers were at least 20 to 25 in number and included “hired musclemen” even though they knew only Kartik and the Oberois. For their part, the police said the number was fewer.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Alok Kumar said that a case has been registered under Section 304 (culpable homicide) against the accused men based on the complaint lodged by Bhatia’s elder son Manish. Among those named in the FIR are Kartik, his friend Dharmendra and Ashok and Mohit Oberoi. Ashok, Kartik and Dharmendra have been arrested.



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