03:07 pm Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi was arrested here at the Chunar Guest House after being prevented from going to the village of Murtiya in the district of Sonebhadra in Uttar Pradesh where ten individuals were murdered in a property dispute. The leader of the Congress arrived in Varanasi on Friday morning and met the wounded at Banaras Hindu University who were admitted to the Trauma Center. Her convoy was halted at the Mirzapur frontier when she proceeded toward Sonebhadra.
02:07 pm Thiruvananthapuram, The Kerala Police on Friday recovered the knife used in the stabbing of a third-year graduate student here, even as protests continued over the murder and the Governor was urged to intervene in the PSC and collegiate education handling. Led by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala a delegation met Governor P. Sathasivam, who is the Chancellor and also the appointing authority of the Public Service Commission. They sought immediate intervention into the admission procedures being followed in government colleges and examinations conducted by the PSC. This comes after protests raged in the state over the murder of a third-year graduate student Akhil, who was stabbed by SFI activists inside the Thiruvananthapuram's University College, while two others were also injured. The delegation briefed Sathasivam about the callousness being followed by the PSC and the sorry state of affairs at the way the Collegiate education has been functioning in the state. "We briefed him that it's mayhem created by the Student Federation of India (SFI) (the student wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)," Chennithala told the media after the meeting. "We have sought his immediate intervention to see that the admission procedures in government colleges, the way examinations are being conducted and the functioning of the PSC is looked into," he said. The Governor has assured the delegates taht he is closely watching the developments on a day-to-day basis, the Congress leader said. He had already expressed his displeasure over the incident. Chennithala said the opposition's protest will continue till a CBI probe is ordered. Last week, eight members of the SFI allegedly stabbed a B.A. final year student Akhil to death and injured two others of the University College. The police have so far arrested five of the accused while three are still at large. Both the prime accused in the case -- Shivaranjith and Nazeem -- are office bearers of the SFI unit in the college. They have secured first and 28th rank in the Public Service Commission (PSC) of the 4th battalion of officers of the Kerala Armed Police (Kasaragod) list. The PSC has launched an internal probe on the allegations. On Friday, a police team brought the two arrested students to the college as part of evidence collection, when the knife used in the stabbing was recovered. The arrested have confessed they had bought the knife online.
10:07 pm New Delhi: "Udhar mat jao, maar diye jaaoge" (do not venture there (in UP) you will be killed in a police encounter). The phone conversation between two Delhi-based gangster recorded by the police speaks volume about the trigger-happy police of Uttar Pradesh. No wonder, in UP's 'wild west' (Meerut-Saharanpur range) more than 57 gangster have been killed and a record 817 have been seriously injured in police encounters since July 15, 2017. The encounter list of the police grows bigger by each day as for every daring encounter, a cop either gets a reward or a plum posting. The daredevil encounter strategy of UP police has its side-effects. Big or small-time gangsters, fearing 'encounter killings' in UP, have now escaped either to Delhi or Haryana. Subsequently there seems to be a rise in the graph of organized crime, including loot, auto-lifting in the NCR region except UP's western zone. The Additional Director General of Police (in-charge of Meerut and Saharanpur range) Prashant Kumar says incidents of loot and murder, the two important parameters of heinous crimes, have come down by 20 per cent in his zone. "In the past two years, Meerut and Saharanpur range (which also includes crime-prone cities such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr and Muzaffarnagar), is witness to more than 1,500 encounters. The encounter strategy has frightened hardened criminals who have fled their area of operation. Others have surrendered in courts. Fear psychosis works in criminals too," said the ADG, adding, "our rule is simple. If a gangster tries to bully, he will be retaliated. If he tries to pull the trigger (of a gun), he will not be spared." While Eastern and Central parts of Uttar Pradesh are still witnessing law and order problems and an increase in crime rate, the situation is much different in UP's wild west. "I cannot comment on the situation beyond my jurisdiction. But in my Zone, we have made efforts to post police officers on the basis of performance and merit. If a Deputy SP or an SHO is unable to check the crime graph, he has no right to stay there. Similarly, those whose performance is excellent, are being promoted to better assignments. Besides, the new government has no place for 'sifarish' (political recommedation) or other considerations for postings and transfers," said the senior IPS officer of UP cadre, Prashant Kumar. He was of the view that meritocracy is not only followed at the rank of Inspectors or Circle officers but even the District Police Chief(SP/SSP) are selected on the basis of their leadership quality and performance. Talking about the use of technology in tackling organised crimes, ADG Prashant Kumar explained that police have modern surveillance gadgets and software to track criminals and also workout complex cases. "But let me tell you, human intelligence is crucial in busting crimes. I have tried to motivate constables to gather intelligence. You will be surprised to know that all the top 15 gangs involved in kidnapping for ransom have been smashed," he said, adding, "members of Sushil Mooch, Kala or Rathi gangs, involved in extortion and kidnapping have either been killed or put behind bars. Efforts to nab absconding gang members are on. The point is to keep putting pressure on gangsters 24x7." On Tuesday, the UP police chased four dreaded criminals of Rohit gang in two daring daylight encounters. Gang leader Rohit, who escaped from Muzaffarnagar jail and had killed a police sub-inspector, was also shot dead by the cops. "The police have had to pay a heavy price for eliminating dreaded gangsters. More than 335 policemen have been injured in encounters in the past two years. For pro-active policing, we have to be on our toes, 24 hours a day," said Prashant Kumar. On prevailing corruption in the police department, the ADG said that CM Yogi Adityanath has a very clear mandate on this. "Whenever a complaint is received against an erring cop, the matter is investigated. The zero tolerance policy on crime and corruption seldom gives black sheep a chance to operate," he said.
08:07 am Noida, A man has been arrested for allegedly molesting the daughter of a former Deputy Inspector General of police in Greater Noida, police said. The victim's father is a retired DIG from West Bengal police. Police said the victim was molested outside her college in Greater Noida's Beta-2 sector on Tuesday afternoon by the accused identified as Mantu, a native of West Bengal. "She soon called up the police and a police response vehicle (PRV) reached the spot. The accused was arrested," said a senior police officer. A case under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) was registered against him, police said.
07:07 am Gurugram: (IANS) A former director of a reputed pharmaceutical company allegedly killed his wife and two children before hanging himself to death at their Sector 49 residence here on Monday, police said. Prakash Singh (55) killed Sonu Singh (49), daughter Aditi (21) and son Aditya (14) at their residence in Uppal Southend residential colony in Gurugram on Monday morning. A suicide note recovered from Singh's pocket stated that Singh was "unable to handle his family". Police said the note had been sent to experts to find out if it was written by Singh, who had been living in Gurgaon for the past eight years. Singh's wife ran a private school. Aditi was studying in a college and Aditya in Class 10, the police said. Police said the neighbours alerted them. "When we broke open the house, we found Sonu, Aditi and Aditya had injuries caused by a sharp object and a hammer. Singh was found hanging from the ceiling," said a senior police officer. The two weapons have been recovered. Prima facie, it appears that Singh killed his family while they were asleep. Police sources said a family member revealed that Singh was disturbed for the past one year.