1) Crime Patrol Satark, Crime Patrol Dastak, Crime Patrol Dial 100 Reviews by Content Writer Ravikanth.K.A.

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As you are aware, all Crime Patrol Episodes are telecast in the Hindi language of India. I started this website to write reviews of Crime Patrol Episodes for the benefit of those who do not understand Hindi or for those who do not want to view the grotesque, brutal, cruel and graphic images and content in the episodes, for those who cannot see those gruesome stomach churning murders shown in the episodes.

I am the content writer of all the Reviews written here on this website/domain for all the “Crime Patrol Satark” Episodes as also for all the “Crime Patrol Dial 100” Episodes, “Crime Patrol Dastak” Episodes and other Crime Patrol episodes produced and telecast by Sony TV channel.

The first episode of Crime Patrol in their very first season & in their first avataar called just “Crime Patrol” was telecast on 9th May 2003.

Very few people are aware that all Crime Patrol episodes are based on real life true stories and real incidents. Even fewer people believe crime patrol stories are genuine or true. Most people mistakenly believe that all crime patrol episodes are fictionalized stories. However, it is true that all episodes are based on true stories and real life incidents.

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The 4th season of Crime Patrol is called Crime Patrol Satark currently being aired even now in 2017.

The 3rd season of Crime Patrol is called Crime Patrol Dastak till 6 July 2014

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Crime Patrol makers to launch new series Black Headline featuring high-profile cases of 2017

Dec,19 2017

Starting from Monday, the three week-long series will feature a comprehensive and dramatised account of real crime cases that shook the nation with the sheer extent of their brutality.

“As the citizens of this nation, we demand to know and find answers every time something shocking or tragic happens around us as these give us, in some ways, a learning that we can use to prevent anything of that sort from happening to us,” Anup Soni, host of the show, said in a statement.

“Keeping this sole goal in mind, this special series on Crime Patrol will throw light on some of the biggest crimes that put humanity to shame.

“The series will highlight what made these atrocious crimes the headliners and how these challenged the judicial system of our country and in some cases, brought justice to the victims,” he added.

Crime Patrol – Satark is aired on Sony Entertainment Television


Crime patrol Telescope: No Oprahs in India

India’s TV shows are limited to voyeurism, myth and lazy formula.

Written by indianexpress.com Published: January 11, 2018

Oprah Winfrey, 75th Golden Globe Awards, Cecil B. DeMille Award, Donald Trump, Bigg Boss, Indian expressWe have heard about the power of “0” but what about the power of “O”? When Oprah Winfrey spoke of “a new day” breaking through the “darkest nights”, at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award — the first black female to do so, as she reminded the audience — you wanted to stand up and applaud (Colors Infinity).When was the last or first time you wanted to rise to your feet at an Indian entertainment awards function?

On the basis of her eloquent speech against tyranny and lies, the all-time reigning star of the American TV talk show was endorsed by some as a possible future President of the United States. Which is really interesting when you remember that a TV show, The Apprentice, helped Donald Trump occupy, no, not Wall Street, but the White House.

When, if ever, has television in India given us a contender for the highest office in the country? Not so far, although Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi did make Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani, a household name — Tulsi.

Apart from journalists, the entertainers have emerged as the most visible opponents to “Mr President” in the US — Seth Meyers, host of the Golden Globes this year, is just one of many talk show hosts who have rushed in where politicians fear to tread to take on Trump, head on.

And television, as much as cinema, is the site for exploring — and often deploring — “the Despicable Me” in different fields: Big Little Lies — which won so big at the Globes unmasks the silent, tortured suffering of sexual and domestic violence even as the winning film, Three Billboards on the Way to Ebbing, Missouri lays bare with brutal ferocity, social attitudes to both.

Seen in the context of the #MeToo sexual harassment disclosures, art and entertainment are playing leading roles in social and cultural disruptions.

Those of us who watch Indian cinema agree that films are being made which cultivate the green shoots of protest to reflect inequalities and inequities.

But when last did Indian television give us a break-out series like Big Little Lies? The closest Hindi entertainment comes to uncovering, in Winfrey’s words, “something about how man and women really behave”, is the crime show: Crime Patrol (Sony), Savdhaan India — Dar Kar Nahin Dat Kar (Star Bharat), two such series, unearth the brute within us, following real crimes, many perpetrated against women, and how the law catches up with the culprits.

Increasingly, and therefore alarmingly, Hindi entertainment is dividing more and more of its time between reality “peephole” shows such as Bigg Boss (Colors), reality talent shows like the upcoming India’s Next Superstar (Star Plus) and epic tales — Karmafal Daata Shani (Colors) — or what passes for historical series — Porus (Sony).

The latter, clearly inspired by Baahubali, is a lush costume drama of debatable authenticity with a great deal of time spent in the long, silent looks of the main characters, chiefly “Poru” as his mother lovingly calls him, and then some outsized fight scenes. Prithvi Vallabh is up next and looks very much in the same mould.

Sandwiched between the reality (show) and the myth-making are the soaps. It is here that we expect to see “stories of us”. And indeed, many such shows have begun promisingly; within their endless folds they hid secrets which slowly unravel but like Draupadi’s sari never entirely reveal everything. Kumkum Bhagya (Zee TV), which is over 1,000 episodes old, began as a very watchable story of two sisters unlike in almost every way. But it has dragged on and on, thus becoming repetitive and more unbelievable as it tries to sustain interest.

Nimki Mukhiya and Saam Daam Dand Bhed (Star Bharat) seemed path-breaking in their exploration of grassroots politics and empowerment. A few months later, they are shedding their novelty for the time-worn plot of love triangles. Every time a serial screams out “this is us”, it mutates into the same old melodrama. Alas.

So the upheavals we see every day on the TV news channels, the latest being the Dalit protests in Maharashtra, find little artistic articulation on TV. It is said in defence of TV, that the soaps target the middle-class women in cities like Nagpur, Kanpur or Jodhpur and the aspirational younger generation in the metros. Not the rich or privileged people like us. Does that seem condescending and paternalistic? Or just an excuse to justify the lack of experimentation?

Barring the likes of Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan (in at least one series), film stars have disdained television. And television has ignored the limited series like Big Little Lies which could have attracted them to the smaller screen and given audiences something meaty to chew on.

When, if ever, will Indian television fiction come of age?

336 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: The deadly Blue Whale suicide games that educated Indians play, only to die at the end

Suicide game role in IIT student death?

Roorkee: A preliminary inquiry into the death of Abhijeet Singh Vansia, a 21-yearold student at IIT-Roorkee who was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room, has suggested that the boy may have killed himself as part of an online suicide game, the police said on Thursday.

After questioning students of the institute following Vansia’s death, police officers warned that the case did not appear to be an isolated one and many IITians could be hooked to deadly virtual games such as Blue Whale which has been linked to youth suicides in India and across the globe.

Vansia, a native of Surat district in Gujarat, was a third year student of IITRoorkee’s BTech (biotechnology) programme.

He was found hanging in his room on Wednesday. The room had been locked from the inside and no suicide note was found. Police were scrambling for clues as Vansia was described as a good student by his teachers and did not appear to be under stress. “He did not have any apparent family issues or financial troubles either,” said a police officer.

Inspector Sadhna Tyagi from Civil Lines Kotwali told TOI, “One of the students (at the campus) has told us that many in the hostel where Vansia lived were addicted to playing suicide games online. He also mentioned a game called ‘30 ways of suicide’ which students were playing these days.”

The victim’s body has been handed over to the family after an autopsy.

Dean (students’ welfare) Professor Anand Joshi declined to comment when asked whether the institute had any knowledge of students playing self-harm games. “Things will become clearer after the police probe is complete,” he said, adding that Vansia’s demise has come as a shock to everyone as he seemed happy and showed no symptoms of depression.

Online games like The Blue Whale Challenge are not available publicly and operate on the dark web. The Blue Whale caught the limelight in India after a 14-year-old boy from Mumbai, suspected to be a player, jumped off a building. In the game, a group of administrators gives a participant a task to complete daily for a period of 50 days. The final task is the task of committing suicide. Other challenges range from cutting one’s wrist to watching horror movies at night.

Abhijeet Vansia’s hostel mates were addicted to playing suicide games online, a police official said

Another teen dies but is it really because of Blue Whale Challenge

Reports of teenagers committing suicide after playing the Blue Whale challenge does not stand to be completely true as no direct connection have been established so far

Another teen dies but is it really because of Blue Whale ChallengeReports of teenagers committing suicide after playing the Blue Whale challenge does not stand to be completely true as no direct connection have been established so far between the deaths in Russia, India and Europe and the mysterious challenge whose origins are in Moscow.

Digging through the deepest corners of social media, stalking teenagers from across Russia, India and Europe for possible clues on the notorious Blue Whale Challenge, I either met with people who told me it was a fluke or got banned on multiple occasions on Russia’s social media platform VK.

I created multiple fake profiles of girls and boys under the age of 17 and tried searching for #BlueWhalechallenge, #moderatorfindme, #F57, #IAmAWhale among others on VK, Twitter, InstagramFacebook to get hold of a group or moderator to lead me into the game. Fortunately, I was blocked by the social media group VK every time I used the above keywords in any post.

Even when you start searching for the game on other social media sites, a warning message which pops up on your screen. Similarly, on Instagram, many users have posted many pictures of them with Blue whale hashtags. But when I contacted most of them, they ended up saying it is for bluff and they are doing it for fun. One of the user’s “_v_o_i_d_n_e_s_s said that “ My photo is just a joke for people who believe it. The challenge does not exist as such.”

Another teen dies but is it really because of Blue Whale ChallengeBut reports of Blue Whale Suicide’s from India do not seem to stop. From the 14-year-old Mumbai boy jumping from terrace to end his life to the 15-year-old boy from Jalgaon found hanging from the ceiling of his room to class a 10 student from West Midnapore in West Bengal who was found dead in the bathroom.

According to media reports, all are suspected to have committed suicide due to the last fateful challenge of the game which forces one to commit suicide.

But not a single police and news report by agencies from across the world have pointed to concrete evidence linking teenage suicides and the Blue Whale Game.

According to Snopes.com, a myth\Fake News busting website the “blue whale” suicide game appeared with an ‘a misinterpretation of a May 2016 story from the Russian site Novaya Gazeta’. It also mentions that 80 suicides which were linked to the games were not found to be true later by an investigation by Radio Free Europe.

Similarly, Check4Spam, founded by Bal Krishn Birla and Shammas Oliyath, which debunks Fake News items told ETtech that linking 130 + suicides in Russia during late 2015 to early 2016 to an online game has not yet been proven. “Linking the Mumbai suicide to a Blue Whale game might be yet another case of the unproven link between a suicide to an online game.”

Another teen dies but is it really because of Blue Whale Challenge

But state dignitaries and people across the world jump are gunning for a ban on the game. Take for instance Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan who according to certain reports has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi, urging him to ban the online game or Ashok Gehlot, General Secretary AICC, Former Chief Minister Rajasthan tweeting that “This trend of giving smart phones to children must be restrained too.”

Even the current Maharashtra Chief Minister said that “The Blue Whale game is dangerous and has caused worries for everyone. The issue will be conveyed to the centre. This topic is serious and we’re looking into it.”

But whether the blue whale suicide game did result in the deaths or not, it has brought to light the issue of teenage suicides in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2015, the number of student suicides were 8,934. Similarly, according to a Lancet report, India has one of the highest suicide rates for youth aged between 15 to 29.

Smriti Sawhney, Lead Psychologist at Touchkin says that unconfirmed reports around the game or the challenge in the media has led to more curiosity amongst teenagers in India who are searching every possible social media platform in terms of how to play the game.

“Kids are looking at this as a challenge and something to achieve. But parents really need to be careful and monitor what their kids do on social media, the internet and even what types of online groups they visit. There are many kids who go through depression and they take the route of online groups to take their issues out.” said Sawhney.

She pointed out that kids need counseling but it’s up to the parents to find out what condition their children are in.

Sawhney points out that out of 100 kids that she would have counselled, one has committed suicide so far. She says that most of the teenagers are afraid to open up about their feelings to their parents and in the past, many kids have approached her through Facebook and LinkedIn for help. “Avoid talking to strangers online. But that’s just being naive, so careful monitoring of kid’s usage of technology platforms is a must by parents.”

Aakriti Joanna, CEO of online counselling platform Maple Jar points out that youth between the age group of 14 to 19 are very vulnerable and any kind of online rumour mongering is accepted by them as truth. “A lot of children will fall for these online challenges as it is part of looking cool in front of their friends. Every teenager fears being out- cast by friends. They are dangerously impressionable.”

But more importantly, Joanna says that the role of the media in identifying fake news is extremely critical today. Parents who are not aware of the facts can get swayed by click bait form of articles on Blue Whale believing them to be true. “Fact checking is paramount.”

Another man dies from Blue Whale suicide game in India
Filed on September 3, 2017 | Last updated on September 3, 2017 at 07.39 The 30-year-old took his life as he was depressed due to cancer.

A man committed suicide after completing the notorious ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, according to a video he posted on his Facebook page before taking the extreme step – a claim disputed by the police.

The police said they have found no evidence of Ashok Maluna being part of the online challenge when he killed himself by jumping into a river here.

They said the 30-year-old took his life as he was depressed due to cancer.

Maluna, a resident of Palanpur in Banaskantha district of western Indian state of Gujarat, went live on Facebook on August 31, apparently just before his suicide, where he is heard saying he is taking his life after reaching the last stage of the Blue Whale Challenge.

“I had downloaded the Blue Whale game and this is the last step, which is why I am committing suicide,” he is heard saying in the short video.

In the video, Maluna said he is fed up with life and asked his friends to contact his family members and hand them over Rs 46,000 that he was carrying in a bag.

“I am fed up with my life which is why I am making this video. Please convey this to my family members…I don’t know how to tell them how much I love them.”

He said he even went to Mumbai to commit suicide but could not do so due to heavy rains there.

Maluna jumped into the Sabarmati river on August 31 from the city’s Sardar bridge. His body was fished out on Friday from near Paldi, the police said.

Inspector of Riverfront police station J A Bhagora said the police have not yet come across the Blue Whale angle in his death.

“We have not yet found any evidence linking his suicide to Blue Whale game. He had come to Ahmedabad to get treatment for cancer, but committed suicide as he was depressed over his illness.

“The Palanpur police, who spoke to his family members, have also not found any such evidence,” he said.

The Blue Whale Challenge, which originated in Russia, starts by asking participants via social media to draw a blue whale on a piece of paper.

The participants are then asked to carve the shape of a whale onto their body. They are given other “challenges” or “tasks” such as watching horror movies alone. These challenges or dares feature the commission of acts harming oneself. The last stage is suicide.

Bengal Class 10 Student Death Suspected As ‘Blue Whale’ Suicide

The Blue Whale challenge has allegedly claimed the life of a boy in West Bengal

Bengal Class 10 Student Death Suspected As 'Blue Whale' Suicide

Ankan Dey, who died allegedly because of the Blue Whale Challenge, was a student in West Bengal.



  1. Self-destructive challenge has allegedly claimed one more life in India
  2. A boy in West Bengal allegedly committed suicide to meet 50-day game plan
  3. Philipp Budeikin, 22, who created the challenge, is currently in jail

The sick, self-destructive Blue Whale challenge has allegedly claimed one more life in India. A boy in West Bengal allegedly committed suicide to meet the conditions of the online 50-day game which has been responsible for more than 100 deaths in China, United States and other nations.

Ankan Dey was a student of Class 10 at a local school in West Midnapore district’s Anandpur town. On Saturday, when he did not come out after a bath, his family broke open the bathroom door and found him stretched on the floor. His head was covered with a plastic bag tied tightly around his neck with a cotton cord, a member of the family said. A friend of Ankan later told them that the boy was playing the Blue Whale challenge.

Last month, a student of Class 9 in Mumbai’s Andheri committed suicide, apparently because of the Blue Whale challenge. He posted what he called his “last picture” on Instagram before jumping off a building in the Andheri suburb.

On Friday, a student of class 5 in Dehradun was stopped from taking the extreme step by his school authorities. Another 13-year-old boy was rescued by his friends when he had tried to jump off a school building in Indore.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking the Centre to ban the game. “The Blue Whale game is a challenge to the whole society and comprehensive action against this from all responsible agencies is of utmost importance,” he said in the letter.


The Blue Whale game is 50-day challenge which demands that players complete tasks given by an anonymous “handler”. The “handler” instructs the players to cause self-harm, leading up to suicide.

Philipp Budeikin, a 22-year-old Russian who created the challenge, is currently in jail. In an interview this year, he said he made the game to “clean society,” as people who participated in it were “biological waste”.

Mumbai teen jumps to death, cops suspect links to Blue Whale challenge

According to reports, the Blue Whale suicide game is a social media group provoking youngsters to kill themselves.

MUMBAI Updated: Jul 31, 2017

Hindustan Times
Purported photo of a “blue whale” cutting on the arm of a person playing the online challenge game. (The Siberian Times)

A 14-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of an Andheri (East) building on Saturday. The police are probing if the death is related to Blue Whale suicide challenge, an online social media group that allegedly goads vulnerable teens into killing themselves.

Senior police officials said they have not found anything in the boy’s mobile phone and his parents are unware if any such thing could be related to their child’s death. However, the boy’s friends on certain WhatsApp groups chatted about his death being linked to the suicide challenge.

  • The online suicide game, the Blue Whale challenge, is said to have originated in Russia
  • It starts with asking the participant to draw a blue whale on paper.
  • Participants are then asked to carve the whale onto their body, and given other tasks, like watching horror movies alone
  • The game demands players complete 50 tasks in 50 days, with the last task being to commit suicide
  • The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.

Blue Whale challenge, which calls on participants via social media to complete a dangerous self-harm challenge over a period of 50 days, allegedly encourages them to win the game by committing suicide. The tasks range from harming self, watching scary movies to waking up at unusual hours, media reported. According to reports, teh dangerous game has killed more than 100 children in Russia and UK.

Read: China tightens surveillance of fast spreading ‘suicide game’ Blue Whale

The Meghwadi police have registered an accidental death report (ADR) and are probing further to find the reason behind the suicide. The police said the class 9 student lived in Sher-e-Punjab area of Andheri (East) and around 5pm, he went to his building’s terrace and jumped. A person standing near the building alerted the police.

Police will question his friends once his school reopens on Monday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 10) ND Reddy said they have recorded the statement of the eyewitness and filed an ADR.

Mumbai Boy Jumps To His Death Allegedly To Complete Dreaded ‘Blue Whale Challenge’

The ‘game’ has claimed the lives of hundreds of teens across the world.

Philipp Budeikin, the man who allegedly designed the deadly Blue Whale Challenge. Screenshot from YouTube.

A 14-year-old Mumbai boy jumped to his death from the terrace of the building he lived in, sparking speculations that he may have fallen prey to the online suicide cult called ‘Blue Whale’ that has claimed over 150 lives in Russia alone. The incident took place in Andheri East in Mumbai’s suburbs on 30 July.

According to a report on MidDay, Manpreet Singh told his friends on 29 July that he has been playing the ‘Blue Whale game’ and will not be able to make it to school on Monday. He has not left a suicide note and the police are yet to ascertain the actual reason behind him taking such an extreme step. However, Mumbai Police sources told India Today that Singh was addicted to the game.

On Saturday, India Today reports, a neighbour spotted Singh walking on the ledge of his building’s terrace shooting what seemed to be a selfie. Within moments, he jumped off the terrace, he told police.

The Blue Whale game originated around 2015 in Russia and spread via social media. Once a person joined these groups, they were given a set of 50 ‘tasks’ to complete, the penultimate task being taking one’s own life. Like this article points out, the tasks began with innocuous challenges — like waking up at ungodly hours, or watching a horror movie alone — and slowly spiralled out of control, often goading vulnerable teens to commit suicide. With the completion of each task, the ‘player’ is supposed to make cuts on his or her forearm, which on completion would resemble a whale. After the completion of one task, the person is supposed to send the admin of the game ‘evidence’ so that he or she is allowed to proceed to the next level. The game draws its reference from beached whales who often beach themselves deliberately to die. An article on Inverse webzine, however, adds, “Others say the name comes from a song by the Russian band, Lumen, whose lyrics compare the image of a blue whale struggling to break through a net to a person suffering in isolation.”

While there is no concrete proof yet if Singh was playing the game, some of his acquaintances are convinced he was. One neighbour, in a Facebook post, reiterated the fact it is highly regrettable that a young boy lost his life owing to this game.

Though the most number of lives lost playing this game was in Russia, it claimed youngsters in UK and US as well. In July this year, a teen from Austin hung himself in bedroom, live-streaming the suicide. Another 16-year-old in Georgia killed herself earlier this year and her mother blamed the cult for the same.

A 22-year-old called Philipp Budeikin is identified as the man behind this death cult, one he started via VKontakte, Russia’s homegrown version of Facebook. After word spread that he had goaded several teens to suicide, Budeikin defended himself and said: “They died happy. I gave them what they did not have in real life: warmth, understanding, and communication.” This was in 2016.

Budeikin, however, sang a different tune when he was finally sentenced to three years in prison by a Siberian court. The sentence was met with outrage because the ‘game’ he invented claimed hundreds of lives. He had himself, allegedly, confessed to abetting 17 Russians teens to suicide. During the court proceedings, Budeikin allegedly said that the people who died were ‘biological waste’ and he was ‘cleansing’ society of them.

In June this year, a postman was arrested in Moscow for goading teenagers to kill themselves by starting a game akin to the Blue Whale Challenge. It had claimed 32 lives up until the day of his arrest.

The India Today report states that Singh is survived by his parents and two sisters. Neighbours and acquaintances told reporters that he wanted to become a pilot and wanted to train in Russia for the same — ironically where the Blue Whale Challenge seems to have originated.

Suicide In India Is A Much Bigger Challenge Than The ‘Blue Whale’

How much can we really blame social media and online trends?

08/08/2017 8:21 AM IST | Updated 08/08/2017 11:32 AM IST


Earlier this week, I received an email from an older family member expressing horror at the case of a 14-year-old boy in Mumbai who committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of an Andheri building on 30th July. The alleged reason, as stated in most mainstream media coverage of the incident, is that he was playing the “Blue Whale Challenge” game, and this was his final “task”. This same family member attributed his death to the “growing impact of social media on youth’s mental health and well-being.”

By means of a background, the Blue Whale Challenge is a 50-day long Internet “game”, said to have originated in Russia in 2013. Apparently, the game is being played in several countries, and has reportedly taken the lives of hundreds of people worldwide. It consists of a series of tasks assigned by the administrators, which include carving and cutting your self, watching psychedelic and scary videos late at night, visiting the roofs of high buildings, all culminating in the suicide of the participant on the last day by jumping from a tall building. The case of the 14-year-old boy in Mumbai was reported as the first instance of a Blue Whale death in India. Police are however yet to find evidence that the boy actually played the game.

This is an on-going global debate regarding social media as an instigator of [mental health] problems or a part of the solution to them.

However, the bigger problem is that mainstream media has diverted attention to the use of “social media” (or the Blue Whale game) as being the cause of this and countless other suicides and mental health problems for young people. Is this really accurate? I would argue that this isn’t the case. These suicides instead point to the ever-growing mental health crisis we find ourselves in today.

In India, suicide and self-harm are presently the leading cause of death among young people. Globally, 20% of the world’s youth in the 15-24 years age group are presently experiencing a mental health condition, and of these, 80% do not receive care. The silence and stigma around mental health and the lack of spaces for dialogue also exacerbate young people’s experiences with mental health challenges.

Now, the question on the role of social networking and its potential to impact mental health is very relevant here. What we do know is that social media use is far more widespread and prevalent among young people than older generations, but what we are not sure of is whether the same platforms that are meant to offer spaces for self-expression, community-building and relationship-forging may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis. This is an on-going global debate regarding social media as an instigator of these problems or a part of the solution to them. It is interesting to mention here that two months ago popular social media platform Instagram was rated as the “worst for young mental health” by a UK poll of 1479 young people. While international reporting on this was rampant, and the poll may well be indicative of how some young people feel, much more evidence is needed. Much of the research on social media usage available is conflicting and confusing.

The fact is that social media platforms are today starting to take “measures” for the safety and protection of users. Efforts by social networking platforms like Facebook and Instagram through active updating of algorithms to find dangerous trends, and through directing users found to be at risk of self-harm or suicide to portals offering support are an encouraging development. But, there is still an extremely long way to go considering the millions of young people using these platforms as integral parts of their lives and as avenues to seek support. The truth is that not everyone’s experience of social media will be the same and we still don’t know enough about how these different platforms work, or how constantly changing technology affects our mental health.

It is critical to constantly engage with today’s young people—beyond a sympathetic emoji on someone’s newsfeed. We need to have face-to-face conversations and take action in our schools, workplaces and homes.

The Status of Mind report has aptly recommended important safeguards that we can push for, to demand more responsibility and accountability from social networking platforms. The report states:

“[T]here are also risks, risks which if not addressed and countered, can and have already opened the door for social media to cause significant problems for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Being a teenager is hard enough, but the pressures faced by young people online are arguably unique to this digital generation. It is vitally important that we put safeguards in place.”

There are now many emerging and encouraging channels like ArtidoteTalk LifeThe MightyIt’s OK To Talk and others that present information, stories and safe spaces online to understand mental health better, to talk about it, and seek support.

Today’s teenagers live in a complex, fast paced and increasingly virtual world, which brings a unique set of incomprehensible challenges for preceding generations. This sudden digital leap has left a dissonance we are struggling to cope with. It is therefore critical to constantly engage with today’s young people—beyond a sympathetic emoji on someone’s newsfeed. We need to have face-to-face conversations and take action in our schools, workplaces and homes. These will help us fight the stigma and offer support to individuals in a timely and preventive manner. If we are to learn from the sad case of the 14-year-old boy, we know that it is imperative, now more than ever, to act before it’s too late.

Disclaimer: The views expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author.



335 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Life & death, kiss of death, hug of death, leap to death

70 year old man beheaded for naming square after Modi

PATNA: A 70-year-old was reportedly beheaded by a group of 40 armed men in Darbhanga on Friday.

The attack, as per the complaint of victim Ram Chandra Yadav’s son Tej Narayan, took place following an altercation over naming of a town square after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The police, however, termed the incident as a case of personal enmity and cited the murder of Yadav’s son two years ago to buttress their point.

According to Tej Narayan, his father, a die-hard Modi supporter, was explaining to the locals the rationale behind naming the roundabout ‘Narendra Modi chowk’.

“In the meantime, around 40 men, armed with sticks and swords, reached the spot. Following an altercation, the armed youth, mostly RJD supporters, beheaded my father,” Tej told police.

“When my elder brother Kamal Dev tried to intervene, he was also brutally assaulted,” Tej said.

Kamal Dev is recuperating at Darbhanga Medical College.

The district police, led by DSP Dilnawaz Ahmad, rushed to the incident site.

“We are probing the matter from all angles,” said the DSP.

He said the history of personal enmity, particularly the case related to a land dispute, will also be looked into.

BJP supporters blocked the road following Yadav’s killing.

The blockade was lifted after police arrested some of the named accused.

Principal rapes class X girl as dummy student writes her exam

Chandigarh: A school principal allegedly raped a 16-yearold student on the pretext of helping her clear her class X board exams. The principal, who is also the owner of the school on the outskirts of Gohana town in Sonipat, made a dummy student write her physical education paper on Tuesday while he raped the girl in a nearby house.

Police officials booked the principal and two women under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act on Tuesday night. The women were booked for criminal conspiracy as the rape took place in their house. All three are absconding since Tuesday night.

A case has been registered on the complaint of the girl’s father. The father was ready to pay Rs 10,000 to the principal as part of the deal to help his daughter clear the exams.

The survivor’s father told the police, “On March 8, the principal called me and my daughter to a school on the outskirts of Gohana. The principal then asked me to leave my daughter at his relative’s place. He said another girl would write my daughter’s exam.”

The man was instructed to pick up his daughter after the exam was over. When he returned to the house where he had left his daughter, shetold him that the principal had raped her in connivance with the two women.

Scorned woman’s ‘hug of death’

Woman sets herself ablaze at lover’s house, hugs his relatives; she has succumbed to injuries, while the 2 women are critical

Two women are critically injured and one succumbed to burn injuries after one of the women set herself on fire and hugged the other two at their house in Austin Town on Wednesday.

The deceased Aruna, a 35-year-old widow, is said to have been in a relationship with a man in her neighbourhood, Ganesh. Police said Ganesh had stopped visiting Aruna after his wife came to know of the illegitimate affair. Frustrated by this, Aruna, poured kerosene over herself and went in search of him. At his home, she found two of his relatives, Kavitha (42) and Latha (35), whom she hugged after setting herself on fire. While Aruna succumbed to her burns at the Victoria Hospital, Kavitha and Latha are in the ICU at a private hospital.

After Aruna attempted to kill the other two women by hugging them after igniting herself, based on Kavitha’s complaint, the jurisdictional Ashoknagar police have registered a case of attempt to murder under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code against Aruna. Since she has succumbed to injuries, the police will file a chargesheet to the court by mentioning the charge abetted.

Ganesh is said to have been taking care of Aruna, a resident of Old Cement Lane in Austin Town, and her son after her husband Mani’s death. The relationship between Aruna and Ganesh is said to have been going on for the last six to seven years. In the locality where she lived, Aruna is said to have claimed that she was Ganesh’s second wife.

“Due to some indifference between Ganesh and Aruna, he had stopped going to her house and was neglecting her. Aruna’s repeated attempts to convince him also allegedly failed. The illicit relationship between the two is also said to have come to the notice of Ganesh’s wife, which could be why he stopped visiting Aruna,” said an officer.

On Wednesday, Aruna came looking for Ganesh near his house around 9.30 pm. Unable to find him, she started fighting with his relative Latha and during a heated argument, she lit herself with a match stick and hugged Latha. Another relative Kavitha, who was also in the vicinity, came to rescue Latha and in the process Aruna hugged her too and all the three women sustained severe burn injuries.

“Aruna had come near our house with the intention to kill herself. She made a gruesome murder attempt on our other relatives. Locals came to Kavitha’s and Latha’s help and immediately shifted them to the hospital. We have filed a police complaint against Aruna,” Parameshwari, a relative of the injured women, told BM.

The jurisdictional Ashoknagar police have registered a case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC against Aruna. But as she has died, they will file a chargesheet with the court, mentioning charge abetted.

“The statements of both the injured women have been taken at the hospital in the presence of a duty doctor. We suspect that Aruna just wanted to scare Ganesh, but in the process committed suicide,” the officer added.

Delhi woman runs over worker; hole he was digging turns grave

New Delhi: It was almost as if the man had dug his own grave. Siyaram Paswan, a resident of Bhati Mines in south Delhi, was at work digging a pit in Saket on Wednesday afternoon when an SUV drove into him before crashing into the hole and crushing him to death.

The 40-year-old daily wage labour was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre by the cops, but he had died by the time they reached the hospital. Chander Prakash, who was digging at the site with Paswan, told police that he was standing outside the pit while his friend was digging and relaying the mud from inside to him. Both were hard at their job when a little further away an Innova collided with a Swift. The impact sent the latter hurtling towards the road divider, while the SUV swerved madly and careened in the direction of the two men.

“Before I could react, the car had hit me and I was flung a few metres away. I lost consciousness and regained my sense only on the way to the hospital,” Prakash said. “But my friend was crushed to death by the SUV.”

The incident took place around 3pm on Wednesday and the police control room heard about it when the people who had seen the accident called in. The callers told police that a woman driver had had a series of collisions and had hit several people. After a police team rushed to the spot, they took the two men to AIIMS.

Police said on Thursday that the woman driver, a resident of Mehrauli, had been nabbed and a case registered at the Saket police station under Sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304 (A) (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The cops are making further enquiries. Speaking to TOI, Prakash revealed that he had known Paswan for many years and they both lived in the same locality near Bhati Mines. The two of them had together taken up work at the construction site in Saket and were assigned to dig a pit near a CNG pump there.

“Siyaram was a jovial man, who, despite being a poor man himself never fretted about helping his friends with money whenever he could,” grieved Prakash.

Step-daughter, friend held for killing woman

Gold Ornaments Seized From Duo

Bengaluru : A 29-year-old beautician and her friend were arrested for allegedly murdering the former’s stepmother at her house on 5th Main, Chamarajpet, on Tuesday afternoon. The killing came to light around 7pm when a neighbour entered the house and saw the victim lying in a pool of blood.

Vijayamma, 55, alias Vijaya, a resident of Chamarajpet and native of Mangaluru, was single and ran a beauty parlour near Uma Theatre, Chamarajpet.

G Sonu, also known as Sonu Singh, and her friend B Kumar, both residents of Dattatreya Block, KG Nagar, were arrested within 24 hours of the murder. Sonu is an assistant at a beauty parlour at KG Nagar and stayed in a paying guest accommodation, police said. Kumar is an assistant at the same PG. Police recovered gold ornaments, including a necklace, two bangles and two ear-rings stolen from Vijayamma.

“Vijayamma had told her neighbours that Sonu Singh, who hails from Punjab, was her step-daughter and Sonu had no other family. Sonu often visited Vijayamma,” police said.

In their confession, Sonu and Kumar said they were in financial trouble and hatched the plan to murder Vijayamma and rob her gold.

“Sonu visited Vijayamma around 1pm and cooked a meal. A little later, Kumar came by with liquor,” said DCP (West) MN Anuchet.

The three of them had liquor and food, police said. “When Vijayamma was standing in the kitchen, Kumar strangled her using a cloth. When Vijayamma resisted, Sonu hit her head with a wooden object,” police said.

When Vijayamma died, they removed the gold ornaments she was wearing. They broke open the cupboard and searched for cash and other valuables, police said.

Police scanned CCTV footage and found that Sonu and Kumar were the last to visit Vijayamma. “Women cops arrested Sonu at her PG and Kumar was arrested from an apartment in the same area where he had hidden the ornaments,” police said.

PARTNERS IN CRIME: G Sonu (right), beautician, and B Kumar

334 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: The insensitive selfie generation of India shoot video as a man lies dying after accident


 Man lies bleeding on road for 20 min; passersby click photos

Bengaluru: A 34-year-old scooterist, who was hit by a truck on Tuesday morning, lay at Nayandahalli Junction on Mysuru Road with one leg crushed and another fractured for 20 minutes. Passersby were busy clicking videos on their mobile phones instead of helping him take to hospital.

Finally, Somasundar, a police constable attached with Byatarayanapura traffic police, who was deployed near the junction, rushed to the injured man’s rescue, flagged down a car and took him to Fortis Hospital in Nagarabhavi. Doctors had to amputate the left leg of Madan Lal, a resident of Panchasheela Layout near

Rajarajeshwari Nagar, and employee of a hardware shop. He may lose his other leg too, doctors said. Madan Lal was on his way to work on his scooter when a truck hit him at 9.30am.

Madan Lal fell and both his legs came under the truck’s wheels. But the truck driver sped away.

“None came forward to help him. They were busy videographing the incident as he was writhing in pain,” a police officer said.

A case has been registered against the truck driver, who is absconding. “Doctors said he may lose his right leg too as its main nerves have been damaged. We have requested them to wait for 24 hours to see if his condition improves,” said Uday Ram, Madan Lal’s relative.

Trader’s 7-year-old son killed for ransom in East Champaran

Chandra Bhushan Pandey and Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2018

MOTIHARI/PATNA: One Prince Kumar (7), the son of medicine store owner Raj Kishore Sah, was kidnapped and killed for ransom at Rampur Khajuria under the Dumariaghat police station area in East Champaran district on Monday evening. He was kidnapped from outside his residence at Rampur Khajuria on Monday evening. His body with strangulation mark was recovered from a house in the village on Tuesday evening.
Chakia SDPO Mundrika Prasad said Sukhjit Giri (20) and his father Bachcha Giri (40) of the same village and one Satyam Singh (19) were arrested in this connection.Sah, in his FIR, said his son, a Class III student, had gone outside to play at around 5.30pm on Monday. When Prince did not return home and his parents started searching for him, Sah received a ransom call for Rs 10 lakh on his cellphone at around 9.30pm.

“The caller also threatened Sah to kill his son if he informed the police,” the SDPO said. He said Sah runs a medicine shop in the area and hardly earns Rs10,000 per month.
Earlier , Motihari SP Upendra Kumar Sharma, along with the SDPO, visited the village and met the family as villagers blocked NH-28 connecting Lucknow to Muzaffarpur for several hours on Tuesday. No clue about missing trader: Police were yet to recover trader Raj Kumar Gupta (45), who has been missing since Saturday after leaving his garment shop under the Town police station area in Siwan district. ASP Kartikeya Sharma said a kidnapping case was lodged by Raj’s father Bramhanand Prasad with the Town police station on Sunday.

Town police station SHO Subodh Kumar said Raj’s only son Vishnu Rajkumar (11), who was a Class VI student, had been kidnapped and murdered by his tutor Sandeep Kumar (19) on August 11, 2017. Since then, Raj was mentally disturbed. “Police are trying to locate him through the CCTV footage in the area and technical surveillance. His cellphone is switched off,” he said, adding all the 14 accused of Vishnu’s murder were behind bars.

Nikkhil Advani: Have NOC To Do Film On Batla House Encounter

Mar 14, 2018, 08:19 IST | PTI

Director Nikkhil Advani Says He Has Been Doing Research On The Subject Of Batla House For Four Years And Has NOC From Everybody

Nikkhil Advani
Nikkhil Advani

Director Nikkhil Advani says he has acquired all the necessary permissions for his film on the Batla House encounter that will go on floors in September. The encounter occurred in September 2008 against Indian Mujahideen terrorists in the Batla House, a locality in Jamia Nagar in Delhi. As per reports, two suspected terrorists were gunned down and two other suspects were arrested, while one accused escaped that day. Encounter specialist and Delhi Police officer Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action, was shot dead during the incident.

“We have touched upon real-life incidents earlier with films like ‘Lucknow Central’ and ‘Airlift’. We have been doing research on the subject of ‘Batla House’ for four years, we have NOC from everybody. It is based on the life of a police officer who was involved in the ‘Batla House’ operation,” Advani told PTI. “As a production house, we make sure that we do a thorough research so the director has all the things ready. We will start the shoot from September-October,” he added. In the film, Saif Ali Khan will portray the role of a police officer Sharma. Besides this film, Advani and Khan have also teamed up for “Baazaar”, that revolves around Indian stock market. “We are very excited about ‘Baazaar’. It will release in May this year and after that ‘Batla House’ will happen and a couple of other films,” he adds. The director-producer recently announced another film, an action-thriller starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee. T-Series has joined hands with Advani’s Emmay Entertainment to jointly produce this cop-saga, that will be written and directed by Milap Zaveri.

“One of the important thing as a producer for me is to bring out unusual casting. John is an action star and Manoj is an extremely good actor. When I heard the story I was excited about it. My endeavour is to choose a correct script and get an unusual yet apt casting as 50 per cent of the battle is won,” Advani says. His another home production film is “Marjaawaan”, a dark love story in the “Ek Villain” space and Advani says, the team will announce the details once everything is in place.

Asked about his directorial venture, he says, “I don’t know at this moment. I am very happy being a producer I am happy in this role. What’s more satisfying as a producer and director is making sure the filmmaker has got everything that he wanted.” Meanwhile, Advani is one of the jury members for REEL movie awards honouring artistes who have entertained audiences with their creativity through excellent storytelling. Film critic-TV host Rajeev Masand will moderate the jury panel that also has names such as Sudhir Mishra, Sujoy Ghosh and Farah Khan. The awards will be announced on March 20.

CHENNAI: A day after the Madras high court allowed the Tamil Nadu government to move appeal against acquittal of Udumalpet honour killing victim Kausalya’s mother and two others, eight people convicted for the murder of her husband, Sankar, approached the high court on Wednesday assailing their conviction.

The convicts who moved the high court included her father, Chinnasamy, who was awarded death penalty.Admitting the appeal, a division bench headed by Justice C T Selvam directed the Udumalpet DSP to file his response.Sankar, who was a dalit and a native of Kumaralingam near Udumalpet, fell in love with non-dalit Kausalya, while they were studying in a private engineering college in Pollachi.

They got married against the wishes of her parents.

On March 13, 2016, a three-member gang hacked Sankar to death.

Kausalya suffered injuries in the attack.On December 12, 2017 the Tirupur district session court sentenced six people to death for the murder.Of the 11 accused, six were sentenced to death.

43-yr-old held for raping 9-yr-old girl

The pervert has been arrested and sent to Parappana Agrahara central jail. The accused reportedly threatened the girl with dire consequences if she disclosed the incident to anyone else, police said.

The woman and the child had gone to a temple near their house on Sunday. A man staying in the same area, identified as Pothlaiah, was also in the temple. He got into a conversation with the girl’s mother. The mother noticed that while Pothlaiah was enquiring about breakfast, her daughter ran behind the idol and was signing to her, asking her not to talk to Pothlaiah. When she noticed this, she kept a watch on her daughter’s movements.

After Pothlaiah left the place she took her daughter aside and asked her what scared her about the man. Though the child did not say anything initially, the mother took her into confidence and questioned her again. The girl then told her about Pothlaiah’s sexual assault on her.

The girl told her mother that when she used to go to the temple in the evenings, and when she was alone at home or playing outside, Pothlaiah used to visit the house, touched her inappropriately and then gagged and abused her. If he gained entry into the house, he would sexually abuse the girl. The shocked mother asked the child how long this had been going on and the child told her it has been two weeks.

The mother then brought this to the notice of her neighbours and filed a complaint with the Nandini Layout police. The police swung into action before Potlaiah could give them a slip and arrested him. The girl and Potlaiah were subjected to medical tests. He has been booked under POCSO Act and IPC section 376- Rape.

Potlaiah is a labourer staying in the same area as the girl and the mother. The girl’s father had passed away a few years earlier.


333 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Doctor Turned Gangster Turned Real Estate Extortionist Killer

Dr Prakash Bandivadekar

Doc-gangster Snared by Belgaum Police Team

BELGAUM: A police team from Belgaum has achieved a breakthrough by arresting physician-turned-gangster Dr Prakash Bandiwadekar.

Bandiwadekar was wanted in five states and the Belgaum police tracked him down in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and brought him here on Thursday.

Bandiwadekar was an accused in six cases in Belgaum. The Maharashtra police were also looking for him in a murder case.

Bandiwadekar had developed contacts with notorious gangsters Chotta Rajan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Balu Dhokare, Tulsi Prabhavati, Shiva Gawade and others.

In recent years, he had entered the real estate business and formed a gang in Belgaum. Working with other criminals, he had become part of a land mafia, police told Express.

Belgaum police had recently arrested his accomplices —  Suresh Chindak, Parashram Murkute, Shabbir Patavegar, Sunil Jadhav, Sham Muchandi and Mohan Belgundkar.

Following their arrest, Bandiwadekar had gone underground.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by inspector Narayan Barmani succeeded in arresting Bandiwadekar.

Doctor’s History

Dr Prakash Satappa Bandiwadekar used to run a clinic in Maharashtra on the Karnataka border. His family and his cousins’ family have been engaged in a long feud. Bandiwadekar allegedly gave a contract to kill his cousin Janaba Bandiwadekar. Sanjay Shedekar, a gangster who received the supari, went after Janaba, but was outsmarted and killed by his intended prey.

After the incident, Janaba became more powerful, pushing Prakash to develop contacts in the underworld. Janaba enjoyed the support of Chotta Shakeel, prompting Prakash to align with Shakeel’s rival Chotta Rajan. As the war within the Bandiwadekar family intensified, it took a toll of 14. The last murder in the family was that of Ashok Bandiwadekar on April 20, 2012, at Naganwadi village.

Gangster-doctor nabbed in MP

BELGAUM: A gangster hotly pursued by police of several states was arrested by a team of Belgaum police in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and produced before a court here on Friday.

Dr Prakash Bandiwadekar, a general physician by qualification, is wanted in several cases of murder, murder attempt, extortion and dubious land deals.

According to police sources, he allegedly has connections with underworld don Chhota Rajan and several other gangsters Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Balu Dhokare, Tulsi Prajapati and Shiva Gavade. With their patronage, he allegedly used to run an extortion racket, built mainly around land deals, police claimed.

Bandiwadekar is wanted in six cases in Belgaum. He is also facing several cases in his home state Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

A police press note said Maharashtra police were on Bandiwadekar’s trail in a string of murder and attempt-to-murder cases he allegedly carried out in 1998.

Bandiwadekar, who hails from Naganwadi village in Chandgad taluk in Maharashtra, was running a health clinic in Belgaum.

Based on a tip-off, a police team led by the district crime investigation bureau’s officer Narayan Barmani and comprising V D Kabburi and V M Sardar captured him.

DCIB CPI Narayan Barmani and team along with the arrested gangster Prakash Bandiwadekar in Belgaum.

Car burning incident: Autopsy confirms victim was a man, DNA test to establish identity

The investigation gains importance in light of the fact that the car owner’s nephew, Vikram Kumar, who is expected to have been in possession of the vehicle at the time of the incident, has been missing since Saturday. It is being suspected that he could be the victim

Updated: Mar 12, 2018

Hindustan Times
An unidentified man was charred to death after a car caught fire near Ullahawas village on Saturday night.
An unidentified man was charred to death after a car caught fire near Ullahawas village on Saturday night. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Suspense continued over the death of an unidentified person who was burnt alive inside a Swift Dzire car that caught fire near Ullahawas village on the Golf Course Extension Road on Saturday night.

Although the autopsy conducted by doctors on Monday confirmed that the victim was a man, his identity could not be confirmed as the body was charred beyond recognition.

The DNA and viscera samples of the victim will now be used establish his identity and to rule out the possibility of drug or alcohol use, said Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the postmortem examination.

“It appears that the body kept on burning for several minutes after the victim’s death. The body bore ante-mortem burn injuries and even the bones were broken. The viscera and DNA samples have been taken to rule out drug use and to establish his identity,” Dr Mathur said.

The police have started investigation under Section 174 of the CrPC. The police said probe has been initiated on the complaint of the car owner, Rajesh Kumar, who hails from Narnaul.

The investigation gains importance in light of the fact that the car owner’s nephew, Vikram Kumar, who is expected to have been in possession of the vehicle at the time of the incident, has been missing since Saturday.

It is being suspected that he could be the victim.

It is likely that the police will collect DNA samples from Kumar’s relatives to find out if the man in the car was Vikram or someone else.

Badshahpur SHO Vishnu Prasad, who visited the mortuary said that they were waiting for the postmortem report to get more information about the victim. “The deceased has not been identified. DNA verification will establish the identity of the deceased,” he said.

Since the body was found on the passenger seat, the police have not ruled out foul play.

The police are also trying to ascertain the whereabouts of Vikarm, who drove the vehicle that was registered with cab aggregating service Ola. He used to drive the taxi across Delhi-NCR and lived in Kadarpur village on rent.

Spurned driver stabs woman twice with beer bottle

Bengaluru: A 28-year-old man allegedly stabbed a woman twice with a broken beer bottle on BK Road, KG Nagar, south Bengaluru, on Monday evening after she turned down his pleas to marry him.

Rajanikanth, a resident of Pandavapura in Mandya district, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to murder the 29-year-old woman, who is from a neighbouring village in the district. A driver, Rajinikanth was stalking the woman, mother of two. She is under treatment at Victoria Hospital and out of danger.

Rajinikanth was pressuring her to marry him as he was in love with her. However, she turned down his request. The woman’s husband, meanwhile, came to know of it and this strained the couple’s relationship. The upset woman came to her sister’s house in KG Nagar last week. On Monday, Rajinikanth landed at the doorstep of the shop run by the woman’s sister.

He urged the woman to forget her husband and move in with him. She sought to tick him off and both began arguing. He picked up an empty beer bottle from the roadside, broke it and stabbed her twice in the stomach and hand. Passersby caught him and handed him over to police. The woman was rushed to hospital. TNN

Stalker of Honnavar girl held in Bengaluru

Karwar: A man accused of stalking a girl student in Kodigadde village in Magod, Honnavar, which left the girl with self-inflicted injuries a few months ago, was arrested in Bengaluru on Friday. Ganesh Naik, 22, was brought to Honnavar and produced before the magistrate on Saturday.

The stalking and subsequent injuries to the girl had triggered unrest in the port town last December. Ganesh allegedly stalked the Class 9 girl when she walked through a forest area to her high school 8km from her house. Her mother informed gram panchayat members who admonished Ganesh.

Meanwhile, communal clashes broke out in the taluk in December due to which she couldn’t go to school for four days. Unaware of exams in school, she missed one. This added to her fear and she used a thorn to inflict injuries on her hand. When she was buying a bandage to dress the wound, the shop owner asked her about it. She allegedly lied that she sustained injuries while trying to escape from two youths trying to kidnap her. The shopkeeper and villagers claimed they’d seen two youths from another community moving around on a bike. Soon, this false news spread in the taluk and resulted in another bout of violence. Later, she revealed the truth to a magistrate, and doctors certified that her injuries were self-inflicted. Ganesh has been booked under the Pocso Act TNN.

Six rape woman in Raj, upload video online

Kota: A 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by six youths in Rajasthan’s Baran district. The youths also filmed the assault and uploaded it on social media.

Police said the rape took place almost a month ago but the survivor lodged a complaint on March 5 after she came to know that the video was uploaded online. Police have booked the accused under several sections of the IPC and IT Act, but no arrests have been made so far.

The woman, who works at a roadside eatery in Kota, alleged that she was raped when she visited Baran to meet her in-laws. One of her acquaintances – Chetan Meena, 21 – offered to drop her to her in-laws house after she got down at the bus stand in Samaspura village. Meena, however, took her to a secluded place, where he raped her with five others.


Jhansi hospital makes man lie with amputed leg under head

Jhansi: In a horrific display of insensitivity, a school bus conductor who lost his left leg in an accident was made to lie on a stretcher with his severed limb placed under his head at Jhansi Medical College on Saturday.

A probe was ordered by the UP government after the video of the incident went viral. Late in the evening, minister for medical education, Ashutosh Tandon ordered suspension of emergency medical officer Dr Mahendra Pal Singh, senior resident Dr Alok Agarwal and sisters on duty Deepa Narang and Shashi Srivastava.

Director general (DG), medical education, Dr KK Gupta said that departmental proceedings will be initiated against the consultant doctor on call, Dr Praveen Saraogi, because he did not respond in time.

According to reports, the bus picked up students from a Mauranipur-based public school and had reached Bamouri village when a herd of stay cattle suddenly came in front of it. In his attempt to save them, the driver lost control of the vehicle which overturned by the roadside in the city’s Lehchura area. The left leg of the bus conductor, Ghanshyam, 28, got severed after it got trapped under the vehicle.

Six students who sustained minor injuries were discharged after receiving first aid at the local health centre, station officer (SO) of Lehchura, Gyan Prakash Singh said. “No case has been lodged so far,” he added.

The medical college principal, Dr Sadhna Kaushik, said the severed leg could not be stitched back since the tissue was “already dead”.

When TOI contacted the family members, they said that they had no choice but to transfer Ghanshyam to a private hospital. “From morning to evening there was no one to attend him. We had no choice but to take him to a private hospital,” said Janki Prasad, brother-in-law of the patient.

CBI told to pay ₹15L for tardy murder probe

‘Compensate Victim’s Father’

Mumbai: Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has directed the CBI director to pay Rs 15 lakh to the father of an MBA student for carrying out a shoddy probe into his mysterious death thus delaying delivery of justice.

The commission said the father has been waiting for justice for seven years and the adverse findings against the CBI by a magistrate court raises question over the credibility of the investigators and the way they function.

The commission’s directions came in response to a complaint filed by Vijay Singh, a Patna resident whose son Santosh was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kharghar on July 15, 2011. The commission said the compensation has to be paid within six weeks for violation of his fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution and disciplinary action initiated against the erring officers.

MSHRC member MA Sayeed, in his order, asked the CBI to sensitise officers about significance of a proper investigation in accordance with the rules and procedures.

Vijay Singh had filed a complaint with the commission in 2011, which was amended five years later with additional evidence. The CBI, which last probed the murder case based on a high court order, had concluded it as a suicide and filed a closure report in the magistrate court at Panvel.

The magistrate court refused to accept the report pointing out lapses and ordered arrest of the accused for murder.

Santosh stayed with three friends—Vikas, Jitendra, Dheeraj. On July 15, 2011, he was found dead in the balcony of a first floor flat. Kharghar police registered an accidental death report on the basis of Jitendra’s statement where he mentioned that Santosh had, under the influence of alcohol, committed suicide by jumping from the toilet window. Vijay was not satisfied with the finding of the local police that Santosh committed suicide.

In 2012, he and filed a writ plea in the high court, which ordered a CID probe, but Vijay was again not satisfied. On his request, the HC ordered a CBI probe. The CBI registered a case of murder but filed a closure report. All the three accused are at present in judicial custody.


Clinic owner abducted, driven around for over 6 hrs; escapes in filmi style after tyre bursts

44-year-old was returning to Girinagar home around 11 pm


A gang of six kidnapped and assaulted Shekhar BV (44), a resident of Girinagar who runs a rehabilitation centre for addicts on Mysore Road, last week for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. He was moved around in a car for at least six hours during the night before the victim managed to slip away in the dark while the gang was fixing a flat tyre. The police have managed to catch four of the six members, one of whom had used the rebab run by Shekhar (although it is unclear yet if victimising Shekhar was intentional). The car used for the kidnap (KA02 AC 6766) has also been seized. It belongs to one Nagesha HJ and is registered at Bengaluru West RTO.

The incident took place around 11 pm on March 8 when Shekhar was on his way back home from his institution. He was on his two-wheeler at Pushpanjali Park, which is close to his house, when two young men (he said they looked like teenagers) brushed against his bike from behind. When he stopped and chided them, two men from a car parked nearby came out and started abusing him. Before he realised that he had been set up, they had dragged him by the limbs and dumped him on the floor of the car behind the driver. There were four others in the car too. The two youth on the bike sped away.

The gang immediately pulled out his phone and switched it off. While on the road, Shekhar told BM that he had no idea where they were taking him. He said he pleaded with them to take whatever money he had but to leave him unharmed. But his abductors had their eyes set on big money, and wanted to hold him hostage for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.

On the way, they kicked him, and assaulted him with a machete and a dagger. The Rs 10,000 cash he was carrying in his wallet was taken away, so were his two ATM cards. They assaulted him till he gave away their PIN. Since Shekhar was lying on the floor of the car, nobody could see him. Also, as it was past midnight, there were hardly any vehicles on the road.

Shekhar said he thought his assailants were not professional, and were under the influence of drugs. They asked him to call his friends and arrange Rs 50 lakh for his release. Only then was he given his phone. He made the call to a friend (he refused to mention who the friend was) and, as per instructions, asked for the money to be ready by 11 am the next day.


The gang’s luck ran out around 5 am, when one of the tyres burst. They had to stop by the roadside to change the tyre. And while a couple of them went to relieve themselves, Shekhar saw an opportunity and silently slipped through the back door unnoticed. He then escaped the scene under the cover of darkness before the attackers could track him down.

Shekhar was surprised to find they had driven him up till Dobbspet-Doddaballapur Road, from where he escaped.

He approached a few vehicles heading into the city and managed to come to Girinagar. He called his family members and informed them that he was safe. (They had, by then, already informed the cops of his absence.) He went to a hospital to tend to his injuries and then filed a police complaint. Shekhar is still recovering.

A while after he was abducted, Shekhar said he recognised one of the men, Shivu, as his client at the rehabilitation centre from a while ago. He provided the police with his details which helped them detain four among the six gang members, and also seize the car used to kidnap him.

The Girinagar police have registered a case under IPC Section 364 [a] (kidnap for ransom), Section 389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence in order to commit extortion), and Section 395 (dacoity) and are investigating the case.

(Left) The spot from where Shekhar was abducted; (above) the car in which he was kidnapped is registered in the name of a certain Nagesha HJ


332 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Who lives & who dies? Who decides??

Aruna Shanbaug lives on

The nurse’s case, which gave us various landmark laws, yet again impacts our lives

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of India revalidated its landmark judgement of 2011. The judgement, which allowed passive euthanasia and which was passed by a two-judge bench, was announced on March 8, ironically International Women’s Day. Equally ironic, though, was the fact that the woman, Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, in whose name the public interest litigation was filed in 2009, was denied the same freedom which was being given to everyone else.

In 2014, the new government was asked in the Parliament about passive euthanasia. It quoted the Aruna Shanbaug judgement and said it was fine with it and not in a hurry to bring in a new law. However, an NGO from Delhi went to the Supreme Court and said they had a PIL pending with the court in which they had sought active euthanasia as well as living will.

The new five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has now mostly upheld the validity of the 2011 judgement. It has also allowed advance medical directive (living will) that lets a person decide in advance whether or not to be put on life support in case of terminal illness. (This has already been introduced in the Mental Health Care Act.) So now, a total of seven Supreme Court judges have stood by the passive euthanasia judgement brought by Aruna Shanbaug case.

A cautionary tale

Aruna Shanbaug came to this city, then called Bombay, fiercely determined to become a nurse. She didn’t know much English, and she had never left her tiny village in Karnataka. But she made Bombay her own. She became a nurse, a very good one at that, and met a doctor. They were to marry. The night before she was to proceed on leave for her wedding, she was brutally sodomised by a sweeper at her very own workplace – a hospital. While sodomising her, he used a dog-chain to strangle her. It cut off the blood supply to her brain and thus began her biggest tragedy – he did not kill her completely, but left her partially brain-stem dead. He took her jewellery and watch and left her in the basement of the hospital to die. She was found the next morning on all fours, exactly the way she had been sodomised. When they touched her, she toppled over. There was blood all over her body, agony in every sinew of her being. And that is how she stayed locked in, from that night in 1973, aged 24, through 2015 when she died, legally.

My mother Roshanara Mody, a teacher and a social worker, told me about Aruna as the world’s most cautionary tale on what can happen to women, and also men, when they are sexually assaulted. I went to see Aruna. I saw her, I never stopped going to see her.

When our country celebrated 50 years of Independence, it occurred to me that she was about the same age. I went to the hospital, dug out her file, found her admission card and got to know her date birth was June 1. Then I wrote an article in the Sunday Times of India. The publisher David Davidar, then with Penguin, called me up and said he wanted a whole book on Aruna’s story. I told him I was not sure about whether I’d be able to write it. What do you say about a woman who lay unseen on a bed in one corner of a hospital, in a city that had changed? All the people she knew had gone, not that it mattered to her. But, all the same, I decided to give it a go.

I traced her village in Karnataka. Then I went to the court – in Bombay — where the case was being heard. I discovered that her rapist was never tried for rape. He walked as a free man for merely stealing her earring and watch. He was tried for attempt to murder because he had not murdered her. I wrote the book and we released it by her bedside on her 50th birthday. I wrote the book in a rage because I could not believe so many injustices could be heaped on that one single, small, bird-like person that she had become.

My residential status changed from Mumbai to Delhi to Bangalore to Pune, but I always made it a point to visit her.

All she needed was adult diapers. When she turned 60, something happened to me. I said this woman, who has been in this state since she was 24, is turning

60. Something is horribly wrong with us if we cannot try and set this little bird free.

I approached the Supreme Court in 2009. Every single advocate I got in touch with said no to me. They said there was no way I would win the case. They also said that I was no one to her, not related, and she didn’t even know me. But she didn’t know anybody around her. People would ask me about my locus standi.

Beginning of a long battle

Finally, I met senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, who is also from Mumbai. He was somewhat familiar with her story. He asked me to give him my book and call him after 10 days. When I called him, he wouldn’t take my calls. But I turned into a telephonic stalker. He finally took my call and, in his deep voice, said that he was taking my case and I should see him in Delhi. I took the next flight to Delhi.

He said this case can be thrown out because you are nobody to her. On the other hand, he said, if I was willing to file the case as “her next friend,” which is a constitutional guarantee if there is nobody in the country for someone, he could give it a try. Nobody had tried it before.

The Supreme Court accepted the case after hearing it for two years. I was accompanied by Mr Naphade as my lawyer and his associate Shubhangi Tuli. But the other side came with the might of the State because they were opposing it.

My contention was that there is something called Glasgow Scale, through which I wanted the court to evaluate the level of her consciousness, and if it was established that she was in a Persistent Vegetative State, then let us, according to international protocol, reduce her feed (a narrow tube was inserted via her nose into her stomach) and increase her medication and to let her go peacefully. It would take about 18 to 20 days to let her go. That’s all that I had asked for, but it was vehemently opposed.

I wasn’t allowed to talk to the media, as Mr Naphade was not fine with me doing that in an ongoing case. But, because of this, there were many other people talking unnecessary things, making it about everything except Aruna, including even religion.

In the 2011 judgement, the Supreme Court had also held that attempt to suicide should be decriminalised, which, too, has been brought via the Mental Health Care Act. In the Criminal law amendment of 2013, which was brought into effect post the Nirbhaya case, the words “before, after or even in the process of trying to sexually assault, if you put a woman in a persistent vegetative state, you will be tried for murder” have been added owing to the Aruna Shanbaug case.

So, from one Aruna Shanbaug case, the world’s worst case of sexual harassment, we have got so many laws – passive euthanasia, living will, decriminalising of suicide and a strengthened rape law. Aruna Shanbaug lives on. – As told to Sunil Baghel

Pinki Virani

The debate around euthanasia began with the Aruna Shanbaug case. The nurse passed away in 2015 after being in coma for 42 years

The safeguards put in place by the SC after a terminally-ill person chooses to discontinue treatment

# When the doctor, treating a terminally-ill person with no hope of recovery, would be informed about advanced directive, the medical practitioner shall ascertain the directive’s genuineness and authenticity from jurisdictional judicial magistrate before acting upon the same.

# The patient will be given a go-ahead to discontinue treatment only after the doctor treating him/ her is fully convinced that the executor is terminally ill and is undergoing prolonged treatment or is surviving on life support and that the illness of the executor is incurable or there is no hope of him/her being cured.

# If the doctor is convinced that instructions given in the document need to be acted upon, he/she shall inform the executor or the patient’s guardian or close relative about the nature of illness, availability of medical care and consequences of alternative forms of treatment.

# Hospital where such patient has been admitted shall constitute a medical board consisting of the head of treating department and at least three experts from the fields of general medicine, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry or oncology with experience in critical care and having experience of at least 20 years.

# The members of the board would visit the patient in the presence of his/her guardian or close relative and form an opinion whether to certify withdrawal or refusal of further medical treatment. This decision shall be regarded as a preliminary opinion.

# After the board certifies that advanced directive be carried out, the hospital shall forthwith inform about it to the jurisdictional collector who would then set up another medical board to look into it.

# If the medical board concurs with the initial decision of the medical board of the concerned hospital, it may endorse the certificate to carry out the instructions given in the advance directive.

# In the event the executor is incapable of taking decision or develops impaired decision making capacity, the consent of the guardian nominated by the executor in the advance directive should be obtained regarding refusal or withdrawal of medical treatment to the executor to the extent of and consistent with the clear instructions given in the advance directive.

# The chairman of the board nominated by the collector shall convey its decision to the judicial magistrate before giving effect to the decision to withdraw medical treatment to the patient.

# The magistrate shall visit the patient at the earliest and after examining all the aspects, authorise implementation of the decision of the board.

# If the medical board refuses to grant nod, it would be open to the executor of the advance directive or his family members, the doctor or hospital staff to approach the high court and the Chief Justice shall set up a division bench to decide it expeditiously after affording opportunity to the state.

# The high court will be free to constitute an independent committee consisting of three doctors from the fields of general medicine, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry or oncology with experience in critical care and with overall standing in the medical profession of at least 20 years.

# In cases where there is no advance directive about terminally-ill patients, the doctor treating him/her may inform the hospital which, in turn, shall constitute a medical board.

Inspector arrested in
suicide of mother-son duo

Bengaluru, DHNS: Police inspector Chandrappa, attached with the District Special Branch (DSB) Kolar, has been arrested for abetting the suicide of a KSRTC conductor and his mother.

Maunesh and Sundaramma, the mother-son duo, plunged to death from the fifth floor of the MSC Empress apartment in Belathur in Kadugodi in east Bengaluru on Tuesday. Both were residents of Chikkanahalli in Shahpur, Yadgir district.

Maunesh’s wife Sridevi lodged a complaint with the Whitefield police on the same night. The police probe, which focused on circumstantial and scientific evidence, indicate that the deaths were suicide.

The police also recovered a suicide note written by Maunesh, accusing Chandrappa of causing enormous mental torture.

Taking the note as evidence, the police booked Chandrappa under IPC Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 343 (illegal confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

“We are also writing to the superintendent of police, Kolar, to place Chandrappa under suspension, and to initiate a departmental inquiry,” said an official.

The police are also searching for Chandrappa’s sister Manjula, who went missing recently, to ascertain if she had a marital relationship with Maunesh.

Inspector’s version

In his statement to the police, Chandrappa had said he suspected Maunesh for his sister’s disappearance as the conductor had an affair with her. He also alleged that Maunesh eloped with Manjula and married her.

Chandrappa traced the couple, annulled their marriage and brought Manjula home. But his sister went missing for a second time.

Chandrappa then invited Maunesh to his flat to search for Manjula. Fearing that the inspector would harm Maunesh, his mother Sundaramma also came with him to Bengaluru.

On Tuesday morning, the duo jumped from the kitchen utility area of the fifth-floor flat and committed suicide.

Cop arrested for destroying evidence in Kathua minor rape-murder case

Zulfikar Majid

Srinagar, DHNS: A police officer was detained for questioning, while a head constable was arrested by the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police for allegedly destroying evidence in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old nomad girl in Kathua district.

Sub Inspector Anand Dutta, who was initially the investigating officer of the case, has been detained while Havaldar Tilak Raj, posted at Hiranagar police station, was arrested after it was prima facie established that he had washed the minor victim’s clothes that were soaked in blood and mud, before sending them for forensic test, sources said.

Two special police officers (SPOs), Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, and a juvenile are already in police custody for their alleged involvement in the abduction, rape and murder of Asifa Bano from Rasana village on January 10. According to investigation, she was drugged and held captive for a week before being murdered.

State police chief Shesh Pal Vaid said that action would be taken against  personnel found wanting in their professional job. The incident has already snowballed into a major political and communal controversy in the violence-hit state with alliance partners in the state government – PDP and BJP – rallying behind the two sides.

Last week two senior BJP ministers – Lal Singh and Prakash Chander Ganga – while addressing a rally in Kathua organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, a fringe right-wing group protesting against the arrest of the accused, asked the police not to make any further arrests in the case. They even called the investigation of the state Crime Branch, which is being monitored by the high court, as ‘jungle raj’. The BJP ministers wanted a CBI inquiry.


Clashes, police action


However, after drawing Opposition flak, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ministers Altaf Bukhari and Nayeem Akhtar decried attempts to politicise an inhuman criminal act. Akhtar, who is a close confidant of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, without naming his colleagues from BJP, said that instead of trying to whip up communal passions over the shameful criminal act, and hampering investigation, the law enforcing agencies should be allowed to bring the criminals to justice.

Meanwhile, police on Thursday used force against the protesters during a march taken out by Hindu Ekta Manch in Kathua demanding a CBI probe into the incident. Reports said several people were injured in the police action and the clashes that followed on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Chadwal area.


331 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Stalker murders of India

Stalker murders 20-yr-old girl outside her college in Chennai

Chennai: A 26-year-old stalker murdered a college student in full public view in Chennai’s KK Nagar on Friday afternoon by slashing her throat with a knife. The assailant was caught by passersby and handed over to the police who arrested him.

A first year BCom student, Ashwini Mohan was walking from her college when the incident occurred at around 3pm, police said. The 20-year-old was with a few of her friends, around 200 metres from her college, when the stalker, Alagesan Ganesan of Alapakkam, intercepted her way. Handing her a cigarette lighter, he demanded that she set him ablaze. While her friends screamed for help, Ashwini flung aside the lighter and tried to walk away, but Alagesan, who worked with a packaged water supply agency, held her firmly. He pulled out a knife, pressed it in her hand and then tried to kill himself with it. As she pushed his hand away, he slashed her neck and she fell to the ground, blood pouring out of the deep wound.

An ambulance was called, but one of the woman’s friends tied her neck with a kerchief and took her on his bike, with a girl holding Ashwini from behind, to a private hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

Ashwini was a BCom student

330 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Gauri Lankesh journalist’s murder story

Man who gave Naveen the bullets to be case witness

Officials say Naveen tailed Lankesh from her house to office and back, at least thrice

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Gauri Lankesh murder case has decided to record the statement of the man, who had supplied bullets to KT Naveen Kumar, before a magistrate and include him as a witness to bolster the case against the assailants. It is suspected that this man has some link with a city-based armoury.

Naveen took the ammo and handed it and a country made gun over to the main shooter, reportedly a Maharashtrian to murder Gauri Lankesh. Naveen was arrested last week for his alleged links with a fourmember gang that was directly involved in gunning down the journalist outside her residence at Raja Rajeshwari Nagar on September 5, 2017. Naveen has also divulged information on a man named Praveen, who was supervising the operation and giving him instructions.

“It seems the firearm used in the murder was sourced by a Bijapurbased gun runner from Madhya Pradesh and handed over to Naveen. He later got the bullets from Bengaluru. Naveen was directly appointed by Praveen, who was supervising the logistic parts of the operation like arranging the gun, ammo, etc. The man could also have been using a false alias,” said sources.

Naveen has reportedly confessed that he was entrusted with the task of tailing Gauri throughout the day and keeping a watch on her movements. He has also reportedly confessed he used to tail her to her office on his motorcycle and used to hang around at Gandhi Bazaar next to her office till she left for anywhere else and then follow her back home. Naveen has told the cops that they started keeping a tab on her daily routine from mid-July 2017.

“He (Naveen) has claimed he did this on three days, including once about 10 days prior to her murder. But it seems he was using a Bajaj Calibre bike and not a Pulsar bike as captured on the CCTV footage, indicating that more than one person could have been entrusted with the task,” said sources.

Gauri had reportedly told her sister Kavita Lankesh and mother Indira Lankesh that she had seen suspicious persons outside her residence about a week before her murder. “Yes, the family had informed the local police about this,” police officials added.

Sources also said Naveen was refusing to divulge any details about the rest of the persons involved in the operation leaving no option but to conduct a narco test on him. The SIT had also formally requested for the assistance of an Assistant Director rank officer from CBI, Maharashtra, to assist them by conducting ‘interactive sessions’ with Naveen to confirm whether he is telling the truth.

“Naveen was restricted to Hindu Yuva Sena, but in January 2017, he was invited for a function which was organised by a Goa-based outfit during which he was initiated into their group,” sources added. Sources added Naveen had claimed the firearm was given to him in Ooty a month before the murder, but that proved to be a false lead. Apart from Naveen, it is suspected that a four-member gang consisting of three youths, including Praveen with links in Mangaluru and the Maharshtrian shooter, were directly involved in Gauri’s murder.

KT Naveen Kumar was arrested by SIT in the Gauri murder case

Kumar will undergo narco; sent to jail |

Bangalore Mirror Bureau
Naveen Kumar, accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, has been shifted to Parappana Agrahara prison on Monday evening after he was remanded to judicial custody earlier in the day. He has also given his consent to undergo narco analysis and brain mapping to aid as per the demand of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case. The SIT was earlier given five-day custody of Kumar and was expected to produce him before the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Tuesday but chose to produce and transfer him to prison a day in advance. He will be in judicial custody till March 26. “The magistrate asked Kumar thrice and he gave his concent. Infact he had met his legal team yesterday and had said that he was ready for narco analysis,” said AVM Vedhamurthy, Kumar’s legal counsel. Interestingly, Kumar had earlier refused to give consent for narco analysis when he was produced before the court last week. Sources claimed that the procedure is expected to be done in Ahmedabad. It was also pointed out that as of now Kumar was not taken to Goa or anywhere outside Karnataka as part of the investigation. “Kumar was explained about the entire procedure. He was also told that his physical and mental health will not be affected,” said TC Nirmal Rani, Assistant Public Prosecutor. Kumar was also assured by the court that no information retrieved from him through narco analysis would be used against him and that it would be only utilised to take the investigation forward. The SIT is probing Gauri Lankesh’s death after unidentified men opened fire at her outside her residence on September 5, 2017. They arrested Naveen Kumar from Maddur on February 19 after he was found in the possession of live bullets. Kumar had floated a Mandya-based Hindu Yuva Sena outfit in 2014. He was taken into SIT custody for his alleged role in Gauri’s murder on March 2 and was later formally arrested. Police had recovered a book and photographs associated with that of Sanathan Sanstha and its founder from Naveen’s residence a couple of days back. However, the Sanstha has stated that he was neither a follower nor a member. KT Naveen Kumar (inset) is in custody in connection with Gauri Lankesh murder case

How Lankesh SIT ensured Kumar stays in custody

Hint: Dreamz Infra realty cheating case

Once bitten, twice shy, they say. Stung by the Sachin Naik case — where the accused walked free despite over 30 cases of cheating against him – the police took remedial action and managed to secure the custody of KT Naveen Kumar for his alleged role in Gauri Lankesh’s murder.

Kumar had been picked up by Central Crime Branch on February 18 from near Majestic bus stand; five live .32 bore bullets were recovered from him. The Special Investigation Team later took custody of Kumar and while that was supposed to expire on Friday, the police made a clever move and arrested Kumar. The gamble paid off as Kumar was granted bail in the bullet seizure case; had the police not formally arrested him and shown the arrest memo to the third additional chief metropolitan magistrate court – where his case was heard – Kumar’s lawyers would have pressed for his release.

Naik’s case seems to have played a huge role in the SIT’s move to arrest Kumar before the bail plea came up for hearing. Naik, the alleged mastermind in the Dreamz Infra realty scam where investors were promised apartments but cheated of over Rs 1,000 crore, managed to walk out of police custody in September despite having over 30 cases registered against him.

There was a legal loophole in Naik’s case. It seems the police had just recorded his arrest in one case and were taking Naik on custody through body warrant in rest of the cases and returning him to Parappana Agrahara prison on expiry of his custody duration. So all his legal team had to do was to secure bail in just the single case in which he was formally arrested to ensure his freedom.

The SIT did not want a repeat of the Naik case with Kumar.

“Earlier police never used to submit arrest memos to court if one person is accused in multiple cases. That is what happened in the case of Sachin Naik. He was formally arrested only in one case in which he secured bail and was being taken on body warrant in other cases. Naik’s lawyers could claim that since he was out on bail, he could not be held in custody in the remaining cases as he had not been formally arrested,” said Nirmal Rani, Additional Public Prosecutor.

Nirmal Rani added that Kumar securing bail in the Majestic ammo seizure case will not affect the Gauri Lankesh case as the SIT managed to submit the arrest memo and formally pronounce Kumar as an accused in the case. She said that taking a cue from the Naik fiasco, the prosecution team always makes it a point to ensure that the cops should submit the arrest memo to the court after taking the accused into custody and formalise the arrest (Kumar wasn’t formally arrested – until Friday — even though he was picked up on February 18).

“It just makes the case legally stronger. If the person is not under arrest in one particular case and has been granted bail in the only case in which he was arrested then legally it won’t be viable to keep him in custody,” said sources.

Naveen Kumar was initially secured with five live .32 bullets from Majestic bus stand area on February 18 and formally arrested and charged under the Arms Act on February 19. He was later taken on body warrant into police custody on March 2 by the SIT citing that he was a ‘person of interest’ in the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

Journalist and former Bangalore Mirror columnist Gauri Lankesh was shot multiple times outside her Raja Rajeshwari Nagar house on September 5 when she returned from work. The assailant has so far not been identified even though Kumar has mentioned a certain Praveen’s involvement.



KT Naveen Kumar was formally arrested for role in Gauri Lankesh murder case


Naik, an accused in Dreamz Infra case

SIT names Naveen accused in Gauri murder case

Naveen Kumar

Bengaluru: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) named K T Naveen Kumar (37) as an accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case after confirming that he had conducted a recce near her house before she was killed.

The SIT also charged Kumar with plotting to assassinate Mysuru-based writer K S Bhagawan.

Armed with the information, the SIT produced Kumar before the 3rd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Friday. The SIT officials submitted documents in a closed envelope to the court on conspiracy charges against Kumar with an arms case and sought to extend his custody as they have to take him to several places as part of the investigation.

The advocate representing Kumar opposed further custody and submitted that Kumar had already spent 20 days in police custody. The police are now trying to force a statement out of him and are trying to fix him in the case, he contended.

The magistrate considered the SIT’s request and extended his police custody by five days till March 13. Kumar has been in SIT custody since March 2.

The SIT on Friday named two accused in the Gauri Lankesh case and submitted details of the second accused who is yet to arrested.

Meanwhile, the public prosecutor sought permission to subject Kumar to a narco analysis test as he is not forthcoming with information. The officials also alleged that Kumar is misleading the investigation with baseless answers to the investigation officers. Hearing the submission, the magistrate reserved the order to March 12.

A senior police officer said that Kumar was heading the Hindu Yuva Sena’s Maddur unit and had booked a marriage hall in Mandya to hold a huge gathering with Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, which is a sister concern of Goa-based Sanathan Sanstha.

The Upparpet police arrested four people on charges of dealing with illegal arms and during their interrogation, they revealed vital information about Kumar’s involvement in illegal arms trade. Later, Kumar was arrested by the Central Crime Branch on February 18 in Upparpet based on a tip-off. He had come to meet one his contacts near Kempegowda Bus Station to hand over a few rounds of ammunition, the police said. The CCB seized 15 cartridges of 0.32 calibre from him.

Bhagawan targeted

The SIT has decided to transfer the case of Kumar’s plot to eliminate K S Bhagawan to the Mysuru police. A senior police officer said Kumar had conspired with his associate to kill Bhagwan. They also even held target practice.

He also did a recce near Bhagawan’s house.

SIT seeks court nod for narco test on accused

Gauri murder case: First person formally accused
Team tells court, main accused is still on the run and that Naveen is withholding information

The SIT probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh has sought the permission of the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to conduct brain mapping and narco analysis on KT Naveen Kumar, founder of Hindu Yuva Sena’s Mandya unit, who is presently in their custody for his alleged role in the fatal shooting.

Coincidentally Kumar managed to secure bail in another case registered against him after he was arrested with live bullets near Majestic on February 18. Despite invoking attempt to murder charges against him citing that Kumar was part of a conspiracy to assassinate another Mysuru-based rationalist, he managed to secure bail. The SIT, sensing trouble, went ahead and submitted arrest memos and formally arrested Kumar as an accused in Gauri case. He has been booked under Sections 120 B and 118 of the Indian Penal Code for wilfully concealing intention to commit a murder and also for his involvement in the criminal conspiracy.

“As of now, Naveen Kumar is the only one formally accused in the case. As far as the bail is concerned, we will file a revision petition to get it cancelled,” said MN Anucheth, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).

Naveen Kumar was brought to the court before the lunch session and the prosecution sought permission for five more days of police custody apart from a petition seeking permission for conducting narco analysis on Kumar. The SIT has informed the court that the ‘main suspect’ was still on the run and Kumar was withholding vital information about the shooters that was preventing the SIT from apprehending them.

“He (Naveen) definitely knows a lot but is not co-operating and divulging anything. That is why we wanted to get his narco test done,” said SIT sources.

After hearing defence and prosecution arguments, the court decided to extend Naveen Kumar’s custody for five more days. The decision on the plea to carry out narco analysis would be delivered on March 12. SIT sources have claimed that Naveen Kumar had agreed to subject himself for narco analysis before he was brought to the open court where he turned hostile and refused to undergo the procedure.

“We have video proof where Naveen Kumar on his own is giving his consent for narco analysis, but now he has refused it,” said sources.

AVM Vedhmurthy, legal counsel for Naveen Kumar, said the police did not have any substantial charges against his client. He added that Kumar was also in police custody after it was shown that he was picked up from Majestic with five bullets on February 18. Another lawyer Amruthesh, who joined Kumar’s legal team, slammed his arrest as politically motivated and without any evidence.

Naveen Kumar arrives at the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court on Friday; AVM Vedhmurthy (left)

Gauri Lankesh

Hindu activist is accused No. 1 in Gauri murder

SIT Will Quiz Naveen For 5 More Days

Bengaluru: A rightwing Hindu activist and gunrunner who was being interrogated on suspicion that he had harboured and helped the killers of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh was on Friday named accused No. 1in the case.

Sources in the special investigation team (SIT) probing the murder said KT Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, 38, had confessed to assisting “Praveen and others” in carrying out the killing. “He is not forthcoming on the details of who these men were,” a source said. Naveen, who lives in Maddur in Mandya district, is president of a splinter outfit, the Hindu Yuva Sene.

Earlier in the day, Naveen was produced before the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in Bengaluru which extended his police custody by five days. After hearing the SIT’s application to subject Naveen to narcoanalysis, Judge Prakash V reserved his orders for March 15.


Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja confessed to assisting Gauri’s killers, claim SIT sources

The 38-year-old Hindu Yuva Sene president was arrested in Majestic area on February 17

Court extends his police custody by five days, reserves order on narcoanalysis plea

Team wants Naveen to undergo narco test

The special probe team wants to subject Naveen to narcoanalysis at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Ahmedabad.

In its remand application, the SIT named Naveen as accused No. 1 and sought his custody, saying that he assisted Gauri’s killers in carrying out the job but was not forthcoming on the details. Naveen was picked up from the KSRTC bus stand in Majestic area of Bengaluru on Feburary 17. Police recovered 15 live bullets from him at the time.

On March 2, SIT had produced Naveen before the same court and sought his custody, saying he may have information in the Gauri case. Senior public prosecutor Nirmal Rani said police needed more time to question him as he is concealing evidence. His counsel Veda Murthy said there was nothing left for SIT to ask. He requested that he be allowed to meet Naveen during interrogation. The judge directed SIT to let Naveen meet his advocate whenever he wanted to. The accused replied in the negative to a query on whether he was tortured in custody.

The prosecutor handed over a sealed letter to the judge. SIT sources said it contained Naveen’s confession and other related materials. “The evidence collected confirms Naveen is an accused in the case and we have arrested him,” deputy chief of the SIT, MN Anuchet, said.

SIT recreates recce scene, suspect made to ride bike near Gauri’s home

Video Of Bike-Borne Naveen Will Be Sent To FSL For Analysis

Bengaluru: A suspect in the Gauri Lankesh murder case was on Monday made to ride a bike donning a full-face helmet near the slain journalist’s house to verify whether he was the same person in the CCTV images of recce conducted by the killers.

Naveen Kumar, 38, resident of Maddur and leader of Hindu Yuva Sena, is under the custody of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

It is suspected that Naveen provided logistics to the killer by conducting a recce on September 3 and 5 last year. Gauri was gunned down in front of her house in RR Nagar, southwest Bengaluru, on September 5.

CCTV images obtained from the house premises show a man riding a red-black Bajaj Pulsar bike and wearing a full-face helmet while conducting the recce. The man in the video is wearing a white full-arm shirt, black pants and dark sandals. “Naveen was made to wear a similar shirt and fullface helmet. He was asked to ride near Gauri’s residence and other places where the suspect in the video had rode,” sources said.

Earlier, SIT had got Naveen to ride the bike in its custody. Those videos and images have been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory for analysis. “We’ve now taken pictures and videos of Naveen riding the two-wheeler near Gauri’s house and will send them to FSL seeking its opinion,” sources added.

According to officials, FSL will take at least one month to ascertain the similarities between Naveen and the man in the picture. “Our team that visited Mangaluru to hunt down the people with whom Naveen was in touch hasn’t met with success till now. The phone numbers which Naveen Kumar called are switched off. The names and addresses of the men who had purchased the sim cards are fake,” sources said.

Naveen was arrested by CCB police on February 18, and 15 live bullets were recovered from him. Naveen was taken into SIT custody on March 2 for his suspected role in the murder.

UNRAVELLING MYSTERY: A file picture of the spot in RR Nagar where journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified persons on September 5, 2017

Maddur gunrunner held in Gauri Lankesh murder case

Had Bragged To Friend About ‘Big Job’

Bengaluru: In a major breakthrough in the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, the Special Investigation Team probing the murder took into custody 38-year-old Naveen Kumar T on Friday for allegedly taking the killer to the spot on his motorcycle.

In the evening, a city sessions court remanded Naveen alias Hotte Manja, a resident of Maddur, Mandya district, and founder of a splinter unit of the Hindu Yuva Sena, to eight days in SIT custody.

The arrest came hours after TOI reported that SIT officials suspect Naveen of ferrying the killer on the night of September 5, 2017 to Gauri’s house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, southwest Bengaluru.

SIT deputy chief MN Anucheth confirmed Naveen is in their custody. “Since he’s a suspect, we’ve taken him into custody,” he said.

SIT officials suspect Gauri’s killer belongs to the same group that was involved in the murders of scholar MM Kalburgi, CPI leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in 2015 and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in 2013. They have said ballistics examination confirmed that the same weapon was used in all four killings.

Naveen was picked up last week from the KSRTC bus stand in Majestic area of Bengaluru with a .32-calibre gun and 15 live bullets. He was in the custody of Jnanabharathi police, when SIT sleuths found out that he had bragged to his friend that he had been involved in the Gauri murder.

After questioning Naveen over the past few days, SIT sleuths on Friday decided to take him into custody and approached the sessions court on Friday.

Sleuths yet to establish that Naveen drove Gauri’s killer

Sources in SIT, however, said they’re yet to conclusively establish that Naveen drove the killer on the bike. “He resembled the man who conducted a recce on September 3 and the morning of September 5. “We had the footage from near Gauri’s house on those two days showing the biker on what appears to be a recce. Naveen’s posture on a bike resembles the man in the footage. We’re waiting for forensic confirmation that the recreated images of Naveen riding the bike matches the man in the CCTV footage,” the sources explained.

“We have enough evidence to establish his presence in RR Nagar on September 3 and 5,” the source said. “Naveen vanished for 15 days and surfaced later. He boasted to a friend that he had been involved in a big job. Naveen also asked the friend whether he was watching TV news and the latter asked him whether it was the Gauri murder. Naveen laughed it away but the friend tipped us off,” sources added.

“Naveen admits to harbouring four individuals from a right-wing outfit. We have drawn their sketches based on his description. We are sure one of them, a man with a receding hairline killed Gauri,” SIT sources said. Sources said they tracked calls between Mangaluru and Goa last week and inputs from some of them confirmed Naveen’s involvement. Naveen has reportedly confessed to arranging a target practice for the four menin July 2017. The four men, sources in the SIT claim, are from a right-wing outfit based outside Karnataka.

Naveen’s brother, friends allege police conspiracy

The Gauri Lankesh murder case seems to be getting murkier as the elder brother and friends of accused Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, currently being interrogated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), alleged they were illegally arrested and tortured by police to testify against Naveen.

Naveen’s elder brother Timmegowda told TOI an attempt is being made to frame his brother in the case for political gain and police are trying to save faces by falsely implicating him. He said the story that Naveen was picked from Majestic area in Bengaluru with a gun and live bullets was concocted, and it was an attempt by the SIT to portray him as a facilitator who allegedly helped the yet-to-beidentified killers of Gauri Lankesh.

“Police claim that my brother was arrested from Majestic on February 18 is a lie. He was arrested from his house in Birur, Chikkamagaluru district, on February 14. Nobody, including his wife, knew of the arrest. To trace my brother, I was advised by my advocate to file a habeas corpus petition in the high court. In the meantime, police told Naveen’s wife to come to the police station, informing her that he’d been arrested,” Timmegowda claimed.

When he asked why Naveen was arrested, police told him it was for possessing illegal firearms. “Later, I came to know about the larger conspiracy to implicate him in the Gauri Lankesh murder case. My brother is a patriot fighting for the Hindu cause,” he said.

Naveen Kumar

Thimme Gowda

‘Cops threatened to kill him in fake encounter’

Naveen’s friends Anil, Girish and Abhilash said they were picked up by Maddur police on February 15 and taken to an unknown location. “They covered our faces. When Naveen was brought before us, we wept as he was fatigued and badly beaten. Then, we were brought to Upparpet police station, Bengaluru, where we were tutored to give damning statements before a magistrate against Naveen Kumar. When we resisted, officers threatened to kill Naveen in a fake encounter and frame us in false offences,” they alleged.

Girish said: “As per their plan, police officers registered a petty case against us. We were produced before a magistrate to give statements against Naveen. Luckily, the magistrate, who got a doubt about our statements, let us go with a serious warning to police not to harass us.”

Girish said they were all afraid for their safety and Naveen’s too. They’re staying in a secret place and change the location often. “We were let off by officers who told us not to divulge anything. Else, we would face series consequences, ranging from being jailed to being killed in fake encounters,” Girish said.


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