Odisha wedding bomb murder: Crime Branch takes Punjilal on six-day remand
The Crime Branch officials on Thursday took Punjilal Meher, the mastermind in Patnagarh parcel bomb blast in which newly-wed techie Soumya Sekhar and his grandmother Jemamani were killed, on six-day remand
Techie booked for sexually abusing 6-yr-old daughter
Bengaluru: A software engineer residing in Kengeri has been booked under the Protection Of Children
from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for sexually
abusing his six-year-old daughter.
The engineer’s estranged wife had filed a private complaint with the 55th City Civil and Sessions Court, which directed the police to take up the case as the accused lived with his daughter in Kengeri.
The police said the couple got married in 2006 and had two daughters, aged six and one. The family moved to Sweden on an on-site assignment. The couple had differences and decided to apply for divorce on mutual consent. The Swedish court gave the custody of the six-year-old daughter to the father and the one-year-old to the mother.
The estranged family returned to India after the end of the Swedish assignment. While the mother went to live in Patna with her younger daughter, the father resided in West Bengaluru with the older child. The mother visited the older daughter as per the visitation rights allowed by the Swedish court.
She stated in her complaint that she visited her daughter at Oasis mall in Koramangala as usual on April 17, 2016, and her daughter complained that her father sexually abused her while giving her a bath. The mother also mentioned that her husband touched the girl in her private parts, making her uncomfortable.
Her PCR with the court was directed to the police commissioner’s office, which asked the Kengeri police to take up the case.
Since the incident happened in 2016 and the woman resides in Patna, the police could not get many clues about the man from his estranged wife.
“The father continues to reside with the daughter in the city. The case rests on the daughter’s police statement,” said an officer. Investigations are on.
Techie wife’s suicide: Father files police complaint
Bengaluru: CK Achchukattu police in south Bengaluru have registered a case of unnatural death in the alleged suicide of Tulasi Vijay. She was found hanging from the ceiling of her residence on Sunday midnight after an argument with her husband.
Tulasi’s father Kautakapu Shivarama Krishna arrived from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district and filed a police complaint on Tuesday. He made no allegations against his son-in-law Vijay Kiran, a software engineer. “Tulasi and Kiran tied the knot four years ago. They frequently argued over some issues. She informed me of a fight on Sunday night too. We ignored it, police quoted Tulasi’sfather as saying. TNN
Bomb in wedding gift kills Bengaluru techie and grandmother
Balangir (Odisha): A newlymarried software engineer and his grandmother died when a courier package thought to be a wedding gift exploded the moment they opened it, at Patnagarh here on Friday afternoon.
The man’s wife was critically injured. The deceased were identified as Soumya Ranjan Sahoo and his grandmother Jemamani. Soumya’s wife Reema Sahoo has been admitted to hospital where her condition is stated to be serious. The couple was married on February 18. A source close to the family said the groom was working in Bengaluru. TNN
27-yr-old tribal man lynched in Kerala, mob clicks selfiesTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Palakkad: Police arrested two persons and took into custody five others who were part of an irate mob protesting in the tribal heartland of Attapadi on Friday against the killing of Madhu, a 27 year-old mentally unsound tribal man from Chindakki at Mukkali on Thursday .
The starving youth, who mostly lived in the forest for the past15 years, was accused of stealing food items from some shops at Mukkali by the local people, including some traders and drivers.
Meanwhile, Mannarkkad Muslim League MLA N Samsudeen has deniedthat Ubaid, who has allegedly taken a selfie with Madhu when he was beaten up, is a member of the party but was only a supporter who used to help him in time of election.
Madhu in his statement to the police before his death on Thursday had said that seven people had beaten him, accusing him of theft of food items from the shops at Mukkali. Malli, the mother of the deceased, said Madhu was beaten to death by some local traders and drivers of the locality.
“He should have lived somehow but why kill him brutally? ” the mother said
Gang hacks panipuri vendor to death after sedating wifeTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: Three members of a gang walked into a panipuri vendor’s residence in Kurubarahalli, near Rajajinagar, late on Thursday night and allegedly hacked him to death while he was eating.
Narasimhamurthy, the vendor, is survived by his five-yearold son, who was sleeping during the incident, and wife Anitha. According to police, the assailants entered the house after 10.30pm and sprayed a chemical into Anitha’s eyes rendering her unconscious, before attacking Narasimhamurthy, 28, with knives and choppers.
Anitha, who woke up early on Friday, found blood stains on the floor and raised an alarm. Narasimhamurthy’s body was found wrapped in a polythene bag under the cot a few minutes later.
Anitha told police she found the house locked from outside after she regained consciousness. The body was discovered with the help of neighbours, who also alerted police. Anitha told cops she can identify one of the three assailants. Police, who have procured CCTV footage from the area, are questioning neighbours.
The body was handed over to the family and police said that they will question Anitha again after the funeral and use the services of a sketch artist.
Pickpockets stab Delhi man to death
Wife Chases Criminals, Nabs Two Of Them
New Delhi: A 28-year-old man was dragged out of a bus and stabbed to death in full public view by a gang of pickpockets who were fleeing with his brother’s phone near the Delhi zoo on Sunday evening. The victim’s wife despite being injured and seeing her husband lying in a pool of blood chased the criminals for over 200 metres and caught hold of two of them.
The woman will be rewarded for showing courage in catching two of the criminals — Suraj (20) and Sumit
(25) — who led cops to the third pickpocket, Ajit (24), who was also arrested within a few hours, DCP (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said.
The victim, Amarjeet, had gone for Dilli Darshan on Sunday with four family members, including his wife Manju and younger brother Sandeep. Raj Kumar, Amarjeet’s brother-in-law, was also asked to join them, but he backed out at the last moment due to some work.
Kumar told TOI, “Manju is in a state of shock and unable to speak much. Last night, she managed to talk a little and said that this was Sandeep’s first trip to Delhi and he had asked them to show him around the city. They first went to India Gate and then to a few other monuments before stopping at the zoo. After spending around an hour there, they moved towards the bus stand nearby and boarded a bus to go to Nilothi village in outer Delhi.”
“Since there were no vacant seats, they were standing in the bus. They had barely travelled a short distance when Amarjeet noticed two men pulling out Sandeep’s phone from his back pocket. When he raised an alarm, the pickpockets jumped off the bus,” Kumar added. When Manju tried to catch hold of the men, she was attacked with a knife on her hand. Seeing his wife bleeding, Amarjeet rushed to her rescue. However, Ajit, who was the last one to get off the bus, dragged him out and stabbed him.
The bus had stopped by this time, but no one offered to help the family. Manju chased Sumit and Suraj into a narrow lane and caught hold of them. While she was slapping and kicking them, a few people stopped to help her. Two cops patrolling the area also rushed there and caught hold of Sumit and Suraj.
A PCR call was made around 5.30pm after which a team reached there and took the two pickpockets to jail. They gave the cops Ajit’s hideout and he was arrested. Amarjeet and Manju got married five years ago and have a three-year-old son. His body was handed over to the family after autopsy on Monday morning.
Man kills woman to raise money, held
Bengaluru: He murdered a 60-yearold woman to rob her gold and raise money for his marriage, which was four days away. But M B Nagesh, 25, was nabbed within a week of tying the knot, just hours before he was to head to Ooty for his honeymoon on Sunday.
Nagesh, a native of Bevur Mandya, Channapatna taluk in Ramanagara district, worked as a gas cylinder distributer in Kamakshipalya, west Bengaluru. Police recovered 49g of gold, which Nagesh stole after murdering his neighbour, Sarojamma, on February 14. The widow was living alone at her residence in Bevur Mandya, barely 300m from his house.
Nagesh was short of money, so he decided to murder Sarojamma. He pledged the gold ornaments and used the money for his marriage on February 18, police said. The accused had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from a pawnbroker in Kamakshipalya. With the money, he purchased gold ornaments for his wife, police added. TNN
Self-immolation: Cops order dept probe; man’s kin allege harassmentTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: Police have ordered a departmental inquiry into the alleged self-immolation by a man in front of Mico Layout traffic police station, BTM Layout II Stage, after cops seized his bike for drunk driving in the wee hours of Sunday.
Confirming this, additional commissioner of police R Hithendra said the entire incident involving the man, Manikantha K alias Mani, a delivery agent with a courier firm, being stopped for the check at Jayadeva Hospital Junction has been videographed by traffic cops. “He was stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, I have directed DCP traffic (east) Abhishek Goyal to carry out a departmental inquiry,” he said.
“We have videographed how Mani behaved when our staff flagged him down. We agree it was an unfortunate incident, but we were asking him to undergo an alcometer test, which he kept refusing,” Mico Layout traffic police said.
Family members of Mani, a resident of CK Achukattu, south Bengaluru, alleged he died due to police harassment. Subramani G, a relative of Mani, told TOIthey will file a complaint with CK Achchukattu and Mico Layout police stations. “The postmortem was done on Monday. In addition to complaints, we will also submit a memorandum to the police commissioner seeking a departmental inquiry,” he said.
According to a complaint filed by N R Murthy, assistant sub-inspector of traffic police, he and his staff had stopped Mani at the junction around 10.30pm on Saturday. The complaint states Mani was drunk, but refused undergo an alcometer test, following which the bike was seized.
Mani returned to Mico Layout traffic police station around 2.30am and wanted his bike back. He was told that the policemen concerned had left and he could take the vehicle in the morning. However, Mani rushed out of the station, poured petrol over himself from a bottle he was carrying and set himself on fire.
Ramakrishna, a home guard who was present at the station, rushed to Mani’s help and sustained burns while dousing the flames. Both were rushed to Victoria Hospital where Mani succumbed to injuries around 6pm on Sunday.
Serial rapist killer ends life in jail
Bengaluru: Serial rapist and murderer M Jaishankar (38) nicknamed ‘Psycho Shankar’ committed suicide at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prisons in the early hours of Tuesday.
He slit his throat with a shaving blade that he procured during a haircut/shave within the jail premises, the police suspect.
The convict was kept in isolation in a separate cell as he posed a danger to fellow convicts, and he did not mingle with the other convicts, the police said.
Jaishankar slit his throat around 2.15 am, and was taken to the jail hospital soon after the night warden spotted him lying in a pool of blood.
He was then shifted to Victoria Hospital where he died around 5.15 am without responding to treatment.
Parappana Agrahara police have registered a case of unnatural death.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Jaishankar slipped into depression and was under treatment at the jail hospital.
The police are also inquiring about visitors who met him in the jail to ascertain what could have led him to take the extreme step.
Fled from prison
In September 2013, Jaishankar had scaled the 30-foot wall of the high security prison with bedsheets and had escaped.
He fractured his back and leg and went into hiding at a slum near the central prisons from where he was arrested weeks later.
Jaishankar, who was serving a 10-year prison term, was a notorious habitual offender with cases in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
15 cases pending
He had around 15 cases of rape and murder pending at courts in Chennai, Dharmapuri, Hosur, Salem, Tirupattur, Bengaluru, Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Kadur, Molkalmur and Tumakuru police stations. He was convicted in three cases with 10-year sentences running concurrently, the police added.
Smoker dies as man spits booze on him
A man smoking a beedi was burned to death when another man spat alcohol on his face during an argument in southwest Delhi’s Sagarpur on Thursday, reports Sidharth Bhardwaj. The alcohol caught fire from the beedi, and spread to his face and torso. He succumbed to his injuries in hospital. A case under sections of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against the accused, Pardeep Kumar, and teams have been formed to nab him. Cops said that a forensic team was sent to the spot to collect forensic samples.
Delhi youth burns to death after liquor spat
New Delhi: In a freak incident, a 27-year-old man was burnt while smoking a beedi when another man spit alcohol on his face during an argument in southwest Delhi’s Sagarpur on Thursday. The man died of excessive burn injuries to his face and chest.
Police said the victim, Pankaj Singh, lives in Sagarpur. His wife Priti Singh (25) told cops that the incident took place around 8pm.
“In the evening, Pankaj told me to get our son from his tuition centre as he was going to his mother’s house nearby,” Priti said, adding that she went there looking for her husband after he hadn’t returned home. When she reached, she saw her husband arguing with Pardeep Kumar alias Juggnu, who lives nearby. Kumar was holding a bottle of alcohol and Singh was smoking a beedi.
Police said that the argument escalated and Kumar suddenly spit some liquor on Singh. The alcohol fell on his face and chest. Suddenly, the alcohol caught fire from the ember of the beedi. It soon spread on Singh’s face and torso. Singh succumbed to injuries during treatment. TNN
9 schoolkids die as SUV runs them over in Bihar
Nine schoolchildren died and 10 were injured when they were run over by a speeding SUV in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Saturday. The SUV then rammed into a tree, following which the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled.
Around 1.30pm, the children — all students of Dharampur Government Middle School — were on their way home and about to cross the NH-77 when the accident happened.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased and free treatment to the injured.
Cyanide Mohan gets life term in 5th case; trial pending in 15 moreTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Mangaluru: The sixth additional district and sessions court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment till death to Mohan Kumar alias Cyanide Mohan in a case of rape and murder of a 28-year-old woman.
Judge D T Puttarangaswamy had on Friday convicted Mohan of raping and killing the woman, a resident of Maladi, Belthangady taluk. This is the fifth case in which Mohan was convicted. Mohan had, in September 2009, killed the woman after having sex with her after promising he’d marry her.
The court held him guilty under IPC sections 302 (imprisonment till death for murder), 392 (six years of rigorous imprisonment for robbery), 201 (five years rigorous imprisonment for causing disappearance of evidence) 328 (seven years rigorous imprisonment for causing hurt), 366 (six years rigorous imprisonment for kidnap) and 376 (seven years rigorous imprisonment for rape) along with a fine of Rs 3,000 under each section.
He was also found guilty under section 417 (six months rigorous imprisonment for cheating).
Between 2003 and 2009, Mohan, a teacher, had raped, murdered and robbed at least 20 women. This is the fifth conviction against Mohan. Trials are pending in the remaining 15 cases.
Public prosecutor Judith O M Crasta represented the victims while Mohan fought cases on his own after referring to law books in the prison.