Delhi police nabs one in connection with ATM thefts

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delhi police4New Delhi: In the recent past, there has been a sudden rise in cases of ATM crime in the capital and there have been a series of complaints of fraudulent withdrawls

With the arrest of one Pintu Kumar (22) of Mannanpur village in Jahanabad district of Bihar, the staff of Badarpur Police station in South-East District has busted a gang of cheats involved in looting innocent ATM users by blocking some keys of the ATM machine.

Madan Kumar, a resident of Hari Nagar-Jaitpur here had lodged a complaint at Badarpur Police station stating that on 6 May he had gone to HDFC ATM at Main Jaitpur Road, Molarband Village, Badarpur to withdraw money from his account. After reaching there, he found that a suspicious person, aged about 27 years, was already present inside the ATM booth. When he inserted his card in the ATM machine and fed his password, the system just hanged. At this point of time, the suspicious person present there told him that the ATM machine was not functioning. Afte that he left the ATM booth. Later,he found that Rs. 25,000 have been withdrawn from his account in three installments (10,000+10,000+5,000) at the alleged time and date. He suspected that the person who was already present inside the ATM booth was the culprit who had tempered with the machine. Subsequently, a case under FIR No. 348/15 under section 420 IPC was registered at by the Badarpur Police station and investigation was taken up.

During investigation, the police team verified the records of all the criminals who were using the same modus operandi to cheat the ATM users. The Police team zeroed in on one Pintu Kumar who had earlier been arrested for committing such a crime. On 30 May, after ASI Manoj Kumar received a secret information that Pintu Kumar would come in the area of Badarpur for committing the crime, a trap was laid on Main Jaitpur Road at Badarpur. At about 12:40 pm, Pintu Kumar came there on a motorcycle with a broken number plate. He stopped his motorcycle in front of the HDFC ATM Booth, Near “Sullabh Shochlya” Molarband Village. The police team kept watching his activities. When the accused saw that he had been surrounded, he tried to run away but was apprehended by the Police.

During interrogation, Pintu, the arrested accused admitted his involvement in several cases ofcheating committed at ATM centers by blocking some buttons of the machine. He revealed to the Police that he had picked up the method from the internet by visiting the site of “ATM hacker”. To cheat the ATM users, he along with an accomplice, used to block the *, # and cancel buttons of the ATM machine with the help of a few pieces of blade and feviquick. After that, one of them used to stay inside the ATM booth and wait for their target. In this situation, when any unsuspecting person tried to use the ATM machine, he would closely observe and remember the ATM user’s password who would obviously leave as the machine would refuse to work. After that it was child’s play for the cheat to release the buttons and complete the operation to withdraw money by using the ATM user’s Password.

They were targeting mostly the ATMs in rural areas where very few know how to operate the machine. At times, they were also asking the innocent ATM users their Password and on the pretext of helping them they were swapping the ATM cards and were able to withdraw money using their cards and passwords. On the basis of inputs gathered during interrogation, 5 cases of cheating at Bank ATM’s, reported in different police station areas of South-East district have been solved.

A team under the supervision of Nidhin Valsan ACP, Sarita Vihar, South-East District, Delhi and led by Inspector Aishvir Singh, SHO/Badarpur and comprising of ASI Manoj Kumar, head constable Vikas Solanki, Constables Amrish, Amit and Yogesh cracked this case.

CBI arrests EPFO enforcement officer

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cbiPune: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Enforcement Officer of Employee’s Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) from Golibar Maidan in Pune (Maharashtra) and a private person in a bribery case.

A case was registered against the Enforcement Officer of EPFO, Golibar Maidan, Pune under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on a complaint alleging demand of Rs. 8000 as bribe for verification of registration documents. The complainant requested the accused to reduce the bribe amount and the officer agreed to reduce it to Rs. 5,000.

The accused told the complainant to handover the documents and the bribe money to a Consultant. CBI laid a trap and the Consultant was caught while demanding and accepting the bribe amount of Rs. 5,000 on behalf of the public servant. During further investigation, the Enforcement Officer was also arrested. Searches were conducted at the premises of the accused and the concerned file and other incriminating documents were recovered.

The arrested accused were produced today before the Court of Special Judge in Pune and remanded to 3 days police custody.

“The Enabler Narendra Modi: Breaking Stereotypes”

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It has been a year since Narendra Modi came to power after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory in the 2014 parliamentary election.

Modi in a few months after his inauguration shut down the Planning Commission, which by default subverted the idea of India being a federal democracy. All chief ministers as a matter of routine would line up each year to get their annual plan approved by the Planning Commission. Modi has in place inaugurated NITI Aayog wherein the chief ministers head sub-groups on various subjects. But most importantly Modi assured from the ramparts of the Red Fort, that he would ‘neither take bribe nor allow others to do the same (naa khaaoonga, naa khane doonga)’. No Prime Minister before him acknowledged the cancer of corruption and owned up responsibility to crush it down. A year has passed by since the inauguration of Modi and the economy has resumed its journey on the upward trajectory, but the real-estate prices in Delhi and satellite towns around have slumped by at least 20 per cent. The real-estate in Delhi zone thrived because the black money was in ample supply. The tap appears to have been turned off and there is tangible effect on the grounds.

ENABLER NARENDRA MODIManish Anand in his book: “THE ENABLER NARENDRA MODI: BREAKING STEREOTYPES” describes Modi as an Emperor of Indian democracy. The author prefers not to draw a parallel but goes on to emphasise that Modi has surpassed the stature of Indira Gandhi of 1971 when she was India’s most powerful leader and had unveiled a single party rule in the country. Modi’s position is both ominous and providential, he says adding his position could be ominous because he may throttle dissent and cause serious damage to Indian democracy. At the same time it could also be providential because he can guide India onto a new path and liberate the shackled potential of the country.

In the preface, Modi has been described as “arguably” India’s first non-Congress Prime Minister. To drive home the point Manish says there were seven Prime Ministers of India, who headed non-Congress governments. Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee of BJP was Prime Minister for about six years. Yet, Modi is the first non-Congress Prime Minister in the true sense. Congress in India is not just a political party but a culture. And that culture was seeded deep into Indian democracy by Indira Gandhi. Her stature was such in her prime time that she ensured Constitution Amendment (42nd) to give India the character of a welfare state. All her successors, barring Modi, bore her imprints in their statecraft.

Carrying forward the argument Manish underscores how PV Narsimha Rao, ably assisted by his Finance Minister Manmohan Singh, sought to force open the window to the world, which was further carried forward by Vajpayee, they could not lay their hands on a formidable electoral template. Both were consequently rejected by the people. Both suffered from contradictions. They wanted to write new chapters in Indian economy and polity yet could not shun the ideological imprints of Indira Gandhi fully. Rao was a Congress man, but had vision to think beyond the Nehru-Gandhi bank of party ideas. Vajpayee was an RSS man, but had co-opted socialists, who were non-Congressmen for just namesake. Vajpayee was a minister in the Morarji Desai Cabinet. The old man was a hardcore Congress man and a rival of Indira Gandhi in her party. Vajpayee propped up VP Singh as Prime Minister also with the support of the Left parties. VP Singh had spent his life in the Congress and quit the party to head the Janata Party, which was essentially a loose confederation of provincial caste chieftains. Vajpayaee in his thoughts was centrist, with little leaning to the right.

In this backdrop, Manish goes on to examine the Congress party and what it stands for. Congress essentially is a political culture wherein the power of decision making is centralized. Popularly it is called a ‘High Command’ culture. This bears strong imprints in the statecraft. Even though India is a Union of states, with much thrust on federalism, Indian statecraft essentially is of centralized planning and decision making. The Centre decides what the states should do. The Centre decides how much money states should spend and under what heads. The Centre decides what laws states should have.

The author has illustrated the point vis-a-vis the Congress by drawing attention to the Indian Parliament enacting a law on acquisition of land in 2013, which was actually a political legislation thrust upon the government due to Rahul Gandhi’s obsession to do the politics of land. Land is a state subject and all state governments have their own respective policies or laws on acquisition of land. Then what was the need for the Centre to enact a law on land and whose amendments Modi is desperately seeking, because he believes it has forced a lock-down on development. If not for Rahul Gandhi ambushing Bhatta-Parsaul to throw his weight behind arguably relatively rich farmers of western Uttar Pradesh, India may have continued with the British time law on acquisition of land. The basic idea is that the Centre essentially lacks trust in state governments to be fair in dealing with its people. And that must sound ludicrous, because the state governments have more connect with the people than the state.

Carrying forward the argument, Manish says Modi is the first non-Congress Prime Minister because he has not been touched by the ideology and culture of the grand old party. Because he was chief minister of Gujarat for about 12 years with strong majority in the state Assembly. He never needed to bend even little to allow Congress to cast its imprints on him. Congress and New Delhi are a lot similar, because they too have the same culture.

The book, by Manish, who is a seasoned journalist covering the political beat for The Asian Age in Delhi, is a treatise on Indian politics and an in-depth analysis of the political philosophy and style of working of Prime Minister Modi and what sets him apart from his predecessors when it comes to vision and setting the agenda for the nation.


US has worked actively with Indians and others to help Americans leave Yemen

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Indian Navy’s massive evacuation mission in Yemen (representative photo)

Washington DC: The US has actively worked with Indians and others, including organisations like International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to use their resources and to tell Americans how they they can use those resources to leave Yemen.

This was pointed out by Marie Harf, the US department of State Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, at the daily press briefing here on Monday. Ms. Harf said: “are aware that several other U.S. citizens are detained in Yemen” while confirming that U.S. citizen Casey Coombs ( a freelance journalist) had left Yemen and arrived safely in Muscat, Oman, she said that he was in stable condition. She also told journalists that the U.S. ambassador and a consular official met him at the airport upon his arrival and were providing all possible consular assistance.

Ms. Harf said: “We are grateful to the Government of Oman and personally to Sultan Qaboos for assisting with the safe passage of a U.S. citizen to Oman, and deeply appreciate his majesty’s friendship to our country.”

Casey Coombs
Casey Coombs

When asked whether Coombs had been detained by the Rebel Houthis, Ms. Harf neither confirmed nor denied it. She summed up the query by saying: “I don’t have more details to share”. When asked whether Coombs was injured or wounded, she replied: “I don’t have more details on that to share, but I know there have been some press reports out there about his condition, so we wanted folks to know that he is in stable condition.”

Citing “their safety” as the reason, Ms. Harf said it would not be possible to give the specific number of Americans held in Yemen. She also said: “we are doing everything we can to obtain the release of these individuals. And obviously, there are a number of ways we can do that, some of which we’ve talked about before.

Ms. Harf further said, Americans were being told not to go to Yemen as the situation there is dangerous. More so as the US embassy has been temporarily closed, and he US does not have the same kind of resources to help them (the Americans) if they get into trouble or get taken or have an issue that they need resolved. She states categorically – “while we have not used American assets to evacuate Americans, we have actively worked with international organizations like IOM, like the ICRC, and with other countries like Djibouti and the Indians and others to use their resources and to tell Americans how they can use those resources to leave Yemen. So we have done everything we can to let Americans know what the resources out there are and to help facilitate them taking advantage of those resources.”

On being asked by a journalist if there was any talks in Oman between the U.S. and the Houthis regarding the situation in Yemen in general and about the Americans specifically, Ms. Harf said that US Assistant Secretary Patterson traveled to Oman and to Saudi Arabia to conduct meetings and consultations with a variety of regional parties on the crisis in Yemen.

When asked whether or not she met with the Houthis, the Ms. Harf said: “they engage with a wide swath of Yemenis from a number of different groups, and we’re just not going to get into specifics.”