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Crime Diary: July 17

13-YEAR-OLD BOY DROWNS

On Sunday late evening, a 13-year-old boy drowned in the Agra Canal in Badarpur where he gone for a bath along with his friends. Two other friends of his were taken unaware by the increased flow of water in the canal, but the other two were saved by another 14-year-old boy who happen to pass by when the incident occurred.

'The boy who saved him was identified as Sagar, a Class VIII student. He saw people shouting for someone to save those children. He immediately jumped into the water and tried to save them,' said a police official.

The three victims, identified as Pankaj, Kishore and Deepak, were carried away by the flow of water while taking bath. Sagar was able to save only two of them, Pankaj and Kishore, while Deepak drowned. The police has not been able to recover the body or find him.

After which the fire rescue team was called to hunted for Deepak. After 20 hours, the rescue team was able to find Deepak's body. Deepak was 13 years old and was a Class IX. He was the only son of his parents. He was living with his family at Madanpur Khadar village in south-east district of Delhi.

The survivors Pankaj and Kishore were taken to the nearby hospital. After being kept for an hour under observation, they were discharged. 'I am very sad to hear that Deepak is no more. He was my best friend and we used to spend time together,' said Pankaj.

Budh Ram, an official of fire rescue team, said, 'Since it was dark, we couldn't do much. Only when in the morning, could we search properly for Deepak. And at about 6 pm, his body was found. Later, his body was sent for the post-mortem.'

This was not the first that a boy drowned in Agra Canal. Last month, a 14-year-old Sameer had a similar fate. For about 10 hours, a rescue operation was conducted to find Sameer, but he was absconding. Sameer was a student of DAV Public School in Faridabad. He was a resident of Badarpur. On 14 June, Sameer along with his friends had come for a morning walk near the canal. 'He dropped something into the river. He went to the bank to try and retrieve it, but fell in by accident. He drowned as he didn't know swimming. We shouted for help, but it was too late,' said Vishal, a friend of Sameer. According to the locals, as the canal does not have boundary walls, it was easy for such accidents to occur.


TWO NABBED FOR AUTO-LIFTING

Two people have been nabbed on Monday by the north district police for their alleged involvement in several cases of auto-lifting. Eight stolen motorcycles have been recovered from their possession, said the police.

'On 10 July, one of the accused, Irfan, 27, resident of Chand Bagh in Delhi, was arrested near Main Wazirabad Road with a stolen motorcycle. We were tipped off about his whereabouts,' said V V Choudhary, additional commissioner [north-east].

'On interrogation, he revealed his previous involvement in auto-lifting and six other motorcycles were recovered from him,' he added.

The accused Irfan further disclosed his association with Dinesh and Akbar alias Akil. Dinesh was arrested from Etah in Uttar Pradesh with a stolen motorcycle. However, Akbar is still at large.

'Another associate Pappu Yadav alias Amar Pal is also missing.' said an official.


TWO BROTHERS ARRESTED FOR MURDER, ROBBERY

Two brothers were arrested from Narela in outer Delhi for killing a factory worker after robbing him on 13 July, the police said. The brothers, after losing the job and incurring losses in business, started committing crimes in outer Delhi and were involved in seven criminal cases.

Yogesh, 28, and Akash, 21, both residents of Sector-4 at Narela, were near their home on Saturday night, said B S Jaislwal, deputy commissioner [outer].

The officer said that for the past few days several incidents of stabbing, robbery and snatching at Narela and Alipur were reported. 'On July, a factory worker was stabbed to death and his mobile phone was robbed in Alipur. Keeping in view the frequent incidents, a special team was formed to prevent further crime and to apprehend the culprits,' said Jaiswal.

During investigation, the police received a tip-off of two brothers’ involvement in stabbing, robbery and snatching cases. 'We laid a trap and arrested them near their house,' said the officer.

While being interrogated, Yogesh told the police that he was running a cosmetic shop at Sahpur Garhi village and later shifted to Biswa Mill at Sonepat in Haryana. Gradually, his business ran at a loss. The younger brother Akash told the police that he was working in Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation in Narela, but lost his job.

'To earn easy money, they started committing crimes like snatching and robbery in Alipur and Narela areas. They mostly choose the labourers of factories in Narela as their victims. The accused used to stab the victims in case they resisted,' added Jaiswal.


MAN WHO MURDERED FOR RS 800 ARRESTED

The Delhi police has arrested Ravi Shankar, a prime accused of a murder followed by a robbery. On 13 July, Shankar stabbed Sonu over Rs 800 in Govindpuri area. Sonu died in the hospital whereas, Sonu’s brother who was along with him suffered minor injuries.

‘On the basis of a tip-off, Sonu was apprehended from the DDA commonwealth parking in front of Tugalkabad Village,’ a police official said.

‘Sonu, the accused, along with his friend Chintu were in need of money for food and alcohol therefore they planned to rob someone. In the evening, they saw a boy was coming from Okhla and they tried to rob his wallet. But when the victim resisted, Shankar’s friend held him and Shankar stabbed him with a knife. After which they ran away with the wallet only to find that it had Rs 800 in it,’ said Ajay Chaudhary, additional commissioner of [south-east].

‘The robbed wallet and knife used to commit the offence have been recovered,’ added Chaudhary.

During interrogation, Shankar confessed that he belongs to a poor family. Earlier, his parents had disowned him from home. And he is addicted to liquor and smelling fluid. So, when he had no money to buy liquor, he along with his juvenile friend, had committed the robbery and murder.

The other accused was identified as Chintu, who was also apprehended by the police few days ago. After a week of his arrest, he was released from juvenile home. During his hearing in the court, it was found out that he had stolen valuable articles from the premises of Saket court. He is also involved in five other cases.

Sonu, the deceased, was 26 years old and he was returning from Okhla to his home along with his brother, Naresh Chauhan. When they reached Anandmai Marg near Lal Kuan, they had stopped to pee and were accosted by the accused.


TWO ARRESTED FOR RAPE AND SODOMY

In two separate incidents reported in the capital, a five-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by the neighbour while a 10-year-old boy sodomised by a sweeper, the police said on Monday.

The five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by her 20-year-old neighbour, who was arrested later, the police said Monday.

The incident was reported from west Delhi's Narela on Sunday night. The victim was alone at her house when the accused, identified as Deepak, entered the house and fled after committing the crime.

Victim's family members approached the police on Sunday night and the accused was arrested after the victim's medical report found positive.

In another incident, the victim, a student of Class V, had gone to medical store near his house in Uttam Nagar area of west Delhi, when the incident took place.

A person later identified as Vinod, resident of Raghubir Nagar, was standing near the shop.

He lured the boy and then sexually assaulted him after taking him to an isolated area. 'Vinod also gave the victim Rs 5 and asked him to keep mum about the incident,' said a police officer.


DELHI'S TOP COP ON THE PROWL

To keep the police force on its toes, the Delhi police commissioner made a surprise visit to the south district's Defence Colony police station recently. It was the first visit of Delhi's top cop Neeraj Kumar to a police station after taking charge last month.

'The boss stayed for more than an hour in the police station and checked the file work,' told an officer posted in the police station on the conditions of anonymity.

'It was around 8 pm last Tuesday. The station house officer [SHO] was on patrolling duty in the area while inspector [ATO] was present in his office. Suddenly, commissioner’s government vehicle entered the police station,' said the officer.

After spending more than an hour Kumar visited the building and checked washroom and toilets as well, told the official.

Though Kumar was satisfied with the functioning of the station staff, he showed a major concern over the condition of station's building. He questioned the officers and asked the reason for the building's dilapidated condition.

They, however, informed him that they wrote to the Central Public Works Department [CPWD] several times seeking renovation of the building. But it was of no avail.

None of the officer, except those who are in CP's duty, knew about the surprise visit, sources said.

As the senior officers of the district were informed about the visit - including Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner [south], who was on leave - they made it a point to come to the police station, sources said.

Before this, the last police commissioner, B K Gupta had made surprise a visit to Tilak Nagar police station of west district just a few days after taking charge as CP.


TWEET UR CP

In a bid to reach out to more people, Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has entered the world of social networking sites by logging into Twitter. Kumar, who assumed the office on 30 June, started his twitter account -
delhipolice2
- and has posted two tweets in the last three days. He opened an account on 13 June. In his first tweet on 13 June, he sought support from public for Delhi Police's initiative 'Yuva', which is aimed at engaging street children and young adults in constructive activities to wean them away from crime. The second tweet tonight talked about 'Jan Sampark', an outreach programme to engage community in a big way.


4-YEAR-OLD GOES MISSING FROM HOSPITAL PREMISES


A four-year-old boy who was sleeping with his parents inside the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital X-ray compound allegedly disappeared mysteriously at around 4.30 am on Monday.

The matter was taken to the police on Monday morning when the child's parents noticed that he was missing from the X-ray block after waking up.

According to sources, 'The police received a PCR call around 7 am when they were informed that the boy, identified as Faizan, was missing.'

Sources added that 'A case of kidnapping was registered at the Mandir Marg police station in New Delhi district when the police was unable to trace the child.'

According to the police, Mohammad Sadiq, along with his wife Zarina Khatoon, and their three children, including Faizan, had come to RML hospital on 13 July from Moradabad for the treatment of their elder son – Shahid – who is suffering from tuberculosis. He was admitted to ward number 12 of the hospital.

'At 4 am, Khatoon had gone to the washroom and when she returned, Faizan was missing. She looked for him, but couldn’t locate him and thereafter approached the hospital authorities,' said a senior police officer investigating the case.

The child's parents reported to police that they had been sleeping in the same area for the last two days and that it was unlikely that the child had wandered off on his own. The police said that the area where Khatoon was sleeping is not under CCTV surveillance and that the guard and others in the area are being questioned on the incident.

Sadiq was inside the ward with his elder son when the incident took place.

'We are scanning the CCTV footage of the area, which lead to the gallery where family was sleeping,' said the officer.
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