Angry at being asked not to smoke in public, a ‘drunk lawyer’ allegedly rammed his car into the motorcycle of a 21-year-old photography student near the AIIMS Trauma Centre in south Delhi on Sunday.
The student, Gurpreet Singh, who was in coma since Sunday, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. The lawyer has been arrested.
Police had initially booked the accused, Rohit Krishna Mahanta, for rash driving and causing hurt by an act of negligence, and he was released on bail. But after the victim died, the police again arrested Mahanta and slapped charges of murder on him.
The accused lawyer is working under a standing counsel of the Assam government.
The victim’s family alleged that police had initially tried to ignore the true facts of the case and tried to pass it off as a simple case of accident, which resulted in the lawyer getting the bail. However, once the victim’s friend, who was also injured in the accident, narrated the incident on Wednesday and the case was highlighted by media, Delhi police booked the lawyer for murder.
Singh, a native of Bhatinda in Punjab, had been pursuing a photography course from Delhi College of Photography in north Delhi. He lived with his classmate Maninder Singh in a rented accommodation in Shahbad Dairy.
To shoot a documentary on the lives of outstation patients and their relatives, the duo visited the AIIMS in the early hours of Sunday. Once done with their work at around 3.30am, they had decided to have paranthas outside the hospital.
They got into the confrontation after the dinner.
“The man was smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke into our faces. The smoke not only caused us physical problem, it was also against our religious belief. So, we requested him to avoid smoking in public,” Maninder told Hindustan Times.
But the request was allegedly met with verbal abuse and death threats. Sensing that the argument was turning violent, the two friends reportedly picked up their Bullet motorcycle and left.
They barely rode 500 metres when a speeding Ford Fiesta, allegedly the same one that was parked next to their Bullet at the eatery, rammed them from behind outside AIIMS trauma centre. Before coming to a halt, the car also went on to hit an auto and an Ola cab, leaving both the vehicles badly damaged.
“Gurpreet and I were thrown off the bike. When I got up, I saw a man coming out of the Ford Fiesta. It was the same man who had threatened us minutes ago. He had chased us and hit us intentionally,” alleged Maninder.
As Maninder sought an auto driver’s help to move his friend to the trauma centre nearby, public gathered at the spot and thrashed Mahanta, a native of Assam and a resident of south Delhi’s Defence Colony.
“His medical examination showed he was drunk. He had threatened Gurpreet after an argument and later he followed Gurpreet’s bike and rammed it from behind,” said Chinmoy Biswal, additional DCP (south).
HYDERABAD: An international child bride racket was busted in the city with the arrest of 20 people, including five Omani sheikhs, three Qataris and three qazis -the kingpin being a chief qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan, who brokered illegal contracts with forged nikahnamas. Twelve minors were freed from the clutches of sheikhs from the city late on Tuesday.
The crackdown followed a spate of child marriages in Old City and a tip-off from a reluctant 16-year-old girl, who was interviewed by a 50-year-old sheikh for marriage. This led police to four lodges in the city, which turned out to be den of human trafficking. An Omani sheikh was caught red-handed, while he was about to wed a teenage girl on Tuesday night. Five local middlemen and four hotel owners were also arrested. The accused were identified as Al Mayahi Habib Ali Issa, Al Salhi Talib Humeid Ali, Al Ubaidani Juma Shinoon Sulaima, Al Salehi Nasser Khalifa Hamed and Al Qasimi Hassan Mazaaul Mohamed from Oman, Omer Mohammed Seraj Abdal Rahman, Hamad Jabir O Al-Kuwari and Safeldin Mohamed Mohamednour Salih from Qatar. Mumbai-based qazi Farid Ahmed Khan would charge Rs 70,000 for providing forged nikahnamas and other certificates to brokers.The 63-year-old, Hyderabad police claimed, was the kingpin and played an important role in the international human trafficking racket.
Hyderabad police, in a joint operation with their Mumbai counterparts, arrested, a chief qazi. On interrogation, he confessed to have provided fake marriage certificates to clients from all over the country and charges money according to the sheikh's profile.
Investigating the case of 16-year-old child bride Rukhsar, who was married to a 65year-old sheikh, police discovered that her marriage certificate was issued in Mumbai.
"Usually after the marriage, the couple need to seek permission from the state minority department, where the marriage was performed, to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) so that the women can get their visa easily. However, in this case, we found that the certificate was issued in Mumbai," deputy commissioner of police (DCP), south zone, V Satyanarayana said.
After talking to the girl's family, police learnt that the marriage was performed at Pahadisharif dargah on May 16.
With the lead from the marriage certificate, Hyderabad police sent a special team, comprising an inspector and a sub-inspector along with two police constables to Mumbai, two days ago.
"We located his office at Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai. We got information that he had conducted several marriages by forging documents," inspector Khader Jilani, who went to Mumbai, said.
With the help of their Mumbai counterparts, the Hyderabad police raided the office of the qazi and found that he not only provided fake marriage documents, but also had several rubber stamps to forge documents required to go to Gulf countries On the other hand, Farid Ahmed Khan's family refutes the allegations. "He is a certified qazi since 1975. My father translates the nikahnama and other documents from Urdu to English. He verifies the documents and certifies the marriage certificates when people come to us," Omair, the cleric's son, said.
"My father did not prepare any paper. He just translated, and verified the documents," another family member said.
At least 149 people were killed by a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said. The highest death toll was in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, where 64 deaths were reported, said Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the agency. In Mexico City, at least 36 people were killed, he added. In the neighboring state of Mexico, at least nine people were killed. Twenty-nine deaths were reported in the state of Puebla, to the south, Puente said.
Thousands of people ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around lunchtime. Sirens blared as first responders rushed through the streets of Mexico City, and people scrambled amid the ruins of buildings, searching for survivors. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Several major gas leaks and fires occurred.
Among the collapsed buildings in the capital were apartment blocks, a school, a factory and a supermarket. The fashionable Roma district was hard hit, and a six-story apartment building was among several collapses reported. Hundreds of volunteers and rescue workers dug through the rubble with picks, shovels and their bare hands.
“My wife is there. I haven’t been able to communicate with her. She is not answering, and now they are telling us we have to turn off our cellphones because there is a gas leak,” said Juan Jesus Garcia, 33, choking back tears. On Twitter, relatives posted pleas for news of family members, including 8-year-old Alexis Vargas Macias who was at school when the quake hit. Earthquakes of magnitude 7 or above are regarded as major and are capable of causing widespread heavy damage.
Initial reports showed the worst-hit area was the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. At least 54 people died there, according to a state official. Authorities reported other deaths in Mexico City, and in neighboring Puebla and the State of Mexico. Power was cut to 3.8 million customers, national electricity company CFE said.
It was the second powerful earthquake to hit Mexico this month. A quake on Sept. 7 in southern Mexico killed at least 98 people. The epicenter of Tuesday’s quake was located in the central state of Puebla, the U.S. Geological Survey said. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.” Mexico City, one of the world’s most populous, and the surrounding area are home to about 20 million people.
Tuesday’s quake came on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. Many Mexicans had participated in earthquake drills around the nation on Tuesday as is customary every Sept. 19. “People are really scared right now,” said dentist Claudia Meneses, who was in her clinic in Mexico City’s Lindavista neighborhood when the earthquake struck. “We’re going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help.”
At least one survivor was pulled from a collapsed building in the city’s busy Condesa neighborhood, and another person was rescued from a six-story apartment building nearby. Ambulances and fire engines trying to reach the worst-hit areas confronted gridlocked streets as millions of workers tried to reach their homes. In Cuernavaca, a city in Morelos that is a popular destination for weekend visitors from Mexico City, there were reports on local radio of people trapped beneath collapsed buildings. Mexican TV and social media showed cars crushed by debris.
“We got out really fast, leaving everything as it was and just left,” said Rosaura Suarez, as she stood with a crowd on the street in Mexico City. Mexican stocks and the peso currency dropped on news of the earthquake, and Mexico’s stock exchange suspended trading.
Three weeks after a deluge, rains returned to haunt Mumbai with the maximum city receiving between 40mm and 130mm of rainfall on Tuesday. The rains continued on Wednesday morning.
Parts of Colaba, Churchgate, CST, Dadar, Worli, Bandra, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Andheri, and Borivli received very heavy rainfall from Tuesday afternoon onwards.
Here are the live updates:
9.50am: Mumbai recorded 210 mm rainfall, suburbs 303 mm and Dahanu recorded 304 mm rainfall, says IMD.
9:41am: At least 13 Mumbai-Delhi flights delayed and 15 cancelled, reports news agency ANI.
9:40am: The closure of main runway of the Mumbai airport extended till 1400hrs local time, says the Airport Authority of India.
9:30am: Traffic is moving slow on the Santacruz Chembur Link Road, South Bound, Chembur.
9.10am: Andheri, Dahisar and Khar subway as well as Andheri station road closed due to waterlogging.
9am: Traffic is moving slow on Kherwadi Bridge, Kherwadi due to waterlogging.
8.45am: Massive waterlogging reported in areas of Borivali, Sion, Hindmata in Dadar, Goregaon, Andheri, Kandivali, Malad, Kharghar, Mankhurd, and Bhandup.
8.35am: According to data received from the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) the Colaba weather station recorded 191mm of rainfall, and the Santacruz station recorded 275mm of rainfall until 5.30 am on Wednesday.
8.30am: Traffic is normal, no waterlogging at Tardeo and Kalbadevi, says Mumbai police.
8.20am: Flight operations at the Mumbai airport remain affected for the second day today following heavy rains that continue to lash the metropolis.
As many as 56 flights have been diverted to different airports till this morning as the main runway continues to be out of use due to the SpiceJet aircraft stuck there, an airport official said.
8.10am: Five Western Railways trains have been cancelled. On Central Railways, six trains cancelled and two diverted.
8am: Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have been instructed to remain closed on Wednesday in the backdrop of heavy rains, the Maharashtra government announced Tuesday night.
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