Crime Maps: Public to have access to information on incidents


Controversial but on the right lines?

New internet ‘clickable crime maps’ will show families every

incident in their neighbourhood

By James Slack

Maps will be released to the public showing how many violent attacks have taken place on every street, including how close they were to schools, pubs and cash points.

The maps, which will use Google-style images of actual streets and parks, will also detail the precise locations of a raft of other offences – such as car crime and yobbish behaviour.

The Home Office said the project  would for the first time give residents a true picture of the state of their community.

Police data about youth violence in the London borough of Camden

But experts warned it could cause huge damage to neighbourhoods which are blighted by crime – knocking thousands from house prices overnight.

It could also lead to schools in high-crime areas struggling to attract children.

James Scott-Lee, of the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors, said: ‘Whilst RICS fully supports efforts by the government to reduce instances of crime, publishing this information will no doubt have an effect on local house prices – not to dissimilar to school and hospital league tables.

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‘In the current economic climate, publicising in a sensational manner high crime areas in such detail could literally wipe thousands of pounds off of house prices over night, further disadvantaging those who are already struggling to make ends meet.

The maps, which will be available nationwide by the end of the year, are intended to make local police more accountable.

Ministers also argue that, if residents become aware their area is plagued by crime, they can also do something to help, such as set up neighbourhood watch.

Initially, the maps will be available online and in leaflet form. They can be searched by postcode and are backed up by graphs showing crime trends, month-on-month comparisons, and information broken down into specific types of offence.

Cabinet Office papers reveal the final plan intends to go even further. It will use images from Google, which show aerial pictures of every street and park in the country.

The locations where crimes have taken place can then be detailed on the maps. The precise locations of schools, cash points and pubs will also be detailed.

It will allow residents to, in theory, spot areas where action is needed – or which should be avoided.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said cutting crime was a ‘two-way street’ involving both the public and police

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: ‘The public are the best weapon in helping to fight crime and anti-social behaviour – and to do that people need to know what’s going on in their area.

Stressing that cutting crime was a ‘two-way street’ involving both the public and the police, Miss Smith added: ‘We need to make sure that people know what’s happening to crime in their neighbourhood, and how they can get involved and work with their neighbourhood police officers.’

Maps published in the West Midlands , which has been piloting the idea, also contain links to local contact details, allowing the public to access individual officers easily.

Inspector Anthony Tagg, who has worked on the crime map project in the West Midlands area, said: ‘It’s really important to enable our communities to understand what’s happening in their areas and to help them influence policing in their local communities.’

Mr Tagg described the force’s maps, which can ‘zoom’ down to the level of individual streets, as giving an overall flavour of what crime was like in a particular area.

He added: ‘It’s a system we are very proud of. It helps local communities deliver a policing approach that’s specific to them.’

Shadow Home Secretary, Dominic Grieve, said: ‘Yet again we see a Government that is out of ideas trying to steal Conservative policy.

‘Our proposals detailed in April will go much further by setting up quarterly beat meetings – along with directly elected commissioners – to restore real local accountability to policing.

‘Labour must realise that crime mapping is only part of the solution. Urgent action is also required to slash the red tape that is tying officers to their desks and keeping them off the streets, where the public want to see them.’

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science backs the plan, and is holding a conference on the benefits of crime mapping.

It said: ‘If we can understand more about why certain places act as popular locations where offenders offend, why certain areas breed more offenders than others, and why certain places or people are more vulnerable than others, then we can begin to more effectively get behind why crimes happen, become more intelligent in our policing, and design our operational policing, crime reduction and prevention responses to be more successful.’

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail revealed how internet giant Google plans to photograph millions of British homes and publish them online.

Google’s Street View website will allow anyone in the world to type in an a UK address or postcode and instantly see a 360 degree picture of the street – including close-ups of buildings, cars and people.

Critics say the site is a ‘burglar’s charter’ and makes it easy for criminals to case out potential victims. The pictures also show people leaving and entering hospitals, health clinics, adult shops and hotels.

Although their faces are deliberately blurred, many people could still be recognised by their clothing and hair colour.

The Home Office’s plans are based on Google Earth, which provides aerial views of streets and homes from above. Burglary is to be excluded from the list of offences on which details are given, to protect the ‘privacy’ of victims.

NRI: 79 Indians in Gulf debt trap commit suicide


79 Indians in Gulf debt trap commit suicide

Daniel P George | TNN


Chennai: The Gulf dream seems to have become a death trap for Indians, with 79 of them committing suicide this year alone in the UAE due to mounting debts. Most of the victims belonged to Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

‘‘In 2006, 109 people committed suicide. The number rose to 118 in 2007. This year, from January to June, 79 Indians have killed themselves,’’ Manish Kumar Sinha of the Indian consulate in Dubai told TOI. According to voluntary organizations working among the less fortunate in Dubai, as many as 23 of the victims belonged to TN. The rest were from Kerala and other states.

K V Shamsudheen, chairman of Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, said suicide among Indian expatriates has been on the rise since 2003. According to figures put out by the Indian consulate early this month, 40 suicide cases were recorded in 2003, 70 in 2004 and 84 in 2005.

‘‘On an average we get two calls a day from people who are severely depressed. In 75% of the cases, the depression is due to financial crisis which they are not able to share with others,’’ said Shamsudeen.

The Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust has formed another trust, named Sandwanam (consolation), with the aim to reduce suicides among Indians in the UAE.
DRIVEN TO DEATH

In ’07, 118 Indians in UAE committed suicide; the toll was 109 in ’06 .In 75% of the cases, the trigger is depression caused by financial burden. Under pressure from family to send home money, they incur loans.

While banks charge up to 8%, the interest rate is 30% on credit cards. Individual lenders charge 72% to 120% Family pressure leading to suicides
Chennai: The Gulf dream seems to have turned sour as 79 Indians, most of them belonging to TN and Kerala, ended their lives as they fell into vicious debt traps.

‘‘When a person arrives in a Gulf country, he is already in debt after spending money on visa and travel. And even before he can settle down, his family back home starts putting pressure on him to send money,’’ Shamsudheen said.

The main sources of debt, according to him, are bank loans, credit cards and individual illegal lenders. The interest rates vary. While banks charge up to 8% for loans, the rate can go up to 30% on credit cards. Individual lenders charge as high as 72% to 120%.

‘‘The family back home starts spending lavishly without considering the financial situation of the breadwinner,’’ said Shamshudeen. According to him, when people run out of money, their first option is to get a loan from the bank. When they can’t pay back the loan, they apply for credit cards. And when they reach their borrowing limit on the card, they turn to private lenders who charge exorbitant interest rates.

‘‘In some cases the minimum payment on credit cards is more than their monthly salary. Such cases are increasing by the day,’’ Shamsudheen added. The UAE is home to about 1.5 million Indian nationals. Construction workers account for the majority of the Indian migrant workforce, constituting 42.5% of the labour force.


Terrorism: Good guys must get together


Being subject to terrorist attacks  appears to have become a routine. Loss of lives and the panic are sought to be washed off in inane rhetoric. Citizens look on as the government appears to be helpless. Reasons for the ineffectiveness of the government to prevent acts of terrorism reoccurring with frightening  rapidity and the apparent impunity with which the perpetrators operate, are they insurmountable?

If the police forces in the country are misused less by the politicians and bureaucrats they would have more time to do their job. Tracking criminals and terrorists.Protecting Citizens.

It is time politicians stopped using  these tragedies to demoralize the police and intelligence but got together to work out put in systems to face the real problems.

Look at USA. They learnt their lesson with one attack at home on 9/11. You have seen them react in no uncertain manner to plug loopholes, and go after the baddies. There has been no repeat of 9/11.

ED

Extract from the HT/TOI

This Is About Us

India is under attack, we must stick together

Even before the country recovered from the shock of being attacked in Bangalore on Friday last, the terror strikes in Ahmedabad followed a day after. The serial blasts in both cities over the weekend appear to have been well orchestrated, to claim innocent lives and unleash panic.

It is not everyday that a country faces such a situation, of several bombs going off across states within a span of hours, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Now that we have been visited by such terror, the response must necessarily be one that is tempered with calm, despite the understandable disposition to outrage.

As we go to press, the casualties in Ahmedabad are reported to be 45 and dozens have been injured. But even before the body count is through, there have been attempts by some political parties to score petty points off each other.

Conjecture about whether much must be made about the fact that both Karnataka and Gujarat are ruled by the BJP, sadly, runs rife. To his credit, opposition leader L K Advani has brushed off such conspiracy theories. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was right when he said that those behind the attacks were enemies of humanity.

Appeals for calm across the political spectrum — starting with one from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — are welcome as there is no good in pointing fingers at a time when the country is under attack.

It is premature to place blame for the attacks on a particular group, indigenous or otherwise. It is also pointless to replay the refrain of the blame game between state and central intelligence agencies. Terror strike after terror strike, we are fed the same story about how each failed the other.

There is clearly a systemic fault in our intelligence and security administration that exposes the public to dangers that could perhaps be avoided. It is an issue that must no doubt be redressed speedily. But it must be acknowledged that securing a country as vast and densely populated as ours is no easy task. What these attacks — and the series of similar assaults before — establish is that India is being systematically targeted.

The pattern reveals that terrorists can and will strike not just at our metros but anywhere they think maximum damage — to life and economic activity — can be inflicted.

As we have argued in these columns before, boosting security, even if it means inconveniencing citizens to some measure, is an urgent need. Equally pressing is the need to bring the perpetrators of earlier terror strikes to book. Meanwhile, citizens must stay calm in response to such deliberately provocative attacks.

Otherwise, we would be playing into the hands of those who are avowed enemies of our way of life and our secular, democratic politics.

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MAIL TODAY COMMENT

We need a united national response

BY now the country’s response to terrorist strikes have become predictable: Congress governments offer compensation and urge people to remain calm, the BJP calls for draconian anti- terrorist legislation and the Left sees a conspiracy unfolding.

The police issue alerts and the intelligence agencies claim that they had issued warnings before the event. The bemused people of the country, and the unfortunate victims, take the inevitable tragedies that accompany such acts in their stride — their stoicism providing the solid wall that prevents the terrorists from achieving their aim of creating civil war and chaos.

The 17 blasts in Ahmedabad on Saturday that have so far taken 45 lives and those in Bangalore the day before that killed one person are part of a pattern that stretches back to the Varanasi and Delhi blasts of 2005 whose primary manifestation is that no one knows who the perpetrators are. Bangladesh- based Harkat- ul- jehad Islami has been the prime suspect.

But commonsense would suggest that the action of carrying out multiple blasts across our urban centres involves groups that have developed durable local roots. In other words, most of the problem and its solution lie within the country, rather than without.

While combating terrorism — arresting, trying and punishing the guilty is of immediate importance — we would be foolish to ignore the fact that those involved are using events like the Bombay riots of 1992- 93 and the Gujarat massacre of 2002 to justify their acts.

To undermine their case, the Indian polity must not only be just to the victims, but appear to be so. As of now, our record has been shoddy.

Most Mumbai rioters from the Hindu community got away scot- free, in contrast to the Muslim perpetrators of the 1993 blasts who have been punished. In Gujarat, most of those punished have been through trials that the Supreme Court moved out of the state as its administrative and judicial machinery has been compromised.

The country needs to come up with a single political response to terrorism, but that has been lacking because of the BJP and Sangh Parivar’s anti- Muslim politics. We also need a single administrative response through a centralised anti- terrorist force.

But this is stymied because states rightly worry that it will be used, as the CBI is, to settle political scores. Gross misuse has characterised the use of past anti- terrorist legislation.

In such circumstances, we really cannot offer any answers except to say that the country will collectively suffer the consequences of the present state of affairs.

Heaven and Friends


Mr Watwani says:

This explains why I forward jokes:

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery,
when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for
years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the
road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a
tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that
looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like
pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw
a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, ‘Excuse me, where are we?’

‘This is Heaven, sir,’ the man answered.

‘Wow! Would you happen to have some water?’ the man asked.

‘Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.’

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

‘Can my friend,’ gesturing toward his dog, ‘come in, too?’ the traveler asked.
‘I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.’

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the
way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt
road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.
There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and
reading a book.
‘Excuse me!’ he called to the man. ‘Do you have any water?’
‘Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in.’
‘How about my friend here?’ the traveler gestured to the dog.
‘There should be a bowl by the pump.’
They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand
pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave
some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing
by the tree.
‘What do you call this place?’ the traveler asked.
‘This is Heaven,’ he answered.

‘Well, that’s confusing,’ the traveler said. ‘The man down the road said that
was Heaven, too.’
‘Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s
hell.’
‘Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?’
‘No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best
friends behind.’
Soooo…

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a
word.

Maybe this will explain.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You
forward jokes.

When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward
jokes.

When you have something to say, but don’t know what, and don’t know how, you
forward jokes.

Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important,
you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?

Forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don’t think that you’ve been sent just another
forwarded joke, but that you’ve been thought of today and your friend on the
other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.


Grand Finale: Kumbabhishekam Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (SVBF), Stroudsburg, PA


Kumbhabhishekam – The Grand Finale – July 27, 2008

The Grand Finale, July 27,2008 – is a memorable day for the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation devotees.

The day started with offering Poornakumbam to our Guru His Holiness Sri Sri Bharathi Teertha Mahaswamiji the 36th Pontiff of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham Sringeri, through live Video telecast between Stroudsburg USA and Srigeri India. This was followed by Acharya’s Anugraha Bhashanam. Acharya expressed that he was very pleased with the Kumbhabhishekam and the Yajanas performed at SVBF, USA and showered his blessings to Padmasri. Gauri Shankar, Dr. Yegnasubramanian, the priests, volunteers and devotees.

The devotees had the privilege of having Swami Dayanand Saraswati’s darshan. Swamiji, in his Anugraha Bhashanam praised Dr. Yegnasubramanian and Padmashri Gauri Shankar for successfully completing the world class vedic event and recognized Padmashri Gaurishankar’s contribution to Hindu religion and Dr. Yegnasubramanian’s efforts in protecting the Vedas.

Devotees felt the presence of divine power as Lord Varuna was pleased and blessed with a very heavy downpour for 2 hours during Maha Purnahuti and Vasordhara Homa.

The priests from India, US and Canada recited Veda Mantras to bless the devotees and conclude the Kumbhabhishekam Ceremonies.

The conclusion of this Mega event is believed to be a beginning for many more such Vedic events at SVBF, Stroudsburg.

Visit the temple regulary and enjoy the Grace of Goddess Sharadamba and Swamiji.

Program : Kumbabhishekam

Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (SVBF), Stroudsburg, PA

Please take part in the following celebrations at Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (SVBF), Stroudsburg, PA . and see how Maha Swamiji’s desire of Adi Sankara Prathishtapana and Veda Gosham (by 175 Vedic scholars of all the four Vedas from all over India) come true! Detailed brochure is posted in this album.

July 12th to July 14th – Kumbabishekam of Sri Sharadamba Temple and Swarna Rathotsava in the evening of July 14th.

July 16th to July 20th Satachandi Mahayajna

July 16th to July 27th Atirudra Mahayajna

July 17th to July 27th Koti Kumkuma Archana

Please visit http://www.svbf.org … for further details on parking, accommodation etc.

Please visit community.webshots.com … for latest updates on the construction of the new temple
Posted by Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Kendra at 5:52 AM

Citizens and security: Guns invade Delhi:


Shooting cases spiralling in Delhi

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN


New Delhi: Criminals in Delhi are pulling the trigger, literally. In the first 12 days of this month, at least eight incidents involving firearms have been reported across almost all districts of Delhi — south, north, northeast, east and outer. And worse, 10 people have lost their lives in these shooting incidents while four others lie critically injured. This despite the fact that cases lodged under Arms Act have shown a steep decline over the past few months.

Two shopkeepers were shot at in Madangir near Ambedkar Nagar on Saturday by an unidentified assailant. The exact cause behind the shooting is yet to be ascertained.

A day before, three persons, including a senior security staff of a leading five-star hotel in Barakhamba, lost their lives after unidentified men shot at them in two separate incidents near Lajpat Nagar and Andrews Gunj in the heart of south Delhi.

On July 9, a shootout between two rival gangs led to the death of three in New Seelampur in northeast Delhi. Though the deceased were history sheeters, the incident which occurred in broad daylight led to panic among the residents of the area.

A day earlier, residents of east Delhi were shocked to learn that a 54-year-old employee of a retail mobile store was shot nine times in the afternoon at busy Vikas Marg intersection. The deceased paid with his life for resisting two robbers who were trying to snatch Rs 1.35 lakh from him.

On the same day, five people allegedly shot at and critically wounded two brothers at Ballimaran in north Delhi. One of them succumbed to his injuries later on Friday leading to a protest from local residents and shopkeepers.

A school teacher too became a victim of the emerging gun culture on July 5 when he tried to stop three burglars fleeing from his house at Aman Vihar in outer Delhi.

Another braveheart lost his life and a businessman was injured when they tried to stop snatchers from running away with an old woman’s gold chain in Nand Nagri in northeast Delhi on July 1.
Perturbed by this ‘trend’, senior officials say: ‘‘It is has become easy to smuggle weapons to the city now.

Most often, they are manufactured in west Delhi inside ‘well-organised’ factories that thrive on the crime in this entire region.’’ Senior officials accepted that almost 90% of all the Capital’s crimes are committed using illegal weapons. ‘‘Criminals are also buying automated weapons, though their prices are steep,’’ he said.

Police said that patrolling in border areas too are an area of concern. ‘‘It is not always possible to check every item being transported across the border in every vehicle.

However, we have apprehended a few vehicles in the past and seized illegal arms. Most of the vehicles carrying these arms are stolen,’’ said Parvaiz Ahmed, additional DCP, east.
dwaipayan.ghosh@timesgroup.com

3 shot dead during rush hour in S Delhi

Innocent Bystander Killed As Shot Goes Awry

Medha Chaturvedi & Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN


New Delhi: At 9.10 pm on a busy Friday, Sanjeev Suri — returning home from work on his bike — stopped at the busy Andrews Ganj crossing. He stood under the flyover, waiting for the signal to turn green. A wife and two young children were waiting for him at home.

Minutes later, Suri collapsed on the road with a bullet wound in his stomach. He had just witnessed a bike being snatched from another man at the signal by two men whose CBZ bike had broken down. The duo had fired at the man, who ducked. But the bullet hit Suri.

That’s how Suri, 39, a security supervisor at Intercontinental Hotel in Nehru Place, died on Friday night. He apparently bled to death with no one coming to his rescue. When he was finally taken to AIIMS by the cops around 10.12 pm, he died within minutes.

But that’s not the entire story. The two men who killed Suri at that busy crossing, had about 25 minutes back, shot two men near Amar Colony’s main market, barely 3 km from that crossing, owing to ‘‘some personal enmity’’. A lead time of about half an hour should have been enough for the cops to prevent Suri’s senseless death with so many barricades dotting South Delhi at night. But not only did the men kill another person, they also made good their escape.

Police sources said more than two men could have been involved in both incidents. Twenty-four hours after the shooting spree, and amidst claims by the cops that two men had been detained, the police were not sure about the number of men involved.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants wanted to conceal their identity.‘‘They wore masks and just before they reached Ashmeet and Harpreet, they put on their helmets too,’’ said an eyewitness.
Under the Andrews Ganj flyover, at the traffic signal, the CBZ bike of the two unidentified men broke down and they tried to snatch a Pulsar from a man waiting there. One of the assailants hit the rider with the butt of his gun and threw him off the bike.

According to the police, when the frightened man tried to run away, the fatal shot was fired. Sanjiv Suri was hit on the left side of his lower abdomen.

MONTH OF MENACE


July 12:
Two shopkeepers shot at in the evening by an unidentified assailant at Madangir near Ambedkar Nagar in S Delhi
July 11: Two youths shot by two unidentified youths, who fled with their motorcycle, near the Shiv Shakti Mandir near Lajpat Nagar around 8.45 pm
July 11: The same duo fired at another person at a traffic light around 9.10 pm. They missed him, but hit a security officer of a five-star hotel, who died later
July 9: Three people died after a shootout between two rival gangs
July 8: A 54-year-old employee of a retail mobile store shot nine times at noon at Vikas Marg intersection after he refused to let go of a bag containing Rs 1.35 lakh
July 8: Two brothers shot at in Ballimaran in North Delhi by five men over a family feud
July 5: A 42-year-old school teacher shot by burglars at Aman Vihar
July 1: Two people shot at in Nand Nagri (north east Delhi) while attempting to stop a robbery. One died on the spot ‘Where was the police when my son was bleeding?’

New Delhi: Said Kamini Suri, mother of Sanjeev Suri, who died after being hit by a bullet on Friday night, ‘‘We have lost our only son and due to no fault of his. He has two young children. He was a very simple and quiet man with no enmity with anyone. He was our only son and took great care of us; we have lost everything.’’ His wife, Suneeta, a teacher at Kamal Model School, said, ‘‘Usually, my husband used to go over the flyover. It was only if the there was too much traffic that he would go under the flyover. He had called me four times during the day.’’

The family was angry that no one came to Sanjeev’s rescue when he lay on the road bleeding. ‘‘Where was the police when my son lay bleeding to death on the road? I have seen people survive after six gunshots in their chest, Sanjeev suffered just one. The doctor’s report clearly states that he died of excess bleeding due to the bullet piercing his liver,’’ said Kamini.

Sanjeev had been working with the hotel for 14 years. His body was handed over to his family after a postmortem at AIIMS around 3 pm and his last rites were performed by his three-year-old son, Sheetal, at Om Vihar crematorium around 5 pm.
toireporter@timesgroup.com

Andher Nagari: Delhi: Killing innocents in broad daylight



It appears Delhi is overtaking UP and Bihar as a crime center.

The impunity with which gangs are moving around on motor cycles with automatic weapons targeting women and men, shooting to kill innocent persons is a terrible indictment on Delhi Police. Car jackings used to take place in Noida, now they are regular in the capital city of Delhi too.

The tragedy of Delhi’s citizens is their vulnerability to violence.

VIPs and their children live in special areas i Luteyens Delhi, and are protected by trained  commandos from NSG, SSB, CRPF, BSF, DElhi Police and a host of other security agencievs.

Delhi government the elected body of the people of Delhi has no control over the police or the law and order.

Law and order and the Delhi police are under departments and persons who are not answerable to the citizens of Delhi.

Citizens of Delhi have no one to turn to.

Can the situation for the common man ever improve?

Two recently reported incidents:

Passerby is shot trying to stop chain snatched

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

New Delhi: Showing exceptional bravery, a 24-year-old man lost his life while grappling with armed robbers who were trying to escape on a motorcycle after snatching a gold chain from a woman early Tuesday morning. An eyewitness said, Nanhe Valmiki, who worked as a cattle herder, had held one of the robbers in a tight embrace to prevent him from escaping when he was shot in the head from point-blank range by his accomplice.

Valmiki died on the spot.

Police later said the robbers were carrying an automatic weapon.

The incident took place around 7.45am at Bank Colony near Nand Nagri in northeast Delhi. Valmiki had tried to stop the robbers knowing they were armed. Just moments earlier, they had shot another person in the leg for attempting to cut off their escape. The injured man, 32-year-old Naharul Islam, was stated to be out of danger by doctors at GTB Hospital.

Police have registered a case of murder, attempt to murder and robbery against the unknown assailants. ‘‘We may register another case under the Arms Act for illegal possession of arms,’’ said a senior police officer.

Rajni Devi, 54, whose chain the robbers had snatched, told TOI, ‘‘Around 7.45am, I stepped of the house with my three-anda-half-year-old granddaughter. It was her first day of school. We had hardly covered 20 metres when I found two men coming towards us on a red bike.’’ As the bike crossed Rajni, she felt a sharp pain in her neck.

Nand Nagri eyewitnesses didn’t watch passively

Snatching Victim’s Neighbour Picked Up Stone And Threw At Robbers, Only To Be Shot At


New Delhi: Rajni Devi, whose chain the robbers had snatched on Tuesday morning, said: ‘‘I realized that the pillion rider had pulled away my gold chain and immediately raised an alarm.’’ The woman saw her next-door neighbour, Naharul Islam, come to her aid. ‘‘He was trying to pick up a stone and aim at my assailants, when I heard a sharp sound like a bullet shot and found Naharul lying in a pool of blood. He was shot in his left leg.’’

By this time, Rajni Devi said she was too shocked and all her attention went towards ensuring the safety of her granddaughter. ‘‘However, I did hear two more bullet shots. Later, I came to know that a cattle herder had lost his life trying to stop the robbers from fleeing,’’ she said. Renu (30), wife of the injured businessman, Naharul, who owns a plastic manufacturing unit, said she heard a ‘‘huge cracking sound’’ and came rushing out of her house. ‘‘I found my husband lying in a pool of blood. A little ahead I saw two men in their mid-twenties reversing the motorcycle and trying to flee.’’ Renu said after the robbers had travelled about 50 metres, Valmiki grabbed the rider and embraced him firmly to stop them from escaping.

‘‘To my horror, the pillion rider shot him in the head from pointblank range. He died immediately. The assailants fired another round in the air before fleeing,’’ she said. Jaipal (45), the deceased’s father, said at the GTB mortuary that his son never thought about his own safety before helping someone.

‘‘Some may say he was foolish to have rushed in at a time when his assailants had already shot at someone. But, he had always been a braveheart,’’ he said. Valmiki lived in Mandoli village.
Police said that an organized gang was behind the crime.

‘‘We are trying to locate the bike and have received some positive tip-offs. It’s the automatic weapon used in the robbery that has shocked us the most,’’ said a senior police officer.



Resisting robbers, man shot 9 times

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

New Delhi: A 54-year-old employee of a retail store run by a leading mobile manufacturer was killed resisting a robbery attempt by two youths after he refused to let go of a bag containing Rs 1.35 lakh even when bullet after bullet was pumped into him. According to eyewitnesses, the victim, Mahesh Kapur, finally slumped to the ground after nine shots were fired at him and the robbers made off with the cash at the busy Vikas Marg in east Delhi on Tuesday noon.

The robbers struck just as Kapur was about to enter the store after withdrawing cash from a bank in Preet Vihar. An eye witness said Kapur clasped the sling-bag firmly when he saw the two helmeted assailants, who had apparently followed him from the bank, approach him. They tried to snatch the bag but failed. ‘‘The victim was initially shot in his thighs. When he refused to budge, he was shot again in his arms. He was then dragged for 10 metres by the assailants even after which they failed to release the bag from his iron grip. As a last resort, the assailants shot him fatally on the chest,’’ a police officer said.

MURDER AT NOON Enraged shopkeepers spill on to streets in protest

New Delhi: Mahesh Kapur, who was shot by robbers on Vikas Marg on Tuesday, was a resident of Geeta Colony and was to proceed on leave from Wednesday as his son was getting married next week.

Enraged shopkeepers of the area blocked traffic for about an hour late in the evening to protest against the incident. ‘‘It seems that the two youths were following the scooter from the bank. When he reached the shop in Shakarpur near Vikas Marg, he got down to park his scooter a few metres from the shop. It was then that the two assailants, both in their mid-twenties, approached him,’’ said Ajay Chaudhry, DCP (East).

‘‘The two assailants then fired nine bullets into Kapur’s chest and stomach from point blank range. As Kapur slumped to the ground, they picked up the cash bag and ran towards their motorbike. They fled through the bylanes leading towards Lakshmi Nagar,’’ said DCP Chaudhry.
The local shopkeepers rushed him to Walia Nursing Home across the road where the doctors declared him ‘‘brought dead’’.

DCP Chaudhry added that the cops had recovered bullets of two different makes. ‘‘It indicates that both assailants had fired at Kapur,’’ he said. Senior officials who visited the crime scene said the assailants seemed to be carrying modern weapons. ‘‘Country-made pistols would never have been so effective,’’ said a senior cop.

‘‘We are trying to identify gangs who operate on a similar modus operandi in Delhi and its neighbouring areas. We are also not ruling out the role of some locals who might have been involved in the crime. We are investigating all possible angles.’’ added the DCP (east).

A case of robbery and murder has been registered at the Shakarpur police station. Meanwhile, speaking to Times City, Pradip Katyal, the proprietor of the shop in which the Kapur was employed said that he had asked him to withdraw the money and deposit it in another bank.

‘‘He was with us for the past three years. It was his honesty that let me allow him to handle the finances,’’ he said.

Rajiv Kapur, the youngest brother of the deceased said that the family was in a shock. ‘‘His only son was to get engaged on July 14 and he had decided to go on leave in the next couple of days in order to oversee the final preparations,’’ he said.
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Honesty cost him his life: Family

Dwaipayan Ghosh & Ashirbad S Raha | TNN

New Delhi: On Tuesday, life changed forever for the Kapurs of Geeta Colony. A family that was busy preparing for the engagement of their only son Rohit (24), in a cruel twist of fate had to arrange for the funeral of the head of the family, Mahesh Kapur (54).
Kapur lost his life on Tuesday morning when two motorcycle-borne assailants shot him and fled with Rs 1.35 lakh in cash. The incident took place in front of the retail outlet of a leading mobile phone company where the victim had been working for the last three years, on busy Vikas Marg in east Delhi.

‘‘Tuesday was supposed to be the last day for Mahesh at work before he went on leave to prepare for his son’s engagement, but fate had different plans,’’ said a family friend.
Rajiv, the victim’s younger brother, said the family was too shocked to even decide whether to call off the engagement or go ahead with it. ‘‘Rohit works in a call centre that caters to customers of a leading mobile service provider. All his friends were waiting for his big day. Now, all of them are consoling him,’’ said a relative.

‘‘Mahesh was an honest man. It was his honesty that made him take on the robbers on Tuesday to save the money that did not even belong to him,’’ said a family friend of the Kapurs. The family alleged the police was doing little to help. ‘‘No senior officer has visited us yet nor have we been briefed about the latest developments,’’ said a relative. Police said they would talk to the family on Wednesday. ‘‘We are questioning eyewitnesses. Prima facie, it appears that it was not a case of personal enmity,’’ said Ajay Chaudhry, DCP (East).