Cyclone Fani moves into Bengal; no major damage reported yet
Kolkata escaped the direct fury of Cyclone Fani as it followed a path through West Midnapore, Hooghly and Nadia districts and passed about 40km to the west of the West Bengal capital.
Cyclone Fani, which crossed Odisha coast close to Puri between 8am and 10am with a maximum wind speed of around 175 Kmph, caused huge damage in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, and Khordha districts in the state. It smashed through Odisha, where eight people died, triggering rains in several towns and cities and leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Officials of the India Meteorological Department said Cyclone Fani has lost its severity as it moved towards Bangladesh. It will lose its cyclone status and turn into a deep depression as it enters Bangladesh.
“It has turned into a cyclonic storm rapidly losing severity. It will start moving into Bangladesh by 10am,” Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, IMD Kolkata’s deputy director, said on Saturday morning.
There will be rains in a few districts of Bengal, but there was no apprehension of any further damage in the state, said Bandyopadhyay.
The met department official also said that since Cyclone Fani kept losing severity fast and wind speed was recorded around 50-55km per hour in Kolkata instead of the 70-75km they expected on Friday night.
Kolkata airport resumed operations from 8am on Saturday after remaining closed for 17 hours.
Eastern Railway, which suspended all local train services from Sealdah station between Friday midnight and 6am on Saturday, resumed services from Sealdah. At important city crossings, some people were seen waiting for traffic.
In Digha, some of the tourists who stayed back ignoring the instructions of the administration to leave, went to the beach to watch the sea.
On Saturday morning, the sky was overcast in Kolkata and adjoining districts with moderate winds.
The administration in West Bengal said it prepared to meet any emergency by marshalling men and materials to launch relief operations.
In Kolkata, about 45,000 people living in dilapidated buildings were evacuated and shifted to safe shelters. “These persons were accommodated in different school buildings of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC),” said an official of KMC.
A few markets and two shopping malls were closed down on Friday afternoon. The civic authorities have also locked the gates of different parks in the city. After South City Mall, the authorities of Gariahat Mall in south Kolkata also closed down on Friday afternoon.
West Midnapore district magistrate P Mohan Gandhi said on Friday evening that 3,130 persons were evacuated. In East Midnapore district about 18,000 people were evacuated, said district magistrate Partha Ghosh.
Till 8:30pm on Friday, 339 houses were damaged in West Midnapore district.
Though there were indications that the cyclone might have damaged more houses and crops in the districts of West Midnapore, East Midnapore and Hooghly on Friday night, there was no official confirmation of it till 8am.
On Friday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all her political programmes and parked herself in Kharagpur, a town about 60km from Odisha, and on the projected path of the cyclone to monitor the situation and coordinate relief efforts. Almost all election-related programmes of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) were also cancelled on Friday.
Cyclone Fani is expected now to enter Bangladesh, which has ordered the evacuation of 2.1 million people before the storm arrives. The neighbouring country’s junior disaster minister Enamur Rahman said 56 thousand volunteers were working to move millions out of the storm’s path.
Met office spokesperson Omar Faruque said on Friday the cyclone is likely to “enter Bangladesh through Khulna coastlines and will take the entire night to cross the country, ravaging southwestern” coastline districts.
Bangladesh’s disaster management minister Enamur Rahman said the government was fully prepared to face the cyclone. “Army, navy, coastguards and other agencies are ready to be called out for disaster operation,” he said in a news briefing.
The government has ordered all fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea to remain in shelter till further notice.
Weather experts said the wrath of Fani is likely to be lesser in Bangladesh coasts as compared to that of Odisha since the cyclone would lose its strength on its land routes, minimising risks of a high number of casualties.
However, it could damage standing crops and infrastructure on a vast landmass. Besides, heavy rains, along with strong winds, will continue throughout Saturday in many parts of the country, they said.
Delhi Police Arrest Three in Wine Shop Burglary Case, Including Bangladeshi National
New Delhi: In a significant development, the Delhi police apprehended three individuals, including a Bangladeshi national, in connection with a recent burglary at a wine shop in Krishna Nagar police station area. The arrests were made in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, as confirmed by the police on Saturday.
The arrested individuals have been identified as Bilal, a Bangladeshi national, and Mohd Gazi Sheikh and Shaikh, both hailing from West Bengal, according to officials.
The incident came to light when the victim, Wasim Abbas Naqvi, a resident of Shahdara, Delhi, approached the police on April 25 to file a complaint. Naqvi reported that unidentified culprits had entered the wine shop by digging a hole in the roof, subsequently breaking the lock of the Almirah and stealing a significant amount of money.
Following the complaint, a case was registered under sections 457/380/411/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Krishna Nagar police station, considering the gravity of the matter and the unusual method employed by the perpetrators.
A joint team comprising TST Shahdara and Crack Team Krishna Nagar was formed to investigate the case. The initial stage of the investigation involved the analysis of more than 50 CCTV footage obtained from the vicinity of the crime scene.
Preliminary findings from the CCTV footage revealed that three to four individuals had arrived at the wine shop on foot around 1:30 am. They accessed the vacant area above the store and executed the burglary by digging a hole. However, due to the late hour, no further leads were immediately apparent regarding their escape route.
Taking a technical approach, ASI Deepak Kumar from the Technical Surveillance team analyzed thousands of mobile numbers, eventually shortlisting 150 potential suspects. These numbers were subjected to further examination, including analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs), Subscriber Detail Records (SDRs), dossiers, and social media profiles. This meticulous analysis aided in identifying each of the accused individuals.
Following the identification process, a multi-layered CDR analysis was conducted on the suspects, leading to the planning of targeted raids for their apprehension. The accused individuals were found to be residing in sensitive areas of Loni and Pasonda.
The Crack Team Krishna Nagar then initiated field operations and executed the raids with the utmost sensitivity, considering the sensitive nature of the locations involved. As a result, all the accused individuals were successfully apprehended. The police recovered a sum of INR 44,700, along with the clothes and shoes worn during the burglary, a mobile phone, and a scooter that were purchased using the stolen money and utilized during the crime.
The Delhi police expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the operation, highlighting the successful collaboration between various teams and the utilization of advanced investigative techniques. The arrested individuals will now face legal proceedings as per the law.
Woman found dead in under construction building in Delhi’s Sonia Vihar
On Saturday, officers reported the discovery of a deceased 30-year-old woman in an under-construction building located in Sonia Vihar, Northeast Delhi. The woman, identified as Meena Giri, was a mother of three children and a resident of Sonia Vihar.
According to DCP (Northeast) Joy Tirkey, a PCR call was received at 10:34 am on Saturday, reporting the finding of a woman’s body with visible blood on her head and face in a building under construction in Sonia Vihar. Meena Giri and her husband, Kripa Shankar, originally hailed from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. “As per Kripa Shankar’s statement, Meena had been missing since 7 pm on Friday,” stated the police.
Authorities have identified a worker in the area as the primary suspect. It is suspected that the woman and the accused were acquaintances who engaged in an argument over a certain matter. Allegedly, in a fit of rage, the accused fatally assaulted Meena with a heavy object.
Delhi Crime Branch Takes Down Drug Dealers: 43 Arrested, Narcotics Worth Crores Seized
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police announced on Sunday that it has apprehended more than 43 individuals and confiscated drugs valued at Rs 1-2 crore. These actions were carried out through simultaneous raids conducted at 100 different locations across the national capital under the initiative named Operation Kawach.
According to police sources, they have also identified more than 64 hotspots within the city where the sale and consumption of drugs such as heroin, MDMA, ganja, and other narcotics are prevalent. It has been reported that a significant number of the apprehended individuals were specifically targeting school and college students.
Since January, the Delhi Police have been actively engaged in combating drug abuse, as well as detecting and preventing its spread among both young children and adults. These efforts have been undertaken under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Ravindra Singh Yadav, the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), stated, “We have carried out our actions in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF). Over the past five months, we have arrested 534 offenders in 412 NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases. In the process, we have successfully recovered approximately 35 kg of heroin/smack, 15 kg of cocaine, 1,500 kg of ganja, 230 kg of opium, 10 kg of charas, and 20 kg of poppy husk.”
To increase their effectiveness, the police formed 80 specialized teams and instructed field officers to apprehend more offenders. Between May 12 and 13, these teams conducted raids at 100 locations, leading to the arrest of over 43 drug peddlers.
Yadav further added, “This operation was a collaborative effort involving the district police. We utilized undercover officers, surveillance teams, canine squads, and intelligence teams for assistance. Our operation successfully targeted drug dealers at both the street-level and higher levels in Delhi.”
The majority of the drug recoveries were made in the areas of North Delhi, Rohini, Dwarka, and East Delhi.
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