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Delhi experiences coldest March night in 40 years



Delhi experienced its coldest March night in 40 years, with the minimum temperature being recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day on Friday as an unusually longer winter stretched on.

This is approximately 6 degrees Celsius lower than what is typically seen at this time of the year, qualifying the weather to be classified as a cold wave, officials at the weather department said. A cold wave is when the minimum temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius and it deviates by more than five degrees from the normal low expected for that period.

“This is the third coldest night in 118 years and the coldest night in 40 years in the month of March,” said BP Yadav, deputy director general of India Meteorological Department (IMD), attributing the phenomenon to after effects of snowfall in mountains up north recently.

“The western disturbance that had hit Delhi-NCR [National Capital Region] and other parts of northwest India early this week triggered snow in the hills and hail in the plains of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Now that the disturbance has passed, strong northerly winds are blowing and bringing that chill. Hence the temperature has dropped,” Yadav said.

The maximum temperature was 24.1 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees below normal.

The IMD has, however, said the cold will relent over the next few days as another western disturbance approaches.

“The minimum temperature is expected to rise and reach 11 degrees Celsius over the next few days because of an approaching western disturbance. The day temperature is likely to drop by a few degrees. There are chances of light rain and thundershower on March 2 and March 3,” said an IMD official.

There could be another dip in temperatures once the next western disturbance passes off, though officials believe it won’t fall to such levels and hover around 9 degrees Celsius.

In 2018, Delhi had witnessed the third coldest December in 50 years — after 2005 and 1996. IMD data showed the average monthly minimum temperature in December 2018 was 6.7 degrees Celsius.

The western disturbance on March 2 and 3 will be the fifteenth of the season, surpassing the usual five-six seen every winter. This despite the IMD having forecast last year that this would be a warmer winter due to the influence of El Nino over the Pacific Ocean.

Officials have attributed the weakening of the Polar Vortex — a system of very cold winds that remain in the Arctic Circle — to the increased frequency of western disturbances. The weaker Polar Vortex has made the temperature colder in the northern hemisphere, pushing up the divergence with the temperatures in the southern hemisphere. This leads to formation of western disturbances that form somewhere over the Mediterranean and sweep over parts of West Asia into India.



Delhi Police Arrest Three in Wine Shop Burglary Case, Including Bangladeshi National



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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.

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Woman found dead in under construction building in Delhi’s Sonia Vihar



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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.

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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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