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Out to celebrate birthday, 2 students killed, 3 injured in Delhi car crash



Two persons, including a 20-year-old Delhi University (DU) student, were killed and three others injured as their car, which was allegedly speeding, crashed into a divider on the Ring Road in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar in the early hours of Sunday, police said.

Police said that other than the driver, none of the occupants of the car were wearing seatbelts and as a result they were thrown out of the car due to the impact of the crash.

Deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said that the car’s driver, who was injured in the crash, is currently in police custody. We are awaiting the results of a medical examination to ascertain if the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, DCP Yadav said.

“The man, who was driving the car, was medically examined to ascertain if he was drunk. The report is awaited. Action would be taken as per law if his medical report confirms alcohol intake. A case of rash driving and death by negligence under sections 279 and 304 A of Indian Penal Code was registered at the Vivek Vihar police station,” said the deputy commissioner of police.

The accident took place around 5.30am on the stretch between Anand Vihar railway station and Dishad Garden, just 100 metres before the Dilshad Garden underpass.

According to police, the car — a white Honda City — climbed on to the road divider, uprooted an electric pole and the divider’s iron railings before it came back on the road and hit a pavement around 50metres ahead where it finally overturned.

All the occupants were rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Dilshad Garden, where two of them were declared dead on arrival, police said.

Those killed were identified by the police as 18-year-old Prabhjot Singh from north Delhi’s Malkaganj, and 20-year-old Rubel, a third year student of DU’s Daulat Ram College. The injured persons were identified by the police as 19-year-old, Arshpreet Kaur, also a DU student. The condition of Kaur and one more occupant, 21-year-old Keshav, is critical. The driver of the car, 23-year-old Lakshya Malhotra, was discharged from the hospital, and is currently in police custody, an officer said.

Staff at a petrol pump, located opposite the accident spot, said that the car appeared to be travelling at speeds exceeding 100km per hour before the crash.

“The impact of the crash was so powerful that all the doors of the car were thrown open and except the driver, all the four occupants were flung outside. The woman who died landed on the road opposite the accident spot. Two men were lying near the road’s divider. Another woman was lying injured near the pavement where the car had overturned,” said an employee of the petrol pump, who did not wish to be identified.

Another staffer at the petrol pump said that some passersby and his colleagues apprehended the driver, who they said suffered minor injuries and was trying to flee the accident spot. “We found some alcohol bottles and packets of cigarette at the accident spot and in the car as well,” the staffer said.

DCP Yadav, however, said that the police did not find any alcohol in the car.

According to police officials, the two women were friends and originally from Sirsa district in Haryana.

While Rubel lived in a paying guest accommodation in Mukherjee Nagar, Kaur stayed in a flat in Dilshad Garden, where the five had gathered to celebrate her birthday on Saturday night. The two men who survived are residents of north Delhi’s Kamla Nagar.

Prabhjot’s father Varender Singh said that his son and Keshav worked at a call centre owned by Lakshya’s family. The car is owned by Lakhsya’s family, the police said.



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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