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Man held with fake currency notes in Kheda

7 April 2010

A man was arrested with 382 counterfeit currency notes from Chunel village of Kheda district on Friday, the police said.A joint team of the Local Crime Branch (LCB) and Special Operations Group (SOG) intercepted one Govind Lalabhai Talpada while he was moving in his car.

According to the police, Talpada had hidden 380 fake notes of Rs 100 denomination in a cloth near the car’s gear box. Two fake notes of Rs 1,000 denomination were found from his shirt pocket, they added.

Further interrogation revealed that Talpada had purchased over 500 counterfeit notes from three persons for Rs 1.5 lakh, the police said.

Two of the three sellers were from Ahmedabad and one was from Mumbai, they said, adding that Talpada had not revealed their names.

LCB Inspector B P Rojya said a complaint has been registered against four people including Talpada and further investigations are on.

(The Indian Express, 13 September 2009)


Satyam fraud: CBI to file 2nd chargesheet

7 April 2010

New Delhi: The CBI will soon file a second chargesheet against former disgraced Chairman of Satyam Computer B Ramalinga Raju as it claimed to have unearthed more financial frauds like siphoning off money from the company, which may have caused loss to the shareholders.

Sources in the CBI said that Raju’s confessional statement after the scam came to light earlier this year was an attempt by him to divulge only what he wanted to, while keeping other alleged financial frauds under wraps.

The sources said the investigators had found some more clues of alleged financial frauds of siphoning off money from Satyam and re-routing it to other front companies floated by the accused.

The agency, on April 7, had filed a chargesheet against Raju and eight others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating and forgery.

 (The Indian Express, 13 September 2009)


Weapons seized from bushes ringing school grounds

6 April 2010

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Thiruvalla police have taken a few weapons, including two crude bombs, into custody from bushes bordering the grounds of Sree Narayana Vilasom School at Thirumoolapuram, near Thiruvalla, on Monday.

The schoolchildren playing on the grounds were the first to see the weapons that were hidden in the bushes and the school authorities informed the police.

A long sword, two broad knives used by butchers and an axe were in the cache, apart from the bombs, the police said. A case has been registered.

The police had seized swords, knives and so on in a raid on a rented house of an alleged gangster, Mozha Biju, at Thirumoolapuram on September 3. The accused is absconding, the police said.

On July 27, two swords, a knife and a steel rod were found abandoned in the bushes in the courtyard of a house at Pensionkunnu.

The police had taken these weapons into custody in the presence of residents. There were alleged attempts to hush up the case and the police had first denied taking two swords into custody, but the statement was corrected when the issue was raised in the Assembly by Joseph M. Puthusserry, MLA.

(The Hindu, 15 September 2009)

Rs 32-cr fraud at Suzlon, 2 held

6 April 2010

Pune: The Bund Garden police have arrested two former senior officials of Suzlon Energy Limited (SEL) Company for allegedly cheating the firm and its sister concerns to the tune of Rs 32 crore.The arrested have been identified as Shreedhar Rajgopalan (44) of Kumar City, Kalyani Nagar and Sanjiv Ganpatprasad Bangad (41), a resident of Cosmos, Magarpatta City, Hadapsar. Offences have also been registered against four others — S Rajkumar of Chinchwad, Giriv Ashia of Rajasthan, Rashmi Sanjiv Bangad and foreign national.

The police action comes after Nilesh Vallabhdas Dhanani, an officer from Sinefra Engineering and Constructions Limited (SECL), which is the sister concern of Suzlon Group, lodged a police complaint.

Police inspector Suhas Nadgaudaof Bund Garden police station said Suzlon hired ships for supplying its wind mill parts to foreign countries through shipping. “The accused while working with SEL, started fake companies called S S Oceanwind, Blue Wind and Genus. They then misused the letterheads of Suzlon to secure bank guarantees and get ships on rent and diverted the business of Suzlon Group to their company by using forged documents.”



“They allegedly imported and exported goods of other companies in these hired ships without the knowledge of Suzlon and deposited the money received from the illegal use of ships into the foreign bank accounts of their own bogus companies, causing a loss of Rs 32 crore to the Suzlon between March 2006 and October 2008,” Nadgauda said.



“The fraud came to light during the audit of the company,” Nadgauda said.

(The Indian Express, 20 September 2009) 


Woman held for trafficking, ISI link suspected

6 April 2010

Kolkata: Jyoti Rana alias Mehrunnesa alias Nisha Sharma, an alleged human trafficker and suspected ISI agent, arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, was produced at Barrackpore magistrate court on Monday.Jyoti was arrested with three passports, Pakistani phone numbers and anti-India documents in her possession late on Sunday night, said a senior police officer. She was detained after she arrived from Bangkok.

She has been sent to judicial custody till October 4. Ten days ago, a case of forgery was lodged against Jyoti by the Delhi Police.

A team of Delhi Police will reach the city to take her to Delhi on a transit remand. According to sources, Interpol officials are accompanying the team, and they will interrogate her in Kolkata.

According to a senior Delhi Police officer, one Rahul lodged a complaint against Jyoti with the Uttamnagar police in West Delhi.



“Jyoti took Rs 1 lakh from Rahul, saying he will be recruited in a company in Greece,” said Sharad Agarwal, Deputy Police Commissioner, West Delhi. Rahul was told that he would reach Greece via Turkey. Accordingly, he reached Malaysia, from where he was supposed to take a flight to Turkey. His passport was original, but the visa he got from the woman for going to Turkey was tampered with, said Agarwal. Since his visa for Turkey was found forged, he was deported to India.



“We received a complaint against her around 10 days ago,” Agarwal said. “She is an Indian citizen. We are yet to reach a conclusion about her alleged links with Pakistani terror outfits.

Rajiv Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Task Force, said: “We are looking into the matter and investigating whether she has any link with the ISI.”



Jyoti claimed she used to send duped persons to Pakistan from Malaysia, where they were forcibly trained under terrorist outfits. “During interrogation, she claimed that she is a resident of Uttamnagar in West Delhi,” said Rahul Srivastava, Superintendent of Police, North 24-Parganas.

(The Indian Express, 22 September 2009)

Cops crack down on movie piracy racket

6 April 2010

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Tuesday claimed to have busted a major Bollywood movie piracy racket allegedly run by a Pakistan-based man. According to the police, the gang has illegally procured prints of at least 11 Bollywood movies, including Whats Your Raashee that is slated for release in theatres on Friday.Two months ago, the police department had set up a team, which had officers of the police’s Social Service Branch also, to keep a tab on piracy cases and rackets.

“A few days ago, we received a tip-off that the print of Dil Bole Hadippa that was released on September 18 is already available in the market. However, despite making some efforts, we could not nab them,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria.

“Three people on motorcycles arrived at the spot. Afsar alias Ashraf Haider Hussain and Firoz alias Sameer Irfan Khan (both Mumbra residents) handed over the print to their associate Aman alias Tanzeem Ali Hameed Ali, a Kherwadi resident. Around 5:30 am, we arrested the trio and a DVD print of What’s Your Raashee was seized from them,” said Maria.



According to police, during their interrogation, all three accused revealed that they were in touch with Durgadas Shriramswami Bhakta, a business development manager at Adlabs in Goregaon Filmcity, and that they had paid Bhakta Rs 2 lakh for the DVD. Bhakta and his associate Pal were arrested on Sunday. All the arrested accused have been remanded to police custody till September 30.

“Rajesh Harkishan Chaudhary, associate vice president of UFO Digital Mastering office in Andheri, will get master prints of yet-to-be-released movies. UFO processes the prints digitally. Earlier, the prints were given for individual distribution to theatres, and the pirates used to exploit loopholes to get the print out in transit. UFO has a system in place, wherein the movies are shown through satellite at theatres,” said Maria.



According to the police, Chaudhary used to save the movie on his laptop and on receiving money, he used to transfer the movie onto a DVD and hand it over to Bhakta.



“Bhakta then gives the print to Afsar, who in turn pass it on to Tanzeem, a computer expert. Tanzeem uploads the movie to his computer, and then sends it via internet to the kingpin of the racket, Asif, who is in Karachi. From Pakistan, Asif sends the movie prints to various countries, including Bangladesh , Amsterdam , Germany, France, Australia and Indonesia. They have an extensive network in India,” said a Crime Branch officer.

“Tanzeem used to get Rs 10,000 for every movie he sends via internet. Chaudhary and Bhakta used to get Rs 1 lakh each. Asif used to give the money to Ashraf for distributing it among other members. Asif may have links in the underworld,” said Maria. The gang has managed to get prints of 11 movies including Wanted, Dil Bole Hadippa, Aage Se Right, Lets Dance, FOX, Shadow and Chal Chalein.

(The Indian Express, 23 September 2009)

Drug dealer held in city with heroin worth Rs 1 cr

1 April 2010

The police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked an international drug racket that was using Delhi as their transit point, with the arrest of a Nigerian drug peddler.The accused, Banzi Babatunde, was allegedly carrying heroin worth around Rs 1 crore. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, he was caught on Tuesday by the Delhi Police’s Special Branch with 1.017 kg of fine-quality heroin.

The police said the drug cartel originates in Afghanistan, from where the consignment was transported to India for further distribution.

“We received an input that the gang supplies drugs to Delhi-based traffickers who in turn supply drugs to different countries. They used Delhi as their transit point,” a police official said.

Babatunde was arrested near NBCC Building on Lodhi Road. The police said during interrogation the accused told them that he came to India in 2006 on a tourist visa and stayed on even after its expiry.

Babatunde used to receive drug consignments from an Afghan national and would send it to various countries, police sources said. “We are trying to identify others involved in this network,” the official said.

(The Indian Express, 24 September 2009)