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Aus police released new CCTV footage in murder case of Prabha Arun Kumar

Melbourne: Police have released grainy CCTV footage of a man walking near the Sydney park where a mother was knifed to death, as it emerges homicide detectives will travel to India to speak with the victim’s family.

Nearly five months have passed since Prabha Kumar, 41, was fatally stabbed in the neck as she was speaking to her husband on her mobile phone while walking home near Parramatta Railway station.
Police have struggled to find a motive for the March 7 attack after ruling out sexual assault and robbery. They are now examining every inch of her personal life to uncover any clues that could lead to her killer.

Homicide Detectives are making plans to travel to Mrs Kumar’s homeland of India so they can speak to her family.
Detective Acting-Inspector Ritchie Sim said communication with the family had been difficult because of the distance and the fact the majority of her family lived there.

He said it was an “obvious line of inquiry to follow” and that “anything is possible”, but cautioned against speculating her killer may be there.
“Considering the nature of the investigation and because it is Prabha’s home town, it is an obvious line of inquiry. It’s important we don’t speculate but we need to exhaust every line of inquiry.”

The 14 seconds of footage released by police today were procured during a recent search of the area, but the person hasn’t been identified.
Detective Inspector Sim said: “The person in the footage is one person who we have not been able to identify so far. While it’s not the best footage, we are hoping it might prompt someone’s memory.”

The night Prabha was murdered, she was walking through Jubilee lane on the way home to Amos St. The stabbing occurred at 8.30pm. Police believe the person seen in the footage was walking towards Jubilee Lane from the golf course between 8pm and 9pm.

Mrs Kumar had caught a train from the city where she worked as a software engineer and was talking to her husband on the phone when she suddenly said to him: “I think I’ve been stabbed.”
She died hours later in Westmead Hospital.

She was due to be reunited with her husband and their nine-year-old daughter in April after she finished an IT project in Sydney.
Police have already spoken to nearly 2000 people as part of their inquiry and examined thousands of hours of CCTV footage from the area where she was killed.
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CCTV installed in women’s washroom in water park, 9 arrested

Kolkata: Nine employees including manager of a water sports park have been arrested following allegations that closed circuit cameras were installed in its women's changing room, police said on Monday, weeks after union minister Smriti Irani spotted such devices at a store in Goa.

A woman, who had gone to the changing room of Aquatica on Sunday, raised her voice in protest after allegedly finding CCTVs there.

However, when she went to the management along with her husband, they were said to have been pushed and threatened by the bouncers and other employees.

Hearing the commotion, locals and other women rushed to the spot and there ensured another scuffle with the bouncers. The enraged people then caught hold of the manager, who was later rescued from the mob and arrested. Another employee was also taken held the same day.

"Two people including the manager were arrested on Sunday. They were presented before the court which sent them to four days of police custody on Monday. Six bouncers and another employee was arrested on Monday," said a police officer.

Police have also seized cctv cameras from the water sports park, while forensic experts would visit the spot on Tuesday.

Police said the bouncers were arrested in connection with allegations that they misbehaved with women, while the employees were picked up for being purportedly involved in the installation of the CCTV cameras.

However, Aquatica CEO Manshu Tandan claimed there was no hidden camera in the amusement park.

"Instead there is CCTV cameras which were focused towards locker room. Also as Aquatica is under renovation, we have extended the gents locker room and converted it into ladies locker room.

"This work was completed late in the night on Thursday," said Tandan.

The official said the cameras are looked after by a third party which was asked to remove the cameras but the work was not done because of the weekend.

"We would also like to make it clear that we had no bad intention. It's just a mistake that the non operational camera was not removed due to manpower shortage."

The official claimed the hard disc of the camera was handed over to police for investigation.

The incident comes over three weeks after union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani spotted a CCTV camera inside a changing room of a Fabindia store in Goa.
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Peeping Cam Row: Crime Branch is likely to summon top Fabindia officials

Mumbai: The Crime Branch is likely to summon top Fabindia officials, including its managing director, William Bissell, over Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani’s complaint that a camera was filming the changing room in a Goa store.

Kartik Kashyap, Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Goa, said the managing director had sought more time for appearing for questioning. Senior Fabindia officials would be questioned in the next couple of days. The police were questioning the technicians who installed the cameras.

Fabindia has apologised to Ms. Irani for the “inconvenience that has been inadvertently caused” to her, but maintained that there were no hidden cameras in the store and that no camera was installed in the changing room.

Surveillance cameras installed in the store were as per standard practice and were prominently displayed, the company said.

In a statement, it said that it had appointed its own three-member women team to investigate the incident.

Bail conditions

Prashant Naik, Karim Lakhani, Raju Payanche and Paresh Bhagat, FabIndia employees arrested on Friday should not leave Goa or tamper with evidence, a local court ruled while granting them bail.

The court rejected the Crime Branch’s application for their custody observing that “no grounds were made by [the] investigating officer for custodial interrogation of the accused.”

Counsel for the accused argued that the camera was installed outside the trial room. Since it was not a hidden camera, there was no malicious intent.

Asked if the police prima facie suspected any “mischief,” Mr. Kashyap told The Hindu. “We are investigating all angles to the incident.”

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who on Friday did not rule out a conspiracy, said: “Whether they did it intentionally or not, that has to be found out.”

Even as the BJP government came under strict criticism from the Opposition, Mr. Parsekar termed the incident “unfortunate”, and said it “tarnishes the image” of the State. “Goa is a safe tourist definition and when an incident of such nature occurs, it is sad,” he said.

After the incident, the Goa police constituted a special team to inspect all the showrooms along the coastal belt of the tourist destination to detect mischievously placed cameras in changing rooms. The stores checked were found to be fine, Mr. Kashyap said.
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Private buses to be on surveillance

Mangaluru: Regional Transport Authority (RTA) on Tuesday instructed all the private and government bus operators to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all the buses.

Chairing the special meeting at the DC’s office here, the deputy commissioner A.B Ibrahim, who is also the chairman of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) asked the bus operators to install at least two CCTV cameras in the buses.

Santhosh Babu, DCP (Law and Order) convinced the bus operators saying that more passengers will use the public transport as the safety improves. “It costs less than Rs 15,000 for two CCTV cameras”, he stressed and said that the department was ready to give specifications, if anyone requires it.

He also mentioned that the CCTV cameras should have good resolution and standard devices including night vision cameras. Assistant Dy. Commissioner advised the operators to ensure a minimum of 30 days storage of the CCTV data.

In addition to it, DCP also suggested to install CCTV cameras in all the bus stands. “These cameras can be of advantage for more reasons than one”, he said.

In one month

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner asked all the public places including religious centres to install CCTV cameras in one month. “The district complex has already installed the cameras. Similarly, the private building, apartments and commercial complexes should install atleast two cameras, while the religious centres should install atleast four CCTV cameras”, he said.

Santhosh Babu instructed to install at least one CCTV camera towards the road, as a public service.

Mr. Ibrahim said that the purpose of the installation of CCTV cameras is not to encroach on the privacy of the public but in the interest of the public.
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Horny couple having sex in cafe caught on CCTV

Strange things happen around the world. A lovey dovey couple stripped and had a steamy sex session in an armchair in a public cafe in Russia.

The horny couple had sought refuge inside a coffee house in Krasnodar, western Russia, to escape the cold outside. Having ordered their hot drinks, the couple sauntered over to an empty part of the cafe and immediately began stripping and having sex.

But they weren't the only ones enjoying. The staff of the cafe were all huddled around the CCTV screen watching the proceedings.

The staff later said that when the couple had come in, they had seemed very much in love and were kissing and giggling all the time. They said that they had no idea that the couple would end up taking their clothes off and treating the place as their bedroom.

Ultimately, the staff had to intervene and politely asked them to go find a room.

The embarrassed couple, after dressing up, paid their bill and left.

  • Published in Off Beat
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