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Uttar Pradesh police opts for drones to control mobs

Uttar Pradesh police opts for drones to control mobs

Lucknow: The Lucknow Police is planning to use drones to keep an eye on the city. These little unmanned mini-choppers are already in use in various sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh for taking aerial snaps, but for the first time the hi-tech gadget will be used to control unruly crowds.

"We have purchased five drone cameras with capacity of lifting two kg weight. They can be used to shower pepper powder on an unruly mob in case of any trouble," Senior Superintendent of Police Yashasvi Yadav told PTI.

The drone camera, he said, made its debut in the city when the district administration deployed the device for surveillance last year during Muharram and also during the Lucknow Mahotsav and Republic Day parade.

"We had used drone cameras and they were so effective that we have decided to purchase them instead of hiring them. They will be used throughout the city for aerial surveillance," the SSP said.

Lucknow Police will probably be the first in the country to have such hi-tech surveillance gadget, he said, adding drones will assist not only in checking crimes but also in keeping a track of criminals.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by 'pilots' from the ground or follow a pre-programmed mission. The UAVs have propellers spinning at the end of its eight spidery arms.

The drones, which can cost up to Rs.6 lakh each, can fly up to 600 metre in a one-kilometre radius, Yadav said, adding that the drone surveillance will be formally launched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadavlater this month.

These sentinels in the sky have been seen buzzing in several Hollywood movies. No wonder, some cine stars have evinced interest in the launch of the system here and are likely to be present at the launch event, the SSP said.

Uttar Pradesh Police had recently used drone cameras in Ayodhya to monitor Vishwa Hindu Parishad's 'Ram Mahotsava' on the occasion of Ram Navami.

Drone cameras were used for crowd management and also to monitor activities of people there.

Under the police modernisation initiative, a modern control room that manages the 'Dial 100' helpline in the city, has already been set up here. This control room will monitor the drones, the SSP added.

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Kidnapping own son: Father surrenders in the police station

Puttur: A person was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his own son. The arrested person is Amir.

According to the complaint filed by child’s mother Safina at Uppinangady police station Amir along with some other persons went to the house where Safina was living in Kukkaje and kidnapped Mohammed Dilwat who was playing outside of the house on March 27.

But as the police failed to arrest Amir, Safina had called a press conference in Puttur and expressed her anxiety over slow progress in the case. The police had kept an eye on the movement of the accused and watching him closely.

On Thursday April 2, Amir came to Uppinangady police station with his kidnapped son Dilwat and surrendered himself. Police arrested Amir and presented him to the magistrate with Dilwat. The magistrate sent Amir to judicial custody and Dilwat was sent to child care.

An accomplice of Amir named Hassan Sadiq was arrested earlier and was also sent to judicial custody.

Safina who was married to Amir had left husband’s house and was staying with Dilwat at her maternal house citing harassment from husband. She worked as a teacher in a local school. Dilwat studies in first standard.

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Newly built visitors room inaugurated in the police station

Bantwala: It is not only the failure of department, but the failure of society and unity, for moral policing in the society said, DIG Amrith Pal.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of newly built visitor’s room at Bantwal police station. He said that various religions have failed to live with harmony. It is sad that people have developed permanent hatred towards each other and leaders of the society are responsible for this. Ever one has right of speech but using it to defame other religion is unacceptable behavior. Moral policing has been under control since one year. People who disrupt societal harmony and indulging in anti social elements are sent to Ballari and Gulbarga jails he said.

On question asked on the issue that raises conflict because of banners, he said self control is the only way; one who sabotages the religious feelings and spreads discord in the society will be taken stern action upon him.

On confusion on the borders of the rural and town police stations he said a meeting will be called next month to have a debate on the matter. Also he informed that before 15th of March Bantwal traffic police station will be started.

District Police chief officer Dr.Sharanappa spoke and said that the person who abused prophet at Uppinangadi is arrested. As the accused is a minor he is kept in juvenile center for further investigation.

Additional inspector  Shekharappa, Bantwal ASP Rahul Kumar, Probationary ASP Sumana, CI, Belliappa, Inspectors Rakshit Gowda, Nanda Kumar,Chndrashekahrayya were present.

In the state there are 130 police staffs per 1 lack people. In D.K, there are only 30 staffs per 1 lack population, recruitment shall be done for the staffs to strengthen the department said Amrit Pal.
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Attack on police station in Jammu: Two militants killed

Attack on police station in Jammu: Two militants killed

Jammu: A policeman was among two persons killed and nine others injured, including seven CRPF men, when militants of a 'fidayeen' squad dressed in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Friday.

Two militants involved in the attack have also been killed.

Police officers said a group of two to three militants of a 'fidayeen' squad stormed Rajbagh Police Station in the wee hours and opened indiscriminate fire.

"It is a fidayeen attack," IGP Jammu Danish Rana said. Prabhu said the militants wearing Army uniforms intercepted a jeep going from Jammu to Pathankot on the pretext of checking the vehicle.

The ultras then hijacked the jeep, which had three passengers on board and fled towards the Rajbagh Police Station where they opened fire on a sentry and killed him.

The militants then hurled grenades at the police station and opened indiscriminate fire.

Nine persons have been injured in the attack - seven CRPF personnel, a policeman and a civilian. The encounter is still going.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters outside the Assembly that militants have attacked the police station.

In the firing, a sentry died and another person was injured, who later succumbed to his injuries, police said. Additional troops have been rushed to the spot and the Jammu-Pathankot Highway has been closed as a precautionary measure.

Entire area in and around the police station has been cordoned off.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir and took stock of the situation.

Singh has directed the Home Secretary to closely monitor the situation. There have been similar terror attacks on police stations and Army camps in Kathua and Samba districts in 2013 and 2014. 

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Cigarette -Gutka shops raided by the cops in Kundapur

Udupi: Cigarettes and Gutka that are extremely dangerous for health are decided to be banned by the government under COTPA act. And as an extended action of the act, State Nodal officerDr.John has said that in every which way the act will be implemented. He was speaking at Kundapur Taluk Panchayat Hall in a program ‘COTPA act implementation special workshop’ as a resource person.

He warned about Tobacco products Beedi, Cigarettes and Gutka, their effect on health. He said that by getting addicted to these bad habits one will be inviting disease like Cancer, T.B, Astama and othert neural disorders. They affect the health of passive smokers too he warned.

He explained how beedi is more harmful to health. Also explained about the law implemented by the government to prohibit smoking in public places. If people found violating the law in government offices or inside educational institutions, the administration will be held responsible for the act. Selling these products must be banned within the 100 mtr surroundings of schools& colleges. Warning boards must be put in public places. Bars and lodges have been restricted from providing, match boxes, lighters and ash trays he explained.

DYSP Manjunath Shetty informed that within March 31 government places and school -colleges are given time to put up the warning boards. And the ads which will endorse these products will be prohibited. Anyone who violates the law will be punished without any mercy he added.

Later DYSP Manjunath and Circle Inspector Diwakar P.M led the team and raided the shops and seized illegal tobacco products.  Till 7.30 p.m the raid continued the rule breakers were given warning notice and collected fine by the cops.

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Women’s Day celebrations from Yuva Shakti

Karkala: Yuva Shakti®, Yuva Shakti Education Society, Yuva Shakti Mahila Mandals joint venture World women’s day was celebrated. Saraswati Rajendra Acharya Inaugrated the program.

The program was presided over by president of the association Ratnavati Chandar. Chief Guest A.S.I, Tyagaraj was also present and gave information about public relations.

School president Raghavendra Upadyaya, Coordinator Abdul Khan, Youth Club president Mohan Devadiga, director Pradeep Kotian Dr.M.Padival and others were present.

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Hindu Youth Sena leader surrender to police on TV channel attack case

Hindu Youth Sena leader surrender to police on TV channel attack case

Chennai: Barely six hours after hurling two country bombs at news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai's office in Chennai, Jayam A Pandiyan, leader of Hindu Youth Sena surrendered at a court in Madurai claiming responsibility for the attack. The surrender comes as a surprise since the perpetrators of the bomb attack were seen on a two wheeler and Madurai is about eight-hour drive by road from Chennai. Police however say they are investigating into the bomb attack.

Fringe Hindu groups in Chennai have been venting their ire against Puthiya Thalaimurai ever since the channel ran promos for its women's day special show on whether mangalsutra adds value or demeans a woman. After the protests of Hindu groups, the channel decided not to air the special show. Only last week, another set of protestors gathered in front of the Puthiya Thalaimurai office attacking a camera person and breaking his camera.

Claiming responsibility for the bomb attack, Jayam Pandiyan issued a statement condemning Puthiya Thalaimurai for its anti-Hindu attitude. "Will the channel hold a debate on whether it is necessary for Muslim women to wear a burqua or whether drinking wine in a church is a good practice? Puthiya Thalaimurai has been targeting the Hindu beliefs and instead of arresting the channel officials for hurting our sentiments, the police and the government aid the channel" the statement read.

Three different Hindu fringe groups have been involved in the attacks on Puthiya Thalaimurai spread over last week. While Hindu Munnani protested outside the office on March 7 against the program, on March 8, members of Hindu Makkal Katchi assaulted a camera person and knocked his camera down. On March 12, apparently four members of Hindu Youth Sena visited the Puthiya Thalaimurai office at 3.30 a.m. in the morning and hurled two country bombs. No casualty was reported.

Interestingly, the BJP which had distanced itself from the protestors against Perumal Murugan's novel, has decided to throw its lot behind the protesters against Puthiya Thalaimurai. BJP's State president Thamizhisai Soundarrajan visited the ten protestors arrested in connection with the attack on camera man case in the Puzhal prison and has pledged her support to them. Apparently the party and other hindu groups in the State have decided to boycott the channel.

Meanwhile journalists group across the State protested the continuous attack against Puthiya Thalaimurai and called upon the government to take stringent action against the perpetrators of the attack.


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Police arrest seven robbers including five juveniles

Mangaluru: Kadri station police have nabbed seven persons for stealing cell phones, computers and damaging cars in Maroli and Kulshekar. The shocking thing is out of seven accused five are juveniles. Police have seized recharge coupons worth Rs. 80,000 thousand and some laptops and computers from the accused.

Police said that Prem D'Souza (19) from Kadri area and Sevin (19) a resident of Madikeri are the only two accused who have attained majority.

The policemen based their investigation on the closed circuit television camera footage relating to an incident in which the windshields of a car parked inside the compound of a house in Kadri Kambala were shattered on March 5. On the basis of this footage, they questioned Prem D'Souza, and got to know about his accomplices involved with this and other crimes.

Reportedly, all the accused are students, and they needed money to buy liquor and generally enjoy their lives. Farther investigation is on.

  • Published in Mangaluru
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