Kopardi rape and murder case: Ahmedabad court awarded death sentence to all three convicts

On Wednesday, a sessions court in Ahmedabad sentenced three men to death for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl last year, a case that headed to statewide protests and anger from the Maratha community. The Additional Special Judge Suvarna Kevale announced the death sentence to Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal, and Nitin Gopinath Bhailume as they were held guilty on multiple counts including rape, murder, and criminal conspiracy.

The sentence will be implemented only after the top court confirms it. The mother of the victim, who broke down following the sentencing, said that “Today my little daughter got justice in true sense”. The security was tightened around the court when the judge announced the quantum of sentence, calling the sensitivities of the communities of the victim and the convicts, and the violence that the caste divide triggered last week. As per the 350-page chargesheet in the case, the victim was coming back home in the evening from her grandfather’s house when the trio grabbed her at an isolated place and attacked her.

Due to the heavy protest, the government had to appoint Ujjwal Nikam as the special public prosecutor and fast-track the case. The father of victim after the court verdict said that “We thank public prosecutor, chief minister and the entire Maratha community for their efforts in bringing the accused to books”.

Two robberies reported in two luxury hotels in Gurgaon

In less than 24 hours, two robberies were reported from two luxury hotels in Gurgaon where weddings functions were taking place. Cash and jewelry worth over 70 lakh was stolen in one case, and in another case, worth of 4.5 lakh stolen. The police said that during a wedding function on Saturday night a bag containing jewellery and cash was stolen from one of the ballrooms of Hotel Leela, inside Ambience Mall on the Gurgaon-Delhi border.

The resident of Noida, Bhushan Sawhney, said to the police that he had booked the hotel’s ballroom for his niece’s marriage. He said to the police that “We had brought along jewellery for the bride and also the family members, and carried cash in another bag, a black one”. The bags were kept on the ballroom’s entrance on a sofa and family members were also sitting nearby to safeguard it. “For a fraction of a second, our eyes must have wandered off, and someone snatched the bags and ran away,” he said to the police. Sawney said to the police that the bags contained diamond and jewellery sets worth Rs 70-80 lakh, and were destined for the bride and groom.

He added that as soon as they realized the bag disappeared, the family called the hotel’s security crew but they apparently weren’t enough rapid to arrive at the place. Sawhney said that there request to close all hotel exits was also not followed. The CCTV camera, on the other hand, near the entrance side from where the bride’s side entered was also not in working condition. The family also alleged that the robber was able to get away with the bag because of hotel’s poor security system and ineffective security personnel. Sawhney added that when they tried to look for the person who stole jewellery on CCTV cameras, most of them were not working. The in-charge of DLF Phase 3 police post, ASI Manoj Kumar, said police are probing the footage and also enquiring the family and guests.

“The footage from the ballroom on which a person can be seen picking up the bag and running away is blurred, making faces impossible to identify. I believe the hotel is involved in the theft, as cameras at its entrance were not functional,” Sawhney told to TOI. There was an immediate ruckus in the wedding hall after the incident. The bags also contained several envelopes of shagun (gifts) from people who had attended the function, said a close source to the family to TOI. The source added that the family that spent several lakhs on hiring the hotel was extremely angry at the “poor security arrangements which led to the incident”.

Under Section 380 (robbery), an FIR was registered at DLF Phase 2 police station based on Sawhney’s complaint. Kumar said that “We’re questioning both families to identify any stranger who might have entered. It’s difficult to identify the thief from the footage as everyone appears to have been wearing similar suits”. In another case, jewellery and cash worth Rs 4.5 lakh were stolen the late night from Westin Hotel on Friday when everybody was busy in clicking pictures. The cash of Rs 4 lakh, eight gold rings, and a gold jewellery set were kept in a bag, said Dheera Singh to the police. Under Section 380 (robbery), an FIR was registered at DLF Sector 29 police station.

Three Kurukshetra siblings found dead in Panchkula, uncle held and Father detained

On the instructions of the father, a man from Pehowa tehsil of Kurukshetra brutally murdered his two minor nephews and a niece. A resident of Sarsa village, Jagdeep Malik (25), shot the kids on the back of their heads with a country-made pistol on Sunday night and thrown their bodies in an isolated forest of Morni hills near Sher Gujra village, has been arrested by the police.

On Tuesday morning, the bodies were recovered and the weapon has been also recovered. The killed kids were identified as Sameer (11), Simran (8) and Samar (4). The police have arrested Jagdeep Malik, who is the uncle of the children for the murder. When the police interrogated Jagdeep Malik, then he told the police about the location where the bodies had been thrown after committing a crime. While talking to the mediapersons at the general hospital, the Sarpanch of Sarsa Karamvir Singh said that the victims had bullet injuries at the back of their head. The accused Malik told the police that he first murdered Sameer and Simran and dumped their bodies in the forest area. Later, Samar was killed at a distance of about 1.5km towards Sher Gurjra village on the Morni-Raipur Rani road.

As per children’s grandfather Jeeta Ram Malik, his son Sonu Malik had extra-marital affairs with a Shimla-based woman and a fight also happened on the same in the family around six months ago. Malik said that Sonu was planning to get married to the woman but his children were coming in between as a hurdle for him. Later, Sonu conspired with children’s uncle Jagdeep Malik, who killed all kids. A Zila Parishad member of Kurukshetra, Baldev Singh, said that the family was informed at midnight by the police that they got some clue about the children. The police informed the family on Tuesday morning that the children had been killed and the bodies were thrown at Morni. He added that the police had picked up victims’ uncle Jagdeep Malik and father Sonu Malik around 10 pm on Monday night.

Drunk students harass Indigo woman staffer, apologized after police intervention

A female cabin crew member of Indigo was harassed by two drunk men at the international airport. The video of two drunk men has surfaced, after which the two persons were booked for creating a nuisance, the police have said. In the viral video, it could be seen that the woman is confronting the duo and taking them to the police outpost at the airport.

To avoid an arrest, one of these men fell to the woman’s feet and apologized again but failed to ignore arrest. The police arrested two men and a case was registered against them at a nearby police station. The allegedly drunk accused were identified as Kalyan and Bharat.

Bengaluru woman runs away with 17-year-old, held for rape

The Bengaluru police have arrested a 24-year-old woman for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old boy. The woman has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act following medical tests conducted on her and the teenager affirmed that the two had “sexual contact”. The arrested woman is married to a businessman for the last two years, and the teenager knew each other for a while as both lived in the same locality.

The police told Times of India that the teenager is a school dropout. The woman and the boy went missing on October 24, following which the lady’s husband approached the police to file a complaint. At the same police station, the teenager boy’s missing complaint came as well. Luckily, the teenager’s father saw a picture of 24-year-old on the desk of the police station officer. He then told the police that he’s suspicious of both running together.  Even though the police wasn’t sure about father’s claim, but they cross-checked the CCTV footage after the woman’s neighbors told them that they suspected the affair of both. Meanwhile, the police checked the CCTV footage and found that the two had boarded a bus to go to Andhra Pradesh on the evening of October 24.

Former Tech Company man Raped more than 50 Women, says cops

The city police said on Thursday that a 28-year-old former employee of a software company they had arrested for a robbery was a serial rapist who may have sexually assaulted more than 50 women in Chennai. The investigators stumbled upon the crimes of Madhan Arivalagan, a native of Mathur in Krishnagiri district, later they took him in for questioning in connection with in assaulting, inspected his cellphone and were shocked by what they found recorded on the device.

An investigating officer told TOI that “Arivalagan sexually assaulted women after trapping them alone at home. He recorded the acts on his cellphone in several cases and used the footage to blackmail and repeatedly rape the women”. “We have received a first formal rape complaint against him and expect more to follow. Many of the women, of course, may choose to never come forward and charge him,” he added. A BSc (Maths) graduate from Krishnagiri College, Arivalagan, worked for a software company in Bengaluru for a couple of years before moving to Chennai in 2015.

“Arivalagan told us during interrogation that he was looking for a job in the city but could not find suitable employment. He started to rob people on the roads and in their homes, often targeting women who were home alone. He raped one robbery victim and soon turned into a sexual predator,” the investigator officer said. The investigators purposely questioned Arivalagan following inspecting his phone and found compromising videos. The officer said that “Arivalagan admitted that he had raped several women at knifepoint in their houses. He gained entry by asking them for water to drink or for directions to an address”.

“Arivalagan forced his victims to give him their mobile phone numbers and contacts. He later called them and threatened to show the videos to their husbands or family members and raped them again on several occasions,” the officer added. According to a senior police officer, Arivalagan seemed to have serious psychiatric problems. He also confessed to police that he not only used the videos to repeatedly rape some women but also enjoyed watching them. The investigators also investigated Arivalagan’s residence in Maduvankarai and seized a laptop.

17-year-old girl gang raped for 10 days, four arrested

A 17-year-old girl from Odisha was abducted and raped by a gang of four men who raped her for 10 days before police rescued the victim. The KR Puram police arrested four people on the charges of rape, kidnapping, and confinement of a 17-year-old girl. As per the police, the girl, a PU student, left home for college on October 26 saying her parents that she would go to her friend’s house for a party after finishing college. The girl stayed at her friend’s house for two days.

When she was standing near Kadugodi Railway Station on October 28, Raghavendra (27), who was known with the girl, allegedly tempted her and took her to a lodge in Whitefield. Raghavendra allegedly raped her along with his two friends Sagar (22) and Manu Raj (32). The lodge owner, Manoranjan Pandit (52), later joined Raghavendra and his gang and allegedly raped her. While doing the investigation, the police got news that the girl was in a lodge. The police raided the lodge and rescued the girl from one of the rooms on November 4. As per the police, anyone having sex with a minor girl, even if it is unanimous, accounts to rape and staying with her amounts to confinement.