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BSF commandant arrested with 45 Lakhs bribe money

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New Delhi, Jan 31: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a commandant – Jibu D Mathew, posted at South Bengal frontier, for allegedly taking bribes from cross border smugglers for facilitating their illegal activities.

The central anti-corruption agency chased Mathew till Alapuzzha on Tuesday when he was travelling in Shalimar Express train to his home in Kerala with over Rs 45 lakh bribe money.

Mathew is in charge of 83rd battalion of BSF, which is mandated for securing the border with Bangladesh in Murshidabad. This 70-km stretch is known for smuggling of cattle, drugs, fake Indian currency notes and human trafficking.

CBI had information that Mathew was in the habit of regularly collecting illegal gratification from the smugglers operating along the international border.

Upon receiving information that he was travelling with a blue colour trolley bag containing bribe money, the CBI team along with an independent witness, chased Mathew from Ernakulam station. A CBI Inspector the same coach as Mathew and kept an eye on him.

The commandant, who was posted in South Bengal frontier of BSF in 2016, was intercepted when he got down at Alappuzha, sources said.

During a search in the presence of railway officials and the witness, the CBI team found 18 bundles of currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination totalling Rs 34.44 lakh and 22 bundles of Rs 500 notes totalling around Rs 10.86 lakh concealed under clothes in a blue trolley bag, the CBI FIR alleged.

On examining Jibu D Mathew about the source of the cash, it was found he got the money from smugglers operating at the India-Bangladesh border as illegal gratification for favours he extended to them, according to the FIR.

Sources said that they are investigating whether others in the junior rank in his battalion were involved with him in allowing smugglers to carry on their activity because it was not possible for Commandant rank officer alone to run this kind of racket.

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Maoist poster found in Odisha capital threatening to kill missing Kashmiri student

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Bhubaneswar | March 5 2018
A poster allegedly put up by the Maoists was found at Baramunda bus stand creating panic among locals here this morning.
The poster was put up on the wall under flyover with a message demanding the government to release top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who is currently lodged in jail, in seven days or else the Kashmiri student studying at Bhubaneswar AIIMS Suhail Aijaz, who is missing since Feb 9, will be killed.
The Maoists in the poster said that Suhail is in their custody. If the government fails to release Sabyasachi Panda, they will eliminate the Kashmiri student.
Also, the red rebels through the poster threatened explosions at Bhubaneswar railway station and police stations on March 11 if their demand is not met as soon as possible.
While there is no breakthrough in the missing Kashmiri student and a team of commissionerate police returned Bhubaneswar from Kolkata with clueless about him, the latest poster indicates Maoist link in connection with missing of Suhail, who is yet to be traced by police. The poster posed as a bigger challenge to the police, who are yet to clear the authenticity of the poster.
The twin city commissionerate police is investigating into the matter to find out alleged abduction of Suhail by Maoists and authenticity of the poster.
We recovered a handwritten poster and it is being investigated, said DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.
Normally, the Maoists put up the posters in their letterhead using red ink. However, this poster found at Baramunda bus stand was written in blue ink.
When asked to Sabyasachi Panda’s wife Subhashree alias Mili Panda about the poster, she refused any Maoist role behind putting up the poster at Baramunda bus stand.
She refuted the allegations that Sabyasachi’s supporters were behind the incident. She clearly said that her husband was never the cadre belonging to the banned CPI(Maoist), which has allegedly put up the poster on wall under flyover at Baramunda.
“Since my husband is facing trial and legal process in a series of cases, it is baseless to say that any of his supporters will do such thing to release him from jail,” Mili Panda said.

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3 sisters found with decomposed body of woman

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Bankura (WB), Mar 2 2018

The decomposed body of a 60-year-old woman was recovered from a house here where her three sisters, all mentally unstable, were also living, police said today.

The police got the information over phone about

the incident yesterday and recovered the body of Archana Pal from her house at Pratap Bagan area here in the district.

Superintendent of Police Sukhendu Heera said possibly she died on Wednesday.

The body was sent for post-mortem examination.

Her three sisters — all mentally unstable and physically ill — were taken to hospital, he said.

One of them was admitted to the hospital while others were released, the officer said.

They four were the only occupants of the house and their parents had died earlier.

PTI

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MoS Defence says situation at LAC sensitive, cautions against increased ISIS threat

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New Delhi | March 1 2018

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Thursday said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was “sensitive” and has the potential of escalation.

“The situation along LAC (with China) is sensitive. Incidents of patrolling, transgression and standoff have the potential of escalation,” Bhamre said while speaking at the annual army seminar here.

He also said religious fundamentalism was rising and Pakistan was acting as a conduit of eastward spread of Islamic State (IS) ideology.

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