2 Arrested For Killing Don Who Once Flaunted Man’s Severed Head In Bengal

The police have arrested two men in connection with the killing of a mafia don. (Representational)


The police have arrested two men in connection with the killing of a mafia don in West Bengal on Monday from Jamshedpur and have recovered a firearm from their possession, the police said on Saturday.

Rammurthi alias Ramua, a mafia don was shot dead at his home in North-24 Parganas district in West Bengal, the police said.

The West Bengal Police had arrested one Prasant Kumar, a resident of Zone 1 of Birsanagar while investigating the case and got information from him while interrogation, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of East Singhbhum district, Anoop Birtharay said.

At present, Kumar was staying in Durgapur in West Bengal, the SSP said.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Birtharay said, based on Prasant Kumar’s confession, the city police arrested two men – S Shyam Sunder Rao and Vishal Menon, both residents of Zone 1 of Birsanagar.

Rao was a college mate of the slained mafia don’s son in Visakhapatnam, he said.

Both Rao and Menon told police that they killed Ramua at the behest of victim’s son, the SSP said.

Ramua’s son had provided the firearm to the accused and also informed them when his father would be sleeping, the SSP added.

Ramua’s son had decided to kill him since he (Ramua) used to torture him and his mother, the police officer said.

Birtharay said a 9mm pistol used for killing Ramua and five live cartridges were recovered from their possession along with a cash of Rs 30,000, which they had taken as Supari (contract) for eliminating Ramua.

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US Senator Lindsey Graham Says Saudi Prince Must Be Dealt With Over Khashoggi’s Killing

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been criticised globally for his role in the grisly kiling.


A key US senator on Saturday said the Saudi crown prince was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and must be “dealt with”, as he threatened new sanctions.

Republican Lindsey Graham, an influential ally of President Donald Trump, has previously said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the grisly killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi in October.

“I have concluded that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States cannot move forward until MBS has been dealt with,” Graham said, using the initials for the crown prince.

Graham also threatened new sanctions against those suspected of involvement in the murder during a press conference in Ankara.

Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals as the case has tarnished Riyadh’s international reputation.

“We will start sanctioning those involved in the killing of Mr Khashoggi. We’ll make a definitive statement that MBS knew about it and is responsible for it and come up with a series of sanctions,” the South Carolina lawmaker said.

Turkey says Khashoggi was killed by a team of 15 Saudis who strangled him during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork ahead of his upcoming marriage.

The remains of the insider turned critic of the kingdom have yet to be found, three months after this murder.

Riyadh has denied any claims of the crown prince’s involvement but the case has caused strains with Washington.

Earlier this month the trial of 11 accused opened in Saudi Arabia with the attorney general seeking the death penalty for five defendants.

Graham acknowledged that he had been “enthusiastic” in his support of Prince Mohammed but accepted he had been “wrong”.

“What has transpired in the last couple of years is unnerving to say the least,” he said.

Graham said the sanctions were intended to send the message that the murder was “not what you do if you’re an ally of the United States”.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Delhi: Plan for killing RSS leaders, three arrested

नई दिल्ली:

मैंगलोर में आरएसएस के नेताओं के कत्ल का प्लान रचने के मामले में दिल्ली पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल ने तीन लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया है. गिरफ्तार तीनों आरोपियों में से एक अफगानिस्तान का रहने वाला है. इस साजिश के पीछे दाऊद इब्राहिम का हाथ बताया जा रहा है.  

दिल्ली पुलिस ने कर्नाटक के मैंगलोर में राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ (आरएसएस) के नेताओं की हत्या की साजिश रचने वाले तीन लोगों को गिरफ्तार कर लिया है. पुलिस की स्पेशल सेल ने अफगानिस्तान के रहने वाले वली मोहम्मद अफगान, सोनू उर्फ तहसीम और रियाजुद्दीन को गिरफ्तार किया है.


राहुल गांधी ने लुधियाना में RSS कार्यकर्ता की हत्या की निंदा की, बोले- हिंसा अस्वीकार्य

आरोपी सोनू केरल का रहने वाला है. वली अफगानिस्तान का नागरिक है और रियाजुद्दीन दिल्ली का निवासी है. बताया जाता है कि आरएसएस के नेताओं की हत्या की साजिश के पीछे डी कंपनी, यानी कि दाऊद का है. पकड़े गए आरोपियों में से एक दाऊद का करीबी गुलाम रशूल पट्टी का बताया जा रहा है.

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2 Students, Arrested For Killing 16 Pups In Kolkata, Granted Bail

Police identified and questioned some students after examining CCTV footage. (Representational)


Two nursing students in Kolkata, arrested for their involvement in the killing of 16 puppies at a hospital premises, were granted bail by a city court on Wednesday.

Animal activists were seen shouting slogans and waving placards outside the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court where the two were produced.

Carcasses of 16 puppies were found in plastic bags in front of a hostel at the state-run Nil Ratan Sircar MedicalCollege and Hospital on Sunday. Preliminary reports had said the puppies had been beaten to death.

Police had identified and questioned some students and security guards after examining CCTV footage. Of them, two nursing students had admitted to their involvement in the crime and were arrested.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh announced on Wednesday that the civic body would conduct vaccination and sterilisation programme in all hospitals and government premises.

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Kolkata Women seen killing puppy in viral video arrested

एक वीडियो में कथित रूप से राज्य द्वारा संचालित ‘नीलरतन सरकार मेडिकल कॉलेड एंड हॉस्पिटल’ (NRS Medical College and Hospital) में पिल्लों की बेरहमी से पिटाई करती नजर आईं दो नर्सिग छात्राओं को पूछताछ के बाद हिरासत में ले लिया गया है. पुलिस ने यह जानकारी दी. अस्पताल के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि वीडियो के आधार पर दोनों की पहचान हुई है. ‘नीलरतन सरकार मेडिकल कॉलेड एंड हॉस्पिटल’ में मौतुशी मंडल (Moutushi Mondal) प्रथम वर्ष और शोमा बर्मन (Shoma Burman) द्वितीय वर्ष की छात्रा हैं. 

इंडिगो के उड़ते विमान का इंजन हो गया था बंद, सरकार करेगी घटना की समीक्षा

एनआरएस मेडिकल कॉलेज एंड हॉस्पिटल के अधीक्षक द्वैपायन विश्वास ने कहा, “हमने नर्सिग छात्राओं की पहचान प्रछम वर्ष की छात्रा मौतुशी मंडल और दूसरे वर्ष की छात्रा शोमा बर्मन के रूप में की है, जिन्हें वीडियो में देखा गया. उनसे पूछताछ की जा रही है और जांच अभी चल रही है.” एक सुरक्षा गार्ड से भी पूछताछ की गई है.

कोलकाता मेट्रो में लगी आग से मची भगदड़, दम घुटने से कई यात्री हुए अचेत

एक पुलिस अधिकारी ने दावा किया कि पूछताछ के दौरान दोनों ने पिल्लों को मारने का गुनाह कबूल कर लिया, जिसके बाद उन्हें अंताली पुलिस थाने में हिरासत में ले लिया गया. 

देखें VIDEO: केरल में कुत्ते ने बाढ़ से बचाई परिवार की जान



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US Man Jake Patterson Admits Keeping Teen Jayme Closs Captive For 3 Months, Killing Parents: Police

Barron, Wisconsin: 

The Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl after murdering her parents and holding her hostage for months, sometimes under his bed, told police he picked his victim after seeing her get on a school bus, prosecutors said on Monday.

Wisconsin authorities said Jake Patterson, 21, had confessed to killing Jayme Closs’ father with a shotgun while the teen and her mother hid in a bathtub, then killing the mother after forcing her to help duct-tape her daughter’s mouth shut.

The October discovery of the parents’ bodies in the family home in rural Barron, Wisconsin, with the door blasted open and their daughter gone, sparked a search by hundreds of police officers and thousands of volunteers that ended Thursday when Closs escaped after 88 days and sought help from a woman walking her dog.

At a brief hearing in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday, Patterson appeared via live video from jail, wearing an orange jumpsuit and glasses and offering brief yes-or-no answers to questions from the judge.

Patterson will be held on $5 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court again on February 6. He faces first-degree murder charges for the killings of James and Denise Closs, as well as kidnapping and burglary counts.


Jayme Closs was held in captivity for 88 days by Jake Patterson.

Closs’ public defenders, Charles Glynn and Richard Jones, told reporters on Sunday they understood the emotions surrounding the case but would rely on the judicial system to treat Patterson fairly.

Weeks Of Preparation

Patterson told police that when he spotted the teen outside her home getting on the school bus while he was driving to a short-lived job at a local cheese factory, “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” according to a criminal complaint.

He prepared for the abduction by buying a ski mask, shaving his head so as not to leave any hair evidence and replacing his license plates with stolen ones. Twice he drove to the house but was scared off after seeing lights on and people there.

On Oct. 15, Jayme Closs told police she was awakened when the family dog began barking and got her parents up as a car entered their driveway.

Dressed in black, Patterson shot James Closs through the front door while Jayme and her mother, Denise Closs, barricaded themselves in a bathroom, according to both Patterson’s and Jayme Closs’ accounts.

After kicking down the door, Patterson ordered Denise Closs to tape up her daughter, then shot her dead and dragged Jayme into the trunk of his car, he told police.

On the way to his cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 66 miles (106 km) north of Barron, Patterson drove past several police cars responding to reports of the shooting, according to the complaint.

During her months in captivity, Patterson often trapped Closs under his bed for hours at a time when he left the house or people came over, using plastic boxes and barbells to make it harder for her to get out, he told police. He threatened violence to keep her from trying to escape.

Closs managed to push her way out on Thursday after Patterson said he would be out for a few hours, she told police. She put on a pair of his shoes and walked outside, where she encountered the woman walking her dog.

The two then approached a neighbor’s house to call police. While Closs warmed up inside, the neighbor, Peter Kasinskas, retrieved his gun and stood watch at the door in case her captor was searching for her, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Soon after, police stopped Patterson, who was driving nearby.

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Top South Korean Animal Rights Group Accused Of Mass Killing Of Dogs

South Korea is increasingly embracing the idea of dogs as pets, with eating them now something of a taboo


The leader of one of South Korea’s largest animal rights groups has been accused of secretly exterminating hundreds of rescued dogs despite a declared no-kill policy to ensure a continued stream of donations.

South Korean attitudes on canines are divided about one million dogs are eaten every year in the country, often as a summertime delicacy.

But the tradition is declining as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans.

For years, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) has spearheaded campaigns to rescue canines from dogmeat farms across the country, accumulating some 23,000 members and around two billion won ($1.8 million) in annual donations.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in who is a known animal lover with several dogs adopted a small black and white mongrel from CARE when he came to office in 2017.

Staff members at CARE told the Hankyoreh newspaper that the organisation’s head, Park So-yeon, had more than 230 rescued dogs destroyed because of a shortage of space at the shelter.

The number was equivalent to around a quarter of the animals the group rescued in the period, according to the newspaper.

Only 10 percent of the dogs were suffering from incurable illnesses and most were killed because of their large size, a CARE employee was quoted as saying. The animals were then listed as having been adopted.

CARE has often appealed for donations to carry out more rescues, and needs to continue operations to justify the funding requests.

The organisation has long asserted in those appeals that it does not kill dogs even if they are not adopted.

But Ms Park said in statement that a “small number” of exterminations had been “inevitable” since 2015 due to a “surge in requests for rescue missions”.

She added that only severely aggressive dogs or those with incurable illnesses were destroyed, and only after extensive efforts to treat them first.

CARE staff members mounted a protest in the organisation’s offices at the weekend to demand Ms Park’s resignation.

According to a 2017 survey, 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dogs, but far fewer about 40 percent believe the practice should be banned. It also found 65 percent support raising and slaughtering dogs in more humane conditions.

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US lawmakers organized mourning for Khashoggi after 100 days of his murder killing । पत्रकार खशोगी की हत्या के 100 दिन बाद अमेरिकी सांसदों ने की शोक सभा

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Saudi Ex-Royal Advisor, Suspect In Khashoggi Killing Drops Out Of Sight

Saudi officials say Mohammed bin Salman was unaware of the plot.


Authorities here will not say what became of Saud al-Qahtani, a powerful royal adviser whom Saudi prosecutors allege played a major role in the events that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul three months ago.

So in the seven weeks since the government said he was under investigation, only rumors have filled the silence. He was spotted recently in the coastal city of Jiddah, a resident said, and in the offices of the royal court here in the capital, according to a person who works with the government. Other accounts put Qahtani, once a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a remote corner of the kingdom, laying low.

The government’s treatment of Qahtani is being closely watched in Washington and other foreign capitals as a test of whether Saudi Arabia is sincere about prosecuting everyone found to be involved in Khashoggi’s killing, including senior officials. Even then, the many unanswered questions surrounding Qahtani’s role include whether he helped hatch the plot, as some Saudi officials allege, or is a fall guy served up by the government.

The CIA has concluded with medium to high confidence that the crown prince likely ordered the Khashoggi operation. Saudi officials say Mohammed was unaware of the plot, and some of them privately suggest it was a misguided plan by Qahtani to demonstrate his loyalty to his boss.

The Saudi government did not respond to requests for comment about whether he is free, detained or under indictment. Qahtani did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on his whereabouts. A person close to the Saudi royal court said he believed Qahtani was under house arrest but could not be sure. On Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s general prosecutor said 11 defendants had appeared in court for the first time, but the prosecutor’s office did not release their names, or say if Qahtani was among them.

A US official said in a conference call with reporters that the Trump administration was “pleased” to see the beginning of the trial but added that the legal process had not yet “hit that threshold of credibility and accountability.”

The last detailed government comment on Qahtani was on November 15, when prosecutors said he was under investigation and had been forbidden from leaving the kingdom. That same day, the Trump administration said it had imposed sanctions on Qahtani, calling him “part of the planning and execution of the operation that led to the killing of Mr. Khashoggi.”

The Saudi government said Qahtani had been fired from his post as royal court adviser. But the lack of clarity on his status – and the various reported sightings of him – have raised questions about whether he continues to wield influence behind the scenes.


Saudi officials have called Jamal Khashoggi’s death a tragic mistake

Some argue that Qahtani’s fate is beside the point. They say the more urgent question is whether Saudi Arabia has taken steps to repudiate the repressive policies that he has come to represent. According to human rights groups, Qahtani was intimately involved in the government’s arrests of critics and rivals to the crown prince, alleged torture of detainees and aggressive pursuit of the kingdom’s critics abroad.

Saudi officials have called Khashoggi’s death a tragic mistake but cast it as an isolated incident that does not represent the government’s policies.

A Cabinet shakeup last month that added a few seasoned ministers was seen as a tacit acknowledgement by the Saudi leadership that the crown prince was in need of more prudent counsel.

But it was a far cry from reforming the system, said Hala al-Dosari, a longtime Saudi human rights activist who lives in the United States. “The only thing they changed is the people,” she said. “They didn’t take any steps to revise the portfolios he handled since he was appointed, including the arrests and abuse of the women activists and other prisoners of conscience,” she added, referring to Qahtani’s role in the detention and alleged abuse of a group of women’s rights activists.

Saudi Arabia has promised a transparent investigation into the killing of Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post who vanished soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi and Turkish authorities both said the culprits were members of a 15-person team of Saudi agents that was sent to Turkey and that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after he was killed.

Attention focused on Qahtani almost as soon as the killing was revealed.

From his powerful post as a media adviser to the crown prince, he was a pugilistic defender of Mohammed’s policies on social media and the ringleader of an online effort to harass the kingdom’s critics. Qahtani had also played a central role in the Saudi effort to bring exiled critics, like Khashoggi, back to the country.

Saudi government officials have said that effort was focused on returning dissidents through negotiations – despite what happened to Khashoggi and accounts of forced repatriations.

After initially denying any role in Khashoggi’s disappearance, the Saudi government acknowledged in mid-October that he had been killed by Saudi agents and said Qahtani and several other officials had been fired, for unspecified reasons.

The government added more detail weeks later, when prosecutors announced that their investigation had found the killing was the result of a botched attempt to bring Khashoggi home alive. Prosecutors said that members of the Saudi team in Istanbul had disobeyed their orders and decided to kill the journalist if he did not accompany them willingly.

Qahtani, who knew Khashoggi, met with the Saudi team before they left for Turkey “to share with them information relevant to the mission based on his specialization in media,” according to a government summary of the prosecutors’ investigation that referred to Qahtani only as “the adviser.”

Qahtani “expressed his belief that the victim was co-opted by organizations and states hostile to the Kingdom and that the victim’s presence outside of Saudi Arabia represents a threat to national security,” the summary said, referring to Khashoggi.

Some Saudi officials, shaken by the global backlash, have privately invoked Qahtani’s name as a way of assigning blame for decisions that have embarrassed the crown prince, including the brief detention last year of Lebanon’s prime minister while in Saudi Arabia.

Qahtani had served the royal court for more than a decade, but his reputation as a nationalist, hawkish enforcer coincided with the Crown Prince Mohammed’s rise to power, analysts said.

He embraced the role with zeal. People familiar with the detention conditions of Saudi women’s rights activists who were imprisoned last year have in recent weeks said that Qahtani personally supervised the torture of at least two of the women.

One of them, Loujain al-Hathloul, was abused by six security officers in a secret detention facility several months ago. As they forcibly kissed her while subjecting her to electrical shocks, Qahtani sat in the room watching his men and taunting her, according to two people who were briefed on her detention.

In the past few weeks, some Saudi citizens have vocally defended Qahtani on social media. One person posted a message on Twitter saying a “rumor campaign” had targeted Qahtani and Ahmed al-Assiri, a former senior intelligence official who prosecutors have also named in the plot that killed Khashoggi.

Fahad al-Ahmadi, a Saudi journalist with 272,000 followers, retweeted the message, and added: “No one doubts their loyalty to the homeland.”

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Fears Of Bird Flu In Bihar, Killing Of Poultry Birds Underway

Officials said killing of 15,000 poultry birds was underway in Bihar’s Munger. (Representational)


Poultry birds are being killed in parts of Bihar two days after a number of deaths of hens, crows and other birds were reported in the state, leading to a panic of bird flu, officials said.

Officials said killing of 15,000 poultry birds was underway in Bihar’s Munger.

The systematic killing of poultry birds began after the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Disease confirmed bird flu or H5N1 as the cause behind the death of birds in the village.

“More than 2,000 birds were culled in the last two days as a part of measures to contain bird flu that had already spread in two blocks of Munger district,” said Shrawan Kumar, animal husbandry officer.

Nearly 3,000 hens died last week at Andhra Chowki village, about 20 km from Bihar’s capital Patna. 

Similarly, two dozen crows and equal number of hens were found dead in an orchard in Masaurih block in Patna district and in Sherghati in Gaya district, respectively.

Bird deaths were also reported from Bihar’s Bhagalpur and Nawada districts in the last one week.

“Hundreds of hens have died at a poultry farm in a village in Vikram block in the last few days. A team of animal husbandry doctors has visited the site and collected the samples,” said animal husbandry director Vinod Singh Gunjiyal.

An official who visited the village said, “Whether the birds died due to bird flu or cold is not clear”, adding that their samples were sent to Kolkata for tests.

He said experts were called from Bengaluru’s National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology Disease Informatics, Kolkata’s Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and Bhopal’s National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases to check the incidents of bird deaths in Bihar.

The first case of suspected bird flu was reported on December 3 from Gorho village in Munger.

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