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58 kg gold looted in biggest heist in Maharashtra

The highway robbery took place around 2.30 a.m. when a van laden with 60 kg of gold belonging to Zee Gold Company was being transported in a high-security van from Mumbai to a gold processing plant in Shirpur in Dhule district on the Madhya Pradesh border

 

In what police termed as the biggest heist of its kind in the state, a staggering 58 kg of gold worth around Rs.17 crore was looted at gunpoint from a security vehicle on the Nashik-Dhule highway early on Friday morning.
 
The highway robbery took place around 2.30 a.m. when a van laden with 60 kg of gold belonging to Zee Gold Company was being transported in a high-security van from Mumbai to a gold processing plant in Shirpur in Dhule district on the Madhya Pradesh border.
 
"The van had left the Andheri office of Zee Group around 11.15 p.m. on Thursday night and was proceeding towards Nashik. Around 2.30 a.m., at an isolated spot, the van was waylaid by a Mahindra Logan sedan with a yellow beacon light," assistant police inspector Suhas M. Raut, who is part of the investigating team, told IANS.
 
Thinking them to be a police team, the security van stopped. It was then that at least three-four people from the car pointed guns at the driver and security personnel of the van carrying the gold and threatened them.
 
"The culprits quickly tied up the van personnel, who did not even have an opportunity to use their weapons... later, during investigations, we found that the security personnel had kept their weapons in the locked position," Raut said.
 
The culprits managed to unload 58 kg from the security van into their vehicle, leaving behind two kg, before fleeing from the scene.
 
Top officials, including District Superintendent of Police Sanjay Mohite and others, rushed to the scene to supervise the investigation.
 
Police have formed four teams which have been sent out in different directions, including one which arrived in Mumbai on Friday afternoon.
 
The investigators hope to gain some leads from the footage taken from the video cameras installed inside the van, and road blocks have been set up at all the exit points to neighbouring districts, and bordering states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to trace the robbers.
 

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DGCA cautions against compromising aviation safety

Expressing satisfaction over the upgrading of India's aviation safety rating to Category 1 by the US regulator FAA, Sathiyavathy said the challenge now is to sustain the top rating

 

Cautioning against laxity in aviation safety, particularly in the backdrop of incidents elsewhere, India's aviation regulator on Friday said its inspections have thrown up instances where safety was compromised.
 
"There are a few incidents that are taking place mainly because we have been compromising on some of the safety aspects," Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) M. Sathiyavathy said here.
 
He was speaking at the launch of India Aviation 2016 to be held from March 16-20, 2016, at Begumpet airport of Hyderabad.
 
"After the Mangalore accident, we did not have any major incidents but that does not mean that we should be complacent," she added.
 
An Air India flight from Dubai with 160 passengers and six crew aboard crashed while landing at Mangalore airport in May 2010, leaving 158 people dead.
 
Expressing satisfaction over the upgrading of India's aviation safety rating to Category 1 by the US regulator FAA, Sathiyavathy said the challenge now is to sustain the top rating.
 
The DGCA has been carrying out comprehensive audits of the sector and would continue to do so in future, she added.

 

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Serious fraud investigators probing 139 cases: Jaitley

The SFIO has probed nine cases in 2015-16 so far and 56 were referred in the whole of the last fiscal, Jaitley told the Lok Sabha in a written reply

 

As many as 139 cases were being investigated by the government's Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in last three years until April 20, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.
 
The SFIO has probed nine cases in 2015-16 so far and 56 were referred in the whole of the last fiscal, Jaitley told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. In 2013-14, a total of 63 cases were investigated.
 
In a separate written reply, Jaitley said over 30,000 prosecutions have been filed and a total of Rs2.71 crore fine imposed in the last three financial years and the current fiscal till April 20.
 
The SFIO has filed 230 complaints at different forums during the last three financial years, he added.
 
"During this period, in respect of the cases filed by SFIO, conviction has been made in 12 cases wherein fine of approximately Rs3 crore have been imposed. In six cases, directors of the company concerned have been sentenced to imprisonment for six months," Jaitley said.
 

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