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When stolen VIP buffaloes gave UP Police sleepless nights

Bareilly police, sources say, is now in midst of an 'unprecedented crisis' trying to 'strike a balance between the other crimes and the VIP theft'

 

Stolen buffaloes of VIPs are keeping the Uttar Pradesh Police on their toes. Just days after nabbing the thief who fled with UP Minister Mohd Azam Khan's bovines, the police now have to deal with the theft of a legislator's eight buffaloes from his farmhouse in Bareilly district.
 
BJP legislator Dharam Pal Singh has made it clear that the police must act with same alacrity as it did in finding Azam Khan's cattle in January 2014.
 
Bareilly police, sources say, is now in midst of an "unprecedented crisis" trying to "strike a balance between the other crimes and the VIP theft".
 
"Our hands are already full and now this new 'musibat' (trouble)," a frustrated senior police official told IANS while referring to the theft of eight buffaloes of the BJP legislator who is also a former state minister.
 
Eight buffaloes were stolen by armed men from Singh's farmhouse at village Jhaunagla late Monday.
 
The legislator said that eight buffaloes were stolen after a gun was pointed at the caretaker of the farmhouse.
 
Singh referred to the speed with which policemen looked for Azam Khan's buffaloes and demanded in his case too, the police must display the same alacrity.
 
He alleged that the gang of cattle thieves had targeted him because of his relentless campaign against them and threatened to raise the matter in the state assembly if his cattle is not recovered soon.
 
Officials said that an FIR has been lodged and that teams from three police stations have been "put on the job" to recover the stolen buffaloes. 
 
Senior police officials say cattle theft takes place as it is a source of income owing to the mushrooming slaughter houses and the demand for the meat. 
 
The issue was propelled centre stage after the theft at Azam Khan's farmhouse.

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Court considers complaint against Smriti Irani
A court here on Wednesday took cognizance of a complaint against Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly misrepresenting facts in her election affidavits.
 
Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain considered the private complaint against Irani and fixed August 28 for recording pre-summoning evidence in the case. 
 
The court on June 1 reserved its order on consideration of the complaint filed by Ahmer Khan. 
 
Khan in his complaint in April sought action against the minister for allegedly lying on oath about her educational qualification.
 
Khan's lawyer K.K. Manan told the court that Irani declared herself to be a 1996 batch B.A. graduate from Delhi University in her affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election. But in her 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, she stated she had done B.Com Part 1 in 1994 from Delhi University.
 
"It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Irani that at best, only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct," said the petitioner's counsel.
 
The petition claimed that Irani also lied on oath about her assets and it sought action against her for offences under the Representation of the People Act.

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Cement carrier sinks in Arabian Sea, 14 rescued
Fourteen crew members were rescued from a cement carrier which sank in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat on Wednesday in stormy weather, an official said here.
 
M.V. Coastal Pride sent out a distress signal after its engines failed around 25 km west of Dahanu in Maharashtra on Tuesday evening.
 
The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard had directed the ship to anchor even as towing arrangements were being made.
 
But around 8.40 a.m. on Wednesday, the ship sank in the Daman coast, around 75 nautical miles north of Mumbai.
 
The Indian Navy mounted a rescue operation with ships INS Shikra, INS Colaba and a Seaking helicopter along with the Coast Guard's two Chetak helicopters and rescued all the 14 crewmen safely.
 
Two days ago, the Maritime Rescue Cooridation Centre Mumbai handled a distress call from a newly constructed vessel whose towline broke while it was being towed from Shanghai to Abu Dhabi.
 
In another emergency, 25 containers fell off from two ships, including 20 from M.V. MOL Cosmos and five from TCI Arjun.
 
On Monday, braving the rough sea, heavy rains and poor visibility, the navy and Coast Guard had rescued 20 crew members from a stranded ship M.V. Jindal Kamakshi off Palghar in northern Maharashtra.

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