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East Bengal to confer Kapil Dev with Bharat Gaurav award

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Kolkata, July 17 City soccer giants East Bengal will confer their highest honour, Bharat Gaurav, on India’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev on their foundation day on August 1.

The red and gold brigade also wants to host a ceremonial farewell match for football icon Bhaichung Bhutia who expressed his desire to don the East Bengal colours one final time, eight years after calling it a day from international football.

Kapil had signed for East Bengal on June 22, 1992, and played for 27 minutes six days later as a substitute forward in an exhibition match against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan.

East Bengal executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar said at the club tent here that Bhutia is still to retire officially from club football and therefore would call it a day wearing the red and gold jersey.

“Bhutia had announced his retirement from international football but not from club football. In the centenary year of East Bengal, he has expressed his desire to play for five minutes and announce his retirement from club football,” Sarkar said at a press conference to announce a series of events in the build up to the red and gold outfit’s centenary celebrations next year.

Sarkar added that the final call on fielding Bhutia would be taken by East Bengal’s Spanish coach Alejandro Menendez. “The coach will decide when and where Bhaichung can play,” said Sarkar in the presence of Bhutia who had four spells with the iconic club where he started his career.

Bhutia’s last India appearance came in the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar in 2011. But the legendary 42-year-old striker could not achieve his goal of retiring from club football in East Bengal colours in 2015 due to a knee injury.

Bhutia will be honoured with the ‘Identifying and Nurturing the Icon’ award.

“I came here from Sikkim as a 17-year-old and I cried when I left behind my family. But I got a bigger family here and never became homesick. Other than Mohun Bagan, no other club has made so much contribution to Indian football,” Bhutia said, wearing an East Bengal shirt.

Asked about his fond memories with the club, Bhutia picked East Bengal’s famous Federation Cup semifinal win in which he scored a hat-trick over Mohun Bagan in 1997.

Bhutia also recollected the massive reception the team got after landing here with the ASEAN Cup 2003 trophy.

Former India captains Manoranjan Bhattacharya and Bhaskar Ganguly will be honoured with lifetime achievement award. Iconic footballer P.K. Banerjee will be conferred with the ‘Coach of Coaches’ award.

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Delhi Police fail the crime test

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Delhi Police might be the best in the country in terms of staffing, infrastructure and use of budget, but when it comes to controlling crime, all that fade into disappointment.

According to the Crime in India-2017 report, released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), here on Monday, Delhi tops the crime chart.

According to the NCRB data, number of crimes increased 11 per cent in Delhi in 2017 compared with 2016, earning it the dubious distinction of the crime capital of the country.

According to reports, Delhi accounts for 4.9 per cent of crimes recorded in India. In 2017, Delhi recorded more than 2,32,000 incidents of crime, which was 4.9 per cent of the total offences recorded in the country.

As per the NCRB data, over 50,00,000 cases of cognisable crimes were registered across the country in 2017, an increase of 200,000 over 2016. However, number of murders declined 5.9 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016.

The cases of kidnapping for ransom increased by over 7,000 in 2017. The number of cyber crime increased significantly to 21,796 in 2017 from 12,137 in 2016.

On the spurt in crime in Delhi, Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Delhi Commissioner of Police and spokesman, refused to agree and told IANS, “It’s not true. There is a decline in the incidents of murder in 2017. As we have developed a system of online registration of crime, it’s natural that more cases will be registered in Delhi.”

“The rise in crime in Delhi may be because of free registration of FIRs. But the rise in cases of snatching is alarming,” former Director of Intelligence Bureau Arun Bhagat told IANS.

Did the increase in crime reflect slackness of the Delhi Police?. Bhagat said, “These days criminals have become smart. They know how system works. We send them to jails, and they manage to get bails.”

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS, “Look at Haryana. Snatchers can’t get bail there. In Delhi, it’ easy to get bail. The rising population is also, to some extent, responsible for the spurt in crime.”

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Sonia Gandhi to visit Shivakumar in Tihar on Wednesday

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit D.K. Shivakumar, party leader and former Minister, in Tihar Jail on Wednesday.

She is likely to be accompanied by K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka.

Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case on September 3. His bail plea is pending with the court and the ED probe is underway.

A Congress strongman in Karnataka, Shivakumar was instrumental in smooth running of the JD-S and Congress coalition government.

Last month, Gandhi along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in jail. Chidambaram was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the INX media case.

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NCRB data delayed due to revision, error removal: MHA

For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Removal of errors in comprehensive revision of new data collection on additional parameters and crime heads was cited as a reason by the Union Home Ministry for the delay in releasing National Crime Records Bureau’s latest annual data — ‘Crime in India-2017’.

A day after the release of the much-awaited data, which was to be released last year, the Home Ministry issued a clarification, claiming “comprehensive revision was done in crime in India pro forma”.

“New data collection and compilation software was prepared. Training of officials from states and UTs on the revised pro forma and data collection or compilation software was done. States and UTs were required to provide information on additional parameters/crime heads.

“Following persistent follow-ups since August 2018, the final data (after removal of errors/inconsistencies) was received only in July 2019. Therefore the delay in the publication of the report,” said a Home Ministry statement.

As incidents of lynching were missing from the list of parameters and and crime heads, the Ministry clarified: “It was observed that data received for certain newly created additional parameters/crime heads was unreliable and its definitions were also prone to misinterpretation. Accordingly, data related to certain parameters/crime heads has not been published.”

The Ministry issued a list of 13 parameters or crime heads which consisted of vague or unreliable data.

On the list, the Ministry mentioned a parameter named ‘Crime against various category of persons’ which has different subsections such as crimes against journalists/media persons, RTI activists, whistle-blowers/informers, social workers or activists, witnesses and crimes against persons belonging to the north-east region.

Second on the list was ‘Crime by Various Category of Persons’ which also has several sub-headings such as crimes committed by religious preachers, by khap panchayats, theft by housemaids or servants, crimes committed by private security guards or private body guards, crimes committed by proclaimed offenders, by those on bail or parole or furlough, by illegal migrants and crimes committed by students.

The remaining crime heads include ‘crimes committed by organized groups such as contract killers, hawala operators and liquor trafficker; honour killings under crime against women; rape during communal or sectarian violence; motives of murder such as hate crime, fake/false news/rumours; methods of murder such as lynching, merciless beatings, crushing by vehicle; crime committed with fire arms; SC/ST category in human trafficking (included on MHA’s instructions); animal related Acts: Cow Slaughter Acts (state/Central Acts), The Cattle Trespass Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (state and Centre); prevention of Witchcraft or Witch Practices Act (state/Central Acts); human rights violation by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Defence Personnel; and snatching’.

Mentioning that the annual data for ‘Crime in India’ is furnished by the 36 states and UTs and 53 metropolitan cities, which have a population of 1 million (10 lakh or more as per population census 2011) by respective State Crime Records Bureaus (SCRBs) or Crime Investigation Departments (CIDs), the Ministry said the “NCRB has only compiled and collated the data and presented it in the form of this report”.

“The NCRB is not responsible for the authenticity of the information, as data is being furnished by states/UTs/Central law enforcement agencies /CAPFs/CPOs.”

Certain states such as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have provided the citizen-friendly service of Online Registration of FIR under certain category of offences such as ‘Vehicle Theft’ and ‘Other Thefts’, the Ministry said. “As this may have increased the crime reporting under such heads in these states, they become statistically non-comparable with other states not having such online registration facility,” the Ministry said.

“Improvements have been undertaken to make the report more comprehensive, informative and useful for the parliamentarians, policy makers, states/UTs, researchers, academicians and other stakeholders. Data is now being collected in greater detail for several categories of crimes. For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

The Ministry said that efforts have been made to include sub-section-wise information under section 376 IPC (rape) and that information on major crime heads such as kidnapping and abduction, causing death by negligence, hurt and grievous hurt, sexual harassment have been further “segregated” as per their respective sub-heads.

“Data has also been published under certain new acts such as Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Chit Fund Act.”

To capture the criminal justice system holistically, the Ministry said efforts have also been made to collect data on time taken for investigation (Indian Penal Code or Special and Local Law (SLL) cases), age profiling of cases under investigation(IPC and SLL cases), the time taken for trials (IPC crimes) and also for service of summons and warrants.

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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