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Zakir Naik’s aide remanded in ED custody till Feb 22



Zakir Naik

Mumbai, Feb 17 : A special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases here today remanded Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, in the custody of Enforcement Directorate.

“Enforcement Directorate custody granted till February 22,” said the judge P R Bhavke.

The ED, while seeking the custody, said Naik completely controlled his (now banned) NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), and various other trusts he set up.

“Apart from IRF, Naik was also running various trusts in India as well as abroad, and he was in complete control over such instrumentalities which are being run by him in close cahoots with his confidante trustees Mohammed Naik (his brother) and Gazdar,” the ED’s remand application said.

The agency also said that Naik established certain dummy companies in India and abroad and they were used to camouflage the diversion of funds received by him through illegal activities like giving provocative speeches.

Among the several entities established by Naik for this purpose, Gazdar was director in at least six companies — Universal Broadcasting Corporation, Lords Production (both in UK), Harmony Media, Longlast Constructions, Majestic Perfumes and Alpha Lubricants (all in Mumbai).

Harmony Media was used to produce videos of provocative speeches and these videos were exported to Dubai for telecasting, the ED said.

Gazdar had marble business with a turnover of Rs 30 lakh per annum, it said.

The ED arrested Gazdar (48) here yesterday for alleged money laundering. ED officials said they suspected that Gazdar handled funds and transactions worth Rs 200 crore on behalf of Naik and his NGO.


Parents to get real-time access of CCTV footage in classrooms




New Delhi, Jan 17: Parents whose children study in Delhi government schools will have real-time access to CCTV footage of classrooms to ensure transparency and safety of children, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. 

Kejriwal tweeted that he reviewed the progress of installation of CCTV cameras in each class in all government schools.

“Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable. It will ensure safety of kids,” he said.


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Uttar Pradesh: Class I student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, critical



Lucknow, Jan 17: A class 1 student of a local school was found in a critical condition after he was stabbed by senior girl student, police said on Wednesday.

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

School Principal Reena Manas stated the crime took place after the morning assembly and that the boy was rushed to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. He told his parents and police that he could identify the girl, news agency IANS reported.

Officials asserted the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all closed-circuit televisions in the school were operational, there was no CCTV near the bathroom and hence it was becoming difficult to zero in on the accused girl.


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Twist in Haryana rape-murder; body of suspect found



Haryana rape

Chandigarh, Jan 17: The Haryana Police has been left baffled after recovering the body of a 19-year-old youth who was until now the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Dalit girl in Kurukshetra district.

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Gulshan, who was considered the prime suspect in the killing of the Class 10 student, was found on Tuesday night from the Bhakra irrigation canal near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district, about 110 km from here.

The body was in a decomposed state.

Gulshan’s name was mentioned in the FIR as an accused.

Family members of the deceased youth on Wednesday started a protest outside the office of the Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Abhishek Garg demanding justice.

Garg confirmed the recovery of Gulshan’s body. “We are investigating the murders,” he said.

Police sources said they could not rule out “honour killing” as a reason behind the twin murders.

The Haryana Police, based on the complaint of the victim girl’s family, had listed Gulshan, a Class 12 student, as the prime suspect in the kidnapping, rape and murder of the girl.

Some people were even detained for questioning and raids were conducted to nab Gulshan.

The girl had gone for her tuition class on January 9 and went missing. Her half-naked body was found near a canal in Jind district on Saturday.

Police and forensic officials said the girl was brutally raped and inflicted wounds on her private parts and internal organs. She was murdered by her tormentors.

Haryana has been rocked with five incidents of rape and gang-rape in the past four days. These were reported from Kurukshetra/Jind, Panipat, Pinjore and Faridabad (two). In three of these, the victims were brutally murdered.


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