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Youth Top in Cellphone Driving Case 24-Dec-2016
Fine amount should be enhanced to act as a deterrent, say police. Last month a young girl in her early twenties was driving home from her college in Vizianagaram. She was not wearing a helmet and talking to a friend on mobile while driving the two-wheeler. Unable to control the scooter, she hit a speeding bus and died on the spot. Though there was no fatal accident in the recent times in Visakhapatnam city related to motorists using cell phones while driving, apart from the APSRTC driver who mowed down two pedestrians in Gajuwaka area in 2014 the cases booked by the police have been on a steady rise since 2014.
 
Robbers use coins to stop trains 22-May-2015
Employing a new modus operandi, robbers took on passengers on the Chennai-Hyderabad and Chennai-Howrah express trains in the wee hours of Thursday while making an vain bid on the Tirupati-Visakhapatnam express as well. They snatched a gold chain weighing 25 gm from a woman passenger on the Chennai-Hyderabad train and vanished into the night before Government Railway Police personnel opened two rounds of fire in the air to deter them. “The offenders also struck on the Chennai-Howrah express, relieving another woman passenger of her gold chain weighing 24 gm after pulling the alarm chain,” GRP DSP S.M. Ramesh Babu said. They also made a vain bid to rob passengers on the Tirupati-Visakhapatnam express, he added. The officer said the robbers stopped the train by placing a few one-rupee coins at the spot where two tracks join. This makes the automatic traffic signalling system flash red, thereby signalling to the train driver to stop. The Chennai-Hyderabad robbery is said to have taken place between Surareddypalem and Tangutur in Prakasam district. When passengers screamed for help, GRP personnel got down from the train and opened fire in the air, but the offenders made good their escape.
 
Minor Raped 01-May-2015
A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 40-year-old man under P.M. Palem police station limits in the city on Wednesday night. The girl and her sister had been staying at their grandmother’s house following the death of their mother two years ago. Their father, who had married another woman, was staying separately in the city. The weather being sultry, the girls were sleeping along with their grandmother in the veranda of their house. The accused, T. Appalaswami, an ex-convict, who was under the influence of alcohol, carried the six-year-old girl behind the house in the early hours even as her sister and grandmother were fast asleep, and raped her. The girl started crying and her grandmother noticed wounds on her private parts. The victim revealed that their neighbour Appalaswami had raped her. On a complaint , Inspector S. Appala Raju registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the IPC and under various .
 
PD Act Against Ganja Smugglers 30-Apr-2015
With the ganja trade in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district going unabated, District Collector N. Yuvaraj has asked officials of the Prohibition and Excise Department and the district police to invoke the provisions of the A. P. Prevention of Dangerous Activities of drug offenders Act, popularly known as PD Act, on the smugglers. Stung by criticism from various quarters that the Agency areas have become a haven for ganja cultivators and smugglers, the district administration appears to have resorted to this option to deal with the smugglers with an iron hand. The Prohibition and Excise Department has so far seized over 22 MT of dry ganja, compared to the previous year figure of 5.6 MT and the police have seized 30 MT compared to 12 MT the previous year. According to Prohibition and Excise Deputy Commissioner M. Satyanarayana, this year, in the Narsipatnam zone alone, which is one of the major gateways from the Agency area, the department has so far booked a total of 1,200 cases, arrested 980 persons, and seized 13 MT of dry ganja. Terming this a welcome move, he told The Hindu that they were gearing up to slap PD Act on the ganja smugglers. “So far, we have been charging the offenders under the NDPS Act. Now, our hands are strengthened. It should act as a major deterrent,” he said. Ganja is being grown in nine out of 12 mandals in the Agency area. The major contribution is from the mandals such as Chintapalli, Paderu, Araku, G. Madugula, Rolugunta,...
 
Deputy Tahsildar Trapped 30-Apr-2015
ACB sleuths arrested Deputy Tahsildar, Visakhapatnam Urban, D. Sekhar, on the charge of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income on Wednesday. Nine teams simultaneously raided the residences of Sekhar, his relatives in the city and Vizianagaram district, and unearthed assets worth over Rs. 10 crore as per the present market value. ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Ramakrishna Prasad said that the assets unearthed so far included one ground-plus-three-storey guest house at Visalakshinagar, a deluxe luxury flat at Seethammadhara, a commercial complex at Daba Gardens, house sites at Ravada and Vizianagaram town, Rs. 13.75 lakh in cash, 200 gms of gold, and seven kg of silver. He said that cases had been registered under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and investigation was on. Mr. Ramakrishna Prasad told The Hindu that the accused had joined the Revenue Department as a typist and rose to the post of Deputy Tahsildar, and had been involved in corrupt practices since long. He had a nexus with Mee Seva staff and collected money from the applicants. The DSP also said that some assets were in the name of Sekhar’s wife and relatives. They were being probed, he added. Sekhar will be produced before the special ACB court on Thursday.
 
Policing With A Humane Face 28-Apr-2015
With the rape of three destitute women, including one who was mentally unsound, in recent past, the Police Commissionerate has embarked on a unique project in association with the Department of Women and Child Welfare, to rescue such vulnerable women. And in the last 24 hours, 17 women from various susceptible spots have been rescued. Basing on a directive given by Commissioner of Police Amit Garg, four teams have been formed for each of the four sub-divisions East, North, Gajuwaka and Madhurawada. Each of the teams will be led by a woman inspector and will comprise women constables. The overall operation will be supervised by the ACPs of each sub-division, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) C.M. Trivikram Varma. The teams have identified certain vulnerable areas in each sub-division, such as railway station, APSRTC complex, Beach Road, Vuda Park and Asilmetta under East; Gnanapuram, Kancharapalem flyover and Simhachalam area under North and Duvvada Railway Station under Gajuwaka, said Dr. Trivikram Varma. In the last 24 hours, 10 such women were rescued from East Sub-division, which included four from railway station, two from RK Beach, two from RTC Complex and two from Asilmetta region. Seven were rescued from North, which included three from Gnanapuram, two from Kancharapalem and two from NAD area. The rescued women were shifted to Swadhar rehabilitation home of Women and Child Welfare Department in Chinnamushidivada. Of the 17 rescued one...
 
Woman Held for Taking Baby Hostage 30-Jan-2015
The city police Tuesday arrested a woman who used to rob housewives of their valuables by threatening to kill their babies. The accused was identified as R Hymavathi, a habitual offender. ADCP Varada Raju said that Hymavathi always targeted young mothers when they were alone in their residences. Her modus operandi included conducting a recce of homes of young monthers, visiting them on the pretext of finding out an address and striking up conversations. She would then pretend to caress the baby, mostly under a year old, and hold them hostage, threatening to kill the child if the mother does not hand over gold and other valuables. She used to shut the mothers indoors and leave the babies on the doorstep before fleeing from the spot. Hymavathi stole a gold chain from victim P Bhavani, using the same cruel technique of threatening to kill her 10-month-old baby at Adarshanagar near Tagarapuvalasa on January 23 at around 2 pm. After recovering from the horrifying episode, Bhavani lodged a complaint with the Central Crime Station police, who registered a case and started investigation. During their regular checks Tuesday, the cops found Hymavanthi wandering suspiciously on the Beach Road near Bheemili and asked her to produce her identity. Though she tried to give them the slip, the police nabbed her. She initially pretended that she was leaving for Visakhapatnam city to sell her gold to meet an emergency, but confessed to the crime later. The ADCP said that Hymavathi stole...
 
MAOISTS DESTROY RELIGIOUS ASHRAM 24-Jan-2015
Maoists destroyed a religious ashram and a small home at Gudhalamveedhi village in the Visakhapatnam Agency area here, police said on Monday. The incident took place late on Sunday night when around 20 Maoists and Maoist militiants members reached the ashram run by Jagandora Simhachalam, G Madugula Inspector K Srinivasa Rao said. The Maoists destroyed the idols in the ashram, damaged Simhachalam's house, set afire a motorbike parked in front of the house, damaged the ashram and beat up Simhachalam's followers before leaving the village. The rebels also set afire an excavator near Nurmati area, protesting against ongoing road work there. Simhachalam has been running the ashram (said to be Vijaya Durga Devi temple) in a asbesto shed in the Gudhalam area for the past few years. The rebels had reached the village to kill Simhachalam, branding him a police informer, but they did not find him in the village. The Maoists have alleged that Simhachalam instigates tribals to become police informers under the cover of spiritual activities, police said. The Maoists had also blamed Simhachalam for the death of their East Divisional Committee members Sindri Chinna Ranga Rao alias Sarat and militia member P Ganapat, who were lynched at Veeravaram village by a mob of tribals after a Maoist team shot dead one G Sanjeeva Rao, who was Simhachalam's friend. The police has registered a case in this connection and investigation is on.
 
 
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