Rickshaw driver held for robbing 13-year-old boy of gold chain
Dombivli: A 19-year-old autorickshaw driver at Dombivli was arrested on Saturday for allegedly abducting a 13-year-old boy and robbing him of his gold chain, a police official said on Sunday. The incident had taken place on Wednesday.
According to cops, the accused has done several such thefts in the past few months. “The 13-year-old boy, Sai, was returning home from his music classes around 8 pm in the autorickshaw driven by the accused. But instead of dropping him home, the accused took the minor to an isolated place and robbed him of his gold chain. The boy later jumped out of the rickshaw and approached the police,” the official of Dombivli police station said.
Vishnunagar police station senior police inspector, Pandharinath Bhalerao said, “The boy remembered the face of the accused. Based on the details, we made a tentative sketch and circulated it to rickshaw drivers. He was identified by some of them as Samrat Magare,19, resident of Sidharth Nagar. He was not ready to accept the crime, after interrogation for some hours, he confessed and handed over the 15-gram gold chain worth ₹45,000.”
An offence was registered against Magre and he was arrested, he said.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.