A man got his wife killed to get an insurance amount of Rs 1.90 crore allegedly by hiring a history-sheeter who with others rammed their car into a motorcycle she was riding on, police said here on Wednesday, news agency PTI reported.
Shalu along with her cousin Raju was going to a temple on a motorcycle on the request of her husband, Mahesh Chand, on October 5, police said and added that around 4.45 am, an SUV hit their vehicle. While the woman died on the spot, her cousin succumbed to injuries during treatment, they said.
It seemed to be a road accident and her family members also suspected this. However, during the probe, it was revealed that Chand had conspired to kill his wife for her insurance money, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), West, Vandita Rana said on Wednesday that Chand had got Shalu insured for a period of 40 years.
The insured amount was Rs 1 crore on natural death and Rs 1.90 crore on death in an accident, the officer said. Chand had contracted history-sheeter Mukesh Singh Rathore to kill Shalu. Rathore had demanded Rs 10 lakh for the job and was given Rs 5.5 lakh in advance, police said, adding that Rathore involved other men for this task.
Shalu married Chand in 2015 and they had a daughter. But after two years of marriage, they started having disputes and she started living at her parents’ home. She had also registered a case of domestic violence in 2019, according to police. Chand got Shalu insured recently.
He later told her that he had made a wish and to get it fulfilled, she would have to go to a Hanuman temple for 11 consecutive days on a motorcycle without disclosing this to anyone, police said. He also said that once his wish is fulfilled, he will get her home. On this, she started going to the temple with her cousin on the motorcycle, they said.
On October 5, when Shalu and Raju were going to the temple, Rathore and three others chased them in an SUV and hit their motorcycle, police said, adding that Chand was on a motorcycle following the SUV. They said after the accident, he returned from the spot. Rathore and two others — the SUV’s owners Rakesh Singh and Sonu — have also been arrested. Two other accused are absconding, police said. (PTI)
Thieves posing as telecom workers steal 29-feet-tall mobile tower
In a continuing series of outrageously bizarre thefts in Bihar, a 29-feet-tall mobile tower has now been reported stolen by thieves allegedly posing as telecom workers in Patna, times network reported.
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Installed over a house in Sabzi Bagh in 2006 by now-defunct mobile service provider AIRCEL, it was sold to GTL Limited – a company that manages telecom towers.
Company officials discovered the structure was missing during a recent inspection of mobile towers after previously finding it intact in August 2022, according to India Times.
Police, who filed an FIR against the unidentified suspects based on area manager Mohammad Shahnawaz Anwar’s complaint, said the homeowner had requested removal of the tower after non-payment of rent.
“Initially, the GTL company removed part of the equipment. After that, another team came and removed all the equipment,” explained Sabih-Ul-Haq, SHO of Pirbahore police station.
However, this time, they weren’t real telecom employees.
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“When the company officials enquired about the incident, the house owner informed that some persons who claimed to be employees of GTL company came here four months ago and removed the tower,” said the officer.
“They [the thieves] gave the excuse that the tower had a massive technical glitch and would be replaced by a new mobile tower. Then, they loaded the equipment on a truck and took off.”
Govt issues guidelines for social media influencers
Social media influencers and celebrities will face a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh, which can go up to Rs 50 lakh on repeat offence and even lead to a ban of up to six years, on violation of guidelines for them, which were released by the consumer affairs ministry on Friday.
Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh told mediapersons, while releasing the guidelines, that the whole issue is centred around consumers’ right.
“It is the responsibility of the endorser, celebrities and influencers or other advertisers to truthfully disclose whatever information the consumer must know before making any decision for purchase,” the guidelines said.
Singh further said social media influencers should disclose the nature of their endorsements.
“Individuals or groups who have access to an audience and the power to affect their purchasing decisions about a product, brand or service because of the influencer’s authority, knowledge, position or relationship with their audience,” the guidelines said.
Influencers are defined as creators who advertise products with a strong influence on the decisions or opinions of their audience. Virtual influencers, which are defined as fictional computer-generated people with realistic features of humans, are also required to disclose their endorsements, the guidelines said further.
The department noted that, “When there is a material connection between an advertiser and celebrity/influencer that may affect the weight or credibility of the representation made by the celebrity/influencer.”
These material connections include monetary or other forms of compensation, free products, contests and sweepstakes entries, trips or hotel stays, media barters, coverage and awards, or any personal, family or employment relationship, the rules note.
The influencers should be able to substantiate the claims made by them. The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 provides the framework for the protection of consumers against unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements.
The product and service must have been actually used or experienced by the endorser, the ministry said, adding that consumers can seek legal actions against those defaulting.
HM Amit Shah reaches Jammu, will leave for Rajouri to meet Dhangri attack victim families
The Union Home Minister Amit Shah has arrived in Jammu and is scheduled to leave for Rajouri to meet the families of those killed in militant attack in Dhangri village on January 01.
Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Shah reached Jammu today afternoon and will leave for Rajouri.
He said he is scheduled to meet the families of those killed in a militant attack in Dhangri village on January 01.
The official also said Shah will review the security situation in the district and will also a meet with senior civil and police official later in the day.
Notably, seven civilians were killed after militants attacked several houses in Dhangri village of Rajouri district on January 01.
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