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NRI faces extradition to Australia for drunken driving accident
Report dated 13/12/2013 @ 10:10 PM
Puneet Puneet, 24, made a brief appearance a New Delhi court overnight after being driven in police custody from Rajpura in the northern state of Punjab to Delhi for the extradition process. He's expected back in court on Friday.
The former hospitality student says he doesn't want to go back to Australia because he has no resources to fight and he is scared.
"I'm scared, I don't want to go to Australia. Accidents happen everywhere, but they are treating this differently. I have no resources to fight (the case)," he told News Corp Australia.
"I am pleading again and again to the Indian government to come forward and help me." He said it was an accident that could have happened to anybody. "I feel so sorry, it was an accident. I didn't see him," he said.
Puneet was a 19-year-old learner driver when he hit and killed Dean Hofstee, 19, and seriously injured Clancy Coker, 20, in Southbank in Melbourne on October 1, 2008.
Australian police estimated Puneet was driving at 148km/h - more than double the legal limit in the area. He also tested positive for alcohol.
After being charged with culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury, Puneet fled Australia using a fellow Indian's passport.
Singapore arrests 8 more NRIs for rioting
Report dated 11/12/2013 @ 10:31 PM
Twenty-four Indians were charged for alleged rioting triggered by the death of a compatriot in a road accident, Singapore's worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years, even as eight more Indians were arrested.
The men, aged between 22 and 40, were remanded for a week to facilitate further investigations and face one rioting charge each, punishable by up to seven years in prison and caning.
The Indian High Commission in Singapore was working with Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry to facilitate consular access and support for the 24 men being charged for their role in the riot in Little India, a precinct of Indian-origin businesses, eateries and pubs where most of the South Asian workers take their Sunday break.
The trouble started after a private bus fatally knocked down an Indian pedestrian, 33-year-old Sakthivel Kumaravelu, around 9:20 pm at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
About 400 South Asian migrant workers were involved in the rampage that left 39 police and civil defence staff injured and 25 vehicles including 16 police cars damaged or burnt.
Four NRIs sentenced for attack on Lt Gen KS Brar in London
Report dated 11/12/2013 @ 10:23 PM
The four people who attacked and slashed the throat of retired Lt.Gen KS Brar in central London in September last year for his role in the 1984 Operation Bluestar were sentenced to jail at the Southwark Crown Court.
The four are Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 34, of Birmingham (for 14 years), Dilbag Singh, 37 (for 14 years), and Harjit Kaur, 39, (for 11 years) both from London, and Barjinder Singh Sangha, 33, (for 10 years and six months) of Wolverhampton.
Nearly 100 people supporting Brar's attackers demonstrated outside the Court and called for Brar to be indicted as a "war criminal" for his role on Operation Bluestar. They said they did not condone the actions of the four attackers, but were protesting against Brar.
Gen Brar, who was on a visit to London, was attacked on Old Quebec Street on 30 September near the busy Marble Arch area in central London as he walked with his wife.
On 30 September, Harjit Kaur followed the Brars around London and provided her co-defendants with regular updates on their mobile phones about the couple’s movements and locations.
This enabled Sangha, Sandhu, Singh and another man to intercept and assault the Brars as they were walking along Old Quebec Street, W1, towards their hotel following an evening out.
As the couple passed the group, Sangha grabbed Brar’s wife, 68-year-old Meena and held her by the throat against a wall, while the others attacked Brar. Sangha then joined the others in attacking Brar, who was fighting back in self-defence. Sangha drew a knife and slashed at Brar’s neck.
The assailants fled towards Oxford Street, leaving Brar lying on the ground seriously injured.
Brar, who kicked and fought three of the four assailants, suffered a knife wound in the neck and received medical treatment at a London hospital.
During the investigation that was carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan police, a total of 15 people - 13 men and two women - were arrested at locations in London and the West Midlands.
Commander Richard Walton, head of the Counter Terrorism Command said: “This was a pre-planned and organised attempt to assassinate General Brar for his military involvement in the siege of the Golden Temple in India in 1984. It was ultimately unsuccessful and we are pleased that the sentencing reflects the seriousness of this attack."
The assailants were convicted in July this year, and Gen Brar gave his testimony in the British court through videolink.
NRI held for raping European tourist in Goa
Report dated 11/12/2013 @ 10:12 PM
A European woman was allegedly raped by a NRI yoga instructor in Mandrem. Pernem police have arrested Krishna Sharma of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, who is based in Norway, in connection with the case. Sharma was held at Dabolim airport as he was leaving the state.
Pernem police said the 33-year-old tourist complained that on Dec 9 afternoon Sharma forcefully had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.
Sources said Sharma and the woman were known to each other as she and some friends of hers, were undergoing a yoga course conducted by Sharma at his yoga centre in Mandrem.
As they knew each other they spent some time together and Sharma offered to drop the woman to her hotel in Mandrem.
Police said Sharma first took the woman to her room and allegedly had sexual intercourse with her without her consent and later he took her to his room where he again had sexual intercourse with her to which she had not consented.
Sharma has been remanded to seven days police custody.
Police sources said that Sharma's family is based in Norway and he was running the yoga course for many years in a rented premises in Junaswada, Mandrem.
Sources said that medical tests on the woman showed enough evidence to prove her charges. The survivor is a regular visitor to Goa during tourist season and had come to Goa in October this year.
NRI held in rape case in Mumbai
Report dated 10/12/2013 @ 9:50 PM
A local court remanded a 48-year-old NRI in police custody after his arrest for the rape of a 32-year-old businesswoman in the 17th-floor room of a Worli hotel on Sunday (Dec 8).
The suspect came to the city from the UK two months ago on a business tour and befriended the survivor when he purchased a blazer suit from her boutique a month ago, said the police.
The suspect, who runs an advertising agency, had called the woman to the hotel to return Rs.35,000 that he owed her.
"The survivor, a widow residing in Andheri, runs a boutique in the western suburbs and had lent money to the suspect after he claimed he could not find his locker key," a police officer said. "He gained the woman's trust by handing over to her a cheque for Rs.50,000, but the cheque bounced."
The police said when the survivor demanded her money, he first threatened her. Later he asked her to come to his hotel on Saturday evening for the money.
The survivor said in her complaint: "I went to the hotel at 5.30pm. After dinner the accused took me to his room and raped me. He allowed me to leave the room only the next morning, after threatening me with dire consequences."
The survivor made a call to the police from the hotel reception and got the NRI arrested.