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Indian police raid homes of Delhi Games chief

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:55 am

 Indian police on Friday raided the homes of the chief organiser of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, as part of a probe into graft allegations that surrounded the event.

A spokesperson from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said police had conducted searches at Kalmadi’s residences in the capital and the western town of Pune, and at the home of his personal secretary Manoj Bhore.

Commonwealth Games chief organiser Suresh Kalmadi speaks at the event’s closing ceremony at Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in October, 2010

The Games, which were held in Delhi in October, were hit by claims of massive financial irregularities as the budget ballooned to an estimated six billion dollars.

The CBI spokesperson said a top police official had written to the government earlier this month requesting Kalmadi’s removal from the chairmanship of the Games organising committee on the grounds that he was obstructing the investigation.

Kalmadi, who took much of the international criticism about unfinished facilities and poor planning, quit as secretary to India’s ruling Congress party in November.

The CBI raided the homes of other top committee officials in November and arrested the sacked treasurer, M. Jayachandran, the third official to be accused of forgery and cheating over the awarding of Games-related contracts.

Police have charged two other former Games officials over alleged corruption.

Companies contracted to provide sports surfaces, training equipment and landscaping for the Games were also raided by tax inspectors in October.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) national watchdog has received complaints alleging up to 1.8 billion dollars of Games money was misappropriated.

A CVC report into the Games has confirmed the use of poor-quality materials and massive cost overruns on construction projects.

A defiant Kalmadi brushed off corruption allegations, telling reporters in November: “I have not done anything wrong, even in a single thing. I welcome the investigations and will answer all queries.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up a panel after the Games concluded to investigate graft claims and two other government bodies are also running separate probes.

Source: SGGP

Police lay claim to slum in Rio crime crackdown

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 25, 2010 (AFP) – Armored vehicles rumbled through a sprawling Rio slum on Thursday as police said they had pried it back from drug gangs after a five-day assault that killed at least 30 people.

Gunfire had crackled through the streets and residents took cover during the day as six M113 armored personnel carriers armed with .50 caliber machine guns drove through Vila Cruzeiro, a shantytown in northern Rio de Janeiro.

Riot policemen get ready to enter Vila Cruzeiro shantytown on an armoured personnel carrier on November 25, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP

“At this moment, Vila Cruzeiro belongs to the state,” police spokesman Rodrigo Oliveira said late Thursday, adding that forces remained on alert.

The gangs had fought back by spraying police posts with machine gun fire and torching buses, sending dark smoke high above the ramshackle skyline.

TV helicopters orbiting above the fighting had meanwhile shown scores of men with packs and automatic rifles scrambling up the hills beyond the slum ahead of the operation, while others fled in cars and motorcycles.

Many had come to Vila Cruzeiro to escape fighting in nearby districts, and it was not immediately clear whether the police had defeated the gangs or merely sent them scattering off to fight another day.

“We’ve taken an important step, but nothing’s been won,” state security chief Jose Beltrame told reporters, warning that operations would continue on Friday.

“It’s important to arrest people, to gather up drugs and ammunition, but it’s more important to get them out of the territory,” he said, referring to the drug traffickers that rule many of Rio’s largest slums.

Residents expressed shock at the scale of the operation, but many welcomed what they said was long-overdue action to combat the gangs and, in a sign the crackdown may be working, spoke out openly in support of the police.

“I’ve never seen anything like this! It’s a real war operation,” said Elias, a 44-year-old principal. “But it is necessary. This is the only way to confront the drug traffickers.”

“Many will die, but we need things to change here,” said Jefferson, a 27-year-old bartender.

At the same time, he blamed local authorities for allowing the situation to fester, and attributed their new-found urgency to the city’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics two years later.

Police say they have killed 30 suspected drug traffickers since the operation began on Sunday.

Their armored vehicles were backed by helicopters, snipers and thousands of heavily armed men from the military police and navy, with another 17,500 reinforcements “on alert” for the operation, police said.

The armored tracked vehicles, also known as Gavins, are nimble enough to climb the steep hills where the slums are located and can “roll over any obstacle they face,” a police spokesman told local media.

Police said they were battling two factions of drug dealers that have joined forces seeking to disrupt a two-year-old pacification program aimed at wresting the densely populated areas from the gangs’ grip.

But Marcelo Freixo, a state deputy from Rio and longtime critic of local police tactics, said the operation would accomplish little.

“The police can enter Vila Cruzeiro and kill another hundred, but that won’t solve the problem in Rio de Janeiro,” he told AFP.

“The finger that pulls the trigger is not the same as the one that counts the money from arms smuggling, and in that sense the government appears to be concerned with only one of them.”

Violence erupted late Sunday when gang members attacked police stations in northern Rio.

At least 180 people have been detained since then, including many who were caught holding bottles of gasoline, according to police, who said they had also seized weapons and drugs.

At least 60 vehicles, including nearly a dozen city buses, have been set ablaze since the violence began, they said.

The urban warfare has paralyzed a large part of Rio, as local television has been dominated by images of buses engulfed in flames and heavily armed police and special forces fighting their way through the slums.

Police have meanwhile erected checkpoints across neighborhoods seized earlier in the week where they keep a tense watch over mostly empty streets.

Around two million of Rio’s inhabitants — a third of the population — live in more than 1,000 slums, locally known as “favelas.” Authorities hope to pacify 100 of the most violent ones by 2014.

In October 2009 drug gangs shot down a police helicopter near the Maracana stadium — one of the main sites of the upcoming World Cup — killing three officers.

Source: SGGP

Ha Noi police crackdown on highway traffic drivers

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Bomb kills 18 in attack on Pakistan police

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 4:23 am

German police, activists in long wait for nuclear showdown

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

German police remove nuclear waste train protesters

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

Japan police probe online leak of anti-terrorism documents

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

City police arrest speed racers

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

City police arrest speed racers

QĐND – Monday, October 25, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Police impounded about 550 motorbikes and arrested dozens of youths who were planning an illegal speed ride through the streets of HCM City on Oct. 23 night.

Many of the youths escaped and left their motorbikes behind after being approached, Binh Thanh district police said.

It was alleged the large group was planning a speed ride, to be accompanied by the noise of modified exhaust pipes.

Police spokesmen said the catch was their biggest so far in the fight against illegal motorbike racing. Violators would receive a heavy fine.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Australia police serve court order via Facebook

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian police served a court order on an alleged cyber bully using the social networking site Facebook, officials said Wednesday, describing it as a national first.

Victoria police got court approval to use the site after attempts to serve the order in person, over the telephone or via the post failed.

The “prolific” Facebook user was accused of, among other things, using the site to harrass, bully and threaten another person, and police said they transcribed all the court documents and sent them to his Facebook inbox.

A video was also made of the order being read “as if the Respondent was being directly spoken to” and sent electronically to him.

“He stated that he understood the seriousness of the orders, having read … documents served via the social media website and agreed to comply, stating that he would delete his Facebook profile,” a police statement said.

“In this instance we were able to deliver justice through the same medium as the crime committed,” said leading senior constable Stuart Walton, the officer in charge of the investigation.

“Police will always pursue traditional means to enforce the law and to protect the community, but we won’t shy away from innovative methods to achieve positive outcomes either.”

In 2008 an Australian lawyer won the right to serve legal documents via Facebook, the same year a Sydney court allowed lawyers to serve rugby player Sonny Bill Williams with a subpoena via SMS text message.

Australia, with a population of 22.5 million, has almost nine million Facebook users.

Source: SGGP

Gunshots hit Pentagon, break windows: police

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

WASHINGTON, Oct 19, 2010 (AFP) – Gunshots struck the Pentagon early on Tuesday, shattering two windows but causing no injuries, officials said, as police suspected the gunfire came from a high-velocity rifle.

Authorities had no suspects yet in the incident, in which police heard five to seven shots ring out near the south parking lot at the sprawling Defense Department headquarters.

The Pentagon (AFP file)

“As we know right now, and the information is still preliminary, a window on the third floor and a window on the fourth floor were hit by gunfire,” Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, told a news conference.

“We believe that there may have been other bullet strikes on the building as well,” he said.

The bullets did not penetrate the windows and the offices were unoccupied as they are being renovated, he said.

The incident coincided with growing concerns over terror threats and only months after an American gunman walked up to the Pentagon’s main entrance and opened fire, wounding two police officers before he was shot dead.

Police introduced tighter security after the March assault, though the Pentagon has been heavily guarded since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when a hijacked plane slammed into the building.

Tuesday’s shooting occurred at about 4:55 am (0855 GMT), and after closing down the building to search the area, police found no suspects and reopened the Pentagon’s entrances by 5:40 am (0940 GMT).

No weapon has been found so far but police suspected the gunfire likely came from a high-velocity rifle, Calvery said.

Police were searching for shell casings or other clues along a nearby highway, Interstate 395, as well as buildings that face the south side of the Pentagon, Calvery said.

Police also were studying surveillance video and carrying out ballistic tests on bullet fragments, but authorities had no reports from witnesses about any suspicious activity or cars in the area.

Calvery said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating a possible connection to another shooting on Monday at a US Marine Corps museum, next to the marines’ Quantico base in Virginia, about 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Washington, he said.

No intelligence before the shooting suggested a heightened threat to the Pentagon and at the moment, authorities viewed the incident as a “random event,” he said.

Police were reviewing security at the building but there were no plans to step up security measures, he added.

Source: SGGP