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CBI summons sting operator Samuel in Narada tapes case

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has summoned sting operator Mathew Samuel, owner, and editor of Narada News in connection with its probe on the sting operation where several West Bengal politicians were allegedly seen accepting cash on camera.The probe agency has asked Samuel, the journalist who had shot the video footage, to appear before its officials in Kolkata on June 24. The “Narada tapes” were released in the public domain before the 2016 West Bengal assembly polls allegedly show several Trinamool Congress politicians accepting cash. The list of politicians included Mukul Roy, who jumped ship to the Bharatiya Janata Party after the tapes were made public. Based on a Calcutta High Cout order, the Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a preliminary enquiry in the case, which was then turned into an FIR in April 2017, naming 12 TMC politicians and a West Bengal cadre IPS officer SMH Meerza. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaWhile the Saradha case probe picked up pace in the last few weeks, with the CBI grilling former Kolkata to-cop Rajeev Kumar, the probe agency had also questioned Meerza in connection with the Narada case. He was the Superintendent of Police in Burdwan district when the sting operation was conducted by Samuel in 2014. Samuel had in 2014, set up meetings with several politicians in West Bengal including state ministers and police officials to ask favours for a made-up company of his called Impex Consultancy. He then recorded these meetings covertly on his iPhone, where some of the politicians were allegedly seen demanding and accepting cash in exchange for providing favours to Samuel’s fictitious company. Earlier this year, the probe agency had reportedly claimed that a chargeheet in the case is likely to come soon.last_img read more

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Airbnb and Uber urged to act on teenage drug mules

Mrs Atkins’ plea comes a week after the Government opened the National County Lines Coordination Centre with a £3.6 million investment. A minister has urged tech companies to report teenagers suspected of ferrying drugs for gangs as part of a nationwide crackdown on the problem. Victoria Atkins, the crime, safeguarding and vulnerability minister, said Uber and Airbnb must train users to identify victims of grooming who have been forced to transport drugs across along routes called county lines.In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Atkins said: “Any help that major organisations like Uber can give would be very welcome. These huge companies are under quite a lot of public attention in terms of their corporate social responsibility and it would be very interesting if [they]could help us.”Exploited children are made to travel vast distances on trains and in taxis, including Uber cars. Once they reach their destination, they stay in properties rented by gangs, increasingly short-term lets and Airbnb homes.”This is not just a policing matter,” said Mrs Atkins. “We need to make people aware it’s happening so they’re alert to it. We also need the help of train operators, taxi drivers and local authorities.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The mother of a child who was groomed by a county lines gang welcomed the minister’s comments. “These kids are operating right under the noses of British Transport Police, on trains, in taxis and in Ubers, but no one is asking anything,” the mother, who asked to remain anonymous told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There are now 1,500 lines across the UK, according to the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) latest figures. Up to 10 children could be exploited along each route.Vince O’Brien, head of drugs and firearms at the NCA, said, “We’ve seen gangs take over properties from short term lets to hotels and Airbnb. We know they use rail or rad, which includes any kind of private hire.”A spokesman for Airbnb said it worked closely with authorities in relevant investigations and to train its users. Uber declined to comment.Airbnb added: “We have zero tolerance for inappropriate or illegal activity and permanently remove bad actors from our platform.”The company last month partnered with anti-trafficking organisation Polaris to tackle issues of modern slavery within the sharing economy. It also uses behavioural analysis to identify troublesome hosts and guests from using its service.Uber declined to comment. read more

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