Two Chinese nationals were arrested in Patna after liquor bottles were seized from their rooms in a guest house of the mobile company they have been working with for the past six months. Bihar was declared a dry State from April, 2016 after the new stringent excise and prohibition law was enforced in the State.The two Chinese nationals, W. Chuynagyong and Tiyandong, were taken into custody on Sunday night from a guest house running in a four-storey house located at Ali Nagar area of Anisabad under Gardanibagh police station in Patna. The local police seized three Indian Made Foreign Liquor bottles from two rooms they were living in. Both the Chinese nationals are said to be employees of a Chinese mobile phone company and the guest house was booked in the name of Oppo Mobiles (DS) Private Limited.“One IMFL bottle was seized from room no. 201/B and two bottles from room no. 220/B in which the two Chinese nationals were staying for last six months with others from their country,” said a Gardanibagh police officer. Altogether nine Chinese nationals have been staying in the guest house for past several months and their passports and visas are being verified, the police officer told journalists.Test negativeThe breath analyser test conducted on the accused reported negative but under the new excise and prohibition law even possession of liquor bottles draws stringent punishment. The Chinese embassy has been informed about the arrest of their nationals, the police added. The manager and other employees of the guest house are being questioned by the police.Over 1,27,000 people have been arrested in the State connection with more than 1,05,000 FIRs lodged for prohibition violations so far. “Only 8,123 persons are behind bars for liquor offences,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said on March 12 this year while addressing a function in Patna. Mr. Kumar, however, has hinted at some amendments to the new Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act, 2016 to stop its “misuse”.
Policemen carry seized computer hardware and other items after a press conference at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018. Alleged fraudsters are presented before the media at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018. | Photo Credit: AP | Photo Credit: AP Those arrested were mostly people in their 20s and early 30s who quit their jobs in call centres. Police recovered hard drives, servers, laptops, cellphones and computers from them, Mr. Sharma said. In 2016, 70 people were arrested in Mumbai for allegedly cheating thousands of Americans. They would call their victims from call centres in Mumbai and tell them that they owed unpaid taxes and should buy prepaid cash cards to settle the debts or face jail. Noida Police have said that that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. Noida Police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested on November 27 and November 28 posed as representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos. The arrests were made after input from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, Mr. Sharma said. Microsoft was the complainant in the case.The pop-up messages prompted victims in the United States, Britain, Australia and other countries to call a phone number shown on their computer screens, he said. They would then be scammed out of money in exchange for supposedly fixing the problem.
Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputs