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Indians in fraud net

London, June 9 (PTI): Two Indian-origin men were among the six persons jailed yesterday over a multi-million-pound cyber racket involved in making and selling fake identities and management of an online forum where client’s were taught how to commit fraud.

Jaipal Singh was sentenced to 18 months and Arun Thear to six months in jail.

Couple shot at

Gurgaon (PTI): The family of a girl allegedly shot at her and her husband on Thursday as they did not approve of the match and left them outside a temple thinking they were dead. The girl called up police and the couple are now in hospital. The family had called the couple back home for a traditional wedding ceremony at the temple after initially objecting to the match.

MLA held

Bahraich (PTI): A former MLA, convicted by a sessions court of assaulting a Dalit police officer 17 years ago, has been held, police said. Dilip Verma, a former Samajwadi Party MLA, has been produced in court.

Cabbie jailed

Washington (PTI): A Pakistani-American cab driver in Chicago has been sentenced to seven-and-half-years in prison on charges of providing financial assistance to al Qaida. Raja Lahrasib Khan had given money to al Qaida operative Illyas Kashmiri for terror attacks in India. Khan’s prison term will be followed by lifetime supervised release.

Leopard hunt

Kotdwara (PTI): The Garhwal forest division has constituted a search team to trace two leopards reportedly injured during a forest fire in Uttarakhand’s Diva range. Forest range officer Rajneesh Lohani said the team on Friday visited the area where the animals were last spotted by villagers but could not locate them.

Bribe cuffs

Srinagar (PTI): A revenue official has been arrested in Kashmir’s Bandipora district by the vigilance department for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000. Manzoor Ahmed Awan was caught red-handed while demanding the bribe for issuance of revenue extracts, an official said.