Daily Archives: February 2, 2013

In Indian Madhya Pradesh it’s all female dons

In MP, iT’s fierce female dons who run the underworld

Manjari Mishra, TNN Jan 29, 2013, 06.27AM IST

JABALPUR: No more confined to petty offences, women from Madhya Pradesh now graduate to play lead roles in local crime world. From heading illicit breweries, bootlegging, human trafficking, money lending racket to robbing a bank, their performances, police officers, admit rivals if not better men’s.

This month alone, Mahakaushal region has seen two externment orders against two female dons. Anusuyia, 38, kingpin of illicit liquor has been forbidden to enter Jabalpur and adjoining districts after she was hauled up 19th time before the court for the same offence. Undaunted, the woman is convinced that “tadipar” order will only establish her more firmly in the male dominated business. Anusuyia is closely followed by Santoshi Bai. The latter was externed from Chhatarpur for one year after she was found to be heading an inter-state human trafficking racket, and like Anusuyia, Santoshi is also, according to the records, a habitual offender.

Externment of women, not so long ago, was something unheard of and is still something very rare, says inspector general (IG) Sagar Pankaj Shrivastava. However, their extensive criminal records, he says, leaves little choice with authorities.

Sampurna Laxmi’s name spells terror among Ranjhi labourers and daily wagers. Running a money lending racket for last 10 years Laxmi, was known to manhandle and brutally assault her defaulting creditors but none had the courage to lodge a police complaint, she finally was trounced, again, by a woman creditor, says Jabalpur superintendent of police (SP) Harinarain Chari Mishra.

Alice Phillips had borrowed Rs 16,000 and had already paid back 35,000 and was being harassed by Laxmi to cough up another 10,000. After Laxmi threatened to blow up her home and kidnap her children, Alice filed an FIR and got her tormentor arrested. But Mishra is not expecting any miracles. “A true hardened criminal she appeared far from being remorseful and would like to regain lost ground once out of jail,” he says.

List of these hardcore professionals runs long. Shabina Bi from Gohalpur has 18 cases of assault, forcibly entering the house, destruction of property, stabbing and three cases under section 3/5 of explosive act (lobbing bombs) against her. While, Baby Kuchbandia with 39 cases of assault (chaakubazi) battery, rioting, affray and house trespass while Lakhi Burman, Jhunia Bai, Sundaria Bai and at least a dozen more who have more than 12 cases to their names and are absconding.

In Rajgarh, Shajapur and Guna belt, women criminals easily outnumber men claimed, Shrivastava. IG also recounted a recent case in Ajaygarh, Panna where a young woman has been caught on camera trying to force open an ATM with the help of a gas cutter. After a police patrol vehicle approached the ATM the gang beat a hasty retreat but not before third image was captured. The photograph is circulated and hunt is on for the female suspect.



Twitter got hacked !! That’s sad ! But why drag china in that news ? Is this innuendo ? Or plain bad reporting ?

Twitter says hackers compromise 250K accounts

Twitter says hackers gain access to 250,000 user accounts in latest cyber security breach

By Terry Collins, Associated Press | Associated Press –

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The social media giant Twitter acknowledged that it has become the latest victim in a number of cyber-attacks against media companies, saying hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

The company said a blog post on Friday it detected attempts to gain access to its user data earlier in the week. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

But Twitter discovered that the attackers may have stolen user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to 250,000 users they describe as ‘a very small percentage of our users.”

Nonetheless, the company reset the pilfered passwords and sent emails advising the affected users.

The online attack comes on the heels of recent hacks into the computer systems of U.S. media and technology companies, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Both American newspapers reported this week that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers, likely to monitor media coverage the Chinese government deems important.

China has been accused of mounting a widespread, aggressive cyber-spying campaign for several years, trying to steal classified information and corporate secrets and to intimidate critics. The Chinese foreign ministry could not be reached for comment Saturday, but the Chinese government has said those accusations are baseless and that China itself is a victim of cyber-attacks.

“Chinese law forbids hacking and any other actions that damage Internet security,” the Chinese Defense Ministry recently said. “The Chinese military has never supported any hacking activities.”
Although Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security said in the blog that the attack “was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident.”

“The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” Lord said. “For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”

One expert said that the Twitter hack probably happened after an employee’s home or work computer was compromised through vulnerabilities in Java, a commonly used computing language whose weaknesses have been well publicized.

Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy and security researcher, said such a move would give attackers “a toehold” in Twitter’s internal network, potentially allowing them either to sniff out user information as it traveled across the company’s system or break into specific areas, such as the authentication servers that process users’ passwords.

In a telephone interview Friday, Soltani said that the relatively small number of users affected suggested either that attackers weren’t on the network long or that they were only able to compromise a subset of the company’s servers.

Twitter is generally used to broadcast messages to the public, so the hacking might not immediately have yielded any important secrets. But the stolen credentials could be used to eavesdrop on private messages or track which Internet address a user is posting from.

That might be useful, for example, for an authoritarian regime trying to keep tabs on a journalist’s movements.

“More realistically, someone could use that as an entry point into another service,” Soltani said, noting that since few people bother using different passwords for different services, a password stolen from Twitter might be just as handy for reading a journalist’s emails.


AP reporters Raphael Satter in London and Didi Tang in Beijing contributed to this report.

Man kills estranged wife, when she was going to court to attend a hearing in a dowry case against him & kidnaps son in Punjab

Man kills estranged wife, when she was going to court to attend a hearing in a dowry case against him & kidnaps son in Punjab


Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 22:27

Amritsar: A man allegedly shot dead his estranged wife when she was going to court to attend a hearing in a dowry case against him and abducted their son from the spot, police said.

According to the police, accused Parkash Singh shot dead his wife Ranjit Kaur from point blank range.

The duo were married since 2005 but Ranjit was staying with her parents along with their son, police said, adding that she had filed a dowry case against Singh for which hearing was scheduled for today.

SSP Amritsar (Rural) Preetpal Singh Virk said that that accused Parkash Singh after killing his estranged wife, abducted their son and fled from the spot.

Police has registered a case under IPC sections 302(Murder)and 364 (Kidnapping) against the accused.

Various police teams have been dispatched to nab the accused, the SSP said.