Accused in Rozer killing case remanded to judicial custody and sent to jail

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IMPHAL, March 25: The five accused including the son of YAS & IFCD minister, N Biren, involved in the killing of Irom Roger, have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days today by the duty magistrate Imphal West.

The four accused was produced before the duty magistrate this evening by the Lamphel Police.

It may be recalled that on March 20 at around 2 pm Irom Roger was shot at by N. Ajay Meitei between Malom and Ghari killing the victim on the spot.

During the time of the incident 21 years old Irom Roger Singh was traveling with four of his associates towards Imphal Airport along Teddim road on a Hyundai I-20 car while the accused Ajay Meitei was also traveling along with four of his friend on a black colour Bolero bearing registration number.

The other accused are identified as one Thongam Anilkumar alias Dhurba Singh, 27, s/o late Th Ashokumar Singh of Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai, Bachaspatimayum Roshnikumar Sharma, 29, s/o B Rajbihari Sharama of Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal, Puyam Sidhartha Singh, 26, s/o P Biren Singh of Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai and Soram Raj Singh, 27 s/o S Nabakumar Singh of Nagamapal Soram Leikai.

With regards to the incident late Roger’s father had filed a written complaint to the concerned police station.

As per police source N. Ajay and his friends surrendered to SDPO Singjamei Th, Vikramjit Singh, on March 21 besides admitting that the crime was committed by N Ajay with one M-20 pistol registered in his name.

The pistol along with six live ammunitions and Bolero used in the crime was also surrendered.

Aviation official arrested in license scam
NEW DELHI, March 26 (AP): A government aviation official and three other people have been arrested in a widening investigation of corruption in awarding flying licenses to airline pilots, police said Saturday.

The four men were arrested Friday in New Delhi for their involvement with a flying school in the western Indian state of Rajasthan that had issued fake certificates for training flights flown by its students, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.
They include an airline pilot and an official of India`s federal aviation authority, Bhagat said.

The scandal hitting India`s airline sector emerged when a pilot working for a budget airline damaged an Airbus 320 aircraft while landing last month. An examination of her papers showed she had used fake documents to get her pilot license.

Investigations since then have revealed at least one unlicensed flying school, unscrupulous officials, and touts who helped underqualified candidates obtain licenses and jobs flying passenger planes for various airlines.

Among those arrested Friday was Pradeep Kumar, an assistant director of the Director General of Civil Aviation, the country`s aviation watchdog, who was responsible for granting licenses to flying students, police said.

Kumar was being questioned to determine the extent of the fake licensing network, said Ashok Chand, a top police official in New Delhi.

The director general of civil aviation, E.K. Bharat Bhushan, said the records of all 40 flying schools in the country would be checked.

“We will take the strongest possible action if such malpractice becomes known,” Bhushan said.

Indian authorities have arrested four airline pilots with fake certificates in the past two weeks.

On Friday, aviation authorities canceled the licenses of 15 commercial pilots for exaggerating their flying time while training. Officials have been ordered to check the documents of all Indian and foreign airline pilots working in the country.

Investigators found that students who failed final examinations or falsified their hours of flight training were able to obtain fake certificates and aviation licenses.

Since the fraud came to light, angry opposition lawmakers have accused the government of failing to check corruption in issuing pilot licenses. They have demanded that the government crack down on such fraud.

Last week, aviation authorities grounded nine pilots who were operating commercial flights despite being above the stipulated retirement age of 65.

In the last decade, air travel has boomed in India as its economy has grown, leading to the rise of a slew of private airlines and a shortage of experienced pilots.

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