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New Delhi: A small-time builder who also had a criminal record was shot dead in the national capital early on Sunday, police said adding that five members of a gang have been arrested in connection with the murder. Raju Ramakant Rao was riding a motorcycle around 2 a.m. when he was shot in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash area.

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“Raju, a small-time builder, died on the spot after being shot by the assailants who were driving an SUV,” a police official said. Police arrested 37-year-old gangster Deepak Gautam aka Pandit, and four members of his gang Kapil Panwar (21), Shanker (28), Shan Mohammad aka Shanu (23), and Birender aka Bindu (34) in connection with the murder.

Panwar is a resident of Deoli, Shan and Birender of south Delhi’s Tigri Colony, while main accused Deepak and Shanker are residents of Sangam Vihar, police said. According to police, Deepak was wanted in many cases of murder and attempt to murder in the city. Police seized four locally-made pistols with 22 cartridges and three mobile phones from their possession, as well as the SUV used in the crime. “Deceased Rao also had a criminal record and was involved in various cases registered at Ambedkar Nagar, Okhla and Sangam Vihar police stations,” an official said. “This incident took place as a consequence of long-standing rivalry. All the accused arrested in this case are notorious criminals,” he said.


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Deepa Mehta’s film rapped by Canadian police for glamourising gangsters’ lifestyle


Toronto: The Canadian police have criticised the glamourisation of local gang-lifestyle in Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s new movie ‘Beeba Boys’, a media report said.

Sergeant Lindsey Houghton from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia and Abbotsford Police spokesperson constable Ian MacDonald were invited to a special screening of the movie in Vancouver recently.

After watching the movie, their reaction was that it gives a wrong impression about the realities of the gang-lifestyle in the region and were worried about the negative effect it could have on Indo-Canadian youth, Voice Online reported on Friday.

“It is not all money and cars and drugs all the time and going out and partying. It is paranoia, it is fear, it is constantly looking over your shoulder for your friends, your enemies, for the police,” Houghton was quoted as saying.

Houghton said that his concern is about the over-glorification of the gang lifestyle.

“My concern is that the South Asian community has worked unbelievably hard over the last decade and been so proactive to try and fight these stereotypes and we have worked very hard along with them to try and help them with that and vice versa. And my concern is that a movie like this will set those efforts back,” he added.

According to Houghton, perhaps Mehta did not want to have an accurate portrayal as a movie maker because “sometimes telling the truth or showing the truth might not sell.”

Houghton also decried the use of the kirpan (a short sword or knife worn by religious Sikhs) in one of the scenes to cut a guy’s throat.

MacDonald, however, said the movie was watchable and was properly edited.

“The issues that I have are with the content and regrettably I was struggling to find any positive South Asian characters in the movie. I thought there were a lot of potentials for the film that just were not realised.”

“[The movie] is not a very accurate portrayal of what it is to be a gangster. They missed a lot of the loneliness, the inherent boredom and fear, and the fact that many times and in almost every environment (the gangsters) are basically social pariahs,” MacDonald pointed out.

Houghton and MacDonald have provided a wealth of expert analysis on gangs over the past years.

The movie will be released across Canada on October 16.