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DISGRACE: 40 cops found travelling in train toilets to avoid penalty for ticketless travel

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

A drive against ticketless travel in trains was launched by railway magistrate, VK Singh. It led to the catching of as many as 40 policemen crouching in train toilets in fear of being caught for travelling without tickets.

As per a TOI report, the surprise check was done on Mahakaushal Express and Chattisgarh Express trains since they are considered to be the most feasible trains to travel between Agra and neighboring district of Mathura.

A team led by the magistrate along with assistant commandant of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and 5 other security personnel imposed a fine on 103 passengers of which 40 were allegedly civil police personnel.  A total of Rs 29,780 was collected as fine, of which Rs 11,990 was collected from the cops.

In what was an embarrassing situation for the unusual suspects, this initiative against ticketless travel has exposed how the keepers of law are indulging in deceitful practices.

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New Australia Bill Gives Police Power to Spy on WhatsApp Messages

The spying powers are limited to only "serious offences" such as preventing terrorism and tackling organised crime in Australia, dailymail.co.uk reported

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New Australia bill gives police power to spy on WhatsApp messages.

Australia is mulling a strict law that gives enforcement agencies power to track messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that offer end-to-end encryption and also to force users to open their smartphones when demanded, a media report said.

The controversial encryption bill comes at a time amid allegations of encrypted platforms facilitating spread of rumours, hate speech and even criminal activities like child trafficking and drugs businesses.

In countries like India messages circulated in WhatsApp have been linked to several lynching cases, forcing the government to ask platform to take suitable preventive action.

But the new Australia bill also raises privacy concerns as under the proposed legislation, the Australian government agencies could compel companies to build spyware.

The proposed laws could force companies to remove electronic protections, assist government agencies in accessing material from a suspect’s device, and in getting technical information such as design specifications to help in an investigation, News.com.au reported on Wednesday.

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Critics have slammed the bill for being broad in scope, vague and potentially damaging to the security of the global digital economy, the report said, adding that a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has been scrutinising the bill.

The laws will help security agencies nab terrorists, child sex offenders and other serious criminals, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter was quoted as saying.

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About 95 per cent of people currently being surveilled by security agencies are using encrypted messages, he added.

The spying powers are limited to only “serious offences” such as preventing terrorism and tackling organised crime in Australia, dailymail.co.uk reported. (IANS)