first_imgBhubaneswar, Feb 18 (PTI) The four SIMI activists who were arrested at Rourkela during a joint operation with Telangana police had local contacts who arranged houses for them on rent and facilitated their stay in Odisha, according to preliminary probe by the state police. The four SIMI activists and mother of one of them, who was also held, meanwhile, refused to take legal aid to fight for them in the court of law, as the Special Task Force under Crime Branch of Odisha Police today began interrogation of the operatives.An eight-member STF team led by Crime Branch IG Arun Kumar Bothra arrived at Rourkela after the local police took the five persons on a seven-day remand.The STF also moved the local court seeking 30 days remand for the five persons as they were involved in a series of crimes in multiple states.”Our people have started interrogation of the five persons at Rourkela. We will like to ascertain their activities in the state and their associates who helped them stay in the state as well as arrange fake documents,” said Crime Branch Special DG B K Sharma.Preliminary investigation have so far shown that the operatives of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had local contacts who arranged houses for them on rent and facilitated their stay in the state, Sharma said. Besides Rourkela, they had also taken shelter in Bhadrak district for some time.”We would also like to ascertain which crime they were involved in and what were their plans in the state. The police from different states like Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh are likely to interrogate the five persons who took shelter in Rourkela,” Sharma said.advertisementSharma said the STF would like to share information with other state police.”We believe, joint interrogation will help to reveal more facts,” he said, adding IG Arun Bothra has already been camping at Rourkela to oversee the interrogation of the five persons.Director General of Odisha Police B K Singh said the personnel from NIA and IB may also interrogate them.The four operatives who had escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh in 2013 were arrested from Rourkela yesterday following an exchange of fire with security personnel. The mother of one of the operatives was also arrested along with the four.The four arrested men have been identified as Mohammad Aijajudden, Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussein and Mahboob Guddu. Additional Public Prosecutor Satya Sharma, who was appearing for the government in the case, said the operatives and mother of one of them refused to take legal aid to fight for them in the court of law. “They turned down legal help,” he said. PTI AAM CR SRY GSN GSNlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAutograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent hotels, has welcomed four one-of-a-kind properties to its global portfolio, in the Florida Keys, New Orleans, Michigan and The Netherlands. Launched in 2010, Autograph Collection Hotels is a pioneer in the independent hotel space and has grown both aggressively and selectively from less than five hotels in 2010 to over 95 hotels today, making it not only Marriott International’s fastest growing brand, but one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the industry.The Collection’s latest additions include:The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection (Key West, Florida)Located on famous Duval Street just blocks from Mallory Square’s famed daily Key West Sunset Celebration, The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection provides the ultimate luxury destination to enjoy the island’s renowned festivals and water sport offerings. The one-of-a-kind, 36-room property, boasts a spontaneous, eccentric and edgy sophistication for even the most cultured traveller. Guests are met with the brand’s signature “Play Naughty, Sleep Saintly” atmosphere, infused with the laid-back lifestyle and Southern charm of Key West. Following a US$22 million dollar purchase and transformation, the property formerly known as the Southern Cross Hotel was rechristened The Saint Hotel Key West when it reopened in February 2015.Q&C Hotel and Bar, Autograph Collection (New Orleans, LA)The 196-room Q&C Hotel and Bar is ideally located between the French Quarter and the Central Business District in close proximity to all the major tourist attractions. The hotel is over 100 years old and located on the Historic Register. Following a complete renovation in 2014, the hotel now boasts brand-new luxurious modern rooms with Wi-Fi, 47-inch flatscreen TVs with tele-adapt wireless capability, fitness centre, convenient parking and pet-friendly amenities. The lobby has the warmth of a living room and embraces the entire hotel’s unique historic charm. Every dish served at Q&C Hotel and Bar is locally inspired and freshly prepared in the hotel’s open kitchen.Hotel Nassau Breda, Autograph Collection (Breda, The Netherlands)In the heart of the vibrant city of Breda, the Hotel Nassau Breda, which opened on 26 May 2016, redefines the Breda hotel market. The hotel is the perfect combination of rich history and contemporary comfort and luxury. On one of the oldest streets in the city centre, Three Court Houses, a convent and a beautiful chapel have been converted into a hotel with 95 rooms, several meeting spaces and a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant serves excellent dishes centring on a “Mad for food” philosophy.The Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection (Bay Harbor, Michigan)The stately Inn at Bay Harbor is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, where broad vistas form the background for some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. Calming hues and nautically-inspired patterns, textures and art provide a relaxing state of mind while enjoying the comforts of the hotel’s 123 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living areas with Travertine stone fireplaces, marble baths, and breathtaking balcony views. The lobby – centred on a spectacular Schonbek chandelier with more than 34,000 gem-cut crystals and nearly 200 lights – has been modernised with a warm ambience to settle in from a day’s travels. Deep blue wingback chairs, rich leathers, marble tabletops, decorative lighting and a cosy fireplace flanked with bookshelves of northern Michigan memorabilia encourages guests to linger. The Inn’s full-service spa and salon provides the ultimate in luxury and pampering with services that evoke rest and restoration. Lakeside dining at its finest is served up in the all-new Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar where guests can indulge, unwind, and soak in refreshing lake breezes in this classic all-American steakhouse.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more