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Kamala Mills Fire: Cops say no, but patrons say there were hookahs

Just two days prior to the deadly fire that broke out at the 1Above pub and restaurant in Kamala mills, killing 14 and injuring many more, the NM Joshi Marg police had taken action against 1Above for operating beyond the permissible time limit of 1:30 am.However, they have repeatedly turned a blind eye to the other violations at the pub such as hookah being served illegally, and loudspeakers being used on the rooftop. The police claimed that no hookah was being served at any restaurant in the complex.According to the police, the pubs and restaurants at the Kamala mills are a constant headache for them and they have raided several places in the compound where hookah was being served illegally. The police claimed that they regularly keep watch on these establishments and would fine them for violations.”On Thursday we had taken action against the 1above for flouting the time limit of running restaurant under the Maharashtra Police Act, Rs 12.500 fine was imposed on them. This is not the first time that the restaurant has flouted the permissible time limit. In this week this was the second action,” said a police officer from NM Joshi Marg police station.Dr. Sulbha Arora who had visited the 1above on Thursday confirmed to this paper that hookah was being served at 1 Above.When asked a senior police officer they denied that hookah was being served at any of the places, However, people who visited the place admitted that there was a hookah and many hookah pots and pipes were found at both the restaurants.”We visited Mojos on Friday night and hookahs were being served. We too had it,” said Khubchandani who visited the pub along with her friends for a birthday party.

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2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai

A Romanian couple has been nabbed from Delhi in connection with the debit card skimming case in which almost 100 people who used an ATM in Mumbai’s central suburb of Mulund lost money from their accounts which collectively amounted to Rs 38 lakh.According to the Navghar police, they had earlier nabbed two local men who were instrumental in providing logistical support to the foreigners who skimmed cards at the ATM and withdrew money in Delhi.ATM skimming involves thieves using hidden electronics to steal personal information stored on cards. Think of it as identity theft of debit cards.The police said the accused foreign nationals came to the country on a tourist visa from Romania and had installed a skimmer — a thrice in the ATM in Mulund. After copying card data, they started withdrawing money from ATMs in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.”We got our first lead when we got CCTV footage of the foreigners along with the two locals. We apprehended the latter. During their interrogation, they pointed us to the foreigners. We tracked the foreigners using their phones, and our team in Delhi nabbed them. We have also got CCTV footage of the time when they are withdrawing money,” said a police officer”The two locals were also involved in a similar case in Kurla two years ago in which three Romanian nationals were arrested,” he added.The police got in touch with the Romanian embassy in New Delhi, seeking details of the recently nabbed couple’s passports.As many as 100people who used an ATM in Mulund were in for a shock when they got text messages saying money had been withdrawn using their cards, even when the cards were in their possession. The victims had approached Navghar police station and lodged a case.The accused couple will be brought to the city on Friday. This is the second instance in two weeks where Romanian nationals were found to have been instrumental in committing cyber fraud.Last Friday, the Pune police nabbed three Romanian nationals for allegedly cloning ATM cards and withdrawing money to the tune of Rs 28 lakh from over 100 bank accounts after stealing details of more than 1,000 cards. They had also used skimmers.Earlier, the Mumbai police had arrested a Bulgarian national involved in skimming and cloning the cards.

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Seizure of party drugs rises sevenfold this year

There has been a sevenfold rise in drug seizures in 2017 compared to last year. The data revealed by the Mumbai police’s Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) shows that the value of the party drugs seized in 2017 is roughly seven times that of the value of those seized in 2016.Data suggests that while drugs worth Rs 1.86 crore were seized in the entire year in 2016, drugs worth Rs 12.50 crore have been seized this year 2017 till December 15.More notable is the seizure and demand of high-profile party drugs like heroin and LSD, which are imported through the darknet using bitcoins, said police.The LSD haul has increased from 116 dot papers last year to 1,615 this year, while that of heroin has risen from 1 kg to 2.14 kg, which is worth almost Rs 3 crore.The ANC said that due to their sustained action on MDMA manufacturing units, which is the source of the supply of party drug M-Kat, the latter’s availability in the market has taken a hit.However, the demand for other party drugs started increasing and more heroin and LSD found its way into the city.”MD had replaced high-profile drugs like cocaine and heroin as it is manufactured in India itself and has a huge demand in the local market. But since the crackdown on its manufacturing units, other drugs’ supply started increasing. The origin of these drugs is out of India. For drugs like LSD, the suppliers use Darknet, which is alarming because all transactions take place in the virtual space using bitcoins,” said a senior police officer.MD, which is a component of the M-Kat, also known as meow-meow and mephedrone, is usually in high demand considering its easy availability and cheaper rate. In the year 2017, MD peddling saw a sharp rise, increasing from 3 kg to 33 kg (worth Rs 6.6 crore).”The increase in seizures is owed to sustained action against drug syndicates operating in the city.There is a change in the trend of drug supply after our crackdown on MD suppliers and manufacturers. We are continuously cracking the whip on drug peddlers and targeting suppliers,” said Shivdeep Lande, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC).

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Doc of private hospital misappropriates funds, held

The Bhoiwada police have registered a cheating case against a doctor of a private hospital and two others for allegedly misappropriating funds related to providing security guards to Tata Memorial Hospital at Parel.According to the police, a firm of three partners called Rapid Guard Security Force had bagged the contract for providing security to Tata Memorial Hospital through connivance with the doctor working in the said hospital.The police alleged that the doctor had taken money from the partners for giving them the contract, however, later two of the three partners with the help of doctor duped the third partner, who was also the investor in the said firm.The complainant in the case, Qaisar Khan had invested in the firm and had signed partnership deal with the two accused. However, later the doctor started transferring payments to the different bank account instead of the partnership bank account to cheat Khan.After the accused persons did not give Khan his share, he approached the police. “We have registered a case of cheating against the doctor and other two partners of Khan. The doctor was asked to resign from the job by the hospital authorities after he was found giving illegitimate favors for allotting contract to the security agency. The alleged scam is between Rs 75 lakhs to Rs 1 crore,” said a senior police officer.Swami Mhatre, spokesperson of Tata Memorial Hospital, refused to comment when contacted.

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Man makes girlfriend’s nude pics

The MRA Marg police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly made his ex-girlfriend’s vulgar photos viral after the woman refused to marry him.The accused identified as Niteen Varma, 34, stole his girlfriend’s photos from her Facebook account. He morphed the photos and made them go viral on social media, using a fake Facebook profile.According to the police, a 28-year-old woman who was working at a clinic in south Mumbai met a man at the clinic recently and both fell in love. The accused had told the woman that he is from a rich family background, who run a jewellery business. However, the victim recently discovered that Varma is unemployed and had lied to her. She immediately broke up and stopped communicating. Infuriated, the accused downloaded her photos from her Facebook account and uploaded vulgar morphed photos. “The incident came to light after the woman received a call from her friends and relatives informing her about the photos. She lodged the complaint,” said police.

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Man arrested for making hoax call to NIA about chemical attack during Gujarat assembly election

A case has been registered under section 505 and 182 of Indian Penal Code.”

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Mumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunition

In a major embarrassment to the Mumbai police, ammunition from the artillery of Local Arms (LA) Unit 3, was stolen on Saturday by a suspended police constable, allegedly with the help of four other on-duty constables from the unit. Fortunately, it was recovered within an hour.The process for the suspension of the four police constables has been initiated and a report is being prepared by a senior police officer, sources from the department told DNA.Sixty bullets were stolen from LA unit 3, situated at Worli police headquarters. All the ammunition and other items needed for police bandobast are kept in the storeroom of the unit. The four policemen were deployed there for security.According to sources, at around 8 pm on Saturday, the suspended constable was chatting with the four cops on duty. He suddenly picked up a belt of cartridges and walked away with it inside a carry bag.While he was going outside, a policeman spotted him and immediately informed senior officers.A wireless message was immediately sent to all policemen in the city to track him down and recover the cartridges and, a dog squad was also deployed. Within an hour, the constable was traced to Dadar and the ammunition was restored to the Worli unit.Though Dadar and Worli police were informed, no complaint was registered with them and neither did the Worli police initiate an FIR in the matter. “The ammunition was recovered safely, hence the senior police officers decided not to register an FIR,” said a police officer.”No offence has been registered yet,” said S Jaikumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region), adding, “But an inquiry has been initiated against the policemen. Soon, action will be taken against all of them. The on-duty policemen did not do follow their duty by acting swiftly.”A senior police officer confirmed that the four constables will be suspended.

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Cops seize drugs worth Rs 14.5 lakhs

A day after the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police arrested a high-profile drug peddler for allegedly possessing party drugs like cocaine and Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), the police suspect that the accused might have used Darknet for procuring these drugs. The police have also identified a Nigerian peddler’s link in a supply chain of drugs.According to police sources said, LSD is supplied through European countries only and often the peddlers order a particular drug through darknet to evade arrests. Bitcoins, a cryptocurrency, is usually used to buy drugs through darknet, sources said.The police arrested Bakul Chanderia (42) from his Khar flat on Saturday and seized party drugs worth Rs 14.5 lakh.The police said that Chanderia, who is known to several Bollywood celebrities would allegedly secretly supply party drugs to struggling actors and models at posh nightclubs, and operate the racket from his house. The police raided his house and found 106 gm of cocaine.

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Wife rejects triple talaq, husband clicks nude pics

The A 25-year-old woman has lodged a complaint in Nagpada police station against her husband claiming that he has clicked nude photos of her and threatened to make her videos and let them go viral if she did not give him a divorce. According to the complaint filed by the woman, the couple was married in 2013. The woman claimed that her husband wants a divorce from her, and for the past one year, he harassed and assaulted her over petty issues. The complainant claims that her husband could not give triple talaq as she refused it. He became more violent and used to beat her mercilessly. While beating her, the man stripped her and clicked her nude pictures. He further blackmailed her to give divorce legally or threatened to make the photos viral on social media. The woman then immediately left the place and went to her parents’ residence in Agripada and narrated the whole incident. “We have registered a case and the matter is being probed. The husband had threatened to make the photos viral however he did not do that. We will arrest the accused after verifying all the claims made by the complainant,” said a police officer from Nagpada police station.

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Nagpada social worker abused on Facebook

The Nagpada police are on the lookout for an unknown person who harassed a Nagpada-based female social worker on a social media site by sending her obscene videos and photos. According to the police, the stalker whose profile name was ‘Shoaib’ befriended a woman on Facebook and started chatting with her. The police said, the accused also managed to get her mobile number and send her lewd messages, and forced her to talk with him. Initially, the victim warned the accused, however, the accused continued harassing. He also sent obscene video clips and pictures. The police claimed that this continued for a week following which the woman approached the police and lodged a complaint. “We have registered a case and are probing the matter further. The accused seems to be knowing her as he had managed to get her mobile number and had also called her once,” said a police officer from Nagpada police station. The police have registered a case under section 354 (molestation) of Indian Penal Code and 67 D(sexual harassment) of Information Technology Act.

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2 women dupe man of Rs 2.25 L

A Mumbai-based businessman approached the Bangur Nagar police claiming that he had been duped of Rs 2.25 lakh by two women under the pretext of exchanging US dollars at a cheap rate. The victim claimed that the women instead of giving him US dollars duped the victim by giving him newspaper scrap.According to the victim, Hanif Shaikh, he met a woman near Malad West who showed him a $20 currency note and asked him to help her convert it to Indian Rupees as she didn’t understand what exactly it was. Thinking that the woman is genuine, Shaikh got the note converted returned the money to her. The woman told Shaikh that she was working at an international citizen’s house who gave her few household items in which she got 1,335 of such notes. The woman offered to give all the notes to Shaikh which amounted to around Rs 18 lakh and asked him to pay Rs 3 lakh in return.However, after exchanging the notes for Rs 2.25 lakh, he found that there were newspapers cuttings in the shape of notes instead of US dollars.”I had checked all the notes before taking it from them but I don’t know how did they tricked and exchanged original with a duplicate bundle. She cheated me stating that she cannot deposit it in the bank as she does not have a bank account and hence she cannot get it converted. Later I learnt that it’s a gang who trick people with same modus operandi,” said Shaikh.

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Thief turns extortionist, demands Rs 10K

A 28-year-old Mumbai-based man, whose laptop bag was stolen while he was sleeping on a train, is now being blackmailed by the thief who is demanding money in return for the bag.The thief is abusing the victim via text messages and threatening him to pay the money via Paytm or else he will burn all his valuables.According to the victim, Dhagesh Desai, he was returning to Mumbai from Indore in Avantika Express on December 4. Desai claimed that his bag was missing when he woke up in the morning.He immediately lodged a complaint with Borivili Government Railway Police. However, the next day he received a call from an unknown number.The caller told him that he had stolen the bag and if Desai wants it back, he will have to pay Rs 10,000 immediately failing which he will destroy all his documents.”He then started sending me messages on WhatsApp and threatened me that if within 10 minutes I did not pay the money then he will destroy everything. The bag contained my laptop, my wallet and other important office documents,” Desai told DNA.”I am wondering what kind of security the railway is providing in the coaches. There were few more passengers on the train who lost their mobile phones and other valuables. Is been 5 days that the FIR has been lodged but the police have not done anything,” he added

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Minor actress molesation case: Accused arrested by Sahar Police in Mumbai

The Sahar police on Sunday evening held the passenger who allegedly molested a 17-year-old actor on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday night. The accused has been identified as Vikas Sachadev (39).”We have arrested the accused and our further probe is on. We are checking if there is any CCTV footage in the flight,” said Anil Kumbhare, Deputy Commissioner of police, Zone 8.A minor actor had alleged she was molested by a co-passenger on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight, prompting the Maharashtra State Commission for Women to seek an inquiry into the “shameful” incident. The airline also apologised to her for the incident and said it was carrying out a probe into it, while asserting that it has “zero tolerance” for such behaviour.The minor actor said she was on a Vistara flight last night from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put up his feet on her armrest.”So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it…,” she said.

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Cyber crime conviction rate in Maharashtra touches alarming level

In a bid to increase detection and conviction rate of cyber crimes in the state and the city, the Mumbai police have organised five days cyber crime training workshop for policemen and have setup a specialsed cyber crime investigation units at each police station in Mumbai. According to the statistics provided by Maharashtra Police, the state Police has an extremely poor conviction as well as detection rate in Cyber-Crime cases. Statistics shows that since 2012, on an average, almost 80 % of the cases results in acquittal of accused. The poor conviction rate only raises questions over the investigation techniques adopted and evidences gathered by the police department in probing Cyber-Crime cases.From 2012 till June 2017, trial in 184 cyber-crime cases got completed, of which there were convictions in 34 cases and acquittals in 150 cases, statistics revealed.Also readBaba Ramdev’s Patanjali to step into solar power business, will invest Rs 100 croreAccording to the statistics, the detection rate of Cyber Crime cases is only 31% in last five-and-a-half years. Out of 10,419 cases registered under Information Technology Act along with Indian Penal Code and Special law cases, since year 2012 till June 2017, only 3167 cases have been detected.While registration of Cyber-Crime cases have increased from 900 cases in 2012 to 2417 in year 2016, the detection rate has fallen from 33.3 percent in 2012 to 23.07 in the year 2016.Also readAirAsia tickets in Rs 999: deal details you need to knowAlso the pendency of Cyber-Crime cases in court is on the higher side. As per the statistics, 10,235 Cyber-Crime cases are still pending in the court. Cyber experts and cyber criminal lawyers said that lack of proper training and poor investigation skills leads to poor conviction rate and detection rate. “Electronic evidence requires to be collected and processed expeditiously and in a manner which stands the test of trial. Inordinate delay in either collection or forensic analyses will adversely affect the legality and proving of such evidence. The forensic cyber lab in Mumbai is grossly over worked and hence forensic analysis and reports are much delayed in many cases. In addition, delays in registration of cases and in investigations by the police irreparably harm effective decisions in cases,” said N. S. Nappinai, advocate and author specialising in cyber laws.Also readPaytm ka ATM is here! Firm plans to invest Rs 3000 crore over next 3 years to expand offline distribution network”Sometimes complainants also delay filing of complaints – this may be due to either confusion with respect to rights available with them or lack of confidence in the system. That the number of cases filed does not reflect the actual cyber-crimes committed is probably a reflection of this! Each of the above may be contributory factors resulting in the abysmally low convictions,” Nappinai added. “Since police is unable to gather sufficient evidences in such cases, it results in poor conviction. There is a need for special cyber-crime courts to fast track the cases. Also the quality of training should be upgraded. There is load on forensic lab too and report is delayed there. Even citizens should be aware and beware from being a cyber crime victim,” said Ritesh Bhatia, cyber security expert.”We conduct regular training sessions for police on cyber-crimes. The reason behind the less detection is that most of the crimes occur overseas or from the other cities and states due to which it becomes difficult to trace the culprits. Other technical factors too results in delayed probe,” said a senior IPS officer.Following the low rates the city police has setup the cyber crime investigation unit has been established at each police station in #Mumbai. Will consist of a seven member team. Five day training session started from Monday.”One inspector, two assistant inspectors.or sub inspectors and three to four constables selected for forming cyber crime units at each police station.we are also appealing citizens to come to police stations and register their complaints if they have become a victim of cyber crime,” said Deepak Devraj, Mumbai police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police.
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Seeking loan for daughter’s wedding, man falls prey to fraud

The Wadala TT police are probing a case of online fraud wherein a fraudster duped a 46-year-old man of Rs 1.10 lakh on the pretext of sanctioning a bank loan.According to the police, the victim, Ashok Gupta, received a call from an individual who identified himself as Avinash Singh and posed as a bank official offering a loan proposal.When Gupta said he was in need of a loan for his daughter’s wedding, Singh diverted his call to a ‘senior’ who then asked Gupta about his personal details such as profession, income and residence. Gupta then received a call telling him that a loan of Rs 10 lakh had been sanctioned for him, and that to receive the money in his bank account, he would have to email scans of his documents including debit and Aadhar card.”Within an hour of sending the documents, the victim received text alerts from his bank that informed him of 11 transactions worth Rs 1.10 lakh,” said a police officer. “During our initial probe we found that the money was transferred to Malaysian websites,” said another police officer. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.
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Mumbai: Body of infant found dumped in garbage bin, murder case registered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MRA marg police have registered a case of murder against unidentified persons, after a body of a newborn girl was found dumped at the garbage bin at Ballard pier in South Mumbai on Sunday late night.The police believes following an unwanted pregnancy, parents may have killed the infant. According to MRA Marg police, a body of a day old baby was found by a sweeper dumped at garbage bin at Ballard pier on Sunday late night. The police said the baby was wrapped in a plastic bag and a handkerchief was stuffed in her mouth. The baby was immediately rushed to St. George hospital at CST, where doctors declared her dead. After the postmortem, the police found that the baby was a day old and was physically healthy.”The postmortem report indicated that she was choked to death and there were bruises on her neck. As her umbilical cord was not cut, we suspect that her delivery was not done in a hospital. We have registered a case of murder and suspect that the she may have been killed by her parents due to unwanted pregnancy. We have found CCTV footage of the area and are in the process of scrutinising it,”said a police officer from MRA Marg police station.”We have sent the handkerchief to Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory,”he added

Mumbai: Three women killed, one injured after hit by train in Malad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three women were killed and one got seriously injured after they were hit by a train on Saturday afternoon in Mumbai.The incident took place around noon in Malad when the women were crossing a railway track between Goregaon railway station.The police said the women were working with railways on a contractual basis and they were going to Malad station after the completion of their work.All of them were rushed to the hospital, however, three women were declared dead upon arrival and one was hospitalised. “Four women were run-over by the train in which three have died and one of them have sustained severe injury,” said Purushottam Karad, Deputy commissioner of police, Government railway police (WR).

Traffic police under stress, they need sensitisation training

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Commission for Woman (MSCW) will be approaching the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) for discussions on the sensitisation programmes to be conducted for policemen in the state.Against the backdrop of the recent incident in Malad, wherein a car was towed away by the traffic police while a woman was breastfeeding her 7-month-old child inside it, the MSCW is going to have discussions on the sensitisation and training programmes planned for the policemen in the meeting with DGP Satish Mathur.The Mumbai traffic police department is preparing to deal with the Malad incident-like situations in the future and brainstorming on what measures could be taken to ensure that traffic policemen on the road do not behave in a callous manner with citizens, especially women.After the incident in Malad, though instructions were given to all the traffic senior police officers to brief their staff on how to behave with citizens and how to deal with women and minors, the Commission believes that not only in Mumbai but the sensitisation programme is needed for all policemen across the state.”The police needs to be sensitised on a regular basis, in past meetings with DGP too we had discussed this issue. Now after this incident of Malad, we will be again requesting the Maharashtra DG to start the programme. The police should be sensitive while interacting with women and minors. To conduct the training and sensitisation programmes, the commission will extend its support. The policemen in the state are under tremendous pressure and stress, hence they are in need of such sessions,” said the Commission’s Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar.A monthly board meeting is conducted by the Commission wherein several issues related to women and minors are discussed. Mathur is also a member of the commission.After the incident at Malad, the Commission had taken the cognisance and had sent a letter to traffic police asking to send them a report on what action has been taken against the policemen and what had triggered the argument.While the police said that if needed, experts would be roped in to impart training to traffic policemen. It would be a regular training session.’Personnel to be age, gender sensitised’Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar talks about the sensitisation programmes planned for personnel from Mumbai’s traffic police department.What efforts are being taken for the sensitisation of traffic policemen?We were already conducting training programmes for all the policemen in the department. Continuing with that, we will gradually add more important aspects.What will the programme focus on?The policemen will be taught how to interact professionally with citizens and tackle difficult situations. They will also be given gender and age sensitisation training. A standard operating procedure will be set up to deal with conflict situations.Are any more efforts being made to reduce human intervention in traffic policing?Efforts are being taken to reduce human intervention. We have already taken many initiatives.

Traffic cops afraid to use pricey chest-mounted cams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a pilot project, the Mumbai Traffic Police in July this year introduced chest-mounted cameras for its personnel to record traffic violators as well as their conversations with motorists.The police acquired two cameras which were given to the Dadar and Worli traffic police divisions, with a plan to buy 100 more. However, four months on, the project has found itself on the back-burner and no decision has been taken on the procurement of these cameras.The chest-mounted cameras can record video footage for almost eight hours and one of its salient features is that the footage cannot be edited as it features details such as a watermark, date and time. According to the police, the cameras are capable of recording both video and audio, and were meant to be used during the altercation or while controlling traffic, which can then be used as evidence.However, during the project’s pilot phase, the department found that the policemen were scared to use the camera as it is very costly. “The cameras are very useful but costly as well. Hence the policemen are afraid of using it.Earlier, a few e-challan machines were misplaced by policemen and they had to pay for it from their own pocket. This body-mounted camera is worth Rs 1.5 lakh and policemen fear that if it is damaged or lost then they would have to shell out the money from their own pocket,” said a police officer from Dadar Traffic police division. He added, “It’s proved to be very useful as it could be seen by motorists reduced conflicts. We need more such cameras.”

Big brother watched on: A look at traffic police’s initiatives that have failed to live up to expectations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In October 2016, amid much fanfare, the Mumbai traffic police announced that they would be introducing an e-challan system to replace the archaic pavti (receipt) system. The ambitious plan aimed to make the traffic police force go cashless so that they don’t have to physically collect fines from motorists on the streets.While the move was touted as an image makeover for the traffic police, another intended advantage of adopting the system was to end the corruption prevailing in the department and bring down police-citizen conflicts.The decision was welcomed by Mumbaikars who assumed it would negate ‘harassment’ from traffic policemen, and make paying fines a less time-consuming and hassle-free process.From road to appThe Mumbai Traffic Police even introduced an app, and appealed citizens to enter their vehicle, residential and contact details on the app, which could be used to prepare a full-fledged database.The traffic police officials had also physically sought these details from motorists during sustained drives carried out in the city.They also contacted the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to share their vehicle registration database with the Mumbai Traffic Police.CCTV watching youIn a phase-wise manner, a CCTV network was installed across the city, under an ambitious project of the state government. The use of these cameras was not only to monitor the city’s law and order situation, but its feeds were also tapped into by the Mumbai Traffic Police to monitor traffic on a real-time basis and identify traffic offenders.By 2016, around 4,700 CCTV cameras were installed at strategic locations, junctions, and roads across the city. A team of over 25 policemen, posted in the Mumbai Traffic Police control room, was tasked with monitoring the live feeds of these cameras and identify traffic offenders. Once the offenders were identified, they were intimated via SMS about the e-challan issued against them. The offenders were then expected to login into the Mumbai Traffic Police app and make the fine payment. The app also provided offenders with an image, captured by the CCTV at the time of the traffic violation, to be used as evidence.PLANNED TO GO DIGITAL, WENT BACK TO SQUARE ONEWhen the plan was initially rolled out, the Mumbai Traffic Police had instructed its men to not insist that motorists pay the fines at the time of getting caught violating the rules. Instead, the officials were advised to issue an e-challan against them. Later, if the offender did not make the payment via the digital route, the department planned to levy interest on the offender’s fine amount.The Mumbai Traffic Police had also stopped seizing licenses of offending motorists after the e-challan system’s introduction.However, within a few months, the department realised that offenders were not paying the fines at all and the total amount of unpaid fines ran into crore of rupees.Failure to get access to the database of all vehicle users was another hindrance in implementing the system effectively. This resulted in not being able to identify and trace offenders in most of the cases.Seeing the entire system crumble due to various flaws and loopholes in its implementation, the officials soon went back to their archaic ways of dealing with motorists. The Mumbai Traffic Police began collecting fines by impounding licenses and forcing motorists to pay the fine on the spot. With this, police-citizen conflicts were back on the roads.NOT ENOUGH MACHINESThe Mumbai Traffic Police provided its personnel with more than 500 e-challan machines to issue challans on the spot, and allow offending motorists to pay the fine using debit or credit cards. However, the number of machines proved to be marginal considering the large-scale crowd that the Mumbai Traffic police deals with across the city.Sushil Joshi, a motorist who recently faced a tough time dealing with a traffic policeman at a nakabandi in Ghatkopar, said, “While they are using e-challan machines at a few places, even now, in several parts, the police asks us to pay in cash. They do not use the e-challan machines despite it being functional, and ask us to pay the fines in cash stating that they do not have swiping machines. Why should we pay in cash when there is a facility of paying through cards?”The traffic police started the e-challan system half-heartedly and handled it casually which is why the effect is not what it should have been. —Ashok Datar, road and traffic expertNAKABANDI NUISANCEAccording to motorists, the biggest issue that has plagued Mumbai’s Traffic Police Department and proved to be the triggering device for police-citizen conflicts is nakabandi. Police officials, however, claim that nakabandi is only carried out on receiving information about criminals plying in the area. In the process, the officials check vehicles and fine motorists if they are found violating Motor Vehicle Act rules.A traffic police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Nakabandi and checks are carried out by both the local and traffic police. It is during these checks that policemen from both departments come across motorists violating traffic rules. The local police is not armed with e-challan machines. This at times leads to conflicts. Whereas traffic police do not accept fines in cash and use e-challan machines.”PAY UP OR ALLOW TOWINGLike the issue of nakabandi, similar issues prevail in the towing system. Since the traffic policemen working in coordination with towing van operators have not been provided e-challan machines, the Mumbai Traffic Police had instructed its men to click pictures of the vehicles violating parking rules, upload them on the Mumbai Traffic Police app and later get e-challans issued against the offenders. However, a lack of e-challan machines led to quarrels between motorists and policemen during instances of towing of vehicles.”Neither can we accept fines in cash nor are we provided e-challan machines. Hence it results in conflicts with citizens. We have no option left but to tow the vehicle, bring it to the traffic police chowky and release it after the fine is paid,” accepted a Mumbai Traffic Police officer.TRAFFIC DEPT NOT TO ASK FOR PUC, INSURANCE DOCUMENTSIn March this year, after receiving several complaints from motorists about the harassment they faced from traffic policemen on the pretext of asking for PUC and insurance documents, the then Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Milind Bharambe, had issued a written order instructing traffic policemen to not stop motorists merely to check their PUC and insurance documents. This was another move aimed at curbing the police-citizen conflicts. According to the traffic police, these documents should be checked by the RTO. However, even this order is being brazenly disobeyed by the traffic police personnel.A motorist and Malad resident, Nitin Jadhav, said, “On Thursday I was stopped at Marol by a policeman who was part of a nakabandi at the spot. He asked me to show my PUC and insurance documents. Since I did not have them with me, he told me that I would have to pay a penalty of Rs 4,000. After a lot of time-consuming negotiation, he agreed on Rs 300 in cash. I was allowed to leave only after making the payment. However, I was given no receipt, neither was I informed about the offence I had violated, under which rule, and the fine’s actual amount.”FINE COLLECTION STATISTICSFROM JAN 2016 TO OCTOBER 201628 lakhNumber of challans issued Rs 24 crFine collection amount FROM NOVEMBER 2016 TO JUNE 201720.1 lakhNumber of challans issued Rs 6.2 crFine collection amount MONTHLY AVERAGE OF OFFENDERS CAUGHT4 lakh47New Automatic Speed Cameras Installed In The City57New High Tech Breathalyzers Procured

Watch: Asked to follow traffic rules, biker slaps traffic constable in Navi Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Navi Mumbai police have arrested a 21-year-old biker for allegedly slapping a on duty traffic constable on Monday near Kopar Khairane. The biker was enraged as the traffic cop asked him to follow traffic rules.The accused has been identified as Danish Shaikh a resident of Navi Mumbai.A video of the incident has been also surfaced wherein Shaikh can be seen parking the vehicle on road, arguing with the cop and hitting him.According to the police, the incident took place on Monday evening when Shaikh came on bike and parked it on a road and was chatting his friend on the road. When traffic constable,Tanaji Patil then asked him to vehicle. The police said Patil asked him to remove the bike as it was creating hurdle in traffic, but Shaikh did not budge and instead started arguing with him. Patil then threatened him with legal action against him when Shaikh got furious and slapped him on his face. “Patil then immediately informed police control room and lodge complaint with us. After registering an FIR we arrested him on Tuesday,” said a police officer from Kopar Khairane police station.

Online bargain lands CISF jawan in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan shared his identification documents online with an unknown person who promised him a discounted iPhone. While the jawan never received his phone despite making a payment, the conman used his documents to dupe other people online. The Vakola police are now on the lookout for the accused.According to police sources, the complainant was lured by an online advertisement that claimed to sell an iPhone at half the price. Posing as a policeman, the accused then asked the jawan to send his scanned documents for identification, along with Rs 25,000 for the phone.”The use of his documents for further online fraud came to light when a police officer from Madhya Pradesh contacted the jawan’s senior officers telling them that the jawan was involved in some cyber fraud. The accused had even secured a SIM card on the jawan’s name,” said an officer from Vakola police station.

Fresh video shows cop asking woman to step out before towing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a traffic constable was suspended for towing a car in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old son, the couple whose car was towed away said they did not want the constable to get suspended, but just wanted the police to realise their mistake and apologise for their insensitive attitude.On Sunday, some fresh videos of the incident were being circulated within police circles, in what appeared to be an attempt to garner support for the suspended constable. In some of these videos, a policeman can be seen trying to reason with Jyoti Mali to get out of the car and sit in the police vehicle so that her car could be towed. Her husband, Jairaj Mali, can be seen having a heated argument with the policeman.However, one of these fresh videos also corroborates the woman’s account and clearly shows the policeman issuing instructions for the car to be towed when she was seated inside with her child.Colleagues of constable Shashank Rane, who got the vehicle towed, defended Rane stating that it was the couple who were rude to the police. They claimed that the police kept requesting the woman to get off the vehicle as it was supposed to be towed, but that she flatly refused to listen.However, the couple has rubbished these claims and have demanded that the police release the full version of the video footage, which will clarify the entire sequence of events.Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Commission for Woman has also taken cognisance of the incident, and the Commission’s Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar has verbally asked Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Amitesh Kumar to submit a report on the incident. “We have sought a report on the incident from the traffic police. There is a need to sensitise the police on how to speak to citizens, especially women,” Rahatkar told DNA. “An inquiry has been ordered and the report will be submitted in a few days,” Kumar said.Recounting the sequence of events, Jairaj Mali told DNA, “I was ill and had gone to a hospital in Malad on Friday with my wife Jyoti and our child. While returning from the hospital, we stopped near a medical shop at SV Road in Malad and as we were going towards the medical store, our child started crying. We then decided to go back inside the car, where Jyoti would breastfeed my son.”He added, “As we turned back, I saw a towing van coming. While I was busy talking to the towing van people who were clamping my car, Jyoti sat inside the car and began breastfeeding our son who was crying a lot. I requested the police to take a fine from us and allow us to leave as I was unwell and my son was continuously crying, but they did not budge and insisted on towing away the vehicle.””Traffic constable Shashank Rane then called few more policemen, who asked Jyoti to come out, but she was ill too. I pleaded with them for almost an hour to let us go and take a fine, but they refused. They were asking Jyoti to sit in a police vehicle, but since there was no female constable, she refused to be seated along with male policemen. The policemen then towed my car while my wife and son were inside. I had no option but to go live on Facebook and show the heartless treatment that was meted to us by the police,” Jairaj said.”We never wanted the constable to get suspended. We just wanted the policeman to understand our plight and his mistake. My husband and I were unwell, and my child was continuously crying, probably due to hunger. However, the policemen did not listen to us at all,” Jyoti told DNA.

Most citizens want security measures in place instead of ban on horse rides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the authorities are planning to completely ban horse riding at Ghoda Garden in Cooperage after a six-year-old girl died from falling off a horse on Sunday evening, residents of the area have mixed reactions. Most, however, are against the ban. They stated that riding should be allowed provided there are safety measures in place.In June 2015, Bombay High Court had banned use of Victoria carriages in South Mumbai under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Specific licenses are given to horse owners if they want to conduct rides at Ghoda Garden. However, after the HC’s order in 2015, the BMC had not renewed licenses of horse owners who used to conduct rides at the said garden.Even after BMC’s move of not renewing the licenses, horse rides were being conducted at the garden for the past two years, illegally. Sunday’s incident forced police to take a stern measure and prohibit rides in the garden.Now BMC has sent a show cause notice to the local contractor of the garden and has asked him to beef up security to ensure no horse riding takes place there. Additionally, BMC has also written to police asking them not to allow horse riding in the garden.BMC and police departments had a meeting on Tuesday wherein it was unanimously decided to close the garden for horse riding. In the meeting the possibility of impounding and rehabilitating horses was also discussed.THE INCIDENTSix-year-old, Janhavi Sharma was taking a pony ride on Sunday around 4.30 pm with her father when the horse she was riding slipped. Janhavi slid off the horse and sustained a severe head injury. She was later declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Colaba police arrested the horse rider and booked him for causing death due to negligence.EXPERTS SPEAKHorse riding was carrying on illegally since the HC issued orders and we had not renewed the licenses. Now we have decided to completely ban horse rides at Ghoda Garden. We have also written a letter to the police and issued a show cause notice to the contractor asking him to increase security in the garden after the incident — Kiran Dighaonkar, assistant commissioner of BMC (A Ward)We had already prohibited horse rides in the garden and a meeting was held with BMC officials wherein we have decided to completely ban the rides —Manoj Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1)CITIZEN VOICESThere should not be a ban on horse rides because children love horses. It should, however, be kept in a specific, secured area. They can have a designated area in the sand, with sufficient security gear so there is no chance of injury. That will be a win-win situation.— Mahendra HemdevNo, there should not be a complete ban on horse rides. Horses are pack animals and they love to race or run with people. Let SoBo children enjoy horse riding in this compact Mumbai. However, safety should be the main concern. The ground should be well maintained, helmets & other accessories should be provided. Accidents can happen on roads while crossing on the zebra crossing, but you can’t ban cars on roads—Rocky LoboNoone is taking responsibility for the incident, but I am sure most of us have taken horse rides and this place is in existence for six or more decades. The government should come up with some precautionary measures and allow the rides to go on with certain rules and safety gear. BMC should open up a stall providing these facilities if horse owners find it difficult.You cannot ban everything, you can only make them safer.—Krishna PavleIf BMC cannot maintain the Cooperage ground efficiently for recreational rides for kids with proper security measures, it is best to ban horse rides in this area as it is a safety issue and both BMC and those who organise horse riding are playing with the lives of innocent kids. BMC should also give an undertaking that they will be as criminally liable as the horse owner for any mishaps taking place in the future—Subhash Motwani”I used to go to Bandstand for horse rides as a kid myself, and later took my kids too. However, as a parent I was always afraid of the security measures (or lack of them) there. To take a horse ride you need to cross the track where the horses are galloping on concrete (again not a good idea), and there are no safety measures for mounting/dismounting, rider helmets etc. In fact, I was stepped upon by a horse once, while taking my son there. While I don’t believe there should be a complete ban, the authorities should ensure safety of the children by taking simple steps like using soft ground for the track, easy entry to the place to mount/dismount from the horse, mandating helmets and regulating number of operators there.” —Vikram GidwaniThe authorities should take necessary steps to prevent the conduct of all unregulated, unlicensed and unsafe riding activities on public roads and public spaces. There must be some basic level of generally accepted safety measures in place which include highly trained handlers and a safe environment for the horses in question. The Amateurs Riders Club at the R.W.I.T.C. is an excellent example of how horse riding activities can be conducted in a professionally managed safe environment with equal importance being given to the health and safety of not only young riders but the horses as well.—Mukul Mehra, resident of Napean Sea road.

Biker slapped by constable complains to Maha State Police Complaint Authority (SPCA)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A biker, who was slapped by a traffic police constable for entering into no-entry lane, the resident has approached the Maharashtra State Police Complaint Authority(SPCA) against the constable, recently. SPCA is an independent body formed for investigating complaints against policemen.According to the complainant, Salim Ismail Haji, he was returning to his home in Nagpada on a bike from Tardeo when he entered into a No-entry lane where traffic constable was standing. The complainant before entering into the lane, got down from the bike and was dragging the bike through no entry. The complainant alleged that the constable then stopped him and started abusing with him. An argument began between them and the constable slapped Haji.”The constable allegedly slapped Haji during the argument. After the incident, Haji approached us and filed a complaint. We have heard the matter from both the sides. While the police claims that he slapped Haji as the latter caught hold of his caller and manhandled him, Haji says he was stopped for no reason and was harassed and thrashed by constable” said a member from SPCA.”After hearing the police’s side, a CCTV footage of the incident that was provided by the complainant was examined, however it can only be seen that the constable is slapping the complainant. The decision is still pending, and it will be given in the next hearing,” said a member from SPCA. The SPCA is going to give their recommendation in the matter December 5.On Friday, the Maharashtra SPCA, which has received 334 complaints till date, recommended to the state home department that it carry out a departmental inquiry against a police sub-inspector from Kurla police station, for allegedly detaining a 15-year-old boy illegally at night.

SPCA seeks internal inquiry against cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten months after Maharashtra became the first state in the country to set up a State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA), an independent body for investigating complaints against policemen, the Maharashtra SPCA has given its first recommendation for a departmental inquiry against a police officer from Mumbai.On Friday, the Maharashtra SPCA, which has received 334 complaints till date, recommended to the state home department that it carry out a departmental inquiry against a police sub-inspector from Kurla police station, for allegedly detaining a 16-year-old boy illegally at night.In its September 2006 judgement on police reforms delivered in the Prakash Singh case, the Supreme Court had directed state governments to establish a police accountability authority to look into misconduct by police personnel and officers. Maharashtra became the first state in the country to set up an SPCA, on January 2 this year.Of the 334 complaints, the authority has disposed 130 of these cases. However, on Friday, the authority passed its first order recommending departmental inquiry against a police officer.According to the complainant in the case, Sanjay Chavan, his 16-year-old son was detained by the Kurla police on November 5, 2016, around 12:30 am over the allegation that he had stolen a mobile phone. The complainant’s minor son was detained till 8:30 am and was later released. On November 6, 2016, Chavan sent an application to the Mumbai Police Commissioner and also lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta.When there was no satisfactory response, Chavan then approached the SPCA on June 6, 2017, and the SPCA started its proceedings on the complaint.”Using the Right to Information Act, Chavan had also acquired CCTV footage of the police station, in which Assistant Police Inspector Shivaji Badhe was seen bringing the boy, his father and the person whose mobile phone was missing. Badhe directed both the parties to Police Sub Inspector Satish More, who was the station house in-charge, who allegedly detained the boy and his father,” said a member of the SPCA.After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel headed by retired High Court Chief Justice, AV Poddar, and four other members, including Prem Kishan Jain and Umakant Mitkar, came to the conclusion that the boy was illegally detained during the night without sending a notice for questioning or registration of an FIR.”According to the law, detention of a minor and woman during night time is illegal, and the concerned officer detained the child in the police station without registering an FIR. Hence, we came to the conclusion that there has been a violation on part of the police and held PSI More, who was station house in-charge responsible for it. We declared our judgement on Friday, and recommended that the state home department carry out a departmental inquiry against More,” said a member of the SPCA.”After the father had complained of illegal detention, More was transferred from Kurla Police station,” said an officer from Kurla police station.People can approach the SPCA office to lodge complaints against police personnel for any alleged abuse of power, in cases ranging from custodial torture to illegal detention or harassment.There is also a provision for penalising complainants if they file complaints just to harass a particular police officer. “So far most of the complaints received pertain to allegations of illegal detention, harassment, assault by a police officer, delays in registering FIRs and demands for bribes. We have disposed of many complaints as the other party accepted the mistake and rectified it,” said a member.IN A NUTSHELL:Complainant Sanjay Chavan told police his 16-year-old son was detained by Kurla police on Nov. 5, 2016, around 12:30 am.How long was he detained?The minor was released around 8:30 am the next day. What followed?

Rock On! Dharavi teens to perform at London fest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six teenagers from a rock band comprising Dharavi ragpickers’ children will be performing at the EFG London Jazz Festival, going to be held in London’s Roundhouse on November 12. The teenagers, between 17 and 23 years old, include Shailesh Agre, Shital Rathod, Vicky Shinde, Durgesh K, Surya Kannan and Niveda Chandrashekhar. They will be leaving for the UK in the wee hours of Monday.”I am very happy and excited to perform with great talented artistes in the UK and I will learn many things from all of them,” said Surya Kannan, a member from Dharavi Rocks.”All the six performers belong to an underprivileged family. They have been selected to perform in On Mass, an international festival of Roundhouse and they will also be performing during the EFG London Jazz festival 2017 from November 10 to 19,” said Vinod Shetty, Founder of ACORN Foundation (India).”All the expenses for the trip have been borne by the Roundhouse, supported by Arts Council England,” Shetty addedThe teenagers will be performing with three-time Grammy award winner and global artiste Angelique Kidjo and other emerging artistes from all over the world. After reaching London, the teenagers will be trained for over four days and will later perform different forms like beat boxing, drumming, hip-hop dancing and rap.”I am feeling lucky I get a chance to perform in the UK. Earlier, I used to rap and do beat boxing. Later on, when I joined Dharavi Rocks, I learned drums. Dharavi Rocks inspires me to play the music I perform these days,” said Surya.”Music is a form of expression and it doesn’t need any language. These intensive workshops and platforms are giving the Dharavi children a chance to express themselves. Music has been a saviour for most of the kids in Dharavi, who usually fall prey to drug addiction,” said Shetty.

T-Series MD quizzed in royalties case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after conducting searches at eight premises of five top music companies across Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday recorded the statement of T-Series managing director Bhushan Kumar at the ED’s zonal office in Mumbai. Kumar had reached the ED office around 11 am on Saturday, and was quizzed till 9 pm. He has been called to the ED office again on Sunday for the recording of his statement to continue. Sources in the ED said searches were conducted on Friday after the agency registered a case with its zonal office in Delhi against Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) and the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) in connection with disputes with artistes regarding royalties.In 2015, too, a case was lodged against the IPRS and PPL, and the ED had also attached mutual funds of IPRS. “Recently, we have registered a fresh money laundering case in a royalty dispute of artistes on the basis of FIR registered with Economic Offense Wing of Delhi Police in December 2016. The FIR was registered after singer Shubha Mudgal and another artist lodged a complaint alleging that artists and lyricist are not getting their rightful royalties. The initial estimated amount of alleged royalty to be paid to the artistes is around Rs 1,000 crore over a span of four to five years, but we suspect the amount can go higher. The highest chunk of this amount lies with a certain music firm,” alleged an ED officer on the condition of anonymity.He added, “The two entities booked collected money from consumers, but did not pass on royalty to artistes and lyricists.” According to the ED officials, IPRS and PPL had not been making royalty payments to artistes and composers of songs. As per policy, music companies have to share royalties with artistes and composers of songs if they are played as caller tunes or used for other commercial purposes. On Friday, the central agency had conducted searches at eight premises, five in Mumbai, two in Delhi and one location in Kolkata.The officials said searches were conducted at the premises of five major music companies to collect the documents and records of their financial transactions. The ED has also summoned other directors for recording their statements.When contacted, a representative for T-Series said surveys had been carried out and they co-operated with the agency.UNDER SCANNEROn Friday, the central agency had conducted searches at eight premises, five in Mumbai, two in Delhi and one location in Kolkata Searches took place to collect the documents and records of the financial transactions of these music companies T-Series MD Bhushan Kumar has again been called for questioning on Sunday

Narco agency to get 2 sniffer dogs on board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) would soon be adding two sniffer dogs to their team for the task of detecting drugs, a demand the unit has made for years. The two Labradors, dark fawn and black in colour, have already been finalised by the police and are undergoing training.The ANC has been making this demand for the dogs since its formation in 1989, which will now be fulfilled.According to police sources, a tender for the two dogs was floated recently by police, and after it was sanctioned, two Labrador pups have been procured through the Additional Commissioner of Police(crime). Police have also finalised four handlers for the dogs who will train them as well as stay with them round the clock.Interviews for the four handlers were also conducted recently, and more than 24 candidates had shown interest and applied, of which four have been selected recently. Sources in the crime branch said, “The selection of handlers is complete and they will be sent for a month’s training soon. Later, they will train the pups again for six to eight months on basics, as well as on detecting drugs and other narcotic substances. The duration of training would depend on the progress of the pups, and would be extended, if necessary.””The dogs are undergoing training and the ANC would get them soon after,” said Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.The two Labradors are not more than 4-months-old, and will be in the possession of the Dog Squad. They will be brought to the site by the handlers during raids and when tracing the drugs at factories.Dogs on dutyThe two Labradors are not more than 4-months-old, and will be in the charge of the Dog Squad. They will be brought to the site by the handlers during raids and when tracing the drugs at factories.Four handlers were chosen from 24 candidates who applied for the job

Bizman’s debit card cloned, Rs 1.4L siphoned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A South-Mumbai based businessman reportedly lost Rs 1.4 lakh in a cyber-fraud wherein his cloned debit card was used to withdraw money from a Gurgaon ATM, while the victim was in Mumbai with his original debit card, at the time the withdrawal was made . Gamdevi police is probing the case.According to victim Animesh Jain, on October 26, he came to Lamington Road around 11 pm and made some withdrawal from an ATM. Jain later slept after having dinner at home. He was woken up by a text message beep around 2 am on October 27, on his mobile phone. Initially, Jain did not bother to check his phone but when there was a flurry of messages, one after the other, a perplexed Jain checked his phone.”I was shocked to see that the messages were actually 14 transaction alert messages sent by the bank. There were 14 transactions of Rs 10,000 each. I rushed to check my debit card and found it to be in my wallet. I then realised that my card details were miused to make a cloned card to make withdrawals,” said Jain.Jain then immediately got his card blocked by the bank and later complained to Gamdevi police. The bank later informed Jain that the withdrawals were made from a Gurgaon ATM.The police suspect that the victim’s card must have been cloned using a skimmer device. “We suspect the card has been cloned as the victim did not shared his card details with any one. We are checking CCTV footage of the Gurgaon ATM to get clues about the suspect,” said a police officer from Gamdevi police station.

Cops looking for 2 rumour mongers

According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nirmal Nagar police who are probing the Garib Nagar fire case in which over 100 shanties were gutted in a fire during a demolition drive on Friday, are on the lookout for two persons suspected to be main accused behind the fire, who were earlier involved in spreading a rumour during a previous demolition drive to stop the demolition.According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area. Due to the rumours, the demolition drive had come to halt. The police had later arrested both of them and they were released on a bail. The police now believe that the duo are the main accused behind Friday’s fire.”Shabbir Khan (29) who has been arrested for starting the fire has said he was aware of the planning behind the fire and that another 8-10 people were involved in it. However, two men who were behind spreading rumours earlier are suspected to be the masterminds in this case as well,” said a senior police officer.

Cops hunt for rumour mongers and arsonists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the arrest of Shabbir Khan, the police have come across names of at least five to six more persons who were involved in the arson conspiracy.The police and BMC officials claim that a fire takes place in the area every six months. The idea is that once the houses are gutted, the locals claim that their documents were destroyed, and as a result, several new illegal hutments soon crop up which they later sublet.According to the police, the wanted-accused individuals had allegedly poured kerosene on the roofs of hutments and Khan had allegedly opened a gas cylinder to let it blow up so that the demolition drive could be brought to a halt.The accused opened the gas cylinder after officials reached the area to demolish hutments in compliance with the High Court’s orders.Sources from the police and BMC said that there will be a renewed demolition drive in the area.

Aspiring don, Gujarat teen held for extortion calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Agripada police on Saturday arrested a teenager from Gujarat for alleged extortion calls and messages to four Mumbai-based businessmen using fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and gangster Arun Gawali’s name.The youth told the police that he was inspired by Rajinikanth-starrer Sivaji, and wanted to become a ‘don’. He has been identified as Imran urf Mohsin Firoz Khan, 19.According to the police, the accused initially called a businessman and claimed that he is the right-hand man of Gawali and demanded Rs 10 lakh. He threatened to kill his son. While in another incident, he allegedly sent messages to three businessmen introducing himself as the right-hand man of Dawood, demanded Rs 5 lakh and threatened to kill their sons too.”In the span of four days more than four people approached us with similar complaints. We registered two separate cases and began our probe. We traced the caller’s location to Vapi and arrested him. During the investigation, he confessed to getting the victims’ numbers from a store in Mumbai where he worked for three months,” said a police officer.

Rs 2-cr heist: Cops have major lead based on vehicle number

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after a vegetable trader was robbed by six armed persons, including one woman, of Rs 2.09 crore in Vashi, the Navi Mumbai police have a major lead in the case and have the residential address of one of the accused.The robbery took place at an APMC vegetable dealer Arun Menkudale’s house on Friday in which cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.09 crore were robbed at gunpoint within 15 minutes. The robbers posed as courier staff to gain entry into the house.According to the police, four teams have been formed and the police have CCTV footage of the accused. An officer claimed that they have identified two persons from the footage and have the registration number of the vehicle in which they fled.The police claim that the robbery was pre-planned and the accused may have acted on a tip-off. “We are on the lookout for them and the arrests will be made in a day or two if everything turned out to be according to our plans,” said a senior police officer.

SoBo in a jam: No respite for residents from traffic, parking related issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Colaba and Marine Drive are perpetually crowded with tourists and vehicles. The area is home to several landmarks and often sees VIP movement. However, residents of the area say they are being forced to bear the brunt of several traffic and parking related issues, and the authorities have failed to address these issues raised by them. They claim follow-ups have elicited little response.The residents have been continuously complaining about congestion on the roads, double parking, illegal parking, motorists violating traffic rules and vagrants on the footpath. But now the signboards of roads have been also uprooted and the BMC has pasted ‘free parking’ posters on no-entry signs, that has allowed double parking on both sides of the lanes in these areas.According to the residents of these areas, what has worsened the situation is constant road development and lack of traffic discipline, coupled with poor vigilance and monitoring by traffic authorities. Most of the signboards have been uprooted by miscreants, and corner parking has become a norm. Bollards that were installed at corner of Walton Road, Garden Road, Boman Cawasji Boman Behram Marg, Henry Road and JA Allana Marg have gone missing or are damaged.Illegal parking of private taxis, valet parking and double parking on the roads only makes the lanes congested. This poses a hazard for buildings in the area in case of an emergency as free movement of ambulances and fire tenders is hindered.Residents associations have written a letter to Ashok Dudhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials raising these issues.Subhash Motwani, president, Clean Heritage Colaba Residents’ Association (CHCRA) has written to Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) seeking better traffic discipline on one-way roads in the area by ensuring that constables strictly implement rules, no entry and other sign boards are prominently placed, double and illegal parking is checked, and bollards are set up to discourage parking in the area.PARKING WOESSince the Marine Drive area is a heritage precinct, residential colonies in the area have not been able to develop any private parking. This had led to vehicles being parked on the roads. OFFICIAL SPEAKConcretisation work on Boman Cawasji Boman Behram Marg is on, and the contractor has uprooted the signboards at several areas. The residents of the area met me on Friday, and we will be restoring all the signboards soon.Kiran Dighaokar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, in charge of A-wardWe keep cracking down on parking violators but the number of vehicles have increased in the area. However, our policemen are deployed at all the crucial points and we clear the traffic and tow vehicles parked in no parking areas.Ajay Kshirsagar, PI, Colaba traffic divisionRESIDENTS SPEAKOne of the major issues in our area are hotels and other landmarks due to which tourists and private cars are parked in the peripheries of the residential colonies instead of using dedicated parking lots. There is always traffic congestion on the roads due to double parking.—Rahul Hakani, Marine Drive residentWe live in the most historic part of Mumbai where traffic, cleanliness and security has worsened over the years. Ironically, it is another sight to see when VVIPs visit here; beggars and hawkers are gone, traffic is managed properly, main junctions are cleared of the usual unnecessary congestion, not to mention the menace of double parking. If this area has to be saved, everyday must be a VVIP day much like how Europe has protected its most historic areas.—Jaideep Sachde, Colaba residentThe traffic is a mess in Colaba, which is supposed to be a VIP area. But it only resembles a fish market where there is chaos all round. To top off, the Regal Cinema lane going towards the Gateway of India is closed for vehicular traffic every Sunday. This brings the entire traffic mess into the bylanes where we the residents have to suffer. I really don’t know whose brilliant idea this was. The traffic department doesn’t even have sufficient towing vans, which adds to the double parking in all our lanes. One can’t walk on the footpaths. It is chaos everywhere in Colaba, and nobody is bothered. It’s a shame that Mumbai is called the financial capital when the infrastructure is in shambles. I don’t know what will happen further in this mess.—Parvez Cooper, Colaba residentThere is a total traffic breakdown in Colaba. There is double parking and drivers have the audacity to leave a vehicle parked in the middle of the road knowing well that there is no machinery to tow their vehicles. Corner parking, no entry violations are a norm leading to accidents, noise and air pollution.—Shubash Motwani, Colaba residentThe main cause of congestion on the roads is not residents parking cars their cars in their respective neighbourhoods but failure of the MCGM to regulate parking in the city to a reasonable extent. In fact, the primary cause of congestion on the city’s roads is the rampant and, most often, illegal commercialisation of residential and heritage areas. Congestion is further exacerbated by pedestrians on the drivable area of the street since sidewalks have been encroached by illegal structures, stalls and hawkers. Cars, therefore, move that much slower given that they are often dodging pedestrians. This is a major issue in the Colaba area with pedestrian accidents and fatalities reported on a weekly basis.—Kaizad Bhabha, Colaba residentI have seen Colaba change to the extent where I can compare it to the suburbs. The parking situation worsens every month along with the constant road development work. It may be good in the long term, but due to unorganised planing, the situation has gone from bad to worse. Finding a parking spot here is difficult and takes 25-30 minutes resulting in wastage of fuel. With double parking on the rise, it is even tough to get my car out, or for the local traffic to pass by, which only increases noise levels in the area.—Ralph Lobo, Colaba resident

Pretending to take measurements, man gropes woman on Fashion Street

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad Maidan police have arrested a 20-year-old clothes seller for allegedly groping a 24-year-old woman on Friday under the pretext of taking measurement for a maxi (long dress) that she wanted to buy. The accused has been identified as Satyendrakumar Pandit.According to police, the incident took place around 2 pm on Friday when the victim was shopping alone near Fashion street on MG Road in South Mumbai. Police said that as the woman was checking the clothes, the man asked her what she wanted to buy, to which the woman replied that she wanted to buy a maxi for herself. The accused shown her two-three pieces, and asked her to come near for measurements, but the woman refused saying that there was no need to take measurements for a maxi. The accused kept goading her, asking her to step into a shop so he could show her good maxis. “As the woman entered inside the shop, the accused, under the pretext of taking measurements, touched her inappropriately. The woman resisted and started crying for help. The accused, fearing a thrashing from the public, fled the scene,” said a police officer from Azad Maidan police station.The victim then rushed to the police station and lodged a complaint, leading to the police tracing the accused and arresting him. The man has been booked for molestation under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Conman makes Rs 1 cr by promising fake jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cuffe Parade police have registered a case of cheating against a former Navy officer for allegedly duping several people on the pretext of giving them jobs in the Merchant Navy.According to the police, the accused would promise people of giving them jobs in the Merchant Navy and would charge the job seekers from Rs 90 thousand to Rs 1.5 lakh. The police said the accused when was in a service had managed to get the people job in Navy but before his retirement, he took money from several people but did not give them any job. “He would use his clout and promise jobs to people in several profiles. Sometimes, he gave jobs without any proper procedure and documentation. Later, he took the money from dozens and promised them jobs. However, the candidates never got any jobs,” said a police officer from Cuffe Parade Police Station.The incident came to light when the complainant, in his 30s, approached us saying he paid Rs 2 lakh to the accused of a job over six months ago. “After the first complaint was lodged, we received more applications against the accused. The complainant has claimed that the accused showed them forged documents. We are probing from all the angles and the accused. The accused has made more than Rs one crore,” said another police officer.

Is it risky to save card details on mobile apps?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In today’s cashless society, people are falling prey to unique tricks of cyber fraudsters who are coming up with new techniques every day to siphon off your money.In a recent case, two people were duped by a cyber fraudster from the US.According to the complainant, Chandresh Shrivastava, he never shared his card details with anyone nor did he receive any call asking for his card details. He would only carry out transactions online and had saved his card details on those applications for quick payment. The victim approached Versova police and lodged a complaint with them. The complainant claims that his card details were acquired through the mobile app. “I thought saving card details is a safe option and there is no risk involved since the CVV number is required for every transaction. However, on Thursday, I suddenly started receiving messages mentioning two transactions of 600 Chinese yuan (Rs 6,000) were carried out. The bank blocked my card as they found the activity suspicious. Though the amount stolen is insignificant, it brought to fore the risks involved in saving details on a mobile app,” Shrivastava said.In another similar incident, Rakesh Anand, lost 10,000 Chinese yuan. “I had also saved my card details on mobile apps and started receiving messages suddenly. I lost Rs 1 lakh and had approached BKC cyber police station, but they directed me to a local police station. I have been running pillar to post since,” he said.Almost hundreds of such complaints have been registered by the Mumbai police recently.”The cyber crooks use foreign websites or servers to carry out transaction, since ‘one-time passwords’ aren’t required in foreign countries. We have received several such complaints,” said a senior IPS officer from Mumbai crime branch.The Cyber experts are advising people to not to save their card details on any mobile wallet or application for quick transaction.Cyber expert Shubham Singh said, “App users must be very cautious and alert. One should never save their credentials of e-wallets on any gateways or other platforms. It is risky. One must use official websites to use any app-related banking service, and avoid using third-party applications to avoid data breach.”BEWARE!Crooks use foreign websites to carry out transactions, since OTPs aren’t required there.
Cyber experts are advising people to not to save their card details on any mobile wallet, app.

Man promises job in Turkey, dupes eight people of Rs 7.1 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nagpada police arrested a 32-year-old man on Sunday for allegedly duping job seekers under the pretext of sending them overseas for a job. The accused has been identified as Nasir Ansari, a resident of Nagpada.According to Nagpada police, the accused would lure job seekers, who wanted to go abroad, about a vacancy in Turkey and that they will have to shell out Rs 75,000 to go there.The police said a total of eight victims paid the money for getting a job and for their passport.However, Ansari went missing after receiving Rs 7.1 lakh. The passports of the victims, too, were forged. Sanjay Baswat, senior police inspector of Nagpada police confirmed the arrest.”Ansari made the forged passports and gave it to them. Even after the victims paid Ansari he did not send them to Turkey and siphoned off with the money. Fed up of chasing him, the victims approached the police and registered a case of cheating. We then managed to arrest the accused from Mumbai. We have also seized eight passports and have invoked sections of cheating, forgery, and others under the Indian Penal Code,” said a police officer from Nagpada police station.DECEITFULThe accused would lure job seekers about a vacancy in Turkey and that they would have to shell out Rs 75,000 for the opportunity abroad.

Man dupes senior citizen of Rs 41 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JJ Marg police on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly duping a senior citizen of Rs 41 lakh under the pretext of launching a television serial on Doordarshan channel. The accused has been identified as 52-year-old Riteshbhai Limbashiva.According to the police, the complainant had sold his land in 2014 through Limbashiva. Taking advantage of this, Limbashiva knew that the complainant has money and was willing to invest.The police said that since Limbashiva and the complainant hailed from the same village, they had a friendly relationship. Things turned sour in 2015 when Limbashiva told the complainant that he runs a film production company in Mumbai by the name of RR films and was producing a serial —Raftaar Zindagi Ki — for DD channel which would be aired in 2016.The accused told the complainant that the budget for the serial is around Rs 1.5 crore and that he was falling short of Rs 50 lakh. He asked the complainant to invest in the serial and promised that he would receive a double profit margin. The unsuspecting victim agreed willingly and paid the amount through cheques in installment.However, Limbashiva kept ignoring the complainant and even after two years neither the money was returned nor any serial was launched. “We learned after verifying with DD that no such serial is going to be launched by the accused,” said a police officer.THE TRAPThe accused told the complainant that he runs RR films and was producing a serial for DD channel and was falling short of Rs 50 lakhs for its production.

Pallavi Purkayastha’s killer was in Mumbai for a month after jumping parole

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sajjad Mughal, who was convicted in 2014 for the August 2012 murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha reportedly stayed in Mumbai for a month after jumping parole in March last year.Mughal was arrested by a Mumbai Crime Branch team on Tuesday from Jammu & Kashmir, almost 18 months after he jumped parole from a Nashik jail. Mughal’s custody was handed over to Nashik police on Wednesday.According to the police, Mughal told them during questioning that he had applied for parole only to escape and had no plans to return to jail. After jumping parole he was working in Andheri’s industrial estate as a helper with a changed identity to collect money so that he could flee to his native place.Mughal had garnered support from his villagers to help his avoid being caught by police, after he convinced them that he had been falsely implicated in the murder case by police.Mughal was produced in Nashik Court and was later sent to Nashik Central jail after having granted judicial custody.On August 9, 2012, Purkayastha, the daughter of IAS officers Atanu and Sumita Purkayastha – who were posted in Delhi at the time – was found dead in her flat in Wadala.The police had arrested Mughal, who worked as the watchman of the building where Purkayastha stayed, for his involvement in the crime. Mughal had fled from the building after Purkayastha was found dead. In his confession, Mughal told the police that he had killed Pallavi as she fought him when he tried to force himself on her.

Pallavi Purkayastha’s killer nabbed in Jammu & Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Crime Branch officers on Tuesday arrested Sajjad Mughal, who was convicted in 2014 for the August 2012 murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha. Police sources say that Mughal was nabbed from Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Mughal has been on the run since he jumped parole in March 2016 and, according to the police, he has been hiding in a prohibited area near the India-Pakistan border, surviving by doing petty jobs.On August 9, 2012, Purkayastha, the daughter of IAS officers Atanu and Sumita Purkayastha – who were posted in Delhi at the time – was found dead in her flat in Wadala.The police had arrested Mughal, who worked as the watchman of the building where Purkayastha stayed, for his involvement in the crime. Mughal had fled from the building after Purkayastha was found dead. In his confession, Mughal told the police that he had killed Pallavi as she fought him when he tried to force himself on her.Mughal is a native of Salamabad in Baramulla District. He was arrested from Gagangir village in Sonmarg where he had gone to work as labourer in highway construction project.According to the police, Mughal took up several temporary jobs and was garnering sympathy and support from villagers as he had told them that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the police. This sympathy from villagers made it easy for him to hide, and difficult for police to nab him, the cops claimed.”In August 2016, a team was formed to track Mughal’s movement and it visited J&K at least four times to develop human intelligence on Mughal. On Tuesday morning, the accused was finally nabbed and brought to Mumbai same day. We will hand him over to Nashik Police as the case was registered by them after he jumped parole,” said Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.The team, led by inspector Sanjay Nikam, had been living in J&K for a week and nabbed Mughal through an undercover operation. “Mughal was hiding in a village that neighbouring his, and since it is a prohibited area, it was difficult for us carry out any operation. His village is 16 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border and it was impossible for us to arrest him. Mughal had also changed his identity, names and appearance. He would introduced himself as Sajid, Salim or Sahil,” Nikam said.Another officer said, “We posed as Kashmiris so that we would not face opposition from locals. We developed our local sources and were keeping a watch on him. We were waiting for him to come out of the prohibited area to arrest him. Apart from J&K, he also attempted to work in Maharashtra under another identity, before fleeing to his village.”

Four arrested as police bust housing racket

According to the police, Shaikh, an estate agent, worked with the other accused who posed as MHADA officials to dupe flat buyers <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bhoiwada police have arrested four people and are on the lookout for another of their accomplice after the gang duped at least 100 people by promising to give them houses built by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.The arrested accused have been identified as Ramdas Bhasakar chavan (41), Vijendra Pendkalkar (34),Mohammad Qureshi (45), Amit Jawale(43) and Aslam Shaikh, who is a wanted accused in the case.According to the police, Shaikh, an estate agent, worked with the other accused who posed as MHADA officials to dupe flat buyers. They would give victims bogus receipts on MHADA’s letterhead, complete with a fake signature and stamp. The police have heard complaints from nearly hundred victims who were collectively duped of at least Rs 2 crore. The cops suspect that the amount could go up to Rs 5 crore.Police even suspect involvement of Mhada officials.

Pianist suicide: Cops question female friend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Estonian national, Susanna Uzma, a key witness in the Karan Joseph death case, who was present in Rishi Shah’s apartment when Joseph ‘jumped off’ to death on September 9, returned to India and her statement was recorded by the Mumbai Crime Branch, Unit 5 on Saturday.According to her statement to the police, whenever she saw Joseph, he would always be busy with his mobile phone and would not talk much.On September 9, Joseph had returned from a house party around 8 am and was sitting as usual near the window. Around 8:45 am he stood and ‘jumped off’, said a police source. The police have also recorded Shah’s statement and are trying to get the sequence of events from him in place.”We are in the process of recording statements of the witnesses and are verifying the claims made by them. We have recorded statements of Shah, Uzma, Shah’s servant and Karan’s other friends who have a different version than Shah and Uzma,” said a crime branch officer.

‘Top CA’s daughter may not have jumped to death’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar Central Government Railway Police (GRP), who is probing the alleged suicide case of Pallavi Vikamsey, daughter of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), was told by an eyewitness on Saturday that she doesn’t think Pallavi committed suicide, and that it could have been an accidental fall.However, moments before her death, Pallavi had sent a text message to her sister-in-law that said, “I am sorry, no one is responsible.”On Saturday the police recorded Jyoti Gaikwad’s statement, the lone witness to Pallavi’s fall from the running train, as the two were travelling in the same coach. Sources from the police said Gaikwad told them that Pallavi was looking disturbed from the time she boarded the train, repeatedly peeped out the coach’s door and was losing her balance. Gaikwad added that she wasn’t sure whether Pallavi jumped off to commit suicide but it could have been an accidental fall.The police recorded Pallavi’s father, Nilesh’s statement on Friday in which he did not make any mention of Pallavi being upset. He stated that he does not blame anyone for her death and thinks that it was an accident. “We are still probing all angles and have asked for details of Pallavi’s call records. Her mobile is still missing,” said Nitin Bobade, senior police inspector, Dadar central government railway police station. On October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel.THE CASEOn October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel. Her family had filed a missing person’s report the same night.

D-Company properties under ED scanner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Properties of Dawood Ibrahim, his relatives and his gang members are under the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) scanner. The central agency recently registered a case of money laundering against Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and D-Company gang members who were involved in an extortion racket in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.The ED is likely to soon approach Competent Authority (CA), a statutory authority under Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act (SAFEMA) for seeking details on assets of Dawood and his relatives in India. The ED will also be concentrating on their benami properties, bought through ill-gotten money.”There is a high possibility that in all these years Kaskar may have laundered the extortion money through hawala channels or shell companies. We are collecting details of properties of gang members involved in the case,” said an ED official adding that once Kaskar gets judicial custody, a team will visit him in jail to record his statement. The ED is currently waiting for a few documents from the Thane police.

Dawood, Anees named in new case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane police on Wednesday named fugitive underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim, his brothers Anees Ibrahim and Iqbal Kaskar along with three aides in a case of extortion case for allegedly squeezing Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in Mumbai.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is may also follow suit and add the names of Dawood and Anees as wanted accusing in a case of money laundering, already registered against Kaskar and his two aides earlier, sources in the know of the case said.In the latest case, Anees himself had called up and threatened the complainant if he did not give in demands in a 38-acre land deal in Gorai, police sources revealed.Apart from Kaskar, Dawood and Anees have also booked three other accused, one of whom is the owner of the land.In the FIR, the complainant alleged that the accused not only terrorised him using Dawood’s name but also did not give him the promised land despite extorting Rs 3 from him.The complainant stated that in July 2016, he received a call from an unknown international number, and the caller had said, “I am underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s man Anees speaking.” The complainant said, “He told me to forget the land of Tony Lewis (co-accused in the case) that you have bought, and we have taken the Rs 2 crore you have paid Tony Bhai. If you want to live, send Rs 1 crore more within a week time to Kaskar’s office. Nahin To Mere Aadmi Tumhara Game Kar Denge (otherwise my men will kill you). Dawood Bhai has asked you to take back the court case that you have filed.”Kaskar too had called the victim to meet, and allegedly threatened him several times using Dawood and Anees’ name.”The complainant had bought the land for Rs 2 crore in Gorai from Tony Lewis. However, after a few months, Lewis had increased the price of the land. The complainant then went to court. When Kaskar and other accused came into the picture, they extorted Rs 1 crore more, and did not even allow the complainant to get the land he had already paid for,” said a police officer.Meanwhile, Kaskar and his two aides — Israr Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Shaikh — were produced in a Thane court, and were remanded to police custody for further 7 days.WHAT THE COMPLAINT SAIDThe complainant stated that in July 2016, he received a call from an unknown international number, and the caller had said, “I am underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s man Anees speaking.” The complainant said, “He told me to forget the land of Tony Lewis (co-accused in the case) that you have bought, and we have taken the Rs 2 crore you have paid Tony Bhai. If you want to be alive, send Rs 1 crore in a week….

BMC snubs security step, won’t block off Marine Drive walkway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai police’s plan of installing bollards between the road and the Marine Drive promenade to secure it from a possible Barcelona-style terror attack in which a van mowed down amblers has been shelved. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rejected the proposal referred to it by the state home department, which had received it from the city police for ensuring that cars and heavy vehicles do not get on to the promenade and go on a rampage.The BMC’s refusal comes after the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) denied permission to instal the bollards, saying that such a move would damage the aesthetics and block the sea view.According to the civic officials, the MHCC thrashed out the proposal on September 23 last year and concluded that the bollards would cause congestion and close up the open space, while being visual impediments.“The committee was of the view that the Marine Drive stretch is a prominent heritage precinct of Mumbai, and one of its characters is its openness. Bollards will create visual barriers,” said an MHCC official on the condition of anonymity.Following the committee’s decision, the BMC’s road department reviewed the decision and concurred with the MHCC, ruling out installing bollards. “After MHCC’s decision, setting up bollards is not possible, but central dividers would be provided with increased height of shrubs, but again, after the approval of the heritage committee,” said Vinod Chithore, BMC chief engineer (roads). The department officials said that BMC boss Ajoy Mehta has the power to take a different view, considering the security implications of the project.BEAUTY OVER SAFETYBMC’s refusal comes after Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee denied permission to instal the bollards
It said that such a move would damage the aesthetics and block the sea view
The heritage body had last month decided against the bollards

Youth held in Dharavi for minors’ sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, Dharavi police have arrested a 20-year-old for allegedly sodomised a two-year-old boy. The accused allegedly took the toddler to a secluded place, sodomised him and gave him a bath to destroy the evidence.The accused has been identified as Niyam Ahmad Khan, a plumber by profession.According to police, the incident took place on Monday afternoon when the accused had come to the building of the victim and had lured him with sweets.”After the act, he gave the boy a bath so that evidence would be destroyed. The boy returned home crying and narrated the incident to his family who immediately approached us and lodged a complaint. We have registered a case and arrested the accused,” said an officer from Dharavi police station requesting anonymity.The accused has been booked under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and IPC.In another incident at Shahu Nagar, police have arrested a 38 year old man for allegedly sodomising an eight-year-old boy on the terrace of a building in the area.

Finally, a lead in Powai sodomy case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After over two months’ investigation into the Powai sodomy case in which two minor boys were allegedly sodomised and committed suicide by consuming rat poison, Powai police now claim they have finally got a lead in the case and they have zeroed in on a few suspects who had spoken to the victims before they consumed the poison.According to police sources, they have identified one of four suspects who have been untraceable since July. Police are on the lookout of a man called Zaheer who, along with other suspects, were seen chatting with the two victims. Police are now trying to gather more information on them. Police had formed five teams to nab the two culprits, however, they were not getting any headway with the locals or CCTV camera where the incident took place. They now believe that with the identity of one of the accused, they will soon be able to track down all the accused as few locals have given them description of other accused and started giving up more information.”The case had hit a dead end. But now we have come across two to three names, of which one of them is Zaheer. We are trying to gather further information and are hopeful that soon the case will be solved,” said a senior police officer. The officer added that they had managed to get some more leads that could lead them to the culprits.Two boys, aged 10 and 13, had consumed rat poison on July 12. The 10-year-old died the same day, while his friend, the 13-year-old boy, died two weeks later after slipping into a coma while he was admitted in civic-run KEM hospital.ANOTHER CASEThe boys had consumed rat poison on July 12, 2017.
In Shahu Nagar, police have arrested a 38 year old man for allegedly sodomising an eight-year-old boy on the terrace of a building in the area.

Navratri trip spins into tale of death for 4 of city family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four people of a family, settled in Mumbai, met with a fatal accident on Tarapur-Vataman highway in Gujarat on Sunday evening.The deceased included a couple, the husband’s aunt and her brother.The victims have been identified as Prafull and Usha Barad, Parfull’s aunt Manjhibhai, uncle Kanchan Babu Babani. According to police, another aunt of the deceased, Ramaben Kanti, escaped with minor injuries.According to relatives of the victims, while Manjhibhai worked as a carpenter and Praful drove a cab for Ola, a private company.Praful was behind the wheel when the accident took place, police said. The family was returning from Gujarat on Tuesday when the accident took place.”We were six people, staying here with my father Manjhibhai, my cousin brother Prafull and his wife Usha. They had planned to go to village as usual for Dussehra my aunt’s, Kanchan and Ramaben had also joined them as my mother did not want to travel due to her health. Our whole family has been wiped up,” said Mayur Barad, son of Manjhibhai.The bodies of all were brought to the city on Tuesday for a funeral.According to Gujarat police, the mishap took place when two trucks rammed into Prafull’s car near Kasbara village. According to police, all five were rushed to the nearby hospital where four of them were declared brought dead.

Man hacks woman’s email, dupes her friends of money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Malabar Hill police on Monday arrested a real estate agent for allegedly hacking the email ID of a woman, sending emails to her friends asking them to transfer money, and later siphoning off the said money. The police suspect he may have duped several others in a similar manner, and are on the lookout for two others in the case. The accused arrested was identified as Dharavi resident Firoz Ali Shaikh.According to complainant Shanaz Kharag, she received an email from her ‘friend’ Sandhya Jaiswal saying that she was urgently in need of Rs 40,000 and requested her to transfer the money to a given bank account. The email stated that Jaiswal was abroad and would return the money on returning.”During the investigation we found that the amount was deposited in a bank account of one Ranji Javed Ali. When we visited Ali’s residence we learnt that he has left the place. When we checked his bank statements, we came across four other bogus bank accounts opened by Firoz Shaikh where the money was diverted to later,” said a police officer.

Iqbal Kaskar was involved in construction ‘business’: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the arrest of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides in connection with the extortion of a builder and a jeweller in Thane, the police have now come across Kaskar’s construction ‘business’ as well.According to police sources, apart from extortion, Kaskar is allegedly involved in a construction ‘business’ wherein he would threaten tenants to vacate their flats for redevelopment. The police on Friday had questioned Kaskar’s partner, a builder from Mumbai who would take contracts of construction work for redevelopment or development projects.The police said, Kaskar was allegedly in a sleeping partnership with the builder. The latter would use Kaskar and Dawood’s name to threaten landowners or tenants, and would take help of other aides of Kaskar to forcefully vacate their premises where he would carry out redevelopment. In return, the builder would give a commission or a profit margin to Kaskar in cash.”We have questioned the builder and it has been revealed that he was running a construction business with Kaskar. Although Kaskar had not invested in the business; he would get a large profit margin in every project. All the transactions were made in cash and we are trying to trace the money trail,” said a police officer.The police are also on the lookout for one RC Angadia, who on behalf of gangster Chhota Shakeel, would collect money from the fourth accused, Pankaj Gangar arrested in the case.Gangar would provide Rs 15 lakh to Angadia for Shakeel, who is in Pakistan, through hawala channels. The police suspects that Shakeel is also running a matka betting racket in Mumbai and other cities and the money would be sent by the accused as his commission in the business.”The Angadia operator and another middleman will be arrested soon. Our team is also in Bihar to look for two of Kaskar’s shooters and raids are being conducted at several locations there with the help of a Special Task Force. The shooters are hiding at the Nepal border,” said another senior officer.

Iqbal Kaskar’s financier Pankaj Gangar arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police on Thursday arrested a fourth accused, Pankaj Gangar, who allegedly provided finances for the extortion racket run by fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother and his two associates.Gangar, who ran a matka betting operation in Borivli, would also send money to gangster Chhota Shakeel every month through hawala channels.Gangar has several prior cases against him and has been previously booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).Police sources alleged that Gangar is a known financier for the underworld, and was also financing Arun Gawali gang members.Gangar’s arrest could blow the lid of the extortion racket’s hawala links, police said. He allegedly provided logistics and finances for the extortion racket on the instructions of Shakeel and Iqbal Kaskar. Gangar sends Rs 12 lakh per month to Shakeel through hawala channels, police sources claimed.”Gangar would arrange accommodation for shooters from Bihar and would provide arms and ammunition. He also had arms in his possession illegally, which we will seize. He was continuously in touch with Shakeel,” said an officer.Police officers claimed that the gang had invested in property outside the state with the extorted money and they are now in the process of tracking the money trail.”It has been also been revealed during interrogation that the two of Kaskar’s associates arrested by us spent large amounts of cash at a dance bar in Mulund,” the officer said.

Iqbal Kaskar’s Extortion Racket: History-sheeter detained in Mumbai by the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane Crime Branch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane crime branch’s Anti Extortion Cell on Monday evening, detained a history-sheeter from Mumbai for questioning in connection with the extortion racket recently busted by them.The detained has been identified as Mohammad Ahmed Mansuri alias Ahmad Langda. Mansuri is an accused in 1993 blast and also has an Arms Act case registered against him for being part of a shootout in JJ Hospital in 1992. He was also arrested for threatening former Bandra MLA Baba Siddique.According to the police, they were on the lookout for four people from D- gang in connection with the extortion racket that was allegedly run by Iqbal Kaskar, and two others. On Monday while they had laid a trap to apprehend the wanted accused, who would make calls to victims on behalf of Kaskar and Dawood gang to threaten the victims and extort money.The prime accused managed to flee but they nabbed the close associate of the accused. The police said the detained person is a history-sheeter and is an associate of the wanted accused who can lead them to the prime suspect. The police have detained him from, Teli mohalla of central Mumbai area. “We suspect that the detained accused can lead them to the wanted accused and he knows the whereabouts. The wanted accused were part of the gang and are untraceable since the FIR has been registered,”said a senior police officer from Thane police.Meanwhile the Thane police have got the email ID of Kaskar and have written a letter to nodal officer of Google in India seeking details of the email communication. The reply is likely to take a week

‘Dawood Ibrahim has no plans of coming back to India’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by Thane Police in an extortion case, has allegedly told interrogators that neither Dawood Ibrahim nor any of his brothers have any plans of returning to India or surrender to the Indian government.Kaskar, also allegedly revealed to Thane police on Saturday that he spoke to Dawood four times this year over the phone. However, the calls were made using burners and SIM boxes so that they could not be traced by intelligence agencies.According to sources, Kaskar has told intelligence officers interrogating him that neither Dawood nor any of his brothers had ever expressed any wish of returning to India during his communication with them. The IB had recently questioned Kaskar along with Thane crime branch officers on several issues relating to Dawood and hawala channels used by the gang.”Kaskar told us about Dawood’s locations in Pakistan and about his frequent visits to Dubai from Pakistan for business purposes. While initially, he denied having any communication with Dawood, he has now started speaking. He also stated that he had recently spoken to Dawood four times, but said that it was an informal conversation. We are verifying and trying to validate all his statements,” said a senior police officer from Thane police.

Busted: CBI arrest Deputy Commissioner IT Department for demanding Rs 3 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, the CBI arrested Jaipal Swami, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax Department, Mumbai and two others while demanding a bribe for Rs 3 crore.He had asked for a bribe to give undue favour to a complainant while filing his IT returns. He was caught red-handed at Aayakar Bhavan in Mumbai.More details awaited.

Iqbal Kaskar reveals his brother Dawood’s addresses in Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Iqbal Kaskar, who was recently arrested by the Thane Police for his alleged involvement in an extortion case, has revealed at least four addresses of his brother and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. Kaskar also admitted during investigation that he was in touch with his brother Anees, also an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.According to police sources, Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh interrogated Kaskar and his two aides on Thursday afternoon and asked him about the whereabouts of his brother. Kaskar told the police that he had not spoken with Dawood in years but that he was in regular touch with Anees through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls.Dawood has four residences in Karachi and he keeps changing his locations, Kaskar has said during interrogation.In the alleged extortion case, Kaskar said that meetings with municipal corporators would take place at his Nagpada residence to discuss the alleged extortion deals, a senior police officer said.The Intelligence Bureau officials too interrogated all the three accused on Wednesday. Their mobile phone details are being analysed.Meanwhile, the police have identified four more persons instrumental in the extortion racket and who are likely to be arrested soon.Three other persons detained were let off after police failed to establish their involvement in the extortion case.

Cops likely to invoke MCOCA against Iqbal Kaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police are setting the groundwork for applying the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides in connection with the extortion racket case.A police source said they are now in the process of checking technicalities to invoke the Act and have written a letter to the Mumbai Police asking for Kaskar’s past record and details of the cases registered against Kaskar and his aides.To apply MCOCA in the case the police will have to prove that the gang is organised and committing crime for pecuniary gain. For application of MCOCA in a case, it is also mandatory that there should be at least two charge sheets filed in the past ten years against one of the accused in the case.

Another jeweller accuses Kaskar of extortion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police arrested Iqbal Kaskar and his two henchmen in connection with alleged extortion of a builder in Thane, another jeweller has come forward on Wednesday claiming that the gang had extorted jewellery of Rs 15 lakh from him in 2015.According to the police, the jeweller approached them on Wednesday claiming that the two henchmen of Kaskar, Mumtaj Shaikh and Israr Sayed had forcibly entered his jewellery shop and extorted jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh and threatened him with dire consequences.”The victim was forced to sell his land to Kaskar but as he did not agree to sell it, the duo on the instructions of Kaskar had vandalised the shop and extorted jewellery. A case has been registered in Thane Nagar police station,” said a senior police officer.”We are now getting constant information about extortion carried out by the accused and we are approaching the complainants to register cases. We will register separate cases and will try to recover maximum properties extorted by the accused.”The two politicians and builders’ role is being probed. But prima facie it seems that the politicians would carry out a settlement with the victims and accused. We will summon and question them after which we will take a decision on whether to make the accused or not,” said Parambir Singh, Thane Police commissioner.

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