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Maharashtra Congress secretary killed in road mishap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Sanjay Choupane was killed when the car he was travelling in collided with a bus at Bondla Phata near Aurangabad on Sunday evening. According to the police, the mishap took place when Choupane, along with three others, was heading towards Mumbai after attending a function in Aurangabad. Former Thane city Congress Committee president Balkrishna Purnekar and one Ramakant Mhatre accompanying Choupane were seriously injured in the incident. The police said that the accident took place when the car driver lost control after he tried to save one of the motorcyclist, who came suddenly from the wrong side and subsequently the car rammed into the bus.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Sanjay Choupane was killed when the car he was travelling in collided with a bus near Aurangabad today, the police said. Former Thane city Congress Committee president Balkrishna Purnekar and one Ramakant Mhatre accompanying Choupane were seriously injured in the incident which occurred this evening. Choupane and others were returning from Aurangabad after attending a meeting of senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. The accident took place at Bondla Phata, the police said, adding that the injured are being treated at a hospital in Aurangabad. While Choupane and Purnekar were residents of Thane, Mhatre was a resident of Mumbai.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bengal government tells HC it needs additional CAPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The West Bengal government today told the Calcutta High Court that it urgently needed additional Central Armed Police Force to tackle disturbances in Darjeeling. “We had made a requisition for 30 companies of CAPF, but have got only 11 companies from the Centre,” state Advocate General Kishore Dutta told a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty. “We urgently need at least 15 to 20 companies (an addition of four to nine companies to the present deployment) in Darjeeling and Kalimpong,” Dutta told the bench which is hearing petitions seeking restoration of normalcy in the Darjeeling hills. Observing that the issue has to be resolved, the bench directed the state government to make a fresh requisition to the Centre seeking additional forces. The court also directed additional solicitor general, representing the Union Government, to take instructions from the Centre on its position over deployment of more CAPF in Darjeeling, which has been witnessing large-scale violence since June eight over demands for a separate state, named ‘Gorkhaland.’ The ASG was asked to apprise the court of the Centre’s stand on July four, when the matter would be taken up for hearing again. The advocate general informed the court that at present there were 3,506 state police personnel deployed in the hills, while the CAPF deployment was of 704 personnel. The state’s top law officer also submitted that on the court’s direction, a copy of the petition and notice had been served on Gurung’s office and pasted on its walls. No lawyer, however, represented Gurung or his party Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which is spearheading the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of West Bengal, during today’s hearing. One of the petitioners submitted that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha and several others accused in the killing of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang had been directed to stay in Kolkata from the date of framing of charge in the case and till completion of the trial. Counsel Indranil Roy submitted that another division bench of the high court, while granting bail to these accused on December 19, 2016, had directed them to stay in Kolkata police area during the said period. Stating that the bench had directed that the trial court frame charges against the accused by February, 2017, Roy submitted that it should be found out whether charge framing had commenced and if so, Gurung and others had flouted directions of the high court by staying put in Darjeeling. Upon hearing the submission, acting Chief Justice Mhatre directed the state’s advocate general to find out the facts and inform the court. The trial in the case had been transferred from Darjeeling to Kolkata by the high court on a plea by Tamang’s widow that the accused persons could influence witnesses.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MACT awards Rs 34L compensation to kin of accident victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of Rs 34 lakh to the kin of a yard manager, who was killed in a road accident in 2015. The President of MACT-Raigadh-Alibaugh MG Sewlikar recently directed the two respondents – owner of a trailer Nilesh Mhatre and the insurer Sri Ram General Insurance company to jointly and severally make the payment along with an interest of 7.5 per cent per annum from September 2015- when the plea was filed. Appearing for the claimants, the counsels SC Bodulla and SY Patil told MACT that the deceased Jeevan Gharat (44) was working as a yard manager with a transport company and earning Rs 20,000 a month. They said on May 26, 2015 at around 9.15 pm, when Jeevan was standing at the Jasai bus stop on the Panvel-Uran road with his two wheeler, the trailer hit him killing him on the spot. The claimants – his wife Nanda (37), children – Sahl and Pallavi and father Namdeo – claimed that the accident occurred due to negligence on part of the trailer’s driver. Jeevan’s mother was also a claimant when the plea was filed but subsequently her name was dropped after she passed away. They claimed a compensation of Rs 40.25 lakh, which was contested by both Mhatre and the insurance firm on various grounds. The MACT, however, rejected the claim of Mhatre and the insurance company and awarded the compensation to Jeevan’s kin.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST implementation won’t jeopardise Mumbai security: Maha FM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today sought to discard fears that the GST roll-out would undermine Mumbai’s security because the vehicles entering the city will not have to stop and face checks at borders after abolition of octroi. Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar sought to assure the state assembly that the GST roll-out would entail no security threat to the metropolis saying the vehicles entering the city will still be under watch and the government would take new steps to beef up the security. The minister was speaking during a discussion in the Lower House on the second day of the three-day special session convened to pave way for the country-wide implementation of the GST from July 1. Mungantiwar’s assurance came in response to Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu fears that there won’t be any more checks of the vehicles at Mumbai entry points after abolition of octroi, with the GST coming into force. Prabhu said when vehicles stop to pay octroi, it also ensures that a watch is kept on them. “After abolition of octroi, there won’t be checking of vehicles. As a result, all vehicles will enter Mumbai, raising questions over the the city’s security,” Prabhu said. “The government will pay special attention to Mumbai’s security. New measures to boost the city’s security will be undertaken,” the minister said. Leader of opposition in assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said the government should tread carefully while implementing the GST. “The GST should not become another move like demonetisation, where there were many flaws in implementation due to lack of proper planning,” Vikhe Patil said. The government should have also convened a special session to discuss farmers loan waiver and other agrarian issues, he said. Former Maharashtra Finance minister and NCP MLA Jayant Patil said several things are going to become costly after imposition of the GST. “Mr Speaker, the dhoti you are wearing will also become costly. So you should christen Mungantiwar as expenditure minister, instead of finance minister,” he said. Patil was under attack in the Lower House today after BJP MLA Manda Mhatre objected to certain reference he made about her during his speech on GST in the assembly yesterday. Patil had described Mhatre, a former NCP legislator, as “our (NCP) product.” Mhatre said the reference was demeaning. Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar defended Patil, saying “NCP has always respected women.” Speaker Haribhau Bagde said he will examine the remarks. Patil also took potshots at BJP’s Eknath Khadse, who resigned from the state cabinet following corruption charges in a land deal. “The most important issue before Maharashtra is: Why did Katappa kill Bahubaali? If Khadse speaks, the House will come to know,” Patil said, using the famous dialogue from “Baahubali” in a veiled reference to media reports that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had orchestrated Khadse’s exit. Patil spoke of Khadse greeting Congress-NCP leaders during the recent sangharsh yatra of the opposition, in his Jalgaon constituency. Khadse, who was present in the House, quipped, “You had come to find out why did Katappa kill Bahubaali.” NCP MP Supriya Sule was today seen in the visitor’s gallery of the assembly. Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had witnessed the Assembly proceedings for a while yesterday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narada case: CBI books 13 TMC leaders including MPs, ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders including MPs and ministers in West Bengal government have been booked by the CBI for corruption in the Narada sting case where they were allegedly caught on camera taking money. The agency has registered case of alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption against Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Sultan Ahmed, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Aparupa Poddar, among others, CBI sources said. The case has been registered on the completion of preliminary enquiry (PE) by the CBI, they said. The PE was registered on directions of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti. The Narada sting tapes, which were released to different news organisations before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed people resembling senior TMC leaders receiving money allegedly for giving future favours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Calcutta High Court orders CBI to conduct preliminary inquiry into Narada sting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting operation in which several Trinamool Congress leaders were seen allegedly taking money.A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti directed the CBI to take possession of all material and devices related to the sting operation within 24 hours and to conclude the preliminary enquiry within another 72 hours.The Narada sting tapes, which were released to different news organisations before the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, showed some leaders allegedly taking money.The division bench noted that a report by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, had said that the tapes were untampered.Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News, had told the court that the recordings were done using an iPhone, which were transferred to a laptop and were then stored in a pendrive.All these devices were taken possession of by a committee set up by the high court.Passing the order, the court observed that conduct of public figures must be beyond reproach.It said that given the persons against whom allegations have been made are ministers, MPs and other senior leaders from the state, it would be just to direct the CBI, and not a state agency, to conduct a preliminary inquiry.The court also observed that CBI was the most suitable agency for conducting an independent probe into the matter.Three petitions had been filed before the high court seeking independent probe into the sting tapes after examining the genuineness of the recordings.

MCOCA slapped against accused in Manoj Mhatre murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have invoked charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the 19 accused allegedly involved in the murder of a Congress leader in Bhiwandi. “The accused were already charged under the provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act for the murder of Congress leader Manoj Mhatre and now we have added provisions of MCOCA,” Thane Additional CP (Crime) Manoj Ranade confirmed today. “The alleged accused indulged in organised crime and let loose a reign of terror in the locality for political and personal gains and this has been revealed during the probe,” the order by Thane police stated. DCP Crime Parag Manere said of the 19 accused allegedly involved in the crime, seven have been arrested and hunt is on for the remaining suspects. Congress leader of the house in Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body Manoj Mhatre was shot dead on February 14 over political rivalry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Bring all culprits in Mhatre murder case to book’: Rane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane has said his party will not let the upcoming Budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly function till the state government brings all the accused in Bhiwnadi Congress leader’s murder case to book. “We will not not allow the budget session to function till all the culprits are brought to book,” Rane told reporters yesterday after meeting the family members of slain leader in Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation, Manoj Mhatre. Mhatre, 53, was shot at point blank range by a couple of ‘masked men’ and attacked with sharp weapons on the night of February 14, following which he died. Police had earlier registered a case against the corporator’s cousin Prashant Mhatre (35), who was absconding, and seven others in connection with the killing. Later, Bhiwandi police had on February 19 arrested Prashant and one more accused. Condemning the incident, the former state chief minister accused the BJP of “shielding the killers”. Rane further said that the law and order situation under BJP’s rule in the state has worsened and that it can be noted that Home department is with the Chief Minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two arrested for murder of Bhiwandi Congress corporator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Congress corporator from Bhiwandi township in neighbouring Thane district, police said. Manoj Mhatre (53), a corporator from Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation in the powerloom town, was allegedly attacked with sharp weapons and then fired at from point-blank range by some men on Tuesday night, following which he died. The two accused — Mahesh Pandit Mhatre and Mayur alias CoCo Prakash Mhatre — were detained by Bhiwandi police last night and arrested this morning. Police had earlier registered a case against the corporator’s cousin Prashant Mhatre (35), who is absconding, and seven others in connection with the killing. The case was registered on the basis of the statement of Manoj’s driver, who was a witness to the incident. On Tuesday, Manoj had gone to Narpoli police station to file a complaint about threats issued to his supporter Umashankar, alias Mulayam Yadav, of Ramnagar area. When he returned to his residence at Samrudhi Building in Bhiwandi’s Oswal Wadi area, some men waiting outside the complex attacked him. The attackers first shot one round at him and after he fell, they stabbed him with choppers and later fled in a car. Manoj was rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane where he died during treatment. The assault was captured in a CCTV camera installed in the building, even as other witnesses confirmed that Prashant was present at the spot. Manoj, a three-time Congress corporator, was also leader of the house in the Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body. Police said Manoj had personal as well as political differences with Prashant, the son of his uncle Bhaskar Mhatre (65), who launched Manoj in politics in 2002.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

"We will inaugurate a free health service for Mumbai

But first, we will get his eyes checked to ascertain what made him compare Mumbai to Patna,” Uddhav said, in reference to Fadnavis’s comment that in terms of development, Mumbai under Sena rule was worse than Patna. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>citizens at the hands of Chief Minister. But first, we will get his eyes checked to ascertain what made him compare Mumbai to Patna,” Uddhav said, in reference to Fadnavis’s comment that in terms of development, Mumbai under Sena rule was worse than Patna. On BJP’s claim that Mumbai was safer after installation of CCTV cameras, he said if that was the case, Congress leader Manoj Mhatre would not have been killed brutally. “Now you have the whole footage of his murder. If you have the courage, catch hold of the BJP leader who committed the crime and punish him,” he said. On BJP’s demand that publication of Sena mouthpiece Saamana be banned on the eve of elections, Uddhav said this demand was no less than a situation akin to the Emergency. “Try banning Saamana. You will not even be seen after that,” Thackeray said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Congress leader shot dead in Bhiwandi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Congress leader in the Bhiwandi civic body was shot dead by a couple of unidentified persons late tonight, police said.Manoj Mhatre, leader of Congress party in the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation in the powerloom town was attacked with sharp weapons by the assailants and then fired at from point blank range, said police.DCP Bhiwandi Zone-II Manoj Patil said, Mhatre was the resident of Kalwa of Bhiwandi taluka. Due to personal enmity he shifted to Oswal Wadi in the town.After the attack the assailants fled in a four-wheeler without number plate, said the police.He was rushed to Jupiter Hospital at Thane where doctors declared him brought dead.The motive behind the killing is still not known, the police said, adding, earlier too there was an attempt on his life.Senior police officers rushed to the spot and a manhunt has been launched to nab the killers, police said.

CBI takes over probe in extortion case against Rajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI has taken over investigation in the case pertaining to alleged extortion demand of Rs 26 crore by gang members of Chhota Rajan from a Mumbai-based builder in 2015. Mumbai Police, which was probing the case, had filed a charge sheet last year against Suresh Shinde, Ashok Nikam, Sumit Mhatre, Nikhil Awaghade showing three main accused Chhota Rajan, Anolakhi Isam and Parmanand Thakkar as “absconding accused”. It is alleged that a call was made to the builder asking him to pay Rs 26 crore to Thakkar else he and his wife will be killed by the gang, according to the FIR filed. Rajan was arrested in 2015 after being deported to India from Bali, Indonesia. Maharashtra government had handed to CBI all the case probed by the state police against Rajan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pressure mounts on TMC: Now CBI may probe Narada sting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a CBI probe into the multi-crore Saradha and Rose Valley scams, the Narada sting operation is also heading for another CBI investigation. During a hearing of the case at the Calcutta High Court under the division bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Tapabrata Chakraborty when Attorney General Jayanta Mitra said that there was no crime involved and thus the state would not initiate a probe into the matter, Justice Mhatre said that since the state did want an investigation, there can be a probe ordered by an independent agency.The court had observed that what can be a problem if there was such a probe? It also said that whenever there was an allegation against leaders of the ruling party, the state should initiate an independent probe but more often than not, it is not done.TMC MP and lawyer for the accused TMC leaders, Kalyan Banerjee, later talking to DNA said that he had placed his case. “The role of a journalist is to witness and report a crime. In this case we see that the person concerned was playing a participatory role in the crime with a criminal intent. He was seen offering money to the others. There is no foundational fact to the allegation and thus, there is no need for an investigation,” Banerjee said.Lawyer for the petitioner Arunava Ghosh said that Narada News CEO, Mathew Samuel had submitted three affidavits, whenever he had been asked to, saying that his job was to unearth corruption among people in high places. “They are trying to defend it by saying that it was not a case of taking a bribe so no investigation was required. The court had, then said that in that case there can be an independent agency probe to decide what it was,” he told DNA. Another lawyer for the petitioner, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya too batted for a CBI inquiry. “We want a CBI probe. That had been our prayer from the beginning and the court asked the defence that why cant there be any. By January 13, we hope there will be a clear verdict as to whether there will be a CBI probe or not,” he told DNA.The Narada sting operation videos were made public in March 2016, ahead of the Assembly elections and consequently, a number of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) were filed at the division bench of the then Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur.The videos showed many TMC leaders, ministers and an IPS officer allegedly accepting money from a reporter who had posed as a businessman. The CM had reacted saying that the sting operation had been engineered with the intention of creating a negative impression in the voters’ minds.

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