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Rooftop fire engulfs Mumbai Kamala Mills building

At least 14 people have died in the blaze at the popular Kamala Mills restaurant and shopping complex.

ED attaches more assets, worth Rs 177 cr, in NSEL scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday provisionally attached fresh assets valued at over Rs 177 crore in connection with the money laundering case against NSEL.The officials have attached 10 immovable properties of Surender Gupta of PD Agro Processors Pvt Ltd and Dunar Foods Ltd, a major defaulter of NSEL having a market value of Rs 177.33 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The total worth of attached assets in the case stands at Rs 2,890 crore.The ED officials said the company, P D Agro Processors Pvt Ltd, has fraudulently obtained huge funds from NSEL by trading on the exchange platform against the non-existent/fictitious sale of their commodity, which is paddy/rice. The money trail has revealed that a huge chunk of proceeds of crime has been transferred to M/s Dunar Foods Ltd, a sister concern of PD Agro Processors Pvt Ltd.”The ED, along with the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police, had registered a criminal case in 2013 under the PMLA to probe NSEL and others associated with it for defrauding 13,000 investors to the tune of Rs 5,600 crore.

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Anti-eve-teasing squads to keep eye on eve-teasers among new year revelers

In order to avoid eve teasing instances during the new year celebrations, the Mumbai police would be setting up Anti-Eve-Teasing squads at Gateway of India and Marine Drive. The statistics provided by Mumbai Police revealed that there has been over 2000 molestation cases already registered in the city this year till November. However, police sources confirmed that the idea of using drones to keep a check on the activities of party goers at Gateway of India has been dropped.”The anti-eve-teasing squads would have women police persons too. Their primary responsibility would be to keep watch on movements of revelers and to take action against those who harass women. The utmost priority is towards women safety. Those in this squad will roam in public places like Gateway of India, Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty in plain clothes and would keep eyes on anti-social elements. Action will be taken on those who are found indulging in any crime. ,” said a senior police officer.According to the statistics from Mumbai Police, from January till November this year 2046 molestation cases were registered and 1667 persons were arrested in these cases in the city.”The squad is particularly important to ensure women are safe in the crowded places as in the past there had been instances of women being groped by a group of men on New Year night in the city,” said the officer.WOMEN’S SAFETYStatistics provided by Mumbai Police reveal that there have been over 2,000 molestation cases already registered in the city this year until November. As such, anti-eve-teasing squads will be deployed

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Zaira Wasim molestation | Mumbai Police files FIR, Air Vistara says probe on in ‘full force’: 10 updates

Actor Zaira Wasim, in news for her mid-air molestation allegation, has recorded her statement in presence of Mumbai Police officials at her hotel on Sunday.As many celebrities and politicians slamming the incident and supporting the ‘Dangal’ star, here are the 10 major developments form this story:1: The Mumbai Police has filed and FIR in the Sahar police station against unknown person.2: The case has been filed under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO ACT, as the ‘Secret Superstar’ actor is still a minor.3: The molestation bid sparked major condemnation from people across section of society.Also readOmar Abdullah demands action against man accused of molesting ‘Dangal’ actress Zaira Wasim4: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and said that, “As a mother of 2 daughters I am appalled at what happened with @zairawasimz.”5: Her predecessor Omar Abdullah also showed support for the young actor and sought legal action in the case.6: Earlier, the National Commission for Women also said that it would help the 17-year-old in anyway possible.Also readZaira Wasim molestation | Cops reach Dangal girl’s hotel, Vistara source says she refused to file complaint7: Wrestler Geeta Phogat has also condemned the alleged Zaira Wasim harassment incident and has said the 17-year-old actress should have slapped the man the very moment he tried to touch her. Zaira, who had played the young Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster film Dangal, had last night taken to Instagram to post a story wherein she alleged a middle-aged man tried to molest her when she was en route Mumbai from Delhi by an Air Vistara flight.8: “Whatever has happened is very wrong. If it can happen with Zaira, then it can happen with anyone. Zaira should have slapped the man at that very moment,” Phogat said.9: Air Vistara, the airlines with which Zaira Wasim was flying during the incident, has issued a statement and said that a probe is on in ‘full force’10: “Zaira started yelling at the accused passenger only during the descent of the flight, due to which the cabin crew couldn’t move because it’s mandatory to have no movement during the final phase of the flight as seat belts are on,” Vistara said in the statement.

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Speak up Mumbai | Aesthetics over safety: Smart choice by BMC?

To secure the iconic Marine Drive promenade from a possible Barcelona-style terror attack, in which a van ploughed into pedestrians on a busy boulevard, the Mumbai Police had proposed installing barriers between the road and promenade to ensure that cars and heavy vehicles do not veer onto the promenade.However the plan has been shelved after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) rejected the proposal to install bollards or raise the promenade’s height stating that this would damage the tourist spot’s aesthetics and obstruct its openness.Following the rejection, top police officers made a presentation to state chief secretary Sumit Mullick to point out the security gaps. The police spent three weeks conducting safety drills by simulating attacks, and a video demonstrated the consequences of a Barcelona-style van attack.DNA spoke to a cross section of Mumbaikars to find out whether security concerns should take precedence over issues of aesthetics and heritage.EXPERT SPEAKSecurity is more important in today’s era considering the Barcelona-style terror attacks that terrorists are committing across the world. Installing barriers at the Marine Drive promenade is the need of the hour as it is one of the most sensitive and crowded areas in the city. The Mumbai Police has taken the right step at the right time. Their measures would help prevent and secure the stretch from such attacks. Barriers would not be any damage.—Prem Kishan Jain, security expertMumbai is surrounded by the sea. You cannot fence Mumbai from all three sides. How can it be assured that after creating barriers there will be no attack? I think such a move would damage the heritage of Marine Drive. The police should find other measures for security such as increasing surveillance at the promenade. Installing bollards will create visual barriers at Marine Drive.—Abha Narain Lambah, conservation architectVOICESSecurity reasons should always take precedence. Other heritage sites of the world should be taken as examples to learn how beauty can be preserved while keeping security aspects in mind.—Sangeeta Srivastava, AndheriBarriers should be installed in such a way that they do not damage the heritage. Both aspects are equally important and cannot be ignored. We can come up with midway solution for the issue.—Gulshan Giri, AndheriIt is important to protect the city’s heritage structures but not at the cost of safety of its residents. BMC should ensure that tourists and local residents feel safe while visiting tourists spots such as Marine Drive. The police should go ahead and install structures in the restricted areas for the safety of locals and tourists. Safety and security of locals and tourists should not be compromised in the name of aesthetics and heritage structures.—Bhuvee Daswani, BandraImproving the police force’s intelligence is the basic need. If bollards are installed on the Marine Drive promenade then where will the pedestrians go?. You cannot block public space because it could be a security hazard. Placing physical obstructions won’t work every time as terrorists could find a loophole some way or the other. The government needs focus on improving the police force’s training.—Kamlakar Shenoy, MazgaonSecurity has to be given priority in this day and age. Human life is precious — it cannot be and should not be compromised at any cost. Of course aesthetics and heritage should be preserved too but they can only be appreciated if we exist. Recent attacks across the world indicate that attacks hereafter would be of higher impact than before and this is something we ought to prioritise as a security concern.—Pradeep Havnur, BandraInstalling barricades will not address security concerns. Authorities need to ensure security but also need to keep aesthetics in mind. Barricades that are used on footpaths are ugly. What they probably need is a four or six-inch elevation at the promenade’s periphery which will not block free movement of pedestrians and will also serve as a hindrance to vehicles. This might also regulate people crossing only from where they are supposed to.—Kaizad Todywalla, Marine DriveSecurity should be given priority. There is nothing wrong in protecting heritage but it should not be at the cost of human life. When there is a possibility of major issues, even then either the police or civic administration is being stopped from taking remedial measures. In the past we have seen rules being twisted to benefit certain corporate sections but when it comes to the safety of common people, rules are being given priority.—Prakash Kosy, WorliSecurity should always be given priority over issues such as aesthetics and heritage. Installing barricades between the promenade and road will not disturb the aesthetics of Marine Drive. It will just be an addition to the existing structure. Both the Mumbai Police and MHCC should arrive at a middle ground solution so that both concerns of security and heritage can be accommodated.—Abhishek Thakker, Mulund
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Citizens step forward to adopt abandoned baby saved by Mumbai police

A week after an abandoned baby was admitted in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion Hopsital) at Sion by Mumbai Police, the baby got discharged from the hospital on Thursday, November 30. The infant was found in an auto-rickshaw on November 20 morning at Kanjurmarg by a man. He later handed over the infant to the Mumbai Police officers.According to the police officials, citizens are coming forward to adopt the baby since a week. The police officials stated that they are still tracing for the baby’s parents.Gajanan Taple, Senior Police Inspector at Kanjurmarg Police Station, said, “To trace her parents, we are scrutinizing CCTV footages of the road. Since it is a crowded road, it is difficult to find out but the search is going on. We have shifted the baby to Vatsalya Charitable Trust at Kanjurmarg. The baby will be taken to the hospital for follow-up check ups.”Taple, added, “While few citizens have come forward to adopt her, we have informed them to connect with the charitable trust since we don’t have authority to conduct adoption process. Yesterday the baby was handed over to the NGO and citizens who are wishing to adopt her, we are directing them to contact the ngo.”The baby was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid is build-up deep within the brain and requires a surgical intervention.“The baby underwent CT scan and we were waiting for the medical reports. A surgery was performed on her few days ago and is kept in neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) of the hospital. While her condition is stable now, she is fit to get discharge from the hospital. We have informed the Mumbai Police. They completed the discharge process and have taken the baby to the orphanage,” said Dr Jayshree Mondkar, Dean and Neonatologist at Sion Hospital.
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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.

Despite being considered one of the safest cities, 1600 molestation cases registered in Mumbai till September 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month a 25-year-old Russian National was molested on a busy Borivli street. A closer analysis of the crime statistics procured from Mumbai Police revealed that on an average at least 150 women are molested every month in Mumbai, which is considered to be one of the safest cities for women. According to the statistics, from January till September this year, 1609 cases under section 354 of Indian Penal Code for outraging modesty of a woman were registered by the Mumbai Police as compared to 1639 cases registered during the same period.While number of molestation cases registered are high in numbers, the detection rate of these cases are on the lower side. As per the statistics, of the registered 1609 cases this year, only 1227 could be detected. Which means thd detection rate was only 76 %. On the other hand, number of cases registered under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code for Intended insult to Modesty of Women are showing increasing trend in city. From January till September, 333 cases were registered by Mumbai Police under section 509 of IPC, as Compared to 319 cases registered last year during same period. Of the 333 cases, only 191 cases could be detected by the police having detection rate of just 57%.”Women safety is one of priorities of the Mumbai Police. We ensure enough police presence is there in the city and that they are safe from hooligan elements,” said a senior Mumbai Police officer, requesting anonymity. Earlier Mumbai Police had taken several initiatives to ensure women are safe in the city. These initiatives include a help desk for women at all railway terminals, dedicated women help desk in police stations and women beat patrolling in the city.

Charges framed against hawkers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the MNS Malad divisional head Sushant Malavade was grievously injured in an attack by hawkers, the Malad police have booked seven hawkers for attempted murder. The police have also registered a case against Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for allegedly holding a rally in Malad without police permission.Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Deepak Devraj, said: “The rally created hurdle in traffic and it was held without permission; hence, a case for unlawful assembly and holding a rally without permission has been registered in Nirmal Nagar police station. Strict action will be taken against all who have taken law in their hand.”

Activist alleges threat from caller in email to police chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RTI activist and journalist, who has been exposing alleged irregularities by several developers via his blog, has now alleged that someone posing as a police officer called and threatened him on Sunday afternoon. Krishnaraj Rao wrote to Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar on the same, and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sanjay Saxena has forward the complaint to Zone 12 DCP.In his email to the police chief, Rao has alleged that he received a threat call on behalf of Bhagtani builders and also a local MLA. He has alleged that the person who called him identified himself as Karan Singh and even asked Rao to check the number on the Truecaller app for the same.According to Rao, the caller first claimed to be someone cheated by Bhagtani and another person. He said that both of them had given Bhagtani Rs 20 lakh and wanted the money back. After this, Rao suggested that the caller register an FIR, but the latter was not interested in legal remedies. In the middle of the call, the caller claimed that Bhagtani had told him on the phone the same day that he had made arrangements to lift Rao from his residence and thoroughly beaten up. The caller then changed the tack and claimed that he was a crime branch officer and began threatening Rao.Rao then wrote the commissioner seeking his action. Vinay Rathod, DCP Zone 12, said, “I am yet to get the email, and when I do, I will ask the concerned police station to look into the matter.”Meanwhile, Diipesh Bhagtani, of JVPD Properties Ltd said, “We are a professional real estate company, and I am absolutely not aware of any threat. Nor are we interested in giving any threats to anybody. Though I can confirm that Mr Krishnaraj Rao is a blackmailer and we are going to file a complaint with Anti Corruption Bureau in consultation with the lawyer. We do not believe in these kinds of acts and have faith in the judiciary. These things are being done to extort money and spoil our name since we decided not to pay these blackmailers. He has written defamatory blogs against us mentioning stories which are not true and we shall be filing a separate complaint against him with Cyber Cell department.”

Ryan International murder: CEO Ryan Pinto and family summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you thought public outrage and media frenzy–after the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyumn ​Thakur in Ryan International School’s Bhondsi branch–would make Gurugram police take swift action to nab the real culprits, then think again. Gurugram police, already battling charges of going slow in the case allegedly to protect the real culprits, seems in no hurry to interrogate the trustees of Ryan School. Pinto family has been summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation on September 26.This despite the fact that Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday refused to stay arrests of Ryan School trustees in this case. Earlier, the Bombay High had rejected anticipatory bail application of Pinto family. But, Gurugram police has decided to wait until September 26 to interrogate the high-profile Ryan School trustees. The school owners – founder Augustine Francis Pinto, MD Grace Pinto and CEO Ryan Pinto — are based in Mumbai. Police teams could have easily gone to Mumbai to interrogate the Pinto family so as to pitch together all the evidence that could still be retrieved. Delay in investigation and interrogation would, at best, help the accused and this also increases the chances of tampering with the evidence. At a time when police teams should actually be pouncing on the head to suspects to get to the bottom of the real truth, the excaxtly opposite seems to be happening on the ground. Denial of anticipatory bails from two courts meant the noose was actually tightening on Pinto family. But Gurugram police has decided to wait till Tuesday to start with the interrogation of Pinto family.Earlier, Ryan Pinto was served a notice by Gurugram police which sought answers from him about security lapses in the school and names of those responsible for those lapses. Ryan Pinto’s statements become vital as the school faces a criminal case for negligence.

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.

Nodal officer to scan school security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in mind the safety guidelines, The Mumbai Police is about to issue guidelines to approximately 7,000 schools in the city. The cops will appoint a nodal officer to execute the guidelines set by them.The officer will conduct awareness programmes in the schools and will ensure that the schools abide by them.The decision by Mumbai Police comes after a seven-year-old boy was allegedly murdered inside the Gurugram-based Ryan International School, which was run by Mumbai-based Pinto family. The first school by Pinto family was established in here. There are 1,032 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools and around 5,000 private run schools in the city.”Keeping in mind the safety issues in the school for students, a need for a fresh set of guidelines is required. We regularly send circulars to schools regarding awareness programmes.”, said a senior police officer from Special Branch.”We have now decided to set guidelines for the schools which will include safety of students travelling by school buses. Also, workshops and awareness programmes will be conducted for the parents to ensure safety of their children.”, said the officer.

Police commissioner’s building to get a facelift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The iconic Mumbai police commissioner’s building is set to be restored soon and the Mumbai police museum will be inaugurated on the ground floor of the building. The 120-year-old South Bombay structure is undergoing major repairs and restoration for the first time, however, its original structure and shape will be retained.According to police, the structure of the office building has developed some cracks on the walls and roof’s plaster. The rooms and wiring of the building need to be upgraded. A conference room will also be set up on the ground floor where the control room had earlier been located.Work on the ground floor has already begun in the first phase of restoration. “The proposal for the same was sent to the Public Works Department(PWD) recently and after approval, work has begun on the ground floor of the building and eventually we will end up restoring the second floor of the building,” a senior police officer said adding that they hope it would be complete by the end of the year.The Mumbai Police art museum on the ground floor will be replacing what used to be the house of three DCPs.The museum will showcase the history of Mumbai police, along with several uniforms used by them over the past century. It will also have old photographs, letters of Mahatma Gandhi written to the then Mumbai Police chief, and will feature several other curios.Earlier, the museum was located just behind the current Mumbai police commissioner’s office which did not attract much footfall as visitors would have to go thorough a security check.”The current plan is to situate it on the ground floor as that way it will attract more visitors. It will be open to all unlike the old one,” said Police historian Deepak Rao.

All you need to know about Satyapal Singh: Former top cop who becomes minister in Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai Police commissioner who quit the post to join politics, Satyapal Singh seems to have found his true calling after taking the electoral plunge to become an MP and now a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.61-year-old Satyapal Singh wanted to become a scientist before he joined the IPS in 1980 and got Maharashtra cadre.But in his own words, his inner voice told him it was time to change his profession. He quit the job of a police officer, became an MP and now as a Union minister he aims to work for the entire country with renewed energy.” Singh’s first posting was as assistant superintendent of police of Nasik. He then went on to become the superintendent of police of Buldhana.Prior to being appointed the Mumbai Police chief, Singh was Maharashtra’s additional director general of police. He has also served as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) in Mumbai.He has also been on deputation to the CBI and received a special service medal for extraordinary work in Naxalite areas of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He received the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service in 2004, the President’s Police Medal for meritorious service in 1996 and the DG’s Insignia in the same year.During his tenure in Mumbai, he is credited with breaking the backbone of organised crime syndicates that terrorised Mumbai in the 1990s, including the Chhota Rajan, Chhota Shakeel and Arun Gawli gangs.During the same time in the late ’90s, when gangsters were active in Mumbai and the mafia in Mumbai went berserk with several high-profile killings, Singh formed special police squads and cracked down on several underworld figures.That tenure saw several encounter killings in Mumbai with specialists such as Daya Nayak, Pradeep Sharma and Vijay Salaskar given the licence to take on the underworld. It was during this stint that the 25 August 2003 Mumbai bombings at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar took place.As Police Commissioner of Nagpur, he began an outreach programme called ‘Mission Mrityunjay’. This was an anti-terror initiative that aimed to enlist college students in the fight against terrorism whereby students recommended by college authorities assisted the police in intelligence gathering and reported suspicious and anti-social activities on campus and in the city.Identical programmes were launched in Pune as well as Mumbai during his tenure as the police chief of respective cities.As Nagpur police chief, Singh had also busted the ‘matka’ gangs there, unearthing a local politician’s links to the high-profile racket.His tenure as Pune Police Commissioner was witness to the 2010 Pune bombing which occurred at the German Bakery that killed 17 people and injured at least 60 more.In June 2011, weeks after being appointed chairman of a special investigation team constituted by the Gujarat High Court to probe the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, Singh was replaced after requesting the court to relieve him after he cited differences of opinion between two other SIT members.On 23 August 2012, Singh was appointed as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai after his predecessor Arup Patnaik faced flak and was eventually shunted out for his handling of the Azad Maidan riots that occurred on August 11 in the city.Several policemen were injured in that melee.On 31 January, 2014 Singh tendered his resignation and applied for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and sought to be relieved as soon as possible from his post so he could contest the Lok Sabha elections.He was then quoted as saying, “My inner voice is telling me that it’s time to change profession. As a police officer, I have worked for the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra for many years, but now it’s time to work for the entire country with a renewed energy.”Born in Basauli village in Meerut district on November 29, 1955, he is a BJP MP from Baghpat in western UP.He was pitted against Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo Ajit Singh from Baghpat where he won with a thumping margin of 2,09,866 votes, defeating Samajwadi Party’s GhulamMohammed and pushing Ajit Singh to the third spot with only 1,99,516 votes.In Parliament, Singh has been vocal about farmers issues, advocating the need to involve the farming community actively in drafting of the Union Budget. He has also been raising the problems faced by sugarcane farmers in western UP who are debt-ridden in the face of non repayment of their heightening dues by sugar mills. He has actively been campaigning for Government regulation of sugar prices.Singh is also a vocal proponent of holistic health, yoga and vegetarianism.He has a keen interest in vedic studies and regularly delivers lectures on spirituality, religious extremism and corruption.

Police complaint filed against Rishi Kapoor for posting ‘pornographic image of a child’ on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A police complaint was filed against Rishi Kapoor for allegedly sharing an offensive picture of a child from his social media handle. The complaint was lodged by Advocate Adil Khatri of a Mumbai-based NGO.According to the Indian Express, the complaint was filed because the veteran actor had posted a ‘nude and pornographic image of a child on Twitter handle’.Khatri said that he wanted to teach Kapoor a lesson because he ‘played with cyber laws’. Khatri told Indian Express: “We have filed a complaint with Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mumbai Cyber Cell and Ministry of Woman and Child Development against actor Rishi Kapoor for posting nude and pornographic image of a child on his Twitter account @chintskap.”He added: “We don’t know who the child in the picture is, but it is offensive as the child is naked and a headphone has been stuck into his private parts.”Kapoor often gets in trouble for his tweets, and the last time he caused outrage was when he made sexist joke about Team India captain Mithali Raj during the Women’s World Cup final.

Mumbai: 14-year-old boy caught stealing money, attacks old woman with scissors and knife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy for attacking a 61-year-old woman with scissors and knife when she caught him stealing money from her home.The incident took place on late Wednesday night.The boy was allegedly stealing the money to get his brother’s bicycle repaired.The police said that at 10 p.m., the boy had gone to his neighbour Savitaben’s house when she invited him on dinner and was found digging for money in her cupboard. She caught him and reprimanded him.The boy picked up a brick and hit her on her head, after which he attacked her with a pair of scissors and a knife.The neighbours heard Savitaben screaming and rushed to rescue her.The door was locked from inside so they had to break-in and found her in a pool of blood. The neighbours then informed the police and called for an ambulance.Savitaben was taken to a hospital. Her condition is said to be stable now.The police have detained the boy.The minor has been booked under sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).He was presented before a juvenile court and sent to the Dongri Children’s Home.

Sheena Bora murder: Court asks for Rai’s police statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court in Mumbai which is hearing the Sheena Bora murder case today directed the central agency and the Mumbai Police to produce original statement of accused-turned-approver Shyamvar Rai, former driver of the prime accused Indrani Mukerjea. Police had recorded Rai’s statement when he was arrested in the case in August 2015. Judge J C Jagdale passed the order as the court staff could not find a copy of the statement. Rai is being cross-examined by Indrani’s lawyer Sudeep Passbola, who was today trying to bring out contradictions between Rai’s statement recorded by the police and another recorded by a magistrate. Passbola asked Rai if he had told the police that he had asked Indrani for money. Rai denied making such a statement. Passbola claimed that in his statement to the police, Rai did say so. The defence lawyer wanted to confront Rai with his statement to the police, but its copy was not found in the court record. Special public prosecutor Kavita Patil told the court that the police statement was not a part of the charge sheet because the prosecution is not relying on it. Since the defence never demanded its production before the court, it was possible that the court did not have a copy, she said. The hearing will continue on August 11. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora, Indrani’s daughter, came to light in August 2015 after Rai, arrested in another case, spilled the beans, and the Mumbai Police arrested Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and Rai. Later, Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, was also arrested. The CBI claimed that financial dispute was the reason for Indrani to hatch the conspiracy to murder Sheena.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS members want action against ‘Blue Whale’-like games

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Linking a recent teen suicide in Mumbai to the so-called ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, an online game that has allegedly led to suicide by a large number of teenagers globally, members of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday demanded action against online games.Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable of the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that a teenager Manpreet Singh, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a building, had been playing ‘Blue Whale’ game for 50 days.He said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England and Italy. Sable further elaborated that the participants in the game are given instructions like ‘watch horror movies’, ‘travel without ticket in train’, and are finally asked to commit suicide.”Manpreet has become the first victim (of the game),” he said. The minister demanded measures to ensure young people are not affected due to the the game. He said the matter had also been raised in the Maharashtra assembly. His party colleague Vikas Mahatme said there are other similar games that are very interactive and addictive.Manpreet, a class IX student, jumped off the fifth floor of the building in suburban Andheri last month. Mumbai Police suspected that he was playing the online game, which asks teenagers to perform self-harming acts over a period of 50 days and ultimately kill themselves at the end of it, if they want to win the challenge.

HC raps police over probe in Byculla Jail inmate’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today expressed unhappiness over the probe into the death of an inmate of Byculla prison here, saying the Mumbai Police’s crime branch is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it is seen as an “accidental death”. Manju Shette (45), an inmate of the Byculla women’s prison, who was serving a life sentence, died at the government-run J J Hospital on June 23 night, sparking off a huge protest by over 200 inmates of the prison. While the inmates alleged that she was assaulted by jail officials, the prison authorities today informed the high court that she died after falling in the toilet. “Till date, you (crime branch) have left no stone unturned to see to it that it is seen as an accidental death. How can you treat this as accidental death? We have no words to say about your carelessness,” a division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav said. The high court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar, who has sought that the probe into the death be transferred to an independent agency. The court was also irked with differences in the post-mortem report and death information certificate issued by a doctor of the JJ Hospital. “The post-mortem report observed injuries on the body of the victim. But the certificate issued by one Vishwesh Rote, doctor of JJ hospital, says ‘no obvious external injuries noted’,” the bench noted. “Prima facie we find that the postmortem report and the certificate do not gel. The crime branch should immediately record the statement of the doctors to get a clearer picture,” Justice Savant said. The court, after perusing affidavits filed by the police and jail authorities, said it was not satisfied with the manner and the direction in which the investigation was moving. “We are not at all happy with the investigation. You (crime branch) should be taking it seriously. Are you shielding someone? Is this how you treat all other cases too?” Justice Jadhav said. “This is not just about the death of one person. It is in the larger interest of the society. People are losing faith in the authorities,” the judge observed. The bench directed the crime branch to complete the recording of statement of witnesses and doctors concerned expeditiously and file a status report on July 31, when the matter will be heard again.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Juhu locals come together to weed out drug peddlers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Juhu Tara Road are up in arms over drug peddlers operating brazenly in their locality and have now decided to take matters into their own hands to curb the drug menace. They claim they are forced to do so due to their complaints falling on deaf ears of the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police.”We are facing a huge problem in our locality with women selling marijuana and hashish to college students and minors. As soon as we confront them, they run away and return later to sell the drugs openly on the streets without any fear from the police teams patrolling the streets,” claimed Ashok Rohira, a realtor and resident of Juhu.”Despite complaining to the police and Anti Narcotics Cell several times, our pleas have fallen on deaf ears and we are left with no option but to take matters in our own hands,” said Mary Dias, a resident of Juhu.Anish Makwani, a local corporator from BJP, said, “We have decided that we will patrol the streets to find drug peddlers, and will hand them over to the police. Despite police complaints, we have not got any respite.”When DNA visited the area, this correspondent found that the drugs were available within 100 meters distance of a police chowki at Juhu beach. A woman going by the name ‘Kakutai’ was openly selling marijuana on Juhu beach.Paramjit Singh Dahiya, DCP Zone 9, said, “We will definitely take action against the drug peddlers in the locality and will make sure that we meet the locals and resolve their issues.”On Friday, Juhu MLA Ameet Satam in a series of tweets slammed Shivdeep Lande, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Anti Narcotics Cell) for allegedly insulting him and rudely disconnecting his phone call when he complained about the drug menace in Juhu locality and nearby educational institutes.

Cops use social media, creative posters to warn against ragging in DU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems the Delhi Police are taking a leaf out of Mumbai Police’s book. The force has taken to the social media to spread awareness against drug abuse and ragging, ahead of the opening of Delhi University (DU) colleges for the new session.While posters stating things such as ‘Drug walon ko Delhi Police le jayenge’ to ‘Bhaag Charsi Bhaag’ are already adorning the walls in the campuses, cool hashtags, such as #drugskodanda and #abnoragging, have also been privided to go along with the posters.Although the Delhi Police were active on the social media, it was the Mumbai Police that was making the full use of the medium by coming up with witty tweets or posts, warning the youths against using drugs. After the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, the force flooded the social media with messages stating that police lock-ups were awaiting drug peddlers and users.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have also launched a student helpline number, 1291, for the freshers, so that they can share their grievances and complaints regarding ragging or any other kind of trouble without any problem. “Ragging does not break the ice, it breaks lives! Do not be a bystander to ragging. If you see something, say something,” appealed the police on their twitter handle.At the same time, the Delhi Police have also launched their anti-obscenity helpline number to make sure women receiving random calls or texts from strangers can register their complaints. According to the cops, the number receives around 150 calls a day.

Suspected LeT terrorist from Uttar Pradesh nabbed at Mumbai airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A joint team of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Mumbai Police on Monday nabbed a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from the Mumbai Airport.The arrested terrorist has been identified as Salim Khan. He is a resident of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Salim was trained at Lashkar’s Muzaffarabad Training Camp in Pak-occupied Kashmir. Salim used to finance local modules on behalf of Lashkar for espionage against Indian ArmyThe ATS was keeping a trail on him since his name was revealed by Aftaab Ali, who was arrested by the ATS few months ago from communally-sensitive Faizabad. He was nabbed when he was about to leave Mumbai, the ATS and Mumbai Police nabbed him.Aftaab was supplying information to the ISI. He was also in touch with officials of the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi. During interrogation, Aftaab had admitted that Salim had transferred money into his accounts from Mumbai.

DNA Evening Must Reads: From meeting on Sikkim stand-off to latest crackdown on black money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Top govt officials brief Opposition about Indo-China stand-offAt the meeting, 2 briefings and 2 presentations took place, one by the Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. The gathered assembly was told that India was protecting Bhutanese interest and Indian territory. The Opposition was told that China breached the border and Bhutan raised objections. Read More2. I-T identifies 5.56 lakh people with tax profiles inconsistent with money deposited post demonetizationThe Income Tax Department has identified another 5.56 lakh individuals whose tax profiles are found inconsistent with the money deposited by them post demonetization.​ In the second phase of ‘Operation Clean Money’ launched in April with an aim to detect black money generation post demonetization, the I-T department has used information received under the Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT) from banks to identify additional cases. “These are persons whose tax profiles were found to be inconsistent with the cash deposits made by them during the demonetization period,” a finance ministry statement said.​ Read More 3. Supreme Court raps N Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah for attending BCCI meetThe attendance of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan and ex-secretary Niranjan Shah at a recent Special General Meeting (SGM) of the cricket body as a nominee of state cricket associations today came under close scrutiny of the Supreme Court. Read More4. AIB in soup for tweeting dog meme on PM Modi, Mumbai Police cyber cell registers FIRComedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) has found itself in hot water again after posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. The Mumbai Police cyber cell has registered an FIR against the AIB group. Read More5. Sasikala bribery case: Karnataka CM chides DIG for talking to media, D Roopa hits backBengaluru’s Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D. Roopa on Friday said she is being unnecessarily targeted and singled out for exposing irregularities at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison. Roopa came into limelight for exposing irregularities in the jail. She accused her senior officials of taking Rs. 2 crore as a bribe from AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala in return for preferential treatment. Read More

Mumbai Police files FIR against Tanmay Bhat for ‘making fun of’ PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Mumbai Police Cyber Cell on Friday filed an FIR against All India Bakchod (AIB) co-founder Tanmay Bhat for ‘making fun of’ nation’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It began with AIB official Twitter account posting a meme on Prime Minister Modi, using Snapchat?s dog filter. The tweet had a ‘dog-filter’ed photo of the Prime Minister with the caption #Wanderlust, adding ?Dog filter is lyf.?(sic) However, the plethora of fans of the Prime Minister took offence, and in return, the AIB has to face their wrath. One of the Twitterati, Reetesh Maheshwari, tagged the Mumbai Police and said that strict action should be taken against the organisation for such a ?disrespectful? joke against the Prime Minister. The Mumbai Police immediately responded, saying they would forward the matter to the cyber police station. ?Thank you for bringing this to our notice.We are forwarding this to the cyber police station,? the Mumbai Police tweeted. This is not the first time that Tanmay has found himself embroiled in a controversy. Last year in May, Bhat received nationwide flak for posting an irreverent video of a mock conversation between legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. He posted a video on his Facebook account captioned ?Sachin vs Lata Civil War?, along with this disclaimer: I make such nonsense on my Snapchat. (I make such nonsense on my Snapchat – follow me there – ID: Thetanmay) (Also I obviously love Lata and Sachin, just having some fun). Bhat?s jokes usually get appreciated, but he faced the wrath of his fans and several Bollywood celebrities this time. The AIB hogged immense limelight in 2015, when they came up with first-of-its-kind comedy event, named as ?AIB roast?, using expletive-laden language at a public event, drawing ire of many political parties including the Shiv Sena and others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIB in soup for tweeting meme on PM Modi, Mumbai Police cyber cell registers FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) has found itself in hot water again after posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.The Mumbai Police cyber cell has registered an FIR against the AIB group.The group had posted an image of PM Modi’s look-alike at a railway station along with a photo of the PM with a Snapchat dog filter.However, after outrage on social media, the tweet was deleted.Following which, AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat posted a screenshot of an old post by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don’t care what you think,” said Tanmay Bhat.This is not the first time that Tanmay has found himself embroiled in a controversy.Last year in May, Bhat received nationwide flak for posting an irreverent video of a mock conversation between legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Byculla jail inmate’s death: All six accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The crime branch of the Mumbai Police today arrested all the six accused in the death of Byculla prison inmate Manju Shette. Those arrested have been identified as Manisha Pokharkar, Wasima Shaikh, Shital Shegokar, Surekha Gulve, Aarti Shingne and Bindu Naikde, a senior crime branch official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indrani Mukerjea files complaint against Byculla jail staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nagpada police is probing a complaint lodged by Indrani Mukerjea on Thursday after she was allegedly assaulted by prison staff and threatened with sexual assault if she became a witness in the murder case of convict Manjula Shetye inside Byculla jail.After the CBI court granted Mukerjea permission to conduct medical tests, reports revealed that she had multiple injuries on her body. On Thursday morning, Mukerjea gave a written application to the Nagpada police alleging assault by jail staff.On June 23, Shetye, a warden at Byculla jail, was allegedly assaulted by six jail staffers, after she complained of less ration being supplied.The investigation into Shetye’s death is being probed by Unit 3 of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, while the Nagpada police is yet to make any arrests in the rioting case filed against Byculla the prisoners.”We are conducting a primary probe into the application given by Mukerjea and will file a First Information Report in this regard,” said Sanjay Baswat, Senior Inspector, Nagpada police station.”Meanwhile, we will also be taking the statements of the 291 female inmates who were present during the riots inside the Byculla jail on Saturday and will make arrests in the rioting case,” he said.According to police, Mukerjea, in her handwritten application to the Nagpada police, has alleged that after Shetye’s death, prison staff verbally threatened her and also assaulted her during a lathi charge on inmates.Mukerjea has also alleged that she was threatened and told to back out from being a witness in the murder case registered against six prison staff for Shetye’s death.

Byculla Jail violence | Saw prisoner who died being dragged with dupatta: Indrani Mukerjea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, booked for rioting in a women’s prison in Byculla along with other inmates, on Wednesday told the CBI court that she saw prisoner who died being dragged with dupatta around her neck.The court has permitted Indrani Mukerjea to approach police to lodge her complaint against Byculla prison officials. Indrani moved a court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the death of a convict sparked a protest in the prison.Following the death of Manju Govind Shette after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of the jail on June 23, the enraged inmates rose in protest on Saturday, some of them went up to the prison’s terrace while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger.The police had earlier said Manju, whose death triggered protests in the prison, was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts.”These allegations are part of an FIR filed against the jail staff. We are probing the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3), Akhilesh Singh had said.The police had earlier suspended six jail staffers and booked them on the charge of murder. The Byculla jail, located in the heart of the city, houses around 251 inmates.The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the death of a woman convict who was lodged in the Byculla prison here.The Commissioner of Mumbai Police has issued an order, as per which the crime branch will investigate the death of convict Manju Shette, the official said.

Mumbai crime branch to probe death of Byculla jail convict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the death of a woman convict who was lodged in the Byculla prison here, a senior police official said today. The Commissioner of Mumbai Police has issued an order, as per which the crime branch will investigate the death of convict Manju Shette, the official said. The police had earlier suspended six jail staffers and booked them on the charge of murder. Manju (45) died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of the jail on June 23. The Byculla jail, located in the heart of the city, houses around 251 inmates. The police had earlier said Manju, whose death triggered protests in the prison, was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts. “These allegations are part of an FIR filed against the jail staff. We are probing the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3), Akhilesh Singh had said. Following Manju’s death, the enraged inmates rose in protest on Saturday, some of them went to the prison’s terrace, while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger. Later, the Nagpada police booked nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla jail, including Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, who is lodged in the same prison, for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Indrani yesterday moved a Mumbai court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the convict’s death triggered a protest in the prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indrani Mukerjea moves special CBI court claiming assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea’s lawyer filed an application in the special Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) Court in Mumbai, claiming that she has been assaulted by Byculla jail authorities. Her lawyer said in her application that bruise marks can be seen on Mukerjea’s body all over after being beaten up by Jail staff. The special CBI court has ordered to produce Indrani Mukerjea in the court tomorrow. Reportedly, over 200 women inmates, including Mukherjee, have been booked for rioting and criminal conspiracy inside the Mumbai’s Byculla jail. The Nagpada police filed an FIR against six women prison staffers, including a jailor, for the murder of Manjula Shetye a 31-year-old convict inside the jail. A case of murder has been registered in this case. On 25 August 2015 Indrani Mukerjea was arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with the alleged murder of her daughter, Sheena Bora, in 2012. She was charged under sections 302, 201 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Since September 2015 Indrani has been held in judicial custody at a women’s-only prison in Byculla Jail.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hit and run case: 95-year-old woman succumbs to injuries in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 95-year-old woman succumbed to injuries after being hit by a Honda City on June 22.A hit and run case has been registered by the Mumbai Police against the unknown driver of the car for allegedly hitting the woman and fleeing the spot without offering any help.An FIR under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 279, 304, and 134A has been registered by the Mulund Police.

Maharashtra Police assures Akshay Kumar’s security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the threat issued to actor Akshay Kumar by Naxals, the Maharashtra Police on Tuesday averred it will accord the super star with security. Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur said that the Mumbai Police will investigate the matter. ?The Mumbai Police will investigate the matter. And anyone who supports us against the Naxals we will definitely give them full security,? said DGP Mathur. The local units of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), also known as Naxalites, have threatened Bollywood star Akshay Kumar for extending monetary assistance to families of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in March. The ultras, expressing their angst against Kumar in a pamphlet found in south Bastar, Chattisgarh, have urged the actor to stand by the oppressed tribals and raise a voice against the violation of their human rights.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Micro Edit: Securing vital infra projects still at planning stage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After securing the environment ministry’s final approval for the coastal road project, the state government is planning to issue request for proposal (RFP) in June so that actual construction on the project can begin by November.With ambitious infrastructure projects being developed in Mumbai over the next decade, there is a need for serious thought on securing vital infrastructure projects right at the planning stage.Recently, the Ministry of Enviroment asked the BMC to set aside 2 per cent of the total project cost for the Mumbai Coastal Road project for conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity before proceeding with work.Along with the need to carefully weigh the impact any infrastructure project will have on the environment, planning agencies should also mandatorily factor in the cost of securing such big-ticket projects from terror threats.This is not a new suggestion. In 2010, none other than the Mumbai Police Chief had written to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation warning that the Bandra Worli Sea Link was a potential terror target, and sought funds for mobile, gantry-based explosive scanners to be installed at the sea link. He also recommended that at least 2 per cent of outlay for infrastructure projects be used on security. However, the recommendation was largely ignored.The push from the state government for vital infrastructure projects such as the Coastal Road, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL), Navi Mumbai International Airport and new Metro Lines for the city, as well as the proposed mid-sea Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial, should be in tow with meticulous plans right at the outset to secure such projects from terror threats.

Mumbai Police to have 4 new Cyber Cells soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Police will soon be setting up four more Cyber Cells in the city. The state government has given their nod for creating four new Cyber Cells and has also sanctioned 186 posts of police personnel for these new cells. In addition, a Cyber Training Centre will also be set up with a capacity of 100 seats.Mumbai Police have registered 467 cyber crime cases till May 14 this year, and arrested 63 persons involved in these cases.According to home department officials, there has been a remarkable development in the field of information technology, and as a result, information sharing, financial transactions and online purchases have increased.”Citizens are also using social networking sites on a large scale, and due to this, cases of illegal online transactions, obscenity and cheating are also rising. In order to tackle the increasing cyber crime cases, decision to create four more cyber cells and one cyber training centre was being considered which has now been approvedby the government,” said a home department official.He added, posts of two assistant commissioners of police, 24 police inspectors, 40 assistant police inspectors and 120 police constables will be created for these four cyber cells. “The government has approved Rs 14.59 crore fund for this project,” the official said.

Three gangsters of Suresh Pujari gang arrested from Kurla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three gangsters allegedly owing allegiance to the Suresh Pujari gang were arrested from Kurla last night by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police, an official said. Raj Chauhan (25), Ali Abbas Khan (27) and Sudhakar Khristopriya (52) were allegedly involved in cases of extortion and firing outside a wine shop in Ulhasnagar and at a hotel in Nalasopara in adjoining Thane district a fortnight ago, said the official. Acting on a specific information that the trio would be meeting at Kurla to exchange firearms and discuss further plans, the officials laid a trap and nabbed all of them, he said. During the search police found one 7.65 bore pistol, two magazines, eight live cartridges, cell phones and Rs 2.5 lakh from them, said the official. Police also seized two motorcycles used during firing at Ulhasnagar and Nalasopara, he said. A cashier of the hotel was injured in Nalasopara firing incident, which took place on May 7, he said. During interrogation it was revealed that the accused had come to Kurla to discuss the plan and to distribute the money, which they had received on behalf of Suresh Pujari, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

High alert at Mumbai, H’bad, Chennai airports after hijack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security at three major international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai has been stepped up after agencies were informed about a possible hijack attempt of an aircraft from these facilities. Officials said an high alert has been issued to the three facilities after Mumbai Police received an e-mail last night from a woman living there. The e-mail mentions that the woman overheard six boys talking about a possible aircraft hijack attempt at these facilities, they said. The Mumbai Police shared the e-mail with all security and intelligence agencies. A meeting of all stakeholders at these airports was subsequently convened and the input was declared specific and actionable, they said. CISF Director General O P Singh confirmed to(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 Irani gang members arrested, over 100 cases cracked: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested four members of the Irani gang, who used to rob elderly women of their jewellery by posing as Crime Branch or CBI officers. The miscreants were inspired by Akshay Kumar-starrer Bollywood film ‘Special 26’. While posing as cops, two of them used to wear safari suits like police officers in ‘mufti’ (plain clothes), said DCP (West) Vijay Kumar. Two of the accused are wanted in two separate Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) cases by Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch, he added. The gang members used to target elderly people, mostly women. One of them used to approach the victim posing as a cop and narrate a story about a murderer or a notorious robber or chain-snatcher being on the prowl in the area, police said. Another member of the gang would then arrive at the spot wearing a gold chain and he too would be cautioned by the fake cop against wearing gold. The person cautioned would then hand over his gold chain and watch to the fake cop. In most cases, the unsuspecting victim would follow suit and hand over all of her valuables to the fake cop, who would wrap them in a cover and return the same to the owner, said the officer. In reality, while talking to the victim, the accused would replace the jewellery with cheap imitations. By the time the victim would realise that she had been conned, the accused would disappear from the spot. On April 9, one Ramesh Kumari Verma (74) approached the police with a complaint, alleging that while she was going to some place with her husband, two fake policemen approached them and conned them following the modus operandi mentioned above. Several such incidents from west Delhi and adjoining areas subsequently came to the notice of the police and a team was formed under the supervision of ACP (Operations, West) Jagjit Sangwan. Yesterday, police received information that the gang members would assemble at Masjid Lane in Bhogal, from where four of them were arrested. With the arrest of the four — Naasir Hafiz Khan, Asu Shahjman Saiyad, Barkat Ali and Zafar Abbas Amjad Seikh — the police claim to have solved over 100 such cases reported from Delhi, Gurugram and other states. Naasir, the kingpin of the gang, and Zafar are wanted in MCOCA cases by the Mumbai Police. Naasir has told the cops that after MCOCA charges were slapped on him, he shifted to Delhi from Mumbai with the help of his in-laws. He used a fake identity of Sameer Ali in Delhi and formed the gang by inducting his associates from Mumbai, said the DCP. Zafar, a distant relative of Naasir, was also called to Delhi by him. Three fake Delhi Police identity cards and two fake Police Mitra identity cards issued in Maharashtra were seized from Naasir. A fake Aadhaar card and a fake PAN card in the name of Sameer Ali were also seized. The accused belong to the Irani Basti in Ambivali, Mumbai. “Their ancestors were brought from (erstwhile) Persia by the Golconda kings who appointed them as their personal bodyguards. “Over the years, they gained expertise in cheating people by posing as policemen. The Irani gang name was given by the police,” said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police ask owners to submit tenant docs before renting out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Police have said owners or landlords should submit furnished documents of tenants – foreigners or Indians – before renting out the property to them. The police today issued an order to this effect under under section 144 of CRPC-1973. The move comes in the wake of the reports that “some anti-social elements or terrorists may seek hideout in the residential areas of the megapolis”. As per the order valid till June 8, the owners will have to submit the documents to the in-charge of the police station, where their property is located. It stated that for the foreigners, the owner must submit their name, nationality, passport details, visa details, category, their registration number, place and reason for stay. The order also stated that no landlord, owner or a private person of any house, property shall let, sub-let or rent out property to a person before furnishing his or her particulars to the senior police inspector concerned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suicide not ‘sudden’ for 60% cases: Youth’s video before jumping to death highlights ‘personality disorder’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shocking case of 23-year-old Arjun Bhardwaj, who streamed a live video on how to commit suicide before jumping to death from the 19th floor of Taj Land’s End, Bandra, has drawn attention to a lesser discussed mental disorder.Consultant psychiatrist, PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, Dr Kersi Chavda explained, “This does not appear as a case of depression. The trigger or reason for his actions point to what we call a personality disorder.”He explains, “We have neurosis where the person has some insight into what is happening. Then there is psychosis where the person believes that nothing is wrong with them and the others are wrong. Those with personality disorders are in-between these two. They have problems with relationships etc. In a certain sense they are normal and functional. There are several types of personality disorders like paranoia, dependent, borderline and passive-aggressive. Around 7-10 per cent of the population could have a personality disorder.”Doctors recommend family members and friends be alert to signs leading to attempt to suicide. “One of the most important signs is that people talk about committing the act. About 60 per cent of the people would have talked about it in the preceding three to six months,” said Dr Chavda.Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist, LH Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, said, “Incidents like these have happened in the past. This was a cry for help in front of his family and friends. Effective help did not reach him on time.”Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumari, Head, Department of Psychiatry at the Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, said family and friends of Arjun’s peers now have a responsibility at hand. “The video he (Arjun) posted online could impact his peers and give rise to copycat situations. Parents of his colleagues and friends need to talk about the issue openly instead of hiding it under the carpet and have open communication.”Aasra, a Navi-Mumbai based suicide prevention centre gets around 180 calls a day of which one-third are from young adults. “These calls for help stem mostly from exam stress or relationship issues,” said Johnson Thomas who runs the helpline. “They find themselves without a support system, as they feel people don’t want to listen to them. It is important for parents to accept the distress the child is in and let them vent their feeling,” he said.
Depression needs attention!The WHO’s theme this year for World Health Day on April 7 is ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’. This has shed light to the need to address mental health concerns.Mumbai Police’s ‘3 am friend’ promiseThe incident elicited a response from the Mumbai Police, who tweeted, “Deeply bereaved with suicide of a young boy in the city. We urge the youngsters to reach out to us #WeAreListening.”The Mumbai Police also appealed to people to not circulate the video and asked those in distress to reach out to them as they promised to be their “3 AM friend”.Bhardwaj, who hailed from Bengaluru, and was studying management at NM College, Mumbai, was in depressed and addicted to drugs, police said.“I’m a drug addict…I don’t want to live anymore and hence (I am) committing suicide,” his suicide note, found in the hotel room, said, as per police.The 50,000-strong Mumbai Police force said, “You must share your problems with your loved ones, if not talk to us…value your life, it is very precious.”Watch outIf your child is extremely irritable or sadExpresses feelings of hopelessness and worthlessnessWants to run away from exams and homeBelieves that the entire family is suffering because of him/herWants to remain alone in a dark room

DNA journalist assaulted by unidentified attackers in Navi Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior journalist working with Daily News & Analysis (DNA) newspaper was attacked by few unknown persons at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai on Friday afternoon. While the scribe is currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital, the Navi Mumbai police have launched a massive probe into the matter.According to the police, between 12.30 pm and 1 pm, DNA Correspondent Sudhir Suryawanshi and his friend Santosh Fatate were attacked by four to five assailants when they both had come to Kharghar for some private work of Fatate.“The assailants had punctured the tyres of the Swift vehicle belonging to Fatate, in which both had come from Panvel. After the attack the assailants fled away from the spot on their motorcycles,” said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale. He added that Suryawanshi and Fatate were being treated at Medicity hospital in Kharghar.“We will try to retrieve CCTV footage if there is any from the incident spot and FIR is being registered in the case,” said Nagrale, who visited hospital and met Suryawanshi. The police registered an FIR after recording Suryawanshi’s statement. “Both Suryawanshi and Fatate stay in same housing society in Panvel and both of them have no clue about the assailants. They could not see faces of the attackers as they had tied handkerchiefs to their faces. Both of them suspect the attack could be about their society election matter which happened about a month back. Further investigation from all the angles is on,” said Nagrale.Suryawanshi has a fracture in the right hand. Fatate has minor injuries on one hand. Both are under treatment and stable, Nagrale added. Later in the day, the Mumbai Press Club released a statement condemning the attack on Suryawanshi. “Suryawanshi and his friend Santosh Fatate were intercepted on a road in Navi Mumbai and assaulted mercilessly. The 4-5 assailants had covered their faces,” the statement read.The Press Club informed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who issued directives to the police department to find the culprits. When MLC Anant Gadgil raised the issue in the Upper House of the state assembly, Minister of state for home Dr Ranjit Patil assured stern action.

Custodial deaths more in Maharashtra: Govt admits in LS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government today admitted that instances of custodial death in Maharashtra was “little more” in comparison to other states. “Custodial death in Maharashtra is a little more,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour. The Minister also submitted nationwide statistics of custodial deaths, according to which, there were 35 such deaths in Maharashtra in 2013, 21 in 2014, and 19 in 2015, which were highest among all states. Rijiju said there were enough guidelines and directives issued by the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court under which immediate action is taken against policemen responsible for custodial deaths. BJP member Satyapal Singh, a former Commissioner of Mumbai Police, tried to counter Rijiju’s statistics saying that Maharashtra Police and Mumbai Police were the best police forces in the country, prompting hearty laughter from members. With this, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan remarked “we will have to find out your records”, leading to another bout of laughter by the MPs. Singh said all custodial deaths cannot be described as deaths under police custody, as many of them are deaths under judicial custody, some could be natural deaths or some could be death due to illness. However, former Union Home Secretary R K Singh and former Director General Police of Jharkhand Police V D Ram, both BJP MPs, seemed to disagree with Satyapal Singh and wanted to speak. But the Speaker disallowed them and moved to the next question. R K Singh and Ram were seen gesturing towards Satyapal Singh suggesting that they would like to have a chat with him on the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-TVF employees allege sexual harassment, firm denies charge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several women associated with the web entertainment firm The Viral Fever (TVF) have alleged sexual harassment by its founder Arunabh Kumar, a charge denied by the company as “categorically false, baseless and unverified”. Yesterday an anonymous blog went viral on social media alleging molestation by Kumar by a woman claiming to be a former employee at TVF. She shared an article on the blog where she alleged that Kumar molested her several times during her stint at the company from 2014-2016. In the last two days, some more women have come forward on Facebook and Twitter backing her claim and narrating their experiences with Kumar. In an official statement, TVF denied the allegations against its founder. “All the allegations made against TVF and its team in the article are categorically false, baseless and unverified. We take a lot of pride in our team and in making TVF a safe workplace that is equally comfortable for women and men. “We will leave no stone unturned to find the author of the article and bring them to severe justice for making such false allegations,” it said. Nidhi Bisht, writer-director with TVF, took to Facebook and said she feels TVF is “one of the best places for women to work”. “Let me clarify, that TVF has zero tolerance towards workplace harassment and an investigation will be conducted and appropriate actions will be taken. We have a Prevention of Sexual Harassment committee, backed by Legal and HR which deals with such issues… “I would request women to come forward, without fear and lodge a formal complaint. Be rest assured, that due actions will be taken and we’ll get to the bottom of the issue,” she wrote. Kumar, an IIT graduate, founded TVF in 2011. Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said, “We appeal that such women should lodge a complaint and strong action will be taken.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Two held in connection with HSC question paper leak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vashi Police with the help of cyber cell of Navi Mumbai Police arrested two persons from Malad in Mumbai in connection with the question paper leak on social media messenger of higher secondary examination which is currently underway.Mumbai division of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education had lodged complaints with Vashi Police station on March 3 and 4 after the question papers went viral on WhatsApp.The arrested persons have been identified as Rahul Bachelal Bhaskar (22) and Azaruddin Kamaruddin Shaikh (20), both of whom are residents of Malvani in Malad. The police said that they are students of second and third year B.Com and that they were arrested around 9 pm on Sunday from Mumbai.They have been arrested under section 5 and 6 of the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University and Board and other specified examination Act of 1982 and section 66(A)(a) of the IT Act. The Navi Mumbai Police has issued a statement on their arrest and said that further investigation is ongoing. On March 2, the Marathi question paper was leaked on social media, while on Saturday two more question papers were leaked on the same WhatsApp group.

Kolkata Police seizes fake notes ?worth Rs 56.74 lakh, 5 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the biggest seizure of fake currency notes in denominations of Rs 2000 since demonetization, Kolkata Police arrested five persons and recovered counterfeit notes ​worth Rs 56.74 lakh from the port area of the city.At 11 am on Thursday, the five – Manuar Mollah alias Ujjal, Abul Kalam Azad alias Suraj, Sk Eklash Ahmed, Balai Mondal alias Joy and Syed Rehan – visited an electronics shop at 23 Kabi Tirtha Sarani, near Fancy Market under Watgunge Police Station in the port area. They wanted to purchase high-end mobile phones.“When they were paying, the shop owner was doubtful about the currency notes and alerted the police. Officials of the Anti Rowdy Section (ARS) from the port division went there within minutes and nabbed the five,” said Vishal Garg, joint commissioner of police (crime), Kolkata Police.The notes were all in Rs 2000 denomination and sealed in what police say were ‘fake SBI packets’. Police are trying to find out who else is associated with the racket and whether they have printed the notes themselves or procured them from somewhere else. “We are trying to find out what had been the motive of carrying such a huge amount of cash in fake notes and where had the paper, colour etc been procured from. We will produce them at the court tomorrow and ask for a police custody,” Garg added.The five arrested hail from Bankura and Howrah districts of West Bengal. Manuar, the main accused among the five, has a criminal background. He had earlier been arrested on charges of gold smuggling in Mumbai. Police also said that unlike the previous hauls, these notes were of a much better quality.

After being fat-shamed by Shobhaa De, Mumbai hospital offers police inspector help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A staffer of Mumbai-based Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery today met Madhya Pradesh Police Inspector Daulatram Jogewat, at whom columnist Shobhaa De had poked fun over his obese physical condition in a tweet early this week. After meeting Jogewat (58), the administrative director of the Centre Flyod D’ Souza said that the Inspector needs to undergo a thorough medical check-up and tests at their Mumbai-based centre.”After the tests, a medical expert will take a call whether he should be administered medicine or operated upon,” D’ Souza who was sent to Madhya Pradesh by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, an obesity surgeon and a laparoscopic expert said.Jogewat said that he will be overwhelmed with joy if he sheds weight and is fit again. He said that a top police official has also advised him to get operated at Sri Aurobindo Hospital in Indore free of cost.On the other hand, the district Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said that the state government runs a police welfare board. If needed, the Board will make finance available for the Inspector’s treatment.Two days ago, Daulatram had expressed displeasure over columnist Shobhaa De’s tweet about his obesity, which he said was because of a hormonal disorder. “I am hurt with Shobhaa De’s tweet poking fun at me. I have put on weight due to hormonal disorder following my gall bladder operation in 1993,” Inspector Jogewat, who weighs around 180 kg, had told PTI.De had posted the image on February 21 after the polling for the Mumbai civic body ended amid a heavy police bandobast.”Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today,” the socialite had tweeted while posting the image, and incorrectly identified Jogewat as a personnel of the Mumbai Police who was deployed for the BMC polls held on Tuesday.As her tweet went viral, De got trolled by netizens.Hitting back at her, the Mumbai Police had tweeted, “We love puns too Ms De. but, this one is totally misplaced. uniform/official not ours. We expect better from response.” However, in an attempt to make peace, De had yesterday posted a fresh tweet: “Mumbai/ Maharashtra Police Pranaam. No offence intended. M.P. Police, Consult a dietician, if it’s an asli, undoctored image doing the round.”De had in the past also courted controversies following her tweets. Her comments about poor performance of the Indian sportsmen in the 2016 Olympics had met with a severe backlash.

Pooja to file police complaint against man posing as her agent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt has revealed that a man has been posing as her agent and taking funds from event companies on her behalf. The 44-year-old “Jism” filmmaker says she is “horrified” by this incident and plans to take police action against the man named Prashant Malgewar from Solitude Lifestyle Inc. “Horrified that a man called Prashant Malgewar-Solitude Lifestyle Inc is masquerading as my agent and taking funds from event co’s on my behalf,” Pooja tweeted. “This is a very DANGEROUS trend. Strict action needs to be taken against Prashant Malgewar(Soulitude Lifestyle Inc) as this amounts to FRAUD. Prashant Malgewar is NOT my agent or representative. He is a fraudster who needs to be booked for claiming he does,” she further wrote. Pooja wondered how reputed companies could not call the man’s bluff and gave him money without even asking for a signed invoice from her. “A man walks into a reputed event co’s office, claims money on my behalf & no-one there asks for authentication or a signed invoice from me? “Have to file a complaint against Prashant Malgewar (Soulitude Lifestyle Inc) New Delhi with both Mumbai Police and Delhi Police for fraud.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hazare approaches cops over ‘Rs 25K cr co-op sugar mill scam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Anna Hazare today approached Mumbai Police and submitted an application seeking registration of an offence in the alleged Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam. Hazare visited the Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station to file a complaint in the alleged scam, a police officer said. Senior officials then took him to the office of the Commissioner of Police in Crawford Market, the official said. “Hazare met Commissioner of Police and submitted a written application about sugar factories,” DCP Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai police spokesperson, said. However, he did not divulge any details. “We have received his application, but no offence has been registered in this case,” the official said. From Police Commissioner’s office, Hazare left for Mantralaya and met Additional Chief Secretary (Home), police sources said. “We have filed a complaint to Mumbai Police in the Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam on the directions of high court. Its regarding a petition which was filed by Anna in High Court and next hearing in this case is on February 13,” office-bearer of Hazare told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Clarifying his statement on the Sheena Bora Murder Case that led to chaos a day before, Director-General of Home Guards and former Police Commissioner of Mumbai Rakesh Maria today said he was totally misquoted on his comment and it can be verified with the respective journalist. He retired today after 36 years of service in Maharashtra Police. “I have been totally misquoted. The journalist is sitting here at the moment and you can ask him what I had exactly said,” he said addressing a press brief here. “I’ll repeat what I had said. I said that the arrested accused and the suspects were rich and influential and were capable of hiring the best of advocates for themselves. Hence, to counter that, our prosecution team also needed a good legal team right from the remand stage,” he added. Earlier, a day before he retired from the police force, Maria was allegedly quoted as saying that rich and influential people suppressed the Sheena Bora murder case for more than three years. In the case, Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea and former media baron Peter Mukerjea were among those who were arrested. The IPS Officer had also lamented that cops who investigated the murder case did not get their due credit. This disclosure led to a controversy in media circles leading up to Maria’s clarification in a press briefing. Maria also said that it had been a very satisfying innings and he was very grateful and thankful to the seniors in the department and the government. The noted IPS officer rose to fame with the cracking of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. He was also widely praised for his probe on the 26/11 terror attacks. Alleged of taking ‘undue’ interest in the Sheena Bora murder case, Maria was transferred in September 2015, few days before his tenure as Mumbai Police Commissioner was to end.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai Traffic Police has an elaborate system of corruption, alleges cop in petition

A head constable from Mumbai Police has filed a criminal writ petition in the Bombay High Court in which he has alleged that there is a shocking system for corruption and bribery in place in the city’s Traffic Police Department.

Sunil Bhagwantrao Toke, the petitioner, has worked with the Mumbai Police for 32 years. From 2014 to 2016, Toke was working with the Traffic Police Department.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In his petition, Toke has alleged that in each region or division of the Traffic Police Department, there are two constables called “cashiers” who are unofficially in charge of collecting daily or monthly ‘hafta‘ (extortion money) from two and four wheeler showrooms. This bribe ranges from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

Toke has also alleged that the Traffic Police collects daily ‘hafta‘ of Rs 100 or Rs 200 per day. He added that the department also collects Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month from construction sites in Mumbai for “running ready-mix cement vehicles, sand, bricks and other construction material vehicles”.

This petition will be heard in the high court on 23 January. Toke also told Firstpost that he had earlier complained to the Director General of Police and Commissioner of Police but no action was taken.

In his petition, he also alleged that the illegal transportation of sand was rampant in Mumbai because the Traffic Police Department charged Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 for every overloaded sand truck. Illegal school vans and buses were also allegedly allowed to run for Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per month.

The department also allegedly took around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per month from malls, hotels, beer bars and marriage halls for allowing illegal parking of vehicles on the road.

Toke also alleged in the petition that even though only a police sub-inspector or an officer with a higher rank could check documents of vehicles on the roads, traffic police constables and the assistant police sub-inspector also harassed commuters on the road by asking them for documents and “extracting huge amounts without passing any receipts”.

The department also collected Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month from three-star, four-star and five-star hotels for allowing illegal parking on roads, according to the petition. The department allegedly charged Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 for the shooting of serials, movies or advertisements on the roads.

In cases of drunk driving, the petitioner alleged that even though the concerned team from the department caught 40 to 50 people during a drive against drunken driving (which takes place twice a week), only 5 to 10 cases are officially shown. This is because the others are let off are extracting Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 from them.

First Published On : Jan 6, 2017 20:21 IST

The fall of the underworld

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s financial capital Mumbai, known for Bollywood, is as much known for the underworld. By the mid-nineties, Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan emerged as the two main characters in the underworld or organised crime syndicate of Mumbai.The city had witnessed the tales of their friendship, rivalry and the blood that they spilled on the streets. However, the underworld, which once used to give sleepless nights to the police, businessmen and builders, appears to be gradually dying.In 2016, the Mumbai Police registered five cases under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), of which only two were related to the underworld. DNA takes a look at what led to the fall of Mumbai’s underworld.In 2016, 41 persons were arrested by the Mumbai Police in MCOCA-related cases, of which four were having allegiance with Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, also known as D-Gang or D-Company, according Mumbai Police statistics. The statistics also show that the Hemant Pujari, Arun Gawli, Pandav Putra and Kumar Pillai gangs have been lying dormant for the past three years.With only two underworld-related cases registered in 2016, one would wonder what has led to this drastic decline in underworld activities? Is it because of the police crackdown or has the underworld changed its style of functioning? Or is there a shift in interest?The police say one of the main reasons is shortage of shooters. “Earlier, gangs used to handpick shooters from Uttar Pradesh. The Ravi Pujari gang used to handpick shooters from Dombivli, Konkan, Mangalore, and Azamgarh in UP. The shooters used to carry out audacious attacks for Rs 5,000-10,000. What has always hurt shooters the most is that while the gang leader used to extort crores from the victims, the shooters would only get a few thousands,” said a Mumbai Crime Branch officer.He said that, last month, the city crime branch sleuths arrested two men – Anksuh Indulkar and Sagar Chavan – who were supposed to bump off an Oshiwara-based builder-cum-businessman at the behest of gangster Ejaz Lakdawala. While Lakdawala reportedly demanded an extortion money of Rs 2 crore from the builder, the shooters were promised Rs 5,000, the officer said. Both Indulkar and Chavan were involved in petty crimes earlier and their desperation for money made them accept the offer, the police said.Additional Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Crime Branch, KMM Prasanna, says: “MCOCA is a draconian Act. Now, if a person involved in underworld fires upon someone, the shooter could be jailed for at least 20 years and minimum 10 years, if the victim survives.”Prasanna attributed the diminishing underworld activities to the sustained and continuous police crackdown. “In the past three years, we have arrested at least 50 persons associated with the Ravi Pujari gang. In August 2014, the Pujari gang attempted to fire at film producer Karim Morani, but the bullets hit a parked car. The same gang tried to target filmmakers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, but the gang members were caught before they could execute their plans. As many as 11 members of the gang were arrested and this was a major setback to Ravi Pujari,” he said.The crime branch had arrested 87 persons in the past three years, associated with various underworld gangs. “Some of the big blows which the police dealt to the underworld include busting a Chhota Shakeel gang that was supposed to target Chhota Rajan’s Ganesh Mandal at Tilak Nagar. In February last year, we arrested fugitive gangster Guru Satam’s son Bhushan. Gangsters like Chhota Rajan, Kumar Pillai and Santosh Shetty are already behind bars. Getting Rajan back was a big catch. Apart from this, we are now concentrating on arrested old-timers and trusted lieutenants of gangs. We recently arrested one Danny from Uttaranchal. He was one the most trusted men of Rajan and his name had cropped up during the probe into the Kala Ghoda shootout in 2006,” said Prasanna.Asked why the D-gang is not into extortion the way they used to be in the 90s, a senior police officer said: “The D-gang has diversified investments and is getting into other businesses. Dawood runs his organisation like a full-fledged company. Other gangs cannot be compared to it. Others are still into the business of extortion, simply because, at the end of the day, they want money by show of muscle power.”A Crime Branch officer, who has been instrumental in busting several modules of the Ravi Pujari gang, says that the informant network of police plays a pivotal role in tackling underworld. “For the past many decades, we have been heavily relying on informants to gather intelligence on underworld operatives. It is very important for us to protect our informants, as in many cases in the past, we have seen that once the informant gets exposed, he has to pay the price with his life,” said the officer.”Informant network does helps us, but now even constables are bringing information. Men in field units are pumping in information, while the Anti-Extortion Cell works on the information and prevents underworld operations,” says Prasanna.Being cheated by their own men is another reason. “A gang exists till the time there is a leader and followers. There cannot be a leader without followers. A leader’s work is to mobilise workers, and if the leader himself is outside, there will be no fear among the foot soldiers. We have come across several instances wherein a lot of people have taken money for carrying out works, but have not executed them. The gangs have been facing these bad debts helplessly,” said Prasanna.With Rajan and Pillai already in the net, expectations are very high that Dawood and Shakeel would also be brought to book. “Efforts are on,” said Prasanna.Statistics for the storyCases registered by Crime Branch and Police Stations Under MCOCACases registered by Crime Branch and Police Stations Under MCOCA
Gangsters still at largeEjaz Lakdawala: An ex-student of Bandra’s St Stanislaus school, Ejaz Lakdawala started out as an employee in his uncle’s transport company. In 1993, he killed one Haren Mehta during an altercation at a cricket match. He was arrested, imprisoned and acquitted in 1995. In the prison, he met one Sunil Madgaonkar alias Matya, who gave Lakdawala the supari to kill alleged Chhota Shakeel aide Farid Rajji. Rajji survived the attempt on his life in 1996 and Lakdawala was arrested and sent to the Nashik jail, from where he escaped in 1998 and fled to Malaysia. He later joined Chhota Rajan and after that formed his own gang.Ravi Pujari: A school dropout, he speaks English, Hindi, Kannada and Tulu. He started his criminal career from the Andheri area in Mumbai in the mid-1990s and targets only film personalities and businessmen of the western suburbs in Mumbai. Initially, he was a small-time criminal before he joined gangster Chhota Rajan and moved to Dubai in the late 1990s. After that, he started extorting builders and hoteliers. He wanted to make his own name in the underworld. So he separated from Rajan around a decade ago and now operates his own gang.

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