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Mumbai Building Collapse: Five senior municipal officials to be suspended

Five senior officials of the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation have been placed under suspension as part of the investigation into the collapse of a building there in November.The collapse of the three-storeyed building, which occurred on November 24, had claimed four lives and left nine persons injured.The order suspending these officials for dereliction of duty was issued by municipal commissioner Dr Yogesh Mhase on December 8, said officials.The officials placed under suspension are Subhash Zalke, Vinod Mate, Sachin Naik, Vinod Bhoir and Ramakant Mhatre.The order further added that the officials were being suspended so that a departmental enquiry could be carried out against them.Also readMaharashtra: 1 dead, at least 10 feared trapped after building collapses in BhiwandiThe probe by the corporation also revealed that the the officials had violated the provisions of the Maharashtra Civil Services rules.The civic chief’s order stated that the building, owned by one Tahir Rafique Ahmed Ansari, had come up between 2009 and 2013 as shown by satellite images as well as power connection records.Also read3 killed in Bhiwandi building collapseThe building collapse killed Ruksar Yakub Khan, 18, Asfaque Ahmed Khan, 40, Jaibunissa Rafique Ansari, 61 and Parvin Khan, 35.

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Nine booked for misusing funds granted in Swacch Bharat drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine people from powerloom town of Bhiwandi were booked for cheating after they misused the funds granted to them to build toilets under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, police said today. According Thane Police PRO, Sukhada Narkar an offence under sections 420 and 406 of the IPC has been registered against the accused with Narpoli police station under Bhiwandi division. Quoting a complaint by a Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation official, police said that nine people had applied for benefits under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan subsidy in 2015 following which an site inspection was carried out and each of the accused were granted funds of Rs 6,000 each totalling Rs 54,000 to build toilets. According to the complaint, the toilets were never constructed. Further inspection revealed that the nine had cheated the corporation of Rs 54,000 and the money given to them was used for personal purposes. Police gave the name of the accused as Rajit Bhimarti, 24, Sudharshan Jakanni, 48, Anjana Dayavat, 67, Jyoti Chavan, 27, Srikrishna Jha, 43, Balayya Gundu, 70, Accalal Kanojia, 38, Rajendra Ghavane, 48, and Nanhelal Gupta, 37, all residents of different localities in Bhiwandi. Each of the accused was entitled to a subsidy upto Rs 17,000 and had been already granted the first instalment of Rs 6,000 each which they utilised for their own purposes and cheated the government by not constructing toilets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shelar takes potshots at Shiv Sena after civic poll results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar made a veiled attack on ally Shiv Sena in the backdrop of poll results of the three municipal corporations announced today. Municipal corporations of Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon went to the polls on May 24. He said BJP has won an absolute majority in Panvel and increased its strength in Malegaon and Bhiwandi civic bodies. The two parties, allies at the state level and also at the Centre, fought these elections separately. During the campaigning, Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’ was critical of BJP over a host of issues, ranging from non- procurement of tur dal in the state to the Maharashtra- Karnataka border dispute. “It is sad to see that the ink of editorials from a Prabhadevi lane (where the `Saamana’ office is located) has gone waste. People still choose (PM Narendra) Modi. You (Sena) keep up playing up with new words… what (those who are) disconnected from the society else can do?” Shelar tweeted. The Sena could not win a single seat in Panvel in adjoining Navi Mumbai. In the 90-member Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation, Sena won 12 while BJP bagged 19. In the 84-member Malegaon civic body, Sena bagged 13, while BJP won nine. Shelar also hit out at Shiv Sena over the BMC’s plans to increase entry fee for Jijamata Udyaan (zoo) at Byculla to Rs 100 per person from Rs 5 now. The Mumbai civic body, which runs the zoo, is controlled by Shiv Sena.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fadnavis announces extension of Metro to Mira-Bhayandar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of civic polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced extension of Metro to the neighbouring Mira Bhayandar area. The announcement is significant as elections to Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation would be held in May. Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation in neighbouring Thane district, which is also going to polls in May, is already a part of the planned Metro network. “As per the earlier announcements, Metro phase 2 and Metro phase 7 had the last stop in Dahisar. Now, these Metros will be extended upto Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. The two major localities, Mira Road and Bhayandar, will get metro connectivity,” Fadnavis said in the Assembly today. “The current route of Metro-2 is from Colaba to SEEPZ and it will be extended upto the airport, covering D N Nagar, Dahisar and Andheri areas,” the CM said. “Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro is underground route, with cost of Rs 23,136 crore. The Japanese company, Jaica, has agreed to give a loan at 0.5 per cent interest rate. The work would be completed in 2020,” Fadnavis said. The total length of the Andheri East-Dahisar East Metro line is 16.5 km, and it will have 16 stations, which will cost the MMRDA, the state planning agency, Rs 6,208 crore. The entire Metro network in the Mumbai region will cover a distance of 172 km, and the state plans to extend it up to 200 km later, Fadnavis said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCOCA slapped against accused in Manoj Mhatre murder case

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

Two arrested for murder of Bhiwandi Congress corporator

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

Maharashtra: Congress leader shot dead in Bhiwandi

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

Mob stage protest as police pulls down religious pictures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mob of nearly 200 people were booked for allegedly resorting to road blockade after police took objection to pictures of religious figures put up at the welcome arch of Padma Nagar in Bhiwnadi here, police said today. The incident took place yesterday when members of Padmashali community, who live in majority in that area, staged rasta roko when pictures of some religious deities and figures were removed by police, a police official said. Padma Nagar corporator Murli Maccha was permitted by Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation to erect a temporary arch at the entrance of the ward with a rider that it should not contain any religious pictures or message, since model code of conduct is in force ahead of the local body elections, the official said. However, violating the order, the corporator had put pictures of deities and some religious messages, which was objected by some people and later police it pulled down. Soon some 200 people staged an agitation against police action and resorted to rasta rokho and also brunt tyres on the streets. A case has been lodged in this regard under relevant IPC sections in this regard and no arrests have been made so far. Few people from the mob have been identified, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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