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Mumbai: 3 tonnes of meat seized by police, lab test confirms its beef

The Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef.Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested.The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef.The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo.Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle.The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said.

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Mumbai scribe killed after two auto rickshaws collide head-on in Kurla

A Mumbai-based journalist was killed after a head on collision between two auto rickshaws in the suburb of Kurla on Thursday morning, news agency ANI reported.The journalist has been identified as Prashant Tripathi. According to a Hindustan Times report, Tripathi, a television journalist, was returning to his house in Kalwa near Thane when the accident took place near Kurla’s Baba Hospital.Police say a Tripathi was travelling with a relative when the accident took placeThe rickshaw driver immediately fled the spot, but passers-by managed to record his registration number and handed it over to the police. The driver has been identified as Yasin Shaikh, a resident of Nalla Sopara. He was arrested later in the day

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Thane Zilla Parishad Results: Shiv Sena-NCP combine outshine BJP

Shiv Sena has performed magnificently in the 53 seats of Thane Zilla Parishad. Shiv Sena, which had fought the poll in alliance with the opposition Nationalist Congress Party, has so far taken a lead.Since its establishment in 1962, Shiv Sena has witnessed a historical win in Thane today. According to the results declared till 4 pm, Shiv Sena defeated the BJP, who had planned to get their hold over the Zilla Parishad. Shiv Sena won 27 of the 53 seats of Zilla Parishad.BJP for the first time had fielded candidates in all 53 seats and had extensively campaigned. Party MP from Bhiwandi Kapil Patil and legislator from Murbad Kisan Kathore had played key roles in the selection of candidates.Also readWill follow my mind, Amruta Fadnavis to trolls who criticised her for attending Christmas-themed eventOn the other hand, Shiv Sena, which is in power at the Centre and in Maharashtra, allied with NCP in a bid to checkmate BJP. Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde led the party’s campaign and extensively travelled to campaign in all 53 seats. The party has claimed victory in Asangaon defeating the BJP. The Shiv Sena-NCP alliance defeated BJP in Ambernath Taluka Panchayat Samiti while in Shahapur Panchayat Samiti as well, Shiv Sena has come to power by winning 17 seats.Also readCongress, NCP may come together for Thane Zilla Parishad pollsIn the Shahapur-Dolkhamb Panchayat Samiti ward, all three seats have been won by NCP. In Sakadbav ward, Shiv Sena’s Balya Mama Mhatre has defeated BJP’s Ranjana Ughda.Further, the Shiv Sena-NCP combine also trounced BJP in Kalyan Panchayat Samiti. Around 7.03 lakh voters from across Bhiwandi, Murbad, Shahpur, Kalyan, and Ambernath cast their votes on Wednesday. Bhiwandi has the highest number of voters at around 2.57 lakh, who voted for 21 seats.Also read’Pak meddling in Gujarat polls’ remark: BJP is intellectually bankrupt, says its Maharashtra ally Shiv SenaWith nearly 49,857 voters voting for four seats, Ambernath had the least number of voters.A BJP leader from Thane, who did not want to be named, admitted that it was a setback for the party which had bagged eight of 10 municipal corporations and got maximum seats in the recently held second phase of the gram panchayat elections in the state. Of the 3,666 gram panchayats that went to the polls on Monday, the BJP has claimed victory in 1,311.

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Big cat at play: Leopard at Andheri pre-school

A leopard found its way into Sher-e-Punjab, a major residential colony in Andheri (East), around 7am on Sunday, and entered Junior Crafting Nursery, a preschool. A team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) arrived at the spot at at 6pm and finally rescued the animal.The one-and-a-half year old female leopard was first spotted by a boy near a gurudwara wall, two buildings away from the preschool. Najju Khan, the security guard of the gurudwara, saw the leopard jump off the wall and enter another building complex. “This is first such incident in this area,” he said.Vikas Gupta, a vendor, said, “The residents locked themselves inside. Morning walkers saw the leopard on the premises. It was scary because nothing of this sort has happened in this colony before. Luckily, no one was harmed.”Officers from MIDC police station reached the spot and managed the situation with activists, but there was little that Thane forest officials could do, because such cases are handled by the SGNP rescue team. “The SGNP team had been in Chalisgaon, and were on their way back. So we had to wait for them. In the meantime, we ensured that nets were put around the preschool to foil any escape attempt by the leopard. Its movements were being monitored through the CCTV camera inside the school,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Thane forest department. He added that the SGNP team reached the site at 6pm, made a small hole through a window and Dr Shailesh Pethe led the operation and rescued the animal around 6.30pm. It has been shifted to SGNP for medical tests.Ramgaonkar said that they were taken by surprise to find a leopard in this area, but it was clear that it had come from Aarey colony to prey on dogs and lost its way. Wildlife experts said that Aarey was just about two kilometres away, and leopards have run amok and come into human habitats in search of prey.”We managed the traffic for more than eight hours and turned the colony into a silent zone. This ensured that there was no panic and the rescue was safe,” said Dilip Utekar, police inspector of MIDC police station.In December 2012, a leopard had entered one of the buildings in the ONGC colony at Poonam Nagar Andheri (East). That animal was also rescued by the forest department.

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Leopard’s day out at Andheri preschool

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed inside Junior Crafting Nursery, the preschool in Sher-e-Punjab, Andheri (East) into which a leopard found its way on Sunday morning, made the rescue operation easier for forest officers. According to the officials, it’s the live feed of the cameras that helped them keep a track on the leopard’s movement.The leopard, which was first spotted in the local Gurudwara’s garden, jumped inside the preschool from its rear. Fortunately, being a Sunday morning, the day care center and preschool were shut and there were no casualties.Ritu Sethi, owner of the preschool, who stays nearby, was immediately contacted by residents of the building. Sethi said, “More than 250 children are part of this preschool. We don’t know what would have happened if the leopard had entered on a weekday but we are thankful to god that there was no tragedy.” She added, “I got a call from the building residents stating that a leopard has entered the preschool premises. Since I stay close by, it took me a few minutes to get to the spot. While the leopard was moving in the building premises, some people began shouting which may have frightened it due to which it may have jumped inside the preschool.”Honorary Wildlife Warden (Mumbai city) Sunish Kunju said, “Since there were many cameras, it helped us track the exact movement of the leopard for more than 10 hours till the time he was trapped and rescued. Regular updates of the leopard’s movement made it easier for us to locate him especially because he was in an enclosed space.”Sethi, who was on the spot for more than 10 hours showing the live feed to the officials, stated that the preschool and day care center is usually open from 8 am to 10 pm on all days except Sunday.On the precautions to be taken henceforth, Sethi, added, “It was a long day for us as we were on the spot since morning. We will think about precaution measures to be taken in the future. We are simply happy that no one was injured.”CONFLICTS IN THE CITYSeptember 30, 2017Two women are attacked by a leopard, suspected to be behind five other attacks, in Aarey Colony.August 21, 2016 A leopard attacks and kills a man near Tokawade, Shahpur, Thane.August 20, 2016 A leopard attacks and kills 52-year-old Barku Bhoir while he was grazing cattle in the Palu-Sonavale dam area.August 15, 2016 A female leopard attacks Vasant Irim, a resident of Amgaon, Talasari who later died.October 11, 2015 A four-year-old girl from Kamtipada in Thane district died after she was attacked by a leopard when she was asleep in her open house.January 13, 2015 A fast-moving car rammed into two leopards, killing one, while they were crossing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.October 2013 Seven-year-old Prakash Salunkhe, who was on his way home from Aarey municipal school, was killed after a leopard attacked him.October 2013 A leopard mauled four-year-old Hiya Mhase while she was out answering nature’s call close to her house at Khadakpada in Aarey colony.January 2013 Ten-year-old Saurabh Yadav was killed by a leopard at Adarsh Nagar in Aarey when he was answering nature’s call.January 2013 Vinod Hadal, an 18-year-old from Moroshi Pada in Thane district, was attacked by a leopard.November 2012 Sitabai Paage, 50, a resident of Moroshi Pada in Thane district, was killed by a leopard when she stepped out of her house at night to relieve herself.Compiled by DNA — Research N Archives

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Ambedkarite youth urges followers to donate ‘one pen,one book’

With an intention of spreading Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s message of educating and organisation, a bunch of young Ambedkarite’s are appealing people to donate ‘One pen, one notebook’ which can be donated to the underprivileged students. This initiative is to commemorate Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary. The initiative, which was started by the Facebook Ambedkarite Movement (FAM)- an online forum in 2015 has now entered its third year with several youth and student organisations being associated with it. As part of the initiative, a bunch of youngsters appealed people who come to Chaityabhoomi on December 6 to bring a pen and a notebook instead of flowers and other offerings to pay real tribute to Dr Ambedkar. This year, despite the heavy rains that lashed the city on Tuesday, the group was firm on continuing the drive. “We could not set up the stall a day prior and had to shift all our collected notebooks to people’s homes. Today, we have set up a collection counter in a couple of stalls to get more donations” said Datta Jawale, a member of the core team. So far, the group has distributed notebooks and pens to the remotest villages in Amravati, Sangli, Thane, Palghar, Nashik and areas in and around Mumbai. “We have been appealing people on social media and messaging platforms and have got a great response” added Jawale.
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22-year-old ‘stalker’ held for Insta posts

Thane city police on Tuesday night arrested a 22-year-old, Darsh Satra, for allegedly harassing and stalking a 19-year-old girl through multiple fake Instagram accounts. The accused created over 16 emails accounts and sent more than 400 emails to the victim.According to police, the spate of emails were sent from June 2016 to May 2017. Initially, a case was registered against unidentified persons, after which the police launched a probe and collected over 400 emails. Thane Police department, along with their cybercell, traced the mails to 21-year-old Ashutosh Gotpal, a resident of Nagpada in Mumbai and arrested him on June 18.Satra was arrested on Tuesday. As per the police, Gotpal and Satra are friends and college mates. “The motive was harassment through fake Instagram accounts and by posting defamatory posts mentioning the girl. She blocked many of the unidentified mail accounts, but they continued to harass her,” said Inspector Sanjay Dhumal of Naupada police station, adding, “We have arrested Satra under sections of the Information Technology Act, and he has been remanded to judicial custody.”
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Cyclone Ockhi: Schools in Mumbai, other parts of Maharashtra to remain open on Wednesday

Schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts will remain open on Wednesday, a day after they were closed as a precautionary measure in view of Cyclone Ockhi. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde confirmed to DNA that educational institutes in the city and other parts of the state will stay open tomorrow. The Maharashtra government had declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on Tuesday due to “serious weather predictions” in view of Cyclone Ockhi. The decisoon was taken after an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory.However, Mumbai University and affiliated colleges remained open and all exam schedules went on as announced earlier. The weather department has forecast intermittent rains in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.”Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours,” said a report of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai at 8 am. “Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours,” it further said. A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said.
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To curb crowding, new jail to come up in Mankhurd

In a bid to ease overcrowding in jails in and around Mumbai, the state government has approved the allocation of land at Mankhurd for constructing a prison.The high-security Arthur Road jail will also get additional infrastructure with work on two barracks meant to intern prisoners being completed by March 2018. The jail, which houses prisoners like former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, has many more inmates than its sanctioned capacity.A senior home department official said that in a recent meeting, chief secretary Sumit Mullick had asked for 5 acre land at Mankhurd to be made available for the construction of the prison.”The plot, which belongs to the revenue department, has been earmarked for the construction of a correctional facility in the BMC’s development plan… the public works department (PWD) will be asked to draw up plans for the jail after we take possession of the land,” he added, stating that the work would begin after the land was handed over to the Maharashtra prison department.Maharashtra Prison Department officials said that the construction of this new facility, along with two new barracks housing around 400 prisoners being commissioned at the Arthur Road jail, would ease the burden on the jails in and around Mumbai. As on October-end, the state’s prisons, which have a capacity to house 23,942 inmates, including both undertrials and convicts, housed 32,752 such people. The overcrowding is more intense in Mumbai, Thane and Pune.NEW LAND FOR JAILA senior home department official said that in a recent meeting, chief secretary Sumit Mullick had asked for 5 acre land at Mankhurd to be made available for the construction of the prison. As on October, state’s prisons, which have a capacity to house 23,942 inmates, including both under-trials and convicts, housed 32,752 people.
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Rail fracture between Sion and Matunga disrupts services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaos struck the Central Railway on Saturday after a rail between Sion and Matunga on the north-bound fast line developed a fracture. The problem was reported at 9.56 am and disrupted services on the line for nearly two hours. CR authorities said the fracture was repaired by 10.12 am.”Three local trains were delayed due to this. Such rail fractures do happen when there is wide fluctuations in day and night temperatures during winters. Such things are duly detected digitally and manually by patrolling personnel,” said Sunil Udasi, CPRO, Central Railway.While railways claim that they repaired the fracture within few minutes, commuters claim that it took them more than two hours to complete a journey that they normally finish in an hour. Jayesh Vora took a fast train from Dombivali at 9.13 am, but reached Parel at 11.30 am. “My train halted between Vidyavihar and Kurla and I could see a line of trains on the fast line towards CST waiting in queue. I got down, walked on the track and reached Kurla station. From there I took a slow train, the slow trains were over crowded. I finally reached Parel at 11.30 am, normally I would have reached by 10.15 or 10.30 am.”Lacchu Singh, who was travelling towards Thane also got delayed for the wedding he was to attend. “I had a wedding to attend in Thane and when I reached Byculla around 11.30 am and reached Thane in a fast train around 12.30 pm normally by 12 noon I should have reached. The train even on my way back halted for a long time at Vikhroli station.”

Pujari’s call lands builder in trouble, police on watch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-based developer, whose name was dropped by fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari while threatening an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has come under the scanner of Thane Crime Branch. The police claimed they would soon arrest the said developer.On November 3, Thane Police had arrested detective Satish Mangle and his second wife Shraddha for allegedly making an extortion demand from IAS officer Radheyshyam Mopalwar. The police arrested Mangle’s alleged associate Atul Tawde in the case the next day. Pujari called Mopalwar on November 12 and told him to withdraw his case against Mangle and demanded Rs 7 crore extortion. Pujari also threatened to kill Mopalwar and his family if he failed to do so.”Our probe revealed that Pujari in his threat call to Mopalwar had stated that Mopalwar should withdraw the case he had filed against Mangle, prepare an affidavit in this regard and give a copy of it to a Chembur-based developer,” said Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma, who also heads Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC).According to sources from the police, this developer allegedly looks over the forcible eviction of slums and then gives the land to other builders in the city. “We are scrutinising his phone details, and a few other people associated with him are on our radar too. On the basis of Pujari’s involvement, we had applied MCOCA charges in the case. Our probe revealed that Mangle is a blackmailer,” said Sharma.

Chargesheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar, aides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>​The ​Thane ​Police ​Crime Branch on Tuesday filed ​a ​chargesheet against​ fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his aides​ under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court in Thane, in connection with the case ​in which ​Kaskar and his group was ​allegedly ​extorting ​flats and money from ​a builder. Dawood’s lieutenant Chhota Shakeel has been shown as ‘wanted’ in the chargesheet. The police probe revealed that strings of Kaskar’s group were being pulled by Shakeel who is currently believed to be hiding in Pakistan.According to the police sources, a 1,647-page chargesheet was filed in the court. The chargesheet comprises 67 witness statement and confessional statements of two persons as per Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Two more persons are likely to give confessional statements in the case, police sources added.Chargesheet was filed against arrested accused persons – Iqbal Kaskar, Pankaj Gangar, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Jamil Ali Sayyed. It is alleged that Gangar, an angadia businessman, had been funding the gang to buy firearms.Chhota Shakeel and Bihar-based shooters Shammi Ansair and Guddu who used to visit the sites of builders and threaten them have been shown as ‘wanted’ in the case, sources said.“Our probe has revealed that Kaskar’s group had been receiving direct orders from Shakeel. The probe also revealed that the extortion money had been routed to Dubai,” said a police officer who was part of the probe team.

Mumbai: Central Railway replaces 6.2 km of tracks during mega block

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Safe travel is a right of every passenger. Now safety of rail assets is finally being given some attention by the Indian Railways, which was in the backburner. For instance, on Sunday, the Central Railway replaced 6.2 km of tracks during the mega block between Thane-Vashi and Thane-Mulund sections. These tracks had become unsafe for trains to ply as it’s condition has deteriorated. In this year itself, there have been several derailments and accidents across Indian Railways; one of the primary reasons being the poor quality of tracks. The railway officials agree that underinvestment in rail infrastructure, poor maintenance and excessive traffic has deteriorated the condition of these tracks. AT A GLANCEMajor Derailments In 2017DescriptionUtkal Express derailment, Aug 18, 2017 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailment, April 15, 2017 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment, Jan 22, 2017 Kalindi Express derailment, Feb 20, 2017 ​The life of a rail track depends on the frequency of train movement and its tonnage capacity (load-bearing capacity that coaches carry). In Mumbai, the rail tracks are normally replaced after 1-2 years due to heavy usage while in the interiors where train movement is less, the replacement is done after 10 years too. “The railway ministry has specifically asked all the zones to address safety issues which also includes replacement of old and worn out tracks. Work on new rail lines has been kept on hold and the same tracks have been diverted to rail stretches that need immediate attention,” said a senior railway official.On November 19, near about 300 labourers were deployed for this work. “The rail replacement is done usually on those which have outlived its codal life and on condition basis of rail. However, this is record progress of rail renewal in a single block,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. These rails came from Bhilai steel plant as 24 panels of 260 meters long each, ferried in a rake. These were inserted in place of old rails during the mega block. The CR officials expect that it would improve safety as the track related technical glitches will definitely reduce.

Forest department wants BMC to handle monkey menace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forest department wants Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to play the lead role when it comes to dealing with the increasing monkey menace in Mumbai, citing its own staff crunch and the fact that across India it was the Municipal Corporations that were dealing with this issue.However BMC officials, DNA spoke to about this issue said that they lacked the skills to manage monkey issue in Mumbai and since the monkeys were coming from the forests and were also Schedule II animals, it was best that the forest department deals with the issue as even Fire brigade had its hand tied being an emergency service provider.In fact, the forest department’s emphasis that BMC takes up the responsibility also comes from the fact that the Thane territorial division has been in recent times flooded with calls from various areas complaining about monkey menace including Lower Parel where it took forest officials and Veterinarian Officer around eight days to trap a monkey.Meanwhile, animal welfare organisations claimed that despite receiving regular calls from citizens across Mumbai- dealing with stray monkey causing trouble in their area, BMC has been simply referring the citizens to contact the forest department, who in turn has been sending it staff or doling out numbers of private monkey catchers who at times even charge a hefty sum to trap these monkeys resulting in the problem not being addressed properly.“Monkeys are attracted due to improper garbage and people feeding them and this is a civic issue and just like BMC takes responsibility for dealing with stray dogs and even has a dedicated staff for it, now its time for them to have something similar for monkey or train the staff dealing with dogs in dealing with monkey’s,” said another forest official adding that they would be more than happy to even train the BMC staff and even pointed that BMC not only had several Veterinarians but also has a fully functional zoo that too can help.In fact citing example the forest official said that be it Delhi, Shimla or other important cities that are facing human-monkey conflict, its the local municipal corporation, which is managing the issue and are even looking at sterilization and other ways of birth control. “BMC can’t simply shun its responsibility,” said the official. According to Pawan Sharma, Honorary Wildlife Warden of Thane and president of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) it was the time that BMC showed its responsibility. “In other states, municipal corporations have taken responsibility and are even working towards managing the population of monkey and the monkey issue will only rise in the city in coming years and hence it was important that Forest department and BMC stop passing the buck and work out a solution,” he said adding that BMC has resources and should even consider setting up a rescue centre at the Zoo, which is under renovation.A senior BMC official said that the Forest department had never approached them to discuss this issue. “We will support the forest department in the best possible way but they should meet our top officials and take the issue up,” said the official.

Car driver slashes thumb of biker with sword after accident in Kalyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking case of road rage, a 23-year-old youth was left with a severed thumb and suffered multiple injuries after a car driver allegedly rammed into his two-wheeler and in a fit of rage pulled out a sword and launched an attack.The Kolshewadi police have registered a case of attempt to murder against the car driver.Mayur Suryakant (23) the complainant and a resident of Kalyan was on his way towards his residence with his cousin brother Chetan Ghansolkar when a car allegedly driven by Mayur Gaikwad rammed into their two-wheeler on the Kalyan road, said the police.During a verbal fight, Gaikwad pulled out a sword and attacked Ghansolkar.”The accused car driver and the biker were blaming each other for the accident. During a heated conversation, the accused went back to his car and brought a sharp sword and slashed the thumb of the biker. The car driver went on to assault the biker leading to multiple injuries,” said an officer from Kolshewadi Police Station.The accused managed to escape after a huge crowd gathered after hearing the commotion.The police have registered a case under sections 307(attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “The accused is on the run and we will soon make the arrest in the case,” police said.Sukhada Narkar, Spokesperson for Thane City police department said, “The victim is in a critical state and has been kept under observation. We have detained few associates of the car driver to know about the whereabouts of the accused.”

Forensics match voice in audio clip to Radheshyam Mopalwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may add to the woes of beleaguered bureaucrat Radheshyam Mopalwar, a forensic probe has matched his voice with that in the audio clips in which ‘financial matters’ were being discussed.Highly-placed sources told DNA that Mopalwar’s voice samples had tallied with those in the clips submitted to the forensic science laboratory in Mumbai for testing.During the monsoon session of the legislature, an audio clip wherein the senior IAS officer was allegedly mediating a land deal involving underhand payments had come to came to light. In the clip, a voice, purportedly that of Mopalwar, is heard seeking Rs 1 crore and making references to money to be paid in the state administrative headquarters of Mantralaya.This led to the Opposition going in for the jugular in the state legislature. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that Mopalwar would be shunted out as the Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) pending an inquiry. Subsequently, complainant Satish Mangle with whom the alleged conversations had taken place, was arrested by the Thane Police for trying to blackmail and extort money from the controversial bureaucrat.A government official claimed that the laboratory had found that voice samples of Mopalwar and Mangle matched those in the two tapes. “The laboratory has submitted the report to the three-member committee,” he added.When contacted, Mopalwar said he was unaware of the forensic report and hence declined to comment.In a related development, Thane Police on Tuesday applied Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Satish Mangle and others alleged involved in the crime.On November 3, Thane Police had arrested Mangle and his second wife Shraddha for allegedly demanding extortion of Rs 7 crore from Mopalwar. Next day, the police had arrested Mangle’s alleged associate Atul Tawde in the said case.”On November 12, complainant Mopalwar received a phone call from gangster Ravi Pujari who told him to withdraw his case against Mangle and demanded Rs 7 crore extortion from him. Pujari also threatened to kill Mopalwar and his family if the extortion is not given. After it got established that the said offence is committed by the organised crime syndicate of gangster Ravi Pujari, sections of MCOCA has been applied against the accused,” a press release issued by Thane Police stated.The official said that the committee, which is headed by former chief secretary Johny Joseph and includes additional commissioner of police RD Shinde and DCP Parag Manere, had asked the laboratory if the clips were authentic or if the conversations were edited.”The clips provided to the laboratory were the ones that were aired on television channels. The laboratory said it cannot verify the authenticity of the clips but stated that the voice samples of Mopalwar and Mangle matched with those in these two clips,” he added.The terms of reference of the committee include examining if the voice on the tapes is that of Mopalwar and if the charges are linked to Mopalwar’s position as the MSRDC chief. A committee member said the case against Mopalwar hinged on the laboratory’s report.As the managing director of the Corporation, Mopalwar was in-charge of implementing the Fadnavis’ pet project — the Rs 46,000 crore and 700-km Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway.”If the forensic report on the audio clips comes positive then it will be an information sufficient enough to file an FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act against Mopalwar. The state Anti-Corruption Bureau or Mumbai Police can file an FIR in the matter and initiate probe,” said former IPS officer turned lawyer, YP Singh.

Volunteers to help forest dept collect forensic evidence on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane forest department has started an initiative under which it will train a team of volunteers who are locals from Aarey Milk Colony in the collection of forensic evidence of leopards involved in cases of human-animal conflict, as most of the locals are often the first to reach the site.On Thursday, in a first of its kind session, Himanshu Chhattani, an expert, explained to the volunteers not only the importance of collecting samples like saliva, scat and hairs of the big cat from conflict sites but also the correct procedures to be followed, which could help in identifying the animal involved in the conflict.”We were trained on how to use swabs to get saliva samples if a leopard has attacked a livestock or human,” said Satish Lot, a resident, adding that the collected sample could then be matched with samples of the trapped animal to complete the identification process.The fact that the forest department has begun taking wildlife forensics seriously is the result of several activists and wildlife experts emphasising on the need of proper identification of leopards that are termed ‘problem animals’ and trapped. After a recent spate of attacks, Honorary Wildlife Warden (Mumbai city) Sunish Kunju had written to the forest department questioning if the trapped leopard from Film City — suspected to be behind four attacks and one death — had any proper scientific basis as one could not always rely on camera trap images.A senior forest department official from Thane said, “While we are also planning to train our own staff, we thought of initiating trainings with volunteers from Aarey as they are often the first to reach the site of conflict.”

Fed up with poor infra, Central Railway commuters threaten protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tired of the Railways’ lackadaisical efforts to improve infrastructure on the Central Railway (CR) line, commuters have decided to take the matter into their own hands. The commuter associations on the Kalyan-Karjat/ Kasara belt have threatened to protest if CR fails to improve the infrastructure.Apart from them, associations from the Thane-Kalyan belt will also protest on November 13 if CR authorities don’t give a written assurance.To begin with, in the last two days the Locals and Passenger association on the Kalyan-Kasara stretch protested at Vasind station against the CR authorities for delay in implementing the third line between Kalyan and Kasara. The Kalyan-Kasara third line project, which is out of Metropolitan Transportation Project’s list, received only Rs 20 crore in this year’s rail budget. The state government had sought Rs 200 crore for the same.Apart from this, commuters also want two more additional stations of Umbarmali and Taanset to come up. These stations are supposed to bring more respite to locals who struggle during peak hours.”The CR authorities are delaying the third rail line which is very important. Moreover, despite funds of Rs 9 crore or so has been allotted, work has not begun at the two new stations,” said Rajesh Gangav, member, Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Passenger Association.The association has also demanded new FOBs at Titwala, Khadavali, Vasind, Asangaon, Atgaon and Kasara to be built. Sources in CR said that they are already working on details to build more FOBs at these stations apart from raising the height of platforms and creating home platform wherever possible.The associations have threatened a protest at Thane on November 13 if CR authorities do not provide written assurance that they will build FOB at Retibunder, which is between Kalwa and Mumbra. “This demand is going on for the last four to five years now,” said Siddhesh Desai, vice president, Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh.RAILWAY’S APATHYCommuter associations on the Kalyan-Kasara stretch have protested at Vasind station for delay in implementing the third line project between Kalyan and Kasara.
The Kalyan-Kasara third line project received only Rs 20 crore in this year’s rail budget. The state government had sought Rs 200 crore for it.

Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad received threat calls from gangster Suresh Pujari on Wednesday.”I have already informed Thane police and I am expecting the police to probe the matter and nab the culprit,” he said.Sources in Thane police confirmed with DNA that Awhad received threat calls from the underworld gangster Suresh Pujari demanding Rs 25 crore. “If the demand is not met, the gangster has threatened to bump him off. We are probing the matter,” a police official said on condition of anonymity.The NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis saying if the elected representatives are not safe and secured, “how can the government give a guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the chief minister will be responsible for this,” Pawar stated in his letter.

Contractor who killed himself suffered losses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kasarwadavali police — probing the alleged suicide case of 35 year old contractor from Thane — have learnt that the victim was suffering huge losses in the contracts involved with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The victim had also allegedly taken a loan to land a contract with the civic body.According to police, Sanket Jadhav, a resident of Paanchpakhadi in Thane West, on Sunday evening was travelling in his white car when he allegedly pumped three bullets into the chest. The police found a suicide note beside the body and the licensed revolver inside the car. The suicide note written in Marathi was addressed to his wife, Vidya. Jadhav had apologised to her and also informed that no one is to be blamed for the extreme step.”Jadhav in a recent past had suffered huge losses and was trying to recover from the loss in business. Moreover, Jadhav had also taken a loan from the market and was unable to repay it. The contract which he wanted desperately was given to another firm which pushed him to further depression,” said a Kasarwadavali police officer.Sunil Lokhande, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone V, said, “A case of accidental death was registered in this regard. The primary investigations revealed that the victim ended life due to financial reasons. We have not ruled out any foul play in this incident and are probing the case.”

Thane cops to sue traffic offenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, to curb illegal parking in Thane and adjoining areas, the Thane traffic police department have decided to send fine receipts to motorists at their registered address based on the vehicle’s registration number, and in case the offender fails to pay up within seven days, the department will file a suit against such offenders in court.The menace of illegal parking is rampant on important stretches near Mulund toll naka on the Eastern Urban Road and near LBS Marg. Moreover, heavy vehicles parked on Ghodbunder Road are affecting traffic movement and increasing the chances of accidents.The department has also received several complaints of illegal parking in the narrow interior lanes of Thane and adjoining areas of Kalyan, Dombivli and Ambarnath.The traffic department divisions have been instructed to send the fine receipts via speed post.”We will also click pictures of vehicles breaching traffic rules like exceeding the zebra crossing when the signal is red,” said a senior officer from the traffic police department.Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane traffic police department, said, “We will be filing a suit in court if the offender fails to pay the fine within seven days of accepting the fine receipt. We have been noticing a rise in cases of illegal parking and so decided to take the strictest action against such offenders. We will also be maintaining a record of repeat offenders.”

Thane cops nab one more in MOFA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the Thane Rural police has arrested one more partner of the Tanvi Construction firm in Kashimira on alleged charges of taking money from hundreds of home buyers and failing to hand over flats in time. Another accused, Bhupat Lukhi, was arrested earlier, while Dahyabhai Sutaria who has also been named in the FIR is yet to be arrested. The police arrested Sangeeta Hegde, partner in the firm, late on Sunday night.According to the police, hundreds of investors and buyers had invested in the project and were promised possession of flats in 2013. The project, Tanvi Eminence, a two-phase project of 22 storeys was launched in 2010. The work was completed till 10 floors after which the construction came to a halt in 2013. Fed up with false promises from the builders, disgruntled buyers launched a protest against the builders in Kashimira last month.Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, Mahesh Patil said, “We have arrested Hegde under sections of Maharashtra Ownership Flats (Regulation of the promotion of construction, sale, management and transfer) Act (MOFA) and for cheating and forgery sections of the Indian Penal Code. Hegde has been remanded to police custody till October 24.”Tarun Shah, one of the buyers alleged, “More than 400 people have been affected and people have invested more Rs 200 crore. Initially it was only Sangeeta and her husband Vijay Kumar who were associated with the company but later on they involved a few diamond merchants in the project.”

10,000 more homes under PMAY

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week, the state’s committee for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) will discuss sanctioning of projects comprising 10,000 affordable dwellings across Maharashtra. In the last few days, 60 projects comprising a total of 1.82 lakh affordable homes have got the approval of the Centre under PMAY. Of this, 1.21 lakh homes are for the Economically Weaker Section and 1.05 lakh dwelling units are Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) share.Under the housing-for-all schemes the government of Maharashtra, till 2022, aims to construct 19 lakh affordable homes. The highest number of houses being constructed under PMAY is by MHADA’s Konkan Board — 11 projects comprising 84,570 homes. The Konkan division comprises Thane and its nearby districts, excluding Mumbai.Within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is constructing 15,152 dwellings in two projects. Under PMAY, both Centre and the state give a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to the homebuyer, thus reducing the total cost of the dwelling. The EWS homes are expected to be of 30 square metres.The other boards of MHADA that have got projects under the PMAY scheme are Pune Board which has 14 projects with a total of 6,274 units. Nashik Board has a total of four projects with 1,372 houses, Nagpur and Aurangabad Boards have six projects each with 5,975 and 5,660 homes respectively. Amravati Board is constructing 2,739 homes in its five projects.The non-MHADA entities include Urban Local Bodies of Solapur, Akola, Ahmednagar. They have four projects and are constructing 10,615 dwellings. Thane Municipal Corproation is constructing four projects and the total number of homes under this scheme is 3,000. Nagpur NIT has two projects and they are constructing a total of 1,268 homes.The total number of projects by MHADA is 46 while the remaining 14 belong to non-MHADA bodies. Three projects comprising 14,358 homes — which had earlier got sanctions — were later withdrawn and are no longer part of the affordable housing scheme.A senior official from MHADA said, “Nearly two lakh homes have been approved under PMAY; this will boost the affordable segment largely. We are going to discuss 10,000 more dwellings and all of them are from various parts of the state.Number game60Total number of projects: 1.82 lakhTotal Number of homes 1.21 lakhEconomically Weaker Section (EWS) 32,638Lower Income Group (LIG) 12841Middle Income Group (MIG) 166Higher Income Group (HIG)

Bengaluru’s Little Mermaid: City artist converts city’s potholes into works of art

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are unique ways in which people protest the pothole menace in various cities. In Thane, a suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai, Shiv Sena corporator Pratap Sarnaik – who was then a part of the Sharad Pawa-led NCP – staged a dharna where he was catching fish in one of the city’s many potholes.Similar protests have been staged in various parts of the country, with some protests more unique than the others. But it is the latest protest from Bengaluru that has grabbed media eyeballs.Bengaluru-based artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy has turned a pothole near Cubbon Park Junction into an art installation, with a woman dressed as a mermaid protesting the poor condition of roads in the city that have led to fatal accidents.Baadhal has previously criticized the Bengaluru civic authorities by putting up unique artworks on damaged roads, as these illustrations demonstrate, but it is the latest one that has gone viral on social media.Four people in Bengaluru have died since the beginning of October allegedly while trying to maneuver around potholes. A woman, 21, was killed on Tuesday after the two-wheeler she was riding pillion on was hit by a truck when the rider swerved to avoid a pothole.The issue has turned into a political slugfest, with the Opposition BJP blaming the ruling Congress government for the condition of public infrastructure in city that hosts India’s IT industry.

Dawood’s brother Iqbal, close aide Shakeel booked under MCOCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police on Wednesday invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel and four other accused arrested in connection with running an extortion racket in Thane and Mumbai. The accused would threaten the victims using Dawood’s name. The other accused have been identified as Mumtaz Shaikh, Israr Sayyed, Pankaj Gangar, wanted accused Shammi and Guddu.According to the police, MCOCA has been invoked in the first case registered against the accused wherein the gang had allegedly extorted four flats and Rs 30 lakh from a Thane builder. While the two flats were sold by the gang, Mumtaz was staying in one of the flats and had got it registered under his name. However, the police had not booked Dawood and his brother Anees in this case. The duo was booked in a case that cropped up later during the probe. “The reason we invoked MCOCA is that the gang was part of an organised crime syndicate and were committing crimes for pecuniary gains. Gangar, Shakeel and Kaskar had a history of having been booked under MCOCA,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Thane.

Petrol drops by 2, diesel by 1 per litre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief for motorists and consumers, the state government on Tuesday decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 and 1 per litre. This came into effect from Tuesday midnight.On Tuesday, petrol cost Rs 77.58 per litre in Mumbai while the price of diesel was Rs 60.55. Since June, the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have been announcing daily revisions in fuel prices.Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the move came in the wake of the Centre’s call to state governments to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel. Mungantiwar added that this reduction in VAT by the Maharashtra government, coupled by the union government’s move to bring down the basic excise duty rate on these motor spirits on October 4, would help cool inflationary pressures.Put together, the reduction in VAT by the Maharashtra government (Rs 2,015 crore) and the revenue loss due to the reduction in central excise duties (Rs 1,052 crore) will cost the state exchequer a total of Rs 3,067 crore annually.The state government charges 26% VAT on petrol in seven cities and towns of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Solapur, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nandurbar; and 25% in the rest of Maharashtra. In addition, a surcharge of Rs 11 per litre is also levied. For diesel, the VAT is 24% plus a Rs 2 surcharge per litre in these seven cities, and 21% plus Rs 2 per litre surcharge in other areas.”The surcharge on petrol has been reduced to Rs 9 per litre while that on diesel will be brought down to Rs 1,” explained an official from the state finance department. He added that motor spirits accounted for around 20 to 22% of the VAT collection with Rs 18,353.49 crore of the 90,985 crore VAT collections in 2016-17 coming from VAT on petrol and diesel.In 2017-18, the state has a target of Rs 1.06 lakh crore towards collection of state GST and VAT, with petrol and diesel expected to contribute over Rs 20,188.75 crore.Despite the advent of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, products such as motor spirits, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) crude, natural gas and liquor continue to attract VAT.Maharashtra, among the highest consumers of petrol and diesel in the country, consumed 426.80 crore litres of petrol and 976.46 crore litres of diesel in 2016-17. It is expected to rise to 469.60 crore litres and 1,075.10 crore litres respectively in the current fiscal.Natural gas, which attracts VAT at the rate of 3% for manufacturers and 13.5% for purposes such as Piped Natural Gas (PNG), contributes around Rs 600 crore to the state exchequer as VAT revenue.Maharashtra continues to have the highest tax structure for petrol compared to neighbouring states. The VAT stands at 47.94% for Mumbai and six other cities and 46.81% in other areas compared to 17% in Goa, 28.93% in Chhattisgarh, and 28.96% in Gujarat.For diesel, which is consumed largely by commercial and transport vehicles and hence affects the prices of essential commodities, the VAT structure is at 28.41% in seven cities such as Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai and 25.38% in the rest of the state. Comparative rates are: 27.14% in Chhattisgarh, 28.96% in Gujarat, and 19% in Goa.Fuel good newsMaharashtra has one of the highest tax structures for petrol among its neighbouring statesIn 2016-17, Maharashtra consumed 426.80 crore litres of petrol and 976.46 crore litres of diesel.

Kaskar’s aides spent at dance bars, say cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Crime Branch’s Anti-Extortion Cell, probing the extortion racket allegedly run by Iqbal Kaskar and his aides, on Saturday revealed that his aides used to splurge large amounts of money in dance bars. All the three accused are currently in police custody in connection with a jewellery extortion case worth Rs 15 lakh from a Thane-based jeweller. On Friday, the police managed to recover a part of this extorted jewellery.During interrogation, one of the aides, Israr, told the police that they spent cash in dance bars and sold the jewellery to a jeweller in Mahim. Following his revealation, the police approached the jeweller in Mahim and recovered the gold worth Rs 3 lakh from him. “We will return the gold to the complainant and are in the process of getting back the remaining gold as well,” said a police officer from Thane crime branch.

Two Ravi Pujari shooters held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After having unearthed an extortion racket involving Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and Iqbal Kaskar, wherein jewellers and builders were being threatened, the Thane Police have arrested two sharpshooters, from Ravi Pujari’s gang, who were threatening a well-known builder from Thane to cough up Rs 10 crore extortion.Pujari himself was behind those calls. One of the shooters was also involved in threatening the owner of well-known saree shop over a monetary dispute in 2004. The arrested duo have been identified as Ghatkopar resident Dinesh Narayan Rai, 51, and Malad resident Nitin Gopal Rai, 42.According to the police, specific information was received by inspector Pradeep Sharma posted with Thane Anti-Extortion Cell, that two associates of Pujari gang would be arriving at a builder’s office at Paatli Pada at Ghodbunder Road in Thane to carry out firing, on Friday since the builder had not paid the extortion money.Subsequently, two teams were formed, a trap was laid and around 6 pm they were nabbed. “We have recovered two pistols and four live cartridges. They confirmed that they were working for Pujari,” said Pradeep Sharma.

New case filed against Dawood Ibrahim’s kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks after Thane Police Anti-Extortion Cell arrested fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides in connection with an extortion racket, a fresh case was registered against them at Thane Nagar police station on Tuesday for allegedly extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. This is the third extortion case registered against them so far.According to police, the gang had threatened a prominent builder and Kaskar had extorted Rs 3 crore from him over a deal of a 38-acre land in Gorai the builder wanted.Following Kaskar’s arrest, there were reports that two NCP corporators were allegedly linked to the extortion racket.Strongly refuting any links between NCP members and Dawood Ibrahim, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the party would approach the Chief Minister with a complaint against former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who is probing the cases against Kaskar, for circulating malicious information.Pawar said, “What credibility does this person have to make such claims.

Mumbai court remands Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar in judicial custody till Oct 13

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court today sent underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar and two other accused to judicial custody till October 13 in an extortion case.Kaskar was produced before the holiday court in Thane which sent him to judicial custody.He was arrested by the crime branch of Thane Police on September 18.Kaskar was taken into custody from his house in Nagpada area in Central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma after a complaint was filed against him by a builder, who was facing extortion threats since 2013.He is accused of issuing threats in the name of Dawood Ibrahim and demanding huge extortion money from businessmen.A case was filed under sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 386 (extortion by putting person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC at Kasarvadavali Police Station.Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating his brother’s real estate business in the city.

Extortion case: Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar sent to police custody for four days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two other accused have sent to police custody for four days by a Thane court. The ED has registered a money laundering case against fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and others in connection with alleged extortion of a leading builder in Maharashtra, agency sources.Kaskar and his two aides were recently arrested in Mumbai by the anti-extortion cell of the police. The sources said provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) have been slapped against Kaskar, his aides Israr Z Saiyyad and Mumtaz A Sheikh and others based on the police FIR, filed on charges of extortion and illegal transfer of property.The police alleged that Kaskar and his associates had been threatening a prominent builder in Thane, in Dawood’s name since 2013 and extorted Rs 30 lakh and four flats from him.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will probe the suspect “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused in this case, they said, adding their statements would be recorded.The agency may also attach their properties under the PMLA, they added. Kaskar was taken into custody from his sister Haseena Parkar’s house in Nagpada area of central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma on September 18.The police are also investigating if Dawood had any role in the matter and if it is found, he will also be made an accused in the case, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had said at a press conference.Kaskar and his associates allegedly demanded Rs 30 lakh and four flats from the builder in Dawood’s name. He had also sent his aide to the builder’s office and at the construction site to extort money, Singh had said.The builder later gave four flats worth Rs 5 crore and Rs 30 lakh in cash to Kaskar but then also he was being threatened by the accused, the police said.Out of the four flats, three were sold and one was registered in the name of Sayyad, who was staying in it for the last few years, the police had said.An extortion case was registered on the basis of the complaint by the builder at Thane’s Kasarwadavali police station under IPC section 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion).Later, the case was handed over to the Thane Police’s anti-extortion cell.During investigation, the police initially nabbed Sheikh and Sayyad from Thane. Later, Kaskar’s name also cropped up in the case, police had said.The names of some builders and politicians, including corporators, have allegedly also come up during the investigation in the case, Singh had said.Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2003, is said to be operating Dawood’s real estate business in the city, according to the police.He was wanted in a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. He was, however, acquitted in both the cases in 2007. With inputs from PTI

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

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

Iqbal Kaskar reveals his brother Dawood’s addresses in Pak

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

Narendra Modi’s fear made Dawood change hideouts four times since 2014, reveals Iqbal Kaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most wanted criminals, is hiding in Pakistan and his security has been tightened after the formation of Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre. Recently, Dawood’s security has also been stepped up by fifty percent to counter any surprise attack. This has been revealed by Iqbal Kaskar–brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim–who has been arrested in an extortion case by Thane police. Dawood has changed his hideout four times in Pakistan since 2014 as he fears Narendra Modi government is making all efforts to arrest him, claimed Iqbal Kaskar during the interrogation. Dawood still remains in touch with his family members, but never talks to them on phone, revealed Iqbal. Dawood’s men keep him updated about his family, and whenever required, Dawood goes all out to extend help to his family. India has repeatedly raised the issue of Dawood hiding in Pakistan, but our neighbour has always refuted the charge. Iqbal Kaskar has revealed many details about Dawood and his illegal business operations. According to Iqbal, his brother Dawood has got involved with drug cartel of Mexico. Dawood is heavily investing in drugs these days and making all efforts to extend his roots in Latin America and African countries. He has already forged an alliance with local drug suppliers in these countries, revealed Iqbal Kaskar.Earlier, the Thane Police on Tuesday claimed that in the past four years at least 20 builders, jewellers and businessmen from Mumbai and nearby cities were allegedly targeted for extortion money by Iqbal Kaskar and his aides. The police will now record the statement of these ‘victims’ of Kaskar in order to bolster their case against him.

Will Iqbal Kaskar lead to Dawood Ibrahim? Unlocking D-Company mystery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was just another Monday at a house in south Mumbai’s Nagpada, where the occupants were busy watching Kaun Banega Crorepati and having biryani, when the Thane Police came knocking.In what could be the biggest catch for India, ex-encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and his team detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, the younger brother of India’s most wanted criminal — Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.On the surface, it looks like a simple case of a Mumbai underworld criminal involved in an extortion racket targeting realtors and businessmen.But why would the police arrest Iqbal Kaskar is an old extortion case now?The answer lies in a special strategy adopted by India, reportedly formulated by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, which is targeted to corner Dawood.Iqbal Kaskar is a very strong link that can help New Delhi to unmask the D-Company syndicate.The younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, number 5 among 11 siblings, is relatively less fierce than other Kaskar brothers.An HT report quotes a police official, who said that Kaskar was a ‘softy’ in the D Company who ran extortion racket solely on ‘merit’ of his surname.Iqbal Kaskar never went with Dawood and other brothers Anees and Noora to Pakistan.He migrated to Dubai in late 80s, where he used to sell electronic items in shops given to him by Dawood.After 9/11 attacks, when the security forces came down on the D Company, Iqbal Kaskar was deported to India in 2003.He was booked in two case but was released on bail in 2007. The police said that he was running the extortion racket from the home of his sister Haseena Parker after her death in 2014.As the latest reports suggest that Iqbal Kaskar was in touch with his brother Anees Ibrahim, the police may be able to prove the link between Kaskar and his brothers in Pakistan.Amid all this, another important link in the D-Company mystery is Chota Rajan.Once a great friend and partner, Chota Rajan is now an arch enemy of Dawood Ibrahim.Arrested in Indonesia in 2015, Chota Rajan may be helping Indian security agencies with such specific intel.He is providing much insight to the police to nab the second most richest gangster in the world after Pablo Escobar, an HT report said.With arrest of Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood Ibrahim must be having sleepless nights in his plush home in Karachi.

Mumbai realty grapples with 50% unsold inventory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai homebuyers remain chary of new purchases, irrespective of which end of the budget spectrum they are at. Unsold inventory in the so-called city of dreams for 1-, 2-, and 3-BHK homes remains at 49, 50, and 51 per cent, respectively, a new report from real estate consultancy JLL India shows.Worse, the report, which looks at projects registered with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), projects that unsold inventory in various parts of the city will rise in 2018 compared to 2017.According to the report, Thane Municipal Corporation and adjacent areas are performing better than Mumbai, with the least number of unsold units at 15 per cent for projects scheduled to be ready by end of 2017. The bad news is that the number is likely to be more than double to 38 per cent for projects that will be completed by 2018.The data, as of July 31, 2017, shows unsold inventory in Andheri at 36 per cent in 2018, compared to 28 per cent in 2017. Chembur is likely to see unsold inventory at 30 per cent in 2018, compared with 69 per cent in 2017. Borivli, however, will see a demand surge, with 2018 unsold inventory projected at 29 per cent compared to 58 per cent in 2017, a 50 per cent fall.According to data from MahaRERA, the maximum number of units, 59,516, registered are in Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane district. This is followed by the Western suburbs, where 28,000 units are registered. Central suburbs follow with 16,852 units, South Mumbai at 11,424 units, and the Harbour region with 7,502 units.THE REPORTThe total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA as per recent data available, was 84.62 mn. sq.ft., of which the total sold area was 43.5 mn. sq.ft. or 51 per cent. Many builders have moved forward the timeline for completion of projects, in many cases by two years.

Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest throws up politicians-builder links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Anti Extortion Cell of Thane police arrested fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides in an extortion case, the police have allegedly come to know about the involvement of two politicians and some builders from Thane in the extortion racket. Suspecting that the extorted money could be laundered out of the country, the Thane Police will be writing to Enforcement Directorate (ED) to carry out a probe into the matter.On Monday night, the police arrested Kaskar and his aides Asrar Ali Jamil Sayed (52) and Mumtaj Ejaz Shaikh (48).Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said they were probing whether Dawood had any role in Kaskar’s extortion racket, as the latter would drop Dawood’s name while threatening victims.”Sometimes, shooters from other states such as Bihar and Assam were recruited to threaten the builders and jewellers,” Singh said. “We will be writing to Enforcement Directorate(ED) to carry out a probe as we suspect hawala links and overseas transactions were made by the accused. After conducting a preliminary inquiry, the names of a few politicians and builders have cropped up. We appeal to victims of this group to approach the police.” He, however, refused to elaborate on the suspected role of politicians and builders in the racket.Singh said the possibility of applying the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was also being examined. “We have detained three more persons, including a drug peddler, who were with Kaskar when we picked him up from Nagpada. We are checking their role in the case,” he addedAccording to the Thane police, in 2013, the accused extorted four flats now worth Rs 5 crore and Rs 30 lakh from a prominent builder in Thane, claiming that a part of the land on which the flats were built was acquired by Kaskar for development. Shaikh and Sayed had then allegedly threatened the builder with dire consequences if their demands were not met.Kaskar also allegedly called the builder and threatened him in the name of Dawood, after which the complainant gave in to their demands. While three flats were sold, Shaikh retained one to live in.The arrested trio were produced before the Thane court on Tuesday, which remanded them to eight days police custody.Senior lawyer Shyam Keswani, who represented Kaskar in court, refuted all allegations leveled by police and told the court that the police did not allow him to meet Kaskar and violated several Supreme Court guidelines.Seeking minimum police custody for Kaskar, Keswani told the court, “I would like to ask the police what evidence they have against my client. Almost 50 vehicles and 60 policemen barged into Kaskar’s house. Why did they use so much force? They have not found even a single pin or knife in the house,” he told the court.

Extortion case: Dawood’s brother arrested; police say shooters brought from outside, politicians could be involved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police in Maharashtra state on Tuesday said that they are probing a role of local politicians including corporators after Iqbal Kaskar was arrested in connection with an investigation into an extortion case.Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested by the crime branch of the Thane Police.Iqbal was taken into custody from his sister Haseena Parker’s house in Central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma.Speaking to media, Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said, “Three people have been arrested and three people are being questioned. Whether Dawood Ibrahim had an indirect or direct involvement in this extortion racket will be probed.”Stating that some politicians including Corporators could be involved, Singh said that they are investigating the links.”Threats were given in the name of Dawood. Sometimes shooters were brought from outside, and some people were brought from Bihar to forcibly evacuate properties,” Singh saidSome extortion calls were reportedly made in Iqbal’s name to a Thane-based businessman. The businessman then approached the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane Police with a complaint.Iqbal, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating his brother’s real estate business in the city, the police said.He was wanted in a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. However, he was acquitted in both the cases in 2007.Sharma, who led the team that detained Kaskar, was suspended in Lakhan Bhaiya encounter case and was recently reinstated in the police force. (With agency inputs)

Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar picked up in extortion case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was picked up by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma on Monday for his alleged involvement in an extortion case being probed by Thane Police.According to the police sources, it is alleged that Iqbal was trying to extort a builder and after the builder approached the police, Iqbal was picked up from his Nagpada den in Mumbai Central on Monday evening.Sharma, who had gunned down over 100 criminals was dismissed by the then police commissioner Hasan Gafoor in 2009, after he found that Sharma had alleged links with the underworld. Sharma had challenged the order in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal and the decision came in his favour.Later Sharma was arrested in the fake encounter of suspected Chhota Rajan gang member Lakhan Bhaiya and was later discharged from the case.In August this year, Sharma was reinstated in the police force and was transferred to Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell.

Gang-rape and murder of 22-year-old daughter of cop: Police collecting evidence after accused surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police are in the process of getting mobile phone tower locations of two people, allegedly involved in the gang-rape and murder of the 22-year-old daughter of a policeman from Nagpur. This is basically to bolster their case by confirming the presence of the suspects at the locations where they had met the victim and allegedly killed and dumped her body. The police are also collecting technical, human and forensic evidence to bolster the case.The police have taken custody of Nagpur resident Nikhlesh Patil, 24, and his Ambernath-based friend Akshay Valode, 25, in the case.According to the police, the victim, an engineering graduate, had gone to Pune to a relative’s place last weekend and had informed Patil about her presence in Pune. On September 3, Patil and his friend Nilesh Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met the victim on September 4.
ALSO READ 3 held for rape, murder of cop’s daughterThe victim asked them to drop her at Vikhroli where she lived and worked. Instead, they went to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil gang-raped her and later strangulated the victim to death, police said.According to police, the woman was visiting a relative in Pune during the weekend and she informed Patil about the same. “Patil and Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met her on September 4.”She asked them to drop her at Vikhroli. However, they drove to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil raped and strangulated her to death,” said a police officer.He added that the accused then stuffed her body in a suitcase and drove towards Karnataka.”They dumped her body near a highway at Pashti in Belgaum. It seems they panicked later. On Tuesday, while returning, they surrendered at City Police Station in Ratnagiri and narrated the entire incident following which the police recovered the body. Their motive is still unclear,” added the officer.Initially Ratnagiri police claimed that Khobragade too was involved in the crime, however, later Thane police clarified that he has not been arrested in the case and that his role is being examined.

Maharashtra: Woman constable hangs self in Thane; two senior cops including ACP booked for abetment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old woman constable has allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Kalwa here, after which an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and another cop were booked on charges of abetting the suicide, police said today.Subhadra Pawar was attached to the Police Headquarters in Thane Commissionerate and had joined the force in 2014.Pawar was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her flat yesterday between 2.30 to 3.00 pm, a police official said.She had been living in the rented accommodation along with three other women constables.A constable, attached to Mumbai Police and an ACP, posted at the Thane Police Headquarters have been booked in connection with the incident, under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide), rw 34 (common intention), police said.According to the official, the deceased was in a relationship with the accused constable and was about to get married to him.”The accused (constable) came to meet her at her house last afternoon. After spending some time, he stepped out of the flat to make a call. Upon returning after few minutes, he saw Pawar hanging from the ceiling fan in the room with a duppatta (piece of cloth),” he said.Shocked to see her, the constable reached out to neighbours for help and also informed police and her brother, who is also a constable in Navi Mumbai.She was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared dead before admission, the officer said.”No suicide note was recovered from the spot. We have registered offences against two police personnel, including an ACP of Thane Police Commissionerate, based on the complaint filed by the deceased’s brother,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-I), D S Swami said.The exact reason of the suicide is yet to be ascertained and statements of people concerned in connection with the matter, are being recorded, he said.Pawar’s brother, in his complaint, accused the cop duo of harassing and mentally torturing his sister.No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case, he said.

15 dead, search ops on for 7 missing persons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 persons including six children lost their lives, and additional seven are feared to have died due to drowning and rain-related mishaps since Tuesday in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Fifteen others, including a traffic constable, were injured. While 10 deaths were reported from Mumbai, four were reported from Thane and one from Navi Mumbai.”Five persons died and seven others drowned due to flooding and heavy raining since Tuesday. The search operation to trace those who drowned are on,” said Mumbai Police Spokesperson, DCP Rashmi Karandikar.Renowned gastroenterologist of the Bombay Hospital, Dr Deepak Amrapurkar went missing near Elphinstone Road station on Tuesday evening. Amrapurkar is believed to have fallen in an open manhole. Fire brigade officials were trying to trace him.In another case, 30-year-old lawyer Priyam Majithia was found unconscious in his car at Gandhi Market in Sion on Wednesday. He was rushed to Sion Hospital where he was declared dead.One Dilip Jha, 32, died after drowning in the Powai lake. In Dahisar East, a wooden bridge on the nullah that collapsed due to heavy water flow, taking with it two persons: Pratik Ghatal and Gauresh Ghatge. While Ghatge was rescued by the locals, Ghatal is still missing.Omprakash Nirmal, 6, has been missing after drowning in the nullah at the Hanuman Nagar in Kandivali. Rohit Kumar Chinnu Shaha, 17, drowned during Ganpati immersion at the Madh Jetty and could not be traced.In Ghatkopar, one Rameshwar Tiwari, 45, died while his wife Manju, 35, and son Krish, 9, were left injured after wall of a Reliance substation collapsed on their houseIn Vikhroli, Kalyani Jangam, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl died in a house collapse Her father and mother sustained injuries and were rushed to Rajawadi Hospital.In another incident of house collapse due to landslide in Parksite, two persons identified as Nikhil Rajendrakumar, 2, and Kirakumari Maurya, 35, diedFour persons of a family were injured after an iron frame of a scaffolding fell from a 20-storied building at Girgaum in South Mumbai on Tuesday morning.Several people were also injured by falling trees and wall collapse, police said.One Bhiku Bamanicha, 40, was severely injured after a tree fell off on him at the Irla Road in Vile Parle (W) on Tuesday afternoon.At Kala Chowkie, a police constable got injured after he slipped accidentally.MORE CASUALTIESIn Ghatkopar, Rameshwar Tiwari, 45, died while his wife Manju, 35, and son Krish, 9, were injured after a Reliance sub-station wall collapsed on their house
In Vikhroli, two-and-a-half year old Kalyani Jangam, girl died in a house collapse

Mumbai rains: Death toll rises to 14, mild showers on Friday bring respite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>* People die in house collapse, falling into manholes* Lighter-than-feared rains Wednesday help relief efforts* Heavier rains possible later around Mumbai – official More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst flooding to strike South Asia in years. Several villages in the east Indian state of Bihar are still inundated, with people living in makeshift shelters for days amid widespread heavy damage to farmland.Tuesday’s deluge in Mumbai – nearly a month’s average rainfall in a single day – had halted train services and led to flight cancellations.More heavy rains had been forecast for Wednesday, forcing the government to order schools and colleges shut, but in many areas the downpours were lighter.”The city and suburbs received a few showers in the last few hours but rainfall wasn’t heavy like yesterday,” said K.S. Hosalikar, a senior India Metrological Department official.”However in the next few hours Mumbai and adjourning areas are likely to get fairly widespread rainfall, which will be heavy in few pockets.”Officials said train and air services were operating normally late on Wednesday in the city, which is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and several major companies.Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse.In the neighbouring city of Thane, three people died after being swept away by floods, police added. Some died by falling into open manholes in flooded streets in various suburbs.Mumbai Police spokeswoman Rashmi Karandikar said seven other people were missing in Mumbai.In neighbouring suburbs six people were missing, said a police official, who declined to be named.The deluge revived memories of 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people, the majority of them in shantytown slums where more than half of the city’s 20 million people live.Unabated construction on floodplains and coastal areas, as well as stormwater drains and waterways clogged by plastic garbage have made the city increasingly vulnerable to storms.On Tuesday several firms made arrangements to provide food and rest areas for employees stuck in offices, while officials of temples and religious bodies offered help to those stranded on streets.”Together, we can overcome any ordeal,” the Mumbai Police tweeted. “Thank you all for showing what humanity is in the face of adversity!”

Woman, teenage girl drown in rainwater-filled drains in Thane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died while two others were injured in rain-related incidents, civic officials said.The woman fell into a ‘nullah’ filled with rainwater in Kalwa and drowned, officials in the Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said.The deceased, Sainath Shaikh, was a housewife who resided in Shanti Nagar.In the second incident, 14-year-old Gauri Jailwar died after falling into a swollen drain near a mall here, they said.Two women were injured when the compound wall crashed on houses located in the Manpada locality, the officials said.Several houses were also damaged, they said.The city witnessed very heavy rains in which several trees were uprooted and vehicles washed away. The downpour also caused flooding in low-lying areas.

Maha to get 21K more budget homes, 18K to be in MMR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In arguably the biggest push to affordable housing segment in the state in recent times, the central government approved nearly 21,000 homes on a single day on Wednesday under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).Significantly, 18,000 of the homes are to come up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).In a meeting on Wednesday, the Centre’s appraisal committee approved nearly 15,000 homes for Navi Mumbai, 3,000 for Thane and 3,000 for the rest of Maharashtra.”Every proposal under the PMAY has to be first approved by the state’s appraisal committee and is then moved to the central committee. All the files that were passed by the Centre were approved by the state committee a few months ago. This approval is significant in terms of the sheer numbers,” said a senior officer from the state’s appraisal committee for PMAY. For the houses, around 300 sq ft each, the central government allocates Rs 1.5 lakh, while the state’s share is Rs 1 lakh.The 15,000 homes approved for Navi Mumbai will be constructed by CIDCO at Taloja, Kalamboli, Kharghar and Dronagiri. The project comprises homes for the Economically Weaker Section and the Lower Income Group. Bhushan Gagrani, Managing Director of CIDCO, confirmed the development.The Thane Municipal Corporation will construct the 3,000 homes approved for the district. The homes will come up on government land in Betwade, Mhatardi and Padle. Two of the projects are in Betwade, while Mhatardi and Padle areas — villages located near Diva in Thane — will get one project each.Forty per cent of the 3,000 homes are reserved for project-affected people, while 40 per cent are for affordable segment and 20 per cent will be for the middle income group.The 3,000 homes approved for the rest of the state will come up at districts such as Chandrapur, Nashik and others, and will be anchored by MHADA.

Two held for duping 50 people by issuing fake visa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has busted a fake visa racket and arrested two persons, who allegedly cheated nearly 50 people by issuing them bogus visa and air tickets, police said today. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Makarand Ranade told a press conference yesterday, two persons have been held during a raid at the house of one of the accused in Mumbra here, and seized 89 passports, 62 visas, a laptop and two mobiles from them. According to police, the six members of the racket ran a fake job recruitment centre in Mumbra and told the victims that they would get them job as ground staffers at Dubai and Kuwait airports. Thane police on Saturday received a complaint from one of the victims, stating that she was cheated by a job recruitment firm, which extracted Rs 50,000 from her and assured visa and air ticket. But later, she found after reaching the airport in Mumbai that the visa and air ticket was fake. The complainant said many people from Thane, Mumbra and nearby places have been duped in a similar fashion by the accused. The senior officer said police has launched a hunt to nab the four members of the racket. The gang began operation in March 2016 and since then, they have so far cheated nealry 50 people. They collected Rs 50,000 from each person and gave them fake visa and air tickets to Dubai and Kuwait, Ranade said. The accused in this manner collected Rs 24.71 lakh, he said. The accused were identified as Salauddin alias Bablu Nepali (44), a Mumbra resident, and Ajgar Ali alias Javed Sayyed (51), who is from Powai in neighbouring Mumbai. A case has been lodged under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), rw 34 (common intention).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladeshi man jailed for illegal stay dies in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old Bangladeshi national, who was arrested in 2016 and was to be deported after completion of his jail term last month, died at a hospital in Mumbai, a police official said today. Mohammad Noorbani Sirajulkhan, hailing from Noakhali district in Bangladesh, was arrested by the Bhiwandi police here in July last year for staying in India without a valid passport and visa, he said. A Thane court last year convicted him under relevant sections of The Foreigners Act-1946 and The Passports Act-1967 and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1,000, the official said. During the jail term, Sirajulkhan suffered from paralysis and was admitted to J J Hospital in neighbouring Mumbai on July 21 this year, he said. His jail term ended on July 27, but he could not be moved out of the hospital for deportation as he developed further health complications, he said. Khan died in the J J hospital on August 16 and later the postmortem was done, the police official said. Subsequently, the J J Marg police station in Mumbai informed the Bhiwandi police about the man’s death. The Bhiwandi police registered a case of accidental death and were trying to contact the deceased’s family members, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MACT awards Rs 5 lakh to parents of boy who died in accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parents of a 13-year-old boy from Kalwa here, who was killed in an accident last year, were awarded Rs 5 lakh as compensation by the Thane Motor Accident and Claims Tribunal (MACT). Tribunal member and district judge K D Vadane, in a recent order, directed respondent, Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) to make the payment of the compensation of Rs 5 lakh, along with 8 per cent interest from the date of filing of the claim in January this year. The counsel of claimants, Limbaji Rathod (36) and his wife Taribai (31), in his submission, told the tribunal that the couple’s son Mangesh was a brilliant student and had bright future prospects. The accident took place on October 18, 2016 when a TMT bus, being driven rashly and at a high speed, hit Mangesh who was standing on the extreme left side of a road at Kalwa market. He sustained multiple injuries and was admitted to CSM hospital in Kalwa and was later moved to Civil Hospital in Thane. But he succumbed to injuries. A case was lodged against the driver of the bus with Kalwa police. The claimants filed a claim of 9.10 lakh with the tribunal. The respondent contested the claim on various grounds, stating that the accident occurred on account of the negligence of the deceased and also challenged his age. The tribunal observed that the conductor of the bus in the course of cross examination stated that he had not seen the boy while falling down on the road, and it was only when the passengers in the bus shouted, his attention was drawn towards the boy. “Driver Shridhar Gaikwad, in the course of cross examination stated that he had not seen the boy, and when people shouted, he stopped his vehicle. From this admission it reveals that Gaikwad was driving the bus without noticing the boy,” the judge said. In the FIR, it is specifically stated that at the relevant time of the accident, the driver drove it at a high speed and in rash and negligent manner, and gave dash to the deceased, the tribunal said. The MACT worked out a compensation of Rs 4,50,000 towards the future loss of income of the family and Rs 50,000 towards loss of love and affection and funeral cost.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Constable, police naik booked for demanding bribe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau unit has booked two policemen in neighbouring Palghar for allegedly demanding bribe for favouring an accused in a case. Constable Suganad Narsule (53) and police naik Manik Jadhav (42) demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe from the complainant, against whose brother a complaint was registered with Dahanu police station, a press note issued by Thane ACB today said. They made the bribe demand for going soft in the case and ensure while filing of the charge sheet in the court that the case is not of serious nature. The aggrieved later filed a complaint with the Thane ACB, which verified the allegations and registered a case against the duo yesterday, under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for killing neighbour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man from Dombivli here was arrested for allegedly killing his neighbour over a petty issue, police said today. The incident took place near the victim’s house in Ayregaon locality in Kopar, Dombivli last morning and accused Ravindra Masurkar was apprehended on the same day, Thane Police PRO, Sukhada Narkar said. Victim Sunanda Lokhare (45) and Masurkar lived in the same chawl, Narkar said, adding that a scuffle broke out after Masurkar threw garbage at the victim’s door step. According to Lokhare’s daughter, when she and her mother confronted Masurkar over his behaviour, he got annoyed and began abusing them. He then went to his house to fetch an iron rod and hit Lokhare on the head, killing her on the spot. A complaint was by the victim’s daughter, following which the accused was arrested, added Narkar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane louder than city as activists record festive noise levels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Janmashtami celebrations saw a major dip in the usage of loudspeakers this year. Sumaira Abdulali, Convenor of Awaaz Foundation who was out measuring decibel levels across Mumbai and Thane along with Dr Mahesh Bedekar a Thane resident and a petitioner in High Court against noise pollution during festivals reported that Thane was much louder than Mumbai.”Its not that the noise levels were not high in Mumbai, in fact the noise levels at some locations went up to 101.3 dB but this noise was due to honking, whistling and usage of drums and trumpets. Since the sound of drums, whistles, horns were not amplified with loudspeakers, it did not carry to any distance and was loud only when standing immediately next to the noise source,” explained Abdulali.The activist claimed that the highest noise level was found near Hill Road at Bandra opposite Bandra Police Station, where the banners displayed photographs of Mumbai’s BJP chief Ashish Shelar. “The noise level at this site was the highest, 113.3dB and was higher than the noise at the same site during Dahi Handi in 2016, which was measured to be 103dB,” informed Abdulali. She further added that in the evening around 7.20 pm when she visited Hill Road she found the noise levels to be around 111dB however unlike morning they were using loudspeakers to only make announcements meanwhile at the same location another one organised by Congress too was using loudspeakers.Meanwhile in Thane, which witnesses high decibel levels during Gokulashtami celebrations saw lesser number of events organised as compared to last year. “In fact some hospital owners informed me that the cops had refused permission for sound systems and DJ’s in front of the hospitals which falls under silence zones,” said Bedekar adding that though the noise levels compared to previous years were low but were certainly much higher than normal.NOISIER …Activists claimed that the highest noise level was found near Hill Road, Bandra, at 113.3dB.
Most noise levels were high due to honking, whistling and usage of drums and trumpets

Cong leader Purnekar succumbs to injuries suffered in mishap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Congress secretary Balkrishna Purnekar, who was injured in a road accident in Aurangabad two days back, passed away today. Purnekar, 45, was seriously injured when the car in which he was travelling collided with a bus at Bondla Phata on the Aurangabad-Gangapur road on Sunday. He was travelling in the car with another Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) secretary Sanjay Choupane, and one Ramakant Mhatre. While Choupane died on Sunday, Purnekar and Mhatre were injured and admitted for treatment to a hospital in Aurangabad, around 300 kms from here in central Maharashtra. Purnekar died at the hospital in Aurangabad in the wee hours today, sources said. The accident had taken place when they all were returning here from Aurangabad after attending a party meeting. Choupane and Purnekar were residents of Thane. Purnekar had earlier served as the president of Thane city Congress committee.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Passport office in Thane merged with RPO in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major administrative decision, passport office in Thane has been merged with the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai. The Thane Passport office will now relocate from their current premises at Vardaan Sankul in Wagle Industrial Estate, to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai with effect from August 21. Besides, the Branch Secretariat at Worli office and office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz (West) too have been shifted to BKC. According to a statement issued by RPO Mumbai, the regional office of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Branch Secretariat at Manish Commercial Centre on AB Road, Worli, Mumbai as well as office of Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai at Khira Nagar in Santacruz have been relocated to Videsh Bhavan in Bandra Kurla Complex, G-block, Bandra (East) in Mumbai. The telephone numbers for this newly located office are 022- 26520016 /26520017/26520071 and e-mail is [email protected] According to the statement, the public enquiry for RPO, Mumbai will be entertained from 10 am to 12.30 pm on any working day except Wednesday at the new office from today. The Passport Seva Kendras at Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane-II and Nashik will continue their functioning from existing premises, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three chain-snatching incidents in half-an-hour in Thane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three incidents of chain-snatching from women at a locality in Thane district’s Ambernath township created a flutter among residents in the area. Two motorcycle-borne men allegedly snatched the chain from a 65-year-old woman while she was walking alongwith her husband to a friend’s place in Ambernath at around 7 pm yesterday, a police official said. The woman claimed that her gold chain was worth around Rs 1.10 lakh, he said. Later, the motorcyclists snatched the chain, valued at around Rs 40,000, from a 35-year-old woman in the area and fled, he said. After that, the miscreants snatched the chain from another 35-year-old woman while coming from behind when she was walking on the road. The motorcyclists fled with the jewellery, claimed to be worth Rs 1.10 lakh, the police official said. The three incidents happened between 7 pm and 7.30 pm yesterday, police said. Based on the description of the snatchers provided by the woman, police suspect the same men to be involved in the three incidents. The Shivaji Nagar police under Ambernath division last night registered three separate FIRs for offences under IPC sections 392 (robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Efforts were on to nab the chain-snatchers, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tribunal awards Rs 5L to parents of girl who died in accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An accident claims tribunal here has awarded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to a couple who lost their two-year-old daughter when a dumper hit her in 2015. Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) member and district judge K D Vadane, in a recent order, directed the dumper owner and the vehicle’s insurer to jointly pay the compensation along with eight per cent interest per annum, since the date of filing of the claim. The applicants’ counsel, R S Chahal, told the tribunal that Dhanji Kharval (31) lived with his wife and daughter in Murdagaon area of Bhayander township in Thane. On May 18, 2015, the girl was playing near her house when the speeding dumper hit her, killing her on the spot. An offence was later registered with the Bhayander police against the dumper’s driver. In October 2015, the girl’s parents lodged a claim with the tribunal of Rs 1 lakh from the two respondents. The dumper owner’s counsel, R K Mukadam, contested the claim on various grounds, which were rejected by the tribunal. The judge, referring to a judgment in a similar case in a higher court, observed that had the deceased been alive and grown up, she would have certainly contributed to her family’s future income. The tribunal worked out the compensation at Rs 4.50 lakh for the loss of future income of the family and Rs 50,000 for the loss of love and affection and the funeral cost. The MACT asked the dumper owner, Nawab Gulam Shaikh, and the vehicle’s insurer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd, to pay Rs 5 lakh to the girl’s parents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitin Gadkari slams government for delays in passenger water transport projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday slammed the state government for failing to implement several passenger water transport projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region despite proposing it 22 years ago.On the sidelines of a promotional event in Mumbai on cruise tourism, Gadkari said that these services were proposed when he was the cabinet minister in Maharashtra in 1995. “Bureaucratic and administrative hurdles are the main reasons why passenger water transport is not a reality today despite it being a cheaper and environment-friendly option,” he said.Gadkari expressed displeasure with Maharashtra chief secretary Summit Mullick, who was also present at the event. “I don’t know when the passenger water transport system will start. Maharashtra has just been doing paper work for 22 years. I think only our grandchildren would be able to see passenger water transport.”Recently, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) had floated bids seeking expression of interest (EOI) from companies for the water passenger transport service between Nariman Point and Gorai in Borivali. However, MMB later cited that the project may not be technically and financially feasible. Gadkari told DNA, “I was informed about these apprehensions. We have proposed to them that if the state government does not find the project feasible, we will develop a feasible model for them. Thane Municipal Corporation officials assured me about implementing the project and I have even promised them 50 per cent for preparing detailed project reports (DPR) for passenger water transport services.”Meanwhile, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), with assistance from state government agencies, is currently executing Ro-Ro passenger ferries that the government will start between Ferry Wharf, Mumbai and Mandwa, Alibaug.Projects on paperWater transport services have been proposed between several locations like Nariman Point and Gorai in Borivali, Thane and Navi Mumbai, but all these projects are on paper from past several years or at execution stage.

Mumbai: Woman’s pregnancy terminated, blames it on unnatural sex forced by husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Naupada police have registered a case of dowry harassment and unnatural sex against a Mumbai based man, on a complaint lodged by his wife. The complainant has alleged that her pregnancy was terminated after her husband indulged in unnatural sex. Police has also registered a case of dowry against the family members of husband.According to police, the 38 year old woman from Thane approached them and complained that from 2013 to December 2015, her husband Vipul Nagda and in laws allegedly harassed her for dowry and repeatedly asked her to bring money to open a workshop. Moreover, the woman alleged that her husband abused her through unnatural sex when she was pregnant.”The woman has alleged that due to unnatural sex, her pregnancy was terminated leading to complications in health”, said a Naupada police officer.”We have registered a case under sections 377 (unnatural sex), 498 (A) (Dowry harassment), 406(breach of trust),323(causing grievous hurt), 504(intentional insult) of the Indian Penal Code. We are yet to make the arrests in the case and are investigating further”, said PN Patil, Police Inspector, Naupada police station.

IAS officer, two others booked for cheating, forgery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have booked an IAS officer and two other civic officials in a case of alleged fraud and fabrication of government records. An FIR against the trio was lodged on July 28, police senior inspector B D Wagh said. Investigation in the case is underway, he said. The matter relates to when the three officers were posted in a civic body in Thane district. The FIR was registered on directions of a court in Ulhasnagar while hearing a petition filed by a former president of the civic body, on July 12. The petitioner has alleged the three officers, during their tenure at the civic body from 2014 to 16, “misused their official power, and fabricated records and demolished certain civic properties which were in good condition”. They did not obtain permission either from the civic body’s general body, its standing committee or the authorities concerned while ordering demolition of civic properties, the petitioner alleged. Post-demolition, they allegedly sold the scrap and siphoned off the proceeds, he told the court. The three officers were booked under IPC sections related to cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, among others. After hearing the petition, Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) R D Chougale said, “The complainant has made allegations about misappropriation, cheating and forgery of documents.” “There is prima facie substance in the allegations of the complainant upon perusal of documents. This court is satisfied that a police investigation is required to be conducted. Hence, the police station concerned is directed to investigate the matter,” the court said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena committed to Thane’s development, says Uddhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said his party is committed to the development of Thane and the city is poised to see radical changes in the next 10 years. “Within the next 10 years, you will see the face of the city changing drastically on account of the development works being undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC),” he said last night. Thackeray said the people of Thane reposed faith in the party by electing it to rule the civic body with a clear majority in the elections held early this year. Thackeray was speaking after attending a slew of foundation stone laying functions in the city. He said the Sena founder Bal Thackeray had special affection for the city. “I had promised you during the electioneering that the Sena will give better facilities to the people of Thane. We are now fulfilling those promises.” Thackeray said unlike some other parties, the Sena does not believe in giving empty promises. During his short visit to the city, he performed `bhoomi pooja’ for a grand central park, a world-class gymnastics centre and a hostel for working women.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC raps Thane civic body for ‘blindly’ issuing OCs without

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today pulled up the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for “blindly” granting occupation certificates for new constructions, when it was not even in a position to provide a basic amenity like regular water supply. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar refused to vacate a temporary stay granted by it in May this year on new constructions on the Ghodbunder road in Thane district over the issue of inadequate water supply to residential colonies in the area. The high court had then too restrained the TMC from granting commencement and occupation certificates for any new constructions along the Ghodbunder road. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Mangesh Shelar complaining about abrupt cuts of water supply to various areas along the road. “The corporation is blindly issuing occupation certificates in the name of development. We know development is important, but at the same time basic amenities like water is also a must. What is the point of living in towers without water supply?” Chief Justice Chellur said. The court directed the Thane civic body to compile data of all buildings that have been constructed in the district in the past five years, how many of them got water supply and how many do not. “Compile and submit this data in three weeks. We want to be satisfied first, only then we will consider lifting the stay (on new constructions),” the court said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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