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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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Tender notice issued for police township

In one of the biggest construction projects to be carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a project belonging to the Brihanmumbai Police Co-operative Housing Society (proposed) will comprise 8,200 individual homes and cost Rs 1,225 crore. It will have houses for police constables and their widows and is located in Village Vayal close to the proposed International Airport in Navi Mumbai. The land was bought after 6,000 constables pooled in Rs 1.20 lakh each. They bought 107 acre of land from farmers and Rs 12 crore is still in excess.Pratap Dighavkar, Additional Commissioner, Thane Police, handling the project said, “We are going to give 650 sq ft carpet area project to every constable. These will be two bedroom hall kitchen flats with balconies. We haven’t decided the cost per flat but only construction cost will be charged to every constable.”If this is the first home of the constable then he will also be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 2.50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. “This is the biggest welfare project in the state concerning police personnel,” said Dighavkar.A tender notice was issued on Thursday by the Sanstha inviting contractors who have experience in planning, designing and constructing approximately 8,200 individual apartments within high-rise residential buildings including stilt parking, along with site development and infrastructure services for the housing project.The completion period for the project is 36 months from the date of Letter of Intent.
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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.

Extortion cases show diminishing trend in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A good news for businessmen and builder community in Mumbai is that extortion cases in Mumbai are showing a diminishing trend. From January till October this year, 155 cases of extortion were registered in Mumbai as compared to 208 cases registered last year during the same period.While some officers say that the diminishing trend is due to sustained action from Mumbai and Thane Police against gangsters and criminals, some say that a lot of times victims in extortion cases do not approach the police due to fear and give up to the demands of the criminals.According to the statistics, while 155 extortion cases were registered in Mumbai from January till October this year, 208 cases were registered in 2016.The detection rate in extortion cases is over 75%. While 127 cases have been detected this year with a detection rate of 82%, 168 cases were detected last year with 78% detection rate, statistics revealed.“The reason detection cases are good in extortion cases is because, in almost all the cases, the culprit is known to the victim. In cases of underworld related extortion calls, the caller himself discloses his identity to the victim. We take sustained action on criminals and gangs involved in extortion cases. However, it would improper to say that the less number of extortion cases is due to police action. A lot times victims do not approach the police due to fear,” said a police officer.On Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad had received a threatening phone call from gangster Suresh Pujari.Thane Police officials had stated that Awhad had received a threatening call from Suresh Pujari who demanded an extortion of Rs 25 crore. “Pujari warned Awhad with dire consequences if his demand was not met,” said a police officer.Following this, Awhad had approached the police and a probe was launched in the matter.NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating “If the elected representatives are not safe and secured, how government can give the guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the CM would be responsible for this.”

Extortion case: MCOCA invoked against Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, gangster Chhota Shakeel and three others in connection with an extortion case.The MCOCA has been invoked against Kaskar and others in the first extortion case registered at the Kasarwadavali police station in Thane on a complaint filed by a builder, a police official said today.Under the MCOCA, an accused cannot obtain bail easily.In this case, the police have already arrested Kaskar and his two aides Israr Ali Jamal Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Sheikh.During interrogation, it was revealed that Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was also allegedly involved in the extortion racket, he said.Shakeel had allegedly threatened some builders and businessmen on behalf of Ibrahim and tried to extort money from them, the official said.During further investigation, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) sleuths arrested Borivali-based ‘matka’ (gambling) king and businessman Pankaj Gangar, who allegedly used to send Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh to Shakeel through hawala (illegal channel of sending money) per month, he said.The Thane Police, since the beginning of the probe, were examining whether the MCOCA could be applied in this case.As Shakeel’s role was established in the case, it became easy to invoke the tough law, an official said.In this regard, the Thane Police had requested their counterparts in Mumbai to provide details of the cases filed in the last 10 years against Shakeel, he said.Subsequently, the Mumbai Police provided details, including of some cases in which Shakeel was charge sheeted in a sessions court, he said.In the first extortion case, the builder had paid Rs 30 lakh and given four flats to Kaskar and his aides as he was being threatened in the name of Dawood Ibrahim or his gang since 2013, he said.Two more extortion cases were registered in Thane in which Kaskar, Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim and his other brother Anees have been named as accused.A team, led by encounter specialist police inspector Pradeep Sharma, had arrested Kaskar from his sister Haseena Parkar’s home at Gorden Hall apartment in Nagpada area of Mumbai on September 18, the official said.

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 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.

Another jeweller accuses Kaskar of extortion

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

Extortion case: Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar’s list had 20 bizmen, say cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>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.Speaking to DNA, a senior police officer, who is privy to the investigation of Kaskar’s extortion case, said, “Though the current extortion took place in 2016, Kaskar and his men are believed to have extorted as many as 20 builders, businessmen and jewellers from Mumbai Metropolitan Region to the tune of crores of rupees.”As per the officer, Kaskar used to operate smartly while targeting his victims. “Two of his henchmen, who are also accused in the current extortion case, used to meet the victims and would dial Kaskar’s number from their phone. They would then make Kaskar speak to the victims.”Since Kaskar used to drop Dawood’s name, too, while threatening the victims, the police are examining if Dawood had a role to play in the extortion threats issued by his brother. “If we get any concrete evidence against Dawood, then we would certainly add his name in the FIR as well. We are probing if calls were made and received from Pakistan by Kaskar and his men,” the officer said.As per the police, the biggest evidence in the current extortion case against Kaskar is that the group had forcibly extorted four flats and Rs 30 lakh in cash from a builder and one of the accused was found occupying the flat when the police searched it. A team of 55 police personnel headed by Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma arrested Kaskar from his Nagpada residence on Monday night.

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.

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.

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.)

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.)

Another petrol pump raided for rigged fuel dispenser

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Thane Police team today sealed a petrol pump located on Pune-Ahmednagar Road in the city after it found that the fuel dispensing machine was tampered with using a microchip, an official said. The Thane crime branch has been conducting similar raids on such rigged petrol pumps across the state. The IOC petrol pump was raided by the unit-I of the crime branch, said a senior police inspector who led the team. “The action was taken on the basis of the information received during the interrogation of two persons arrested after the crime branch had busted a state-wide petrol theft racket that used electronic chips to siphon off petrol from pumps,” he said. During the raid, the police found out the pulse board of the fuel dispenser was rigged using a micro chip so that lesser amount of fuel will be delivered to customers than what is displayed. “We also noticed that the seal of the pulsar board was broken. We have sent the pulsar mother board to laboratory for further investigation,” said the officer. Police have served a notice to the owner of the petrol pump. “We will send a letter to the officials of the Indian Oil asking them to inspect the pump and submit a report on tampering,” he added. Earlier this month, a senior official of the Thane crime branch had said around 68 petrol pumps had been raided across Maharashtra of which 40 were found to be rigged using a microchip.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest on Thane-Badlapur highway under control, probe underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after the farmers’ protest turned violent on the Thane-Badlapur highway, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said that situation was normal and a case of attempt to murder will be registered against the protestors. ?We will investigate and find out the reason or person behind this. We are registering an attempt to murder case as well in this against the accused. We have not detained anyone yet,? Singh told media. Singh also assured that the situation is now under control, though both policemen and villagers were injured during the protest. ?The situation is normal now. Some villagers attacked a police team and the DCP, after which we used pellet guns on the protestors. Four villagers and 12 policemen were injured and are being treated. Neither a curfew nor Section 144 would be imposed in the area,? he said. Earlier, the protesting farmers said that their land was being acquired by the Ministry of Defence. Additional forces have been sent to the spot, including riot control vehicles. Rs. 30,000 crore of farm loans were waived off in Maharashtra amidst large-scale protests. The BJP-led Government in Maharashtra had backed down on Sunday and agreed in principle to a loan waiver for all sections of farmers. The farmers had been agitating for the past 10 days and finally, the loans were waived off.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh stolen from Thane temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh was allegedly stolen from a temple in Ulhasnagar township here, police said today. The incident took place on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday when some unidentified persons broke into Jhulelal temple, run by Chalia Trust and decamped with the gold ornaments, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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