|2012-12-31||Many NET candidates miss exam|
Many NET candidates miss exam
Yogita Rao | TNN | Dec 31, 2012, 02.08 AM IST
MUMBAI: Over 100 candidates, who were to appear for the National Eligibility Test (NET) on Sunday at RD National College and another centre in Bandra, complained that they were delayed due to the CR mega block. The NET exam, conducted by the UGC, was held in eight centres across Mumbai University's jurisdiction. Candidates living as far as Karjat and Ulhasnagar reached up to an hour late due to the mega block.
One of the candidates, Sneha U, said, "I took a train from Karjat at 6.30am for the 9.30am schedule. I reached the centre an hour later. The centre in-charge should have taken the mega block into consideration."
However, National College principal Dinesh Panjwani said there were around 2,226 students appearing for the exam from his centre and over 75% had managed to reach on time. "The OMR sheet for the first paper was to be submitted in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Students who reached an hour late could not have completed the paper in less time," Panjwani said.
D Harichandan, UGC co-ordinator from the varsity, said, "Those who could not take the test can do so in June, 2013."
|2012-12-31||Girl gangraped in moving car gives birth|
Girl gangraped in moving car gives birth
V Narayan & Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 31, 2012, 02.48 AM IST
MUMBAI: Hours after a complaint was registered against three unidentified persons for kidnap and gangrape, the 18-year-old victim from Ulhasnagar gave birth to a baby girl around 9pm on Saturday at KEM Hospital.
The girl's parents are, however, not ready to take the child home. Instead, they planned to hand over the baby to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that could put her up for adoption, a family member of the victim told TOI.
On April 17, the victim, then a 17-year-old first year junior college student, was kidnapped from Ulhasnagar and allegedly raped by three men in a moving car before being dumped at Ambernath. Around one-and-a-half months later, the victim realized that she was pregnant and since then, she stopped attending her classes, said the police. But even after the family learnt about her condition and what led to it, they did not register a complaint, fearing stigma.
On Friday and Saturday morning, the family made the rounds of hospitals in Ulhasnagar, trying to get the victim admitted for delivery; but with all the hospitals insisting that a police case has to be registered, the family came away. On Saturday evening, the family took the girl to KEM hospital where she was admitted. Before delivery, when the doctors asked for the father's identity, the family revealed that it was a rape case following which the hospital informed the Bhoiwada police and a case was registered.On Sunday, TOI visited the victim's residence, but her father asked the correspondent to leave and closed the door. He said he was not in a state to talk. The victim's uncle, whom TOI spoke to, said, "Both the parents and the victim kept the matter under wraps, fearing social ostracism. Around two months after the rape, the girl started feeling unwell. During a check-up, she was found to be with child. It is then that she revealed that she had been gangraped."
In her complaint, the victim stated, "I only remember that on April 17, I had left home to take food for my father who was admitted to a hospital, which was a bit far from my house. I was walking when suddenly, a car stopped and I was dragged inside. There were three men sitting inside, including the one who was driving. Before I could realize what was happening, one of them injected something in my hand and I fell unconscious. When I regained consciousness, I found myself lying by the road in an isolated place at Kansai in Ambernath. Somehow, I managed to take a transport back home."ACP (Bhoiwada) R B Poman confirmed to TOI that the case had been registered and it had been transferred to the Vitthalwadi police under whose jurisdiction the incident occurred. "We have registered a case of kidnap and gangrape. Her statement was recorded at KEM hospital before she delivered a baby girl," said Poman. Assistant inspector of the Vitthalwadi police S S Patil said, "We will study the place and time of offence and also try to prepare sketches of the accused, if the girl can give us details."
The victim hails from a middle-class family from Ulhasnagar-4. Her father is an auto driver, while her mother is a housewife. Her elder sister is yet to be married. One of her uncles is employed with the railways, while the other is a lawyer. The victim was a first-year junior college student when she was raped in a car between Ulhasnagar and Ambernath.
|2012-12-30||Fearing stigma, girl was silent after rape|
ULHASNAGAR: Police have registered a case of kidnapping and rape against three unknown persons who allegedly kidnapped an 18-year-old girl from Ulhasnagar and raped her in a moving car.
The victim and her family hid the incident even after they discovered she was pregnant, to avoid social criticism.
However, on Saturday, when doctors at KEM Hospital where she was admitted for the delivery, asked her family for details of the child's father, they revealed she had been raped.
The victim in her complaint told police, "I was going to the hospital to serve food, when some unidentified people injected me and I became unconscious, after that I don't remember
|2012-12-27||Civic official accused of abduction, extortion|
ULHASNAGAR: The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar have booked an assistant municipal commissioner, Yuvraj Badane, of the Ulhasnagar civic body for allegedly kidnapping and demanding extortion money of Rs 2 lakh from a contractor.
The complainant, Naresh Chawla, alleged that while he was on his way to home on Tuesday around 1.30 am near Netaji Chowk, Badane stopped his car and kidnapped Chawla. There were two more persons in the car.
Chawla further alleged that Badane threatened him asking him o pay Rs 2 lakh to be able to continue illegal construction in the city and released him after driving a certain distance. Following the incident, Chawla approached the Hill Line police who registered a case of kidnapping and extortion against Badane.
A police official said that based on the complaint, they had registered an FIR but have yet to find out what really transpired between the two. "We will record Badane's statement and will only then take further action," the official said.
Badane remained unavailable for comment despite several attempts to reach him. But his close associates have alleged that the incident is part of a conspiracy against Badane as, following a recent order from the high court, Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Balaji Khatgavkar had given Badane additional charge of all wards in the city to take action against illegal construction. The associates said that since then, Badane had started demolishing illegal constructions, many of which belong to political parties who are now targeting Badane.
An associate also alleged that recently Badane had received a threat call from a senior BJP leader of Ulhasnagar who is said to be a mastermind behind all illegal construction activities in the city.
|2012-12-23||Duo attacks man over his wife's police complaint|
ULHASNAGAR: Two men who were accused of sexually harassing an Ulhasnagar housewife attacked her husband with a blade.
The victim was harassed by two of her neighbours - Jay and Dinesh Sharma who are brothers- on Thursday evening. She and her husband approached the Ulhasnagar police. The police registered a non-cognizable complaint; they did not launch an investigation.
On Thursday evening, the accused learnt about the police complaint and asked the victim's husband to meet them saying that they wanted to tender an apology to him. When he visited their residence in Ulhasnagar's Number 3 locality, though, they assaulted him and slashed his face with a blade.
His face was so badly damaged, it needed 25 stitches.
After the attack, the couple revisited the police station. This time, the police registered an FIR under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The police arrested the accused from their residence late in the evening and produced them before the local court.
The couple themselves went to the court. The judge saw the seriously injured victim and criticized the police and ordered them to add one more section - 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) in the case.
The brothers have been remanded in police custody for two days.
Secure Public spaces for citizens
The disregard for the set of central recommendations is symptomatic of the establishment's lack of concern for issues that matter most to citizens. No one expects cops to provide round-the-clock security to every citizen. But some simple steps, like bolstering the presence of cops on the streets and sensitising them to citizens' needs, can go a long way in tackling the general lawlessness that is so visible now. It's the total lack of interest in helping citizens, evident at police stations (as in the Kalyan case), that is galling. Cops must remember they are not doing anyone any favour when they are going after criminals; it's part of their job, it's something for which they get paid.
|2012-12-18||Molester attempts suicide at Ulhasnagar police sta|
While the police was filing a case of alleged molestation against two brothers, one of them tried to commit suicide by hitting his head on the table. The Ulhasnagar police has arrested the accused and registered a case against the brothers.
The accused, Dhiru and Babva, had allegedly molested and beaten up a girl near Nehru chowk on Saturday night. When the girl, who is in her 30s, approached the police to file a complaint, Babva barged into the police station and started banging his head on the table.
According to police officials, Babva started arguing with a police officer who was taking down the victim’s statement. He told the police officer that if he registered a complaint, he would kill himself and his brother Dhiru would then file a case against the officer.A case has been registered against Babva for attempting to commit suicide within the police station.
A senior official said, “The brothers were produced before a Kalyan court on Sunday and were released on bail.”The brothers have been booked under section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) and 354 (assault on a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.
|2012-12-10||In trouble for sending photo of cake to a girl|
Thane: A case of unrequited love has proved costly for an Ulhasnagar youth who sent the object of his affection a birthday cake with her photograph printed on the top. The girl's irate parents registered an FIR against the youth under the IT Act for stealing their daughter's photograph from a social networking website.
According to the police, the incident happened on August 26, when 20-year-old Vimal Kalani (name changed) a resident near Swami Shanti Prakash Ashram, Ulhasnagar-5 received a cake box at home. Kalani's family members were surprised, as they had not ordered for any cake.
However, on opening the box, they were shocked to see the cake. Kalani could not explain why her photograph was on the cake or who had sent it.
After a family discussion, Kalani's father approached the nearby Hill Line police station, where police registered a formal complaint and started investigating.
The police discovered that the cake had been purchased from Ribbons and Balloons cake shop near Gol Maidan, Ulhasnagar-1, and was sent through the shop's home delivery service. Employees told the police that the boy who ordered the cake had sent the girl's photograph through the e-mail ID 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
After referring to the Cyber Crime cell, police found that a boy identified as Jagdish Patil, who was in love with Kalani, had sent the cake. Police said that Patil and Kalani were students at the same college.
On December 6, police registered an FIR against Patil. "We have booked a Jagdish Patil under Section 66 (A) of the IT Act, 2000, for using the girl's photo without authorisation. We are currently looking for his residential address," said an officer from Hill Line police station.
|2012-12-09||Thane records fall in road accident deaths|
THANE: The number of people killed in road accidents within the Thane police commissionerate has fallen by the end of November 2012 compared to 263 casualties in 2011.
The Thane traffic police which has under its jurisdiction Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Badlapur, said the comparative data of the past two years reveals that in 2011, as many as 248 fatal accidents had claimed 263 lives. As against this, the casualty figures recorded up to November 2012 shows that 252 lives were lost in 246 road accidents.
|2012-12-06||Man stabs 11-year-old|
Man stabs 11-year-old
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 6, 2012, 07.31 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: The police have registered a case of attempt to murder against Babasaheb Sonawane who stabbed his former employee's 11-year-old son . The boy , Shankar Mahale , is being treated at Sion Hospital . Cops said Mahale's father had a dispute with Sonawane who runs a shop in Ulhasnagar.