|2013-12-05||Botched ransom plot leads police to cable operator|
BOTCHED RANSOM PLOT LEADS POLICE TO CABLE OPERATORíS KILLERS
By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 5, 2013, 07.55 AM IST
Contract killer hired by two women murders Ulhasnagar resident, then makes fake ransom call to deceased's family to make more money, which help cops trace him.
A botched extortion ploy led Thane crime branch officers to a contract killer, who confessed he had been hired by two women to kill a cable operator from whom they had borrowed Rs 10 lakh.
Akash Mendal was hired by a friend of the two women to get rid of Ulhasnagar resident Raja Osani for a payment of Rs 4 lakh. However, he was tracked down via a ransom call he made after the murder to the deceased's sister in the hope of making more money.
Priya Ailani, Babita Labhana, Rajesh Sarur and Mendal were arrested by Thane crime branch officials on charges of murder, kidnapping and extortion on Tuesday. Osani's body was later found in a nullah at Anand Nagar MIDC, Ambernath.
Osani, 48, had known Ailani and Labhana for over a decade. A few months ago, they had borrowed Rs 10 lakh from Osani. Ailani runs a grocery store in Ulhasnagar, while Labhana wanted to start a new business.
In the past few days, Osani had made several calls to the two women asking them when they were planning to return his money. On November 24, he went missing. He was murdered the same day.
Osani's family filed a missing complaint at the Ulhasnagar central police station. While police were searching for him, on November 27, Osani's sister-in-law received a call from an unknown number. The caller told her that they should keep Rs 1 crore ready if they wanted to see Osani alive. The family then informed the police and filed a complaint of extortion and kidnap.
Thane crime branch's unit 3, which was carrying out parallel investigations in the case, managed to track down the ransom caller. They picked up Mendal on Tuesday, who confessed.
"Ailani and Labhana didn't want to return the money they had borrowed from Osani, so they decided to get rid of him. They contacted their friend Sarur, who then told Mendal to kill Osani for a price of Rs 4 lakh," said ACP B G Yashod from Ulhasnagar police station.
As per the plan, on November 24, Ailani gave a missed call on Osani's phone. "When he called her back, she told him to meet her at her house as she wanted to return the money she had borrowed. When Osani reached her home in camp number 3, Sarur and Mendal hit him on his head several times using an iron rod. The four then rolled Osani's body in a blanket and put it in a Tata Sumo. They then drove to the nullah and dumped the body in it," added Yashod.
During interrogation, Mendal revealed that after getting the promised amount of Rs 4 lakh, he thought he could make some more money. He then made a ransom call to Osani's sister-in-law.
"The call helped us trace the accused and crack the case. He then confessed that they had dumped the body in the nullah," said a police officer from Unit 3 of Thane crime branch.
|2013-12-01||Cop held for graft by ACB|
THANE: Assistant police inspector, Somdutt Khandare, attached to the Hill Line police station, Ulhasnagar, was caught red-handed by the Thane unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from a developer.
An ACB source said, "Khandare is an investigating officer who had booked a complainant in an extortion case a few months back and had also seized his bike then, which was kept in the police station premises."
Recently, Pawar asked Khandare to return his bike, but Khandare demanded money from him to return the two-wheeler. Irked by the demand, Pawar approached the ACB unit of Thane and registered a complaint.
|2013-12-01||Boy alleges teachers assaulted him for long hair|
ULHASNAGAR: The management of Sacred Heart School in Kalyan has refused to take any action against two PT teachers, who have been accused of assaulting a Class VIII student allegedly for keeping long hair.
The school management said the student fabricated the story of assault against the two teachers, Mohit Ladhe and Shripad Bhosale. They claimed to have asked the boy's classmates, teachers and other staffers but found no such incident had taken place as the student, Akshaan Jaisinghani, had alleged. They also said the CCTV footage did not show any such assault.