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December-2014 News & Updates from the City of Ulhasnagar/Sindhunagar, Maharashtra, India. Ulhasnagar City News indexed across timeline for easy retrieval.

2014-12-31'Get wine, dry fruits and Rs 7k to save your build
Get Wine, Dry Fruits And Rs 7k To Save Your Building' Dec 31, 2014, 06:42 IST | Vinay Dalvi ACB Arrests Ulhasnagar Civic Body Official And His Accomplice, Who Not Only Wined And Dined At The Plaintiff’s Expense, But Also Demanded Money, Alcohol And Dry Fruits For New Year’s Eve Party A municipal officer looking to make a quick buck to pay for a lavish New Year's Eve party is now behind bars instead, after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Navi Mumbai caught him accepting a bribe.The accused, who is the assistant commissioner of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, had not only accepted Rs 7,000 from the complainant, but had also demanded liquor and dry fruits from him.Ratan Kedar (56), assistant commissioner of UMC, in charge of the demolition department, was arrested by the ACB along with a middleman, Raju Chaugani (53), from his office at VTC Maidan, Ulhasnagar, Camp III. The cops said they had received a complaint from Ulhasnagar resident, Naresh Bajaj, a local builder. Bajaj, who filed the complaint, said he had received a notice from Kedar's office informing that the UMC would demolish his illegal construction on December 31. "After they sent the notice to me, I went to their office to tell them they would not be able to do it on December 31 as they would not get police bandobast for the demolition when all the cops will be busy in New Year's bandobast. But Kedar said he would demolish it without police bandobast, and if I wanted to save my building, I would have to pay him," said Bajaj. When Bajaj met Chaugani at a restaurant to negotiate with him, he was told they needed the money to host a party on New Year's Eve. Chaugani had not only enjoyed drinks at the bar, but had also got food packed for his family, all at Bajaj's expense. Bajaj gave them a liquor bottle, as well as 1-kg packs of cashew nuts and pistachios as snacks for his party.They demanded that Bajaj pay them Rs 12,000, out which Rs 10,000 would go to Kedar, and Rs 2,000 to Chaugani. "They told me they needed it for the party. I negotiated the amount to Rs 7,000, of which Rs 5,000 was for Kedar," said Bajaj. However, by this point, Bajaj wasn't willing to pay any more, as he had already paid another officer earlier on, while his building was being constructed. "After Bajaj filed a complaint, we laid a trap and arrested Chaugani and Kedar, who accepted the bribe from the complainant," said Pravin Dixit, DGP, Maharashtra ACB. According to the police, such incidents are not uncommon. "Corrupt officials just need a reason to take bribes, and New Year's parties are one of the reasons," said Inspector Vishal Jadhav, from ACB Navi Mumbai.
2014-12-3022 squads to keep tab on drunk driving during New
22 squads to keep tab on drunk driving during New Year’s Eve Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 31, 2014, 02.06 AM IST THANE: The Thane traffic department has formed 22 squads to keep a tab on drunk driving on New Year's Eve. Various locations will be under surveillance. Nakabandi will be carried our at various entry and exit points. "Suburbs that come under the Thane police commissionerate—Bhiwandi, Narpoli, Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar stretching upto Ambernath--will also be under cop vigil," said a police official. "A lot of arrangements have been made to curb drunk driving. The drive has already commenced. We request citizens to not drink and drive," said Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police, traffic. Traffic officers and constables have been deployed on main roads to nab those driving under the influence of alcohol. As many as 50 cases of drunk driving were registered on Tuesday across the commissionerate. 22 squads to keep tab on drunk driving during New Year's Eve Nearly 50 Cases Registered In Tuesday's Drive Nishikant.Karlikar Thane: The Thane traffic department has formed 22 squads to keep a tab on drunk driving on New Year's Eve. Various locations will be under surveillance. Nakabandi will be carried our at various entry and exit points. "Suburbs that come under the Thane police commissionerate—Bhiwandi, Narpoli, Kalwa, Mumbra, Diva, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar stretching upto Ambernath--will also be under cop vigil," said a police official. "A lot of arrangements have been made to curb drunk driving. The drive has already commenced. We request citizens to not drink and drive," said Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police, traffic. Traffic officers and constables have been deployed on main roads to nab those driving under the influence of alcohol. As many as 50 cases of drunk driving were registered on Tuesday across the commissionerate.
2014-12-29Animal welfare organisation director files PIL see
ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATION DIRECTOR FILES PIL SEEKING BAN ON COCK FIGHTS Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 29, 2014, 08.58 AM IST APIL in the Bombay High Court has urged the Maharashtra government to put an end to the practice of cock fights as the birds either get injured or die during such events. The petitioner, N G Jayasimha, said he had come across apamphlet which mentioned that a cock fight would be organised on January 2, 2015 in Aashele village in Ulhasnagar, Thane. The petitioner, who is also a Director of the Humane Society International, India, an animal welfare organisation based in Hyderabad, said that he had written letters to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis and the state government seeking to stop cock fights proposed to be held in Ulhasnagar. Since Jayasimha did not get any response from the authorities, he moved the High Court and sought action against cock fight organisers, Mahesh Tare and Prakash Tare, saying such events violate provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. According to the petition, cock fights are events where two roosters are placed in a small fighting ring and are incited to fight each other. The roosters used to fight may be specially bred, trained to fight or given steroids in order to make them more aggressive in a fight. Usually, blades or a small iron hook, is attached to the feet of these roosters to increase the damage inflicted on the other bird participating in the fight, the PIL said. Acock fight may last from a few minutes to half an hour, and no matter how exhausted the rooster is, it has to continue and cannot exit the restricted fighting space. The fight may end with the death of one or both the birds, the PIL submitted.
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2014-12-25Thane cops trace three missing children - I am in
Thane cops trace three missing children Thursday, 25 December 2014 - 3:25pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Disha Shetty In a very special Christmas gift for three families, Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane police has managed to trace three missing children. The unit has handed over Dev Sawant (11) from Ulhasnagar and Darshan Naviskar (12) from Vithalwadi to the Ulhasnagar police station after they were traced. Another child Ranjeet Shinde (12), who went missing from Indapur in Pune, who was also traced, was handed to the Pune police. Kamaluddin Sheikh, sub-inspector, Thane police station, said, “We traced the children following a tip-off that they were seen in a local train near Ulhasnagar station. Meanwhile, an NGO named Samtol that takes in missing children who are found at railway station, sent them to a remand home. That is when we took them into our custody.’ Senior police inspector Madan Ballal, sub-inspector Prakash Rane, sub-inspector Aseef Sheikh, constables Nivrutti Shirke and Surekha Kadam and police naik Ajay Tharate worked together on the case to trace the missing children.
Thane cops trace three missing children - I am in
2014-12-23Kalyan cops to crack down on senders of offensive
Kalyan cops to crack down on senders of offensive WhatsApp messages Kalyan zone police said they will take action against people who send defamatory or abusive messages or videos through WhatsApp, the popular messaging service. The announcement comes after a 10-day-old video of a teenage couple being beaten up by a crowd at Ulhasnagar skywalk went viral on WhatsApp and other social networks. Moreover, two weeks ago, a police case was registered against three media persons at Bazarpeth police station for abusing each other on WhatsApp. Another video that is making the rounds is about a man and woman having sex in a civic office. "Such actions (spreading such content) are punishable under the appropriate sections of the Information Technology (IT) act," says Sanjay Jadhav, DCP, Kalyan zone. "No matter how old the video or images are, they are an act of defamation. We are trying to find out the source of origin and take appropriate action," he said. Local activists have welcomed the police's move. Raj Asrondkar, founder of Kaydyaane Vaaga movement in Ulhasnagar said, "In the Ulhasnagar skywalk incident, the girl who was beaten up for behaving indecently was also subjected to misbehavior by the crowd. Beating a woman up amounts to misbehaving with her," he said. "Nobody is entitled to shoot such videos and then circulate them. It is punishable under section 66A of the IT act for defaming a person," he added. Asrondkar said that he verifies the authenticity of such defamatory content, rephrases the information and spreads awareness about it. "I am asking people not to indulge in such acts or encourage them by sharing such messages," he said.
2014-12-22Slapping Couples In Public Again
Slapping Couples In Public Again…Is This Your Annual Ritual, Shiv Sena? Thank you, Shiv Sena, for once again living up to everybody's expectations. The only thing that people ever expect from you is moral policing, disruption in public places, vandalism on Valentine's Day, assaulting women for wearing jeans and more disruption in public places. You know the list. You have faithfully followed it all these years with all the narrow-minded focus of a rabble rouser. Thank you once again, for living up to your name. This latest video released by you, shows a Sena worker, Naresh Pakhle, slap young couples for kissing in public on the Ulhasnagar Skywalk a month ago. The group approaches a couple on the skywalk and asks the girl to call her parents so that they can inform them what she has been doing. One of the women from the group is seen slapping the boy. The group further goes on to abuse other couples, who are let off with a warning to not come to the skywalk again. Pakhle was even quoted in the TOI as saying that he lives below the skywalk and finds the sight ‘disturbing'. This disturbing pride in your exploits comes less than a fortnight after you joined hands with BJP and several of your party members swore in as cabinet ministers. Thank you for this renewed dose of reality. Once again, couples will plan evening engagements keeping in mind not just traffic and seating availability at restaurants, but also its proximity to the nearest Sena office. On December 7, you turned up several hundred miles away from your home turf, at Kozhikode to unleash organised violence, in cahoots with Hanuman Sena, against the ‘Kiss of Love' protest staged there. You foiled a similar protest there on November 2 too. Naturally, all this violence is in addition to your annual Valentine's day activity, where all the Sena members meet at parks, beaches, malls and other public places to indulge in some regular old pulling and pushing of couples. All this is proudly chalked down to your attempt to ‘preserve culture', as you put it. One can only imagine that this must be culture of vandalism and assault. In August last year, Anil Kadam, a Shiv Sena MLA from Niphad, near Nashik, threatened to strip the all-woman staff at a toll plaza for asking him to pay toll money for his private car. It is surprising that neither you nor your party worker, Pakhle found this ‘disturbing'. Is this the ‘culture' that you have been consistently trying to preserve all these years? The public is already in midst of dealing with some of the culture doled out by your ally, BJP, who is supposedly on a mission to convert everybody in the country to Hinduism. Must you shove more of your culture down our throats with this ‘moral policing' that you make claims to, but which is in reality plain hooliganism? One can only suppose that you have read the wrong manual, if you think that the job of political parties is to create chaos in public places, destroy public property and assault women. You have been elected to represent and help administer our interests smoothly, not occupy the role of chief resident vandal.
Slapping Couples In Public Again
2014-12-22File FIR, cops urge couple slapped by Shiv Sainiks
File FIR, cops urge couple slapped by Shiv Sainiks Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 23, 2014, 04.02 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: The police have finally started investigating into the video clip of Shiv Sena workers slapping couples for allegedly kissing in public on the Ulhasnagar skywalk. Sources said senior Thane police officers directed the Central police in Ulhasnagar to initiate action in the case only after news of the video going viral on social networking sites was published by media. "We are looking for the couple so that we can register a case and take action against those who violated rules," said senior inspector Shivaji Pophale of the Central police station. Sources said the victims were college students from Badlapur. But cops claimed they were not aware of the couple's whereabouts and have appealed to them to come forward and lodge an FIR. In the video, which was reportedly recorded a month ago, a group, led by Sena leader Naresh Pakhle, approaches a couple on the skywalk and asks the girl to call her parents. While the men are seen abusing the girl's parents over the phone, one of the women slaps her. The group is seen abusing other couples, who are let off with a warning to not come to the skywalk again. Pakhle claimed that if the police had acted on their complaint about couples indulging in public display of affection on the skywalk, they would not have to take such a step. He also claimed neither he nor his men had recorded the video. Activist Raj Asrondkar said, "Those involved in the attack should be punished as beating up kids and putting up videos on the social media is a crime."
2014-12-21Shocking! Mumbai Moral police violence: College-go
Shocking! Mumbai Moral police violence: College-go
2014-12-21Watch: Moral policing in Mumbai, couple brutally t
Watch: Moral policing in Mumbai, couple brutally thrashed at Badlapur skywalk In a shocking incident of moral policing, a video has surfaced in the social media purportedly showing a group of people badly thrashing a couple at the Badlapur skywalk near Ulhasnagar. Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 00:32 AM IST Thane: In a shocking incident of moral policing, a video has surfaced in the social media purportedly showing a group of people badly thrashing a couple at the Badlapur skywalk near Ulhasnagar. In the video, the mob is shown threatening and beating the young couple repeatedly in spite of their apology. "I am sorry. I've come here for the first time,” the boy said. Surprisingly, the girl was also seen getting slapped by a women, whereas a man in the video kept on slapping the boy and was also heard threatening the couple. The man further demanded that the couple should call their parents and narrate the entire incident due to which they were beaten-up, as per the video. However, justifying their act, a local resident, who slapped the girl said the couple was beat-up apparently for indulging in 'indecent behaviour' at a public place. As per an English news channel, the resident further said to teach the couple a lesson and to stop such acts they thrashed them with the help of few members of a political party. Meanwhile, as per reports, cops weren't aware of this matter as no FIR has been lodged so far. Latest reports say the local police have not even took suo motu cognisance in the case. Notably, the incident has once again raised questions over how the so-called moral policing can indulge in such a kind of brutal violence and take the law in their own hands.
Watch: Moral policing in Mumbai, couple brutally t
2014-12-21Sena worker, aides slap kissing couples - Times of
Sena worker, aides slap kissing couples Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 22, 2014, 03.16 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: A video showing a group, led by Shiv Sena worker Naresh Pakhle, slap young couples for kissing in public on the Ulhasnagar skywalk has gone viral on social networking sites. Citizens have reacted with severe criticism to the moral policing by the Shiv Sena. In the video, which was reportedly recorded a month ago, the group approaches a couple on the skywalk and asks the girl to call her parents so that they can inform them what she has been doing. One of the women from the group is seen slapping the boy. The group further goes on to abuse other couples, who are let off with a warning to not come to the skywalk again. The couples, who are reportedly Badlapur resident, could not be contacted. Pakhle, who resides just below the skywalk, said it is disturbing to see couples indulging in obscene activities on the skywalk. He said that he had received citizens' complaints, which he had forwarded to the police. But since no action was taken, he, along with some locals, went to the skywalk and tried to tell the couples not to seat there. But the couples refused to budge and we beat them up, Pakhle said. He claimed that the video was not recorded by him or the locals accompanying him. Some passersby might have recorded and uploaded the video, he said. Shiv Sena's Ulhasnagar president Rajendra Chaudhari did not respond to TOI's calls. Vasant Jadhav, deputy commissioner (Ulhasnagar zone), said, no action had been taken as there had been complaint. "If any of the victims approaches us, we will immediately take action." But social worker Raj Asronkar claimed that he had approached the police a few days ago, soon after seeing the video clip. "The police should take action," Asronkar said. "No one should be allowed to violate other's dignity. Beating up kids and putting up videos on the social media is a crime." A local Sena worker said couples had stopped coming to the skywalk and the "drive" had been called off.
2014-12-207 held for forcing minor sisters into marriage - T
MUMBAI: The police probing the attempt to suicide by a 14-year-old before she was to get married at a Ulhasnagar hall have found that her elder sister, who got married the same day, too is a minor. The sister is 17 years old. Seven persons, including the girls' father and the grooms, were arrested on Saturday. On Thursday, the 14-year-old girl went to a toilet at the hall and consumed insecticide to end her life as she wanted to continue studies. She has been admitted to a hospital. The girls live with their father in Ghatkopar. Recently, he had arranged to get them married to two brothers from Ulhasnagar. The accused were produced before a court in Ulhasnagar and have been sent to jail custody. Sub-inspector Alka Patil said, "We had demanded police custody but the accused's lawyer has claimed their client was unaware of the child marriage laws as it is prevalent in their community." Stay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.
2014-12-20Two cops held in a bribery case - Business Standar
Two cops held in a bribery case Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) Last Updated at December 20, 2014 23:50 IST Two policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police posted at the Thane Police Commissionerate were today arrested for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 40,000. "ACP of Ulhasnagar Division S M Khade and Police constable Bharat Baburao More of Ulhasnagar police station on deputation to the office of the ACP were trapped while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a person for doing an official favour," Additional Superintendent of Police, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Thane Unit, Srinivas Ghadge said. The bribe had been demanded from the complainant to grant him permission from the ACP to start a video parlour. The complainant approached the ACB and lodged a complaint, after which a trap was laid in the office of the ACP. Around 7.50 pm, More was caught red-handed receiving the bribe amount on behalf of the ACP and the duo was arrested, the ACB said.
2014-12-18Baby sellers are back: Parents cut deal to sell gi
Baby Sellers Are Back: Parents Cut Deal To Sell Girl Child For Rs 50,000 Dec 18, 2014, 06:32 IST | Bhupen Patel 3 Years After Mid-Day Busted A Child Trafficking Ring, An NGO Says That The Racketeers Have Resurfaced; They Recently Aborted The Attempted Sale Of A Girl Born At A Dharavi Clinic Almost three years after mid-day’s expose on the baby-selling racket operating from Ulhasnagar, one of the key operators in the network, Ratna Ubale, has resurfaced on the police radar for allegedly operating from Dharavi-based Joshi Nursing Home.According to Titwala-based Sangharsh NGO, Ubale, with the help of two other women , identified as Sunanda More and Babita Hirwe, had struck a deal to sell a baby girl born at the nursing home for Rs 50,000. “The deal was finalised when the mother of the child was six-months pregnant.The parents Sunita and Mukesh Lahore who stay in Subhash Tekri in Ulhasnagar, were promised Rs 50,000 for a baby girl and Rs 1 lakh for a baby boy. Ubale and her associates had already paid Rs 12,000 as token money to the couple,” said Santosh Kahrat, secretary of the NGO. In February 2012, a mid-day team had busted a human trafficking racket in which infants were sold like commodities for Rs 2-3 lakh. Following the story, the Hill Line police station in Ulhasnagar had arrested the kingpins of the network Vijaya Sonawne, a government shelter home worker; Ratna Ubale, nurse at a Mulund-based nursing home; and the parents who had sold their baby to our undercover reporters posing as customers. Ubale had been caught on camera in February 2012, selling a baby to mid-day reporters posing as a childless couple.Staffers from Sangharsh said they received a tip-off last week about the couple planning to sell their baby. The workers took the baby’s father into confidence and he opened up about the money offered by Ubale and her associates for his child. Following this, Sangharsh workers approached the Childline NGO in Kalyan, which began monitoring the operation.Satish Kamble, a Childline officer, said, “On Tuesday, we came to know that one of the women who was part of this network was supposed to arrive at Sion station in the night. We laid a trap, but the operation failed.”Asked about the reasons for the failure, Kamble said, “As the woman arrived at the station we rushed to Matunga police station, but they directed us to Dharavi police. By the time the Dharavi police could respond, the woman had left.” Finally, a team of Sangharsh workers, accompanied by the Childline officials, barged into the clinic with the Ulhasnagar police in the early hours of Wednesday, and came across some startling facts. “There were two other babies in the clinic but there were no records of their deliveries. The staff was unable to explain the situation. Finally, the Ulhasnagar cops left the clinic after warning the staff not to discharge the babies until the investigation in the case is through,” said Satish Bansode, another Sangharsh worker. According to Childline officials, the baby’s father works in a peppermint factory in Ulhasnagar while the mother is a housewife. The couple comes from Uttar Pradesh and has been living in Ulhasnagar for several years. “Mukesh Lahore had told his neighbours that his wife had gone to her hometown in UP to deliver the child. After the delivery, they planned to lie to the neighbours that the baby had died,” said Vinod Zhende, president of Sangharsh.
Baby sellers are back: Parents cut deal to sell gi
2014-12-18Underage girl tries to kill self at wedding - Time
Underage girl tries to kill self at wedding Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 18, 2014, 11.14 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: A 14-year-old girl, who was being forced into child marriage by her father, tried to end her life in the wedding hall in Ulhasnagar on Thursday afternoon. The girl, who said she wanted to continue her studies, has been admitted to Central hospital in Ulhasnagar and is out of danger. The Ulhasnagar police said the victim stays with her father at Indira Nagar in Ghatkopar. Her father had recently fixed her wedding, along with that of her sister, who is above 18, to two brothers from Ulhasnagar. The victim went to the toilet and consumed an insecticide from a bottle. Her parents and relatives took her to hospital after she started vomiting. Sub-inspector Alka Patil said they would register a case after verifying the victim's birth certificate. Her father told police he was unaware of the child marriage laws and he had divorced his wife.
2014-12-18Mumbai: Parents cut deal to sell girl child for Rs
Baby Sellers Are Back: Parents Cut Deal To Sell Girl Child For Rs 50,000 Dec 18, 2014, 06:32 IST | Bhupen Patel 3 Years After Mid-Day Busted A Child Trafficking Ring, An NGO Says That The Racketeers Have Resurfaced; They Recently Aborted The Attempted Sale Of A Girl Born At A Dharavi Clinic Almost three years after mid-day’s expose on the baby-selling racket operating from Ulhasnagar, one of the key operators in the network, Ratna Ubale, has resurfaced on the police radar for allegedly operating from Dharavi-based Joshi Nursing Home.According to Titwala-based Sangharsh NGO, Ubale, with the help of two other women , identified as Sunanda More and Babita Hirwe, had struck a deal to sell a baby girl born at the nursing home for Rs 50,000. “The deal was finalised when the mother of the child was six-months pregnant.The parents Sunita and Mukesh Lahore who stay in Subhash Tekri in Ulhasnagar, were promised Rs 50,000 for a baby girl and Rs 1 lakh for a baby boy. Ubale and her associates had already paid Rs 12,000 as token money to the couple,” said Santosh Kahrat, secretary of the NGO. In February 2012, a mid-day team had busted a human trafficking racket in which infants were sold like commodities for Rs 2-3 lakh. Following the story, the Hill Line police station in Ulhasnagar had arrested the kingpins of the network Vijaya Sonawne, a government shelter home worker; Ratna Ubale, nurse at a Mulund-based nursing home; and the parents who had sold their baby to our undercover reporters posing as customers. Ubale had been caught on camera in February 2012, selling a baby to mid-day reporters posing as a childless couple. Inhuman trade Staffers from Sangharsh said they received a tip-off last week about the couple planning to sell their baby. The workers took the baby’s father into confidence and he opened up about the money offered by Ubale and her associates for his child. Following this, Sangharsh workers approached the Childline NGO in Kalyan, which began monitoring the operation.Satish Kamble, a Childline officer, said, “On Tuesday, we came to know that one of the women who was part of this network was supposed to arrive at Sion station in the night. We laid a trap, but the operation failed.”Asked about the reasons for the failure, Kamble said, “As the woman arrived at the station we rushed to Matunga police station, but they directed us to Dharavi police. By the time the Dharavi police could respond, the woman had left.” Finally, a team of Sangharsh workers, accompanied by the Childline officials, barged into the clinic with the Ulhasnagar police in the early hours of Wednesday, and came across some startling facts. “There were two other babies in the clinic but there were no records of their deliveries. The staff was unable to explain the situation. Finally, the Ulhasnagar cops left the clinic after warning the staff not to discharge the babies until the investigation in the case is through,” said Satish Bansode, another Sangharsh worker. According to Childline officials, the baby’s father works in a peppermint factory in Ulhasnagar while the mother is a housewife. The couple comes from Uttar Pradesh and has been living in Ulhasnagar for several years. “Mukesh Lahore had told his neighbours that his wife had gone to her hometown in UP to deliver the child. After the delivery, they planned to lie to the neighbours that the baby had died,” said Vinod Zhende, president of Sangharsh.
Mumbai: Parents cut deal to sell girl child for Rs
2014-12-18Forced to marry, 14-year-old tries to kill self in
Forced to marry, 14-year-old tries to kill self in hall Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 19, 2014, 02.25 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: A 14-year-old girl, who was being forced into child marriage by her father, tried to end her life in the wedding hall in Ulhasnagar on Thursday afternoon. The girl, who said she wanted to continue her studies, has been admitted to Central hospital in Ulhasnagar and is out of danger. The Ulhasnagar police said the victim stays with her father at Indira Nagar in Ghatkopar. Her father had recently fixed her wedding, along with that of her sister, who is above 18, to two brothers from Ulhasnagar. The victim went to the toilet and consumed an insecticide from a bottle. Her parents and relatives took her to hospital after she started vomiting. Sub-inspector Alka Patil said they would register a case after verifying the victim's birth certificate. Her father told police he was unaware of the child marriage laws.
2014-12-17Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra civic bodies t
Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra civic bodies to take steps to prevent dengue The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed municipal bodies in Maharashtra to inform it through separate affidavits what steps they had taken to prevent dengue from spreading. The order was given by a bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah on a Public Interest Litigation filed by activist Vishnu Gavali alleging neglect by the authorities in preventing the spread of dengue and seeking declaring the disease as an epidemic. The civic bodies which have been asked to furnish the information through affidavits by January 22 include Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kolhapur, Solapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchward, Dhule, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivali, Miraj and Nashik. Claiming that several human lives have been lost in the state due to the disease caused by mosquito-borne virus, the petitioner has sought urgent measures by the authorities to check its spread. The state government said there was no need to panic as dengue was not contagious and assured that steps were being taken to stop breeding of mosquitoes in stagnant water. The PIL said in the last five months, several deaths have occurred due to dengue and malaria, creating an "epidemic-like" situation. It alleged that deaths had occurred due to lapses by the government in providing medical facilities and prayed that the authorities be directed to take immediate preventive steps. "The state hospitals and semi-government hospitals, including Directorate of Health should not play with the life of the common man and no one should die for want of medical services and health care facilities," reads the PIL. It alleged that medical facilities provided at the government hospitals were not adequate and patients often had to approach private hospitals, which charged exorbitant fees most people in rural and even urban areas cannot afford.
Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra civic bodies t
2014-12-17Child labourer rescued in Thane - Business Standar
Child labourer rescued in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane Last Updated at December 17, 2014 13:10 IST A seven-year-girl from Muzaffarpur in Bihar was allegedly sold to a family in Thane's Ulhasnagar township where she was made to work as a servant and physically tortured, police said today. The girl was allegedly bought for Rs 5,000 about six months back by Ulhasnagar's camp no. 5 resident Kiran Kapoor with a promise that she would take care of her and educate the child. However, after the girl reached Ulhasnagar, she was made to do the domestic work and was beaten up on several occasions, assistant police inspector M K Chavan, Hill Line police station, said quoting a complaint filed in this regard last evening. The neighbours of Kapoors, after seeing the minor girl working in the house, apparently reported the matter to local Shiv Sena leaders. Subsequently, local Sena leader Rajendra Chowdhari along with other party workers and police personnel rushed to Kapoor's residence and rescued the girl yesterday. The minor bore injury marks, as per the complaint. They later approached the Hill Line police station and lodged a complaint in this connection. Chavan said they were looking into the matter and would register an offence and take proper action accordingly.
2014-12-17When Varun Dhawan went unrecognised while shooting
When Varun Dhawan Went Unrecognised While Shooting For 'Badlapur' Dec 17, 2014, 14:51 IST | The Hitlist Team While Shooting In A Mumbai Local For 'Badlapur', Co-Passengers Weren't Too Sure If It Was Varun Dhawan They Saw Due To His Unshaven Look Director Sriram Raghavan took Varun on a train ride to Badlapur from Dadar station along with cinematographer Anil Mehta as they wanted to shoot some portions inside the train and in Badlapur station. Apparently, due to his unshaven look, co-passengers weren't too sure if it was Varun and that helped him shoot in peace.
When Varun Dhawan went unrecognised while shooting
2014-12-16Champ of pushups eyes 10 new records in new year -
Champ of pushups eyes 10 new records in new year Here is a new year's resolution that is unthinkable for most people. He is in the Limca Book of Records this year for doing the most pushups in a minute, and now Shaikh Rejaul Haq, 25, wants to break ten records with the power of his arms in the new year. The Ulhasnagar-based Haq will make his attempt at the Pondicherry international record festival, a gathering of aspiring record-breakers, which will be held from January 2 to 18. Haq teaches martial arts, gymnastics, and skating in Ulhasnagar, and has been a sporting and fitness buff right from his childhood. This craze for physical fitness has made him make several records. "The latest one being doing maximum push-ups with two fingers of the same hand," said Haq. In September 2014, Haq made the record of doing 20 push-ups with two fingers. This record has gotten into the 2015 edition of the Record-setter book of world records, an American publication. Haq's earlier records include doing the most push-ups - 164 in a minute in May 2013, and 48 push-ups in a minute using an arm and a thumb in June 2014 - which are now in the Limca book of records. Though nobody guided him along his record-breaking path, Haq wants to share his knowledge with other aspirants. "In 2013, I started researching into various kinds of records, and now I have three titles to my name," he said. "I tell my students and others interested in various kind of records that even they can achieve the same. It depends on how hard they are willing to work," he said.
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2014-12-14Mom-in-law held guilty of dowry cruelty, spared ja
Mom-in-law held guilty of dowry cruelty, spared jail for old age Shibu Thomas | TNN | Dec 15, 2014, 03.44 AM IST MUMBAI: Twenty seven years after an Ulhasnagar woman set herself ablaze at her home, the Bombay high court has held her 85-year-old mother in law guilty of treating her cruelly and harassing her for dowry. Justice Sadhna Jadhav, while convicting Shantabai Wagmare under section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code, decided not to send her back to jail to serve her punishment. The HC took into consideration that Shantabai was old and the case itself had come up for hearing after two decades. ''Appeal has come up for hearing after 20 years and in all probability she would be 85 years old. Hence, she is sentenced to the period already undergone by her during the trial,'' said the judge. The court pointed out that the major allegations made by the victim Tulsabai were against the father in law who had expired in 1996 and therefore the case against him had abated. The victim's husband was acquitted by the court of all charges. ''Upon plain reading of both dying declarations, it is clear that principal allegations are against father-in-law whose appeal stands abated. There is no overt act attributed to the husband. In fact, on the date of incident, he was not in the house along with deceased Tulsabai and he was at Badlapur. ''The neighbours have also categorically stated that Tulsabai was harassed and ill-treated by her in-laws. They have not attributed any specific role to the husband.'' Tulsabai had married Ramesh Wagmare in 1983. The couple had two children. According to the police Tulsabai was harassed and ill-treated by her in laws. On March 6, 1987, her father in law started hurling abuses at her. Upset over her treatment, she set herself ablaze. Tulsabai, who was pregnant at the time, was rushed to the hospital. A premature baby was born dead and Tulsabai herself succumbed to burn injuries a few days later. In her dying declaration she had mentioned the ill treatment at the hand of her in laws and that her husband used to beat her up. During the trial, the family's neighbours testified before the court that Tulsabai was often harassed and ill treated by her in laws. In 1994, a sessions court held the in-laws as well as Ramesh guilty and sentenced them to 18 months in prison. They challenged the verdict in the HC, the same year.
2014-12-13MIDC's weak pipelines cause water cuts: TMC - Time
MIDC’s weak pipelines cause water cuts: TMC B B Nayak | TNN | Dec 14, 2014, 02.49 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has blamed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for frequent water cuts in Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva and other areas. Residents of these areas have been complaining of acute water shortage due to failure in supply mechanism every day for the last three weeks. "Unlike other neighbouring towns, we do not have 24-hour water. We have been facing water problem every other day since September," said Vitawa resident Rama Behera. TMC supplies around 50MLD of water to Kalwa, 60MLD to Mumbra and 20MLD to Diva from its own source and MIDC but the supply falls short to cater to the growing population. MIDC's old supply pipelines that come through Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar have developed ruptures. MIDC is struggling to conceal the burst parts but in vain. Residents alleged that the lax attitude of the civic body is leading to frequent water cuts in the city since the TMC receives over 110MLD from MIDC. "Barring a couple of occasions due to rupture in Digha and Ulhasnagar we have always taken prompt action to restore water. Replacement of old lines is on anvil," said a source from MIDC. Despite water cuts every Wednesday owing to maintenance in pipelines from water reservoirs, residents of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva have been facing additional cuts during odd days. For instance, an old pipeline that supplies a major portion of the water to the city has developed ruptures persistently at different locations, disrupting water flow. While residents blame the TMC, the civic body clarified, "We get supplies for these pockets from MIDC. The supply lines of MIDC have become too old to sustain pressure which results in regular bursts at various vulnerable points. We have urged MIDC to take corrective measures to restore daily supply."
2014-12-132 Bangladeshis who threatened to blow up Bandra st
2 Bangladeshis who threatened to blow up Bandra station held in Vasai The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Mumbai went into high alert mode after the Ulhasnagar police control room received a phone call from someone threatening to blow up Bandra railway station on Friday. The call created a lot of panic, but was finally traced as the mobile tower locator helped track the culprits -- two Bangladeshis working in an industrial unit. The two people belong to Bhooshira in the district Agora of Bangladesh and worked with Mamta Industries in Valiv East. They were residing illegally in India. They threatened to blow up Bandra station after dialing 100. The call was connected to Ulhasnagar police control room. The Valiv police sprung into action immediately after receiving the information of their location. "After the call was traced, we were informed about the same and picked up the duo. We found out that they were Bangladeshis and were residing illegally in India. They are claiming that the phone was used by another person, so we are investigating further," said a Valiv police official. "We have registered the case under the Indian Passport Act and Foreign National Act and are doing a background check on them," said Narayan Patil, inspector, Valiv police station.
2014-12-12Ulhasnagar police receive call from Vasai claiming
Ulhasnagar police receive call from Vasai claiming plan of bomb attack at Bandra station A phone call on December 9 has left police officials from Ulhasnagar control room in jitter. The caller informed the police that he overheard a conversation between two African nationals at Vasai about planting a bomb around Bandra station. The caller informed that he was shocked after listening to the conversation that took place in English and immediately decided to call the police helpline. The police official who attended the call at the control room immediately transferred it to Thane control room where the call was recorded. The officials at control room in Thane consulted senior police officials, who alerted Mumbai Police. However, the police are tapping the number and are going through the call details with other basic investigation. A police official said, "The call came during afternoon and the location was Vasai. We noted his complaint soon but are yet to identify the caller. We will also check whether the call was a prank call or not. We have told senior police officers about the information received and have asked them to stay alert. Investigations are on, but we cannot disclose the details." Vijay Kamble, Thane Police Commissioner said, "We are aware of the call and have informed the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), cyber cell, Crime Branch and other special teams to work on it. Further probe into the matter is on."
Ulhasnagar police receive call from Vasai claiming
2014-12-12State-appointed committee yet to meet on Valdhuni
State-appointed committee yet to meet on Valdhuni river toxic fume case It has been over 10 days since 601 people in Ulhasnagar were affected by toxic fumes caused by chemical effluent released in Waldhuni river. On the instructions of the state government, a high powered committee was formed which was to present a report on identifying the dumping spots. Yet there is no progress. On December 1, Medha Gadgil, principal secretary, Maharashtra, had said a team has been set up under the additional superintendent of police, Sharad Shelar, to find the spots where illegal dumping of effluents was done. The committee was to consist of municipal commissioners of Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur, officials from MPCB, MIDC and RTO. However, till date not just the identification of spots, but the committee has not even met formally. "I am not aware of any such meeting called by the committee yet," said Ramnath Sonawane, municipal commissioner, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). Even Nitin Shinde, sub-regional officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, said there has been no formal meeting of the committee. "When the incident happened, we had met Sharad Shelar, however there has been no meeting till date," he says. Meanwhile, Sharad Shelar said all this while he has been waiting to get a formal note of the principal secretary's instructions regarding the committee. "I received the minutes of the meeting held at Mantralay over the formation of the committee and its purpose two days ago. Accordingly, we will meet and chart out a plan of action," Shelar said. However, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has already started its plan of action. "They have decided to install CCTVs at various industrial and public places to keep a tab on illegal dumping. They now have to identify these spots," said Nitin Shinde, MPCB. On November 29, over 600 people from Ulhasnagar were affected by effluents emanating from Waldhuni river. Untreated chemical was released by a tanker in the river which made people complain of drowsiness, vomiting, excessive headache, body pain and breathing problems.
2014-12-11On a tip off, cops bust prostitution racket at Ulh
On a tip off, cops bust prostitution racket at Ulhasnagar parlour Acting on a tip off about prostitution racket, the Anti Human Trafficking cell conducted a raid on Tuesday on a massage parlour at 25 C block in Vitthalwadi. The racket was on for many months and the raid was conducted in evening hours between 4pm to 6pm. After the raid was conducted, the main woman behind the racket was identified as Anita Jay Sataria, 36, and was also arrested along with four girls, of which two are from Kolkata and other two from Thane. A case with the Vitthalwadi police station has been register under PITA (Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act) of the Indian Penal code and further investigation is on. Madan Bhallal, a senior police inspector from Anti Human Trafficking cell said, "We have rescued four girls and we are investigating the matter. We are tapping on them to know if they got any other link. They were produced in court". Bhallal further added, "We asked one of the officers to go in as a customer and as soon as he went inside, he asked about everything illegal inside the parlour and accordingly we raided the parlour."
On a tip off, cops bust prostitution racket at Ulh
2014-12-11State vows to take strict action against Gujarat t
State vows to take strict action against Gujarat tankers dumping chemical waste The state government will take strict action against all tankers and truckloads coming from Gujarat who enter the state to dump chemical waste in remote areas of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, putting several lives at risk. Ramdas Kadam, minister of environment, on Wednesday said that even if it meant taking a dig against the prime minister, they would ensure all such tankers are confiscated. The state will also hold officials from both, the environment department and those at the local level responsible for such acts. Kadam asked how any vehicle could simply enter the city and dump waste, without fearing action. He added: "At times, the vehicles are also abandoned in remote places or in rivers, which pollutes air and water, in turn affecting villagers." Last week, more than 400 residents of Ulhasnagar fell sick after a chemical tanker dumped waste in Valdhuni river. Investigations revealed that the tanker had come from Gujarat. Such tankers have no permissions and therefore illegally discharge the chemicals. The residents who took ill were mainly from Valdhuni village, Ashok Nagar, Lasi Galli, Renuka Society and Pahlumal compound. Residents of the area complained to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officers about unknown tankers releasing chemicals into the river often. Also, should residents object to these acts, arguments between them and the tankers ensue, which may prove dangerous for their lives. Kadam also said that the ministry would ensure that strict action is taken against the concerned companies, and that the department would follow up with government machineries to resolve the issue soon.
2014-12-11Boy reunited with father, step-mother, after 6 yrs
Boy reunited with father, step-mother, after 6 yrs Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 12, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: A 17-year-old boy was reunited with his parents, on Tuesday, after six years. The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane police traced the boy in Nashik where he was living with his biological mother. The boy, Vicky Nikam, had gone missing from Ulhasnagar in 2008 when he was just 11 years. His father and step-mother had searched for him in the vicinity, at his friends' and relatives' place, but could not trace his whereabouts. They then lodged a missing complaint. Recently, when the CPU started a door-to-door campaign to check if the kids who had gone missing or kidnapped were traced, they learnt that Vicky was still not found. ''Our team questioned Vicky's father to get some clues about the boy's whereabouts. During questioning, his father said that Vicky could be with his biological mother in Nashik. A team was immediately sent to Nashik where they found the boy's mother and questioned her about Vicky's whereabouts. But she claimed that she was not aware about where he lived. Find something amiss, a team of officials kept tabs on her movements. Some cops in plain clothes were posted near the building. Finally, we spotted Vicky entering the building and we caught him,'' said police inspector of the CPU Madan Ballal. When the cops asked the boy as to why he had run away from home, he said that he wasn't happy with his step-mother and so he took this step. ''I was loitering around on the streets for three years. But then I started feeling lonely and so went to my mother's place,'' Vicky said. The boy was working with a Nashik-based mall and was earning Rs 4,000 per month. The boy has been reunited with his father and step-mother. ''We have handed him over to his parents. However, if he wishes to live with his biological mother he can move back to Nashik,'' said Ballal.
2014-12-10Minor raped, blackmailed by Nagpur youth befriende
Minor raped, blackmailed by Nagpur youth befriended on Facebook A 17-year-old minor from Ulhasnagar was raped by an adult hailing from Nagpur. Rahul Laxmanaday Gyanchandani, a 28-year-old met the victim, few months ago through Facebook, a social networking site. One of the police officials from Ulhasnagar police station informed that during their earlier meetings, the accused recorded inappropriate videos and photos of the minor. Using these photos to create a pressure on the girl, Gyanchandani forced to develop intimate relationship, under the threat of making the recordings go viral and bringing shame to the victim's family. The victim lodged a complaint during her second meet itself. However, after brief investigation with the victim, the police came to know that the accused hails from Ahuja Nagar, Nagpur is not arrested yet. A team of police officials have been sent to Nagpur to interrogate about the accused. A case has been registered with the Ulhasnagar police station and the accused has been charged under several sections. Informants believe that the two of them first met in January 2014 on a social networking site and fell in love after chatting with each other. Both of them decided to meet in a lodge for safety but the girl wasn't allowed as she was a minor. Adhar card was acquired from the minor and a duplicate document was produced to allow minor into the lodge where the recording took place. The accussed tried to repeat this again, but was refused by the minor. Harshada Dagde, investigation officer of the case from Central police station said, "I was called for this case as there was no woman police available at Ulhasnagar police station. We have sent the girl for medical tests and reports are awaiting. We will also go through the Facebook accounts of the accused to get more details about the case. We are investigating the case from all possible ends". In Ulhasnagar, another rape case was registered on December 8. A 7-year-old was raped by her neighbour, Sumit Suresh Shirke. The accused, 28-year-old is unemployed. According to the police, the victim was first raped during Diwali vacation and was threatened to not say anything about the incident. The minor was raped under the pretext of playing with her and was threatened after the act. However, after some days, the girl told about the pain and narrated her ordeal to her family members who lodged the complaint to arrest the accused.
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2014-12-10On the rise: Two molestation cases in one day - Da
On the rise: Two molestation cases in one day Two cases of molestation were reported in Thane commissionerate on Monday – one at Manpada (Dombivli) and the other Vitthalwadi (Ulhasnagar). In the first incident at, the victim works as a computer operator at Sonarpada. She was allegedly molested by the watchman at the same firm, Ashok Gupta, 34. According to the victim's statement, the accused tried to be friends with her and even proposed marriage, but she ignored him and warned him as well. "But the accused kept harassing her. So, he followed her after work and tried to molest her," an officer said. "We have arrested the accused and he will remain in magistrate custody. Further probe is on. He has been booked under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code," he added. In the second case, a 16-year-old, who was playing near her home in Raghunath Nagar, Vitthalwadi, around 3pm was approached by her neighbour, Sunil Joshi 34. A laborer, Joshi called the minor home and told her that he has brought one new torch light which he wanted to show her. But he started touching the girl inappropriately. "The victim told her elder sister about the incident and a complaint was registered. An official from Vitthalwadi police station said, "We have booked the accused under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced in court."
On the rise: Two molestation cases in one day - Da
2014-12-10Woman arrested for running prostitution racket - B
Woman arrested for running prostitution racket Press Trust of India | Thane Last Updated at December 10, 2014 20:22 IST The Thane police last evening arrested a 45 years old woman from Ulhasnagar for running a prostitution racket under the garb of massage parlour at her house. Sub-inspector S S Panje said police rescued four girls, all major. Three of them are from West Bengal. A case has been registered against Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act.
2014-12-09Rash driving: Miraculous escape for salesman, one
Rash driving: Miraculous escape for salesman, one held Ulhasnagar: A 27-year-old salesman with a private cellular company escaped death by hardly a few inches after his bike was was hit by a truck on Sunday, around 1.45pm. Sanjay Dattatray Shinde was heading towards Kalyan from Mahral village road on a bike with his relative, Naresh Pashkanti, 30. A truck which was behind the victim's two-wheeler hit him, which resulted in the bike skidding near Century school in Ulhasnagar. Shinde suffered severe scratches on his back and stomach, while his relative, who was riding pillion, also received minor injuries. The truck driver has been arrested. A case has been registered with Ulhasnagar police under section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act, 184. An official from Ulhasnagar police station said, "The accused was produced in court. The victims are out of danger."
2014-12-08'Police round up beggars but fewer shelters mean t
‘Police round up beggars but fewer shelters mean they return again’ George Mendonca | TNN | Dec 9, 2014, 03.51 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The police restarted their drive of trying to rid the streets of beggars on Monday. Cops said they rounded up men, women and kids from Vashi railway station, important junctions and markets. Residents, however, claim that despite the police rounding them up, the same beggars return to their spots as if nothing had ever happened. "We decided to restart the drive after we got a call from a resident, who said that there were physically challenged men, women and children harassing motorists at Shivaji Chowk," said Pappu Kadari, sub inspector, Vashi police station. The cops rounded up four women and two physically challenged men. "The kids managed to get away as soon as we reached," he added. This incident repeated itself when cops reached Vashi station. The reason, a high-ranking police officer said, was due to insufficient rehabilitation homes for beggars. "After the police detain beggars, the problem is to find them a home. There are not enough shelters in the city. Children are rehabilitated at the centre for homeless children in Bhiwandi and Ulhasnagar, where they are even educated by NGOs. Men and women are sent to Chembur," the cop said. The police officer explained that these men get out of the shelters and come back to the streets and the cycle repeats itself.
2014-12-08Thane jail turns porous; 22 mobiles smuggled in ov
THANE JAIL TURNS POROUS; 22 MOBILES SMUGGLED IN OVER PAST TWO MONTHS By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 8, 2014, 08.48 AM IST Thane's Adaharwadi Jail has recorded an alarming increase in the number of mobile phones smuggled into its premises. According to sources in the police department, at least eight attempts have been made to bring the devices into the facility in the last two months. Thus far, 22 handsets have been seized and handed over to the Bazaar Peth Police Station, which holds jurisdiction over the jail. Sharad Shelke, the superintendent in charge of the facility, has brought the porosity of the jail's walls to the notice of his superiors, but the smuggling has continued unabated. Shelke has alleged that prisoners have colluded with his junior staff to smuggle contraband into the penitentiary. The officer said he has even laid traps to capture those involved, but to no avail. Adaharwadi Jail houses nearly 1,200 prisoners although it's built to contain 500. It was home to members of the Chhota Rajan gang and the Ulhasnagar politician Pappu Kalani. Among those presently held captive here is Devendra Jagtap, the man who fired at the gangster Abu Salem in Taloja Central Jain in 2013. "Security has always been an issue in this particular facility. There is a wall on the back side which is a bit low and people fling things over this wall and prisoners lie in wait on the inside," he said. "They then hide these parcels in their underwear and smuggle them into their barracks," he said. According to a police official in the jail, prisoners use members of tribes that live near the facility as mules to aid smuggling operations. A large garbage heap near one wall facilitates the transfer of contraband, he said. Four such attempts were made in the last month alone. Two days ago, a sack full of food was flung into the facility from across the low wall: six phones were located in the bag. A week prior to this episode, a packet of fish was discovered in the compound. It contained two handsets. Two weeks ago a sack of eight mobile phones was found in the jail. "These phones cannot be traced as they do not contain any SIM cards," Shelke said. "The prisoners get hold of these cards when they are taken to court; they are handed to them when in rest rooms." The superintendent has had patrolling intensified in the past few weeks and inspects the place himself at night. The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the zone, Sanjay Jadhav, has proposed the setting up of a police outpost near the jail in addition to a separate check post in the neighbourhood. "Nearly eight cases have been registered under the Prisoners Act and other relevant sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code). We're probing the smuggling operations," he said.
2014-12-08Effluent mafia kingpin walks away as cops fail to
EFFLUENT MAFIA KINGPIN WALKS AWAY AS COPS FAIL TO OPPOSE HIS BAIL PLEA By Yogesh Sadhwani, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 8, 2014, 08.40 AM IST A week after 1,500 people fell sick in Ulhasnagar after toxic gases were released from the Waldhuni River, the police on Saturday arrested the kingpin of the effluent dumping mafia, Shyam Mhatre. However, the police arrested him in connection with a minor case of pollution, while failing to oppose his interim bail plea in a case that had more serious charges like attempt to culpable homicide. As a result, Mhatre was out on bail hours after his arrest. Mhatre, 35, was arrested by the Shivaji Nagar police for causing pollution in Waldhuni river by dumping hazardous waste on Wednesday. In this case, the river had turned blue and there was foul stench in the air near Govind Pool area in Ambernath east. However, no one fell sick. He was picked up at 11.30 pm on Saturday and let off on bail on Sunday morning. On November 29, over 1,500 residents of various areas in Ukhasanagar fell sick. Mhatre was named as the prime accused for allegedly enabling tankers from Gujarat and other parts of Maharashtra to dump toxic material in the river. Offences were registered by the Ambernath west police station against Mhatre under Sections 277 (fouling water source), 278 (responsible for releasing toxic substances in air), 284 (negligence while handling poisonous substance), 308 (attempt to culpable homicide) and 336 (endangering people's personal safety) of IPC. The police, who did not make any progress for over a week, got their act together following a Mirror report on Thursday and arrested three tanker owners and two drivers namely Deepal Jaiswal, Ramesh Gudru, Rahul Pawar, Ravindra Pawar andAnand Pawar. Ambernath West Inspector Balkrishna Pawar, who is investigating the case, said, "Mhatre managed to get interim bail from the court in our case. But we will oppose it," said Pawar. Meanwhile, the MPCB confirmed the presence of hazardous chemicals in the samples. Following are operative parts from the report, released by Dr Amar Supate, MPCB Principal Scientific Officer: "Samples analyzed at MPCB, ICT, Haz waste facility revealed: Sample is hazardous. Liquid waste and is mixture of acid residues, contain metal and organic impurities. Organic compound likely affected locals is 2-Butanone / popularly known as MEK Methyl Ethyl Ketone. Low toxicity resembles symptoms observed in peoples affected at incidence site. Investigations to pinpoint units if any involved from all across Maharashtra is on."
2014-12-07Thane police's chain-snatching (prevention) squad
Thane police's chain-snatching (prevention) squad arrests three people with 155 cases between them The Thane crime branch unit had appointed a chain snatching squad three months ago to investigate chain-snatching cases in Thane commissionerate. With the help of local police, the squad has arrested three people. The accused are history-sheeters and have 155 cases of chain snatching in 21 police station in five zones of Thane registered on them. Major cases are registered in zone 5. All the three accused arrested on November 17 were identified as Iqbal Mohammed Sayyed aka Sheru, 26 - who is the main accused - Devisingh Indrakanth Das Hirasingh Channdana, 20 and Gurupadh Indrakanth Das aka Guru, 25, all are from Kalyan. They were produced in court and will remian in police custody till December 10. The police have recoverd jewellery worth Rs 84 lakh and a mangalsutra worth Rs33,000 from them The accused were booked under section 392 (punishment for robbery) of the Indian Penal Code. There were more than 21 officials who were working on the chain-snatching cases and further investigation is on. During investigation, the accused revealed that they know of other friends in Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivali invovled in chain snatching. Nagesh Lohar, additonal commissioner of police, crime, Thane, said, "We will investigate and then we will see if we can add the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) to the case." Deputy commissioner of police, Parag Manere, said, "Both, the police and the chain snatching squad have done a commendabel job. We have got to know that there are other people also and we are investigating. We have 800 cases till now for this year, of which 250 have been solved and others are under process." VV Lakshminarayana, joint commissioner of police, Thane, said, "We will see to it that once all the procedures are over, we will hand over the robbed jewellery to the owners. To prevent such cases, we are doing naka bandi at various spots and we are also checking the suspected bikers."
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2014-12-06Driver, owner of tanker arrested in Ambernath gas
Driver, owner of tanker arrested in Ambernath gas poisoning case Over 400 Ambernath residents took ill after they inhaled a poisonous gas released into a nullah near MIDC on November 30. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 7, 2014 4:26 am The Thane Police, which were tracking movements of the tanker that had allegedly dumped untreated chemicals into an Ambernath drain last week, have arrested two persons identified as Deepak Kumar Jaiswal (32), the driver of the tanker, and Ramesh Gudru (42), the owner. Over 400 Ambernath residents took ill after they inhaled a poisonous gas released into a nullah near MIDC on November 30. The gas was reportedly from untreated chemical waste released into the nullah by an unidentified tanker. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ulhasnagar) Vasant Jadhav said that the police obtained the number plate of the tanker from CCTV cameras. “We traced the tanker to a location on the north coast of the state. The accused shared the details of three more persons, who we have detained and are making inquiries with,” Jadhav added. He said that the police is investigating the route that the tanker took and the kind of chemical it discharged. “We are checking the CCTV footage at toll nakas on the highways to check the number of times the tanker made trips to the nullah. The tanker does not belong to a company from the MIDC in Ambernath,” Jadhav said. mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com
2014-12-03Gujarat import - Mumbai Mirror
GUJARAT IMPORT By Yogesh Sadhwani, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 4, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Toxic gases in Waldhuni river that made 1500 people sick in Ulhasnagar were... Gujarat may claim to have overtaken Maharashtra in industrial development, but there is still one area where it definitely depends on its southern neighbour - dumping its industrial effluents. Pollution control officials told this newspaper that hundreds of trucks from Gujarat are among those that dump industrial effluents in the Waldhuni River in Ulhasnagar. More than 1,500 residents of Ambernath and Ulhasnagar took ill last week following the release of toxic gases that emanated from the contaminated river. As if Saturday's incident was not enough, parts of the river turned green on Wednesday evening, spreading panic in Ambernath. Despite the severity of the situation, the local police are yet to make any breakthrough. While the police claimed to have identified the key accused who allegedly runs an effluentdumping racket in the region, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials told Mirror that the police are aware of the racket for months now but have done nothing. Residents said they have caught the mafia red-handed and alerted the police on multiple occasions. MPCB officers said the racket has been flourishing for at least four years. They said while earlier it was only dyes and harmless chemicals, the past two months have witnessed the dumping of hazardous chemicals, which react with the water to release toxic gases. "During visits to the area we found that a majority of the tankers are registered in Gujarat or Pen (registration numbers starting with GJ and MH06)," said Nitin Shinde, MPCB sub-regional officer, Kalyan. "The chemicals dumped in the river are pesticide effluents and there is no such unit here. Also, the volume being dumped is way beyond the capacity of the units in the area. This indicates untreated effluents from other states and industrial areas in Raigad are being dumped here. We wrote to the DCP requesting his department to initiate immediate action. But if the police don't act, my position as an officer in MPCB is that of a tiger without teeth. I can investigate but cannot arrest the mafia." Shinde said he started receiving complaints of foul smell emanating from the river in the last two months. He found hazardous chemicals were being dumped in the river at several points between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar. "A couple of times I went there late in the night and was threatened by the mafia," said Shinde. "They barricade the main approach road and allow only tankers laden with effluents to pass to the banks of the river. There is not much I could do as I was alone with only a driver." As recently as last Thursday, a group of dozen-odd citizens found a tanker emptying effluent near Vadol on the outskirts of Ulhasnagar and alerted other residents. "By the time we reached, the police had arrived," said corporator Tony Sirwani. "They threatened us with dire consequences and even forced us to delete photographs we shot. We have now brought this to the notice of senior police officials." In September, Nilesh Fulore, a resident of Kansai in Ambernath, started feeling dizzy and several of his neighbours even fainted due to the stench in the air. Fulore realised that a tanker must have dumped effluent into the river somewhere close by. Since his house is on the banks of the river it didn't take him long to trace the spot. Fortunately for him the dumping was still in progress. He shot photographs of the tankers and then alerted the police. "The leader of the tanker mafia - Shyam Mhatre - who is also a local recognised me and told me to get lost. When I stood my ground and several of the neighbours joined me, he offered us money. We waited for five hours, but the police never turned up. Mhatre laughed at us and said the police will never come even if we waited all day." On Tuesday, Fulore met DCP Vasant Jadhav and narrated the entire incident and also submitted the photographs he had taken earlier. Sirwani, too, submitted photos from Thursday. When Mumbai Mirror contacted DCP Jadhav, he refused to give out any details. "The case is being investigated are we will crack it soon. We are on the lookout for the main accused and as soon as we have him the entire modus operandi will be known. We have some vital clues and even tanker numbers, which will lead us to the mafia. Give us few days."
2014-12-01National Green Tribunal's warning against sewage g
National Green Tribunal’s warning against sewage goes unheeded Clara Lewis | TNN | Dec 1, 2014, 05.51 AM IST MUMBAI: It was in May this year that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Pune bench, directed the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation to stop the discharge of untreated effluents into the drinking water source of the Kalyan-Dombivli municipal corporation. NGO Vanashakti had filed a petition before the NGT, Pune bench, to clean up the Ulhas river. The Waldhuni river flows into the Ulhas river and further this flows via the Ulhas creek into the sea. The NGT had then warned that if the corporation did not clean up its act, it would be constrained to direct the secretary, state urban development department to take over the corporation and deal with the problems of pollution in the area. In its affidavit filed before the NGT, Vanashakti had pointed out that at village Gauripada and Bandarpada where the Waldhuni River meets Ulhas large agricultural areas were being irrigated using toxic effluent water. ''The stench of chemicals here is so strong that it is almost impossible to stand in the area. I apprehend the poisoning of the food chain as a result of these actions and pray that the practice be immediately stopped and alternate water sources provided for the farmers,'' said D Stalin, director, Vanashakti, in the affidavit. The affidavit said industries in Dombivli MIDC were discharging effluents into the storm water drains and also into open areas inside the MIDC area. It informed the tribunal that there had been no change in the situation at NRC bund Shahad where the Khemani nullah carrying the untreated sewage from Ulhasnagar emptied into the drinking water pumping zone. Similar discharge of sewage was happening upstream, it said. Vanashakti had sought criminal proceedings to be initiated against the municipal heads of Badlapur and Ulhasnagar for endangering human life and polluting the river. While jeans washing and textile washing units in Ulhasnagar were discharging polluted into the river in violation of the tribunal's orders, the discharges from Badlapur MIDC were not being treated properly, it said. In its further hearings on the same matter in August, NGT had even directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to shut down all polluting industries in the Ulhas river belt. ''Industries that did not even have a consent to operate from the MPCB approached the Bombay high court in August, did not disclose that the NGT had passed orders and obtained stay orders against closure. A similar thing happened in case of industries along the Mithi river. The MPCB is the facilitator in all these cases as it keeps silent when matters come up in the high court,'' said Stalin.
2014-12-01More than 360 take ill after tanker dumps untreate
More than 360 take ill after tanker dumps untreated chemicals in river Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 1, 2014, 05.49 AM IST ULHASNAGAR: Around 370 people living near the Waldhuni river in Ulhasnagar and Ambarnath complained of breathing problems after a tanker surreptitiously dumped chemicals in the river. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials rush to the spot and collected samples that have been sent for tests to ascertain the chemicals. A case against unidentified people has been registered at the Central police station in Ulhasnagar, but officials said they suspected the dumping was the organized handiwork of a gang. ''Only tests will provide some answers. Our primary inspection showed that some hazardous chemical are present in the rive water,'' said MPCB official B P Salunkhe from the Kalyan division. The incident came to light on Saturday morning when residents of OT Section, Lassi Compound and Samrat Ashok Nagar woke up with complaints of headache, stomach ache and dizziness. Many rushed to nearby hospitals. "Initially, I did not understand why I am feeling uneasy but when I came out of my house I found many others with similar problems," said Nanda Sawant (50) who lives in Samrat Ashok Nagar. She and her neighbours got themselves hospitalized. Lassi Compound resident Banty Kevlani said that his wife Harsha fell unconscious and suffered head injuries. "She is in the ICU of Central Hospital, while my parents are in the general ward with complaints of headache and vomiting,'' he added. Another Lassi Compound resident, Poonam Soni (24), and her five-month-old son Aayush too are in the same hospital. Dr Raja Rijwani, health officer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, said, "A total of 367 people took treatment at various government and private hospitals which had been alerted to offer free treatment to all patients coming with complaints of uneasiness and headache." According to the health department, 198 people were treated at Central Hospital, 70 at Shivneri, 74 at Sarvanand, 20 at ECIS Hospital and 5 people at Trimurti Hospital. Forty of these patients have been admitted but are stable. "The incident has created intense panic situation among local residents which led them to evacuate from the location on a temporary basis" said Deepak Gajaria local congress leader. Local MLA Jyoti Kalani, who visited hospitals, demanded that police find the culprits responsible for the dumping. Local activist Raj Asronkar said, "I recently heard about this organized racket in which tankers come in illegally to release chemicals into the river late in the night.'' MPCB officials who were probing the case along with the local police admitted that they suspect a gang's involvement in the mishap. "We have registered case against unknown person who released chemicals and we expect police will unearth the gang involved behind it," said B P Salunkhe, an MPCB official from the Kalyan division. Salunkhe further said that samples of the contaminated water have been collected and s for test to findout the which chemical was it but primary inspection shows that some hazardous chemical was there.Problems face by residents The residents of OT section, Lassi Compound, Samrat Ashok Nagar and Renuka society situated near Waldhuni river complained of headache, stomach ache and dizziness.
2014-12-01Owner of tanker that dumped chemicals in Ulhas riv
Owner of tanker that dumped chemicals in Ulhas river held Clara Lewis | TNN | Dec 1, 2014, 11.01 PM IST Mumbai: The owner of the tanker that carried untreated chemical effluents and dumped them into the Waldhuni river has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is the complainant in the matter, principal secretary (environment) Medha Gadgil said. At a two-hour meeting at Mantralaya on Monday, to take stock of the incident in which over 600 people were affected, officials said it seemed such dumping was regular in the area. Gadgil said a team had been set up under the additional superintendent of police, Thane, to identify spots where the dumping was being carried out. The team includes chief officers of the Ambernath and Badlapur municipal councils and commissioners of the Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations. MPCB officials said though regular water samples were analyzed, they were unable to identify the chemicals as the large amount of untreated sewage diluted the effluents. Water samples have been sent to the University Department of Chemical Technology for analysis. "The results should be available in three to four days,'' said officials. The transport commissioner has been told to provide details on chemical tankers that traverse the state. "The effluents may have come from Vapi and other places. We want to be certain about the source,'' said an official. Investigations are on as to how the tankers entered the MIDC area and reached the river. "Access to the river is only through the MIDC area, and the effluents had been dumped at the periphery,'' said an official. Gadgil appealed to residents to provide information on the dumping.

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