|2012-02-29||Metro Train to reach Ulhasnagar|
MUMBAI: At least 10 companies , including Larsen & Toubro, Nagarjuna Construction Company and IVRCL, have submitted bids to Cidco for developing 11 station complexes under the Navi Mumbai Metro project. Cidco opened the tender on Monday but is yet to scrutinize the bids. Cidco chairman Pramod Hindurao said on Tuesday that it wishes to extend the Navi Mumbai Metro project up to Ulhasnagar and will request permission for the same from the chief minister.
The Navi Mumbai Metro project was inaugurated on May 1, 2011.
|2012-02-29||Navi Mumbai phase of metrorail may be extended|
The Navi Mumbai phase of the metro rail project which has been planned up to Taloja presently could be extended till Ulhasnagar town to enable better connectivity, an official said today.
Addressing a press conference here, CIDCO chairman Pramod Hindurao said efforts were on to extend the metro service till Ulhasnagar and a decision in this regard would be taken at a meeting to be held between representatives of the Maharashtra government, MMRDA, Railways and CIDCO.
He said tendering process for the Navi Mumbai metro project was on and results would be out soon. Hindurao said it has been decided that the project affected people would get preference for jobs at CIDCO.
|2012-02-28||State feels the sting, expedites review of adoptio|
Taking serious cognisance of MiD DAY's sting operation, state to convene a high-level meeting to discuss existing measures, speeds up formation of state adoption authority
The expos © of the child-selling racket conducted by this newspaper has rattled the state government. A high-level meeting will soon be called to discuss the issue of child adoption and existing measures pertaining to it, Minister for Women and Child Development Varsha Gaikwad told MiD DAY yesterday.
Trade-off: MiD DAY managed to 'buy' a child for Rs 2.3 lakh from
Vijaya Sonawne, who works as a cook at an orphanage in Ulhasnagar,
without any formalities that legal adoption entails. The exposure has
blown the lid off the human trade, taking place despite strict laws
In a startling revelation, two undercover MiD DAY reporters managed to 'buy' a child for Rs 2.3 lakh from Vijaya Sonawne, who works as a cook at an orphanage in Ulhasnagar, in seven days, without any paperwork or legal formalities otherwise attendant on adoption processes. The exposure has blown the lid off the human trade, taking place despite stringent regulations.
MiD DAY's exclusive on Monday
"There are rules and precautionary measures to prevent unauthorised adoption. In this case, it has been revealed that the woman cook at the government-run children's home sold a child secretly. The child was not from the children's home," said Gaikwad.
"But we are going to review all the existing measures in the proposed meeting. Meanwhile, we have initiated action against the woman. An FIR has been filed against her," Gaikwad said, adding, "She has been sacked and asked to vacate the accommodation provided to her."
"We have also sped up the registration of the State Adoption and Resources Authority (SARA) that will work as the monitoring and supervisory body for child adoptions," the Minister said. "We have formed a study group headed by Nilima Mehta to suggest norms for the appointment of members on the proposed body. We would welcome their suggestions on how the members should be selected and representation given to NGOs," she said.
"We have asked all the NGOs and institutions working for children to get registered. In future, all NGOs and other such organisations will be monitored by SARA. Our efforts are to streamline all the processes involved in adoption, protection and development of children, the working of child homes, orphanages run by the government as well as the NGOs and private bodies," Gaikwad said.
Asked whether it was the failure of the state government that led to the child tracfficking, adoption of children, the Minister said it was expected that the Child Welfare Committee, a judicial body, to keep a check on the child homes and the adoption process. The body is expected to conduct periodic visits to such institutions, added Gaikwad.
CWC submits evidence to cops
The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials have submitted the evidence furnished by MiD DAY to the Ulhasnagar police, seeking police action in the baby-selling racket exposed by our reporters. It consisted of a video that CD contained all the clippings recorded during the course of the investigation by our reporters.
On Tuesday night, social worker Sharad Barse of Aasra Childline approached Senior Inspector NV Jadhav of Hill Line police station in Ulhasnagar. Meanwhile, the cook, Vijaya Sonawne, who was involved in the racket, has been suspended by the orphanage.
|2012-02-28||Suniel Shetty outraged byBaby sellers walking free|
The actor spearheads a signature campaign to bring to book the accused in the racket exposed by MiD DAY's sting, who were let off on a bail of Rs 1,500 each
Days after a local court released the four accused in the baby-selling scam unearthed by MiD DAY, actor Suniel Shetty has pledged his support to book the culprits. In a show of commitment, he commenced a signature campaign yesterday.
Sign up for a cause: Suniel Shetty kickstarts the signature campaign
through a letter seeking the endorsement of his friends from the film
industry and members of the public. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
During the course of a seven-day sting operation, our undercover reporters had busted the kingpin of the racket flourishing in Ulhasnagar Vijaya Sonawne (44), her associate Ratna Prahlad Ubale (35), and parents of the 6-day-old child that was traded, Babli Pradhan (25) and Ramkisan Kanujiya (35).
All four were arrested thereafter, but were let off by a local court in Ulhasnagar after each of them paid a bail amount of Rs 1,500. The release generated public outrage, and evoked criticism from the lawyer fraternity as well.
Shetty happens to be one of the many appalled by the fact that the arrested accused were allowed to get away for a meagre sum of money. And he has decided to take up the cause of bringing them to justice on behalf of MiD DAY.
He extended his patronage to start the signature campaign, and for the same, penned a letter that urges the public and his friends in the film industry, to endorse the cause of bringing the offenders to justice. He kicked off the campaign by signing first.
Meanwhile, the Hill Line police, who were preparing to appeal in the Thane Sessions Court, seeking to revoke the bail order for the four accused, have been advised not to.
The accused were booked under Sections 317 and 34 (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2,000, which are bailable.
And the investigators have been advised that they cannot appeal to an upper court in a case where bailable sections have been applied.
|2012-02-27||Drunk woman ticket collector abuses commuters|
Mumbai: A drunk female ticket checker (TC) in the Central Railway (CR) has been accused of misbehaving with commuters at Ambernath railway station on Friday night. The primary medical report confirmed that she had consumed liquor. Radha Tomar (34) created a ruckus in a local train and at platform three at Ambernath, commuters said.
According to RPF sources, she was off her duty at 9 pm at Dombivli, when she left for home but halted at Ulhasnagar and consumed alcohol with a friend in a hotel. Later, she boarded a train, and started using vulgar language with commuters as she asked them to show their tickets.
The commuters could smell the alcohol on her. About 11.30 pm at Ambernath railway station, a lady commuter asked her if she was a TC. She shouted back, "Yes, I am a TC! Yes, I am a TC!" A mob gathered round her, and certain of her inebriated state, called the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, who took her to KDMC-run Rukminibai Hospital, Kalyan. The primary medical report said she had consumed liquor. The hospital has sent blood sample to the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kalina. The report is expected in a week.
A resident of Pathare Park, Ambernath, Tomar is posted in Dombivli. Earlier, she was in the RPF. She became a TC some years back. The TC staff and the railway union was opposed to her new posting, but she joined nonetheless. "I came to know about the incident through the media. I am trying to verify the truth. I will reach a conclusion tomorrow," said Onkar Singh, head TTE.
"No FIR has been registered against Tomar. We have sent a detailed report to the railway authority. They will decide on the action," said an RPF officer. "I have heard about incident. But I am out of Mumbai. I cannot comment on the issue," said V Chandrasekhar, senior public relations officer, Central Railway.
|2012-02-25||Adoption racket: Illegal surrogacy angle probed|
The police investigating the Ulhasnagar child-selling racket said they suspected that the main accused in the case, Vijaya Sonawane and Ratna Obale, were also running an illegal surrogacy racket.
Narendra Jadhav, inspector, Hill Line police station, said they were investigating all
Jadhav said the police were the complainants in the case and had filed an offence against Sonawane, 47, Obale, 35, Pradhan Kanojia, 40, and Babli Kanojia, 35. All four were arrested on Thursday evening.
The Ulhasnagar court has, however, refused to accept the police plea and has granted bail to all four accused. The investigating officer in the case said the police had requested for seven days custody in order to investigate and dig out more details in the child-selling and surrogacy racket.
During her interrogation, Sonawane confessed that she had sold the Kanojias? child for Rs2.30 lakh and that the amount was distributed three ways. Sonawane took Rs70,000, Obale Rs20,000 and the rest of the money, Rs1.40 lakh, was given to the Kanojias.
Sonawane also confessed that she had earlier sold five children in Nashik, Alibaug, Pune and Navi Mumbai. However, she could only recall the name of the Sindhi family from Nashik.
During investigations, the police found that the woman was also running an illegal surrogacy racket, where she used to supply girls and young women to hospitals or families who conceived children for childless couples.
Sonawane, an employee at the Shanti-Bhuvan orphanage for disabled children in Ulhasnagar, was part of a racket where needy and underprivileged women from Mumbai and Nashik-Pune areas were asked give birth to children, which were then sold to childless couples.
One such child was purchased by two tabloid newspapers reporters who posed as a childless couple, for Rs2.30 lakh rupees, without any legal procedures being followed.
|2012-02-25||Miscarriage of justice? Baby sellers let off|
Outrage as 4 culprits nailed by MiD DAY's sting operation walk out paying a meagre fine. Lawyers say sections of law applied by police were weak to begin with.
On a cash bail of Rs 1,500 each, a local court in Ulhasnagar yesterday released all the accused arrested after MiD DAY's expose on the baby-selling racket in the far suburb.
Walking free: The mastermind Vijaya Sonawne
Even as police officials said that they would appeal in the Sessions court soon, the release has drawn outrage from legal experts and commoners. Some lawyers argue that the sections under which the accused were booked were feeble to begin with, for a crime as ghastly as trading a child like a commodity.
The parents of the baby sold, Babli Pradhan and Ramkisan Kanujiya
The four accused -- the racket's mastermind Vijaya Sonawne (44), her associate Ratna Ubale (35), Babli Pradhan (25) and Ramkisan Kanujiya (35), the parents of the child sold to undercover MiD DAY reporters, -- were produced before the eighth court in Ulhasnagar, a day after the Hill Line police arrested them under Sections 317 and 34 (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2,000.
Free for now: The four accused in the baby-selling case were granted
bail by a local court in Ulhasnagar yesterday
Said Senior Inspector Narendra Jadhav of Hill Line police station, "We have pleaded to the court to consider the case on social grounds and have prepared all the documents to go for an appeal. The investigating officer has been working with the prosecutor for the revision of the case."
He added that the release of the accused comes even as the recovery of the amount of Rs 2.3 lakh MiD DAY paid to Sonawne to acquire the child is still to be made, and other traded children are yet to be traced.
In that case, why did the police apply the more lenient of sections, which are bailable? "Though the two sections are bailable, they are the most appropriate in such a matter," Jadhav responded.
Sting busts shocking baby-selling racket part 1
Sting busts shocking baby-selling racket part 2
Thane Police Commissioner KP Raghuvanshi said, "We will try to appeal in the higher court. Let me call up the DCP and have a look at the report first." CWC member Sumitra Ashtekar suggested NGOs should come forward and take up the case. She said, "In such cases, CWC is usually the complainant. However, we are already in our extended tenure and cannot take up this matter. In such a situation, if an NGO becomes the complainant, it could positively affect the course of the case."
Minister for Child and Women Development Varsha Gaikwad said, "We have taken all the requisite action against that woman. Following the reports, her quarters in orphanage meant for handicapped children was vacated. Through Child Welfare Committee (CWC), we had even asked them to register an FIR against the accused. Now, with this development with the help of the concerned department we will do whatever we can to deal with the case legally."
Nonetheless, the order has the legal fraternity discussing whether the sections were appropriate. Advocate I P Bagaria said, "The police seem to have deliberately applied a bailable section. The aspect of selling and buying, which is part of this crime, has not been covered at all. They should have also applied Section 369 (kidnapping a child under 10 years) and Section 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave). The trial court would then have decided what to do with the accused."
(From left) Advocate I P Bagaria, Advocate Mrunalini Deshmukh,
Criminal lawyer Pradeep Havnur, Advocate Wahab Khan
Criminal lawyer Pradeep Havnur echoed Bagaria's sentiment. "The sections which have been applied are very lenient. Section 317 of the IPC is cognisable and bailable. It should be amended and the offence should be made non-bailable," he said. Advocate Mrunalini Deshmukh, an expert on family law, said, "Although morally I agree with the outrage the order has generated, the Juvenile Justice Act may never have been meant to contemplate a situation in which a child's own parents would want to sell it. I think the sections applied are appropriate. Having said that, this is only the initial state of proceedings. The trial court while taking matters to their logical conclusion may award greater punishment to the accused." Advocate Wahab Khan added, "The way the persons have been let off is against the spirit of the enactment under which they are charged."
It is very sad that they have been granted bail. I am pretty sure that with the light punishment they have received, they will continue with their evil ways.
Milli Shetty, social activist
It is a deplorable state of affairs when human life is valued in money. Granting bail to the accused has brought to light the lacunae that exist in the legal system -- you can get away even by committing a horrid crime. It's only sending a wrong signal to those who indulge in human trafficking.
Janki Pandya, student
Bail is given if the court feels that the accused will not tamper with evidence or run away from the city. In this case the judge probably feels that the accused won't influence proceedings. But the matter is grave. The focus should be on the orphanage. There is clearly a lack of accountability at the shelter, which must be thoroughly investigated, and the enforcement agencies must set an example so that this act is not repeated again.
Human trafficking and violation of children's rights are upsetting. Now that the judiciary has granted bail to the accused, the perpetrators and beneficiaries of this heinous crime would not desist. It is necessary at all levels to implement policies that this never occurs again.
Natasha Sehgal, housewife
|2012-02-24||Police arrest 4 in baby-selling racket|
Mumbai: Three days after Mid-Day's sting operation to uncover the baby-selling racket flourishing in Ulhasnagar, the police has arrested the kingpins of the racket along with the parents of the child that was 'sold' to our undercover reporters on Thursday night.
The evidence (video CD of the operation) was submitted to the Hill Line police, who registered an FIR and arrested mastermind Vijaya Sadashiv Sonawne, 44; her associate Ratna Prahlad Ubale, 35; the child's mother Babli Pradhan, 25; and father Pradhan Ramkisan Kanujiya,35, under Sections 317 and 34 (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2,000.
"All four have been arrested. We have taken them for medical examination and they will be produced before the magistrate at Chopda court tomorrow in Ulhasnagar," said Inspector Ravindra Mhatre. The expose caught the attention of the Ministry of Child and Women Development, the Child Welfare Committee, and the District Women and Children Department (DWCD), which dispatched several letters to the local police seeking prompt action in the case.
A special team has been formed to investigate the matter. The child that our undercover scribes acquired for Rs. 2.3 lakh, bypassing all legal procedures, has been handed over to a Nerul-based orphanage and is in sound health. Senior Inspector Narendra Jadhav said, "The baby will remain in the orphanage. It will not be handed over to his parents as they cannot be trusted."
SG Khandagale, superintendent of the orphanage where Sonawne was employed, said, "As soon as the report was out, we suspended Sonawne. We received the letter from the DWCD, which was forwarded to the local police station. We have also demanded police inquiry into the matter." DWCD officer Shashikant Chavan said, "We have sought police action in the matter and asked them to submit their final report. If we find the involvement of any other employee, we will take action against them."
|2012-02-22||Maharashtra HSC exams: Students face inconvenience|
Over 13 lakh students from Maharashtra began their class 12 Higher Secondary Certificate exam on February 21 this year.
On the first day of the exam, students from different parts of Mumbai complained of stress and nervousness while some others also faced inconvenience because of the poor co-ordination among authorities at the exam centre.
Kartik Bokade who reached the New Era Junior College centre in Ulhasnagar at 10.30 am -- half an hour before the scheduled time of the exam -- says that when the gates opened at 10.30 am, there was a stampede-like situation.
"Students were pushing each other to climb the stairs. Every one was in a hurry to find their rooms and the authorities were helpless. They could not manage the crowd well," says the science aspirant from RK Talreja College, Ulhasnagar.
Kartik further pointed out how students at his centre were provided with the question paper 10 minutes after 11 am but were asked to submit the answer sheets on time.
"We were given the answer sheets only 15 minutes before the actual time of the exam. The supervisor said she will give us the question paper after the bell rang. But there was no sign of the bell. Finally, the examiner gave us the question paper at 11.12 am. We had already lost 12 minutes. We thought may be they will provide us with extra time. But the supervisor was very strict. She took away our answer sheets exactly at 2 pm. Most of my friends could not even complete the paper," he explains.
|2012-02-22||Adoption racket: Cook suspended, goes missing|
After learning about an adoption racket being run from an orphanage in Ulhasnagar, the social welfare department suspended the cook, Vijaya Sonawane, 48, on Tuesday.
However, she and her accomplice Ratna Ubale, who works at Mulund hospital and lives at Vithalwadi, are still
absconding, the police said.
On Monday, a city tabloid published a story of how Sonawane, who works at the Shanti Bhuvan Orphanage for Disabled Children, allegedly sold a baby to two journalists posing as a childless couple for Rs2.3 lakh.
SG Khandagale, superintendent of the orphanage, said, ?When we read about the racket in the newspapers, we immediately informed our head office. Sonawane was suspended on Tuesday and we have registered a complaint with the Hill Line Police station.?
Khandagale said Sonawane had come to work on Tuesday morning, but left saying she wanted to meet an advocate.
Shivajirao Rathod, deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar, confirmed that a complaint had been made. ?I have ordered my officers to lodge an FIR in the case and our three teams are working on this case,? he said.
?We have has submitted the video made by the journalists to the Ulhasnagar police,? said Sumitra Ashtekar, member, Child Welfare Committee.
|2012-02-22||CID arrests 4 constables for custodial death|
The state Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested four constables attached with the Ulhasnagar police for their alleged role in the custodial death of Narayan Rathod in March 2011, the state government told Bombay high court.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol told the division bench of Justice SA Bobade and Justice R Dhanuka that the CID has lodged an offence against seven and is investigating the case.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Hardas Tharwani, a social activist from Ulhasnagar, seeking an independent probe against the alleged killing of Rathod in custody.
As per the PIL, Ulhasnagar residents Govardhandas, 70, and Kavita Dalwani, 65, were killed on February 25, 2011. Govardhandas was a retired CRPF official. After two days, the police called in their son-in-law, Rathod, for questioning. He was called on three other occasions.
On March 1, 2011, however, the constables beat him during questioning, which caused his death, the PIL claimed.
|2012-02-21||Baby bazaar gets ministers attention|
Mumbai: A day after MiD DAY's expose on the baby-selling racket flourishing in Ulhasnagar, even as Minister of Women and Child Welfare assured of necessary action in the matter, members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) called for an emergency meet at NGO Divya Prabha's offices in Vartak Nagar, Thane last afternoon.
In a weeklong sting operation by MiD DAY, we exposed how newborns are sold like commodities for Rs. 2-3 lakh.
After a tip-off, MiD DAY reporters posed as couple and approached one Vijaya Sonawne, who is a cook in the Children's Home for the Disabled in Ulhasnagar. Sonawne introduced the reporters to another woman, Ratna Ubale, and the duo helped the undercover reporters 'buy' a six-day old baby boy who was sold to the undercover scribes for Rs. 2.30 lakh with zero paperwork and within seven days flat, bypassing all legal procedures.
Following the reports, officials of the CWC committee, which included senior members Sumitra Astekar, Pragnya Savargaonkar and Sister Annie, met at the NGO's office in Thane to discuss the course of action against Sonawne and associate Ubale. The officials have taken serious cognisance of the incident, and have asked this paper to submit all the required evidence to proceed with legal action in the matter.
"Letters will be sent to various government departments such as the police commissioner of Thane, the home department, ministry for women and child welfare and other agencies. Depending on the evidence submitted, we will ask the police department to take the requisite action in the case," Savargaonkar said.
Varsha Gaikwad, minister for women and child welfare, said, "After going through the MiD DAY report, and following thorough investigations, we have decided to take necessary action against the people responsible for the act."
Fauziya Khan, minister of state, women and child welfare, said, "This is a serious concern. We will carry out an investigation on this issue. After a proper investigation, we will take action."
Vandana Krishna, secretary, ministry for women and child welfare, said, "I don't have any knowledge about the case and would be in an appropriate position to talk once I resume work on Tuesday."
CWC member Sumitra Astekar added, "We have called up the ashram where the baby has been kept and asked them to take extra care of him. Also, we have restricted officials from allowing anyone to meet the baby."
|2012-02-21||4 Maharashtra Cops Held in Custodial Death Case|
The Bombay High Court was today informed that the Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested four police constables attached with the Ulhasnagar police station for their alleged role in the custodial death of one Narayan Rathod in March 2011.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the High Court that the CID had lodged an FIR and is probing the matter.
"Four arrests have been made so far out of the seven police constables accused in the case. The remaining three are absconding," Pol said.
A division bench of Justices S A Bobade and R D Dhanuka was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Hardas Tharwani, a social activist from Ulhasnagar, seeking probe by an independent agency against the Ulhasnagar police for allegedly murdering Rathod in custody.
According to the PIL, a double murder had taken place in Ulhasnagar on February 25, 2011, of a senior citizen couple - Govardhandas (70) and Kavita Dalwani (65). Govardhandas was a retired Central Reserve Police Force official.
The police called their son-in-law, Rathod, for questioning after two days. He was called on three occasions for questioning. On March 1, 2011, he was allegedly beaten up which led to his death. The PIL alleged that Rathod's family was not allowed to see the body and he was directly taken to crematorium.
Tharwani had addressed a letter to the commissioner of police, director general of police and the state human rights commission. However, as there was no response, he filed a petition.
The case was then handed over to CID for investigation.
Affidavit was filed by Narayan Wakhare, deputy superintendent of police, CID, stating that he has conducted the inquiry and concluded that there was a need to lodge an offence against the seven police constables.
The four arrested are - Anil Sangle, Ashok Bhosale, Dwarkanath Karale and Prakash Salve. In view of the arrests by the CID, the High Court has disposed of the PIL.
|2012-02-20||Wife of murder-accused corporator sits on dharna|
Ulhasnagar's NCP president Jyoti Kalani is married to Pappu Kalani, who, apart from having 8 murder charges against him, was accused of threatening BJP leader Kamal Bhatija during polls
Her husband is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight for murder.
Her son has been named in several extortion and assault cases and is currently absconding after being accused of attempt to murder. Yet, Jyoti Kalani is determined to fight crime.
Taking a stand: Jyoti Kalani (n white) at the dharna in Ulhasnagar with
On Sunday, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president of Ulhasnagar sat on a dharna outside Central Police station in Ulhasnagar, Camp I, complaining that the police was unable to curb crime.
Kalani, who is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight for murder. Pic/Navneet Barhate
"Break-ins have taken place at 22 shops, there have been several chain-snatching incidents, minor girls have gone missing from the area. For instance, 14-year-old Simran Mansukhani has been missing for the last 42 days. And the police are unable to do anything," said Manoj Lakhvi, NCP, General Secretary, Ulhasnagar unit, who sat on dharna with Jyoti.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena's Ulhasnagar president Rajendra Chaudhary completely accepted the point that the police in the area was inefficient, but his interpretation was different.
"Who has been committing crime in the Ulhasnagar city? Jyoti's son Omie Kalani has been absconding for attempt to murder after he threatened an opponent candidate with a revolver and bashed him up. Around six cases were registered against Jyoti's husband Pappu Kalani under various sections for threatening opponent who were contesting against him and still the police are unable to arrest anybody. Omie has been missing for the last four months. What have the police been doing?" he asked.
Meanwhile, sources said, "The Kalanis feared arrest after so many cases were registered against them. To pressurise the cops, they themselves marched on the police station so that no action is take against them."
"The police have registered lot of cases against us without investigating them. We want them to look into things carefully and not unnecessarily disturb our party workers," said Lakhvi.
However, deputy commissioner of police Shivaji Rathod of Ulhasnagar division, said, "They (Jyoti and others) had come only to hand over an application, demanding we look into cases registered against NCP party workers and Pappu Kalani carefully."
"Who is terrorising Ulhasnagar? It is the Kalanis. Whenever a case is registered against them, they try to pressurise the police with dharnas and morchas," said Jivan Ednani, once considered a close associate of Pappu Kalani, and now an opponent.
"False cases have been registered against our party workers and also my husband. BJP MLA Kumar Ailani has been forcing the cops to register FIRs along with Shiv Sena party workers to trouble the NCP workers," said Jyoti Kalani. "We are going to write to the government about it soon. We have been promised that all false cases will be withdrawn soon," she added.
Suresh Budharmal Kalani or Pappu Kalani, is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight of murder and was most recently elected a corporator from Ulhasnagar. Has been booked under serious acts like TADA and later released.
The state crime investigation department arrested Jyoti Kalani, in 2004 on various charges, including forgery, non-payment of revenue and illegal liquor manufacturing.
Jyoti had been mayor of Ulhasnagar after Pappu's arrest under TADA in the early 1990 and is presently the Ulhasnagar president of NCP
Omie Kalani, son of former Ulhasnagar MLA Pappu Kalani, and his 15 associates were booked in an attempt to murder case last year. Omie and his supporters allegedly beat up BJP corporator Mahesh Sukhramani's nephew Sunil with iron rods and sticks.
Several extortion cases and non-cognisable offences are registered against Omie.
In 2004, Pappu's brother Narayan Kalani was arrested for three murders, dating back to the gang warfare of 1990 and later granted bail.
|2012-02-20||In Mumbai, buy a baby boy in seven days for 2 lakh|
Mumbai: In an explosive sting operation that lasted for about a week, MiD DAY blows the lid off a thriving baby-selling racket in the city, in which infants are sold like commodities for Rs. 2-3 lakh.
Two MiD DAY reporters posed as a couple and approached the syndicate operating out of the innocuous, even respectable, setting of an orphanage for disabled kids in the far suburb of Ulhasnagar. At the end of the seven days, a six-day-old male child was sold to the undercover scribes for Rs. 2.30 lakh, with zero paperwork and no waiting time.
A resort for innumerable childless couples in this city desperate to enjoy the joys of parenthood without the hassle of the long-winded legal adoption process, the orphanage offers many options for the illegal transaction.
The easiest of these is pay the cash and take the child home within a week, bypassing the interminable waits (anywhere over 2 years) and the extensive documentation required to establish your credentials and financial status. All one needs do is produce an identity proof -- authenticity no bar -- and the alleged racketeers hand over the child along with the birth certificate with your name on it.
The babies are procured from marginalised couples, who perforce or willingly, sell their offspring for a few thousand rupees: the promise of square meals or some extra money is enough to induce the poor women into being exploited and making reproduction their trade. While they get a minimum amount, the few employees abetting the illicit trade pocket a major share of the rewards.
The kingpin of the racket has been supplying newborns to builders, businessmen and other affluent people across the state, deprived of natural parenthood.
Other than the straightforward purchase, the alleged offenders offer the alternative of surrogacy at the price of Rs. 10 lakh. The surrogacy option included choosing to establish sexual contact with a woman who would then bear the child in her womb, rather than the more traditional IVF (in-vitro fertilisation). For this, the rate card is contingent on the financial standing of the customer, and the demands of the surrogate mother. She may ask that her accommodation and medical expenses be borne till the time she delivers, other than her fee of a couple of lakhs.
After confirming the presence of the syndicate, we decided to 'buy' a child to establish the existence of this child trafficking.
The following is an in-depth account of the sting -- as narrated by MiD DAY reporters Bhupen Patel and Shubha Shetty-Saha -- starting from February 13, when they found out where the racket is taking place, and concluding seven days later with the sale of a baby.
Day 1: Monday
After a tip-off that some orphanages in Ulhasnagar are involved in selling newborns, we began approaching them incognito. After visiting a few ashrams, we confirmed that one Vijaya Sonawne, who cooks food for the orphans in the ashrams, is the woman who runs the syndicate.
Day 2: Tuesday
After running a background check, we approached her as a couple from Nashik. Since she belongs to the same place, we presumed it might help our cause.
We managed to win her confidence on the very first meeting, and she agreed to give us a newborn male child for Rs. 3 lakh (which was finally renegotiated to Rs. 2.3 lakh). She asked us to come the day after to see the baby.
Day 3: Wednesday
We met Sonawne outside Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar Sector-3. She told us that another woman (probably an agent) who works in a surrogacy clinic in Mulund, would take us to the baby, who was in a slum in Ulhasnagar with his family.
On our way there, Sonawne cautioned us not to speak to anyone about the money except her. She said she knew the 'right people' in the court so she could get the paperwork in order in just a day. She even volunteered to be the guarantor.
Bhupen: Maa baap ke samne kuch nahi bolne ka?
Sonawne: Maa baap to hoyenge naa samne.
Bhupen: Lekin woh log ko kuch nahi bolneka?
Sonawne: Nahi, kuch nahi bolneka. Abhi vakil se hi baat ki humne.
Bhupen: Kya bola vakil?
Sonawne: Woh karke dega.
Bhupen: Lekin woh bol raha hai naa ek din mein ho jayega.
Sonawne: Haan haan, ek din mein.
Bhupen: Toh hum logo ko kya kya lana padega?
Sonawne: Sirf address proof chahiye.
Bhupen: Matlab ID-card mein address proof?
Sonawne: Kuch bhi chalega.
(We tried to negotiate the price with Sonawne, who warned us that if we tried haggling, the child would be sold to someone else. )
Bhupen: Lekin tum usko bolo thoda kum karneko.
Sonawne: Main tumko bola naa. Yeh roj roj nahi milta hai. Saamne wala bhi to apna khudka baccha de raha hai. Nashik se bhi log leke gaye hain. Bade bade business hain. Paanch hazar rupaye woh log ne pyaar se mujhe diya tha.
Bhupen: Kitna kum ho sakta hai lekin. Hum log thoda financial crisis mein hai.
Sonawne: Abhi tumko kya bola. Raat ko isliye maine usko 11.00 baje phone kiya. Woh bolti hai ki saamne wale ka ekdum final hai. (Referring to another case) Maine kiya hai ye. Ek kiya hai. Teen mahina hua yeh baat ke liye. Phir mereko maloom hai woh logo (the child's parents) ka aadat. Phir woh bolte hai jaane do hum logo ke paas koi doosra ayega. Lekin apne ko jarurat hai naa.
Sonawne: Jinhone liya tha na pehli baar, unhone doodh ki bottle tak rakha tha Nashik mein. Lekin uski mummy bolti ki mereko bachcha deneka nahi. Nahi boli. Unko paisa diya tha Rs. 20,000. Sab ho gaya tha. Pandit se pooja-path sab kiya tha. Magistrate ke saamne bola mereko nahi dena hai.
Shubha: Arrey baap re.
Sonawne: Main unko bola jo naseeb mein hai, woh tumko milega. Phir hum log Nashik se wapas ghar aaye Ulhasnagar mein. Woh bole ke madam humko tumhare pe vishwas hai, aisehi chhod ke gaye paisa mere paas. Teen lakh rupaya. Aisa teen mahina mere paas paisa pada tha. Tabhi mereko phir yeh (infant) Ghatkopar se mila. Phir unko diya na to itni khushi ho gayi. Maine usko do din apne paas rakha, nihlaya. Usko upar ka doodh diya. Usko aadat lagaya. Do din tak usko aang ka doodh (breast milk) pilaya. Teesre din bottle ka diya. Ekdum mast raha mere paas. Phir do mahine ke baad mere paas aaye maine unko dattak patra banake diya. Woh dattak patra bhi hai unke paas.
Bhupen: Accha kal nahi ho sakta kya? (Asking about the paperwork)
Sonawne: Kal woh nahi ho payega.
Shubha: Inko bahut jaldi hai.
Bhupen: Accha abhi maa baap se kya baat karneka.
Sonawne: Kuch bhi nahi. Saamne wali bhi aayegi na to kuch baat nahi karneka. Sab baat karneka. Mere se karneka. Pehle baccha dekho phir medical report dekhneka. Main bhi aisa phasane ka kaam nahi karti hai.
Bhupen: Yeh area mein, Thane mein, kahi diya hai kya baccha aapne.
Sonawne: Nashik mein diya chaar paanch baccha.
Bhupen: Aur Alibaug mein?
Sonawne: Woh Kalyan mein rehte hai. Lekin procedure karne ke liye woh Alibaug mein gaye. Bhagwan bhi dekho na jidhar deneka kitna deta hai. Aur apne ko ho nahi raha hai.
Shubha: Yeh jo madam (Ratna) aa rahee hai, yeh aapke bharose wali hai na?
Sonawne: Unse hi maine saamne wale ko diya hai. Uska ghar var sab kucch mereko maloom hai. Vitthalwadi mein uska ghar hai.
Bhupen: Lekin yeh Mulund se aa rahi hai na abhi.
Sonawne: Mulund mein baby tube karne ke liye hospital mein ladki leke jaati hai yeh. Unka woh hospital hai, bahut bada hai, aapne paper mein bhi pada hoga.
Shubha: Aapke pati kya karte hai?
Sonawne: Mera pati Nashik mein hai, bada dukaan hai humara. Flat hai mera, chaar room hai. Government ka bhi mereko one room mila hai.
Shubha: Idhar kaun rehta hai?
Sonawne: Idhar main aur meri mummy rehti hai. Mera transfer idhar ho gaya na isi liye.
Bhupen: Woh jo stamp paper banate hai uspe kya likha rehta hai?
Sonawne: Woh jo maa baap hai, woh likh ke dete hain, 'hum humari marzee se bacchha de rehe hain'.
Bhupen: Kitne rupiya ka stamp paper?
Sonawne: Woh 100 rupiye stamp paper pe.
Shubha: Baad mein kuch problem nahi hoga na?
Sonawne: Nahi nahi. Yeh jo dattak patra hai na, tumko school mein ayega, ration card mein uska naam dalne ayega.
Shubha: Matlab birth certificate jaisa hai.
Sonawne: Haan Haan, matlab woh (birth certificate) bhi un log ke naam se ayega na. Woh bhi tumhare naam se banake degi. Matlab woh jo card hai naa, uske upar tumhara naam dalke. Uske upar kuch nahi rehta hai. Bas mummy ka naam hota hai; aur ladka hai ya ladki, yeh hota hai. Mahanagarpalika (municipal corporation) mein meri saheli hai. Woh karke degi.
Shubha: Uska kuch extra paisa hoga kya?
Sonawne: Nahi nahi. 100-200 rupiye ki baat hai. Aise hi karke degi. Woh chhodo. Mere taraf se paise ka tension mat karo. Aise zindagi mein bahut paisa dekha hai aur bahut kamaya hai.
In the second half of the day, we were introduced to the woman, Ratna Ubale from Mulund. She took us to a slum where the mother of the child was introduced to us. She lived in a big family, with her husband, two kids, sister, brother and others. She was apparently selling the kid because she did not want it. Ratna was heard boasting about how she dissuaded the mother from aborting the child, so she could make some money after the birth.
Shubha: (after looking at the child): So cute
Sonawne: (comments on the baby's nose): Yacha naak bagitla ka, majya poori sarkha hai.
Bhupen: Iska wazan kitna hai.
Sonawne: Dhai kilo.
Ratna: Ata sukla tari nahi tar janamla tevha mast hota (The baby has become thin now but he was healthier when at the time of the birth).
Sonawne: Mast zoplay na (How restfully it is sleeping).
Sonawne: Baal bill mast hai naa.
(We then proceeded to pose for pictures with the baby)
Ratna (explaining why the woman doesn't want to keep the child): ek ladka aur ek ladki hai usko.
Bhupen: Bahut achha, pyara bachha hai.
For the sake of appearances, we handed over Rs. 101 to the baby's mother for good omen, and got out of the house. We waited outside the door to listen in on their conversation. Ratna and the baby's aunt were trying to persuade the mother to give it away. Since she was planning to abort the child anyway, she should give it away and help herself to some extra cash, they argued to coax her into their plan.
Once outside, Sonawne warned us again not to discuss the deal in front of Ratna.
Day 4: Thursday
Following telephonic negotiations with Sonawne, she agreed to give the child for Rs. 2.20 lakh. Since it was the day of the BMC election, the courts were shut, and the woman asked us to come the day after to get the paperwork sorted.
Day 5: Friday
We visited Sonawne to hand over the first instalment of Rs. 60,000. She asked us not to come the next day for the remainder. "It's a Saturday, not an auspicious day to take the child home," she explained. She asked us to give the remainder at the earliest, and take the baby and get the documents fixed later.
Bhupen: Mausi, do me bitha do na (negotiating to bring the amount to Rs. 2 lakh).
Sonawne: Nahi do mein nahi, who log bolte hai un logo ke paas doosri party hai.
Bhupen: Baki ka paisa de diya to turant bachcha de denge?
Sonawne: Yeh hath mein paisa, yeh haath mein bachcha. (Talking about Ratna) Uss din phone pe didi (Shubha) ne sab suna. Woh boli kaisi ajab aurat hai. Usko boli medical report sab poora kaam karke deneka. Mummy ka bhi report aur uska bhi report. Woh bol rahi thi kal hi paper banao. Maine to kal hi stamp paper lekar rakh liya tha. Vakil bola mein notary karke de deta hu. Tumko boli na main ek din mein karke degi. Vakil to apna aadmi hai. Usko main fees ek mahine baad degi. Itna to vishwas hain na vakil ka.
Bhupen: Aur kuch thoda bahut kum to karega na.
Sonawne: Main tumko kya bola, 30,000 main khud dungi tumko apne taraf se. Mereko tum 6 mahine mein do, itna vishwas hai mereko. Main government servant hoon, aisi vaisi raste wali aurat thodi hi hoon. Nashik mein tum mera flat dekho, ghar dekho. Tumko yakin nahi aayega. Tumko do bees (Rs. 2,20,000) lana hoga poora.
Bhupen: 60,000 diya na... toh aur mereko aapko dena hai 1,60,000.
Bhupen: Matlab abhi maine aapko yeh paisa diya, aap kisi aur ko bachcha nahi dikhaogi.
Day 6: Saturday
We were told to bring the cash and take the baby on Sunday.
Day 7: Sunday
As per Sonawne's instructions, we went to Ulhasnagar with the remaining amount of Rs. 1.6 lakh. There, Sonawne took the money and said, "Get your identity proofs on Tuesday and I will see to it that your paperwork is done." After a wait of about four hours, the child was handed over to us with his medical reports, along with a casual remark that we should take care of it. Sonawne asked for another Rs. 10,000 which we paid her, bringing the sum total to Rs. 2.3 lakh.
Following that, we approached a government organisation, Childline, whose officials approached the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which then helped admit the baby in Vishwa Balak Kendra orphanage in Nerul. This was accomplished with the help of social worker Sharad Barse, who works with Aasra Childline in Kalyan. We gave a copy of the videos recorded during the course of the sting to Barse. The evidence will be submitted to the CWC.
Surrogacy through intercourse
During our interaction with Sonawne, we stumbled upon a sordid case of how a woman conceived for a rich businessman.
According to Sonawne, a builder from Alibaug, who desperately wanted a son, approached her. His wife had given birth to two sets of twin girls. Since she had to undergo C-sections both the times, he didn't want to risk her health again. The builder was reluctant on adoption as well as IVF-surrogacy. So Sonawne suggested that she could get a woman to stay with him and bear him a child through natural intercourse, she said. She arranged a woman from Nashik, she claimed. The intercourse happened with the wife's knowledge and consent.
The builder bought the lady a flat to stay for a while, and impregnated her. At a sonography centre near Shirdi, which Sonawne claimed is yet another of her contacts, it was discovered that the sex of the foetus was male.
According to Sonawne, the woman is six months into pregnancy today and is being looked after by the builder's wife.
During our first meet with Ratna Ubale, one of the alleged abettors of the child trafficking syndicate, she dropped a hint that we should also opt for a surrogate child, and went on to elaborate the procedure followed by her clinic.
Ratna said that she has been working in a clinic at Mulund, which helps couples keen on surrogacy. She explained that if we opt for it, we would have to pay the mother Rs. 2.45 lakh, and bear her medical expenses. The total expenditure would be up to Rs. 10 lakh.
However, according to Sonawne -- the key person of the syndicate -- Ratna who has been helping her clinic to get surrogate mothers from the outskirts of Mumbai -- takes away a major portion of the fee meant for them. Sonawne revealed that she had housed one such surrogate mother who had been brought to her by Ratna.
Sonawne added that Ratna gets a commission of Rs. 20,000 for every surrogate she brings. Apart from that, she takes Rs. 2,000 from the Rs. 8,000 paid to surrogate mothers every month by the couple. Further, after the child is delivered, Ratna takes Rs. 50,000 from the total of Rs. 2.5 lakh paid to the mother.
Adopting a baby legally
Legally adopting a child is a long-drawn-out process, where at every step the eligibility of the couple wishing to adopt a child is tested. It requires many documents:
1 Residence proof
2 Bank account statements
3 Photographs of the couple
4 Medical certificates, tests, which include HIV tests
5 Salary slips
6 Three letters of guarantee from friends, but not family, of the couple
7 Two Doctors' certificates: one from a family doctor, another from a gynaecologist
8 One letter from a guardian, who promises to take care of the child, if it is a working couple
9 A letter from a family member promising to take care of the child if the parents pass away before the child turns 18.
First, the couple is asked whether they would prefer to adopt a boy or a girl. Then, they are asked to submit the above documents.
A social worker visits the couple's house, and interviews them to gauge the authenticity of their claims and to know if they will be good parents. After the social worker's nod, the couple is allotted a child according to the availability.
The age of the child depends on the age of the parents. It is the sole discretion of the charity organisation as to which child to be allotted. If the couple doesn't like the child, they have to provide ample reason why they are saying no. The organisation ensures that the child has gone through all medical tests. The couple is asked to get the child tested by their own doctor for further assurance. Then the legal process starts. It takes at least three months for the couple to take the child home.
Some organisations do not accept any money but ask for a mandatory deposit of about Rs. 20,000-50,000 in the child's name. Some organisations ask the aspiring parents to pay a nominal amount of Rs. 50 per day of the period that the child was with the orphanage, plus medical expenses, if any, borne by the orphanage during the child's stay there.
|2012-02-18||Shiv Sena romps home in Thane, Ulhasnagar|
The Shiv Sena is set to maintain its dominance in the entire Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) by winning the maximum seats in the adjoining Thane and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations besides the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The party has, however, lost ground in Nashik Municipal Corporation.
In the 130-seat Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Sena has emerged as the single largest party with 53 seats, followed closely by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) at 34. The BJP has won eight seats and the RPI won two. Thane MLA Pratak Sarnaik?s wife Parisha and elder son Vihang were among those elected. The Sena-BJP-RPI has a total of 63 seats and the leaders are now wooing four Independents to stake claim at power. The Congress has won 18 seats in the civic body.
The Sena workers were upbeat and confident of sailing through after the massive rally of party chief Bal Thackeray in Thane on Saturday last. Thane had given Sena its first taste of power when its candidate was elected city president. ?We have won with a significant margin and will be able to retain power in Thane,? said Sarnaik.
In Ulhasnagar, the Sena won 19 seats and the BJP 11 in the 78-member body, besides two seats by the RPI. The combine is looking to win the support of some Independents and retain power in the township, famed for its illegal constructions regularised by the government.
Interestingly, former NCP MLA and local boy Pappu Kalani and his wife Jyoti Kalani have been elected as corporators. While Jyoti is the NCP official candidate, Pappu had contested as an Independent.
|2012-02-18||NCP emerges single largest party in Ulhasnagar|
Thane, Feb 17 (PTI) The Congress-NCP alliance and Shiv Sena-BJP combine won most of the seats among themselves in the neighbouring Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). NCP emerged as the single largest party, winning 21 seats in the 78-member Corporation, currently ruled by the saffron combine. Its ally Congress bagged eight seats. Shiv Sena won 19 seats, while BJP emerged victorious in 11. RPI won 4 seats, BSP 2 and Raj Thackeray-led MNS bagged one. Independent and others accounted for 12 seats. The party wise position in the outgoing House was SS-16, BJP-11, MNS-2, INC-5, NCP-15, RPI-6, Independent and others 21.
|2012-02-17||Maharashtra civic polls: State wrap up|
MUMBAI: Around 45% of Ulhasnagar's 47.6 lakh voters exercised their franchise for the civic elections on Thursday, which passed off peacefully. While the figure is not yet official, it is nearly 4% better than in 2007 when there was a 41.3% turnout.
All parties were disappointed with the low turnout, especially the Congress-NCP combine, which fears that this means saffron rule will continue. Congress-NCP and MNS leaders demanded a re-election in Ward 39, alleging around 1,500 voters were bogus and from Ambarnath.
Turnout dips in Pune, Pimpri
PUNE: Only 51% of Pune's voters turned up to cast their ballots for the Pune civic elections on Thursday, a slight dip from the 53% turnout in the 2007 elections. Meanwhile, the nearby Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) saw approximately 53% showing up. The turnout is likely to be the lowest in the PCMC since 1986. In the 2007 elections, PCMC's turnout was 56.7%. A higher turnout was expected in Pune this time around, due to efforts by the government and social organizations.
Marginally better showing in Nashik
NASHIK: Two incidents of violence marred polling for the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), but nearly 60% of voters reportedly exercised their franchise. The unofficial figure is marginally better than 2007's 58.2% turnout.
Fall in Nagpur, Akola, Amravati
NAGPUR/AKOLA/AMRAVATI: An estimated 55% of voters exercised their franchise to elect representatives to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Thursday. The figure was slightly lower than the 56.3% showing in 2007. For the Akola Municipal Corporation, there was a huge drop in turnout, from 62.6% in 2007 to 56.1% in 2012. In Amravati, too, there was a huge drop, with 54.3% voters showing up, while in 2007 there was a turnout of 60.5%.
Turnout plummets in Solapur polls
SOLAPUR: Only around 52% voting was registered on Thursday during elections to the Solapur Municipal Corporation. It was a drop from 58.1% in 2007. But the figure is still unofficial. The NCP and the Congress are rivals in Solapur. The SMC, controlled by the Congress, is witnessing a contest between the ruling party, the NCP and the Shiv Sena-BJP combine.
|2012-02-16||Security raised in Ulhasnagar|
ULHASNAGAR: A day before the election for the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, the police beefed up security here. They arrested two people, including the husband of a BJP candidate, for allegedly assaulting a policeman on duty. The two were identified as Ajitsingh Labana and Avtarsingh Labana. In a separate incident, former MLA Pappu Kalani was booked for allegedly threatening BJP leader Kamal Bhatija. Also, MNS candidate Dinesh Ahuja filed a complaint against Kalani for allegedly assaulting Ahuja. Kalani's wife Jyoti, meanwhile, approached the police, alleging that Mahesh Sukhramani, husband of BJP candidate Neetu, threatened her and her relatives with a gun.
|2012-02-07||Woman forces teenage daughter into prostitution|
Mumbai: Providing for one's child is an unwritten law that all mothers abide by. But, in the case of one mother, that maternal instinct holds no value. The Ulhasnagar police on Monday arrested a 49-year-old woman for forcing her daughter into prostitution by emotionally blackmailing her.
Cops said that the accused Poonam Manish Mhatre used to slash her veins, and even pour kerosene on herself in retaliation to her daughter's refusal to solicit customers.
The police have booked Mhatre under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act and she has been remanded to two days' police custody by the court. The girl, meanwhile, has been sent to Premkiran Sanstha, a rehabilitation centre for girls in Badlapur.
Mum's the word
According to the police, the 25-year-old victim (name withheld on request) who dropped out of an English Medium school in class V had been forced by Mhatre to entertain customers since the age of 16. Cops added that the family was doing well till Mhatre's husband went missing almost 12 years ago.
"After her father's disappearance, the family went through a financial crisis. Mhatre found it difficult to run the house and she eventually compelled her daughter into prostitution. She scouted for customers and brought them to her daughter. This led to frequent arguments between the two," said Dilip Khadagale, police inspector at Vitthalwadi police station.
Arguments would lead to fights and the mother would then astonishingly cut her own wrists to torment the daughter.
Fearing that her mother would commit suicide the girl was forced to give in to her demands.
After nine years of trauma and hardship, and the ever-increasing demand to entertain customers, the victim finally broke her silence and approached the cops where she registered a complaint against her mother.
|2012-02-06||Police stop blackmailers from setting man on Fire|
Mumbai: The police have arrested five men while they were attempting to set ablaze a software engineer at a street corner in Ulhasnagar-1. The accused had been demanding Rs. 10,000 from him in exchange for keeping their mouths shut about his love affair.
According to the police, the accused have been identified as Pravin Pagare (27), Rajendra Chavhan (27), Yogesh Navade (28), Sonu Singh Rajput (26) and Avinash Mahale (20).
The complainant, Bhagwan Shivaji Sonar (29), is a resident of Ulhasnagar-1; the accused live in the same area and knew Sonar from before. According to the Ulhasnagar police, they were demanding Rs. 10,000 from Sonar for not squealing on him to his family about a relationship he is involved in. Sonar, who runs coaching classes for engineering students, refused to pay the extortion amount.
On February 3, a little after midnight, Sonar was going home on his motorbike when the accused interrupted him and demanded the money again. When Sonar refused to yield to their demand, they took out petrol from his bike and poured it on him. They were trying to light the match when a police patrol team spotted them and intervened. After rescuing Sonar, the cops arrested two of the accused from the spot. After interrogating them, the other three accused were arrested in relevance to the case.
"We have arrested the five accused. They were trying to blackmail Sonar and later tried to burn him alive," confirmed Kalyanji Ghete, police inspector (crime), Ulhasnagar-1 police station. All the accused have been arrested under Sections 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (II) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Sources also revealed that they had earlier been booked for kidnapping and thrashing a corporator's son in Bhiwandi.
|2012-02-05||4 constables arrested for custodial death|
After investigating the custodial death of Narayan Rathod who died in the Central Police Station for a year, the Ulhasnagar state CID arrested four constables on Saturday.
Deputy superintendent Narayan Vakhaare said, ?We arrested the four police constables, Ashok Bhosale, Anil Sangale,
Dwarkanath Karale and Atmaram Salve and are looking for three others.?
The police said on February 23, 2011, senior citizens Goverdhan Dalwani and his wife Kavita were found murdered in their house at Ulhasnagar.
During the investigation, the police got a tip-off saying the couple?s son-in-law, Rathod, murdered them, they added
The police, therefore, held Rathod for questioning. While in police custody, however, Rathod died, the police said.
After Rathod?s family complained against his death the police filed a murder case, which was then transferred to the state CID. Public prosecutor Chandrakant Patil said, ? Around 24 injury marks were found on Rathod?s body. The constables have been sent to police custody for two days.
|2012-02-05||Cops arrested for custodial death|
Four policemen accused in custodial death of 38 year-old, picked up on suspicion of murder, have been apprehended; three on the run
The criminal investigation department (CID) arrested four police constables and are on the lookout for another three absconding constables from Ulhasnagar, for their alleged involvement in the custodial killing of a local last year.
Dwarkanath Karale (left) and Anil Sangle (right). Pic/Navneet Barhate
The four policemen from the Central Police Station, Anil Sangle, Ashok Bhosale, Dwarkanath Karale and Prakash Salve, have been slapped with a number of charges. They were produced in the Kalyan Court on Saturday and remanded in police custody till Monday.
According to CID officials, 38 year-old Narayan Rathod, who worked in different factories and workshops, was picked up by policemen from the Central police station on February 28, 2011 on the suspicion of murdering his father- and mother in-law. The dead bodies of Rathod's in-laws -- Govardhan Das Dalwani (70) and his wife Kavita (65) -- was recovered from their residence three days earlier. They had been murdered and robbed off their cash and jewellery.
Later that night, the police admitted Rathod at the Central Hospital after he complained of vomiting and chest pain. He, however, could not recover and died during treatment. When contacted, Shivaji Rathod, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Ulhasnagar, said, "The CID has arrested four policemen. The department is further investigating the matter." The three absconding policemen are DC Chavhan, Thepne and Koli .
|2012-02-05||Four Policemen Arrested for Alleged|
Four Police Constables have been arrested in collection with the alleged custodial death of a murder suspect here.
Ashok Bhosale, Anil Sangale, Dwarkanath Karale and Prakash Salve - attached to the Crime Detection Unit in Ulhasnagar township - were arrested yesterday by Maharashtra CID, police sources said today.
Three more policemen wanted in the case are absconding, they said.
The four were booked under IPC Sections 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 331 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to extort confession), among others. They were produced before a local court which sent them in CID Custody till February 6.
The case relates to the death of one Narayan Rathod (38) in March last year. Rathod was allegedly picked up in connection with the murder of his in-laws, Govardhandas Dhalwani (71) and Kavita (66).
According to CID officials, the policemen had picked up several people, including Narayan and his elder brother Raju, for questioning in the case.
Narayan's wife Deepa later alleged that her husband died due to torture by the police. She also said she was made to sign on a blank paper by Senior Inspector S P Surve. Following this, a CID probe was ordered.
|2012-02-04||Man with 40 cases of chain snatching lands in poli|
The Manickpur police arrested a 35-year-old autorickshaw driver who has over 40 cases of chain snatching registered against him at Ulhasnagar, Kalyan, Ambernath and Vasai, among other places.
The accused, Prabhu Chintaman Rathod, was caught near Vasai sessions court on Friday
morning, the police said.
According to the police, Rathod would drive an auto during the day and snatch chains early in the morning, particularly when his victims were out on walks.
"We received a tip-off from one of our informers that Rathod was going to arrive at the Vasai sessions court on Friday morning to drop a passenger. We laid a trap and caught him," said VA Saste, assistant inspector, Manickpur police station.
Recently, the city has witnessed a spate of similar chain-snatching incidents.
The police have also arrested a Vasai-based goldsmith, Himmat Soni in connection with the case.
"Soni would purchase the stolen chains from Rathod. We have been able to recover ornaments worth Rs 4.2 lakh, a cellphone, a ladies wallet, a pen-drive, a fake RC book of a motorbike, a purchase receipt of a Dhulia-based gold jeweller and a SIM card belonging to a police constable," said Saste.
Soni and Rathod, the police said, have been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 397 for robbery and have been remanded in police custody till February 4.
The police said that in his most recent attack, Rathod, along with his accomplice, Jagadish Jadhav, 40, had targeted a 40-year-old man, Rusi Gonsalves, in Vasai on Monday morning and snatched a 30gm gold chain from him.
"Jadhav snatched the chain and ran towards the rickshaw where Rathod was waiting for him. The locals rushed to catch Jadhav. Rathod, however, managed to flee," said Saste.
Jadhav was nearly lynched by the mob, who tied him to a common water post and beat him up until the police arrived.
|2012-02-03||42 students forge mark sheets, booked|
A case of cheating and forgery has been registered against 42 students, four former employees and students of SST college in Ulhasnagar on Thursday. Police inspector Chandrakant Deshmukh, Vithhalwadi police station, said, ?The fake mark sheets were prepared so that the students could
avoid failing their first and second year. We have registered a case under sections 417, 468, 471, 420 and 34 of the IPC. However, no one has been arrested in the case yet.?
Explaining how the forgery was caught, principal of SST college, Jetho Chanchal Purswani, 52, said, ?After we completed the admission process for second and third year students, we found 42 fake mark sheets with forged signatures on them.?
Upon informing the University of Mumbai, the college was told to issue a notice to all the students and parents asking them to provide statement, Purswani added.
During the inquiry, college authorities found that apart from students, a former employee Nishant Menon, 42, and alumni of the college, Shashank Satorkar, 25, Nitin Parmar, 24, and Rosemail Nadar, 27, were also involved in the racket. ?The mark sheets were stolen from the college stationary department by Menon, while the ex-students prepared the fake stamps and forged the signature of the principal and registrar of the college,? an official said.
|2012-02-02||SAI corporators son threatened|
Two persons allegedly threatened Rahul Gangwani, the son of corporator Sunil Gangwani, with a revolver in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday evening. Sunil, a key member of the Secular Alliance of India (SAI), had faced a threat last month and had demanded police security. Sunil, who lodged a police complaint, said his son was passing by Gol Maidan by car when he was shown a revolver by two motorcyclists who were riding parallel.
SAI president Sai Balram said, "I am sure there is a criminal conspiracy to eliminate our party leaders." Dr Shivaji Rathod, deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar zone, said they had received SAI's application for security for two leaders, and it has been forwarded to the Thane police chief for approval.
|2012-02-02||Woman arrested for husbands contract killing|
Mumbai: A 10-year-long marriage ends in tragedy, as the 30-year-old husband is found dead on isolated grounds with injury marks over the body. Friends and relatives naturally sympathise with the young widow. That is till her actual role in the denouement comes to the fore. Cops from Ulhasnagar crime branch have arrested a 25-year-old woman who hired a hit man to get her spouse killed. To mislead the police, she filed a complaint claiming her husband had gone missing and later got a murder case lodged against unknown persons after the body was found.
Shivaji Nagar police had recovered the corpse of an unknown person with injury marks all over at Ambernath MIDC area on January 29. They immediately started checking all the missing complaints and learnt that a 30-year-old who was an electrician and a resident of Manish Nagar in Ulhasnagar was missing and a complaint had been lodged by his wife at Central police station.
"When the wife Preeti Krishnachand Mishra (25), was called she identified the body as that of her husband Krishnachand," said Machindra Chavan, senior police inspector of Ulhasnagar crime branch.
In further investigations, police started questioning Preeti who frequently changed her statements.
"When we inquired about Preeti from her neighbours they told us that some people had seen her roaming around with a 22-year-old youth Jishan Munnar Shaikh, a student of BCom third year," said Chavan.
"Shaikh was then summoned by the Crime Branch and during questioning he broke down and accepted that he and Preeti had given a supari of Rs. 1 lakh to one Akshay Suresh Gaikwad to kill Krishnachand," said Milind Bharambe, additional commissioner of police (crime), Thane.
Akshay's father Suresh Gaikwad is an ex-corporator and is now contesting municipal elections from Ulhasnagar on a Congress ticket.
Akshay, along with aides Jaysingh Mudaliyar and Damodar Hadalke met Krishnachand on January 28. They drank wine at Bittu Bar in Ulhasnagar and later went to the MIDC area, where the trio stabbed Krishnachand at an isolated place and killed him.
"Preeti had sold all her jewellery to arrange the contract killing of her husband. Preeti was in love with Jishan and was bored with her 10-year-old relationship with her husband who had started drinking," said Meghshyam Dange, police inspector of crime branch.
The miscreants were arrested yesterday and are in police custody.
|2012-02-02||Wife held for mans murder|
Five persons, including a woman and the son of a Congress leader who is contesting the civic polls in Ulhasnagar, have been arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a residentKrishnachandra Mishra,34.
The victim, Krishnachandra Mishra (34), was found murdered on Monday in Ambernath. The five persons arrested for the killing were identified as Priti Mishra (25), Jishan Shaikh (22), Damodar Adalke (24), Jaysingh Mudliyar (25) and Akshay Gaikwad (20)- all are residents of Ulhasnagar.
The victim's wife Priti wanted to marry her lover, Shaikh. She paid Rs 80,000 to Mudliyar and Akshay to kill Krishnachandra. The couple had been married for over a decade and also have a daughter, the police said.
According to the police, after the marriage Krishnachand would allegedly assault Priti over trivial matters. Soon, Priti started a relationship with Shaikh, who was Krishnachand's friend and stayed in same area, the police said.
"Last Friday, Adalke, Mudliyar and Gaikwad called Krishnachand to a bar in Ulhasnagar," said Machindra Chavan, senior inspector of the Ulhasnagar crime branch. "After consuming liquor, they took the victim to Ambernath where Gaikwad and Mudliyar stabbed Krishnachand to death and dumped his body," he added.
Police said to misguide the investigators on last Friday even Priti filed her husband's missing complaint with Central police station in Ulhasnagar alleging his husband not return from the work.
The police have also found that to pay supari amount Priti sold his all the ornaments to a jeweller in the area. The police have booked all the accused under murder charges and further probe is on.