|2008-03-29||Hunger strike for reconstruction of bridge|
Irked by the alleged lethargy shown by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) to re-construct the foot-over-bridge, several local residents and commuters staged a protest near the Ulhasnagar railway station.
The residents sat on a hunger strike near Ulhasnagar railway station from March 26 protesting against the callous attitude of the railway and the civic authorities towards reconstructing the bridge.
It may be noted that the bridge popularly referred to as the lower bridge was totally washed away during the 2005 deluge. The bridge is a vital connection between Ulhasnagar camp 3 and 4 and its absence is inconveniencing more than 25,000 residents.
Interestingly, the bridge was constructed in 1984 after some local residents sat on a hunger strike demanding its construction. The residents say they are trying the same method of protest for its reconstruction.
The total cost of re-construction of this bridge is Rs 1.72 crore and the UMC is expected to pay Rs 66 lakh from its regularization funds. The remaining funds are to be sourced from the Railways and the State government. However residents say that this is where the problem is as neither of the bodies are ready to take the responsibility of reconstruction.
If regulars are to be believed then daily around 25,000 people including school and college students used this bridge to reach their respective destinations. There are several academic institutions in and around the vicinity. Despite repeated complaints to the concerned authorities, the bridge was never re-constructed.
Says Vadhyaram Gajwani, a local resident and one of the protestors, "In the absence of the lower bridge, we are forced to use the railway bridge and are caught by the ticket checking staff of the Central railway. We have to unnecessarily pay hefty fines for no fault of ours," he says.
Residents say that the other alterative is to use a circuitous route, which is very time consuming. Complains Madan Joshi, a local resident, "There is no other faster alternative to this bridge. If we have to avoid getting fined, then we have to walk for more than half an hour from the adjacent foot over bridge to reach the other part of the city," he says.
Residents say that repeated complaints to the UMC and the Railways have gone unheard. Another resident, Kishin Relwani had also filed a PIL with the High Court demanding the reconstruction of the bridge.
When contacted, Sameer Unhale, UMC Commissioner played the blame game and said that they were ready to pay their share of funds for the reconstruction of the bridge and were awaiting the clearance from the CR. "We are ready to pay our share for construction of the bridge. We are also in constant touch with the railway authorities for its reconstruction and are also requesting the State government to release its infrastructure fund for the construction of this vital link."
|2008-03-28||Goof-up:SSC board sends exam paper in different la|
Thousands of Sindhi medium students appearing for their SSC exams lost three hours due to the board's mistake on Tuesday in Ulhasnagar.
The question papers for Sindhi lower (Sindhi Samyukta) subject that is usually set in Devnagiri script was printed in Arabic script. Resultantly the students lost valuable time as the board sent the new question papers.
The exam for Lower- Sindhi paper was scheduled for Tuesday between 3-5 pm at the seven centers in Ulhasnagar. However when the packets of question papers were opened, it was noticed that the board had erroneously sent the papers in Arabic script.
All the students from Ulhasnagar were to attempt the paper in Devanagari script. The exams at all the five sub-centers were stalled and the board was informed about the mistake.
The board sent a new set of papers by fax and the authorities had to cyclostyle 1100 copies of the question paper. In the interim, the students were asked to sit in the classes without any food.
"There was some confusion because of the code of the subject. The BQ-6 code is for the Arabic script while BQ-7 code is for Devnagiri script and the board sent us the wrong set of papers.
When we informed the board officials about this mistake, they faxed us the correct question paper. However due to load shedding, we found it difficult to get 1100 copies of the papers and had to get it done from a private company unit in Shahad. This resulted in the delay," informed J Vasiyani, chief conductor of center number 1222 and principal of Netaji high school.
Students lost valuable hours
The exams were re-scheduled to 5 pm, but due to load shedding, several students had to be shifted to other schools at the last minute. "The load shedding time coincided with the exam time. As we don't have a back-up during power cuts, we decided to shift the 134 students to the nearby Netaji High school," informed Geeta Gurnani, principal of New-English high school in camp number 5. Resultantly the students also lost valuable time for preparing for the next day's paper.
Students further stressed
The already stressed-out students, were not able to inform their parents about this unexpected delay. Also many of them had to stay hungry for three hours. "Tomorrow we have Algebra paper, which is very tough. Today we lost our important time due to board mistake. It is very stressful for us as we could not even inform our parents about this situation," said Seema Ahuja, a standard X student.
(with inputs from Manoj Badgeri)
|2008-03-27||Indo-Pak Sindhi writers meet in New Delhi – I|
SINDHI IS one of the many Indic languages and it has gone through many phases of ups and downs in the histories of pre/post-partition India and Pakistan. Sahitya Academy (government of India) organised for the first time a two-day seminar of interaction between Sindhi writers from India and Pakistan on March 17-18, 2008, at its academy auditorium, 35 Ferozeshah Road, Mandi House, New Delhi. Prominent Indian Sindhi writers, led by MK Jetley, vice chairman, Sindhi Academy (government of Delhi), gathered to discuss many literary aspects of the Sindhi literatures on both sides of the border with prominent Pakistani writers like Dr Fahmida Hussain, Taj Joyo, Ayaz Gul, Imdad Hussaini, Shoukat Hussain Shoro among others. The event became more significant than usual, looking at the current phase of comparatively better relationship between India and Pakistan in spite of years of bitterness, wars and the agony of the partition. Several other literary enthusiasts were also present in the seminar as audience.
Welcoming the guest writers from Sindh (Pakistan) in the inaugural session presided over by SS Noor, A Krishnamurthy, secretary, Sahitya Academy, remembered the immortal classical names like Shah Abdul Latif (C 1689 – 1752) and his 20th century incarnation – Sheikh Ayaz (1923 – 1997) – who put Sindhi language on the world stage by their Sufi literatures. Shah Latif was the unique mystic Sufi poet who felt an interior link in every breathe with the creator, like any Sufi saint and, would say:
“A thousand doors and windows too,
the palace has, but see,
wherever I might go or be,
master confronts me there”
His poetry had the content of divine music. Krishnamurty said that Sindhi was the language that developed in Sindh much before partition and many legendary poets like Sami, Sachchal Sarmast, Hamal Fakir, Dalpat Sufi and others evolved the language and literature through talent and perseverance. Indian’s Vasdev Mohi, the programme convener said that in this seminar the Indian writers were seeking to present Sindhi literature of India while their counterparts from Pakistan were there to talk about their respective literature in Sindh and the Sahitya Academy would encourage such seminars in future. In his speech, Jetley gave an interesting account of the efforts of Indian writers to continuously hold meetings and seminars with the writers across the border. He said that while up to the partition, the Sindhi literature was the same on both sides of the border; it began changing afterwards. While the Indian Sindhi writers initially expressed the agony of partition and the problems of refugees who came from Sindh, many Sindhi writers of Sindh expressed with equal passion the agony of the Mohajirs who went from India to settle in Pakistan. For examples legendary Sindhi poet, Parasram ‘Zia’, who migrated from Karachi and died in 50’s, would depict the struggles of Sindhi refugees in Ulhasnagar in his own interesting way, sometimes mixed with touching sarcasm. He would say to the struggling Sindhis in a Ghazal:
“Offer tea and soda to any one who comes to your drawing room,
It’s not good to let anyone go without offering him to eat something…”
Or, he would pen down another Ghazal as satire on the bribe seeking officers who helped refugees settle by applications to the claim offices:
“If you get soda drink soda, if you get whisky drink whisky,
Always get ready and just enter some or the other drawing room!”
Jetley referred to the Ayub Khan era of Pakistan when four provinces of West Pakistan were merged into ‘One Unit’ and nobody could separately mention Sindh Baluchistan North West frontier province (NWFP) or Punjab. The army regime suppressed literature; if any one wrote letters without naming West Pakistan as the province in the address, the letters were torn and thrown away. In spite of that, efforts were always made by India’s Sindhi authors to somehow hold meetings with the Pakistani side from time to time. He referred to the ‘Sachchal Conference’ held in Sindh in which 20-25 people were invited but only six could reach. In the presidential address of this welcome session, Noor, talked about the proximity between Punjabi and Sindhi literatures and languages.
The welcome session was followed by sessions on various branches of literature like criticism, novel, and short story, the most evolved branch being poetry, which required three separate sessions for ghazal, poetry and the new poem. Some prominent writer from either side chaired each session. Papers were read by one writer from each side of the border followed by two reviewers, with a discussion subsequently carried out by some other prominent writer.
In each branch, however, it was felt that as said in the Welcome Session, the speakers were giving an account of various literary movements or ups and downs in their own country and not a satisfactory level of exchange of books prevailed between the two sides for thorough evaluation.
The branch that came under criticism more than others was the branch of ‘criticism’ itself by speakers of both sides. Dr Fahmida Hussain, professor of criticism at Karachi University and the author of 13 books gave year-by-year account of the books published on criticism but lamented that not sufficient genuine criticism has been written. The view was echoed by Rita Shahani, a senior writer from Pune regarding criticism published in India so far. She also raised the question whether as certain critics project only sex dissatisfactions constitute what we call existentialism? Dr Fahmida interestingly referred to the two greatest Sindhi poets of the world, Shah Latif and Sheikh Ayaz with due regard but also felt that most of the research and criticism remained focused on these two, resulting in eclipsing of several other prominent names that deserved attention.
Underlining the most peculiar problem of the uprooted Sindhi community in India, Lakhmi Khilani referred to some touching short stories like ‘Sarhad Je Hun Par’ (‘On the other side of theborder’ by Krishin Khatwani) and Mitia Ji Mahak (‘Fragrance of Soil’ by Lakhmi Khilani). He said, “Many short story writers who have visited Sindh to see their place of birth and meet their Muslim friends of childhood are grieved to see the present condition of Sindh, which they had left behind sixty years back. In the first of the above two stories, the main character – Chander – who has come to Sindh after 30 years to find out his house in company of his childhood friend Prof Saleem roams in the streets of his home town and the ruins of ‘Mohan Jo Daro’ (ruin of the Indus civilisation, which means the ‘Place of the Dead’). He feels that it was, in fact, his search for his own ‘self’ that was rooted in this soil. In the later story, the elder brother who has converted himself to stay behind advises his younger brother who has come to visit him from India to stay here in his own native land and be the part of the family to rehabilitate his estranged ‘self’, and thus, shares the responsibility of paying back his dues to his mother land”
|2008-03-27||No more poor country cousins to Bollywood|
Bollywood is the most consumed film industry in India, or so they say. The second day at FICCI FRAMES saw a round-up of regional cinema from the biggies of each cinema front. Including Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri and South Indian languages, India has produced some outstanding films.
The Sindhi film front has been downplayed for sometime now. As Nanek Rupani put it, “Sindhi films are quietly being made in Ulhasnagar, Lucknow and other places and being released with the same treatment. Some films are even shot on video and then transferred onto film. One of the first few hits, Abbana (1955) has probably not even been heard of by today's generation. With a one-hour block on one of the obscure offshoots of Doordarshan is what Sindhi films have been reduced to. But there is hope, people who've been passionate about this regional cinema have gone on, with whatever they can and continue to make and release films in Sindhi.”
For the Marathi film industry, things are looking up quite a bit. Starting from the birth of Indian cinema in Maharashtra with Shri Dadasaheb Phalke, to today, Tingya and Shwas in the international limelight, Marathi cinema has indeed come a long way. The technology that Bollywood uses: DI, Dolby Digital, anamorphic formats are all also being employed in regional cinema and that is an achievement. The Golden Lotus was awarded to Shwas. According to Kothare, "It took nearly 50 years for an intelligent enough jury to be formed to give Marathi cinema its due."
Bhojpuri cinema is known for its crudeness and Ravi Kissen to most urban audiences. But, according to Manoj Tiwari, this 30-crore viewership industry is on its way to becoming more and more planned and efficient. With scripts coming in 12 days after the shooting of the movie has begun, to making a movie in Rs 30 lakhs and box-office collections in the range of Rs 45 crores, Bhojpuri industry is one of the most viable businesses in the country today. Even actors like Ajay Devgan,...
|2008-03-21||Girl to miss exams after Holi balloon injures her |
For 14-year-old Sneha Hotwani and her family, this year’s Holi celebrations turned sour when a few miscreants hurled a water balloon on her which nearly cost her an eye and forced her to miss her class IX examinations.
On March 16, Sneha, a standard IX student of Jhulelal English School at Ulhasnagar, was on her way back to her house at Seri Chowk in Ulhasnagar, when some unidentified miscreants hurled a water-filled balloon on her.
The balloon hit her spectacles and a piece glass from the broken spectacles pierced her face just below the left eye. The eye is swollen now.
“She was taken to the Wockhardt hospital where she was operated on,” said her father Harish Hotwani, a clerk working with the water department of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC). “The doctors have advised her rest. She would be operated again after 15 days for removing the fluids accumulated after the first operation. Her exams commence on April 2. So, naturally she has to skip her exams,” Hotwani said.
However, the family has not registered a complaint with the police. “We are not keen to register a complaint. She did not see the person who hurled the balloon as she was in excruciating pain,” Hotwani said.
“We have given instructions to all police stations to take preventive actions. Such balloons are usually thrown from the terraces of high-rises. So, we have asked housing societies to either shut terraces or take responsibility if there is any trouble. Those who are caught hurling balloons and causing injury would be booked under the Indian Penal Code,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Madhu Shinde of Thane.
|2008-03-20||Octroi to be abolished from Ulhasnagar|
After dragging its feet over abolition of octroi in major cities governed by municipal corporations, the state government on Wednesday decided to get rid of the duty in 15 smaller cities. However, the catch in the decision is that all these 15 municipal corporations belong to the D category, which means the decision may not have a substantial impact on trade in the state. Maharashtra, the most urbanised state in India, has 22 municipal corporations.
Top and middle-rung municipal corporations for cities of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, and Pimpri Chinchwad, would continue to collect octroi. Finance minister Jayant Patil said the cities where octroi is being abolished would revert to collection of an account-based cess in the 2008-09 fiscal.
The decision could have a positive impact on trade in D class municipal corporations which fall in the Mumbai metropolitan region and also help the state achieve its objective of a dispersed economic growth beyond Mumbai, sources said.
“Trade in cities like Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, and Kalyan-Dombivli which are in the metropolitan region and get the spill-over benefits of being close to Mumbai would benefit from abolition of octroi,” said an urban development official.
Sources said the reason why the finance minister abolished octroi in smaller cities could be that the state had yet to identify a feasible replacement for octroi. “In Mumbai alone, the BMC collects more than 60% of its revenue through octroi.
For the next fiscal, the BMC has set a target of Rs 4,525 crore from octroi collection. Corporations like Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad also make handsome gains from octroi. As of now, octroi has no alternative for these corporations,” said an official.
|2008-03-17||Axis Bank opens branch at Ulhasnagar in Thane|
Axis Bank has stepped into Ulhasnagar today. Mr. S K Nandi, President, Axis Bank, inaugurated the Bank’s new branch at Ground Floor, Hotel Eagle Building, Near Sapana Garden, today.
Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the branch, Mr. Nandi said, “This marks yet another step towards the extensive consumer banking focus that we are providing across the country and reinforces our commitment to bring superior banking services, marked by convenience and closeness to customers.” Axis Bank has a network of 633 branches, 20 extension counters and 2698 ATMs across the country. The branches, spread across more than 394 cities and towns, enable the Bank to reach out to a large cross-section of customers with an array of products and services catering to both the retail and the corporate segment.
Axis Bank has presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai, and seeks to expand further its international presence. Axis Bank has the third largest ATM network in India; the third largest base of debit cards in the country, and also has the third largest EDC network. Axis Bank has a customer base of 90 Lakh and provides payroll services to over 12,000 Corporates across 28 Lakh salary accounts. The market capitalisation of the Bank as on March 09, 2008 was Rs.30,069 Crores; Axis Bank is the fourth largest Bank by market capitalisation in India.
|2008-03-15||Couple loses life in cylinder blast|
Never did Manisha (26) and her husband Dyneshwar Shiketod (32) ever imagine that asking for a demonstration from the gas agency would cost them their life. The residents of Neelkanth colony at Basant Bahar in Ulhasnagar Camp no five had purchased a new gas stove and asked for demonstration from the local gas agency. However because of some alleged negligence on part of the technician, their gas cylinder caught fire and exploded claiming the lives of the couple.
It all happened when the Shiktodes purchased a new stove and asked a technician Bhagwan Vijuram Gayni from the nearby Mahalaxmi Gas Services for the installation. During the process, Langda allegedly kept the knob of the gas cylinder open for a long time. This resulted in the accumulation of gas inside the house and when the technician tried to ignite the stove, the cylinder burst into flames. Resultantly the entire house got badly damaged because of the blast.
The couple sustained 90 per cent burns and were admitted to a local hospital and later shifted to a private hospital in Navi Mumbai. However the couple died last week. In the interim, the police managed to nab the accused technician in the case. "Dnyaneshwar died on March 6 while his wife passed away on the following day. We have arrested the accused," informed Sunil Wavhal, SPI of Hill Line police station.
The Hill Line Police Station arrested the technician Gayni working with the Mahalaxmi Gas Services, who was earlier reported as absconding. "Gayni was injured in the incident and has suffered 45 per cent burns. He has been arrested but is recuperating at the central hospital in Ulhasnagar," informed Wavhal.
The police have booked him under Section 304 A, 202, 285, 336, 337, 338, 34, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code. At the time of going to the press, sources within the police department informed the DK+ team that they were contemplating to book the owner of the agency Kailash Hasija for trying to mislead the police in the case.
|2008-03-08||Irked by failing services, patients stage demonstr|
Annoyed by the alleged carelessness shown by the doctors towards their treatment and lack of proper facilities, several patients from the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital, Ulhasnagar staged a unique protest. The patients also came out in the open and as a mark of protest and slept on the road outside the hospital for more than six hours. Also, they went on a hunger strike last week, marking their protest.
The patients claimed that due to lack of surgeons in the hospital they had to face several problems. Further, the hospital does not have a proper ambulance and the one that is available is in collaboration with a local private hospital. "The hospital does not have medical specialists. Even after taking admission in this hospital, we usually have to rush to other hospitals for further treatment," complains, Satyej Etambe, a patient. He said that many times the patients were often left with no other option but to travel along with eight to ten patients.
The patients allege that they were being treated in a very negligent manner and even for the very small diseases the treatment continuedfor months but to no avail. This they claim is largely because of inefficient doctors.
Rajkiran Randive, a patient who’s suffering from stomach pain, claims that he had to make several rounds of the hospital. "From last four years I am suffering from the same problem and I visit the hospital once after every six months. However, being the only earning member of my family, I cannot afford to remain in the hospital for several days," he laments. Others claim that the hospital also often fails to provide proper food.
"The hospital is more of a 'hostel' than a hospital. We are being provided with tasteless food and also, the milk provided here is adulterated," alleges Jagdish Pawar, another patient.
The patients claim that repeated complaint to the authorities yielded no results and this is what prompted them to stage protest. "We have been requesting them to take some action at the earliest possible time, but they aren't doing anything except giving empty assurances," complained another patient.
When contacted, the authorities promised to take some corrective action in the coming days. "The hospital authorities are promising to solve the problem at the earliest. Right now, a physician and a surgeon have been appointed and other specialists would be appointed soon. The hospital has all the basic testing centers and for major testes, like other hospitals, we have to approach hospitals in Mumbai," says S B Jadhav, deputy director of the hospital.
|2008-03-08||Suburban foodies want more cuisines|
When the widely-travelled orthopaedic surgeon Prashant Sonawane of Kalyan wants to eat sushi, or exotic seafood, he has to travel all the way to Mumbai. "The China Garden serves sushi there that comes closest to the one I savoured at the Genting Islands on my last visit there. The drive to Mumbai of course, is long and weary but the experience of dining out there is simply superb," says Sonawane.
Sonawane’s is not an isolated case of critical judgment about the booming local hospitality industry. The discerning upper-crust gourmands from our suburbs feel that the popular eating-places are not serving well the increasingly globalised tastes of their well-heeled clients.
Adman Manoj Chaudhary from Dombivli informs, "The kind of diversified menus you get in Mumbai is still not matched here. The Chinese or the Continental served here is not very tasty, except in couple of places. The limited choices make discriminating clients go to Mumbai."Foodies say that to savour their preferred cuisine they don't mind travelling, but it would always be welcome if the suburbs could offer multi-cuisines.
"The non-veg preparations are better in Mumbai's five-star hotels. The food is hygienic and served in a better way than in the suburban hotels," believes Ramesh Savalani of Ulhasnagar who frequents the five-star hotels.
Dombivli resident and a frequent flier Shirish Deshpande, says that the hospitality standards need to be more polished and refined to woo the jet-setters. "I generally prefer to eat out at either Le Royal Meridian at Sahar or The Grand Central for the quality of food, service and ambience. Besides that, the variety offered is more. You can indulge your tastes in pleasant settings," he says.
Most high-end diners agree that different style of cooking and choices are not available to them, forcing them to plan luncheons in Mumbai. "Where is the option of a Rajasthani or Andhra Thali in the hotels here? You still do not get the Thai or Japanese or Italian foods in these places that serve only fixed and tested items," says Shekhar another resident of the suburbs.
Harish Shetty of the Hotel Jawahar and Shangrila Resort located at Ulhasnagar and Nashik highway says, "In our suburbs, the demand for exotic foods is still very less. Families prefer the usual Indian or Chinese food only. If there is a demand for the innovation and change in the menu, we will do that. We won't mind providing the different meals to our adventurous clients in future, provided a large number asks for these things."
Summing up the mood, Dombivli resident Sriniwas Balgi says that the suburban foodie is always ready to patronise restaurants offering something new. "Its not that the foodies here don't patronise outlets. There were two multi-cuisine restaurants that opened up in the suburbs recently and were well received by the suburban foodies. We definitely are ready to experiment with the choices," he concludes.
|2008-03-01||Students slug it out at mock budget competition|
The RK Talreja College, Ulhasnagar last week organised the 'Mock Budget 2008-09: If I were the Finance Minister,' an inter-collegiate competition for management students of Mumbai University.
The event, in its second year saw eight teams participating including three MMS (MBA) colleges of Mumbai University. The Panel of judges for the event included Prof PV Varghese, Economics, Prof Nalini Padmanabhan, Economics, Prof Anil Mohare, Accounts, Dr John Devaraj, Ph D in Economics, retired from RBI Service, and B Otwani, LLB, practicing tax practitioner.
The event was won by the team from Centre for Management Courses, RKT College who presented the, what the judges called the perfect budget. The team consisted of Amelia Antony, Kunal Dalvi, Manpreet Singh, all first year students of banking and insurance faculty. The silver was bagged by Jacky Chetwani, Srilekha Jeevandan and Shridhar Herkal, representing RK Talreja College while the third place was taken by MMS College.
The team was represented by Shriram Iyer, Ritu Tuli and Roshni Chetwani. Other teams that participated in the event were Birla College, Kalyan, Swayam Sidhi College of Management, Bhiwandi, Yadavrao Tasgaonkar College of management, Karjat, Pendharkar College, Dombivli and S D Kalani College, Ulhasnagar. The event was conceptualised and executed by Prof Antony Lawrence and Prof AS Narayanan, director of centre for management courses.
The management students of Mumbai University presented the Mock Budget Proposals for the year 2008-09 with all seriousness, though a week before the Honourable minister for finance P Chidambaram did it on February 29. Through their budget, the students came out with a variety of innovative suggestions. Some of the main aspects that were covered in the budget presentation of various colleges were to restructure the income tax, changes in repayment of housing loans and increase it from Rs 1.5-2 lakh and also increase the BCCT exemption limit to Rs 1 lakh.
The students also drafted a budget wherein the income tax for married people with two children would be calculated over Rs 1.5 lakh and tax on agricultural income above Rs 5 lakh. The students also discussed issues over budgetary provisions for petrol consumption tax, encouragement for microfinance, linking of rivers to control droughts and flooding, boosting medical tourism, national rural urban employment guarantee scheme, and several others.
The students also discussed the allocation for sixth pay commission, 14 per cent increase for defence sector to Rs 1.9 crore and a unified custom duty at 7.5 per cent.
|2008-03-01||Teen makes a daredevil escape|
It was almost a daredevil experience for a 16-year-old young girl as she planned her escape from a hotel room in Ulhasnagar where she was allegedly kept captive.
Sheela (name changed) escaped from the third floor of the Central Park lodge to the store room of Meera Hospital located on the first floor of the same structure.
What is more astonishing that she used the drain pipe to climb down the two floors. The 16-year-old disclosed that she hailed from the 24 Parganas area in West Bengal and was brought to Mumbai in August last year.
She also informed the police that she was allegedly sold off to a pimp operating in the suburbs for Rs.36000 by her boy friend Raj who accompanied her to Mumbai from her hometown. In her confession to the police, the girl said that she was forced into prostitution and was illegally confined at the Central Park lodge. Sheela said that she wanted to escape from the clutches of the pimp and attempted this escape out of desperation.
Sheela informed the police that she escaped from the hotel room through the toilet window on Monday morning at around 6 am. She went to the Central police station in Ulhasnagar police station and lodged a complaint. "The girl was detained by the pimp forcefully in the hotel room.
The girl didn't want to get into prostitution and so she planned her daredevil escape," informed a policeman. At the time of going to the press, the police had detained one man and were further investigating the case.