|2010-03-25||You bet we will shoot your son: Cops to bookie|
You bet we will shoot your son: Cops to bookie
Punter alleges that a DCP and two senior inspectors illegally detained him and his family, and forced him to place bets on their behalf
UPSET: Punter Anil Jaisinghani has alleged that the cops earned Rs 1.5 crore from the bets that he was forced to place for them. PIC/NIMESH DAVE
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) and two senior inspectors are caught in a betting scandal after an Ulhasnagar-based punter has alleged that he and his nine-year-old son were detained by the three policemen last September and forced him to bet on their behalf.
Though the Crime Branch has provided him with armed bodyguards, he is upset that six months on, there has been no breakthrough in the case and the DCP (crime) Amar Jadhav and the inspectors are still in a position of power. He also claims that his son is now suffering from mental trauma.
Anil Jaisinghani and his son Ajay (name changed) were "illegally detained" by two gun-toting policemen from a fast food centre at Santacruz (west) on the night of September 26. They were then taken to a nearby hotel and were kept there for two days during which they asked the punter to gamble for them. "The three cops first threatened to book me under MCOCA. They then threatened to gun down my son if I did not bet for them on the India-Australia match in South Africa on September 28," said the bookie.
The Other Side
Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Amar Jadhav told MiD DAY, "I arrested and confiscated a laptop and mobile from punter Anil Jaisinghani, which had details of hawala transactions in the United Kingdom. The bookie is now making false allegations to frame me. He has been charged for over 10 offences." Additional Home Secretary Chandra Iyenger said she was not aware of this case. Repeated attempts to contact Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria proved futile.
"They had a foolproof plan. They asked me to call 14 bookies, seven of who placed their bet on India and the other seven on Australia. They made Rs 1.5 crore from the bets. After the game, I was allowed to go, but once again detained illegally to recover the money from the bookies," he added.
According to Jaisinghani, the cops called the seven bookies, who won the bet, to the police station on the pretext of questioning them. Fearing that they would be booked for gambling, they bribed the cops around Rs 50 lakh.
After his release, Jaisinghani approached the then state DGP S S Virk. The police have attained CCTV footage from the Santacruz hotel where Jaisinghani was kept for two days.
The punter is a former NCP corporator from Ullhasnagar and has been named in several cases. He claims he has been absolved in most cases.
|2010-03-10||Women commuters cheer for woman quota in RS|
Women commuters cheer as Rajya Sabha passes quota bill Source : Last Updated: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 11:40 hrs
Thousands of women commuters travelling in local trains Wednesday celebrated the first round of success of the Women's Reservation Bill by cheering and offering flowers to other travellers at a railway station in the suburbs.
Armed with flowers, the women commuters and some others belonging to local self-help groups thronged the Ulhasnagar railway station early morning, a day after the Rajya Sabha passed the bill to reserve a third of seats in the legislatures for women.
Many of them also cheered United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Congress for keeping their election promise of passing the Women's Reservation Bill.
'We also offered flowers to women travelling in the suburban trains. This is a major victory for women,' said Suvarna Kamble who took a few hours off for the impromptu celebrations at the railway station.
Nearly one-third of the eight million commuters travelling in Mumbai suburban trains daily are women. Over 15 years ago, the suburban network had created history by running dedicated Ladies Special trains to make their travel more comfortable and secure.