|2011-04-22||Unemployed 17-year-old boy hangs himself in Ulhasn|
Unemployed 17-year-old boy hangs himself in Ulhasnagar
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 04.02 AM IST
MUMBAI: A 17-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself with a nylon rope at his residence in Indira Nagar in Ulhasnagar on Friday afternoon. The police suspect the teen, Vicky Thobade, was upset because he was unable to get a job and his sister had to work as a domestic help.
Vicky lived with his mother, sister and younger brother in the slum. His father, Deepak Thobade, has been missing for the last five years.
Vicky's siblings had gone to their aunt's house along with their mother. When they returned at 1.30 pm, they found the door of the house locked from inside. When they finally broke the door down with the help of neighbours, they found Vicky hanging from the ceiling rod.
The Hill Line police are recording the statements of Vicky's family to find out what may have led him to commit suicide.
Sub-inspector N M Kamthe said, "Our preliminary investigation shows that Vicky may have committed suicide because he was unemployed. But we are carrying out further investigations."
Vicky's body has been sent to Central Hospital for the post-mortem. The police have registered a case of accidental death.
According to police, Vicky was resided with her mother, elder sister and younger brother at the Indira Nagar slum in Ulhasnagar while his father Deepak Thobade is missing since last five years.
According to the Hill Line police officials, Vicky killed herself on Friday after her family had gone to aunt's residence.
The cops are recording the statements of deceased family to find out the exact cause what could have led her to take the extreme step.
Police Sub Inspector, N M Kamthe said, "Our preliminary investigation shows that the Vicky might have committed suicide due to unemployment. But we are carrying out further investigations."
Vicky's body has been sent to the Central Hospital for the autopsy. The police have registered a case of accidental death.
|2011-04-21||Repair more costlier than sonography machine at go|
Rs 5.06 lakh repair cost for Rs 5.5-lakh sonography machine at govt hospitalExpress News Service , Express News Service : Mumbai, Thu Apr 21 2011, 09:37 hrs
The cost of repairs of the lone sonography machine at the Ulhasnagar government hospital was quoted at Rs 5.06 lakh when the machine itself was bought for Rs 5.50 lakh, the Legislative Assembly was told on Thursday.
As the House discussed a question raised by independent MLA from Kalyan (East) Ganpat Kalu Gaikwad on the delay in getting the machine repaired, the Minister of State for Health Fauziya Khan admitted that the machine had been out of order since December 9, 2010. She pointed out that the engineer of the supplier company had quoted Rs 5.06 lakh as the cost of repairs. Subsequently, a letter was written by the hospital authorities to the Health Department for funds.
She said the machine was bought for Rs 5.50 lakh and added that the machine had been repaired locally for Rs 75,500 and was in a working condition. Another sonography machine would be bought for the hospital to meet the patient load, she said.
The issue prompted many members to point at the "unhealthy" condition of district hospitals in their constituencies. The grievances ranged from lack of medicines and equipment to shortage of doctors.
Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said a meeting of legislators and the Health Minister Suresh Shetty would be organised to improve the condition of government hospitals.
|2011-04-21||Sheesh Mahal not on list of dilapidated buildings|
Sheesh Mahal not on list of dilapidated buildingsStuti Shukla , Stuti Shukla : Mumbai, Thu Apr 21 2011, 03:10 hrs
As a team of engineers sealed the Sheesh Mahal building in Ulhasnagar, a portion of which collapsed on Tuesday evening killing six children and two adults, it emerged that the building was not on a list of 143 dilapidated buildings in this township 30 km from Mumbai. While no notice had been served to residents of Sheesh Mahal, officials were quick to point out that the 17-year-old building is believed to have been built using sand of inferior quality, not an uncommon problem in a town known for its unauthorised constructions.
On Tuesday evening, a ceiling slab of one of the fifth floor flats collapsed on to the fourth floor and from there on to the third floor, killing two women on the fourth floor flat and six children in a room below. On Wednesday, officials of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) and private engineering firms assessed the structural stability of the building. Residents as well as the corporator of the area and UMC officials said the waterproofing work on the terrace, part of an overall replastering of the building, prima facie appeared to have caused the collapse.
Shiv Sena leader in the UMC and corporator of the Gol Maidan area, where the building is located, Dhananjay Bodare said the building is one of the 200 buildings built in Ulhasnagar between 1994-95 when inferior quality of sand lifted from Ulwa was used. "Due to sand shortage, inferior quality sand was used by builders. This building was not in a dangerous condition, but the vibration caused by drilling work on the terrace could have caused a part to collapse," said Bodare. The drilling work was going when the collapse occurred.
A case of causing death due to negligence was filed against the absconding contractor from Kandivli, known only as Anand, senior police inspector Arvind Patil said.
|2011-04-20||2 reporters arrested for extortion|
2 'reporters' arrested for extortion
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Apr 20, 2011, 12.38 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Two out of a gang of seven were arrested for posing as fake reporters and for extorting money from a hotelier in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday.
The police received a complaint from Sadanand Shetty, who runs Anchal Hotel. They laid a trap and arrested two of the accused while accepting Rs 30,000 from Shetty. The others managed to escape. The arrested accused have been identified as Sandeep Patange (35) and Uday Yadav (26).
The gang used to pose as journalists and threaten hoteliers to pay them money or else they would publish articles that would put them in bad light, a police official said. - Pradeep Gupta
Thane police have arrested two fake reporters red-handed while accepting money of Rs 30,000 from a Ulhasnagar based hotel manager who along with other five others.
The arrested both person is identified as Sandeep Patange (35) and Uday Yadav(26) while other five absconding accused identified as Ramdas Devkar, Sanjay Malge, Kishor Kamble, Dhanraj Vankar and Madhvi Rawat.
Police officials said that the gang had nothing to do with real journalist and were running fake news papers and extorting money from various hotels threatening to publish wrong news against them. Recently they had demanded money from complainant, Sadanand Shetty, who runs Anchal Hotel near the Vithalwadi station threatening him to publish negative stories about their hotel in the news paper.
According to S P Surve, senior police inspector from the Central police station, "We are also searching for other five bogus reporters who also involved in to the gang"
|2011-04-20||7 partying kids killed in Ulhasnagar slab crash|
7 partying kids killed in Ulhasnagar slab crash
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Apr 20, 2011, 12.43 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Eight people, including seven children and a woman, died after a slab of a five-storeyed building collapsed in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday around 5.30 pm. Four others, including a senior citizen, were injured in the atccident and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.
The building, Shish Mahal, at Nehru Chowk in Ulhasnagar Camp 2, had 32 flats. It was constructed in 1995 and was not on the list of dilapidated structures, said a local.
Repair work was underway on the building's terrace. On Tuesday, a drill was being used to dig a hole in the terrace. The slab gave in and collapsed onto the fourth-floor slab which, in turn, crashed on the slab of the third floor, where the children had gathered for a party. As many as 12 people were trapped in the debris.
Two rescue teams of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation rushed to the spot to rescue the trapped residents. The rescue teams were helped by locals.
The deceased have been identified as Mahak Sunil Kukreja (4), Honey Sunil Kukreja (3), Akash Preetam Hajari (5), Ravina Kishore Bajaj (6), Dinesh Jaipal Khatri (8), Bhumika Rajesh Chotramani (7) Yashika Rajesh Chotramani (3) and Renuka Kishore Masal (48). Identities of only three of the injured were known at the time of going to the press. These were: Jaywanti Chug (60), Nandlal Chug (58) and Bhavna Preetam Hajare (23).
Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Ashok Rankhamb, who visited the spot, said, "The building is clearly not safe for habitation. We will provide the residents with temporary accommodation."
The police have launched an investigation. into the matter.
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 4) Sarang Awad said, "Our team is recording the statements of the victims and their family members."
Local MLA Kumar Aliyani alleged that many building constructed in 1995 have collapsed in the last two years. "Such instances prove that poor quality material was used in the construction of these buildings. All such buildings need to be redeveloped to prevent further loss of lives and limbs."
|2011-04-20||Eight killed in building crash near Mumbai|
Eight killed in building crash near Mumbai
Last updated: 19 April, 2011
Thane, Apr 19 (PTI) 22:28 IST
At least eight persons, mostly children, were buried alive and three injured when a portion of a five-storeyed residential building crashed near here this evening, police and health officials said.Part of the building, `Sheshmahal', located at Ulhasnagar on Mumbai's outskirts, collapsed at around 5.30 pm, they said.
Medical Officer of the state-run Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar B L Waghmare said eight people were killed and three others have been admitted for treatment.
A relief and rescue operation was immediately launched at the crash site by fire brigade and police personnel.
The building was constructed in 1996 and some repair work was on when the slab crashed. Those who lost their lives were residing on the third and fourth floors, police said.
The deceased were identified as Akash Pritam Hazari (5), Renu Kishore Basant (48), Ravina Kishore Bajaj (40), Dinesh Jaipal Khatri (7), Hanni Sunil Kukreja (5), Mahesh Sunil Kukreja (4), Sonu (30) and Asha (40), they added.
|2011-04-13||CID to probe second police lock-up death|
CID to probe second police lock-up death
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 04.15 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A 34-year-old man died under mysterious circumstances in police custody on Tuesday. This is second custody death in less than a month at the Central police station here.
Police said Sunil Shelke was held after his father-in-law, Eknath Masne, lodged a complaint that he had harassed his daughter. Sunil's brother, Yogesh, who was also arrested, alleged that the police tortured him. He said that his brother's life could have been saved if the police had taken him to hospital in time.
Sunil started vomiting and complained of chest pain in the police station around 10.30 pm on Monday. He was taken to Central Hospital, where he was treated and then taken back to the police station, but he died at 2 am on Tuesday.
Central police station officials refused to comment. Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi said Sunil and his brother were booked as a preventive measure after the deceased's father-in-law had lodged a complaint. Raghuvanshi said the state CID would probe the death.
Yogesh told TOI that he and his brother were summoned to the police station based on a false complaint. He said that the police kept them both in a room and his brother was beaten up, leading to him vomiting blood. He also said that the police had threatened him not to speak about the incident.
Their father, Kathod, said that Masne should be booked for murder along with the policemen.
The Shelkes have written to home minister R R Patil, demanding action against the police officials concerned and Masne.
Last month, Narayan Rathod (38), summoned for an inquiry, died under mysterious circumstances. The state CID, which is probing the case, has recorded the statements of 15 policemen and others.
|2011-04-11||Rs 2,000 to sterilise a dog|
Rs 2,000 to sterilise a dog
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has signed a contract worth Rs 30 lakh to sterilise 1,500 dogs in the area within a year
Whoever contended that dog is man's best friend, would be disputed by the residents of this constituency.
If reports are to be believed, residents of Ulhasnagar are being plagued by the menace of street dogs, the number of which has suddenly shot up.
Rising to the occasion, the municipality is doing its bit to keep the streets dog-free. At the cost of Rs 2,000 per dog, it has decided to sterilise the stray dogs.
In fact, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) has allotted a whopping sum of Rs 30 lakh per annum for the purpose of sterilising nearly 1,500 canine denizens in the area.
The UMC says that the 10,000 strong canine population in Ulhasnagar has been causing great discomfiture among the residents. Rashmi Rajwani, a resident, said, "We are thankful to Mayor Rajshree Chaudhary for taking this step; these dogs bark ceaselessly, and often scare our children."
In order to control the population of stray dogs in the area, the UMC has signed a contract with Animal Welfare Society, an NGO that sterilises dogs for BMC and KDMC.
The sterilisation drive is already under way, under the aegis of Chaudhary: on April 8, 13 stray dogs were captured in the Vithalwadi area and subsequently sterilised.
Also present at the event were Sangeeta Dhagude, the Health Department's deputy commissioner, Dr Gopal Jinde, medical health officer, and his assistant Prakash Tare.
Shiv Sena leader Dhananjay Borade also oversaw the sterilisation of 12 street dogs in his ward.
Chaudhary said, "The number of street dogs has been increasing at an alarming rate; not only do they create a nuisance for residents but also spread diseases."
He added, "To address the situation, we decided to initiate a dog sterilisation campaign. A contract has been signed with Dr Nirmal Patil of Animal Welfare Society, Mumbai.
Charging a sum of Rs 2,000 for each dog, Dr Patil has promised to sterilise 500 dogs at the outset. Eventually 1,000 more dogs will be sterilised, at the same rate."
Voices of dissent, however, are being heard. The opposition has raised its voice against the costly operation; it has also protested against the cruelty that the dogs are being subject to.
Did you know?
Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 4,20,000 births in seven years.
Going to the dogs?
In 2007, the BMC started a similar campaign to eradicate the menace of stray dogs. The dog sterilisation programme began after the High Court passed an order to stop mass killing of strays by municipal authorities. By late 2010, the BMC had already spent Rs 5,26,32,717 for the sterilisation of dogs.
|2011-04-06||800 gram stone removed from man's bladder|
800 gram stone removed from man's bladder
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 02.31 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A Mumbra resident may find his way into record books thanks to the huge stone he carried in his urinary bladder for 30 years. On Tuesday , doctors successfully removed a single stone weighing 800 grams from 70-year-old Bhagwati Verma's body in a 90-minute operation.
The stone, which was almost 11 cm long, was removed in Ahuja Nursing home, Ulhasnagar, without sophisticated equipment. The doctors literally "pushed " the stone out of the patient's bladder . The operating doctor , Avinash Malthane, said, "It was one of the most memorable surgeries for me as I took around 90 minutes for it while we normally remove a stone within 45 minutes."
Verma was advised an operation more than 30 years back , but due to his financial condition he couldn't undergo the procedure . Now, his three sons managed to raise adequate money for the operation.
Dr Malthane , "In Verma's case the stone was much larger than normal and had completely captured his urinal bladder. He was in constant pain during urination and also developed hernia over these years."
"Because of the lack of appropriate instruments to extract such a huge stone as well as the fact that we had to operate on the highly sensitive urinary bladder , we had to innovate . All we did was apply pressure to the patient's backside to push the stone closer to the body's surface and later extracted it using our fingers ," he added.
Verma told TOI, "I was in immense physical discomfort due to the stone . Now that I am operated I hope I can move around normally." A senior doctor from a government hospital said that it's difficult to verify if it is the largest stone to have been removed . "We cannot be sure , but there is no denying that an 800 gm and 11 cm stone is big."