|2012-04-25||MNS takes language politics to Ulhasnagar mayors o|
MNS takes language politics to Ulhasnagar mayor’s office
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Apr 25, 2012, 04.02 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: The Central police registered a case against 15 unidentified Maharashta Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers for blackening a nameplate in the office of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) mayor Asha Idnani. Their grouse was that the mayor's name was written in Sindhi, and not Marathi, on the nameplate's front side.
While the incident occurred on Saturday, the police action came only on Monday night after local shopkeepers downed shutters in protest against the MNS's language politics.
The MNS workers have been booked under sections 15 A and B (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) of the Indian Penal Code. No arrests have been made yet.Sources said the mayor's name was written in Marathi on the other side of the nameplate outside her office. Talking to TOI, Idnani said: "On Saturday, a group of MNS workers barged into the office and blackened the nameplate. The workers were shouting pro-MNS slogans."
Members of the Sindhi community condemned the incident and demanded action against the MNS workers. Shopkeepers decided to keep their establishments closed on Monday in protest. Some locals also alleged police inaction in the matter.Naresh Durgani of the Federation of Sindhunagar Vyapari Association said: "The mayor's name has been written in Marathi on one side of the nameplate. But as this is a Sindhi-dominated locality, the name appears in Sindhi as well. Why is the MNS doing politics over this?"
Balasaheb Gunjal, president of the MNS's Ulhasnagar city unit, said: "All we wanted was the mayor's name to be written in Marathi on the nameplate's front side. We had written to the civic chief in this regard. When no steps were taken, we decided to blacken the nameplate."
The police said they were trying to get CCTV footage of the incident to nab the accused. Denying allegations that they were going slow in the case, senior inspector Mahadev Pimpalkar said: "We registered a case after seeking the opinion of legal experts. A detailed probe is on."
|2012-04-18||Woman killed in Ulhasnagar building slab crash|
Woman killed in Ulhasnagar building slab crash
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Apr 18, 2012, 01.43 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A woman labourer was killed and six others were injured when a slab of an illegal under-construction godown collapsed in Ulhasnagar on Tuesday afternoon.The incident occurred around 12.30pm near Anchal palace hotel at Vithalwadi. Of the six injured, three are women, while one is a 12-year-old who lives nearby and was playing at the site.
The deceased was identified as Chandibai Medhaval (27). The injured are Sonibai Chauhan (24), Sonibai Rathod (25), Govind Chauhan (40), Kistabai Chauhan (26), Shiva Chauhan (21) and Suresh Vishwakarma (12). Five were admitted to Central Hospital, while the 12-year-old boy was in Sion hospital in critical condition.
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) commissioner Ashok Rankhambh visited the site and found that the construction was illegal. He suspended three civic officials — ward officer Nilesh Ranghori, assistant engineer Deepak Dhole and civic officer Raju More — in whose area the incident occurred.
Rankhambh said, "The godown construction is illegal and last month, our civic team demolished the structure. But now, the contractor violated rules again and had started construction on the site." The Central police registered a case of negligence against two contractors.