|2010-05-27||Blind man calls train thieves' bluff in Mumbai|
Blind man calls train thieves’ bluff in Mumbai
Thu, 27 May 2010-01:22am , Mumbai , DNA
Mumbai: Kalyan railway police have arrested two persons from Ambarnath for robbing a visually-challenged commuter of a mobile phone and Rs1,000 in a CST-bound local train between Ambarnath and Ulhasnagar stations.
The police arrested the duo after the victim recognised their voices when they were produced before him.
According to police, the victim, identified as Dinesh Suryawanshi, 29, was travelling in the compartment reserved for the differently-abled persons.
“Anil Kukreja, 35 and Raja Subramaniam, 36, were arrested on May 22. The mobile phone belonging to Suryawanshi was recovered from Jyoti, wife of Kukreja,” said senior police inspector Ashok Jadhav of Kalyan railway police station. He added that the duo was remanded in police custody till May 27 by the Kalyan railway court.
A manhunt has been launched to nab their accomplice in the crime, Imran Chand, 22, who is still at large.
The incident took place on May 15 around 9.15pm. Suryawanshi, a resident of Ulhasnagar, planned to meet his friend Ramesh Musale, 36, a physically-challenged person, at Ambarnath station. Musale boarded the train at Vangani station and Suryawanshi joined him at Ambarnath. When the train started, three other commuters jumped into the coach.
According to sub-inspector SN Pednekar of Kalyan railway police, while Kukreja kept a watch on the movement of policemen and commuters,Subramaniam and Imran threatened and robbed Suryawanshi and Musale..
They banged Suryawanshi’s head against the wall and robbed him. Musale too was beaten up when he tried to help his friend. When they screamed for help, the trio jumped off the train when it slowed down at Ulhasnagar station and escaped.
Following a complaint of robbery, Kalyan railway police kept tracking the mobile phone of the victim. It was later tracked to Jyoti. She told the police that her husband Anil had given her the cellphone.
Subramaniam, a history sheeter, was arrested by the Colaba police in a murder case 15 years ago. He was sentenced to 14 years rigorous imprisonment by the sessions court and released from Yerawada prison in Pune eight months ago.
|2010-05-11||Man with date-rape drug held at Mumbai airport|
Man with date-rape drug held at Mumbai airport
DAYANAND KAMATH | Tue, 11 May 2010-01:57am , Mumbai , DNA
Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs on Sunday arrested an Ulhasnagar-based businessman for allegedly attempting to smuggle ketamine hydrochloride, also known as date-rape drug, valued at Rs18.5 lakh to Singapore.
“The accused, Giresh Motwani, and was remanded in judicial custody till May 12 by a holiday court on Sunday,” a Customs officer said, adding that he was just a carrier and he was promised Rs5,000 for doing the job.
The drug was given to him by two persons, Harish and Raju. Motwani was supposed to leave by Singapore Airlines on April 21 and deliver it to someone in Singapore.
When the AIU intercepted him and checked his baggage, they found a water heater wrapped in cellophane toil. They cut the water heater and found a black plastic bag containing the drug.
Motwani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, admitted that he was attempting to smuggle out the drug, for which he was promised Rs5,000.
Ketamine hydrochloride is a non-barbiturate, rapid acting disassociate anaesthetic used on both animals and humans. It is abused by a number of people as a date-rape drug. Ketamine creates numbness, loss of coordination, sense of invulnerability, muscle, rigidity, aggressive behaviour etc. The use of ketamine is only for medical use and is marketed to veterinarians and medical personnel.
It is considered a controlled substance in various countries.