|2017-06-29||Mumbai: 6-year-old boy drowns while playing near faulty bridge - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: 6-Year-Old Boy Drowns While Playing Near Faulty Bridge
Jun 29, 2017, 09:34 IST
While playing near Wadol bridge at Ulhasnagar on Tuesday evening, a six-year-old boy fell into Waldhuni river and got swept away by the current. The Ulhasnagar cops along with fire brigade officials fished out the body on Wednesday morning. However, the child's parents claim that the bridge, which is lying in a precarious condition, with no barricades near it, led to the accident. According to police, the boy has been identified as Ganesh Jaiswar, who was a Std I student of St. Joseph School.
Speaking to mid-day, Ulhasnagar municipal commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar said, "The incident didn't happen because of the bridge. The boy's parents have confirmed that he was playing with some fishing equipment, when the accident took place." However, the deceased boy's parents claim that the accident happened due to the negligence of the civic authorities and the contractor, who had been assigned the construction work of the bridge.
After the Wadol bridge collapsed last year in August, the contract for its repair was given to AR Ramchandani. But, in May this year, a consultant of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation checked the work and said that the contractor was using low quality construction material. Thereafter, on June 13, the corporation gave a notice to the contractor and asked him to stop the work. The deceased's father Buwal Jaiswar said, "No barricades have been placed near the bridge and people are also not stopped from using it. School kids and others use it on a daily basis."
|2017-06-27||Mumbai: Porter held for stealing rail property - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai: Porter held for stealing rail property
Jun 27, 2017 08:47 am
Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested a 32-year-old porter in Ulhasnagar after he stole a 60-feet-long water pipe from the station to make a quick buck in order to celebrate Eid with his friends. An RPF official attached with Ulhasnagar police station arrested the accused on Sunday for stealing railway property.
On Saturday night, the accused identified as Pramod Naik (32) stole the main supply line of water to Ulhasnagar station after breaking it by using his hand. “Naik was in an inebriated condition when he committed the offence. He sold the water pipe to his friend who works in a scrap shop. He earned Rs 300 after selling the old and rusted pipe,” the RPF official said.
Naik and the scrap shop owner identified as Abdul Khan (30) were arrested and RPF official said they suspected that there are more people involved in similar thefts of railway property.
|2017-06-27||Heavy rain leaves Thane, Kalyan officegoers stuck - Hindustan Times|
Heavy rain leaves Thane, Kalyan officegoers stuck
Mumbai city news: Officegoers were stuck in traffic along the Ghodbunder and Eastern Express Highway during morning peak hours
MUMBAI Updated: Jun 27, 2017 13:02 IST
The heavy rain since Tuesday morning left officegoers from Mumbai’s suburbs – Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan – stuck .
The regional disaster management cell of Thane Municipal corporation issued a high tide alert and asked people from low-lying areas to stay indoors.
Thane received more than 83mm of rain since Monday, of which around 20mm was on Tuesday morning.Officegoers were stuck in traffic along the Ghodbunder and Eastern Express Highway during morning peak hours.
Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer, said, “The total rainfall for June is 571mm. We have received eight complaints of tree falls and four of fire.”
Apart from Matoshree Nagar in Diva there were no complaints of waterlogging till noon in the city.
A huge tree fell near civil hospital, leading to traffic congestion.Kadam said, “The IMD has issued a high-tide alert. People from low-lying areas should avoid venturing out .”
The high tide usually leads to waterlogging in Vitawa, Anandnagar, Mumbra, Vrundavan society and Vandana bus stop.
Meanwhile, in Ulhanagar, the bridge connecting Ulhasnagar camp 3 (West) to the railway station has submerged.
Ulhasnagar city has received 414mm rain so far.
”As the bridge has submerged, I could not ride to the station on Tuesday morning. I had to take another small bridge,” said Vicky Idnani, 27, a resident of Ulhasnagar 3.
Kalyan- Dombivli, too, saw heavy downpour, leading to water logging in several shops near the station area . “The drains are not cleaned,” said a shopkeeper who did not wish to named.
Kalyan-Dombivli received 429 mm rainfall in June.
|2017-06-22||Thane crime: Ulhasnagar businessman robbed of Rs 48000 - Mid-Day|
Thane crime: Ulhasnagar businessman robbed of Rs 48,000
Although the crime was captured on CCTV, both the accused had their faces covered
The Ulhasnagar police have registered a case against two unidentified people for barging into the factory of a 55-year-old businessman and robbing him of a gold chain worth Rs 48,000. Cops are trying to trace the accused based on the CCTV footage from within the factory.
The complainant, Kalyan resident Mahadev Sitaram Somani, owns a manufacturing unit near Amar Dye Chemicals in Shahad, which produces potato wafers.
A source from Ulhasnagar police station said, "In his complaint, Somani stated that the two accused, their faces covered by a kerchief entered his factory premises on Tuesday and began threatening and assaulting him. He said one of the accused was brandishing a pistol.
Then, suddenly, an accused threw chilli powder in his eyes and snatched the four tola gold chain around his neck. By the time Somani had recovered enough to see, the duo had fled."
The entire incident was captured on a CCTV installed inside the factory. "We are trying to trace the accused with the help of the CCTV footage," said assistant police inspector PP Jagdev of Ulhasnagar police station.
A case has been registered under Sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 34 (acts done by several people in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-06-21||Teacher held for sexually abusing 5 minors in a week in Ulhasnagar - Times of India|
Teacher held for sexually abusing 5 minors in a week in Ulhasnagar
Jun 21, 2017, 07.07 AM IST
MUMBAI: In a shocking incident, a 54-year-old teacher of a private Marathi-medium school in Ulhasnagar was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting three minor boys and two girls.
Bhalchandra Bhangale is accused of targeting students aged eight to nine and threatening them to keep quiet. "The primary probe has revealed that Bhangale sexually abused three boys and two girls since school started on June 13," said Mohan Wagh mare, senior inspector of Hill Line police station. "We are checking if he targeted other students in the past."
The police have found that Bhangale, who stays in the Sahyadri Nagar area with his family , has been teaching in the school in the same locality for 27 years.
The police have arrested him under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and sections related to the child protection act Pocso. He has been remanded in custody till June 27.
The horrific story of sexual abuse came out when an eight-year-old student refused to go to school on Monday .His mother let him be, but got worried when he again began making excuses to avoid school on Tuesday . After some cajoling, the boy revealed that a teacher had sexually assaulted him. He added that the man had done it to others too.
The mother first went to the Hill line police and then enquired among neighbours whose kids also went to the school. The cops detained Bhangale and during interrogation, they claimed, they found out he had sexually abused four more students. The police said that since school started on June 13, Bhangale used to take one student to a vacant class room in the school and sexually abuse them. The school authorities could not be contacted.
As news of Bhangale's arrest spread, parents of several other students of the school joined the parents of the abused students at the police station and demanded strict action against the teacher.Bhangale's house was found locked, and neighbours said his family had moved in with relatives.
|2017-06-21||Ulhasnagar municipal boss seizes cell-phones of hawkers for a unique reason - Mid-Day|
Ulhasnagar municipal boss seizes cell-phones of hawkers for a unique reason
Dtermined to change lawless images of Ulhasnagar, municipal boss seizes cellphones of unauthorised hawkers at start of anti-encroachment drive to prevent them from alerting others
Posters advising people on keeping the city clean. Pics /Navneet Barhate
Rajendra Nimbalkar 1, Hawkers-0. Since June 16, the commissioner of Ulhasnagar civic body has one-upped illegal hawkers with an ingenious, yet simple, plan: seizing mobile phones of those caught in encroachment drives. Hawkers have a notoriously well-established network. So, when civic officials begin cracking down on hawkers in one locality, they immediately alert their colleagues nearby through phone calls.
Nimbalkar (52) says alerted hawkers often flee to narrow lanes or planned hideouts. "When we start confiscating the goods of one hawker, he contacts another through his mobile phone, thereby sabotaging our plan. It almost takes hours to confiscate the goods of just five hawkers."
To outfox the hawkers, the UMC has begun seizing cellphones at the start of anti-encroachment drives. With their warning network crippled, hawkers are unable to make a quick getaway before the arrival of the authorities. On June 16, 32 cell phones were seized. The owners got them back only six hours later.
"The hawkers were warned that their phones would be kept for longer periods of they didn't mend their ways."
The civic commissioner says he was prompted to come up with this out-of-the-box solution to the hawking menace due to a manpower crunch. "Usually, we need a staff of around 100, including officers and dumper trucks, for these drives. Later, we conduct a panchnama, among other procedures. So when hawkers get away, all our efforts go to waste."
This isn't Nimbalkar's first attempt at reining in lawless Ulhasnagar. Since the time he assumed office last September he was briefly transferred to the Panvel Municipal Corporation during the civic election in May he has dabbled with several nifty plans. He was the brain behind the proposed campaign to send eunuchs to the residences and offices of property tax defaulters, as well as use dhol performers to name and shame tax evaders. He also lured voters to exercise their franchise in the recently-held civic election with a selfie contest and by offering them discounts on restaurant bills.
The UMC has now hired around 100 women from 320 self-help groups to deliver property tax bills to residences of 1.72 lakh payees.
"Earlier, we used to send the property tax bills by post. We'd spend Rs 25 lakh on the initiative. This time, women will go door-to-door to deliver the bills," says Yuvraj Badane, assessor and collector and assistant municipal commissioner, UMC. Each female staffer gets Rs 14 per delivery. "The order was passed on June 15," Badane.
Babu Moshai, pick up your litter
Nimbalkar is also doing his bit for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Posters with riffs of catchy Hindi film dialogues and tropes from the '80s and '90s will be put up across Ulhasnagar to promote cleanliness.
"The Bollywood touch will help citizens connect with the campaign. We have prepared several posters, and will put them up in a few days," he said. Further, he said officials from Vengurla in Sindhudurg district will visit Ulhasnagar today and spread awareness about zero waste management.
|2017-06-21||'He doesn't want to go to school, other boys call him chakli chor' - The Indian Express|
‘He doesn’t want to go to school, other boys call him chakli chor’
Videos of the boys being paraded naked were uploaded on social media, which has made them recognisable.
Updated: June 22, 2017 4:15 am
OVER A month after two minors at Ulhasnagar were stripped and paraded for allegedly stealing a snack, they have stopped going to school. “A few times, when he went out to play, boys in the area teased him by calling him ‘chakli chor’. Though school has begun since June 15, he refuses to go, fearing he will be taunted in front of the entire class or in presence of teachers,” says the 33-year old mother of the younger of the two boys, aged eight.
She added that since most of the kids from the neighbourhood go to the same school, her son is apprehensive. “I tried convincing him to go to school. This week, he even woke up early, but was reluctant again,” she says.
The older of the two boys, aged nine, is not going to school either, as it is in the same area where the incident took place.
On May 21, the two boys from the Premnagar locality in Ulhasnagar were allegedly caught stealing chakli from a nearby shop. The boys were stripped naked allegedly by the shop owner and his sons. The accused also tonsured the boys’ heads, made them wear footwear around their necks and paraded them in the locality. At least three mobile phone cameras recorded this and within a few hours, a video of the incident was widely circulated on social media.
The boys’ mothers, both single parents, were away at work and came to know of the incident when a neighbour showed them the video.
The video has ensured that the boys are easily recognised in the locality. The mothers, too, have had to face problems.
After the incident, both the women could not go to work for 8-10 days. They worked as domestic helps in many homes in Ulhasnagar, working for nearly 12 hours and earning Rs 5,000 per month. “I had to be around my son as he was in shock and there were many visitors.
When I returned to work after 8-10 days, my employers had found replacements. For nearly a month, I have been jobless,” says the 25-year old mother of the nine-year old boy.
The 33-year old, too, has lost a few jobs and her earnings have been halved, she says.
The women say that though sending their children to another school away from the locality is an option, money and access are problems.
“Sending him to a private school will be too expensive. I have tried to look for other schools but the process is time-consuming and I can’t take leave from my job,” says the 33-year old.
The women also tried enrolling the children in state-run hostels.
While the 33-year old was told that her eight-year old was too young for a hostel, the 25-year old said she visited a hostel in Kurla but was not happy with its condition. On Wednesday, she approached the Child Welfare Committee again, seeking that her son be sent to a children’s home nearby. “She has approached us. We will hear the case to decide,” said Meenal Thakore, chairperson of the Thane CWC.
While many, including the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, had assured help after the incident, the mothers say little has been done so far. When contacted, AN Tripathi, Member Secretary of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who had visited the two minors in May, said he would not be able to comment as he was not in the city.
The three accused, booked on charges including under POCSO and Atrocities Act, are in jail, said senior inspector Mohan Waghmare of Hill Line police station.
|2017-06-20||Teacher held for sexually abusing minor students in Maharashtra - Times of India|
Teacher held for sexually abusing minor students in Maharashtra
Jun 20, 2017, 22:07 IST
ULHASNAGAR: A 54-year-old teacher from a private marathi school on Tuesday has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting five students in Ulhasnagar.The arrested teacher is identified as Bhalchandra Bhangale. He resides in Sahyadri Nagar area situated in Ulhasnagar 5, where he works as teacher at Nutan Vidyalaya situated in same locality.
The accused teacher has targeted kids aged 8 to 9 studying in third standard and even threatened to not reveal about the incident to anybody.
The police have arrested him under section 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and section related to prevention of children from sexual assault act. The police has found that since school started on June 13 after vacation, Bhangale would take a student to a vacant classroom and sexually abuse the child.
Senior police inspector of Hill Line police, Mohan Waghmare said, "The primary probe has revealed that Bhangale physical abused three boys and two girls since the school started on June 13".
Waghmare further said, "We are also checking if he targeted other students in past too".
|2017-06-20||'Rejected' lover hangs himself in Ulhasnagar - Mumbai Mirror|
‘REJECTED’ LOVER HANGS HIMSELF IN ULHASNAGAR
Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 05.31 AM IST
A 24-year-old man committed suicide on Monday allegedly after the girl he was trying to woo rejected him and hung up.
The man, identified as Honey Achwani, a resident of Ulhasnagar, allegedly committed suicide in his Ulhasnagar home by hanging on Monday evening. Achwani was unemployed, police sources said.
“We got a call from the family members who saw him hanging and rushed him to a private hospital. He was then declared dead at the hospital,” and officer from the Hill line police said.
According to sources, Achwani was trying unsuccessfully to woo a woman from his neighbourhood.
On Monday, he allegedly called the girl and asked her to accept his proposal, sources said. When she refused, he allegedly became so heartbroken that he took the extreme step, sources said.
A senior official from Hill line police station said the police have lodged an Accidental Death Report and are investigating further.
|2017-06-19||Revenue officer among 3 held for taking bribe in Ulhasnagar - Times of India|
Revenue officer among 3 held for taking bribe in Ulhasnagar
Updated: Jun 19, 2017, 11.04 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a senior revenue officials and two other revenue department staff for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 4 lakh in Ulhasnagar. The accused Vijaya Jadhav, 44, is posted as SDO (sub-divisional officer) at Ulhasnagar division of Thane collector office while Vikas Pawar,43, is posted as Naib Tehsildar and Tanaji Pawar, 44, as clerk.
Sources said that complainant advocate Nilesh Jadhav on behalf of his client Gunabai Bhoir approached Thane ACB and got the trio arrested. The ACB sources said that a few months before Gunabai had approached Vijaya who holds the magistrate's power to add some of her relatives' name to 7/12 record of land belongs to her ancestral property.
To add name, however Vijaya demanded bribe of Rs 5 lakh from Gunabai which she settled down at Rs 4 lakh. Upset with bribe demand, Gunabai approached her lawyer Nilesh who was looking her case. Later on behalf of Gunabai, Nilesh approached the Thane ACB officials. Acting on Nilesh's complaint, ACB officials on Monday evening laid the trap and arrested the trio for accepting bribe money.
|2017-06-17||A month later, burglar caught in Ulhasnagar with jewellery stolen from Challiaha temple - Times of India|
A month later, burglar caught in Ulhasnagar with jewellery stolen from Challiaha temple
Jun 17, 2017, 08.18 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: About a month after thieves decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh from the famous Challiah temple in Ulhasnagar, a thief has been arrested on Friday when he came to sell some of the stolen ornaments at a jewellery shop in Ulhasnagar.
When the accused approached the jeweller, Pradeep Morpani, suspected the booty to have come from the Challiah, and alerted local BJP corporator Prakash Makhija who later informed the police and got the thief arrested.
The arrested man has been identified as Anil Morpani, a resident of Ulhasnagar 1. The police have recovered 137 grams of gold from him including a mukut (crown) and other ornaments while the hunt is on for the other three thieves who hold the remaining eight pieces of jewellery. The gang has been up to other crimes as well, police believe.
|2017-06-16||Mumbai: Five people arrested for youth's murder in Ulhasnagar - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai: Five people arrested for youth’s murder in Ulhasnagar
Jun 16, 2017 08:43 am
Mumbai: Five persons were arrested on Thursday for the murder of their 27-year-old neighbour at Ulhasnagar.
On Wednesday night at Nevali pipeline chawl at Hill Line in Ulhasnagar, an inebriated Sunny Walmiki (27) started abusing his five neighbours. Later, a physical fight had ensued between Sunny and the five accused identified as Shankar Hanuman Jhingore (29), Sunil Sanaji Chorge (40), his wife Asha Sunil Chorge (31), Vidya Satish Chorge (21) and Sunita Dattatray Kadam (37). Sunny was rushed to Central hospital at Ulhasnagar where he was declared brought dead.
The incident started 12:30 a.m, when Sunny stood outside Sunil’s residence and started abusing him in an inebriated condition. In a fit of rage, Sunil came out of his house and physically assaulted the victim. His wife Asha and her younger sister Vidya also aided Sunil.
The other two accused, Shankar and Sunita, joined them in the crime, police said.
|2017-06-14||Robber holds up bank with toy gun, flees without cash - Times of India|
Robber holds up bank with toy gun, flees without cash
Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 08.53 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: An unknown youth tried to rob Central Bank of India's Ulhasnagar branch using a toy gun. The accused, wearing a helmet, entered the bank and threatened staff with the gun, asking them to hand over all the money. However, when staff said the cashier had already left with the key to the cash locker, the robber fled leaving behind his bag and the gun, which was later found to be a toy weapon.On Monday at around 6.30 pm, after the bank had closed for customers and many staffers were still inside, a youth aged between 25-30 wearing a helmet, entered the branch and threatened staff with the gun. Police said the accused first asked all staffers to move to one side and then asked them to hand over all the money in the bank. Sources said the bank manager informed him that the bank shut at 3.30 pm after which the cashier put all the cash in the locker and left with the key. The robber then locked the staff inside one room and fled, leaving behind his bag and gun. Bank staff then called the police. The youth, though seen in the bank's CCTV footage, could not be identified as his face was covered by a helmet. Police later found the weapon he left behind was a toy.
Acting on senior bank manager Sanjay Jha's complaint, Ulhasnagar police registered charges against the unidentified accused. D D Palve, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar police station said, "The accused could easily enter the bank as the branch did not have any security guard." The bank has since appointed a guard.Palve said police teams were checking CCTV footage in surrounding areas to identify the youth.
In the past in Ulhasnagar, a gang had burgled Mannapurram gold finance company and decamped withgold ornaments worth over Rs 9 crore. Police later arrested the gang and had recovered the stolen goods.
|2017-06-09||Yuva Sena supporters blacken Devendra Fadnavis' 'face' - Mid-Day|
Yuva Sena supporters blacken Devendra Fadnavis' 'face'
Mumbai | Posted 09-Jun-2017
Yuva Sena members in Ulhasnagar fling black ink at posters thanking the CM for his loan waiver to farmers
Even as the farmer turmoil continues across the state, political leaders have been trying to milk mileage out of it, putting up huge posters thanking Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his Rs 30,000 crore loan waiver to poor and marginalised farmers.
The BJP's ally in the state government has been trying to push the CM into announcing a blanket waiver for all farmers. On Thursday, some Yuva Sena members flung black ink on posters of Fadnavis put up in Ulhasnagar by political parties. Vice-president of Yuva Sena Bala Shrikhande and other members Nilesh Mane, Javed Shaikh, Akshay Dhotare and Sandeep Gaikwad had blackened all posters put up across the city.
A Yuva Sena member said, "Farmers across the state are agitating for their rights. The issue has not yet been fully resolved, yet political leaders have jumped the gun and started taking credit and congratulating Fadnavis. The government is still waiting for Amit Shah to address the issue. He will be here on June 16, 17, and 18.
The banners displayed had pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis, former MLA from Ulhasnagar Kumar Ailani, and his wife Meena Kumar Ailani, who is the Mayor of Ulhasnagar. The banners have been put up in front of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and other parts of the city.
Rajendra Chaudhari, Shakha Pramukh, Shiv Sena from Ulhasnagar, said, "The government is yet to decide what their plan is to help the farmers. But, politicians putting up such banners is like adding fuel to the already burning fire."
On social media, residents and other political parties have been poking fun at the banners.
|2017-06-05||Ulhasnagar: Bakery owner, workers suspect colleague of stealing mobile, kill him - Mumbai Mirror|
Ulhasnagar: Bakery owner, workers suspect colleague of stealing mobile, kill him
Updated: Jun 5, 2017, 08.21 AM IST
24-yr-old worker strangulated over repeated mobile thefts, police suspect prolonged torture
A few days after the alleged bru tal torture of two children, who were accused of stealing, Ulhasnagar has seen another similarly brutal incident. Four men allegedly tortured and murdered a bakery employee on the assumption that he stole a mobile phone. The men were trying to get a confession out of him when they strangulated him on June 2. Ulhasnagar camp I has an old bakery called Mauji - a family run business. On Friday afternoon, the owner of the bakery called the police over the death of one of the employees, sources said. According to police, the deceased, Mohammad Adil Ansari (24) lived in the premises of the bakery and his dead body was discovered on his cot when the bakery was opened. "We filed an accidental death report but continued the investigation as there was some discrepancy in the employees' statements," said an officer investigating the case.
When the police enquired with the neighbours, they found that multiple people had been hearing sounds of yelling and of scuffles from the bakery premises for two days. "We ensured that the post-mortem is done fast to at least ascertain the cause of death," the officer said. He further added, "The cause of death was deemed to be strangulation, which is when we went back to the bakery to investigate."
According the sources, the police arrested three men, workers at the bakery, including the son of the owner."We have arrested Shamim Ansari, Javed Ansari and the owner's son Shahbaz Ansari for allegedly committing murder and torturing the deceased. One accused, another worker, is absconding and a search for him is on," said the zonal DCP, Sunil Bharadwaj. Bharadwaj further added, "There were five to six mobile phones stolen at the bakery recently and the workers there believed that Mohammad Adil was behind it. They tied him up and beat him till he was senseless trying to force a confession out of him. When he didn't relent, they strangulated him." According to police, they are yet to ascertain if the torture took place over several days.
This is the second incident where mob justice has gone wrong in the area. On May 20, two minor boys were paraded naked around their residential area and garlanded with slippers for allegedly stealing a packet of 'chakli' from a grocer in Ulhasnagar. The cops had later taken an action under POCSO act and the Indian Penal Code against the owner of the shop and his sons.
|2017-06-01||Panvel civic chief gets post back months after Ulhasnagar transfer - Hindustan Times|
Panvel civic chief gets post back months after Ulhasnagar transfer
Mumbai city news: Sudhakar Shinde’s appointment comes at a time Panvel’s residents started campaigning, both online and off it, to bring him back
MUMBAI Updated: Jun 02, 2017 01:06 IST
Two-and-a-half months after Panvel’s first municipal commissioner was abruptly transferred, the state gave him his posting back.
In an order issued on Tuesday, the state said Sudhakar Shinde will take charge of the of Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Shinde’s appointment comes at a time Panvel’s residents started campaigning, both online and off it, to bring him back.
There were similar pleas in nearby Ulhasnagar, whose civic chief Rajendra Nimbalkar had replaced Shinde. The state has not said where Nimbalkar will be posted.
The two officers were transferred in March, ahead of the PCMC election. Sources said Shinde, an IRS officer of the 2007 batch, was transferred after just 5½ months in office on the instructions of the election commission, as he is the brother of Maharashtra’s water conservation minister Ram Shinde.
The sources said his presence during an election could have sparked controversy.
There were also allegations by the opposition that local BJP leaders asked for his transfer, as his actions affected their interests. But the leaders had vehemently denied this.
In the few months Shinde was at the helm, he cleared encroachments and illegal constructions, improved the area’s cleanliness and cracked down on the violation of civic norms.
Residents said his was a no-nonsense tenure and that this changed the face of the region.
Shinde said, “I am here again owing to the love and efforts of the people of Panvel. It feels good to be back. I will continue my efforts to make Panvel a clean, beautiful and smart city.”
|2017-06-01||Partial counselling for Ulhasnagar minors - The Asian Age|
Partial counselling for Ulhasnagar minors
Published : Jun 2, 2017, 1:08 am IST
Updated : Jun 2, 2017, 1:09 am IST
Meanwhile, government officials are mum on the issue.
Mumbai: Two Ulhasnagar minors - who were publicly beaten up and humiliated on May 21 for allegedly stealing toffees and snacks from a shopkeeper and his two sons – have been able to only partially avail counselling as promised to them by the state child welfare department.
Following the incident, the women and child welfare department secretary, A.N. Tripathi, had assured that a counsellor would hold a 25-day session with the minors and towards this, the duo had been kept in a children’s shelter. However, the two kids, aged 10 and eight years, returned from the shelter barely a day after the beginning of counselling and though the counsellor visited their home for two days thereafter, that was the end of it. Family sources said that since the children were scared, their mother took them home with the counsellor’s permission and an assurance that he would visit their home. However, he only visited them once. Meanwhile, government officials are mum on the issue. The mother said, “We were assured that we would get hostel admission for my children in a Kurla-based school but I don’t know whether that will happen.”