|2011-07-25||Residents manhandle ward officer in Ulhasnagar|
Refusing to let civic officials seal their shops and houses in Shish Mahal - an illegal structure that has become dangerous -- shopkeepers and residents allegedly assaulted Manish Hire, ward officer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), who was supervising the proceedings on Friday. An
offence has been registered against the residents.
Manish Hire said, "When I went to seal the building, residents of the building assaulted me physically. Despite warning them that it is for safety of their lives, they forcibly drove me out of the spot."
Four months ago, illegal repair and plaster work was carried out at the building in Camp No 2. As the compressor snapped the earlier cement concrete, the structure could not hold the weight and the vibrations of the compressor. Consequently, three slabs of the building gave way killing nine people, including seven children and two women.
Ashok Rankhamb, commissioner, UMC, said: "During the inquiry, it was revealed that the building was illegal. The developer had not submitted the plan and had also not sought the permissions required under the BPMC Act. For the repair work too, they did not seek permission from the civic body and did not conduct a structural audit."
"Our technical experts have carried out the structural audit of Shish Mahal. The report clearly mentions that the building is dangerous and not safe for living. We will be sending another officer to seal the building," he said.
The residents, however, beg to differ. Manish Khatri, resident, said, "We too have got the structural audit of our building done from a private agency. The report states that the building is not dangerous and we can reside in it. We will not leave the place come what may."
|2011-07-17||Blast felled pillar of support for family|
Blast felled pillar of support for family
MUMBAI:, JULY 17, 2011 01:47 IST
UPDATED: AUGUST 16, 2016 18:51 IST
At 61, Lalchand Ahuja wanted to carry on with his imitation jewellery trade
At 61, Lalchand Ahuja had no plans to retire. Every morning, he worked at a neighbourhood shop in distant Ulhasnagar, Thane district. In the afternoon he would set off for Zaveri Bazaar with the day's consignment of imitation jewellery, and return home late in the evening. He has been doing this for 35 years.
But no more, as he was among the victims of Wednesday's Zaveri Bazaar blast.
“Father was a pillar of support for the family. He earned Rs. 4,500 a month. It was good enough to run the house. He did not want to stop working. ‘What will I do at home?' he would say,” Kumar Ahuja, son of Mr. Ahuja, told The Hindu.
The senior Ahuja lost his life on the spot. “There was a wound on the front portion of his head and one side was black, but I could recognise him,” said Mr. Kumar Ahuja.
“I was in Panvel [Navi Mumbai]. When I heard the news of the blasts, I called him on his phone, but there was no answer. Around 7.30 p.m., I received a call from a doctor at St. George's Hospital saying father was seriously hurt and whether I could come immediately. When I reached the hospital with my friend, they made us sit, offered us some water and showed us the body.”
Bringing Mr. Ahuja's body from Mumbai to Thane district entailed some extra procedures, which were performed in the night. It was taken from St. George's to the Kasturba Hospital for a no-objection certificate and then to the JJ Hospital for post-mortem. When it was finally time to take the body home, Mr. Kumar Ahuja did not have Rs. 2,500 with him to pay for the ambulance service. “I had to borrow from a cousin. I did not have the money and I had left my ATM card at home,” he said.
The senior Ahuja is survived by his wife and three young children. His daughter Jyoti Ahuja could hardly say a complete sentence. Grief writ large on her face, she recalled her father as a man whose work defined him.
“He was simple, that's all. He worked from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. He did not do anything else. He went to Zaveri Bazaar alone and came back alone,” she said.
With Mr. Ahuja's loss, the family's already poor means have been squeezed further. “Father had many financial worries. I earn a small amount myself, but now I have to do something,” Mr. Kumar Ahuja said. The urgency for him was never so much as it is now.
|2011-07-17||Man booked for outraging corporators modesty|
Man booked for outraging corporator's modesty
TNN | Jul 17, 2011, 05.38 AM IST
MUMBAI: An FIR has been registered against Hanuman Patil (40) after a woman corporator of the Panvel Municipal Corporation accused him of outraging her modesty.
The corporator was going to her house in Khanda Colony when Patil stopped her auto and demanded that she get off. When she refused, he allegedly assaulted her.
4 held in fake certificate racket: The Ulhasnagar crime branch arrested four persons were arrested in Ulhasnagar in a bogus certificate racket. The accused have been identified as Yogesh Joshi (34), Rajesh Gaikwad (48), Suresh Sadhu alias Yuva (47) and Sanjay Fulare (35). According to Shivajirao Deshmukh, senior police inspector, "The gang members had original certificates scanned on their computer and would use them to prepare fake documents and sell them."Part of bldg crashes, no one hurt: A portion of a three-storey building in Andheri (E) collapsed around 6.30pm on Saturday. No one was hurt.
The building, Sharda Apartments in Parsi Wada, was in a poor condition and the incessant rainfall had made matters worse. "Nobody has been injured in the accident, but the residents have been asked to move out of the building," a BMC official told TOI.
Woman set ablaze dies: Pushpa Chavan (24) died on Saturday, days after her husband Shivchand (28) was arrested for allegedly setting her on fire. at their Marol residence.
"We had registered a case under Section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder) against the accused on Monday, but changed it to Section 302 (murder) on Saturday after his wife's death," said a senior police official.
Free saplings to be distributed: Tree saplings will be distributed for free today from 8 to 10 am by the National Society of the Friends of the Trees together with the Bombay Natural History Society. The trees are of Indian origin, suitable for local conditions. Indian laburnum, flowering Asoka, Buddha's coconut, gulabi, jambun, kanchan and queen flower are among the varieties being distributed from the Godrej Tree Bank.
|2011-07-17||Fake PAN card seller gang busted|
Fake PAN card seller gang busted
Crime branch busts fake document racket that would sell PAN cards for a lakh, college certificates and mark sheets for Rs 50,000
The crime branch of Ulhasnagar police has busted a racket involved in the printing and selling of PAN cards, ration cards, voter ID cards, mark sheets, degree and leaving certificates (HSC and SSC) and senior citizen identity cards. The police arrested four people, including a schoolteacher in the matter, last week.On Friday, Shivajirao Deshmukh, Senior Inspector, Crime branch, informed the media of the arrest of the accused, identified as Yogesh Vinayak Joshi (34), Ramesh Kondiba Gaikwad (46), Suresh Sadhu Umap alias Buva (47) and Sanjay Sitaram Phulore (35).
Acting on a tip off, the crime branch team laid a trap at Mahalaxmi Estate Agent, Mahavir palace, Ulhasnagar-5. They recovered more than 40 PAN cards, 43 senior citizen identity cards, computers, a scanner, a printer and other materials used to print the documents. The seized articles, in various stages of completion, are worth Rs 2 lakh. The accused would sell the school certificates (leaving certificate and marksheet) for Rs 1 lakh, while the fake cards would be sold for Rs 50,000 each.
The accused were involved in this racket for a year. Police are now looking for the people who sought fake certificates and documents from the gang.
"We have arrested the accused under section 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 34 (acts done by several persons) of IPC," said Deshmukh.
Joshi, Gaikwad and Buva are residents of Ulhasnagar and Phulore, a teacher by profession, is a resident of Ambernath.
|2011-07-15||17 funerals, bereaved mourn the loss of their love|
Tushar Shah, 40, and Sandeep Shah, 38, were standing together when a blast ripped through Opera House on Wednesday evening. No one knows if they were acquaintances or merely two people pushed together in a crowded place. But 15 minutes later, once the smoke settled, their bodies were found lying
next to each other.
A devastated city, which witnessed 17 funerals on Thursday, saw citizens reach out to each other in times of pain.
“We are looking for Sandeep's family so that we can just talk to them and stand with them through their tough time,” said Varsha Shorff, Tushar’s sister-in-law.
In Ulhasnagar, three children mourned the loss of their father Lalchand Ahuja, 61, who was found with nine Rs5-lakh lottery tickets in his wallet. “He bought the tickets hoping to win enough money to marry off my two sisters,” said Kumar, his son.
Several dreams breathed their last in the blasts. Premraj Soni, 45, was to go to Jodhupur to organsie his daughter's November wedding, but the Zaveri Bazaar blast cut that dream short.
Several such heart-rending stories echoed across the city as people readjusted their lives to yet another attack.
|2011-07-15||The familys future seems bleak|
Eighteen-year-old Geeta Ahuja will never forget Wednesday’s blast at Zaveri Bazaar. For, she lost her father, the sole breadwinner of her family, Lalchand Radhakishan Ahuja, 61, a resident of Sunaar Gali in Ulhasnagar, to it. Kishanchand Mirchandani, employer of Lalchand Ahuja, said: “For
the last 12 years, Lalchand Ahuja worked with our imitation jewellery firm in Ulhasnagar. He would handle the purchase and delivery section.”
On Wednesday, Ahuja went to deliver an order at Zaveri Bazaar. “After finishing the work, he called me to ask if I wanted something from town,” said Mirchandani.
As the news of bomb blasts broke, despite several frantic calls by Mirchandani and Ahuja’s family, his cellphone remained unreachable. “Around 6.25pm, we got a call from someone who told us that Ahuja was seriously injured and had been taken to St George Hospital,” said Mirchandani. On reaching the hospital, Ahuja was found to be dead. Ahuja is survived by Jyoti, 24, who suffers from a neural disease, Geeta and son Kumar 20. “The future of his family seems bleak. No one can compensate for the loss.”
|2011-07-15||Heavy rains shower miseries on Thane|
Heavy rains shower miseries on Thane
TNN | Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 04.11 AM IST
THANE: Heavy rains and winds swept across Thane on Thursday, disrupting normal life and affecting rail and road transport network due to flooding at Kalwa, Dombvili, Kalyan and Thane while causing a wall collapse and power cuts in certain pockets in the lake city.
As many as four persons, including a 44-year-old woman, died in rain-related accidents. Ranjan Pichkon from Nagav village in Bhiwandi drowned in an overflowing well after underestimating the water level, while Shabbir Ansari (29) died of a major jolt from a live wire that snapped and fell into a nearby water pool.Suresh Pawar of Diva and Suresh Konare (38) of Shahapur died after coming into contact with high voltage wires left unattended on the streets.
In Thane, residents of the 20-storied Clover Apartments in the Everest World complex at Kolshet suffered agonizing moments after two lifts were submerged in water. Residents blamed the builder for ignoring repeated complaints.A building wall collapse at Siddhachal Apartments in Vasant Vihar damaged nine cars parked in the premises. Heavy rains caused flooding at 35 locations in Thane. Train services were hit in the morning as tracks lay submerged under water. Central Railway authorities had to cancel 150 Up and Down services on the CST-Kalyan-Karjat route. Office-goers who waded through knee-deep water in Kalyan, Kalwa and Thane were stranded at the platform as 11 trains queued up due to poor visibility and water-logging. The commuters had to be evacuated and the trains taken to the sidings later, CR officials said.
MIDC area in Dombvili suffered the worst as over 100 industrial units were compelled to announce a day's closure due to flooding . The Waldhuni river was in spate and the slum colonies bordering it had almost drowned with water levels touching over 5 feet. The authorities rushed to the rescue of families in 50 hutments.
Ulhasnagar recorded the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours in the region at 189 mm, followed by 182 mm in Thane and 175 mm in Kalyan. The total rainfall in Thane district on Thursday was 1608mm.
|2011-07-15||People trying to make a living at jewellery hub an|
People trying to make a living at jewellery hub annihilated
TNN | Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 09.15 AM IST
'We could manage to find only his head'
Kishan Mandal (35), along with two of his friends, was sitting on a motorcycle outside a jewellery shop at Zaveri Bazaar where he worked along with his brother. He even lived in that shop. Just as his friends walked away, the bomb exploded, annihilating him. All that his friends could recover was his severed head. "We could manage to find only his head from the blast site. We could not even take his last remains to his native place at Darbhanga in Bihar as it would have taken more than 18 hours to reach there," said Uttam Jain, one of his friends from the jewellery store. They performed his last rites at Chandanwadi crematorium in thye city.
61-yr-old was the sole earning member
Every day, 61-year-old Lalchand Ahuja would leave his Ulhasnagar home early in the morning and travel across the city to ferry jewellery; the lone earning member of a family of four, Ahuja worked for an ornament shop at Ulhasnagar from where he would travel around 100 km daily, to shops at the jewellery hub. Around 2.30 pm, as he stepped out of a shop in Zaveri Bazaar, the bomb went off, killing him. "When I heard about the explosion, I called on his mobile but, I could not get through to him," said Kishan Mirchandani, owner of the firm where Ahuja was employed. "We got a call from a doctor who asked us to go to St George Hospital, where we found him dead." He has left behind his wife, two daughters and a son.
Student youngest victim at Zaveri Bazar
A student of a college at Marine Lines, Pankaj Dilip Soni (22) is the youngest to have been killed in the serial blasts. Originally from Rajasthan, he stayed with his parents and younger brother, Vipul, on Lamington Road. His father, Dilip, runs a business of manufacturing and selling jewellery. On Wednesday evening, he had gone to Zaveri Bazaar where his father sent him for some business work. "When Dilip heard about the blasts, the first person he thought of was Pankaj who had gone to Zaveri Bazaar alone. Dilip kept calling on his son's mobile, but he did not respond. Dilip borrowed a neighbour's vehicle and drove to the site. He took Vipul (10) along," said a relative. As they reached the spot, they started hunting for Pankaj when a passerby directed them to G T Hospital. "Dilip was on the way to the hospital when the police called up on his mobile, saying Pankaj had been taken to GT Hospital. He broke down to hear Pankaj was dead," a relative said.
Bindi shop owner came from Rajasthan for living
Ghuman Singh Mohar Singh Rathod (35) from Rajasthan ran a bindi shop at Null Bazaar. On Wednesday evening, he had gone to the Khau Galli for tea and evening snacks, when the explosion ripped though the Zaveri Bazaar area. At the J J post-mortem centre, Rathod's acquaintances could be seen huddled in groups, waiting to claim his body, and discussing for the umpteenth time the tragedy that has struck their friend's family. Rathod stayed at Bhuleshwar in south Mumbai. He is survived by his wife and a child.
Kin angry with govt for being soft on terror
It started off as just another day of buisness at Zaveri Bazaar for 45-year-old Premraj Soni; little did he know what fate had in store for him. In the evening, as the blast news started flashing across TV channels, his panic-stricken family started making frantic calls on his mobile. "Come to GT hospital," was the response that his nephew, Ramesh, got from the other end. They knew the worst had struck. Ramesh claimed Soni's body from the J J hospital around 9:30 am on Thursday. "We knew we had lost him," said Ramesh. Soni's family could hardly conceal their anger at the government for being soft on terror. "This is not the first time that Mumbai has seen such a ghastly act. The government has no will to tackle terrorism."
Youth leaves behind a 4-month-old son
Rajesh Khedekar (28) worked for a diamond trader's at a shop in Zaveri Bazaar. On Wednesday evening, he and his cousin, Ramesh, had strolled up to Khau Galli for an evening snack when the explosive blasted with an ear-defeaning noise. While Khedekar was killed on the spot, Ramesh was critically injured and is now being treated at JJ Hospital. "Rajesh has left behind his wife and a four-month-old son. He stayed at Goregaon with his family," a relative said. "When he did not return home from work on Wednesday, his family started looking for him and were directed to the hospital. They broke down on seeing his body." Rajesh's family has taken his body to their village in Mangaon for the last rites.
|2011-07-15||How the Ahujas world came crashing down|
How the Ahujas' world came crashing down
Last updated on: July 15, 2011 17:00 IST
Sixty-one-year-old Lalchand Radhakishan Ahuja was the sole breadwinner of his family. One of the victims of July 13, 2011 blasts in Mumbai, Ahuja was killed in the blast at Zaveri Bazaar.
Kumar, Lalchand Ahuja's son, is inconsolable.
Sharing his grief, the 25-year-old narrates to rediff.com's Patcy N how their world had come crashing in a matter of days
"My father worked in a company in Ulhasnagar, which deals with imitation jewellery. He would go to Zaveri Bazaar three to four times a week to get material for his job (he coated the jewellery) and give the jewellery for molding and other purposes. He would then go back every Wednesday and Saturday to collect the completed work.
On July 13, he never returned.
|2011-07-14||Man loses eye in freak train incident|
Man loses eye in freak train incident
Published: 00:00 July 14, 2011
By S. Narendra, Correspondent
Mumbai: They may have been reconciled over the years to now-familiar terror attacks and frequent mishaps.
But, Mumbai suburban railway commuters face risks of a different kind while travelling — a fact 44-year-old Vinod Ganpat Pawar can attest to, 11 days after he lost an eye in a freak incident.
"That evening [of July 1] I was travelling... from Kalyan to Ulhasnagar which is just two railway stations away. I was standing at the door of the train," Pawar told Gulf News.
"As the train passed Vithalwadi station, I was suddenly hit in the eye by a huge stone. Blood started flowing from my eye. I lost control of myself and nearly fainted."
A fellow commuter helped him alight at the next station in Ulhasnagar, a satellite town of Mumbai."By then I had realised that a miscreant had flung a stone at me from the neighbouring slum. [Despite] of the oozing blood and unbearable pain, I went to the railway police chowkie [post] at the station and lodged a complaint with the police," he said.
"The official at the police chowkie asked his colleague to take me to the local Central hospital," Pawar added.
According to Pawar, the doctors at the Central hospital told him that he could not be treated there as he had suffered serious damage to his left eye. They immediately referred him to a hospital in Mumbai.
Pawar's friends and family members took him to the J.J. Hospital, where doctors performed a surgery on him the following day.
"Though the surgery went well, doctors told me in no uncertain terms that I would not regain vision in my left eye. I will have to make do with my right eye for the rest of my life," he said.
Pawar, who lives with his wife and two children in a tiny flat in Ulhasnagar, is his family's sole bread-winner. He works as a welder at a bus depot and has not reported to work since the July 1 incident.
He has not been visited by any Central Railway CR) official or the police since the incident. In the same vein, there has been no talk of compensation.
"No doubt, it is unfortunate incident. But, we cannot give him any compensation. For that, he has to approach the Railway Claims Tribunal," a senior CR official said, after having been approached for comment.