|2017-07-31||Chandigarh's Int'l Connect Strikes Gold â€“ for the Wrong Reasons - The Quint|
Chandigarh’s Int’l Connect Strikes Gold – for the Wrong Reasons
Updated: 31 July, 2017 10:26 PM IST
The much awaited launch of international flights from Chandigarh began with a lot of fanfare. But the airport is also making news for the wrong reasons with large seizures of gold smuggled from the Gulf.
In the 10 months since the first international flight took-off from the city, customs officials at the airport have seized gold valued at over Rs 90 lakh ($140,000) from inbound passengers.
Chandigarh is linked to Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via direct flights operated by Indigo Airlines and Air India, respectively.
In July itself, three incidents of gold smuggling have been reported from the airport, with seizures worth about Rs 36 lakh.The most startling incident was on 10 July, when a man from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra was caught smuggling 407 grams (41 tolas) of gold hidden in his rectum. The man had to be taken to the washroom to recover the gold, valued at over Rs 11 lakh.
Travellers from the airport say that security and screening for international flights needs to be beefed up.
"Even though they have a good security system at the airport, things should be made tighter with better technology and equipment. Otherwise, the airport will get a bad name and genuine passengers will be harassed," N Soni, a trader who takes flights to Dubai from here, told IANS.
Customs and security officials on 26 July caught two people from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh who were carrying over 350 grams of gold worth nearly Rs 10 lakh, concealed under a white tape wrapped around tiffin boxes filled with biryani.
Most of the people who are smuggling gold through the Chandigarh airport are not from the region, even though a number of expats working in the Gulf region are from Punjab and Haryana. We are keeping a strict watch on passengers coming on flights from the UAE.
Recently, a man from Punjab's Batala town was caught smuggling 540 grams of gold. This was concealed in the lining of his suitcase.
The single biggest seizure was made earlier this year in which a man was caught with nearly 1.3 kg of gold, valued at Rs 37 lakh, after he landed here from Dubai.
The people who bring the gold are just carriers. Their handlers are based in Dubai and other places. The gold is being smuggled as the market rate is 15-20 per cent higher in India.
Gold brought legally attracts customs duty of 36 per cent.
Under the existing rules, women passengers are allowed to carry or import gold worth Rs 1 lakh (about 3.5 tolas) and men are allowed to import gold worth Rs 50,000 (about 1.8 tolas) without attracting the customs duty.
The Chandigarh airport is a target for the gold smugglers from the UAE as they feel that the security and checking here is not as strict as other airports which get flights from the UAE. Since this is a new airport, the screening equipment and checking are being improved.
Airport Security Official
Other than gold, customs officials have seized cartons of branded cigarettes worth nearly Rs 10 lakh from travellers from Dubai and Sharjah.
Nearly 20 smuggling attempts have been foiled at the airport so far.
Besides the two international flights from and to Chandigarh, the airport has seen a spurt in domestic connectivity with other major cities in the country in recent months.
|2017-07-31||भरपावसात दिवसाआड उल्हासनगरला पाणीपुरवठा|
भरपावसात दिवसाआड उल्हासनगरला पाणीपुरवठा
पाणी वितरण योजनेतील दोषामुळे भर पावसाळयात उल्हासनगरला दिवसाआड पाणीपुरवठा होत असून नागरिकांवर भिजत भिजत बोअरवेल, हातपंपाचे पाणी गोळा करून ते पिण्यासाठी वापरण्याची वेळ आली आहे
By लोकमत न्यूज नेटवर्क | Follow | Published: August 1, 2017 02:49 AM | Updated: August 1, 2017 02:49 AM
उल्हासनगर : पाणी वितरण योजनेतील दोषामुळे भर पावसाळयात उल्हासनगरला दिवसाआड पाणीपुरवठा होत असून नागरिकांवर भिजत भिजत बोअरवेल, हातपंपाचे पाणी गोळा करून ते पिण्यासाठी वापरण्याची वेळ आली आहे. मात्र, पाणी वितरण योजना पूर्ण करण्यासाठी पालिकेने अमृत योजनेअंतर्गत ६० कोटीचा प्रस्ताव शासनाकडे पाठविल्याची माहिती विभागाचे कार्यकारी अभियंता कलई सेलवन यांनी दिली.
मुबलक पाणीपुरवठ्यासाठी पालिकेने राबवलेली पाणीवितरण योजना ३०० कोटींवर जाऊनही संपूर्ण शहरात नव्या जलवाहिन्या टाकण्यात आल्या नाहीत. त्यासाठी सिमेंंटचे धडधाकट रस्ते खोदण्यात आले आणि नंतर त्यांच्या दुरूस्तीवर पालिकेने ५० कोटीपेक्षा जास्त खर्च केला. अर्धवट योजनेमुळे भर पावसात दिवसाआड तर काही ठिकाणी आठवडयातून दोनच दिवस पाणीपुरवठा होत आहे.
विधानसभेत पाणीवितरण योजनेचा प्रश्न आमदार ज्योती कलानी यांनी उपस्थित केला. तेव्हा मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांनी चौकशीचे आदेश वर्षापूर्वी दिले. मात्र चौकशीचे पानही हलले नाही. त्यामुळे मुख्यमंत्र्याच्याच आदेशाला केराची टोपली दाखवल्याची टीका सुरू आहे.
|2017-07-30||Thane: Pregnant woman made to wait for 6 hours for treatment at hospital - NYOOOZ|
Thane: Pregnant woman made to wait for 6 hours for treatment at hospital
Thane Sun,30 Jul 2017
Summary: ULHASNAGAR: A 22- year-old pregnant woman was made to wait in hospital for treatment in state run Central hospital in Ulhasnagar . The hospital staff only acted and given treatment to patient after MLA Jyoti Kalani intervened in to matter by making hungama in to hospital.Following to the incident, Dr Nandapurkar , superintendent of Central hospital has initiated probe against staff for refusing to treat patient.The incident has came to light on Sunday at 6 am when pregnant woman Hazma Ansari visited hospital for her delivery but found staff there not admitting her for treatment.Fed up with staff refusal for treatment Hazma approach to local NCP Mla Jyoti Kalani who first called up hospital over phone but when no one picked up phone call at 11 am she herself visited hospital and made hungama over there for refusing to treat pregnant woman, after that staff acted and given Hazam proper treatment and by evening Hazma delivered girl child.When asked about matter Dr Nandapurkar said, "Following to MLA's complaint I have initiated probe against staff who did not give proper treatment to victim".
|2017-07-30||IAS officer, two others booked for cheating, forgery : PTI feed, News ... - India Today|
IAS officer, two others booked for cheating, forgery
July 30, 2017 | UPDATED 14:15 IST
Thane, Jul 30 (PTI) Police have booked an IAS officer and two other civic officials in a case of alleged fraud and fabrication of government records.
An FIR against the trio was lodged on July 28, police senior inspector B D Wagh said.
Investigation in the case is underway, he said.
The matter relates to when the three officers were posted in a civic body in Thane district.
The FIR was registered on directions of a court in Ulhasnagar while hearing a petition filed by a former president of the civic body, on July 12.
The petitioner has alleged the three officers, during their tenure at the civic body from 2014 to 16, "misused their official power, and fabricated records and demolished certain civic properties which were in good condition".
They did not obtain permission either from the civic bodys general body, its standing committee or the authorities concerned while ordering demolition of civic properties, the petitioner alleged.
Post-demolition, they allegedly sold the scrap and siphoned off the proceeds, he told the court.
The three officers were booked under IPC sections related to cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, among others.
After hearing the petition, Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) R D Chougale said, "The complainant has made allegations about misappropriation, cheating and forgery of documents."
"There is prima facie substance in the allegations of the complainant upon perusal of documents. This court is satisfied that a police investigation is required to be conducted. Hence, the police station concerned is directed to investigate the matter," the court said. PTI COR DC RSY
|2017-07-30||state run Central hospital in Ulhasnagar: Thane: Pregnant woman ... - Times of India|
Thane: Pregnant woman made to wait for 6 hours for treatment at hospital
Jul 30, 2017, 09:27 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A 22- year-old pregnant woman was made to wait in hospital for treatment in state run Central hospital in Ulhasnagar. The hospital staff only acted and given treatment to patient after MLA Jyoti Kalani intervened in to matter by making hungama in to hospital.
Following to the incident, Dr Nandapurkar, superintendent of Central hospital has initiated probe against staff for refusing to treat patient.
The incident has came to light on Sunday at 6 am when pregnant woman Hazma Ansari visited hospital for her delivery but found staff there not admitting her for treatment.Fed up with staff refusal for treatment Hazma approach to local NCP Mla Jyoti Kalani who first called up hospital over phone but when no one picked up phone call at 11 am she herself visited hospital and made hungama over there for refusing to treat pregnant woman, after that staff acted and given Hazam proper treatment and by evening Hazma delivered girl child.
When asked about matter Dr Nandapurkar said, "Following to MLA's complaint I have initiated probe against staff who did not give proper treatment to victim".
|2017-07-30||Police books three, including IAS officer, for fraud - The Asian Age|
Police books three, including IAS officer, for fraud
THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 31, 2017, 1:19 am IST
Updated : Jul 31, 2017, 1:19 am IST
A former president of a civic body in Thane district had lodged a complaint against the three officials.
Senior police inspector B.D. Wagh said an FIR was filed against the trio on July 28. (Representational Image)
Mumbai: The Thane police has registered a case of fraud and fabrication of government records against an IAS officer and two other civic officials. The police was acting on the directions of an Ulhasnagar magistrate court.
A former president of a civic body in Thane district had lodged a complaint against the three officials. Senior police inspector B.D. Wagh said an FIR was filed against the trio on July 28.
The direction for registering FIR was issued on July 12. The officer further said that the matter is still under investigation. The matter relates to when the three officers were posted in a civic body in Thane district.
The petitioner alleged that the three officers, during their tenure at the civic body from 2014 to 2016, â€œmisused their official power, and fabricated records and demolished certain civic properties that were in good conditionâ€.
|2017-07-28||Health minister orders new H1N1 strain vaccines - Pune Mirror|
HEALTH MINISTER ORDERS NEW H1N1 STRAIN VACCINES
Updated: Jul 29, 2017, 01.14 PM IST
BATTLE AGAINST SWINE FLU
Trivalent vaccine to be procured by August 15 to combat Michigan sub-type after rising deaths from the disease
The rising number of swine flu deaths across the state has prompted the state health minister to order the procurement of the A/Michigan/ 45/2015 vaccine, for the new strain of the virus, within a couple of weeks. The antigenic drift and the spread of a different strain of H1N1virus has resulted in the fresh outbreak. This year, there were even changes in the symptoms of swine flu infected patients, reported for the very first time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had already suggested the new strain vaccine to the state public health department.Dr Satish Pawar, director of the state health services, told Mirror, "We have now decided to procure the new strain vaccine at the earliest, and it will be in circulation in the state within a couple of weeks. The new vaccine will be helpful to curb a further outbreak of the disease. Initially, we are going to procure one lakh vaccines and the process for this has been started." The vaccine for the new strain will be trivalent and will replace A/California/7/ 2009, the earlier vaccine. The new vaccine will have A/Michigan/45/2015 with H1N1/09 virus strain and H3N2 flu strain since 1919.
A high-level meeting was held on Wednesday between state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant; members of the Legislative Assemblies of Pune, Thane and Ulhasnagar; public health department officials and health officials from the Pune, Thane and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations; to ascertain the cause behind the surge in swine flu deaths and the rising number of cases, and come up with a combat plan. During the meeting, Sawant instructed the health officials to make the new H1N1Trivalent Vaccine available to the public health department at the earliest. Together, they set a target to make the vaccine available before August 15.
|2017-07-27||UMC hold salary of 19 tax department staff for not meeting weekly collection target - Times of India|
UMC hold salary of 19 tax department staff for not meeting weekly collection target
Jul 27, 2017, 09:01 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Failed to meet weekly targets of property tax collection, the UMC (Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation) commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar has ordered to hold salary of 19 staff of tax department including five tax inspectors and 14 peons for the month of July.
The UMC is facing financial crisis due to which development work of city has been affected. The civic body has pending property tax of Rs 376 crore that includes current year's tax of Rs 90 crore. To overcome from financial crisis, Nimbalkar recently had appointed a Dabang officer Yuvraj Badane as tax assessment officer who after taking charge has given target to all tax inspectors and their unit for weekly collection of Rs 50 lakh.
However, on Thursday during meeting commissioner found some staff failed to meet their target on instructions of commissioner later Bhadane passed order holding 19 staffs' payments for July month. The UMC has also decided that those who will pay property tax by August 31 they will be given given 2 % relief on earlier tax dues and five percent relief in current year bill.
|2017-07-27||Gold worth Rs 1.30 crore seized in last two days, one airport staff held - India Today|
Gold worth Rs 1.30 crore seized in last two days, one airport staff held
For three consecutive days, customs officials were able to intercept and apprehend 6 people who smuggled gold into the country.
Mumbai, July 27, 2017 | UPDATED 10:59 IST
During last two days, custom officials at Mumbai CSI have seized illegally smuggled gold jewellery/bars valued at more than Rs 1.30 crore in their anti-smuggling work.
For three consecutive days, customs officials were able to intercept and apprehend 6 people who smuggled gold into the country.
THE SIX CASES:
On July 24 night, Deepak Kumar Sheta, who arrived from Dubai, was arrested for carrying gold jewellery weighing 722 gms and valued at Rs 21.29 lakh concealed in the front pocket of his linen pants.
On July 25, Riyaj Mohammed (29) holding Indian passport, arrived from Riyadh by Air India flight and was apprehended for carrying two white coloured gold wires collectively weighing 699 grams valued at Rs 20.62 lakh. The consignment was hidden inside the inner lining of his trolley bag. He is a resident of Rajasthan and works as a driver in Saudi Arabia.
On July 25, Rekha Srichanda Talreja (39), who arrived from Bangkok by Thai Airways flight, was intercepted and during a personal search, gold jewellery and one cut piece of gold bar was recovered from her rectum, total weighing 810 grams and valued at Rs 23.89 lakh. She is a resident of Ulhasnagar, Thane and works as a beautician.
On the same night, Md Rishad Vannante Valappil (29), arrived from Dubai by Emirates flight with hollow cylindrical shaped gold inside a mixer, weighing 860 grams and valued at Rs 25.37 lakh. The gold was concealed in the cavity of shaft in the housing of mixer grinder of brand 'Meenimix'. He is a resident of Kannur, Kerala and works as a salesman in one electronic shop in Dubai.
Similar consignment was caught from another passenger. On July 25, Abdul Majeed Pallikere Ahmed (42), holding Indian passport, arrived from Dubai by Fly Dubai Airlines with another consignment of similar hollow cylindrical shaped gold concealed inside a mixer, weighing 861 grams valued at Rs 25.39 lakh. The gold was cleverly concealed in the cavity of shaft in the housing of said mixer grinder of brand 'Clikon'. He is a resident of Kodagu, Karnataka and works as sales executive in a firm in Sharjah.During daytime of July 26, one airport staff Arif Mohamed Khan (23), working as a customer agent in Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), a subsidiary of Air India, was arrested by custom officials at the airport gate. The officials recovered four gold bars of ten tolas each weighing 464 grams in total and valued at Rs 13.68 lakh from Khan. The gold bars were concealed in the battery slot of the Samsung mobile he was carrying. In his statement, Khan admitted that the said mobile phone with gold bars were given to him, near aerobridge, by one passenger who arrived from Dubai by Jet Airways flight.
|2017-07-27||Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road - Times of India|
Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road
Jul 27, 2017, 11:25 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A 22-year-old youth, Nitesh Kumar Sahu, died on Thursday evening of electrocution after a live wire fell on him at Shri Ram Chowk, Ulhasnagar.
Sahu was working for a bag manufacturing company at Shri Ram Chowk. On Thursday evening, he was walking down the road when suddenly a live wire fell on him, killing him instantly.Sahu's death prompted local people to block the road for some time, blaming MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co.Ltd) for the mishap.
Locals said that if MSEDCL had properly maintained the wires before the onset of monsoons, a life could have been saved. The locals sought compensation for the deceased's family and also action against those officials for negligence.
Ulhasnagar police said so far they have registered only an accidental death report and a further probe is on. Two such deaths due to electrocution have been recently reported in the Thane area - one at Ulhasnagar and another in Titwala.
|2017-07-27||Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road | Thane ... - NYOOOZ|
Youth dies after electric wire falls on him, public blocks road
Thu,27 Jul 2017
Summary: ULHASNAGAR: A 22-year-old youth, Nitesh Kumar Sahu, died on Thursday evening of electrocution after a live wire fell on him at Shri Ram Chowk, Ulhasnagar Sahu was working for a bag manufacturing company at Shri Ram Chowk. Two such deaths due to electrocution have been recently reported in the Thane area - one at Ulhasnagar and another in Titwala The locals sought compensation for the deceased's family and also action against those officials for negligence.Ulhasnagar police said so far they have registered only an accidental death report and a further probe is on. On Thursday evening, he was walking down the road when suddenly a live wire fell on him, killing him instantly.Sahu's death prompted local people to block the road for some time, blaming MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co.Ltd) for the mishap.Locals said that if MSEDCL had properly maintained the wires before the onset of monsoons, a life could have been saved.
|2017-07-26||Man fires at collegian, robs phone and wallet - Times of India|
Man fires at collegian, robs phone and wallet
Updated: Jul 27, 2017, 06:49 AM IST
AMBERNATH: An 19-year-old college student was robbed of his wallet and cellphone by an unidentified man wielding a firearm on Tuesday night in Ambernath.
The man fired at the student who sustained injuries to his right hand. The victim is receiving treatment in a hospital in Ambernath. The incident has sparked off alarm in the area. Police said the victim, Aakash Ghodke, is a resident of Ulhasnagar. "Around 8pm, Ghodke was talking to a friend at a ground in Loknagari when the man accosted him," said an official from the Shivaji Nagar police station.
"The man asked what they were doing there. He then ordered Ghodke to hand over his wallet and cellphone," he added. Ghodke told the police that the man later threatened him with a firearm after which he handed over his wallet. The man again demanded that he give him his handset, but Ghodke resisted. The man then fired a bullet in the air. The round hit Ghodke in the hand after which he panicked and surrendered the phone. His assailant fled from the spot. "It is surprising that the man fired at Ghodke to steal his mobile worth Rs 4,000. Ghodke's wallet did not any cash," said Dilip Godbole, senior inspector of Shivaji Nagar police station."On the basis of the incident, a case of robbery and an offence under the Arms Act has been registered against the unidentified person and our search is on. We are examining CCTV footage captured by cameras in the vicinity to ascertain the assailant's identity," added Godbole.
Satyajeet Burman, an activist in Ambernath, said, "We demanded strict action in this case. The culprit should be brought to book immediately."
|2017-07-26||चौथ्या मुंबईतही कचऱ्याचा प्रश्न गंभीर|
चौथ्या मुंबईतही कचऱ्याचा प्रश्न गंभीर
गेल्या काही वर्षांत अंबरनाथ आणि बदलापूर या शहरांची लोकसंख्या मोठय़ा प्रमाणावर वाढली आहे.
सागर नरेकर, अंबरनाथ | Updated: July 27, 2017 2:18 AM
जागा आणि यंत्रणेअभावी बदलापूर, अंबरनाथ व उल्हासनगरात कचरा प्रक्रिया नाही
वाढत्या लोकसंख्येसोबत अंबरनाथ, बदलापूर आणि महापालिका असलेल्या उल्हासनगर शहराचा कचराप्रश्न गंभीर बनला आहे. घनकचरा व्यवस्थापनासाठी कोणतीही ठोस उपाययोजना नसल्याने या तिन्ही शहरांचा कचरा घराघरांतून उचलून फक्त कचराभूमीवर टाकणे एवढीच प्रक्रिया केली जाते. मात्र कचराभूमीवर साचलेला कचरा, त्यात आग लागण्याचा वाढलेल्या घटना आणि आसपासच्या नागरिकांवर त्याचा झालेला परिणाम चिंताजनक आहे.
गेल्या काही वर्षांत अंबरनाथ आणि बदलापूर या शहरांची लोकसंख्या मोठय़ा प्रमाणावर वाढली आहे. त्यामुळे येथे निर्माण होणारा कचराही वाढला आहे. अंबरनाथ शहरातून दिवसाला १३० ते १४० टन कचरा तयार होत असतो तर बदलापूर शहरात प्रतिदिन ७० ते ७५ टन कचरा तयार होत असतो. बदलापूर शहरातील कचरा हा शहराबाहेर असलेल्या कचरा भूमीवर टाकला जातो. मात्र अंबरनाथ शहराच्या कचराभूमीचा प्रश्न गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून रेंगाळलेला आहे. अंबरनाथच्या फॉरेस्ट नाक्याशेजारी बेकायदा जागेवर अंबरनाथ शहरातील कचरा गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून टाकला जातो आहे. कचऱ्याला आग लागण्याच्या प्रकारांमुळे या कचराभूमीच्या शेजारी राहणाऱ्या नागरिकांना मोठय़ा त्रासाला सामोरे जावे लागते आहे. एप्रिल आणि मे महिन्यात येथील कचराभूमीला आग लागण्याचा घटना वाढलेल्या असतात. त्यात शेजारून जाणाऱ्या महामार्गावरील वाहनांनाही येथील निघणाऱ्या धुराचा फटका बसत असतो.अशीच काहीशी परिस्थिती उल्हासनगर शहराचीही झाल्याचे गेल्या काही वर्षांत समोर आले आहे. उल्हासनगर शहराची लोकसंख्या पाहता येथे दिवसाला ४०० टनाहून अधिक कचरा भूमीवर टाकला जातो. यात म्हारळ ग्रामपंचायतीला लागून असलेल्या कचराभूमीची क्षमता संपल्याने इतर जागा उपलब्ध नसल्याने उल्हासनगरच्या कॅम्प-५ येथील जागेवर कचरा टाकण्यास सुरुवात केली होती. मात्र इथेही शिवसेनेच्या वतीने नुकताच मोर्चा काढून विरोध करण्यात आला आहे. म्हारळजवळील कचराभूमीवरही अनेकदा आग लागण्याचे प्रकार वाढले होते. तसेच क्षमता संपल्याने अनेकदा हा कचरा आसपासच्या घरांसाठी कर्दनकाळही ठरला होता. त्यामुळे येथेही कचराभूमीचा प्रश्न गंभीर बनला होता. त्यात उल्हासनगर कॅम्प-५ च्या कचराभूमीवरही जीन्स कारखान्यातून चिंध्या टाकल्या जात असल्याने येथे आग लागण्याचे प्रकार वाढले होते. त्यामुळे आयुक्तांनी चिंध्या टाकण्यावर र्निबध घातले होते. मात्र त्यानंतरही या कचराभूमीवर चिंधी टाकण्याचे प्रकार काही थांबले नव्हते. त्यामुळे कचराप्रश्नी उल्हासनगर महापालिकाही तोडगा काढू शकली नाही.पालकमंत्री एकनाथ शिंदे यांनी नुकत्याच आयोजित केलेल्या एका बैठकीत उल्हासनगर, अंबरनाथ आणि बदलापूर शहरातील कचऱ्याची शास्त्रोक्त पद्धतीने विल्हेवाट लावण्यासाठी प्रयत्न करण्याचे आदेश दिले होते. यापूर्वीही एमएमआरडीएने अशा दोन ते तीन शहरांचा मिळून कचरा प्रक्रिया प्रकल्प उभारण्याचे सूतोवाच केले होते. मात्र त्यानंतरही यावर ठोस काही झालेले दिसले नाही. पालिकांची आर्थिक स्थिती आणि जागेचा प्रश्न सुटत नसल्याने कचरा प्रक्रिया प्रकल्प रेंगाळल्याचे बोलले जाते.
|2017-07-24||Mumbai's pothole trouble: From biker deaths to RJ Malishka controversy - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai’s pothole trouble: From biker deaths to RJ Malishka controversy
The pothole deaths in Mumbai show how the BMC is repeating its mistakes year after year. But raising voice, like RJ Malishka did, too doesn’t seem to be helping.
MUMBAI Updated: Jul 24, 2017 13:57 IST
From deaths to controversy, potholes have been a constant cause for concern for Mumbaiites.
Here are 5 times Mumbaiites faced pothole trouble:
1. Bikerwoman dies: A 34-year-old Mumbai woman leading a group of bikers was run over by a truck on Sunday as she tried to avoid a pothole on the Jawhar-Dahanu highway. Jagruti Viraj Hogale, who was part of a women’s-only biker club and hailed from Bandra, was on way to Jawhar, popular for its waterfalls, for a weekend getaway, police said. Known as one of the finest riders, biking communities are shocked with the incident.2. Raising voice leads to a notice: After a video by a local private FM channel RJ Malishka poking fun at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s monsoon preparedness (BMC) went viral on social media, two Yuva Sena members urged the municipal commissioner to file a Rs500-crore defamation suit against 93.5 Red FM. Irked with the criticism, the BMC issued a notice under section 381B of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act to Malishka’s mother Lily Mendosa for dengue breeding at her house in Bandra. The incident led to outrage on social media, with people coming out in support of the RJ. Malishka hit back saying she has six more songs ready.3. ‘Speed-bumps, not potholes’: A new video released by comedian José Covaco supports RJ Malishka and mocks the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for being ill-prepared for monsoon. The 2-minute video sees a pokerface Covaco refusing to acknowledge the potholes on Mumbai roads, calling them tea vessels, hi-tech speed breakers and multi-purpose holes. Laden with irony, the video is a hilarious take on BMC’s appeal to Mumbaikars to trust them.
4. One more life lost: An 18-year-old died after he lost control of his bike while riding over a pothole in Bhiwandi late on Saturday. He was not wearing a helmet, said the police. Rahul Ahuja was driving the bike while his elder brother Amit rode pillion. According to the police, the brothers were travelling from Ulhasnagar to Thane to buy notebooks when the incident occurred.
5. One more injured: A 50-year-old man was hurt after he fell off his bike, which skidded owing to a pothole on Anand Dighe bridge in Kalyan. He suffered minor injuries, said sources.
|2017-07-23||Dodging robbers' bullets, wine shop staffer drives 10 to safety - Times of India|
Dodging robbers’ bullets, wine shop staffer drives 10 to safety
Updated: Jul 24, 2017, 10:14 AM IST
BHIWANDI: Thwarting a robbery bid on Saturday night, the manager of a Bhiwandi wine shop, Vishwambhar Saptol, drove 10 of his colleagues to safety as five robbers on two bikes rained bullets on their SUV when they were returning home with the day's earnings of Rs 7 lakh. Three of the employees suffered injuries. They are recuperating at Fortis Hospital and their condition is stable.Police suspect the robbers were keeping a watch on Diamond wine shop in Ambadi naka as liquor sales double before Gatari Amavasaya—a day before the onset of the Hindu month of Shravan. "Usually, we earn Rs 2 lakh-Rs 2.5 lakh a day, but as Gatari is on Sunday, we collected Rs 7 lakh on Saturday," said Pravin Bhatia, one of the shop owners.
On Saturday, around 11.30pm, after closing the shop, 11 employees got into the Bolero to reach Ulhasnagar where they all live. Police said near Warte village, five men on two motorbikes overtook their SUV, fired two warning rounds in the air and instructed Saptol to hand over the bag of cash. Saptol showed presence of mind and stepped on the accelerator. As the two bikes chased the SUV for up to 5km till Borpada, the robbers fired at least three bullets at the vehicle, said police. "While dodging the bullets, I called Bhatia for help," Saptol told TOI. "He told to me to reach his textile factory at Nada Naka." Bhatia rushed to the factory and helped Saptol take the injured—Rajesh Ahuja (50), Vishal Moniwal (40) and Ashok Nandwani (54)—to IGM Hospital; they were later shifted to Fortis Hospital. Ahuja and Moniwal were hit by bullets, while Nandwani suffered injuries due to broken glass window.Thane Rural police have filed a case of robbery attempt and under the Arms Act.
Narendra There of Ganeshpuri police station said, "Primary probe shows the robbers had visited the shop twice. One of the employees said he saw a suspicious-looking biker near the shop, but didn't give it much thought." Police have procured CCTV footage from the shop and a toll naka, but have not got clear visual of the five accused. Thane Rural police SP Mahesh Patil and the local crime branch have set up teams to trace the accused.
|2017-07-22||Alert cops foil bank heist, nab 8 after 115-km chase - Times of India|
Alert cops foil bank heist, nab 8 after 115-km chase
Jul 23, 2017, 01:32 AM IST
THANE: Fifty policemen lying in wait, a gang of armed robbers, and then a 115-km car chase at night. This is not the climax of an action film, but how the crime branch foiled a robbery at Bank of Maharashtra's branch at Ovala along Ghodbunder Road in the early hours of Saturday.
The police action started Friday evening when four crime branch teams launched a search for suspicious elements, following tip-off about a robbery bid at a bank, jewellery store or gold finance company. At the other end, an eight-member gang from Jharkhand conducted recce of the locality for two days, stole a getaway car from Rabodi area on Thursday, arrived outside the bank around 11 pm and started waiting for the nearby shops to shut for the day.
Around 1 am Saturday once everything was clear, four of the robbers, carrying drilling machine, gas cutters and other equipment to break the bank's vault, launched the strike by breaking the shutter of Raj Motor Training School's office, which shares a brick wall with the bank. Once inside the office, they started breaking the wall between the shop and the bank. "One of the teams that reached the spot felt something amiss and closed the shutter from outside. The police team swooped down on the four men who had a country-made revolver, a gas cutter and drilling machine," said additional commissioner of police (crime) Makarand Ranade.
By then, the four men had drilled a huge hole in the wall to enter the bank. Upon questioning, they told police about their associates waiting outside in a car. The police team took down the vehicle's registration number and description and immediately sent another team to nab them.
But the car sped away on seeing the police, leading to a 90-minute-long chase.DCP (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe, who led the operation, said, "The control room and officials in the area were informed about the vehicle. A team chased the car till Ghoti in Nashik, where the Nasik gramin police had caught hold of them. All the eight accused are from Jharkhand and the prime accused is Sakim Shaikh (33), who worked as a mango seller. He was part of the gang that robbed the Manappuram Finance's gold loan branch in Ulhasnagar and made away with 32 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 9 crore."
All the eight men hail from Sahibganj in Jarkhand, police said adding that the dacoits mainly targeted banks, jewellery stores and finance firms."The gang would choose their target carefully after reconnaissance of the locality. They would roam around in the area in the guise of fruit vendors or hawkers and conduct a surveillance,'' Trimukhe said.
"They would go separate ways after robberies so that they are not traced. Even this bank was targeted on a weekend as the crime would have come to light only on Monday," added Ranade.
|2017-07-22||Hospital for women and kids to come up at Bhandara - Times of India|
Hospital for women and kids to come up at Bhandara
Updated: Jul 23, 2017, 01:13 PM IST
NAGPUR: A 100-bed hospital for women and children will come up at Bhandara soon. It got administrative approval on June 7 and will be built at the cost of Rs43.6 crore. The hospital is being set up on the lines of Nagpur's Daga Hospital and similar ones will come up in all districts of Vidarbha as the state government bids to improve maternal and child health.
Such hospitals already exist at Gondia, Akola and Amravati, apart from Nagpur. Another one is nearing completion and will be functional in a couple of months. "We have the sanction to recruit staff here," said Dr RS Farooqie, assistant deputy director of health.
In May, Bhandara MLC Pariney Fuke met Chief Minister Devendra Fadvavis regarding improving the women and child health scenario in the district by introducing a specialized hospital. "Bhandara has a population of 13 lakh and 668 villages. Due to the load on the district general hospital, people are forced to travel to Nagpur. The move will greatly benefit the district.""The expansion of public sector hospital facilities will lead to a rise in institutional deliveries and meet the demands of rising population. Though general hospitals exist across Maharashtra, women and newborns will get specialized care in these hospitals," said another public health department official.
Currently, Daga has 350 beds and there is a proposal to construct a building extension and add another 200 beds. The hospitals at Gondia, Akola and Amravati have 200 beds each. The upcoming hospitals at Gadchiroli and Bhandara will have 100 beds.
The hospitals in rest of the five districts in the region are also expected to have 100-beds each. Each of these facilities is expected to incur a Rs30 crore capital cost and have a staff of 100 including specialists.
Currently, the state public health department has a total of 13 such specialized hospitals in districts. Apart from the four in Vidarbha, the other places are Parbhani, Jalna, Osmanabad, Latur, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Neknur (Beed), Khamgaon (Buldhana), Hingoli, and Nanded.
|2017-07-21||Cops arrest youth for raping sisters, blackmailing them - Daily News & Analysis|
Cops arrest youth for raping sisters, blackmailing them
Fri, 21 Jul 2017-07:30am , DNA
The Vithalwadi police has arrested a 22-year-old youth for allegedly raping two sisters and filming the incidents. He filmed the entire act and later threatened to make the pictures and videos viral.
According to the police, Javed Shaikh, a resident of Ulhasnagar, first raped a 35-year-old Bhandup woman and later raped her 25-year-old sister, a resident of Kanjurmarg, on the pretext of giving her a job. The accused is a colleague of the elder sister who was living with her husband.
"The accused later blackmailed them and was threatening to make the pictures and videos viral since the past seven months and was raping both sisters on different occasions," said a Vithalwadi police officer. "We have arrested him for rape and blackmailing both the women. When we produced him before Ulhasnagar court, he was remanded into police custody up to July 24," said SJ Shirsath, Senior Police Inspector, Vithalwadi police station. "We have seized his cellphone and are investigating further," added Shirsath.
|2017-07-18||Suspended civic official, kin booked - Times of India|
Suspended civic official, kin booked
Jul 19, 2017, 05:23 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A suspended assistant town planner from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, his wife and daughter have been booked by the ACB in a disproportionate assets case.
Manoj Tarani, said ACB officers, was posted as assistant town planner since 1991. In 2014, Tarani and a junior engineer were arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a complainant to sign a compliance certificate for his house. Subsequently, Tarani was suspended and an inquiry initiated against him.ACB police inspector V Raskar said, "During the probe, it was learnt that Tarani and his family have amassed wealth over Rs 85 lakh more than their known sources of income."
Tarani's wife Bhavna and daughter Karishma were also booked as some of the properties were in their name. All three have been charged under sections 13 (1) (e) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, which deal with criminal misconduct by a public servant for obtaining pecuniary gains for him or any other person, and IPC Section 109 (abetment). —Pradeep Gupta
|2017-07-17||Ulhasnagar to keep 10-feet limit for Ganesha idols - Times of India|
Ulhasnagar to keep 10-feet limit for Ganesha idols
Updated: Jul 18, 2017, 12:58 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Taking lesson from last year's incident in which two Ganesh devotees died due to electrocution while carrying a 15-ft idol on a trolley here, the administration has decided not to give permission for idols above 10 feet to mandals here.The decision was taken at a meeting on Monday, called by Kalani over the issue, which was attended by police, civic officials, MSEDCL officials and local representatives.
Last August, Hitesh Kukreja (20) and Hitesh Sachdev (20) from Jai Mata Di Mandal from Ulhasnagar were carrying an idol from a Ganpati workshop in Parel to Ulhasnagar. The idol, covered in plastic, touched an overhead wire and Talreja and Sachdev got electrocuted, while another person were thrown aside.
Kalani told TOI, "After the incident, many citizens demanded a ban on big Ganesh idols. Along with idol size, we have also planned to create awareness on an eco-friendly festival this year."
Mandals and citizens welcomed the decision. Lal Tanwani, a professor, said, "It is a really good move which has been taken by the administration and all mandals should follow it as it will send out a good message to mandals in neighbouring cities."
|2017-07-16||2 dead, 4 injured after house collapses due to landslide in Ulhasnagar - Times of India|
2 dead, 4 injured after house collapses due to landslide in Ulhasnagar
Jul 16, 2017, 03:57 PM IST
ULHASNAGAR: Two people were killed and four injured after an under-construction illegal house collapsed on another house due to landslide on hill side area in Maharal village in Ulhasnagar on Sunday morning. The landslide took place following heavy rain since last three days.
The deceased has been identified as Saifuddin Shaikh (45) and Mohammed Islam (50). Fire officials said incident took place on Sunday morning at 5 am when an under-construction chawl room collapsed on another room situated below in which people were sleeping.
In the mishap, Saifuddin and Islam died on spot while four people including three women who suffered injuries were shifted to Central hospital in Ulhasnagar where their treatment is on.
The locals claimed that under-construction chawl which collapsed due to landslide was constructed illegally and about the same they had complained to local Gram Panchayat office.
|2017-07-16||Two killed, four hurt in Ulhasnagar landslide - Times of India|
Two killed, four hurt in Ulhasnagar landslide
Jul 17, 2017, 05:17 AM IST
KALYAN: Two people were killed and four others, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a landslide in Ulhasnagar around 5 am on Sunday . A one-storey house perched on a hill in Maharal village collapsed on four other houses that stood lower. The landslide took place following heavy rain over the last three days. The deceased -Aslam Nizamuddin (45) and SaifuddinKhan (50) -died on the spot. Fire officials said that the groundplus-one structure collapsed on four houses.
The injured have been identified as Neelam Singh (23), her husband Parvej (26), Aslam's wife Firdaus Shaikh (30) and Saifuddin's daughter Khushboo (16). They are undergoing treatment at Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar.
The police said that Neelam, who is four months pregnant, has sustained injuries to the shoulder and back. A doctor at Central Hospital said that the baby in the womb is safe. Parvej told TOI that despite the injuries he and his wife have sustained, they are glad to know that their to-be-born child is safe.Firdaus, who suffered serious head injuries, has not been told of the death of her her husband, Aslam, said her relatives.
Khushboo used to stay with her father, Saifuddin, while the rest of the family lives in Uttar Pradesh. The teenage girl has been depressed on learning about her father's death, said a neighbour. Sources said that all the houses in which the victims lived were illegal and were constructed five years ago. Besides, the one-storey house which was affected due to the landslide was also illegal, said sources.
Nature's fury at Kasara too
A landslide also occurred at Kasara Ghat on the Mumbai-Agra highway (NH-3) in the early hours of Sunday. However, there was no loss to life or property, according to the police.The landslide occurred around 7.30 pm on the road from Mumbai to Nashik side, following which the authorities had to keep one lane of the road shut for vehicular traffic.
|2017-07-11||Mumbai: Thieves use potholes as their latest weapon against citizens - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: Thieves use potholes as their latest weapon against citizens
Mumbai | Posted 11-Jul-2017
The city's back-breaking potholes are making you an easy target for thieves. The police have busted a gang that snatched the handbag of a bike rider as the vehicle slowed down near a patch of potholes
The city's back-breaking potholes are making you an easy target for thieves. The Vitthalwadi police have busted a gang that snatched the handbag of a bike rider as the vehicle slowed down near a patch of potholes in Ulhasnagar on Sunday.
The police suspect that the same modus operandi was used in recent chain-snatching cases in the area.Around 12.30 am on July 9, Ulhasnagar resident Harsha Dilip Lulla, 34, and husband Dilip Lulla were headed on a motorcycle for Ambernath. Harsha was the pillion rider, clutching a handbag.Hit the brake, lose the bag
On reaching Kalika Mandir in Ulhasnagar sector 4, Dilip spotted several potholes ahead and slowed down. "Right then, three persons on a motorcycle approached them, snatched Harsha's bag and fled," said SB Nagare, investigation officer from Vitthalwadi police station. The bag contained two mobile phones worth Rs 11,500 and Rs 2,500 in cash. Nagare said the three thieves had been tailing the couple for some time and targeted them when they slowed down.Although shaken by the crime, Dilip collected his wits and chased the thieves on his bike, while raising an alarm. About 1 km ahead, the thieves skid on a pothole and fell. "They abandoned their motorcycle and ran away," said Nagare.
Dilip and Harsha then approached the Vitthalwadi police. A case was registered at under sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and a hunt for the thieves launched.The identities of the three were established in hours, and two of them — Ulhasnagar sector 3 residents Sunny Sudhir Shetty, 20, and Rahul Mohan Bedkar, 20 - were arrested the same morning. The third, Pankaj Bahadur Karotiya, 19, is still on the run.
"The stolen valuables are with Karotiya. The other two were produced in court and remanded in police custody till July 12," said Nagare.
Same modus operandi
During their interrogation, Shetty and Bedkar revealed that they used the same modus operandi for past targets.
"The stretch of road from Ulhasnagar to Ambernath has seen similar crimes. We are questioning the two youths to ascertain whether they had a hand in those as well. The central police in Ulhasnagar, too, wants their custody for investigation into similar crimes in their jurisdiction," said a senior official from Vitthalwadi police station.
Sunil Bharatwaj, deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar division, confirmed a probe into the possible involvement of the gang in previous such crimes.
|2017-07-09||Case against petrol pump for 'cheating' customer - Times of India|
Case against petrol pump for 'cheating' customer
Jul 9, 2017, 06.52 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A customer filed an FIR against a petrol pump manager for allegedly cheating him by filling up less petrol and charging him for more.
The incident came to light on Friday morning when Ajinkya Patil resident of Ambernath went to fill petrol at Shanta Service near Shree Ram talkies area in Ulhasnagar. He asked the petrol pump staff to fill the tank to its full capacity.In complaint Patil alleged that after filling the tank, the staff gave him a bill of Rs 970 for 13 litres and 20 ml, while the capacity of the fuel tank of the bike was only 12 litres.
When he confronted the staff as asked if they have tampered the meter, they started arguing. Patil then approached Vithalwadi police alongwith the bill. The police filed a case under sections 420 and 409 of Indian Penal Code against petrol pump manager Vijay Tharwani.Tharwani claims that Bharat Petroleum Department measured the fuel tank of the bike and it was found that the complainant's motorcycle's fuel capacity is more than 13 litres.
However, Ajay Rathod an investigator from Vithalwadi police station said, "We have informed crime branch and the metrology department to check if petrol pump machine is malfunctioning or is tampered with."
|2017-07-06||One dead, two hurt in mishap on Mumbai-Nashik highway - Times of India|
One dead, two hurt in mishap on Mumbai-Nashik highway
Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 01.26 AM IST
BHIWNDI: A 21-year old woman, Rashmi Rohra, died and her colleagues, Soni Bhatia and Taruna Duseja, suffered injuries after a truck hit their scooter near Mankoli naka on Mumbai-Nashik highway on Thursday. All are residents of Khemani area in Ulhasnagar.
Police said trio were headed to work around 10.30am. A cab suddenly applied break and to avoid a collision, Rohra too applied break and took right but was hit by a truck which was coming from behind. A shocked Duseja lost her balance and fell and sustained injuries.
Truck driver Abdul Shaikh has been arrested.
|2017-07-04||Mumbai's first pothole death this monsoon: Helmetless 18-year-old falls off bike, bangs his head into a rock - Hindustan Times|
Helmetless Mumbai teen falls off bike while trying to avoid pothole, dies after banging his head on a rock
Mumbai city news: According to the police, the brothers were travelling from Ulhasnagar to Thane to buy notebooks when the incident occurred
MUMBAI Updated: Jul 04, 2017 14:07 IST
An 18-year-old died after he lost control of his bike while riding over a pothole in Bhiwandi late on Saturday. He was not wearing a helmet, said the police.
Rahul Ahuja was driving the bike while his elder brother Amit rode pillion.
According to the police, the brothers were travelling from Ulhasnagar to Thane to buy notebooks when the incident occurred. “We took a U-turn from Bhiwandi naka as it was raining heavily and as we reached Mankoli naka in Bhiwandi, Rahul tried to avoid a pothole and turned left but he saw a truck approaching and turned right, driving right into the pothole,” said Amit.
“Rahul then lost control of the bike and it skid and we fell off. He fell on the side of the pothole where his head hit a stone and I fell on a divider and hurt my leg,” he said.
Amit added while Rahul was crying in pain, he tried to stop passing cars to help get to a hospital but none did. Amit finally convinced an auto-rickshaw driver to take them to the nearest hospital.
There too, the siblings received little help. “Even though Rahul was bleeding profusely, the doctors asked us to wait,” said Amit. When the doctors finally operated on Rahul, they could not save him. Moreover, Amit alleged that after Rahul was brought out of the operation theatre, his iPhone worth Rs57,000 was missing.
“When Rahul was being taken into the room, his phone was ringing so we know that he did not lose it during the accident,” said Amit.
Their father Shankar Ahuja, 52, a businessman from Ulhasnagar said, “The doctors delayed Rahul’s treatment and made Amit wait for an hour before giving him two stitches on his legs.”
Meanwhile, the Narpoli police filed a case against Rahul .
“We registered the case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against Rahul as he was riding the bike and neither of them was wearing helmets,” said M Kature, investigating officer from Narpoli police station. He added that since it was raining heavily at the time of the accident, Amit could not identify which pothole caused it.
“We could not fill the potholes earlier as we were waiting for the traffic police’s approval and then it became difficult for us to fix the potholes once the rains set in,” said a PWD official. “But will fill them up as soon,” he added.
|2017-07-04||This year, Thane district received 40% more rain in June as ... - NYOOOZ|
This year, Thane district received 40% more rain in June as compared to last
Thane Wed,05 Jul 2017
Summary: THANE: This year, so far it seems like the rain gods have spelt good news for Thane district . In the month of June, the district received almost double the usual volume of rainfall. Shahpur recorded 936mm rainfall, while Ulhasnagar taluka witnessed 1,013mm rainfall.As the district has received good rainfall, the reservoirs have also marked an increase in volume. Thane taluka—comprising of Thane city and Navi Mumbai recorded 1,057mm rainfall, while Kalyan witnessed 1,008mm rainfall. "Good rains will ensure a healthy supply of water to the city and district.
|2017-07-02||Report river polluters, get Rs 10000 reward - Times of India|
Report river polluters, get Rs 10,000 reward
Jul 2, 2017, 07.13 AM IST
KALYAN: Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) chief Rajendra Nimbalkar has announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for information on chemical tankers mafias who illegally dump chemical waste in Waldhuni river in Ulhasnagar. The civic body has also decided to instal around 13 CCTV cameras at important points near the river in order to keep a watch on such tankers.
Satyajit Burman, an activist who has been fighting against Waldhuni river pollution, said, "The move will help control pollution in the river as locals now have one more reason to come forward and inform authorities about tankers that dump chemicals in the water body."
The polluted river has become a health hazard for locals.
|2017-07-01||Mumbai tragedy: Two-year-old drowns in open drain in front of his house - Mid-Day|
Mumbai Tragedy: Two-Year-Old Drowns In Open Drain In Front Of His House
Jul 01, 2017, 08:00 IST
A two-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar drowned in an open drain in front of his house on Thursday night. His body was found two km away from the spot where he fell in. The Vitthalwadi police has registered an accidental death case.
According to the police, the boy, Sahil Vinayak Shinde, was a resident of section 28 in Ulhasnagar. Sahil lived with his parents, and his father is an auto-rickshaw driver. "Sahil was playing in front of his home, when he slipped and fell into the drain. Locals tried to rescue him, but later called the fire brigade," said an official from Vitthalwadi police station.
It was raining heavily and there was a strong current. "His body was found almost two kms from the spot where he fell in at Chinchpada," added an official.
He was taken to a civic hospital in Ulhasnagar, where the doctor declared him dead due to drowning.
A few days before the incident, Sahil's younger sister had also fallen into the nullah, but was rescued immediately.
|2017-07-01||Mumbai: 2-year-old Boy From Ulhasnagar Drowns in Open Drain - India.com|
Mumbai: 2-year-old Boy From Ulhasnagar Drowns in Open Drain
Published: July 1, 2017 1:02 PM IST
Mumbai, July 1: In a shocking incident in Ulhasnagar, a 2-year-old boy drowned in an open drain in front of his house on Thursday night. The boy, Sahil Vinayak Shinde’s body was found two kilometres away from the spot where he fell into the drain. The locals in the area tried to rescue him but after they couldn’t manage to get him out, they called the fire brigade. A case of accidental death is registered by the Vitthalwadi police.
The police said that Sahil was a resident of Section 28 in Ulhasnagar. The boy lived with his parents. His father is an auto-rickshaw driver. A few days ago, Sahil’s younger sister had also fallen into a nullah. However, the girl was rescued immediately and her life was saved. The police inform, “Sahil was playing in front of his home when he slipped and fell into the drain. Locals tried to rescue him, but later called the fire brigade”, reports Midday.
It was raining heavily when the unfortunate incident happened. The police officer adds, “His body was found almost two km from the spot where he fell in at Chinchpada”. Sahil’s body was taken to a civic hospital in Ulhasnagar. However, the 2-year-old was declared dead due to drowning.