|2009-09-17||I made a mistake, says Chugh|
I made a mistake, says Chugh
MAYURA JANWALKAR | Thu, 17 Sep 2009-02:09am , DNA
Nine months after he fled with his five-year-old son, Bunty Chugh on Wednesday surrendered before the Bombay high court. Chugh's estranged wife Priti had moved the court in November 2008 seeking her child's custody. Bunty, 28, had fled to Nepal with his son Sujal. He sent him back earlier this month after the high court asked director-general of police SS Virk to take over the investigation.
"I know I made a mistake", said Chugh, "but I was full of emotions when I left Mumbai with my child." He claimed that Sujal was more attached to him than he was to his mother. "He was only two-and-a-half when she separated from me. I looked after him till he was five," he said.
"For Sujal, his grandmother is his mother. He did not enquire about her when we lived in Nepal." Chugh said he wanted to makehis marriage work. "It is she who called it off. I still want to keep the marriage alive," he said. "She insisted that Iseparate from my parents. I will never do that."
After their separation, Sujal's custody was given to Priti. But she moved court alleging that Chugh had fled with their son the day he was supposed to hand him over to her.
Chugh, who has a textile business in Ulhasnagar, started a vehicle business in Nepal when he lived there with his son. "I sent him to the second-best school in Nepal. I even learnt to cook for him," Chugh said. "If Sujal is asked to choose between his mother and me, I am sure he will want to stay with me."
Chugh, however, wants to continue the fight for his child. "If I am assured that my child will be happy in their (Priti and her father's) home, I will not fight anymore. But I know my child is not happy," he said. "His happiness is paramount to me." Chugh said Priti had demanded Rs5 lakh as monthly maintenance and charged 29 members of his family with cruelty and harassment.
|2009-09-13||Khabron ka khiladi|
Khabron ka khiladi
By: Vaidehi Limaye Date: 2009-09-14 Place: Mumbai
From shootouts to smuggling, this police informer has seen it all. But now when he wants to quit, he just can't find a way out
Being a police informer may be adventurous, but it comes at a price, as Prakash Kamath (name changed) will testify.
For nearly a decade, this 45-year-old has been tipping off the Mumbai police about drug deals, counterfeit notes racket and gang wars.
But now that he wants to end it all, it's not easy. After having tied the knot in 2003, the father of two now wants to lead a normal life.
"There's no steady income, no job guarantee or any kind of insurance benefits provided by the police.
When I leave my home for a mission, I don't know if I will return," he said.
"I want to start afresh; be a good father and a husband," he added.
An economics graduate, Prakash came to Mumbai from Bangalore after his father's death in 1983 and worked at a dance bar in Colaba, which was a hub of illegal activities.
Here he assisted gangsters who smuggled in gold and silver. "I became familiar with secret trading places in the city and played mediator between parties," said Prakash.
But after the 1993 blasts, most smugglers went underground. Fearing arrest, he decided to switch sides.
After donning a new role of an informer, Prakash helped bust a drug racket. "Drugs were traded rampantly in the black market then.
My first tip-off was about drug dealers Sikandar and Nadir Shah, who were Dawood's henchmen.
A heroin deal worth Rs 1.2 lakh was about to take place, when I helped the cops catch them red handed. My first reward was Rs 50,000," said Kamath.
This was just the beginning. Prakash's information also led to the encounter of a Pappu Kalani aide.
He informed the police about the killing of Gopal Rajwani at an Ulhasnagar court in 2000 and also helped nab a Nigerian cocaine dealer in Andheri in 1995.
However, with the adventures came compromises. Prakash said, "For 10 years, I haven't socialised or attended any gathering. I could not think of marriage because I was often threatened to be kidnapped or killed."
Prakash last assisted the Mumbai police in 2008, where he helped them crack a fake notes racket in Kerala. For this he received a 'reward' of Rs 10,000.
"How can I support a family of four with such a measly income? Moreover, the nature of my job is making it difficult for me to take up a different career. I'm hoping to find a job in the hotel industry, where I started."
Top cop says...
Though the police appreciate the efforts of informers, there's little they can do to help. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria, said, "Kamath helped us during a fake notes racket case that was unearthed recently.
It's unfortunate that even though informers play such an important role, it's not easy to take care of all of them because there are thousands in the city."
"Police informers like Kamath are paid from the secret money fund of the Mumbai police. It depends on the cop how to utilise the funds among his informers.
Nobody can ever secure an informer's life; all we can do is reward them for their help," added Maria.
|2009-09-11||Only 4ft tall and 65 kg!|
Only 4ft tall and 65 kg!
DEEPA SURYANARAYAN | Fri, 11 Sep 2009-02:14am , Mumbai , DNA
In a class of 60, it is hard to miss Ayush Chheda. Barely four feet tall, he weighs 65 kilos. It is not heredity or any ailment that has made him obese. "Pampering led to his weight gain," says his father Tejas Chheda. "He was a fussy eater and we let him eat whatever he would ask for.
"Ayush craves for any junk food when he comes home from school. He even spends all his pocket money on food." Noodles and burgers rank at the top of the boy's list of favourite foods. Any vegetable is a definite no.
Sagar Balani, an eight-year-old who used to weigh 115kg, is the perfect example of how unhealthy eating habits can backfire on children. When kids his age were out playing, Sagar was battling for life in the ICU.
"He had type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure," says Sagar's father Dharmu Balani, a 48-year-old garment businessman from Ulhasnagar. "He was admitted to the ICU twice. He used to eat a lot of junk food, particularly wafers. But we never expected it to take such a dangerous turn."
The apple of his parents' eye, Sagar was overfed by his parents and two sisters. "The boy was a classic case of lifestyle eating disorder," says Dr Shashank Shah, bariatric surgeon at the Wockhardt Hospital. He performed a sleeve gasterectomy on Sagar in March 2007 which resulted in a weight loss of 71 kilos.
|2009-09-03||Four die after car falls off Kalyan bridge|
Four die after car falls off Kalyan bridge
V Narayan | TNN | Sep 3, 2009, 03.19 AM IST
MUMBAI: Four businessmen from Ulhasnagar were killed when the greenish grey Santro in which they were travelling spun out of control and crashed
against side bars of the Shahad fly-over-bridge in Kalyan early Wednesday morning. They were returning after partying in a Kalyan bar.
The Mahatma Phule Road (Kalyan) police said the car rammed on the left side of the bridge, hit iron bars there and was flung 40-feet below. Pedestrians who witnessed the incident said the vehicle landed on its roof after it hit a tree branch near Shahad station. Investigators said bystanders rushed the four to Rukmini hospital in Kalyan (West). However, doctors at the hospital declared them dead before admission. A case of accidental death has been registered.
The families of the deceased, who took the bodies from the hospital to conduct the final rites, refused to speak.
Police said since the four - Rajesh Lulla (34), at the wheel, Dharmendra Shersinghani (35), Deepak Ruklani (39) and Sanjay Sabria (37) - were drunk, they failed to judge the S-turn on the bridge.
Interestingly, this is the second such incident in a fortnight. In the last incident a person riding a bicycle on the bridge at night misjudged the S-turn, fell from the bridge and died on the spot.