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|2016-10-31||Thane cleanliness day ends in a mess: 1 doctor dies, another down with dengue - Times of India|
Thane cleanliness day ends in a mess: 1 doctor dies, another down with dengue Gargi Verma | Mumbai Mirror | Oct 31, 2016, 07.53 AM IST The cleanliness drive on October 23; at the end of the day, Dilip Kanse (right), 29, had to be hospitalised for dengue. If every good deed comes at a cost, two municipal doctors paid way too much after being compelled officiously to attend a cleanliness drive in Thane: while one died of heart attack, the other is combating a deadly strain of dengue. After the Thane Municipal Corporation declared October 23 a day to Clean Thane, decreeing that all public servants attend the drive, authorities at the civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa commanded the presence of all its staffers on the actionpacked day, which included an awareness march and a symbolic cleanup of the surroundings. The administration was so gung-ho about attendance that even those on medical leave were asked to turn up, sources from the hospital said. Overwrought by the diktat, some doctors genuinely in crisis approached their heads of departments but their request for exemption was shot down.Among them was 42-year-old Manoj Gangwani, whose heart gave up right after the drill ended. Dr Gangwani had been on sick leave but had to turn up for the drive, which lasted for up to five hours on a Saturday, at the behest of the bosses. He suffered a heart attack shortly after he returned home that evening and passed away within a few hours. While his family is not pressing charges, his friends and colleagues claim his death is correlated with the fatigue caused by the event. Some angry doctors from the civic hospital said though they are barely provided for by the authorities -whether it is food or rest -they are the first ones to get the memo when there's a strenuous activity to be done. But others defended the facility, saying: "The notice was issued to make sure people don't use sick leaves to escape this government initiative. These two incidents are extremely unfortunate but the hospital cannot be blamed." Stress and (dengue) strain The other casualty of the day is a 29 year-old ophthalmology resident at the same hospital, Dilip Kanse, who had apparently caught fever two days before the event. His roommate Vaibhav Kawde said Kanse was running up a high fever since October 21 but "we didn't think it was anything major." Another resident said an official notice warned of action against absentees. And so Dr Kanse got put of bed to seep the streets of Kalwa with a broom on the day of the drive. "It was exhaust ing as most of us had not had lunch.There was no provision of water, nor were we allowed to go easy or take a break," said a doctor who was part of the procession. Toward the end of the day, Kanse complained of dizziness and nausea and was asked by a senior to call it a day.He slept through most of the following day, a Sunday, and woke up on Monday with severe sickness. "After we admitted him at the hospital, the checkup revealed he has a deadly strain of dengue," his roommate Kawde said. Some doctors believe that while fever was a preliminary symptom, fatigue worsened his condition because of the slog he was put through. The condition degenerated further and Kanse was shifted to a private hospital. "Not one senior doctor checked on him or even enquired about his condition. Only when we threatened to go on a strike did the head of the department and the dean start helping us out," said a colleague of Kanse's. Another resident doctor said Kanse's family, based in Latur, is financially deficient and cannot be approached for help. "He lives in the hostel here. We can't ask his parents for money to treat him because they aren't well to do," said one of the residents. Despite several phone calls and text messages by this reporter, no response could be elicited from the hospital authorities because of the festive season.A senior official, though, said without wanting to be named, "These incidents aren't our fault. But they are very unfortunate. The two doctors are part of our fraternity and we will support them and their families in any way possible."
|2016-10-31||Thane cleanliness day ends in a mess: 1 doc dies, another down ... - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane cleanliness day ends in a mess: 1 doc dies, another down with dengue By Gargi VermaGargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 31, 2016, 01.37 AM IST The cleanliness drive on October 23; at the end of the day, Dilip Kanse (right), 29, had to be hospitalised for dengueThe two ailing doctors from a civic hospital in Kalwa had been recalled from medical leaves for the Clean Thane drive last week. If every good deed comes at a cost, two municipal doctors paid way too much after being compelled officiously to attend a cleanliness drive in Thane: while one died of heart attack, the other is combating a deadly strain of dengue. After the Thane Municipal Corporation declared October 23 a day to Clean Thane, decreeing that all public servants attend the drive, authorities at the civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa commanded the presence of all its staffers on the actionpacked day, which included an awareness march and a symbolic cleanup of the surroundings. The administration was so gung-ho about attendance that even those on medical leave were asked to turn up, sources from the hospital said. Overwrought by the diktat, some doctors genuinely in crisis approached their heads of departments but their request for exemption was shot down. Among them was 42-year-old Manoj Gangwani, whose heart gave up right after the drill ended. Dr Gangwani had been on sick leave but had to turn up for the drive, which lasted for up to five hours on a Saturday, at the behest of the bosses. He suffered a heart attack shortly after he returned home that evening and passed away within a few hours. While his family is not pressing charges, his friends and colleagues claim his death is correlated with the fatigue caused by the event. Some angry doctors from the civic hospital said though they are barely provided for by the authorities whether it is food or rest they are the first ones to get the memo when there's astrenuous activity to be done. But others defended the facility, saying: The notice was issued to make sure people don't use sick leaves to escape this government initiative. These two incidents are extremely unfortunate but the hospital cannot be blamed. Stress and (dengue) strain The other casualty of the day is a 29-year-old ophthalmology resident at the same hospital, Dilip Kanse, who had apparently caught fever two days before the event. His roommate Vaibhav Kawde said Kanse was running up a high fever since October 21 but we didn't think it was anything major. Another resident said an official notice warned of action against absentees. And so Dr Kanse got put of bed to seep the streets of Kalwa with a broom on the day of the drive. It was exhausting as most of us had not had lunch. There was no provision of water, nor were we allowed to go easy or take a break, said a doctor who was part of the procession. Toward the end of the day, Kanse complained of dizziness and nausea and was asked by a senior to call it a day. He slept through most of the following day, a Sunday, and woke up on Monday with severe sickness. After we admitted him at the hospital, the checkup revealed he has a deadly strain of dengue, his roommate Kawde said. Some doctors believe that while fever was a preliminary symptom, fatigue worsened his condition because of the slog he was put through. The condition degenerated further and Kanse was shifted to a private hospital. Not one senior doctor checked on him or even enquired about his condition. Only when we threatened to go on a strike did the head of the department and the dean start helping us out, said a colleague of Kanse's. Another resident doctor said Kanse's family, based in Latur, is financially deficient and cannot be approached for help. He lives in the hostel here. We can't ask his parents for money to treat him because they aren't well to do, said one of the residents. Despite several phone calls and text messages by this reporter, no response could be elicited from the hospital authorities because of the festive season. A senior official, though, said without wanting to be named, These incidents aren't our fault. But they are very unfortunate. The two doctors are part of our fraternity and we will support them and their families in any way possible.
|2016-10-31||Thane villages get rid of darkness this Diwali | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane villages get rid of darkness this Diwali By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:October 31, 2016 8:52 pm Two remote villages in neighbouring Thane district emerged out of darkness for the first time this Diwali, after they were electrified with the installation of a 2.5 kilo watts micro grid system. Sri Sri Rural Development Program (SSRDP) in collaboration with Rupantar Training and Consultancy brought solar electricity to Dapurmal and adjoining Khorgardwadi, literally lighting up the lives of 285 people there. When we started working in the villages, we felt road connectivity and electricity were their biggest challenges. We immediately started looking for resources to help us implement this. We want to do this in many more such villages, Snehal Naik, Director, Rupantar Training and consultancy said, in a short film made on the project. Rupantar's objective was to electrify the villages through solar micro grids and establish a self-driven system in the village for long-term maintenance. Our team took the initiative to do solar electrification in the village just before Diwali. The team has brought electricity to many far-flung villages in India, Rudresh Kumar Singh, Faculty, Art of Living said. Deepak Sharma, Trustee, SSRDP said that the country cannot be developed unless basic amenities like electricity, water and toilets are given to the youth staying in remote villages. The basic idea of SSRDP is to create sustainable infrastructure in villages so that the youth can take up entrepreneurial activities and sustain them,” he said. He said the project in Dapurmal and Khorgarwadi went through five stages beginning with a baseline survey to identifying the needs of the villagers. Next came prioritising projects to be undertaken liaising with local government bodies. The next step was to raise funds through donors while creating awareness on social media. The fourth step featured community participation and ownership. The final step was the installation of the set-up, he added. Baalu, a resident of Khorgharwadi village, said this was the first time the village was seeing light while all festivals in the past were celebrated in darkness. Ganpat Paradhi, another resident said, Our children were used to either studying in candle light or diyas. We never had electricity in our younger days, atleast our children will be able to see light.
|2016-10-31||Two Thane villages get a gift of light this Diwali - Mumbai Mirror|
Two Thane villages get a gift of light this Diwali PTI | Oct 31, 2016, 08.01 PM IST Mumbai: Two remote villages in neighbouring Thane district emerged out of darkness for the first time this Diwali, after they were electrified with the installation of a 2.5 kilo watts micro grid system. Sri Sri Rural Development Program (SSRDP) in collaboration with Rupantar Training and Consultancy brought solar electricity to Dapurmal and adjoining Khorgardwadi, literally lighting up the lives of 285 people there. "When we started working in the villages, we felt road connectivity and electricity were their biggest challenges. We immediately started looking for resources to help us implement this. We want to do this in many more such villages," Snehal Naik, Director, Rupantar Training and consultancy said, in a short film made on the project. Rupantar's objective was to electrify the villages through solar micro grids and establish a self-driven system in the village for long-term maintenance. "Our team took the initiative to do solar electrification in the village just before Diwali. The team has brought electricity to many far-flung villages in India," Rudresh Kumar Singh, Faculty, Art of Living said. Deepak Sharma, Trustee, SSRDP said that the country cannot be developed unless basic amenities like electricity, water and toilets are given to the youth staying in remote villages. "The basic idea of SSRDP is to create sustainable infrastructure in villages so that the youth can take up entrepreneurial activities and sustain them," he said. He said the project in Dapurmal and Khorgarwadi went through five stages beginning with a baseline survey to identifying the needs of the villagers. Next came prioritising projects to be undertaken liaising with local government bodies. The next step was to raise funds through donors while creating awareness on social media. The fourth step featured community participation and ownership. The final step was the installation of the set-up, he added. Baalu, a resident of Khorgharwadi village, said this was the first time the village was seeing light while all festivals in the past were celebrated in darkness. Ganpat Paradhi, another resident said, "Our children were used to either studying in candle light or diyas. We never had electricity in our younger days, atleast our children will be able to see light."
|2016-10-29||Thane call centre scam tip of iceberg, police probing 4 more similar frauds - Economic Times|
Thane call centre scam tip of iceberg, police probing 4 more similar frauds By PTI | Updated: Oct 29, 2016, 01.10 PM IST In another racket, calls were made to people in the US for loan approval in which repayment was in instalments. MUMBAI: The masterminds of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) call centre scam may be involved in at least four other such frauds to cheat US, Australian and Canadian citizens, a top police official said. The information is based on revelations by an arrested key accused, close to the multi-crore scam alleged kingpin Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the official told PTI. The arrested accused has revealed details of some more scams and their modus operandi in which they suspect thousands of US and some more foreign nationals have been cheated, he said. Beside cheating the US nationals by posing as US Tax Department officers, scamsters used to cheat people through the 'medical pharma scam', the official said. In this scam, they used to illegally procure data of subscribers who regularly use medicines like Xenix, Tans-toil, Oxide, Hydrophone, insisted that they purchase them and used to cheat them of thousands of dollars, he said. The Thane Crime branch team is working to get more details of this scam, the official added. In another racket, calls were made to people in the US for loan approval in which repayment was in instalments. In this, thousands of dollars worth of loan amount was deposited in the account of the victim to lure him without any documentation. If the victim evinced interest to get the loan, the call centre executive would then ask an upfront EMI to release the money, the police official said. Soon after the "victim: deposited the 'EMI' amount in the given account, the 'loan' amount which was flashed in his account was also withdrawn by the scamsters immediately. Debt collection and cheque deposits are similar frauds where victims used to deposit money through gift cards and prepaid cards, thereby getting cheated, the official said.
|2016-10-29||Thane: Printing unit gutted in fire inside industrial area, 2 hurt - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane: Printing unit gutted in fire inside industrial area, 2 hurt PTI Published Oct 29, 2016, 8:28 pm IST Updated Oct 29, 2016, 8:36 pm IST Thane: Two persons were injured as a printing unit was gutted in a major fire which broke out at an industrial area in Bhiwandi in the district, civic officials said today. The blaze erupted Saturday afternoon inside the premises of Indian Corporation industrial area in which two persons sustained injuries, Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation Chief Fire Officer Datta Salvi said. A printing unit was gutted and the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, he said, adding eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Chemical drums which were stored in the printing unit could have aggravated the fire. The blaze was brought under control at around 5 PM. The injured were admitted to a local hospital, said the official.
|2016-10-29||Fake call centre scam: IRS official to discuss case details with Thane police - The Indian Express|
Fake call centre scam: IRS official to discuss case details with Thane police By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Oct 30, 2016, 0:37 One of the call centres raided by the police last week. A MEMBER of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) is expected to visit the Thane police next week in connection with the fake call centre scam they had busted. The IRS official will meet the Thane police commissioner, Param Bir Singh, to discuss the case details, and is also expected to take up details about the 61 people charged by the US Department of Justice in connection with the fake call centre scam in the United States. Watch What Else is Making News Since Thursday, when the US announced the crackdown on fake call centres, there has not been any communication passed on to the Thane police. The Thane police officials had initially busted the racket by raiding unauthorised call centres running in Mira Road-Bhayander stretch, from where fraudulent calls were made to the US. Soon after, an official from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had contacted the Thane police to discuss the matter. A senior officer said, An IRS official was expected on Thursday itself, but it had to be delayed. We are expecting the visit anytime soon. We are hopeful of getting information on the people charged by the US in connection with the scam. As per information with the Thane police officials so far, there are at least a few names that are common to both the US probe and the one carried out by the Thane police. As per the information we have, the US police too has found the role of Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, whose role had been unearthed by US during the probe as well, an officer said. The police had on Thursday seized an Audi R-8 car from Rohtak, that Thakkar had purchased from cricketer Virat Kohli earlier this year. Police suspect that the vehicle had been purchased with the proceeds that Thakkar earned by running the bogus call centres. The police will be recording the statement of the Delhi-based agent who helped transfer the Audi R-8 vehicle from Virat Kohli to Thakkar. He will help us know the amount at which the Audi was purchased by Thakkar, the officer said. The call centre scam was busted on October 5 when the Thane police had raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area where employees would make calls to US citizens posing to be from their Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They would then threaten the US citizen to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them. The police suspect that Ahmedabad was the hub of these call centres and those who were successfully operating these call centres there had then moved to the Mira Road-Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department on Thursday had charged 61 persons in connection with the IRS scam including US citizens.
|2016-10-29||Fire breaks out in a chemical factory in Thane - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Fire breaks out in a chemical factory in Thane By mid-day online correspondent Posted 29-Oct-2016 A major fire broke out in a chemical factory in Thane on Saturday afternoon. Two persons were injured as a printing unit was gutted in a major fire which broke out at an industrial area in Bhiwandi in the district. The blaze erupted on afternoon inside the premises of Indian Corporation industrial area in which two persons sustained injuries, Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation Chief Fire Officer Datta Salvi said. A printing unit was gutted and the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, he said, adding eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Chemical drums which were stored in the printing unit could have aggravated the fire. The blaze was brought under control at around 5 pm. The injured were admitted to a local hospital, said the official. Fire tenders rushed to the spot.
|2016-10-28||In Thane: Truck driver runs over woman while talking over cellphone - Hindustan Times|
In Thane: Truck driver runs over woman while talking over cellphone Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 28, 2016 10:25 IST A 27-year-old truck driver from Nallasopara was arrested on Wednesday after he knocked down a woman while driving. The driver was allegedly talking over his cellphone when the incident occurred on Wednesday at 10 pm on Shilphata-Panvel- Mumbra Road. The deceased, who is yet to be identified, appears to be in her mid 30s. The truck driver was later identified as Jagan Narayan Rampat Yadav(27). He was nabbed by the passers-by and handed over to the police. Yadav was arrested and produced in court, which remanded him in police custody. Investigation revealed that Yadav was on his way to Thane and knocked down the woman while she was crossing the road, as he was busy talking over the phone. An officer from Shildaighar police station said, After the woman was hit by the truck, she was rushed to the nearby civil hospital. However, she was declared brought dead. During interrogation, Yadav said he got a call from one of his family members and since a few issues had to be settled so he decided talk while driving. He was arrested and booked under sections 304 A(causing death by negligence), 279(rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 134 and 250 (for talking on phone while driving) Motor Vehicles Act .
|2016-10-28||Thane bogus call centre mastermind purchased Rs 3-cr Audi R-8 from Virat Kohli - The Indian Express|
Thane bogus call centre mastermind purchased Rs 3-cr Audi R-8 from Virat Kohli Written by Mohamed Thaver Thane Published:Oct 28, 2016, 14:59 The Thane police that is probing the fake call centre and is on the lookout for Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, suspected to be the mastermind of the scam, have learnt that the 3 crore Audi R-8 vehicle that Thakkar had gifted his girlfriend had been purchased from the current Indian Test captain Virat Kohli. The police said that the cricketer was not aware about Thakkar's background and was not linked to the scam in any way. We have seized the Audi R8 vehicle, worth Rs 3 crore, that Thakkar had purchased from the proceeds of his ill gotten wealth. On enquiries, we found that he had purchased the vehicle from cricketer Virat Kohli, DCP Parag Manere confirmed to The Indian Express. Manere added, Kohli obviously did not know about Thakkar's background and is not linked to the case in any way. The police seized the vehicle from Ahmedabad and were getting it to Thane on Friday. An officer said that after purchasing the vehicle Thakkar had gifted it to his girlfriend. It is suspected that Thakkar is currently holed up in Dubai along with his sister Reema, who is also suspected to be involved in the call centre racket. We suspect they have some relatives there. Our efforts are on to get them back in the country, the officer said. While Thakkar was born in a middle class household in Borivali, he later moved to Ahmedabad from where he is suspected to have learnt the tricks on the trade as far is running these fake call centres are concerned. After setting up call centres in Ahmedabad he also set up call centres in Mira Road Bhayander belt.
|2016-10-28||Man gets crushed under local train at Thane station - Hindustan Times|
Man gets crushed under local train at Thane station Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times Updated: Oct 28, 2016 13:56 IST Thane: An 30-year-old man died after he was crushed under a local train at Thane on Thursday night. As per the Thane railway station GRP report, the man got hit by a slow local train on platform 2 at Thane railway station at around 9.50 pm when he was tring to cross the tracks. An accidental death report has been registered with the Thane GRP. A police officer from Thane GRP said, We have gone through the CCTV footage and it is seen that the man was running on the platform. We will also question the hawkers. We are trying to ascertain the identity of the deceased person, he added.
|2016-10-28||Cops ask US Justice Dept for info on 61 accused in Thane call centre scam - Hindustan Times|
Cops ask US Justice Dept for info on 61 accused in Thane call centre scam The Justice Departments indictment came on Thursday Updated: Oct 29, 2016 00:05 IST Using the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and the United States, the Thane police will seek information about the 61 people in the US, including 32 Indians, who have been charged by the US Justice Department with involvement in the Mira Road call centre scam that was busted recently. The Justice Departments indictment, which came on Thursday, said that by masquerading as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, operators of the call centres threatened potential victims with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay taxes or penalties to the government. The 61 people charged in the US are believed to have assisted them in the scam. A senior Thane crime branch official told HT on Friday that efforts are on to seek details of the findings through MLAT channels. We are not inclined to send letters rogatory (a formal request from a court to a foreign court for judicial assistance) as we want to avoid the lengthy legalities associated with it. Using MLAT will cut these procedural delays and expedite the investigation, the official said. Through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is the liaison authority with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), we will seek information from the US Justice Department about those indicted in connection with the call centre scam in their country. We have extended them help through similar channels and hope for a prompt reciprocation, the official added. Meanwhile, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said, We came to know that 61 people have been charged by the justice department. We will do the necessary paperwork with the FBI to seek information about the detainees and their role in the call centre scam. The Thane police are yet to identify the operatives of the scam in the US or the money-laundering aspect of the scam, and Singh said the questioning of those detained in the US could throw light on these aspects. On October 15, Suhel Daud, an FBI official who works as deputy legal attaché at the US embassy in New Delhi, met Singh to discuss the investigation. Singh said the discussion centered on information the Thane police had extracted from the arrested accused. Daud also provided certain inputs to aid the investigation. MLAT was signed and ratified by India and the US in 2005. Under the treaty, the two countries agreed to help each other on the investigation, prosecution, prevention and suppression of various crimes, including those relating to terrorism, narcotics, trafficking, economic and organised crime.
|2016-10-28||Thane: Youth sentenced to 10 years jail for raping minor girl - The Indian Express|
Thane: Youth sentenced to 10 years jail for raping minor girl By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 28, 2016, 14:33 A local court has sentenced a 23-year-old youth from Bhayander township here to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2012. Additional Sessions Judge S C Khalipe, in her order delivered yesterday, found Abdul Hamid Hamidullah Shaikh guilty of raping a nine-year-old girl and awarded him 10 years jail and also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000. Additional Public Prosecutor Vandana Jadhav told the court that the victim and the accused were neighbours. On November 6, 2012, the accused wooed the girl by some means and took her to his house and then committed the crime. After returning home, the victim confided in her mother and narrated about the incident. The parents later lodged a complaint and the accused was subsequently arrested. The prosecutor also told the judge that the victim had a bite mark on her chest which confirmed that the accused had also tortured her before raping.
|2016-10-28||Thane collector clicked driving the wrong way amid traffic jam - Times of India|
Thane collector clicked driving the wrong way amid traffic jam Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Oct 28, 2016, 01.00 PM IST BHIWANDI: Photos of Thane district collector Mahendra Kalyankar being driven in his red-beaconed car down the wrong side of a road amid a massive traffic snarl near Mankoli on the Mumbai-Nashik highway on Thursday have gone viral. What's raising further stink is opportunists in their cars following him in a bid to beat the jam. Kalyankar clarified he was checking whether multiaxle vehicles were coming into the city during restricted timing. "The entry of heavy vehicles in Thane city is banned from 7am to 10pm and I had information that some heavy vehicles were violating the norms. To find out the reality, I had to take the wrong side in my car," he said. "During the personal check, I found many heavy vehicles violating the norms. I have ordered the traffic police to follow the restricted time rules." On Thursday, a citizen stuck in the Mankoli snarl was surprised to see Kalyankar's vehicle on the wrong carriageway. He took photographs and shared it on social media. "I had heard that the collector is an honest officer but was shocked to see his car on the wrong side of the road.Following his example, many others were violating rules and followed his car to beat the traffic jam," said the person who did not want to give his name. "I found policemen at the spot making way for his car on the wrong side of the road," he added. Kalyankar further explai ned that his driver was not looking for a short cut. "I took the car in the wrong direction to confirm the location from which these heavy vehicles were coming. I wanted to personally ask them why they were violating the rules and after talking to them, in an evening meeting we decided to make available temporary parking lots in Bhiwandi." The Mankoli area near Bhiwandi nowadays experiences heavy traffic after the MMRDA started constructing a flyover to ease flow of vehicles transporting goods to and from warehouses around Bhiwandi. Kalyankar recently ordered that the warehouses be shut one day in a week to reduce traffic.
|2016-10-28||12-year-old boy electrocuted in Thane - The Indian Express|
12-year-old boy electrocuted in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 28, 2016, 13:57 A 12-year-old boy was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live wire, police said on Friday. According to Senior PI K N Gete of Kolsewadi police station in Kalyan, the incident took place last evening when the victim, identified as Aniket lonkar of Katemanivili village was busy preparing a mini tableaux model for a Diwali competition and was trying to get a power connection for it. The boy died on the spot and the body has been sent to local hospital for postmortem, police said. Police have registered a case of accidental death and further probe is on.
|2016-10-28||BJP, Sena seal pact, but not for city, Thane civic elections - Times of India|
BJP, Sena seal pact, but not for city, Thane civic elections TNN | Oct 29, 2016, 12.19 AM IST Mumbai: After being at each other's throats for two years, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine has sealed a pact for 212 municipal council and nagar panchayat elections in the state. But no decision has been taken on the Mumbai and Thane civic elections. The two will contest the council-panchayat polls as partners and disputes, if any, will be amicably resolved by party bigwigs, Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve and senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut, MP, said at a press conference on Thursday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray expressed "satisfaction" over the pact, Raut said. Political expediency compelled the BJP-Sena to ink a pact as the two face a formidable challenge in the state's interiors thanks to a slew of factors, including the overwhelming response to the Maratha morcha and a growing clamour for support price to agricultural produce, especially sugarcane, observers said. The state BJP may find it a tad tough to persuade its workers in the heartland to break bread with Sena activists, a party source said. "The BJP plans to expand its base across Maharashtra. Contesting council and nagar panchayat polls on our own strength could have been the best way to consolidate the party at the grassroot level," said a senior state BJP functionary. On whether the two parties had buried their differences which, at times, reached ridiculous levels, Raut said, "Differences keep happening in electoral alliances. But they were not serious. We have made a good start today and BJP-Sena activists across the state will put their hearts and souls into the municipal council and nagar panchayat polls." On the Mumbai-Thane civic elections, Danve said the two parties will think about polls to four major cities, including Mumbai and Thane, at the right time. Hectic talks began earlier in the day between Danve and Sena MP Vinayak Raut. Raut and Danve had a second round of talks. The two parties instructed district-level functionaries to be ready for a partnership. BMC boss urged to speed up work Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged civic chief Ajoy Mehta to expedite developmental work in the city. Among other projects, Thackeray is keen on speeding up the Bal Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park. The Sena's chief worry is that the Election Commission's model code of conduct will prevent corporators from spending on work in their wards.
|2016-10-28||Thane shops don a bright look to attract customers for Dhanteras, wedding season - Times of India|
Thane shops don a bright look to attract customers for Dhanteras, wedding season Freny Fernandes | TNN | Oct 28, 2016, 10.20 PM IST Thane: After cleaning their homes, drawing traditional rangolis and lighting diyas as part of preparation for the five-day Diwali festival, Thaneites are all set to welcome Dhanteras while shopkeepers have decked up their stores to attract festive shoppers. As the day signifies the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi, people spend the day lighting diyas and put up lanterns followed byt shopping for jewellery, electronics and other valuables. Tejaswini Pethe, a resident of Vartak Nagar, said, "We believe that Goddess Lakshmi brings with her prosperity and wealth during this auspicious season. We buy gold, silver or some valuable to symbolize the arrival of our beloved Goddess into our homes." "In addition to the traditional buying of silver and brass coins or pots, we also hold off on purchasing gadgets till this day, as it is not only auspicious, but also because city stores have a lot of discounts during these festive days," added Smriti Rankhambe, another resident. While the demand and sale of gold have always skyrocketed on this day over the years, city stores are now seeing an increase in the demand for precious stone-based jewellery as well as silver and bronze ornaments. "Our profits shoot up by over 60 per cent on Dhanteras. Earlier people only bought gold. But now, they buy a few grams or coins and pots of gold or silver or even copper and then buy jewellery with gemstones and unique designs," said Ramesh Raikar, owner of a jewellery store at Kopri. Suresh Jain, manager at an electronics store in Thane area, added, "As people get their Diwali bonuses and tend to shop a lot of valuables on Dhanteras, we have kept a string of offers for them. We are hoping to make a bumper sale." Shopkeepers are attract shoppers by lighting up their shops to make them look welcoming. "Many shop for jewellery in preparation of the wedding season which is almost here. We have not only decorated our shop with lights, but also collaborated with neighbouring shopkeepers to light up the entire area to attract festive shoppers," said Siddhesh Jain, an employee at a jewellery store at Gokhale road.
|2016-10-28||E-tail stings Thane brick and mortar retail, sale down 30% - Times of India|
E-tail stings Thane brick and mortar retail, sale down 30% Freny Fernandes | TNN | Oct 29, 2016, 12.34 AM IST Thane: The string of shopping offers and discounts available on various e-commerce sites over the past few weeks seem to be taking a massive toll on the sale of a variety of items ranging from festive decorations to electronics. While the shopkeepers were very optimistic that shoppers would prefer going out to shop for their Diwali decor, goodies and even clothes, as it is a part of the festive spirit, city retailers are have witnessed a drop of over 30 percent in their sales. Pravin Chedda, a member of the Thane Chamber Association which has over 2,000 Thane retailers under its aegis, said, "We thought that this online shopping trend would create a new section of shoppers and not affect us much. However, it has resulted in a drop of over 30 percent in our sales. The first week of October, which had a string of sales on different e-commerce sites hit us the hardest. The businesses that were most affected were electronics, accessories and men's wear" "We are small retailers and don't have the funds to match the media advertising campaigns and schemes that these e-commerce companies conduct. We are hoping that this phase ends soon, or it will result in our businesses drowning," he added. Rajesh Giri, who owns an ethnic jewellery stall in Thane market area, said, "The festive crowd that we have become accustomed to and look forward to over the years were shockingly low this year. We didn't get much business. In fact, I even had some customers who were comparing the designs of the kadas to something they had seen online, but luckily for me they were last minute shopping and bought it that day." Interestingly, the popular clothing and jewellery stores have not witnessed much of a drop in their business. "We have a number of stores and also have our website, where we upload the saree pictures for sale. While the number of those buying on the website have increased, there are many more who prefer looking at the fabric and design in person before buying. There are many more choices in the store as compared to the site as well," said Khusal Karia, store manager of the Thane sari branch. "Jewellery is too expensive an item to be risked buying online, and unlike gadgets you can't easily figure our weather the gold or silver or precious stones are real or fake. This is probably why our sale isn't affected," said an employee at a jewellery store in Thane. "I recently renovated my home and had to replace a few things like my washing machine and my AC. I checked in almost all the outlets in Thane, but none of them could match the prices that were sold online. Finally I ended up buying the same electronics online during their sale and saved over Rs 10,000. End of the day, a customer will buy items where he finds them cheap," said B P Gupta, a Vartak Nagar resident.
|2016-10-27||Dhayari resident rapes Thane minor, booked - Times of India|
Dhayari resident rapes Thane minor, booked Indian Penal Code and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. "We have launched a manhunt to trace the suspect," police said. TNN | Updated: Oct 27, 2016, 07:32 IST PUNE: A Dhayari resident was booked on Tuesday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl from Thane district on the promise of marriage. The suspect also forced the girl to undergo abortion after she became pregnant. An officer from the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station told TOI that the complainant came in contact with the suspect through a social networking site in January last year. "She had accepted the suspect's friend request on the site and started chatting with him. During the course of their online courtship, the suspect promised to marry her and asked her to meet him in Pune," the officer said. After she came down to Pune, the suspect took her to a lodge in Katraj and raped her. "In August this year, when the girl told the suspect that she was pregnant, her forced her to undergo an abortion," the officer said. Thereafter, the suspect started avoiding her. "This prompted the girl to approach his parents and other relatives. But, they too chose to turn a blind eye to her plight," the officer said, adding that the girl registered a complaint against the suspect on Tuesday. The suspect has been booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. "We have launched a manhunt to trace the suspect," police said.
|2016-10-27||Thane bridge repairs may delay your Diwali gifts - Times of India|
Thane bridge repairs may delay your Diwali gifts Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 27, 2016, 13:57 IST THANE: The delay in repairing Versova bridge on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and subsequent jams on Bhiwandi roads may impact the movement of over 10,000 trucks ferrying consumer durables from warehouses here to markets in Mumbai, Thane and online mart consumers. Nearly 50,000 freight vehicles from the Mumbai-Gujarat route have been diverted via Bhiwandi after the partial closure of the bridge, forcing the district administration to shut down warehouses in Bhiwandi for three days every week from Tuesday. The district administration invoked section 133 under the Code of Criminal Procedure fearing massive traffic snarls and ordered closure of godowns in the area in addition to their weekly offs. The movement of trucks ferrying consumer durables, including electronic items, garments, pharma and cosmetic products and eatables daily from nearly 5,000 godowns and packaging units in the area to markets in Mumbai and the suburbs will be stopped thrice a week. This, traders fear, will not only impact business of retailers but also delay delivery of those shopping online. Almost all wholesalers and retail units operating in Mumbai and the suburbs, including online shopping marts, have warehouses in and around Bhiwandi. The administration has curtailed movement of traffic between JNPT and Gujarat but still the density of traffic is huge, compared road infrastructure in rural belts in the district. "A meeting between district officials, traffic police and godown owners last week decided to immediately shut store houses thrice a week to ensure less traffic," a district official said. "Traders prefer to store excess merchandise in Bhiwandi, which is a two-hour drive away, as there is no space in Mumbai. The town is easily accessible to JNPT and Gujarat's ports, from where most stock arrives to the city," said a representative of the Bhiwandi Godown Owners' Association. Demand for consumer durables increases manifold during the week prior to the festive season, with many booking online. Traders from Mumbai and Thane said they have ordered in excess before the festive season started and fear they would incur losses if they are unable to deliver products on time. "We are deploying additional manpower to ensure prompt despatch of gadgets from Bhiwandi. We haven't got any such orders yet, but if warehouses have to be shut, it will impact operations," said Vishal Mewani, director of a chain of electronics store in Mumbai and Thane. The impact of traffic congestion has started affecting consumers shopping online who claim the waiting period for select items has increased over the last few weeks. "I had ordered a curtain set for decorating my home for Diwali. Even though, I placed my order in the first week of Diwali, I am yet to get it. The company has informed me of the delay but did not cite any reason," said Sushil Waghmare, a resident of Vikhroli. District officials said the move was to facilitate smooth flow of Gujarat and Delhi-bound heavy freight traffic that was diverted via the powerloom town after the bridge was partially shut last month. "There are several godowns in and around Bhiwandi that sees nearly 10,000 freight vehicles. We have ensured a staggered timing for godowns from this week," said Santosh Thite, sub-divisional officer who met godown owners recently.
|2016-10-27||Thane local body to hire eunuchs to get tax defaulters to pay up - Hindustan Times|
Ulhasnagar civic body to hire eunuchs to get tax defaulters to pay up Padmja Sinha, Hindustan Times, Ulhasnagar Updated: Oct 27, 2016 23:45 IST They will sing, dance and clap in your face; they will make a noise outside your home but only until you clear your tax dues. Tired of chasing nearly 90,000 tax defaulters to recover Rs 260 crore in overdue payments, the civic body at Ulhasnagar in Thane, a satellite town of Mumbai, has come up with a plan hire eunuchs, known for being loud and persuasive to get defaulters to pay up. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) chief Rajendra Nimbhalkar said the tax dues have been pending for over a decade, so when Rekha Thakur, a local corporator from the Nationalist Congress Party went to him with a group of eunuchs and suggested the civic body hires them to collect the money, Nimbalkar jumped at the idea. We have served notices to tax defaulters and have asked them to pay up within eight days. If they don't, the eunuchs we hire will dance in front of their homes and force them to pay tax. We already have eight special teams working to recover the money and 100 officials serving notices to the defaulters, Nimbalkar said. The civic body plans to hire 15 eunuchs, who will be paid for their work. The priority is to collect taxes. We will first use notices and reminders. Asking eunuchs to go to the defaulters homes is our last resort, said Nimbalkar, adding, Most people on our list earn well and make big profits. By law, they should pay up, but they are trying to evade. The civic body has set a Diwali deadline. Hiring eunuchs is currently just an idea, we hope not to use them but if defaulters don't settle their accounts by Diwali, we will be forced to employ them, Nimbalkar said. This is not the first time a civic corporation has resorted to out-of-the-box measures to recover tax dues. At the start of this year, the Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal hired bands to play outside defaulters homes to shame them into paying up.
|2016-10-27||Cops track six more investors in Thane call centre scam - Hindustan Times|
Cops track six more investors in Thane call centre scam Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane/Washington Updated: Oct 28, 2016 00:26 IST The Thane crime branch have identified six Ahmedabad-based investors in the illegal call centres scam at Mira Road that came to light earlier this month. The six allegedly flew abroad soon after the police conducted raids at the Hari Om IT Park, where most of these call centres are located, said officials. Meanwhile, the US Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in the scam where agents impersonated internal revenue service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts. The indictment said the operators of the call centres in Ahmedabad threatened potential victims with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay taxes or penalties to the government. A senior Thane crime branch official told HT that the names of Rachit Joshi, Hitesh Hingadajiya, Nirav Raichura, Nagrani brothers and Kuldeep cropped up when two more investors were interrogated earlier this week. Based on this information, the police went to their homes in Ahmedabad. Their families claimed that they had gone abroad in connection with some office work, the official said. Interestingly, family members of the six investors, who now figure as wanted, claimed they had no idea about the work they were into. All six of them had invested in the call centres and played laundered money from the US to India, the official said adding that a massive hunt has been launched to trace them. The police have learnt that of the six, Rachit was close to Saagar Thakkar, alias Saggy, the scam's alleged mastermind. Rachit met Saagar three to four years ago. After learning about the profits involved in illegal call centres, Rachit gathered capital and invested in a call centre, added the official. The police also learnt that Saagar and Rachit handled business together in Gujarat, while they would visit the Mira Road call centres occasionally. Whenever they came, they would rarely show up before the employees. That is why the employees had little clue about their identity when queried, said the official. The police had earlier arrested Jagdish Kanani, a Borivli resident, who had allegedly invested in one of the Mira Road call centres.
|2016-10-26||Thane city breaks records with mega Diwali clean up - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane city breaks records with mega Diwali clean up
|2016-10-26||Denied visit to hospital, Thane jail inmate flings mug of poop at doctor - Mid-Day|
Denied visit to hospital, Thane jail inmate flings mug of poop at doctor By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours The Thane Central Jail inmate has been sent to Taloja jail after the mishap. Pooh-poohing a Thane jail inmate's bid to visit the hospital backfired on a doctor, who was doused with a mug full of faeces for just doing his job. The angry jailbird flung the excreta after being denied a medical certificate by Dr B Dhotre, who told him that he was completely fine. The inmate has since been shifted to Taloja jail. According to jail sources the incident took place on October 20, when Dr Dhotre was meeting patients who had been complaining about various health problems. The inmate, Abdul Raheem Yakub Shaikh, who is an undertrial in a rape case, had been complaining about severe pain in his ear and head for almost a fortnight. He was asked to meet the doctor in his office. Argument over certificate Shaikh complained of severe pain in his ears and head for the second time in 14 days. He asked for a medical certificate, so that he could be referred to the Thane Civil Hospital or JJ Hospital for treatment. An argument took place between him and Dhotre when the latter found nothing wrong with Shaikh after checking him. He then asked Shaikh to leave the office, said a jail official. Shaikh was angry as he had been given a medical certificate earlier but was not allowed to visit the hospital, as there was no police escort team to take him there. Mug full of faecesThe officer added that Shaikh got furious and ran to take the metal mug that is provided to inmates. He returned with the mug full of excreta and threw it on Dhotre's face. Dhotre almost collapsed. It took more than 45 minutes for Dhotre to clean his clothes and return. Prison officials then caught hold of the inmate as Dhotre was shifted to the bathroom, said an officer. Dhotre confirmed the attack and said that Shaikh was fine and there was no reason to give him a certificate to visit the hospital. NB Vayachal, superintendent of police, Thane Central Jail, said, The same day the inmate was transferred to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai for his indiscipline. Lack of cop escort to blame: However, Shaikh's outburst of anger is not the first such case at the jail. An official from the jail said that inmates keep attacking the jail authorities or go on protest due to lack of a police escort team to produce them in court. They blame the Thane police and reserve police inspector for the same. In the past one month, the police escort team was not on time leading to a problem in taking the inmates to the hospital or court. Shaikh was granted permission to go to the hospital earlier, but as there was no police escort team, he was not sent. In such cases, officials or doctors are attacked or sometimes the inmates go on protest, the officer added. 45 mins Time it took for Dr Dhotre to wash off the excreta
|2016-10-26||MNS leader attacked in Thane, hospitalised - The Hindu|
MNS leader attacked in Thane, hospitalised Special Correspondent Samiksha Markande, head of the women's cell of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), was attacked by unknown persons in Thane on Tuesday evening. According to the police, the incident was reported to them at around 8:00 p.m. According to our information, Ms. Markande was hit on the head and was taken to Thane Civil Hospital, and was later shifted to Jupiter Hospital, said Thane police spokesperson inspector Sukhada Narkar. The Vartak Nagar police are currently at Jupiter Hospital to conduct inquiries, and an FIR is expected to be registered by Wednesday morning. Thane MNS leader Abhijeet Panse said, If the incident is connected to the coming municipal elections, those responsible will not be spared.
|2016-10-26||Thane FDA sends show-cause notice to Wanbury Pharma - Economic Times|
Thane FDA sends show-cause notice to Wanbury Pharma By Divya Rajagopal, ET Bureau | Updated: Oct 27, 2016, 12.21 AM IST MUMBAI : The Thane Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it has sent a show cause notice to Mumbai-based Wanbury Pharma for illegal export of Metformin Hyrdrochlodride, a diabetes drug. We have sent a show cause notice to the company and are waiting for a reply, said Viraj Paunikar, Assistant Commissioner, Thane FDA, in an telephonic conversation with ET. Wanbury is under lens for illegally exporting the API to Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan. Wanbury had low production capacity to make them and outsourced it to Pharmaceutical Products of India.
|2016-10-26||MNS Thane women wing president attacked - Mumbai Mirror|
MNS Thane women wing president attacked Oct 26, 2016, 11.29 AM IST Mumbai: A woman leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) was attacked with iron rods near a railway station on Tuesday night, police said.Sameeksha Markande (35), city unit president of MNS women wing, was hit on her head from behind allegedly by unidentified persons. She was rushed to a private hospital where her condition is stated to be stable. The motive behind the attack is not clear, the police said.
|2016-10-25||Thane call centre scam: Two detained from Ahmedabad - Economic Times|
Thane call centre scam: Two detained from Ahmedabad By PTI | Updated: Oct 25, 2016, 02.34 PM IST THANE: Two persons have been detained from Ahmedabad in connection with the multi-crore fake call centre scam wherein US-based taxpayers were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers, police said today. The duo was detained yesterday and are being interrogated by Thane Police, a senior police official from Thane Police Commissionerate said. According to the official, the two are said to be close to mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy. Investigators also suspect that the duo had a vital role in running the racket. It is also suspected that they were dealing with the money received from the US victims. Police is currently hunting for Sagar who is believed to have fled to Gulf. On October 16, Sagar's alleged mentor Jagdish Kanani (33) was arrested from suburban Borivali. The con syndicate spread its tentacles nationwide including in cities like Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Thane. According to police, Kanani had started working in a BPO firm abroad and learnt the methods of collection through outsourcing firms. He then set up fake call centres across the country to earn a quick money by extorting money from US victims. He is suspected to have helped Thakkar in shaping and setting up his ventures. Crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in adjoining Thane district on October 4-5 in the scam involving cheating of US citizens by posing as officials of US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Department. Subsequently, police teams also raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. Besides Kanani, about 70 directors and key persons of these call centres have been arrested and over 700 people have been detained so far. Investigators had last week told a court in Thane that they have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore in the call centre scam till now and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure given the magnitude of the scandal.
|2016-10-25||Huge cache of sand seized in Thane - Times of India|
Huge cache of sand seized in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 25, 2016, 23:26 IST THANE: A huge cache of nearly 23,000 tonnes of sand, worth over Rs 3 crores, was seized by the Thane revenue department in a surprise raid on Tuesday. Around 27 cases were registered against those found operating the illegal dredging activities at around six spots in the district. The day-long clandestine raids that involved several senior officials from the revenue department and the local police managed to not only recover the sand but also managed to arrest 27 people. The raids were planned following tip-offs from sources to the revenue department following which teams were dispatched to various spots atKasheli and Kharbao in Bhiwandi, Mumbra, Nagla and Ghodbunder in Thane along with Kalyan and Reti bunder in Kalyan taluka since Tuesday morning. Various dredging equipment like cranes, pumps and 37 trucks used to transport the sand, all collectively valued over Rs 5 crores, were also seized or demolished by the team. A penalty of around Rs 8 lakhs was also recovered from those found operating the mafia in the district, informed Jeevan Galande, deputy collector at Thane who was assisted by Sudam Pardeshi SDO, Thane, Prasad Ukirde, SDO-Kalyan, tehshildar Vinod Gosavi, Vaishali Lambhate, Kisan Bhadane and others.
|2016-10-25||NS functionary attacked in Thane - Times of India|
NS functionary attacked in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2016, 23:56 IST THANE: Thane city president of MNS Womens wing 'Samiksha Markande' was attacked by some unidentified persons near Thane station area, late on Tuesday evening. Police said that Samiksha (35) was attacked with iron rods on the head from behind by some unknown persons at around 8.45 pm. The incident happened near the Thane railway station and the badly injured victim was rushed to the Jupiter hospital where she is being treated it was stated. A police officer quoting a doctor attending said that her condition was stable and she was kept under observation for the next 24 hours and presently a statement is underway after which the cas will be registered. The motive behind the attack and the attackers are still not known, the police said. Samiksha happens to be the wife of the photographer of an English tabloid. She has been active in the local politics and was in forefront of the womens movement in the city.
|2016-10-25||Thane: Gang of motorbike thieves busted, three arrested - Mid-Day|
Thane: Gang of motorbike thieves busted, three arrested By PTI Posted 25-Oct-2016 Thane: With the arrest of three youths, Thane City police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang involved in the theft of two-wheeler vehicles and recovered ten motorbikes from their possession. Talking to newsmen at Chitalsar police station in Thane, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Vartak Nagar division) Dilip Gore said that 10 motorbikes, valued at Rs 4.39 lakhs have been recovered from the arrested trio. The arrested accuseds have been identified as Sagar Hari Gaikwad (20), Prashant alias Prem Ratan Divekar (28) and Omkar Chandrakant Thackeray (21). While Prashant was a driver, Omkar was into tying scaffoldings to buildings, and Sagar was working as an operator in a place where pancard and Aadhar cards are issued. The trio targeted two wheelers parked in isolated places and picked them up using duplicate keys. It was on October 22, that police received a complaint about the theft of a two wheeler from Vasant Vihar locality and an offence was registered. Subsequently, a police petrol party spotted a two wheeler without a number plate which was being driven in the same locality. When police apprehended the riders and interrogated them, the thefts came to light. Their arrest later led the police to other thefts. The trio after stealing the two wheelers sold them at half the price but didn't give them the vehicle papers. Police caught them after they sold three of the bikes and were preparing to sell two more. Police Inspector GD Pingle said that the trio had stolen bikes from limits of Chitalsar, Rabodi, Kapurbawdi, Kasarwadaavli, Wagle estate and Bhiwandi police stations here.
|2016-10-25||Thane Call Centre Scam: 2 Detained From Ahmedabad - NDTV|
Thane Call Centre Scam: 2 Detained From Ahmedabad Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 26, 2016 03:34 IST Thane: Two persons have been detained from Ahmedabad in connection with the multi-crore fake call centre scam wherein US-based taxpayers were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers, police said on Tuesday. The duo was detained on Monday and are being interrogated by Thane Police, a senior police official from Thane Police Commissionerate said. According to the official, the two are said to be close to mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy. Investigators also suspect that the duo had a vital role in running the racket. It is also suspected that they were dealing with the money received from the US victims. Police is currently hunting for Sagar who is believed to have fled to Gulf.On October 16, Sagar's alleged mentor Jagdish Kanani, 33, was arrested from suburban Borivali. The con syndicate spread its tentacles nationwide including in cities like Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Thane. According to police, Kanani had started working in a BPO firm abroad and learnt the methods of collection through outsourcing firms. He then set up fake call centres across the country to earn a quick money by extorting money from US victims.He is suspected to have helped Sagar in shaping and setting up his ventures. Crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in adjoining Thane district on October 4-5 in the scam involving cheating of US citizens by posing as officials of US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Department. Subsequently, police teams also raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket. Besides Kanani, about 70 directors and key persons of these call centres have been arrested and over 700 people have been detained so far. Investigators had last week told a court in Thane that they have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore in the call centre scam till now and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure given the magnitude of the scandal.
|2016-10-25||Thane team across Guj, northern states for crucial leads in fake call centre scam - Times of India|
Thane team across Guj, northern states for crucial leads in fake call centre scam Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Oct 26, 2016, 04:47 IST THANE: Multiple squads from the Thane police have fanned out across Gujarat and some northern states trailing the crucial leads involved in the setting up of the fraudulent call centres in key cities. A high-ranking officer of the Thane police is camping in Gujarat and monitoring the intelligence and surveillance reports by the teams that have identified the suspects who could lead to the murky financial transactions that were done by the con call centres. The racket was busted by the Thane police on October 4. The two Ahmedabad-based men are believed to have opened up during the interrogation and given the leads to the network. "We have got several leads which cannot be disclosed at the moment but some of the persons detained could be privy to the hawala transactions and may lead to bust the financial epicenter that was expertly used by these fake call centres," added the officer. Sources said Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy, the mastermind of the illegal call centre scam, allegedly set up the call centres in Ahmedabad in the name of a couple of his friends. Sources said that Thakkar would lease office in plush commercial complexes in the name of women friends. "We are checking on this information which was revealed by people close to him about how Thakkar would use his friends as fronts for his illegal business activity so that no one doubted the working inside," said a cop. The same modus operandi was used by Kanani, who would rent out the office space as also residential apartments for his staff by someone who claimed to be his brother or a relative. On the other hand, another name has cropped up during investigations, one Rachit Joshi who, the police claimed was a close confidant of Shaggy but later parted ways in 2014. Another name has cropped up during investigations, one Rachit Joshi who, the police claimed was a close confidant of Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy but later parted ways in 2014.
|2016-10-25||MNS functionary attacked in Thane - Times of India|
MNS functionary attacked in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Oct 25, 2016, 23:56 IST THANE: Thane city president of MNS Womens wing 'Samiksha Markande' was attacked by some unidentified persons near Thane station area, late on Tuesday evening. Police said that Samiksha (35) was attacked with iron rods on the head from behind by some unknown persons at around 8.45 pm. The incident happened near the Thane railway station and the badly injured victim was rushed to the Jupiter hospital where she is being treated it was stated. A police officer quoting a doctor attending said that her condition was stable and she was kept under observation for the next 24 hours and presently a statement is underway after which the cas will be registered. The motive behind the attack and the attackers are still not known, the police said. Samiksha happens to be the wife of the photographer of an English tabloid. She has been active in the local politics and was in forefront of the womens movement in the city.
|2016-10-24||Thane society residents accuse civic body of stalling revamp - Hindustan Times|
Thane society residents accuse civic body of stalling revamp Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 24, 2016 16:49 IST More than 350 families of Sreerang Sahnivas society have accused Thane Municipal Corporation of stalling its redevelopment plans, which may make them homeless. 128 out of these 350 families already are homeless as the corporation had demolished their buildings which were in a dangerous state. The remaining buildings are also served notices and might have to relocate in the future. The residents said that if the corporation does not approve the plan soon, they will be forced to approach the Bombay High Court. Shyamkant Desai, a resident and committee member of the society, said, The question of redeveloping our societies is pending for almost over a decade. The earlier society administrators made a biased redevelopment plan in cahoots with a developer and submitted it to the corporation last year. It also approved the plan in the name of Sreerang Society, a body that never existed and was dissolved in 1998. We brought to light all these discrepancies, conducted fresh elections and formed a new body according to the norms of the housing society. The 7X12 extract of the society is now in name of Sreerang Sahniwas Co-operative Housing Soceity Limited and they claimed that as per DC norms, they have the rights to submit a proposal. We made a fresh plan with the help of an architect wherein each of the members of all the 11 units of our society had an idea of the space allotted to them and also of the many amenities and facilities that will be provided. The earlier plan did not take any members into consideration, Desai claimed . They were only told each of them will get an extra room. Desai said that for the new plan, they have taken into consideration parking, reducing maintenance cost and energy efficient needs of each of the unit. Shailesh Tarkar, another resident, added, We have submitted the plan to the corporation. According to the law, the earlier plan was not renewed for over a year and stands cancelled, so they will have to consider ours. However the town planning department is not co-operating with us. For over six months they have not even accepted our proposal. 128 families are already homeless and several more will join them soon. The residents said that when the society and the land was in their name, it was their right to submit a redevelopment plan. Suniti Mokashi, another resident added, We have not approached any builders or corporators as we are a co-opreative society and will follow the rules. Developers will be appointed only after the plans are passed through a proper tendering process. We fear that the lower level civic officials are hand in glove with the developers and thus delaying our sanction. We will meet the chief minister and also approach the high court for justice. There are 11 units and 26 buildings where 350 families reside. Pradip Gohil, assistant director of town planning, said, There were some issues between the society and the developer. Moreover, a few years ago, there was some court dispute in relation to the case. Thus we wish to tread carefully and have sent the file to our legal department. Based on their recommendation, we will take the decision on the redevelopment proposal.
|2016-10-24||Thane call centre scam: Two detained in Ahmedabad - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: Two detained in Ahmedabad Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 25, 2016 01:00 IST The Thane crime branch on Monday detained two men, who allegedly played a crucial role in the distribution of money among stakeholders of the Thane call centre scam, in Ahmedabad on Monday. They are likely to be brought to Thane on Tuesday. While one of them has been identified as Ricky Sharma, the identity of his aide is yet to be disclosed. A senior Thane crime branch officer said the questioning of the duo is likely to throw light on the distribution of money. We have detained two men in Ahmedabad. We have certain leads about their involvement with the mastermind of the scam, Sagar Thakar. We will compare their statements to those of the arrested accused, the officer said. According to the police, the arrested accused told them the money obtained from the victims in the United States was transferred through hawala channels to Gujarat, with the help of conduits, who got to 20-30% of the earnings as commission. Of the rest, Thakkar claimed 60%, while 20% each would go to his partners, Haider Mansoori and Tapesh. While Thakkar and Tapesh are absconding, Haider is in police custody. The police have learnt some of the arrested accused abused spent the money on buying drugs. Meanwhile, Sufiyan Mohammed, 23, the floor manager at one of the illegal call centres at Hari Om IT park in Mira Road, who was arrested earlier, was remanded in judicial custody on Monday. Another key accused in the case, Arjun Vasudevan, 23, who is in police custody, will be produced in court on Tuesday.
|2016-10-24||Thane activist turns decade-old dump into clean zone - Hindustan Times|
Thane activist turns decade-old dump into clean zone Padmja Sinha, Hindustan Times Updated: Oct 24, 2016 17:00 IST Thane resident and anti-noise activist Dr Mahesh Bedekar transformed a ten-year-old dumping site into a clean zone as a part of a drive to instil cleanliness among residents. The site is located at Naupada near Bedekar Hospital, opposite a children's garden. I noticed that residents have been dumping garbage here regularly, without worrying about hygiene. The area is one of the city's prime locations. However, residents still lack civic sense. Hence, I thought of bringing about a change and converted the area into a clean zone, said Bedekar. The Thane Municipal Corporation's sanitation officer had cleaned the area several times. However, the corporation was unable to prevent residents from disposing of waste there, he said. I hired workers to help me paint the area. I put up a few pictures of artist Raja Ravi Verma as well as some information about him. This should deter people from dumping garbage, added Bedekar. Dr Mahesh Bedekar has put up pictures of the artist Raja Ravi Verma in the area. (Praful Gangurde) The area has also been artistically spray-painted with graffiti. One person will keep a watch on the site, at least during the initial days, to prevent residents from disposing of waste there, he said. Residents have welcomed the change as they had been complaining about the stench emanating from the dump for a long time. “It is difficult to change people's habits. However, I hope this place inspires people to keep the area clean. It should inspire everyone to be responsible for the area's cleanliness, said Satish Lad, 45, a Naupada resident. The area has become beautiful and we hope it stays this way, said Neelima Dhar, 39, a Naupada resident.
|2016-10-24||Thane: Man arrested for rape of six-year-old in autorickshaw - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man arrested for rape of six-year-old in autorickshaw By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 24, 2016, 12:33 A 48-year-old labourer from Mumbra in Thane was arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl inside an autorickshaw, police said on Monday. According to API, P A Pore of Mumbra Police Station, the incident took place on October 21, when the victim got out of her house at Amrut Nagar locality in the evening to buy some snacks. Watch What Else Is Making News The accused, identified as Mohammad Nasir Abdul Rashid Shaikh, pulled the girl, his neighbour, inside an autorickshaw which was parked on the roadside and sexually abused her, police said. He later threatened her with dire consequences if she reveals anything to anyone. Subsequently, the child ran to her house in pain and narrated the entire incident to her parents after which a offence was registered against Shaikh. The accused, who is said to be of an unstable mind, was arrested the next day and produced before a local court which has remanded him into police custody upto October 28. He has been charged under sections 376, 506(2) of the IPC and also Sections 4 and 8 of the POCSO Act 2012, police said.
|2016-10-23||Expect to see less migratory birds in Thane due to habitat destruction - Daily News & Analysis|
Expect to see less migratory birds in Thane due to habitat destruction Updated: Oct 23, 2016, 08:00 AM IST, DNA Thane is developing fast and is on its way to become a smart city. But all this smartness is cutting into the habitats of migrant birds which throng the creek and wetland of this city in winter. And if this rampant development is not curtailed with clear thought to ecology, soon these bird sightings will be a thing of the past warn bird watchers and NGOs. According to a survey done by Paryavaran Dakshata mandal, a Thane based NGO (non governmental organisation), there has been a year on year decrease in the number of migratory birds. "The birding hotspots in the city like Mumbra creek, Thane creek near Kopri and other spots are being disturbed by humans. There is heavy debris dumping, sand mining, tree cutting, pollution since last two years which are affecting the arrival of these birds," says Avinash Bhagat, project in-charge, Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal. He says that the Rallidae family of birds which were spotted in Thane and attracted bird watchers across India to the city are not to be seen due to this habitat destruction. "There are 14 to 20 species of Rallidae family which are spotted in India out of which six to eight are spotted in Thane every year. This bird family prefers habitat near creek or wetlands and thus, this city was the obvious choice for their visits. But now there is no reef and grass left for Rallidae which is nowhere to be seen now," he cites. He adds that even birds like Prinia, Munia, babbler, water fowl which preferred grasslands, wetlands are nowhere to be seen, thanks to the development activity. The survey include other spots in the city which are bird favorite habitats like Kolshet, area near Thane college, Thane mental hospital and a village called Padle in Dombivli. Saurabh Sawant a renowned bird watcher and wild life researcher says that the situation is alarming and should be taken into account. "All this development activity will not affect the bird count right away but over the years you will start seeing a decrease in the number of birds globally," says Sawant. Citing an example of the great indian bustard he says that the bird which was extensively found in India are now only 100 or 150 left in numbers. "It is extremely difficult to conserve them and we might lose them over the next five to 10 years," he says. And this is term will affect the ecological system. However, Sujeet Narvade of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) says that these observations have come to the fore due to increase in the number of bird watchers over the years. "We need a proper study to determine the exact reasons. But when the habitat gets disturbed, birds do get affected," he concludes.
|2016-10-23||Passport scam busted, duo arrested by Thane police - Daily News & Analysis|
Passport scam busted, duo arrested by Thane police Updated: Oct 23, 2016, 08:10 AM IST, DNA Noor-ul- Ansari, 35 and Mohammed Shah, 38 both residents of Thane were on the run since November 2015 after Tasavur Ali complained against them at Rabodi police station for cheating him and his five friends. The Thane police department busted an International racket of bogus passports and visas and arrested two persons in possession of 142 passports of India and Nepal. The scam runs into crore of rupees as hundreds of job aspirants have been cheated. Noor-ul- Ansari, 35 and Mohammed Shah, 38 both residents of Thane were on the run since November 2015 after Tasavur Ali complained against them at Rabodi police station for cheating him and his five friends. The duo promised them jobs in Kuwait as they gave them a fake visa with similar serial numbers along with air tickets and charged them Rs 4,80,000. A formal complaint was registered when the accused took their passports and fled. They were booked under sections 468, 471(using as genuine forged), 420 (cheating), 409 (breach of trust by agent), and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code at Rabodi police station. "They have cheated several people and we found 142 passports of India and Nepal. In their computers and laptop we also found visas of various countries", said a Thane police official.
|2016-10-23||Thane call centre scam: Kingpin Shaggy fled to Dubai during police raid - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane call centre scam: Kingpin Shaggy fled to Dubai during police raid PTI Published Oct 23, 2016, 1:01 pm IST Updated Oct 23, 2016, 1:07 pm IST Mumbai: When the teams of Crime Branch of Thane Police were busy in raids at fake call centre in connection with the call centre scam, its mastermind Sagar alias Shaggy Thakkar was on his way to flee the country in early hours of October 5, officials said. Crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in adjoining Thane district, in the multi-crore scam involving cheating of US citizens by posing as officials of US Tax Department. Police raids were conducted on the night of October 4-5. About 70 directors and key persons of these call centres were arrested and 700 employees were detained. Read: Thane call centre scam: Transactions worth Rs 30 crore identified During the interrogation of arrested directors, police got the name of Sagar alias Shaggy. However, by that time, Shaggy had left the country on October 5 before police could catch him. Police issued a LOC (Look Out Circular) against Shaggy on October 7, two days after his escape, officials told PTI. He is suspected to have fled to Dubai. As the investigation started, a key accused and Shaggy's elder sister, Reema, fled the country from Delhi on October 8. Police are now trying to get information from immigration authorities about how both the key accused fled the country. Police suspect that Shaggy and his sister have massive amount collected by cheating US nationals, in their personal accounts. Shaggy led a lavish lifestyle and was accompanied by around a dozen bouncers, sources said. He was a regular at posh late night parties in Mumbai and was also fond of high-end cars. Investigators say Shaggy began working at the age of 16 with his mentor Jagdish Kanani, who had worked in the call centres in abroad. Kanani trained him to cheat US citizens by starting fake call centres, they said. Meanwhile, investigators on Thursday told a court in Thane that they have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore in the call centre scam till now and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure given the magnitude of the scandal.
|2016-10-23||Over 8000 Contract Labourers Threaten Strike In Mumbai, Thane - NDTV|
Over 8,000 Contract Labourers Threaten Strike In Mumbai, Thane Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 23, 2016 23:55 IST Mumbai: Over 8,000 contract labourers employed by civic bodies in Mumbai to sweep streets of Mumbai, Thane and Nashik have threatened indefinite strike from Friday, ahead of Diwali, to press for their demands for payment of minimum wages and pending arrears. A Coordination Committee comprising representatives of three trade unions, Kachara Vahatuk Shramik Sangh, Maharashtra Municipal Kamgar Union and Nashik Manapa Shramik Sangh had issued a notice to the three municipal bodies, saying they would go on an indefinite strike from October 28 to seek minimum wages for contract labourers and payment of arrears. Milind Ranade, General Secretary of the Committee, said the unions, representing mover 8,000 contract workers, had a meeting with Maharashtra Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar two months ago. In the meeting, he assured them that these labourers will get minimum wages and also arrears of the last 20 months before Diwali. "The Minister had instructed all the three municipal corporations to pay minimum wages and arrears to labourers. However, this has not been done yet," Ranade said today. "We have called the strike to seek justice for contract labourers," he added. Patil-Nilangekar, however, said the demands of contract labourers will be met as promised. "I have instructed the corporations and before the end of the coming week, contract labourers will get their minimum wages."He said action will be taken against officials if they failed to implement his orders.
|2016-10-23||Now, untouched places a hit among Thane holidayers - Times of India|
Now, untouched places a hit among Thane holidayers Freny Fernandes | TNN | Oct 23, 2016, 22:30 IST THANE: With popular holiday destinations like Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Malvan getting crowded during the holiday season, many Thaneites are opting for quieter and offbeat places to spend their Diwali vacations. Be it the untouched trekking and water sports destinations like Kamshet, Devkund and Bira dam areas in Pune or farm stays or home stays amid plantations and forest areas like Parola and Saguna Baug at Jalgaon district and Malegaon, Neral respectively, people prefer the peace and tranquillity factor to break free from today's stressful times. Rehan Irani (38), a Hiranandani Estate resident, who is planning a trip to Bhogwe beach area near Tarkarli, said, "We wanted to go for a short trip this Diwali vacation, and wanted to go scuba diving in the Malvan area. However, when we realised how crowded it is going to be, we did a little research and found a place called Bhogwe near Tarkarli, where we will be living in rustic cottages made of bamboo and cane. We will be able to do a host of activities like bird watching, visiting the Nivti fort, taking boat rides to some Golden roach and admiring nature." Vacationers are also opting for different places to trek instead of settling for the usual Kalsubai and Matheran trekking areas. "My wife and I love trekking and were looking for a place to go trekking for a day or two. The popular ones including Kalsubai and Matheran are always crowded. We found from an adventure group about this place called Kamshet. In addition to trekking, we could also do paragliding, see some lovely caves and stay in a rustic mud house," said Avinash Shrivastav (29), Pokhran road area resident. Holiday planners have been getting requests for peaceful and offbeat locations. "The first thing people want nowadays is less crowd. Trips in quiet and adventurous place like Devkund are gaining popularity," said Amit Bhadoria, founder of an adventure group.
|2016-10-23||62-yr-old suffers heart attack on Thane stn FOB, dies waiting for ambulance - Mumbai Mirror|
62-yr-old suffers heart attack on Thane stn FOB, dies waiting for ambulance By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 24, 2016, 02.06 AM IST A railway doctor at Thane station tried to revive the victim, Baban Kadam; Baban Kadam being taken to the ambulance, which stood outside the station till at least 4.30 pm. For over two hours after a senior citizen collapsed facedown on a bridge at Thane station from a heart attack, his body lay unattended in an ambulance outside the station, a kilometre away from the nearest hospital. Hawkers had set up shop around it. But what is the point of rushing a dead body? ask the stationmaster and the railway police. The grotesquery exhibited by the railway authorities and the police at the station on Sunday afternoon while handling the medical emergency has left the family of the deceased Baban Kadam more livid than aggrieved. They weren't informed of the situation till 4 pm. It was another 30 minutes before the ambulance driver was located and hauled back to duty. Kadam, a 62-year-old originally from Satara, was visiting the family of the youngest of his three daughters in Thane. He had gone up to the station to get some air when a commuter saw him lying supine on the foot overbridge between platforms 5 and 7, around 2.30 pm. The stationmaster was informed and by 2.45pm the public announcement system (PAS) called for paramedics and porters. A barely alive Kadam was carried to the emergency room on platform 2, where Dr Priyanka Salwi, after making attempts to revive him, asked for him to be rushed to Vitthal Sayanna civil hospital, which is 1.1 km away. Kadam was taken to the ambulance parked at the station between 3.15pm and 3.30 pm (accounts vary), but it wasn't until 5pm that it reached the hospital. And while it stood unaccompanied in front of the station, windows half down, awaiting its driver, Kadam lay inside shrouded in a sheet in the back as vendors did brisk business around it and commuters stopped paying it heed. Sources said porters dumped him inside the ambulance and left, as did the medical staff, while the Railway Protection Force hunted for the driver. A witness overheard the RPF cops telling the doctors to sign Kadam's death certificate, an hour after he was carried to the ambulance. The medical document says he died at 3.20 pm, well within the golden hour when treatment is most likely to be fruitful. Out of sight, out 0f mind The railway officials didn't think of checking if the ambulance had even left the premises or the hospital forget looking for back up. When Mirror contacted Dr Salwi around 4pm, she was surprised the ambulance hadn't reached the hospital: I did everything I could to ensure they took him to the ambulance quickly. I don't know why it hasn't reached yet. That should have been the railway authority's lookout. Thane stationmaster SB Mahidhar, though, saw no use in fussing over a man âwho wouldn't have been saved in any case. He told Mirror: When I got the news I went to the bridge myself to check on him, and although I am not a doctor I knew he wouldn't make it. The doctor tried everything but he died, so what was the point of hurrying him to the hospital? He blatantly contradicted the time Kadam suffered the cardiac arrest: We got the information around 3.15, he said, though the PAS was heard asking for medicos half an hour earlier. The stationmaster went on to claim that Kadam was carried from the foot overbridge to the emergency room, attempted to be resuscitated and declared dead all within five minutes. The RPF one-upped the stationmaster by claiming paperwork caused the delay. We were doing a panchnama at the spot, which takes time, said constable SB Gunjal, who accompanied the body to the morgue. But if they were doing the panchnama, why was the body left unattended for over an hour? The constable shared the stationmaster's sentiment: What's the point of rushing a body any way? Another RPF official said: CCTV footage shows a stretcher was provided to the victim within 5-7 minutes, the minimum time taken to reach the FOB. He was rushed to a private hospital opposite the station. Doctors gave him CPR but were asked to send him to the civic hospital. When Kadam's daughter, whose husband is a daily wager, was finally informed, it was 4 pm. The family was not disturbed to speak with media.
|2016-10-23||Thane call centre scam kingpin fled to Gulf during police raid - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane call centre scam kingpin fled to Gulf during police raid PTI | Oct 24, 2016, 12.00 AM IST When the teams of Crime Branch of Thane Police were busy in raids at fake call centre in connection with the call centre scam, its mastermind Sagar alias Shaggy Thakkar was on his way to flee the country in early hours of October 5, officials said. Crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in adjoining Thane district, in the multi-crore scam involving cheating of US citizens by posing as officials of US Tax Department. Police raids were conducted on the night of October 4-5. About 70 directors and key persons of these call centres were arrested and 700 employees were detained. During the interrogation of arrested directors, police got the name of Sagar alias Shaggy. However, by that time, Shaggy had left the country on October 5 before police could catch him. Police issued a LOC (Look Out Circular) against Shaggy on October 7, two days after his escape, officials said. He is suspected to have fled to Dubai. As the investigation started, a key accused and Shaggy's elder sister, Reema, fled the country from Delhi on October 8.
|2016-10-23||Over 300 volunteers participate in clean-up drive at Thane - Afternoon Voice (registration) (blog)|
Over 300 volunteers participate in clean-up drive at Thane Published On: Sun, Oct 23rd, 2016 City News | By AfternoonVoice More than 300 volunteers comprising employees of Kalpataru Group, Thane's flagship Mall KORUM and its patrons, and residents of Siddhachal and Tarangan societies participated in the Majhe Sunder Thane (My City Clean Thane) initiative organized by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) yesterday morning. These volunteers participated in the cleanup of the service road outside KORUM Mall and the vicinity of Siddhachal and Tarangan societies, Thane. Majhe Sunder Thane organized by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) involved the community coming together to clean public spaces across the city such as roads, railway stations, malls, community recreation areas, residential and commercial complexes, among others. Thousands of enthusiastic participants from all over Thane participated in the hugely successful drive.
|2016-10-22||Kalpataru Group to kickstart cleanliness drive in Thane to mark 'Swachh Bharat' campaign - The Indian Express|
Kalpataru Group to kickstart cleanliness drive in Thane to mark Swachh Bharatcampaign The cleanliness drive would cover malls, roads, railway stations, residential societies, private offices and slums. Volunteers from the Kalpataru Group, including Kalpataru Ltd and KORUM Mall, along with TMC, will participate in the clean-up drive on October 23 from 8 am to 10 am, the release said. By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 22, 2016, 9:45 In keeping with the nation-wide Swachh Bharat campaign, Kalpataru Group has joined hands with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in a cleanliness drive in the city. The cleanliness drive called Majhe Sunder Thane (My City Clean City) is one such initiative taken by Kalpataru and TMC as part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, said a release on Saturday. The cleanliness drive would cover malls, roads, railway stations, residential societies, private offices and slums. Volunteers from the Kalpataru Group, including Kalpataru Ltd and KORUM Mall, along with TMC, will participate in the clean-up drive on October 23 from 8 am to 10 am, the release said. The cleanliness drive will take place on the service road outside KORUM Mall and within the society premises of Siddhachal, Thane. This is the third consecutive year for KORUM's effort in the clean-up drive. Previously, KORUM Mall has pledged over 2300 hours to the cleaning and maintenance of a TMC School, which it adopted since the start of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in 2014, the release said. Besides this, as a part of larger social initiatives, Kalpataru Group recently adopted four suburban railway stations Thane, Mulund, Santacruz and Goregaon under the theme Hamara Station Hamari Shaan to beautify them. Kalpatru Employees with other volunteers were engaged in the cleaning and painting of booking windows, platform entrances, railings and foot over-bridges to transform the look and feel of these stations, the release said.
|2016-10-22||Thane clean-up drive to end on a high note - Hindustan Times|
Thane clean-up drive to end on a high note Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 22, 2016 17:47 IST The 23-day long clean up drive in Thane will finally end on a high note on Sunday amid five lakh people and hoards of celebrities. The clean-up will be conducted at fifty spots across the city, and all the residents will gather at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium in Thane to take a pledge of cleanliness. The drive will see participation from people from all walks of life including doctors, sportspersons, traders, senior citizens, developers and celebrities. Various actors including Vivek Oberoi, Amrita Rao, Esha Koppikar, Suzanne Bernert, Prashant Damle, Mangesh Desai and Bhau Kadam will also join the residents, said Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer of Thane Municipal Corporation. Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal had come up with a holistic clean-up drive of the city wherein every nook and corner was targeted. The drive was carried out in coordination with the residents, and various private and government organisations in the city. All schools in the city had also joined the drive along with majority of the residential complexes. Fifty bikers will initiate a bike rally in the city, holding placards with a message of cleanliness. A human chain of over five thousand residents between Anandnagar to Patlipada and Teen Hath Naka to Meenatai Thackeray juntion will be formed, Malvi added. To notify people to start the clean-up at fifty places at a go, a siren will be played in the morning exactly at 8.00 am at the fifty sites in the city, and balloons will be released in the air to flag off the drive. Flowers will be thrown on the people who have gathered at the stadium from choppers. Those residents who wish to upload their pictures of the clean-up can do so on the corporation website www.thanecity.gov.in They can also send them on whatspp on these numbers: 9619162795, 9619252745, 9619252871 and 9619162585.
|2016-10-22||Two arrested by Thane police for duping job seekers - Business Standard|
Two arrested by Thane police for duping job seekers Thane Last Updated at October 22, 2016 21:07 IST With the arrest of two persons, Thane police's crime branch today claimed to have busted a major racket where several people seeking jobs in the Gulf countries were duped. Rabodi police in the city had received complaints from several persons from Uttar Pradesh in this regard, said senior inspector Devidas Gevare of crime branch. The arrested accused were identified as Nurul Mohammad Hadis Huda Ansari (35) and Mohammad Salim Sahemadali Shah (38). The victims had paid them a total of Rs 4.80 lakh after the accused promised to get them jobs in hotels in the Gulf countries including Kuwait. The duo then issued fake visas and fake airline tickets to the victims. A case of cheating under section 420 of IPC was registered by Rabodi police. The police also seized 142 passports of the applicants. Some of the passports had been tampered with, the police found. Some of the seized passports belonged to Nepali nationals, said inspector Gevare. Further probe is on. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2016-10-22||Thane: 22-year-old UPSC aspirant falls in platform gap, loses both her legs - Mid-Day|
Thane: 22-year-old UPSC aspirant falls in platform gap, loses both her legs By Faisal Tandel Posted 22-Oct-2016 On Sunday, she took her first steps towards her dream to be an IAS officer. On Thursday, the ground had shifted and both her legs were gone. In an all-too-usual mishap, 22-year-old Sayali Sanjay Dhamdhere fell off a crowded train at Kalyan station and went right into the gap between the footboard and the platform. Sayali Dhamdere is currently undergoing treatment at Jupiter Hospital and is surrounded by family and friends A resident of Pune who had meticulously been preparing for the last 18 months for her UPSC exam, Sayali had set her eyes on the goal long before that. She had been inspired by her cousin sister a police sub-inspector to pursue a career in public service, and to that end, she was in the city to appear for the UPSC exam at Sydenham College on Sunday. She had come with a gaggle of friends and her cousin, Ranjeet Dhamdere, who returned home after the exam. On Sunday, we appeared for the SIAC (State Institute of Administrative Career) an exam for UPSC. After Sunday, I returned to Pune, but Sayali decided to stay back for three more days at her relative's place in Dombivli, said Ranjeet. On Thursday, that decision came to haunt her as tragedy befell when she was rushing to board the train back to Pune and lost her balance. Helpless in the gapIn what routinely happens in the overcrowded locals of Mumbai, when Sayali fell off the Indrayani Express, she ended up going through the gap between the footboard and the platform, and the train then ran over both her legs. Her cousin who was accompanying her boarded the train, but when Sayali got on, she lost control as she had a bag on her back. She came under the train and it was only after the train was gone that the extent of the injury became apparent, said Sainath Bhor, Sayali's schoolteacher, who has also come down to the Jupiter Hospital. With grievous injuries, the decision to amputate both her legs was taken and she is now undergoing treatment in the ICU of Jupiter Hospital at Thane. When I heard about the accident, I was completely shocked, said Ranjeet, as he now sits with her in the hospital. Hospital denied admittanceSayali was then rushed to the Rukmani Bai Hospital in Kalyan with a police constable and her cousin in tow, but the family claims that she was refused admission in the hospital. Later, she was shifted to Jupiter Hospital in Thane where she is undergoing treatment. Umesh Shirodkar, PRO of Jupiter Hospital said, The girl is at present admitted to the ICU and is being kept on ventilator. She has suffered serious injuries on both her leg and has been operated upon. She will walk again, says father: Sayali's father, Sanjay Dhamdhere (54), a resident of Udapur taluka in Pune, is a teacher in a rural school. Since she gained consciousness, she has been leaning on him for support. And ever optimistic, her father has assured her that he will make her walk again within two months. I will do all possible things to see my daughter walking again, he said. Helping handsIf you would like to help out in Sayali's treatment, you can contact her kin, Jalandar Ukirde at 9967414069 or Santosh Shinde at 9821591620.
|2016-10-21||Thane call centre scam: People info sites were used to trap victims - Times of India|
Thane call centre scam: People info sites were used to trap victims Scamsters in the recently busted multi-crore call centre racket were using well-known people search websites, which provide a person's name and addresses, to gauge a potential victim's ability to pay as part of their illegal operations, police have revealed. PTI | Updated: Oct 21, 2016, 13:38 IST Scamsters used search websites to get info about potential victims in US. Then they used to threaten and trick victims to pay to 'close' cases. Scamsters have allegedly collected hundreds of crores of rupees. Police escort accused of multi-crore call centre racket. MUMBAI: Scamsters in the recently busted multi-crore call centre racket+ were using well-known people search websites, which provide a person's name and addresses, to gauge a potential victim's ability to pay as part of their illegal operations, police have revealed. Here is how the racket operated: 1. An internet-based call used to be made to many phone numbers simultaneously, called 'blasting' in technical terms, and the potential victims were made to listen to it which allegedly used to threaten them. "Some of the victims got frightened with this and called back. When the call was returned, the call centre executives, through the phone number of the caller, surfed through the websites (having information about people's name, addresses and other details) in real time to understand the paying ability of the person at the other end," a police official said. 2. Those having a higher ability to pay were prioritised over others and the (call centre) agents engaged with them in deeper conversations which led to negotiating a sum the victim had to pay, the official said. "During investigation it was revealed that the scam's alleged mastermind, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, and his associates used to blast the VOIP calls from Ahmedabad," the official said. 3. These calls were made with Direct Inward Dialling (DID) by which at a time 10 US citizens could get calls with the help of a software, he said. 4. The call was spoofed and contact numbers similar to those in United State's were displayed on the cell phones, by which the American citizens were made to believe that it was a call from the US Tax Department. 5. The frightened US nationals+ would reply on the numbers to prevent their arrest and were then engaged in negotiation. 6. The 'dialler' used to asked the victim if he wanted to resolve the issue. If he agreed, then the call was transferred to his senior - the 'closer'. 7. Later, the 'closer' used to finally negotiate with the citizen and insist him/her to keep mobile phone on speaker mode and go at the nearest reputed supermarket chain. 8. At the supermarket, the victim was instructed by the 'closer' to purchase 'gift cards' and tell their 16 digit number to him. The 'closer' would then pass this 16 digit number to Thakkar. 9. Thakkar then used to call his vendors in the US and asked to deposit the gift cards worth thousands of US dollars. He would then allegedly receive the money through 'hawala' in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the official said. 10. With this scam, Thakkar allegedly collected hundreds of crores of rupees, he said. Police had raided the Universal Outsourcing Services, on Mira Road in neighbouring Thane district, among six other call centres during the midnight of October 4-5 and got the data of thousands of US citizens who were cheated. From June 1 to October 4 this year, Thakkar allegedly collected $18 lakh from just one call centre, the police official said. Meanwhile, the investigators had on Thursday told a court in Thane that they have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore+ in the call centre scam here till now and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure given the magnitude of the scandal. Several teams were interrogating the 71 accused arrested so far in connection with the scam, which came to light when police raided call centres in Mira Road and other areas earlier this month. The scam operated out of nearly a dozen call centres in Thane.
|2016-10-21||Thane Municipal Corporation to demarcate zones to put up posters - The Indian Express|
Thane Municipal Corporation to demarcate zones to put up posters By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 21, 2016, 15:15 Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will soon come up with a policy to have designated places in the city for putting up posters, banners, announcements in order to keep the city clean and walls free from cluttering. Civic body will come up with the policy next month under which specific locations will be marked where people can put announcements through posters, leaflets, banner etc, while such things will not be allowed at any random place. This will keep the walls clean, TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said. He said that a cleanliness and beautification drive will be undertaken shortly where walls across the city will be painted. The official apprised that social organisations, students or anyone who to take part in painting walls can participate and use any theme will
|2016-10-21||Constable feared drowned in Thane creek - Hindustan Times|
Constable feared drowned in Thane creek Arvind Walmiki, Thane Updated: Oct 21, 2016 14:12 IST A 40-year-old constable attached to Kasarwadavli police station was feared to have drowned in the Gaimukh creek early on Friday. The police and a disaster management The search operation at the Gaimukh creek body in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde) team are yet to recover the body. The constable, Bharat Rawate,40, slipped into the creek during a walk with his friends. Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of Thane police crime, ruled out that Rawater committed suicide. But we are talking to his friends and family members to know more about him. Deputy commissioner of Thane police- crime, Parag Manere said, Its not a case of suicide but we are investigating his friends and also we will talk to his family members to know more about him. We are searching for him in creek. Regional Disaster management cell of Thane official said, After being informed about the incident, we rushed to the spot. Because of the strong water currents, it was difficult to find the missing person. We are still working. A police constable from Kasarwadavli police station said, We are still clueless as why he went to the spot.
|2016-10-21||Middle-aged man's body dumped in lake in Thane - Mid-Day|
Middle-aged man's body dumped in lake in Thane By PTI Posted 21-Oct-2016 Thane: The body of an unidentified middle-aged man was found in a lake in Vitthalwadi town in Thane, police said on Friday. Some locals on Thursday spotted the body floating in the lake, following which they informed the police who retrieved it and sent it for postmortem. According to police, the man was first strangulated to death and then his hands were tied from behind. The body was later dumped in the lake in Manere village, they said. A case has been registered under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC. Efforts were on to identify the deceased, police said. The killers and the motive behind the murder were yet to be ascertained, they said.
|2016-10-21||Four trucks with cows stopped in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Four trucks with cows stopped in Thane By: Express News Service Mumbai Updated: Oct 22, 2016, 3:04 Four trucks filled with 30 cows were stopped by locals, who suspected the cows were en route to a slaughterhouse, near Thane's Hiranandani area on Friday. Police said the animals were being transported from Gujarat to Kolhapur and were passing by Thane's Ghodbundar road. Locals became suspicious and contacted the police. They suspected the cows were being transported to be slaughtered. We contacted the animal hospital who are preparing a report on the injuries sustained by the cows, said a police officer at Kasarvadavli police station. An officer said that one of the truck drivers in his statement to the police claimed that the cows from Gujarat yield better milk and were hence being delivered to a Kolhapur-based farmer. No case has been registered with the Thane police.
|2016-10-21||Search underway for missing Thane cop, Navy to assist | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Search underway for missing Thane cop, Navy to assist By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Oct 22, 2016, 2:38 Late on Thursday night, a police constable fell into a creek in Thane and is yet to be found. Police said the incident took place around 3 am on Friday in the Ghodbunder creek. Search operations involving the Thane police and the fire brigade are underway for the missing constable, Bharat Rawte. The Navy will also join the operations on Saturday morning. Police said that Rawte, who was attached with Kasarvadavli police, was on sick leave and was due to join work on October 24. Rawte along with his friends went to Gaimukh near Ghodbunder creek where Rawte slipped and fell into the creek. His body has still not surfaced, only an incident report has been filed at Kasarvadavli police station, said a police officer.
|2016-10-21||Police constable feared drowned in Thane - Times of India - Times of India|
Police constable feared drowned in Thane PTI | Oct 21, 2016, 10:52 IST THANE: A 28-year-old constable was feared drowned in the Gaimukh creek here in the early hours on Friday, police said. Bharat D Raote, attached to the Thane Police Commissionerate was on sick leave since September 24, went to the Gaimukh creek early this morning along with his friends. While trying to answer the nature's call, he apparently slipped into the water and got washed away at around 3 AM today, a police control room official said. Raote's friends informed police about the mishap. The fire brigade and police have launched a search to trace him, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said.
|2016-10-20||Thane: 1 booked for circulating morphed image of Modi on WhatsApp - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane: 1 booked for circulating morphed image of Modi on WhatsApp PTI Published Oct 20, 2016, 9:17 am IST Updated Oct 20, 2016, 9:18 am IST Based on a complaint filed by a VHP activist Vinod Shinde, an offence was registered against the accused in Bhayander police station. Thane (Maharashtra): A 25-year-old man from Bhayander has been booked for allegedly posting objectionable morphed pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and circulating it on WhatsApp, police said on Wednesday. Based on a complaint filed by a VHP activist Vinod Shinde, an offence was registered against the accused in Bhayander police station. The accused has been booked under IPC section 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc). According to a police officer from Bhayander police station, between October 10 and 13, the accused had sent the morphed images of the PM on WhatsApp to the complainant. The accused has also been booked under IPC sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) police said adding that no arrest was made in connection with the incident. By posting the objectionable picture on social media, the accused had attempted to create enmity among members of the society, the complaint said. Further probe into the incident was on and no arrest has been made so far in connection, the officer said.
|2016-10-20||Thane: Work on 4 new fire stations may start soon - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Work on 4 new fire stations may start soon Megha Pol, Thane, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 20, 2016 10:52 IST The proposed fire stations in Thane may finally see the light of the day, as the fire department is slated to start the work on Shil Phata fire station soon, while three other fire stations will be constructed by developers on transfer of development right (TDR) basis. The fire department has already tabled a proposal to construct a new fire station at Shil Phata, and the actual construction work will commence once approved by the general body. Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, said, Besides Shil Phata, three new fire stations will come up at Kalwa (near immersion ghat), Jupiter Hospital in Majiwada and Hiranandani Estate. These three stations will be constructed by the developers in exchange of TDR and we will not be spending any money on construction. However, after the construction is done, we will provide manpower and infrastructure and will be responsible for operating these three fire stations. There was a longstanding demand for Shil Phata fire station from residents and corporators, as the nearest fire station is in Mumbra and lot of time is wasted in traffic and manoeuvring the narrow roads in case of accidents. The Shil Phata station, however, will be constructed using our own funds because no developer was ready to construct this station despite efforts put in by the town planning department. The station will have a two-storeyed administrative building, three-storeyed officers quarter and employee quarters of four floors, he added. In the first phase, only administrative building will be constructed, for which Rs 5.53 crore were approved by the general body in 2013. An additional approval of Rs 3.83 crore has been sought in the proposal. The department has also got a sanction for 500 additional staffers to operate these stations. At present, the fire brigade department has 300 fire fighters. There are six fire stations in the city, of which the one at Panchpakhadi became operational last month. The fire brigade had proposed an integrated fire development plan in which nine more fire stations will be operational in the city. Call for assistance Jawahar Baag fire station: 25331600 Wagle Estate fire station: 25823477 Balkum fire station: 25366401, 25376702 Kopri fire station: 25325313 Mumbra fire station: 25462424 Panchpakhadi fire station: 25376702
|2016-10-20||Thane call centre scam: Accused disposed of data in creek - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: Accused disposed of data in creek Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 20, 2016 23:53 IST Jagdish Kanani, 33, was arrested by the Thane crime branch nearly a fortnight after the Mira Road raids from his house in Borivli. Following the crackdown on illegal call centres in Mira Road earlier this month, Jagdish Kanani, who owned two similar illegal BPOs in suburban Mumbai wrapped up his business and threw crucial office data into the creek at Ghodbunder, ostensibly to destroy evidence. Kanani, 33, was arrested by the Thane crime branch nearly a fortnight after the Mira Road raids from his house in Borivli. Police said he ran two illegal call centres in Borivli and Malad, apart from making investments in one of the call centres in Hari Om IT park in Mira Road. Pleading for an extension of his custody on Thursday, the crime branch told a court that the data which Kanani claimed to have thrown into the creek included files pertaining to the company's finances, computer hard disks, names and information of employees as well as particulars about US citizens. Employees at Kanani's call centres would masquerade as United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials in order to extort American taxpayers by making threatening calls. The police had visited the spot on the bridge from where Kanani claimed to have thrown the documents into the creek. Nothing was found.The police grew suspicious of his claims. The bridge where Kanani claims to have thrown the documents (and hard disks) from has been closed for two-way traffic due to repairs. In the one-way traffic on the narrow bridge, it is impossible for anyone to halt a car and throw documents into the creek, said assistant commissioner of police M Hatote. During a search of his office , the police found hard disks with holes drilled in to them, ostensibly to destroy the data inside. Kanani said he had borrowed the drilling machine from his office electrician a few weeks ago. However, the electrician told the police that Kanani had taken the machine six months ago and returned it afterwards. The court, heeding the police's plea that Kanani needed to be interrogated further to clarify certain facts, extended his police custody till October 26. Crime branch sources said Kanani had gone to America four times in the past three or four years, with the last trip earlier this year. Police are trying to identify who he visited. Sources also said Kanani ran another illegal call centre in Ahmedabad. His partners in that call centre have been identified as Brijesh and Dhruvil. They will be arrested soon. The Naya Nagar police in Mira Road on Thursday arrested Sufiyan Mohammad , 23, who worked as a manager in one of the illegal call centres at Hari Om IT Park. His brother, Mohammad Ali, too worked as floor manager in another call centre and is currently absconding.
|2016-10-20||Two speeding vehicles kill two in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Two speeding vehicles kill two in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 21, 2016 00:06 IST In two separate accidents within an hour on Thursday in Thane, two people were killed, one of whom was a minor girl and the other a senior citizen. In the first case, a 71-year-old Shankarrao Ramji Shinghne, was heading home on his bike when a speeding dumper hit him at Manpada Bridge at 1.30 pm on Thursday. Shinghne lost control over the vehicle and fell off the bike. He suffered head injuries and when rushed to the hospital, doctors declared him brought dead. The dumper driver Ramanna Babulna Khode, 62 was arrested by Kapurbawdi police. The second accident took place when Gungun Gosawi , 9, was run over by a goods truck at Agra Road in Bhiwandi while she was crossing the road at 2.20 pm on Thursday. The locals who witness the accident rush to the spot and caught hold of the truck driver and got him arrested. The girl was declared brought dead by Bhiwandi civic hospital doctors.The accused Ramnath Ramdhari Yadav, 64 is a resident of Bhiwandi.
|2016-10-20||Thane: Slum youth gets life imprisonment for killing neighbour - The Indian Express|
Thane: Slum youth gets life imprisonment for killing neighbour By: PTI | Thane | Published:October 20, 2016 2:20 pm A 27-year-old youth here has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a district court for murdering his neighbour. Along with the life sentence, District Judge P P Jadhav also imposed Rs 10,000 fine on the convict Shamsuddin Arshadali Sheikh. Public Prosecutor Vinit A Kulkarni told the court that the victim, Sahid Shaikh, and the accused were friends and lived in the same slum area in Kalwa township of the district. On December 22, 2014, the accused thrashed the victim to death after the latter abused his parents. Later, the accused came out of the house and informed the neighbours about the killing. He was then caught by the neighbours and handed over to police, the prosecution said. The judge observed that from the evidence on record, it is clearly established that the body of Sahid was found in the room of the accused. The accused himself confessed the incident before the independent witnesses. From the facts and chain of circumstances, the prosecution has clearly established the guilt of the accused. It is clearly established that the accused assaulted Sahid by means of bamboo and intentionally killed him, the judge said in his recent order, adding that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
|2016-10-20||Thane jail staffer caught taking bribe 'on camera', she denies it - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane jail staffer caught taking bribe on camera, she denies it By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 21, 2016, 12.55 AM IST Praja Ramesh Chavdhri said that she has never taken bribe in her entire lifeA woman policeman posted at Thane Central prison has been accused of taking bribe to facilitate court papers of inmates lodged there. A certain Amit Mishra has claimed to have captured the alleged bribery on camera. While Mishra said that he has given the evidence against constable Praja Ramesh Chavdhri to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the authorities said they were not aware of any such complaint. I have not received any notification regarding the matter. I have never taken bribe in my entire life,â said Praja. On October 15, complainant, Mishra, had visited the jail to get a signature from one of the inmates. I reached the jail around 10.30 am and was waiting for nearly four hours in the queue when I noticed another queue moving faster. I became doubtful, but soon saw that Praja was accepting money from a woman, said Mishra. Following this, that woman's official work was also done much faster than the rest of the people in the queue. Being sure of bribery case, Amit planned to nab Praja and made a plan with his friend. I approached Praja for the work when she asked to meet her at 3.30 pm on the next day. She had also demanded a sum of Rs 1000 for one signature, Mishra said. The next day, Mishra and his friend recorded the whole incident on camera where Praja was seen taking bribes from them. Praja said that if she is seen taking money, she will have to pay a share of the amount to her Maam. This is there in the video, said Mishra. Following this, the duo was allowed to go inside to get the signature and was not accompanied by any advocate or police officer. On October 16, the duo along with the video approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau. We approached the DGP of ACB and gave him the letter. We then approached the Superintendent of Police, ACB Thane, S. Nishandar who accepted our letter on October 18, Mishra said. The officers from the Thane ACB branch denied of such a complaint. We haven't received any such letter from anyone. We will initiate action if we receive any such letter, said officers from Thane ACB branch. According to Mishra, all the jail authorities are aware of the bribe game. It is clear that everyone have their share in bribery, he said.
|2016-10-20||Thane Call centre scam: Transactions worth Rs 30 crore identified - India.com|
Thane Call centre scam: Transactions worth Rs 30 crore identified Several teams were interrogating the 71 accused arrested so far in connection with the scam, which came to light when police raided call centres in Mira Road and other areas earlier this month. By Press Trust of India on October 20, 2016 at 11:53 PM Thane, October 20: Investigators today told a local court they have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore in the call centre scam here till now and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure given the magnitude of the scandal. Several teams were interrogating the 71 accused arrested so far in connection with the scam, which came to light when police raided call centres in Mira Road and other areas earlier this month, ACP (Crime) Mukund Hatote, the Investigating Officer, told the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) P D Chavan. He said police have identified transactions worth Rs 25-30 crore so far and it will take a long time to know the exact amount the victims, all American citizens, had been duped of. The ACP made the observation while seeking police custody of two accused arrested in the second case related to the scam. The first case was filed with Mira Road police and the second with Naya Nagar police. Hatote said some of the arrested accused informed the police two accused Nazir Abdul Sadam Dhori (29) and Arjun Naresh Vasudeo (24)- had played an important role in the entire racket. The police officer made the submissions through Assistant Public Prosecutor Jaishree Tatke. The Court later sent Dhori and Vasudeo to police custody till October 25. Also Read - Thane call centre scam: Here's how 23-year-old Shaggy duped Americans and made Rs 500 crore Two other accused Jagdish Kanani, a businessman who mentored Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the alleged mastermind of the racket, and Hyder Mansuri were also sent to police custody till October 25 by another court presided over by JMFC A B Katte. The scam relates to Indian tele-callers forcing US citizens to part with dollars by posing as American tax officials. It operated out of nearly a dozen call centres in Thane.
|2016-10-19||Thane: Acid-laden truck overturns on busy road, nearby school evacuated - The Indian Express|
Thane: Acid-laden truck overturns on busy road, nearby school evacuated By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 19, 2016, 10:22 The speeding truck carrying several drums of hydrochloric acid toppled near the Gaimukh octroi post An acid-laden container truck overturned on the busy Ghodbunder road in Thane, Maharashtra on Wednesday morning and the leaking acid's fumes spread in the area, prompting authorities to evacuate a school in the vicinity. The speeding truck carrying several drums of hydrochloric acid toppled near the Gaimukh octroi post at around 8 AM, Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. As a result, the acid from the drums started leaking.
|2016-10-19||Thane police marathon next month - Business Standard|
Thane police marathon next month Press Trust of India | Thane October 19, 2016 Last Updated at 09:42 IST A marathon exclusively for members of Thane police commissionerate would be held here next month. The announcement for the run for health was made at a function yesterday to mark the two-day health check up camp for policemen at Kalyan in the district. Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, Joint Commissioner Ashutosh Dhumbre, Additional Commissioner Sharad Shelar were present at the function. The health check up camp was organised for the serving policemen, retired police personnel and their family members. Around 2,000 people took advantage of the camp. On the occasion, Singh said police and doctor play a similar role. Just as doctors remove sickness from the body, the police remove bad elements from the society, he said. He urged medical associations to create awareness among the members of police force about good health. Such medical camps will go a long way in keeping the members of the police force healthy, he hoped.
|2016-10-19||New metro lines for Mumbai and Thane; project to cost Rs 15000 crore - Business Standard|
New metro lines for Mumbai and Thane; project to cost Rs 15,000 crore Mumbai October 19, 2016 Last Updated at 17:26 IST Two new metro lines, including one exclusively for Thane on the mainland, will be constructed at a total cost of Rs 15,000 crore, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here on Wednesday. The lines are the 24-km long Metro 5 corridor linking Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan in adjoining Thane district and the 14.5-km long Metro 6 corridor connecting Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg in the Mumbai suburbs. Metro 5 with 17 stations will be built at a cost of Rs 8.416 crore and Metro 6 with 13 stations will cost Rs 6672 crore. Both are expected to be completed within the next four ...
|2016-10-19||Acid-laden truck topples in Thane, school in vicinity shut - Daily News & Analysis|
Acid-laden truck topples in Thane, school in vicinity shut Wed, 19 Oct 2016-11:13am , Thane , PTI An acid-laden container truck overturned on the busy Ghodbunder road in Thane this morning and the leaking acid's fumes spread in the area, prompting authorities to evacuate a school in the vicinity. The speeding truck carrying several drums of hydrochloric acid toppled near the Gaimukh octroi post at around 8 am, Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. As a result, the acid from the drums started leaking. Since the acid fumes engulfed the entire area, a school and octroi post close to the mishap spot were closed and children and staff sent home, he said. The truck driver sustained injuries in the mishap and was rushed to hospital. The firemen and disaster management cell personnel rushed to the site, Kadam said, adding work was on to remove the truck from the road. Meanwhile, another container truck also overturned in the same area. However, its driver and cleaner fled from the spot.
|2016-10-19||Civic body to undertake movement to brand and beautify Thane ... - Business Standard|
Civic body to undertake movement to brand and beautify Thane Thane (Maha) Last Updated at October 19, 2016 16:42 IST Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to undertake a massive campaign to brand and beautify the city, known for its lakes. "Thane will have its own branding and it will be based on rich combination of the lakes, greenery which the city has," Civic Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal told reporters here. For this purpose, a competition for designing a logo has been opened for the citizens from today, he added. The best logo, to be selected by a committee will be awarded Rs 1 lakh as prize, Jaiswal said. "Once the logo is accepted it can be made public and can be freely used by various buildings, societies, establishments and even citizens to promote the city," Jaiswal added. The colour scheme for the logo will be Acqua Blue (primary colour) and leafy green and chrome yellow as secondary colours. Bus stands, signages across the city will be painted using these colours only, added the civic chief. He said the Pokhran Road Number 1 will be developed on this concept using this colour scheme. "TMC wanted to give the city a new identity of its own and hence this attempt to brand and beautify it," he added. Jaiswal said he has already discussed the plan with housing bodies like MCHI and CREDAI and both of them have welcomed it. Thane Mayor Sanjay More and Additional Municipal Commissioner Sunil Chavan were also present for the conference. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2016-10-19||CM announces plan to take Metro to Thane and beyond - Hindustan Times|
CM announces plan to take Metro to Thane and beyond Manasi Phadke, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Oct 20, 2016 00:42 IST With the approval for a Metro line to connect Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan and the proposal to extend connectivity to Mira-Bhayander through Dahisar, the state and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plan to expand the Metro network across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The chief minister-led authority approved the detailed project reports for a 14.5-km long Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg and Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan routes on Wednesday. Connectivity between Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan was originally planned a decade ago as a monorail corridor. However, the project was shelved years later, citing lack of sufficient ridership. The Metro will offer an additional mass transport option, in addition to the suburban railway network. It will also spur growth in areas such as Bhiwandi. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has planned a new commercial hub near Kalyan, on the lines of Bandra-Kurla Complex. It took eight years for the previous government to approve a Metro rail network of 10 km in Mumbai. We approved a Metro network, which is 13 times more extensive, in just two years, said Fadnavis. The two Metro rail projects are proposed to be elevated and are estimated to be completed in four years. The projects are proposed to be constructed on a cash-contract model. The projects will now be placed before the state cabinet for approval. Soon after taking over as chief minister, Fadnavis had set a target of a Metro rail network of over a 100 km in Mumbai. Currently, Mumbai has only an 11.4-km Metro corridor from Versova to Ghatkopar. Over the past two years, the Fadnavis-led MMRDA revamped the erstwhile Congress-NCP government's Metro masterplan for Mumbai, converting most lines to elevated from underground for speedy implementation, and also planned new ones. Kicking off a much-deliberated idea of covering Mumbai with wireless Internet connectivity, Fadnavis sanctioned Rs 194 crore to set up 500 WiFi hotspots in Mumbai in the first phase. The on-ground work of identifying 500 WiFi hotspots in the first phase in the city will be carried out by the Maharashtra Information and Technology Corporation under the aegis of the Directorate of Information and Technology, an MMRDA official said. Overall, the state government plans to have 1,200 WiFi hotspots across Mumbai. Besides, the MMRDA also approved widening of a rail overbridge in Kopri, Thane to eight lanes, from the current four lanes, at an estimated cost of Rs 259 crore. Fadnavis said the authority will also see completion of the much-delayed Surya water supply scheme, which will augment availability of water in Mira-Bhayander and Vasai-Virar by 2020. The MMRDA, which has invited tenders for the project, sanctioned Rs 1,978 crore for the project.
|2016-10-19||Thane call centre scam: 23-year-old was the link between mastermind and investors - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: 23-year-old was the link between mastermind and investors Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 20, 2016 00:14 IST Haider Mansoori, 23, one of the arrested accused in the Mira Road scam, was allegedly the link between the mastermind of the scam, Shaggy alias Sagar Thakkar, and investors in the illegal call centres at Hari Om IT Park in Mira Road, including Jagdish Kanani. While the police custody of Masoori was on Tuesday extended till October 21, Kanani will be in police custody till Thursday. A senior Thane crime branch official said Mansoori was the go-to person for Thakkar. He allegedly told the police that Thakkar used to purchase data on US taxpayers using his overseas contacts and pass those on to the investors of through Mansoori. Mansoori used to get the data from Thakkar and segregate it before handing over to other investors, including Jagdish. The data used to be sealed in packets and sent through his staff, who were unaware of the scam, said the officer. Mansoori, a school dropout, was the floor manager in Thakkar's BPO and drew a monthly salary of Rs 1 lakh. At times, he was paid even more, the officer said, adding he had recently purchased an SUV, which has been confiscated by the police. Meanwhile, the police claimed they had reasons to suspect the involvement of Kanani's wife in managing his business. She used to often visit their call centre in Mira Road and supervise the office, which was under-construction. She too will be probed, said sources. The police have learned that Kanani ran two illegal BPOs in Malad and Borivli too. Kanani is not cooperating with the investigation. During a search of his house, we found cheque books. The other bank details are missing not only from his house, but his office too. He has also deleted the details of his employees. The hard disks, too, are missing from many computers in his office, said the officer. Meanwhile, the police said at least two teams have been sent to Gujarat, where some of the suspects are believed to be hiding
|2016-10-19||New metro lines for Mumbai and Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
New metro lines for Mumbai and Thane IANS | Oct 19, 2016, 05.47 PM IST Mumbai: Two new metro lines, including one exclusively for Thane on the mainland, will be constructed at a total cost of Rs 15,000 crore, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here on Wednesday. The lines are the 24-km long Metro 5 corridor linking Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan in adjoining Thane district and the 14.5-km long Metro 6 corridor connecting Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg in the Mumbai suburbs. Metro 5 with 17 stations will be built at a cost of Rs 8.416 crore and Metro 6 with 13 stations will cost Rs 6672 crore. Both are expected to be completed within the next four years, Fadnavis said. The decision was taken at a meeting of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) presided over by the Chief Minister. Besides the two new metro corridors, the MMRDA also approved a Rs 194 crore project to set up 500 WiFi hotspots in Mumbai. The Maharashtra Information & Technology Corporation will carry out the on-ground work to identify the 500 hotspots in the first phase under the aegis of Directorate of Information and Technology. Fadnavis also launched the new, two-colour MMRDA logo for Mumbai Metro corridors, specially designed by students of Sir J. J. College of Arts. This is the second major metro lines project announced by the state government in barely three weeks. On September 27, the government approved two new metro corridors - Metro 2B and Metro 4 - with an investment of Rs 25,525 crore. Metro 2B will be 23.5 kms long linking DN Nagar-Bandra-Mankhurd and Metro 4 will connect Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali, both likely to be operational by 2021-2022. Presently, Mumbai is served by the 11.4-km long Metro linking Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar since June 2014.
|2016-10-18||Who is Virat Kohli's girlfriend? Thane school's exam question has social media stumped - Firstpost|
Who is Virat Kohli's girlfriend? Thane school's exam question has social media stumped FP Sports Updated: Oct 18, 2016 14:47 IST # Dipali R. Jagtap (@jdipali) October 17, 2016 The annual exam was conducted on 13 October by the school and the question figured in the objective section, as Q No 1(B). While speaking to local TV channels, the school principal AR Pandey has passed the responsibility for the goof-up on the PT teacher, who allegedly set the exam paper. The principal admitted that the blunder went 'unnoticed' but has not specified any remedial measures for the same. Parents are now worried whether those students who attempted it and got the answer wrong would be compensated or not, since the question was out of the study syllabus. While many people also questioned the relevance of a cricket-Bollywood star's personal lives in a school exam, most found it to be ridiculously laughable. Here's what Twitter had to say about it:Lol, students in Maharashtra asked to name VIrat Kohli's girlfriend in an exam. There were options too- Priyanka, Anushka and Deepika.
|2016-10-18||Thane: MSEDCL engineer arrested for graft - The Indian Express|
Thane: MSEDCL engineer arrested for graft By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 18, 2016, 12:19 A Class-I officer of MSEDCL from Navi Mumbai who allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe of nearly Rs 50,000 has been arrested by the ACB, officials said on Tuesday. The officer, Sandeep Chate (35), who is an Additional Executive Engineer at MSEDCL office at Belapur Sub Division was arrested last evening, ACB said in an official release.
|2016-10-18||Thane teacher and his family booked for harassment - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane teacher and his family booked for harassment PTI | Oct 18, 2016, 12.13 PM IST Thane: A school teacher and five of his family members have been booked for allegedly harassing the man's wife for money, police said today. No one has been arrested so far in connection with the offence, they said. Yogesh Patil and his family members, all residents of Ghodbunder village in Thane district, had been allegedly harassing Yogesh's 25-year-old wife Swati since May 2014 to get Rs 12 lakh so that he could pay the amount to become a permanent teacher. She was also physically and mentally harassed for not being able to conceive, assistant police inspector Madhu Nana Shinde said. Based on the victim's complaint, the offence was registered on Sunday night against Yogesh, his parents, two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law by Kashimira police under sections 498(A) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, police added.
|2016-10-18||HORROR! Eight-year-old sodomised in Thane; cops arrest neighbour - Zee News|
HORROR! Eight-year-old sodomised in Thane; cops arrest neighbour Last Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 17:58 Thane: An 8-year-old boy was allegedly sodomied by his neighbour in Kalyan taluka Thane, district rural police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday following which the 20-year-old accused was arrested later that night, they said. Both the accused and the victim are residents of Kanderigaon in Kalyan. According to police, the accused lured the child to his house on the pretext of playing with him and then sexually abused him. The boy narrated his ordeal to parents, who registered a complaint with Kalyan police last night. The accused was booked under section 377 of the IPC and also sections 3 and 6 of the POCSO Act and subsequently arrested.
|2016-10-18||Two cops held for taking bribe from businessman in Thane - Mid-Day|
Two cops held for taking bribe from businessman in Thane By A Correspondent Posted 18-Oct-2016 Sub-inspector Tushar Bhadane, one of the two cops arrested The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Thane, on Monday night arrested a sub-inspector and a constable of Virar police station for taking a bribe of Rs 60,000 from a small businessman. According to the ACB, the complainant, who runs a construction material supply business, often takes sand from Chandip Bunder, Virar. The sub-inspector, Tushar Bhadane (29), and constable, Babasaheb Shelar (33), who are Virar residents, would stop the businessman's sand trucks and demand a bribe to allow them to pass. ACB sources said the cops demanded Rs 60,000 and had already taken Rs 50,000 from the complainant. The complainant was even told to give a fixed amount as monthly 'hafta' to get his trucks cleared regularly. Frustrated by this demand, the complainant approached the Thane ACB and lodged a complaint. On Monday morning, ACB officials first arrested constable Shelar red-handed at the Mandavi outpost while taking Rs 10,000 and later arrested sub-inspector Bhadane after it was revealed that Shelar took the bribe on his instructions. Both have been arrested under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and will be produced in court today.
|2016-10-18||Environmentalists, kids spot over 2000 winged beauties in Thane's green spaces - Times of India|
Environmentalists, kids spot over 2,000 winged beauties in Thane's green spaces Freny Fernandes | TNN | Oct 18, 2016, 23:11 IST Thane: The good monsoon, this year, seems to have increased the number of birds migrating to the city, stated a bird census survey conducted at eight different locations on Sunday. As many as 51 bird lovers, including, children, youth and environmentalists, armed with binoculars, cameras, notebooks and pens came together to participate in the bird count drive organised by city-based NGOs, Paryavaran Dakshata Manch and HOPE. In the two-hour survey of Thane east creek area, Kolshet Road, Mumbra Hills, SGNP, Balkum, Padale and so on, bird lovers identified over 2,000 birds of 110 species. Interestingly, bird watchers also identified monsoon migratory birds like Jacobean Cuckoo. Clara Correia, a zoologist and member of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "As compared to last year, the forests and other green spaces are more lush and filled with water. All this has attracted birds. In a short span of two hours, the eight groups managed to spot over 2,000 birds, which is a feat in itself. With the monsoon continuing till the first week of October, we were lucky enough to spot migratory birds like the Pied Cuckoo that usually fly back home during this season." The bird count survey initiative was started to find avifauna trends after analysing the scientifically collected data, environmentalists believe that it is already bearing fruit. "Thane city has no proper data of the birds its green spaces have. It became essential for nature lovers to come together and start this quarterly census. By doing this, a database has been created that can be studied to observe the trends of these birds. We know that everything in nature is connected, but we can now actually see the correlation between the seasons and the population of these birds," said Ravindra Sathay, an environmentalist who coordinated this census. Observing that many volunteers were youngsters, experts are now planning to introduce more such nature-related events in the future. "We were surprised to see a school boy and a few collegians noting down specifics of the birds they saw. It is essential that this interest continues to grow in youngsters like them as there are very few passionate nature observers and researchers today. We are thinking of having monthly nature-related events for children to boost their interest and understanding of the environment," Correia added. As compared to last year, the forests and other green spaces are more lush and filled with water. In a short span of two hours, the eight groups managed to spot over 2,000 birds, which is a feat in itself. With the monsoon continuing till October, we were lucky to spot migratory birds like Pied Cuckoo that usually fly back home during this season.
|2016-10-18||Thane call centre scam: He made a fortune in just seven years ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: He made a fortune in just seven years Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2016 10:57 IST Jagdish Kanani,33, moved from being a small garment shop owner in Chennai to acquiring plush properties in the western suburbs and a fleet of high end cars, all in seven years. The police say he is an investor in one of the seven call centres raided earlier this month. He ran two other such centres in Malad and Borivli, shut them down after the raids but made no attempt to flee, assuming the police would never get to him. He was wrong. During the initial questioning, the police learnt Kanani earned anything between Rs 40 lakh and Rs 50 lakh a month from the call centres that had about 50 employees. A senior crime branch official heading the probe said Kanani joined his father in the family-owned garment shop in Chennai after completing his MBA from Pune in 2009. It is a small shop in suburban Chennai. The father-son duo could barely manage Rs 15,000-20,000 a month, said the officer, who interrogated Kanani for more than six hours following his arrest. In a few years, Kanani moved out of that city, back to his home state Gujarat and joined a BPO in Ahmedabad. It was a genuine BPO, but we are trying to find out why he chose to join the low income job despite having a degree from a good institute, the official said. A crime branch source said Kanani intentionally took the BPO job to learn the business as fake BPOs were alreay flourishing in Ahmedabad then. All these BPOs were duping people from across the country. Kanani saw an opportunity, sources said. In the next two years, Kanani set up a fake call centre in Ahmedabad. He got data of loan defaulters from banks and called them up to force a settlement. This is known as payday fraud, sources said. In 2013 or 2014, Kanani, made several trips to the US and UK to learn about taxpayers there and how they could be scammed using call centres in India. He started working on a business model. He set up a bogus call centre at Prestige Industrial Estate in Orlem, Malad (West), took on lease 7-8 offices in a building and another one at Borivli (East). He hired two buildings near BMC colony in Malad for accommodation for his employees. He would have bought those buildings if the business had not come under police surveillance, said sources. His fake call centres also ran on the revenue officials script: callers targeted taxpayers in the US by masquerading as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials. Six months ago, he invested in one of the Mira Road centres and took an entire floor on rent for Rs 4 lakh a month. He was setting up the hardware when the police raided, sources said. Kanani owns six two-bedroom flats around Malad and Borivli, costing well over Rs 10 crore, and a three-bedroom penthouse in Borivli where he used to live. Apart from his real estate investments, he owned a high end cars and lived lavishly. Every time I met him, he would ask for money claiming he suffered losses, said a friend, not wishing to be named. The police said it was an attempt to evade suspicion. The probe showed Kanani managed to destroy most of the hardware before he was arrested.
|2016-10-18||Thane base NGO Hirkani goes international - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane base NGO Hirkani goes international NAVEETA SINGH | Tue, 18 Oct 2016-08:15am , DNA Thane NGO Hirkani, which has worked towards empowerment of women in the district is now to start its international chapter in Africa. The NGO has just received a sanction of 6.5 acres of land from the government of Rwanda to start its centre in the country. Hirkani Mahila Utkarsh Sanstha from Thane is an eight year old NGO (non governmental organisation with more than 60,000 members in Maharashtra. It is engaged in empowerment of women in the state through education and self employment. The NGO has geared up its international debut with Rwanda. "When we started Hirkani, our aim was to help empower the women of Maharashtra. We never thought that one day we would reach the international level," said Jayprakash Bhande, founder, Hirkani. The chance to go international came when Bhande attended an NGO expo in August end this year at World Trade center, Mumbai. There he met people from across the world and Clarance Fernandes, ex representative of Rwanda development board for India and managing director of Rwanda Renaissance (NGO) who invited him to Rwanda in September. "I went there in September for an eight day Indo-African summit and explained them about our activities. The Rwandan authorities were impressed and asked us to start our center there," he said. In April 2015 Hirkani started Maher/mayka/paternal home in Gunde, Walshet where married women can come and stay for a few days and take a break from their routine home life. Situated on a 43,000 square feet plot, Maherghar has all kinds of amenities like dormitories and separate rooms. Over 70-80 women guests can stay here, have a relaxed time and leave. There are rope cots instead of beds, jhula (swing), a television to watch their favorite serials and a place to indulge in gossip sessions. "When I told them about the concept of Maherghar, the Rwandan authorities were excited and offered us a 6.5 acres plot to start our center along with Maherghar," he said. On Sunday on account of the annual day of Hirkani, Jo Elina from Rwanda was in Thane. "We will train her and more women from Rwanda as well as Hirkani who will take care of our Africa center. This center will be the headquarter for entire Africa. In the next quarter we will have a center in Thailand as well," said Bhande. Hirkani is going to invite the first family of Rwanda to come to Thane during International Women's Day next year. "The possession of the land in Rwanda after all the technicalities will be given to Hirkani by the honorable president of Rwanda. And we aim to invite our Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of the center there," he added.
|2016-10-18||Diwali comes early for Thane colony amid hail of bullets - Mid-Day|
Diwali comes early for Thane colony amid hail of bullets By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour Usually, when people hear gunshots, they run away. In Vartak Nagar, they run towards the bullets. As the police practise shooting at the nearby ground, locals make a killing afterwards by selling the bullet casings. The bullets are their bread and butter and, sometimes, even their vegetables. Diwali is one of the busiest times for the business, says scrap dealer Bindu Ashok Gupta. She buys bullet casings from collectors like Chandrabaga Shelke (centre), who go bullet hunting in the hillside. Whether they want money to buy vegetables or sweets for Diwali, residents of Thane's Vartak Nagar simply go on a treasure hunt at the nearby ground that is used as a firing range by the Thane Police, Navy and Air Force. Take 78-year-old Chandrabaga Shelke, for instance, who spends four hours in the field every day, searching for spent bullet casings that she can sell to the scrap dealer at the end of the week, taking home an easy Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,400. Shelke is one of the veterans; she has been collecting the pellets for at least the last 30 years and has managed to put food on the table for her entire family thanks to her weekly earnings. Earlier, I would earn Rs 1,000 every day, as I would find 2 to 5 kg of bullet parts within a few hours. But others also started doing the same, so now I manage to find the same amount in a week. After selling it, I usually buy vegetables for my family on the way home, she said. Shelke added that she has three sons, all of whom earn well, but she continues to collect bullets because she doesn't want to depend on anyone else. It also keeps me active as I spend my free time between 2 and 6 pm searching in the fields. I also give some pocket money to my seven grandchildren. Bullet farming: On any given day, you can find several people sifting through the rolling green hillside. From a distance, it looks like they're farming. Laxmi Vasant Bhoir (50), a housewife goes there every week with her three daughters. I have been coming here for more than a year. Its just a source of some pocket money for us, and the cash we earn is useful for the extra expenses through the year. Now that Diwali is coming, we will spend the money on new clothes and sweets, she said. Shamsuddin Shaikh (21) earns Rs 400 every day in his job as a labourer, but on his days off, he still likes to head to the field to earn a little extra cash. I have a weekly off on Monday but don't like to sit idle at home. Instead, I spend my free time collecting the bullet remaining parts and earn Rs 200 to Rs 300. My holiday is not wasted and my mother too is happy as I can give her money for daily expenses, he said. Diwali firepower: For others, like 16-year-old Ramkishan Yadav, the bullet hunt is a convenient way to add more firepower to the Diwali celebrations. My father has bought new clothes for me but refused to buy firecrackers. Why should I harass them to spend more? Instead, if I spend just two hours on the ground for a couple of days, I can earn around Rs 500 and by lots of crackers for Diwali. Today, I collected 1kg of bullet scrap. One more day, and I will meet my target and be able to buy 1,000 cracker chains for the entire week, said the Std VII student. Since the firing doesn't always take place every day, Yadav keeps his ears open for the sound of gunfire and hotfoot it to the firing range. I don't go on daily, but only when I am in need of cash. I go there once or twice a week, Yadav added. Like him, there are other youngsters who also wait eagerly to hear the crack of a bullet. After returning from school, two of friends and I spend an hour collecting the scraps and earn about R20 to buy kites from the local shop, said 12-year-old Kiran Sonawane. The scrap dealers: The bullet business is not just booming for the collectors but also for the scrap dealers who buy it from them. The most popular one is Kamlabai Ahir (65) who was among the first to start the business along with her husband. Since his demise, however, she has been running the business alone. We have been in this business for around four decades. The police is well aware about it, as we are doing nothing illegal. We are simply picking up the waste from the ground and selling it in the market, said Ahir, who sits in a corner with her weighing machine. Sitting at home, what else can we do to earn easy money? We purchase the metal for Rs 120 per kg and after getting a good amount of it, we resell it in the market for Rs 400 per kg. We earn Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 every month, added Ahir. Ironically, monsoon is the dry season for this business, as the firing comes to a halt due to the rainfall.
|2016-10-17||Thane call centre scam mastermind's 'mentor' arrested - The Hindu|
Thane call centre scam mastermind's 'mentor' arrested PTI Comment A Mumbai businessman, who is alleged to have mentored the mastermind of the multi-million dollar Thane call center racket, was arrested on Monday. The 33-year-old, identified as Jagdish Kanani was arrested from suburban Borivali on Sunday night, a senior police officer said. Kanani started working in a BPO firm abroad and learnt the methods of collection through outsourcing firms. He then set up fake call centres across the country to earn a quick money by extorting money from U.S. victims, the officer said. Kanani is suspected to be the brain behind many fake call centres across the country, including the one at Mira Road that was raided by the Thane Police earlier this month. He is suspected to have helped Sagar Dharmesh Thakkar in shaping and setting up these centres. Now that we have arrested him, we will get to know the whereabouts of Thakkar and others, who were also mentored by him, the police officer said. The Crime Branch (Thane Police) have arrested 70 persons after a raid on seven call centres operating illegally in Mira Road. Another 630 people were booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating) and under relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indian Telegraph Act.
|2016-10-17||Thane call centre scam: Cops get kingpin's ex-boss in Borivali - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane call centre scam: Cops get kingpin's ex-boss in Borivali Mumbai Mirror | Oct 17, 2016, 09.37 AM IST Sagar Thakkar (R), the mastermind of a fraud that could run into thousands of crores of rupees Jagdish Kanani had hired Sagar Thakkar at his Ahmedabad con call centre three years ago. They fell out over money, after which Thakkar launched his own call centre in Mira Road Mumbai: In a massive breakthrough in the Mira Road fake call centre scam, the Thane Crime Branch on Sunday arrested the former boss of Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind of the fraud that could run into thousands of crores of rupees. Cops say Jagdish Kanani, 35, who was arrested from Borivali, had set up a bogus call centre in Ahmedabad back in 2010, and was the one who trained Thakkar in terms of technology and the ways to approach victims in America. The police have also said that Thakkar moved to Mumbai after a monetary dispute with Kanani, and launched his own con call centre in Mira Road, but the two had reconciled and, in fact, started working together again in March this year. A source from the Thane Crime Branch said Kanani was a big name in parallel BPO world in India, who specialised in cheating Americans by promising easy loans on paycheck advances. Kanani's staffers would contact victims in the US claiming to be representatives of companies that offered short-term loans, called payday loans in the US. The callers would identify themselves as attorneys for the loan companies and obtained credit card information, dates of birth, confidential telephone numbers and other personal information, which they would use to withdraw money from the victims account. In some cases, there are complaints of these people threatening the victims with blackmailing, the source said. The police said that Kanani came on their radar after the arrest of a woman named Nikita Patel in Leonia in Bergen County, New Jersey. Nikita was arrested in January this for being a part of a gang from India that ran payday scams in the US. She is believed to be a close associate of Kanani, the Thane Crime Branch sources said. The police said that Kanani's con call centre could have been busted three years ago, but the Gujarat Police did not act on warnings from the US agencies. In 2013, the US agencies arrested a man named Aakash Patel, after which the US Federal Trade Commission alerted the Indian authorities about an Ahmedabad-based firm making fraudulent collection calls. This call centre in all probability was run by Kanani, the source said. SHAGGY'S GURU The Thane Crime Branch has learnt that Thakkar was employed by Kanani around three years ago, and the latter quickly rose through the ranks, so much so that Kanani started trusting him with the entire operation details. Kanani taught Thakkar the entire con, and the latter started demanding his share instead of the salary, resulting in a fallout. Later when Thakkar launched his own call centre, he recruited many people from Kanani's firm, the Thane Crime Branch source said. Deputy Commissioner of Police Parag Manera said Kanani's arrest was a huge boost to the case. Kanani's arrest will help us provide a lot of details about Thakkar and other accused. Kanani seems to be the brain behind executing the scam, he said. The cops are also looking for Thakkar's aides Waseem Qureshi, who was the chief recruiter in his call centre, and Tapesh Gupta, whose brother Nawaz is in the police custody.
|2016-10-17||Thane: Man assaults sister's boyfriend, books him for molestation - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man assaults sister's boyfriend, books him for molestation By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours In the two-minute video, the duo is seen assaulting Akshay Dudhele even as he continuously begs them to stop A 22-year-old bore the brunt of his girlfriend's brother after he stripped him naked and assaulted him after he saw the couple speaking to each other. The youngster and his friend beat him up near Shahapur on October 6 and a clip of the assault has since gone viral on WhatsApp and Facebook. After they were caught on camera, the duo took the girl to the police station to register a molestation case against her boyfriend Akshay Dudhele. The Vasind police, who have registered the molestation case, claim to have received the video. However, they say that no one has approached them to register a complaint. According to the police, on October 6 Dudhele, a resident of Dahi Gaon near Shahapur was speaking to his 16-year-old girlfriend. Her brother noticed this and along with his friends took the boy into a room and assaulted him. mid-day is in possession of the two-minute video clip clearly showing the youngsters assaulting Akshay by raining blows on him and hitting him with a stick. Akshay was begging them to stop, but the assault continued till he was stripped half-naked. Clips all over Facebook: A few human rights activists from Vasind who accessed the video clip made it viral on social networking sites. After the clips were all over Facebook and Whatsapp, the alleged assaulters took their sister to the Vasind police station on October 14 and registered a molestation case against Akshay. Anil Pawar, Senior Police Inspector, Vasind police station confirmed that they have registered a molestation case against Akshay on the complaint given by the girl along with her brother. No case against assaulters: When mid-day asked him about the video he said, We too had received the video clips that clearly shows Akshay being assaulted by two youngsters in a room. But, no one has approached us to register a case of assault or else we would have booked them. The girl approached us so we have accordingly registered a case on her statement, added Pawar.
|2016-10-17||Who is Virat Kohli's girlfriend? Thane school asks Class 9 students in PT exam - Hindustan Times|
Who is Virat Kohli's girlfriend? Thane school asks Class 9 students in PT exam IANS, Thane Updated: Oct 17, 2016 21:15 IST Hundreds of Class 9 students of a Thane school were stumped when they were asked to answer the question in physical training exam. The question even came with three helpful options: Priyanka (Chopra), Anushka (Sharma) or Deepika (Padukone). A leaked copy of the question paper of Chacha Nehru Hindi High School, Bhiwandi town, went viral on social media, with many questioning the relevance of a cricket-Bollywood star's personal lives in a school exam. The annual exam was conducted on October 13 by the school and the question figured in the objective section, as Q.No. 1(B).
|2016-10-17||Watch: Man stripped, thrashed for misbehaving with girl in Thane - India Today|
Watch: Man stripped, thrashed for misbehaving with girl in Thane A man was stripped and brutally thrashed in Thane for allegedly misbehaving with a girl IndiaToday.in Posted by Bijin Jose October 17, 2016 UPDATED 19:50 IST 1. Man brutally thrashed for misbehaving with girl in Thane. 2. A video showing the attack went viral after the incident. 3. Police have filed a complaint, probe is on. A man was brutally assaulted for misbehaving with a girl in Thane on Monday. The man had been reportedly harassing the girl for the past few days. The brutal act went viral on social media. The man was taken to an isolated place, stripped and thrashed by three others. After the video went viral, human rights activists approached the Thane police who filed a complaint in connection with the incident. Sources said that although the police filed a complaint, they are yet to take any action. However, police sources stated that they were investigating the matter and will be taking the necessary action.
|2016-10-17||Thane martial arts gold medalists had to mortgage jewellery for Jakarta event - Hindustan Times|
Thane martial arts gold medalists had to mortgage jewellery for Jakarta event Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 17, 2016 20:20 IST Three women martial arts players from Thane, who represented Indian at the World games held at Indonesia last week, won three gold medals. However, the victory came at a cost. Hailing from poor to middle-class backgrounds, all three athletes had to mortgage their mother's jewellery to fund their tour. Aarti Chaudhari, 29, martial arts coach along with her students Vishruti Waghmare, 16, and Siddhi Jadhav, 10, participated in the 6th TAFISA World Games Sports For All, Jakarta, Indonesia, held from October 6 to 12. All three won gold medals in Jeet Kene-do, a form of marshal arts. Chaudhari won a second gold in Kabaddi, while Waghmare bagged a bronze in the same event. While Chaudhari's father runs a paan shop, Jadhav's father is a security guard. Waghmare's father works in a small-time private firm. Vishruti Waghmare, 16, and Siddhi Jadhav, 10, participated in the 6th TAFISA World Games Sports For All, Jakarta, Indonesia, held from October 6 to 12 and won gold medals. (Praful Gangurde) Chaudhari said, I had heard about the Jakarta tournament at another sporting event I participated in September. It was here that I enrolled our names. We got shortlisted and competed against participants from 130 countries. Our hard work paid off and we all won gold for our country. She added that the expense for Jakarta tour was about Rs 70,000 per head, which none of them were able to afford. We approached politicians in Kalyan and Thane for sponsorship, but none of them showed interest. All we managed to collect was just Rs 20,000. With no other source to raise money from, other mothers stepped in and mortgaged their jewellery to fund our tour. Chaudhari said they now wish to represent India at the Asian championship to be held in Malaysia. However, lack of funds and sponsors has made participation at the event a distant dream.
|2016-10-17||Reservation: Maratha women lead largest peaceful rally in Thane history - Times of India|
Reservation: Maratha women lead largest peaceful rally in Thane history Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 17, 2016, 08:08 IST Thane: Throngs of Maratha community members, predominantly the youth and women, swarmed the streets of Thane on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration to ramp up their demand for reservations, repeal of the atrocity law and death for the rapists of a minor in Kopardi, Ahmednagar district. The police said it was the largest rally of peaceful demonstrators ever in the lake city, with close to two lakh people sporting caps and holding saffron flags as they participated in the 'mook morcha', or silent march, from Teen Haath Naka on the Eastern Express Highway to the district collectorate. The organizers ensured there was no sloganeering or applauding, while three drone-installed cameras also kept vigil. Traffic in many areas, especially the core city, was heavily hit. Teen Haath Naka was blocked and there was a km-long jam on the flyover there. The protest began with the customary ode to Jijamata, Chhatrapati Shivaji's mother, at 11 am and ended at 2 pm. Women led the three-km march. Thousands drove down from as far as Marathwada for the march. Politicians from the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP also walked with the protesters. Public works minister Eknath Shinde, MoS Ravi Chavan and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad were among the politicians present. Chavan told the media that the state was working towards the quota demand. Eight young girls presented a memorandum of 11 demands to collector Mahendra Kalyankar. The protest concluded with speeches by a few young girls. "We have assembled here to draw the attention of the state and society towards our demand for reservations in education and jobs," a young Nerul resident, Payal Chavan, said in her address. "The state is proposing to include us in the economically backward class, but we never wanted it, and want reservation under OBC only." Some Muslim, Jain and Marwari community members also expressed solidarity with the Marathas in the protest.
|2016-10-17||Thane: 26-year-old man held for repeated rape of minor stepdaughter - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane: 26-year-old man held for repeated rape of minor stepdaughter PTI Published Oct 17, 2016, 6:43 pm IST Updated Oct 17, 2016, 6:43 pm IST Thane: A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping his minor stepdaughter for the past one year, police said on Monday. The accused, a tailor by profession, had been raping his 11-year-old step daughter since 2015, Senior Police Inspector G D Pingle of Chitalsar-Manpada police station said. The victim's mother had left her first husband in Bihar and remarried the accused. The duo resided in Kapurbawdi locality here with the victim. The accused had also left his first wife, he said. As per the complaint registered last night, after Holi in 2015, the accused repeatedly raped the victim while she was alone in the house, said the officer. The accused also threatened the victim of dire consequences if she narrated her ordeal to anyone, Pingle said. A case under relevant sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act 2012 was registered and the accused was apprehended, he said, adding investigations were underway.
|2016-10-16||Maratha agitation: Silent march in Thane, a prelude to Mumbai's rally - Firstpost|
Maratha agitation: Silent march in Thane, a prelude to Mumbai's rally PTI Updated: Oct 16, 2016 15:35 IST Thane: The Maratha community on Sunday organised a 'silent march' in Thane district which was joined by minister Eknath Shinde and leaders of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.A day after the 'Maratha kranti silent morcha' in Kolhapur, the community members on Sunday gathered in large numbers at Teen Hath Naka in Thane and marched in rows towards the district collectorate, located about five kms away.Representational image. PTIThe participants, carrying saffron flags and several placards for their demands, and children and elders dressed as Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, walked through the Gokhale road and other main streets of the city.A large number of women and youths also participated in the morcha. Five girls from among the participants led the morcha. Banners and mega hoardings having the slogan 'Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha' were put up at several places in Thane.Over 1,500 police personnel were deployed to man the crowd. Elaborate security arrangements and traffic diversions were effected by the police in view of the rally.Elaborate arrangements of medical facilities, water supply and parking lots were made for the smooth conduct of the event.Sunday's morcha is said to be a prelude to the rally that will be taken out in Mumbai, the schedule for which has yet not been announced by the community. The girls leading the morcha handed over a memorandum of their demands to Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar. Prominent among the politicians who participated in the morcha were Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena MPs Shrikant Shinde and Rajan Vichare, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad, senior Congress leader from the state Sachin Sawant and NCP leader Vasant Davkhare. The Marathas have been demanding quota for community members in government jobs and education, scrapping of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and speedy trial in the Kopardi case wherein a Maratha girl was raped and murdered.
|2016-10-16||Thane cops send two more teams to Guj in search of fake call centre mastermind - Hindustan Times|
Thane cops send two more teams to Guj in search of fake call centre mastermind Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 16, 2016 23:04 IST The Thane police, who are investigating the call centre scam, have sent two more crime branch teams to Gujarat in search of alleged mastermind Sagar Thakkar. Thakkar, who is absconding, is said to have visited his home in Gujarat in September, but has not returned since. A senior police inspector from Gujarat said, We went with the Thane police to Thakkar's house and found out he has been absconding since he came to know about the raid. The police also said, We are keeping a constant watch on his relatives and friends. The police have questioned six of his friends. Thane deputy commissioner of police, crime, Parag Manere, said, We suspect Thakkar is in touch with his friends.
|2016-10-16||United they stand: Muslims, Sikhs support Marathas as lakhs rally in ... - Hindustan Times|
United they stand: Muslims, Sikhs support Marathas as lakhs rally in Thane Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 17, 2016 09:39 IST Following the massive protest in Kolhapur on Saturday, lakhs of Marathas in Thane and Palghar held a silent protest in Thane on Sunday. Members of the Sikh and Muslim communities supported the march by serving the protestors water and cold drinks. Organisers said nearly 10 lakh people joined silent protest. However, the actual figure has not been verified. Residents aged two to eighty years joined the march. The state had announced several schemes for helping Marathas gain admission to professional courses, hoping to ease tension among the community. However, the community refused to compromise on their prime demands, including reservation for the community, justice for the Kopardi rape victim and amendments to the Atrocity Act. The city witnessed crowds of saffron-clad protestors. Marathas participate in a "Maratha Kranti Morcha" in Thane on Sunday. (PTI) The women-led protest was organised in a disciplined manner. A cleanliness crew ensured that protestors did not litter the city with bottles or paper bags. The protesters were addressed occasionally through stages and screens set up at various locations. College students were active participants. Muslim women joined the rally. The Mali Samaj from Rajasthan too participated, saying the Marathas deserved reservation, as they had been fighting for it for years. Traffic flowed smoothly as flyovers and bridges were open, while the protesters occupied the road and service roads below. Several internal roads were closed but not many commuters were affected. All the local representatives from Thane, including NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad, Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, PWD minister Eknath Shinde, BJP corporator and standing committee chairman Sanjay Waghule were present but they were not allowed to take centre stage.
|2016-10-16||Maratha women lead largest peaceful rally in Thane history - Times ... - Times of India|
Maratha women lead largest peaceful rally in Thane history Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 17, 2016, 08:08 IST Thane: Throngs of Maratha community members, predominantly the youth and women, swarmed the streets of Thane on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration to ramp up their demand for reservations, repeal of the atrocity law and death for the rapists of a minor in Kopardi, Ahmednagar district. The police said it was the largest rally of peaceful demonstrators ever in the lake city, with close to two lakh people sporting caps and holding saffron flags as they participated in the 'mook morcha', or silent march, from Teen Haath Naka on the Eastern Express Highway to the district collectorate. The organizers ensured there was no sloganeering or applauding, while three drone-installed cameras also kept vigil. Traffic in many areas, especially the core city, was heavily hit. Teen Haath Naka was blocked and there was a km-long jam on the flyover there. The protest began with the customary ode to Jijamata, Chhatrapati Shivaji's mother, at 11 am and ended at 2 pm. Women led the three-km march. Thousands drove down from as far as Marathwada for the march. Politicians from the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP also walked with the protesters. Public works minister Eknath Shinde, MoS Ravi Chavan and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad were among the politicians present. Chavan told the media that the state was working towards the quota demand. Eight young girls presented a memorandum of 11 demands to collector Mahendra Kalyankar. The protest concluded with speeches by a few young girls. "We have assembled here to draw the attention of the state and society towards our demand for reservations in education and jobs," a young Nerul resident, Payal Chavan, said in her address. "The state is proposing to include us in the economically backward class, but we never wanted it, and want reservation under OBC only." Some Muslim, Jain and Marwari community members also expressed solidarity with the Marathas in the protest.
|2016-10-15||Maratha community to hold 'silent march' in Thane tomorrow ... - Business Standard|
Maratha community to hold 'silent march' in Thane tomorrow Press Trust of India | Thane October 15, 2016 Last Updated at 19:14 IST After holding protests in various districts of Maharashtra, members of the Maratha community will take out a silent protest march here tomorrow to press for their various demands, including reservation in jobs and education. The rally-- Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha-- will start around 10 AM from Marathon chowk in the city and reach the District Collectorate. With lakhs of community members expected to participate in the morcha, elaborate police bandobast is being put in place. Drones will also be deployed to keep a watch on the march and the entire route will be videographed, police said. To avoid traffic snarls, no buses of Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) will operate from the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) locality during the time of the event. "Besides, over a dozen parking lots have been created to accommodate the vehicles that will carry the participants till the venue," S B Palve, DCP traffic, Thane city, said. According to the organisers of the event, five girls from the community will address the gathering and then submit the memorandum to the District collector. The community has been holding marches in different districts to press for their demands, including punishment of culprits in Kopardi rape and murder case, quota in education and government jobs and Amendment in SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to stop its "misuse". So far, similar marches have been held in various cities, including Pune, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Osmanabad, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Jalna, Akola, Latur and Solapur.
|2016-10-15||Railway employee felicitated in Thane for helping train mishap victim - The Indian Express|
Railway employee felicitated in Thane for helping train mishap victim By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 15, 2016, 10:32 A female employee of the Kalyan Railway Hospital who converted the saree she wore into a stretcher to transport a train accident victim to the facility was felicitated in Thane by Thane city Mayor Sanjay More. The Mayor gave the employee a shawl, srifal and appreciation letter at a brief function on Friday in the civic corporation. On September 27,2016 a railway employee Vishnu Kiraji Andale was run over by a speeding train in which both of his legs were damaged. The accident happened in Vashind Railway station when the gangman was on work. The injured gangman was lying on the tracks writhing in pain but no one came forward to rescue him. When the Kalyan Railway Hospital employee Manisha Shinde, who was passing by, came to know about the accident she without loss of time converted her saree into a stretcher and rushed him to the hospital. However, the victim died during treatment. It was alleged that there was no sretecher available at the station that time. The Mayor addressing those present for the brief function said that the presence of mind shown by Manisha of converting her saree into a stretcher was noteworthy and this should prove to be an inspiration for other members of the society. He urged members of the society to rush to help the needy in the golden hour.
|2016-10-15||Thane braces for protest march today - Times of India|
Thane braces for protest march today Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 15, 2016, 23:14 IST Thane: Members of the Maratha community will hold peaceful demonstrations in Thane on Sunday to increase pressure on the state government for their demands, including reservations and repeal of the atrocities act. The main protest is likely to be flagged off from Teen Haath Naka around 10am, three offshoots will take off from Kalwa, Majiwada Naka and Dadoji Kondeo stadium to converge at the collector's office. Traffic in and around Thane has been diverted while Kalwa bridge will remain shut during the protest. Buses will not be available between 8 am to 4 pm from the SATIS deck as major routes, including those for Ghodbunder and beyond, will be operated from Kopri. Few services between Kharegaon and Mumbra, Diva will be operational while others will be diverted via Kopri. Central Railway and Western Railway have cancelled their mega blocks scheduled for Sunday.
|2016-10-15||'Don't use TB Road due to Maratha morcha in Thane' - Times of India|
Don't use T-B Road due to Maratha morcha in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Oct 15, 2016, 23:57 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Thane traffic department has advised motorists to avoid taking Thane-Belapur Road on Sunday as it will be congested due to the Maratha Kranti Morcha. All public and private transport buses will not be allowed to enter Thane city via Kalwa bridge from 8am to 4pm and these vehicles will have to take a u-turn from Shivaji Chowk at Kalwa junction. All NMMT buses between Cidco stop at Chendani Koliwada in Thane (west) and various destinations in Navi Mumbai will start and end at Kalwa junction on Sunday. "The Kalwa bridge will be shut for buses from 8am to 4pm to pave way for the morcha," said a traffic official. Similarly, all state transport buses plying to and from Thane station and Vandana Cinema depot via Thane-Belapur Road are being rescheduled. They will start and terminate at Kalwa junction. The traffic department has appealed to motorists to avoid Kalwa bridge which is the only link between Navi Mumbai and Thane, considering the imminent jam along narrow bylanes in Thane city.
|2016-10-15||Seized tortoises now in Thane Forest Department custody - Mid-Day|
Seized tortoises now in Thane Forest Department custody By A Correspondent Posted 15-Oct-2016 The 201 star tortoises, which were seized by the Air Intelligence Unit have been taken in custody by the Mumbai Range of the Forest Department. On Friday, the Mumbai Teritorail Range of Thane Forest Department took custody of 199 star tortoises protected in schedule 4 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and two pond turtles protected under schedule 1 of the same act. The turtles are now being looked by the forest department. According to officials, the turtles were stuffed in four bags inside four briefcases. The turtles were in a traumatized and dehydrated state while they were handed over to the forest department, and are now being fed food and water and further allowed to stabilise and rest with the help and support of our volunteers at RAWW, who will be assisting the forest staff in taking care of these reptiles till further actions are initiated, said a FD official.
|2016-10-15||Victims from US keep dialling Thane police for help - Times of India|
Victims from US keep dialling Thane police for help Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Oct 16, 2016, 04:55 IST The Mira Road call centre mostly targeted US citizens The harassment of callers by the Mira Road gang was so torturous that some of the victims collapsed under stress. In her complaint, a native of Delhi, Priya Arunachalam, who lives in New York, has told Thane police that on Sept 22, 2015, a person claiming to be an "IRS treasury inspector" threatened and extorted $44,587 (nearly Rs 30 lakh) from her. Arunachalam has lodged the complaint, saying the culprits caused her family untold stress and that they lost sleep for nearly a year. Another 24-year-old girl from Las Vegas has informed Thane police that the impersonators extorted $1,500 from her by accusing her of violating immigration rules. Her complaint says, "I received a call from 1800-375-5283 on September 19 (from a person) claiming to be an immigration officer from USCIS. He said I am under a strict protocol and I cannot speak to anybody during the call." The caller asked for all her personal details like passport, visa information and then told her that a criminal case was pending against her back in India. The caller threatened her that she could be "deported, put behind the bars for 72 hours." He then convinced her to go to the nearest Walmart store and buy a $1,500 Apple iTunes card after which a number would be generated, which she could give to the "police officer" who would be visiting her place. Anantsingh Dhillon, an Indian based in Victoria in Columbia, too shared details with police. He said, "I got numerous calls from unknown numbers asking me to call back as the Canada Revenue Agency had something against me. It was always in a threatening tone and as I called back numerous times, they may have thought I was following up." Twice he called local police and found out that it was a scam, Dhillon told TOI. Back in October 2013, the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration had estimated that roughly 8.9 lakh victims had paid up over $26.5 million to phone scammers. Investigators are now slowly coming to grips with the size of this underground industry although scamsters have managed to cover up their tracks well so far with the use of technology. Will this tarnish the image of BPOs operating from India, is a question that lingers. A joint Indo-US probe involving the FBI and other US agencies is currently underway and promises more action.
|2016-10-15||'Don't use TB Road due to Maratha morcha in Thane' - Times of India|
Don't use T-B Road due to Maratha morcha in Thane B B Nayak | TNN | Oct 15, 2016, 23:57 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Thane traffic department has advised motorists to avoid taking Thane-Belapur Road on Sunday as it will be congested due to the Maratha Kranti Morcha. All public and private transport buses will not be allowed to enter Thane city via Kalwa bridge from 8am to 4pm and these vehicles will have to take a u-turn from Shivaji Chowk at Kalwa junction. All NMMT buses between Cidco stop at Chendani Koliwada in Thane (west) and various destinations in Navi Mumbai will start and end at Kalwa junction on Sunday. "The Kalwa bridge will be shut for buses from 8am to 4pm to pave way for the morcha," said a traffic official. Similarly, all state transport buses plying to and from Thane station and Vandana Cinema depot via Thane-Belapur Road are being rescheduled. They will start and terminate at Kalwa junction. The traffic department has appealed to motorists to avoid Kalwa bridge which is the only link between Navi Mumbai and Thane, considering the imminent jam along narrow bylanes in Thane city.
|2016-10-15||Thane based truck driver booked for illegally entering city limit - Times of India|
Thane based truck driver booked for illegally entering city limit Syed Rizwanullah | Updated: Oct 15, 2016, 23:31 IST AURANGABAD: A 38-year old truck driver has been booked by the city police after he was caught by a traffic branch sleuth for allegedly violating the city police circular banning entry of heavy vehicles in the city limits from sunrise to midnight. A case against the suspect driver has been registered with the Kranti Chowk for posing danger and obstruction in public way or line of navigation. Police said that the suspect driver has been identified as Mohammad Irfan Mohammad Iqbal Patel, hailing from Thane. The 52-year old traffic cop Subhash Hiwale in his complaint has stated that he along with his colleagues were performing their duty when they spotted the truck, in violation of the city police's circular, was not only brought in the city limits but as was also found to be parked at a crowded square. The alleged act of the suspect not only violated the norms but also posed danger to the lives of the commuters by his act. Based on the complaint, case has been registered against the driver at Kranti Chowk police station.
|2016-10-14||Thane: Local court allows couple's divorce plea rejected earlier - The Indian Express|
Thane: Local court allows couple's divorce plea rejected earlier By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 14, 2016, 10:20 A local court has set aside the decision of a magistrate rejecting a divorce petition despite the fact that the couple was not willing to stay together. The couple, both teachers, got married on June 28, 2010, as per Hindu tradition at an Arya Samaj Mandir in Navi Mumbai. However, there were constant quarrels between them. Both of them tried to patch up and settle their disputes amicably, but in vain. Because of the disputes and differences, it was impossible for them to live together as husband and wife and they started residing separately since September 1, 2012.
|2016-10-14||FBI In Thane To Investigate Call Centre Scam, Homeland Security Coming Too - NDTV|
FBI In Thane To Investigate Call Centre Scam, Homeland Security Coming Too All India | Written by Anant Zanane | Updated: October 14, 2016 23:20 IST Workers of a call centre in Thane defrauded Americans by pretending to be from the IRS. Thane (Maharashtra): FBI officer meets Thane police, tax and homeland security to also visit Probe unique, has made big dent in global racket: Officer reportedly said Call centre workers had defrauded Americans by pretending to be from IRS US agency FBI has begun assisting the police in investigating a call centre scam near Mumbai that defrauded more than 6,000 Americans of millions of dollars." Suhel Daud, an FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigation officer of Indian origin and a cybercrime expert, today met Param Bir Singh, police chief of Thane, a Mumbai suburb where the call centres are located, to gather and share evidence on the con.The FBI officer reportedly told the Thane police that their investigation was "one of a kind" and has made a "big dent into the global racket". Mr Daud is one of two FBI officers assigned in India. The legal attache at the American embassy belongs to Bareilly. The Thane Police say they are also expecting teams from the Internal Revenue Service or IRS and the Department of Homeland Security in the US to reach out to them for evidence sharing and cooperation. More than 2,000 people worked at the nine Thane call centres that duped Americans by pretending to be IRS officials and threatening them with tax investigations if they did not pay up, the police said. The alleged mastermind is a 24-year-old called Sagar Thakkar, who, the police fear, may have fled the country. Thakkar along with his sister Reema are absconding. Money extorted by them may have been used to fund their lavish lifestyles as they bought cars and suspected to have made real estate investments. The scam was simple. Call centre workers called Americans and said cops would be at their doorstep soon to raid their homes if they do not pay. Many unsuspecting Americans agreed to pay anywhere between 500 and 60,000 dollars, the police said. These call centres scammed nearly 6,500 Americans and estimates suggest collected millions of dollars. Last week, the police swooped in to cut the lines. Nearly 800 workers were questioned and 72 of them were finally arrested. The police have raided call centres in Ahmedabad and recovered hardware. Through cooperation with the FBI, the Thane police hopes it will be able to establish the money trail from the US to accounts in India. Similar call centres in Noida and Gurgaon could also come under the scanner as the police proceeds with its crackdown.
|2016-10-14||FBI TEAM TO ARRIVE IN CITY TO PROBE BPO CON - Times of India|
FBI TEAM TO ARRIVE IN CITY TO PROBE BPO CON By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 14, 2016, 02.36 AM IST The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached out to the Thane crime branch over the call centre scam in which several BPO firms from Mira Road, posing as US tax governing officials, called up American nationals and duped them of thousands of dollars after threatening them with investigation. An FBI team will arrive in the city today to gather evidence and information about the scam. Meanwhile, the sleuths in Thane have zeroed in on the scam's mastermind who they believe is in Dubai. A crime branch team that visited Ahmedabad to probe the fraud returned with enough proof to point at 24-year-old Sagar alias Shaggy Thakker as being the lynchpin of the operation. He is believed to be aided by his sister, Reema Thakker, and his friend Rachit. The trio is absconding with their families, and the police have traced their locations outside India. "Once we establish proof of his location, we will approach diplomatic channels," DCP Parag Manere said. While cops are trying to trace the money trail, more call centres across the country that have links to the ones that were raided on Mira Road last week have come under the police scanner. According to sources, some suspect Gujarat call centres had erased all their data in order to eliminate proof, so the police are stepping forward cautiously while approaching the others. "We are looking at Delhi-NCR, Gurugram, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh currently. We will send our teams there if needed," said DCP Manere. Cash from hawala accounts hasn't yet been traced. Many believe that most of it has been spent, with sources claiming that Sagar's sister Reema had been in charge of the accounts and that she was involved in a hawala scandal some years ago. It is possible the money is linked with this operation, they said. On October 4, Thane crime branch raided seven call centres involved in the scandal. Their daily turnover was around Rs 1.5 crore each. The court has given the police one day additional custody of arrested accused Haider Ali Mansuri and Shain Balesaheb and a few others. PIO duped of $100,000 Madhukar Kir, 37, a high-ranking official in a Texas-based firm, contacted DCP Manere on October 13, saying he had got a call from 'IRS officials' to pay up for defaulting in tax payments. He paid $100,000, one of the largest sums reported to crime branch so far, DCP Manere said.
|2016-10-14||Man Arrested 6 Years After Allegedly Killing Wife In Thane - NDTV|
Man Arrested 6 Years After Allegedly Killing Wife In Thane Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 14, 2016 14:07 IST Thane: A hotel waiter who was on the run after allegedly killing his wife by setting her afire, six years ago, has finally been arrested, police said on Friday.Gulab Giridhari Yadav alias Kumar Gazi, 31, hailing from a village in Jharkhand, was against his wife Pooja Kumar Gazi, 23, working in a bar and the couple used to have frequent quarrels over the issue, Kapurbawdi Police Station Inspector BT Barawkar said.On May 2, 2010, when Pooja returned home from work, the accused got annoyed and scolded her. He then allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman sustained 99 per cent burns and was rushed to Civil Hospital where she died during treatment, police said.The accused himself got his wife admitted at the civil hospital and later fled the city. Since then, he was living in Jharkhand, they said.The area where he lived was Naxal-hit and Thane police went to his hometown several times but could not trace him.However, after searching him for six years, police got a tip-off that he was to come to Thane city. Subsequently, police laid a trap at Kapurbawadi and arrested him on Wednesday. He has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC, they added.
|2016-10-14||Farmer's market to start at 6 new locations in Thane - Times of India|
Farmer's market to start at 6 new locations in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 15, 2016, 00:05 IST THANE: The city of lakes will soon have six new destinations selling vegetables and fruits directly from the farmers. The spots were decided by the district cooperative department on Thursday. The new marts that will vend vegetables and fruits sourced directly from the farms to be sold directly to urban consumers will start functioning at Shivaji ground, Ghantali ground, Wagle Estate, Vartak Nagar to name a few. "The schedule for making these farms operational will be announced soon. We have zeroed in the spots after surveying the demand in the respective areas," informed a district official. Meanwhile, the existing eight markets already functioning in the city have collectively sold around 412 metric tonnes of veggies and fruits since their inception in August this year.
|2016-10-14||Thane Municipal Corporation once again postpones launch of pay-n-park policy - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation once again postpones launch of pay-n-park policy Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 15, 2016, 00:05 IST THANE: The civic administration's much-touted parking policy remains mired in legal obstacles and manpower issues, as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has once again pushed its launch date to November 1, it is learnt. Officials admitted to failing in appointing parking wardens and deploy wheel jammers for those violating the pay-and-park diktat and instead randomly parking their vehicles at the designated spots in the city without subscribing to it. The administration is in the process of framing the rules to clamp down on the errant motorists and has once again pushed the launch by a fortnight. The pay-and-park facility for four-wheelers and autos was to be first implemented from October 2, which was subsequently postponed to October 15 after the administration cited poor response by motorists. The repeated flip-flops by the administration over the roadside parking plans, a section of the political functionaries here said, exposed the poor planning of its projects. "We are yet to get adequate response to the facility and have postponed the launch by another fortnight. We appeal to motorists to get the application forms and submit the same at the nearest ward offices as the night parking slots will be available on a first come basis. We will strictly start the enforcement of penalties on the motorists from November 1," informed an official. Officials said they will penalize motorists with ten times the existing fee for parking a vehicle at night time from those who park their vehicles at the designated zones without enrolling for the same. The roadside parking was approved last year by the general body. Around 4,571 slots across the city have been marked for parking bikes, autos and cars in the city and the facility is being implemented on a trial basis for night time only initially. Officials said the system will provide adequate parking area for vehicles that are otherwise berthed haphazardly on city roads. Motorists will have to pay minimum Rs 10 for bikes and cars depending on the duration of parking their vehicle at the roads which will be classified depending on the traffic density it witnesses. A warden will be appointed to collect the parking fees and ensure security of the parked vehicles. A special rate for nightlong parking is being issued on a monthly basis starting Rs 1500 for autos to around RS 1000-1500 for cars and around Rs 3000 for commercial vehicles like buses, tempos, etc. Motorists will have to pay minimum Rs 10 for bikes and cars depending on the duration of parking their vehicle at the roads which will be classified depending on the traffic density it witnesses. A warden will be appointed to collect the parking fees and ensure security of the parked vehicles.
|2016-10-14||'Shaggy', The Mastermind Of Thane Call Center Scam Gifted His ... - Indiatimes.com|
'Shaggy', The Mastermind Of Thane Call Center Scam Gifted His Girlfriend An Audi R8 On Her Birthday! OCTOBER 14, 2016 At least two of the masterminds of the multi-crores extortion racket which operated from a call centre in Thane including 23-year old Sagar Thakkar aka Shaggy might have already left the country, police has said.According to Thane police Sagar Thakkar, alias Shaggy, his accomplices Ali, Tapesh, Jimmy and Akhil Singh were the key players who pulled-off the scam.They are believed to have fled to Dubai, where they are believed to have other businesses. Meanwhile more information about Shaggy's luxury life is now surfacing. According to Mid-Day, he had gifted a Rs 2.5 crore Audi R8 to his 21-year-old girlfriend on her birthday. Thane police said they are trying to identify the alleged girlfriend and recover the vehicle. Earlier police had said that Shaggy who was a huge fan of sports cars used the extortion money to fuel his passion. Meanwhile a team from the FBI has also arrived in India to probe the incident, in which the targets were American citizens.The racket was busted last week after the police conducted a mid-night raid at the call center.
|2016-10-14||Call centre scam: FBI official meets Thane police chief - The Indian Express|
Call centre scam: FBI official meets Thane police chief By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Oct 15, 2016, 3:56 A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official Friday met the Thane police commissioner and shared details of the call centre scam being probed by the Thane police. At least 12 call centres were raided as they were allegedly used to make calls to US citizens with staffers pretending to be making calls on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and fraudulently collecting money from them. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said, He provided certain inputs that will help our investigation. He said there are two Indians who are in FBI's custody in connection with a similar crime. They are checking if they are in any way linked to the accused arrested by us.
|2016-10-13||Thane mall catches fire for second time in past four months - Hindustan Times|
Thane mall catches fire for second time in past four months Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 13, 2016 13:13 IST For the second time in the past four months, the Eternity Mall in Thane caught fire on Thursday morning. Though the fire was minor, smoke spread across the mall, owing to which its occupants had to be evacuated. The fire was caused by a short circuit in the Gosafe developer's office on the ground floor around 10.30 when most offices in the mall were open. The employees were evacuated immediately. There was lot of smoke, which we got rid of using smoke exhaust machines and hose lines. It took about 45 minutes, said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer. He said the fire was doused immediately and no one was injured. The mall had been shut after a fire in July, as none of its fire safety equipment had been functioning. However, fire brigade officials said the mall was reopened illegally and had been functioning without their permission. The mall authorities said they had upgraded the firefighting equipment. However, the fire department said most of the mall's live electrical cables were not concealed and there were other major loopholes. We had not given the go-ahead to the mall to reopen in July. They reopened it on their own. We sealed the mall and served a notice to them, telling them not to reopen unless we audit the safety measures, said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer. This is the third mall fire in Thane in the past four months. Boulevard Mall had caught fire on September 3.
|2016-10-13||Thane: Brothers killed over personal animosity - The Indian Express|
Thane: Brothers killed over personal animosity By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 13, 2016, 12:45 Two members of a family were allegedly murdered by four persons over a personal animosity at a village near here, police said Thursday. Azad Singh Dudani (28) and his brother Dhanraj (22), worked as welders, had a dispute with the alleged accused over some petty issues, Inspector Dhanajay Pore of Kulgaon police station said. “The two brothers again had a tiff with the accused during Navratri festival. They were called by the accused to Pashane village near Ulhas river at about 9.30 pm last night for a meeting and were assaulted by swords. All of them belonged to Kulgaon village in Badlapur, the officer said.
|2016-10-13||October heat scorches Thane at 34 degree Celsius - Times of India|
October heat scorches Thane at 34 degree Celsius Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Oct 13, 2016, 22:37 IST Thane: After enjoying a cool and cosy monsoon, lake city is all set to bask in warm weather. The temperature in the city soared from anywhere between 34 degree celsius to 30 degree Celsius in the last couple of days with the hot and humid air chasing out the southwest monsoon winds. "While the maximum temperature was around 26 degree Celsius on October 3, the mercury levels in the city suddenly rose up and its time for the October heat wave now after an exceptionally good monsoon," an official from the regional disaster management cell informed TOI. The temperature has been above 30 degree celsius and touched a high of 34.0 and 33.4 degree Celsius on Sunday and Monday respectively, the RDMC officials said. The sudden change from a long spell of dark and rainy days into hot and dry conditions, characterised by profuse sweating, is likely to impact the vulnerable population with the spread of communicable diseases, doctors claimed. The city doctors cautioned locals to take preventive measure and consume more water and stay hydrated so that they do not suffer from heat strokes, throat infection and other ailments due to the changing weather. The doctors have also cautioned parents to take care of kids, who are prone to illness especially due to the changing weather. The experts from India Meterology Department said there is a possibility of rain showers in isolated places, however, it is unlikely that Thane will see rains. "It is unlikely that Mumbai and Thane will witness rains in the next two to three days, but chances are it may rain in isolated places. Also the sky would remain cloudy for the next two days and the conditions will be favourable for the next 24 to 48 hours. There has been no delay in the withdrawal as since the past five years the withdrawal of these winds has been witnessed around October 15 and 16. Also due to this, the temperature is rising and has been around 30 degree Celsius since few days," said Krishnanand Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, Mumbai. "People should make sure that they keep drinking water, having juices, coconut water etc and keep their body hydrated all the time so that they do not suffer from dehydration or dizziness as some may even suffer from muscle cramps or headache due to excessive dehydration. Virus thrives in hot and humid climate so due to this many people suffer from lung or throat infections during this period. Also, this is a season for people to suffer from gastroenteritis and heat strokes," said Dr Atul Gupte, a practising General Physician.
|2016-10-13||Thane double murder: Two brothers attacked by hawkers - Hindustan Times|
Thane double murder: Two brothers attacked by hawkers Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 13, 2016 12:00 IST Two brothers were murdered on the bridge over the Ulhas River at Vangani on Wednesday around 11.15 pm. The suspects, Arun and Arjun Shetty, are also brothers and work as hawkers, said the police. The Kulgaon police said the victims, Dhanraj Singh, 28, and Azad Singh, 22, work in the fabrics and welding businesses. Police officials said the murder seems to be premeditated. When the brothers were on their way to the Navrati immersions in Vangani, the accused followed them, carrying choppers. They attacked the brothers, who succumbed to injuries on their heads, necks, backs, legs and hands. The police complaint in the case was filed by victims father Abja Singh, 48, who told the police that the accused and his sons had been enemies since the past four years. They had fought recently, he added. The superintendent of police (Thane rural) Mahesh Patil said they have registered a case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code at the Kulgaon police station. They are on the lookout for the suspects.
|2016-10-13||Thane Muslims observe Muharram by fasting, offering namaz & self-flagellation - Times of India|
Thane Muslims observe Muharram by fasting, offering namaz & self-flagellation Freny Fernandes | TNN | Oct 13, 2016, 22:38 IST Thane: The Islamic community observed the 10th day of Muharram, also known as Ashura, by offering namaaz, fast and mouring on Wednesday. While one sect of the community observed this day by celebrating the escape of Prophet Moses from Egypt, others mourn the death of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Husayn. Members of the community starts putting up stalls from the first day of Muharram. They serve water and juice to everyone who visits the stalls and to passersby. Many fast during these days. S.S Sheikh, a Mumbra resident, said, "On this day, Shia muslims mourn as we believe that Prophet Mohammed's grandson was killed and beheaded as he stood for what was just. He was kept thirsty for 10 days before he was killed. So, we offer free water and juices to everyone during these 10 days.'' Meanwhile, Sunni Muslims believe that Prophet Moses fasted on this day to demonstrate his gratitude to God for saving them from the hands of the Egyptian Pharoah. "We spend the whole day fasting and praying. We break the fast after sunset by eating simple food. D uring this period," said a Khopat resident. Some Shia men flagellate themselves to commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn. Many also beat their chest as a sign of mourning. ''For members of the Shia community, inflicting pain on themselves is their way of connecting with the suffering of Prophet Mohammed's grandson,'' said Kamal Mandlekar who is associated with 14 Islamic organisations in Thane and Mumbai.
|2016-10-13||Thane call centre scam: Hawala operators to be made witnesses - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam: Hawala operators to be made witnesses Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 14, 2016 19:46 IST Four hawala operators, who were questioned in connection with the multi-crore call centre scam, are likely to be made witnesses in the case. The operators were picked up from different locations in the western suburbs of Mumbai on Wednesday, after their names cropped up while questioning the key accused arrested in the case. A senior Thane crime branch officer said the statement of the hawala operators is important to establish the money trail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Investigations revealed the hawala traders in Mumbai delivered Rs 4 crore in cash at the seven call centres in Hari Om IT park in Mira Road every month. They took instructions from their contact in Ahmedabad, believed to be a close confidant of mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Saggy. They were conduits in the racket which is being run by big guns in Ahmedabad, the senior crime branch officer said. Investigations revealed the money was used to pay salary to more than 700 employees of the seven call centres in Mira Road. Meanwhille, an engineer from Texas in America call the Thane police to complain that the Mira Road based call centre cheated him of 1 lakh US dollars. Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, said, Madhukar Keer, 37, has approached us. We are getting calls from victims who are of Indian origin and we are looking into the complaints. FBI officials to meet Thane police Officials from the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) of the United States of America (USA) will meet senior Thane police officers on Friday to discuss the on-going investigation into the Thane call centre racket. The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) claimed more than 6,500 US citizens were duped to the tune of over Rs 500 crore by the fraudsters masquerading as IRS officials. We will share details of the case with the FBI, said Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police, Thane crime branch. Earlier, a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the US was briefed about the case.
|2016-10-12||Thane call centre fraud: How 'magic jack' enabled accused to make unlimited calls to US, Canada - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre fraud: Callers got details on victims from FB too Investigators said the device has not been approved by the Department of Telecommunications. Those found at the call centres could have been smuggled into the country. However, research revealed that they are being sold locally in different calling packages for Rs 4,500-5,000 by e-commerce companies such as Amazon. How does it work? A Magic Jack Express can be set up in a few minutes: Plug one end of the ethernet cable into the Magic Jack and the other into the high speed router (or modem). Plug a phone, either landline or mobile, or even a laptop or desktop into the other jacket. Plug the other part of the jack into the power adapter. Plug the power adapter into a power outlet. The home page of the jack will be displayed on the monitor, asking the subscriber to register. Details such as the telephone number and address are required to register. Police said the fraudsters used United States telephone numbers, which begin with 1, and addresses obtained from hackers to mask their identities. The jack then offers you a particular number to make VoIP calls. The fraudsters at the Mira Road call centres would use that number to message their victims, claiming it was the inquiry number of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The unsuspecting victims would call that number, believing it to be a genuine telephone number belonging to the United States. The calls would be routed to the Mira Road call centre. To manage multiple calls simultaneously, the call centre used a software called Eye Beam, which diverts calls to separate ports (receivers) like an exchange. When the number of incoming calls exceeded the number of ports, the call centres installed management hardware to pass on the extra calls to ports in other call centres.
|2016-10-12||4-year-old sexually assaulted in Thane, neighbour arrested - The Hindu|
4-year-old sexually assaulted in Thane, neighbour arrested Updated: October 12, 2016 05:36 IST | Special Correspondent The Srinagar police in Thane on Monday arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly forcing himself on his neighbour's four-year-old daughter at his residence. According to the police, the accused and the victim stay next door. The victim was alone in her house with her elder brother when the incident occurred. The victim's mother had gone to the market to buy vegetables and groceries on Monday afternoon. She had left the brother-sister duo in the house, having bolted the door from outside. The accused saw the mother leave and after a short while went to her house, opened the door, and took the girl to his house, said an officer with the Srinagar police. Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Lokhande, Zone V, said, When the victim's mother returned home, she heard her daughter crying from the accused's house and rushed in to investigate. She caught the accused red-handed and raised an alarm. The mother's cries brought several people from the locality to the accused's residence, and they informed the police. A team was rushed to the spot. The victim was taken for medical examination, while the accused was taken to the police station. After recording the statement of the victim's mother, the police registered a case of rape under the Indian Penal Code and of sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, and arrested the accused. The accused was produced in court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody for a week, Mr.Lokhande said. The police are now interrogating the accused to find out whether he has exploited the victim earlier and if he has targeted other minors in the locality. Inquiries are under way with the residents, and the police will soon be recording the statement of the victim. Interrogation is on to find out whether he has exploited victim earlier and if he has targeted other minors.
|2016-10-12||Man held for raping four-year-old girl in Thane - The Indian Express|
Man held for raping four-year-old girl in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 12, 2016, 22:14 A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 24-year-old man in Shri Nagar area of city, triggering protests by political parties today. The accused, identified as Shivaji Dhadve, was arrested on night of the incident itself on October 10. According to police, Dhadve picked up the minor, who was at her home along with her small brother, on Monday evening and raped her at mezzanine floor of his house. The girl's mother had locked the door of her house from outside, leaving her daughter in care of her son, also a minor. Meanwhile, Sena has dismissed reports that the accused has any link with the saffron party.
|2016-10-12||Thane call centre racket: Police question three hawala operators - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre racket: Bank accounts of mastermind to be freezed Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 13, 2016 00:06 IST The Thane police plan to freeze the bank accounts of Sagar Thakkar, the mastermind of the Mira Road call centre racket in which more than 6,500 US citizens were cheated. The police are also going through his accounts on various social networking sites to keep track of people he was in touch with. Four teams have been formed to find Thakkar, who is suspected to have fled the country. They searched more than 20 buildings in Malad, Mira Road and nearby areas in the vicinity on Wednesday. We are in the process of freezing his bank accounts. So far, we haven't got leads on his whereabouts. We have alerted other police stations and our sources. We have visited all places which Thakkar frequented, said an officer from Thane police. We have checked the documents obtained from the raids at the call centre to know more about the strength of the company, said another officer.
|2016-10-12||Thane call centre racket: Bank accounts of mastermind to be freezed - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre racket: Bank accounts of mastermind to be freezed Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 13, 2016 00:06 IST The Thane police plan to freeze the bank accounts of Sagar Thakkar, the mastermind of the Mira Road call centre racket in which more than 6,500 US citizens were cheated. The police are also going through his accounts on various social networking sites to keep track of people he was in touch with. Four teams have been formed to find Thakkar, who is suspected to have fled the country. They searched more than 20 buildings in Malad, Mira Road and nearby areas in the vicinity on Wednesday. We are in the process of freezing his bank accounts. So far, we haven't got leads on his whereabouts. We have alerted other police stations and our sources. We have visited all places which Thakkar frequented, said an officer from Thane police. We have checked the documents obtained from the raids at the call centre to know more about the strength of the company, said another officer.
|2016-10-12||Ration shops go digital in Thane - Times of India|
Ration shops go digital in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 12, 2016, 04.44 PM IST THANE: Soon, residents can get their designated quota of ration supplies by registering their thumbs at the various fair price shops in the district thus eliminating any scope for misappropriation. The announcement for introducing biometrics in the system was made by state food and supplies minister Ravindra Chavan recently in the district where he said the department was fast working towards digitising its operations that would ensure every deserving family wasn't deprived of their quota of rations. The Aadhar number of every ration card holder in the state is being slowly linked with the department and the work in Thane is going on at a rapid pace. A rationing controller also said that the department was looking at a makeover of its image and the first step towards this was being done by relocating to newer premises or giving an overhaul to the existing ones. Chavan further appealed to residents to approach the respective senior officials in case of grievances with functioning of the department.
|2016-10-12||Thane district administration launches mobile app - Times of India|
Thane district administration launches mobile app Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 12, 2016, 05.16 PM IST THANE: The district administration has launched a mobile application 'Thane Sahaj' to help acquaint residents about various government services and schemes and ensure transparency. The app was launched by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently. Along with displaying status of particular files related to projects or schemes undertaken by the local district administration, users can also check status of their respective applications. Keeping pace with the times, the app will instantly provide details of various government decisions, links to important websites, schemes related to women and child welfare, skill development, etc along with information about rainfall or any weather related warnings. The application will also highlight details of funds allotted to elected representatives and their utilisation pattern. Soon, details of 7x12 extract will also be uploaded on the application where residents can view details of owners and details of any property by simply typing names. The app will also include contact numbers of vital departments and officials. District collector Mahendra Kalyankar said, "Residents can now access several services from the confort of their homes instead of driving down to the collector's office. This will save time and money for the visitors who have to travel long distances. "The app can be downloaded from Play Store for Android phones for now.
|2016-10-12||CCTV Camera: Railways install CCTV at blind spot in Thane - Times ... - Times of India|
Thane Railways install CCTV at blind spot in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 12, 2016, 04.56 PM IST THANE: Following rising complaints of mischief aboard the SATIS (Station Area Traffic Improvement Schemes) deck, the railways have installed a CCTV camera near its elevated booking window at Thane station. The camera was installed recently taking the total number of CCTV eyes in the premises to around 95 now. The area was till recently a blind spot with no coverage of the CCTV as miscreants often took refuge here considering it to be a safe haven. Incidentally, this is the same spot where a young student was reportedly molested by a man impersonating as a ticket checker in May this year. It is believed that the girl and her parents had made multiple requests to the railway and civic authorities to install a CCTV camera that would act as a deterrent for miscreants operating in the area. Several commuters alleged presence of miscreants at the spot but were unable to prove their point as there were no CCTV camers there. "The absence of a CCTV camera had let many miscreants go scot-free. Repeated complaints later, the railway administration finally installed an camera at the spot," said an activist. "We have installed a camera at the booking office on the SATIS deck. The plan was sanctioned long back and the implementation was done last month. We have covered almost the entire of the station premises," said a Thane railway police official.
|2016-10-12||4-year-old sexually assaulted in Thane, neighbour arrested - The Hindu|
4-year-old sexually assaulted in Thane, neighbour arrested Special Correspondent The Srinagar police in Thane on Monday arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly forcing himself on his neighbour's four-year-old daughter at his residence.According to the police, the accused and the victim stay next door. The victim was alone in her house with her elder brother when the incident occurred. The victim's mother had gone to the market to buy vegetables and groceries on Monday afternoon. She had left the brother-sister duo in the house, having bolted the door from outside. The accused saw the mother leave and after a short while went to her house, opened the door, and took the girl to his house, said an officer with the Srinagar police.Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Lokhande, Zone V, said, When the victim's mother returned home, she heard her daughter crying from the accused's house and rushed in to investigate. She caught the accused red-handed and raised an alarm. The mother's cries brought several people from the locality to the accused's residence, and they informed the police. A team was rushed to the spot. The victim was taken for medical examination, while the accused was taken to the police station. After recording the statement of the victim's mother, the police registered a case of rape under the Indian Penal Code and of sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, and arrested the accused. The accused was produced in court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody for a week, Mr. Lokhande said. The police are now interrogating the accused to find out whether he has exploited the victim earlier and if he has targeted other minors in the locality. Inquiries are under way with the residents, and the police will soon be recording the statement of the victim. Interrogation is on to find out whether he has exploited victim earlier and if he has targeted other minors.
|2016-10-12||Thane fake call centre: Mastermind got childhood friends to form network - Hindustan Times|
Thane fake call centre: Mastermind got childhood friends to form network MUMBAI Updated: Oct 13, 2016 01:22 IST The Ahmedabad-based mastermind of the Thane tele scam, Sagar Thakkar, 23, roped in several of his childhood friends to form a network of trustworthy floor managers, who then ran the multi-million dollar con across cities, said the police. Sagar and his family are currently absconding. One such operative now in custody of the Thane crime branch shed light on the closely knit multi-layered operation, in which secrets were closely guarded. The business ran like the pyramid marketing schemes, in which everyone contributes to the overall success. That is probably why they kept business secrets so well, that no one found out about the scheme for so long, said a key investigator of the case. *Virat Master, 25, the arrested operative is a std 10 drop-out from a school in Nalasopara, where Sagar studied till std 6, before his family migrated to Ahmedabad. After dropping out, Virat did odd jobs before joining a car wash in Vasai.The officer said Virat received a call a couple of years ago. The caller identified himself as Sagar, his childhood friend, and asked him about his monthly income and family. Virat was earning no more than Rs4,000-5,000 a month. So when Sagar promised him decent wages, Virat accepted and went to Ahmedabad at his request, he said. A chauffer-driven Mercedes picked up Virat at the Ahmedabad railway station and took him to a well-known five star hotel where Sagar was waiting. The two had lunch together and then went to one of the call centres run by Sagar, the officer said. Impressed by Sagars wealth and lifestyle, Virat immediately agreed to work at the call centre, in which six or seven of his schoolmates worked. They had all been invited and given work by Sagar in the same way as Virat. Sagar most likely got their contact details and whereabouts from social networking sites, the officer said. Virat was initially paid Rs15,000, which was later increased to Rs30,000 a month. Virat allegedly told the police that he worked at the call centre for two to three months before quitting and returning to Mumbai as he was homesick. However, after running out of money, Virat contacted Sagar again. Sagar made him a floor manager at one of the call centres at Mira Road. There he found four-five of his classmates who were trained at Ahmedabad. They were working as floor managers in other call centres at the Delta building, the officer said. After interrogating Virat, the police learnt that Sagar used his friends to recruit employees from their respective friend circles. Sagar got his friends in and around Vasai-Mira Road to work for his call centre. Those he recruited roped in their friends, and so on. It ran like a multi-level marketing scheme.The employees knew each other and kept the operation a secret, the official added. The police learnt that Sagar who used to live in a one-room flat at Nyandshwar Apartments in Varsrapur, Ahmedabad amassed a fortune in a short time through the network. *Names of the accused have been changed as the case is under investigation Masterminds sister managed finances The police have learnt that Sagars elder sister Reema, 27, helped him manage the call centres finances. Reema, who lives with her family in Borivli (West), maintained the salary register of the call centres and would visit them regularly. She and Sagar would distribute the employees salaries, sources said. Reema went underground as soon as the scam was unearthed last week, they added.
|2016-10-11||Thane cops receive 7 complaints from US citizens duped in IRS scam - The Indian Express|
Thane cops receive 7 complaints from US citizens duped in IRS scam Ever since the news about the Thane police bust was published in newspapers in the US, victims have searched for the Thane Police's e-mail address online and have contacted them. By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Oct 12, 2016, 2:28 An advertisement for vacancies pasted on a wall next to one of the call centres (closed shutter) raided by the Thane Police last week. THE THANE Police probing the IRS scam operating out of Mira Road have so far received seven direct complaints from US citizens who have been duped in the fraud. Several US citizens had been duped by the fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) read about the Thane Police busting the scam and contacted them via e-mail and personal contacts in the country. The complainants have given harrowing accounts of the threatening calls they received from Indian call centres asking them for money. In an e-mail received by Thane Police on Tuesday, a 45-year-old US citizen, while congratulating the Thane Police for arresting the frauds, told them about the six-hour-long call in which he was threatened to pay $4600 for settling a tax dispute. In his complaint to the police, the victim wrote, I was scared to hang up on the caller since he told me I would be arrested. He had some of my account details that made me scared of disregarding his threat. He then passed on the phone to another caller and this went on for nearly five hours. By the end I was exhausted and agreed to pay the amount. Eventually after giving them the details and making the payment, I got off the phone only six hours later.
|2016-10-11||Thane tele fraud case: Team in Gujarat finds no leads - Hindustan Times|
Thane tele fraud case: Team in Gujarat finds no leads Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 11, 2016 16:31 IST A Thane police team sent to Gujarat to find the alleged mastermind of the tele-fraud case come back this week without any leads. The police's probe last week found Sagar Thakkar, alias Saggy,23, a Mira road resident, was the man behind the scam. Police sources said he was hiding in Gujarat. When our team raided a place where we suspected he was hiding, he got a tip off and fled. We think he has left India and are trying to trace him. We will talk to his family, said a senior police official. Deputy commissioner of police, Parag Manere, said the police will be sending another team out of the state to find Thakkar. He is one of the main accused in the case. We will send out another team. The tele-fraud case came to light last week, when the Thane police raided a call centre in Mira Road. The probe found the call centre to be front for the accused to dupe US tax defualters of their money. The employees of the centres posed as US revenue officials to bully their victims into revealing bank account details. On Monday, 17 of the 72 people arrested in case were remanded in police custody, and the others were sent to judicial custody. The 17 people have been accused of training staff on making calls and learning up the American accent. An inspector from the Thane crime branch said the 17 accused were constantly changing their statements. So far, a dozen call centres have been raided in connection with the scam.
|2016-10-11||Youth Arrested For Raping Four-Year-Old Girl In Thane - Huffington Post India|
Youth Arrested For Raping Four-Year-Old Girl In Thane The accused was nabbed late night on Monday. 11/10/2016 5:11 PM IST Updated 7 hours ago PTI THANE: A 24-year-old youth allegedly raped a four-year-old girl at his house following which he was arrested, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday evening when the mother of the girl left her along with her brother in their house and went to a nearby market. The accused sneaked into their house and took the girl to his house, Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. "He took her to the mezzanine floor in his house and committed the crime. The girl later confided in her mother following which an FIR was lodged under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant sections of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act," she said. The accused identified as Shivaji Dhadve was nabbed late night and further investigation into the matter is underway, the official said.
|2016-10-10||Call centre scam's kingpin is a 23-yr-old called Shaggy - Times of India|
|2016-10-10||Thane: Thief scales wall to flee, lands in policemen's laps - Mid-Day|
Thane: Thief scales wall to flee, lands in policemen's laps By Asif Rizvi Posted 2 hours He came, he robbed, he jumped and he was caught. A 27-year-old thief, trying to escape the residents of the locality he had targeted for a break-in, jumped the boundary wall of the society, expecting freedom on the other side. Instead, he was greeted by two policemen waiting for him. Morning mayhem: The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday in Subhkamna Society, Nahur. Accused Nilesh Gujar, a Kalwa resident, had reached the area from Thane on Friday night and spent hours roaming around trying to find a target. He only managed to zero in on a building early the next morning after jumping a wall. But before he could carry out the crime, residents out for a morning walk saw him moving around suspiciously and raised an alarm. He then took out his bag and from within it a chopper and threatened them all to stay away. Scared, the locals backed away. Taking advantage of that he ran towards the wall that separated the two buildings. But unbeknownst to him, the locals had already called up the police control room by then. So when he jumped over on to the other side, he landed directly in the hands of the two policemen waiting for him after getting a call from the area's residents. In cop net: Senior Inspector Ajinath Satpute of Kanjurmarg police station said, The accused has been arrested under sections 454 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence), 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code. House break-in tools, including a crowbar, a screwdriver, three hexablades, a chopper and a monkey cap were found on him. He is a habitual offender and we are expecting to find out about his involvement in more such cases in Kanjurmarg and Bhandup. Gujar has at least four house break-in cases registered against him in the eastern suburbs.
|2016-10-10||Thane: Your puppy's blood donor is just a click away - Mid-Day|
Thane: Your Puppy's Blood Donor Is Just A Click Away Oct 10, 2016, 19:19 IST Thane Vet Creates A Global Online Database To Allow Canine Blood Donors And Recipients In Close Proximity To Connect With Each OtherYour beloved pooch needs a blood transfusion? Dr Karishma Gupte may have just the match for it. The Thane-based veterinarians maiden project a global online database for canine blood donors which went live on October 5, aims at enabling veterinarians, pet owners and animal activists connect with each other within a set time. After registration, both donors and recipients within a locality will show up on a map. "During emergencies, the biggest challenge is to find a donor within a given amount of time," points out Gupte. "The map Canine Blood Donors will minimise the time spent looking for a recipient by showing registered donors within their neighbourhoods itself. The donors can then be contacted directly by either individuals or veterinarians. After a donor dog is located within a neighbourhood, a veterinarian will have to carry out a full screening process to ensure that the dog is healthy, and only then perform the transfusion.Gupte was prompted to work on a canine registry after treating a pug, Rusty, afflicted by two to three diseases and in dire need of blood at her clinic last month. Despite cross-matching (testing two blood groups for compatibility) Rustys blood with that of six to seven dogs, she couldnt find a suitable match. Rusty finally did get a donor, but the struggle set Gupte on the path to connect canine blood donors and recipients.
|2016-10-10||IRS scam: Mastermind not in Ahmedabad, could be in Dubai, says Thane police - The Indian Express|
IRS scam: Mastermind not in Ahmedabad, could be in Dubai, says Thane police Written by Mohamed Thaver Mumbai Updated: Oct 11, 2016, 0:49 Seventy people were arrested after the raids at the Mira Road call centres. SAGAR THAKKAR alias Shaggy, suspected to be one of the masterminds of the call centre con, could be holed up in Dubai, according to investigators. The Thane police team that went to look for him at his Ahmedabad residence over the weekend found the 24-year-old and his family missing. The team found the Ahmedabad address to be a one-room-kitchen apartment where he lived till around four years ago before hitting the big league. Based on their information, said an officer investigating the case, Thakkar would travel out of the country quite often.
|2016-10-09||SGNP ropeway plan replaces tunnel proposal to connect Thane & Borivli - Times of India|
SGNP ropeway plan replaces tunnel proposal to connect Thane Borivli Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 10, 2016, 03.04 AM IST Thane: MMRDA has proposed a cable car transport system connecting Thane and Borivli in a bid to ease vehicular congestion and introduce a pollution-free, alternative mode of public transport. Additional metropolitan commissioner Pravin Darade said the state-run urban planning body is considering to take up the project, which will cut through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). "The project is the brainchild of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. We have sought permission from the state wildlife board to conduct a survey within the forest zone. We are planning the project in such a manner that there will be minimal damage to the ecosystem," Darade told TOI. The facility expects to transport around 4,000 passengers in each direction during peak hours. Each gondola cab will be able to accommodate around 30 passengers and can operate with a headway of two minutes or less if required, said an official associated with the project. A similar public transport project is in operation in Colombia. As per a tentative plan, the route will start and end at either ends of the forest area. Once initial approvals come through, a detailed project report will be prepared. The plan will cut down travel time to nearly 30 minutes from around two hours that it takes to travel from Thane to Borivli at present. The state wants to prioritize the project as the other plan to connect Thane and Borivliâby making a tunnel under the SGNPâis likely to take several years to implement and will also incur huge costs. "In comparison, the ropeway is likely to be executed within two years and the cost isn't likely to exceed over Rs 1,500 crore. Further, the project will have less interference with the green zones in the forest area," informed a senior MMRDA official. "The facility could also be used as a tourist attraction during non-peak hours and weekends." Other ropeway projects in the state are in the pipeline too. The one planned from Neral to Matheran is in the final stages of securing the wildlife department's approval.
|2016-10-09||Thane: Widened road becomes illegal parking lot for private school buses - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Widened road becomes illegal parking lot for private school buses Buses of various schools and private operators can be seen parked on the completed road.
|2016-10-09||Four More Call Centres Raided In Thane, One Arrested - NDTV|
Four More Call Centres Raided In Thane, One Arrested All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 09, 2016 14:23 IST The daily turnover of these call centres was to the tune of nearly Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.50 crore. Thane: Four more call centres in Thane's Mira Road were raided and one person arrested, days after police swooped on three other call centres for allegedly conning American nationals by posing as US taxmen, police said today. The crime branch officials raided the four call centres yesterday and arrested one person, but his identity was not revealed as it may affect probe in the case. While police could not nab the owners and employees as the call centres were found deserted, around 250 computers were seized out of which 100 had no hard disks. A police team has also gone to Gujarat to nab the kingpin of the racket, they said. During the raids conducted last week at three call centres, 70 persons were arrested, and another 630 people booked under Indian Penal Code, police said. The callers used to make calls to people in the US and speak to them in American accent by posing as officials of US Internal Revenue Service. A senior police official had earlier said that though salary of the employees was in range of Rs 10,000-40,000 per month, some of them earned up to Rs 1 lakh per month. The employees were fully trained in US accent and were given SOP and call sheet, based on which they used to make calls to the 'tax defaulters', he said.They use to make at least 100 calls per day of which 10 to 15 calls would materialise and of these three to four people would make payment under threat by the conmen, he said. If the caller earned $10,000--20,000 for company by making the gullible US citizen pay, he would get a good incentive, police said.The daily turnover of these call centres was to the tune of nearly Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.50 crore, and the annual turnover could be well above Rs 300 crore. Police said during interrogation of the arrested persons they have got some vital information which would help them in probing the case further.
|2016-10-09||SGNP ropeway plan replaces tunnel proposal to connect Thane & Borivli - Times of India|
SGNP ropeway plan replaces tunnel proposal to connect Thane & Borivli Manoj Badgeri | Oct 9, 2016, 11.32 PM IST Thane: MMRDA has proposed a cable car transport system connecting Thane and Borivli in a bid to ease vehicular congestion and introduce a pollution-free, alternative mode of public transport. Additional metropolitan commissioner Pravin Darade said the state-run urban planning body is considering to take up the project, which will cut through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The project is the brainchild of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. We have sought permission from the state wildlife board to conduct a survey within the forest zone. We are planning the project in such a manner that there will be minimal damage to the ecosystem, Darade told TOI. The facility expects to transport around 4,000 passengers in each direction during peak hours. Each gondola cab will be able to accommodate around 30 passengers and can operate with a headway of two minutes or less if required, said an official associated with the project. A similar public transport project is in operation in Colombia. As per a tentative plan, the route will start and end at either ends of the forest area. Once initial approvals come through, a detailed project report will be prepared. The plan will cut down travel time to nearly 30 minutes from around two hours that it takes to travel from Thane to Borivli at present. The state wants to prioritize the project as the other plan to connect Thane and Borivli by making a tunnel under the SGNP is likely to take several years to implement and will also incur huge costs. In comparison, the ropeway is likely to be executed within two years and the cost isn't likely to exceed over Rs 1,500 crore. Further, the project will have less interference with the green zones in the forest area, informed a senior MMRDA official. The facility could also be used as a tourist attraction during non-peak hours and weekends. Other ropeway projects in the state are in the pipeline too. The one planned from Neral to Matheran is in the final stages of securing the wildlife department's approval.
|2016-10-08||Thane call centre racket claims life of US woman - Times of India|
Thane call centre racket claims life of US woman According to Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who is credited with exposing the racket, the probe team hit upon the vital information when it was scanning the seized call record hard disks. PTI | Oct 8, 2016, 03.07 PM IST Arrested call centre staff. THANE: The multi-million dollar call center racket allegedly claimed the life of an elderly American woman, who was threatened after refusing to meet the demands of the call centre employees posing as US revenue officials. According to Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who is credited with exposing the racket, the probe team hit upon the vital information when it was scanning the seized call record hard disks. The unidentified American national is said to have died after allegedly suffering a stroke following a threatening call by an employee, Singh told a section of media here yesterday without elaborating further. The incident was revealed from a call record wherein the son of the woman is heard abusing the caller for the death of his mother. The probe team is trying to locate the call (its place and time) and fix the employee in question after which the police is likely to slap additional charges under section 304 of the IPC on the accused, he said. The callers used to seek financial and bank details of US citizens and if the victims refused the information, they would allegedly threaten them with dire consequences including legal action and penalties. The racket was exposed after city police raided three call centres, which were run illegally at the premises of Hari Om IT Park, Universal Outsourcing Services and Oswal House in Mira Road locality in Thane district, on Tuesday night. The callers used to make calls to people in the US and conned them after speaking in American accent by posing as officials of US Internal Revenue Service. According to police, some of the call centre employees earned up to Rs 1 lakh per month as a reward by the racket operators for making US nationals cough up money. The employees were fully trained in US accent and were given SOP and call sheet, based on which they used to make calls to the 'tax defaulters'. They used to make at least 100 calls per day of which 10-15 calls would materialise and of these 3-4 people would make payment under threat by the conmen, police said. The daily turnover of these call centres is said to be to the tune of nearly Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.50 crore, and the annual turnover could be well above Rs 300 crore.
|2016-10-08||Man booked for forging birth certificate of 'rapist' son in Thane - News - Mid-Day|
Man booked for forging birth certificate of 'rapist' son in Thane By PTI Posted 08-Oct-2016 Thane: A man has been booked for allegedly forging birth certificate of his son, who is facing charge of raping a minor girl, police said on Saturday. A case was registered against Manickrao Sadavarte under IPC section 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged) of the IPC for allegedly forging birth certificate of his son at Thane Nagar Police Station, they said. Sub-inspector of Bhiwandi Police Station S M Barkade said the accused's son, now 24, is currently lodged in jail in the case of alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl in June, 2015. Manickrao then produced a fake birth certificate before the local court to mislead the court, showing his son as a juvenile and save him from court proceedings, he said.
|2016-10-08||4 die in railway accidents in Thane - Times of India|
4 die in railway accidents in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 8, 2016, 11.08 PM IST THANE: Four people were killed in separate accidents within a span of 12 hours on Saturday after being knocked down by speeding trains between Kopri and Parsik in Thane. The first incident was reported at Kopri bridge where an unidentified 60-year-old man was reportedly knocked down by some speeding train around 7:30am. At the same spot, 31/14-16 witnessed another mishap around 6pm, when an unidentified 18-year-old girl trying to cross the tracks was killed after reportedly being knocked down by some speeding train. A 47-year-old middle-aged woman K S Shaikh was probably trying to cross the tracks and was hit by a train near Thane. She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead. The fourth accident was reported near the Parsik cabin near Thane railway station around 7pm where an unidentified man, aged around 45 years, was found crushed by some passing train. The railway police was in the process of registering the mishap cases till late evening.
|2016-10-08||Thane cops raid 4 more call centres, seize hard disks | mumbai ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane cops raid 4 more call centres, seize hard disks Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 09, 2016 00:44 IST Four more call centres in Mira Road were raided on Saturday, following leads from the employees arrested in the tele fraud case busted earlier this week. Investigators probing the scam in which several call centres in the area got employees to pose as revenue officials and bully US loan defaulters into making payments found on questioning the arrested employees that these four centres were using a similar operation. Thane call centre fraud: Callers got details on victims from FB too 3 call centres in Thane raided for cheating US loan defaulters The centres, however, had shut shop after Tuesday's raid, officials said. We studied the area first and learnt the four centres had closed after our first raid. We haven't been able to trace any of the employees yet, but we have gathered information from the spot, said an officer from the Thane commissionerate. A US national of Indian origin is suspected to be the kingpin of the international racket, and the police are probing the role of agents based in that country. We have sent a team to Gujarat to further our probe, said a another police officer privy to the investigation. A source in the police said around 6,500 people were duped of over Rs 500 crore in the racket, which may have gone on for over a year.
|2016-10-08||Thane call centre fraud: Callers got details on victims from FB too - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre fraud: Callers got details on victims from FB too Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 09, 2016 00:21 IST The investigation into the Rs 500-crore call centre racket has revealed that the callers used to check victims profile on Facebook to know more about their living standards and personal life. Meanwhile, two officers from US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), officials of which are in India to probe the Rs 2,000-crore ephedrine drug haul case, on Friday arrived in Thane from Delhi to discuss the Thane call center scam, in which thousands of unsuspecting US citizens were duped by the scammers who impersonated tax officials. On Tuesday, the Thane police raided seven call centers at Mira Road, rounded up 772 employees and arrested 72 of them, including eight managing directors. According to the police, 630 employees were issued notices, of whom, 400 recorded their statements, while 70 trainees were let off. To ensure that their extortion demand was in commensuration with the living standard of victims, the scammers would tap into the Facebook data, the police said. If the calls went unanswered or the data did not work, the callers would use Facebook for voice calls, a police inspector of Thane commissionerate said. On the DEA officials visit, the inspector said that the police have handed over case details about the case to them. The officer came from Delhi and the FBI has directed the DEA team to investigate the case and share the details with them, he said.
|2016-10-08||Behind call centre scam of Rs 500 cr, shell firms, few checks - The Indian Express|
Behind call centre scam of Rs 500 cr, shell firms, few checks Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said victims in the US were threatened with tax investigation by call centre executives of these firms pretending to be officials from the IRS. Mumbai | Updated: October 9, 2016 9:38 am Financial records of a string of companies, being investigated by Thane police for running call centres that allegedly duped over 6,000 US citizens of at least Rs 500 crore, have uncovered shell companies with a capital of just Rs 1 lakh, and little disclosure or mandatory filings of financial and company-related details after incorporation.The Thane police are investigating at least five firms Iserve BPO Pvt Ltd, Lorex Impex Pvt Ltd, MAC Outsourcing Services, Tech Solutions and Call-Tech Solutions behind the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone impersonation scam through little known call centres from Mira Road in Thane district, official sources said. A detailed look at the official filings of at least three companies IServe BPO, Lorex Impex and MAC Outsourcing Services accessed by The Sunday Express through the Registrar of Companies (RoC), reveals a common pattern of non-disclosure of statutory documents such as annual financial reports, profit and loss statements, and board resolutions of the firms since their incorporation in 2012. The three companies have a paid-up capital and authorised share capital of Rs 1 lakh each. Under the Companies Act 2013, a company and its officials can be penalised with a fine of at least Rs 50,000 or imprisonment of up to six months for not filing the annual report with the RoC within 330 days of its annual general meeting. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said victims in the US were threatened with tax investigation by call centre executives of these firms pretending to be officials from the IRS. To escape tax investigation, many Americans agreed to pay between $500 and $60,000 in gift cards and iTunes gift cards. The call centres were allegedly making Rs 1.5 crore daily in this manner for over a year. Police have now booked as many as 700 people associated with these calls centres on charges of cheating, extortion and impersonation under the Indian Penal Code and other relevant laws. In July 2015, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money recommended proactive mining of RoC company database by governments fraud office to weed out shell companies. This, after the SIT found shell companies were used to provide accommodation entries to launder black money in several high profile cases investigated in the recent past. In the case of IServe BPO, while the firm was set up in September 2012, the directors were appointed on the board of the company only in June 22, 2015. IServe signed a three-year lease agreement to rent out a commercial space to run its call centre in Hari Om IT Park owned by the Hetal Group in Mira Road only in August 2016, according to documents reviewed by The Sunday Express. There is no mention about the business of Iserve between September 2012 and May 2015. A majority of the directors of Iserve have now been arrested by Thane police in connection with the call centre fraud. On October 7, police also picked up Umesh Kothari, owner of Hari Om IT Park, the building leased out to IServe, for questioning. Iserve had agreed initially to pay Rs 1.7 lakh per month to Kothari from August 2016 to July 2017 and later increase it by 10 per cent every year until 2019, according to the lease agreement. Kotharis office did not respond to phone calls. Kotharis brother-in-law Hemang Thakkar said Kothari had a legally valid lease agreement and had taken all payments from IServe through cheques. My brother-in-laws business is all white. IServe occupied a floor in this building only in August after a valid lease agreement. They are the first occupants of this building, Thakkar said. Calls made to a phone number given in IServes RoC documents were answered by a person who said the number did not belong to the company. In another case, the articles of association and the memorandum of association of Lorex Impex does not mention business process outsourcing as one of the business activities to be undertaken by the company. According to the filings, the company is engaged in the business of manufacturing electrical equipment. One of the promoters of Lorex Impex, responding to queries, said I had taken a basement on rent a few weeks back and had handed over the operations and handling of the centre to an individual and was not aware of what was going on in the centre. Thane police have arrested Nasreen Bano Iqbal Balasaheb and her two sons, Nadeem Iqbal Balasaheb and Shain Iqbal Balasaheb, who are listed as owners of MAC Outsourcing Services Private Limited that ran the call centre Universal Outsourcing, allegedly involved in the IRS impersonation scam. According to RoC filings, Nasreen Bano and her husband Mohammed Iqbal Balasaheb are also directors in two other Mira Road firms, Swift IT Resources Pvt Ltd and Epoch Outsourcing Pvt Ltd,. These two firms too have not filed their financials with the RoC since 2010. Police suspect that all the call centres involved in the scam were controlled and operated by a mastermind who is still at large. This is not the first time when call centres in India have been accused of perpetrating the IRS telephone impersonation scam. The US law enforcement agencies first unearthed the IRS impersonation scam in October 2013. Subsequently, in December 2013, they arrested Pennsylvania-based Sahil Patel, 36, for running an IRS telephone impersonation scam through multiple call centres in India. The FBI and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that Patel, the ringleader of the scam, had duped hundreds of people of over Rs 6 crore between 2011 and 2013. Like the Thane call centre fraud, Patel used VOIP technology to extort money from victims. Since then, the TIGTA has only seen a rise in the IRS impersonation scam in the US with an average loss of more than $5,700 per taxpayer. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of more than one million contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware of more than 6,700 victims who have collectively reported over $38 million (Rs 253 crore) in financial losses as a result of tax scams, a July 2016 release of TIGTA stated. In July last year, Patel was sentenced to more than 14 years in Manhattan Federal Prison and $1 million in forfeiture for his role in the fraud after he pleaded guilty before US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, a statement released by the US Department of Justice said. As a part of its consumer awareness and protection program, TIGTA released several alerts and YouTube videos explaining the modus operandi of IRS impersonators. But the Thane call centre raids revealed that these videos were instead helping the accused in perpetrating the fraud. To our surprise, the questionnaire and script prepared by the accused was by watching IRS official videos available on the internet, an official said. Software industry experts and officials from enforcement agencies in the country feel that absence of regulations to monitor BPOs, high unemployment rate and slow conviction in criminal cases have together made India a hub for such activity. TIGTA is concerned that the recent arrests in India will not bring a total halt to the IRS telephone impersonation scams, said J Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, in an email response to The Sunday Express. Members of the public cannot and must not let their guard down, he added. The Indian BPO industry had revenues of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in financial year 2016, according to Nasscom. It employs 1.1 million people exclusively for outsourcing business. Indias share of the global BPO sourcing market is around 38 per cent. But there is no specific law in India that regulates outsourcing transactions except in relation to telecommunication services. Most Indian BPO companies follow the global standards of certification. However, data privacy and integrity concerns related to outsourcing have emerged as the biggest concerns for the clients of Indian BPOs. Nasscom is in talks with the government to set up a nodal agency to monitor, collate and disseminate information on international IT frauds involving Indian entities. This particular incident is not much of a BPO issue. We should not call them (Thane call centres) BPOs. These are companies run by criminals to commit fraud. Having said that, we have recognised the issue and are closely working with law enforcement agencies, R Chandrasekhar, president of Nasscom, said. We are ready to provide whatever help possible to the police to get to the bottom of such cases. We are committed to make India safer, he said.
|2016-10-07||Woman Gets Life In Prison For Burning Sister-In-Law Alive - NDTV|
Woman Gets Life In Prison For Burning Sister-In-Law Alive All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 07, 2016 21:59 IST Thane: The district court in Thane today awarded life sentence to a 35 years old woman for the murder of her sister-in-law.Judge P P Jadhav also fined the accused Manju Dilip Shukla Rs 10,000. If the fine is not paid, she will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another six months. The court, however, acquitted her husband Dilip Shukla giving him the benefit of doubt.Prosecutor Vinit A Kulkarni said that Neelam, the victim, was the wife of Dilip's brother Sandeep, who was working with a bank in Mumbai. She and Sandeep were living with Dilip and Manju at the latter's house in Bhaskar colony in Thane. Manju and her husband quarrelled with them often. Neelam and Sandeep then decided to move to Titwala in the district. On October 8, 2014, Manju took away the ration card which Neelam had packed in her bag, which led to a quarrel.Next day, late at night when Sandeep was out, the two women were in the kitchen and Dilip in another room, Manju doused Neelam with kerosene and set her on fire. Neelam died at a hospital on October 12, 2014, after giving a statement to the police.The prosecution relied, among other things, on her dying declaration. During the arguments, Manju's lawyer sought leniency for her as she had two children.The judge awarded her life imprisonment, observing that the case did not fall in rarest of rare category.
|2016-10-07||Ola launches rickshaws in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Ola launches rickshaws in Thane
|2016-10-07||Woman gets life imprisonment for burning sister-in-law alive in Thane - The Indian Express|
Woman gets life imprisonment for burning sister-in-law alive in Thane By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 7, 2016, 21:54 If the fine is not paid, she will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another six months. The district court in Thane on Friday awarded life sentence to a 35 years old woman for the murder of her sister-in-law. Judge P P Jadhav also fined the accused Manju Dilip Shukla Rs 10,000. If the fine is not paid, she will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another six months. The court however acquitted her husband Dilip Shukla giving him the benefit of doubt. Prosecutor Vinit A Kulkarni said that Neelam, the victim, was the wife of Dilip's brother Sandeep, who was working with a bank in Mumbai. She and Sandeep were living with Dilip and Manju at the latter's house in Bhaskar colony in Thane. Manju and her husband quarrelled with them often. Neelam and Sandeep then decided to move to Titwala in the district. On October 8, 2014, Manju took away the ration card which Neelam had packed in her bag, which led to a quarrel. Next day, late at night when Sandeep was out, the two women were in the kitchen and Dilip in another room, Manju doused Neelam with kerosene and set her on fire. Neelam died at a hospital on October 12, 2014, after giving a statement to the police. The prosecution relied, among other things, on her dying declaration. During the arguments, Manju's lawyer sought leniency for her as she had two children. The judge awarded her life imprisonment, observing that the case did not fall in rarest of rare category.
|2016-10-07||Thane: Man gets 10-year jail term for raping daughter-in-law - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man gets 10-year jail term for raping daughter-in-law Thane: Man gets 10-year jail term for raping daughter-in-law The convict was pronounced guilty by District Judge Mridula Bhatia, who sentenced him to ten-year rigourous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 500. By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 7, 2016, 23:28 A local court on Friday awarded 10-year rigourous jail term to a 45-year-old man for raping his pregnant daughter-in-law, observing such offences are a threat to social fabric. The convict, a resident of Dinkarpada village in Bhiwandi taluka, was pronounced guilty by District Judge Mridula Bhatia, who sentenced him to ten-year rigourous imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 500. The accused has breached the social trust imposed upon him by not only the victim but also society. If such offences are committed by family members, social fabric would not remain intact, the Judge noted in her order. Assistant Public Prosecutor Buleshwar Hinge said the incident took place on August 27, 2015 when most family members were out and the survivor and the convict were at home. The man asked his daughter-in-law to accompany him to their agriculture field. The woman, aged around 20, followed her father-in-law. On reaching the farm, he raped her, Hinge said, adding the survivor was pregnant at the time of the incident.
|2016-10-07||Thane tele fraud: We were unaware of illegal activities, say 2 managing directors - Hindustan Times|
Thane tele fraud: We were unaware of illegal activities, say 2 managing directors Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Updated: Oct 08, 2016 00:49 IST Wasim Salim Qureshi, 23, and Nasir Salim Ghori, 29, were elated at being made managing directors of a call centre at Delta building, Mira Road, in August. With a Rs 40,000 monthly salary and a chance to head teams over of 150 people, Qureshi, a college dropout, and Ghori, a school dropout, felt they had made it. However, their joy was short-lived; on Tuesday night, the Thane police raided seven call centres at Delta, arrested 72 people including eight managing directors and issued notices to about 700 others. Qureshi, Ghori, and 64 others, are now in police custody until October 10. Both men claimed they had no idea about the alleged illegalities at their respective firms, claiming they were in charge of recruitments. We have no idea about the day-to-day activities of the organisations, Ghori said. However, inspector Nitin Thackeray of the Thane crime branch, the key investigator, said both were aware of what was going on as they worked directly under the promoters. In fact, they were instrumental in spreading their business, Thackeray added. Qureshi, a resident of Naya Nagar at Mira Road, dropped out of college three or four years ago, while in the second year of his BCom course. Family circumstances forced me to drop out, he told HT while being taken to court. Initially I helped my father in his tours and travels business, which was not doing well. With no stable income from there, I decided to join a BPO (I Surf, near Rasaaz theatre, Mira Road), he said. We were service providers for a multinational technology firm. I joined as a telephone executive and my initial salary was Rs 10,000, he said. After a couple of years, the company shifted to another location (Delta building) at Mira Road, he added. Qureshi said the call centre's promoters were impressed by his communication skills and promoted to team leader before putting him in charge of recruitment. Ghori, also from Naya Nagar, dropped out of school in Class 10 and has a diploma in interior design. I opened an interior design shop near the Western Express Highway. However, business was hit by the recession-like situation, he said. Ghori then joined Zillion Consultancy, a call centre that provides technical assistance to a multinational firm, around the same time as Qureshi and on the same salary. Like Qureshi's, his office was shifted to Delta in August. Soon after, their salaries were hiked to Rs 40,000. Our work profile changed suddenly. It was a culture shock for both of us but the huge salary hikes and promotions kept us there, Qureshi said.
|2016-10-06||Disgraced Thane Jail chief asked to vacate official bungalow - Mid-Day|
Disgraced Thane Jail chief asked to vacate official bungalow By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour Suspended superintendent Hiralal Jadhav was found guilty of allowing private vehicles to enter the Thane jail premises Former superintendent of police, Thane Central Jail, Hiralal Jadhav, suspended early last month after a complaint of molestation and sexual assault was lodged against him, has now been asked to vacate the bungalow on the premises he has been staying in. Jadhav recently allowed six to seven private vehicles inside the jail premises, which is against the rules. Authorities conducted an inquiry into it and found him guilty. A notice issued to him has cited security reasons as the ground on which he must vacate within 14 days. He has also been asked to remain present at the Aurangabad prison headquarters. Rule-breaker: mid-day has access to the notice that was issued by Inspector General (IG), south region, Rajvardhan Sinha on October 3. It states that on September 26, six to seven vehicles with political flags had come outside the jail and Jadhav ordered personnel to open the gate for them. However, the staff refused to obey him as it was against the rules. He then allegedly came out himself and opened the gate. Around 40 people got out and spent hours with Jadhav at his bungalow. The reason behind this visit is yet unknown. Also Read: Now, Thane jailer faces sexual harassment charge On September 27, Superintendent of Police, Thane Central Jail, VB Vayachal was asked to send a report about the incident, after which Sinha conducted an inquiry, and accordingly, sent him a notice. Official speak: Maharashtra Additional Director General of Police (Prison) Bhushan Upadhay confirmed the notice and said, An inquiry was carried out into the allegation of Jadhav allowing vehicles inside the jail premises and he was found guilty. Hence, he has been asked to vacate the bungalow. Yes, I conducted an inquiry and issued a notice, but its our departmental work and we don't like to disclose sensitive details, said Sinha. Read Story: Get 5-star facilities inside Thane jail, at just Rs 5 lakh! Woman constable fears threat to life: On September 28, the woman constable who had filed a molestation and sexual assault case against Jadhav, wrote a letter to all senior prison officials, Chief Minister, Governor, Thane commissioner of police, and senior inspector of Thane Nagar police station, stating that she fears for her life as Jadhav is still out after getting bail, and that he has a history of crime.
|2016-10-06||Thane: Rs 10k bounty on pizza parlour pervert who molested minor - Mid-Day|
Thane: Rs 10k bounty on pizza parlour pervert who molested minor By Suraj Ojha Posted 2 hours The man first placed his hand near the girl's chest Out to enjoy a family meal, a Bhiwandi mother and her kids were left with a bitter taste in the mouth after a middle-aged man molested one of her daughters at a local pizza parlour and then sat to eat at the same table. Then he grabs her hand While the man is yet to be identified, the police have CCTV footage of the incident and have declared a reward of Rs 10,000 to whoever helps them nab the pervert. Shamelessly, he sits down at their table Despite the fact that the minor was surrounded by her family members, the man began to molest her, first placing his hand near her chest, and then grabbing her hand, as the CCTV grabs show. He is thrown out by the staffers At first the girl was uncertain of what the man was doing, but she soon grew uncomfortable and complained to her mother, who was sitting opposite her. Even as her mother was yelling at the man, he brazenly sat down at the same table and stared at the girl. Thrown out Outraged, the entire family got up and the mother demanded that the staffers throw the man out of the restaurant, after which he disappeared from the spot. According to the Nizampura police, the family reported the matter to them three hours after the incident.
|2016-10-06||The taxman from Thane: Call centres near Mumbai made $150000 a day blackmailing Americans - Quartz|
The taxman from Thane: Call centres near Mumbai made $150,000 a day blackmailing Americans Written by Itika Sharma Punit October 06, 2016 Quartz india Over the last year, a bunch of call centres in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has allegedly been duping US citizens by pretending to be the taxman. On Oct. 05, the police in Thane, near India's financial capital Mumbai, filed a case against more than 750 workers of nine call centers who made phone calls, blackmailing American citizens. The callers would impersonate US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials and threaten tax investigations unless the Americans paid up between $500 and $60,000 (Rs 33,000 and Rs 40 lakh) to settle the case, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told The Indian Express newspaper. The (call center) employees would begin the conversation (by) telling the listener the badge number and name of the IRS official. They would threaten the Americans saying if they didn't pay up, the police would raid their home in the next half hour, Singh said. The accused had spoofed the toll number of IRS. So when the victim received a call, Internal Revenue Services would flash on their phone. The nine call centers were making over $150,000 (Rs 1 crore) per day, the BBC reported. The police have identified eight main accused, aged between 19 and 34. The owner of one of these call centres reportedly worked in the US earlier and stole information that was eventually misused by the nine companies. The Thane police will soon contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ask for help in the investigation. Over the last three years, the US tax administration has received over 1.7 million complaints against fake IRS agents. Over 8,800 people have paid up more than $47 million to such cons, the US tax administration has said. But this may be the first American taxman from faraway Thane.
|2016-10-06||Thane tele fraud case: 700 employees to be made witnesses - Hindustan Times|
Thane tele fraud case: 700 employees to be made witnesses Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 06, 2016 13:58 IST The Thane police are likely to make over 700-odd employees witnesses in the fake call-centre case they busted at Mira road in the city, sources said on Thursday. Seventy others have been arrested, and are being produced in court. Around 700 employees will be called to record statements but are unlikely to be arrested, the sources added. The police also said they were ready to share information with the US authorities, given that an American national of Indian origin is suspected to be the kingpin of the international phone scam cartel that the US government says has swindled over $26.5 million since October 2013. If needed, we are ready to share the information about the raids with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Thane joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbare said. The website of US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), while warning citizens of the phone scam that saw an estimated 5,000 people collectively losing over $26.5 million by January this year, has classified the fraud under the annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams in 2016. Sources here refused to disclose the identity or the location of the mastermind apprehending his possible escape, but claimed the relevant information on his whereabouts has been shared with authorities in the US to facilitate his arrest. Our investigation is on, Thane police commissioner Paramveer Singh. We will disclose names at the relevant time. The sources claimed that the network is spread country-wide across cities, including Mumbai. As per our information, at least 15 more call centres in and around Mumbai are in this business, said a senior officer from Thane police, who is privy to the investigation. So far, the police have busted seven such call centres in Mira Road from where intimidating calls were made by staffers impersonating IRS officials to tax payers (and evaders) in the US into making payments. Singh said the call centres were opened at varying times in the past one year. Pretended to be tax officials: Sources said the employees would pose as IRS officials to bully loan defaulters into making payments Victims would be asked to submit their bank details, using which the callers would hack into their accounts and clear the savings Scammers were trained to converse with the defaulters in American accent Cheats used special software to mask the original number they were calling from Police said software ensured that the receivers saw a US number on their phones Cops are probing the role of US-based agents, who earned 30% commission per victim while their counterparts in Mira Road got a plump 70% Sources in police said the racket may be operational over a year and arond 6500 were duped to over 500 crore.
|2016-10-06||Ola launches auto services on its platform in Thane - Hindu Business Line|
Ola launches auto services on its platform in Thane PTI Mumbai, Oct 6: Taxi and transportation aggregator Ola today announced the launch of auto-rickshaws on its platform in Thane, making auto services available in 6 cities now in Maharashtra. With the launch of auto services in Thane, we are available in six cities in Maharashtra and 72 cities in the country. This is a step further in creating seamless commuting facilities to our customers, Anand Subramanian, the spokesperson for Ola told PTI. Thane is part of the smart cities plan, and we aim to connect more regions like this for improved access to smart mobility. This is also the first time we are launching Ola autos in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and plan to extend the services to Mumbai as well, soon, he added.
|2016-10-06||SPV to be soon set for Thane Smart City project: Sanjeev Jaiswal - Economic Times|
SPV to be soon set for Thane Smart City project: Sanjeev Jaiswal By PTI | Updated: Oct 06, 2016, 04.03 PM IST THANE: A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be set up soon by the government to facilitate Thane become a Smart City, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said. Thane was in the list of cities released last month by Urban Development Ministry in New Delhi, to be developed as Smart Cities. "Initial preparations for the Smart City project is almost over and the next step towards its implementation is the creation of SPV. Work on the project is on the fast track," Jaiswal told PTI on sidelines of a cleanliness drive held here yesterday. Thane has proposed a Rs 6,630 crore plan under Smart City and AMRUT missions. Of this, the civic body has funded Rs 4,375 crore. "The implementation of the mission at the city level will be done through the SPV. It will plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate the project," he said. According to Jaiswal, each smart city will have a SPV which will be headed by a full time CEO and have nominees of Central government, state government and urban local bodies (ULB) on its board.
|2016-10-06||Admission begins in Thane's two new law colleges - Times of India|
Admission begins in Thane's two new law colleges Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Oct 6, 2016, 08.11 PM IST KALYAN: The Shivajirao Jondhale Institute of Law and Research of Vighnaharta Education Trust, Asangaon and Anandvishva Gurukul College of Law of Sharada Education Society, Thane have started online admission process of Law Faculty for 2016-17. The state government recently had permitted this two law colleges to function from june 2016. The urban and rural area students of Thane district is to get facilitated by this process. As the online admission process had earlier begun, and Bar council had not cleared the recognition, the admissions were held up. Now that the Bar council has permitted, the students can opt in the fourth round of online admission process for the college. If education department sources to be believe than number of institutions from Thane district had applied for Law college courses this year. But finally two college have been allotted.
|2016-10-06||Thane: Cops form special teams to ensure women's safety at Navratri celebrations - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Cops form special teams to ensure women's safety at Navratri celebrations Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 06, 2016 14:57 IST Special police teams will patrol areas in Thane on bikes and jeeps to ensure the safety of women during the ongoing festive season, the Thane police said on Thursday. The teams, with two officers and two constables, were formed after a girl was molested by four boys during a Navratri celebration in Bhiwandi last year. Keeping that incident in mind, we have this year formed a team that will solely focus on the safety of women at the venues of celebration. They have been equipped with laptops and walkie-talkies, and will patrol the city on bikes and jeeps, said Bharat Shelkhe, the additional commissioner of police, Thane crime branch. Police personnel in plain clothes have been posted at spots where revellers dance. Shelkhe said the police have also asked the organisers to take responsibility for the safety of women by ensuring proper security and fencing, so outsiders do not enter private celebrations.
|2016-10-06||Thane call centre scam was scripted: Cops - Hindustan Times|
Thane call centre scam was scripted: Cops Arvind Walmiki and Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 06, 2016 23:30 IST Employees of nine Thane call centres who were questioned by the police on Thursday revealed details of the months-long racket in which they duped an estimated 6,500 US citizens of about Rs 500 crore through coercion and blackmail. They said they were each given a script upon joining the firms. According to the police, the first line of it read: Hello, I am an officer calling from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) of which you are a tax defaulter. A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, Whenever a new employee joined the call centres, the HR department would hand over a script in which the caller introduced himself as an IRS officer. All the employees knew about the scam. Once the caller got a 16-digit (prepaid card) number from a customer, he would pass it on to his senior in Mumbai. From there it would be sent to Ahmedabad and then to the US, where their accomplices would withdraw money from the account. Nitin Thackeray, a police inspector at the Thane crime branch, said, The arrested accused were produced in court and remanded in custody till Monday. Thackeray said, The eight main suspects used to work as floor managers and team managers. They never met the main boss in Mumbai as he worked over the phone and rarely went to office. Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police, Thane, said, Among the 700 employees under investigation, two are minors, aged 16 and 17. They were also produced in court but sent to a remand home. The employees who have been served notices will be called in one by one to have their statements recorded. Meanwhile, the Thane police have been inundated with calls and messages from US citizens who were duped. Tejaswi Vakil from Orange County, California, telephoned Thane police commissioner Paramveer Singh on Thursday morning and told him that his father, who is unwell, lost $2,050 in the scam earlier this year. Even his wife was harassed with a series of aggressive calls, Singh said. A detective firm from New Jersey who had been hired by several victims of the scam also contacted Singh. The control room has also been receiving calls regularly from anxious US citizens, including many NRIs, who lost money to the fraudsters, Singh said. He added that the police will set up an email for other victims to send their complaints to. We will register cases against each of these complaints, Singh added. Meanwhile, a senior Thane crime branch official said that officials from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), who are likely to meet senior Thane police officials on Saturday in connection with a recent drugs bust, are likely also to be briefed about the call centre case. They in turn will brief the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the preliminary findings, a source said, adding that an FBI team is likely to call on the Thane police next week. Singh however, remained mum on the FBI team's visit. QUESTIONED Police say employees of the nine Thane firms were given scripts that began with, Hello, I am an IRS officer.
|2016-10-06||Five arrested in Thane for transporting cows without permits - The Indian Express|
Five arrested in Thane for transporting cows without permits By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Oct 7, 2016, 2:45 Kalyan and Murbad residents have been arrested and booked them under the Maharashtra Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2015. Five men were arrested from Murbad in Thane district on Tuesday for allegedly transporting cows without licences, after a local resident raised suspicions that the animals were being taken for slaughter. Following the complaint on Tuesday morning, the Murbad police station detained two pickup trucks outside a roadside restaurant and petrol pump and found six cows inside the vehicles. The police has valued the livestock at Rs 9 lakh. Kalyan residents Rajendra Jadhav and Babu Bangar and Murbad residents Shashikant Shelke, Arun Khapre and Harishchandra Dhumal have been arrested and booked them under the Maharashtra Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2015. The accused are farmers and had purchased the livestock at a market in Murbad. They were transporting the cows home when a local spotted them and raised an alarm, said a Murbad police officer. The police said the accused did not have the requisite documents to transport the cows. The officer added that the accused had not made provisions for food and water for the cows to last the entire journey, and did not possess a doctor's certificate and vehicle permit, which is mandatory under the new Act in order to transport livestock. One of the accused did not even have a receipt of purchase. However, it is not a case of purchase for slaughter, said Sunil Tambe, Assistant Police Inspector, Murbad police station.
|2016-10-06||In Thane Call Centre Scam, 23 Questions That Reduced American Clients To Wrecks - NDTV|
In Thane Call Centre Scam, 23 Questions That Reduced American Clients To Wrecks All India | Reported by Ankita Sinha, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: October 06, 2016 16:09 IST Thane: At the nine call centres in Maharashtra's Thane accused of duping thousands of Americans, training included a detailed cheat-sheet to prepare executives for the questions they would likely face. Pretending to be taxmen, these workers raked in "hundreds of crores", estimate investigators. "They would make threatening calls to honest taxpayers in the US, ask them to deposit money through pre-paid cards," Thane police chief Param Bir Singh told NDTV. After raids on Tuesday based on a tip-off, 70 people were arrested and around 630 are being investigated. A "full-fledged training programme" was run by the eight main accused. The 23 dummy questions that the executives were given were designed to reduce each "customer" to a nervous wreck. If the person said: "I have already paid the IRS (Internal Revenue Service)", the call centre executive was to reply: "What we are investigating is the miscalculation seen in your tax filled which makes us assume your intention was to defraud the IRS and the income tax law. "More reluctance would be met with this response: "I am here to guide so that you can go ahead and make the payment and resolve the matter outside the courthouse, so we can go ahead and cancel the arrest warrant. "If anyone wondered why they were not informed about the tax audit, the executives were trained to say: "Let me tell you every five to six years there is a random audit conducted on your tax filing and it is not only for you but for every US citizen. "To handle such calls, the call centres advertised for recruits with "good communication skills" and at least school education. The ad said the hires were for "US collection and technical process". Among nearly 800 workers picked up in a police raid, many were barely out of school or in college.Nearly 6,500 Americans were scammed into paying anywhere between 500 and 60,000 dollars each to be spared a criminal investigation. On Tuesday night, as the workers started dialing America, some 200 policemen swooped in and caught them.
|2016-10-06||Ola kicks off auto service in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Ola kicks off auto service in Thane Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 06, 2016 15:31 IST 250 autos are currently part of the fleet, and Ola has said this will increase to 1,000 in the next few days. So far, only one union has joined the service. Thane on Thursday became the first city in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to get an app-based auto rickshaw service, with the aggregator Ola kicking off its OlaAuto service. While there were protests from other auto unions, which threatened to vandalise Ola autos if they operated in the city, Ola is trying to get drivers to join the fleet, assuring a 30% rise in revenue and health insurance. Currently, 250 autos are part of the fleet, and Ola has said this will increase to 1,000 in the next few days. So far, only one union has joined the service. Several other unions were found protesting Ekta Rickshaw Taxi Malak Chalak Sena protested outside the launch venue against what they called privatisation of auto services. We were not taken into confidence while launching the application. Only one union was informed about the launch, and they have backstabbed us by agreeing to privatisation. We will not allow these app-based autos to run in the city. We will vandalise them, said Vinayak Surve, the union's president. The service operators, however, said they will make efforts to get all unions on board. A few auto drivers are feeling threatened by the service, but it seems we have failed to reach out to them. We have to make them understand the service is beneficial for both the auto drivers and commuters and no one will be loosing business, said Joy Bandekar, corporate president, New Initiatives, Ola. Ola is also trying to woo the unions with pay hikes. Nimish Joshi, senior director, corporate development, Ola, said, The auto drivers will earn at least 30% more revenue compared to what they earn now. Fares are similar to normal auto services, but we have imposed a convenience fee on each ride and a major part of this will go to the driver. Top drivers will get free health insurance, scholarship for their children and a free medical check-up.
|2016-10-05||Swachata abhiyan slammed by Thane activist - Daily News & Analysis|
Swachata abhiyan slammed by Thane activist
|2016-10-05||Thane: 3 months later, woman's body found in barrel - Mid-Day|
Thane: 3 months later, woman's body found in barrel By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours Neha's highly decomposed body was upside down when it was found inside the barrel. A highly decomposed body of a 26-year-old woman was recovered from inside a barrel in the wee hours yesterday from a flat in Diva. Police suspect that her partner stabbed her in July and then put the body inside the water-filled barrel in an upside down position. The partner in question, Manoj Singh, from Uttar Pradesh, was in a relationship with the victim, Neha Pawar for almost a year. They lived together in room number 201 of Aarti Apartments in Diva, which the owner objected to and Neha shifted to a room in a nearby slum. However, she often visited Manoj, at times with her four-year-old daughter Shruti. Neha was earlier married, but the husband left her more than a year back. That was when she got into a relationship with Manoj and had planned to get married in a few months time after a divorce. Left home, never to return: Soon, Neha took up a room on the third floor in the same apartment where Manoj lived and stayed with her parents and Shruti. Around 8 am on July 11, Neha left her flat informing her 55-year-old father that she is going to her office in Kurla and she never returned. Her parents filed a missing complaint on July 15. Almost after three months, Chandra Bhoir, the owner of 201 brought in some people on October 3 to show his flat to them, since its occupant, Manoj, had vacated it on July 12 citing that his father is unwell and that he would be catching a train at 5 am to never come back. When he opened the door for showing the bathroom, he found the barrel, opening which Neha's bloated up body was found inside. Doubt on partner: We suspect Manoj as the body was found in his room. He left the room suddenly without taking his deposit right after she went missing. The knife that was used for murdering her was found inside the barrel, said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane city, Zone 1. He further added that the body has been sent for autopsy while the barrel has been sent for forensic examination. Earlier it was just a missing complaint, but now cops have registered a case against suspected accused Manoj under section 302 (Punishment for murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the IPC. Neha's parents, who went back to their native in Madhya Pradesh along with Shruti after the incident, suspect the estranged husband to also be a part of this crime.
|2016-10-05||Thane: 500 call centre employees detained for duping US citizens - The Indian Express|
Thane: 500 call centre employees detained for duping US citizens By: PTI Thane Updated: Oct 5, 2016, 13:05 In a major raid, over 500 employees of some call centres were detained for allegedly threatening the US citizens and siphoning off their money in Mira Road area of Thane, police said on Wednesday. The raid was carried out by over 200 police personnel, mostly from the Crime Branch, late Tuesday night and continued in the wee hours on Wednesday, they said. The persons operated from call centres in Mira Road locality, which comes under the jurisdiction of Thane Rural Police, and posed as officials of US Tax Department, which is equivalent to the Income Tax Department in India, police said. They would call up the US citizens and demand their financial and bank details, failing which they would allegedly threaten them with dire consequences, including legal action. After obtaining the requisite details from the American citizens, these call centre employees would siphon off money from their accounts, police said, adding daily turnover of such dealings was estimated to be over Rs 1 crore. Based on complaints received of these activities , police kept a tab on the call centre employees and subsequently raided their premises late Tuesday night. The process of registering offence in the matter was on, police said. Further details of the racket were awaited.
|2016-10-05||Indian Police Detain Workers Over Possible IRS Phone Scam - Wall Street Journal|
Indian Police Detain Workers Over Possible IRS Phone Scam By Shefali Anand The Wall Street Journal Updated Oct. 5, 2016 9:47 a.m. ET Indian police on Wednesday arrested 70 people they said were part of call-center operations in a Mumbai suburb whose employees posed as U.S. Internal Revenue Service officials and tried to trick Americans into sending them money. More than 700 people were manning the phones in three multistory buildings when police burst in on.
|2016-10-05||Coming tomorrow: Ola Autos in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Coming tomorrow: Ola Autos in Thane Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, THANE: Updated: Oct 05, 2016 17:03 IST In a first for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Ola plans to launch an app-based autorickshaw service in Thane on Thursday. While it comes as good news for Thane commuters, most autorickshaw unions are against it, on grounds that it will take away the livelihood of honest auto drivers. Ola Autos will offer safe, reliable and cheaper transport option to commuters and will be tracked using GPS devices. The service has so far been supported by BJP-operated auto union, Bhartiya Janta Rikshaw Chalak Malak Sanghatana. Sanjay Waghule, president of the union, said, The service will benefit commuters as well as auto drivers. Around 150 to 200 permit holders from our union has decided to join the service. Those who do not want to join the service can carry out their business in peace. The company won't hire private autos. The RTOs will decide the fare for the autos, Waghule said. Ravi Rao, executive president of Thane Autorickshaw Men's Union, said, This is the government's ploy to promote app-based transport services and create a rift between different auto unions. We will not allow the service to operate in Thane. Most autorickshaw drivers have to wait for permits for months and these services operate on tourist permits. Prakash Penkar, president of Thane Region Rickshaw Taxi Mahasangh, said, These services do not abide by most RTO norms. They do not operate on meters, do not require uniform or insurance, while we are bogged down with rules. Commuters, meanwhile, are happy with the move. I usually book a share ride on one of the fleet cabs as it costs less than autorickshaw. There is no waiting in the hot sun or rain nor are there refusals. The service will surely be a boon as it will cost less than the fleet cabs and will also be safer, said Shruti P, 28, a resident of Owale, Ghodbunder Road. Most auto drivers refuse to ply beyond Thane towards Mulund, Bhandup or even Kalyan and Dombivali. Booking a cab is not affordable for everyone and most of the time we have to change the auto at toll nakas. App-based auto services will resolve the issue, said Rajiv Sharma, 38, another resident of Ghodbunder.
|2016-10-05||How Workers From 9 Call Centres Near Mumbai Extorted Crores From Americans - NDTV|
How Workers From 9 Call Centres Near Mumbai Extorted Crores From Americans Mumbai | Written by Anant R Zanane | Updated: October 05, 2016 22:28 IST Mumbai: From a call centre in Maharashtra to a resident in America, a recent phone conversation started like this: "There is a lawsuit filed in your name regarding tax evasion or tax fraud. "Thousands of Americans received similar calls from nine call centres at Thane near Mumbai. They were threatened with a tax investigation by executives pretending to be American Internal Revenue Services or IRS officials. To escape an investigation, many unsuspecting Americans agreed to pay anywhere between 500 and 60,000 dollars. These call centres scammed nearly 6,500 Americans and estimates suggest collected over 36 million dollars. On Tuesday night, as the workers started dialing America, some 200 policemen swooped in to cut the lines. Nearly 800 workers were questioned through the night and 70 of them were finally arrested among them the eight kingpins who came up with the "business model". The rest were let off with a warning. "They would call people and say that if they didn't pay then the cops would come and raid their house in half an hour," said Thane police chief Param Bir Singh. The employees, some either barely out of school or in college, would make calls from a database of numbers leaked from the US and blackmail them. Their parents say they were tricked into believing they were doing legitimate work. "My son has been working for a week. They told us they have to make recovery calls for credit card and debit card companies," said one parent. The owner of one of the companies, reportedly based in the US, allegedly stole information and passed it on. Investigators say one or two of every 100 call would hit the mark. In raids that started last evening and continued till the early hours today, computer, laptops and other hardware were also seized.
|2016-10-05||Thane police solves motor vehicle theft worth Rs 8.6 lakhs - Free Press Journal|
Thane police solves motor vehicle theft worth Rs 8.6 lakhs By Staff Reporter Oct 06, 2016 12:01 am Mumbai: The Wagle Estate police in Thane solved a motor vehicle theft worth Rs 8,67,000. According to the police,â The accused have been identified as Indal Dhansingh Aade(27) and Sunil Vijay Rathod(32).The duo Indal and Sunil are both history-sheeters. According to Ravikant Malekar, Senior Police Inspector,Wagle Estate police We have recovered total 14 Pulsar and Hero Honda motorcycles and a Maruti Swift car amounting to a total of Rs.8,67,000.The accused would conduct robberies in Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. The accused stole 14 motor cycles from Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. The modus operandi of duo was to conduct theft of the vehicles in Thane and transport it to Umarkhed in Yavatmal district. Later, the Aade would sell it off to customers. During investigations, we had received a tip off that the accused Aade would conduct the heist in Mumbai and would send it to Yavatmal. A team was dispatched to Yavatmal to nab Aade. said Malekar. Eight motorcycles of the heist were seized from Umarkhed district in Yavatmal while five motorcycles were seized from Thane. A Pulsar bike and a Swift car were used to conduct the heist by the accused, added Malekar. During investigation Aade revealed the whereabouts of his accomplice Rathod who was picked up from his residence in Waghbil village in Thane on September 30. The accuse have been booked under Section 379( theft) and Section 34(common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Aade is a resident of Aamnapur in Sangli district.He was picked up from Yavatmal on September 28. Both the accused have been remanded to custody for twelve days.
|2016-10-05||3 call centres in Thane raided for cheating US loan defaulters - Hindustan Times|
3 call centres in Thane raided for cheating US loan defaulters Ram Parmar, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 05, 2016 10:27 IST Three call centres in Mira Road were raided late on Tuesday and more than 750 employees are being questioned for alleged online fraud, after a probe by the Thane crime branch and Thane rural police showed the centres were a front for cheating loan defaulters in the United States. Police sources privy to the investigation said the call centre's employees would pose as US revenue department officials. Their target was loan defaulters, who are obliged to cooperate with revenue officials. The defaulters would be asked for their bank details, which the callers used to hack into accounts to cheat them of money. Superintendent of Police (SP),Dr Mahesh Patil, while confirming the raids, said the call centres were under the radar after similar ones were recently raided in Ahmedabad. The probe, according to the police, found the Ahmedabad centres to be the origin of the scam. The scamsters used a special software to mask the number they were calling from. The software ensured the receiver saw a US number on their phones, Patil said. The employees were trained to speak in American accents,the police said. The police are also probing the role of agents based in the US, who earned a 30% commission for every trap, while the Mira Road agent got a 70% commission. Investigations showed a victim was targeted by two callers and every caller had a daily target to achieve. The job was advertised through stickers in local trains that offered an attractive pay to lure unemployed youth. While the police are questioning the employees of the three centres, a probe is on to find what they suspect is a gang suspected to be based in Ahmedabad behind the entire operation. We will register cases for cheating under the Indian Penal Code and also apply the Information Technology Act,2000, said Patil.
|2016-10-04||Thane pandals focus on creative, patriotic themes - Times of India|
Thane pandals focus on creative, patriotic themes Bella Jaisinghani | TNN | Oct 5, 2016, 05.03 AM IST THANE: Thane city is awash in colour owing to bright Durga Puja pandals that have mushroomed in the town. Dipak SenGupta, president of the New Bengal Club (NBC) said, "Our pandal at Manpada has a unique, attractive design. The set resembles a 'Babui Pakhir Basha' or baya's (weaver bird) nest. It is woven from dry leaves and hay, the peel of the date palm, coconut and betelnut palm. Nepal Biswas of district Nadia in West Bengal is the master craftsman." NBC's idol has been brought from Pradip Rudra Pal's workshop in Kumartuli, Kolkata. SenGupta said, "Around 6,000 people partake of bhog meals at our venue. We are hosting a dhunuchi competition Sunday." The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) will bring its Museum on Wheels to NBC during Puja. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will arrive for puja at the Aamra Prabashi puja at Hiranandani Estate October 8. Additional chief secretary (home) is president of the mandal. Founder-trustee Subhashis Das said, "Our 16 ft idol is carved from Ganga clay by special artisans from Nadia, WB. Another highlight is the famous Chandannagar lighting. From saptami through navami, we are expecting 12,000 people to arrive for bhog," said Das. Meanwhile Vasai's Pragati puja is focussing its theme around the Amar Jawan Jyoti at its venue in Evershine City. It is recreating a model of the marble cenotaph in New Delhi, which consists of a rifle and soldier's helmet. The words 'Amar Jawan' are inscribed in golden colour. Pragati's theme gains relevance in the wake of the Uri attack. "We are able to celebrate festivals and go about our regular lives in peace because our defence forces maintain vigil. This is our tribute to them," said mandal president Biplab Ghosh. Pragati suffered a blow when its founder-president Dr D K Biswas, a former defence scientist, and his wife Anima passed away in a road accident days before Dassera last year.
|2016-10-04||Cincinnati Zoo Director Explains Why Staff Didn't Tranquilize Harambe the Gorilla - People Magazine|
Cincinnati Zoo Director Explains Why Staff Didn't Tranquilize Harambe the Gorilla BY MOLLIE CAHILLANE POSTED ON MAY 30, 2016 AT 4:00PM EDT Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard defended the decision to shoot and kill 17-year-old gorilla Harambe after a 4-year-old boy fell 15 feet into the enclosure on Saturday. The idea of waiting and shooting it with a hypodermic was not a good idea, Maynard said at a press conference Monday. That would have definitely created alarm in the male gorilla. When you dart an animal, anesthetic doesn t work in one second, it works over a period of a few minutes to 10 minutes. The risk was due to the power of that animal. The child climbed through a public barrier, falling into the Gorilla World exhibits moat. After he fell, two female gorillas were removed from the enclosure immediately, but Harambe remained close to the child. Video footage shows Harambe grabbing the boy and carrying him around the enclosure. He was acting erratically, he was disoriented, Maynard said. Its due to his strength, thats where the danger was. The family of the 4-year-old boy thanked the Zoo staff for making the decision to shoot the gorilla. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla, the statement reads. A petition titled Justice for Harambe asking the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Child Protection Services and the Cincinnati Police Department to hold the parents responsible has gained close to 200,000 signatures. However, Maynard said the Zoo will not be pressing charges against the family. Everybody should keep hold of their kids, Maynard continued. Here, the mall, the schoolyard. But the zoo is a safe place. The boy is doing just fine said the family in a statement. He was released from the hospital Saturday night. A vigil for Harambe was held near the front entrance to the zoo on Monday afternoon. This is an action in response of a sensless death, wrote Anthony Seta, creator of the event on Facebook. I know how we are all angry and upset over this situation. This demonstration is in memory of Harambe. This is not a protest against the zoo. People have been leaving flowers and notes in memory of Harambe around the gorilla statue at the entrance to Gorilla World, Maynard said. Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has extended her sympathies, according to Maynard.
|2016-10-04||Mangalore thieves' temple run ended by Thane police - Mid-Day|
Mangalore thieves' temple run ended by Thane police By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours The robbers (the five seen here between a police official at the extreme right and left) were held before a dacoity and confessed to targeting temples. The Thane Crime Branch recently arrested five people involved in robbing over 10 temples in Mangalore, Karnataka. They also recovered gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh. The accused have been identified as Chandrakant Poojary (36) from Honnavar, Narasimha Raju (38) from Bengaluru, and Naveen Chandraban Singh (21), Vijay Suresh Bhonsle (35), and Vishal Ponke (21) from Mumbai. On September 14, the Thane Crime Branch's Wagle estate unit received information from sources about a dacoity that was going to take place. We received information that a few criminals were going to raid a jewellery shop in Lokmanyapada in Vartak Nagar. Accordingly we laid a trap and caught the five accused and a case was registered against them. The accused further revealed that they robbed gold and silver ornaments from well-known temples in Karnataka, said Madan Ballal, Police Inspector, Wagle Estate unit. 10 temples looted: Ballal added that the Mangalore police were following the accused. Bhushan Borase, Superintendent of Police, Mangalore District (Dakshina Kannada) said, We took the five accused in custody on September 17 and during interrogation they confessed to robbery at around 10 temples. We are investigating the matter. Borase further stated that they recovered few instruments used in robberies and 22kg silver and 750gm gold ornaments worth Rs 12.75 lakh. Since past six months they were robbing temples in the state and we were in search of them, added Borase. The accused sold the ornaments to a Mumbai-based silversmith stating that they were from a temple and were too old. Trusting them, the silversmith took the ornaments and we recovered them, said a police official. Police says: Anil Kulkarni, Circle Police Inspector, Mangalore district police said, In Dakshina Kannada in Mangalore there is a tradition where people donate silver and gold ornaments to temples. The accused used to target the temples in remote areas and rob the gold and silver ornaments. They would use cutters and knives and rob the Mukut, and other valuables during nights when there was no one in the temple. Temples that were robbed: The temples which complained about robberies include Panchalingeshwar Temple in Eshwarmangala in Puttur, ShreePancgalingeshwar and Shree Durgaparameshwari in Belthangady, Shree Vishnumurthy temple in Savanoor in Puttur, Shri Umamaheshwar Temple, Balyagram in Puttur, Shri Ananthapadmanabha Temple, Ramakunja in Puttur, Ullalthiamma temple in Rayi in Bantwal, Shree Durga parameshwari temple in Adyapadi in Mangaluru and Shree Subramanya Temple in Mangaluru.
|2016-10-04||Thane: Rumour sets off 4-hour search for 2 kids buried under garbage - Mid-Day|
Thane: Rumour sets off 4-hour search for 2 kids buried under garbage By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours Locals gathered at the Ulhasnagar dumping ground on Sunday while others searched the ground for two children allegedly stuck under the garbage. A rumour sparked off a four-hour search for two children allegedly stuck under an avalanche of garbage at the Ulhasnagar dumping ground on Sunday. When eventually not a trace of the children was found, authorities concluded that it was just a rumour.Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar is angry about the rumours and has warned of action if this is repeated. Strict action will be taken against such rumour mongers henceforth, he said. On Sunday afternoon, news was doing the rounds across Ulhasnagar that two small children who had been playing at the dumping ground were buried under a mountain of garbage that fell on them while it was being dumped. A crowd soon gathered at the dumping ground that is situated near Maralgaon in Ulhasnagar 2. Around 400 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped here every day. As soon as the news reached the authorities ears, they launched a rescue operation for the children. The search operation that started at 1.30 pm, went on till 5.30 pm but we did not find any children there, said Nimbalkar. He said the dumping ground has been in existence for two decades, but locals have been opposing it and hence spreading baseless rumours. These rumours create unnecessary panic among residents, Nimbalkar said. Locals searched the dumpyard for the two children allegedly stuck under the garbage. Not a single person had seen any children being stuck. People saw the garbage falling, but if any children were caught inside it, their parents would have approached the authorities. People should verify facts before spreading rumours, said Yuvraj Badane, Public Relations Officer, UMC. Sources from the municipal corporation said every single day people pelt the dumpers with stones and try to stop them from entering the dumping ground.
|2016-10-04||Youth murders woman for resisting sexual advances in Thane - Times of India|
Youth murders woman for resisting sexual advances in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Oct 4, 2016, 05.10 PM IST THANE: A 21-year-old youth has been arrested for murdering a woman who resisted his sexual advances, on Sunday. Rakhi Shejwal, 25, was found murdered in her house on Sunday afternoon at Veer Sambhaji Vyayamshala chawl, Kopri Anandnagar in Thane east. Upon interrogation, investigators found that accused Samir Gogawale - a resident of Ghansoli who used to come to his parents at the same building as the victim lived in at Anandnagar - tried to force himself on the woman on the fateful day. But the woman resisted his advances which is why he killed her, said a police officer. The accused worked as a delivery boy and was attracted to the deceased for the last six months.
|2016-10-04||Rain check: Thane taluka records highest rainfall in district this year - Times of India|
Rain check: Thane taluka records highest rainfall in district this year Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Oct 4, 2016, 10.50 PM IST THANE: Even though the rain gods have been kind enough this year by showering enough rains in the city and across the state, Shahapur taluka which is known as the reservoir of Thane has received less rainfall as compared to the rest. But Thane taluka recorded the highest rainfall in the district this year. The city has been lashed with incessant rains since the last couple of days. While Thane, Kalyan and Murbad talukas have already surpassed their quota of rainfall by the end of September and even early October, Shahapur wasn't lucky enough. A report released by the Thane Collector office reveals that Shahapur received only 2,268 mm rainfall as against the average rainfall of 2,556 mm. Meanwhile, Thane taluka recorded 3,291mm which is higher than its average rainfall which is 2,468mm. Last year the taluka had received less rainfall at just 1,929.2mm. However, this year, the heavy showers proved to be a respite for residents. Kalyan taluka, which includes Kalyan and Dombivli, also received more rainfall that is more than its average. While Kalyan taluka's average rainfall is 2,468, the area recorded 2,833.62mm, which is around 115% more. However, adjoining Ulhasnagar taluka witnessed only 98% of the usual rainfall. Ambarnath taluka, which houses the Barvi reservoir recorded around 2,421mm rain as against the its average rainfall of 2364mm. Last year, Shahapur recorded a higher rainfall than Ambernath and Murbad at 1,726, 1,693 and 1,520, respectively. But this year, the rainfall pattern has changed. There has been a variation in the trend at which Shahapur taluka has been receiving rainfall. Even though the rainfall is calculated between the months of June and October, heavy showers were witnessed between the months of July to September. The beginning of October, too, has witnessed some light showers, said an official. ''The rainfall in the hilly areas like Karjat, Shahapur, etc normally receive more rainfall than the other places. But this hasn't been the case this year,'' said an official from the weather department. However, the meteorological department hasn't attributed any specific reason for the change in the rainfall pattern this year. "A visible shift in the rainfall pattern or climate can be validated only if it is reported over a period of time. Changes in rainfall shift could be usual," said K S Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, Western Region, Regional Meteorological Centre, Colaba. Meanwhile, the catchment areas in the district received good rainfall this year as all the dams were filled till the brim. A report by the irrigation department showed that major dams, including Bhatsa, Barvi and Dhamani are full indicating a hassle-free season.
|2016-10-04||Civic body, three lakh residents to scrub Thane clean by Oct 23 - Hindustan Times|
Civic body, three lakh residents to scrub Thane clean by Oct 23 Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Oct 04, 2016 11:43 IST After making it to the Smart City list last month, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has begun a mega clean-up drive in an attempt to make the city spick-and-span. From slums to malls, abattoirs to shrines and roads to railway station, the clean-up drive has been implemented across every nook and corner of the city. Over three lakh residents, divided into 20 teams, are part of the drive that will be conducted between October 1 and 23. With the theme My home my city the mayor and the civic commissioner have appealed to the residents to clean the city, as if it were their own home. Not just residents, those participating in the drive include civic officials, elected representatives, political party workers, residents, NGOs, government organisations, private organisations and school students. civic chief says Sanjeev Jaiswal, civic commissioner, said, The drive began with the cleaning of chowks, traffic islands, flyovers, the space below, main roads and national highways. We will pick up the debris from across the city on October 10 and 11. To dispose of the debris and help with the clean-up, the solid waste management department is set to hire 1,500 extra employees. It will also make provision for JCBs and dumpers to be used in wards to carry the debris generated in the drive to dumpsites, claimed sources. High pressure jet machine and a water tanker will be hired for every ward to wash the roads and dividers. All the equipment and safety gears for the clean-up drive will be provided by the corporation. Jaiswal said, We have appealed to the railways, state transport department, residential societies, private offices, NGOs, forest department, auto rickshaw unions, mall and hotel owners to support and participate in the drive. The civic chief also said that a clean-up mascot would be created and publicised through the social media to reach out to the younger generation. Commenting on the drive, Thane mayor Sanjay More said, It should be a movement among the residents, who will not only clean the city on the slotted days but also continue to keep it clean after the drive concludes. smart city bonanza The centre included Thane in the third list of cities to be developed as smart cities on September 20. This inclusion will ensure that the city becomes eligible for a grant of Rs 1,000 crore, of which 50% will be provided by the centre itself. The TMC intends to mainly use this budget to construct urban restrooms and community toilets to free the city of open defecation to keep the city clean.
|2016-10-04||26-Year-Old Woman's Body Found Inside Water Drum In Thane - NDTV|
26-Year-Old Woman's Body Found Inside Water Drum In Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 05, 2016 00:48 IS Thane: A highly decomposed body of a 26-year-old woman, who went missing nearly two months back, was found concealed in a water storage drum in Thane, police said today. The body was found lying in the drum in an inverted position in the house at Mumbra Devi colony of Diva, near here and has been sent for post mortem, Inspector S V Nikam of Mumbra police station told PTI. A case under section 302 (murder) and section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused identified as Manoj Singh (35) who hails from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, he said. The victim lived with her father and four-year-old daughter after separating from her husband, Nikam said. Singh and the woman had changed their residences and SIM cards of their cell phones on several occasions, he said adding the two were in a relationship.The victim went to her office on July 11 but did not return home that day. Her father lodged a missing complaint with police, following which a search was initiated, the inspector said. The accused allegedly killed the woman on July 11 and dumped her body into the drum in his house where he was staying as a tenant. The next morning, he locked the house and informed his neighbour that he was leaving for Uttar Pradesh and would return within two weeks, Nikam said.Since he did not return, the house owner wanted to rent the house to somebody else. He then opened the door yesterday and found a foul smell emanating from the house, he said. He found the body inside the drum and informed the police, the officer said, adding a hunt is on for Singh.
|2016-10-03||Thane: Car thieves ride on blackout, flee from police lock-up - Mid-Day|
Thane: Car thieves take advantage of blackout, flee from police lock-up By Santosh Wagh A blackout caused due to a transformer blast became the perfect escape vehicle for two accused in Vishnu Nagar police lock-up on Saturday. The two had been arrested by Navi Mumbai's Rabale police in a car theft case. A manhunt has been launched for the two. Khalil Shaikh and Sandeep Kakade had been arrested by the Navi Mumbai police for allegedly stealing a car and had been in police custody since. The police suspected their involvement in several other similar crimes across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai and had been interrogating them. They had been shifted to the lock-up in Vishnu Nagar police station of Dombivli for questioning in another case. Also Read: Escape car bursts into flames, forces jewel thieves to run again! On Saturday around 4.30 am, a short circuit in the transformer located near the police station led to a blast, leading to a blackout in the area. Following a loud noise of the blast, policemen went near the transformer to check what had happened. That's when the two inmates took advantage of the dark and absence of staff, broke the window grilles and fled. When the police returned sometime later, they found the duo missing. Seeing the broken grille, they realised what had happened, said a senior officer from Vishnu Nagar police station.
|2016-10-03||Thane: Asked for licence, eunuch flashes cops, gets arrested - Mid-Day|
Thane: Asked for licence, eunuch flashes cops, gets arrested By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours The Ambernath police arrested two people, including one eunuch, for creating ruckus late on Saturday. The duo was arrested at a nakabandi when they were stopped for documents, but the eunuch started disrobing in the presence of women constables. The arrested accused have been identified as Akshay Mahendra Wagh (21) and Billu Devdas Yurate (22), both residents of Ambernath. According to the police, Wagh was driving the motorcycle, while Yurate, the eunuch, was riding pillion. At the Matka Chowk nakabandi, they were stopped and asked to show their license and documents. Wagh refused and started an argument with the constable, claiming this amounted to harassment, said a senior officer from Ambernath station. There were around 10 cops stationed two inspectors, two women constables and the remaining constables.
|2016-10-03||Thane: Stray dog bites cop in Ambernath, lands behind bars - Mid-Day|
Thane: Stray dog bites cop in Ambernath, lands behind bars By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours The incident happened after Ambernath resident Devdatt Pothinge reached the police station for duty in the morning. He bit one of their own, and that's finally what led to action being taken. The Ambernath police cracked down on the menace of stray dogs in the vicinity after one attacked a 45-year-old constable attached to the police station yesterday. One of the inspectors informed the civic authorities and, subsequently, the stray was caught.
|2016-10-03||Thane: A residential destination in sync with modern home buyers - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane: A residential destination in sync with modern home buyers With limited space for expansion, Mumbai has very few property locations that have evolved to meet the requirements of modern home buyers. Thane, on the other hand, is one location that perfectly suits the new-age home buyers. Property prices in Thane are realistic, as the region has developed recently. Moreover, Thane caters to all segments of property buyers, points out Manju Yagnik, vice-chairperson of the Nahar Group. Thane already has a good social infrastructure in place, while more infrastructure developments are being planned or are ongoing. Coupled with its strategic location and good connectivity, Thane is an ideal location for new-age home buyers, Yagnik maintains. Meeting buyers expectations Nowadays, home buyers consider the surrounding environment, while purchasing a home. Experts believe that Thane has evolved phenomenally over the last few years, as a residential market. This has prompted people from the city to shift to Thane, in search of homes that are competitively priced, coupled with good amenities, more open spaces and greenery.
|2016-10-02||Thane builder asked to pay Rs 2.20 lakh to owner for violation of Maharashtra Flats Act - The Indian Express|
Thane builder asked to pay Rs 2.20 lakh to owner for violation of Maharashtra Flats Act By: PTI Thane Published:Oct 2, 2016, 20:56 Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum has directed a local builder to pay Rs 2.20 lakh as compensation to a man, along with possession of a flat booked by him, in a case of violation of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act (MOFA). Forum President Sneha Mhatre and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and ND Kadam, in their order delivered recently, directed Mahakali Constructions of Nallasopara here to give possession of the flat booked by complainant Mahendru Singh by the end of this year, beside paying the compensation amount by October 21. The forum has also said that if the builder fails to give possession to Singh, it would have to pay a monthly compensation of Rs 5,000 till the compliance of the order. Singh, a Nallasopara resident, had told the forum that in 2011, he had booked a 600 sq.ft flat in a building which was being constructed by Mahakali Constructions. The cost of the flat was Rs 5.62 lakh and Singh had already paid a sum of Rs 4.25 lakh to the builder. Singh stated that it was agreed upon that the agreement of the flat would be registered by the builder which he did not do and despite several reminders, he was neither handed over the possession of the flat, nor given the refund, following which he filed a complaint with the forum in 2013. The matter was decided ex-parte against the builder as he did not appear before the forum. The forum observed that despite the clauses in the agreement, the builder had not given the possession of the flat to the complainant, which in itself amounted to deficiency in services by the builder. The complainant has already made a payment of more than 20 per cent of the cost of the flat and the builder should have, as per the Maharashtra Ownership Flats (Regulation of promotion of construction, sale, management and transfer) Act, got his flat registered which he did not do. This amounts to deficiency in services, it observed.
|2016-10-02||Thane police to issue red corner notice against Suresh Pujari - The Hindu|
Thane police to issue red corner notice against Suresh Pujari Special Correspondent The Thane police will soon be issuing a red corner notice (RCN) against Suresh Pujari. Officials confirmed that the process was initiated on Saturday, and is expected to be completed in a month.Pujari had fled the country in 2007, and has since been running his extortion racket from abroad.Pujari is wanted in close to 40 cases, including extortion, criminal intimidation, murder, and attempt to murder in Mumbai and Thane, and officials said he has become active over the last two years, particularly in Thane.The Thane police have registered over 15 cases against him for extorting local businessmen, and a cable operator was murdered earlier this year after he refused to pay Rs 5 crore to Pujari. We are putting together a dossier on Pujari which we will send, along with the request for the RCN, to the Central Bureau of Investigation, an officer with the Thane police said. Over the last two days, the Mumbai Police have arrested five alleged associates of Pujari in connection with a firing in the office of an Ulhasnagar-based builder earlier this year. The Thane police, too, had arrested five accused earlier this month, who were allegedly gathering information about potential targets to be extorted and passing it on to Pujari.
|2016-10-02||Thane pay-parking to start fortnight later - Times of India|
Thane pay-parking to start fortnight later Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Oct 3, 2016, 06.09 AM IS TTHANE: The TMC has delayed implementation of its parking policy by another fortnight because of the poor response. The pay-and-park scheme that was to be flagged off on Sunday will now be launched on October 15, officials said. The TMC has decided to launch the project only after introducing night time parking and has appealed to motorists to apply for passes that will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. "We are yet to get adequate responses to the facility and have postponed the launch by a fortnight. We want motorists to submit applications for parking at the nearest ward offices. The slots will initially be available for night parking and will be done on a priority basis," an official said. The roadside parking policy entails reservation of select spots for motorists. As per the TMC's plans, around 4,570 spots have been marked for parking bikes, autos and cars. Officials said the new system will provide for adequate parking area for vehicles that are otherwise berthed haphazardly on city roads. Motorists will have to pay a minimum of Rs 10 for bikes and cars depending on the duration of parking. The rate will depend on the traffic density the parking slot witnesses. A warden will be appointed to collect the parking fees and ensure security of the vehicles. A special rate for night parking will be fixed on a monthly basis, starting from Rs 1,500 for autos to around Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 for cars and Rs 3,000 for commercial vehicles like buses and tempos. The concept was approved by the TMC last September but was repeatedly delayed, causing inconvenience to motorists and traffic officials. Meanwhile, the administration has warned those who park at will. The municipal corporation has claimed they will also require some time for repainting the slots to make them more distinct for the motorists. Activists said the policy was being delayed as every party involved was aware that implementing the policy will boomerang during the forthcoming civic polls as charging for parking is bound to upset commuters.
|2016-10-01||Maharashtra: Class IX student gangraped near Thane - Catch News|
Maharashtra: Class IX student gangraped near Thane Updated on: 1 October 2016, 12:10 IST A minor girl was allegedly raped by two youths in Nandivili village on Kalyan-Srimalang Road near Thane, police said on 1 October. The incident took place on 29 September when the girl, a class IX student, was chatting with her friends near her house at a construction site, the police informed. The accused, one of whom has been identified as Barkya, came there and drove the victim's friends away after threatening them, police said, adding after which they raped her there and left her on the spot. She later narrated the horrifying incident to her parents when she got home after which a complaint was lodged with Kolsewadi police station under Kalyan division, they said. On the basis of the complaint, the duo was booked under IPC sections including 376 (rape) and 377 (unnatural offences) and sections of POCSO Act. Police have launched a man hunt to nab the absconding accused.
|2016-10-01||34 year on, Thane Municipal Corporation yet to provide basics for urban Thane - Times of India|
34 year on, Thane Municipal Corporation yet to provide basics for urban Thane Oct 1, 2016, 10.23 PM IST THNE: Over three decades after its formation on October 1, 1982, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) still continues to face a daunting task of providing basic infrastructure for its nearly 22 lakh residents. A cursory survey by TOI reveals that majority of the city still yearns for good roads, round-the-clock water supply, good transportation and adequate sewage collection and disposal. The city that now aspires to be in the smart league has come a long way from its modest avatar of being a quiet distant suburb of Mumbai into a bustling metropolis now dotted with grand high-rises. While the city has seen rapid urbanization, the infrastructure hasn't kept pace. "The TMC seems to have failed to elicit satisfactory marks from its residents who instead have been burdened with an increase in taxations over the last few years. The quality of life for residents of the lake city has to improve by several notches and instead of launching some new proposals, it must ensure existing ones are properly maintained," suggested activists. The old city area was restricted only till the highway till about the last two decades following which the areas around Ghodbunder Road started witnessing a makeover, thanks to the efforts put in by the then civic chief T Chandrashekar. The wide avenues and clearing off encroachments from major part of the city attracted hordes of investors and home buyers from neighbouring Mumbai and suburbs. However, the pace of road development somehow got stunted midway and there has been no notable increase in road networks over the last few years. The road network hasn't increased beyond 300km over the last few decades, admitted officials while some widening undertaken by present civic head Sanjeev Jaiswal has managed to clear off a mammoth volume of open space along the roads in the city. The poor water distribution scenario in the city drew the attention of the state this year when certain areas went dry for nearly four days in a week. A study revealed that the city lacks adequate storage capacity as per the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation mandates to be able to supply round-the-clock supply to its residents. "A major upgrade in the infrastructure is required. The supply is in surplus to the requirement of the city but around 35 per cent water is lost to pilferages enroute to the consumer," said an official from the water supply department of TMC. Transportation is a major issue that affects a large volume in the city as an ill-equipped Thane Municipal Transport has been proven inadequate to cater to the newly developing areas of the city. "There are several areas in the city, especially those along the fringes that need to be properly connected with the mainland. Residents are left at the mercy of the auto unions or forced to travel in private vehicles that add to the congestion," said a resident. Activist Nitin Deshpande said it is high time the TMC pulled up its socks and provided better infrastructure to its residents. "There has to be a connect with the residents about developmental activities which is missing in the city as many struggle to even find access to the admin headquarters presently," he said. 24x7 water supply: The city gets around 480MLD water presently. Despite the supply being more compared to per capita requirement, majority of city homes don't get continuous water Cleanliness: Several roadsides, including footpaths are dumped with garbage which often remains uncollected for several hours making it difficult for nearby residents and pedestrians. The wet-dry waste segregation also has been reportedly stopped in a few complexes Sewerage disposal: Despite several high-rises coming up along the developing areas of Ghodbunder Road, none of the societies here are connected with the main sewage disposal system and continue to adopt septic tanks. A few societies have in-house waste management systems Roads: The volume of roads hasn't increased satisfactorily over the years despite an unchecked rise in vehicle numbers
|2016-10-01||How Thane cops went from bandobast duty to running a marathon - Mid-Day|
How Thane cops went from bandobast duty to running a marathon By Faisal Tandel | Posted 01-Oct-2016 In a first, Thane police department organises distance-runs for its personnel and their families; cops have been training for a week NGO Thank You India has started training sessions for the policemen ahead of the event Until now, they were only seen managing the crowd and as part of bandobast duty during marathons among many other events. Now, for the first time, they will be doing the running. The Thane police department has organised a marathon for its personnel as well as their family members to create awareness among them on fitness. Around 4,000 policemen with families will be participating in the event, which will be held in Hiranandani on October 23. Model-actor Milind Soman will be flagging off the 5-, 10- and 21-km runs. Training timeThe initiative has been undertaken by NGO Thank You India along with the police. NGO co-founder Kavin Kondathini, who is a marathon runner himself, started training sessions for the men in khaki a week ago. “We have started training policemen in all five zones of Thane city commissionerate. In every zone, at least 60 policemen come for training sessions and are encouraged to take part. Once a week I go to these sessions and give my inputs. I have trained many marathon runners, this is the first time I am training policemen,” said Kondathini. “We found that they are completely stressed because of work and other pressures and didn’t get time to exercise or stay fit. The marathon will change this. My motive is to make them active, so that even after the marathon, they give priority to health and fitness.” He said he started the training with the usual exercise and was confident of making them the best runners before the D-Day. Cop speakCommissioner of Police, Thane, Parambir Singh, who is known for being fit and active, is a part of the initiative. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch, Parag Manare said, “Normally, we notice policemen deployed for bandobast during festivals and marathons. But this time, they will be the participants... Our basic aim is to create awareness about fitness among them and encourage them to keep it up even after the run is over. Also, it will be like a family get-together.”
|2016-10-01||Red Corner Notice against underworld gangster Suresh Pujari soon: Thane Police - The Indian Express|
Red Corner Notice against underworld gangster Suresh Pujari soon: Thane Police In Thane alone, there are at least 17 offences, in which he has been named as a wanted accused. Police suspect he could be holed up anywhere in Africa, Australia or Malaysia. Mumbai | Published: October 2, 2016 2:14 am THE THANE police have initiated the process of issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against underworld gangster Suresh Pujari who has become active over the last year and a half, making several extortion calls to builders and cable operators in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. In Thane alone, there are at least 17 offences, in which he has been named as a wanted accused. Police suspect he could be holed up anywhere in Africa, Australia or Malaysia. An officer with the Thane police said Pujari, who hails from Ghatkopar, was working with underworld gangster Ravi Pujari in the past.Earlier, he operated primarily out of Mumbai. When the Mumbai Police Crime Branch started going after him, he started operating out of Ulhasnagar. Eventually in 2007, he fled India but continued making extortion calls, an officer said. Over the last 18 months, he claimed to have been working independently. He rose to prominence after it came to light that he had ordered a hit on Sachanand Kariya, owner of Ulhasnagar-based Sachu interent and cable, the officer said. Soon after two of his men were gunned down, Suresh called up mediapersons and informed them that he had ordered the hit since Kariya had refused to pay him `5 crore extortion money. While Pujari claimed to be working independently, we suspect that he is still allied to Ravi Pujari, a senior officer said. The Thane police are now compiling a list of cases registered against Suresh and have found 17 cases in Thane jurisdiction so far. If we include cases registered against him in Mumbai, we think it will take the number of cases against him around 50, the officer said. He added that they have got a warrant issued from a Thane court and are in the process of sending the file to the CBI, which is the nodal body of Interpol in India. We are hoping that the procedure of issuing the RCN is completed within a month, the officer said. He added, This will ensure that he cannot move freely and restrict his movement to one country.
|2016-10-01||2 Arrested For Woman's Murder 9 Years Ago In Thane - NDTV.com - NDTV|
2 Arrested For Woman's Murder 9 Years Ago In Thane Updated: October 02, 2016 03:22 IST THANE: With the arrest of two brothers from Mira Gaothan in the district, the police on Saturday claimed to have solved a nine-year-old murder case. Senior police inspector Nitin Thackeray identified the arrested men as Akhtar Aziz Gazi (29) and Babu alias Bablu Aziz Gazi (30), residents of Dahisar. Mumbra police had found the body of a woman in a field on Shil-Khardi road on June 23, 2007. The deceased was later identified as Sabina Akhtar Gazi (27), resident of Kolegaon. Police found out that she and her husband, Akhtar, often fought. COMMENTSOn the evening of June 22, 2007, Akhtar, his brother Bablu and Ms Sabina had a quarrel over cooking of dinner and Ms Sabina allegedly threatened to hang herself. The brothers, in a fit of rage, allegedly strangulated her with a nylon rope and dumped the body in a field, police said.
|2016-10-01||'Youth must take charge of senior citizens in Thane' - Times of India|
'Youth must take charge of senior citizens in Thane' Freny Fernandes| TNN | Updated: Oct 2, 2016, 04.05 AM IST Thane: On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons that was observed on Saturday, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh urged the youth to take the responsibility of safeguarding senior citizens in their vicinities and even in their home. While the Thane police, along with city-based Aalekh, a civil society organisation Veteran Citizens' Forum (VCF) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Centre for Lifelong Learning recently launched a campaign titled Kartavya, the police chief stressed on the need for the youth to get involved in this movement. "Ensuring the safety, security and dignity of the elderly is our responsibility or Kartavya. It is our duty to ensure that this community, which has strengthened our roots, is treated with the dignity they deserve. However, over the years they have been ignored and ill-treated," Param Bir Singh told TOI. "This movement needs active participation of the youth and citizen communities, who witness acts of violence and abuse against senior citizens. They should come forward and stand by the elders in times of need. They must also inform the authorities. We have started collating records of all senior citizens in Thane city and are providing them help with any medical, security or any other issue. With the cooperation of the youth, society management committees and other voluntary groups, we hope to take this movement to the entire district, the state and eventually the country," he added. Meanwhile, the toll-free helpline number for senior citizens, 1090, has been receiving 20 to 25 calls daily. "We receive all kinds of calls from the senior citizens right from seeking help to recharge their phone or calling just because they want to talk. Sometimes, its an emergency call like asking for an ambulance or for complaining against abusive relatives. We get around 20 to 25 calls on the helpline number and many more on the 100 number. During festivals, we receive 100 to 150 calls, most of which are to complain about the noise. We inform our beat marshal who reaches the location within minutes," a police official said.