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2016-12-31Thane: Police naik duped off Rs five lakh by used car dealer | The ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Police naik duped off Rs five lakh by used car dealer police naik posted with ATS, Thane city police, lodged a complaint stating that the car dealer duped him off Rs five lakh by selling him a car that he had apparently procured by cheating another gullible customer. Published: December 31, 2016 2:47 pm A man from Pune district has been booked for allegedly conning a policeman by selling him a car, procured through means of cheating, police said today. Vishwas Magar, a police naik posted with ATS, Thane city police, lodged a complaint against Sachin alias Rakesh Padwal, a dealer of used cars, for allegedly duping him off Rs five lakh by selling him a car that he had apparently got by cheating another gullible customer, Thane Police said in a press release issued here.Magar stated in his complaint that the accused was an acquaintance and he had once casually enquired about buying a used car. In June, 2015, he purchased a four-wheeler from Sachin by paying him Rs one lakh in cash as the first instalment of the total Rs five lakh sum. He then took loan of Rs five lakh from bank based on valid documents. The registration of the vehicle was also transferred on the police naik’s name, Thane police said. On November 25, 2015, Magar’s car, being driver by one of his friends to Satara, was stopped on the way by police near Hingewadi, Pune. When Magar was enquired about the seller, it was revealed that Sachin, whose real name is Rakesh Padwal, had earlier cheated customers in a similar fashion. The car that was sold to the police naik, originally belonged to one Vikesh Patel from Goregaon, Mumbai. The accused had allegedly changed the registration number and also got a fake RC book made on the new name, the release said. Police is now probing that how the accused, who is currently at large, procured the car from its original owner.
Thane: Police naik duped off Rs five lakh by used car dealer | The ... - The Indian Express

2016-12-316-year-old boy Sodomized by 2 Siblings in Thane: Cases of ... - http://www.newsgram.com/
6-year-old boy Sodomized by 2 Siblings in Thane: Cases of Violation and Harassment are taking a more distorted form day by day in India. December 31, 2016. Thane December 30: Cases of violation and harassment (sexually or other) are taking a more distorted form day by day in India. Another such recent incident took place in Thane where two minor siblings had been booked for allegedly sodomizing a six-year old boy in the district. The two siblings, aged around 10 and 12, led the boy, who lived with his parents in their neighbourhood at Gograswadi in Dombivili township of Thane, to an abandoned spot and sodomized him on Wednesday, the police report informs, mentioned PTI.. Read more at: http://www.newsgram.com/6-year-old-boy-sodomized-by-2-siblings-in-thane-cases-of-violation-and-harassment-are-taking-a-more-distorted-form-day-by-day-in-india two also beat up and assaulted the boy when he tried to resist their attempt, police said. The victim later told his mother about it. Subsequently, based on a complaint by the victim’s parents, police yesterday registered an offence under IPC sections 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Look for latest news from India in NewsGram. According to the PTI report, the two accused are yet to be nabbed, police said. They also ensured the fact that further investigations are going on relating this incident. Read more at: http://www.newsgram.com/6-year-old-boy-sodomized-by-2-siblings-in-thane-cases-of-violation-and-harassment-are-taking-a-more-distorted-form-day-by-day-in-india
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2016-12-30Thane: Corporator's son forces urine down man's throat at gunpoint ... - Mid-Day
Thane: Corporator's son forces urine down man's throat at gunpoint By Santosh Wagh | Posted 2 hoursNow Available on the mid-day iOS App, Download Now Corporator Vijay Patil’s son Yuvraj As if assaulting a 22-year-old youth was not enough, that a group of men including an independent corporator’s son forced him to drink urine from a beer bottle at gunpoint. The Hill Line police have registered a case against corporator Vijay Patil’s son Yuvraj Patil from Ulhasnagar, after the victim filed a complaint on Wednesday. According to police, on December 17 Yuvraj’s friend Wilson went to victim Shehjade Ansari’s house in Shivneri building, near Sai Baba Temple, Ulhasnagar and asked him to accompany him to Yuvraj’s office. When he refused, Wilson threatened to drag him to the office forcefully. Also read: Teacher forces girl to sit on hot iron slide for urinating in class Thereafter, when Shehjade reached the office at Kailash Colony, the corporator’s son along with six others started beating him up. Yuvraj urinated in a beer bottle and forced him to drink it at gunpoint. The victim somehow managed to escape from the place and ran back home, where he hid for some time. “Unable to bear the pain on his body, he rushed to a nearby government hospital and admitted himself,” said Mohan Waghmare, senior police inspector of Hill Line police station. After being discharged from the hospital on December 20, Shehjade filed a police complaint regarding the incident and mentioned the names of both Yuvraj and Wilson. Speaking to mid-day, Waghmare said, “We are still on the lookout for the accused.” Even after repeated attempts to contact Vijay Patil, he remained unavailable for comment on the incident.
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2016-12-30Thane: 3 booked for duping woman of Rs. 5.9 lakh | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
Thane: 3 booked for duping woman of Rs. 5.9 lakh The woman came to India in January this year, and she met the accused and told him about the problems in her family. Thane | Published: December 30, 2016 12:55 pm Three persons have been booked for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 5.9 lakh on the pretext of helping to ward off the ‘evil spirits’ causing problems in her family life, police said on Friday. The main accused, residing at the police quarters in the city, and the woman were well acquainted. After her marriage, the woman moved with her husband to Sharjah.But, after some time she was allegedly harassed by her husband, police said quoting the complaint. The woman came to India in January this year, and she met the accused and told him about the problems in her family. The accused then offered to resolve her problems by performing some rituals. The woman then gave him money after which he performed the rituals to ward off the evil spirits. Later, she left for Sharjah, police said. However, as the things did not improve, the woman again contacted the accused who demanded more money to perform some rituals again. However, as she continued to face problems in her family life, she realised that she was cheated by the accused. The woman, who again came here earlier this month from Sharjah, filed a complaint with the Rabodi police on Thursday, alleging that she paid Rs 5.9 lakh to the accused till April this year. Based on the complaint, police registered offences under IPC section 420 (cheating) and section 3 of Th Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act-2013, against the main accused, the victim’s female friend and the latter’s son, who were also party to the offence. No arrest has been made so far in this connection,police added.
Thane: 3 booked for duping woman of Rs. 5.9 lakh | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
2016-12-30RTO plans a no-vehicle day in Thane on January 14 - Times of India
RTO plans a no-vehicle day in Thane on January 14 Dec 31, 2016, 12.48 AM IST THANE: The traffic safety week, which is observed between January 9 to January 22 by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has decided to conduct a 'no vehicle day' as a part of the annual event. The RTO has decided to conduct a cycle rally, cyclothon, on January 14 in order to encourage people to give their two and four-wheelers a miss for a day and opt for bycycles instead. The authorities want Thaneites to keep the roads free of vehicles at least for a day. "The RTO registers nearly 80 motorcycles and approximately 20 four wheelers on a daily basis. The city is already overly populated with vehicles and this is an attempt to keep the road free of vehicles for at least a day. We are hoping that this move would reduce pollution at least for a day," said Hemangini Patil, deputy regional transport officer. Registrations for the cyclothon can be done online and will be open till January 12. The cycle rally has been divided into three groups. Group 1 for kids between the age group of 10 and 15 years with a distance of 5 kms. Group 2 for kids between the age group of 15 and 18 years will have to cycle a distance of 12 kms and group 3 for people above 18 years with a distance of 21kms. "The RTO is celebrating the 28th year of Road Safety Week and which is why we decided to do something unique and eco-friendly and we decided to conduct a cyclothon. There will be three routes for the rally depending on the age group. Our staff of around 70 people would also be participating in the rally. The residents can bring any type of bicycles but wearing helmet is compulsory. As we are sure that many people will participate, this move will also make them sensitive towards following traffic rules and understanding traffic safety," added Patil. The department also feels that by doing this move they want to encourahe more people to opt for riding bicycles.
2016-12-30Maharashtra: 6-year-old boy sodomised by two minor siblings in Thane - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: 6-year-old boy sodomised by two minor siblings in Thane The two also beat up the boy when he resisted their attempt, police said. Published: December 30, 2016 11:38 am Two minor brothers have been booked for allegedly sodomising a six-year-old boy in the district, police said on Friday. The two siblings, aged around 10 and 12, took the boy, who lived with his parents in their neighbourhood at Gograswadi in Dombivili township of Thane, to an isolated place and sodomised him on Wednesday, they said. The two also beat up the boy when he resisted their attempt, police said. The victim later informed his mother about it. Subsequently, based on a complaint by the victim’s parents, police yesterday registered an offence under IPC sections 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). The two accused are yet to be nabbed, police said, adding that further investigation is on.
Maharashtra: 6-year-old boy sodomised by two minor siblings in Thane - The Indian Express
2016-12-295 coaches of Kurla-Ambernath local derail in Thane - Economic Times
5 coaches of Kurla-Ambernath local derail in Thane BY PTI | UPDATED: DEC 29, 2016, 08.24 AM IST MUMBAI: Five coaches of the Kurla-Ambernath local train derailed this morning between Kalyan and Vitthalwadi stations in Thane district, officials said. No one was injured in the mishap that took place at 5:53 AM. Services were disrupted on the Central Line of Mumbai suburban railway, while they were suspended on the Kalyan-Karjat line, they said. The incident comes a day after the Ajmer-Sealdah express derailed while it was crossing a bridge near Rura Railway Station in Kanpur Rural district of Uttar Pradesh, leaving 62 passengers injured.
5 coaches of Kurla-Ambernath local derail in Thane - Economic Times
2016-12-29Thane: Ex-employee, four others arrested for robbery at jewellery store - The Indian Express
Thane: Ex-employee, four others arrested for robbery at jewellery store The accused, Bhairaonsingh Rajput, who the owner would trust with the keys to the shop, allegedly made a duplicate key before he stopped working at the store, said police. Mumbai | Published: December 30, 2016 12:56 am A former employee of a jewellery shop along with four others was arrested by the Thane police for allegedly stealing gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 7.5 lakh from the shop. The accused, Bhairaonsingh Rajput, who the owner would trust with the keys to the shop, allegedly made a duplicate key before he stopped working at the store, said police.He then took up a job at another jewellery shop and, in the meantime, reportedly planned the robbery with the other accused from his native place in Rajasthan, police added. The robbery took place on November 12. Shopowner Dharamchand Jain (60) lodged an FIR with police against unidentified persons. Senior inspector of Kopri police station, S D Korde, said they received a tip-off that the men who carried out the robbery were based in Udaipur. A police team was sent there to track them. “When the names of the accused were told to the complainant, he said one of them, Bhairon Singh, had worked in his shop in the past,” said an officer. The police team then tracked down Singh, and the other accused.
Thane: Ex-employee, four others arrested for robbery at jewellery store - The Indian Express
2016-12-29Note ban puts home buyers on wait-&-watch mode in Thane - Times of India
Note ban puts home buyers on wait-&-watch mode in Thane Updated: Dec 30, 2016, 00:17 IST THANE: Nearly 50 days post the demonetization announcement, sales in the Thane real estate sector has reportedly reached stagnation point with many players claiming to be unable to crack even a single deal in the last seven weeks. Thane that is considered a prime property market on the Mumbai fringes has seen a lull over the last few weeks, mostly attributed to the wait and watch approach adopted by the sellers and buyers after prime minister announced the barring of high value notes. The Thane real estate association members claim many of their members haven't finalized any outright sale deal since November 8. "I haven't got any customers for purchasing property as clients have prefered to wait and watch for the impact of demonetization. Rental market that is usually buzzing has seen some activities, but largely clients are now bargaining for reducing the rental amount," says the association president Rajesh Gadgil. Ramesh Nair, COO - Business & International Director, Jones Lang Lasalle, India agrees saying business especially in the secondary market and even those in the primary segment where the cash component plays a significant role has seen a dive. Business for those developers who accept payments in white could ideally have been doing well but the popular perception among buyers that rates could come crashing down has held back many from inking their deals or even go for further negotiations, say other experts. "We were looking for purchasing a flat in Thane but have now deferred as we feel the rates could crash anytime," said Swati Sharma, who has been aspiring to relocate to Thane soon. Developers said except for few urgent deals, nothing much has transpired and the situation is unlikely to ease till the next fiscal. "While the buyers are on the the wait and watch mode, many of us have also decided to check the developments over the next few weeks," said a prominent developer from Thane."Barely any resale flat deals have reached the final stages after demonetization. The segment was always driven by a notable cash component. It would be almost impossible for such deals to be carried out unless either of the parties takes a risk. Few deals made before the announcement are also being postponed," informed Gadgil who fears many from his ilk could be forced to quit the business due to lack of customers. The sizeable volume of transactions of flats are believed to rely on part black and part white payment components since a long time. The deals are usually done with 60% white and 40% in cash components. With demonetization, it has become a sticky terrain for both the sellers and buyers with both segments opting to wait and watch before inking their respective deals. While buyers are skeptical of the fate of such properties whose rates could possibly tumble down if the demonetization plan works out in the long run sellers are deferring due to huge bargaining requests by prospects. Officials at the eleven registrar offices across Thane claim the footfalls seem less but the impact can be ascertained by end of the fiscal. Experts say that while majority transactions might have frozen, distress sales or purchases is happening with either parties reaching a consensus and ready to forsake the cash element or defer payments based on mutual understanding.
2016-12-29Thane: Man from Bengal held for decade-old Badlapur murder - Times of India
Thane: Man from Bengal held for decade-old Badlapur murder Dec 29, 2016, 09.49 PM IST THANE: A Bengal-based man has been arrested for the murder of a 22-year-old man, nearly a decade after the crime took place at Badlapur. Nearly a decade after a 22-year-old man was murdered in Badlapur. The accused, Duriyadan Mahato, of Banjora village, had allegedly killed Munir Shah, then 22, on July 23, 2005, said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector. The body of Shah was found on Katrap Road at Badlapur with injury marks on the head and throat. The police had registered a case of murder at a local police station. In the course of probe and after talking to a number of people close to the victim, it came to light that Mahato was behind the murder following a tiff between the two a few days before the incident. Following the orders of Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh, as part of the recent drive to detect undetected murder cases, officials of the crime branch found through informers about the accused spotted in a village at Purulia district. The Thane police took assistance of their counterparts from Barabazar police station and finally nabbed Mahato this week, said the police officer. The police said that there was a dispute between the accused and victim over account of the painting work undertaken by them as a result of which Mahato attacked Shah on his head with an iron rod and also slit his throat, added Thakre. The arrested accused has been since handed over to the Badlapur East police for further action, said the cop.
Thane: Man from Bengal held for decade-old Badlapur murder - Times of India
2016-12-29Thane: 21-yr-old held for sexual assault of minor boy from Waghbil village - Times of India
Thane: 21-yr-old held for sexual assault of minor boy from Waghbil village Dec 29, 2016, 09.46 PM IST THANE: An 11-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man on Saturday night near Waghbil village. The minor who resides in Waghbil village with his mother, is a daily wage worker and came in contact with the alleged accused, Gulab Gupta. The police said that Gupta, a vegetable vender was acquainted with the boy as he was also a resident of the village. At 11pm, Gupta called out to the boy while the minor was roaming outside and took him behind a tree to sexually assault him. As it was dark and the road was lonely, no one saw the two. It was stated in the complaint that the boy had told his mother about the incident but she did not report it as she was a single mother and they were from a poor family. But on Tuesday the boy complained of feeling sick and on neighbours' request a case was registered. The minor was admitted to civil hospital for medical treatment. "The victim knew where Gupta stays and he was arrested from his residence on Tuesday afternoon, soon after a complaint was registered. The accused was taken to the magistrate court on Wednesday," said Dilip Gore, assistant commissioner of police. The accused knew the boy as he was also a resident of the village. At 11pm, he called out to the 11-year-old and took him behind a tree to sexually assault him. As it was dark and the road was lonely, no one saw the two
2016-12-29Maharashtra: 108 gets most calls from Pune, Mumbai, Thane | The ... - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: 108 gets most calls from Pune, Mumbai, Thane However, as far as road accident-related cases are concerned, Nashik reported the highest number of calls this year. Mumbai | Published: December 30, 2016 1:39 am Pune, Mumbai and Thane have received maximum calls for emergency ambulance service at the government’s toll-free helpline 108. However, as far as road accident-related cases are concerned, Nashik reported the highest number of calls this year. Data from the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) between December 2015 till November 2016 shows that calls for emergency medical aid were in total 11.43 lakh of which 55,512 were road accident related. In Nashik, people made 4,285 calls during road accidents for medical aid, followed by Ahmednagar with 3,755 calls and Pune with 3,539 calls to the helpline number.In Nashik, during the Kumbh Mela, a huge footfall from across India was witnessed. Over 80 ambulances of 108 helpline were stationed, and a large number of calls were received resulting in a large number of patients being transported by ambulance. Even as Mumbai with the maximum population recorded the highest fatalities due to road accidents in 2015— 611 deaths in 2,551 accidents according to annual crime report from the CID— calls to the helpline number were significantly lower. In 2016, only 1,612 road accident related calls were made to 108. The emergency ambulance was started as a free aid by the health department to save lives in the golden hour. It has 937 ambulances, run under the Bharat Vikas Group, of which 233 are advanced life support ones with specialised cardiac facilities. Mumbai has 102 ambulances, of which 26 have advanced life support system. Over 39 ambulances are positioned outside railway stations that witness most accidents— 11 on an average every day— in local trains. According to Dnyaneshwar Shelke, chief operating officer of MEMS, awareness in rural areas is greater than urban centres. “In Mumbai, patients also use private ambulances for transfer from one hospital to another or from home,” he said. In 2015, Mumbai reported most accidental deaths, while Pune saw 543 deaths. Also, road accidents have increased this year— from 42,250 in 2015 to at least 55,512, as per calls received by the helpline across the state. The data from MEMS indicates there were 83,113 calls made from Pune for emergencies such as heart attack, delivery, road accidents and other medical emergencies. Mumbai came second with 61,419 calls followed by Ahmednagar with 53,186 calls.
Maharashtra: 108 gets most calls from Pune, Mumbai, Thane | The ... - The Indian Express
2016-12-28Panel to probe charges against ex-Thane jailer - Times of India
Panel to probe charges against ex-Thane jailer Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 28, 2016, 10.23 PM IST THANE: The state government has constituted a five-member committee to probe the allegations of sexual harassment against Hiralal Jadhav, the suspended Thane jail superintendent. A government order issued on Friday stated that the committee will be headed by IPS officer Aswathi Dorjee, who is presently the additional commissioner Mumbai, for departmental inquiry of Jadhav. Others on the panel are deputy commissioner of police (social security branch) Arvind Sawant, advocate Anupama Pawar, activist Farida Lambe, and deputy superintendent of Yerwada Jail Aruna Mugutwar. Jadhav, who was heading the Thane prison, was suspended in August following allegations by a women constable of sexual harassment. Subsequently, the officer was booked by the Thane nagar police during the wee hours of August 28, following a complaint by the lady constable attached to the prison department of the Thane central jail. The complainant had stated that Jadhav was constantly calling her to meet him near Kalwa naka on Sunday and started pestering her. The woman asked why he wanted to meet but he replied saying that he wanted to take her for a drive and tried to pull her in the car. Jadhav then had reiterated that the number of sexual harassment charges are nothing but a conspiracy against him by 'jealous' colleagues from the prison department.It may be noted that this was not the first time that Jadhav has been under the scanner. In 2012, he was suspended following a complaint of sexual abuse on trainees of a Yerwada Jail Officers' Training Centre, Pune, during his tenure as the principal. In the same year, during his posting at the Nashik Central Jail, he allegedly summoned a woman to a hotel room but the woman came along with her husband. The husband then allegedly trashed Jadhav and recorded an assurance from him that he would not indulge in such acts again.A molestation case was allegedly registered against Jadhav at the Rajwada police station in Kolhapur after a woman complained that he had been stalking her for days. He was allegedly thrashed by the woman's relatives and handed over to the Rajwada police but was let off. During his posting at Amravati jail, he allegedly sought sexual favours from a woman constable of Amravati jail and when snubbed he initiated an inquiry against her as punishment.
Panel to probe charges against ex-Thane jailer - Times of India
2016-12-2835-year-old biker hit by Thane Municipal Transport, killed - Times of India
35-year-old biker hit by Thane Municipal Transport, killed Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Dec 28, 2016, 10.24 PM IST THANE: A motorcycle-borne 35-year-old man was run over by a speeding Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus on Monday near Majiwada. The victim, Umesh Tambe, who lived in Bhandup, Sindhi Pada area was heading to his workplace on Ghodbunder Road when the accident took place."Tambe was working as a cook in one of the city a restaurants and was heading to work on his motorcycle when his bike skid and was runover by a Thane-Borivali bound TMT bus. Tambe came under the rear wheels of the bus and suffered grievous injures. He was immediately rushed to the Thane Civil hospital for treatment," said an officer from Chitalsar-Manpada police station. It is said that Tambe's relatives had rushed to the civil hospital where they were informed that the victim's condition was critical and he should be shifted to JJ hospital at the earliest.However, Tambe succumbed to his injuries in the ambulance while his relatives were taking him to JJ Hospital in Mumbai. The man driving the Thane Municipal Transport bus, Ganesh Patil has been booked for rash driving and causing hurt.
35-year-old biker hit by Thane Municipal Transport, killed - Times of India
2016-12-28Thane: 11-yr-old murder case solved, accused held - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: 11-yr-old murder case solved, accused held Published Dec 28, 2016, 12:56 pm IST Updated Dec 28, 2016, 2:04 pm IST The accused allegedly killed the victim eleven years ago over a dispute pertaining to payment issues between the both.Thane: The Thane police claimed to have solved an 11-year-old murder case with the arrest of the accused from Purulia district in West Bengal on Wednesday. On July 23, 2005, Munir Sharif Shah (then aged 22), was allegedly killed by an unidentified man at Katrap road in Badlapur township of Thane district, said Niteen Thackeray, Senior Police Inspector, Thane Crime Branch unit-I on Wednesday. The police had registered an offence under IPC section 302 (murder) and launched an investigation. In the course of the probe, it was discovered that Duriyadan Karali Mahato (then aged around 30), from Banjora village under the Barabazar police station in Purulia district of West Bengal had allegedly killed the victim. A search was carried out for him, but in vain, and a charge sheet was filed at a Thane court in March 2006. However, recently, after nearly 11 years, police got a tip-off that the accused was spotted at the village in Purulia. Subsequently, a team of Thane Crime Branch sleuths went there and with the assistance of their WB counterparts, they nabbed the accused on December 24, he said. According to police, the interrogation of the accused revealed that there was a dispute between the victim and him over payment for a painting work undertaken by them. Following the dispute, the accused had allegedly attacked the victim on his head with an iron rod and also slit his throat, police said. Meanwhile, the accused was brought from West Bengal to Thane on Wednesday and was produced before a court, which remanded him to police custody, they added.
Thane: 11-yr-old murder case solved, accused held - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-28LTT, Thane to raise the bar for stations in city - Mumbai Mirror
LTT, THANE TO RAISE THE BAR FOR STATIONS IN CITY By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 02.10 AM IST With Central Railway marking over 1 lakh sq m of land at LTT and 5,000 sq m at Thane, wheels have been set in motion to turn around the two terminals into standard-bearers. The railways has kick-started the process to transform Thane station and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT, Kurla) into world-class facilities as part of its plan to give a facelift to 400 stations across the country. To get the wheels rolling, the Central Railway has set aside over 1 lakh sq m of land in the vicinity of LTT and 5,000 sq m of land near Thane station, and the work will commence once tenders are floated. The stations will be developed on the basis of public-private partnership model, where the railway administration, via a consultancy, will float separate tenders to pick the best development proposal and its most feasible execution plan: after the most beneficial proposal is selected, it will be contracted to the firm that has made the lowest bid for execution, said a Central Railway official. The proposals will be accepted online and a third party can give suggestions to improve or even beat the original plan. Such an arrangement is called Swiss challenge. In the first round of the nationwide station makeover plan to provide superior services to passengers, the Railway Board has handpicked 28 stations to be redeveloped, Thane and LTT being among them. To carry out the plan across the country, a special purpose vehicle called Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited was launched in 2012. IRSDC is a 51:49 joint venture between two railway ministry bodies — Ircon International Limited and Rail Land Development Authority — and will be the nodal agency for the two projects. IRSDC chief executive officer SK Lohia told Mirror that the Railway Board had directed Central Railway to earmark land at Thane and LTT for development of the stations. When contacted, Central Railway general manager DK Sharma told us that they have submitted all the information sought by the Railway Board regarding the redevelopment at LTT and Thane, including the measure of land that can be made available. “Now the process of redevelopment can start,” Sharma said. The plots earmarked for the project will be leased out by Central Railway to IRSDC for 40 years, said another railw ay official. Expect airport-like facilites The developer chosen to execute the project is expected to transform the existing stations’ premises into vibrant complexes with airport-like facilities, such as executive lounges and separate entry and exit portals. Passengers can look forward to modern amenities like escalators, lifts, parking lot, landscaping, concourse, walkways, travelators, parcelling facilities and subways at the refurbished facilities. Besides, the stations will also have a food plaza, a commercial complex, concourse, medical clinics and other facilities, which will be monetised by the developer to generate revenue.
2016-12-28Thane gets over 100-acre free space after TMC's demolition drive - Times of India
Thane gets over 100-acre free space after TMC’s demolition drive Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 03.28 AM IST THANE: The city has seen one of the biggest demolition drives in its history this year that freed up a huge tract of land which is collectively equal to four Shivaji parks put together. The drives that initially were launched to clear up encroachments for accomplishing road widening works later on included removal of structures that were causing social disturbances also. Eventually, the drives undertaken in the city since January this year opened up a considerable volume of space of over 100 acres in the otherwise congested lake city of Thane. The drive that lasted over the year is also believed to be the biggest of its kind in the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in recent times freeing up land approximately valued over Rs 1,000 crore according to the current market value. A bulk of the freed up land is being used for road widening while others like the one taken at Retibunder are being used for beautification purposes. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has been spearheading demolition drives across the city razing thousands of structures, including commercial units and multi-storied buildings that have been coming in the way of roads marked in the development plan in addition to those causing public nuisance like bars and even a notorious lodge that was reportedly doubling as a prostitution racket. Officials claimed majority of the structures were illegal and had to be razed to develop wide roads in the city. The volume of land freed was major along the Ghodbunder Road for developing service lanes along with Mumbra and Pokhran roads where the streets were proving to be inadequate to bear the traffic load. Roughly over 4,000 structures were completely razed leaving thousands homeless while most of whom were later rehabilitated in transit homes. While the drive remained largely unopposed, the subsequent encroachment on the freed up stretches drew the ire of residents and traders who had lost their valuable tracts of land.A section of traders from Thane station area were forced to question the administration after hawkers started occupying road stretches which were taken by the corporation under the guise of extensions. Another stretch in Vartak Nagar was swarmed by vendors drawing ire among residents. Nonetheless, the administration could be credited with the masterstroke of freeing up such large swathes of land only if it is able to deliver the desired results in the coming days.We have started work on five model roads and the impact of our demolition drives will be visible within the next few months. Not only wide roads, but citzens will also be able to get a beautiful creekfront being developed along Parsik Retibunder TMC should have ensured that the land it cleared off encroachments isn't taken over by hawkers again. We have sacrificed our private property for the city's betterment but it pains us that hawkers have been encroaching on that space
Thane gets over 100-acre free space after TMC
2016-12-27Thane: Panel led by IPS officer to probe sex abuse charges on suspended jailer - Times of India
Thane: Panel led by IPS officer to probe sex abuse charges on suspended jailer Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Dec 28, 2016, 01.20 AM IST THANE: The state government has set up a five-member committee to probe into sexual harassment allegations against suspended Thane jail superintendent Hiralal Jadhav. Jadhav was booked by Thane Nagar police on August 28 following a complaint by a woman constable attached to the prisons department at Thane central jail. The complainant claimed that Jadhav often pestered her to meet him near Kalwa naka after duty. On August 26, when she reached the place, Jadhav was waiting in his private car. When he saw her, he held her hand and pulled her into the car, but she managed to escape, she claimed. After Rajvardhan Sinha, IG prisons, conducted an inquiry and submitted report to the state government, Jadhav was suspended with immediate effect. Jadhav had claimed that the sexual harassment charges against him were a conspiracy by 'jealous' colleagues from the prisons department. According to the government order issued on Friday, the inquiry committee will be headed by IPS officer Aswathi Dorjee, who is presently additional police commissioner. Others on the panel are deputy commissioner of police (social security branch) Arvind Sawant, advocate Anupama Pawar, activist Farida Lambe, and deputy superintendent of Yerwada Jail Aruna Mugutwar. The departmental inquiry will be carried out against Jadhav under various sections of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Preventation, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, besides other relevant Acts. The committee will be empowered to examine the charges levelled against Jadhav and will have to submit its report within two months.
Thane: Panel led by IPS officer to probe sex abuse charges on suspended jailer - Times of India
2016-12-27Road-widening near Airoli station to ease snarls on Thane-Belapur road - Times of India
Road-widening near Airoli station to ease snarls on Thane-Belapur road TNN | Updated: Dec 28, 2016, 02.52 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The city municipal corporation has finally kicked off the widening work on the Thane-Belapur Road. A portion of the road divider and footpaths have been removed at Bharat Bijlee signal near Airoli railway station to make taking U-turns easy and smoothen the movement of Thane and Belapur-bound vehicles. TOI has been following up the issue with NMMC and the traffic police for the last few weeks. Motorists have been facing a harrowing time every time they pass Bharat Bijlee signal. With the blame game between the traffic department and NMMC over, the civic body has dismantled a portion of the divider on both Thane and Belapur ends. "After much hue and cry, NMMC has now given space for bigger vehicles to turn," said traffic inspector Chandrakant Jadhav. The traffic police blamed civic officials for the delay in widening the signal area for a U-turn. "I had a round of discussions with NMMC officials, which bore fruit," Jadhav said. On the other hand, NMMC deputy engineer Sharad Kale cited administrative approvals. "In the next three days we will complete asphalting of the widened part as well," Kale said.
Road-widening near Airoli station to ease snarls on Thane-Belapur road - Times of India
2016-12-27Thane: Watchman burgles Rs 9 crore gold by making holes in walls - Mid-Day
Thane: Watchman burgles Rs 9 crore gold by making holes in walls By Vinay Dalvi Posted 3 hours The Mannapuram Gold Loan branch in Ulhasnagar This crime is literally a hole in the wall. A watchman working for a housing society behind the Ulhasnagar branch of Mannapuram Gold Loan fled with 35 kg of gold worth Rs 9 crore on Sunday night, after making several holes over the course of two days to gain entry. The former and current watchmen of the housing society are prime suspects. The watchman first made a hole in the shared wall of the society's water pump room and the branch's toilet (right) He then cut holes into the safety vault with gas cutters to steal the gold Water pump to loo Cops said the branch of the gold loaning agency is located in Sai Krupa Palace housing society, and right behind it is a staircase to enter the building. Under the staircase is a small area housing the water pump. The watchman of building, who is a suspect and has fled, made a hole from the water-pump room to the toilet of the branch, said Surendra Shirsat, senior police inspector of Vithalwadi police station. Also read: Watchman robs Rs 80 lakh, offers Rs 11,000 at Dargah The watchman entered the branch from the toilet and then went to the safety vault that had the gold. Just then, the security alarm on the vault beeped and reached Mannapuram's vigilance department in Thane. Officers from the department reached the branch. “We saw the locks were intact from outside and as we don't have keys, we thought a dog might have hit the shutter. Since the locks were intact, we left, said a vigilance department officer. Thieving brothers: The prime suspects are Deepak Thapa and his cousin Mansingh Thapa. Deepak was employed as watchman after Mansingh left in the first week of December to get married. Deepak is now absconding and both the brothers phones are switched off. A team of Thane police has left for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, from where the brothers might enter Nepal. The police are also keeping an eye on all trains leaving for the states. But, finding the duo could be tough, as they do not have any photo, neither can they be spotted on CCTV, as the cameras wire was cut at the time of the theft. FIR registered: The Vitthalwadi police station registered an FIR against Deepak and Mansingh Thapa under Section 454 (house-trespass or house-breaking) and 380 (theft) of the IPC. 'But what about my gold'The people who had kept their gold at the branch panicked and started gathering outside after news of the theft spread. I had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh keeping all the gold from my wedding. They are saying they will return the gold but I have lost my wedding jewellery. I hope they return some other jewellery as I am not interested in cash, said a woman investor.
Thane: Watchman burgles Rs 9 crore gold by making holes in walls - Mid-Day
2016-12-27Thane: 30 kg gold jewellery stolen from branch of gold loan company - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: 30 kg gold jewellery stolen from branch of gold loan company PTI Published Dec 27, 2016, 12:04 pm IST Updated Dec 27, 2016, 12:35 pm IST Thieves entered the office through the hole, and used gas cutters to open the lockers where the gold ornaments were kept. The incident came to light when the office was opened this morning. Mumbai: Gold jewellery weighing 30 kg was stolen from the office of a gold loan company at Ulhasnagar in Thane district, police said on Monday. We suspect the incident might have taken place last night. A security guard, who is missing, may be involved in it. Unidentified thieves made a hole in wall of the office adjacent to water tap and staircase, a senior police official said. The incident came to light when the office was opened this morning, police said. Prima facie, thieves entered the office through the hole, and used gas cutters to open the lockers where the gold ornaments were kept. They had also tampered with the CCTV surveillance system of the office, the police officer said, adding, around 12 boxes of gold jewellery were left untouched. The incident was reported by the company's staff to Vitthalwadi Police Station. The crime branch of Thane Police has started parallel investigation in the case, the official said. Police have dispatched four teams to Jharkhand and Nepal in search of the security guard. A case has been registered against unidentified persons, he said. Police said similar kind of thefts occurred earlier at Bhiwandi and Ambarnath in the district and the modus operandi in those incidents are also being probed.
Thane: 30 kg gold jewellery stolen from branch of gold loan company - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-26Mira Road call centre scam: Thane cop transferred | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis
Mira Road call centre scam: Thane cop transferred IMRAN FAZAL | Mon, 26 Dec 2016-07:20am , DNA As a punishment, sub inspector from Thane crime branch has been transferred to police control room until internal enquiry after an audio clip of the officer went viral in which he allegedly demanded Rs 75 lakh from an Ahmedabad man to clear his name from the list of accused in the call centre scam which was busted in Mira road and Gujarat. Abhijeet Bhujbal, Sub Inspector from Unit I of Thane crime branch had allegedly bribed the man from Ahmedabad to clear his name from the case. The Thane police later initiated an enquiry into the incident and until then as a punishment he has been transferred to the police control room which is a side posting normally given as a punishment. The Gujarat based man identified as Hardik had filed a writ petition in the High Court complaining about the harassment from the officer. “The enquiry has been undertaken and I have been transferred to the control room until the final procedure”, said Bhujbal. Denying the allegations made by the Gujarat man, Bhujbal added, “I have not made any calls to demand money and all the relevant evidences to come clean in the enquiry. I have been framed wrongly and the senior officials will conduct the enquiry. We have not seen the petition papers as we have been informed that he has taken back the complaint.
Mira Road call centre scam: Thane cop transferred | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-26Thane: Railway police crack Kushinagar train dacoity case | The ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Railway police crack Kushinagar train dacoity case By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 26, 2016 5:38 pm The Railway Police Monday claimed to have cracked the Kushinagar Express train dacoity case which took place in the intervening night of December 20 and 21 by arresting six persons. Among those arrested include a history-sheeter, SP Railways Niket Kaushik told reporters at the Railway Police headquarters. He added, Ten mobiles worth Rs 70,000, two knives and one fighter punch have been recovered from the accused. Watch what else is making news: The police said, a group of 8 to 10 persons entered the Kushinagar Express at Kalyan at 00.45 PM on December 20. They threatened and looted 5 passengers and later jumped out of the train at Khardi by pulling the chain. An offence under section 395 of the IPC (punishment for dacoity) was registered in connection with the case. The police team on a tip-off first caught two persons and on their interrogation the duo led the police team to the other accused, said the official. One of them is also involved in another dacoity case and is currently out on bail, said police.
Thane: Railway police crack Kushinagar train dacoity case | The ... - The Indian Express
2016-12-26Biker crushed under bus in Thane dies while being rushed to Mumbai hospital - Hindustan Times
Biker crushed under bus in Thane dies while being rushed to Mumbai hospital mumbai Updated: Dec 26, 2016 15:44 IST Padmja Sinha Hindustan Times A 35-year-old Mulund resident, who was heading towards Mumbai via Ghodbunder Road, lost his life after his motorcycle skid and he came down under the rear wheel of a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus heading towards Borivli. The incident took place near Anand Nagar at 1.30 pm on Monday. The deceased was identified as Umesh Tambe. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management official, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said, We reached the spot immediately after being informed about the accident and rushed the victim to Thane civil hospital. Doctors there recommended that Tambe be shifted to Sir JJ hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries in the ambulance while being shifted. While the officials belive the accident couldn't have occurred due to overspeeding, as there is heavy traffic on the Ghodbunder Road owing to the ongoing work, they suspect Tambe's bike must have hit a pothole before skidding. Investigation is on to exact the reason.
Biker crushed under bus in Thane dies while being rushed to Mumbai hospital - Hindustan Times
2016-12-25Thane: 50-year-old learns how to make video from son, films his suicide - Hindustan Times
Thane: 50-year-old learns how to make video from son, films his suicide mumbai Updated: Dec 25, 2016 18:09 IST PTI A 50-year-old man in Thane allegedly hanged himself and purportedly filmed the act on his mobile phone along with a recorded suicide note, police said on Sunday. The deceased, Babu Sheikh, blamed his daughter-in-law, with whom he had a tiff, and her family for the extreme step, they said. Sheikh lived with his family at Bhaskar Nagar in Ambernath township of Thane district. His son got married last month. However, there used to be frequent quarrels between the family and the daughter-in-law. On one occasion, there was a tiff between Sheikh and the daughter-in-law who later left the house and went to stay with her parents. On the night of December 22, Sheikh learnt how to record a video on his mobile phone from his younger son and later went to sleep in his room in the adjacent apartment. The next morning, when Sheikh's family members went to wake him up, there was no response. The family members broke open the door and found him hanging from the ceiling, police said. As the deceased's son recalled his father having asked him about recording on a handset, he checked his phone and found the video of his alleged suicide, which he apparently made by keeping the phone on an auto recording mode. A voice recording was also found on the phone in which Sheikh alleged that his daughter-in-law and her family had defamed him and doubted his character, because of which he was ending his life, police said. The Ambernath police, based on a complaint by Sheikh's younger son, registered an offence on Saturday under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide) against the daughter-in-law, her father and brother, they said. No arrests have been made so far.
Thane: 50-year-old learns how to make video from son, films his suicide - Hindustan Times
2016-12-25Thane: Ex-school cab driver held for raping 2 minors inside SUV for 6 months - Hindustan Times
Thane: Ex-school cab driver held for raping 2 minors inside SUV for 6 months Updated: Dec 25, 2016 15:17 IST PTI, Thane The accused molested and raped the victims, aged around 8 to 9, on several occasions inside his SUV and also at some other secluded places in the past six months. A 35-year-old man from Bhiwandi in Thane, who used his four-wheeler to ferry school children, was arrested for allegedly raping two minor girls for the last six months, police said today. The accused, identified as Tulsiram Manere was held last night, Inspector S V Jadhav of Nizampura police station said. The accused molested and raped the victims, aged around 8 to 9, on several occasions inside his SUV and also at some other secluded places in the past six months, the officer said. It is suspected that Manera might have sexually abused more number of girls travelling in his car and as of now only two have disclosed about the offence. It was only after the teachers enquired with the parents of the victims about their absence from the school, the offence came to the light. The two girls confided in their parents and told them about their sexual abuse. The parents then informed the school authority about it and subsequently a case was lodged by a teacher, Jadhav said.The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act-2012, he said, adding, further probe was on.
Thane: Ex-school cab driver held for raping 2 minors inside SUV for 6 months - Hindustan Times
2016-12-25Police seize around three tons of suspected beef in Thane - Business Standard
Police seize around three tons of suspected beef in Thane Press Trust of India Thane December 25, 2016 Last Updated at 20:03 IST Around three tons of suspected beef was on Sunday seized from two persons in Thane, police said. A tempo which was coming from Sangamner (in Ahmednagar district) was intercepted by activists of a right-wing outfit at Kharigoan octroi post in the wee hours. The tempo was escorted by four jeeps, an official of Kalwa police station said. On receiving the information, police reached the spot. Three tons of suspected beef has been seized and two persons including the tempo driver were arrested, he said. A case under relevant sections of IPC and Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was registered in this regard, police said, adding a probe was on.
Police seize around three tons of suspected beef in Thane - Business Standard
2016-12-25Thane: Motorists get 'thank you' from cops | The Indian Express - The Indian Express
Thane: Motorists get ‘thank you’ from cops Traffic police join NGO initiative to spread message of positivity and gratitude Thane | Updated: December 26, 2016 12:11 pm A TRAFFIC policeman asks a car driver to halt his car for checking at the Teen Haath Naka junction in Thane. He sternly asks for the driving licence, PUC and then quizzes the driver on his name, to sniff his breath for alcohol. Everything to his satisfaction, the policeman’s expression changes. Smiling warmly, he hands over a ‘thank you’ card to the driver for following all traffic rules. A group of NCC cadets along with members of NGO Thank You, India then line up and hand roses to the driver, holding up placards saying “thank you for being a responsible citizen”. A cop then blows a bugle and the driver proceeds, a tad embarrassed, surprised, but definitely happy. He makes way for another driver who is checked and, if found following all the rules, will be ‘treated’ in a similar fashion.It is something we call ‘routine right’,” says Kavin Kondabathini, the co-founder of Thank You India group that came up with the idea. “While there may be a lot of people not following traffic rules who end up paying fines, there was a need to thank people for doing the right thing, even if that is what is expected from them. Rather than focusing on the negative, acknowledging the positive is equally if not much more important,” says Kavin. Over the past six months, ever since the monsoon, there has been a slight change in the way this exercise is carried out in Thane. “Now, we have two photographers and a team of 70 people spread across Thane city. They secretly take photographs at traffic junctions, of motorists following rules like wearing seat belts and helmets. The team then goes to the Thane traffic police control room from where they get address of the driver based on the number plate. We then send a thank you card to the address with the photograph of the person to show our gratitude,” says Kavin, a marathoner. The idea has its root in the life experiences of group founder Hemant Gupta, who had decided to quit his job and embark on a process of self-discovery. Gupta, as per Kavin, met 120 people across the world, including the dean of a world renowned college and thinkers, and read a lot of spiritual literature. “What he realised at the end of it was that the quality that was missing in the world today most was gratitude,” says Kavin. That led to the formation of the NGO, ‘Thank You, India’, in October 2014 and the group members hit the streets thanking 70,000 people. “These included policemen, cobblers, people strolling on the beach, post officers, basically anyone we met. We would give them flowers and thank them for doing their job. The motive was to spread gratitude,” says an NGO member. The group got a promising response with people who felt no one acknowledged them at times breaking down in tears and thanking them back. Later that year, the group coordinated with the Mumbai Police and started thanking people at traffic signals. “Later, the Thane police commissioner contacted us. We then created a similar exercise for Thane city,” says Kavin. Apart from this exercise, we look at other ways to show our gratitude. Recently, the group along with actor-model and fitness promoter Milind Soman, organised a marathon for the Thane police as a way of saying thank you to the force. “The main reason for us aligning with the traffic police is to see the surprise in people when they are ‘hauled over’ by the police. Initially worried, they actually find it difficult to believe that a cop has stopped them just to thank them. They will then go and tell this to other people creating this chain of positivity and gratitude. And there is a dire need for this in the world today,” adds the marathoner.
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2016-12-25Thane: Man allegedly kills self over bullying on WhatsApp - The Indian Express
Thane: Man allegedly kills self over bullying on WhatsApp By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 26, 2016 1:36 am A married man allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train in the district as he was fed up with the abuse he was receiving on WhatsApp, railway police said on Sunday. Before the victim Vishal Khade took the extreme step on December 22, he clicked a selfie with his wife Vaishnavi on the railway tracks and sent it to relatives through WhatsApp, officials with Government Railway Police said. He also recorded a voice message and sent to his relatives and friends. In the recording, he said that he was frustrated following abusive WhatsApp messages which he was receiving from a person, they added. Khade, a resident of Tempe Pada near Kalyan, was apparently going to commit suicide with his wife but at the last moment pushed her away from the tracks before killing himself, they added. A case has been registered in this connection and a probe was underway, said officials.
Thane: Man allegedly kills self over bullying on WhatsApp - The Indian Express
2016-12-252000kg 'beef' seized in Thane, 2 held - Times of India
2,000kg 'beef' seized in Thane, 2 held TNN | Updated: Dec 26, 2016, 04.07 AM IST THANE: Two persons were arrested for transporting over 2,000kg meat, suspected to be beef, in a tempo at the Kharegaon toll post early on Sunday, the police said. According to the police, the tempo was headed to Sangamner from Thane and was intercepted by activists of Bajrang Dal at the octroi post at 5am. The consignment was escorted by four more jeeps. While the tempo driver and another person were arrested, others fled. The two arrested accused-Mohammad Rais Shafi Qureshi (32) and Naushad Ibrahim Shaikh (31)-are Kurla residents, said Abhishek Trimukhi, DCP (zone-1). He added that a probe is underway to find out the source of the meat and where it was being taken.
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2016-12-25Goldsmith Allegedly Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Old Notes In Thane - NDTV
Goldsmith Allegedly Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Old Notes In Thane Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: December 26, 2016 00:53 IST Anoop Parmar, a goldsmith in Thane was duped of Rs 13 lakh by his acquaintance. Thane: A 27-year-old small-time goldsmith was allegedly duped of Rs 13 lakh in old demonetised notes by two persons in Thane, police said today.Anoop Parmar did petty jewellery work for some gold traders in Kalyan and mostly collected his payment in cash, a personnel in Mahatma Phule police station said.Problems started for Mr Parmar after demonetisation of higher currency notes in November as he had a hefty sum of Rs 13 lakh in demonetised notes and was finding it difficult to exchange them with new ones. He then met an acquaintance Balveersingh Bhavarsingh, who was also into the same business, the personnel said, adding that Bhavarsingh then offered help to Mr Parmar by assuring that he would exchange the old currencies for him or pay gold worth Rs 13 lakhs with help of his friend, Sagar Bhadoria. Accordingly, on November 11, the victim handed over the cash to Bhavarsingh. And since then the duo has been untraceable. Later, when Mr Parmar visited Bhavarsingh's shop in Mumbai, he came to know that the accused handed over his business to someone else and left the city. The victim then lodged a case in this regard with Kalyan police under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) rw 34 (common intention) of the IPC, police added.
Goldsmith Allegedly Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Old Notes In Thane - NDTV
2016-12-25Thane: Man held for raping two minors inside his SUV - The Indian Express
Thane: Man held for raping two minors inside his SUV By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 25, 2016 2:03 pm A 35-year-old man from Bhiwandi in Thane, who used his four-wheeler to ferry school children, was arrested for allegedly raping two minor girls for the last six months, police said Sunday. The accused, identified as Tulsiram Manere was held last night, Inspector S V Jadhav of Nizampura police station said. The accused molested and raped the victims, aged around 8 to 9, on several occasions inside his SUV and also at some other secluded places in the past six months, the officer said. It is suspected that Manera might have sexually abused more number of girls travelling in his car and as of now only two have disclosed about the offence. Watch what else is making news: It was only after the teachers enquired with the parents of the victims about their absence from the school, the offence came to the light. The two girls confided in their parents and told them about their sexual abuse. The parents then informed the school authority about it and subsequently a case was lodged by a teacher, Jadhav said. The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act-2012, he said, adding, further probe was on.
2016-12-24Call-centre scam: Thane cop seeks bribe, audio goes viral - Daily News & Analysis
Call-centre scam: Thane cop seeks bribe, audio goes viral Sat, 24 Dec 2016-06:50am , Ahmedabad, Mumbai , DNA An audio clip, purportedly of a telephone conversation between Thane police sub inspector Abhijeet Bhujbal and one of the alleged accused in the Thane call-centre scam, has gone viral. In the audio clip, the inspector, who is part of the investigating team, is heard telling one Hardik (believed to be a resident of Ahmedabad) that the cops have made a yaadi (list) of 72 people who were part of the scam. "Of this, 22 have been named as accused and we are probing the rest. All those who come and meet us are allowed to go," Bhujbal is heard telling Hardik. When Hardik asks for more time, he tells him that he can't help him if the Gujarat police nabs him. "Then tell me the amount," Hardik is heard telling Bhujbal, to which the latter asks him what 'he' (one Priyank) has told you. Hardik says that Priyank has quoted between Rs 75 lakh and Rs 1 crore and that it is impossible for him to get it. Bhujbal then asks him about the angadiyas in his areas and says that he is aware that he (Hardik) recently received Rs 70 lakh. Hardik says it is a lie and if he can show it, he (Hardik) will give him the entire money. Hardik then pleads for more time and tells that he will need a day or two and that he can arrange the thing only if they tell him the amount, after which the audio tapers off. Parag Manere, DCP, Thane Crime Branch, said: "We have been informed about the clip which has gone viral and the person has approached the Gujarat HC with a writ petition against the officer for allegedly demanding bribe." "We are seeking the documents which have been submitted against the officer and we will decide on the further course of action," said Manere. When asked if he would continue to be in the probe team, Manere said: "The charge sheet has been filed in the court and we cannot decide on the course of action until the inquiry is completed." Interestingly, a team of the Thane Crime Branch, which is camping in the city in connection with the case, had earlier hinted at the role of several cops from Ahmedabad being part of the call-centre business.
Call-centre scam: Thane cop seeks bribe, audio goes viral - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-24Thane: Shiv Vada vendor flings ink on officer for pulling down his stall - Mid-Day
Thane: Shiv Vada vendor flings ink on officer for pulling down his stall By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours KDMC ward officer Arun Wankhade after a vada pav stall vendor blackened his face. Angry at his stalls being demolished during a drive, a vendor blackened the face of a ward officer of the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). Other officers and staff of the ward then caught hold of the vendor and handed him over to the police. The Bazarpeth police have registered a case and are investigating the matter. Black revengeAccording to sources, the victim, identified as Arun Wankhade (53), is the officer KDMC's C ward. In his complaint to the police, he said they undertook a demolition drive across the ward for road widening, and as part of it, accused Shyam Kshirsagar's Shiv Vada stall near the DCP office in Kalyan west was also razed. Also Read: Shiv Sena snubs Bombay High Court, keeps vada pav stalls running On Friday around 11 am, Kshirsagar (55), on the pretext of submitting a proposal to the ward officer, entered Wankhade's office. They both had an argument over the demolition, where Wankhade clarified that it was done for the road widening and also that a number of other stalls were demolished too. Kshirsagar then removed a bottle and blackened Wankhade's face, said inspector, Bazarpeth police station, Vijay Bhise. Case registered: A case has been registered under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. We have arrested the accused who will be produced in court on Saturday. Further investigation is going on. Its clear that the stall was demolished as it was illegal, encroaching on the footpath as well as dirtying the road with litter, said Bhise.
Thane: Shiv Vada vendor flings ink on officer for pulling down his stall - Mid-Day
2016-12-24Thane jail 'bakers' working hard to meet rising demand for Xmas cakes - Mid-Day
Thane jail 'bakers' working hard to meet rising demand for Christmas cakes By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours Orders for cakes from prison bakery has seen a surprise spike We've known of several prisoner rehabilitation programmes, but this one takes the cake. Inmates of Thane Central Jail are busy cooking up a storm even working double shifts to meet their target orders of cakes and other confectionery for Christmas. Since 2012, the inmates have been running a bakery under a rehabilitation initiative launched by Maharashtra Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Bhushankumar Upadhyay, all year through. But come Christmas, and the demand soars. In 2015, 11,880 pieces of cupcakes were sold; this year, its 14,091 and counting. Around 15 inmates prepare 500 kg of confectionery daily, which doubles during Christmas. They work under the watchful eye of a bakery instructor, whipping up plum cakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes, vanilla and pineapple cakes, among others. Wide clientele: Their clientele ranges from other prisoners from Arthur Road Jail, the womens prison in Byculla, Adharwadi Jail in Kalyan and Taloja Jail, inmates of their own jail, and Thane Mental Hospital, to the babus of Mantralaya. A number of residents, police officials and NGOs from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai also place special orders in the run-up to Christmas. There is even a celebrity or two who swears by the quality of these cakes.NB Vayachal, SP, Thane Jail, says the idea is to keep inmates busy and rehabilitate them. "We want them to learn new skills so that when they get out, they can earn a decent livelihood." Low pricing is their USP. Cupcakes are priced at Rs. 7 a piece, sponge cake at Rs. 150/kg and pineapple cake at Rs. 380/kg. "Those who place orders with us vouch for the quality. We even baked a birthday cake for filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar two years ago," says the SP. Rs 3.5 lakh is the earning of the Thane jail bakery every month on an average, but it shot up to Rs 2.5 lakh for the three days prior to X'Mas in 2015. Illustration/Ravi JadhavYear-round demandAlthough Christmas is the busiest time the prison earned over Rs. 2.60 lakh in the three days prior to the big day last year the product range is a hit throughout the year. The prison bakery's monthly income stands at at Rs. 3.50 lakh. The staff is split into three categories unskilled (paid Rs. 45 a day), half-skilled (Rs. 50) and skilled (Rs. 55). The remuneration will be given to the inmates on completion of their jail terms. "With the increase in demand [during Christmas], we have had to make the inmates work double shifts from 7 am to 9 pm. We hope to increase our daily production to meet the steady rise in demand," says Vayachal. The highest demands come from within the Thane jail as well as Arthur Road Jail. While the Thane jail takes 4,500 cupcakes and 480 kg of sponge cake on an average each Christmas season, Arthur Road jail orders in 400 kg of sponge cake and 5,000 cupcakes. The path to reformation: Nagpur, Nashik and Yerawada jails have similar rehab programmes in place. Their inmates not only bake cakes but also make wooden articles and clothes. During his incarceration at Yerawada Jail in Pune in the 1993 blasts case, actor Sanjay Dutt made a bamboo chair. Prison officials recently launched Prerna Path, a reformation programme, to allow convicts to meet their children in jail.
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2016-12-24Mishandling of vehicles may have caused fire at RTO - NYOOOZ
Mishandling of vehicles may have caused fire at RTO TOI Thane Fri,23 Dec 2016 THANE: The fire at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) complex late on Wednesday could be due to improper disposal of vehicles or mishandling of the vehicles which were parked in the scrapyard , claimed the Thane fire department.Half a dozen trucks, tourist buses, jeeps and auto rickshaws, which caught fire at the Hazuri RTO office had sent the neighbourhood into a panic mode as they witnessed dark black smoke and huge fire flames in the RTO's scrapyard. It is learnt that the vehicles which were parked there were either abandoned or could have been seized or parked there for registration. It is also learnt that a proper enquiry report will be placed before the chief fire officer on Friday. It could be recalled that about five to six years ago, a fire had broke out inside the record and data room of the RTO office near the Central jail. The flames had destroyed records of tax payments made by motorists to the traffic office. It is learnt that the vehicles which were parked there were either abandoned or could have been seized or parked there for registration. It is also learnt that a proper enquiry report will be placed before the chief fire officer on Friday.
2016-12-24Thane: Third body recovered from landslide site | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Third body recovered from landslide site Sat, 24 Dec 2016-06:16pm , Thane , PTI With recovery of a body of a 27-year-old youth on Saturday morning, the death toll in the landslide mishap at Ghodbunder area of the city has climbed to three, official from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said. Chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) Santosh Kadam informed that the body of the victim Lokeshwar Vishwakarma (27) which was trapped under the debris was pulled out by the rescue team and sent for postmortem. The land caved in at the site burying the workers who were working at the spot on Friday afternoon. A total of seven persons were safely pulled out of the debris after the landslide at the construction site. In a related development Kasarwadavali police have booked the owner of Gayatri Constructions and others following the mishap in which three lives were lost.
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2016-12-24FIR filed over destruction of 1000 mangrove trees in Thane - Hindustan Times
FIR filed over destruction of 1,000 mangrove trees in Thane mumbai Updated: Dec 25, 2016 00:47 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times Another case of mangrove destruction came to light on Saturday. This time, it was a huge stretch of more than 1,000 mangrove trees near Kahler village in Thane district, about 25 kms from Mumbai. The district collector filed a first-information-report (FIR) on Saturday against unidentified persons for the violation under the Environment Protection Act (EPA). On Wednesday, members of a local non-profit organisation, Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), filed complaints with the collector, state mangrove cell and local police about a 3-acre mangrove patch that had been destroyed after large scale of construction debris were dumped at the site. This was the third such violation in the area this year. Officials said that action had been taken in all cases this year, and circle officers had been deployed to investigate the violation at Kahler from Wednesday onwards itself. We observed a violation at the site and the sub-divisional officer SDO from the area has already taken action in the matter, said Thane collector, Mahendra Kalyankar. Officials added that Sujit Tatyapatil, Suresh Deopatil and a group of unidentified persons were booked for unauthorised possession of land and unauthorised debris dumping violations under EPA and Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966. We visited the site and identified several violations. We have stopped all debris dumping and will make sure there are no future violations, said Santosh Thite, the SDO at Bhiwandi adding that arrests are yet to be made. In 2005, the Bombay high court banned the destruction of mangroves across Maharashtra and construction within 50 metres of mangrove areas, acting on a public interest litigation by Bombay Environment Action Group, a city-based environmental body. In 2014, the HC banned reclamation and construction on wetlands in the state following NGO Vanashakti's PIL on protection of wetlands. Hundreds of acres have been reclaimed for illegal construction in this area, which is ecologically sensitive, and issues such as flooding and waterlogging are a regular feature here, said Nandkumar Pawar, complainant and head of environment cell, SEAP. This sort of massive reclamation will make situations even worse. While the alleged encroachers are booked, there is an immediate need to convict the violators and restore the mangroves at the site. During a hearing of a wetlands case from Thane in the Bombay High Court on Thursday, the chief justice instructed the district collector to visit all sites where mangrove destruction has occurred and submit a report regarding the restoration of all sites by the next hearing scheduled in January 2017. June26 - More than 300 mangrove trees were destroyed due to dumping debris at a one-and-a-half acre stretch near Kahler village itself. Action: No arrests made and mangroves not restored at the site April 19 - Environmentalists during a two-day inspection of wetlands along the Thane-Bhiwandi road on April 17 and 18 discovered more than 150 mangrove trees destroyed, and heaps of dumped garbage set on fire on the one-and-a-half acre patch close to Kahler village, merely 25 kilometres away from Mumbai. Action: No action taken in the matter April 1 - More than 300 fully grown mangrove trees were destroyed at a one-and-a-half-acre wetland at Kasheli Creek along the Thane-Bhiwandi road Action: Ongoing investigation in the matter. No arrests made January 8 - Close to 600 mangrove trees destroyed because of dumping of construction debris at Kasheli Creek in Thane Action: Circle officers visited the site and drafted a report. No arrests made 15,088 hectares (ha) Notified as reserved forest area in Maharashtra 5,775 hectares (ha) - of mangrove cover currently in Mumbai 4,000 ha on government owned land (protected forest areas) 277 ha in Mumbai city 3,723 ha in Mumbai suburban areas 1,775 ha on private land declared as forest (maximum violations seen here) 1,471 ha government owned land in Navi Mumbai (protected forest areas) 1,500 ha on the western bank of Thane creek (protected flamingo sanctuary) Why should you care: Even after several Bombay HC orders prohibits construction within wetlands, rampant destruction of mangrove trees continue. Wetlands stabilise the coastline, control erosion and provide a habitat conducive for plant and animal species; they prevent floods and filter groundwater.
FIR filed over destruction of 1000 mangrove trees in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-12-24Thane: Family of conductor killed in mishap gets Rs 41 lakh | The ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Family of conductor killed in mishap gets Rs 41 lakh By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 24, 2016 3:46 pm The deceased was working as a conductor at the Dharavi depot of the BEST and earning a salary of Rs 35,508 pm and his kin were eligible to compensation amount of Rs 54.88 lakh. Family members of a BEST conductor, who died in a road accident in 2012 after being hit by a tanker, have been awarded a compensation of Rs 41.23 lakh by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal in Thane. President of the Tribunal and Principal District Judge SM Gavhane in a recent order directed the Insurance company, New India Assurance Company to make the payment to the applicants and recover the same from the other opponent owner of the offending tanker. Watch what else is making news: The applicants in this case were Varsha Shrimant Narute (44), Kumar Vicky Narute (17), and Kumari Harshada Narute, (15) residents of Vashi Naka at Chembur. While owner of the tanker Cosmo Bulk Carriers of Bhiwandi did not appear, the matter was decided ex-parte against them. However, the Insurance company appeared and contested the claim on various grounds. The counsel for the applicants, GA Vinod in his submission told the Tribunal that on August 27, 2012 deceased Shriman Somanna Narute, 48, was proceeding towards his residence along the CG Gidwani road and a tanker filled with hazardous material hit him as a result of which he sustained injuries and died on the spot. The deceased was working as a conductor at the Dharavi depot of the BEST and earning a salary of Rs 35,508 pm and his kin were eligible to compensation amount of Rs 54.88 lakh with interest at 18 per cent. For the court fee they claimed Rs 1 lakh only. Advocate A K Tiwari appearing for the insurance company in his submission stated that offending tanker was registered with the RTO as a heavy goods vehicle and it had permit to carry goods and not hazardous goods. On the date of accident, explosive or hazardous goods in the form of hazardous chemical was being carried by the offending tanker without proper permit and hence Insurance Company is not liable to pay any compensation, he argued. Police papers had stated that on the date of accident the offending tanker was filled with acetic acid at Chembur in Ages Logistic Ltd and it was proceeding towards Mahad to deliver it in Laxmi Organic Industry at Mahad in Raigad, the Tribunal was told. Thus, on the basis of above all evidence, it can be said that at the material time of accident offending tanker was carrying acetic acid which is hazardous goods, although it had no specific permit to carry the same as per RTO information and therefore the owner of the tanker committed breach of policy conditions. The judge in his order noted, Therefore, on the basis of above evidence it can be said that on the date of accident driver of the offending tanker drove the same while carrying hazardous goods in absence of endorsement in this respect on his driving license, and as such, breach of policy conditions is committed by the owner of vehicle as alleged by the opponent insurance company, and therefore, the insurance company is not jointly and severally liable to pay compensation to the applicants. But I am of the opinion that directions can be given to opponent Insurance company to pay award amount to applicants and recover the said amount from the opponent No.1 ­owner of the offending tanker, the order said.
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2016-12-24Thane drug peddler wanted in 6 cases held - Times of India
Thane drug peddler wanted in 6 cases heldT Ahmed Ali | TNN | Dec 25, 2016, 12.57 AM IST Mumbai: At Shivaji Path in Thane, one just needs to ask where Abdul Thane lives and people will point to his residence but not dare take you there. Abdul Mohammed Shaikh (64), alias Abdul Thane, was arrested on Friday but such is the fear of the notorious drug peddler and his family that even cops are afraid to approach his house. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which had been looking for Shaikh, received a tip-off and nabbed him and his son Arif (40) while they were with some associates near Thane station on Friday. NCB officials said they had laid a trap and forced the two to enter a one-way road where the duo was cornered. "Late on Friday we got a tip-off that he was likely to come to a place near Thane station, from where we picked him. He is wanted in the recent smuggling of charas from Jammu and Kashmir. He will be produced before the court on Sunday," said Sanjay Jha, zonal director of NCB. Police said Shaikh was wanted in six cases and would attack cops who tried to arrest him in the past. Most of Shaikh's family members too are involved in the narcotics business. Police are looking for his two daughters who fled after a raid on their house on Friday. Police said while Shaikh runs a restaurant in Jalgaon as a front, he is one of the most notorious drug peddlers in Mumbai and has links with Jammu and Kashmir drug peddlers. "In August we busted Shaikh's drug module by arresting a gang of three including two women from Kashmir who were ferrying 43 kg of charas to Mumbai by train. During interrogations they revealed the name of Shaikh as the main conspirator," said Vikas Gupta, an intelligence officer with the NCB. In October, the NCB arrested Shaikh's son-in-law Abdul Karim Karobari alias Lala, a Mumbra resident, with 6.5kg of charas. He told investigators that the drug belonged to Shaikh. Recently on December 12, arrested one Girish Verma with 75 kg of charas at Bandra Terminus. During investigations, it transpired that the drug consignment also belonged to Shaikh. Police have since then been on the trail of Shaikh and his son.
2016-12-242 held for trying to sell depleted uranium bars in Thane - Business Standard
2 held for trying to sell depleted uranium bars in Thane Press Trust of India Mumbai December 25, 2016 Last Updated at 00:13 IST Two persons were today arrested for allegedly trying to sell depleted uranium (DU) bars in Thane. The duo were nabbed following a tip-off on December 20 while allegedly trying to sell three DU bars weighing 8.861 kg and the samples were sent to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). "It (BARC report) shows that all this samples are radioactive," an official from the Thane Police's crime branch said. As the unauthorised possession of active elements is a crime, a case was registered under the Atomic Energy Act- 1962 at Kasarvadawali police station and Kishor Prajapati and Saifullah Khan were arrested, he said. Senior Police Inspector Ravindra Doiphode of the anti-chain snatching cell had received a tip-off that the duo was trying to sell unusual metal and were asking for Rs 3 crore per KG. A trap was laid at Ghodbundar Road in Thane and the duo were detained by the crime branch, but the offence was not registered pending the results of the lab tests. During investigation, it has been ascertained that the duo sourced the bars used in civil aviation from an aeroplane sent for scrap in 2006-07, but the police suspects that these were sourced from abroad. According to officials, the duo had privately ascertained that the element is indeed depleted uranium before selling it, instead of informing the authorities. Now that the radioactivity has been confirmed, sources said all the people who handled the metal will have to undergo medical tests for radioactive exposure.
2 held for trying to sell depleted uranium bars in Thane - Business Standard
2016-12-24Thane: Case registered against two caught with 8.6 kg Depleted ... - Times of India
Thane: Case registered against two caught with 8.6 kg Depleted Uranium Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 24, 2016, 11.28 PM IST THANE: An offence has been against the two persons who were caught with the 8.6 kgs Depleted Uranium (DU) by the Thane crime branch. The case is registered by a top official of Atomic Mineral Directorate for exploration and research, Nagpur.The accused Saifullah Khan 37, and Kishor Prajapati 59 are formally arrested the duo late on Saturday evening and the case has been registered at Kasarwadvli police station, said a senior police officer.The duo were nabbed by the crime branch's anti chain snatching unit which was led by senior inspector Ravindra Doiphode after they were trying to sell the consignment was seized after a trap was laid for the duo on Ghodbunder Road.
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2016-12-24Thane cave-in: Third body found - Times of India
Thane cave-in: Third body found TNN | Dec 25, 2016, 05.11 AM IST THANE: The body of a third construction worker was excavated on Saturday from the heap of soil and gravel that caved in at Hiranandani Estate, Patlipada on Friday.The city police meanwhile registered an offence of death by negligence against a private contractor. On Saturday morning, the third body was found after it was reported that one worker remained missing.The contractors had done a head count late on Friday evening and identified three workers who were missing.While bodies of two individuals were found, Lokeshwar Vishvakarma (27) had remained untraced till Saturday morning. "Vishvakarma's friends had informed that he had come to the site on Friday but was nowhere to be seen in the evening. We had suspected that he left after lunch as many workers do that. But on Saturday , when there was till no sign of him, a search operation was carried out," said a contractor. The fire brigade and disaster management cell were called in to take out the body of Vishvakarma, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, the Kasarvadavali police initiatied action under section 304 (a) against owners and associates of Gayatri Construction Company . Police said prima facie evidence, gathered after speaking to the workers, suggested that the contractor was casual in his approach to safety norms at the site. In fact, a statement by one of the site employees, Laxman Parabhoi, supported the claim as he informed the police that though the excavated mountain of soil was loose, there were no barricades surrounding it or danger sign boards put up. It is said the company was doing the work for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and had dug up the pit for its foundation. "As of now, a negligence case has been registered against the company and we are investigating how the incident occurred. Actions will be taken against the ones responsible for the mishap. But no arrests have been made so far as the matter is under investigation. No individual's name has been added," said DCP Abhishek Trimukhe. The contractors stated that work will be stopped for the weekend and most likely resume on Monday.
Thane cave-in: Third body found - Times of India
2016-12-23Former bank manager among 24 booked for fraud in Thane - The Indian Express
Former bank manager among 24 booked for fraud in Thane By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 23, 2016 10:57 am Nearly 24 persons, including former manager of a bank and son of an ex-MLA from Thane district, have been booked for allegedly misappropriating bank money to the tune of Rs 3.14 crore, police said on Friday. The former manager of a nationalised bank, in connivance with others, allegedly broke some fixed deposits from among the provident fund accounts of employees of Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation to the tune of Rs 2.82 crore without the civic body's permission, they said. He then allegedly diverted the sum and another Rs 72 lakhs of the corporation to another account of the bank, in violation of the bank regulations, to favour some businessmen and builders, police said. The alleged fraud took place in connivance with the beneficiaries between September 2015 and June 2016. Based on a complaint of a bank officer, an offence was yesterday registered against all the accused under sections IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged [document or electronic record]) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and also relevant provisions of the IT Act with Khadakpada police under Kalyan zone. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the case, police added.
Former bank manager among 24 booked for fraud in Thane - The Indian Express
2016-12-23Six vehicles mysteriously catch fire at Thane RTO - Mid-Day
Six vehicles mysteriously catch fire at Thane RTO By Gaurav Sarkar Posted 4 hours Two trucks, a tourist bus, a Tata Sumo Jeep, and two autorickshaws were gutted in the fire Six vehicles caught fire around 8.30 pm on Wednesday night at the Thane RTO compound near Murphy Tower, Thane (W). The fire that started mysteriously turned two trucks, one tourist bus, one Tata Sumo Jeep, and two autorickshaws to ashes. Three fire engines and one motorbike, along with officials from the Regional Disaster Management Cell, soon arrived at the spot to tackle the fire. No casualties or injuries were reported. It took us around seven minutes to reach the spot and take charge of the situation, said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management cell chief. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Six vehicles mysteriously catch fire at Thane RTO - Mid-Day
2016-12-23One dead, five feared trapped in Thane mudslide | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times
One dead, five feared trapped in Thane mudslide mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2016 17:26 IST Megha Pol A labourer died, while a five others are feared trapped in the debris caused by a mudslide at a construction site at Hiranandani Estate in Patlipada. The incident happened after a few labourers began laying the foundation of a building. The disaster management team of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) managed to pull out Abdul Hussain, a labourer, from the debris. However, he had died while he was trapped. The team is in the process of rescuing the five workers. Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer, TMC, said, The workers were digging the foundation of a commercial building in Patlipada. The soil from above the trench became loose and collapsed, burying all the workers. Rescue operations are on.
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2016-12-23Thane court pulls up minor girl for falsely accusing father of rape - Hindustan Times
Thane court pulls up minor girl for falsely accusing father of rape cities Updated: Dec 23, 2016 17:05 IST Charul Shah Hindustan Times In a rare instance, the Thane sessions court on Thursday issued perjury proceedings against a minor girl for filing a false complaint of molestation against her father in August 2013. The girl had confessed in her depositions that she filed a false complaint. Her father has been in jail for the past three years. Special judge under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act Mridula VK Bhatia, on Thursday ordered to send the girl to the juvenile justice board for further proceedings. A strong message should go to the society that the provisions of POCSO Act should not be misused. The complainant was admittedly a major at the time of the deposition, observed the judge, while passing an order and acquitting the father. The prosecution had alleged that the girl's father was residing in Navi Mumbai and was working in Bhandup. It was stated that the girl had resided with her grandparents in UP since her birth. She shifted in June 2013 to stay with her parents along with her three sisters and a brother. In August 2013, the girl alleged that one night when she was sleeping with her parents, her father came to her and molested her. After a few days, she alleged her father stripped her at night and raped her five times. In April 2014, based on the complaint of the girl who was 16 years old at the time, a case of rape and sexual abuse was registered under POCSO. The trial began in 2016, where the public prosecutor SE Phad examined two witnesses, the girl and the investigating officer. Both the witnesses were cross examined by defence lawyers Pankaj Kawale and SD Kavathekar. During cross examination, the girl admitted she had filed a false complaint against her father because if a fight she had with him that day. The prosecutor hence had prayed for the action for perjury offence for giving false statement on oath before court. While considering the plea of prosecution, the court observed, As per section 22 of the POCSO Act, if a child being less than 16 years makes a false complaint or provides false information, then no punishment shall be imposed on such child. However, where a false complaint has been made or false information has been provided by any child being more than 16 years, and it is proved that the complaint was made or information was provided with her own informed decision, in such a case, the child shall be sent to the Juvenile Justice Board constituted under section 4 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Act, 2002, for suitable action. Ordering action against the girl the judge observed, The complainant in this case has undoubtedly misused the provisions of the POCSO Act and lodged a false complaint against her own father, thereby causing him grave hardship and mental agony and trauma. He has spent close to three years in jail owing to serious allegations levelled against him.
Thane court pulls up minor girl for falsely accusing father of rape - Hindustan Times
2016-12-23Thane: Two construction workers buried alive as mound of dug-up earth collapses - The Indian Express
Thane: Two construction workers buried alive as mound of dug-up earth collapses By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 24, 2016 2:09 am The construction site in Thane where the two workers died Friday. Deepak Joshi Two construction workers died after getting buried under soil dug up at a construction site in Thane West Friday afternoon. The incident took place at 2 pm in Patlipada near Hiranandani Estate, when several workers were walking past a large mound of soil dug up to lay a foundation and dumped along the road. There was a lot of loose soil in the pile and it collapsed suddenly, said D D Tele, senior inspector, Kasarvadavli police station. The police said nine men, who were returning to work at the site, were trapped under the soil. In a three-hour search and rescue operation, seven men were pulled out alive. However, two men did not survive. The deceased are Abdul Hussain (40) and Radhakant Parabhai (37). The police have registered a case of accidental death and begun an investigation into the incident.
Thane: Two construction workers buried alive as mound of dug-up earth collapses - The Indian Express
2016-12-22Mystery metal: 9kg uranium costing Rs 27cr seized in Thane - Times of India
Mystery metal: 9kg uranium costing Rs 27cr seized in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 22, 2016, 10.21 AM IST THANE: The police have seized around 9kg of depleted uranium (DU) in Thane, thus appearing to have stumbled upon a nuclear black market involving the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The consignment, costing almost Rs 27 crore, is believed to have been smuggled from a Gulf nation. DU, unlike the pure form of uranium, is only slightly radioactive. Anyone carrying it must be certified by the Atomic Energy Commission. A scrap dealer, Kishor Prajapati, and a frequent flier to the Gulf, Saifullah Khan, both from Kasarvadavali, have been detained by the crime branch and are being questioned about the source and the market for the material. A fortnight ago, Ravindra Doiphode, senior inspector of the anti-chain snatching squad, got a tip-off that Prajapati and Khan were looking for customers for DU, a product not available in the open market. It costs Rs 3 crore per kg in the grey market. "An undercover cop posed as an interested buyer and sought samples. The duo readily provided them, "said Thane joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbre. He said the samples were sent to BARC, which tagged them as DU.After several rounds of meetings in five-star Mumbai hotels, the undercover cop finalised the deal in exchange for gold biscuits (so that the deal looked genuine), said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Parag Manere. The duo even produced a local lab certificate to show the authenticity of the metal.On Monday, crime branch cops laid a trap near a hotel on Ghodbunder Road and nabbed the duo, seizing the DU. Khan is believed to have made several visits to the Gulf in two years. Prajapati has a scrap business and has huge debts. The police say a case will be registered under the Atomic Energy Act.
Mystery metal: 9kg uranium costing Rs 27cr seized in Thane - Times of India
2016-12-22Confusion reigns over when Thane-Diva lines will be ready - Mid-Day
When will the Thane-Diva lines be ready? Our guess is as good as yours By Shashank Rao Posted 22-Dec-2016 The Thane station sees over 6 lakh commuters every day. Fiile Pic Talk about mixed signals. The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has said categorically that the Thane-Diva fifth and sixth lines will not be ready before December 2017, but MP Rajan Vichare has claimed that by March next year, they'll be good to go. On December 18, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had announced extension of Thane station, but there is still no clarity on the fate of the two additional lines needed for it. The MRVC, the implementing agency for the project, has been working on the two lines for the last seven years under the R 5,300-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project-2. Persisting issues: MRVC There are a few issues with these two lines. There is a need for cut and connect of rail tracks. So, we don't expect it to be ready before December 2017, said Prabhat Sahai, chairman and managing director, MRVC. Railway tracks need a cut and connect when the alignment and need to be joined abruptly. This occurs when there are illegal structures along the proposed lines that need to be removed. This process of land acquisition is delaying the project. Most work over: MPMP Vichare, however, was optimistic that the Thane-Diva lines will be ready soon. We expect them to be ready by March 2017 as most of the work is over. Tenders will be called for the new Thane terminus by January, he said. This terminus is expected to come on land owned by the Thane Mental Hospital. The fifth and sixth lines are for long-distance trains and will be segregated from the suburban train section. Currently, long-distance trains beginning at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus go on two separate lines all the way till Thane and then merge with the fast line at Kalyan, causing a bottleneck ahead. Trains starting at CST go on the fast line till Kalyan, affecting local trains. On an average, 15-20 trains are delayed every day on the CST-Kurla stretch when local trains halt to make way for outstation or long-distance trains on Central Railway (CR).
Confusion reigns over when Thane-Diva lines will be ready - Mid-Day
2016-12-22Thane: Auto driver held for abetting chain snatching - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Auto driver held for abetting chain snatching PTI | Dec 22, 2016, 11.01 AM IST Thane: An autorickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly abetting the snatching of a woman's gold chain in the city, police said today. The woman was walking along a road near Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters on December 21 at around 7.30 pm when a person travelling in an autorickshaw alighted from the vehicle, snatched her chain and ran away, the police informed. However, when the woman raised an alarm, those around caught hold of the autorickshaw driver, in whose vehicle the chain snatcher had come, Naupada police said. Subsequently, the autorickshaw driver, identified as R G Khan (29), was arrested last night and booked under IPC sections 392 (robbery) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), police said, adding that a hunt was on for the chain snatcher.
2016-12-219 Kilos Of Radioactive Depleted Uranium Seized By Thane Police, 2 Arrested - NDTV
9 Kilos Of Radioactive Depleted Uranium Seized By Thane Police, 2 Arrested All India | Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: December 21, 2016 23:40 IST Thane: Around 9 kg of radioactive uranium, a banned material, has been seized from two persons in Thane, a top police officer said today. Laboratory tests have confirmed that the seized material is depleted uranium, which is a radioactive poisonous heavy metal. According to preliminary investigations, it was brought from abroad and was intended for sale to some unknown parties in Thane. "We have confirmed that the substance seized is depleted uranium. It is radioactive and extremely dangerous. Depleted Uranium is used in weapons and armaments all over the world," Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said after the unexpected haul. Senior police officer Ravindra Doiphode and his team recently received information that the radioactive material was about to change hands in the city. They laid a trap at a location on the desolate Ghodbunder Road, connecting Mumbai and Thane. As expected, two persons arrived at Ghodbunder Road near a hotel on motorcycles carrying dark blue pouches, a box and other material-both were arrested. The police recovered 8.9 kg of uranium - it was identified by laboratory tests. The two lab reports of different samples recovered along with the seizure said the substance was depleted uranium, one having 87.7 per cent uranium and other 79.5 per cent uranium content. "Since this is a banned item and not something available in the open market, we are not able to determine its exact value," Doiphode told media persons. Some independent media reports have claimed depleted uranium is valued at Rs 3 crore per kg. Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Thombre said they are filing a case under the Atomic Energy Act and sending samples of the substance for additional reports after which further action would be taken. The police have arrested the two persons and further investigation is on.
9 Kilos Of Radioactive Depleted Uranium Seized By Thane Police, 2 Arrested - NDTV
2016-12-21crime news: Shots fired at Thane builder Amit Patil - Times of India - Times of India
Shots fired at Thane builder Amit Patil Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Dec 21, 2016, 05.34 PM IST THANE: Thane Two unknown persons fired shots at builder Amit Patil in Dombivli on Wednesday afternoon. The builder managed to escape but his bodyguard Vicky Sharma suffered bullet injury on his head. Sharma, who is in critical condition, has been taken to Shivam hospital where his condition is said to be in danger. The police said that the exact reason behind firing is yet to be known but personal enmity could be a reason behind the firing. The incident took place in Dombivli East where Patil was standing on road near his residence and having discussion with Sharma when suddenly two people came on motorcycle and started firing shots at Patil from behind. After firing the attackers fled from the spot. Following to the incident, Thane police have formed different teams to search for attackers.
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2016-12-21Thane judge asks cops to be child-friendly in dealing with juveniles ... - Daily News & Analysis
Thane judge asks cops to be child-friendly in dealing with juveniles Wed, 21 Dec 2016-08:04pm , Thane , PTI A senior judge from Thane district has asked police officials to be "child-friendly" in dealing with cases involving juveniles. Principal District Judge S M Gavhane inaugurated a training programme for appointed child welfare officers and special child welfare police department officials in Thane on Tuesday. "Be child-friendly in dealing with cases involving juveniles," Gavhane said at the programme, organised by the District Legal Aid Services Authority (DSLA). Gavhane also asked the officials to work within the frame work of law and ensure that there was no deviation of any kind. COR
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2016-12-21Teen stabs man 8 times, robs Rs 1L from him in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
Teen stabs man 8 times, robs Rs 1L from him in Thane By Gargi VermaGargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror Dec 21, 2016, 02.45 AM IST The Thane police arrested a minor last week for allegedly stabbing an employee of a mobile phone store eight times and robbing Rs 1 lakh from him. The 17-year-old was booked for robbery and attempt to murder and sent to a juvenile home in Bhiwandi. On December 16, Ahmed Abdul Sattar Tharani, who works at a secondhand cellphone shop in Goregaon, went to Thane to procure two iPhone 7s. Tharani was carrying the Rs 1 lakh in cash with him to pay the seller. On his way there, he was assaulted in a parking lot in Vartak Nagar and stabbed eight times. The assailant then ran away with the entire sum of money, the cops said. While Ahmed was initially admitted to the nearby Thane Civil Hospital, he was later shifted to SRV Hospital, Goregaon, since his injuries were severe. His stab injuries were quite deep. The one on his chest had entered his chest cavity; two of the stab wounds in his abdomen had resulted in a deep cut in his small and big intestines; two wounds were in the kidney region but fortunately his kidney wasn't ruptured; he had two in his buttocks,ť said Dr Pradeep Shriyaan, SRV Hospital. The police lodged a complaint the same day after hospital staff approached them. Since it was a huge sum of money, we were able to narrow down the suspect without much difficulty, who was a known trouble-maker,ť explained DCP Sunil Lokhande.
2016-12-20Thane: Mumbra IS recruit deposited Rs 5 lakh into brother's account - Mid-Day
Thane: Mumbra IS recruit deposited Rs 5 lakh into brother's account By Agencies Posted 2 hours To facilitate his and friend's journey to Egypt, ISIS recruit from Mumbra, Tabrez Tambe had deposited Rs 5.17 lakh in his brother's bank account before leaving the country in January, ATS officials said yesterday. Tambe had left in January along with his friend Ali Al Shahri, a Saudi national. Tambe was detained in Libya recently. Few days before his journey to join the terror group, Tambe had deposited Rs 4.20 lakh on January 5 and Rs 97,000 on January 8 in his brother Saud Tambe's account with a private bank. The money was meant for their ticket fare, according to the officials. It is also revealed that Ali had sent Rs 26,883 to Tambe through Western Union Money Transfer in November 11 this year. ATS is investigating whether the duo undertook their planned journeys or not. ATS is investigating the visa applications of Tambe and Ali for Egypt which were made through a Delhi-based travel agency and ticketing done by a famous travel company which has its office in Gurgaon and the transaction done through Western Union Money Transfer.
2016-12-20Bloodshed over iPhone 7! Thane man stabbed during cellphone sale - Mid-Day
Bloodshed over iPhone 7! Thane man stabbed during cellphone sale By Gaurav Sarkar Posted 4 hours Ahmed Abdul Sattar Tharani assumed Friday's deal would have been no different from the scores he had done before: reach the spot, pay cash, collect the second-hand phones and be on his way. But the 27-year-old's plan took a bloody turn when the dealer allegedly unleashed a brutal attack on him. On December 16, Ahmed, the employee of a store that repairs mobile phones and sells second-hand ones in Citi Centre, Goregaon, was sent by his employer to Viviana Mall in Thane, along with Rs 1 lakh in cash, to pick up two used iPhone 7s from a familiar juvenile dealer. He met the minor at the mall's gate, the agreed spot for the deal, around 4.30 pm. But, the latter allegedly claimed that he had forgotten the mobile phones in his car, parked parked in a nearby building. He asked Ahmed to accompany him to the parking lot. Although wary of breaking protocol, Ahmed went along. As soon as the two reached the spot at 4.45 pm, the minor allegedly stabbed him in the stomach three times. A stumbling Ahmed tried to escape, but was attacked again, from behind. Hearing the commotion, the building's watchmen rushed to the spot. The attacker fled, with the money. Ahmed's family at SRV Hospital, Goregaon. Ahmed was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital and shifted to a private hospital in Goregaon within a few hours. Arif Abdul Sattar Tharani (24), Ahmed's younger brother and salesman at a perfume shop in Goregaon, said he was told of the attack around 9 pm. We got a call from his employer and then another one from the police, asking us to rush to the hospital as Ahmed was in a ad shape. When we arrived at the hospital, we found that he had multiple stab wounds and was unconscious. He said Ahmed regained consciousness only on Sunday, and is still under treatment. The siblings are the family's bread winners. Robbery not in FIR: Employer A case has been registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC at the Vartak Nagar police station. The attacker was arrested, and let off on bail within 24 hours. The two iPhones were recovered, but the cash is allegedly still missing. Arif Tharani, victim's brother The family and the employer alleged that the police had gone soft on the attacker. Aftab, Ahmed's employer, claimed that the police told the family that the attacker was a mentally unstable juvenile. But in the FIR, his age has been registered as 20. Also, there is no mention of a robbery. Police officials told us that he is mentally unstable, and committed the attack to procure money to buy a Yamaha Rs 15. Shoaib Razzaq Kandhal (34), Ahmed's brother-in-law, raised another suspicion. The police say they took Ahmed's statement. But, how could they have done this when he was unconscious for two days? he asked. All the money Ahmed had on him was stolen, including the cash in his wallet. Why has the person who stabbed him been let off? Police Speak: An officer from Vartak Nagar police station confirmed that the attacker is a minor, and was produced before the juvenile court and granted bail. With inputs from Sailee Dhayalkar Store co-owner: Knew attacker for 1.5 months: Aftab, co-owner of the Goregaon mobile store, said he had known the minor for the last 1.5 months and transacted some deals with him. We shifted Ahmed to SRV Hospital in Goregaon around 7 pm. His stomach had deep gashes. The cost of the six-hour surgery at SRV Hospital came up to nearly Rs 2 lakh. We are trying to crowd fund this sum.
Bloodshed over iPhone 7! Thane man stabbed during cellphone sale - Mid-Day
2016-12-20Thane: Bank manager, builder detained with Rs 13 lakh in new currency - The Indian Express
Thane: Bank manager, builder detained with Rs 13 lakh in new currency By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 21, 2016 3:53 am The Thane police detained two persons including the business manager of a private bank and a builder who were caught with nearly Rs 13.40 lakh in new currency notes. The police suspect the manager of the private bank based in Andheri had come to exchange new currency and take old currency from the builder. The Kalyan police crime branch received a tip off that Sundaram Subramaniam, the manager, will come to a hotel in Thane to exchange Rs 13.40 lakh with Chetan Patil, a Thane-based builder on Monday night. Accordingly, the police laid a trap and found the duo at the hotel with Rs 13.41 lakh, most of it in new currency notes. The duo was taken to local police station where they were questioned about the source of money. The police intimated the Income Tax officials about the matter as well. In a similar case the crime branch also detained a Navi Mumbai resident with Rs 17 lakh in new currency notes.
2016-12-20Christmas fever grips Thane; last minute shopping continues - Times of India
Christmas fever grips Thane; last minute shopping continues Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Dec 21, 2016, 02.41 AM IST THANE: Armed with chocolate gift baskets, a few reindeer antlers, a small Christmas tree, a couple of bells, shimmering lights and stars and a few other decorations, eight-year-old Rohan Desai rushed across to his mother at the counter of the store and begged her to buy it all for his friends for Christmas. A similar frenzy seems to have gripped all the market areas in the lake-city, as children, youth and adults all have been going through the shops and even roadside stalls choosing the ideal decorations for their homes and gifts for their family, friends and colleagues. Be it bells, stars and pine trees or Santa figurines, masks and stockings, Christmas decorations of all kinds have been flying off the shelves of stores across Thane markets. Sushil Waghmare, who works in Thane, said, "I had to get a lot of Christmas decor as a gift for a colleague and had to shop last minute. Luckily the Thane market area left me spoilt for choice." "I have been so busy with work throughout the past few months, and had to jam one month of X-mas shopping in one weeks' time. I went shopping for clothes to the malls and then bought the crib and star from Jambli market. I also bought a couple of gifts on Tuesday," said Janessa Vaz, a Hiranandani Meadows resident. "We already have the stock of the regular Christmas decorations like caps, pine trees, both green and white, bells, Santa Claus figurines, cribs and much more. We have to keep restocking the popular items," said Shantibhai Baua, from a city gift shop. The ongoing demonetization-led cash crunch doesn't seem to have touched the holiday shopping whatsoever. "I sell smaller decorations which hardly cost Rs 50 a piece. Customers are willingly giving change and there has been no decline in sales due to the cash crunch," said Avinash Korde, a stall owner at Talao Pali. "We have also kept the card swipe machine, and are accepting cheques in case people don't want to spend their change," added Chaudhari Mulchand, owner of a store in Wagle Estate.
Christmas fever grips Thane; last minute shopping continues - Times of India
2016-12-20Rs 30 lakh seized in Thane; bank manager among two detained - Financial Express
Rs 30 lakh seized in Thane; bank manager among two detained By: PTI | Thane | Published: December 21, 2016 2:39 AM Crime Branch officials today seized Rs 30 lakh, most of them in new Rs 2,000 denomination notes, in two separate cases and detained two persons, including a bank manager, in this regard. The seizures were made by officials of Crime Branch of Kalyan unit, Thane police and the matter has been referred to the I-T department, Inspector Shailendra Nagarkar said. According to the officer, acting on a tip off a police team kept a vigil and first nabbed the manager of a bank and recovered from his possession 622 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination (valued at Rs 12.44 lakh). The police apprehended another person and recovered from him 831 notes of Rs 2,000 value (totalling Rs 16,62,000), he said. According to the police, they also recovered currency of other denominations totalling Rs 97,820 from the bank manager. Both have been detained for questioning, they added.
Rs 30 lakh seized in Thane; bank manager among two detained - Financial Express
2016-12-19Three held for destroying mangroves by dumping debris at Thane Flamingo Sanctuary - Hindustan Times
Three held for destroying mangroves by dumping debris at Thane Flamingo Sanctuary Updated: Dec 20, 2016 10:39 IST Less than a week after two civic body engineers were booked for mangrove destruction in Mumbai, state government officials arrested three persons for destroying mangroves at the flamingo sanctuary in Thane on Friday. After receiving a tip-off from local forest officials last Thursday, a team of six officials from the state mangrove cell, reached the spot on Friday to find a dumper truck (MH 04/FJ 2729) dumping debris on a two-acre mangrove patch at the Airoli-Vashi belt and had destroyed close to 300 mangrove trees. Three accused were arrested and identified as — Sunil Kumar Nishad, Kamlesh Kumar Bind and Rakesh Kumar Kewat. They were taken into judicial custody and presented before the judicial magistrate JA Kotnis at a court in Belapur, Vashi on Friday itself. “Considering the nature of the offence, a detailed investigation and interrogation is required into the matter as there are chances for the discovery of a much larger offence,” said Kotnis. In August 2015, the state government declared the 1,690-hectare northern part of Thane creek, covering Airoli and Vashi, which is a reserved forest, as a flamingo sanctuary and the Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit, under the state mangrove cell, was given the responsibility to manage it. The sanctuary is currently home to over 30,000 lesser and greater flamingos, pink migratory birds visiting the site every year. “On preliminary interrogation, the accused did not reveal who they were working for. However, it was clear that the debris had been dumped to make way for an illegal construction within the reserved forest,” said Makarand Ghodke, assistant conservator of forest, Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit, state mangrove cell. “With the help of the seized vehicle, we are going to investigate if violations have been committed earlier too and who else is involved. A detailed report will be submitted in court.” Noting the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Bombay Environment Action Group — an NGO in Mumbai — in 2005, the Bombay High Court (HC) banned the destruction of state-wide mangroves and construction within 50m of them. After Vanashakti filed another PIL, the HC banned all reclamation and construction on wetlands in 2014 Ghodke added that apart from the truck, 16 plastic drums filled with debris along with 16 gunny bags were seized from the accused. “We have confiscated 12 vehicles since 2013 and five vehicles this year. All of them will remain in the custody of the state and might be auctioned later,” he said. The accused were arrested for the violation of Environment Protection Act, 1986 and Indian Forest Act, 1927 that included sections highlighting trespassing on reserved forest, clearing of land for cultivation or any purpose and destruction of mangrove trees. More arrests for mangrove destruction but still no convictions HT had reported on December 15 that after a 10-day-long probe at two separate wetland sites in Mumbai, the state mangrove cell arrested nine persons and booked two Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) engineers, for illegal debris dumping in violation of HC rules. Even after the Bombay HC orders, rampant destruction of mangrove trees continue in the city. According to the Konkan divisional commissioner’s office, there have been 500 complaints for destruction of mangroves against unidentified persons in the Konkan region in the past one year, of which there has been an enquiry in 335 cases, which have been finalised. However, 165 cases are still pending with ongoing enquiry and not a single conviction across the state in two years. What are mangroves? Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants, trees, shrubs or ground fern of tropical and subtropical intertidal regions of the world. The specific regions where these plants occur are termed as ‘mangrove ecosystem’. These are highly productive but extremely sensitive and fragile. Besides mangroves, the ecosystem also harbours other plants and animal species. Why should you care? Wetlands stabilise the coastline, control erosion and provide a habitat conducive for plant and animal species; they prevent floods and filter groundwater Like other forests, mangroves absorb carbon dioxide from the air and store it as carbon in their biomass Mangrove forests are valuable for fisheries because they are a spawning ground for marine species These forests are a vibrant ecosystem that harbour animal life and migratory birds They are also natural buffers against cyclones and tsunamis, absorbing the brunt of the force of waves
Three held for destroying mangroves by dumping debris at Thane Flamingo Sanctuary - Hindustan Times
2016-12-19Thane: Prakash Javadekar ditches chopper after helipad controversy - Mid-Day
Thane: Prakash Javadekar ditches chopper after helipad controversy By Faisal Tande Posted 2 hours Javadekar Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar decided to take the high road to Dombivli after a controversy erupted Saturday over a helipad being prepared for his arrival. The minister visited Dombivli on Sunday not in a helicopter, but by road. The helipad courted controversy on Saturday after the local police allegedly moved teen cricket star Pranav Dhanawade out of the ground because they wanted to set it up. Dhanawade claimed he was forced into a police van and later assaulted by cops. Javadekar who attended the inauguration of the Dombivli Gymkhana cleared the allegations while speaking to the media. He said that he was unaware of the preparations being made for the helipad as the local municipal corporation and the police were doing it. He opposed the behaviour of the police and said he would speak to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about the harassment and alleged assault faced by Dhanawade. Meanwhile, Dhanawade claims that his motive was not to oppose the helipad. But he has demanded action against the police officials who asked him to leave the ground and later assaulted him.
Thane: Prakash Javadekar ditches chopper after helipad controversy - Mid-Day
2016-12-19Thane: Missing brick kiln worker's body found hanging from tree ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Missing brick kiln worker's body found hanging from tree By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 19, 2016 1:53 pm The worker's wife had, a few days back, lodged a complaint against the brick kiln owner and the latters friend for allegedly abducting him. The body of a tribal brick kiln worker, who had been missing for nearly 11 days, was found hanging from a tree at a village in Thane on Monday, police said. Chandar Wagh, 45, a resident of Bhagalpada village in Dhasai area under Murbad taluka of the district, had been missing since December 8 following which his wife had a few days back lodged a complaint against the brick kiln owner and the latters friend for allegedly abducting him, they said. Following the complaint, the Thane rural police had also launched a search for Wagh. However, on Monday morning, Wagh's body was found hanging from a tree in Kochre village in Murbad, police said. On getting the message, police rushed to the scene to carry out further inquiry into the man's death. Earlier, following the woman's complaint, the brick kiln owner and his friend were booked under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), and also under provisions of Bonded Labour Abolition Act of 1976 and The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the incident, police added.
Thane: Missing brick kiln worker
2016-12-19Coins worth Rs 7000 stolen from temple in Thane - Economic Times
Coins worth Rs 7,000 stolen from temple in Thane By PTI | Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 02.41 PM IST THANE: Unidentified persons allegedly robbed coins worth Rs 7,000 from a donation box kept at a temple in Thane city, police said today. As per a complaint filed by the temple care-taker, he had gone to Tamil Nadu on December 14 to attend a ritual. On the intervening night of December 15 and 16, some unidentified persons allegedly entered the temple premises. They broke open the donation box kept there and took away coins from it worth about Rs 7,000, the complainant claimed. The robbers threw the donation box outside the temple premises. The next day, a relative of the temple's care-taker spotted the donation box thrown away by the miscreants. On his return to the city, the temple care-taker lodged a complaint with police last evening. An offence under IPC section 379 (theft) has been registered against the unidentified persons and police are further probing the incident.
Coins worth Rs 7000 stolen from temple in Thane - Economic Times
2016-12-19Thief swallows gold chain, drives Thane cops potty - Mumbai Mirror
THIEF SWALLOWS GOLD CHAIN, DRIVES THANE COPS POTTY Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 11.31 AM IST Things cops have to do: Crook’s faeces had to be checked each time he defecated in custody Thane cops were put on an extremely unpleasant assignment last week after a cornered thief swallowed a gold chain he had nicked: they had to examine his faeces every time he used the toilet in custody. Suspect Sadik Sheikh, who was fed laxatives and bananas to make him expel the chain, passed stools at least eight times in two days, but the evidence of his crime remained stuck inside. On Saturday, fed-up cops brought him to JJ Hospital in Byculla, where doctors administered an enema that did the job.The chain was disinfected and submitted in a court. It belongs to one Tejas Patil, who, one officer joked, may never put it around his neck again knowing where it has been. Sheikh has been involved in around a dozen chain snatchings and thefts in Thane, according to the Raboli police who arrested him on December 15. Curiously, he only targeted men. He would deliberately bump into his victims and a pick fight before skilfully swiping their chains. The victims would realise their precious threads are missing much later. “Now that we have obtained the evidence [Patil’s chain] and CCTV footage from areas where chain thefts were reported, we will reopen old cases,” said the investigating officer, assistant inspector Vivek Ahire. “The video recordings show Sheikh milling about in the areas.” Cops had been keeping tabs on Sheikh for the past week. They nabbed him moments after he grabbed Patil’s chain in a crowded locality on December 15. But he immediately gulped it down in a bid to conceal his crime. “He first tried to free himself and run. Realising there was no way out, he swallowed the chain,” Ahire said. The police took Sheikh to a hospital, where X-rays showed the piece of jewellery lodged in his gut. Surgery was an option, but authorities decided to put him on a course of laxatives and potassium-rich food. “The doctors said the chain would come out with his stool and we should wait for two days instead of directly going for an enema. We followed their advice,” Ahire said. Sheikh defecated four to five times the next day and each time, cops at the Raboli police station had to check his excrement. They had no luck. “He was deliberately not pushing hard enough,” said a constable. On Saturday, Sheikh again used the toilet multiple times, but there was no sign of the chain. Cops struck gold after he was made to undergo a procedure at JJ for cleaning the bowels. A court has remanded him in the Raboli police’s custody for three days, but they will seek an extension to quiz him about old cases. “We are trying to identify his accomplices with the help of the CCTV footage,” Ahire said.
Thief swallows gold chain, drives Thane cops potty - Mumbai Mirror
2016-12-19To ring in New Year, locals eye hang-out zones outside Thane - Times of India
To ring in New Year, locals eye hang-out zones outside Thane Freny Fernandes | TNN | Dec 20, 2016, 12.12 AM IST THANE: With the New Year merely 10 days away and partying places in the city close to nothing, many lake-city youngsters plan to shift their celebrations to neighbouring cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to kick off 2017 on a high note. While social media sites were buzzing with New Year party invites and discounts at various city-based pubs this time last year, options seem to have dwindled this time. While many youngsters are now planning to join the New Year bashes in Mumbai, few families, too, are planning to have their December 31 dinner at some of the fancy sea-facing restaurants and classy joints in Worli, Bandra, Fort and Vashi among others. Jainam Sangvi, 25, a Manpada resident, said, "For the past four years we have been bringing in the New Year by going to one of the fine-dine places in Thane. Sometimes we would also rent a bungalow in Yeoor to celebrate. But since many places have been demolished this year, we are thinking of going outside Thane to celebrate." "We don't want to celebrate the New Year in a mall, which is the only place Thane has and are also very crowded. But we still want a huge celebration with our family and friends. We have been to the other few restaurants in our area and are looking for a new place to begin the New Year. We have narrowed down our options to a few places in Navi Mumbai and one sea-facing terrace restaurant in Worli for the celebrations," said Revathi Iyer, 36, a Hiranandani Meadows resident. While many are making plans to go out of Thane for celebrations, others are planning house parties. The recent cash crunch due to demonetisation has forced consider house parties as another option. Tanvi Shinde, 22, a Vasant Vihar resident, said, "Most places that have New Year parties are in Bandra, Fort, Worli, BKC and even Andheri. Travelling all the way and coming back won't be very easy. To avoid all this, my friends and I are thinking of having a house party at one of our homes."
To ring in New Year, locals eye hang-out zones outside Thane - Times of India
2016-12-19Coins worth Rs 7000 stolen from Thane temple - Times of India
Coins worth Rs 7,000 stolen from Thane temple PTI | Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 02.42 PM IST Highlights The thieves broke open the donation box kept and took away coins. The next day, a relative of the temple's care-taker spotted the donation box thrown away by the miscreants. THANE: Unidentified persons allegedly robbed coins worth Rs 7,000 from a donation box kept at a temple in Thane city, police said on Monday. As per a complaint filed by the temple care-taker, he had gone to Tamil Nadu on December 14 to attend a ritual. On the intervening night of December 15 and 16, some unidentified persons allegedly entered the temple premises. They broke open the donation box kept there and took away coins from it worth about Rs 7,000, the complainant claimed. The robbers threw the donation box outside the temple premises. The next day, a relative of the temple's care-taker spotted the donation box thrown away by the miscreants. On his return to the city, the temple care-taker lodged a complaint with police last evening. An offence under IPC section 379 (theft) has been registered against the unidentified persons and police are further probing the incident.
Coins worth Rs 7000 stolen from Thane temple - Times of India
2016-12-18Thane: Teenaged school girl molested by 2 classmates - The Indian Express
Thane: Teenaged school girl molested by 2 classmates By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 18, 2016 10:28 am 14-year-old girl, studying at a private school in the city, was allegedly molested by two of her classmates inside a bus and a car, police said today. The owner of the bus transport service, hired by the school on contractual basis, has been arrested for allegedly abetting the crime and the two minor boys have been detained, assistant police inspector Dinkar K Chandkar, of Kasarwadavali police station, said. Watch what else is making news: On December 15, the girl finished her school exam earlier than others and went and sat in the bus parked outside the premises at around noon. Another girl was also in the bus at that time. Soon, two male students from the victim's class came into the bus and allegedly molested her, Chandkar said. The other girl sitting in the bus got scared and alighted from the vehicle. The two boys then took the victim into a car parked nearby in which the school transport bus owner was also there. The car was then driven to Gaimukh creek where the boys allegedly molested the girl again. Later, the bus owner, identified as Darshan Bhokre (30), drove the car to a place near Ovla petrol pump and dropped the two boys and the girl there and fled, police said. While the scared victim did not reveal the incident to anyone, the other girl, who was in the bus at the time of the alleged offence, reported the matter to a school teacher. The school teacher in-turn informed the victim's mother about the incident. Later, the girl confided in her mother and based on the victim's complaint, an FIR was registered against the accused by Kasarwadavali police yesterday, Chandkar said. Subsequently, the bus owner was arrested and the two boys detained and sent to a remand home, police said adding that they have been booked under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and also section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act-2012.
Thane: Teenaged school girl molested by 2 classmates - The Indian Express
2016-12-18Schoolgirl molested by classmates in Thane - The Hindu
Schoolgirl molested by classmates in Thane THANE:, DECEMBER 19, 2016 02:23 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 19, 2016 02:23 IST A 14-year-old girl, studying at a private school in the city, was allegedly molested by two of her classmates inside a bus and a car, police said on Sunday. The owner of the bus transport service, hired by the school on contractual basis, has been arrested for allegedly abetting the crime and the two minor boys have been detained, assistant police inspector Dinkar K Chandkar, of Kasarwadavali police station, said. On December 15, the girl finished her school exam earlier than others and went and sat in the bus parked outside the premises at around noon. Soon, two male students from the victim’s class came into the bus and allegedly molested her. The two boys then took the victim into a car. The school bus owner was inside. The car was driven to Gaimukh creek where the boys allegedly molested her again. Later, the bus owner, drove the car to a place near the Ovla petrol pump, dropped off the three and fled. — PTI
2016-12-17Thane: Teacher brutally thrashes student over non-payment of fees ... - Mid-Day
Thane: Teacher brutally thrashes student over non-payment of fees By Anurag Kamble Posted 4 hours The student who was assaulted A Std X student of an Ambernath school was allegedly thrashed by a teacher yesterday for having failed to pay fees for four months. So brutal was the alleged assault that the boy ran back home with a bleeding ear and nose. As per a complaint filed by the parents with Ambernath police, the school staff refused to own up to the assault and rudely dismissed their concern. The teacher, who is also a trustee of the school, allegedly pulled up student Karthik Govindan over non-payment of fees in class. The alleged assault left the boy bleeding from his right ear and nose He told me to go home and bring the money, said the boy. While I waited outside, the fuming teacher questioned why I hadn't left. When I told him there was quite a crowd at the school gate, he slapped me hard. The assault allegedly left his right ear and nose bleeding. When Govindan's father questioned the teacher, he was told to pay the fees before raising a complaint. Ambernath ACP Nandkumar Ghorpade said, We will book the teacher if we find evidence against him. The teacher was unavailable for comment.
Thane: Teacher brutally thrashes student over non-payment of fees ... - Mid-Day
2016-12-17Thane: Stopped from pelting stones at train, youths stab man - Mid-Day
Thane: Stopped from pelting stones at train, youths stab man By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours A 30-year-old man was assaulted with a sharp object by three youngsters near the Mumbra railway tracks on Wednesday. Police say the victim saw them throwing stones at an express train and scolded them asking them to stop, and angered due to this, they attacked him. The Mumbra police have registered an attempt to murder case and are tracing the accused involved in the crime. According to the police, Nitin Chavan, a resident of Thakurpada in Mumbra was heading back from work at 10:30 pm. He was walking near the fast tracks near Anand Koliwada, Mumbra, when he saw three people throwing stones at a train and stopped them. Police said the three got angry and caught hold of him and started abusing him. "The victim claims that he was assaulted with a sharp object on his stomach, chest, ears and injured badly. We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. We suspect the three accused are from the nearby area and will soon trace them," said a senior official from Mumbra police station. Locals helped Chavan to a hospital where he was treated, after which he lodged the complaint. A case has been registered at Mumbra police station under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 307 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal code.
Thane: Stopped from pelting stones at train, youths stab man - Mid-Day
2016-12-17Thane cops stationed in Gujarat to track suspects - Times of India
Thane cops stationed in Gujarat to track suspects Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Dec 18, 2016, 12.55 AM IST THANE: A team of police personnel from the city crime branch have been stationed in Ahmedabad to track the fugitive suspects involved in running the Mira Road call centre. "Our officers camping in the Ahmedabad are checking on the address of all the wanted suspects and pursuing several leads to bring them to book. We have also issued notices under section 160 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973 which makes it mandatory for them to present themselves before the police for further investigation," DCP (crime) Paraga Manere informed TOI. On the other hand, a team of technical experts are presently digging deeper in the technical aspects of the scam and are trying to retrieve information from the data recovered from the hard disks that were seized during the raids at Mira road call centres on October 4. It was on the midnight of October 4 that crime branch based busted the fake call centre racket in which the impersonating IRS officer conned gullible American citizens to the tune of millions of US dollars. The sleuths arrested nearly 75 and booked over 600 employees involved in the racket. The 23-year-old kingpin of the scam Sagar Thakkar and his accomplices however are still absconding. The investigators after filing the chargesheet in the court expedited the process for tracking the accused and for that a team has launched manhunt to nab them, said Parag Manere, the deputy commissioner of police (crime). Any victim located in the recovered data are contacted by the investigators so that they get their statement via email and they can build up a strong case which will be attached to the supplementary chargesheet, said another police officer.
2016-12-17Schools in Thane leave no stone unturned to make Christmas celebrations merry - Times of India
Schools in Thane leave no stone unturned to make Christmas celebrations merry Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Dec 18, 2016, 12.56 AM IST THANE: Christmas fever has gripped the entire city schools and everyone is busy practising for the big day. Students are seen practising for their skit performances, carol singings, dance and other activities. Students are seen rehearsing carols such as 'Frosty the Snowman' and 'Jingle Bell Rock', choreographing steps to go with the traditional Christmas songs. With just a week left for the Christmas celebrations, students and teachers are already submerged in the preparation of the festival that closes the calendar year for schools. "Our school halls have been filled with music as our students have either been practicing for their dance programs or their carol singing event for the Christmas party. We will have a singing medley as well as the performance of a play on the story of Santa Claus. The students seem to be more excited about the practices than the main day," said Rajani Pattabhiraman, principal, Euro School. Billabong International School will also be hosting a traditional party with Santa Claus coming greeting students and distributing gifts and sweets along with the traditional dances, carol singing and skit performance. "Our students will be performing a few songs, skits, dances and a bunch of other activities with a central Christmas theme. In order to truly showcase the festival of giving, we are also planning to undertake some CSR activities," said Ranjini Krishnaswami, the director principal of the school. In addition to the run-of-the-mill Christmas celebrations, the students of St. John the Baptist School are also preparing for the Christmas night out where they will be going around the city and distributing basic items like food and shawls to the poor and needy. "We wanted to show our children that Christmas is more than Santa Claus and gifts. It is a time to celebrate with the less fortunate as well. While most of our students have begun their practice for carol singing Santa dance has been organised for the special school students on 23rd. A group of kids have decided to distribute food, clothing and other necessities to the needy," Father Michael Pinto, principal St. John the Baptist School. "We have also arranged a Christmas party for our ex-students on Friday," he added. We wanted our children to know that Christmas is more than Santa Claus and gifts. It is a time to celebrate with the less fortunate as well. A group of kids have decided to distribute food, clothing and other necessities to the needy this year.
Schools in Thane leave no stone unturned to make Christmas celebrations merry - Times of India
2016-12-17Rs 500 cr hawala racket busted by Thane cops - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
Rs 500 cr hawala racket busted by Thane cops By Nazia SayedNazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror Dec 18, 2016, 12.28 AM IST According to Bhayandar police, Rajesh Agarwal headed the scam and was aided by his colleague Rajeev GuptaChartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal would float firms in his staffers names and route money out of the country. The Thane rural police have blown the lid off a hawala racket, in which documents of office boys and junior staffers were used by their employer to transfer large amounts of money out of the country. According to the Bhayandar Police, the scam, worth more than Rs 500 crore, was headed by a chartered accountant identified as Rajesh Agarwal. Agarwal was aided by his collegue Rajeev Gupta. The police have found documents that prove Agarwal floated six companies in the names of his office employees, opened bank accounts in their names and initiated transactions using their details. Their office boys and the peons were told that their details were needed to open salary accounts in their name. Agarwal and Gupta have been operating the racket for the last two years, the Bhaynder police said. Agarwal is owner of a firm in Kandivali, while Gupta worked out of Kalbadevi. After receiving the documents from their employees, the duo would open various accounts in different banks, fraudulently acquire documents needed to set up a company and initiate financial transactions. According to the police they had transferred at least Rs 30 crores from one company account. Cops suspect that they had floated at least 15 such companies and were routing black money out of India. The DRI and the Income Tax department were already on the trail of Agarwal and had issued many notices in the name of the directors of the various companies. Each time the employees received the notices, Agarwal would reassure them that they had been sent the notices by mistake, and that he would get the same rectified. Binu Varghese and Pradeep Bhatia, two social activists had alerted the Thane Police about the scam, and after gathering enough evidence, they registered a case against Agarwal and his associates. DCP Mahesh Patil ( Thane Rural) said, This is just the tip of the ice berg and we are expecting more arrests soon.
Rs 500 cr hawala racket busted by Thane cops - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
2016-12-17With 166 cyber crime cases filed in 2015, Thane ranks 2nd in state ... - Times of India
With 166 cyber crime cases filed in 2015, Thane ranks 2nd in state Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Dec 17, 2016, 10.28 PM IST Thane: The Thane police commissionerate ranked second in the state in the total cyber crime cases in 2015, with 166 cases, according to the statistics of crime in Maharashtra. It was seen that out of the total cases in 2015 around 52 cases were registered under IT act, which include commputer related offences, cyber terrorism, transmission of obscene pictures, messages etc. The number of complaints registered in 2014 was not significantly more as compared to last year as, 57 crimes were recorded. In both the years the highest number of crimes under the IT act was of 'computer related offences'. Around 86% of such complaints were recorded in 2015 and around 98% were registered in 2014. "Under the computer related offences, crimes like offensive information, sharing false information etc come. One of the most common crime which happen with many boys and girls is when their acquaintance / friend want to take revenge from them, they post fake and wrong statements about the victim on social media. It is done with an intention to spoil the innocent's reputation amongst their friends and relatives," said an officer. The police claim that many even fall prey to fake emails which state that the person had won a million dollars/pounds and the person is asked to pay a particular amount against the lottery they have own. Many follow the instructions and transfer the money, it's later that they realise, that they have been cheated by the accused and the email was fake. Also, in both the years, one case of Publication/transmission of obscene/sexually explicit act, etc in electronic form was registered. "In most cyber crimes the accused threatens the victim to publish and make the obscene pictures or video viral for fulfilling his demands. When the photos or videos are published on the social platform, the person is booked under this IT act," said an officer. The police stated that the most common crimes occurring under IT act are which happen on social media. Once of such crime is - many girls are lured by men from fake accounts of NRIs, who try to extort money from them. They are told by these conmen that they need money to send them gifts from abroad or that they are stuck at the immigration. After the money is transferred to them they never contact the victim, nor their accounts are active. When it came to cyber terrorism no complaints were registered in both the years.
2016-12-17Rs 500 crore hawala racket busted by Thane cops - Times of India - Times of India
Rs 500 crore hawala racket busted by Thane cops Updated: Dec 18, 2016, 01.02 PM IST THANE: The Thane rural police have blown the lid off a hawala racket, in which documents of office boys and junior staffers were used by their employer to transfer large amounts of money out of the country. According to the Bhayandar Police, the scam, worth more than Rs 500 crore, was headed by a chartered accountant identified as Rajesh Agarwal. Agarwal was aided by his collegue Rajeev Gupta. The police have found documents that prove Agarwal floated six companies in the names of his office employees, opened bank accounts in their names and initiated transactions using their details. Their office boys and the peons were told that their details were needed to open salary accounts in their name. Agarwal and Gupta have been operating the racket for the last two years, the Bhaynder police said. Agarwal is owner of a firm in Kandivali, while Gupta worked out of Kalbadevi. After receiving the documents from their employees, the duo would open various accounts in different banks, fraudulently acquire documents needed to set up a company and initiate financial transactions. According to the police they had transferred at least Rs 30 crores from one company account. Cops suspect that they had floated at least 15 such companies and were routing black money out of India. The DRI and the Income Tax department were already on the trail of Agarwal and had issued many notices in the name of the directors of the various companies. Each time the employees received the notices, Agarwal would reassure them that they had been sent the notices by mistake, and that he would get the same rectified. Binu Varghese and Pradeep Bhatia , two social activists had alerted the Thane Police about the scam, and after gathering enough evidence, they registered a case against Agarwal and his associates. DCP Mahesh Patil ( Thane Rural) said, " This is just the tip of the ice berg and we are expecting more arrests soon."
Rs 500 crore hawala racket busted by Thane cops - Times of India - Times of India
2016-12-16Note ban fallout: Workers ransack factory in Thane over non-payment of wages - Livemint
Note ban fallout: Workers ransack factory in Thane over non-payment of wages Thane police books 3 workers for allegedly ransacking a factory in Wagle Industrial Estate as the firm could not pay their wages on time due to demonetisation First Published: Fri, Dec 16 2016. 09 53 AM IST Thane: Three workers have been booked for allegedly ransacking a factory in Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane as the company could not pay their wages on time due to demonetisation, police said Friday. According to a complaint filed in this regard, the three workers allegedly smashed the window panes of the company’s office in the wee hours on . They also damaged some tiles brought for construction work and broke the partition walls in the premises, they said. The alleged offence was captured in the CCTV installed in the company premises. Subsequently, based on the complaint filed by a senior company official, an offence under IPC sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered last evening against the three men with Wagle Estate police station. No arrest has been made so far, police said. According to the complainant, the workers are paid wages on the 10th of every month. This month, the company could not make payment on time due to demonetisation, police added.
Note ban fallout: Workers ransack factory in Thane over non-payment of wages - Livemint
2016-12-16Thane: CA's family duped to tune of Rs 25 lakhs - The Indian Express
Thane: CA’s family duped to tune of Rs 25 lakhs The accused promised good returns on investment in the companies which indulged in a host of activities like travel, multi level marketing, education. Thane | Published: December 16, 2016 5:14 pm A Chartered Accountant’s family in Thane was cheated to the tune of Rs 25 lakhs under the pretext of high returns on investment in a multi-level marketing and ponzi company, city police said on Friday. The complainant Sunil Burkhe stated that he was acquainted to a woman staff who since March 2014 roped him and 10 of his family members into the scheme. The accused promised good returns on investment in the companies which indulged in a host of activities like travel, multi level marketing, education. However, they failed to give any returns to the complainant, reads Police said, the suspects had floated a number of companies to build confidence of investors and to att ract investments but failed to keep up the commitment. Offences were registered against the companies and also against the individuals, who were holding top executive position in the companies, said police. In his complaint, the CA further stated that he attended several meetings with the agents and management of the company in Thane and elsewhere before and during the investments. The Vartak Nagar police on Thursday registered cases under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and relevant provisions of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Act, Maharashtra Investors Protection Act against the companies and the management, police said, adding, no arrests have been made so far in connection with the offence.
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2016-12-16Thane: Shiv Sena corporator, others booked for rioting - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Shiv Sena corporator, others booked for rioting
Thane: Shiv Sena corporator, others booked for rioting - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-16More than 100 summons sent to banks, companies: Thane IT - India Today
More than 100 summons sent to banks, companies: Thane IT Since December 15, Thane Income Tax department has sent 100 summons to banks, individuals, companies and schools which have show huge deposits. Mumbai, December 16, 2016 | UPDATED 22:42 IST Income Tax department has taken defaulters scrutinising substantial disclosures. Since December 15, Thane Income Tax department has sent 100 summons to banks, individuals, companies and schools which have show huge deposits. The I-T department has asked banks, co-operatives and nationalised both to furnish details about suspicious deposits. This includes fake accounts used to launder money. Cases pertaining to companies where crores have been deposited but company and bank accounts are registered under fake addresses. "We are transferring such cases to Enforcement Directorate (ED) as help from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is needed to trace various accounts in which the money has been transferred and nab the accused," said an I-T official.
More than 100 summons sent to banks, companies: Thane IT - India Today
2016-12-16Traffic on Ghodbunder Road in Thane halts for hours after truck turns - Hindustan Times
Traffic on Ghodbunder Road in Thane halts for hours after truck turns mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2016 12:39 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Traffic at Ghodbunder Road was thrown out of gear as a heavy motor vehicle container coming from Gujarat turned at 4.30 am on Majiwada Flyover. The container driver Suresh Satera,30, suffered a minor head injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Sources said the container was coming from Gujarat and was heading towards JNPT. The incident resulted in heavy traffic jam and traffic towards Mumbai and Nashik moved at snail’s pace. The bridge had to be closed down to clear the container. A police official from Thane commissionerate said, Commuters who were passing by called the police and also helped the driver and rushed him to the hospital. Santosh Kadam from Regional Disaster Management Cell, Thane, said, We were informed late about the accident which caused heavy traffic on the road towards Mumbai for more than four hours. Two cranes were called in for help and the container was pulled aside, the bridge was closed down on temporary basis.
Traffic on Ghodbunder Road in Thane halts for hours after truck turns - Hindustan Times
2016-12-16'Share auto' driver breaks passenger's arm in Thane - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
'Share-auto' driver-breaks-passengers-arm-in-thane Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror Dec 17, 2016, 02.43 AM IST Subhash Bihari had to undergo a surgery on FridayThe Thane Police has booked an autorickshaw driver for allegedly hitting a passenger on Wednesday. Subhash Bihari, the complainant, broke his right arm while trying to deflect the auto driver's blows. Police are now trying to identify and trace the driver, who is on the run. On Tuesday Bihari boarded a share auto near the CIDCO Bhavan premises, and on noting that he was the only passenger in the vehicle, he switched to another share auto that was ready to leave. I work multiple jobs to sustain my family. I had to get home early so that I could be on time for my next job,ť said Bihari. As soon as I sat in the other auto, the first driver walked up to me, dragged me out by my collar and started hitting me,ť he said in his statement to the Thane City Police Station. Bihari claimed that none of the other passengers, or auto drivers intervened. Senior police inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari said, The complainant managed to remember the auto registration number, which he has reported to us. We have asked the RTO to help us with finding the owner of the auto and once we get his name and address, we shall arrest him. Police officers investigating the matter, however, claimed that the auto rickshaw drivers of the area were not cooperating with the investigation.
2016-12-15Two held in Thane for possessing tiger skin - The New Indian Express
Two held in Thane for possessing tiger skin Published: 15th December 2016 09:30 AM | Last Updated: 15th December 2016 09:30 AM | THANE: Two persons were arrested for allegedly possessing tiger skin, worth Rs 10 lakh, from Kalyan division in the district, police said today. "Kiran Savale (30) and Ramzan Siddiqui (19) were apprehended from the limits of Bazarpeth police station of Kalyan division yesterday," a senior Thane police official said. "Tiger skin worth Rs 10 lakh was seized from their possession," he said. A case under relevant sections of IPC and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 has been registered in this regard, the officer said, adding a probe was underway.
2016-12-15Thane: Rs 1 coin removed from 5-yr-old girl's food pipe - Mid-Day
Thane: Rs 1 coin removed from 5-yr-old girl's food pipe By Agencies | Posted 2 hoursNow Available on the mid-day iOS App, Download Now Thane: A Rs 1 coin was removed from the food pipe of a five-year-old girl at a private hospital here, doctors said yesterday. The doctors at Fortis’ SL Raheja Hospital removed the coin last week after conducing an endoscopy. The child had swallowed the coin last month while playing at her hometown, Osmanabad. She was examined by a local physician and an X-ray done showed the coin in the upper food pipe. The local physician said the coin would eventually pass in the stool, but there was no change in its position even after 15 days of the incident. Interestingly, the patient did not complain of pain or difficulty while swallowing food or water and was ingesting all types of food. On December 7, Mehul Choksi, consultant gastroenterologist and endoscopist, with support from consultant paediatrician Ganesh Lahane and use of full general anaesthesia, removed the coin from the child’s food pipe.
2016-12-15Already married Thane doctor gets engaged, demands dowry from girl's family; booked - Hindustan Times
Already married doctor gets engaged, demands dowry from girl’s family in Thane; booked The woman, an IT engineer, got engaged to accused Niraj Suryawanshi on October 21 and the wedding date was scheduled for January 11, 2017. Updated: Dec 15, 2016 15:55 IST A senior inspector from Thane registered a complaint against a doctor and his family at Kopri police station on Tuesday for demanding dowry. The complainant alleged that the accused demanded cash and a 1BHK flat in Mumbai to marry his daughter. The woman, an IT engineer, got engaged to accused Niraj Suryawanshi on October 21 and the wedding was scheduled for January 11, 2017. However, it was later revealed that Niraj is already married and has a 11-year- old son. What flummoxed the complainant most was Niraj’s wife’s involvement in hatching the conspiracy. “One of our relatives suggested that Niraj would be a perfect match for our daughter. So after a few meetings, we got them engaged. However, for the past few weeks, Niraj and his family had been demanding cash and a 1BHK in Mumbai. They even threatened to put the engagement pictures on social media, to defame us, if we refused to give in to their demands,” the complainant said. To ensure that he had evidence to nail the accused, the complainant recoded his conversations with Niraj and his family and handed over the footage to the police. An officer from Kopri police station said, “We have not arrested anyone, as the accused are from Varan village in Bhusawal. The complainant, a police officer, also said that he spent Rs1.50 lakh on the engagement.” A case has been filed against Niraj, his wife, parents, sister, brother-in-law and two others under sections 420, 406, 409, 467, 468, 120, 386, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
Already married Thane doctor gets engaged, demands dowry from girl
2016-12-15Couple arrested in Hyderabad for abandoning baby girl in Thane - Hindustan Times
Couple arrested in Hyderabad for abandoning baby girl in Thane Subhadra and Gorakh Yadav had boarded a Kasara-bound train and got off Khadavli around 2:22pm on the day of the incident. Updated: Dec 15, 2016 15:08 IST A couple who had abandoned their one-and-half-month-old daughter at Khadavli railway station on November 28 was arrested by the Kalyan railway police in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Subhadra and Gorakh Yadav had boarded a Kasara-bound train and got off Khadavli around 2:22pm on the day of the incident. They then placed the infant on a chair and kept a milk bottle next to her before leaving for Hyderabad. A commuter informed the Kalyan GRP about the presence of an infant at the station, following which a few officials reached the spot and took the infant in their custody. Deputy commissioner of police (GRP)?Rupali Ambure for Central Railway (CR) said, “We then launched a manhunt for her parents. Simultaneously, we scrutinised the CCTV footage recorded by cameras at various stations and learnt that the couple had boarded the train from Aatgaon.” During interrogation, the man told the police that they got married a year ago and that they were living at the wife’s mother’s house at Aatgaon. A few months ago, they fled to Hyderabad after stealing money and clothes from his mother-in-law’s home. However, they soon returned to Aatgaon after Subhadra delivered. But this time his mother-in-law refused to house them, resulting which they spent 10 days (November 19 to November 28)?on a poultry farm following which they decided to return to Hyderabad, but not before abandoning the infant. Ambure added, “Prima facie investigation revealed that they abandoned the child as they are daily wage workers and were unable to look after her.”? Another GRP officer said, “We traced Gorakh’s location in Hyderabad using his mobile phone number. However, it was difficult to zero in on him as he kept his phone switched off most of the time. We then took help from one of his friends. We lured Gorakh with a paint job, for which he would be receiving his wages in advance.”? He added, “This did the trick and Gorakh rushed to the spot where we had asked him to come to collect the money. He was arrested immediately. Subhadra was picked up from the bakery where she worked. From his phone, we recovered the number of an ambulance driver of a private hospital where Subhadra was admitted on October 3.” The couple was booked under section 317(exposure and abandonment of child under twelve years, by parent or person having care of it) of the Indian Penal Code.
Couple arrested in Hyderabad for abandoning baby girl in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-12-15Two cash seizures in Mumbai, Thane - The Hindu
Two cash seizures in Mumbai, Thane MUMBAI: , DECEMBER 16, 2016 00:43 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 16, 2016 00:43 IST Two seizures of cash were reported in Mumbai and Thane on Thursday, and the police stations concerned are conducting inquiries into the incidents. In the first case, which occured in the Chheda Nagar area in Ghatkopar, the Tilak Nagar police intercepted a Nissan Sunny car and found Rs. 10.10 crore in two jute sacks inside the vehicle. “The currency includes old notes of Rs. 500 worth Rs. 10 crore and new notes of Rs. 2,000 worth Rs. 10 lakh. The trio inside the vehicle, who are with the Vaidyanath Urban Cooperative Bank, have said that they were transportng the currency from the Pimpri Chinchwad branch of the bank to its Ghatkopar Branch. We are verifyng their claims,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Shahaji Umap, Zone VI. The Tilak Nagar police have now contacted the bank authorities and asked them to submit their records from both the Pimpri Chinchwad Branch as well as the Ghatkopar branch so that further inquiries can be made into the matter. Meanwhile, in Kalyan, the Khadakpada police seized Rs. 21.22 lakh in old Rs. 500 as well as the new Rs. 2,000 notes and detained two men in connection with the seizure. “The duo were riding Honda Activa scooters and had the cash in bags. Preliminary inquiries indicate that they were running a currency exchange racket, and we have contacted the Income Tax department, who will be conducting further inquiries into the matter,” said Police Inspector Sukhada Narkar, Thane Police spokesperson.
2016-12-15Thane: Police seize over Rs 17 lakh cash in new notes, arrests 2 businessmen - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Police seize over Rs 17 lakh cash in new notes, arrests 2 businessmen PTIPublished Dec 15, 2016, 5:18 pm ISTUpdated Dec 15, 2016, 7:03 pm IST Police recovered Rs 17.44 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination and Rs 2 lakh cash in Rs 100 and Rs 50 denomination.  The cash has been handed over to the Income Tax department. (Photo: PTI/Representational) Thane: Around Rs 18 lakh cash was seized on Thursday from two Kalyan-based businessmen, with most of it in new denomination notes, following which the duo was detained, police said. "Acting on a tip-off, officials of Khadakpada police station intercepted a two-wheeler near a hotel at Kalyan railway station and nabbed two persons. Around Rs 18 lakh cash was recovered from their possession," DCP (Kalyan Division) Sunil Bharadwaj told PTI. "While one man is a cloth merchant, the other owns a dairy. The cash has been handed over to the Income Tax department. We have detained the duo and sent them to the IT department for questioning," he added. Of the cash recovered, Rs 17.44 lakh is in Rs 2,000 denomination, he added. As per the officer, another Rs 2 lakh cash in denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 50 were also recovered from the duo.
Thane: Police seize over Rs 17 lakh cash in new notes, arrests 2 businessmen - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-15Thane cops looking for 5 accused in Ahmedabad, Delhi - Times of India
Thane cops looking for 5 accused in Ahmedabad, Delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 06.34 AM IST AHMEDABAD: Thane crime branch, probing three cases of fake call centres, are looking for five accused in Ahmedabad and Delhi. Sources said their names surfaced during probe into the scam. Thane police are in touch with Ahmedabad crime branch and a joint operation is on to trace the accused. A top city police official said that efforts are on to find the link between the fake call centres in Thane and Ahmedabad. "We suspect that some of the accused, especially those who processed payments for fake call centre scamsters, have links with many such con centres. Even Thane police officials are interrogating the accused nabbed by us," said a senior police official. Both Thane and Ahmedabad police have launched a manhunt for the three accused who are based in Delhi but have links to both Thane and Ahmedabad fake call centres. Thane police on Wednesday night had conducted searches at several places in Ahmedabad and Anand to nab the fake call centre accused. Cyber cell officials, who had nabbed Aakash Asudani — a payment processor with a contact named Suzan in China — from Bhavnangar, are hunting for two more Bhavnangar-based accused who are also supposed to be having contacts in China and the US. "We have nabbed Aakash and are searching for the other two accused. Hopefully, we will be able to apprehend them by Friday morning," said a senior crime branch official. Crime branch officials said some traders dealing in Chinese goods from Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar are also on their radar and very soon they will be apprehended. The officials are also communicating with officials of ministry of home affairs (MHA) to get in contact with the FBI to identify the US-based victims of the fake call centre scam.
2016-12-15Two cash seizures in Mumbai, Thane - The Hindu
Two cash seizures in Mumbai, Thane MUMBAI: , DECEMBER 16, 2016 00:43 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 16, 2016 00:43 IST Two seizures of cash were reported in Mumbai and Thane on Thursday, and the police stations concerned are conducting inquiries into the incidents. In the first case, which occured in the Chheda Nagar area in Ghatkopar, the Tilak Nagar police intercepted a Nissan Sunny car and found Rs. 10.10 crore in two jute sacks inside the vehicle. “The currency includes old notes of Rs. 500 worth Rs. 10 crore and new notes of Rs. 2,000 worth Rs. 10 lakh. The trio inside the vehicle, who are with the Vaidyanath Urban Cooperative Bank, have said that they were transportng the currency from the Pimpri Chinchwad branch of the bank to its Ghatkopar Branch. We are verifyng their claims,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Shahaji Umap, Zone VI. The Tilak Nagar police have now contacted the bank authorities and asked them to submit their records from both the Pimpri Chinchwad Branch as well as the Ghatkopar branch so that further inquiries can be made into the matter. Meanwhile, in Kalyan, the Khadakpada police seized Rs. 21.22 lakh in old Rs. 500 as well as the new Rs. 2,000 notes and detained two men in connection with the seizure. “The duo were riding Honda Activa scooters and had the cash in bags. Preliminary inquiries indicate that they were running a currency exchange racket, and we have contacted the Income Tax department, who will be conducting further inquiries into the matter,” said Police Inspector Sukhada Narkar, Thane Police spokesperson.
2016-12-14Thane: Man held for burglary - The Indian Express
Thane: Man held for burglary Stolen jewellery worth around Rs 4.56 lakh was recovered from his possession, Pasalkar said. Thane | Published: December 14, 2016 12:31 pm A 32-year-old man was arrested for his alleged involvement in around 11 burglaries in the district, police said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, Mukesh Balsaraf, who was out on bail, was apprehended by sleuths of the Crime Branch’s unit 5 near Titwala railway station in Thane district on December 12, senior inspector Kishore Pasalkar told PTI. During interrogation, it was revealed that Balsaraf was out on bail since April this year and was allegedly involved in 11 burglaries in areas like Vartak Nagar, Wagle Estate, Daighar, Dombivili, Manpada, Kalyan and Kolsewadi, said the officer. Stolen jewellery worth around Rs 4.56 lakh was recovered from his possession, Pasalkar said. Balsaraf was earlier arrested for allegedly committing crimes in Rabale, Koparkhairne, CBD Belapur, Vashi, Nerul, Borivili, Dahisar, Khar, Tardeo, Malad Boisar, he added.
2016-12-14Average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% - Times of India
Average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% Dec 14, 2016, 02.33 PM IST MUMBAI: The gross average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) as of 3Q16, said a JLL India research report. In Mumbai, the western suburbs' micro-market registered the highest growth in rentals at 2.1% followed by the eastern suburbs at 1.7%. Bandra Kurla Complex grew at 1.5%, Seconday business district (SBD) Central at 1.4% and SBD North at 1.2%. Commercial business district (CBD) rents continued their downward journey and declined by 1.6%. Outside Mumbai city, rentals rose in Thane by 2.5% and Navi Mumbai by 0.7%. "Corporate occupiers have been in expansionary mode. However, there is a lack of relevant supply at ideal locations in Mumbai. Due to this, some companies wanting to expand are taking up relevant supply at ideal locations in both the eastern and western suburbs," it said. Not too long ago, BandraKurla Complex (now the de-facto CBD of the city) and the other SBDs had first seen such a movement of occupiers from the CBD. "The suburbs have been cheaper, rent-wise, than the established office districts. Many back offices have preferred these locations over the years, due to their cost arbitrage. Interestingly, a foreign pharma company had recently carried out a large transaction in a grade-A building in the western suburbs. And it was not just a move to set up their back office here but their India headquarters," said Ashutosh Limaye, national director, research at JLL India. He added. "Suburbs could see more such developments in the future. With big infrastructure projects like the coastal road and several phases of metro rail in the pipeline; suburbs show promise of better connectivity in the years to come. They have another advantage of being closer to residential areas. We could see more corporate occupiers moving in if relevant supply comes up here." Rents may continue to increase in these micro-markets and, especially so, after connectivity has improved. While the western suburbs enjoy close proximity to the airport, the eastern suburbs enjoy proximity to Thane and Navi Mumbai. CBD, on the other hand, will continue to see further correction in rents. The city's CBD has been losing its sheen over the past five to six years. As this micro-market has a limited supply of quality office spaces, corporate occupiers have been moving to SBDs.
Average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% - Times of India
2016-12-1417 women including 7 Bangladeshis booked for flesh trade in Thane - Hindustan Times
17 women including 7 Bangladeshis booked for flesh trade in Thane After the demolition drive against illegal bars and lodges in Thane, flesh trade seems to have come down on the streets. Updated: Dec 14, 2016 10:49 IST After the demolition drive against illegal bars and lodges in Thane, flesh trade seems to have come down on the streets. The Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) in Thane raided Thane railway station area and arrested 17 women, of which seven are from Bangladesh and have entered illegally in India, for allegedly indulging in flesh trade. On Tuesday evening, AHTC got a tip off and raided the place outside Thane railway station near platform no. 10, which led to the arrests. Ravindra Daundkar, senior police inspector from AHTC, said,”The Bangladeshi women neither have any passport nor do they have any proper identity proofs. We are trying to find how they entered India.” Preliminary investigation revealed that flesh trade near Thane railway station had been going on for the past few weeks. Daundkar added, “Earlier, this business (prostitution) used to be done inside lodges and bars but after the demolition drive it has come out to streets. We are keeping a tap on it and at the same time a complaint has also been also lodged with the Kopri police station under section relevant sections against the arrested women.”
17 women including 7 Bangladeshis booked for flesh trade in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-12-14The Thane police arrested three persons and recovered Rs. 1.4 crores... - Hindustan Times
Watch | Rs. 1.4 crores in new currency recovered in Thane Dec 14, 2016 01:52 IST The Thane police arrested three persons and recovered Rs. 1.4 crores in new currency. The arrested people were trying to exchange old currency in return for new currency. This operation was led by crime branch official Nitin Thakeray and his team. The Crime Branch got a tip-off that some people are coming to Thane Railway station and Civil Hospital to exchange a huge amount of money. (ANI)
The Thane police arrested three persons and recovered Rs. 1.4 crores... - Hindustan Times
2016-12-14National anthem row: Thane residents to celebrate mothers and Mother India through concert - Daily News & Analysis
National anthem row: Thane residents to celebrate mothers and Mother India through concert
National anthem row: Thane residents to celebrate mothers and Mother India through concert - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-14Maharashtra: Man held for 11 house-breaking thefts in Thane - DNA - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra: Man held for 11 house-breaking thefts in Thane
Maharashtra: Man held for 11 house-breaking thefts in Thane - DNA - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-14Thane: Couple held for abandoning baby girl on railway platform - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Couple held for abandoning baby girl on railway platform PTIPublished Dec 14, 2016, 7:43 pm ISTUpdated Dec 14, 2016, 7:44 pm IST Subhadra Yadav (21) and her husband Gorakh Yadav (26) were arrested and booked under section 317 of the IPC.  (Photo: Representational Image) Thane: A couple has been arrested from Hyderabad for allegedly abandoning their baby girl on platform of a railway station in Thane district in November, ostensibly due to poverty. Subhadra Yadav (21) and her husband Gorakh Yadav (26) were arrested and booked under section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under twelve years, by parent or person having care of it) of IPC for allegedly abandoning the then two-and-a-half-months old girl on a platform of Khadavli railway station, GRP DCP Rupali Ambure told reporters in Thane on Wednesday. Police had handed over the baby to 'Janani Ashish Charitable Trust in Dombivli, which named her as Ruchita. During their investigation, police examined CCTV footage and acquired contact number of one of Gorakh's friends in Kalyan. The DCP said prima facie they abandoned the girl due to poverty. While Goarakh is working as a painter, Subhadra in a factory in Telangana.
Thane: Couple held for abandoning baby girl on railway platform - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-1417 women held for flesh trade from Thane east - Times of India
17 women held for flesh trade from Thane east Updated: Dec 15, 2016, 02.09 AM IST THANE: The Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) arrested 17 women for attempting to conduct flesh trade in Thane. The women were waiting for customers outside the Thane railway station (east) when they were nabbed by the cops. The AHTC received a tip about the racket after which they laid a trap and arrested the women on Tuesday night. All the arrested women were in the age group of 25 to 50 years out of which seven are Bangladeshi and were staying illegally. They did not have passport and had entered the country illegally. They did not even have any identification proof. "We are trying to figure out how and who got these women inside the country and who introduced them in this business. Also we are going to check if they know any other women who were also brought inside the country for the illegal business," said Ravindra Daundkar, senior police inspector from AHTC. It is said that the main area of these women was near the parking lot outside the Thane railway station in east. The area being a little dark at night, was easier to call out to men and ask them if they are interested to be customers. "Few women complaint stating that they had no other option to get customers, but make use of the railway station areas as many lodges and bars were demolished by the civic body. The sex workers stated that the demolition drive had affected their business and they no more can secretly take a client to any lodge," added Daundkar. A complaint has been registered against the accused at Kopri police station and they would be taken to the magistrate court on Wednesday.
2016-12-14Average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% - Times of India
Average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% Dec 14, 2016, 02.33 PM IST MUMBAI: The gross average rents in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai increased by 1.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) as of 3Q16, said a JLL India research report. In Mumbai, the western suburbs' micro-market registered the highest growth in rentals at 2.1% followed by the eastern suburbs at 1.7%. Bandra Kurla Complex grew at 1.5%, Seconday business district (SBD) Central at 1.4% and SBD North at 1.2%. Commercial business district (CBD) rents continued their downward journey and declined by 1.6%. Outside Mumbai city, rentals rose in Thane by 2.5% and Navi Mumbai by 0.7%. "Corporate occupiers have been in expansionary mode. However, there is a lack of relevant supply at ideal locations in Mumbai. Due to this, some companies wanting to expand are taking up relevant supply at ideal locations in both the eastern and western suburbs," it said. Not too long ago, BandraKurla Complex (now the de-facto CBD of the city) and the other SBDs had first seen such a movement of occupiers from the CBD. "The suburbs have been cheaper, rent-wise, than the established office districts. Many back offices have preferred these locations over the years, due to their cost arbitrage. Interestingly, a foreign pharma company had recently carried out a large transaction in a grade-A building in the western suburbs. And it was not just a move to set up their back office here but their India headquarters," said Ashutosh Limaye, national director, research at JLL India. He added. "Suburbs could see more such developments in the future. With big infrastructure projects like the coastal road and several phases of metro rail in the pipeline; suburbs show promise of better connectivity in the years to come. They have another advantage of being closer to residential areas. We could see more corporate occupiers moving in if relevant supply comes up here." Rents may continue to increase in these micro-markets and, especially so, after connectivity has improved. While the western suburbs enjoy close proximity to the airport, the eastern suburbs enjoy proximity to Thane and Navi Mumbai. CBD, on the other hand, will continue to see further correction in rents. The city's CBD has been losing its sheen over the past five to six years. As this micro-market has a limited supply of quality office spaces, corporate occupiers have been moving to SBDs.
2016-12-13Three businessmen caught with Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes in Thane - Times of India
Three businessmen caught with Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 10.11 AM IST The crime branch seizes Rs 1.04 crore cash in new notes, and detained three businessmen from the Thane Civil Hospital locality.The detained businessmen have been identified as Gaurav Picha, Harish Raut and Chintan Rambhiya.Thane: Rs 9.76 lakh in new currency seizedAt least Rs 9.76 lakh in denominations of Rs 2000 was recovered by the police in Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra. Reportedly, the source from where the money has been retrieved cannot be ascertained. The case has been handed over to the income-tax department.2016-12-13T19:54+00:00New Rs 2000 notes. THANE: In what could perhaps be one of the biggest seizures of new currency in the state after the government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the crime branch seized Rs 1.04 crore cash, all in new notes, and detained three businessmen on Tuesday evening from the Thane Civil Hospital locality. The detained businessmen have been identified as Gaurav Picha, Harish Raut and Chintan Rambhiya, said a police officer. Picha owns a construction business and some car accessory shops; Rambhiya owns a tyre shop and Raut is a real estate agent. All the accused are Borivli residents. The police, after receiving a tip-off that the accused were looking for people who wanted to exchange their old currency, laid a trap and approached the trio posing as customers. One of the three detained businessmen is a suspected bookie, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Parag Manere. The seized cash is in the denomination of Rs 2,000 and only four are in Rs 500 currency. The accused were trying to earn a commission on the cash and had quoted Rs 20 lakh for exchanging Rs 1 crore. Prima facie, it seems that this is not an isolated case and that there is a gang which has spread across the state, Manere said. "We are verifying the source of money and are tryin gto find out who else is linked to the cartel. The gang could be much larger than what it looks like," he told TOI. The police, after detaining the three businessmen, informed income tax officials about the seizure and summoned them. The cops have conducted a preliminary investigation and handed over the probe to income tax officials, the DCP said. The police suspect that the accused have connections in banks and are trying to verify the same, said another police officer. They are also looking for a yet-to-be identified woman, who reportedly is a key player in the cartel.
Three businessmen caught with Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes in Thane - Times of India
2016-12-13Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained - Times of India
Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 10.26 PM IST MUMBAI: The Thane crime branch has seized Rs 1.04 crore worth new Rs 2000 notes and detained three businessman in this connection late on Tuesday evening, the police said. The three businessman reside in Borivali and were trapped by the crime branch officer posing as customers, said Parag Manere deputy commissioner of police. Income tax officials were informed about the case. The interrogation is still on. On Saturday, raids across the country yielded a haul of over Rs 32 crore in new currency notes that included Rs 2.6 crore from a law firm in Delhi, Rs 5.7 crore from the bathroom of hawala operator in Karnataka's Challakere and Rs 24 crore in new notes in Vellore of Tamil Nadu. On Monday, the authorities seized Rs 1.55 crore from a cooperative bank in Jaipur while Rs 1.5 crore were confiscated from a businessman's house in Assam. On Tuesday, Rs 93 lakh in new currency notes were seized in Karnataka and Rs 13 lakh from a house in Gujarat's Vadodara.
Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained - Times of India
2016-12-13Rs1crore in Rs2,000 notes seized at Thane - Hindustan Times
Rs1crore in Rs2,000 notes seized at Thane The Thane crime branch detained three people after seizing Rs1.04 crore in new notes on Tuesday. Updated: Dec 14, 2016 00:37 IST The Thane crime branch detained three people after seizing Rs1.04 crore in new notes on Tuesday. According to police, the three men, Haresh Rawat, Gaurav Petha and Minsan Rambiya, had gone to exchange the notes for lower denomination notes on a 20% commission at Thane. While Rawat and Petha run a business of spare parts, a sweet shop and also dabble in real estate, Rambiya runs a catering business, police said. All the three are residents of Borivli. On Tuesday around 8pm, the Thane crime branch got a tip-off and rushed to the spot near Thane civil hospital from where they caught the three people and during investigation, police found Rs1.04 crore, which was seized immediately. A police officer said the entire amount were in Rs2,000 notes. “We are investigating where they managed to get such a huge amount. A couple of days ago, three people from Ulhasnagar were detained with Rs9.50 lakh approximately”.
Rs1crore in Rs2,000 notes seized at Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-12-13Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained - Times of India
Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 10.26 PM IST MUMBAI: The Thane crime branch has seized Rs 1.04 crore worth new Rs 2000 notes and detained three businessman in this connection late on Tuesday evening, the police said. The three businessman reside in Borivali and were trapped by the crime branch officer posing as customers, said Parag Manere deputy commissioner of police. Income tax officials were informed about the case. The interrogation is still on.On Saturday, raids across the country yielded a haul of over Rs 32 crore in new currency notes that included Rs 2.6 crore from a law firm in Delhi, Rs 5.7 crore from the bathroom of hawala operator in Karnataka's Challakere and Rs 24 crore in new notes in Vellore of Tamil Nadu. On Monday, the authorities seized Rs 1.55 crore from a cooperative bank in Jaipur while Rs 1.5 crore were confiscated from a businessman's house in Assam. On Tuesday, Rs 93 lakh in new currency notes were seized in Karnataka and Rs 13 lakh from a house in Gujarat's Vadodara.
Rs 1.04 crore in new currency notes seized in Thane, three businessmen detained - Times of India
2016-12-13Over Rs 1 crore in Rs 2000 notes seized in Thane, three held - Economic Times
Over Rs 1 crore in Rs 2,000 notes seized in Thane, three held Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 11.20 PM IST THANE (MAHARASTRA): Police this evening seized more than Rs 1 crore in the new currency notes and detained three persons here. Senior police inspector Nitin Thackeray who led the team which seized the notes from near Thane Civil Hospital said that three men, Chintan Rambhia, Govrav Pichar and Harish Raut, were detained. Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbre told PTI that three persons were going to exchange the new Rs 2,000 notes totalling Rs one crore for the defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes totalling Rs 1.20 crore, thus charging 20 per cent commission. "We are questioning them and have also informed the Income Tax authorities," he said. Last evening, two persons were held in neighbouring Navi Mumbai with Rs 23.70 lakh, while three persons were held in Ulhasnagar in Thane district after Rs 9.76 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination were seized from them.
Over Rs 1 crore in Rs 2000 notes seized in Thane, three held - Economic Times
2016-12-13Thane: Man arrested after attempting to kill his children - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Man arrested after attempting to kill his children
Thane: Man arrested after attempting to kill his children - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-13Most casualties at Thane and Kalyan stations, CR tells HC - Times of India
Most casualties at Thane and Kalyan stations, Central Railway tells HC Dec 14, 2016, 12.54 AM IST MUMBAI: Thane, Kalyan, Kurla, Diva stations and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) topped the charts with most injuries and deaths on the Central Railway suburban lines this year. The good news is that four of the 10 stations that witnessed more than 100 accidents in 2015 reported fewer incidents this year, till November. The data was submitted earlier this month to the Bombay high court division bench of Justices Vidyasagar Kanade and Nutan Sardessai. The bench is hearing petitions, including one filed by activist Samir Zaveri, seeking measures to prevent deaths on tracks and provide emergency medical care to victims. Of the 289 incidents at Thane station, around 40% (114) were of persons knocked down by trains while crossing tracks. This was followed by 64 cases of commuters falling from overcrowded trains, five fell into the gap between the platform and footboard, and one was knocked down by a pole. At Kalyan, the 243 cases included 56 who fell from trains and 42 were of commuters crossing the tracks and getting hit by trains. At Kurla, with 171 cases, the major reason for accidents was falling from trains (64), while at Diva (137), it was people knocked down by trains (75). At the suburban section of CST, people falling from overcrowded trains contributed to 122 cases. Ghatkopar, with 106 cases, too made it to the list of stations with more than 100 injuries and deaths on the tracks. However, Thakurli, Dadar, Mulund and Dombivli reported less than 100 accidents this year, till November. The overall number of injuries and deaths on CR comprising the central mainline, harbour and trans-harbour lines fell by 8% and stands at 3,641 cases. The railways said that they had recently commissioned 10 footover bridges and work on 27 others were in various stages of progress. It had sanctioned additional footover bridges at nine stations, including Thane, Nahur and Diva. Railway officials also informed the HC that as part of phase III of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, it had proposed construction of FOBs for trespass control. It included two FOBs between Ghatkopar and Vikhroli, and one each between Thane and Kalwa, Thane and Diva, Kalwa and Mumbra and Diva Junction.
Most casualties at Thane and Kalyan stations, CR tells HC - Times of India
2016-12-13Thane senior couple cheated to tune of Rs 40,000 by telecaller - Deccan Chronicle
Thane senior couple cheated to tune of Rs 40,000 by telecaller PTIPublished Dec 13, 2016, 3:26 pm ISTUpdated Dec 13, 2016, 3:28 pm IST As soon as she shared her card details, she got messages of cash withdrawal on her phone.  Representational Image. (Photo: File) Thane: A senior citizen couple was duped to the tune of Rs 40,000 by an unknown caller who siphoned off money from their bank accounts under the pretext of getting their ATM card activated, police said. Devyani Gore (70), a resident of Tarangan, was alone at home on Monday when she received a call at about 3 pm from an unknown number, reading the complaint registered at Vartak Nagar Police Station at Thane. The caller informed Gore that he was a bank employee and her ATM card with a private bank has expired and to get it activated she should share the card number and CVV number, said the complaint. She revealed the details of the card to the caller and within some time got a message on her mobile that an amount of Rs 30,000 had been debited from her account. Also an amount of Rs 9,998 had been transferred from her husband's account through money transfer, says the complaint. A case has been registered under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and Section 66(d) of the IT Act, police added.
Thane senior couple cheated to tune of Rs 40,000 by telecaller - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-1350% drop in sale of e-goods on Thane-Bhiwandi stretch - Times of India
50% drop in sale of e-goods on Thane-Bhiwandi stretch Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 08.33 PM IST THANE: Following demonetisation, the white and brown goods market along the Thane-Bhiwandi neighbourhood has seen a 50 per cent crash. This has resulted in a sharp drop in sale forcing sellers to introduce lucrative schemes to attract customers. Sellers and dealers of white brown goods along the Thane-Bhiwandi neighbourhood said that in the last month very few people have visited their shops to buy electronic goods, a contrast from the time before the note ban when the same shops attracted sizeable number of customers who indulged in cash transactions. Sandesh Rao, director of one of the shops at Kalher, said, "We have been getting a lot of inquires from customers asking us if we accept the banned currencies in exchange of electronic goods. We politely refuse and instead insist them that they can use their debit or credit cards or make online payments." Rao added that finance companies have introduced schemes as there is a nominal processing fee and without down payment one can purchase white goods. "Unlike earlier, a total of four Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) is the downpayment," he said. Other dealers said that along with a TV set, a dolby system or speakers are given away for free in order to clear the old stock and increase sales. "A proprietor has to put his selling skills to test during the time of demonetisation. Customers are attracted to sales or free schemes," said an owner of a shop at Kasheli. The dealer also added that even top electronic companies have started schemes like 'buy now pay later' to attract customers and increase sales. On the other hand, furniture marts in Bhiwandi, too, are left with a drop in sales. There are two types of sectors dealing with furniture - unorganised and organised. The organised sectors sell branded furniture with tax-invoice while the unorganised one is solely dependent on cash and does not give recipets acknowledging the payment. Amit Chedda, proprietor of an organised furniture house at Kasheli, said that after the note ban sales have gone down by 10-15 per cent. "Most of our payments were done by credit or debit cards. People are willingly making card payment and asking for invoice." While a furniture shop owner from Manpada who dealt only with cash said that the sales have dropped by 60 per cent. He said, "A maximum chunk of payments was in cash and the customers too were willingly paying but after November 8 when the note ban was announced, the sales have reduced by around 60 per cent and it is not likely to rise for sometime now. However, we are taking old currency notes from our customers we are very familiar with." A proprietor has to put his selling skills to test during the time of demonetisation. Customers are attracted to sales or free schemes. even top electronic companies have started schemes like 'buy now pay later' to attract customers and increase sales.
50% drop in sale of e-goods on Thane-Bhiwandi stretch - Times of India
2016-12-13Rs 33 lakh cash in 2000 rupee notes seized in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Mumbai Mirror
Rs 33 lakh cash in 2,000 rupee notes seized in Thane, Navi MumbaiPTI | Dec 13, 2016, 08.28 PM ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeMy Saved articlesWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSShareWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSIn Navi Mumbai, two persons were held after seizure of the new notes worth Rs 23.70 lakh, while three persons were held in Ulhasnagar after Rs 9.76 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination.MUMBAI: Five persons were detained after Rs 33 lakh in 2,000 rupee notes was seized in two separate cases in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar in Thane, police said today. In Navi Mumbai, two persons were held after seizure of the new notes worth Rs 23.70 lakh, while three persons were held in Ulhasnagar after Rs 9.76 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination was recovered last evening, they said. In the case of the Navi Mumbai seizure, the Koparkhairane police said those taken into custody have not been able to answer queries regarding possession of the notes. You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
Rs 33 lakh cash in 2000 rupee notes seized in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Mumbai Mirror
2016-12-13Over Rs. 1 Crore In Rs. 2000 Notes Seized In Thane, Three Held - NDTV
Over Rs. 1 Crore In Rs. 2,000 Notes Seized In Thane, Three Held Updated: December 14, 2016 05:05 IST THANE: Police on Tuesday evening seized more than Rs. 1 crore in the new currency notes and detained three persons in Thane. Senior police inspector Nitin Thackeray who led the team which seized the notes from near Thane Civil Hospital said that three men, Chintan Rambhia, Govrav Pichar and Harish Raut, were detained. Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbre told PTI that three persons were going to exchange the new Rs. 2,000 notes totalling Rs. one crore for the defunct Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes totalling Rs. 1.20 crore, thus charging 20 per cent commission. COMMENTS"We are questioning them and have also informed the Income Tax authorities," he said. On Monday evening, two persons were held in neighbouring Navi Mumbai with Rs. 23.70 lakh, while three persons were held in Ulhasnagar in Thane district after Rs. 9.76 lakh in Rs. 2,000 denomination were seized from them.
Over Rs. 1 Crore In Rs. 2000 Notes Seized In Thane, Three Held - NDTV
2016-12-13Cash crunch: New notes worth over Rs. 1.23 cr. seized, five held - The Hindu
Mumbai: The Thane police on Tuesday detained three people after finding them to be in possession of over Rs. 1 crore in new Rs. 2000 currency notes. According to police sources, the detention was the result of an alleged tip-off that Unit I of the Thane Police Crime Branch received on Tuesday. “The tip-off indicated that some men would be coming to Thane to exchange old high denomination notes for new ones. Acting on the information, we laid a trap near Thane Civil Hospital. The three suspects reached the spot in a Toyota Innova, and on searching the car, we found Rs. 1,00,44,000 in cash in Rs. 2000 notes,” said an officer with the Thane Police. The trio were then taken to the Unit I office along with the car and the currency for further questioning. The Income Tax department was also informed, and a team is expected to reach Thane to quiz the trio later in the night. “Based on our inquiries so far, we suspect that the trio was going to exchange the currency at a 20 per cent exchange rate. This is being further verified. We are also probing whether the currency was obtained with inside help from any bank,” the officer added. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere, Thane Police, confirmed that three men had been detained with a large amount of cash and that further inquiries were on. In another such incident, the Koparkhairane police on Monday detained two people with Rs 23.70 lakhs in Rs. 2000 notes. On account of Eid-e-Milad on Monday, the police were on bandobast duty when they got a tip-off about two individuals outside Beverly Park CHS in Sector 14. Hansraj Rathod (23), resident of Kopri village in Koparkhairane and Ramesh Gohil (26), a resident of Vashi, were stopped on suspicion and on checking, the police found a plastic carry bag with Rs. 23.70 lakh cash. Rathod works as a salesman in a garment shop while Gohil owns a saree shop in Vashi, the police said while confirming the incident. “We detained them for further enquiry and have informed the Income Tax department about the incident. The duo has not been able to give satisfactory explanation for the source of the cash. We have seized the cash,” said Senior Police Inspector Satish Gaikwad.
Cash crunch: New notes worth over Rs. 1.23 cr. seized, five held - The Hindu
2016-12-13Homes top pick in 2015 as thieves run riot in Thane - Times of India
Homes top pick in 2015 as thieves run riot in Thane Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 08.33 PM IST THANE: The state crime report of 2015 paints a grim picture of the city with a rise in property lost cases in housing societies under the Thane commissionerate. According to the report, as many as 1,466 robbery cases were recorded in residential areas. Cases of dacoity, robbery, burglary and theft were up and valuables worth Rs 12 crore were stolen from flats and building premises within the Thane commissionerate. The highest number of cases recorded in residential areas were burglary (a thief forcefully enters a house and robs valuables). "Homes and housing societies are easy targets for thieves as they are aware when the owner is at home and not. The thieves mostly do a recce of the place first and carry out the robbery. They check for locked flats and also keep an eye on homes where lights are not on for a few days.'' ''Some times flat owners inform their milk and paper vendors about their travel plans. This information is then passed on to the burglars,'' said Madan Ballal, inspector (crime branch unit-5). In 2015, property theft cases were also high. Out of 6,384 cases registered, 55% were for theft (robbing valuables secretly). As many as 684 cases were reported on highways and secluded roads. Valuables worth Rs 4 crore were stolen, which included bikes, cars, music system, etc. Meanwhile, cops claim that lack of parking facilities in housing societies is one of the reasons for an increase in thefts. Due to lack of space, vehicle owners park their cars and bikes on the road. This makes it easier for the thieves to rob as there is no one to keep an eye on them. Robbery cases, too, were high with 509 cases being registered last year. The accused used to steal valuables by force or at gunpoint or by threatening the victim with a sharp weapon. At times the victim has been assaulted as well. Most of these crimes had taken place in isolated areas and highways. "Robbers threaten drivers at highways at knife point or gun point and steal their vehicle. Even cases of chain-snatching are registered under robbery and not theft. This was done as it is not easy for the accused to get bail under this offence," added Ballal. However, dacoity cases were the least number with just 37 cases being registered in 2015. "In a dacoity, five or more people try to rob valuables by assaulting or threatening the victim. Against every 100 theft cases one dacoity case has been registered. The reason for this is that there are few gangs who rob in groups," he said.
Homes top pick in 2015 as thieves run riot in Thane - Times of India
2016-12-10Thane man held two days after attacking wife - Hindustan Times
Thane man held two days after attacking wife The accused insisted that his wife give their daughter to his sister, who did not have a child of her own Updated: Dec 11, 2016 00:04 IST Two days after a man attacked and severely injured his wife as she did not want his sister to adopt their daughter, the accused was held in Mumbra in Thane on Friday. The man Somesh Kadam, 23, works as a rickshaw driver in Thane. The police said Somesh and his wife Bharti, 20, had a heated argument on Wednesday night at their house in Retibunder in Mumbra as their five-month-old daughter had been crying. Somesh insisted that Bharti give their daughter to his sister, Swati, as she did not have a child of her own, despite trying to conceive for several years. Police suspect that Somesh did not want a daughter and was thus pressing the issue. During the fight, Bharti told Somesh that if he kept reiterating his stance, she would leave the house and divorce him. This angered Somesh and he slashed Bharti’s face and other parts of her body with a knife. He fled. Bharti was rushed to a civil hospital in Kalwa, where she is currently undergoing treatment. “Somesh had been hiding at his relative’s house. He returned home on Friday to enquire about the situation. We got a tip-off and nabbed him at the spot. He was produced in court and has been remanded in police custody till December 13,” said Neha Suryawanshi, investigating officer.
Thane man held two days after attacking wife - Hindustan Times
2016-12-10Thane man working with Islamic State caught in Libya: ATS - Times of India
Thane man working with Islamic State caught in Libya: ATS Dec 10, 2016, 01.06 PM IST MUMBAI: A 28-year-old Thane youth, who allegedly joined Islamic State, has been apprehended by enforcement agencies in Libya, ATS officials said on Saturday. Tabrez Mohammad Tambe, a resident of Mumbra in neighbouring Thane district was caught early this week from the oil-rich country, where he had joined ISIS with his friend Ali, a senior ATS officer said on the condition of anonymity. Tabrez had left India earlier this year to go to Egypt for a job and landed in Libya, where he was said to be fighting for ISIS against the US-backed forces, the officer said. The ISIS recruit was in contact with his family till last week through cell phone and social media, he said. Indian agencies were keeping a close watch on the activities of Tabrez, more so after his younger brother approached ATS and filed a complaint against him. "Tabrez had been located to Libya and we were keeping an eye on his activities since last few months," the officer said. Also, ATS is gathering information on whether some more people are in touch with Tabrez, he added. Tabrez's family members had been asking him to return to India, but he seemed to have taken fancy to the 'cushy' life with the terrorist organisation and even asked them to join him and 'settle' down in the country from where he is operating now. "Sensing that he was in the wrong place, his (Tabrez's) brother asked him to return to India but he rejected the plea and said you (family members) come here as life is cushy," an ATS official said on Friday. Tabrez was in contact with his wife, brother and mother and told the family about his activities for the banned Islamic State. ATS feels Tabrez, who completed his post graduation in cargo management and transportation and got married three years ago, has actively participated in ISIS operations. He visited some countries in the last five years for jobs, the official had said adding it was Ali who prompted Tabrez to join ISIS. Both knew each other as they worked together at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia a year ago, he said. "We are collecting information about Ali. We are not sure whether Ali is Indian or not. As per our information, he has visited India before," Mumbai ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni told PTI. ATS has already registered offences against Tabrez under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention UAPA.
Thane man working with Islamic State caught in Libya: ATS - Times of India
2016-12-10Thane Man Allegedly Working With ISIS Caught In Libya: Anti Terror Squad - NDTV
Thane Man Allegedly Working With ISIS Caught In Libya: Anti Terror Squad Updated: December 10, 2016 13:55 IST MUMBAI: A 28-year-old Thane youth, who allegedly joined terror outfit ISIS, has been apprehended by enforcement agencies in Libya, ATS officials said today. Tabrez Mohammad Tambe, a resident of Mumbra in neighbouring Thane district was caught early this week from the oil-rich country, where he had allegedly joined ISIS with his friend Ali, a senior ATS officer said on the condition of anonymity. Tabrez had left India earlier this year to go to Egypt for a job and landed in Libya, where he was said to be allegedly fighting for ISIS against US-backed forces, the officer said. The ISIS recruit was in contact with his family till last week through cell phone and social media, he said. Indian agencies were keeping a close watch on the activities of Tabrez, more so after his younger brother approached ATS and filed a complaint against him. "Tabrez had been located to Libya and we were keeping an eye on his activities since last few months," the officer said. Also, ATS is gathering information on whether some more people are in touch with Tabrez, he added. Tabrez's family members had been asking him to return to India, but he seemed to have taken fancy to the 'cushy' life with the terrorist organisation and even asked them to join him and 'settle' down in the country from where he is operating now. "Sensing that he was in the wrong place, his (Tabrez's) brother asked him to return to India but he rejected the plea and said you (family members) come here as life is cushy," an ATS official said yesterday. Tabrez was in contact with his wife, brother and mother and told the family about his activities for the banned ISIS. ATS feels Tabrez, who completed his post graduation in cargo management and transportation and got married three years ago, has actively participated in ISIS operations. He visited some countries in the last five years for jobs, the official had said adding it was Ali who prompted Tabrez to join ISIS. Both knew each other as they worked together at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia a year ago, he said. COMMENTS"We are collecting information about Ali. We are not sure whether Ali is Indian or not. As per our information, he has visited India before," Mumbai ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni told PTI. ATS has already registered offences against Tabrez under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention UAPA.
Thane Man Allegedly Working With ISIS Caught In Libya: Anti Terror Squad - NDTV
2016-12-09Maharashtra ATS registers case against Thane youth for joining ISIS - Daily News & Analysis
Maharashtra ATS registers case against Thane youth for joining ISIS Updated: Dec 9, 2016, 10:25 AM IST, PTI Tambe went to Egypt on the pretext of looking for a job but went to Libya to fight for the ISIS. A 28-year-old man from Mumbra in neighbouring Thane district has allegedly joined banned terror organisation ISIS, according to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). Tabrej Noor Mohammad Tambe, who had left the country to visit Egypt and Libya, has joined ISIS and a complaint in this connection has been lodged at Kalachowki unit of the ATS by this brother, Mumbai ATS chief Atul Kulkarni told PTI on Friday. Tabrej is believed to have joined ISIS with one of his friends Ali who is from Saudi Arabia. Tabrej was in contact with Ali since last few years as both had worked together in Riyadh, the officer said. ATS has registered an offence under sections of 16,18,18 (B), 20,38,39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Further investigation is underway. Last month, the Lok Sabha was informed that NIA and state security agencies have so far arrested 68 supporters of dreaded terror outfit ISIS in various parts of the country. According to Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir a total of 50 people have been arrested by security agencies during the current year of whom 11 belonged to Maharashtra. ISIS is using various platforms to propagate its ideology and to attract recruits from across the world, he had said.
Maharashtra ATS registers case against Thane youth for joining ISIS - Daily News & Analysis
2016-12-09Thane Crime: Thug butts into bar, vandalises it after being refused a fag - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Thug butts into bar, vandalises it after being refused a fag By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours Naveen Keshwani and his goons entered the bar on December 6 with bamboo sticks and vandalised it. There's no smoke and mirrors around this crime. A local goon and his cronies from Ulhasnagar vandalised a hotel and assaulted its manager a day after they were refused a cigarette, because the hotel had run out of its stock. The complainant is Haresh Nandalal Meharchandani, who owns Haresh Restaurant and Bar in Ulhasanagar 4 and has been running the establishment for over 26 years. Naveen Keshwani, one of the accused, is a local goon. On December 5, he sent one of his boys to my hotel to purchase a cigarette. There was no cigarette available with us, so we refused him and he left. Keshwani then came and started abusing us, stating that he will come back again the next day and shut down the shop. He said he'll see how I run the hotel and left the hotel muttering abuses, said Haresh. Haresh Nandalal Meharchandani Acting on threat: Keshwani stuck to his threat. On Tuesday night, Keshwani came along with more than 12 people and few others who accompanied him had bamboo sticks with them. They started hitting the counter and broke the computer, LCD, and monitor and assaulted me and bar manager Abdul Mohammed, added Haresh who has suffered injuries on his head and hands. Fled with money: After afflicting the necessary damage, the accused fled with 5,000 kept in the counter of the bar. The owners then informed the Vitthalwadi police. A case has been registered under Sections 395 (Dacoity), 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (Criminal intimidation) of IPC. Cop speak: We have registered a case against Naveen Keshwani and 12 others. The CCTV footage from the hotel clearly shows them attacking [the owners and hotel] and on the basis of it, we are searching for them. Keshwani has attempt to murder and assault cases against him, said SJ Shirsath, senior PI, Vitthalwadi police station.
Thane Crime: Thug butts into bar, vandalises it after being refused a fag - Mid-Day
2016-12-098 Thane families stuck in cyclone-hit Andamans - Hindustan Times
8 Thane families stuck in cyclone-hit Andamans The eight families, comprising of 24 people, were touring the island and their visit was organised by Dosti Tours and Travels MUMBAI Updated: Dec 09, 2016 11:33 IST Eight families from Thane are stuck on Neil Islands in Andamans after it was hit by cyclone Varadh. The Thane regional disaster management cell has established contact with these families, who are safe but stranded at Hotel Amulya. The eight families, comprising of 24 people, were touring the island and their visit was organised by Dosti Tours and Travels. They had left Thane on December 2. Their presence on the island was first confirmed after the local authorities messaged the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer, Thane, said, “The district disaster management cell contacted us on Thursday night informing that several tourists from Thane are missing. Since we were clueless about the travel agency that had organised the Andamans tour, we called more than 80 travel agencies from in and around Thane. This is how we zeroed in on Dosti Tours. Initially, we couldn’t get through as the phone number provided on their website was incorrect .” The team then took to Facebook page and Twitter handle to get in touch with the agency, and managed to contact travel co-ordinator Shekhar Parte, who was accompanying the tourists. “We got his mobile number and contacted the tourists. Parte, along with 24 others, is stranded at the Amulya hotel. They told us the names of the people, and said 200 more tourists are stuck in the same hotel. However, all of them are safe and wished to be rescued and return home safe,” Kadam said. The TMC has now forwarded the information, along with the contact details of the tourists, to the district authority, which has initiated steps to bring them back safely to the city.
8 Thane families stuck in cyclone-hit Andamans - Hindustan Times
2016-12-09ATS Registers Case Against Thane Man for Allegedly Joining ISIS - News18
Maharashtra ATS Registers Case Against Thane Man for Allegedly Joining ISIS Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has registered a case against a 28-year-old man from Thane for allegedly joining ISIS. News18.com Updated:December 9, 2016, 11:09 AM IST Thane: Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has registered a case against a 28-year-old man from Thane for allegedly joining ISIS. The case against Tabrez Tambe has been registered on a complaint filed by his brother. Reportedly, Tambe went to Egypt with his friend Ali after which they travelled to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. It is believed that the duo then, travelled to Libya where Tambe allegedly joined ISIS along with his friend. The ATS has registered an offence under sections of 16,18,18 (B), 20,38,39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
ATS Registers Case Against Thane Man for Allegedly Joining ISIS - News18
2016-12-09Thane youth who joined ISIS found life with terrorist organisation 'cushy' - Daily News & Analysis
Thane youth who joined ISIS found life with terrorist organisation 'cushy' Updated: Dec 9, 2016, 11:12 PM IST, PTI A 28-year-old Thane youth, who has allegedly joined ISIS along with his friend, had told his family members to join him, saying life with the terrorist organisation was 'cushy', a senior ATS official said on Friday. Tabrez Mohammad Tambe, a resident of Mumbra, had asked his family members to 'settle' in the country from where he is operating now, the official said. "Sensing that he was in the wrong place, his (Tabrez's) brother asked him to return to India but he rejected the plea and said you (family members) come here as life is cushy," the official said. Tabrez was in contact with his wife, brother and mother via cell phones, social media and other modes of communications and told the family about his activities for the Islamic State. ATS feels Tabrez, who completed his post graduation in cargo management and transportation and got married three years ago, has actively participated in ISIS operations. He visited some countries in the last five years for jobs, the official said. In January, he left India, and said he has got a job in Egypt. "From Egypt, he went to Libya to join ISIS with his friend Ali," the official said, adding it was Ali who prompted Tabrez to join ISIS. Both knew each other as they worked together at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia a year ago, he said. "We are collecting information about Ali. We are not sure whether Ali is Indian or not. As per our information, he has visited India before," ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni said.
Thane youth who joined ISIS found life with terrorist organisation
2016-12-09Winter bliss: Cyclists from Thane pedal their way to Upvan ... - Times of India
Winter bliss: Cyclists from Thane pedal their way to Upvan, Retibundar Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 09.08 PM IST THANE: Waking up in the wee hours of the morning, mounting their bicycles and riding to scenic destinations like Upvan Lake, Retibundar or even further away from the city to watch the sunset seems to have become a daily routine for many city cyclists ever since the onset Professional as well as amateur cyclists who had taken a break from riding during the monsoon have once again taken to the pedal. Adrian D'Souza (29), a resident of Kharkar Ali, said, "The weather during this time of the year is pleasant and it is the perfect time for cycling. Also,in the morning there is hardly anyone on the streets as it tends to get bright a little later. I get up as early as 4am and go cycling. I take a few rounds of Masunda lake then go to Upvan watch the sunrise amidst Yeoor Hills and head home. It is the perfect start to the day." Like Adrian, Tanmay Joshi, too, shares a similar liking. "I love cycling and usually ride around my area with my friends after college. We had stopped cycling during the rains as the roads are slippery and many areas tend to get flooded. Also, during October and November it tends to get a bit warm. December is the best time as it is neither too hot nor too cold," said Tanmay (20), a Waghbil resident. City adventure groups have also been witnessing an increasing number of people accompanying theme during this season. Digamber Chaudhari, a core team member of city-based cycling group Zero Emission, said, "We are seeing a rise in cyclists across all ages during our weekend rides. Besides, we have been receiving many requests to hold early morning and night rides. On weekends, cyclists prefer longer rides away from the city as the climate become cooler on the outskirts."
Winter bliss: Cyclists from Thane pedal their way to Upvan ... - Times of India
2016-12-09Khopoli cops book Thane Dena Bank cashier for cheating customer of 1 lakh - Times of India
Khopoli cops book Thane Dena Bank cashier for cheating customer of 1 lakh Umesh K Parida | TNN | Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 09.04 PM IST THANE: A cashier at the Khopoli branch of Dena Bank, who was on deputation from a Thane branch, has been booked by Khopoli Police in a cheating case. The cashier had taken Rs 2.30 lakhs as deposit from Vasrang resident Ananta Gaikwad. However, when Gaikwad went to withdraw he realised that Rs 1 lakh was never deposited. Khopoli Police Assistant Inspector LK Rathod told, "The complainant's daughter-in-law had received Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation against his son's death and Gaikwad had deposited Rs 2.30 lakhs on November 13, 2016 by handing over the cash and deposit slip to the cashier." Rathod added, "When Gaikwad went to the bank five days later to withdraw money he was told that the balance in his account was Rs 1.3 lakh. He produced the deposit slips, but bank officials did not have any answers." The Dena Bank cashier whom he had paid the amount for depositing was on deputation from a Thane branch to assist the Khopoli staff during the demonetisation. His name is unknown. The Khopoli Police has asked the Bank manager to provide his details.
2016-12-09Thane's realty market takes a hit after demonetisation - Times of India
Thane’s realty market takes a hit after demonetisation Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 09.01 PM IST THANE: The average number of property registrations in the city has dropped from an average of 377 to 256 daily as many home buyers have refrained from inking deals after demonetisation. The registration figures provided by the state revenue department revealed that around 95,060 documents were registered between April 1 and November 8. Which means around 377 documents were inked daily.However, these figures have shrunk to 256 documents daily between November 9 and 22 as only 3,590 filed have been clearing after demonetisation. ''The number of visitors registering their flat sales and other documents like sale of commercial establishments, lease agreements, gift deeds, etc, has dropped after the high denomination notes were pulled out of circulation,'' said an official from the department of registration and stamps.Meanwhile, members from the Thane real estate association have confirmed this and have said that several deals and transactions related to the realty market has almost come to a standstill since demonetization was announced on November 8. The transactions in resale market that comprise roughly around 25% of all the real estate deals was the most badly hit sector in the lake city. "Barely any notable flat deals reached the final stage since the last one month. A section of the industry was always driven by the cash component. Now, it would be almost impossible for such deals to be carried out unless either of the parties take a risk. Few deals made before the announcement are also being postponed or being brought to the negotiating table again," said a real estate agent from Thane. The number of visitors registering their flat sales and other documents like sale of commercial establishments, lease agreements, gift deeds, etc., has dropped after the high denomination notes were pulled out of circulation last month
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2016-12-09Tax row: 143 cell phone towers sealed in Thane - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
Tax row: 143 cell phone towers sealed in ThaneBy Yogesh NaikYogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Dec 10, 2016, 02.51 AM ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeMy Saved articlesWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSShareWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSOfficials sealing the towersThe Thane collectorate has sealed 143 cell phone towers in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayandar for not paying rent to the government. Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar said that the action was taken by Thane tehsildar K Badane as the owners of the land on which these cell phone towers were installed had not paid the mandatory non-agricultural tax to the state despite numerous reminders. There are 1,536 cell phone towers in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar. A majority of the towers in the urban areas are installed atop residential or commercial structures and the owners of these lands need to pay commercial taxes, as is mandated in Section 174 of the Maharashtra Land revenue Code of 1966, as they collect rent from these mobile companies. Badane warned that other towers would be sealed soon. While the district administration recently admitted that only 23 of the 2,169 cellular towers in the district are legal, mobile companies contend that their towers are not illegal. The administration also issued a warning to those who have failed to pay fines on illegal excavation. The administration told them to pay up by November 30 or warned their properties would be sealed. According to sources, the government is owed Rs 5.69 crore.You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
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2016-12-09Thane turns into a charming bloom town - Mumbai Mirror
THANE TURNS INTO A CHARMING BLOOM TOWN Updated: Dec 10, 2016, 03.51 AM IST Stroll through 18 gardens and feast your eyes on at the Vaikunth Flower Show in Balkum. The earth laughs in flowers,” wrote American essayist and transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s a thought that Swati Piramal shares as well. The vice-chairperson of a conglomerate behind a 32-acre residential development in Balkum, Thane, swears by the power of blossoms to uplift you. It’s a passion for which she doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves and getting her elbow deep in mud. “At our home in Mahableshwar I’m working on techniques that might conserve our orchid species. I am looking at planting nitrogen-fixing plants which will enrich the soil,” says the Harvard School of Public Health alumnus, who is committed to a number of social causes, including the preservation of our natural resources and the promotion of our varied textiles. The Vaikunth Flower Show made it to an international magazine’s Top Five Flower Show list last year. “It’s been 100 years since the Champaran Satyagraha,” says Piramal, escorting us into a room that was a loom shed in its previous avatar. Today, it’s a makeshift museum with fabrics undulating from ceiling to floor. “Champaran in Bihar was where Bayer’s company manufactured synthetic indigo, wiping out our indigo plantations. The situation was a critical thrust to our country’s freedom movement. So, we’ve dedicated this year’s show to indigo.” All the garments on display, sourced from Jawa, Sumatra, Ghana, the Kingdom of Kano in northwest Nigeria and other exotic places, are tinted with natural indigo dye. 18 gardens around various themes, with literally a million flowers in bloom, Have truly transformed this nook in Thane into an Eden of sorts. A model of the Rajabai Clock Tower revolves at the centre of one garden, even as a hedge shaped like a jazz player and positioned on a motorised disc moves around it. Incredibly carved animal-shaped hedges mark the Topiary Garden, while the Persian Garden, spotted with trellised doors and windowframes evocative of royal palaces, is vernal with white blooms of various species: chrysanthemums, petunias, salvias, ixoras and bougainvilleas, to name but a few.
2016-12-09Rajeev Ganpule: Thane's Ganpule to attend World Coaches ... - Times of India
Thane's Ganpule to attend World Coaches Conference in Dubai Dec 9, 2016, 11.09 PM IST MUMBAI: Rajeev Ganpule, Thane-based chief coach of Yen Badminton Academy, has been nominated by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to attend the World Coaches Forum at Dubai on December 16 and 17, which will be in conjunction with the World Superseries Finals 2016 at Dubai. The 52-year-old Ganpule is excited about his appointment and thanked BAI for nominating him. He said the focus of this conference will be on talent identification and development of junior players. Many key experts from the field of badminton around the world will speak at this two-day conference. This would help coaches in implementing the right training and methods for uplifting the game of badminton in India. Ganpule was the first coach from India to have passed the BWF Level 1 coach education programme of Badminton World Federation during 2012 at Maldives. Ganpule has performed so many roles in the Maharashtra Badminton Association in the last decade. He was the match controller during the Inter-District State Badminton Championship and other All India ranking badminton tournaments throughout the country in the last few years. Ganpule has produced several national and international players from Maharashtra, who brought laurels to the region. "I am very happy to be nominated by the Badminton Association of India. I am looking forward to appear for the coaching programme in which experts of the game will be guiding us. I hope to gain invaluable knowledge during the forum," said Ganpule.
2016-12-08600 Structures Razed In Thane During Anti-Encroachment Drive - Times Now (press release)
600 Structures Razed In Thane During Anti-Encroachment Drive Updated: Dec 08, 2016 | 08:49 IST | Source - PTI Around 600 illegal structures were demolished during a massive anti-encroachment drive here today, during which hoodlums threw stones at the jeep of a senior civic body official. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the district administration jointly carried out the demolition drive and cleared all encroachments from a four-km stretch at Reti Bunder in Mumbra township. A release by the civic body said around 350 commercial and 250 residential structures built illegally on the stretch were razed during the operation carried out by 200 workers with the help of JCBs and other equipment.Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar and DCP (Zone-I) Abhishek Trimuke supervised the anti-encroachment drive which was initiated in the morning and went on till the evening. Around 150 police personnel were deployed during the drive, the release said, adding eligible residents displaced by the demolition will be rehabilitated. During the drive, some hoodlums pelted stones at the jeep of an Assistant Municipal Commissioner and damaged its glasses, said TMC Public Relations Officer Sandeep Malavi. No one was injured in the stone pelting. A police complaint will be lodged in this regard, Malavi said.
600 Structures Razed In Thane During Anti-Encroachment Drive - Times Now (press release)
2016-12-08Tax row: Cell towers sealed, Thane, Navi Mumbai calls drop - Times of India
Tax row: Cell towers sealed, Thane, Navi Mumbai calls drop Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Dec 9, 2016, 03.31 AM IST Thane: As many as 143 cell towers of various mobile phone service providers in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayender were switched off and sealed by the revenue department on Thursday. The action was taken after the owners of the land on which these structures are installed defaulted on paying the mandatory non-agricultural tax to the state for nearly five years. The action left quite a few cellular consumers complaining about frequent call drops. Though there were pockets where the impact was felt in a big way, these were localized problems as not more than 10% of the 1,526 towers in the taluka were switched off and most parts of the three cities did not report a communication breakdown. There is a likelihood of the problem growing and residents being left without cell connectivity in the coming days as the department plans to shut more towers. "Calls are likely to drop if the towers aren't operating and users may face inconvenience," a technology expert said. The action was taken as none of the owners of the land on which the 1,526 towers are installed had paid the mandatory non-agricultural tax. A majority of the towers in the urban areas are installed atop residential or commercial structures and the owners of these lands need to pay commercial taxes, as is mandated in Section 174 of the Maharashtra Land revenue Code of 1966, as they collect rentals from these mobile companies. The department had sent numerous reminders to these societies and land owners but did not receive any reply, following which the collector issued notices. None of the owners paid up even after the notice was sent last month, as a result of whch action was initiated by collector Mahendra Kalyankar. Even after the action began, just 14 societies paid the dues on Thursday. "We had given the land owners a deadline of December 7 but no one paid up, following which we took up the disconnection and sealing drive at 143 towers across Thane taluka," a revenue department officer said. The annual tax for the land on which these towers are located is calculated in proportion to the height and the radius of the area covered on the ground. The value of non-agricultural tax as per the area is then levied on the owners. A blanket penalty of Rs 100 per day can also be levied on the residential societies defaulting on the payments, said a revenue official.
Tax row: Cell towers sealed, Thane, Navi Mumbai calls drop - Times of India
2016-12-08Thane: Decision of halting fast trains at Diva led to Titwala trouble - Mid-Day
Thane: Decision of halting fast trains at Diva led to Titwala trouble By Shashank Rao | Posted 08-Dec-2016 The rail roko seems to be a case of authorities shooting themselves in the foot by succumbing to Diva commuters’ demand of halting fast trains there What’s common between rail commuters at Diva, Badlapur and now Titwala? They all have agitated in a bid to make railway authorities give in to their demands. But CR officials have only themselves to blame for the precedent they set by giving in to people’s demand of making fast trains halt at Diva. And this realisation came after Titwala commuters jumped on to tracks early yesterday to protest against delay in local services.So many stinkers Authorities claimed that they have been getting letters and representations from local passenger associations, demanding that suburban trains be run as per commuters’ convenience, besides asking for an increase in the number of services. “We are getting letters wherein people are threatening to throw cow dung on the faces of officials, and stage rail-roko agitations if their demands aren’t met,” said a senior CR official. The Titwala trouble Yesterday, commuters at Titwala came onto the tracks because trains were running late. It all started with an issue with the circuit breaker in the overhead cables. The CR had undertaken a power block between Atgaon and Khadavli stations, which started at 3.55 am and ended at 4.40 am. But after a problem was detected with the circuits, the block had to be extended till 5.50 am.The first service delayed was a Thane-Asangaon train, with authorities giving way to a long-distance train. This aggravated the situation. People started protesting, and soon, the mob went berserk and dragged the stationmaster out, making him sit on the tracks. Read Story: Badlapur Agitation: Irked by train delays? Cause more delays “The stationmaster was not harmed; he was made to sit on the tracks till the end. The disruption remained till 8.55 am. But we can’t increase services until the third line is in place,” said Ravindra Goyal, divisional railway manager (Mumbai), CR. No solution? A third line has been proposed on the Kalyan-Kasara and Kalyan-Karjat sections. President of the Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Passenger Association Rajesh Gangav said, “We have voiced our issues to the authorities several times, but nothing has happened. Hence, we had no option but to come on the tracks. Every time a long-distance train is given preference, things go out of hand for the commuters.” The CR had to cancel 40 trains completely and terminate nine trains mid-way; more than 70 services were delayed by over 20 minutes.
Thane: Decision of halting fast trains at Diva led to Titwala trouble - Mid-Day
2016-12-08Thane man attacks wife for refusing to let his sister adopt their daughter - Hindustan Times
Thane man attacks wife for refusing to let his sister adopt their daughter mumbai Updated: Dec 08, 2016 14:05 IST Arvind Walmiki Mumbra Police are on the lookout for a 23-year-old man who attacked his wife on Wednesday night after she refused to give in to his persistent demand of letting his sister adopt their five-month-old daughter. Cops said Bharti Kadam, 20, is in critical condition and being treated at Kalwa civil hospital. She sustained grievous injuries after her husband Somesh, 23, attacked her with a sharp object. The incident occurred at the Kadam residence at Retibunder near Mumbra railway tracks. Cops said Somesh had been nagging Bharti to let his sister adopt their daughter, as she hadn't conceived even after two years of her marriage. However, Bharti refused to budge and said his behaviour was forcing her to contemplate divorce. Angered by her statement, Somesh went to the kitchen and returned with a sharp object. He then attacked Bharti and fled the spot. It were the neighbours who heard Bharti's cries for help and rushed her to Kalwa civil hospital, where the cops recorded her statement and registered a case against Somesh. Investigation officer N Suryawanshi from Mumbra police station said, We are yet to arrest him, as he is on the run. We have formed a team to nab the accused, who has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Thane man attacks wife for refusing to let his sister adopt their daughter - Hindustan Times
2016-12-07Thane demolition drive: Civic official's van vandalised - Hindustan Times
Thane demolition drive:?Civic official’s van vandalised Unidentified person broke both the windscreens of the van belonging to an additional municipal commissioner... Updated: Dec 07, 2016 15:42 IST Demolition drive at Retibunder creek undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)?and Thane collector took a violent turn after a van belonging to an assistant municipal commissioner was vandalised by unknown persons during the drive. The collector announced that the land mafia, who have misused the Retibunder land, will be booked accordingly. The corporation, along with the collecto,r initiated a massive drive against encroachment along the four-kilometre Retibunder creek. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has assured that a chowpatty will be developed along the creek in the next six months. The demolition drive began early on Wednesday. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer for TMC, said, “The car belongs to one of the assistant municipal commissioners. Somebody broke both the windscreens. We have asked the police to investigate the matter. Though were mild altercations with the locals, who resisted demolition of their structures, the situation is now under control.” After targeting the illegal dance bars, lodge and hookah parlours in the last few days, the TMC has shifted focus to Retibunder creek next. Moreover, Jaiswal has assured rehabilitation to the occupants. Speaking to media persons, collector Mahendra Kalyankar said, “Several land sharks have sold government plots for Rs4 lakh to Rs5 lakh and are also involved in illegal activities along the creek. We will register cases against all such encroachers. On the other hand, those who are doing business for over a decade or two will be rehabilitated.” An occupant of one of the illegal structures, who protested against the TMC?action, sustained injuries after a portion of a concrete structure fell on his head.
Thane demolition drive: Civic official
2016-12-07Mobile handset used by court blast suspects traced to Thane - The Indian Express
Mobile handset used by court blast suspects traced to Thane The Thane police probe team secured the IMEI number of the handset and was searching for it since months. About two weeks ago, they received information about the phone been activated. By: PTI | Thane | Published:December 7, 2016 12:55 pm A mobile phone handset, allegedly used by four persons recently arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) for their suspected involvement in five blast cases in court premises of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April, has been recovered from an autorickshaw driver in Thane, police said.The handset, vital for probe into the blasts, was traced by Thane police Crime Branch to Kalyan township with an autorickshaw driver, who had put his SIM card in it and had been using it, they said. Swooping down on various locations, NIA with the help of Tamil Nadu and Telangana Police, had last month apprehended four youths suspected to be part of a group sympathising with AI-Qaeda and involved in the blasts at court complexes. Those arrested were — Abbas Ali (27), a resident of Madurai, Suleiman (23), a resident of Chennai, and Samsum Karim Raja and Mohammed Ayub Ali (25) of Madurai. Ali was a public liaison officer for a hearing aid company. They allegedly used the handset and later dumped it. The Thane police probe team secured the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of the handset and was searching for it since several months. About two weeks ago, the police team received information that the phone has been activated. Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters here on Tuesday evening that they were contacted by their Telangana counterparts for the recovery of the handset, which was vital for their investigation. A Crime Branch official, who was part of the search team, said the tower indicated the mobile phone location area around Mumbra, Diva and Kalyan and after a close watch on the movements of the user, he was picked up last week. The autorickshaw driver, residing in Mumbra township near Kalyan, was questioned by multiple teams from Telangana, officers of the ATS and the city Crime Branch sleuths. According to police, they have verified that the auto driver does not have links to any terror group. They said the driver informed them that he had found that handset discarded near Kalyan station. After finding it in good condition, he activated it using his old SIM card. The cases relate to blasts inside a vehicle at a parking place at district court complex in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, on April 7; in a parking area of CJM Court Complex at Kollam in Kerala on June 15; inside court complex at Mysuru on August 1, in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and inside a toilet complex of judicial court, Malappuram in Kerala on November 1.
Mobile handset used by court blast suspects traced to Thane - The Indian Express
2016-12-07Infuriated passengers block railway track in Thane - Business Standard
Infuriated passengers block railway track in Thane ANI | Thane (Maharashtra) [India] Last Updated at December 7, 2016 12:02 IST Angry passengers blocked railway tracks in Maharastra's Thane district on Wednesday as train services were halted due to a technical snag in the system. Trains on the Titwala-Kandiwali route were delayed due to a glitch in the system which infuriated the passengers waiting at the station. Meanwhile, trains and flights across parts of northern India have been delayed due to poor visibility accounting to dense fog conditions.
2016-12-07Crime on women up by 12% in Thane commissionerate - Times of India
Crime on women up by 12% in Thane commissionerate Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Dec 8, 2016, 12.21 AM IST Thane: The cases of violence against women has risen by 12% in the Thane police commissionerate as statistics compiled by the state CID indicate a surge in incidents of rape, kidnapping and assault in 2015 as against 2014. The number of rape cases reported in 2015 rose by 16% as compared to 2014. Out of the 251 rape cases registered, 40% were between 18 to 30 years of age. "In some of the cases it was consensual sex as the boy gets into a physical relationship with the promise of marriage. Once the girl realises that the boy isn't going to marry her, she lodges a rape case. In almost all the rape cases the accused is known to the victim. The person is either her distant relative, father, brother or friend," said an official. Statistics also reveal a marginal rise in the number of assault cases against women. As many as 564 cases were reported in 2015 as against 559 in 2014. ''It only reflects the mindset of the society. Instead of such offences decreasing, the numbers have gone up,'' a police official said. However, he added that earlier such cases used to go unreported. But now after a lot of awareness, vicitms have started reporting such cases."It is a good sign that victims are not shying away from recording their statements. It shows that they are willing to take action against the culprits. Also, after the Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi, we have become more sensitive towards sexual assault cases," said an official. Crimes like kidnapping, abduction and cruelty by husband or relative were the second and third highest offences, respectively. There was a rise in the number of kidnapping cases by 61% as 398 complaints were recorded in 2015 as against 246 in 2014. "When it comes to kidnapping, most victims are in the age group of 15 to 18 years. Most of these girls either go missing or run away from home or run away with their lovers. The number of girls kidnapped for sex trafficking is not much," said an officer. It was also seen that 357 cases of cruelty by husband were recorded by married women. "The main problem when it comes to such cases is that the husband is an alcoholic, due to which he misbehaves with his wife. In almost every third case a woman complains that her husband is an alcoholic. The other reason for this offence is a suspicious nature, male supremacy, economic condition and unemployment," said Geeta Mahajan, co-founder of and NGO National Federation of Indian women.
Crime on women up by 12% in Thane commissionerate - Times of India
2016-12-06Senior citizen killed in Thane: Cop's son gets bail within hours - Hindustan Times
Senior citizen killed in Thane: Cop’s son gets bail within hours Three days after an engineering student crashed his motorcycle into a senior citizen’s two-wheeler, killing him, he was arrested from his house at Shivai Nagar in Thane. MUMBAI Updated: Dec 06, 2016 23:30 IST Three days after an engineering student crashed his motorcycle into a senior citizen’s two-wheeler, killing him, he was arrested from his house at Shivai Nagar in Thane. Yashkumar Panje, 24, was let off on bail on Tuesday, a few hours after he was arrested. Yashkumar is the son of Sharad Panje, police sub-inspector from Thane crime branch. The cop had been deployed at Solapur in connection with the Ephedrine drug haul case when the accident took place. On Friday, Yashkumar was on his motorcycle going for his exams. He was trying to overtake a two-wheeler, being ridden by a senior citizen, but rammed into it near Vasant Vihar in Thane. Yashkumar fled after the accident instead of helping the injured man, said the police. Shankar Pawar, 68, who worked as a security guard at a housing society, succumbed to his injuries on Monday night. The police said that Yashkumar did not tell anyone about the accident and went to his relatives’ house. Yashkumar told his father about the accident on Sunday, said the police. A police inspector from Chithalsar Manpada said, “After the accident, Yashkumar fled away from the spot. On Tuesday, he surrendered himself at the police station. He was produced in court and was granted bail. After the accident, Yash had been staying at his relatives’ house.”
Senior citizen killed in Thane: Cop
2016-12-062 injured after container topples in Thane - Hindustan Times
2 injured after container topples?in Thane Impact was such that the driver and the cleaner got trapped inside the driver’s cabin, they were rescued after a few passers-by heard their cries for help and informed the police and civic authorities about the accident Updated: Dec 06, 2016 12:00 IST The Driver and the cleaner of trailer were injured after the container they were ferrying toppled on Mumbra bypass road in Thane on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Both the injured were rushed to Kalwa civil hospital and were identified as Sovit Mishra, 25, driver, and Mehmood Ahmed, 22. The accident took place at 12.05am after Mishra misjudged a left turn and lost control of the vehicle. The trailer, which was on its way Nagpur, went off the road and toppled. The impact was such that Mishra and Ahmed got trapped inside the driver’s cabin. They were rescued after a few passers-by heard their cries for help and informed the police and civic authorities about the accident. The officials from the Thane Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) and police officers reached to the spot within 15 minutes. “ We called for extra man power, and it took us nearly 45 minutes to pull them out safely. Both had sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the hospital,” said Santosh Kadam, a senior official from RDMC. An officer from Mumbra police station said, “We have recorded their statements. The spot where the accident occurred has a sharp left turn and similar mishaps have been reported from the same spot in the past as well. Moreover, the injured did not claim any foul play in their statement.”
2 injured after container topples in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-12-06Shiv Sena to organise rally in Thane to protest inflated electricity ... - Hindustan Times
Shiv Sena to organise rally in Thane to protest inflated electricity bills Rally will be held on December 9 at 10am from Nimkar Naka in Titwala to Mahavitaran office in Kalyan MUMBAI Updated: Dec 06, 2016 14:28 IST Taking into consideration the alleged inept handling of people’s complaint of receiving inflated electricity bills in the last two months, the Shiv Sena unit from Thane has planned to protest against Mahavitaran, state-controlled power distribution firm, on December 9. Vijay Deshekar, Sena party worker, said, “Despite timely payment of bills, people are being forced to bear power cuts and receive inflated bills. The officials have failed to address the complaints in this regard. Hence, a rally has been planned considering the growing dissatisfaction among consumers.” The rally will start at 10am from Nimkar Naka in Titwala and end at Mahavitaran office in Kalyan.
Shiv Sena to organise rally in Thane to protest inflated electricity ... - Hindustan Times
2016-12-06Register by Dec 13 or face action: Thane civic body to creche ... - Hindustan Times
Register by Dec 13 or face action: Thane civic body to creche operators At present, creches/ day care centres across the city do not fall under the ambit of any regulating body MUMBAI Updated: Dec 06, 2016 16:27 IST The assault on an infant at a Kharghar Day Care has awaken the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), which issued a public notice asking all creche owners in the city to themselves registered before December 13 or face action. The corporation had earlier decided to formulate a policy regarding day creches, for which it had decided to undertake a survey. A civic officer, requesting anonymity, said, “We have issued notices to all creches and day care centres in the city to get themselves registered in the next eight days, which is by December 13. They will have to give address, name of the owner, manager and co-ordinator of the centre and the facilities provided to the children, among other details. We have uploaded a form on our website from where the centres can download it.” At present, creches across the city do not fall under the ambit of any regulating body. Moreover, the TMC lacks data on the number of creches or day care centres operating in the city. Details needed Date since the centre/ day care centre began operations Information on those employed and their signaturesFacilities provided at these centres Whether the property from which operations are conducted is owned or rented If rented, the name and information of the owner needs to be furnished Number of children being looked after Creches/ day care centres will be sealed if the wake of incomplete or false information
Register by Dec 13 or face action: Thane civic body to creche ... - Hindustan Times
2016-12-06Chowpatty for Thane after demolitions - Times of India - Times of India
Chowpatty for Thane after demolitions Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Dec 7, 2016, 08.53 AM IST THANE: The city could soon boast of its own chowpatty at Kalwa as civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has laid out a six-month action plan to develop a now encroached 4-km-long stretch into a scenic creekside promenade.The plan was announced on Tuesday during a survey of the stretch skirting the Ulhas creek between Mumbra and Kalwa. The civic hammers will start flattening structures in this area to pave way for a Chowpatty starting Wednesday, informed Jaiswal. A survey by civic team revelaed nearly 250 commercial and residential structures in the area. Later adequate space for seating will be made while developing few recreation options. Adequate beautification will also be done by roping in experts, informed a civic officer.The entire beautification plans will be done using civic and state funds in addition to involvement of corporates and sponsors. The rehabilitation of affected genuine residents and commercial unit holders will also be done before the monsoon, said the administration.
Chowpatty for Thane after demolitions - Times of India - Times of India
2016-12-06Thane: TMC chief goes on a four-day demolition spree - News - Mid-Day
Thane: TMC chief goes on a four-day demolition spree By Faisal Tandel | Posted 06-Dec-2016 The Thane Municipal Corporation appears to be on a major clean-up drive. Scheduled over four days, the massive drive by commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal kicked off on Shil-Phata Road near Mumbra with the demolition of 20 hukkah parlours, three ladies bars and 10 lodges. The Monday drive started from Shil, covering Daighar and Kalyan-Phata area, as action was initiated against illegal structures that were reportedly bribing authorities to continue operations. Several hukkah bars including Bhaijaan, Mejban, Shezwaan, Moghal Dhaba, Food Talk, Nawaza, Nigh Life, Moti Mahal, Dosti Whatsaap and Light Night, among others, were demolished.Sandeep Malvi, Public Relation Officer, Thane Municipal Corporation said, "The drive has been going on for the last one week against illegal ladies bars and lodges. Today, we also found some hukkah parlours and took action against them. Almost 20 such parlours were demolished on Monday." Meanwhile, Jaiswal, TMC chief, said, "We had covered Thane and on Monday, started the drive across Mumbra and the surrounding areas. More than a thousand structures, including small cigarette shops to garages were demolished."
Thane: TMC chief goes on a four-day demolition spree - News - Mid-Day
2016-12-05Suspended over Thane cop's death, bus driver commits suicide - Hindustan Times
Suspended over Thane cop's death, bus driver commits suicide mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2016 00:39 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The accident had occurred on March 11 in Thane A 56-year-old Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus driver, who allegedly ran over a traffic constable eight months ago, committed suicide in Thane on Monday. Gajanan Shejul, was a resident of Ambadi, and had been suspended after the accident. On March 11, Shejul was drunk and was driving the bus with 44 passengers from Mira Road to Thane. As he was driving rashly, Shejul was asked to stop the bus but he drove towards Thane. After all passengers alighted near Gaimukh naka, he hit a tempo. Traffic constable Chandrakant Wamanrao Salunkhe, 44, was standing behind the tempo. He was dragged along with the tempo and he died, said a police officer from Kasarwadavli police station. Salunkhe's wife had donated his eyes. Shejul was arrested. After he got bail, he was suspended by the TMT. Ravindra Malekar, senior police inspector from Wagale Estate police station, said, After being suspended, Shejul was depressed. On Monday, he set himself on fire after pouring kerosene over him. He sustained 100% burns and died.
Suspended over Thane cop
2016-12-05Mumbai: Four arrested in Thane Satyam lodge case - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Four arrested in Thane Satyam lodge case By Mamta Sonar, Dec 05, 2016 01:47 pm Mumbai: The Thane police have arrested two persons in the Satyam lodge case Kishore Bhatia (57) and Dilip Bhatia (56) owners of Satyam Lodge, Manje Gowda (38), Janardhan Pujare.  Two more are still on the run. The case of illegal rooms at lodge was filled at Vartak Nagar Police station by Thane municipal corporation official. Thane Municipal Corporation has been on demolition drive against illegal ladies bars, lodges, guest house and illegal property in Thane. While on the mission TMC official found 290 underground lodge rooms at Satyam lodge in Thane among dance bars in the area. Satyam lodge built up 290 illegal rooms unearthed in Thane On last Thursday demolition drive in Upvan area in Thane has once again proved that municipal commissioner Sanjay Jaiswal is truly the no-nonsense Demolition Man. The Thane civic team demolished five dance bars, eight lodges including Satyam, 25 dhabbas, 10 hotel sheds, 25 garages and 30 furniture showrooms in Thane. The team was led by Jaiswal, Additional Municipal Commissioner Chavan, Additional Municipal Commisiioner Ashok Kumar Rankhamb led 10 special vigilance teams to demolised the illegal structure.
Mumbai: Four arrested in Thane Satyam lodge case - Free Press Journal
2016-12-05Nine Thane students make it to Science Congress - The Indian Express
Nine Thane students make it to Science Congress By: PTI | Thane | Updated: December 5, 2016 12:24 pm A total of nine projects by students from schools in the district, including two by differently disabled children have qualified for the National Children Science Congress to be held at Baramati in Pune district between December 27 and 31. These children gave presentations at a function in the city this morning. A group of five students from a local school here have developed a gadget which will be useful for visually impaired persons. The gadget has been termed Third Eye. The students from class 7 and 8 identified as Ahana Chatterjee, Rishikesh Odeyar, Shivani Shetty, Dhurv Maliwal, and Atharva Bhandale showcased the gadget at the function. It took three-months for the students to develop the gadget and the students claimed that it would be handy for visually impaired persons who move around places. Visually impaired students and physically challenged students Divya Sutar, Nikhil Kadam and Sumit Dingrya presented their projects which received appreciation from the audience. Sumit, who is visually impaired, presented two of his projects which have been selected. The students of Samwad Karnabadhir Prabhodini from Dombivili made a presentation on the issues faced by physically challenged persons and the ways and means to overcome them.
Nine Thane students make it to Science Congress - The Indian Express
2016-12-05Crime against elderly shoot up by 151% in '15; Thane stands 2nd in Maharashtra - Times of India
Crime against elderly shoot up by 151% in '15', Thane stands 2nd in Maharashtra Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Dec 6, 2016, 04.57 AM IST THANE: Senior citizens in Thane are no longer safe, as the state crime report reflects that there has been a steep rise in the number of crime taking place against the elderly. The Thane police commissionerate is second in the state when it comes to crime against senior citizens in 2015. A hike of nearly 151% was noticed in 2015 as compared to the year 2014. Out of the total 4,561 crimes which were committed against the elderly 7.5% were recorded in Thane commissionerate. "Senior citizens are the vulnerable section of the society. Most of them live alone and become easy targets for the robbers," said Raghavendra Odeyar, member of Veteran Citizens Forum (VCF), a senior citizens group in Thane. "The pensioners have barely anyone to chat with so when they come across someone who listens to them they share their problems, worries and even their personal details. Many times fraudsters take advantage of their innocence and cheat them," said an officer. "An initiative called 'Kartavya' was started by the Thane cops where they not only sensitizing people about giving respect to the elderly but are even recording the number of seniors who stay alone," added Odeyar.
Crime against elderly shoot up by 151% in
2016-12-05Thane civic chief razes over 1000 illegal structures in 5 days - Times of India
Thane civic chief razes over 1,000 illegal structures in 5 days Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Dec 6, 2016, 08.25 AM IS THANE: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal's clean-up campaign over the last five days has reduced to rubble over 1,000 liquor dens, hookah parlours and multi-storey eating joints that had encroached on public land in and around the lake city. Jaiswal personally supervised the demolition of around 40 hookah parlours, dhabas, lodges in addition to around 400 garages and repair shops alongside Shil road and Kalyan phata on Monday. "I am merely doing my duty and the present drive is just an extension of the beautification of the city and to restore back to the people what was illegally claimed by these unauthorized structures," he told TOI. Last week, a civic team brought down a 50-room lodge illegally constructed on vacant land near Upvan lake. Officials said that a few joints are believed to have been used for flesh trade and drug peddling. "A few residents had complained of illegal activities going on in these premises. But we have taken action on structures that flouted civic norms," said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner. Activists have welcomed the move saying the administration seems to have taken the right step in the right direction freeing up these areas mostly patronized by anti-social elements. "The magnitude of the demolitions reveal how the illegalities were ignored initially. It is time the civic chief takes note of how these structures came up and why the police and municipal authorities turned a blind eye to them," claimed an activist.
Thane civic chief razes over 1000 illegal structures in 5 days - Times of India
2016-12-04Man held 3 years after murdering Thane priest - Hindustan Times
Man held 3 years after murdering Thane priest mumbai Updated: Dec 04, 2016 23:58 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Officers from Kapurbawdi police station on Saturday arrested a Karnataka man, said to be in his 40s, for murdering a Thane priest in 2013. The deceased was identified as Rameshwar Yadav, 80, who worked for a security firm in Kapurbawdi. The accused, Rimpujay Dole, was Yadav's neighbour at Kolshet Road in Thane. On May 15, 2013, Dole strangled Yadav to death and later stabbed his body several times to ensure that he was dead. Dole then fled to Assam with his wife Manju and the police have been on his lookout ever since. The police recently received a tip-off about Dole's hideout in Karnataka, following a team went to the neighbour state and arrested him on Saturday. He was brought to Thane and produced in a court, which remanded him in police custody for the next four days. A police officer from Kapurbawdi police station said, Yadav used to hand over his pension, Rs 5,000, to Dole for safekeeping. However, Dole refused to give back the money when Yadav asked for it. This lead to an argument between the two, following which Dole murdered Yadav.
Man held 3 years after murdering Thane priest - Hindustan Times
2016-12-0414% surge in violent crimes from 2014 in Thane city - Times of India
14% surge in violent crimes from 2014 in Thane city Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Dec 4, 2016, 10.12 PM IST THANE: Violent crime surged by 14 per cent in 2015 in the Thane city, as the leap in incidents of burglary, theft and dacoity posed a grave threat to the safety and security of citizens who seemed more susceptible to street crime than in 2014. While the police department maintained that the 14 per cent rise in the offences recorded under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section in 2015 was a natural trend considering the growing population and an economic slowdown, it reflected an improved registration in all the 34 police stations in the Thane police commissionerate. Data compiled in the state CID revealed that as against 13,227 cases registered under the IPC section in 2014, the overall violent crime figure surged to 15,204 in 2015, with property-related offences indicating an all-time high. Street crime such as burglary, theft, robbery, dacoity and extortion jumped by around 42 per cent in 2015 with a total of 6,509 cases registered during 2015 as against 6,234 cases registered in 2014 in the Thane commissionerate, which is spread across Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ambarnath, Badlapur and Ulhasnagar. Though the city police claim to have taken adequate measures to curb incidents of chain snatching, the number of housebreakings and vehicle robberies still seem to be high. "We suggest various societies to install high quality CCTVs so that the criminals are at least a little scared of being caught and think twice before entering a building. When it comes to vehicle robberies the most number of vehicles that are robbed are parked outside the building premises as there is no security around to keep an eye on those vehicles," said a cop. When it came to violent crimes, around 30 per cent of the crimes were of road rage at 903, following kidnapping/abduction at 793. "It is seen that there is a high number of registration under kidnapping and abduction as even children who are missing are recorded under kidnapping. Even these crimes are taken seriously and when people inform the police about their child not returning home, the police do not wait for 24 hours to register the case. They immediately go with the parents in search of the child," said an officer from the child protection unit. Assault on women was the highest crime recorded under crime against women. As many as 564 women were molested in 2015 and almost the same number of cases were registered in 2014 at 559. "Earlier women used to hesitate to even talk about or share with their loved ones about perverts when assaulted. But now many are coming forward and registering a case against the culprits. Also, these accused are mostly known to the victims. They are either their relatives, co-workers or acquaintance," said a police officer. Navya Kumar, a 22-year-old college student and resident of Kapurbawdi said, "It is scary that violent crime rate in the city is on the rise. As it is women never felt safe here but this news is only adding to our fears. When can we freely move about the city without worrying about someone staring at us or planning to attack or molest us? I hope the cops up their vigil."
14% surge in violent crimes from 2014 in Thane city - Times of India
2016-12-04Thane: Three Nigerians held with drugs - The Indian Express
Thane: Three Nigerians held with drugs Police recovered 260 grams of mephedrone worth Rs 5,20,000 and 320 grams of ephedrine worth Rs 6,40,000. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 5, 2016 5:09 am Three persons were arrested Saturday night for the possession of banned substances, mephedrone and ephedrine, and police seized drugs from them worth over Rs 11 lakh, in Thane West. According to Thane police, the three accused — Yuno Chhukova Azah (32), Sulemon Okik Ikennichokov (26) and Justine Egbuenaku Joe (28) — were picked up at Shivaji Park gate, near Talao Pali lake in Thane West at around 11.45 pm. The police were acting on a tip-off from an informant. All three accused are Nigerian nationals, the police said. Police recovered 260 grams of mephedrone worth Rs 5,20,000 and 320 grams of ephedrine worth Rs 6,40,000. “We have charged the accused under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. The case has now been transferred to the Anti Narcotics Cell,” said M V Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector at Thane Nagar police station. Police do not yet know when the accused came to Mumbai and where they obtained the drugs from and are investigating further. The accused, meanwhile, have been remanded to police custody till December 9.
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2016-12-0390% of underground Thane lodge razed, probe begins - The Hindu
90% of underground Thane lodge razed, probe begins MUMBAI:, DECEMBER 03, 2016 08:26 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 03, 2016 08:26 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Friday demolished most of the three-storey underground structure found operating under Satyam Lodge near Upvan lake during a demolition drive a day earlier. The fully furnished lodge, complete with painted and wallpapered rooms, electricity and running water, was found underneath Satyam Lodge by a joint team of civic officials and Thane Police. Since Wednesday, authorities have been demolishing bars and lodges acting as fronts for the illegal flesh trade in Thane. On Friday morning, TMC began demolishing the illegal structure. “Two demolition vehicles have been working round-the-clock since morning to demolish the structure, and we have razed 90 per cent. Work was stopped in the evening, and the demolition will be completed on Saturday,” Sandeep Malvi, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, TMC, said. Meanwhile, the civic body has ordered an inquiry to find out how a three-storey structure was built and furnished without anyone noticing. The team conducting the probe will ascertain time taken to build the structure and identify civic officials holding relevant posts during the period to check for connivance. The Vartak Nagar police, too, have started a probe and are making inquiries with owners and employees of the lodge to gauge the extent of the prostitution racket that was being run at the lodge located near Harshit Bar, which was also demolished on Thursday. Police suspect the racket was being run out of both establishments. Meanwhile, the demolition drive continued on Friday in other parts of Thane city, with five bars and nine lodges being demolished, Mr. Malvi said.
90% of underground Thane lodge razed, probe begins - The Hindu
2016-12-03Thane call centre scam: Cops get info on missing accused - Hindustan Times
Thane call centre scam: Cops get info on missing accused Dec 04, 2016 00:02 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times A day after an exhaustive 5,786-page charge sheet was filed and submitted to the Thane court, police officers of the Thane crime branch got crucial information, regarding the accused in the fake call centre scam who are missing. A team of the branch will soon leave for Gujarat. Police have obtained information on Rachit Joshi, Dhruven Shah and Tapesh Gupta. The three are on the run and are yet to be arrested. The accused have been contacting their families to find out what the situation is in Thane. It seems that they are running out of money. We will also detain friends of the accused and question them if it appears that they know where the accused are hiding, said a source. We have started a manhunt to look for the accused. The team will go to Gujarat by Sunday, based on information we received about them. We told their families to alert us if the accused tries to contact them again. We have not yet been able to trace the location of the accused. Sources say they maybe in Dubai, or on an isolated island or in several different countries, said a police officer from the Thane crime branch. The police will also question the families of the accused to find out where they are. The charge sheet includes details of the investigation, which started on October 4 after the raid. Witnesses have helped us make the case stronger. We have also seized physical evidence from the call centre and the residences of the accused, said another officer. The charge sheet was filed by the Thane police crime branch on Friday in the call centre scam busted in October after raids on nine call centres in Mira Road. It says the employees, masquerading as American revenue officials, made threatening calls to people in the US, forcing them to make payments. The charge sheet, however, is silent on money trail. Deputy commissioner of police Parag Manere said 80 people have been named as accused in the charge sheet, which has been split into three parts, one for the case at Kashimira and two more for cases Naya Nagar police station. Three accused are common to all cases. The scam's alleged kingpin, Sagar Thakkar, alias Shaggy, his sister Reema, business partners Tapesh and Jimmy are among the 28 who are wanted. The charge sheet has statements from 200 witnesses, including 10 who were under oath assistant commissioner of police, crime, M Hatote told HT. This will bolster evidence in the case, Manere said. He added that the police also came across the numbers of some of the victims. We sent them text messages, requesting them to register complaints, he said. The police provided them an email address and links to fill complaint forms. So far, we have received 40 complaints from the US. This will be used as evidence, Manere said. Seized cars and laptops, computers, hard discs, chairs and tables have all been clubbed as evidence. The accused have been charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code for extortion, cheating, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy, apart from sections of the Indian Telegraph Act and IT Act. Read: Thane call centre scam: 5,786-page charge sheet filed Thane call centre scam: Another partner arrested Thane call centre scam: Police get vendors details from emails Thane call centre scam was scripted: Cops Thane call centre scam: He made a fortune in just seven years
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2016-12-02'Sex workers used hidden door in Thane lodge to escape during raids' - Hindustan Times
Sex workers used hidden door in Thane lodge to escape during raids' mumbai Updated: Dec 02, 2016 14:41 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times Demolition of the Satyam Lodge continued early on Friday under the supervision of top-notch civic officials and the police. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal revealed that each of the lodges 250 hidden rooms were divided into three to four cubicles, which were used as separate rooms. The bigger rooms were divided into small 6x6 cubicles. The condition of the rooms implies that all of them were used to carry out illegal activities. We have demolished the rooms and will check our tax records for details of the lodge, said Jaiswal. The demolition drive against bars and lodges in Thane undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation started on November 30. While conducting such a drive at the Upavan-based lodge, civic officials stumbled upon a second lodge in the basement. There is a metal door at the back of the lodge, which sex workers used as an escape route during raids. The door leads to an industrial belt, a slum and then back to the Yeoor Gate opposite this lodge, said a senior official requesting anonymity. The lodge allegedly charged people who wished to use the rooms for illegal activities Rs 1,000 for two hours. Civic officials said they received information about two more bars in the area that have hidden rooms. They said the demolition squad will target them next. We demolished seven lodges and bars in Yeoor and a few more in Kapurbawdi on Thursday night. We witnessed illegal activities inside these places. The drive will continue till all illegal structures are demolished, said Jaiswal. Locals said they were unaware of the lodges hidden surface. There is a huge wall along the road. We always assumed that the lodge was as big as that wall. We had no idea that a Harappa-like city was buried underneath, said a woman who stays in the slums opposite the lodge. The lodge was constructed in a valley below the road surface, where a small lane leads to the rooms below. It is situated on land belonging to a Madhya Pradesh-based company and was leased during the Gram Panchayat era.
2016-12-02Thane call centre scam: 'Kingpin Thakkar's daily turnover up to $100000/day' - Times of India
Thane call centre scam: 'Kingpin Thakkar's daily turnover up to $100,000/day' TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2016, 09.49 AM IST Thane call centre scam kingpin Sagar Thakkar used to have a daily turnover going up to hundred of thousand of dollars Currently, police believe Thakkar is hiding in Dubai, Cops suspect a strong nexus between some police officials and con call centres. Thakkar bought this sportscar from the captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli for Rs 2.5 crore. AHMEDABAD: The four-member committee of IPS officers, which is probing the menace of con call centres in city, has been astonished by facts that keep surfacing. For starters, they learned that the kingpin of the Thane con call centre, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, 23, used to have a daily turnover going up to hundred of thousand of dollars. Thakkar owns call centres in Noida and Ghaziabad, apart from the centres in Thane and Ahmedabad. Currently, police believe Shaggy is hiding in Dubai. What has rattled cops more are strong indications of a nexus between some police officials and con call centres, particularly the role of a top city-based police official. "The suspected officer had a partnership share of about 30% to 40% in three to four con call centres in the city," said a police official close to the investigation. "All the three con call centres have now closed down," he said. "We are also probing the role of a "vahivatdar" (a person who manages illegal finances of a corrupt police official) and gathering evidence against the police official," he added. City-based police officials involved in the racket also used to manage the con call centres, when the owners went on tours abroad, said a source in the city police. Police sources said Thakkar, the con call centre mastermind, had 3,000 callers across India at his disposal. They used to call citizens of the US and extort money posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials. Thakkar owns property, including hotels in Bangkok and US, and also acres of land in Ahmedabad. "Thakkar, a youth from Ahmedabad, led a flamboyant lifestyle, zooming around in luxury cars. He even purchased a luxury car from Virat Kohli, captain of India's national cricket team," said a police official. "We are going to approach the revenue department to identify the land owned by Thakkar in Ahmedabad," said the police official, adding, "It might prove difficult, as he could have purchased the land in someone else's name."
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2016-12-02The crazy world of Thane Kirby - Stuff.co.nz
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2016-12-02Thane police stations start welcome desks for citizens - Mid-Day
Thane police stations start welcome desks for citizens By Vinay Dalvi Posted 02-Dec-2016 Two women constables trained in soft skills, counselling and handling people will man the 24-hour welcome desk. In the hope of overhauling its image of being unapproachable, the police have started operating an information desk of sorts at police stations. The initiative, started at all 34 police stations in Thane city, is the brainchild of the commissioner of police, Thane, Param Bir Singh and Ashutosh Dhumbre the joint commissioner of police. Two women constables trained in soft skills, counselling and handling people will sit at the 24-hour welcome desk at the entrance to police stations and help citizens on how to file NCs and FIRs," said Ashutosh Dhumbre, joint commissioner of police, Thane. The two constables will interact with the complainant and guide him or her on how to register a First Information Report. "People feel that registering a complaint is a long-drawn process and that they need to take leave from work. To bust this myth and make the process simpler, the welcome desk will explain everything to the complainant in detail, Dhumbre said. "Of all government departments, the police have the maximum interaction with citizens and that's why we came up with this idea, said a police officer from Mahatma Phule police station in Kalyan.
Thane police stations start welcome desks for citizens - Mid-Day
2016-12-02Thane: CBSE school in Badlapur asks teachers to return half their salary in cheque - Mid-Day
Thane: CBSE school in Badlapur asks teachers to return half their salary in cheque By Pallavi Smart Posted 02-Dec-2016 Poddar Brio International School opened in Badlapur in June 2015. Here's a sad reality check for school teachers. Not only is their job considered a thankless one but they also earn peanuts. And whenever possible, they will be cheated out of that too. A certain Badlapur school has now started making its teachers sign blank cheques and return almost half their salary to the school, alleges a complaint letter sent to the CBSE board. School begs students for teachers' salary One of the blank cheques signed over by the teachers Poddar Brio International School opened in Badlapur in June 2015, but is yet to be certified by the CBSE board. As a result, the school can only hold classes up to Std VIII, since students cannot sit for the Std X or XII board exams without CBSE affiliation. Teachers were recently told that the long-awaited certification process was finally underway, and the school would first be inspected to see if it met all the guidelines. Among these guidelines is the qualification of the teachers and their pay grade. Double standards: Now, its no secret that teachers are among the lowest paid professionals anywhere, but the school management was keen to impress the Board, so they decided to hike the salaries to match the guidelines. But the teachers soon learnt that this hike was only on paper, and they would have to return all the extra money. Frustrated by the double standards, teachers have sent a complaint letter to the CBSE head office to intimate them about the issue before the inspection. In a full staff meeting conducted by the chairman of the school, we were told that in the month of November, an inspection team from CBSE would be coming to our school for affiliation. To show the CBSE board, they will pay us as per the government rules for two months September and October. But the extra amount has to be returned to the school in the form of an advanced cheque, said the teachers in a complaint letter to the CBSE board. Show us the money: School teachers The letter added: For example, if my salary is Rs 18,400, but as per regulations my salary should be Rs 28,100. I was paid that much and then extra amount was returned to them through an advance cheque. This farce started in the September-October salary cycle and was repeated the next month as well. The amount that teachers had to return varied greatly, depending on how much gap there was between their original salary and the CBSE standard. Some had to return about 10%, while others had to return well over half the money. Of course, this also means that they are being paid less than half of what they should make ideally. Reality cheque: One of the teachers from the school said, “The salary chaos has baffled all of us, but very few speak about it, fearing the consequences. We were asked to give the administration a signed blank cheque before the salary was credited to our account. Whatever amount was over and above our normal pay, we had to return it all. The school has been really clever in executing their plan. We just hope that the CBSE takes cognisance of the complaint. Since an inspection was expected, even the class teachers were reshuffled abruptly, perhaps because of the guidelines on educational qualifications. All these irregularities should stop. Can't explain it away: Of course, the school will deny it. But how will they explain everything that has happened from the meeting with the chairman, to all the teachers signing cheques in front of the admin staff, it has all been captured on CCTV camera, said one teacher. Due to the demonetisation drive, all withdrawals had to be made in person at the bank. All teachers were taken to the bank in Badlapur, where our salary accounts are held. Why should we all go there and make self-withdrawals at the same time? questioned another teacher. The other side: However, school chairman AK Singh completely refuted the allegations, and said, There may be teachers who are unhappy with the management for whatever reason, who are spreading such news. We are not even expecting any inspection so soon.” He added, We have applied for CBSE affiliation, but there is no update on when the inspection is scheduled. CBSE board saysThe CBSE board PRO, Rama Sharma, said, We cannot comment on when the school will receive CBSE affiliation. For already affiliated schools, we have a process wherein they have to declare information about teachers qualification and salaries. For schools that are yet not affiliated, the inspection committee visits the school and all aspects are physically verified. Rs 18,400 Original salary of one of the complainants Rs 28,100 Salary as per CBSE regulations Rs 9,700 Amount the complainant was forced to return to school
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2016-12-02Call centre scam: charge sheet filed in Thane court - The Hindu
Call centre scam: charge sheet filed in Thane court Mumbai: PTI December 03, 2016 00:34 IST A 5,000-page charge sheet was filed in a special court on Friday in connection with the multi-crore Thane call centre scam, in which the accused had allegedly duped American citizens by posing as officials of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and made them pay by threatening legal action. The charge sheet filed by the crime branch before the special court names 82 people as accused in the case, and six others as absconding. Of the 82, most were arrested in the crackdown since the scam was exposed in October and booked under IPC sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), sections 72(1), 75 of the IT Act and relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act. Police have attached the complaints filed by some US citizens who were allegedly conned along with the statements by several witnesses, to the charge sheet. The fraud was unearthed after crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in Thane on October 4-5. The police had registered three FIRs in this connection. Investigators had earlier said they have identified transactions worth Rs. 25-30 crore in the scam, and that it will take a long time for them to arrive at the actual figure, given the scam's magnitude. Alleged mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy is on the run. On October 16, police arrested Sagar's alleged mentor, Jagdish Kanani, 33, from Borivali. The con syndicate has spread its tentacles nationwide including in cities like Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Thane.Besides Kanani, about 70 directors and key persons of these call centres have been arrested. Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray said the assistance of computer experts was taken to make a watertight case. The modus operandi adopted by the scamsters was to procure data of US citizens through their contacts and then call their potential targets over phone by impersonating IRS officials. As per police, the call centre employees, trained to speak with an American accent, would allegedly threaten their targets with legal action over some tax issues, and those who fell prey were asked to make immediate online payments. The US government had announced the indictment of 61 individuals and entities, including 31 from India, in connection with the scam and had also praised the Thane police for their investigation. An FBI officer had met Thane Police officials in October to share probe details.
Call centre scam: charge sheet filed in Thane court - The Hindu
2016-12-02Mumbai: Police chargesheet 80 in Thane call centre scam - The Indian Express
Mumbai: Police chargesheet 80 in Thane call centre scam Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:December 3, 2016 5:22 am They would threaten the US citizen to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them. THE THANE police Friday chargesheeted 80 people in the call centre scam in which callers from bogus call centres in the Mira Road area and Bhayandar duped US citizens by pretending to be calling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Thane police said they will also be charging 630 more who were working at these call centres. The police had arrested 80 people who were present at the call centres when they were raided on October 4. They have now decided to chargesheet the other 630 employees as well at a later stage. Over 20 persons including Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind, and his sister Reema have been named as wanted accused. Watch what else is making news: The call centre scam was busted on October 4 when Thane police raided nine call centres where employees would make calls to US citizens posing to be from the IRS. They would threaten the US citizen to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them. The 80 arrested accused in the case are all still behind bars and the filing of the chargesheet will open up the option of securing bail for them. Among the accused who will be released on bail after two months is one who missed his exams as he was unable to secure bail and a woman who is to get married in the next few weeks. DCP Parag Manere said, Given the technical nature of the case, we got help from some top IT experts. With their help, we managed to get information from technology giants like Google and Magic Jack, a device used to make high quality VoIP calls from India to US.ť An officer linked to the case said the Magic Jack device used by the accused to make fraudulent calls had data of all the victims, who had been called. The police contacted Magic Jack company through highly placed channels who gave them data from the device that helped police track down the accused persons. The police then contacted Google to track how the accused had purchased the Magic Jack device. The data from Google will help us prove the accused had purchased the device online. This device was then used to make the fraudulent calls,ť the officer said. Manere said the accused have been booked on charges of cheating, extortion and destruction of evidence that carries a maximum of seven years imprisonment. An officer said they added the destruction of evidence charge after they found that some hard disks at the call centre had been formatted days before they raided the place. An officer said that in the form of evidence, they have CCTV footage from cameras at the call centres. In the footage, the accused are seen coming to the call centre where all fraudulent calls were made from. Apart from that, the police have recorded before a magistrate, statements of 10 persons associated with the working of the call centre. The witnesses have given us detailed accounts of how the fraud was carried out. This will form strong evidence against the arrested accused during trial,ť the officer said. The police added that they will be filing at least another 3-4 chargesheets at a later stage. 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 Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department on Thursday charged 61 persons in connection with the IRS scam including some US citizens.
Mumbai: Police chargesheet 80 in Thane call centre scam - The Indian Express
2016-12-02Bus rams into truck in Maharashtra`s Thane; 18 passengers injured - Zee News
Bus rams into truck in Maharashtra's Thane; 18 passengers injured PTI Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 21:30 Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 21:30 Thane: At least 18 passengers were injured when a state-run bus they were travelling in met with an accident near here today, police said. The bus, belonging to Maharashtra State Road Transport Cororation (MSRTC), was on its way from Kalyan to Arnala when it rammed into a truck near Ambadi on Wada Road at around 7 AM, an official said. Eighteen passengers were injured in the mishap and they were treated at a local hospital and later discharged, he added. 
2016-12-02The crazy world of Thane Kirby - Stuff.co.nz
The crazy world of Thane Kirby Last updated 17:45, December 2 2016 He's called women on Instagram "do-nothing b....es" and once asked Naz Khanjani if Bachelor Jordan Mauger was "well-hung" and whether he gave her an orgasm. Now Mediaworks are giving controversial radio DJ Thane Kirby a much bigger audience - a gamble they hope will pay off. Kirby's move from the niche station George FM to host the drive show on mainstream station The Rock was buried in a list of moves as Mediaworks shuffled their radio talent around.
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2016-12-01Thane: Woman killed in petty quarrel with neighbour over playing gully cricket - Hindustan Times
Thane: Woman killed in petty quarrel with neighbour over his son playing cricket Dec 01, 2016 11:26 IST A petty quarrel over a cricket ball hitting a woman took an ugly turn with a 48-year-old woman stabbed to death and her husband seriously injured allegedly by a neighbour, police said on Thursday. Some boys at Borivili village in Padgha town of Bhiwandi taluka in the district were playing cricket on Wednesday when a ball hit the woman in the neighbourhood. Later, the woman, Malti Zavar, and her husband Suresh Zavar (50) complained to the parents of a boy about the youngsters playing the sport in an unsafe manner which led to an argument among them, police said. The boy's annoyed father, Govind Gorpade, then picked up a sharp weapon from his house and attacked the woman with it, killing her on the spot while her husband sustained serious injuries, they said. The body was sent for postmortem to government hospital, police said, adding that the woman's husband was admitted to a local hospital. Offences under sections 302 (murder), and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC have been registered in connection with the incident, police said adding that further probe was on. A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused.
Thane: Woman killed in petty quarrel with neighbour over playing gully cricket - Hindustan Times
2016-12-01Demolition drive unearths 274 hidden rooms in Thane lodge - Hindustan Times
Demolition drive unearths 274 hidden rooms in Thane lodge Dec 02, 2016 00:36 IST Workers of the Thane Municipal Corporation on Thursday began demolishing 16-room Satyam lodge near Upvan lake, only to stumble upon a hidden three-storey structure in the basement with 274 additional rooms. We immediately called the civic commissioner. After inspection, we demolished entire lodge near Upvan lake to find a total of 290 rooms. All the rooms were strewn with liquor bottles, cigarette butts, condoms and drugs, said a civic official, on condition of anonymity. However, the police claimed the three-storied structure had 55 rooms, of which 17 were demolished during the anti-encroachment drive. There were a total of 55 rooms of which 17 were demolished on Thursday. The rest 38 are scheduled to be demolished on Friday. We will make a panchnama of the incident on Friday morning, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sunil Lokhande told HT. Thursday was the second day of the TMC's drive against encroachments on service roads the biggest demolition of bars, hotels and lodges in the city. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, Satyam Lodge is near Upavan lake, a popular hangout for residents. The lodge is a 10x20 sqft structure visible from the road. Initially, we demolished only a small portion of the lodge, which was obstructing the road, but were shocked to find so many rooms in the basement. On August 13, 2014, the police's anti-trafficking cell had raided the lodge and had found 60 rooms in the basement. Joint commissioner of police (Thane) Ashutosh Dumbare said, “We were not aware the lodge had so many rooms. I have asked a senior police inspector and deputy commissioner of police from the zone to give a report on the lodge and the earlier raid. Another police officer from the Thane commissionerate said, We did not carry out periodical checks as licences of some lodges had been cancelled. It is the TMC's duty to take action against illegal structures. The TMC said the lodge was built in 1984 and the rooms in the basement were built recently. The lodge paid taxes only for 16 rooms all these years. Malvi said the municipal corporation will register cases against the lodge owner. From Wednesday, the corporation started a major demolition drive against illegal structures obstructing the roads. Ten teams carried out the drive across the city and took action against illegal bars, garages, lodges and car showrooms. On Thursday, eight lodges, 25 dhabas, 10 hotel sheds, 25 garages, 30 furniture showrooms and five bars were also demolished in the drive.
Demolition drive unearths 274 hidden rooms in Thane lodge - Hindustan Times
2016-12-0115-km long water tunnel between Andheri and Thane commissioned - Mumbai Mirror
15-km long water tunnel between Andheri and Thane commissioned PTI | Dec 1, 2016, 07.07 PM IST Mumbai: In a significant upgrade to Mumbai's water supply system, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today commissioned a 15-km long water tunnel, touted as the country's biggest in terms of capacity, from Gundavali in Thane to Bhandup water complex here. The tunnel has has been constructed to phase out above-the-ground British-era pipelines carrying water from Vaitarna, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna and Tansa reservoirs to Bhandup water treatment plant, besides reducing losses due to leakages and tampering. Fadnavis was accompanied by ally Shiv Sena's chief Uddhav Thackeray during the programme. Terming the commissioning of tunnel as a historical achievement, Fadnavis said, "This project deserves to find place in the history books as it will ensure seamless water supply in next 100 years." The Chief Minister assured Thackeray that projects which are for benefit of Mumbaikars will be given priority by the state government. "The projects belonging to Mumbai city will be given top priority," said Fadnavis in response to an appeal made by the Sena president to push projects in Mumbai. "We have started a war room in Mumbai for proper coordination with 17 odd agencies belonging jointly to the state and central government. This room is providing one-window system for agencies," said the Chief Minister. Fadnavis emphasised on sustainability of services and qualities that Mumbai civic body provides to it's residents and that his government was focusing on urban governance. "In the last 10-15 years, government failed to come up with infrastructure and roadmap matching with urban influx. But our government is focused on it (urban governance)," said the Chief Minister. The water tunnel project which began in 2009, was constructed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, in two phases with a cost of Rs 2800 crore. The tunnel of 5.5 meters diameter from Gundavali to Kapurbawdi and Kapurbawdi to Bhandup complex has a capacity to carry 4,000 million litres of water daily which includes provisions for existing supply and supply from proposed Gargai and Pinjal dams in future.
15-km long water tunnel between Andheri and Thane commissioned - Mumbai Mirror
2016-12-01Thanks To The Jan Dhan Yojana, This Thane Village Has Now ... - Indiatimes.com
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2016-12-01Thane: Fire breaks out at chemical factory, 2 dead - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Fire breaks out at chemical factory, 2 dead PTI Published Dec 1, 2016, 3:22 pm IST Updated Dec 1, 2016, 3:22 pm IST Thane: Two persons were charred to death when a major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Taloja MIDC in neighbouring Raigad district this on Wednesday police said. The chemical unit was also completely gutted in the blaze, fire brigade officials said. Two persons were charred to death in the fire at the chemical unit. The victims, who are yet to be identified, are suspected to be workers of the plant, Taloja police said. An official from Taloja Fire Station said, The blaze started at the chemical unit around 4.30 pm. Ten fire engines started at the chemical unit around 4.30 pm.Ten fire engines from Taloja and nearby Panvel, Kalamboli were rushed to the site and the fire was brought under control by around 6 pm. The entire chemical unit was reduced to ashes in the incident, the official added. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained and further investigation was on.
Thane: Fire breaks out at chemical factory, 2 dead - Deccan Chronicle
2016-12-01Demolition drive unearths lodge in Thane - The Hindu
Demolition drive unearths lodge in Thane Special Correspondent December 02, 2016 00:49 IST Mumbai: A team of policemen and civic officials, who reached a lodge in Thane to demolish it on Thursday, unearthed a fully-furnished three-storey lodge, complete with tiled and wallpapered corridors and electricity and water supply.According to officials, a drive was launched on Wednesday against all bars within Thane city limits, which have been secretly operating as dance bars, and lodges attached to or near the bars where flesh trade has been flourishing over the past several years. As part of the drive, the team reached Satyam Lodge near Upvan Lake on Thursday afternoon. Seen from outside, the lodge is a simple, single-storey structure. However, when we demolished it, we saw some water pipes running underground. As we had already demolished the structure, accessing the front side was impossible. We went over to the back, which has dense shrubbery, and found an access to the underground. We went downstairs to find three storeys below the ground level,ť said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malvi, Thane Municipal Corporation. The officials contacted their superiors and called in reinforcements, after which a comprehensive search was undertaken. The search lasted hours as the officials went through each room, which has electricity and water supply, and electrical appliances like air conditioners. The lodge has a total of 290 rooms, and we found liquor bottles and contraceptives. We will be demolishing the structure on Thursday night,ť said Mr. Malvi. The Thane police, meanwhile, have initiated investigations to find out how long the underground lodge has been operational. The lodge is located next to a bar named Harshit, and the police suspect that it was a front for a flesh trade racket, in which clients were allowed to select commercial sex workers of their choice, and then taken to the lodge, sources said. Apart from Satyam Lodge, the authorities razed 29 bars and 27 lodges on Wednesday and eight bars on Thursday.
Demolition drive unearths lodge in Thane - The Hindu
2016-12-01Thane Police submit chargesheet in IRS scam - The Indian Express
Thane Police submit chargesheet in IRS scam By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 2, 2016 3:39 am The IRS scam was busted on October 5 when the Thane police raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area, and found the employees making calls to US citizens posing as IRS officials. The Thane police Thursday submitted an over 2,000-page chargesheet before a sessions court against the accused they arrested for allegedly running a call centre scam. The procedure, however, could not be completed on Thursday and will continue till Friday, when the chargesheet is likely to be filed. An officer said, The chargesheet in the case will be filed tomorrow against the arrested accused. We have strong evidence to prove the involvement of the accused persons in the case. The IRS scam was busted on October 5 when the Thane police raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area, and found the employees making calls to US citizens posing as IRS officials. The callers would threaten the US citizens to instantly settle a 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-Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department too charged 61 persons in connection with the scam, including US citizens.
Thane Police submit chargesheet in IRS scam - The Indian Express

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