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|2016-03-31||Over 42K aspirants fight for 230 constable posts in Thane police - Times of India|
Over 42K aspirants fight for 230 constable posts in Thane police Mar 31, 2016, 10.17 PM IST Thane: The Thane police has received a whopping 42,030 applications for 230 posts of constables in Thane. As many as 183 aspirants are competing for every single post of police constable recruitment presently underway indicating the unemployment trend among the generation next. The applicants would earn a monthly basic pay package of Rs 5,200 besides a range of allowances taking the salary to over Rs 20,000. Out of the total applications received, nearly 6,672 are women who are fighting to grab a total of 69 seats reserved for lady constable in the service of police, which means 97 applicants for every single seat. The qualification criteria is standard 12th pass. The recruitment which started on Tuesday saw a surge of candidates in which the police sources spotted several graduates, post graduates and maximum chunk of applicants in their degree courses looking competing for a seat. Most applicants have come from the hinterlands of Thane, Vidharbha and Marathwada where farmers are struggling to meet the basic needs. Police sources said the primary reason for the deluge of job-seekers is the lure of big city and more importantly assured monthly income. The officer further added that there is a neck-to-neck competition in the physical test as the candidates are easily clearing the hurdles. However, once the results are out the approximate number can be counted of the candidates appointed on the pay scale of the state government. In a bid to curtail the inconvenience to the candidates, the Thane police have started an online process where the candidates can check the dates when the physical tests will be conducted. On each day, nearly 2,500 aspirants are summoned at Saket ground according to the provided dates being displayed online, said a police officer. Briefing about the arrangements, a senior police officer said, "Elaborate arrangements have been made with closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) installed to record the physical examination of the candidates to avert the possibility of complains and biased results. We are keeping the recording of the the entire process so that in case of any complaints we have all the results of the physical tests recorded." "The results of aspirants clearing their physical tests are displayed on the internet as well as on a board outside the ground for the convenience of the aspirants," the police officer added.
|2016-03-31||Additional halts at Thane for five trains - Times of India|
Additional halts at Thane for five trains Mar 31, 2016, 09.20 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway has provided temporary halts to five of its superfast trains at Thane station following public demand. The trains include Pune-CST Sinhagad Express, Manmad -CST Panchvati Express, Firozpur-CST Punjab Mail, Latur-CST-Latur Express and CST-Manmad Rajyarani Express. These halts are on an experimental basis but will largely benefit outstation passengers who usually had to travel to Mumbai or Kalyan, say railway officials. As most of these trains operate at peak hours, suburban commuters could possibly get an option to travel to Mumbai as trains like the Sinhagad express has a special coach for season ticket holders. Meanwhile the LTT-Visakhapatnam Express will also be provided a halt at Kalyan station. The operational halts will be from April 1 to June 30, inform railway officials.
|2016-03-31||300 mangrove trees destroyed at Thane - Hindustan Times|
300 mangrove trees destroyed at Thane 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 over the past one week Updated: Mar 31, 2016 23:29 IST 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 over the past one week. Residents of the area, belonging to the local fishing community, alleged the land had been reclaimed for illegal housing development. A complaint was filed by local NGO Sree Ekvir Aai Pratishthan on Wednesday with the collector’s office, Thane and the state mangrove cell. This is the third reported case of mangrove destruction from areas around Kasheli creek over the past year. HT had reported first in April last year about a similar violation where close to 100 trees were destroyed owing to debris dumping on the wetlands. In January this year, construction debris was dumped on a two-acre mangrove patch at the creek, destroying close to 600 trees. In both cases, the violations were stopped and debris removed after the Thane collector’s intervention. “Local goons from Kasheli village under the directives from the gram panchayat (local self governing body) in connivance with politicians first removed a thick patch of mangrove cover by hacking the trees, then began dumping debris,” said Nandkumar Pawar, director, NGO Sree Ekvir Aai Pratishthan. “It is a gross violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rule and wetlands rule. However, the state mangrove cell or the local collector have not responded to the complaint.” The destruction of mangrove forests across the state and construction within 50m of mangrove areas was banned by the Bombay high court in 2005, after a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by the NGO Bombay Environment Action Group. In 2014, after NGO Vanashakti filed another PIL on the protection of wetlands, the high court banned all reclamation and construction on wetlands. Officials from the state mangrove cell said they had received the complaint, but the jurisdiction to take action in the matter falls under the ambit of the local collector. “We will draft a punchnama and send it to the collector’s office if a violation is observed,” said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. The Thane collector told HT they had taken cognisance of the complaint. “I have directed our circle officers to visit the site, investigate the matter and submit a report. We will take strict action if violations are observed,” said Ashwini Joshi, collector, Thane.
|2016-03-31||Thane cops set up e-surveillance to curb traffic violations in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane cops set up e-surveillance to curb traffic violations in ThaneBy Divyesh SinghDivyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Apr 1, 2016, 01.12 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesThe Thane traffic police have started deploying e-surveillance to curb violations. This is the first time such a system is being set up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) where traffic violations will be manned through electronic surveillance using specialized software. The software is linked to the 16 high definition CCTV cameras installed at junctions such as Nitin Company, Cadbury junction, Kopri, etc. In case of signal jumping, lane jumping, the software records CCTV grabs of the vehicle and generates a report along with a picture. The report is then sent to the digital control room where officials prepare a challan for the offence. The challan that is later issued to the offender through post mentions the offence and the penalty to be paid, which can be paid at the nearest traffic police office. A default of payment can lead to cancellation of driving license and registration of the vehicle. "The e-surveillance system is part of digitalisation being brought in by Thane police to keep a check on the traffic violation. It is for safety of the people" said DCP Rashmi Karandikar, Thane. "The Thane traffic police have also tied up with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to aid a speedy tracking process and to maintain a data of traffic offences. In the second phase of digitalisation, 64 cameras are to be installed across Thane covering Zone 1 and Zone 5," said a traffic police officer from Thane. The Thane Municipal Corporation has planned to install around 2000 CCTV cameras in the next one year across the city which will have shared access with the police. You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
|2016-03-30||18 booked for gambling at Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
18 booked for gambling at Thane On Tuesday night, the Thane police officials raided a residence near Eastern Expressway and found that 18 persons were playing rummy (a 21 card game) and were gambling. The arrested accused, residents of Mumbai and Thane, were released on bail. The police have seized cash worth Rs33 lakh kept in their cars and only counters and cash was found inside the residence. "We found that they were playing rummy inside the residence. We arrested them after we found cash Rs33 lakh, which belongs to the accused and we left them on bail," said Madan Patil, senior inspector, Wagle Estate police station. The cops had booked them under Prevention of Gambling Act for playing 21 card game of rummy and various other games inside the residence.
|2016-03-30||58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years - Times of India|
58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years Mar 30, 2016, 09.46 AM IST Thane: The 26-km-long Thane Creek, which covers a ground area of 1,690 hectares, has suffered an environmental catastrophe over the past 14 years as 58 of the 69 marine species in its waters have become extinct during this period. Asian sea bass, hilsa (herring), black tiger prawn, small crab and lobster are among the 11 surviving marine species in the brackish waters of the Thane Creek. Even these could soon disappear soon as high levels of toxins are contaminating the waters and starving aquatic life of oxygen here, revealed a research by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON). "In 2002, we had identified and located as many as 69 marine species in the Thane Creek. A fresh survey carried out by our research team in 2016 has shockingly revealed that just 11 of the species could be located in these waters. This means that the reproduction cycle of 58 fish and crab species was damaged to such an extent that they have become extinct," said Goldin Quadros, senior scientist in the wetlands ecology division at SACON. Quadros blamed the colossal damage on high levels of arsenic in the waters due to dumping of untreated waste along with industrial effluents and plastic, which reduce oxygen levels and raise the temperature, all of which directly contribute to the elimination of fish species. Quadros further said that of the 11 species that have survived, only four are edible. "We have been trying to generate awareness about the importance of conserving wetlands through our clean creek movement since 11 years now. While studying the creek over the years, we found that the clay soil bed that houses a variety of fish, plant and bird species is now replaced by silt accumulated over the years from garbage dumping. This has destroyed the bio-diversity here. Moreover, untreated waste water released into the creek over time has reduced the oxygen level in the creek, which has hit the survival of marine life," said R P Athalye, vice-principal of Bandodkar College and a member of the SACOM research team. This crisis has hit the livelihood of the fishing community. "Nine years ago, we used to catch around 10kg of fish, including Asian sea bass (jitada), small prawns (kardi), black prawns (karpal), Hilsa herring (pala) and lobster (shewand). However, now, after hours in the water, we barely find a kg of some of these. Karpal is no longer seen. Sometimes, we even find dead fish in our nets. Pollution in the creek, right from Balkum to Kharegaon, has hit our business. I have three fishing boats, two of which are gathering dust as the little we earn from the limited fish stock is insufficient to pay labour cost," said Rajesh Kharker (47), a fisherman from the Vitawa area.
|2016-03-30||Thane NGO starts day care centre for seniors, ensures their safety - Times of India|
Thane NGO starts day care centre for seniors, ensures their safety Mar 30, 2016, 06.51 PM IST THANE: After celebrating 50 long years of married life, life came to a standstill for Shankar Kelkar (name changed) after the death of his wife. But a month ago, ajoba, as he is fondly called by residents of Vrindavan society, has been spending quality time at a day care centre that has been started by the members of the Thane branch of the Mumbai based NGO Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti. From playing games like carrom, chess and cards to writing essays, poems, etc, the elderly members of the society have a good time and spend their day in a meaningful manner. The NGo has started a day care centre for the elderly who are frail and cannot manage on their own. They have converted a two-room tenement into a recreational centre which is equipped with a TV, music system, beds, a small library that is stocked up with books and newspapers. This day care centre, called Uttarangan, has been receiving quite a few registrations. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative taken up in a society in the lake city. "We stumbled upon the idea during a discussion with a friend. There are so many senior citizens who live alone as their children and grandchildren are working or studying. Also, in recent times we have been reading about a number of cases where senior citizens are being attacked, robbed and even murdered. In order to provide a safe environment for them, we came up with this proposition. It's better than living in an old age home that is far away from the city ,'' said Bharti Vaidya, vice-president of the Thane branch of Mumbai based NGO Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti. "With the help of an NGO we got two rooms and turned them into the day care centre,'' she added. They have also roped in doctors in the society in case of an emergency. "We have many doctors residing in our society. Before starting the centre, we had a discussion with them and they have promised us to provide their assistance in case of an emergency. We have also ensured that those living outside the society are dropped to and picked up from the centre by a relative. We also have a security guard and CCTVs," said Smita Mohole, treasurer of the team. The centre, which is open from 8am to 8pm, provides tea and snacks, but they insist that lunch is carried by the seniors. ``Most seniors follow a particular diet as they are suffering from some or the other ailment. So, we ask them to get their own meals," said Aparna Parab, the manager of the centre.
|2016-03-30||Fire in small shop puts Thane's Naupada area under darkness on Tuesday night - Times of India|
Fire in small shop puts Thane's Naupada area under darkness on Tuesday night Mar 30, 2016, 06.58 PM IST THANE: Naupada reeled under smoke and darkness on Tuesday night when a small fire broke out in a shop in Gaondevi Market area. While the fire brigade reached the spot in a matter of minutes and doused the flames quickly, it took a while for the dense smoke to lift. Additionally, the fire triggered a black out in the area as it resulted in a temporary power cut here. "The fire took place in a shop selling gas stoves. We still don't know what the cause was. As the shutter was down, the smoke thickened quickly. Luckily, nobody was injured," said a civic official on duty.
|2016-03-30||Thane tutor arrested for sodomising his minor boy student - Mid-Day|
Thane tutor arrested for sodomising his minor boy student By PTI |Posted 30-Mar-2016 A 21-year-old Arabic tutor from powerloom town of Bhiwandi was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly sodomising his 12-year-old student, police said. Police Inspector Dinesh Katke of Bhiwandi city police station told PTI that the accused Naushad Ali Gulam Shah, a resident of Navi Vasti, used to hold tuition classes in the area. The victim was one of his students. He wooed the minor boy to an isolated place in the locality on the pretext of giving him a bat to play, according to a police complaint filed by his parents. The accused then took the boy to a public toilet near Shanti Nagar pipeline where he sexually abused him, at least three to four times prior to March 26, the complaint said. The boy narrated his ordeal to his parents after which a complaint was lodged last night. The accused was arrested in the wee hours today, police said. The accused has been charged under sections 377, and 506 of the IPC and also sections 3 (a), (c), and 4 and 6 of the POCSO Act of 2012, police added.
|2016-03-30||Thane mass murders: 'Warekar had zero bank balance in Dec, had lost Rs 40 lakh in stocks' - The Indian Express|
Thane mass murders: ‘Warekar had zero bank balance in Dec, had lost Rs 40 lakh in stocks’ As per his bank statements, the police found that he had made massive losses in the stock market over the past one year. Mumbai | Published: March 31, 2016 2:09 am THE THANE police team checking the financial records of Hasnain Warekar, who killed 14 members of his family before hanging himself last month, has found out that Warekar had lost Rs 40 lakh in the stock market and had ‘zero balance’ in his bank account last December. The police will mention the financial crisis as one of the reasons that led Warekar to wipe out his entire family in their summary report. The other reason, that the police plans to mention, is that all his sisters had come to know that he was sexually abusing his mentally challenged sister, who was living with him. A senior officer privy to the developments in the case said the police, while going through Warekar’s bank records and demat account, had found out that Warekar had a turnover of nearly Rs 4 crores in the stock market investments. As per his bank statements, the police found that he had made massive losses in the stock market over the past one year. “In all, he had made losses to the tune of Rs 40 lakh in the past two years. In December, there was no money in his bank account,” said a senior officer, requesting anonymity. He had been trying to raise investments to start a supari importing business but nothing came of it, the officer added. Meanwhile, according to Subiya’s, Warekar’s sister and the sole survivor in the carnage, their brother had been sexually abusing a mentally ill sister, who had been staying with him. The sister had confided in the other siblings about the abuse and Warekar had overheard them discussing the issue. However, since the accused, Warekar, is already dead, the police will file an abated summary as per procedure. The police will mention that it was a pre-mediated attack as per the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report that found sedatives in the bodies of all but two of the deceased. “Apart from the mentally challenged sister Batul and one of the children, sedatives were found in the samples taken from all the deceased persons,” a senior officer said. The police, who also went through his internet browsing history, had found out that he had researched on the sedatives that he eventually used before killing the family. The police are awaiting a few forensic reports, after which the abated summary report will be filed.
|2016-03-30||Fire breaks out at a shop in Thane - Times of India|
Fire breaks out at a shop in Thane Mar 30, 2016, 06.46 AM IST MUMBAI: Late on Tuesday night, a fire broke out at a kitchen appliances shop at Gaondevi in Thane. The Thane fire brigade received a call at 9.45pm and two fire engines were sent to douse the fire. "The fire was doused and there was no injuries. However, the material inside the shop was gutted. Operations are still on," said an official from Jawahar Baug fire station.
|2016-03-29||Thane: Speeding car rams into motorcycle, kills two - Times of India|
|2016-03-29||After Thane, pipeline bursts at MIDC - Daily News & Analysis|
After Thane, pipeline bursts at MIDC While various civic bodies in Thane district are digging bore wells and cleaning existing ones due to ongoing water crisis, a lot of water is wasted in leakages. According to residents of Dombivli, an MIDC pipeline is leaking since past one month and nobody is fixing it. After pipe leakage at Kharegaon toll naka last week, MIDC's pipe at Kalyan-Shil highway has developed leakages. "It is more than a month that this pipe is leaking and we have reported the matter to MIDC many times but nothing has been done," says Raju Nalawade, a resident from Dombivli, adding, "Lots of water is wasted daily and nobody is doing anything to plug it." The residents say that with current water crisis in the state, such a water wastage is criminal. "When people do not have water to drink, here lakh litres of water is wasted daily," says Sudha Chavan, another resident of Dombivli. The residents suspect that the water leak is a handiwork of nearby garages and hawkers. "There are lots of garages on the highway near the pipeline and we suspect that the hawkers and the garagewalas have loosened the visible nut bolt of the pipeline. They use this water for cleaning, washing, potable purpose," says Nalawade. Since the beginning of this year, 60 hour water cuts have been imposed in most municipal limits of Thane district. In Dombivli, besides three-day water cut, the residents allege that there is no water in the taps from 11pm to 7am every day. They say that they have followed it up with MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) for a month but to no avail. "After writing to MIDC many times, today I went to the police station to lodge a complaint. But they said that only MIDC can come and complaint as it is their property which is being violated," says Nalawade. "In the meanwhile, MIDC says they will speak to the cops. Rather than wasting their time in blame game, they should first go and fix the leaking pipe," he adds. When we contacted Shankar Jagtap, executive engineer, MIDC, he said, "I do not know about the leakage or the location. We will speak to the residents and solve it."
|2016-03-29||58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years - Times of India|
58 of 69 fish, crab species vanish from Thane Creek in 14 years Mar 29, 2016, 09.47 PM IST THANE: The 26-km-long Thane Creek, which covers a ground area of 1,690 hectares, has suffered an environmental catastrophe over the past 14 years as 58 of the 69 marine species in its waters have become extinct during this period. Asian sea bass, hilsa (herring), black tiger prawn, small crab and lobster are among the 11 surviving marine species in the brackish waters of the Thane Creek. Even these could soon disappear soon as high levels of toxins are contaminating the waters and starving aquatic life of oxygen here, revealed a research by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON)."In 2002, we had identified and located as many as 69 marine species in the Thane Creek. A fresh survey carried out by our research team in 2016 has shockingly revealed that just 11 of the species could be located in these waters. This means that the reproduction cycle of 58 fish and crab species was damaged to such an extent that they have become extinct," said Goldin Quadros, senior scientist in the wetlands ecology division at SACON. Quadros blamed the colossal damage on high levels of arsenic in the waters due to dumping of untreated waste along with industrial effluents and plastic, which reduce oxygen levels and raise the temperature, all of which directly contribute to the elimination of fish species. Quadros further said that of the 11 species that have survived, only four are edible. "We have been trying to generate awareness about the importance of conserving wetlands through our clean creek movement since 11 years now. While studying the creek over the years, we found that the clay soil bed that houses a variety of fish, plant and bird species is now replaced by silt accumulated over the years from garbage dumping. This has destroyed the bio-diversity here. Moreover, untreated waste water released into the creek over time has reduced the oxygen level in the creek, which has hit the survival of marine life," said R P Athalye, vice-principal of Bandodkar College and a member of the SACOM research team. This crisis has hit the livelihood of the fishing community. "Nine years ago, we used to catch around 10kg of fish, including Asian sea bass (jitada), small prawns (kardi), black prawns (karpal), Hilsa herring (pala) and lobster (shewand). However, now, after hours in the water, we barely find a kg of some of these. Karpal is no longer seen. Sometimes, we even find dead fish in our nets. Pollution in the creek, right from Balkum to Kharegaon, has hit our business. I have three fishing boats, two of which are gathering dust as the little we earn from the limited fish stock is insufficient to pay labour cost," said Rajesh Kharker (47), a fisherman from the Vitawa area.
|2016-03-29||Uttarangan: A day-care centre for seniors in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Uttarangan: A day-care centre for seniors in Thane The increasing rate of crime against elderly people, who usually stay at home alone after their children leave for work, has raised concern among many families in the city. For such people, a day-care center called Uttarangan has turned out to be a boon. There are many centres in the city to take care of children, but Uttarangan in Thane is exclusively for senior citizens, which takes efforts to make them feel at home. "With working couples going to offices in the morning, senior citizens are left alone at home. Whether there is a security guard or not, we often hear of seniors being targeted by criminal elements," said Amruta Kelkar, CEO, Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti, Thane. "While the seniors get bored at home alone, their wards working in offices often get worried thinking about their well-being," she added. Uttarangan was established at Vrundavan society in Thane west in February. It has a two-BHK flat on the ground floor with all the facilities for rest and recreation. There are books, a CD player, indoor games like carom board for their recreation, among other facilities. The charges for a day are Rs250, which includes breakfast, tea, coffee and Rs5000 per month. The centre does not provide food and seniors are expected to bring their own tiffin box. "This is because most seniors are on a prescribed diet due to their ailments. But if need be, then there are many home-made food centres available in the area and we can order for them," she added. Kelkar said a day-care center for senior citizens is a novel concept and will take some time to gather response. "Here, the wards can leave their elderly parents at 8am and keep them till 8pm. Though there have been many inquiries for residential facilities, we just provide day care at present," she added. Nana Palkar is a Mumbai-based NGO formed in 1968 and provides subsidised services to poor patients and their families. It opened its branch in Thane in 2008 and offers hospital equipment to patients like surgical beds, wheelchair, bed pan, among others on rent.
|2016-03-29||Bigamist on the run after cheating Thane girl - Daily News & Analysis|
Bigamist on the run after cheating Thane girl The Rabodi police have booked a 29-year-old man for allegedly cheating a woman of more than Rs4 lakh after she learnt that he was married. The police is yet to arrest the accused. According to Rabodi police, Omkar Sovat, a resident of Koper in Dombivli, married a resident of Thane. After marriage, he took the cost of wedding cards from the woman's father. The woman's father approached the police and registered a complaint. "The complainant revealed that the girl was cheated as he was already married to another woman named Reshma More, 28. He married his daughter and cheated her of Rs4,95,745," said a police officer. "We are investigating if the man has married more than one woman in the same way. We will arrest him under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code," said DD Edake, investigating officer. "The girl is shocked after learning about her husband's first wife. We are contacting the family members to know more about the background of the accused," added Edake.
|2016-03-29||Thane: Police hunt for trio who hit watchman with table fan and thrashed him - Mid-Day|
Thane: Police hunt for trio who hit watchman with table fan and thrashed him By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours A 50-year-old watchman, who was about to complete his first day of work at a residential complex in Kalyan (west), was assaulted by three locals on March 18 with a table fan A 50-year-old watchman, who was about to complete his first day of work at a residential complex in Kalyan (west), was assaulted by three locals on March 18 with a table fan. He succumbed to his injuries in Sion Hospital on March 25. The Khadakpada police are trying to trace the accused with the help of CCTV footage. CCTV images show the trio entered the complex, one of them got the table fan from the watchman’s cabin and began hitting him with it The three accused were fighting and the watchman had asked them to move away from the gate. mid-day has the CCTV footage that shows Ganesh Khilare (50), who was on duty at Season Heaven residential complex near Godrej Hills in Khadakpada, Kalyan West, being beaten with a fan in the incident that took place between 12.30 am and 12.45 am on March 18. “The CCTV footage clearly shows that the three accused were fighting amongst themselves in front of the complex gate. The first time, Khilare closed the gate and came to his cabin. Later, the accused came inside while hitting each other. Khilare approached them and asked them to continue the fight leaving the complex gate, as they were fighting and shouting loudly at night,” said Dinesh Sonawane, Assistant Police Inspector, Khadakpada police station. Police said the accused, who were angry about Khilare asking them to leave, first slapped him. “One of them then came running towards the cabin and took the table fan and started assaulting Khilare on his head. He hit him more than 5 times till the fan broke into two pieces. They later took him out of the gate while assaulting him badly,” added Sonawane. The injured Khilare was first shifted to Rukmani Bai hospital in Kalyan and later to Sion Hospital. “On March 25, Khilare who had suffered a severe head injury, succumbed to injuries,” added Sonawane. The Khadakpada police in Kalyan earlier registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. “After he succumbed to his injuries we added section 302 (murder) of the IPC. With the help of the CCTV footage from the complex we are trying to trace the three accused who are locals from a nearby area and are absconding. We suspect they were drunk that night and had a fight over some issue,” added Sonawane.
|2016-03-28||Illegal dredging of sand continues in Thane - Times of India|
Illegal dredging of sand continues in Thane Mar 28, 2016, 11.35 AM IST Thane: Nearly six months after talks of passing an ordinance to check illegal dredging of sand from the river beds and creeks was being discussed, natives claim the plundering of these reserves still continues unabated. The additional chief secretary (Home) K P Bakshi who was in Thane in September last said an ordinance was proposed to this effect. Meanwhile a delegation of sand miners will meet the district administration requesting for permission to resume manual sand excavation and demanding stern action on those involved in illegal mining here. An industry personnel said lakhs of families depend on the traditional vocation of manual sand excavation and are now suffering following the blanket ban on excavations from the creek from Ghodbundar to Dombivli and Ulhas river which has been their traditional vocation. "We will raise our voice against illegal dredging through heavy machines," said a member.
|2016-03-28||Month later, Thane massacre still haunts locals & family - Times of India|
Month later, Thane massacre still haunts locals & family Mar 28, 2016, 11.11 PM IST Thane: A month after debt- ridden Hasnain Warekar killed 14 members of his family, residents and the kin of the deceased are yet to come to terms with the incident. The in-laws and husbands of Hasnain's sister have been spending sleepless nights and are still wondering the reason behind the barbaric act. The grieving families have yet not spoken to the other familiy members, a relative of the Warekar's said. Hasnain's brother-in-law Arfat Fakhi said that he had no contact with his sister-in-law Subiya, who is the sole survivor of the incident. "Subiya's husband Sozuf visited my house recently. He told me that Subiya is yet to get over the tragedy and is mourning and she barely talks to anyone. Maybe I will go to meet her after the 40-days mourning period," he said. The murder also comes as a setback for those who wish to move away from the area. Buyers have been shying aways from the area after the incident. The murders drew the attention of the world and this has brought the area on the notorious list. The place has also been receiving few bids from real estate developers. ''The area has seen very few buyers ever since the incident has taken place. The murders was was one of the most bizarre incidnets in recent times. After such an incident, buyers do not want to invest in such areas as it has a bad record,'' said a real estate agent. However, residents have resumed their normal routine and are trying to forget about the incident. No one speaks about the incident. But those who were close to the Warekar's still can't get over the incident. "We are trying to get back to our day to day activities. Earlier, we were traumatized by the incident but now we are getting back on track. It will take some more time to settle down," said a neighbour of Warekars. Warekar's neighbours said that whenever they pass their house, the incident just flashes before their eyes. ''It will always be the most horrific and gruesome incident of our lives,'' said a neighbour. Meanwhile, the Thane police are still trying to connect the dots and are finding the reason behind the murders.
|2016-03-28||Thane: Newspaper vendor killed in hit-and-run - Mid-Day|
Thane: Newspaper Vendor Killed In Hit-And-Run Mar 28, 2016, 06:47 IST Two Newspaper Vendors— An Uncle-Nephew Duo — Were Out On A Bike Doing Their Job Yesterday When A Speeding Car Ran Them Over. While The 24-Year-Old Nephew Died, The Uncle (46) Is Seriously Injured Two newspaper vendors— an uncle-nephew duo — were out on a bike doing their job yesterday morning when a speeding car ran them over in Naupada. While the 24-year-old nephew succumbed to the injuries, the uncle (46) is seriously injured.
|2016-03-28||Thane: Cement truck rams into house, one injured - Mid-Day|
Thane: Cement truck rams into house, one injured By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours The driver fled after the truck ran into a car and came to a halt after crashing into the house; police suspect brake failure A cement truck rammed into a parked car yesterday which then hit a 25-year-old woman, who was manning her departmental store in Titwala, and injured her. The driver of the truck fled the spot and cops registered a rash driving case against him. The truck rammed into the house in Titwala The truck was on contract basis, assigned for cement concretisation of a road in Titwala by Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Police have formed a team to find the driver. Pushed by the truck, the car hit the 25-year-old woman The victim identified as Nandani Nilesh Kadam was tying a cloth at her shop, which is on the ground floor of her house, on Sunday morning at 7, when a cement mixing truck rammed into her relative’s parked car, which was pushed by the truck, and hit her. “The truck was coming from Jakat Naka towards Ganpati Road and the incident took place in front of Sai Ganesh Lodge. It rammed into a parked Swift car and into Kadam’s residence. The residence has completely been damaged and the car of one of their neighbours’ relative, who had come there to visit Titwala Ganesh temple, suffered damage too,” said a police constable investigating the case, while adding that the victim was admitted in a private hospital and is undergoing treatment. Police sayA case has been registered at Titwala police station under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 184 and 187 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Venkat Andhale, senior police inspector, Titwala police station, told mid-day, “The accident took place on Sunday morning. One woman was injured. We have registered a case against the driver, who fled the scene and are looking for him. We suspect that the truck’s brake might have failed and the driver lost control of the vehicle.”
|2016-03-28||Thane massacre: Month on, relatives, locals still to recover from horror - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane massacre: Month on, relatives, locals still to recover from horrorBy Nazia SayedNazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Mar 28, 2016, 09.19 AM ISTTweetShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsTweetShare MoreEmail this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeURL copied to clipboardGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesA cold shudder runs through him each time he thinks of the massacre of 14 of his family members in Thane. The tension on the face of Ayaz Warekar was palpable on Saturday when he visited the house of his nephew Hasnain Warekar in Kasarvadavali for a ritual, nearly a month after the chilling crime. This was the first time relatives of Hasnain visited the ground-plus-one structure to offer prayers so that the departed souls can rest in peace and the killer's sins are forgiven. Among Hasnain's victims were his wife, sisters, their children, and his parents. He hanged himself minutes after going on the murderous spree on February 28. "I even don't feel like looking at that house. I myself had pulled out 14 bodies from there. In one day, 14 people who were my own were buried. The house which used to bustle with activities has no fallen silent. We don't even look at it when we pass by it," said Ayaz. Recounting the fateful day, the relative said, "I still remember where all the bodies were lying. It was horrible. We have opened this house after a month to offer prayers. It is aritual which needs to be done after a death in the family. We locked it after the prayers. I did not even dare to go upstairs." Not just relatives, the incident has left the entire neighbourhood traumatised. The neighbours have requested Hasnain's relatives to switch on the lights 24/7. "That house still gives us the creep. It feels as if the dead still roam there. I remember the family members laugh and chat that night. By morning, it was all over," said Basit, who lives nearby. The neighbour said it took two days for the cops and the relatives to clean up the place. "Initially, no one wanted to open the house. It was only when we complained to the cops about a stench they asked the relatives to clean it up." Hasnain's sister Subiya, who survived the attack, is the legal claimant of the house, but her family says she is not interested in it any more. "Subiya is still depressed. She has seen the murders. It's not possible for her to come to terms so easily. She becomes violent whenever she remembers the incident," said Ayaz. The uncle said he has met Subiya twice since she her discharge from the hospital, but has now decided to give some gap before he visits her again," said Ayaz. "I want her to settle down first. She is the only one we have now and I can't see her in such condition." Hasnain's father-in-law has ruled out that anyone would go to live in that house ever again. They are waiting for Subiya, who is at her husband's place in Bhiwandi, to recover, before they take a decision about the house in Kasarvadavali. You Might Also LikeRecommended By Colombia From around the webMore from Mumbai MirrorRecommended By Colombia
|2016-03-27||Community toilets in Thane - Times of India|
Community toilets in Thane Mar 27, 2016, 02.28 PM IST THANE: The TMC has sought assistance from a global non-profit organization to build community toilets in the city. The NGO- Habitat for Humanity India- signed an MOU with the Thane Municipal Corporation in October 2015 following which it will build 10 community toilets at Sathye Wadi, Thane. The idea is provide sanitation facilities for more than 600 people. The community toilet will house 22 toilet seats including 10 toilets for men, 10 toilets for women, 1 toilet for children and 1 will be disabled friendly. Apart from building the toilets, Habitat for Humanity India will also involve the local community and run the behavior change communication program to spread awareness about the importance of hygiene, sanitation and the ill effects of open defecation, says a press statement given by the NGO. The NGO has previously built 331 toilets for underprivileged families in Thane district. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity India said, "The practice of open defecation is a national concern and we as a society must make it unacceptable. We need to provide better sanitation facilities to the people especially for the bottom of the pyramid section of the society. We also need to mobilise the communities, work closely with them to change their mind set and ensure ownership because just constructing toilets will not be enough. We will work closely with local communities to raise awareness about sanitation and hygiene. Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said population growth in cities like Thane and Mumbai is one of the highest in the country and getting land for developing these infra is a major problem. He thanked residents of Sathe Wadi to make land available for initiating the project. "Till the project gets completed, we will arrange mobile toilet units for the people of Sathe Wadi," he said.
|2016-03-27||Moved by Kaniya's plight, Thane family donates safety gear - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: Helpers Handling Unclaimed Bodies Get A Helping Hand Mar 27, 2016, 14:35 IST Moved By The Plight Of Kaniya (38) And Rizwan (30), The Two Men Who Help Mumbai Police Dispose Of Unclaimed Bodies, A Thane-Based Family Has Stepped Forward To Provide Them With Safety Gear Moved by the plight of Kaniya (38) and Rizwan (30), the two men who help the city police dispose of unclaimed bodies, a Thane-based family has stepped forward to provide them with safety gear. On March 20, mid-day published an investigative story titled, A deadly job, exposing the risks the two take while disposing unclaimed/ unidentified bodies.
|2016-03-27||Multi-crore parking facility doesn't impress commuters in Thane - ETAuto.com|
Multi-crore parking facility doesn't impress commuters in Thane Commuters along Mahapalika marg in Thane seem unimpressed by the multi-crore parking facility started by the TMC as they continue parking their vehicles on the roads rendering the facility redundant. March 27, 2016, 09:25 IST THANE: Commuters along Mahapalika marg in Thane seem unimpressed by the multi-crore parking facility started by the TMC as they continue parking their vehicles on the roads rendering the facility redundant. The stack parking facility was started at Kachrali Lake at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore public money. However, barely any motorists including civic officials are utilizing the facility over the last five months after it was thrown open. The mechanized parking facility, built over a nullah, near the municipal headquarters in Pachpakhadi can accommodate 30 vehicles in two levels. However, months after it was constructed, the facility was available for free as the TMC had not finalized the parking rates. Despite this, there were no takers for the facility as motorists preferred parking vehicles on the roadsides. Motorists and activists have panned the facility saying the administration has failed to understand the needs of those parking in this area. "The facility isn't required at this place which sees visitors parking vehicles for few minutes. It must be instead made mandatory for civic officials to park their vehicles here and then set an example," said Pallavi Purandare, a motorist. TMC officials, said they are doing their best to attract motorists to the system and feel it would take some time. Meanwhile, the parking scenario in the city with a vehicle population of nearly 9 lakhs remains unresolved with the TMC failing to dedicate public parking slots on roads. The TMC is yet to completely allocate roadside parking zones in the city despite the proposal being approved by the general body in September.
|2016-03-27||Speeding civic car mows down biker in Thane - Times of India|
Speeding civic car mows down biker in Thane Mar 28, 2016, 01.34 AM IST Thane: Two young bikers lost their lives in separate rash driving incidents—one reportedly involving the kin of a civic official—in Thane early on Sunday. In one incident, a 28-year-old newspaper vendor died, while his uncle suffered serious injuries after a speeding sedan, wh-ich according to eyewitnesses had a Thane Municipal Corporation logo, rammed into their bike on Ram Maruti Road. The driver is reportedly a senior civic official's relative, whose identity is yet to be established. The incident took place around 5.30am, when Sachin Pawar and his uncle Hemant Jadhav (43) were heading towards Thane station to collect newspapers for distribution. Pawar was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, while Jadhav was admitted for serious injuries. He was later moved to another hospital. The police initially said it was a hit-and-run case, but later claimed that the accused had brought the victims to hospital. "The victims' family informed us that the accused got the duo admitted to hospital. We have been informed that the car belongs to a TMC official. We are seeking more details of the accused," said sub-inspector Arun Pardesi of the Naupada police station. The driver has been booked for rash driving and causing grievous hurt. In the second incident, a speeding truck allegedly mowed down a 22-year-old biker near Lodha Complex on the Mumbai-Nashik Highway. Around 2.30am, Bhiwandi residents Shehbaj Ansari (22) and his cousin Dilshad were heading home after attending a community function, when the speeding truck rammed into their bike for not giving the way. Ansari died on the spot and Dilshad suffered serious injuries. The police said the truck driver, Babasaheb Savase (22), fled but later returned to the spot and admitted to his crime. "He has been booked for rash driving," said a police officer. Last week, three people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed in four rash driving cases in Thane.
|2016-03-26||Thane: Woman Pops 50 Sleeping Pills After 2 Police Stations Refuse To File Rape Case - NDTV|
Thane: Woman Pops 50 Sleeping Pills After 2 Police Stations Refuse To File Rape Case Updated: March 26, 2016 13:23 IST System failure was Surekha's (name changed) last straw. Fed up with being shortchanged by police personnel over a rape complaint, the 27-year-old resident of Khopat in Thane and former personal assistant at a private hospital in the area, attempted suicide last Sunday. Surekha had approached the Rabodi police station on Friday last week to file a complaint of rape against Rohit Gokhale, a doctor who runs Kshirsagar Hospital where she used to work. She alleged that the doctor had promised to marry her, but dumped her as soon as he got her pregnant. The police, however, failed her. In a state of anxiety and helplessness, she had popped 10 sleeping pills before going to the police station. "A police officer suggested that I file an FIR after becoming stable. So, I got myself admitted to a private hospital for treatment," said Surekha. At the hospital, she got a taste of the hurdles ahead of her. Sub-inspector Baviskar of the Rabodi police station allegedly visited her there and asked her not to register a case, saying the accused was a powerful man who could land her in trouble. But a persistent Surekha decided to follow through on her plan. "I again visited the Rabodi police station, but the officers told me that since the case fell under the Kapurbawadi police station's jurisdiction, I should go there. But the Kapurbawadi police sent me back, saying the same thing. No one was listening to me. By the look of it, all of them wanted to protect the doctor," complained Surekha. Having made the rounds of the police stations several times, a dejected Surekha consumed 50 sleeping pills and 10 blood pressure pills late on March 20. She was rushed to the Thane Civil Hospital on Monday morning and later shifted to the JJ Hospital. "She is out of danger and is undergoing treatment. We will soon discharge her," said Dr TP Lahane, dean of JJ Hospital. A case was registered only after Surekha's family approached Sachin Patil, deputy commissioner of police, Thane city (zone 1). Asked about the delay in registering the case, Baviskar said, "Surekha was not ready to register a case at that time. She said she would give a statement when she was stable." After Surekha was hospitalized, the Rabodi police registered a case under sections 376 (2) (3) (subordination by a police officer), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 417 (punishment for cheating) of the IPC. Blaming the police for the suicide attempt, Surekha's cousin said, "For over 2 days, she tried to get her case registered. If the police had taken action on time, this would have never happened."Sushil Kaki, personal assistant to Dr Gokhale, said the accused is currently out of town to attend a conference. "The complaint against him is a trap. We will fight it legally."
|2016-03-26||3 women of Thane family die in Expressway mishap - Times of India|
3 women of Thane family die in Expressway mishap Mar 27, 2016, 12.22 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Three women were killed and four others injured in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday afternoon as the car they were travelling in lost control and hit the divider near the Rasayani section. Tyre burst is the likely cause, said the police. The mishap took place around 2.40 pm when members of the Kadam family from Balkum naka area in Thane was returning to Mumbai from Sangli. The deceased have been identified as Hirabai Kadam (70), Jayshree Kadam (40) and Manisha Kadam (50). All of them died on the spot. The injured include the driver, Satish Kadam (40), and three teenagers — Vedant Kadam (13), Ritesh Kadam (14), and Aditi Kadam (15). They were taken to MGM Hospital in Kamothe. The vehicle, said the police, was overspeeding due to which the driver lost control and crashed the vehicle into the divider. The car fell on its side on a patch of grass. Assistant inspector Arun Awhad of the highway traffic said that a rescue vehicle team extricated the injured and the dead women from the car minutes after the accident. "It appears that the car was overspeeding and its tyre could have burst causing the mishap. Luckily, no other passing vehicle hit the car. The traffic was also not affected," said Awhad. Inspector R S Shinde of Rasayani police station, which has jurisdiction over the accident spot, said that the accident was possibly caused by the tyre burst after the car hit the divider. The car flipped over and fell onto the divider leading to the death of three people.," said Shinde. A relative of the family, Mangesh Kadam, said that they had gone to Sangli to attend a family function. The driver told TOI: "I am not sure how the accident occurred. All I can remember is the car hitting the divider."
|2016-03-26||AC train trial on Thane-Panvel route from Apr 16 - Times of India|
AC train trial on Thane-Panvel route from Apr 16 Mar 27, 2016, 05.09 AM IST MUMBAI: The first air-conditioned local train will chug out on the Thane-Panvel trans-harbour corridor on a trial phase which will begin on April 16. This day will see yet another 'first' for our local trains as it was exactly 163 years ago (in 1853) on this day that the inaugural run of the train was held between CST and Thane. Central Railway general manager S K Sood said that they plan to run two services during the trial period — one during morning peak hour and the other in the evening. He said that only women commuters will be allowed to board the train during the trial period. Asked why male commuters would not be allowed, he said, "We do not want the trains to be overcrowded during the trial phase. However, we may allow senior citizens to board the train during the trial." Asked whether an approval would be required from the commissioner of railway safety before allowing passengers to get on board during the trial, Sood said, "If trains with passengers are to be run during the trail period without the railway safety commissioner's approval, its speed cannot exceed 75 kmph." The air-conditioned train has been designed to clock a maximum of 110 kmph, he said. The 12-car air-conditioned rake, which was manufactured at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai is slated to set out for Mumbai on April 6 or 7. It is expected to reach by April 10 or 11. The air-conditioning system in the train has been provided by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. A former railway official, who has held the post of railway safety chief, said that the commissioner's approval is mandatory for any new coach. "So, I don't think the railways will be able to run this train with passengers during trial," said this official. Four types of trials are conducted on new trains. Another senior railway official said that an air-conditioned local is "new rolling stock". This is railway jargon for a new train that runs on tracks. "The commissioner will be within his right to check the safety aspects." Another railway official said that if an objection is raised, they might unveil or induct the rake officially, as was done with Bombardier train series procured under Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
|2016-03-25||This Thane society saves 6 lakh litres of water everyday - Daily News & Analysis|
This Thane society saves 6 lakh litres of water everyday The Neelkanth Greens complex, located off Ghodbunder Road, is saving 6 lakh litres of water everyday, thanks to the efforts of the developer and the residents. While the developer has followed construction guidelines in spirit and erected a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant as per the new norms, the residents are diligently using recycled water from the plant to the maximum, saving over half a million litres of fresh water on a daily basis. While it is routine for industries and commercial establishments like hotels to recycle water, what is remarkable is Neelkanth Greens is one of the few residential societies committed to treating and recycling water. True to its name, the 14-acre residential project with 14 residential towers and over 800 families, has sprawling landscaped gardens and tree plantations across the complex. "The entire requirement for watering gardens and maintenance of the complex is met through recycled water," says Ranganathan Acharya, site in-charge at Neelkanth Greens, adding that the recycled water is resupplied to toilet flushes and non-drinking usage. "Even the washing of all cars and society premises is done with the recycled water," says Acharya, adding that while other societies are struggling to maintain even a small patch of green due to water cuts, Neelkanth Greens is comfortably overcoming the crisis through minimum consumption and maximum recycling of water. With Thane societies suffering 30% water cuts and days of no supply every week, Neelkanth Greens has emerged as a role model of sorts. "Even when they were getting adequate water, they sincerely implemented the recycling drive and today they are among the few societies in the city with a comfortable water situation," says local corporator Mukesh Mokashi, adding that other big societies would do well to emulate the example of Neelkanth Greens. And yes, it was a dry holi at the society on Thursday.
|2016-03-25||Man kills wife, injures son, attempts suicide in Thane - The Hindu|
Man kills wife, injures son, attempts suicide in Thane MUMBAI:, MARCH 25, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 25, 2016 05:40 IST Financial and health problems may be the reason: police A 46-year-old man allegedly slashed the wrists of his wife and son with a knife, before trying to kill himself at their Thane residence on Wednesday morning. While his wife died in the assault, he and his son survived. The accused, identified as Sitaram Pednekar (46), has been booked by the police. According to the Vartak Nagar police, Sitaram is a resident of Vartak Nagar in Thane. He used to stay with his wife Vidya (42) and son Prathamesh (24) in a building near the railway reservation centre. The incident was reported to the police around 5:30 am by neighbours. “Sitaram’s sister had been trying to reach him all through Tuesday night. When repeated phone calls elicited no response, she called up a neighbour on Wednesday morning. The neighbour rang the doorbell and knocked on the door, and after a long time, Prathamesh opened the door, bleeding from both hands and half unconscious. The entire family was rushed to the Thane Civil Hospital,” said Senior Police Inspector K G Gavit, Vartak Nagar police station. Vidya was declared dead before admission due to excessive bleeding, while Prathamesh and Sitaram are under treatment. Doctors have told the police that Vidya suffered a deep cut to her right wrist, while Prathamesh and Sitaram had cuts in both their wrists. The police have found two kitchen knives and a razorblade stained with blood, and a bottle of pesticide from the house. Medical examination has detected poison in Prathamesh and Sitaram’s blood. “The family was going through financial and health problems for a long time. Sitaram had high blood pressure, while Vidya and Prathamesh had multiple health complications, which were getting difficult to deal with given the family’s dwindling finances. These seem to have driven Sitaram to take the extreme step,” Mr Gavit said. The police have booked Sitaram for murder and attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code and will arrest him after he is discharged. Prathamesh and Sitaram are out of danger now. The incident comes close on the heels of a similar case in Kasar Wadavli, in which Hasnain Warekar (35) killed 14 members of his family, including his parents, wife, daughter, sisters and their children.
|2016-03-25||Thane Malayalees come together to make their train commute better - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Malayalees come together to make their train commute better Members of the Malayalee community in Thane and adjoining areas have started a campaign to make Kerala-bound passengers aware of their commuting rights and, if need be, make a splash on various social media platforms of the railways' shortcomings. Volunteers of the All-Thane Malayalee Association's Yatra Samiti have set a target of handing out almost 10,000 pamphlets to passengers on the LTT-Kochuveli Superfast Express, the LTT-Thiruvananthapuram Netravati Expresss and the LTT-Ernakulam Duronto Express over the next few days to create a pressure group of passengers to get the railways to act."These are 'safe journey, pleasant journey' handbills that have instructions on them on how to ensure that the train is clean and the railway staff, including ticket-checkers, are receptive to complaints," said Sashikumar Nair of the ATMA Yatra Samiti. Among the requests the handbills make from the passenger is to ensure complaints of dirty trains and penal crimes like thefts be properly registered with the ticket-checkers as well as train attendance staff and copies of the written complaints obtained and preserved for future action. Another instruction is to highlight discrepancies and lack of amenities from the railways, such as lack of water or dirty toilets, on social media as well as print and television media. Officials of the Samiti told dna that with the railway minister as well as the railway bureaucracy very active on Twitter and the like, the right use of social media would attract immediate action. "If all passengers in a train, instead of behaving like idle onlookers, come together and help each other, everyone's travel experience can be improved. The tone of the handbill is that all those who travel on proper tickets are bonafide passengers and customers of the railways. The passenger has every right to avail all the facilities that the railway promises its ticket-buying patrons," said Nair. Not a day too soon The campaign is timely because passengers on these trains say that the spate of thefts on this route continues unabated. On March 21, A Shareef travelling on the 12202 Kuchiveli-LTT Garib Rath Express was the latest victim — his bag containing Rs2.5 lakh cash and debit cards was stolen. The theft happened when the train was between Madgaon in Goa and Mangaon in Raigad. A case was registered with the Panvel railway police. Shareef was travelling from Kayankulam in Kerala to Panvel.
|2016-03-25||Thane: Another fire breaks out in Yeoor forest; locals claim sabotage - Mid-Day|
Thane: Another Fire Breaks Out In Yeoor Forest; Locals Claim Sabotage Mar 25, 2016, 17:18 IST A Day After A Huge Forest Fire Broke Out Inside The Yeoor Range Of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) On Wednesday, Another Forest Fire Broke Out In The Yeoor Range Of The SGNP On Thursday Evening A day after a huge forest fire broke out inside the Yeoor Range of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Wednesday, another forest fire broke out in the Yeoor range of the SGNP on Thursday evening. On Wednesday evening, a huge fire broke out in the Yeoor range of SGNP at around 6-6.30 pm, following which the FD was informed by the local residents on their control number. Later, the FD officials even informed the fire-watchers team, who reached the spot to douse the fire. As the leaf litter and forest is already dry due to the summer, the fire had spread in a larger area and it destroyed a patch of the forest.On Wednesday, the forest was doused by our team but we again we got a call saying that another forest fire had broken in the forested patch near Indira Nagar in Thane-Mulund belt near SGNP. We informed the concerned team about it,” said n FD official from SGNP. A Thane resident Bedraj Tripathy even informed about the same to SGNP and Yeoor office after he spotted the fire. “I think the apathy of citizens, the officials and the government towards natural resources and the short term view of making a quick buck drives these rampant fires, which burn the entire greenery. I don't think the officials have taken any steps. It’s burning over three days at a stretch, but no one is bothered.” The pictures of the fire have gone viral on Facebook and other social networking sites, and some are even alleging that they place has been deliberately torched by those trespassing into the area. Environmentalist Krishna Tiwari said, “Disheartening to see massive forest fires erupting in Yeoor Hills since March 20. Almost 99.99% of forest fires in SGNP are man made. It can be carelessness, fun, revenge, poaching, vested interests, etc. These fires not only destroy mega but also micro flora and fauna, leading to severe irreversible ecological damages and thus threatening the critical biodiversity of park. These fires are also adding up extra air pollution to city already facing a bad air quality. I appeal to citizens, locals, tribal and forest authority of SGNP to take a strong call against this disastrous problem.” Pawan Sharma from NGO RAWW added, “Regular forest fires have been witnessed in different patches of Tulsi and Yeoor range since February and, unfortunately, the authorities are unable to counter, prevent or control it. We have been receiving regular complaints from citizens, residents of Mulund and Thane regarding forest fires. The main problem that needs to be tackled is that of people entering the core forest areas and if this is not dealt with strictly, thee would be many such incidents as the areas are torched by people deliberately. Tulsi range, irrespective of being among the top core areas, is facing very serious threat due to these activities. Both animals and the overall habitat is disturbed and exploited due to human activities.” “The biggest problem is political pressure, which is the biggest hurdle in clearing encroachments and shutting down illegal entry and exit points from where people venture in to the forest. The immediate POA (Plan Of Action) is to involve citizen groups and organisations to officially be a part and participate in conservation and protection work, which will help in vigil and monitoring the activities happening in and around the park as it is impossible for the park authorities to do the same with limited staff base,” added Sharma Locals also allege that there are many people who trespass into SGNP, and are involved in activities that include conducting parties inside the park, consuming alcohol and doing drug, cutting trees, and these people also torch forests.
|2016-03-25||Efforts on to preserve Thane creek frequented by flamingos - The Indian Express|
Efforts on to preserve Thane creek frequented by flamingos The stench of chemicals in the water is unbearable and is also affecting the wetlands. Mumbai | Updated: March 26, 2016 5:04 am A CONCERTED effort would be undertaken by various stakeholders including fishing communities to preserve Thane creek, one of the last remaining wetlands of the region still frequented by flamingos. A 1,690-hectare area of the 26-km long Thane creek, one of the biggest natural creeks in the country, was declared a flamingo sanctuary last year. However, with various studies showing heavy presence of toxic waste, including metals in the creek, researchers, activists and locals are now working to protect the region.“We will be recommending to authorities to come up with a separate committee to monitor all the issues of Thane creek. There are issues pertaining to non-compliance and penalty will be recommended to them,” said Dr RP Athale, research member of the baseline assessment project being carried out by Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History on the creek assigned by the state forest department. Many issues of the Thane creek came to the fore in a stakeholder discussion on Tuesday which was participated by industrialists, builders, housing societies, fishing villages and saltpan owners. Members spoke of the increase in number of flamingos visiting the Thane creek compared to the past few years. “There have been quite a lot of extensive wetland areas which have been destroyed in the past few years. At the Thane creek too, the innards of the soil of mangroves are choked with effluents from Mumbai. There are at least 15,000-20,000 flamingos at Sewri bay and Thane creek which come in December and leave around June,” said naturalist and writer, Sunjoy Monga. “The toxic waste released into the creek by industries on the Thane-Belapur belt surfaces during high tide. The stench of chemicals in the water is unbearable and is also affecting the wetlands. The mangrove forest seems dense but the wetland ecosystem which is a breeding ground for many marine species has been left unstable due to the presence of toxic material,” said Nandkumar Pawar, of NGO Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan. Pawar, who was part of the discussion, said that the situation has deteriorated in the past few years with the number of fish found in the creek having come down drastically. “The other concern is that the leachate from Mulund dumping ground also finds its way into the Thane creek. Now, the BMC has announced that there will be another dumping ground at Airoli, close to the creek. This will only worsen the situation,” said Bharat Khedekar, a fisherman from Nanepada in Mulund east. Members of the fishing communities also said that the large amount of plastic thrown from the railway bridges into the creek should be stopped.
|2016-03-24||Mega block at Thane - Times of India|
Mega block at Thane Mar 24, 2016, 06.21 PM IST THANE: Commuters travelling to and from Thane on Sunday are likely to face inconvenience as the Central Railway will operate a mega block on the main line between Thane and Kalyan on the down slow line between 11.30 AM to 3.30 pm. Down slow and semi-fast services leaving Mulund from 11.15 am to 3.23 pm will be diverted on the down fast line between Mulund and Kalyan and will halt at Thane and Dombivli stations reaching their respective destinations 10 minutes behind schedule. Down slow locals will not halt at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli and passengers from these stations are permitted to travel via Kalyan / Dombivli stations. Down fast services leaving Mumbai CST from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule. Up fast line services leaving Thane from 11.22 am to 3.28 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. All Down and Up slow locals leaving or arriving Mumbai CST from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule. As a result of this block, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling and desist from travelling on footboard, rooftop of locals and not board extremely crowded trains.
|2016-03-24||Rs 92 lakh payout for kin of Thane IT engineer killed in mishap - Times of India|
Rs 92 lakh payout for kin of Thane IT engineer killed in mishap Mar 25, 2016, 01.56 AM IST THANE: In one of the biggest payouts, the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded Rs 92 lakh to the family of an IT engineer who was killed in a freak mishap in 2007. Thane additional sessions judge Mridula V K Bhatia ordered Tribhuvan Vishwakarma, owner of a moped, and the United India Insurance Co Ltd to jointly make the payment to the five claimants—the IT engineer's widow, his aged parents and two children—with an interest at 9% a year from the date of the filing of the claim. Advocate P M Tillu, appearing for the claimants, told the tribunal that Gopal Mohta (32), a resident of Vedant Complex at Vartak Nagar, was employed with TCS as assistant consultant since August 1997, and was drawing a monthly salary of Rs 1.07 lakh. On March 31, 2007, at 10am, Mohta was returning home on his scooter home, when Vishwakarma, who was speeding on his moped, collided with the scooter. Mohta was admitted to hospital, where he died after four days. As the family spent Rs 4 lakh on his treatment, they sought a claim of Rs 2 crore and said the moped driver was solely responsible for the accident. But Vishwakarma told the tribunal that his vehicle was insured and hence, the insurance firm was liable to pay the compensation. He argued that Mohta died due to his own negligence, hence the application was not maintainable. Advocate A K Tiwari, appearing for insurance firm, submitted that the employment of the deceased was not permanent; it was contractual in nature. Tiwari added that the police had not intimated the court about the mishap, and hence there was a dispute and the insurers do not agree with the occurrence of the accident involving the vehicle. He argued that according to the police papers relied by the applicant, it's clear that Mohta was negligent to the extent of 90% and the moped driver was only 10%. Tiwari claimed that Mohta was obese, unable to ride a two-wheeler safely and did not have a proper driving licence, and hence was negligent and caused the accident. But the judge pointed out, "Considering the various breaches by the accused driver under section 134 of the Motor Vehicles Act, as also his admissions about his rash and negligent driving coupled with the deposition of the eyewitnesses, I hold that the deceased was at best negligent to the extent of 25%, while the accused driver was 75% negligent." "It can be seen that the deceased is a BE in computer science from VJTI, a reputed institute...and as his Form 16 and salary certificate and the employment with TCS is proved, merely because the appointment letter is not produced has no bearing on his income/future prospects," the judge added.
|2016-03-23||Thane Malayalees come together to make train commute better - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Malayalees come together to make train commute better Members of the Malayalee community in Thane and adjoining areas have started a campaign to get Kerala-bound passengers aware of their commuting rights and if need be make a splash on various social media about the shortcomings on the railways' part. Hundreds of volunteers of the All-Thane Malayalee Association's Yatra Samiti would be handing out almost 10,000 pamphlets to passengers on the LTT-Kochuveli Superfat Express, the Ltt-Thiruvananthapuram Netravati Expresss and the LTT-Ernakulam Duronto Express. "These are safe journey, pleasant journey hand bills that have instructions on them on how to ensure that the train is clean and the railway staff, including ticket-checkers are receptive to complaints," said Sashikumar Nair of the ATMA Yatra Samiti. Among the requests the handbills make from the passenger is to ensure complaints of dirty trains, and penal crimes like thefts, be properly registered with the ticket-checkers as well as train attendance staff and copies of the written complaint obtained and preserved for future action. Another instruction is to highlight discrepancies and lack of amenities from the railways like lack of water or dirty toilets on social media as well as print and television media. Officials of the Samiti told dna that with the railway minister as well as the railway bureaucracy very active on Twitter and the right use of social media would attract immediate action from the railways. "If all passengers in a train, instead of behaving like idle onlookers, come together and help each other, everyone's travel experience would be improved. The tone of the handbill is that all those who travel on proper tickets are bonafide passengers and customers of the railways. The passenger has every right to avail all the facilities that the railway promises its ticket-buying passengers," said Nair.
|2016-03-23||Fast-track court to hear Thane girl's gang-rape case - Daily News & Analysis|
Fast-track court to hear Thane girl's gang-rape case The case of gang-rape of a mentally challenged girl in Thane will be heard by a fast-track court, minister of state (home) Dr Ranjit Patil announced in the state assembly on Tuesday. MLAs Mangesh Kudalkar, Amin Patel, Aslam Shaikh, Jitendra Awhad, Suresh Lad, Ganpat Gaikwad and Dr Balaji Kinikar had raised the issue of gang-rape of a 22-year-old mentally challenged girl on January 8, 2016, through a call attention motion. Patil informed that the incident took place in Lokmanyanagar area, under the jurisdiction of the Vartak Nagar police. He said five persons kidnapped the girl and raped her in a house and in a pick-up tempo. The minister said all five suspects have been arrested and booked.
|2016-03-23||Teen serial hacker from Thane extorts Rs 32000 from MBA student - Times of India|
Teen serial hacker from Thane extorts Rs 32,000 from MBA student Mar 23, 2016, 12.41 AM IST THANE: A 17-year-old hacker was arrested by the city crime branch from his hometown in Chhattisgarh for allegedly extorting Rs 32,000 from an MBA student from Panchpakhadi in Thane after hacking into her Facebook account, securing her cellphone number and threatening to post her photographs if she did not pay up. The teenager, who is a SSC dropout, was earlier arrested by the Mumbai police in December 2015, for a similar crime where he had targeted a television actress. He was granted bail in January. The police are probing if the minor accused has partners who were involved in this operation. A police officer said that the accused had mastered the criminal act of phishing and would access his victim's personal information after breaking into her account. "The accused is prone to misuse the information and is suspected to have a huge data with him through which he blackmailed girls for money," said the officer. "There is a possibility that most of his victims suffered in silence and paid him. But the MBA student from Panchpakhadi approached the Naupada police and registered a case of online harrassment after she reluctantly gave in to his demands and paid Rs 32,000. Our team traced the accused to Surajpur in Chattisgarh," the police official added. The accused had opened a savings account in his friend's name in a nationalized bank in Chhattisgarh. He retained the debit card from that account and directed the girl to make deposits in it. "We traced the friend to Baikunthpur through the address that was submitted at the bank while opening the account. The friend then gave information about the accused. We laid a trap and arrested him from the ST stand on Monday," said a police officer. The accused was produced in the juvenile court and remanded to the Bhiwandi correction centre for two weeks.
|2016-03-23||Thane: Another ST bus driver arrested for drunk driving - Mid-Day|
Thane: Another ST Bus Driver Arrested For Drunk Driving Mar 23, 2016, 09:12 IST A 45-Year-Old State Transport (ST) Bus Driver Has Been Arrested By The Kasarvadavali Police For Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol A 45-year-old state transport (ST) bus driver has been arrested by the Kasarvadavali police for driving under the influence of alcohol. A 32-year-old traffic police constable based with the Thane Traffic department was alerted by the motorists about the same. He then followed the ST bus for more than two kilometres and caught hold of the driver, who was booked for rash driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. This is the second instance in the last 10 days when a driver plying an ST bus has been caught for driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident Nilesh Garje 32, a police constable based with Kasarvadavali traffic unit of Thane traffic department was stationed on duty near Gaikmukh Jakat Naka to release the traffic. “On Monday, at 5:30 am, we were asked to reach Gaikmukh Jakat Naka to release the traffic jam. Till 8:30 am, we almost cleared the traffic. I was standing at the junction, when a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus driver and three other motorists approached me saying that a ST bus driver is driving rashly on road, violating the traffic norms. Within two minutes, the bus arrived in full speed. Noticing this, I tried to stop him. But, he sped up and left towards Thane,” said Garje, who then started his motorcycle and followed the bus for more than two kilometers. The ST bus driver Prashant Gedam (45), was plying the vehicle from Bhayandar to Thane, and was caught at around 8:35 am near Shankar Mandir on Reti Bunder. “I was scared at first as he was driving very rashly. I also remembered about the police constable who was rammed by another ST bus at the same junction 10 days ago. I followed him and started whistling to alert the driver. But, he was not responding. I then started alerting the passengers and requested them to ask the driver to stop the vehicle,” added Garje Garje then went inside the bus (MH 20 BL 1465), and the first question he asked the passengers was whether they are aware about the driver being drunk. The passengers stated that they doubted the same, but couldn’t check. “There were more than 40 passengers in the bus traveling to Thane. I also asked the conductor, who also said that he was not aware about the same. We caught hold of the accused driver and took him to Kasarvadavali police station. We checked his alcohol status in the breath analyzer and found 250 mg of alcohol,” informed Garje, adding the driver was so drunk that he was not able to stand properly for the breath analyzer test A case has been registered against Gedam at the Kasarvadavali police station under Section 184 (Driving dangerously) and 185 (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Speaking to mid-day, Rashmi Karandikar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Traffic department said, “This is the second incident in recent times when a state transport bus driver was caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Ten days ago, we lost our man on the field. We have started a drive against such motorists. We have also sent a letter to the state transport department to check the status of drivers before handing over the bus, as he is responsible for more than 50 to 100 passengers traveling in the bus during the time,” added Karandikar. Previous instance On March 12, a police constable Chandrakant Salunkhe (44), also based with Kasarvadavali traffic unit succumbed to his injuries after he was rammed by a Thane Municipal Transport bus at Gaikmukh Naka. The driver Gajanan Baburao Shejul 56, was arrested. The deceased constable’s wife donated his eyes after his death.
|2016-03-23||Rich tributes paid to Bhagat Singh in Thane - Business Standard|
Rich tributes paid to Bhagat Singh in Thane Thane (Maha) Last Updated at March 23, 2016 14:42 IST Rich tributes were today paid to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh to mark the day when he laid down his life for the country. Thane Additional Superintendent of Police Srinivas Ghatge asked citizens to mould their children in such a way that they care of the country. "Children should be educated about Indian culture, tradition, history. They should also be made aware about the national heroes and their contribution towards the country," he said addressing an annual function of preschool Millennium Star Kids here. "They can do projects on national heroes like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Veer Savarkar among others and in turn take inspiration," he added. District judge (Retired) Suresh Dwivedi, BJP National Council Member Om Prakash Sharma and school chairman Manish Mehta were present on the occasion. It was on this day that Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were executed, a few hours ahead of schedule, after the trio were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case.
|2016-03-23||Teen serial hacker from Thane extorts Rs 32000 from MBA student - Times of India|
Teen serial hacker from Thane extorts Rs 32,000 from MBA student Mar 23, 2016, 12.41 AM IST THANE: A 17-year-old hacker was arrested by the city crime branch from his hometown in Chhattisgarh for allegedly extorting Rs 32,000 from an MBA student from Panchpakhadi in Thane after hacking into her Facebook account, securing her cellphone number and threatening to post her photographs if she did not pay up. The teenager, who is a SSC dropout, was earlier arrested by the Mumbai police in December 2015, for a similar crime where he had targeted a television actress. He was granted bail in January. The police are probing if the minor accused has partners who were involved in this operation. A police officer said that the accused had mastered the criminal act of phishing and would access his victim's personal information after breaking into her account. "The accused is prone to misuse the information and is suspected to have a huge data with him through which he blackmailed girls for money," said the officer. "There is a possibility that most of his victims suffered in silence and paid him. But the MBA student from Panchpakhadi approached the Naupada police and registered a case of online harrassment after she reluctantly gave in to his demands and paid Rs 32,000. Our team traced the accused to Surajpur in Chattisgarh," the police official added. The accused had opened a savings account in his friend's name in a nationalized bank in Chhattisgarh. He retained the debit card from that account and directed the girl to make deposits in it. "We traced the friend to Baikunthpur through the address that was submitted at the bank while opening the account. The friend then gave information about the accused. We laid a trap and arrested him from the ST stand on Monday," said a police officer. The accused was produced in the juvenile court and remanded to the Bhiwandi correction centre for two weeks.
|2016-03-22||Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Business Standard|
Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate Mumbai Last Updated at March 22, 2016 18:03 IST In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told PTI, "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology at all the time and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." We will launched this facility in two phases. In first phase, we are connecting our headquarters with free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, we would be connecting rest of the 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi etc, Dumbre said. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations catering free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Earlier, Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office on Saturday and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane, Parambir Singh, joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre, DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion. Terming this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "Its all about empowering digital platform. No contracts, no hidden fees, and no fine print. We keep everything as simple and transparent as possible." "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said.
|2016-03-22||Indiabulls Real rises 4% on environment nod for Thane project - Moneycontrol.com|
Indiabulls Real rises 4% on environment nod for Thane project The said project will have 1,469 flats for sale, of which 774 flats will be under the affordable housing segment. Moneycontrol Bureau Shares of Indiabulls Real Estate rose 4 percent intraday Tuesday as it has received environment nod from Maharashtra government for its proposed Rs 678 crore residential project in Thane. The company is planning a residential complex on the plot. The said project will have 1,469 flats for sale, of which 774 flats will be under the affordable housing segment. In November 2014, the company had acquired the 7.2-acre plot in Thane from Voltas for Rs 236 crore. At 12:02 hrs Indiabulls Real Estate was quoting at Rs 55.45, up Rs 1.60, or 2.97 percent on the BSE.
|2016-03-22||Use of space under Thane flyovers - Times of India|
Use of space under Thane flyovers Mar 22, 2016, 10.36 PM IST THANE: The TMC will develop and beautify space under seven of MSRDC constructed flyovers passing through the city for public recreation purposes. The decision was taken on Tuesday after an approval from MSRDC was received for temporarily handing over the spaces to the TMC this week. The TMC has assured the agency that it will not undertake any commercial activity from these spaces. There are seven bridges constructed in the city including the Kapurbawdi, Nitin company, Teen Haath naka, Golden dyes, Manpada, Patlipada and Waghbil that have adequate space underneath them. The High Court has already restricted parking of vehicles under these bridges and many of them are either lying encroached upon or wasted. The plan is to optimize their use to create recreation for residents. "The TMC had requested the MSRDC to allow use of the space under the flyovers for beautification purpose. This week, the MSRDC has approved our plans but asked us to not commercially exploit the space," said an official.
|2016-03-22||Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Mumbai Mirror|
FREE WI-FI FOR ALL POLICE STATIONS IN THANE COMMISSIONERATE Updated: Mar 22, 2016, 08.23 PM IST In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told PTI, "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." The facility in two phases. In first phase, headquarters will get free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, the remaining 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate, including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, will get the facility. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations providing free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Commenting on this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9,000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6,000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said.
|2016-03-22||Drama in Thane after MSRTC bus driver speeds off - Times of India|
Drama in Thane after MSRTC bus driver speeds off Mar 23, 2016, 01.00 AM IST THANE: Motorists on Ghodbunder Road witnessed a movie-style chase on Monday after a bike-borne traffic naik pursued a drunk driver of a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus on Monday. The refusal of the bus driver, Prashant Gedam (40), to pull over after he was spotted by the cop, Nilesh Garaje (32), led to the chase, which went on for nearly an hour. Forty-five passengers were travelling in the bus that was going from Bhayander to Thane. At Retibunder, Garaje managed to intercept the speeding bus driver. A breathalyzer test administered on Gedam (40) revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol. "Gedam's speech was slurred and he was unable to sustain a coherent conversation. He put the lives of commuters at risk," said a senior police officer. Drivers of a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus and a car first saw Gedam speeding away and informed Garaje, who on duty at Gaimukh Naka. Garaje spotted the bus as it hurtled towards Gaimukh Naka and gestured to the driver to halt. However, Gedam refused to heed the instructions. "The driver saw me waving out but he was defiant. I sensed something was not right so I followed him on my two-wheeler and after a two km chase I was able to stop him at Retibunder," Garaje told TOI. "The bus conductor said he was unable to deduce that Gedam was drunk. The passengers were then boarded into another bus after which Gedam was taken to the Kasarvadavli police station," added Garaje. The police have booked Gedam under sections 184 and 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act for rash driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident comes close on the heels of a TMT bus driver knocking down a traffic constable
|2016-03-22||Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate - Times of India|
Free Wi-Fi for all police stations in Thane Commissionerate Mar 22, 2016, 06.00 PM IST Mumbai, Mar 22 () In a bid to strengthen its workforce, Maharashtra Police has decided to empower all police stations of Thane Commissionerate with free Wi-Fi Internet facility. The decision was taken after Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, a broadband and gaming service provider company approached senior police officers in Thane and offered its free Wi-Fi Internet service at all police stations, said Ashutosh Dumbre, Joint Commissioner of Police of Thane Commissionerate today. Explaining the need to get connected through internet, Dumbre told , "Its extremely important to get connected with tools of technology at all the time and hence free W-Fi facility to our workforce would work as an added advantage." We will launched this facility in two phases. In first phase, we are connecting our headquarters with free Wi-Fi facility and in second phase, we would be connecting rest of the 33 police stations across the Thane commissionerate stretching to Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi etc, Dumbre said. Joister has already launched its service at 525 locations catering free Internet to over 2.50 lakh registered users across Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities. Earlier, Director General of Police, Pravin Dixit himself inaugurated the Free Wi-Fi service at the Thane Commissionarate office on Saturday and said by using the advanced technology, we can conquer increasing crime. Police Commissioner of Thane, Parambir Singh, joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dhumbre, DCP Parag Manere were among the others present at the occasion. Terming this move to provide free internet connection through Wi-Fi facility, a senior officer of the Thane Police said, "There are 9000 police personnel in Thane district besides over 6000 police-mitras. Hence 15,000 people directly concerned with policing job can avail this facility free of cost, which would subsequently ease our work." Thanking Thane police, Chairman and Managing Director of the Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. Nikunj Kampani said, "Its all about empowering digital platform. No contracts, no hidden fees, and no fine print. We keep everything as simple and transparent as possible." "It is very important to eliminate the digital divide in the country, as total population of India is 126 crore out of which only 36 crore people are able to take advantage of Internet, but balance 90 crore people have never used Internet," Kampani said. APM DK DK
|2016-03-22||Get your clothes ironed for Rs2 from Thane Central Jail - Daily News & Analysis|
Get your clothes ironed for Rs2 from Thane Central Jail The management of Thane Central Jail has started an initiative for their inmates by offering them an opportunity to earn. They have asked Thanekars to deposit their clothes at showrooms for washing and ironing and get it done for just Rs2. The Superintendent of Thane Central Jail, along with the jail supervisors, will collect clothes of Thanekars from various outlets in the city. Due to increase in cost of laundry, the jail inmates will get an opportunity to wash and iron the clothes and residents will have to pay less. "The jail already has a laundry section where the inmates wash and iron clothes of staff and other inmates," said Nitin Yachal, an officer from Thane Jail. "So, we decided to get this service for Thanekars as well. This will also give an opportunity to the inmates to earn money," added Yachal. Apart from this, the prisoners will wash and iron bedsheets, pillow covers and sarees too, but at a higher price. "We will tie-up with showrooms in the city and malls for this initiative. Clothes will be collected and delivered on time, so that more people can avail of the scheme," informed Yachal. Meanwhile, Thanekars are happy about this initiative. "The cost of laundry has increased tremendously and with this move, the common man will benefit," said Prabhakar Kumar, a resident of Khopat in Thane.
|2016-03-22||Thane police will crack whip on druggies - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane police will crack whip on druggies The Thane police department has planned to come down heavily on the drug addicts in the region by initiating drives to curb nuisance created by these people. The Mumbra, Kalwa and far-off small villages near Ghodbunder are the regions from where the police officials have been receiving complaints from residents. "We have been receiving complaints from residents regarding the nuisance and late night brawls. We will conduct frequent searches and take action against such people," said a senior Thane police officer. He added that the rural areas in the district will be patrolled frequently and the police will ensure that the police stations manage such incidents effectively.
|2016-03-21||Free of mental illness, still no way home for inmates of Thane shelter - The Indian Express|
Free of mental illness, still no way home for inmates of Thane shelter Lodged in Thane Mental Hospital after being brought in by police in circumstances not different from Rajesh’s, this is Moti’s 41st year here. Mumbai | Published: March 21, 2016 6:04 am RAJESH, 28, suffers from schizophrenia. Found roaming on the streets of Colaba, South Mumbai, wearing an overgrown beard and tattered clothes, he was brought to a shelter for the mentally ill in Karjat, 62 km from South Mumbai, by policemen. Having received treatment for five months, on Thursday, with the assistance of mental health activists, Rajesh was accompanied to Jaipur to be reunited with his family after he was able to give social workers directions. But Moti Chua, 47, has not been so lucky.Lodged in Thane Mental Hospital after being brought in by police in circumstances not different from Rajesh’s, this is Moti’s 41st year here. Ten years ago, psychiatrists at hospital say, Moti was cured of schizophrenia, and now has a “stable mind” with medication, but since no attempts were ever made to track his family, finding them now seems impossible. Like Moti, 324 patients with mental illnesses ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder and depression, brought to TMH by the police after being rescued from the streets, continue to live in the institution even after a successful treatment. At least 80 per cent have been recommended by doctors for discharge and rehabilitation with families. Of these 324, 241 are women and 83 men. Overall, 265 patients at Thane Mental Hospital have lived there for more than 10 years. 160 of them have lived at the 65-acre institution for over 20 years. Moti is the oldest occupant, living since 1975. While precise numbers are not available, doctors at TMH said a very large percentage of the 265 who have lived here for over a decade are patients brought in as destitutes by the police. The information, provided to a social worker under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has turned the spotlight on the absence of infrastructure and funds to help rehabilitate such men and women. While the police’s role ends upon dropping the rescued patient at the TMH, it is up to the eight social workers employed in the hospital to locate and verify their addresses, and initiate the process to reunite them with their families. Data accessed by social worker Stefan Nadar shows that TMH has 1,565 patients, 1,241 of whom were brought by relatives and have their addresses noted in the hospital register. However, there are no addresses for the 324 brought by the police. “Under the Mental Health Act, the police is supposed to present the mentally ill destitute to a magistrate who can order hospital admission. It generally takes one month to treat them with medication. Then it is the social worker’s job to find the address of the patient and rehabilitate him,” said Manish Renghe, coordinator of the Maharashtra government’s Mental Health Cell. But several of these 324 patients have either been abandoned by their families, or have been unable to give a clear and verifiable address. About 20 per cent of the destitutes brought are able to provide their exact address. Yet, with the eight psychiatric social workers at TMH overburdened with treating patients and finding addresses, the latter job has taken a backseat. While the hospital’s policy is against lifelong hospitalisation, two per cent of total patients, who are either physically weak or old, have to be permanently accommodated. “A few relatives of these destitute have been traced but they are unwilling to come and take the patient away,” hospital psychiatrist Dr Rucha Joshi said. According to her, these patients can easily live in society provided they continue their medication and come for monthly check-ups. The National Legal Services Authority (NSLA), formed in 2010, is entrusted the responsibility of treating, sheltering and reuniting these patients with their families. However, there is little coordination between the mental hospitals and the NLSA. “We are trying to find a systematic method to send back treated patients living with us for long time. It is under discussion,” Renghe said. TMH medical officer Dr Anjali Deshpande said the institution is attached to two NGOs, Neptune and Tarasha. “But these have very few volunteers. We first try to send a letter at the postal address that patients give. Only if the family confirms do we send someone to the address with the patient. If there is no response, it becomes difficult to physically send someone to locate the family.” In some cases, the patient does not remember the address. Sometimes, even after an address is confirmed, the hospital does not have the manpower to accompany the patients back and counsel their families. Occasionally, a class IV attendant is sent to the family, who is neither medically trained nor able to counsel the family on treatment. On an average, 15 to 20 patients are reunited every year from TMH. “More patients can be reunited if someone personally goes to their native place,” says Dr Bharat Watvani from the NGO Shraddha. The story is similar in the other three state-run mental health institutions in Maharashtra, the hospitals in Nagpur, Ratnagiri and Pune. While there are eight social workers at TMH, there are only four at the Nagpur Mental Hospital, 12 at the Pune facility, and two in Ratnagiri. At each institution, the staff says it has no time to physically search and verify addresses of patients brought in by police, especially if they are from outside Maharashtra.
|2016-03-21||PCR mobile operations launched in Thane - The Hindu|
PCR mobile operations launched in Thane THANE:, MARCH 21, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 21, 2016 05:42 IST Maharashtra Director General of Police Praveen Dixit on Saturday launched PCR (police control room) mobile operations in Thane city. ACP Naresh Meghrajani said in a press release that each PCR mobile team would comprise one police officer, one wireless operator and four police personnel. 21 teams Thane city will have a total of 21 such teams. The PCR mobile team will be the first to reach any crime/mishap spot.
|2016-03-21||Thane's district administration appeals residents not to waste water - Times of India|
Thane's district administration appeals residents not to waste water Mar 21, 2016, 11.10 PM IST THANE: The district administration here has appealed residents to desist from wastage of water during the upcoming Holi festival and avoid 'rain dance'. At a recently held state sponsored event for water usage awareness, Thane Collector Ashwini Joshi said it was time to ensure conservation of water because of acute shortage in the district this year. "People should realise the gravity of the situation and avoid wastage if water during the festival," she urged. The state had recently embarked on a week-long 'Jal Jagruti' programme here by performing a traditional 'jal pooja', followed by a marathon. The water scenario here has become a grim situation with the water in reservoirs dipping to alarming levels. Barvi and Bhatsa dams have water left only to suffice the next two months. Joshi appealed to housing societies and other organisations to undertake water harvesting and recycling projects . The collector also flagged-off a 'jal rath' which toured all the talukas in the district to educate residents about effective usage of water and its conservation.
|2016-03-20||Thane: Barave is KDMC's new dump yard - Mid-Day|
Thane: Barave Is KDMC's New Dump Yard Mar 20, 2016, 07:19 IST Bombay HC’s Stay Against New Construction Clearances Pushes Civic Body To Rework Its Waste Management Plan While the rest of the city groans under the weight of its growing waste management problem, the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is all set to roll out Plan B.The civic body has zeroed in on a 2.23-hectare plot of land in Barave to be used as a dumping ground, and plans to set up 13 biogas plants in Kalyan and Dombivli to generate power from waste. On Thursday, it opened tenders for the contract to lift garbage and dump it at Barave, which it plans to make operational from April. The development is significant since the Bombay High Court had stayed new construction under KDMC’s jurisdiction last April, till it found a new dumping ground. The court had passed a similar judgment for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last month.A growing problem KDMC generates 550 tonnes of garbage every day, and all this finds its way to the Adharawadi dumping ground. Bursting at the seams, the Adharawadi plot has served as a dumpyard for around 45 years and reached its saturation — of about 15 lakh cubic metres — a few years ago. Such unplanned waste management had forced the HC to hit the civic body where it hurt — snip its revenue generation through building clearances till it got its act together. The ruse worked. The stay hit KDMC hard — it suffered a loss of nearly Rs 70 crore from pending construction clearance. KDMC scouted for close to a year to find an apt location for a dumping ground. A senior official from the town planning department of the civic body says over 200 building proposals are usually cleared in a year, but last year was a lean period due to the stay order. “We expect a revenue of R100 crore from new construction clearances, but managed to make only Rs 32 crore.” The new dumping ground can take in 155-200 tonnes of waste every day. KDMC plans to get citizens to chip in and segregate waste at their end to reduce the burden on the dumping ground. The segregated wet waste will be used to generate biogas and power streetlights. G Nawangule, executive engineer of the solid waste management department, KDMC, says NGOs are being roped in to educate people about the need to segregate. KDMC officials say 13 biogas plants will be spread across Kalyan and Dombivli in such a way as to ensure that the power generated goes straight to streetlights or is diverted to its offices. Civic officials are now hopeful of the court lifting its stay order. “With the dumping ground set to open in April, we expect the HC to be lenient with us as we have a new solid waste management plan in place,” says the town planning department official. Deputy municipal commissioner Suresh Pawar, too, says KDMC is taking all measures to tide over its garbage management crisis.Rs 70crore The losses that KDMC suffered from pending construction clearance 155-200 tonne The amount of waste the new dumping ground can accomodate every day
|2016-03-20||Kin of Thane hit-and-run victims plan peace march - The Hindu|
Kin of Thane hit-and-run victims plan peace march MUMBAI:, MARCH 20, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 20, 2016 05:44 IST Family members and friends of two young girls who were killed in a hit-and-run earlier this month will stage a candlelight march at the accident spot on Sunday. Surabhi Gore (21) and Akanksha Kamble (22), two childhood friends who stayed in the Manorama Nagar area of Thane, were run over by a car on Ghodbunder road on the night of March 6. The police arrested Nimesh Rane (28), a sales manager, in connection with the crime. Their family members have since then been running from pillar to post seeking justice from the police whose work so far, they say, has been shoddy. “Everyone kept telling us on the night of the accident that it was a case of drunk driving. However, the FIR did not mention that anywhere. It was only the next day, when we read the newspapers that we realised that it was being reported as a case of a hit-and-run. Further, the accused was arrested three days after the incident, by which time there was no chance of alcohol being detected in his blood. We only learned about these things after we consulted lawyers on our own, while the police kept assuring us that they were doing everything they could,” said Surabhi’s aunt Vandana Gore, one of the organisers of Sunday’s peace march. The families of the two victims are also pained by the fact that no one came forward to help when both the girls lay bleeding on the road. It was only after the police reached the spot that they were taken to Titan Hospital. Surabhi was declared dead before admission while Akanksha succumbed to her injuries three days later. The candlelight march will begin at the Shruti Garden society where the girls were staying and will end at the accident spot, where the protestors will hold a peaceful vigil. “Our fight is not against a person. It is against the system,” Ms Gore said.
|2016-03-20||Thane: Doctor arrested over illegal adoption procedure - Mid-Day|
Thane: Doctor arrested over illegal adoption procedure By Faisal Tandel |Posted 20-Mar-2016 Child protection officers from Thane crime branch lay trap after hearing of Ulhasnagar doctor putting up a new-born girl up for adoption A 31-year-old doctor, who runs a hospital in Ulhasnagar, has been arrested by the Thane crime branch for selling a newborn. The child, Dr Rajkumar Sadashiv Jadhav told the police, had been born to an unmarried woman at his hospital. A case was registered against him at the Vitthalwadi police station and he was produced in court on Friday. He was later released on bail. The arrest was the result of a joint operation conducted by the Child Protection Unit, Thane, along with the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane crime branch. Parmeshwar Dhasade, child protection officer, Thane district, said he received a tip-off on March 15, informing him that Jadhav, who owns Kreeti Hospital near SST College, was looking to put a newborn up for adoption without following government procedures. A team of three people was formed, with counsellor Kavita Dohipode posing as a mother looking to adopt a child, and child protection officers Praful Tayade and Pradeep Rahane posing as Dohipode’s relatives. "On March 15, Dohipode met Jadhav along with Tayade, and told him that she had been married for eight years and despite fertility treatments, was unable to conceive," said Dhasade. He added that Jadhav told Dohipode that the hospital had an eight-day-old child and that he was ready to cut an adoption deal with her. "Jadhav asked Dohipode, whether her husband earned a monthly salary of over R40,000 and sought documents including the Aadhaar card, PAN card and proof of residence. He further suggested that they go through a court procedure where she’d have to pay Rs 15,000," added Dhasade. Dhasade then approached Bharat Shelke, assistant commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, and the case was handed over to the anti-human trafficking cell. On March 16, a member of the team posed as Dohipode’s husband and met Jadhav. Jadhav told the ‘couple’ that if they went by government protocol, they would have to wait for four years to adopt the child. However, he would give them the baby within a day and all they needed to do was make an affidavit and submit it in court after which they’d get a birth certificate for the infant from the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Jadhav. On March 17, the ‘couple’ was handed the baby girl after submitting the documents. "The accused gave a letter stating the adoption on his letterhead. He also said he had a letter from the girl’s biological mother saying she had no objection to the adoption," added Dhasade. Shakeel Shaikh, senior police inspector, anti-human trafficking cell, said, "Our officers arrested the doctor and a case was registered under sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015." Kalyani Patil, assistant police inspector, anti-human trafficking cell, said, "The doctor said the child was delivered at the hospital by a 23-year-old Ghatkopar resident who didn’t want her. So, she gave her up for adoption." The authorities said he could have informed government authorities like the Child Welfare Committee and followed the norms. "But, as he undertook an illegal procedure, he has been booked," added Dhasade.
|2016-03-20||Thane police to set up four petrol pumps - The Indian Express|
Thane police to set up four petrol pumps The petrol pumps will be manned by retired policemen or youngsters who miss out on getting police jobs due to “technical problems”. Mumbai | Published: March 21, 2016 12:31 am To get funding for police welfare activities ‘in a non-controversial manner’, the Thane police will set up four petrol pumps in the district over the next few months. Police-owned petrol pumps have been operated in districts such as Solapur and Amravati in the past, but this is a first in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh proposed the move, last year, and it was approved by Maharashtra DGP, in December. Following this, the police approached Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and asked them to scout for places on police land where these petrol pumps could be set up, said a senior police officer. Four places were selected — Saket ground near Thane police headquarters, Shilfata junction, behind Ambernath police station, and Rajnoli Naka in Bhiwandi. An officer said HPCL would help them set up the infrastructure. The proceeds from the petrol pumps will go towards the police welfare fund. The police welfare fund is used to help police officers in need of financial aid or to help their wives or children if they meet with a mishap. The petrol pumps will be manned by retired policemen or youngsters who miss out on getting police jobs due to “technical problems”. The police are hoping to earn at least Rs 1.5 lakh per month from the petrol pumps. “The school started for children of policemen in Thane has been doing pretty well. We are hoping that the petrol pumps will help us with police welfare activities,” said Singh.
|2016-03-19||Water crisis deepens in Thane enclaves - Times of India|
Water crisis deepens in Thane enclaves Mar 19, 2016, 02.54 PM IST THANE: Lakhs of residents from the working class enclaves of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva are facing immense inconvenience following the 60-hour-long water cuts imposed by the state irrigation department. The locals find it difficult to balance their work time and schedule of water flow especially during weekdays. Many lament the water supply starts at erratic hours often leading to their inconvenience. Several residents of these largely working class towns are harried as certain areas often complain of receiving no water for the next 12 hours even beyond the stipulated curtailment time making life miserable for them. It is pertinent to note that Thane witnesses only 48 hours of supply restriction while few areas continue to get water even during the restriction period. Some politicians have now threatened to stage a demonstration before the administration to divert its attention towards the apathy shown to these suburbs while Thane city is enjoying uninterrupted waters supply. "Majority of the population here comprise of working class people who find it difficult to sustain without water supply for over three days. The supply here is so erratic that often water doesn't flow for over hours even after the curtailment period has ended 12 hours back. How can residents here manage their jobs in Mumbai and deal with such poor and abrupt supply," questioned NCP MLA JItendra Awhad recently.
|2016-03-19||PCR Mobile now extended to Thane police commissionerate region - Web India 123|
PCR Mobile now extended to Thane police commissionerate region Thane | Saturday, Mar 19 2016 IST Maharashtra Director General of Police Praveen Dixit today launched PCR (Police control Room) Mobile, a new services in the city police commissionerate to help policing in the area.The 27x7 PCR mobile will assist the present police force and be the immediate source of response to any event at any place and monitored by the central Control room it was stated.In an official press release here today, the ACP Control Room Naresh Meghrajani stated that the team of the PCR mobile will comprise of 1 officer, 1 wireless operator and also 4 personnel from the HQ.Thane city has been allotted a total of 21 such mobiles of which the Kalyan and Ulhasnagar will get three each, Thane 6 and Bhiwandi 5 and Wagle estate 4 such PCR mobiles it was stated.The PCR Mobile is already operative in Mumbai and also Aurangabad and is now now extended to Thane he said.He also said that on account of the high population which was to the tune of around 60 lakhs in the Thane police commissionerate the Police Chief Param Bir Singh, felt the dire need for the PCR Mobilewhich have been finally made a reality.The team will be equipped with most modern equipment and also First Aid Box, and will reach the location within few minutes. It will also be equipped with GPS, PA systems, Gas Grandes, SLRs, 12 BoreRubber pellets, he said.UNI XR SB 2204
|2016-03-19||Kin of Thane hit-and-run victims to hold peace march - The Hindu|
Kin of Thane hit-and-run victims to hold peace march MUMBAI:, MARCH 20, 2016 00:46 IST UPDATED: MARCH 20, 2016 00:46 IST At a loss for answers and disillusioned with the system in general, family members and friends of two young girls who were killed in a hit-and-run earlier this month will on Sunday stage a candlelight march and vigil at the scene of the accident. Surabhi Gore (21) and Akanksha Kamble (22), two childhood friends who stayed in the Manorama Nagar area in Thane, were run over by a car on the Ghodbunder Road on the night of March 6 this year. The police went on to arrest Nimesh Rane (28), a sales manager in connection with the crime. Their family members have since been running from pillar to post seeking justice from the police whose work so far, they say, has been shoddy at best. “Everyone kept telling us on the night of the accident that it was a case of drunk driving. However, the FIR did not mention that anywhere. It was only the next day, when we read the newspapers, that we realised that it was being reported as a simple case of a hit and run accident,” said Surabhi’s aunt Vandana Gore, one of the organisers of Sunday’s peace march.
|2016-03-18||Thane man assaulted, thrown out of moving private bus - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane man assaulted, thrown out of moving private bus On Thursday afternoon, a 40-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and thrown out of a moving bus by the conductor over Rs5 tiff. Angry passengers pelted stones at the bus and handed over the private bus driver and conductor to the police. Officials are being blamed for allowing private buses to operate on Thane streets. Sukhram Tayade, a resident of Lokmanya Nagar, works for a security agency. He was heading home after paying his son's school fees when he asked the driver to halt near Cadbury junction. He paid Rs10 and the conductor argued for Rs5 change. Amidst a heated argument, the conductor assaulted him, resulting in the victim suffering severe injuries on his eyes. He was later pushed from the bus. "I boarded the bus at Patlipada after paying my son's school fees. When I was giving him money for fare he started arguing for Rs5 change and suddenly punched me on the eye," said Tayade. "Later, co-passengers rushed to my aide even as the duo fled leaving the bus midway," he added. "We rushed him to Apollo hospital. Later, the mob got furious and took the driver and conductor to Rabodi police station. Some also pelted stones on the bus damaging the windshield," said Satish Lokhande, a co-passenger. "We have registered a case of assault against the conductor," said an official, adding, "We have taken the victim's statement. He is admitted to Thane civil hospital." The traffic department and RTO conducts crackdown on private buses as state transport laws do not allow private operators to collect fares from commuters. "This is one more incident of high-handedness of private bus operators despite being banned. Officials from the RTO and traffic department do not monitor or regulate them, leading to such incidents," said Sandeep Khambe, an activist.
|2016-03-18||Thane: Instead of playground, Diva kids have dumping ground in backyard - Mid-Day|
Thane: Instead Of Playground, Diva Kids Have Dumping Ground In Backyard Mar 18, 2016, 10:45 IST A Lunch Break For Students Would Entail A Dash For Open Grounds. Instead, Students Of National English School In Diva Are Confined To Their Classrooms, Their Windows Bolted Tightly Shut “Shut the window! We’re eating!” yell the students. One would imagine that a lunch break would entail a dash for the open grounds. Instead, the students of National English School in Diva are confined to their classrooms, their windows bolted tightly shut. Blame the smoke billowing from the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) dumpyard just a few metres away on the Shil-Diva station road. The dumpyard has put the health of over 800 school students at risk. The civic body asserts that the facility is over 500 metres away, but a reality check by mid-day punches holes in the claim. The dumpyard is a stone’s throw away from National English School and Adarsh Vidyalaya High School.National English School has 392 students on its rolls from nursery to class 5 and conducts classes from 7am to 1pm. “The school has been functioning for the past five years. The dumping ground is close by. We are not much affected by the smoke, but if there were a fire outbreak, students will suffer,” says Jyoti Nagore, principal of the school. Students at the school are forced to study in the dark since the windows are kept shut at all times to keep out the smoke and the stench, barely 10 m away. “The roads that lead to the school are full of smoke,” says a kindergarten teacher at the school. “Most students are from a slum settlement near the school. They have no choice but to inhale the smoke back at their homes. They are used to it (the smoke) by now and we are just doing our jobs.” By the look of it, Adarsh Vidyalaya is a safe distance away. It is around 50 m from the dumpyard, but its 400 students have to walk down the same road and the smoke inevitably reaches the school premises. School authorities allege that their repeated complaints to the authorities concerned have been fruitless. “A chemical leak last December led to the closure of the school for two days,” points out Smita Patil, a teacher.RD Mishra, principal of the school, says the monsoon makes matters worse. “The stench from the wet, rotting garbage becomes unbearable.” Mishra fears that speaking up against the civic body can boomerang and lead to the shutdown of the school. The school runs on two shifts and offers classes in three languages — Hindi, Marathi and English. In the back of beyond Bhushan Mhatre, an NCP member who takes the Shil road daily, alleges Diva has been given the short shrift by the authorities concerned. “The Shil road is pockmarked with potholes and the smoke from the dumping ground stings motorists’ eyes, resulting in accidents. The authorities should visit the site and take cognisance of the dangers children are in. I don’t know who granted permission to the school to function from near the dumping ground.” Mhatre says most residents of Diva suffer from breathing problems and eye irritations. Vijay Bhoir, another resident, says things had come to a head last December during a chemical leak at the dumping yard. “Desperate people were ready to move out of the area without a backup plan. Diva has always been neglected. The civic authorities should use its funds to develop the area. If nothing else, they should put an end to rampant, unplanned construction of new buildings,” he suggests.
|2016-03-18||Thane: Frustrated at being called gay, teen jumps off skywalk - Mid-Day|
Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk Mar 18, 2016, 07:23 IST Frustrated At Being Called A ‘Baylya’, Marathi Slander For Gay, A 17-Year-Old Boy Tried Committing Suicide By Jumping Off A 40-Ft High Skywalk In Ulhasnagar On Wednesday Frustrated at being called a ‘baylya’, Marathi slander for gay, a 17-year-old boy tried committing suicide by jumping off a 40-ft high skywalk in Ulhasnagar on Wednesday.
|2016-03-18||Thane: Minor girl shot at for turning down kin's 'marriage' proposal - Mid-Day|
Thane: Minor girl shot at for turning down kin's 'marriage' proposal By PTI |Posted 18-Mar-2016 A 14-year-old girl was critically injured when a youth, her relative, allegedly shot at her for turning down his 'marriage' proposal in Kalwa town near Thane on Friday. The incident occurred at a slum in Mahatma Phule Nagar, when the accused, identified as Kamalkant Saini, accosted the girl and insisted upon accepting his proposal, police said. When she turned down his proposal, the accused fired at the girl injuring her in the neck, they said, adding Saini had proposed the girl, the daughter of his aunt, several times in the past, but was rejected every time. Saini has been arrested and booked under section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder) and provisions of Arms Act.
|2016-03-18||Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk - NDTV|
Thane: Frustrated At Being Called Gay, Teen Jumps Off Skywalk Updated: March 18, 2016 13:47 IST MUMBAI :Frustrated at being called a 'baylya', Marathi slander for gay, a 17-year-old boy tried committing suicide by jumping off a 40-ft high skywalk in Ulhasnagar on Wednesday. Thankfully, Bhushan Bhimrao Mundokar survived the fall and only fractured his left arm. He is currently recuperating at the civic-run Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. A student of FYJC (Commerce) at SST College in Ulhasnagar-4, Bhushan resides with his father, mother and elder brother at Hanuman Nagar in Ulhasnagar-2. The Mundokars had shifted from Akola to Ulhasnagar about five years ago. Speaking to mid-day, Bhushan said, "My classmates have been teasing me 'baylya' for the last two months, but I would ignore them. I rarely made friends thinking that even they would start mocking me. My college starts at 11.30 am and mostly ends by 3 pm, after which I return home. On Wednesday, I left home at 11 am as usual and took the skywalk to crossover to the eastside to take an auto for college. While walking on the skywalk, I suddenly remembered the insults I was being subjected to on a daily-basis. Though I contemplated on retaliation, I feared the backlash. In the past, they had ganged up and thrashed me. The next thing I remember after regaining consciousness is that I was on a hospital bed with a fractured arm." An aspiring CA, Bhushan added that he is scared to go back to the college and will miss out on a year as the final exam starts today because he won't be able to appear due to his injury. Parent speak Bhimrao, a plumber by profession, said it were the passersby who noticed Bhushan lying unconscious below the skywalk and rushed him to the hospital. "One of them managed to secure my elder son's number from Bhushan's phone and informed Ashish about the mishap. He then called and asked me to meet him at the hospital," he added. Doc speak Vijay Kalbande, additional civil surgeon, Central Hospital, said, "Besides treating him for a fractured arm, the boy is being counselled by experts. There is a possibility that he took the drastic step due to the ongoing emotional turmoil within him. Counselling programmes should become a part of our school and college syllabus, so that kids don't take extreme steps at a tender age." Different viewpoint Speaking to mid-day, JC Purswani, SST College principal, offered a different version of the incident. He said, "I personally visited the boy in the hospital. With the finals starting on Friday, the student and his parents were extremely tense. I told them to submit a medical certificate so that the boy can appear for exams during the next round."When asked about the action he would be initiating against the boys Bhushan has accused of harassing him, Purswani said, "I personally feel that Bhushan was extremely nervous with the upcoming exams, as he hadn't prepared well. I have suggested his parents to visit the college once he recovers so that we could ascertain the exact reason behind him taking the drastic step."
|2016-03-18||66-year-old Thane man gets life term for murdering wife - Mid-Day|
66-year-old Thane man gets life term for murdering wife By PTI |Posted 18-Mar-2016 Thane: A 66-year-old retired bank employee from Vashi in Navi Mumbai, was sentenced to life imprisonment by district court in Thane for killing his wife. Thane Additional Sessions Judge V V Bambarde on Thursday awarded the sentence to Jagmohan Thakur who had killed his 62-year-old wife with a hammer in 2013 after she refused to return to his native place in Himachal Pradesh. The judge refereed to the circumstantial evidence and the deposition of witnesses which corroborated the incident and held the accused, an ex-employee of PNB, guilty of the charges under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. The judge held that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. The prosecution examined as many as 11 witnesses including the son of the accused. In his submission before the court, Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay Londhe said the couple--Jagmohan and his wife Asha 62 (then)-- a retired school teacher lived with their son and daughter-in-law in Vashi. It was on October 7, 2013, around 7.30 am, the domestic help noticed that the room of Asha and Jagmohan was bolted from outside. When she told son Tushar and his wife Kirti about it, they opened the door to see Asha lying in a pool of blood. She was rushed to a hospital but she was declared brought dead. After murdering her, the accused had changed his clothes and bolted the door from outside and left. The police recovered the hammer and his blood-stained clothes from the scene of the offence. It was also submitted that the accused was under tremendous strain as the bank he worked with had initiated a departmental inquiry against him. He wanted to commit suicide around six months ago by jumping in front of a train. His family found the suicide note and managed to stop him from taking the extreme step. The accused wanted to return to their native place in Himachal Pradesh. But his wife declined and they had a fight over it on the fateful night after which the accused attacked her with a hammer and killed her, the court was told.
|2016-03-18||Police action against 54 private buses in Thane - Times of India|
Police action against 54 private buses in Thane Mar 18, 2016, 10.43 PM IST THANE: rising complaints of rash driving and misbehavior against private buses led the traffic police to conduct special drive that netted over 50 cases till Friday late evening. "We have been receiving complaints from commuters regarding issues including rude behavior of bus staff and rash driving. A special drive was launched Friday morning and will continue till late night. Drivers and staff have been booked for various violations," said a traffic official. The drive follows the Thursday incident where a passenger was assaulted by a private bus staff over tendering exact bus fare. A 52-year-old man, who boarded a private complex bus to travel from Patlipada to Cadbury junction was beaten up by the bus cleaner after he refused to tender Rs 5 change.
|2016-03-17||Thane bizman kidnapped at gunpoint, dumped at Ambernath ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane bizman kidnapped at gunpoint, dumped at Ambernath A businessman from city was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint, assaulted and then dumped at a secluded spot in Ambernath by his business partner and his four accomplices. The Kasarwadavali police is yet to arrest the accused. Gokul Tiwari, 36, a resident of Ghodbunder Road, is a steel trader. He told the police that he was kidnapped and pushed inside a car when he was on his bike. He was held at gunpoint, assaulted and thrown out of the car in Ambernath. The complainant has named his partner Ghanshyam Pandey, a resident of Powai, and his four accomplices. "We are investigating the case as the complainant revealed that his partner was demanding Rs4 lakh from him. We will question the accused and accordingly make arrests," said a senior officer. "We have registered a case of rioting, kidnapping, rioting with weapons and unlawful assembly along with sections of assault of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have also been booked under sections of Arms Act," said assistant police inspector Dinkar Chandankar.
|2016-03-17||Requisition of wells in Thane div to tackle water crisis - Business Standard|
Requisition of wells in Thane div to tackle water crisis Thane Last Updated at March 17, 2016 13:57 IST Thane district Collector Ashwini said Konkan Divisional Commissioner has directed Revenue officials for requisition of wells in their jurisdiction in order to meet the current water crisis. Joshi yesterday launched Jal Jagruti public awareness programme here said officials have been directed to carry out requisition of wells in the division. "After the requisition, including private wells, desilting and repair works of the wells would be undertaken and its water will be used for various purposes other than drinking," she said. To a query regarding rampant leakages in water distribution system, she said officials have been asked to ensure that leakages are plugged on time to avoid wastage. The civic corporations at their level are undertaking various measures to educate citizens about the effective usage of water and avoid wastage and as an immediate measure, swimming pools across the district have been asked to shut in view of the acute shortage of water. Messe Frankfurt has been consistently implementing programmes towards the development and benefit of Jaunti village and its citizens. Last year, the company conducted a skill development drive as part of its corporate social responsibility in the village, training and supporting a number of people to secure financial freedom. The programme was later extended to residents of Sunder Nagri slums in New Delhi. This year, through the 'National Summit on Water, Wastewater treatment, Solid Waste Management and Solar Energy', the company brought key leaders and regulatory bodies together to highlight issues pertaining to sanitation and water treatment in India. Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd said, "The topic of sanitation and acute water problems in rural areas was often discussed at our Summit and we have deliberated ways of implementation at the ground level time and again. While we were engaged in our skill development programme at Jaunti, we learnt that the government is undertaking measures to adopt Jaunti as the model to ensure that the village gets all basic amenities and we wanted to be associated with it. It is a small step that can make a difference towards the sanitation, development and health of the village."
|2016-03-17||Suraj Parmar case: Move to disqualify Thane corporators raises eyebrows - ETRealty.com|
Suraj Parmar case: Move to disqualify Thane corporators raises eyebrows The urban development department is said to have written to Thane Municipal Commissioner (TMC) Sanjeev Jaiswal, directing him to initiate disqualification process against four corporators who are accused in builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case March 17, 2016, 07:52 IST THANE: Political observers have raised eyebrows at the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena regime's decision to initiate administrative process for disqualification of four corporators who are accused in builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case. The urban development department, headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, is said to have written to Thane Municipal Commissioner (TMC) Sanjeev Jaiswal, directing him to initiate disqualification process against Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale (NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (former MNS-turned Independent) after the Thane police initiated criminal proceedings against them for abetting the suicide of Parmar, who was the head of Cosmos Group. Mulla told TOI the move was sheer political vendetta by the BJP government to crush the opposition and those opposing illegal constructions. "It's sheer dictatorship and a deliberate confusion being created by the state government. What are the grounds for the disqualification? We have been booked for raising issues in the TMC about illegal activities by a builder who committed suicide. The issue is pending trial in the sessions court. But before any verdict, the state has announced its judgment. It is a message to the opposition-either surrender to the BJP or quit politics," he said. Surprisingly, the state government seems to have 'overlooked' and ignored the corporator Raja Gawari who has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Deepak Patil murder case. Deputy secretary Dr Sudhakar Shinde has signed the letter citing Section 13 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, which allows the government to remove a corporator found guilty of any misconduct. The letter has asked the TMC commissioner to disqualify the four corporators within a month or else the state government will take action to disqualify them. The letter states the corporators' conduct was disgraceful and unbecoming of an elected representative. Also, they are accused for misusing their posts for getting undue benefits and hence action is warranted, it states.
|2016-03-17||Pay truck cleaner's widow and two children Rs 11 lakh, Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal tells vehicle owner and ... - Times of India|
Pay truck cleaner’s widow and two children Rs 11 lakh, Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal tells vehicle owner and insurance firm Mar 18, 2016, 01.01 AM IST Thane: A young widow and her two children from Bidar district of Karnataka have been awarded Rs 11.21 lakh by the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal as compensation for the death of the family's sole breadwinner, who was run over by a truck in Bhiwandi in 2014. The tribunal judge, K D Vadane, held the truck owner, Ashok Marekar, and the New India Assurance Company Ltd liable for payment of the compensation amount, along with interest at 8% per annum from the date of filing of the claim in 2014. Tulsiram Bukekar (34), a cleaner with Rohit Transport Services, died in a freak accident at Anjur Phat octroi naka in Bhiwandi after the truck ran over him when he was sleeping in the compound of the parking area. The Narpoli police filed a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver. Bukekar's widow Champavati and children—Rani (6) and Sarvesh (7)—moved the tribunal seeking Rs 20.16 lakh compensation on the grounds that the accident was due to the driver's "sheer negligence". They argued that considering Bukekar's young age and that his monthly salary exceeded Rs 8,000, he would have brought home more than Rs 20 lakh during his "working life". As the truck owner failed to appear before the tribunal, the case was decided ex parte against him. Contesting the claim, the insurance company argued that Bukekar had died due to his own "careless behaviour" as he was drunk and sleeping near the left tyre of the truck in the parking compound, and sought the claim be dismissed. In his order, the judge noted that the FIR corroborated the applicants' version and it appeared that the driver, Mahadeo Gund, did not take caution before starting the truck. "This act on the part of driver of the truck amounts to negligence. Moreover, the opponents have not examined Gund. Therefore, in such circumstances, the applicants' contention, which is corroborated by the police papers on record, appears to be trustworthy one," the judge said. Once the claim amount is received, an amount of Rs 3 lakh each should be kept in separate fixed deposits in the names of the two children for five years and Rs 2.5 lakh should be paid to the deceased's mother Sundramma, the judge also ordered.
|2016-03-16||Thane Collector Urges Residents Not to Waste Water on Holi - The ... - The New Indian Express|
Thane Collector Urges Residents Not to Waste Water on Holi Published: 16th March 2016 02:32 PM Last Updated: 16th March 2016 02:32 PM THANE: Thane Collector Ashwini Joshi today called upon residents of the district to desist from resorting to 'rain dance' and wastage of water during the upcoming Holi festival. Inaugurating the week-long 'Jal Jagruti' programme here by performing a traditional 'jal pooja', she said that such measures were necessary because of acute water shortage in the district. People should realise the gravity of the problem and avoid wasteful water usage, she urged. Joshi asked the housing societies and other organisations to undertake water harvesting and recycling and present such projects before the District Planning Committee. Despite the fact that there were several rivers and dams in the district's Sahapur taluka, it was facing severe water shortage, she pointed out. The collector performed 'jal pooja' of water brought from six rivers of the district - namely Shahi, Bhatsa, Ulhas, Kalu, Barvi and Vaitarna. The collector also flagged-off a 'jal rath' which would tour all the talukas in the district to educate people about the effective usage of water.
|2016-03-16||Now, shuttle services between Badlapur and Thane - Times of India - Times of India|
Now, shuttle services between Badlapur and Thane Mar 16, 2016, 09.24 PM IST THANE: Commuters from suburbs can now avail of shuttle services between Badlapur and Thane during peak hours and avoid bone crunching travel. The Central Railway on Wednesday has announced 13 more suburban services on main line and extended journey of 5 services from 19.3.2016. In up direction, A Badlapur-Thane local has been started leaving Badlapur at 0757 hrs arriving Thane at 0850 hrs. Titwala - Thane local will leave Titwala at 0954 hrs arriving Thane at 1040 hrs while Kalyan -Kurla local leaving Kalyan at 1041 hrs arriving Kurla at 1140 hrs and Kalyan -Kurla local leaving Kalyan at 1320 hrs arriving Kurla at 1418 hrs. A Kalyan - Thane local will leave Kalyan at 1858 hrs and arrive Thane at 1929 hrs. A Titwala-Asangaon local leaving Titwala at 0505 hrs arriving Asangaon at 0526 hrs, Thane - Titwala local leaving Thane at 0859 hrs arriving Titwala at 0946 hrs, Thane - Kalyan local leaving Thane at 1006 hrs arriving Kalyan at 1038 hrs, Kurla - Kalyan local leaving Kurla at 1202 hrs arriving Kalyan at 1304 hrs, Kurla - Kalyan local leaving Kurla at 1432 hrs arriving Kalyan at 1531 hrs, Vidhyavihar - Kalyan local leaving Vidhyavihar at 1715 hrs arriving Kalyan 1814 hrs and Vidhyavihar - Kalyan local leaving Vidhayvihar at 1759 hrs arriving Kalyan 1854 hrs followed by Thane - Badlapur local leaving Thane at 1933 hrs arriving Badlapur at 2028 hrs. Few services have been extended including Asangaon - Kalyan local leaving Asangaon at 0847 hrs is extended to run up to Thane arriving Thane at 0957 hrs, Kurla - CST local leaving Kurla at 1919 hrs is extended to leave from Kalyan at 18.21 hrs arriving CST at 1949 hrs, Kalyan - Karjat local leaving Kalyan at 1117 hrs is extended to leave from Thane at 1048 hrs arriving Karjat at 1212 hrs (instead of 1208 hrs. CST - Dombivli local leaving CST at 1753 hrs (instead of 1751 hrs) is extended to run up to Kalyan arriving Kalyan at 1921 hrs while CST - Thane local leaving CST at 1758 hrs is extended to run upto Dombivli arriving Dombivli at 1919 hrs. With this inclusions, the number of suburban services will increase from 825 to 838 on main line and the total suburban services will increase from 1647 to 1660 daily. A new 12 car rake has also been inducted in services, informed Narendra Patil CPRO of Central Railway. Meanwhile due to extension of Train No. 22101/22102 Manmad - LTT Rajya Rani Express upto CST there has been slight changes in timings of locals on fast corridor during peak hours. Thane-CST local leaving Thane at 0919 hrs arriving CST at 1003 hrs will now leave at 0900 hrs arriving CST at 0945 hrs, Kalyan-CST local leaving Kalyan at 0853 hrs arriving CST at 1007 hrs will now leave at 0847 hrs arriving CST at 1003 hrs, CST-Ambernath local leaving CST at 1833 hrs will now leave at 1829 hrs arriving Ambernath at 1944 hrs while CST -Kalyan local leaving CST at 1829 hrs arriving Kalyan at 1942 hrs will now leave CST at 1833 hrs arriving Kalyan at 1946 hrs. CST- Asangaon local leaving CST at 1840 hrs arriving Asangaon at 2015 hrs will now leave CST at 1837 hrs arriving Asangaon at 20.18 hrs and CST-Badlapur local leaving CST at 1844 hrs arriving Badlapur at 2002 hrs will now leave CST at 1844 hrs arriving Badlapur at 20.03 hrs while CST-Titwala local leaving CST at 1847 hrs arriving Titwala at 2002 hrs will now leave CST at 1844 hrs arriving Titwala at 2003 hrs. Dadar - Kalyan local leaving Dadar at 1903 hrs arriving Kalyan at 2003 hrs will now leave Dadar at 1900 hrs arriving Kalyan at 2000 hrs.
|2016-03-16||Thane traffic police to keep strict watch on bus drivers - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane traffic police to keep strict watch on bus drivers Mar 16, 2016, 10.32 PM IST THANE: Public transport bus drivers are now under the radar of administration and police alike following the recent incident where an inebriated TMT driver fatally mowed down a constable last week. Thane traffic police have said they will now strictly keep watch on bus drivers to ensure they aren't driving under the influence of alcohol. Officials said they will conduct surprise checks at bus stations in addition to alerting civic transport administration. "We have asked the civic transport administration to keep tabs on their respective drivers and check they aren't under the influence of alcohol," said a traffic official. Over 150 TMT buses ply various routes in and out of the city daily. The routes between Gaimukh and Ghodbunder including some parts of eastern express highway is where drivers often speed. The decision comes after a traffic constable was crushed to death by a Municipal Transport bus driver, last week. The driver was arrested and booked for reportedly causing death due to negligence, drunk driving and various other sections of Motor Vehicles Act.
|2016-03-16||Thane massacre: viscera tests reveal victims were drugged - Hindustan Times|
Thane massacre: viscera tests reveal victims were drugged Tests on the viscera of members of the Warekar family in Thane, who were murdered by one of their own on February 28, have revealed traces of Clozapine, a sedative used to treat schizophrenia Updated: Mar 17, 2016 01:28 IST Tests on the viscera of members of the Warekar family in Thane, who were murdered by one of their own on February 28, have revealed traces of Clozapine, a sedative used to treat schizophrenia. Hasnain Warekar, who killed 14 members of his family members before hanging himself, had not taken the drug, the tests revealed. A source in the Thane police told HT they received the chemical analysis report on the viscera samples of five members of the family, including Hasnain, from the forensic science laboratory at Kalina on Wednesday. “While traces of Clozapine were found in the viscera of Hasnain’s wife, parents and six-year-old daughter, nothing was found in Hasnain’s samples,” the source said. “This means Hasnain drugged his family members but did not take the drug himself.” The test reports of the remaining samples will arrive in the next two days, the source said. Joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbare told HT, “The findings corroborate the claims of (Hasnain’s sister) Subiya, the lone survivor of the massacre, who said that Hasnain had drugged his relatives before killing them.” The source said, “We have found that the drug was prescribed by a doctor from Pune for Hasnain’s sister Baitul, who had been undergoing treatment for mental illness for the past 20 years.” The drug was also found in the Warekars’ house during a search of the crime scene. According to the police, the Warekars had decided not to treat Baitul in Mumbai or Thane as they feared the disclosure of her ailment would mar her marriage prospects. Subiya has told the police that children in the family usually went to bed around 2am. However, that night they fell asleep along with the rest of the family just minutes after dinner, a little after midnight. The police assume that the drug was added to the family’s soft drinks or food. Dumbare said, “Hasnain’s chemical analysis report was negative for the drug. It seems he had planned everything. The ligature mark (from his hanging) was clear and there were no signs of a struggle.”
|2016-03-16||Thane Collector urges residents not to waste water on Holi ... - Business Standard|
Thane Collector urges residents not to waste water on Holi Thane Last Updated at March 16, 2016 14:28 IST Thane Collector Ashwini Joshi today called upon residents of the district to desist from resorting to 'rain dance' and wastage of water during the upcoming Holi festival. Inaugurating the week-long 'Jal Jagruti' programme here by performing a traditional 'jal pooja', she said that such measures were necessary because of acute water shortage in the district. People should realise the gravity of the problem and avoid wasteful water usage, she urged. Joshi asked the housing societies and other organisations to undertake water harvesting and recycling and present such projects before the District Planning Committee. Despite the fact that there were several rivers and dams in the district's Sahapur taluka, it was facing severe water shortage, she pointed out. The collector performed 'jal pooja' of water brought from six rivers of the district - namely Shahi, Bhatsa, Ulhas, Kalu, Barvi and Vaitarna. The collector also flagged-off a 'jal rath' which would tour all the talukas in the district to educate people about the effective usage of water.
|2016-03-15||Thane taps run dry, housing socs on save-water mission - Times of ... - Times of India|
Thane taps run dry, housing socs on save-water mission Mar 16, 2016, 01.23 AM IST THANE: Reeling under a 60-hour water shortage, many Thaneities have been adopting ways of conserving water and preventing wastage. ''When you face a crisis only then you realize the importance of it. For the last few weeks, we have collectively decided to impose a three-hour water cut daily from 2pm to 5pm in our housing complex. No one opens the tap during this time. In this way we save enough water to increase the levels in the tanks. This water is utilized during the long-hour water cut,'' said Sheetal Gaikwad, resident of Ravi Estate, Pokhran Road 1. Residents of Hiranandani Estate are extremely inventive as they collect the water dripping from their air-conditioners and use this to wash their vehicles. "We put up a T-connection pipe to all the ACs in our society and the water dripping from them is stored at a ground level. This in turn is used to wash cars and bikes," said Sunil Hadkar, vice chairman of Hill Grange society, Hiranandani Estate. In the neighbouring Brahmand society, residents have imposed a strict guidelines that vehicles will be washed only twice a week. "There are more than 100 vehicles in our society and a lot of water gets wasted when they are washed. So to save water we have made a rule that no cars or bikes will be washed during the days when there is a cut," said Parag Walanj, a resident.
|2016-03-15||Thane consumer forum orders builder to pay flat buyer 10,000 for ... - Times of India|
Thane consumer forum orders builder to pay flat buyer 10,000 for harassment Mar 16, 2016, 12.12 AM IST Thane: Admitting a complaint by a flat buyer of deficiency in services, the Thane district consumer redressal forum has directed Lok Housing and Construction Limited to refund advance money taken from the complainant with interest at 6% per annum from 2001 and also pay compensation of Rs 20,000 as compensation for his suffering. In their order the forum president Sneha S Mhatre and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and ND Kadam have said that the complainant Shivaji More of Vitthalwadi, Kalyan (E) deserved to be compensated by the builder for the unfair business practices and for his suffering. The complainant told the forum that in 2001 he booked a flat in the Lok Ambar housing complex which was being developed by the Lok Builders and made an advance payment of Rs 64,900. More then applied for a housing loan with the ICICI Home Finance who wanted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the SBI Home Finance Bank who had business relations with the Lok Builders. "Despite several reminders Lok Builders failed to provide me with the requisite NOC without out which ICICI was not ready to sanction his housing loan. It was due to non-providing of the NOC by the builder I had to forgo the loan and suffered and even had suffered brain tumor," More said in his complaint. More claimed a refund of the advance paid with interest at 9% and also refund of the registration charges of Rs 10,606 besides the payment of Rs 1 lakh as compensation for his suffering and Rs 20,000 towards the legal expenses. In his complaint he also said that the builder had not completed the construction and handed over the flat to him as agreed in 2002, and later he (builder) sought extra amount other than the amount in the agreement. The quality of building construction was also not good he added. It was in 2008, that the NOC was agreed to be given, seven years later than the agreement clause. The builder in his submission dismissed all the allegations of the complainant and said that he had in fact given him the release letter from the SBI in 2008 and as he had not paid the balance amount he did not give possession of the flat. The ICICI Home Finance against whom also the complaint was lodged was discharged by the forum as it did not find any fault with its role. In their order the forum observed that the complainant had to undergo mental harassment as the flat was not constructed and handed over as agreed in 2002. Also the NOC was not provided to him on time as a result of which he had to run around for the loan which he did not get ultimately. Moreover demanding an amount more than the amount agreed is also is not a fair business the order said. It ordered the builder to refund the advance of Rs. 64,900 along with interest at 6% pa.. and also an amount of Rs. 10,000 towards the sufferings, and Rs. 10,000 towards legal expenses to the complainant.
|2016-03-15||Stray dog attacks 20 people in Thane | mumbai | Hindustan Times - Hindustan Times|
Stray dog attacks 20 people in Thane Out of the 20, two women and a three-year-old girl have sustained multiple injuries Updated: Mar 16, 2016 00:36 IST An adult stray dog, suspected to have rabies, attacked 20 people in an hour in Ulhasnagar in Thane on Monday evening. Out of the 20, two women and a three-year-old girl have sustained multiple injuries. Khushi Jaiswal, 3, Suman Nimbore, 29, was admitted to Central Hospital and the second woman was shifted to a private hospital. Central Hospital civil surgeon Dr Ashok Nandapurkar said, “There were 20 dog bite cases reported in an hour. We are giving them anti-rabies drugs.” Soon after the incident, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation has ordered sterilization all stray dogs in the next 10 days. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation health officer Dr Raja Rijwani said, “Within two to three weeks we will able to sterilize all stray dogs. We will bear the hospital expense of all the victims.”
|2016-03-15||No-honking stickers for Thane auto drivers - Hindustan Times|
No-honking stickers for Thane auto drivers As part of the campaign #TellTheDriver, not-for-profit Awaaz Foundation in partnership with the Thane traffic police on Tuesday distributed 4,000 stickers to about 60 leaders of about 20 autorickshaw unions and associations. Updated: Mar 16, 2016 00:33 IST If you drive around in Thane or hail an auto, there are chances you will spot a sticker ‘The More You Stop Honking, The More You Get Well’ pasted on the vehicle’s windshield. As part of the campaign #TellTheDriver, not-for-profit Awaaz Foundation in partnership with the Thane traffic police on Tuesday distributed 4,000 stickers to about 60 leaders of about 20 autorickshaw unions and associations. “The people most exposed to constant noise from traffic for long hours are auto drivers since their vehicles are open. As a result, auto drivers also tend to honk because they want to be heard over and above the din,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convener, Awaaz Foundation. “In addition to drivers, traffic policemen are among those most directly affected.” A study of traffic policemen revealed that over 70% suffered significant hearing loss through constant exposure to noise over 80dB caused by traffic. According to doctors, exposure to high decibel noise causes hearing loss, high blood pressure, mental health illness and even cancer. “Pasting stickers on no honking is an important initiative since we are exposed to continuous noise for at least 12 hours every day,” said Ganesh Bhoir, auto driver. “It’s the two-wheelers who honk the most and hence the RTOs must not permit them with the pressure horns. The four-wheelers also honk a lot, and it doesn’t make a difference to them since their window shades are rolled up and they sit with their air conditioners on.” A Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) analysis found Mumbai to be the noisiest city in India after a series of regular ambient noise monitoring from 2011 to 2014 in a report released in February. While cities such as Lucknow, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai followed suit, Bangalore and Kolkata had the least number of violations. Abdulali said the Thane traffic police will provide hoardings to create awareness on noise pollution, and posters will soon be distributed to educational institutions and housing societies in Thane. “Noise has adverse effect on health, and most people blow horns unnecessarily. This needs to be stopped and can only come about through public awareness,” said PV Mathadhikari, assistant police commissioner of traffic police, Thane. “Autos have a specific horn handle which is not very loud. However, pressure horns, reverse horns and musical horns are not permitted according to the law, and there should be no modifications made in the horns provided by vehicle manufacturers.”
|2016-03-15||Fishermen oppose purse seine nets, to shut fish markets in Mumbai, Thane. - Times of India|
Fishermen oppose purse seine nets, to shut fish markets in Mumbai, Thane. Mar 15, 2016, 12.32 PM IST Mumbai: Stock up your fish this Thursday. Fishermen across Mumbai, Thane and Palghar are planning to protest against the use of purse seine nets that threatens to deplete the fish stock as against traditional methods. The fishing community will take out a morcha to Azad Maidan on March 17. They have threatened to shut fish markets and display black flags on fishing boats. Fishermen are protesting against Maharashtra fisheries minister Eknath Khadse's assurance in the legislative assembly to reconsider purse seine fishing for 12 months. Fishermen using seine nets had on March 9 protested at Azad Maidan against the state's decision to ban seine fishing Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had last month assured traditional fishermen that new licences for purse seine nets would not be given. The government had decided to reserve sea-waters for the entire 12 nautical miles from Zai to Murud for fishermen who use traditional methods. Besides, from Murud to Burundi the ban will be for area from the coast up to 10-metre depth in the sea, for Burundi to Jaigad up to a depth of 20 metres and in the Jaigad-Banda area it will be up to 25 metres. The decision was to benefit around two lakh traditional fishermen. Khadse assured fishermen using seine nets that a decision would be taken in eight days whether or not to allow seine fishing for 12 months following which a stock will be taken. Bernard Dmello of the fishermen union in Utan, Bhayander said that fishermen have been urging the government to ban seine nets that are wiping out fish stock. The state has a 720 km coastline and there are 456 fishing villages in the state. Around 81,492 families depend on fishing for a livelihood. Seine fishing employs a seine that hangs vertically in the water with its bottom edge held down by weights and its top edge buoyed by floats. Seine nets can be deployed from the shore as a beach seine, or from a boat. Seine nets trap non-target species and small fish and can put too much pressure on fish stocks.
|2016-03-15||Residents reeling under water cuts in Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Thane - Times of India|
Residents reeling under water cuts in Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Thane Mar 15, 2016, 11.42 PM IST MUMBAI: With dipping water levels in dams due to erratic rainfall last monsoon, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan face one of their worst water crises in the past few years. In Kalyan, the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) announced on Monday that there will be no water supply for three days every week. However, citizens have already been complaining of a severe water shortage and on Tuesday night, residents of Anandwadi in Kalyan (East) vandalized chairs and pelted stones at KDMC's B-ward office. The residents, who claimed that they have not received water for the last seven days, blocked the road outside the civic office in protest. However, Kolsewadi police reached the spot and controlled the situation. It's a similar situation in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), Panvel Municipal Council (PMC), Uran Municipal Council (UMC), Taloja MIDC and Cidco-administered nodes like Kharghar, New Panvel, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Dronagiri and Ulve. Water cuts have been imposed to ensure enough water till the monsoon, the highest being a 60% cut in MIDC. It means no water is supplied for four-and-a-half days to the Taloja industrial zone, which has over 980 industrial units. Similarly, a 40% cut is in place in PMC area which has a population of over 2 lakh. "We have desilted four big wells to supply water to housing societies and construction sites as an alternate source," said Mangesh Chitle, chief officer of PMC. From Tuesday, 25% cuts were imposed in Uran which includes zones like JNPT, ONGC and military installations, which were spared water cuts so far. NMMC has withdrawn evening supplies for six days a week, besides reducing supply time in the morning. "We are looking at alternate water sources like wells and borewells to tide over the situation," said NMMC chief Dinesh Waghmare. Residents in Cidco administered areas are also feeling the pinch with a 25% water cut. Cidco has already snapped supplies to over a hundred construction sites. The situation along Thane-Belapur industrial belt, including industries and slums besides parts of developed Airoli node, remains grim as residents face 60 hours of water cuts from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning. They also struggle to get proper supply the next day. "Last week our taps ran dry for five days. This seems to be an emergency," said Airoli resident Sona Pal. In old Thane city and new suburbs along Pokhran and Ghodbunder Roads taps go dry at least once a week, while the townships of Kalwa-Mumbra-Diva go without water for anything between 48 to 60 hours in a week.
|2016-03-15||Bride rejected Thane groom over recent mass murder incident | The ... - The Siasat Daily|
|2016-03-15||In Thane, policemen, activists raise voice against honking | The ... - The Indian Express|
In Thane, policemen, activists raise voice against honking The campaign also includes collaboration with the IMA to speak on the damage caused by honking, including permanent loss of hearing. Mumbai | Published: March 16, 2016 12:40 am Anti-noise activist Sumaira Abdulali recalls an incident when she was travelling in an autorickshaw and the driver did not honk even once throughout the journey. “I thanked him and he said that he had not honked because he was not feeling well. He told me the noise would have discomforted him and he wanted to survive the day at work,” she told a gathering of auto drivers in Thane Tuesday. “This shows that incessant honking not only disorients those around, it has a permanent effect on health also. The auto drivers spend most of their time on the roads and are the worst-affected, despite being considered perpetrators,” Abdulali said.Her organisation Awaaz Foundation, along with the Thane traffic police, have begun a joint initiative called #TelltheDriver to ensure that the habit of honking on Indian roads is broken. On Tuesday, around 60 representatives of 20 autorickshaw unions in Thane were given 4,000 stickers with messages against honking. The campaign was initiated in January as part of another initiative called ‘Get Well Soon Mumbai’ to create awareness on the health issues arising out of exposure to constant honking. “So far, the focus has been on loudspeakers as being major contributors to noise pollution, but honking, too, is a constant source of noise. Before enforcement drives are begun to take action against errant honking, awareness needs to be created about how it is bad for one’s health,” Abdulali said. She added she is hopeful that the initiative can be replicated in other cities, including Mumbai. A study on traffic policemen had found that over 70 per cent of them suffered significant hearing loss due to constant exposure to noise when on duty. The campaign also includes collaboration with the IMA to speak on the damage caused by honking, including permanent loss of hearing.
|2016-03-14||Lodha Group says sold 2,000 homes in proposed 88-acre Thane ... - Economic Times|
Lodha Group says sold 2,000 homes in proposed 88-acre Thane project Updated: Mar 14, 2016, 06.38 PM IST MUMBAI: Realty developer Lodha Group has sold over 2,000 homes prior to launch of its proposed project on 88-acre land parcel in Thane. The value of these apartments, for which the bookings have been received, is over Rs 1,600 crore, the developer said in a release. In 2014, the Mumbai-based developer had bought the land parcel from Clariant Chemicals (India) for Rs 1,154.25 crore. Lodha has received the above mentioned bookings at pre-launch of the project in central part of Thane. The developer had undertaken pre-launch exercise for the project, for nine days each, twice in the last two years after acquiring the land parcel. The project will be developed in multiple phases with the current one comprising of 3,500 apartments with 1 and 2 bedrooms, housed in 27-30 storied towers around a master planned development featuring over 80 per cent open spaces, the release said. With these bookings, around 60 per cent of the total residences have been acquired already by home-buyers under the pre-launch. "It is very heartening to see the interest of home-buyers in this grand development. This neighborhood has not only created super normal demand in a highly competitive market such as Thane but also revived its real estate landscape by reinforcing people's trust towards appreciation and investment in real estate," said Prashant Bindal, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of Lodha Group. While the residential real estate continues to be sluggish, industry experts believe the success of select launches is due to the increasing preference of home-buyers buying real estate in Mumbai from developers with execution track record and credibility. Lodha's portfolio includes the World Towers, the world's tallest residential project; Palava City - India's first smart city; the Park (including Trump Towers) in Worli, and New Cuffe Parade in Wadala. Lodha's land bank of 25 million sq. meter is the largest held by Indian developer, with a value of $10 billion.
|2016-03-14||Rise in stone pelting cases on Thane-Kalyan belt scare women - Times of India|
Rise in stone pelting cases on Thane-Kalyan belt scare women Mar 14, 2016, 09.59 PM IST Thane: A spurt in the number of stone-throwing incidents, epecially at the womens'compartment along the busy Thane-Kalyan stretch in recent times has triggered a sense of panic and fear among commuters. Even though several complaints have been raised, the law enforcing authorities are busing passing the buck from one to another instead of taking measured of stepping up security. Last week, 20-year-old Priya Thakur suffered a deep cut on her head and had to undergo a minor surgery after she was hit by a stone that was flung on her between Mumbra and Kalwa station. ''There is a lot of fear among commuters, especially when the train reaches that spot. The entire Kalwa-Mumbra stretch is filled with slum dewellers. Many times, regular commuters warn those standing along the footboard when the train approaches that stretch. They ask then to step behind. Even though there have been so many cases, no measures have been taken by the cops or GRP to ensure the safety of commuters,'' said Vibha Raorane, a resident of Dombivli. Last month, two police women constable had suffered serious injuries on their face after a stone was flung at them near Parsik tunnel. Meanwhile, the police officials and GRP have been passing the buck on each other. While the cops are saying that the GRP needs to look into this issue, the later claims that the city police have to take the necessary safety measures. However, railway commissioner Madhukar Pandey blamed the commuters, itself, for this. ''Women must not be standing along the footboards. We have learnt that the stone throwing incidents are being carried out by the children who are living along the hutments in the area. They are targetting not just women commuters, but men as well,'' Pandey said. IPS officers said that there is a need to create awareness among the slum children and their parents and tell them that such acts can also be fatal. "We have written to the agencies to co-ordinate and to come with a solution end this menace,"Pandey said.
|2016-03-14||Bride rejects groom from Thane village of massacres - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Bride Rejects Groom From Thane Village Of Massacres Mar 14, 2016, 12:20 IST Even As Thane's Kasarvadavali Village Is Reeling From The Shock Of Mass Killings, A Resident Now Finds His Engagement Called Off By The Bride's Family Citing The Murders When Hasnain Warekar slaughtered 14 members of his family and hanged himself, it wasn’t just his family that was torn apart. As the news of the massacre spread, it also spelt death for other families’ hopes of marriage. At least two marriage matches have been called off since then, as people are simply too scared to send their daughters to a village marked by murder.
|2016-03-13||No tubs, no shower campaign in Thane to spread awareness on water conservation - Daily News & Analysis|
No tubs, no shower campaign in Thane to spread awareness on water conservation No tubs, no shower campaign in Thane to spread awareness on water conservation Water coming out of Omkar International School in Dombivli 1
|2016-03-13||Thane cops may replicate city's Charlie squad model - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane cops may replicate city's Charlie squad model Mar 13, 2016, 09.17 AM IST Aurangabad: The Thane police are seeking tips from their Aurangabad counterparts for better working as well as details of Charlie and Damini squads besides police control room (PCR) mobile vans. The Thane police are also planning to replicate the city police's Charlie squad model in a bid to curb the crime rate. The police said there has been a significant dip in the number of street crimes in the city because of the round-the-clock presence of these squads across Aurangabad. The Charlie squad comprising as many as 180 young and physically fit constables, including 22 women, was formed in June last year on the instructions of city police commissioner Amitesh Kumar. The crime rate in Thane has increased in the recent past with hundreds of petty as well as serious crimes being committed on the roads and other public places. This is increased burden of the police, besides boosting confidence of criminals. Recently, a woman cop of the Thane police's traffic branch was assaulted by a political leader. The incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed in the area and was widely screened by news channels. Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) of Thane Naresh Meghrajani said the Thane police won't exactly replicate the Charlie squad model, but modify their own Charlie format on par with the Aurangabad police. It will be simpler and easier to execute, he said. Kumar said, "The objective behind dissolving beat marshals and introducing these squads was to improve the city police's response time, curb crime at public places, collect intelligence input and maintain law and order. The Charlie squad formula has been a great success so far. The Thane police's move is encouraging for us."
|2016-03-13||Thane mass murders: Hasnain did not sexually abuse any victim - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane mass murders: Hasnain did not sexually abuse any victim The police department has revealed that Hasnain Warekar had studied deeply about the drugs used in the medicine as he acquired it and later laced the liquid with sedatives on the night of the mass killing. The killer surfed the internet for information found in the history of his browser which is now being examined by the investigators. Reports have also revealed that none of the victims were sexually assaulted by the killer. Warekar, 35, a resident of Kasarwadavali has on the night of February 28 invited his sisters and their children kids for daawat where tandoori, mutton khichda, falooda, biryani, mutton, samosa, kebabs and cold drinks were served to the family members. Later, he slit their throats using a sharp cleaver, killing his parents, wife, kids and his sisters. However, one of them survived the attack. Seven kids and six women were killed by sedating the food and cold drink. A senior police officer from the investigating team revealed, "We have received the reports which suggests that high quantity of drug was traced in the viscera of victims, apart from Hasnain, which confirms our theory that he had planned the killings a month ahead as he had also researched about the drugs on his laptop." "The drug called Clonazepam has been found in the blood samples and the cyber team has found that Hasnain, a week before committing the crime, had done in-depth study about the drugs which could be used as a sedative to make his victims helpless," added the officer. "The sexual assault on his sister Baitul as revealed by the sole surviving sister Subiya has been taken into consideration more as the incident took place after he heard the conversation at a party. His investments of Rs4 crore and share market debacle are other angels being looked into as the motive," said Ashutosh Dumbare, joint commissioner of police, Thane. Hasnain did not sexually abuse victims Though the police were initially suspecting that Warekar had sexually assaulted any of the victims in the house, the forensic reports have revealed that none of the family members had marks or injuries of sexual assault. "Hasnain was found without his undergarments and was hanging on the ceiling fan while his wife was found semi nude near the kitchen and staircase lobby supposedly fallen from the first floor during the attack," said an official. "Forensic reports have revealed that none of the family members had any signs of sexual assault. We are awaiting reports of other family members but the samples of food is yet to be examined," added the officer.
|2016-03-13||Thane: Inebriated bus driver kills traffic constable - Mid-Day|
Thane: Inebriated Bus Driver Kills Traffic Constable Mar 13, 2016, 19:00 IST Over 40 Passengers Travelling In A TMT Bus Had Lucky Escape, As The Driver Of The Vehicle, Under The Influence Of Alcohol, Resorted To Rash Driving. But, A Traffic Constable Was Not As Lucky More than 40 passengers travelling in a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus from Kashimira to Thane had a lucky escape, as the driver of the vehicle, under the influence of alcohol, was driving rashly, and applying unnecessary brakes. But, a traffic constable was not as lucky, as the rash driving act claimed his life.
|2016-03-13||Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis govt directs civic body to disqualify 4 accused corporators - The Indian Express|
Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis govt directs civic body to disqualify 4 accused corporators Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs. Mumbai | Published: March 14, 2016 1:03 am Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the disqualification of the four corporators named as accused in the suicide of Thane-based builder Suraj Parmar. The Chief Minister-led Urban Development department has now directed the Thane municipality to take the action to disqualify the corporators within a month, indicating that it shall otherwise act in this regard on its own.Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs. After forensic tests on the builder’s note, in which he had struck out the names of politicians after mentioning them, the police had named four corporators — Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress), and Sudhakar Chavan (now Independent, formerly MNS) as accused in the case. The four corporators were then charged with abetment of suicide, criminal misconduct and bribery under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. They are currently out on bail. The UD directive of March 10 asked the Thane municipality to act against the corporators. “The corporators’ conduct is a disgrace to the position of a corporator. They have misused their posts for undue benefits,” said the communication signed by Deputy Secretary Sudhakar Shinde. The department used provisions under Section 13 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, which allows the government to remove a corporator found guilty of any misconduct.
|2016-03-13||Soon expect faster and smoother vashi thane travel - Times of India - Times of India|
Soon expect faster and smoother vashi thane travel Mar 13, 2016, 10.52 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway successfully completed the test charging of 25 KV AC traction on the Transharbour lines as was planned on the midnight of 12/13.3.2016. Commuters on the Thane Vashi route can soon expect faster and smoother travel as the railways have cleared a vital deck for operating new AC-powered trains on the route. The test has cleared the decks for running ac trains on this segment which will increase the speed of trains. Presently, trains operate at 60-80kmph on this segment and once ac traction is implemented, trains can run at 90-100 kmph on this route but only aftrr a safety permission from authorities. The 6 hours traffic and power block was operated for this purpose in the presence of Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central Railway, Amitabh Ojha, Divisional Railway Manager and other senior officials. "Test charging of 25 KV AC traction on harbour line and Transharbour lines was successfully completed as planned in the midnight of 12/13.3.2016," informed N Patil, CPRO of Central Railway.
|2016-03-12||Thane murders: viscera reports confirm Hasnain used sedatives ... - The Hindu|
Thane murders: viscera reports confirm Hasnain used sedatives MARCH 12, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2016 05:38 IST The Thane Police on Friday received reports of chemical analysis of the viscera of four out of the 14 victims of the Thane mass murder and suicide case, as well as those of Hasnain himself. The reports confirmed the presence of a sedative called Clozapin, said Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbare, Thane police. Sources said preliminary inquiries with some doctors have revealed that Clozapin is a sedative chemical used for treating schizophrenia, and is also an ingredient of the tablet Sizopin, which was found in Hasnain's bedroom drawer. “Hasnain's sister Baitul was under treatment and Sizopin was one of the medicines prescribed. We suspect Hasnain mixed these tablets in a food item,” he said.
|2016-03-12||Sophia Nash's husband DJ Thane Kirby says she has 'fled New ... - Daily Mail|
'I just feel powerless': Estranged husband of model who is wanted by police says she has 'fled New Zealand' after failing to appear in court Sophia Nash, 27, failed to appear in an Auckland court this week She is wanted by police on three charges, including theft Police say she stole a $20 Christian Dior bag from a Salvation Army store The model's estranged husband says she has fled NZ with their kids PUBLISHED: 04:29 GMT, 12 March 2016 | UPDATED: 04:36 GMT, 12 March 2016 The ex-husband of a model wanted in New Zealand for allegedly stealing a $20 pink a yellow Christian Dior handbag says she has fled the country with their children. Sophia Nash, 27, from Auckland, failed to appear in Auckland District Court on Wednesday morning on charges of theft, driving while disqualified and breaching a community-work order. Her ex-husband, DJ Thane Kirby, explained her absence by revealing that Ms Nash had left the country with their children.
|2016-03-12||Goons in Khaki: Cops assault doctor in police station in Thane - DNA - Daily News & Analysis|
Goons in Khaki: Cops assault doctor in police station in Thane A Navi Mumbai doctor paid dearly for reporting encroachment on a plot belonging to a hospital to the police. Three Kapurbawadi policemen allegedly kicked, slapped and punched the doctor inside the police station in full public view, leaving him with a swollen cheek and trauma. Dr Madhukar Rathod (38), a resident of Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai, works with Criticare hospital in Thane. He was informed by his staff that a tea vendor had encroached upon the land on the Balkum Road where work on a multi-speciality hospital was in progress. He then went to the police station on Friday to report the matter. "The plot on which a multi-speciality hospital would be set up was surveyed by a team of our staff. They found that it had been encroached upon. When we went to report the matter, the police assaulted us," said Rathod. "I was just explaining to the police that they should file a complaint against the accused. Instead, they started manhandling me and made me to sit like a culprit, as they blew punches on my face and slapped me, even as my colleagues tried to stop them," he added. Reportedly, the assault took place in front of the CCTV cameras and in full public view. "They took law in their hands and did not fear that CCTV cameras were capturing the incident. Senior officials should intervene and check the footage," said Rathod. One of the three accused cops has been identified as sub-inspector Bhusare. Meanwhile, senior inspector SD Jadhav denied all allegations against the policemen and said, "The owner of the hospital and Dr Madhukar Rathod came to the station to complain about the encroachment. We have received complaints from both parties. Dr Rathod became aggressive, leading to a verbal brawl, but he was not assaulted."
|2016-03-12||Traffic cop mowed down by civic bus in Thane - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Traffic cop mowed down by civic bus in Thane By PTI |Posted 12-Mar-2016 Thane: A traffic police constable who was controlling the vehicular movement on the busy Ghodbunder road in Thane was fatally knocked down by a TMT bus, police said on Saturday. PSI RK Dhamane of Kasarwadavali police station said that constable Chandrakant Waman Salunke, was monitoring the vehicular traffic on the busy road Friday night when a TMT Bus dashed him around 11 pm, killing him on the spot. The body of the policeman, hailing from Parner in Maharashtra has been sent for postmortem to the Thane Civil Hospital. The driver of the TMT bus, Gajanan Shejwal has been arrested after being charged under sections 304A, 279 and 337 of the IPC and also sections 3 and 38 fo the MV Act, police said.
|2016-03-11||Thane: 20-year-old girl injured by stone pelted at train - News - Mid-Day|
Thane: 20-Year-Old Girl Injured By Stone Pelted At Train Mar 11, 2016, 09:33 IST The Incident Took Place Between Mumbra And Kalwa. Victim Had To Undergo Four Stitches Due To The Injury; The Thane GRP Are Yet To Register A Case A 20-year-old girl suffered a head injury when an unknown person pelted a stone at the local train she was travelling in, on Thursday morning. The incident took place between Mumbra and Kalwa. The girl was later treated at a private hospital and discharged after treatment. However the Thane Government Railway police are yet to register a case.Priya Thakur works as an executive recruiter with a private shipping agency in Kurla, and is a resident of Shil-Phata near Mumbra. She resides with her parents, sister and physically challenged brother. Her father works as a security guard, and Thakur has also been supporting the family from over two years. Speaking to mid-day Thakur said that on Thursday morning she boarded a CST local from Mumbra station at 9:22 am. “Usually the local trains are crowded during peak hours so we are forced to stand on the footboard. On Thursday too I boarded the train and was standing on the footboard in the last compartment towards Kalyan. When the train passed the Parsik Tunnel between Mumbra and Kalwa, a stone hit my head and injured me,” said Thakur. The other passengers and friends of Thakur in the compartment pulled her inside it, as she started losing consciousness. She lost consciousness for a few minutes. “My friends and other passengers took me in, and tried to stop the bleeding with handkerchiefs. I started feeling faint. Some of them accompanied me and we got off at Kalwa railway station. There I got First Aid, after which the bleeding stopped and I was told to go to a hospital,” added Thakur. Thakur was then shifted to Bilal, a private hospital in Mumbra, where she had to get four stitches on her head. “At around 9:30 am one of the passengers informed Thakur’s mother about the incident. She informed me and asked me to reach Kalwa railway station. I went there at around 10 am and shifted her to Bilal hospital, where she got four stitches and was discharged by 3 pm,” said Kundan Jha (27), Thakur’s cousin and a resident of Navi Mumbai who accompanied her to her residence. When mid-day contacted Sunil Tonwalkar, Senior Police Inspector, Government Railway police, Thane, he said, “We have not yet registered a case and are cross verifying the facts, to see whether it is a stone pelting case.” Police also pelted with stones On February 11 two policemen were hit by stones while they were travelling on separate trains on the central route. Both incidents happened within minutes of each other and took place at the same spot just before the Parsik Tunnel near Mumbra on the fast route. Constable Sudarshan Nalavade of Wadala TT police station, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Chandramohan Gaikwad of Dadar Government Railway police, were helped by fellow passengers and the Dombivli GRP after they were injured by the stones. Both the officers suffered injuries on their faces. The police are yet to arrest the accused who pelted stones at them.
|2016-03-10||Thane: Out-of-control car runs over 2 girls on footpath - News - Mid-Day|
Thane: Out-of-control car runs over 2 girls on footpath By Faisal Tandel |Posted 46 minutes ago A 28-year-old sales manager with a Navi Mumbai-based private firm was arrested by the Kapurbawadi police on Wednesday, after he lost control of his car, killing two girls who were standing on a footpath. The incident took place on Sunday at around 8:30pm near Manpada junction on Ghodbunder Road. Also Read: Car runs over cyclist; fleeing occupants open fire, killing 2 Surbhi Gore and Akanksha Kamble The victims were identified as Surbhi Gore (21), a Bsc (IT) student from a Thane college, and Akanksha Kamble (21), an LLB student, who had recently attended a court trial for the first time. The duo resided at Shruti Gardens in Manorama Nagar in Thane west. The arrested accused was identified as Nimesh Rane, a sales manager with Bhavna motors in Nerul, and a resident of Vartak Nagar in Thane. “We have arrested the accused on Wednesday and have sent him for a medical test and informed the Regional Transport Office to cancel his licence. Rane owns the car – a Wagon R — and was behind the wheel when he lost control and hit the two girls who were standing on a footpath,” said SD Jadhav, Senior PI Kapurbawdi police station. Lost control of the carRane in his statement to police allegedly said that he and his colleagues had gone to Suraj Water Park for a picnic on Sunday. After returning from the park he headed back to his residence and after changing clothes, he was going to Thane station to drop two women colleagues who had accompanied him. “He was driving the car, MH 04 GZ 2707, and as the road he was to take was closed, he went to take a U turn near Manpada junction and lost control of the car and rammed into the two girls,” added Jadhav, stating that the accused will be produced in Thane court on Thursday. He suffered minor injuries while the two women accompanying him have suffered severe injuries. A case has been registered at Kapurbawadi police station on Monday under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (Causing hurt), 338 (causing grievous hurt) and 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) of the IPC and different sections of rash driving of the Motor Vehicle Act. Raj Gore, an IT professional with a private firm and father of Surbhi, said, “We want justice. She was too young and had to fulfill many dreams.” Family reactsThe Gores claim that the Kapurbawadi police had registered a case saying the girls were riding a Scooty when the accident occurred. But when the family enquired they found that they were standing on the footpath. “The police should register a fresh FIR and clear how the incident occurred so that the accused gets proper punishment. Why it is seen that when we ask the police then only they investigate? Its their job to investigate the case properly as we have lost two lives,” added Gore. Read Story: Mumbai: Rash driving kills 9-yr-old in Mazgaon Gore and his wife were in Pune and were on their way back when an auto-rickshaw driver gave a call on his mobile phone and informed them about the incident. “Surbhi told us that she was going for a hair cut, but as the parlour was closed she went to the juice shop, as she loved juice. When we questioned the juice shop owner he said that they had just parked the Scooty and were about to order when the car rammed into them. Both were moved to Titan hospital at Manpada junction, where Surbhi succumbed to her injuries. Kamble was shifted to Vedant Hospital where she died,” added Gore.
|2016-03-10||Thane: Robbers break into cop's home, steal his gun, valuables and ... - Mid-Day|
Thane: Robbers Break Into Cop's Home, Steal His Gun, Valuables And Pants Mar 10, 2016, 15:00 IST Two Crooks In Thane Carried Out A Brazen Theft At The House Of A Crime Branch Constable And Made Off With Cash, Jewellery, His Service Revolver And Even His Pants Robbers are rarely known to steal from cops, but two crooks in Thane carried out a brazen theft at the house of a Crime Branch constable and made off with cash, jewellery, his service revolver and even his pants. What’s more embarrassing is that this happened right under his nose, even as the constable and his family were sleeping in the room.Kailash Haribhau Godge (39), a constable with the Anti-Extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch, registered a case at the Kasarvadavali police station stating that two unidentified robbers had fled with his service pistol, 10 live magazines, along with cash and gold ornaments — all worth Rs 74,300. Godge is a resident of Shri Sadhuru Ekta society in Mogharpada, near Ghodbunder Road in Kasarvadavali, where he has been living for 10 years, in a room with his wife Sunanda, son Tejas and daughter Tejashri. Godge is from the 1997 batch of the police department and said he got his revolver in 2000, after finishing the commando training. On Monday night, after Godge returned home post duty, he kept his revolver in the cupboard and hung his clothes on a hook. The family went to bed around midnight but was woken by his daughter’s scream in the wee hours. “Around 4 am, my daughter screamed loudly and said someone had entered the house. My wife and I woke up, and I switched on the light and saw the cupboard open and the service pistol missing. All the clothes had been dumped on a chair and the cash and gold ornaments were also missing from the cupboard,” Godge recalled. Godge’s daughter said she woke up because of the noise and asked who was there. One of the robbers put his hand on her mouth and told her he was her father. Scared, the girl obeyed his instructions and went back to bed. The robbers put the blanket back on her and fled. “My daughter said she looked from the window and saw two people running,” he added. When Godge tried to open the door, he found it had been latched from outside. He yelled for help and a neighbour came to their aid. “The items that were robbed include my service pistol along with 10 live magazines, worth Rs 20,000. The gold ornaments, including mangalsutra and a chain, are worth Rs 50,500 and there was Rs 3,800 in cash.
|2016-03-10||Thane mass murders: 'Warekar spiked drinks he served to family ... - The Indian Express|
Thane mass murders: ‘Warekar spiked drinks he served to family members’ Lab result indicates murders were premeditated, say cops. Lab result indicates murders were premeditated, say cops. Mumbai | Published: March 11, 2016 1:54 am In a major breakthrough in the Thane massacre case, the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has concluded that the deceased accused, Hasnain Warekar, spiked the drinks he served to his family members by lacing them with a sedative before clinically slitting their throats with a cleaver in the early hours of February 28. FSL has found traces of ‘clonazepam’, a tranquilliser, in the aerated drink samples received from the police for tests, a senior official said. Clonazepam is a benzodiazepines drugs, consumption of which affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced, causing anxiety. In its report, FSL has concluded that a “high amount” of the drug was found. The drug is generally used as a sedative.Warekar had allegedly offered soft drinks to his family members during the dinner hosted by him on the fateful night. The FSL has also ruled out any sexual assault by Warekar on his sisters and wife or any sexual intercourse with his wife on the night of the murder. While the bodies of Warekar’s four sisters and his parents were found on the ground floor, the semi-clad body of his wife was found in the ground floor kitchen. The bodies of the children were found on the first floor of the Warekars’ one-storey home in Thane. Warekar’s body “without his underpants” was found hanging at the spot where slaughtered animals were usually hung from in the house. The Thane police had sent samples from the tandoori chicken, mutton tandoor, samosa, sabudana kebab, pomfret, bread, mutton khichda, soft drinks and falooda to the Kalina FSL for tests to check if any item was laced with sedatives. The finding has now confirmed the police’s theory of the case being a premeditated crime and not a crime of passion committed in a fit of rage. “The FSL finding has given a definite direction to the probe. It is now clear that Warekar planned the murders and with the sole survivor also giving us the possible motive behind Warekar clinically slitting the throats of 14 of his family members, our probe will now be concluded soon,” said a senior official. Subia, the sole surviving sister, in her statement to the police had claimed that her elder mentally-challenged sister was sexually abused by Warekar when his wife was staying at her maternal home after delivering the couple’s second child. Police said the sister had confided in Subia about the sexual abuse when the latter visited her parental home in January this year. On February 6, when all the sisters met at Koparkhairaine in Navi Mumbai, the topic once again cropped up and was discussed among the sisters. “Warekar might have eavesdropped into the conversation between his sisters when his sister would have been narrating her ordeal. The fear of being ‘exposed’ before his family members and that of a possible ‘ostracisation’ might have provoked Warekar to hatch the deadly plan of killing his family members,” said a source . Meanwhile, the police have managed to locate the psychiatrist who treated the mentally challenged sister since she was three years old. The statement of the 80-year old psychiatrist was recorded earlier this week.
|2016-03-10||Vodafone expands 4G network in Mumbai, reaches to Thane, Kalyan - Economic Times|
Vodafone expands 4G network in Mumbai, reaches to Thane, Kalyan Updated: Mar 10, 2016, 06.21 PM IST NEW DELHI: Vodafone India Thursday expanded 4G network in Mumbai to the residential and business corridors of Thane and Kalyan district. India's second-largest telco has launched high-speed data services on Feb 10 this year in Mumbai and is expanding the network in adjoining regions in a phased manner. The roll-out will be completed across all parts of Mumbai including the Eastern suburbs and New Mumbai licensed areas by March end this year, the UK-based telco said in a statement. With this launch, Vodafone is now well positioned to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services on its own convergent radio technology. The telco is offering fourth-generation or 4G services over spectrum in 1800 MHz band and aims to facilitate data-hungry apps such as high definition video streaming, mobile gaming and two-way video calling. Vodafone's customers in Thane and Kalyan districts of Mumbai will get special benefits that include free upgrade to 4G, 100% extra data for postpaid and prepaid subscribers on select packs and a three-month complimentary subscription to TV, movies and music on Vodafone Play. The company has already rolled out 4G services in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata and Delhi's satellite town Gurgaon with plans to rollout 4G network across Delhi-NCR gradually. The telco is banking on high-speed data services in India's urban areas and data services contribute 20.8% to the company's current service revenues. "Mobile data is a part of future growth and we anticipate a larger ratio to our overall revenues in next two to three years," Vodafone India chief operating officer Naveen Chopra earlier told ET. "Mumbai is a strong leadership market for Vodafone India with data contributing around 30% of total revenues. We are proud and delighted to bring our 4G services to Thane and Kalyan districts of Mumbai which constitute over 20% of our customer base," Ishmeet Singh, Business Head - Mumbai, Vodafone India said. With this launch, majority of Mumbai is covered with 4G and we will soon expand it to Eastern suburbs and Navi Mumbai areas to complete roll-out by end March 2016, Vofdafone executive said. As a steadfast partner of Digital India, Vodafone said that it will remain focused on deploying multiple technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G for optimally serving the consumers' connectivity needs.
|2016-03-10||Thane: Out-Of-Control Car Runs Over 2 Girls On Footpath - NDTV|
Thane: Out-Of-Control Car Runs Over 2 Girls On Footpath Updated: March 10, 2016 12:49 IST THANE: A 28-year-old sales manager with a Navi Mumbai-based private firm was arrested by the Kapurbawadi police on Wednesday, after he lost control of his car, killing two girls who were standing on a footpath. The incident took place on Sunday at around 8:30pm near Manpada junction on Ghodbunder Road. The victims were identified as Surbhi Gore (21), a Bsc (IT) student from a Thane college, and Akanksha Kamble (21), an LLB student, who had recently attended a court trial for the first time. The duo resided at Shruti Gardens in Manorama Nagar in Thane west. The arrested accused was identified as Nimesh Rane, a sales manager with Bhavna motors in Nerul, and a resident of Vartak Nagar in Thane. "We have arrested the accused on Wednesday and have sent him for a medical test and informed the Regional Transport Office to cancel his licence. Rane owns the car - a Wagon R - and was behind the wheel when he lost control and hit the two girls who were standing on a footpath," said SD Jadhav, Senior PI Kapurbawdi police station. Lost control of the car Rane in his statement to police allegedly said that he and his colleagues had gone to Suraj Water Park for a picnic on Sunday. After returning from the park he headed back to his residence and after changing clothes, he was going to Thane station to drop two women colleagues who had accompanied him. "He was driving the car, MH 04 GZ 2707, and as the road he was to take was closed, he went to take a U turn near Manpada junction and lost control of the car and rammed into the two girls," added Jadhav, stating that the accused will be produced in Thane court on Thursday. He suffered minor injuries while the two women accompanying him have suffered severe injuries. A case has been registered at Kapurbawadi police station on Monday under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (Causing hurt), 338 (causing grievous hurt) and 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) of the IPC and different sections of rash driving of the Motor Vehicle Act. Raj Gore, an IT professional with a private firm and father of Surbhi, said, "We want justice. She was too young and had to fulfill many dreams." Family reacts The Gores claim that the Kapurbawadi police had registered a case saying the girls were riding a Scooty when the accident occurred. But when the family enquired they found that they were standing on the footpath. "The police should register a fresh FIR and clear how the incident occurred so that the accused gets proper punishment. Why it is seen that when we ask the police then only they investigate? Its their job to investigate the case properly as we have lost two lives," added Gore. COMMENTSGore and his wife were in Pune and were on their way back when an auto-rickshaw driver gave a call on his mobile phone and informed them about the incident. "Surbhi told us that she was going for a hair cut, but as the parlour was closed she went to the juice shop, as she loved juice. When we questioned the juice shop owner he said that they had just parked the Scooty and were about to order when the car rammed into them. Both were moved to Titan hospital at Manpada junction, where Surbhi succumbed to her injuries. Kamble was shifted to Vedant Hospital where she died," added Gore.
|2016-03-10||Palghar court orders filing FIR in allegedly suicide case of Thane based tyre dealer - Times of India|
Palghar court orders filing FIR in allegedly suicide case of Thane based tyre dealer Mar 10, 2016, 14:05 IST Mumbai: The Palghar court has directed the local police to file an FIR against four men, including a former councillor named in the alleged suicide note of a debt-ridden Thane-based motorbike tyre tube dealer last month. Kamlakar Patil alias Suresh (56) was found hanging from the ceiling of his friend's flat in Shriram Building, Ramkrishna Nagar in Palghar (west) on February 19. He stayed in the vacant flat when he went to Palghar for work. A resident of Kapurbawadi in Thane, Patil had tyre showrooms in Thane, Bhandup and Bhiwandi. He had named former councillor Surendra Tiwari and his brother Bhola, one Abhijit Talwalkar and a retired physical training teacher Pandurang Yadav, whom he allegedly owned several lakhs in his suicide note. A case of accidental death was registered by the Palghar police. Rahul told the court that despite his father naming the four men, the Palghar police was refusing to register a case against them. Judicial Magistrate V Chavan has directed the police to book the four men under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. Patil who had suffered losses in the business was unable to repay the loans and was being allegedly harassed and threatened by the men. Police said they are awaiting the report of the hand writing expert and that the cell phones of the four suspects have been seized and examined. Palghar court orders filing FIR in allegedly suicide case of Thane based tyre dealer.
|2016-03-09||Brown sugar worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane, one held | Business ... - Business Standard|
Brown sugar worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane, one held Thane Last Updated at March 9, 2016 15:42 IST Brown sugar worth about Rs one crore was seized and a 40-year-old drug-peddler arrested in Thane district, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, the anti-narcotic cell laid a trap at Chhatrapati Shivaji Civic hospital in Kalwa township of the district on Monday and nabbed the accused, said to be the kingpin of the drug-peddling racket, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane, Parag Manere told reporters here. As per information received by police, the accused, hailing from Malda in West Bengal, was to come near the hospital on Monday to sell opium. Upon search, 3.040 kg of opium worth around Rs 4.56 lakh was seized from his possession, he said. Later, police searched the house of the accused at Nilje in Kalyan area of the district and seized a stock of around 1 kg of brown sugar, worth nearly Rs 1 crore in market, he said. The interrogation of the accused revealed that two more persons assisted him in the racket, police said adding that a search was on to nab them. According to police, the accused had been staying in Kalyan for last 3-4 years. He got acquainted with the locals and pretended as if he was working as a mason while carrying out drug-peddling. Police are trying to find out to whom he sold the narcotic and since when he had been into drug-peddling. As per police, the accused, whose name was not disclosed, took a farm land on rent from some farmers in Malda and cultivated opium and extracted brown sugar from it and sold it in market in Thane and nearby areas. Following his arrest, the accused was last evening produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till March 14, the police officer said. Offences under sections 8(c) and 17 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act have been registered against the accused, police added.
|2016-03-09||Mass marriage of specially challenged performed in Thane - Times of India|
Mass marriage of specially challenged performed in Thane Mar 9, 2016, 13:04 IST Thane: The district witnessed a unique ceremony where over 60 couples with disabilities got married. The event organised by a ngo saw decent guest attendees. A total of 108 couples, of which 25 were visually - impaired, 40 physically challenged arrived at the venue hand-in-hand while some rode down the aisle on wheelchairs. Most of these people were from far off places from the state including Nandurbar, Jalna, Jawhar, Mokhada to name a few. Few guests assembled at the venue also performed the 'kanyadaan' of some brides.
|2016-03-09||Thane: MIDC land allegedly used for commercial activity | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-03-09||Brown sugar worth Rs 1 crore seized in Thane, one held - Mid-Day|
Brown Sugar Worth Rs 1 Crore Seized In Thane, One Held Mar 09, 2016, 16:02 IST Brown sugar worth about Rs one crore was seized and a 40-year-old drug-peddler arrested in Thane district, police said on Wednesday Thane: Brown sugar worth about Rs one crore was seized and a 40-year-old drug-peddler arrested in Thane district, police said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, the anti-narcotic cell laid a trap at Chhatrapati Shivaji Civic hospital in Kalwa township of the district on Monday and nabbed the accused, said to be the kingpin of the drug-peddling racket, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane, Parag Manere told reporters in Thane.As per information received by police, the accused, hailing from Malda in West Bengal, was to come near the hospital on Monday to sell opium. Upon search, 3.040 kg of opium worth around Rs 4.56 lakh was seized from his possession, he said. Later, police searched the house of the accused at Nilje in Kalyan area of the district and seized a stock of around 1 kg of brown sugar, worth nearly Rs 1 crore in market, he said. The interrogation of the accused revealed that two more persons assisted him in the racket, police said adding that a search was on to nab them.
|2016-03-09||Thane: Man bites priest's ear, finger to enter temple on Mahashivratri - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man Bites Priest's Ear, Finger To Enter Temple On Mahashivratri Mar 09, 2016, 11:00 IST The accused got angry when a priest at a Shiva temple asked him not to jump the queue and take off his shoes on Mahashivratri; the accused also hit a cop who helped him A 70-year-old priest at a Shiva temple in Shrinagar area of Thane was just doing his duty — managing a huge number of devotees on Mahashivratri, asking them to not disturb the queue, not wear shoes inside temple premise — when a 40-year-old man got angry with the disciplining and bit the priest’s finger and ear. Later, a police constable, who rescued the accused from the crowd that had started beating him up, was also assaulted by the accused, identified as Shivaji Nana Salunke (40).
|2016-03-09||Thane: 4-year-old falls to death in lift shaft - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Thane: 4-year-old falls to death in lift shaft By Faisal Tandel |Posted 4 hours A four-year-old boy from Badlapur fell into the lift duct of the under-construction building where his father was working, and was later declared dead due to drowning. The contractor has been arrested for negligence. The deceased four-year-old’s mother holds up his picture. His parents had found his body floating in the water-logged lift duct. Pic/Navneet Barhate The deceased boy was identified as Pravin Shinde, who used to live in a hut at the Arunoday building compound with his father Fakira Shinde (30). The father was a labourer at the under-construction building. The incident took place between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, when the boy was playing. “The lift duct of the under-construction building was kept open, with no barricades or safety measures. The boy fell into the shaft, which was full of water. The boy had drowned before he could be rescued,” said a police officer. “The victim’s parents started searching for him and found him floating in the water in the duct. He was then shifted to a private hospital in Badlapur, where he was declared dead due to drowning,” said PD Bhomdave, API, Badlapur east police station. The police initially registered an accidental death case, but later filed a case of negligence against the contractor. The father complained to the police that he had warned the contractor about several kids playing there, but he didn’t place any safety barricades around the lift duct. A case was registered at the Badlapur east police station under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. “A case has been registered against Alpesh Patel, the contractor of the under-construction building. The contractor didn’t follow the safety norms, which resulted in the death of the minor,” said Bhomdave. Patel was arrested on Tuesday and was produced in a local court, where he was given magisterial custody.
|2016-03-08||9000 autos to hit suburban roads soon, 3000 in Thane - Times of India|
9,000 autos to hit suburban roads soon, 3,000 in Thane Updated: Mar 9, 2016, 00:20 IST Mumbai: You can soon expect at least 9,000 brand new autorickshaws to hit the streets in the suburbs. This is apart from nearly 3,000 autos in the Thane region. Between 30 and 40 autos will be driven by women in the first phase, said officials. The city RTOs—Wadala, Andheri and Borivli—completed their Marathi proficiency tests for candidates on Monday and close to 9,000 applicants were issued the letter of intent for new permits. "They will have to produce the original proof of domicile, birth certificate, badges and purchase the vehicle for registration," a transport official said. "We have deployed additional manpower at all RTOs to expedite the registrations of new autos in the eastern and western suburbs. Registration numbers will be printed on the new permits allotted to applicants. He or she will have to compulsorily ply the vehicle and can give it on rent only in the second shift," the official said. Though educational qualification is not a criteria this time, those getting the permits cannot have a criminal record for at least the past year. Those who have not cleared the Marathi tests are awaiting their permits as well, said sources. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court recently ordered a "status quo" on the test. "The government will take a final call on those who have not cleared the Marathi tests. Their files and not rejected," a senior official said.
|2016-03-08||A road in Thane that has haunted these families for 23 years - Mid-Day|
A road in Thane that has haunted these families for 23 years By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours Their houses in Thane were demolished for road widening and they were moved to an old building, which is also being demolished for road widening The Thane Municipal Corporation’s demolition drive to widen Station Road, at Thane, is threatening the lives of two families, who are still waiting for permanent accommodation, 23 years after the previous such action for road widening, when their houses were demolished. The families had been given temporary accommodation in the Thane Municipal Council’s old building. Though a civic official claims they were given alternative accommodation nearby, the civic body began demolishing it recently. The families, who are still waiting for permanent accommodation, don’t want to move as they are worried that they may be ‘cheated again’. Agnel and Daisy Carvalho at their house in the old TMC building, where they were moved over two decades ago Agnel Carvalho (64), who has retired from a private firm, resides with his wife and two sons on the ground floor of the then Thane Municipal Council’s old building adjoining the Thane Nagar police station on Station Road. “Since past 23 years, we are staying in a temporary accommodation. In 1992, the then Municipal Commissioner, Madhukar Chaubey, carried out demolition work for road widening and our residence was demolished and we were shifted to the present flat on temporary basis. We were given two agreements promising alternative accommodation. We have been running from pillar to post to get our demands met, but it’s the same situation after two decades and the municipal corporation is now asking us to vacate this flat,” said Carvalho. The TMC building being demolished from the front. Pics/Satej Shinde Carvalho said they support the road-widening project, as it is for the betterment of the city. “But we want the authorities to fulfill our demands. We are not residing illegally or demanding more. We want the same thing that was assured 23 years ago and we have papers for the same. We have identified two flats of 269 sq feet, but the municipal authorities are just giving us one and asking us to vacate, which is not fair. They are doing what they want, which is illegal according to us,” added Carvalho, stating that in a Right to Information query few months ago it was revealed that one of their neighbours was allotted two flats. Daisy Carvalho (62), wife of Agnel, said the authorities gave them a notice in 2014 to vacate, but they did not as there was no alternative accommodation given. “The authorities are giving us a flat on 8th floor. Also, the demolition work has started on this building and they have put our lives in danger. We also fear that if we move we will be cheated again,” said Daisy. Also in same buildingAnother family, of Lynette Nunes and her five sisters, almost all senior citizens, are also living in danger in the same building. “In 1993, the then commissioner, Chaubey, without issuing any notice, demolished our ancestral bungalows which had monetary as well as sentimental value, without following due process of law,” said Nunes. Nunes further added three months after the demolition the TMC authorities executed agreements, which are registered, and temporarily shifted them in the old TMC building. She has also filed a case in the matter in the Thane Magistrate’s Court. “The agreement states that permanent alternative accommodation would be given later in one year, but till date they have not abided by the agreements. On October 9, 2013 TMC issued a notice to evict us stating that the building is in dangerous condition. But their structural report of 2011, stated that the existing building standing today is tendering towards semi-dangerous and that repairs/ strengthening work shall be carried out at earliest, if the building requires to be preserved from heritage point of view. There is also the order passed by MG Deshpande Ad-hoc district judge, Thane, that the TMC is restrained by temporary injunction till the disposal of the suits from the eviction, removing us from temporary accommodation,” added Nunes. Official speakThe Thane Municipal Corporation razed more than 400 shops on Station Road, which will help road widening and ease the traffic congestion in the area. Ramdas Shinde, Executive Engineer, Town Planning department, Thane Municipal Corporation said, “We gave them the possession of nearby flats. But they are staying at the same place and not ready to shift. I can’t comment any further, as I am not the authorised person to speak to the media,” said Shinde.
|2016-03-08||Thane crime: 23-year-old slits throat of father, his girlfriend - Mid-Day|
Thane crime: 23-year-old slits throat of father, his girlfriend By Faisal Tandel |Posted 4 hours He had just had a row with his father’s girlfriend, who he claims had been harassing the family for over a decade Weeks after Thane witnessed the gruesome massacre of 14 members of a family, another murder has come to light. A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday at Vasind in Thane after he killed his father and his father’s girlfriend by slitting their throats with a sharp knife. Sagar Dinkar (centre) says now that he has succeeded in murdering his father and his girlfriend, the police can do whatever they want The incident occurred early last morning at the accused’s residence. In his statement to the police, the arrested accused Sagar Suresh Dinkar (23) said he was frustrated by the constant harassment from his father’s partner, who would never give them food on time. The woman had been allegedly harassing Sagar, his mother and brother for over a decade. Sagar’s biological mother passed away 14 years ago. According to the police, the deceased have been identified as Sagar’s father, Suresh Vaman Dinkar (45), and the girlfriend Lata Dinkar (35), who also has a six-year-old daughter. Cop saysSuresh claims the harassment had increased over the last three months. “He stated that after Lata entered their lives, the atmosphere at home changed and his family faced harassment. The woman had also harassed his mother and never gave them food on time. They would have to take her permission for every other thing. He had decided to kill her and his father as well, as the latter always supported her. Now, he claims the police can do whatever they want, as he is happy after taking their lives,” said Senior Police Inspector Anil Pawar, Vasind police station of Thane rural police. Sagar works as an office boy in a private firm. His work timings were supposedly the bone of contention between him and his father’s partner. The killing took place after he returned home yesterday at 4 am. “He claims that as soon as he reached home, Lata started arguing with him over the delay in returning from work. This was a daily argument between them. After a 30-minute argument, he got frustrated, took a knife and slit the throat of Lata and his father,” Pawar added. Sagar’s brother Anil Dinkar — who was not at home at the time of the murder — stepped into the house 15-20 minutes after the murder, and informed his neighbours about the incident. “The public caught hold of Sagar and informed us, after which we reached the spot and arrested the accused. He slit their throat with a knife. This case seems similar to the recent Thane massacre, where 14 family members were killed,” added Pawar. A case has been registered against Sagar at Vasind police station under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “We have registered a case on the statement given by Anil, Sagar’s younger brother. Sagar has been placed under arrest. He will be produced in a local court on Tuesday,” added Pawar.
|2016-03-08||Thane mass murder: Warekar had tried to sell bungalow, three plots but failed, says investigators - The Indian Express|
Thane mass murder: Warekar had tried to sell bungalow, three plots but failed, says investigators Neighbours, close friends have spoken about some ‘serious infighting’ in family, say police Mumbai | Published: March 9, 2016 12:48 am Troubled by his debts, Hasnain Warekar had tried to sell off his bungalow in Kasarvadvali village where he lived, but failed, police said Tuesday. It was the same bungalow in Thane district where he killed 14 members of his family on February 28, before committing suicide. Investigations have revealed that Warekar had a strained relationship with his parents for several years and his financial troubles since 2013 only worsened the ties with his family.The police are now recording the statements of neighbours and close friends of the Warekars who have reportedly told the police about some “serious infighting” within the family. Warekar was facing a serious financial crisis, a debt of nearly Rs 68 lakh, after having taken loans to start an import business that he subsequently lost control of. He had also mortgaged the family’s gold jewellery, and borrowed from several family members. The police said he had also failed to sell three plots in Thane. “Hasnain left his job in 2013 and while trying to establish himself in the import business, he was trying to sell real estate properties in Thane but had no success. According a source close to the family, there were two small plots owned by his father Anwar. While Hasnain said his father should sell it immediately as he was in dire need of the money, the father first refused but later (in mid-2015) sold the plots without the knowledge of his son,” said a police officer. He said this was “the beginning” of the bitter quarrels between Warekar and his father. “Our investigation further reveals that Hasnain attempted to sell the one-storey bungalow where the murders took place. The bungalow was made for Hasnain’s mother Asghari by his maternal grandfather Gulzar Ahmed. Hasnain used to think the bungalow was owned by his mother, but after he went through the paperwork and discussed it with several local officials, Hasnain learnt that the house was owned by a third person and was hence unable to sell it,” said the officer. Subia, Warekar’s sister and the sole survivor of the massacre, has said in her statement he often had arguments with his mother. Warekar always had a cleaver handy. Occasionally, during festivities, neighbours used to approach him to assist during a ‘qurbani’ (sacrifice) of a goat. Subia said Warekar would be offended with taunts such as ‘Jaa bakraa ko qurbani dene jaa’. “Subia in her statement recorded that during college her brother’s behaviour changed as he started to inappropriately touch his sister. Once he graduated, he was married off, primarily so that his sisters would not be harassed. However, even after the marriage, Subia said, there were ‘still troubles at home’,” said an investigator. Subia reportedly told the police that her sister first confided in her and not the other sisters because she connected with her better as Subia lived in the house until last year when she got married. The police said they would record the statements of the brothers-in-law later this week regarding Subia’s claims that Warekar sexually assaulted his sister. “If Hasnain’s brothers-in-law knew about this, we wonder why they would allow their wives to attend the daawat hosted by him on February 28,” said a senior officer. “We are still scrutinising the electronic data on his laptop and cellphone. So far, nothing suspicious has surfaced. There is no content to suggest he sexually abused his sister,” said an officer.
|2016-03-08||Awhad blames Sena for water shortage in Thane - Business Standard|
Awhad blames Sena for water shortage in Thane Thane Last Updated at March 8, 2016 17:42 IST NCP leader Jitendra Awhad today blamed Shiv Sena-led civic corporation for present water crisis in the city. Awhad said he had suggested Shahi dam project in 2003 to cater to the growing need of water in view of rising population of the city. "The project would fulfil the need for drinking water for city by 2030. But my request was ignored by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. The cost of the dam project was around Rs 450 crore then and has shot up to Rs 1200 crore now if the project were implemented," he said at a press conference.
|2016-03-07||Another tragedy: Man arrested for murdering parents in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Another tragedy: Man arrested for murdering parents in Thane Another tragedy: Man arrested for murdering parents in Thane Representational Image (File Photo) 87
|2016-03-07||Temples across Thane celebrate Mahashivratri with great gusto - Times of India|
Temples across Thane celebrate Mahashivratri with great gusto Mar 7, 2016, 22:00 IST Thane: Devotees made a beeline outside various Shiva temples across Thane to worship the Lord on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. Devotees came dressed in their best attires with milk and honey in their hands along with bael leaves and flowers to offer the Lord. Many began their celebration with prayers and chanting incantations like Om Namah Shivaya, Bam Bam Bhole, Har Har Mahadev etc at the stroke of midnight. While several devotees thronged to Kopineshwar temple, one of the oldest city templeso, other temples like Balkeshwar temple near R Mall, Uthaleshwar temple, Kotirlingeshwar temple in B-cabin, etc saw massive celebrations as well. Hemlata Jain, a devotee, took five hours to enter the Balkeshwar temple on Monday morning said, "The place was very packed. While it took me five hours to get in, the darshan on the day was worth it. Hundreds of youth, senior citizens and children were there since midnight," "Our scriptures say that Lord Shiva took the form of the Lingam on Mahashivratri and since the Lingam in the temple was found in nature we believe it is Lord Shiva himself," said Kameshwari Kulkarni, a Vartaknagar resident who, like a few other devotees, observes the rituals at home. "We do all the rituals including bathing Shiva with milk and water, showering it with chandan paste, bael leaves and white flowers and chanting the numerous incantations through the day at home. I feel that these rituals can be done anywhere and one doesnt need to spend hours in a queue outside a temple," she added.
|2016-03-06||Thane mass murder: All you need to know about the case so far - The Indian Express|
Thane mass murder: All you need to know about the case so far According to the Thane Police, 35-year-old Hasnain Warekar had planned the killings in detail. Warekar is alleged to have slit the throats of 14 of his family members including his parents, wife, his children, his sisters and their children before hanging himself to death. (Source: Twitter/@ANI)The accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife. Expresphoto by Deepak Joshi Warekar hosted a 'dawat' (feast) before the incident. In this image, police and neighbours gather outside the crime scene. Express Photo/Deepak JoshiDuring the course of the investigation, officers were also told that Hasnain had “sedated” his family in the past. He believed in ‘ayurvedic babas’. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)Subia Bharmar, Warekar's sister is the sole survivor. She said she woke up just before he attacked her and managed to push him out of the ground floor bedroom and locked herself in. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)Police were alerted by the neighbours, who around 3.15 am rescued Subia Bharmar. Express photo by Deepak JoshiSubia has reportedly told investigators Hasnain would often say when irritated, “Sab ko khatam kar doonga (I will kill everyone)”. (Source: AP Photo) The Thane Police have found that his debts totalled nearly Rs 67 lakh. He owed the money primarily to family members and to at least two banks. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)Subia has now told police that Warekar used to sexually assault his mentally ill sister. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)
|2016-03-06||Thane murder: Husnain Warerkar planned murder 20 days ago - The Asian Age|
Thane murder: Husnain Warerkar planned murder 20 days ago Published : Mar 6, 2016, 7:17 am IST Updated : Mar 6, 2016, 7:17 am IST Husnain Warerkar, who killed himself after butchering his family members, had planned to kill his family 20 days ago.Husnain Warerkar, who killed himself after butchering his family members, had planned to kill his family 20 days ago. He took this decision after he found out his family knew that he had raped his mentally-challenged sister. The police said that they have taken the statement of Husnain’s other sister, Subia, who survived the murder attempt, and are now verifying it. Subia said that two years ago, her brother completely changed after quitting his job and was frustrated. Once he had a bitter argument with his father over money. He then started arguing with his mother and told her that they had wasted all their money in getting their three daughters married and kept nothing for him. At that point, Husnain’s father decided to give him money by selling their land. They gave him Rs 30 lakh. Husnain also took Rs 15 lakh each from two of his maternal aunts and Rs 19.25 lakh from his mother who sold all her ornaments. Further, he took Rs 25 lakh from Subia. “I pawned my jewellery and gave Husnain the money as I thought he needed it for the treatment of my elder sister, Batul Warerkar, who is mentally ill. Batul was very close to me. But Husnain did not like her because of her behaviour but would handle all her treatment expenses,” she said. Subia further said that later she learnt that Husnain would sexually assault Batul. “I was at my maternal home during my delivery, so whenever my child had to be taken for vaccination, I went to my brother’s place. In January, I was at home in Kasarwadwali and Batul came up crying to me and said, ‘Bhaijan ne ganda ganda kia mere saath ‘(Husnain molested me). I was shocked and asked her so many questions that she showed me the injuries on her private parts and other parts. I then told my mother about it but she just scolded Batul,” said Subia. On February 7, the three sisters met during a family wedding when Subia told the others about what Husnain did to Batul. According to Subia, Husnain overheard them and decided to kill them because they knew the truth and would reveal it to the world. On the day of the gruesome murder, Subia was not ready to attend the dawat called by Husnain as her in-laws were not well. “After February 7, Husnain called me two times, inviting me to the celebration, saying we hadn’t met each other for the past three months. But I refused to attend because of the poor health of my in-laws. On Saturday, Husnain paid me a visit at my marital home and tried to convince my husband and in-laws to allow me to attend the celebration. At around 8 pm, we left from Bhiwandi and I told him that I wanted to buy something for my sisters as all of them were coming. But he pointed to some bags and said he had taken care of all that. “At most family get-togethers, we would chat and my father would play with all his grandsons and granddaughters and we would end up sleeping after 2 or 3 am. On Saturday however, we all slept immediately after dinner at around midnight. Maybe Husnain had added something to make us sleep to our food. When I woke up, he was about to kill my mother and sister. My mother was begging for her life but he killed her anyway. He caught me watching and came up towards me and slit my throat, pushing me near the passage of the room. He then killed my sister and again came towards me. At that point, I told him that Shabina was still alive. The moment his attention got diverted to Shabina, I pushed him and locked the door of the bedroom,” said Subia. Officials said that Husnain later stepped out of the house and went towards the room where Subia had locked herself, threatening to kill her. He realised that people would soon wake up so he returned home and hanged himself. Meanwhile, joint commissioner of Thane, Ashutosh Dhumbre, said: “We have found medicines and we got the names of two medical stores: one in Thane and the other in Pune. We have spoken to the Thane doctor who was treating Batul and our team has gone to Pune to find out who bought the medicine from Pune. We are still investigating the case. Verification of Subia’s statement is underway.
|2016-03-06||Thane mass murders: Hasnain Warekar sexually abused mentally ill sister, sole survivor tells police - The Indian Express|
Thane mass murders: Hasnain Warekar sexually abused mentally ill sister, sole survivor tells police He had invited three more relatives, who lent him money, to dinner on the fateful night but they declined invitation. Mumbai | Updated: March 6, 2016 3:56 pm The probe into the Thane massacre has revealed that Hasnain Warekar had debts of Rs 68 lakh and the sole survivor has now told police that he used to sexually assault his mentally ill sister, police said Saturday. “We have found that his debts totaled to nearly Rs 68 lakh. He owed the money primarily to family members. Secondly, Subia has told us that Hasnain had earlier sexually assaulted his 30-year-old mentally ill sister. He realised that the entire family knew about the abuse and that might have prompted him to commit the crime. We are still investigating and verifying all angles,” said Ashok Dumbare, Joint Commissioner, Thane Police. He had invited three more relatives — who had loaned him Rs 15 lakh each — to dinner and intended to kill them all. However, all three declined the invitation. “We have inquired with two aunts and grandfather Gulzar Ahmed, who is 80 years old. Ahmed declined the invitation citing medical reasons and aunts also did not attend. All three were lucky not to have gone as prime facie investigation suggested that Hasnain also wanted to kill people he owed money to,” said an investigator.The medicines found by police during a search of the Warekars’ house did not belong to Hasnain, but was prescribed to a sister who was being treated for a mental illness, police said. “We have spoken to the doctor who prescribed the medicines, and to another doctor in Thane. Medical records showed that Hasnain was not being formally treated for any illness but was regularly consuming his sister’s medicines. We have also learnt that Hasnain’s mother would scold him that it was dangerous, but he paid her no heed,” an investigator said. The police officer added that Hasnain often visited a Thane-based doctor, claiming he had chest pains. However, the family has told police that Hasnain did not get an ECG test done. Sole survivor Subia had recorded an eight-page statement with the police on Friday and Saturday. She told the police that Hasnain “gandi harkat karta tha”, referring to the sexual abuse, Dumbare said. “When Subia had visited her parents’ home on January 6, her sister had confided in her that she was being sexually assaulted by Hasnain. Subia then took the matter to their mother Asghari, who beat the sister and said ‘yeh kya ho raha hai?’. But the sister did not confront Hasnain. Since then, we learnt that Asghari never left her daughter alone and always slept next to her,” Dumbare added. On the night of the murders, Asghari was sleeping next to the abused sister on the carpet of the living room. The police said Subia has claimed she was awaken in the middle of the night by loud screams, which were believed to be of her elder sister. “Subia has said she then witnessed her mother being killed and was heard saying, ‘Hasnain, I am your mother…I gave you birth’ and that she saw bodies everywhere,” Dumbare said. Investigators privy to Subia’s statement said Hasnain repeatedly threatened her saying, “Main tujhe tadap tadap ke maroonga”. “Hasnain caught her by the hair and pushed aside her sister’s 16-year-old daughter Sadia. She got up and when she tried to reach the ground-floor bedroom door knob, Hasnain pulled her by the hair and held her against the wall. She distracted him by saying ‘Sadia was moving’ and got out of his grip but got slashed on her throat. She managed to run into the bedroom and lock the door,” said an investigator. When she was inside the bedroom, she started yelling for help from outside the window. “Hasnain walked out of the main door and told her to let him into the bedroom, and stay quiet or else he would kill her youngest daughter,” Dumbare said. However, she did not stop pleading for help and Hasnain went into the house and hanged himself from the staircase. Hasnain used to “playfully and seriously” hold a butcher’s knife against the throats of his sisters and wife threatening to take their lives, police investigation revealed. The same knife, Subia, said was used to terrorise his family with for at least four months. “Subia told us that while holding the knife against the throats of two of his sisters, Hasnain used to say to each of them, ‘for you, there will be two cuts required, for you only one’,” Dumbare added.
|2016-03-06||Thane locals with busy schedules take up animal fostering - Times of India|
Thane locals with busy schedules take up animal fostering Mar 7, 2016, 00:47 IST THANE: Twelve-year-old Aarya Possam, who was initially scared of dogs, developed a fondness for the four-legged animal after her aunt brought home a puppy. The child got so attached to the animal that she wept the whole night, the day her aunt gave it away. Ever since, she has been feeding strays in her area. Various animals like dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and rabbits are given temporary homes where they are taken care of for free. This also helps the local NGOs which do not have enough space to keep the strays or abandoned pets and are busy looking out for permanent homes for them. "People who usually keep pets for fostering are the ones who cannot adopt an animal but still want to experience what it feels like to have a new member in their families. Some people also foster to check if they are able to take care of a pet and whether they can adopt one," said Aditi Nair, founder of Pet Owners and Animal Lovers. Animal lovers' claim that fostering is said to be catching up in the lake city and many professionals who cannot give their commitment to own a pet are coming forward to be part time parents."It is not possible for me to get a pet at home due to my unusual work timings but when I get few days off, I foster an animal. Recently I had taken care of a 20-day-old abandoned kitten. Initially my husband was not okay with it but later he fell in love with it and now he has developed a fondness for animals," said Nikita Vichare (26), film director, resident of Vasant Vihar. Some families even claimed that the reason they do not adopt is that they like new pets in their homes. "It feels good to shelter abandoned pets till they get a permanent house. I did not adopt a pet as I worry about the ones who do not have homes and I feel glad after I am able to do my bit by giving them a temporary place to live in for few days. Also, by doing this I get an experience to take care of different animals, which cannot be explained in words," said Rashmi Juvekar (43), an interior designer and a resident of Panchpakhadi.
|2016-03-05||BJP hints at going it alone in Thane civic body elections - The Hindu|
BJP hints at going it alone in Thane civic body elections THANE:, MARCH 05, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 05, 2016 05:40 IST The BJP on Friday hinted at contesting the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections alone and said the party had started its ground work for the polls. The mood among BJP workers is that the party should contest the civic body polls alone, BJP’s Thane district president Sandeep Lele said. He, however, said all decisions would be taken by the committee members and not an individual. “Workers decide and the president presides,” Mr Lele said. “The BJP fared well in the last Assembly polls. If we put in more effort, we can get good numbers in the civic body elections scheduled later this year,” he added. “Booth-level activities are underway and party workers have been assigned responsibilities,” he said. Mr Lele also claimed that a number of present and former corporators were in talks with the BJP and they might join the party in a couple of months. He said he was hopeful of the Shiv Sena keeping its word on granting the post of chairman of the standing committee of the Thane Municipal Corporation to the BJP. The date for elections to the standing committee of the Thane civic body is yet to be announced. On the BJP’s Thane unit, he said, “The district unit comprises 91 members, of which at least 30 are women. Representation has been given to every group.” Harshala Bubera has been appointed the party’s Mahila Morcha chief for Thane, Mr Lele said. “There are eight vice-presidents, four general secretaries and eight secretaries in the unit, besides those leading the frontal organisations,” he added. “There are a dozen other persons who are on the list as special invitees. They include MLAs, MPs, city corporators and chief of Maharashtra BJP Mahila Morcha Madhavi Naik,” Mr Lele said.
|2016-03-05||Thane murders: Hasnain used schizophrenia drug to sedate victims before slitting their throats - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane murders: Hasnain used schizophrenia drug to sedate victims before slitting their throats Thane murders: Hasnain used schizophrenia drug to sedate victims before slitting their throats Thane murder Hasnain Wareker (PTI) 18
|2016-03-05||Thane mass murder survivor says Hasnain sexually abused sister - Hindustan Times|
Thane mass murder survivor says Hasnain sexually abused sister Hasnain Warekar, who murdered 14 members of his family before committing suicide, was in debt by Rs 69 lakh and had possibly sexually assaulted his sister, the Thane police revealed on Saturday. The revelations were based sole survivor Subiya Barmar’s statement and police investigations. INDIA Updated: Mar 05, 2016 23:13 IST Hasnain Warekar, who murdered 14 members of his family before committing suicide, was in debt by Rs 69 lakh and had possibly sexually assaulted his sister, the Thane police revealed on Saturday. The revelations were based sole survivor Subiya Barmar’s statement and police investigations. “Subiya, Hasnain’s sister, told the police on Friday that Hasnain had sexually assaulted their younger sister several times and she had herself disclosed this to Subiya, when she visited the Kasarvadavli house recently. When she informed her mother about this, the latter revealed she knew about this all along,” Ashutosh Dumbare, joint commissioner of police, Thane, told the media. Read: Thane mass murder: Cops probe split personality, black magic angle Dumbare said Hasnain’s mother later told him about Subiya’s knowledge of the matter. “Subiya said Hasnain was upset about the news was spreading within his family. Autopsies have been performed on all bodies and they do not show any signs of sexual assault,” he added. The JCP said investigations have revealed Hasnain had borrowed a huge amount of money. “It was impossible for him to repay the loans he had taken. This could be a reason why he killed his entire family,” Dumbare said. “Hasnain was unemployed since 2013 and had borrowed Rs 69 lakh from his parents, sisters and other relatives to start a business. He had also lost money in the share market,” he added. Dumbare revealed Hasnain, an expert in sacrificing goats, used to joke about killing his family members with ‘his favourite qurbani knife’. He added that the police found tablets prescribed by a psychiatrist for his sister from Warekars’ residence. “At times, Hasnain used to consume the tablets. They were bought from Thane and Pune. Our team is probing all angles. Hasnain had also rented a flat at Majiwada and used to pay Rs 7,500 per month as rent. But he hardly visited flat,” Dumbare said.
|2016-03-05||Thane murders: Husnain Warekar sexually assaulted his mentally ill sister - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane murders: Husnain Warekar sexually assaulted his mentally ill sister Published Mar 5, 2016, 1:32 pm ISTUpdated Mar 6, 2016, 9:40 am IST Mumbai: In a shocking revelation, Husnain Warekar who killed his kin and committed suicide, used to sexually assault his mentally unstable younger sister, said the lone survivor of the horrific incident. According to reports, Husnain’s sister, who survived the macabre incident said that his brother used to force his younger sister to indulge in sexual activities. Though the murderer's far fledged relatives have rubbished the probability of Husnain killing his kin, his sister said that Husnain’s exterior was in loggerheads with his inherent viciousness. She further hinted at the probability of Husnain killing his family because they were aware of his illicit activities. 35-year-old Husnain stabbed 14 family members to death, and hung himself from the fan after that. His motive behind the morbid incident is yet not known. The police is thouroughly investigating the matter. According to the investigators, Husnain was steeped in a huge debt of Rs 67 lakh. According to a senior police officer of Thane Police, Husnain had borrowed around Rs 67 lakh from his close kin on various occasions under the pretext of doing business. He was also into share trading and police is probing whether he suffered any losses in it, he said. Earlier this week, during searches at his house, certain medicines pointing to psychological symptoms/illness were recovered, which police said is likely to give some leads into Husnain's state of mind before the macabre killings. Besides, police is also trying to locate the pharmacist from where the medicines were procured and the doctor who prescribed them. On February 28, the accused slit their throats with a knife after offering them drinks laced with sedatives at the family house in Kasarvadawali area on Thane outskirts, and then committed suicide by hanging himself. Only his 22-year-old sister Subiya survived the murderous attack to recount the horror that befell the family. According to police, Husnain, a commerce graduate, used to prepare Income Tax-related documents with a CA firm in Navi Mumbai and did not have any permanent job.
|2016-03-05||QCrime: Thane Massacre Update, a Fatal Head-Butt and More - The Quint|
QCrime: Thane Massacre Update, a Fatal Head-Butt and More UPDATED: 05.03.16 1. Thane: ‘Hasnain Sexually Abused Our Mentally Handicapped Sister’ The sole survivor in the Thane mass murder massacre said to Mumbai Mirror that she had caught her brother sexually abusing one of their sisters.Subiya Bharmal, 22, said on Friday that Hasnain Warekar, 35, kept up a facade of normalcy in the outside world but acted out of deep and misplaced feelings of resentment. In her first public account of the February 28 horror in Thane, she also told Mumbai Mirror that her brother Hasnain Warekar, 35, had been sexually abusing their younger sister with mental health problems. The family learned about the abuse on 6 February — a development that unsettled Hasnain and was perhaps one factor in his baffling motive to slit the throats of 14 family members, including eight children, in his house.
|2016-03-05||Thane techie builds model to better solar energy use in city at half the cost - Times of India|
Thane techie builds model to better solar energy use in city at half the cost Updated: Mar 5, 2016, 16:09 IST THANE: Bringing to life Steve Job's words, 'Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works', a lake-city techie has created a one-of-its kind device that could revolutionize the civic body's energy management. If implemented in the city, this technology will transform fixed massive solar panel structures into one moving panel, as well as reduce the issue of power cut considerably. Purushottam Pachpande (29), the founder of Children's Tech Centre, who has always tried to imprint Job's philosophy into the minds of his 10 year old students, set an example for them by creating a gadget that will help generate six times the energy generated today at half the price - The Solar Tracking System. "The solar panels installed by the civic body across the city are fixed, and they thus manage to capture only two hours of maximum sunlight each during the day. As the have installed two panels at different angles at each area, they generate electricity from a total of four hours of sunlight, which is enough to light a few lights, traffic signals and blinkers in the city. The prototype I have made is aimed to solve this wastage," the techie explained, fixing a solar panel on the prototype.In his model of the Solar Tracking System, light sensors are placed at the east and west sides of the panel and the sensor that receives more sunlight with move accordingly and adjusts to the sun's direction. This ensures that the panel is placed in a way that is directly receiving the light, and thus generates maximum energy that can be used not only for the traffic signals and light, but also other electricity-related needs of the city. As this innovation was a result of a number of brainstorming sessions and electronic experimentation in his tech centre, the children attending the tech centre were a major part of the two-year-long project. Looking at the huge poster of Steve Jobs on his class wall, Pachpande said, "Children are always curious and this curiosity needs to be encouraged by provided curriculum that gives them hands-on experience, not just theoretical knowledge. They need to learn how to create items that work and become innovators and inventors. The 12 children who have worked with me on this solar tracking device now know what solar energy actually is, how it can be used, and what the challenges while using it are, and this is what science is all about."
|2016-03-04||Thane mass murder: search on for Hasnain's psychiatrist - The Hindu|
Thane mass murder: search on for Hasnain’s psychiatrist MARCH 04, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 04, 2016 07:40 IST Autopsy says Hasnain died of asphyxia; haemorrhage was cause of his victims' deaths A day after confirming that medication for advanced schizophrenia was recovered from Hasnain Warekar’s bedroom, the police are talking to psychiatrists’ associations in Thane district to identify the psychiatrist who either prescribed or recommended it. On February 28, Hasnain allegedly killed 14 of his family, including children, before committing suicide in Kasarvadavali village. During their investigation, Thane police found a strip of Sizopin, a third-line treatment drug for advanced schizophrenia, leading them to believe that Hasnain’s actions were the result of a serious mental problem. A Thane police officer said inquiries with Hasnain’s friends and family members have failed to identify the doctor who recommended the drugs to Hasnain, and no doctor has come forward either. “The doctor’s input is crucial to establish the motive behind the mass murder and suicide. We are now approaching associations of mental health care specialists to enlist their help in identifying and tracing this doctor,” he said. Till now, investigating officers have consulted experts in psychology to determine the significance of the presence of Sizopin in Hasnain’s room, and have been told that even if Hasnain was buying Sizopin over the counter illegally, someone with knowledge about schizophrenia had to have recommended it to him in the first place. This means someone outside his family knew about his symptoms. The officer said, “Experts have also told us that the discovery of the drug does not necessarily mean that Hasnain was suffering from schizophrenia for a long time. In some cases, doctors tend to prescribe Sizopin without trying other drugs first if the symptoms are strong enough. While the ethicality is a matter of debate, it still does not diminish the possibility of Hasnain suffering from schizophrenia.” Police are also investigating if this psychological condition was connected to an incident in July 2012, when Hasnain’s parents and wife were admitted to a hospital in Thane with nausea and dysentery. Police said if inquiries establish that Hasnain had tried to poison his family back then, it would be a significant part of his psychological profile that investigators are trying to build with the help of experts. Meanwhile, post-mortem reports of Hasnain and his 14 victims were sent to the police by doctors at the Thane Civic Hospital on Thursday. The reports state that Hasnain died of asphyxia while the victims died of haemorrhage due when the blood flow to the brain was cut off. The reports of chemical analysis of their viscera are still awaited, police said.
|2016-03-04||Thane: Jeweller's 10-Year-Old Son Kidnapped, Murdered - NDTV|
Thane: Jeweller's 10-Year-Old Son Kidnapped, Murdered Updated: March 04, 2016 10:21 IST A ten-year-old boy from Kalyan was kidnapped and murdered by a gang of three who wanted a ransom of Rs. 15 lakh from his father, a prosperous jeweller and stock market investor. Hours after kidnapping the boy, the accused lost their nerve and murdered him, but continued to demand the money anyway. They were arrested the very next day, when they turned up to collect the ransom. The boy, Nayan Jain resided and went to school in Kalyan, where his father, Santosh runs the jewellery store Nayan Collection at Gandhi chowk. On Wednesday afternoon, the three accused approached him and told him his father had sent them to pick him up. The boy was convinced when he saw them on his father's bike - a Pulsar 220 that had been stolen just a few days before. The accused took the boy to Vangani village in Ambernath and locked him in a bungalow there. Meanwhile, Nayan's father got concerned about his disappearance and registered a missing complaint with the police. In the evening, he got a call from the kidnappers and they made a demand for R15 lakh. After this, the police converted the missing person's complaint into a kidnapping case, investigated by the Bazarpeth police, along with the Thane Crime Branch. "The accused gave the boy sleeping pills, but later in the night, they became afraid that the boy would reveal their identity, so they killed him. They strangulated him and threw his body in a river near Murbad," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Kalyan division) Sanjay Jadhav. After killing the boy, the accused called his father at 3 am to once again make their demand for R15 lakh. They threatened to kill his son if he complained to the police. Then they gave him instructions on how to deliver the ransom money to them. Film plot The accused later told the police they planned the money handover based on a similar sequence from the 1978 film Inkaar. They asked Santosh to board a train to Titwala with the cash and told him he would see a man in a black shirt and mask near the tracks between Ambivli and Titwala around 7 am. Santosh was told to throw the bag of cash towards the man in black. Unbeknownst to them, Santosh was accompanied by a team of cops, led by PI Nasir Kulkarni from the anti-extortion cell. "After the train left Ambivli, the complainant saw the accused in a black shirt and mask and accordingly threw the bag of cash of Rs. 15 lakh. The man in black and one of his accomplices were on a motorcycle on the adjoining road, and they fled as soon as they got the money," said a Crime Branch official. When the train halted, the cops alighted from the train and convinced a local to lend them his car. "We started our search and about 2 down the highway, we found one of the accused on the bike. We found the other accused in the jungle half a kilometre away," said PI Kulkarni. "The arrested duo led us to the third accused. All the three were arrested on Thursday. We got the cash, but couldn't save the minor who was kidnapped as he was killed on Wednesday night," said DCP Jadhav, adding that the child's body was found the last afternoon. A case has been registered at Bazarpeth police station under Sections 364A (kidnapping for ransom etc), 302 (murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Eknath Shinde, guardian minister for Thane, said he would have a word with the chief minister to ensure the case was out on fast track for speedy justice. The accused The arrested accused are the mastermind Vijay Durgaprasad Dubey (19), and his accomplices Rajendra Yaswant More (24) and Deshraj Sonawri Khushwa (22). Vijay worked at a jewellery store that belonged to Santosh's friend, so he knew that the complainant was wealthy. Rajendra was Santosh's former employee, while Deshraj worked as a security guard. According to the police, Deshraj wanted money for his upcoming wedding, Rajendra wanted to start a new business and Vijay wanted money urgently for an unknown purpose. The abduction plan was hatched over a month ago, when Vijay met the other at Mahavir Shopping Center in Kalyan. "Dubey told the other two about the complainant's background and said that if they kidnapped his son, they could easily get a huge amount of cash as ransom. They decided to demand R15 lakh. The accomplices began to keep a watch on the boy's comings and goings and approached him at 3.25 pm on Wednesday," said an officer from Bazarpeth police station. Target changed The original target was the 3-year-old son of another jeweller, Lalit Jain. The accused told the police that they changed their target because they thought he might not pay up. "They claimed that Lalit was a very slow and careful spender, so he would not give the money in time and would inform the police. That is why they targeted Nayan instead," said a Crime Branch officer. On April 17, 2014, Rohan Ghuchait (12) went missing while playing in his building. He was strangulated the next afternoon and his body was hacked to bits. Cops found the different parts in nullahs at three different spots. Ten days after his disappearance, they also tracked down four of the accused and arrested them. Among the accused was an electrician who had been employed by victim's father.
|2016-03-04||'I will have sleepless nights until I know why Hasnain did it' - Mid-Day|
Thane Massacre: Hasnain Warekar's Brother-In-Law Can't Come To Terms With Ghastly Act Mar 04, 2016, 07:17 IST Sole survivor Sobiya Bharmal's husband, Sojaf, is struggling to understand how he can explain the murder of their five-month-old daughter to his recuperating wife After losing his baby girl and nearly losing his wife in the grisly family massacre in Thane, all Sojaf Bharmal wants is for the police to answer one question — what prompted his brother-in-law, Hasnain Warekar, to slaughter 14 family members and then take his own life.
|2016-03-04||BJP Hints at Going Alone in Thane Civic Body Elections - Outlook India|
BJP Hints at Going Alone in Thane Civic Body Elections 04 MARCH 2016 Last Updated at 5:37 PM BJP today hinted at contesting the Thane Municipal Corporation elections alone and said the party has started its ground work for the polls. The mood among BJP workers is, the party should contest the civic body polls alone, BJP's Thane district president Sandeep Lele said. He however said all decisions would be taken by the committee members and not an individual. "Workers decide and the president presides," Lele said. "BJP fared well in the last state Legislative Assembly polls. If we put in more effort, we can get good numbers in the civic body elections scheduled later this year," the district BJP chief said. "Booth-level activities are underway and party workers have been assigned responsibilities for a systematic approach to the elections," he said. Lele also claimed that a number of current and former corporators are in talks with BJP and they might join the party in a couple of months. To a question on whether Shiv Sena would keep its word regarding granting the post of chairman of the standing committee of Thane Municipal Corporation to BJP, the party's district chief said, he was hopeful for the same. The date for elections to the standing committee of Thane civic body is yet to be announced. Speaking on the constitution of BJP's Thane unit, he said, "The district unit comprises of 91 members of which at least 30 are women. Representation has been given to every group." Harshala Bubera has been appointed the party's Mahila Morcha chief for Thane, Lele said. "There are eight vice presidents, four general secretaries and eight secretaries in the unit, besides those leading the frontal organisations," he said. "There are a dozen other persons who are in the list as special invitees. They include MLAs, MPs, city corporators and chief of Maharashtra BJP Mahila Morcha Madhavi Naik," Lele said.
|2016-03-04||Showers in Mumbai, Thane - Business Standard|
Showers in Mumbai, Thane Mumbai Last Updated at March 4, 2016 12:42 IST Mumbai and some other parts of Maharashtra today experienced light rains, bringing down the mercury. Dadar, Worli, Mulund, Ghatkopar, Jogeshwari and Kandvli areas received light showers. Heavy showers were reported in adjoining Thane. Many parts of Marathwada also experienced unseasonal rains in last two days. In Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department yesterday recorded maximum temperature of 35.8 degrees Celsius in Santacruz and 33.4 degrees Celsius in Colaba. The minimum temperature in Santacruz was recorded at 23 degree Celsius and 24.2 degrees Celsius in Colaba. On Wednesday, the IMD had predicted light showers in Mumbai due to an increase in moisture across the western coast.
|2016-03-04||February Top Pictures: JNU protest, Jaitley's budget, Thane mass murder - The Indian Express|
February Top Pictures: JNU protest, Jaitley’s budget, Thane mass murder Hyderabad University Student Rothith Vemula's mother cries during a protest for justice for Rohith Vemula in New Delhi on Tuesday (February 23). (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)Union Budget 2016 at Bombay Stock Exchange on February 29). (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with his team giving the final touch for the 2016 Budget on February 28 at his North block office in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Renuka Puri) Incident of familicide, a 35-year-old man allegedly killed 14 of his family members and then committed suicide in the Kasarwadavli area. Police suspect a property dispute as the reason over which the murders took place in Thane on Sunday (February 28). (Source: Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)
|2016-03-04||Pune, Mumbai, Thane witness sudden rains, citizens rejoice - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-03-03||Thane district administration to take measures to stop water leakage - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-03-03||Thane: One hurt as druggie pelts stones from one platform to another - Mid-Day|
Thane: One hurt as druggie pelts stones from one platform to another By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours The miscreant was targeting his friend who had been teasing him but ended up hitting a 24-year-old man, who had to get seven stitches on his ear Passengers waiting on Kalyan railway station witnessed a rather odd incident yesterday morning. A drug addict, who was pelting stones at a friend, hit a 24-year-old man, injuring his ear. The Kalyan Government Railway Police (GRP) have arrested the accused. The druggie’s stones hit 24-year-old Dashrat Rai, who had come to Kalyan to drop off his maternal uncle The passengers were standing at platform number 4 at Kalyan railway station, when suddenly, the accused pelted stones from platform number 3. Sources from the GRP claim that the addict was trying to hit a friend who had been teasing him, but since he was standing in a crowd, it hit someone else. The drug addict was standing on platform number 3 (in white), while the victim was on platform number 4 The accused, identified as Gokul More (30) has been arrested by the Kalyan GRP. “We have arrested the accused More, who is an addict, and have registered a case against him,” said Anant Rane, Senior Police Inspector, Kalyan GRP. Kalyan GRP has registered a case against More under section 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. Seven stitchesThe victim has been identified as Dasharat Rai, who is a resident of Bhiwandi and works as a salesman. Speaking to mid-day, Rai said he had come to Kalyan station with his maternal uncle Parshuram Rai at around 11.30 am. “My uncle was leaving for Jharkhand and was to board a train from platform number 4 at 12.15 pm. I came to drop him and we saw that a man from platform number 3 started pelting stones at us,” Rai said. “One of the stones hit my left ear, injuring it. Many other passengers started running and about four people suffered injuries. My uncle boarded his train and left. I was later taken to Rukmani Bai Hospital and have received around 7 stitches,” he added. Meanwhile, Janardhan Rai, Dashrat’s other uncle, received a call at around 12 pm about the incident. Janardhan said, “I was asked to reach Rukmani Bai Hospital, where I found that Darsharat was hit with a stone. He was discharged at around 7:30 pm after treatment and after the police finished taking my statement.” Hit RPF officersRailway Police Force (RPF) sources said the accused had stones in a plastic bag and was pelting them continuously. RPF constables DP Sharma and Abdul Shaikh followed the accused and caught hold of him. “After the stone pelting menace started, our officers on duty at the station followed the accused More, who later pelted stone at them. We caught hold of him and handed him over to the Kalyan GRP, who registered a case against him,” added a senior officer from Kalyan GRP.
|2016-03-03||Thane massacre: Police look for source of drug found in Hasnain's bedroom - Hindustan Times|
Thane massacre: Police look for source of drug found in Hasnain’s bedroom With no psychiatrist having come forward, the police are contacting various doctors’ associations for leads MUMBAI Updated: Mar 04, 2016 01:09 IST The Thane police are in the process of finding the source of the drugs recovered from the home of Hasnain Warekar, 35, who killed 14 members of his family in the early hours of Sunday. While preparing the panchnama, the police found several drugs there, including a single tablet of Sizopin in a desk drawer in Hasnain’s first-floor bedroom. It is the source of this tablet that the police are most interested in, as it may offer clues about Hasnain’s mental state. With no psychiatrist having come forward, the police are contacting various doctors’ associations for leads. They are also contacting psychiatrist associations to find out which doctor, if any, had treated Hasnain. They have already checked with a local doctor, who has told them he did not prescribe any medicines to the family. Read more: Thane family massacre: Financial motive under police lens “We are checking with few pharmacists to ascertain the source of the Sizopin tablet. This drug cannot be obtained over the counter. A medical prescription is a must for all pharmacists and they have to be very careful about giving drugs for mental disorders,” said a high-ranking Thane police officer, who did not wish to be named. The officer added, “We have also learned that Hasnain’s unmarried sister, Batul, suffered from epilepsy. We are trying to find out which doctor was treating her.” Batul lived with the family and was among the 14 who were killed. Meanwhile, the police tried to get Subiya, Hasnain’s sister and the only survivor, to talk on Thursday but found she was still not in a condition to speak. “Subiya is crying and is asking about her daughter. She does not know that her daughter was one of the victims,” said an officer. “She needs time to recuperate. She is not aware of what exactly happened. We will record her statement on video at a later stage.” The police are now dependent on forensic reports to ascertain if Hasnain spikes his relatives’ drinks with sedative drugs before he slit their throats.
|2016-03-03||Thane mass murder: 'Warekar had sexual problems, may have been schizophrenic' - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane mass murder: 'Warekar had sexual problems, may have been schizophrenic' Published Mar 3, 2016, 10:24 am ISTUpdated Mar 3, 2016, 10:30 am IST Strips of neurological medicines and capsules used to prevent premature ejaculation during intercourse were found in the house.Thane: Husnain Warekar from Thane, who killed himself after butchering 14 of his family members on Sunday, may have been suffering from schizophrenia, which led to the murders, says police. According to reports, strips of neurological medicines and capsules used to prevent premature ejaculation during intercourse, were found in the house.
|2016-03-03||Thane mass murder: Police probes 'split personality' angle - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane mass murder: Police probes 'split personality' angle Updated: Mar 3, 2016, 06:00 PM IST Investigators probing the Thane massacre are burning midnight oil to explore the possibility of killer Hasnain Warekar suffering from a "split personality" disorder that might have drove him to slaughter 14 members of his family. A senior police officer, who is a member of the probe team, on Thursday said that they are trying to put together all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to figure out the behavioural pattern of the 35-year-old accused with the help of several mental health experts and criminologists to arrive at a conclusion as to what led him to execute the mass murders and whether he was a victim of a spilt or multiple personality. Also, during searches at his house, certain medicines pointing to psychological symptoms/illness were recovered, which the officer said is likely to give some leads into Hasnain's state of mind before the macabre killings. Now, police are trying to locate the pharmacist from where the medicines were procured and the doctor who prescribed them, he said. According to police, even though locals remember Hasnain as a good-natured and religious man, his dark side came to light on Sunday when he mercilessly butchered 14 his family members and then ended his life after a weekend feast. In the last couple of days, the police team has been recording statements of Hasnain's relatives and friends besides the caretaker of the Pardesi Baba Darghah (also known as Durgha Hazrat Gaji Salauddin Shah Baba) which he used to visit often. Police are also probing into the black magic angle to ascertain whether he was influenced by any such practise or followed any self-styled godman. When contacted in this regard, the caretaker, however refused to make any comments. Police had also learnt from neighbours that Hasnain used to slaughter goats for 'kurbani' (sacrifice) ritual and therefore knew how to use a butcher's knife that was used in the crime. A police official from Kasarwadavali station said they have collected the blood and nail samples of the lone survivor of the incident, Subiya Barmar. Among those killed in the shocking incident were Hasnain's parents, wife, sisters and children. The accused slit their throats with a knife after offering them drinks laced with sedatives at the family house in Kasarvadawali area on Thane outskirts, and then committed suicide by hanging himself. In a chilling testimony, a traumatised Subiya (22) on Wednesday told a team of investigators at a hospital here that she saw her brother holding a blood-stained butcher's knife in his hand and menacingly approaching her shouting that he has killed everyone in the family and it was her turn now. Meanwhile, an uneasy calm prevailed at the 'Warekar Manzil' (Hasnain's house) in Wadavali. The residence that was a mute witness to the abominable act, has been sealed by police and it would be handed over to relatives only after the probe is over and an abatement summary report filed before the court, the official from Kasarwadavalli police station said. Even locals are yet to recover from the shock. Rajesh Gavli, one of the villagers who knew the family very well told visiting newsmen that Warekars displayed a very good conduct and never got involved in any issues. "How this happened is astounding," he said. A local Congress leader and the first elected Municipal Corporator of the Thane Municipal Corporation Janardhan Atmaram Patil was also acquainted with the Warekars. "I have been here for years together. The family was a respectable one. Hasnain rushed to help anyone who was in need. Even when I was the village sarpanch and corporator I knew them very well and was in close contact with them. The family had no issues. They did not not have any property disputes. What drove them to this is unimaginable", he said. At about ten minutes distance is the renowned Pardesi Baba Dargah. A board put up at the Dargah entrance contains the name of the alleged accused's father (Anwar Warekar) as one of the trustees. It states that any one wanting to donate for the Dargah in kind or cash may contact the trustees. According to police, Hasnain, a commerce graduate, used to prepare Income Tax-related documents with a CA firm in Navi Mumbai and did not have any permanent job.
|2016-03-03||Hasnain had rented room on the sly, say friends of Thane killer maniac - Times of India|
Hasnain had rented room on the sly, say friends of Thane killer maniac Mar 4, 2016, 01:41 IST THANE: Hasnain Warekar could be the Indian version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a loving husband, a doting son and a good friend outwardly, but evil from inside, alleged close friends of the 35-year-old tax consultant, who allegedly slit the throats of 14 members of his family before hanging himself early on Sunday. The friends told TOI that Hasnain had secretly taken on rent a room in Majiwada, near his family home at Kasarvadavli. "He had rented a flat in Majiwada two months ago, when his wife Jabina was at her maternal home to deliver their second child. We do not know why he had rented this place as he has a spacious home," a friend told TOI . Locals suspect that Hasnain was either having an extra-marital affair or was practising some rituals in the room. "The police should check this room; they could get some leads about his other life and activities," said a neighbour. The police had found neurological medicines, presumably to treat a schizophrenia patient, besides six capsules to avoid premature ejaculation at the Warekars' residence. The police are likely to again record the statement of Subiya, Hasnain's sister and the lone survivor of the massacre. They are also speaking to the caretakers of a dargah in Bhandup, which Hasnain reportedly frequented. Meanwhile, while conducting the post-mortem on seven of the 14 victims at Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa, the doctors found an "unusual pungent odour". "There was a definite odour from all the bodies, which is very unusual. It could be due to a sour liquid which they may have consumed," said Dr DV Kulkarni, head of forensic department at the hospital. Though the cause of the death is due to excessive loss of blood, only a forensic autopsy and a chemical analysis would reveal if the odour was primarily from any toxic substance they had consumed hours before they were slaughtered by Hasnain with a butcher's knife. Viscera samples of all 14 deceased have been sent to the Kalina lab for chemical analysis. "The killing seemed to be effortless and precise. The wind pipe, veins, muscles on the throat were cut, only the spinal cord was intact, the victims would have struggled for two or three minutes before they died," Dr Kulkarni told TOI . The hospital carried out a post-mortem on Hasnain's sister Shabina Khan (35), her daughter Shadia (14) and sons Anas (12) and Alihasan Khan; and his other sister Mariya Fakhi (28) and her sons Umer (6) and Yusuf (4).
|2016-03-02||Thane murder: Warekar may have been suffering from schizophrenia, say police - The Indian Express|
Thane murder: Warekar may have been suffering from schizophrenia, say police The drug is not available without prescription, and investigators are trying to find if Warekar was consulting a psychiatrist who prescribed the medication. Mumbai | Updated: March 3, 2016 10:54 am Police investigating the killing of 14 members of the Warekar family in Thane’s Kasarwadavli in the wee hours of Sunday believe that Hasnain Warekar, 35, who hanged himself following the killing spree, may have been suffering from schizophrenia. The Thane Police made the assertion after finding in Warekar’s room, in his desktop drawer, medication taken to “resist forms of schizophrenia”. The drug is not available without prescription, and investigators are trying to find if Warekar was consulting a psychiatrist who prescribed the medication. However, his brothers-in-law, whose statements were also recorded on Wednesday, were unaware of him suffering from any mental illness.Warekar killed 14 family members including his parents, wife, his two children including a three-month-old baby, his sisters and their children, by slitting their throats. In the absence of a clear motive, among the key discoveries made by investigators until now is that Warekar had taken multiple loans and was facing a financial crisis. The other major theory the police are pursuing is that Warekar may have been suffering from a psychological illness. An officer said that while conducting searches at Warekar’s residence, the police found a strip of medication, among other tablets in his desktop drawer in his bedroom. “While we hear that his sister who resided with them suffered from a mental ailment, we believe her medication would not be in Hasnain’s bedroom on the first floor. We were also told that no one was allowed to go into his bedroom,” an officer said. He added, “The other distant possibility we are pursuing is to see if he may have used the tablets as a sedative to put the family members to sleep before the killings. This medication does have sleep-inducing properties,” the officer said. However, the stripes were intact. “However, one thing does not fit in. Psychiatrists we approached told us that in a violent episode, a person suffering from schizophrenia would be out of control, the wounds would be haphazard. In this particular instance, the throats have been slit cleanly, indicating a person in control of his actions.”
|2016-03-02||Thane Stenner: Here's where the wealthy get their investment 'edge' - The Globe and Mail|
Here’s where the wealthy get their investment ‘edge’ PUBLISHED MARCH 2, 2016 UPDATED APRIL 7, 2017 Most high-net-worth (HNW) individuals haven't built their wealth through the stock market. In fact, the vast majority (more than 80 per cent, in my experience) are current or former business owners. After a liquidity event like a business sale, a lot of times they become "reluctant" public market investors at first. Nevertheless, most of them prove to be fairly skillful investors. No, they don't get it right all the time. But their "batting average" is consistently higher than investors of more modest means. That's a little surprising, because there are important differences between being a successful business owner and a successful investor. In business, the goal is generally to build wealth by concentrating assets. In investing, the goal is generally to preserve wealth by diversifying assets. While both disciplines revolve around the allocation of capital, the required skill sets are quite distinct. So where do the wealthy get their investment "edge"? What makes them so good at investing? What are they doing differently – and better? I recently posed these questions to Robert Stammers of the U.S.-based CFA Institute. As the director of education for the Institute, Mr. Stammers regularly speaks with advisers and managers who work with some of the wealthiest families in the United States. Before that, Mr. Stammers was a private equity manager. This experience has given him a good idea of where high-net-worth individuals get their investment edge. "A lot of HNW investors are business people," Mr. Stammers says. This experience leads them to take an unemotional, business-like approach to investing, which helps them avoid some of the errors or pitfalls that can happen when greed or fear guide the investment process. "A lot of that mentality is part of it." Perhaps more significantly, the business mindset makes such investors very goal-oriented. "They know really what it is they're investing for, and those goals are what really drive everything else," Mr. Stammers says. "A lot of the average investors, they're investing because they feel they need to be investing, as opposed to, investing for [a] particular reason." "[Average investors] think 'I want to get rich. I want to make as much money as possible.' That tends to force people to make some of the other common mistakes, which are trading too often, or chasing yield, or just trying to maximize return." What else do the wealthy do better? Here are some of Mr. Stammers' insights, supplemented with my own observations. Taken together, they're a good "action list" of investment-related issues that every investor can get better at. They have clear investment goals: High-net-worth individuals are obsessive goal setters. They always know why they're investing (beyond "to make money"). They reverse-engineer their return objectives to meet both long- and short-term goals. That's not necessarily different from what other investors do. But their business background helps them execute on those goals better, and gives them discipline to stick to them. They know when to delegate: High-net-worth investors are not "do-it-yourself" investors. While they view investing as necessary for supporting the lifestyle they want, quite frankly, most of them aren't passionate about it. So they tend to delegate most of the job to talented professionals who are. They don't feel bad about this delegation – it's much the same approach they used with their operating business. They think risk first: High-net-worth individuals are generally focused on wealth protection as much as wealth generation. This focus on risk has profound implications on portfolio allocations and investment selection. When your focus is capital preservation, you tend to avoid unnecessary risks. You tend to be well-diversified, and you tend to pay a lot of attention to your holdings. These habits help protect their portfolios, and lead to more stable returns over time. It's not that they're hitting home runs over and over again. They're better at avoiding strikeouts. It's business: In general, high-net-worth investors tend to be good at "segregating" their emotions from their investment decisions. Their investment decisions tend to be based on facts rather than "gut feel." They're less inclined to fall in love with investment ideas, and more inclined to move on when those ideas don't work out. However, we're all human, and there are situations when money can't help but be emotional. But even in these situations, such individuals tend to be more aware of their "emotional limit" – that is, the point at which a buy or sell decision might become emotional, and they are careful to avoid those situations where emotions might come into play. They keep the news in perspective: Most wealthy individuals are news junkies. Of course they listen to, digest, and consider a lot of financial news. But the focus of their attention is on long-term trends, not necessarily up-to-the-minute financial data. And they think very, very carefully before making any decision based on news. They seize the opportunity in crisis: Most high-net-worth individuals are born contrarians. Most of them have made their money by going against the crowd, trusting their own smarts rather than conventional wisdom, and taking business ideas to market when everyone else said it wouldn't succeed. This is a particularly important point right now. Unlike most investors, the wealthy are generally not looking to "ride out" volatility – they're looking to profit from it. They're actively seeking money-making opportunities. They're not "long only"— they're hedging, shorting, and using other strategies. And they're also picking up assets on the cheap. Thane Stenner is founder of StennerZohny Investment Partners+ within Richardson GMP Ltd., as well as director, Wealth Management. Thane is also chairman emeritus of TIGER 21 Canada. He is the bestselling author of True Wealth: an expert guide for high-net-worth individuals (and their advisors). (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Ltd. or its affiliates.
|2016-03-02||Thane family massacre: Financial motive under police lens - Hindustan Times|
Thane family massacre: Financial motive under police lens Police are suspecting a financial motive in the Thane mass murder-suicide after having stumbled upon clues that suggest the prime suspect Hasnain Varekar borrowed gold from Subiya Barmal, the lone survivor from the murders of 14 of her family members. INDIA Updated: Mar 02, 2016 10:34 IST Police are suspecting a financial motive in the Thane mass murder-suicide after having stumbled upon clues that suggest the prime suspect Hasnain Varekar borrowed gold from Subiya Barmal, the lone survivor from the murders of 14 of her family members. Investigators said Hasnain was probably unemployed and was trying his luck at a new business venture of importing betel nut from Malaysia or Indonesia that required an investment of Rs 35 lakh. “Investigations have revealed that he had borrowed gold of 10 to 12 tolas from Subiya and was to start a venture with her in partnership. We are probing the theory of any financial constraint along with several other theories,” said Param Bir Singh, commissioner of police, Thane. Police have also learned that he had acquired loan from a gold loan firm and are investigating further. Shaukat Khan, Hasnain’s brother in-law, who lost his wife and three children, also stated that he had borrowed huge sums of money from several people for a business and may have suffered losses. Another aspect that has left police looking for clues is his wife was found lying near the staircase without clothes. “There could be many theories behind the wife being found without clothes.
|2016-03-02||Woman alleges Thane doc of physical assault - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-03-02||Thane mass murder: Husnain Warerkar used to visit tantrik, says aunt - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane mass murder: Husnain Warerkar used to visit tantrik, says aunt DECCAN CHRONICLE.Published Mar 2, 2016, 8:51 am ISTUpdated Mar 2, 2016, 8:56 am IST Relatives say he even sought medical advice from godman at the dargah. The police said Husnainâ€™s cousin said that he would never visit a hospital for any injury or illness. (Photo: PTI/DC) Mumbai: It has come to light that Husnain Warerkar, the chartered accountant from Thane who killed himself after butchering 14 of his family members on Sunday, was in touch with a tantrik in a dargah. He reportedly never visited a hospital for treatment, but only consumed medicines given by the self-styled godman. Read: Thane mass murder: Husnain Warerkar lost Rs 2 crore in shares, says police The Thane police is looking for the tantrik. When Deccan Chronicle visited the Pardeshibaba dargah, only a kilometre away from Husnain's house, none of the persons were ready to talk about the incident. The police said Husnain’s cousin said that he would never visit a hospital for any injury or illness. “We were shocked when we heard from his aunt that she would advise Husnain to go to a nearby hospital but he would ignore it and once he even told her, ‘I go to my doctor (the tantrik) who is more efficient than yours, aunty’,” said a policeman on condition of anonymity. For small worries such as his exam results to every thing he had been visiting the tantrik at the dargah,” added the police official Till now, the police has taken statements of some 20 people, including his maternal and paternal uncles and aunts. DCP Vilas Chandan Shive said, “We have got details from many people; we have to scrutinise and verify it. Apart from this, when we tried to talk to people of Pardeshibaba dargah, of which Husain’s father was a trustee, no one was ready to talk about the incident. The dargah is situated near Anand Nangar, just a kilometre away from Husnain’s house. We tried to ask some of the people over there about Husnain’s father and about him but no one gave us any details. They refused to talk about the incident or about Husnain. One person said it was a trap to ruin the dargah’s name. Read: Thane massacre: 'I have a surprise', murderer texted his brother-in-law The 35-year-old Husnain killed 14 members of his family — including his parents, wife, two daughters, three sisters and their children — at his Thane house before committing suicide in the early hours of Sunday. He slit their throats with a butcher’s knife. When the police reached the crime spot, they found 14 bodies with their throats slit on the ground and first floor of the house. Husnain’s body was found hanging, with a knife still in his hand.
|2016-03-02||Thane murders: 'Spooky' house haunts neighbours - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-03-02||Thane murders: Warekar was in financial crisis, had mortgaged family jewellery, say cops - The Indian Express|
Thane murders: Warekar was in financial crisis, had mortgaged family jewellery, say cops None of the family members knows where Warekar was currently working, beyond believing that he worked somewhere in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. Mumbai | Updated: March 3, 2016 11:18 am TWO days after 35-year-old Hasnain Warekar killed 14 family members in his Thane bungalow before hanging himself, it has emerged that he was facing a serious financial crisis after having taken loans to start an import business that he subsequently lost control of. Warekar had also mortgaged the family’s gold jewellery, police have found. The Thane police are checking Warekar’s bank accounts and loan details. However, officers said they found his wife’s body in a semi-clad state near the staircase inside the bungalow, adding they were trying to find out if this was in any way linked to his murder spree. The apparent financial crunch appears to be the most-likely motive for the killings. An officer said it is now unclear if he even had a regular job for the last three months, though his brothers-in-law and other family members knew that he worked with various firms in the past. “Some locals have said he was not employed for the last three months. But it’s unclear where he would spend his day after leaving home on the pretext of going to work,” the officer said. None of the family members knows where Warekar was currently working, beyond believing that he worked somewhere in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. Also, Warekar had been trying for several months to establish a business exporting supari to Indonesia, a fact confirmed by brother-in-law Shaukat Khan. “We have also found that he had taken loan from a bank after mortgaging gold jewellery he took from the house. He had also loaned 10-12 tolas gold from his sister Subiya, the lone survivor of the incident. We are checking if he took loans from his other sisters too,” said a senior IPS officer. Warekar reportedly took the gold on loan from Subiya after promising to make her a partner in the venture. “We have also been told that he had incurred losses recently in money he invested in the stock market,” the officer said. Police believe that if Warekar was not employed full-time and simultaneously had the loans piling up, he may have been stressed out by that. Khan had earlier told The Indian Express that Warekar had taken loans from a few people, and upon being unable to repay, had been forced to hand over control of a fledgling venture to a creditor. Simultaneously, the police are checking if his wife Jabeen had an argument with him before the killings. “It may have nothing to do with the killing but currently as the motive remains vague, we are looking at whether this may be linked to the murders,” a Thane Police officer said. Police have also contacted mental health professionals to understand whether Warekar may have been suffering from any psychological disorder. Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbare said, “We are awaiting the forensic science laboratory report. Once that is in, we will be able to say with certainty if the murders were pre-mediated. If there were sedatives mixed in the food, then he certainly had planned the entire thing. If not, it could be a case of something happening in the night that triggered it.” Dumbare added that investigators are also waiting for Subia to regain her health in order to record a detailed statement. Police have found that Warekar would spend a lot of time at a particular dargah in Bhandup. “His mobile phone records have revealed that he spent time at a dargah in Bhandup. While there are dargahs near his house we are checking if he knew anyone there in Bhandup.”
|2016-03-02||Thane Municipal Corporation begins demolition drive for road widening - Zee News|
Thane Municipal Corporation begins demolition drive for road widening The Thane Municipal Corporation on Tuesday began demolition of constructions near Thane station area for its ensuing road widening project. Updated: Mar 02, 2016, 13:32 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation on Tuesday began demolition of constructions near Thane station area for its ensuing road widening project. With this, residents of Thane will soon enjoy the benefits of wider roads. Yesterday, the TMC razed 455 shops and verandahs of shops near Thane station. "This is to facilitate the widening of 50 feet road from the current 30 feet in the area," DNA quoted Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC, as saying.
|2016-03-01||Thane mass murder: Husnain Warerkar lost Rs 2 crore in shares, says police - Deccan Chronicle|
Thane mass murder: Husnain Warerkar lost Rs 2 crore in shares, says police Published Mar 1, 2016, 6:48 am ISTUpdated Mar 1, 2016, 8:15 am IST Husnain killed his whole family by slitting their throats and then hanged himself in Kasarvadavali.Mumbai: Husnain Warerkar, who allegedly killed 14 members of his family and committed suicide on Sunday, had lost almost Rs 2 crore in share-trading in the past few months, said police sources. Husnain killed his whole family by slitting their throats and then hanged himself in Kasarvadavali, Thane, on Sunday. The police is checking details of the bank accounts of Husnain and all other family members for further investigation and to find out the motive behind the mass murders.The Kasarvadavali police recovered five mobile phones and a laptop from Husnain’s house. A police source said, “Since the past few months, Husnain’s parents and his wife were unhappy with him as he lost more than Rs two crores in share trading. Their house in Kasarvadavali was given by Husnain’s maternal uncle, who is a businessman and has a few plots in his name in Ghodbunder, Thane.” A family member who stays near the Warerkar residence said on condition of anonymity: “We have seen them for so many years, but since the past few days Husnain’s mother Asagadi had changed her schedule to visit the market place. Also, the number of household things they used to buy daily had also reduced. I asked her twice while I was going to market if she wanted anything, but she turned down my offer. I found it strange and I went to her home to ask whether she was feeling fine or not. At that time she didn’t tell me anything but cried. The family was not very social. They did not share their problems with anybody.” DCP Chandan Shive said, “We are checking all angles. We have sent the mobile phones to the lab. Soon we will get call data records so that we will get a clearer picture. We have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC and the complainant is Husnain’s sister Subia, who has survived.” Sources said Subia, despite surviving the horrific attack also had the presence of mind to take a bag of gold jewellery the family had kept in the room where she had slept and gave it to her uncle, so that no one could rob them. Hasnain Warerkar, 35, a chartered accountant allegedly killed 14 of his family members, including his wife, parents, sisters, and seven children, including his three-month-old daughter, before hanging himself.
|2016-03-01||Thane murders: police probing human sacrifice theory - Hindustan Times|
Thane murders: police probing human sacrifice theory The Thane police probing the massacre, in which a 35-yearold man allegedly killed 14 members of his family, are awaiting the statement of the lone survivor, Subiya Barmal, to ascertain the motive. INDIA Updated: Mar 01, 2016 07:59 IST The Thane police probing the massacre, in which a 35-year-old man allegedly killed 14 members of his family, are awaiting the statement of the lone survivor, Subiya Barmal, to ascertain the motive. Read more: Thane shocker: Man slaughters 14 of his family, hangs himself The police probe has revealed that Hasnain Warekar killed his family members by slitting their throats before allegedly committing suicide at Kasarvadavli village. So far, they have eliminated the possibility of involvement of other people. The police are probing several theories, which include human sacrifice, property or family dispute and mental illness as possible motives.
|2016-03-01||'I have killed everyone, you are next' - Mid-Day|
Thane Massacre: Sole Survivor Gives Cops A Chilling Narration Of The Murders Mar 01, 2016, 07:20 IST This was the chilling statement Hasnain Warekar made as he charged to slit his youngest sister, Sobiya Bharmal's throat. Lone survivor provides police a blow-by-blow account of how her brother killed their entire family before turning his rage on her “Maine sab gharwalo ko khatam kiya hai. Main tumhe bhi nahin chhodunga.” This was the chilling statement 35-year-old Hasnain Warekar made as he charged to slit his youngest sister, Sobiya Bharmal’s throat. Two days after her parents, sisters and her own five-month daughter were slaughtered by her brother, Sobiya finally narrated the horrific events of Saturday night to the police. Based on her two-page statement, the police have booked the deceased Hasnain on charges of murdering 14 of his family members.In her account, Sobiya told the cops that they had all gone to the family house in Kasarvadavali for a daawat on Saturday night. Hasnain lived there with their parents and one of the sisters. Around 1 am, they went to bed in three different rooms. Sobiya and her sister Maria were sleeping on the ground floor in a bedroom adjoining the hall, where her father Anwar, mother Asgari, sisters Batul and Shabina and their kids were sleeping. Sobiya had left her baby in the bedroom upstairs, with Hasnain, his wife Jabin and their two daughters.She said it was around 3 am that she woke up when the bedroom door creaked. “When I woke up, the lights in the hall were on and in that light I saw Hasnain slitting Maria’s throat as she slept next to me. I yelled at him and pushed him out of the bedroom, and that’s when I saw the dead bodies of my father, mother and the kids in a pool of blood in the hall,” recalled Sobiya.Hasnain then charged at Sobiya with the same knife he would use for animal sacrifices, screaming he would kill her like everyone else. He tried to slit her throat, but Sobia pushed him off and locked herself into the bedroom. But she had suffered serious injuries on her neck and stomach.“I closed the bedroom and ran towards the window and started screaming for help. When my neighbours were alerted, they managed to pull me out. They took me to Titan Hospital in an auto rickshaw, where I am undergoing treatment,” she added. When the police questioned her about what motive Hasnain may have had to murder his own family members, she said, “I don’t know why he did it, but I was shocked to see that he brutally killed all family members and I am the only witness.” The statement was taken by the Kasavadavali police in Thane, who have formed a separate team to investigate the case.
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