Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 09:10 am
AURANGABAD: City police, investigating the case of Gajanan Munde — a PhD student — setting himself ablaze and hugging his girlfriend, have found that this was the 30-year-old’s third suicide attempt. Munde, who had sustained around 98% burns, succumbed to the injuries in the early hours of Tuesday. During a search carried out at Munde’s room in the PhD hostel of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu), police found two suicide notes. One of the notes seemed to have been around six to eight months old. Moreover, before leaving the room on Monday, the man left a note on a blackboard that said that it was his last day and he blamed his girlfriend for forcing him to take the extreme step. Inspector Geeta Bagwade said prima facie it appears that the accused failed to accept the fact that the girl — 28-year-old Pooja Salve — no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him. “It appears they have been fighting over this issue for the past several months,” she said. Another officer, who is part of the investigation team, said after reading the two notes it appears that it was his third attempt to take the extreme step. “Police teams are now working to identify the dates of the previous two attempts,” the officer said. Salve sustained around 55% burns and is battling for life at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Doctors said her condition deteriorated on Tuesday and she has been shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Based on the complaint lodged by Salve’s relatives, Munde and his parents have been booked by the Begumpura police station for attempt to murder and other sections of the IPC. Following Munde’s death, an autopsy was performed and the body was handed over to the family. It was taken to Yeldari in Jintur of Parbhani district for the last rites. Approach police seniors if complaints ignored: CPMeanwhile, amidst allegations that the police failed to initiate stringent preventive action against Munde, the Aurangabad police commissioner Nikhil Gupta on Tuesday said that women or their family members facing any kind of harassment should directly approach senior police officers — ranks of assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) and higher — if they feel that their complaints are not being taken seriously at the police station level. Gupta has ordered the police stations to freshly scrutinise all the applications of harassment and stalking. Salve’s family has claimed that perturbed by Munde’s stalking, she had gone to lodge a complaint against him at the Cidco police station on August 22. Later, for some reason, she backed out of registering a complaint. Police, however, made a station diary entry of this episode. The probe has also found that Salve also went to the Begumpura police station on a couple of occasions in October to get an FIR registered against Munde. But again she did not let the police register an FIR and a non-cognizable (NC) offence was registered against Munde. “Though it appears that the woman was unwilling to proceed with the registration of an offence for stringent action against Munde, an inquiry has still been initiated to ascertain the nature of her complaints and what action was taken by the Begumpura police,” Gupta said. “Irrespective of the age group, any individual can dial 112 and the patrolling team would contact them within seven to eight minutes,” he added.
KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.
THANE: Following a 48-hour search operation, the crime branch unit-3 of Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar (MBVV) police nabbed the undertrial accused of murdering a banker during a robbery bid who had escaped from Vasai court premises along with his bike-borne aide on Friday, officials informed on Sunday. In July 2021, Anil Dubey (36), a former private bank manager, was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague and injuring another while trying to flee with gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 3.4 crore from the locker at the bank's Virar branch. On Friday afternoon, when Dubey was brought from Thane Central jail to Vasai court, he allegedly requested the escorting policemen to allow him to visit the washroom and managed to give them the slip and escape on a motorcycle driven by his aide Chand Badshah Aziz Khan (42), a historysheeter from Nalasopara. "We have arrested Dubey and Khan from Nalasopara after our teams narrowed down on them following technical leads. We also recovered the bike," confirmed Shrikant Pathak, additional police commissioner, MBVV police. Avinash Ambure, deputy police commissioner, crime, MBVV police, said, "Our teams were tipped off that the absconding undertrial could be holed up in Nalasopara following which crime branch unit-3 formed teams and started search operations." Police are likely to have zeroed in on the accused based on technical surveillance, including CCTV footage, of the area. Police in the Vasai-Virar area were on alert and also undertook late-night patrolling since Friday, officials said. While sources said Dubey got in touch with Khan when the latter was lodged at Thane jail a few months back, prison officials said they were unaware if Khan was lodged there and may have interacted with Dubey to hatch the escape plan.
KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."
MUMBAI: MNS chief Raj Thackeray targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodkar Savarkar at a rally on Sunday, saying, "Do you even have the stature to speak about Savarkar?" You don't even realise that Savarkar's mercy petition was a strategy he was using to get out of jail to launch an attack on the British." He also mocked Gandhi's voice and said he sounded like music composer RD Burman. Speaking at a rally at the NESCO grounds in Goregaon against the backdrop of the BMC polls which could be held in a few months, Thackeray sought to re-ignite the MNS campaign against loudspeakers used outside mosques in the city. "If the loudspeakers are too loud, first the partymen should complain to the police. If they do nothing, then the Hanuman Chalisa should be played loudly outside the police station." Targeting his cousin and former CM Uddhav Thackeray, he said, "Initially he used his health as an excuse. Then after Eknath Shinde's rebellion, he started traveling all over. He wants power for selfish reasons and to make money." Thackeray also criticised Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari who is in the news for his controversial remarks against Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji. "Look at his age and what he says. He is the Governor, so I am not saying anything but there is no lack of abuses in Maharashtra," he said. He referred to Koshyari's recent comment in which he had said that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Mumbai, it would cease to be the country's financial capital. "Why don't you ask Gujaratis and Marwaris why they don't do successful businesses in their own state?" he asked.
MUMBAI: An FIR was registered recently against 17 foreign film artistes for flouting visa norms. A report will be sent by the Dahisar police on the matter to the Special Branch-II which will decide on the next course of action. The artistes were part of a shoot going on at Dahisar (east) on Friday. The police learnt that some of the people on the set were flouting visa norms and a check was conducted. It turned out that 10 women and 7 men had flouted visa guidelines. While they should have obtained work visas mentioning the name of the production house that was shooting, they had instead come to India on tourist and business visas. They have been issued notices, said an officer. TNN