NAGPUR: State’s anti-naxal operation (ANO) cell has deployed three special squads to keep a watch on suspected elements during the ongoing festive season, which would have back-to-back socio-religious events in the city — Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Vijayadashami celebration and a large gathering of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s followers at Dhammachakra Pravartan din at Deekshabhoomi and Dragon palace on Dussehra. The decision to step up vigilance was taken after Maoists’ plan to infiltrate urban organizations and committees, including puja mandals and other outfits, especially during the festivity was bared. TOI had reported how Maoists plan to spread their network in the urban sectors. It is also suspected that the outlaws may also incite violence and trigger clashes against security forces during the festive season. As per secret documents of the Maoists, underground and overground frontal organizations are known to come alive during key mass socio-religious events, festivals and political agitations in the urban sectors to infiltrate urban bodies and spur them into action to follow their ideologies. Sources stated that the ANO has also started deploying personnel during visits of V-VIPs like key politicians, top members of national or state bodies and commissions. Following intel inputs about possibility of attacks on the VVIPs to corner the government, vigilance has been stepped up. DIG, Naxal range and ANO, Sandip Patil said there are special ‘naxal cells’ in every unit in Maharashtra which have been adequately alerted and sensitized. He refused to divulge more details citing security concerns. Apart from ANO, city police, state and national security and intelligence agencies too have deployed sleuths in plainclothes across Nagpur and Kamptee. The agencies are also on alert against sleeper cells of other anti-government forces like Popular Front of India (PFI). These sleeper cells may try to incite masses during various socio-religious events and political agitations in the city, say sources.
NAGPUR: Looking at the increasing heart attacks in age groups as young as 30 to 40 years, the state health department had in 2021 launched a screening programme for STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction), a type of heart attack that mainly affects heart’s lower chambers. On this World Heart Day (September 29), the directorate of health services released the success story of this unique initiative. More than 2.50 lakh people from the 30+ age group were screened in 12 districts of the state, and more than 6,000 of them were detected to have STEMI, which can ultimately lead to heart attack. The project also included three districts of Vidarbha, where 890 patients were detected with the disease. This means at least 800 potential heart failures in Nagpur, Wardha and Akola were prevented in the last one year through this project. Dr Padmaja Jogewar, joint director (NCD Cell), directorate of health services, Maharashtra, said this project aims for rapid diagnosis of heart disease in all government health care centres. “Over 2,50,000 ECGs have been conducted, and over 6,100 detected with STEMI. They are now receiving treatment under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPAY) scheme,” she said. In the first of its kind effort in India, the STEMI Maharashtra Programme is endorsed by the Centre’s National Health Mission, and implemented in 12 districts since February 2021, in collaboration with Tricog Health Services Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru. “A total of 145 primary health facilities that include rural hospitals, sub-district hospitals and district hospitals are upgraded as spokes for STEMI detection and thrombolysis, and are linked with 38 hubs – as the nearest tertiary care facility equipped with a CATH LAB facility for treatment,” Dr Jogewar said. This programme can now be implemented in all the remaining districts of Maharashtra from 2022. Health officials from Nagpur confirmed that screening was conducted in rural parts of Nagpur district (excluding NMC areas). CEO of Tricog Dr Charit Bhograj said in a statement how patients were selected for screening. “The strategy adopted by Tricog was to spread awareness among patients with heart disease symptoms of chest pains, breathlessness, palpitations, and take them to nearest government facility without delay,” the statement reads. PILOT PROJECT 360 minutes | Average wait time for patients with ongoing heart attacks in India 90 minutes | Considered golden hour when patients can be saved 145 | PHCs, rural hospitals, sub-district hospitals linked to 38 ultra-modern heart health facilities with CATH LAB 30,000 | Patients screened in PHCs at Akola, Nagpur, Wardha 890 | Susceptible to heart attack, shifted to nearest heart health hub 404 | Patients in Nagpur, 346 in Wardha, 140 in Akola
NAGPUR: In yet another irregularity, the state’s public works department (PWD) has allotted contract of procuring and laying power cable between Hingna T-point and Bhagat Chowk on Inner Ring Road (IRR) at a cost of Rs21.25 crore without inviting tenders. Approved nine months ago, the work has been allotted to the same contractor who was also given the contract of phase-II of IRR widening and concretization project 31 months ago. TOI on September 9 reported how within six months of concretization of road, the PWD has started trenching shoulder part (inter-locking tiles portion) of IRR between Bhagat Chowk and Hingna T-point for laying the power cable. On September 20, TOI had also reported how Rs20 crore of public money could have been saved had the PWD tarred the two-km stretch instead of going for concretization. Central government had approved funds for IRR widening and concretization project in 2015. PWD had awarded the contract of phase-II costing Rs128.28 crore to a joint venture of Saket Infraprojects Private Ltd and Shah and Parikh on March 10, 2019. The two-km stretch from Bhagat Chowk to Hingna T-point was part of phase-II and concretized 6-12 months ago. When it came to fore that power cable of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) got buried after concretization of the road, PWD chief engineer SD Dashpute approved Rs3.4 crore on September 15, 2021 and Rs17.94 crore on December 29, 2021 for procuring and laying new power cable. This, however, shows how funds for the power cable work were approved months after contract of phase-II was awarded and also after completion of the concretization work. President of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Contractors’ Welfare Association C Vijay Nayudu told TOI, “It is totally wrong and also violation of rules to award the work of utility shifting to contractor after completion of main work — i.e. concretization.” “Tender process was mandatory in this case to award contract of procurement and laying power cable. Inviting tenders would have helped the PWD to get to know exact cost of the work. To get the contract, bidders quote below the estimated cost, thus the PWD could have saved public money had it floated a tender,” he said. Activist Suraj Lolage, who had exposed various irregularities in phase-I and phase-II of IRR widening and concretization project, said it is yet another major irregularity by the PWD officials and stringent action should be taken against them. “PWD officials did not take any action on the contractor of phase-I — RPS Infraprojects Private Ltd despite shoddy quality of work done. Rectification works are yet to be executed. Phase-II was planned in an irregular manner. Similar inferior quality works have been done in phase-II also. It seems the PWD officials are working only for the benefit of contractors. The latest case is a clear example of gifting work costing Rs21 crore to contractor at the expense of public money,” he said. PWD officials say the utility shifting being done now was part of phase-II. “The contractor was supposed to shift all utilities beneath the road and PWD to bear the cost. We did not have funds for laying such costly cable in phase-II. Therefore, concretization was done first followed by laying power cable to avoid inconvenience to the public,” they said. The PWD has started to trench other side of the road from Hingna T-point to Bhagat Chowk for laying the cable. Even a cement bridge constructed over stormwater drain network recently has been dug up and debris left uncleared. In A Nutshell *Central government approved IRR widening and concretization project in 2015 *Majority of works were planned under phase-I and remaining in phase-II *Contract of phase-II was awarded to a joint venture of two companies in March 2019 *2km stretch from Hingna T-point to Bhagat Chowk was concretized under phase-II 6-12 months ago *Concretization done without shifting MSEDCL’s power cable between Hingna T-point to Bhagat Chowk, thus burying the utility infra *Funds approved for procuring and laying power cable on this two-km stretch *PWD was supposed to float tender for the work *Work was allotted to contractor who concretized the stretch *Tender would have revealed exact cost to be incurred for the work and saved money as contractors place bids lower than estimated cost
Members of Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde faction Wednesday used the yet-to-be-opened Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway, alleged opposition party leaders.Congress MLA from Jalana Kailash Gorantyal said that around 100 vehicles of rebel Sena leader Arjun Khotkar’s supporters used the expressway.“I have received the information from our people. The Shinde group’s fleet comprising 100 vehicles used the expressway and it passed through his house,” Gorantyal told the media. He asked how come the expressway, which is still not open to the common people, is being used by the Shinde faction supporters.“A video, shot through a drone, has emerged of Khotkar and his supporters travelling in hundreds of cars on Samruddhi Expressway. Cars with saffron flags were seen in the visuals,” said a source.Thousands of supporters of the two factions of the Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray factions of Shiv Sena have been coming to Mumbai from across the state for their respective Dussehra rallies.Meanwhile, a few vehicles, allegedly belonging to Shinde faction supporters, met with an accident on the Samruddhi Expressway between Aurangabad-Daulatabad in Marathwada. No casualties or injuries were reported.The Samruddhi Expressway, which will cover the 701-km distance between Mumbai and Nagpur, is touted to be the fastest expressway in the country. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is executing the construction work at an estimated cost of Rs 55,000 crore.
The Maharashtra cabinet has cleared a proposal to allow police personnel to take home loans at subsidised interest rates. The scheme was earlier launched in 2017 and was implemented till 2019, after which it was discontinued by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government. The new Eknath Shinde government has decided to reintroduce the scheme for which the State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation will operate as the nodal agency, a government statement said on Tuesday. The cabinet also cleared a revised proposal of Rs 9,279.06 crore to speed up phase-1 of the Nagpur Metro project. The state has sanctioned Rs 622 crore interest free loan for the Nagpur Metro phase-1 project and also approved the land transfer proposal, the statement said. The cabinet has also cleared the pending project of transportation of the Krishna river water to Marathwada by sanctioning Rs 11,726.91 crore. It will benefit 33,945 hectares of land for irrigation in eight districts, the statement said. Under the Krishna Bhima rivers stabilisation project, the construction of a connecting tunnel for both the rivers has also been included, it said. The cabinet has also decided to notify state or Union government-owned companies as implementing agencies on a turnkey basis for projects under the state disaster management plan.
The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday approved nearly Rs 12,672 crore additional funds to different projects in the state with the much-delayed Krishna Marathwada Irrigation Project getting a lion’s share of Rs 11,736 crore.The Nagpur Metro in the hometown of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also received extra funds of Rs 599 crore, taking the total expenditure of the project to Rs 9,279 crore. The irrigation project had received its main administrative approval worth Rs 2,382 crore in August 2007. In 2009, the first renewed administrative approval worth Rs 4,845 crore was sanctioned with total area in Osmanabad and Beed districts of Marathwada to be benefited at an estimated Rs 1,14,731 hectare. The western part of Marathwada region, particularly Osmanabad district, is one of the most water scarce areas. The state government has proposed to transfer surplus water of 23.66 TMC from Krishna sub-basin and adjoining sub-basins in western Maharashtra. Out of 23.66 TMC of water, 17.98 TMC is proposed to be utilised for Osmanabad district and 5.68 TMC to be utilised in Beed. The proposed project is aimed at enhancing the income from the agriculture-based activities and boost the social and economic conditions of the farmers.The delays in getting environmental clearance, increased land acquisition cost as well as changes in rate card have increased the cost of the project leading to the demand and approval of second renewed administrative approval worth Rs 11,736 crore for the project. After the cabinet meeting, Fadnavis said that unlike the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the present government does not fear to take decisions for the state’s betterment.The state government on Tuesday also extended nearly Rs 336 crore additional expenditure for Surewada lift irrigation scheme in Vidarbha’s Bhandara district which will bring nearly 5,000 hectare land from 28 villages from Bhandara and Gondia districts.The Nagpur Metro Rail project phase 1 had been approved at an expenditure of Rs 8,680 crore which has now been increased by Rs 599 crore. The project, with a total length of 38.2 kilometres, was to be completed by April 2018.
Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Uddhav Thackeray should stop taking jibes at others.(File)Nagpur: The BJP's Maharashtra unit president Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Monday said Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray should stop taking jibes at others or else the few party members standing by him will also leave the fold.Talking to reporters at Nagpur airport, Chandrashekhar Bawankule said people were showing confidence in Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government who are working 18 hours a day for people of the state."By 2024, several good workers from other parties will join the BJP. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) will be in for big shocks. If Uddhav Thackerayji does not stop taking jibes at others and instead think about Maharashtra's development, then the few workers left with him will also leave. He will only have 'hum doh hamare doh' and there will be no one else with him," the BJP leader said.Reacting to Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole's statement terming Devendra Fadnavis as Spider-Man for his appointment as the guardian minister of six districts, Chandrashekhar Bawankule said the deputy chief minister can not only manage six, but even eight districts."He (Patole) does not know about Fadnavis' ability, which the whole of Maharashtra has seen from 2014-2019. He (Fadnavis) does have any private businesses, factory, societies or banks. He works 18 hours a day for the public and a person who works 18 hours for people can accept any challenge," Chandrashekhar Bawankule said.The BJP leader also took a pot shot at senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal over the latter's comment about displaying portraits of goddess Saraswati at schools in Maharashtra.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comChhagan Bhujbal had last week demanded that the portraits of social reformers like Savitri Phule, Jyotiba Phule, Shahu Maharaj, Bhaurao Patil, and B R Ambedkar be displayed in schools."The manner in which Bhujbal has questioned the display of goddess Saraswati's portraits in schools, he sounds like Owaisi (AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi) of the NCP," Chandrashekhar Bawankule said.
Additional security has been provided to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, said an official. (File)Nagpur: Police arrested a man in connection with the threat to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's life, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Nagpur on Monday.Speaking to reporters, Mr Fadnavis said the state Home department headed by him has taken cognizance of all the threats against the Chief Minister."We are paying full attention to the security of the chief minister and other aspects. The person who threatened the Chief Minister yesterday has been arrested, " he said, adding that the Chief Minister's security is very important.Though Mr Fadnavis didn't share details regarding the arrested person, Pune Police had registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence against a man who had called up the police control room claiming a "plot" to kill Chief Minister Shinde at a hotel in Lonavala in Pune district.The man, Avinash Waghmare, was drunk and made the call on Saturday to "teach a lesson" to the owner of the hotel for allegedly overcharging him for a bottle of water, a senior police officer said on Sunday.The State Intelligence Department (SID) on Saturday received a specific input about the threat to the life of the chief minister, following which his security was increased.Additional security has been provided to the Chief Minister, who enjoys a Z Plus category security cover, a senior SID official had said.Security was stepped up at Mr Shinde's private residence in Thane and the official residence 'Varsha' in Mumbai. Mr Shinde had received a threat letter suspected to have been sent by Naxalites last October when he was the Urban Development Minister and also guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, affected by Naxalism.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Shinde became the Chief Minister on June 30 this year after his rebellion with Shiv Sena MLAs led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Police arrested a man in connection with the threat to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's life, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said here on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said the state Home department headed by him has taken cognizance of all the threats against the chief minister. "We are paying full attention to the security of the chief minister and other aspects. The person who threatened the CM yesterday has been arrested, " he said, adding that the CM's security is very important. Though Fadnavis didn't share details regarding the arrested person, Pune Police had registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence against a man who had called up the police control room claiming a "plot" to kill CM Shinde at a hotel in Lonavala in Pune district. The man, Avinash Waghmare, was drunk and made the call on Saturday to "teach a lesson" to the owner of the hotel for allegedly overcharging him for a bottle of water, a senior police officer said on Sunday. The State Intelligence Department (SID) on Saturday received a specific input about the threat to the life of the chief minister, following which his security was increased. Additional security has been provided to the CM, who enjoys a Z Plus category security cover, a senior SID official had said. Security was stepped up at Shinde's private residence in Thane and the official residence 'Varsha' in Mumbai.Shinde had received a threat letter suspected to have been sent by Naxalites last October when he was the Urban Development Minister and also guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, affected by Naxalism. Shinde became the chief minister on June 30 this year after his rebellion with Shiv Sena MLAs led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.
NAGPUR: Police arrested a man in connection with the threat to Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde's life, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said here on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said the state home department headed by him has taken cognizance of all the threats against the chief minister. "We are paying full attention to the security of the chief minister and other aspects. The person who threatened the CM yesterday has been arrested, " he said, adding that the CM's security is very important. Though Fadnavis didn't share details regarding the arrested person, Pune Police had registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence against a man who had called up the police control room claiming a "plot" to kill CM Shinde at a hotel in Lonavala in Pune district. The man, Avinash Waghmare, was drunk and made the call on Saturday to "teach a lesson" to the owner of the hotel for allegedly overcharging him for a bottle of water, a senior police officer said on Sunday. The State Intelligence Department (SID) on Saturday received a specific input about the threat to the life of the chief minister, following which his security was increased. Additional security has been provided to the CM, who enjoys a Z Plus category security cover, a senior SID official had said. Security was stepped up at Shinde's private residence in Thane and the official residence 'Varsha' in Mumbai. Shinde had received a threat letter suspected to have been sent by Naxalites last October when he was the Urban Development Minister and also guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, affected by Naxalism. Shinde became the chief minister on June 30 this year after his rebellion with Shiv Sena MLAs led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.
MUMBAI: Estranged couples must handle the situation with "maturity" when battling over the custody of minor children, said the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court, adding that though maturity is expected among educated and financially independent parents, "it is unfortunately found wanting". The bench made the observation when directing a wife to return, within eight weeks, their minor child, who is a US-born citizen, to the jurisdiction of the US court where proceedings are pending. Only because there are "differences and discord" between the couple, the wife, by bringing the child to India, should not to have acted in a manner that the father "lost complete contact with child", said a bench of Justices Manish Pitale and Valmiki Menezes on August 30. It also directed the couple to abide by the interim orders of a US court passed in September 2021 for shared and equal parenting. The estranged husband, a resident of Arizona, through a power of attorney, had filed a habeas corpus petition last year in the HC for directions to his wife, who lives in Nagpur, to produce and hand over their minor child to be taken back to the US. "We are of the opinion that even if married couples have differences of opinion and there is matrimonial discord..., the process of reconciliation or initiating legal proceedings for resolving grievances has to be handled in such a manner that the minor child or children...are kept away from its adverse effects and bitterness," said the bench. "The situation has to be handled with maturity by both parents and the needs of the child as regards presence of and contact with both the parents ought to be taken care of by the parents themselves, even if they are to pursue legal remedies. In such cases, where both the parents are highly educated, financially independent and undoubtedly intellectually well developed, such maturity is expected, but unfortunately found wanting." "A situation ought not to be created where the parent, who happens to have the physical custody of the minor child, uses it as a tool to inflict suffering on the other parent by depriving...contact with the minor child," it observed, after hearing the husband's counsel Prabhjit Jauhar and senior counsel S K Mishra for the wife, as well as SS Doifode for the state. The bench also referred to Supreme Court judgments which have ruled that "the court may deem it fit to order return of child to the country from where he or she was removed, unless such return is shown to be harmful to the child". In this case, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court said: "We are unable to agree [with wife] that harm would be caused to the minor child if he is returned to the jurisdiction of the said court in the US."
Three years after getting approval, the state health department is finally in the process of starting four courses related to mental health in three regional mental hospitals — Thane, Pune and Nagpur. Pune was the first to open a centre of excellence for mental wellbeing in the state.The initiative has been taken as part of the National Mental Health Mission with an aim to produce more specialists and fill up vacant posts at these hospitals.Mental health is one of the biggest health concerns in the country and there is a huge gap in demand and availability of experts in this sphere of specialised healthcare. Nearly 70 per cent posts in the four regional hospitals of Maharashtra are lying vacant currently.Data gathered by The Indian Express reveal that of the nine sanctioned posts for psychiatrists at the Nagpur mental hospital that sees at least 1,400 admissions annually, only three have been filled. The situation in Thane mental hospital is, however, the worst as, till August this year, all eight posts of psychiatrists were vacant.To address the manpower deficit, the state health department has decided to introduce courses for medical students on management of mental illnesses. This includes diploma courses in psychiatric nursing, MD in psychiatry, M Phil courses in clinical psychology and psychiatric social work.As per data provided by the state health department, 16 students each would be selected for M Phil courses in clinical psychology and psychiatric social work. A total of 40 students would be appointed for diploma courses in psychiatric nursing and another four for MD in psychiatry. Some of the courses have already been initiated at Pune mental hospital.“The current shortage of skilled health workers to provide mental health services will make it difficult to deal with mental health problems in the years to come, if the shortage isn’t addressed on time. The need of the hour is thus to increase the number of trained personnel providing mental health services at all levels,” Dr Sadhana Tayade, director of health services said.As part of this project, these hospitals would be turned into centres of excellence, focusing on training of mental health teams, increasing awareness and reducing stigma related to mental health problems, providing services for early detection, treatment of mental illness, and collecting valuable data.“Just like other medical colleges, these medical students would be trained and simultaneously, would also treat the patients. This would immediately help address the issue of shortage of medical and semi-medical staffers. In the long run, the project would create more specialists on mental health,” Dr Purushottam Madavi, medical superintendent of the Nagpur mental hospital, said.Further, under the project, the government would allocate separate staff for mental health management. The centres would also comprise a lecture hall, principal room and staff room.
NAGPUR: An 18-year-old college student in Nagpur city of Maharashtra allegedly committed suicide by hanging over her parents "delaying" the buying of an iPhone for her, police said on Sunday. The deceased girl was a student in the first-year degree course at Raisoni College in Hingna town in the Nagpur district. She hanged herself from a ceiling fan with a stole in the bedroom of her house in the Kharbi area of Nagpur city on Friday evening, a police official said. "As per the preliminary investigation, the teenage girl had repeatedly asked her parents to buy her an iPhone. Her parents, who run a 'Griha Udyog' , had promised to buy her one. However, due to the delay in purchasing the iPhone, the girl presumed that her parents were reluctant to fulfil her demand and took the extreme step on Friday," he said. Police have recorded the statement of the deceased girl's father and registered a case of accidental death.
NAGPUR: A transgender, who is lodged at the Akola Central Jail, has approached Nagpur bench of Bombay high court alleging physical and mental torture including unnatural sex and outraging her modesty by prison authorities and other male prisoners. A division bench comprising justices Rohit Deo and Anil Pansare issued notices to the Maharashtra government’s department of home, and Akola jail superintendent, asking them to reply by October 11. The bench appointed Soniya Gajbhiye as counsel for the petitioner (name withheld by TOI) to plead her case, as she had demanded a lawyer through free legal aid. The petitioner prayed for directives to make separate cells for both male and female transgender prisoners, to shift her to the women’s cell, and provide all facilities like appropriate clothing. Complaining of obscene behaviour of jail authorities and male inmates towards her, the petitioner said rules need to be framed to ensure that transgender prisoners are able to live with dignity and should be provided same treatment as male and female prisoners. Quoting the Maharashtra (prison, admission, classification and separation) Rules, 1966, the petitioner said it classified prisoners in male and female categories. However, no provision is made for transgenders like her, nor is there any distinction between male and females among them. She also made a request to enact a law to regulate arrest, detention and imprisonment of transgenders by amending the jail manual. According to her, in the absence of any provision dealing with the detention of transgenders inside jails, she was exposed to humiliation and her right to privacy as well as self-identity was violated right from the day she was lodged at Nagpur Central Jail from June 12, 2016. She demanded that the respondents must accept that she is female transgender and should not be compelled to be checked by male police to determine her genitals. In one such incident, a male guard searched her body, which outraged her modesty, she claimed. The petitioner had lodged a police complaint on March 25 last year against alleged unnatural sex with her by prison authorities and other jail inmates at Dhantoli police station. After her complaint, she was shifted to Akola Central Jail.
Even after opposition from teachers, the state government has begun the process of closing down schools having less than 20 students.On Tuesday, the education department issued notices to the block education officers (BEO) of Nagpur and Washim districts, asking them to collect information about schools in their regions that have less than 20 students. “Upon identifying the schools, prepare a report on whether students and teachers from such schools can be adjusted in nearby zilla parishad (ZP) schools,” the order added.While in Washim, the BEO has been asked to complete the process of merger and submit reports, in Nagpur, a meeting of BEOs has been called to decide on an action plan for the same.Vijay Kombe, a ZP teacher from Wardha, who is also the state secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti — the primary teachers’ organisation for zilla parishad schools — said: “Owing to no clarity from the state government, several ZP schools are on the verge of closing down. It is disappointing that the government has failed to pay any heed to the issues raised by teachers. Many schools are located in hilly or inaccessible areas… if they are closed, the students will struggle to commute to nearby schools.”Liladhar Thakare, Nagpur district head of ZP teachers’ association, said, “This is harmful to the school education public sector. The Right To Education Act says that every child should be provided basic education facility within 1 km of his/her residence. If this new order is implemented, students will have to travel more distance to reach schools… and in some areas, the commute is not easy due to location specific difficulties.” On Tuesday, the education department issued notices to the block education officers (BEO) of Nagpur and Washim districts, asking them to collect information about schools in their regions that have less than 20 students. “Upon identifying the schools, prepare a report on whether students and teachers from such schools can be adjusted in nearby zilla parishad (ZP) schools,” the order added.While in Washim, the BEO has been asked to complete the process of merger and submit reports, in Nagpur, a meeting of BEOs has been called to decide on an action plan for the same.Vijay Kombe, a ZP teacher from Wardha, who is also the state secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti — the primary teachers’ organisation for zilla parishad schools — said: “Owing to no clarity from the state government, several ZP schools are on the verge of closing down. It is disappointing that the government has failed to pay any heed to the issues raised by teachers. Many schools are located in hilly or inaccessible areas… if they are closed, the students will struggle to commute to nearby schools.”Liladhar Thakare, Nagpur district head of ZP teachers’ association, said, “This is harmful to the school education public sector. The Right To Education Act says that every child should be provided basic education facility within 1 km of his/her residence. If this new order is implemented, students will have to travel more distance to reach schools… and in some areas, the commute is not easy due to location specific difficulties.” While in Washim, the BEO has been asked to complete the process of merger and submit reports, in Nagpur, a meeting of BEOs has been called to decide on an action plan for the same.Vijay Kombe, a ZP teacher from Wardha, who is also the state secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti — the primary teachers’ organisation for zilla parishad schools — said: “Owing to no clarity from the state government, several ZP schools are on the verge of closing down. It is disappointing that the government has failed to pay any heed to the issues raised by teachers. Many schools are located in hilly or inaccessible areas… if they are closed, the students will struggle to commute to nearby schools.”Liladhar Thakare, Nagpur district head of ZP teachers’ association, said, “This is harmful to the school education public sector. The Right To Education Act says that every child should be provided basic education facility within 1 km of his/her residence. If this new order is implemented, students will have to travel more distance to reach schools… and in some areas, the commute is not easy due to location specific difficulties.” Vijay Kombe, a ZP teacher from Wardha, who is also the state secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti — the primary teachers’ organisation for zilla parishad schools — said: “Owing to no clarity from the state government, several ZP schools are on the verge of closing down. It is disappointing that the government has failed to pay any heed to the issues raised by teachers. Many schools are located in hilly or inaccessible areas… if they are closed, the students will struggle to commute to nearby schools.”Liladhar Thakare, Nagpur district head of ZP teachers’ association, said, “This is harmful to the school education public sector. The Right To Education Act says that every child should be provided basic education facility within 1 km of his/her residence. If this new order is implemented, students will have to travel more distance to reach schools… and in some areas, the commute is not easy due to location specific difficulties.” Liladhar Thakare, Nagpur district head of ZP teachers’ association, said, “This is harmful to the school education public sector. The Right To Education Act says that every child should be provided basic education facility within 1 km of his/her residence. If this new order is implemented, students will have to travel more distance to reach schools… and in some areas, the commute is not easy due to location specific difficulties.”
NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has allowed a garba event in Ramdaspeth to be held this year, but without any loudspeakers. Staging of the event was challenged by petitioners Pawan Sarda, Rahul Dalmiya and Dr Shubhangi Deshmane, citing that the venue falls under a silence zone due its proximity to hospitals. The petitioners contested the permission Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and city police granted to Ramdaspeth Plot Owners and Residents Association to hold the garba event at the playground of Mor Hindi Primary School. The court was also informed of a 2019 memorandum of understanding (MoU) wherein the association (host of the event) had categorically agreed that no such event will be organized in Ramdaspeth in future. The association contended that the petitioners approached the court quite late. They also mentioned that flat owners and hospitals have given their consent to holding of the event and it is only the three petitioners who have objected. Justices SB Shukre and GA Sanap noted that since the venue falls under the category of silence due to it being within 100 metres of two hospitals, the authorities should not have granted permission in view of Noise Pollution Rules, 2000. Under this, there is a ban on the use of sound-producing instruments such as speakers, music systems, loudspeakers, amplifiers, drums and trumpets in silence zone. HC permitted the association to hold the event this year without using any musical instruments, however it was held that from the next year, the association shall be bound by the MoU and no such event shall be held. Advocate RM Bhangde appeared for the petitioners, while senior advocates MV Samarth and CM Samarth appeared for the residents association. Advocate JB Kasat appeared for NMC while advocate Anand Deshpande was the government pleader for the state of Maharashtra.
NAGPUR: With nearly 19% booster jab coverage, Nagpur district continued to remain at the top of chart in Maharashtra in vaccinating adults, though a big number of beneficiaries are set to miss the September 30 deadline for free precaution dose for 18 to 59 age group. The scenario is the same in rest of the districts of Vidarbha, which also has the district with lowest booster dose achievement in the state — Buldhana with just 4.67%. Vidarbha will exit the special 75-day free booster drive under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with just over 16 lakh taking advantage of it, while a whopping 1.13 crore population skipping it as on date. Nagpur division has over 73 lakh people eligible for the booster dose, but only a little over of 11 lakh have taken the jab leaving 61.88 lakh beneficiaries without the precaution jab. The six districts in the division added only 15.49% coverage of the third dose. Only Wardha district at 8.25% in the division has coverage percentage in single digit. Amravati division has 56.07 lakh beneficiaries due for the precaution dose, but only 4.79 lakh turned up. Around 51 lakh population in the division is likely to be left out of the free of cost drive. The five districts in the division scored a poor 8.55% coverage. Booster vaccination in three districts — Buldhana, Yavatmal and Amravati — remains in single digit. Despite being a remote district with unique problems due to poor connectivity and majority tribal population, Gadchiroli has done well in the booster drive by bagging the third spot overall in the state with 17.73% coverage. Though recent floods had made matters only worse for the immunization teams. Gondia and Bhandara are the other two districts from Vidarbha beside Nagpur and Gadchiroli to feature in the top 10 in the state. Nagpur and Gadchiroli’s performance has been better than Mumbai, which is at fifth spot. In Nagpur, chunk of the 5.45 lakh precaution doses have been given in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. The civic body managed to vaccinate over 3.50 lakh people during the 75-day special drive. Officials said the daily immunization figures fell to just 1,000 in the district, having over 100 centres. This means on an average less than 10 people get vaccinated in the entire day at each centre. Officials said they are planning to cut down the number of days and centres after September 30. “It is wastage of manpower and vaccine. Though right now we have around 15,000 doses, we are hopeful these would be utilized before expiry date next month,” they said. Booster: Coverage, percentage and target in Vidarbha district coverage percentage target Nagpur 5,45,888 18.66 29,25,601 Bhandara 1,16,807 14.21 8,22,242 Gondia 1,18,719 14.33 8,28,312 Wardha 62,958 8.25 7,63,590 Chanda 1,82,128 13.26 13,73,517 Gad 1,08,112 17.73 6,09,846 Total 11,34,612 15.49 73,23,108 Amravati 1,26,242 8.81 14,32,914 Akola 1,04,083 12.55 8,29,647 Yavatmal 1,06,483 7.36 14,46,101 Washim 85,284 12.7 6,71,437 Buldhana 57,375 4.67 12,27,538 Total 4,79,467 8.55 56,07,637 Vid 16,14,079 12.48 1,29,30,745
PUNE: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is set to clear 630 proposals for industries spread over 500 acres in the state by October 10. The MIDC's move comes in the wake of Vendanta-Foxconn shifting its multi-billion dollar project from Maharashtra to Gujarat, reports Nisha Nambiar. An MIDC official said the 630 proposals, once approved, were expected to bring in an investment of around Rs 25,000 crore to the state and generate 50,000 jobs. Last week, MIDC had approved 181 proposals for industries. All these proposals are for investments in sectors such as food processing, IT, electronics, automobile, electric vehicles, textile, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and data centres. Pune: The MIDC is set to clear 630 proposals for industries spread over 2,500 acres in the state by October 10 as a part of its drive to expedite such approvals in the wake of Vedanta-Foxconn shifting its multi-billion-dollar project from Maharashtra to Gujarat. A senior Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) official on Monday said they did not want to waste any time over the proposals and were determined to maintain the "investors' confidence" in the state. The official said once approved, the 630 proposals were expected to bring investment of around Rs25,000 crore to the state and generate 50,000 jobs. Last week, the MIDC had approved 181 proposals for industries. The clearance of the proposals in two rounds could translate into generation of nearly 70,000 jobs across the state. These proposals are meant for investments in sectors such as food processing, IT, electronics, automobile, electric vehicles, textile, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, data centres. The official said the proposed industries were spread over Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Jalgaon, and Nagpur and other districts of the state. "We want to speed up all the proposals pending with MIDC's land clearance committee," the official said. Last week, the MIDC reviewed 191 proposals spread over 697 acres of land and a projected investment of Rs12,000 crore. It cleared 181 proposals and the remaining 10 are up for review. "These 10 projects are mainly related to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and are likely to be cleared by the end of this week," the official said. Of the 630 proposals, about 38 projects involve investment of Rs100 crore each and will come up on 1,000 acres of land generating 20,000 jobs. The official said 14 projects were supposed to attract investment of Rs250 crore each, while five projects are related to investment of Rs500 crore each. The projects worth Rs100 crore are mainly in Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Sangli, and Amravati. The projects worth Rs250 crore are likely to come up at Mul estate and Talegaon Phase 2, the official said, adding that Rs500 crore-plus investments are scheduled for Nagpur, Paras, Aheri and Chandrapur. The government had on August 3 sought for a review of 191 proposals cleared by the MIDC in June and July. The official said the government was "now quite serious about attracting new investments and providing all necessary help by being a facilitator".
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekar Bawankule on Monday said Shiv Sena leaders Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray and other leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) should apologise to people of the state for losing out on the Vedanta-Foxconn project. Speaking to reporters outside the Nagpur Divisional Commissionerate after a meeting, Bawankule claimed that no memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed or land was acquired for the semiconductor project during the MVA rule. Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray held 'Jan Aakrosh Andolan' at Talegaon in Pune on September 24 against the shifting of the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor manufacturing project to neighbouring Gujarat. The Sena has claimed that the project, which entails an investment of Rs 1.54 lakh crore, was lost after the MVA government had laid the groundwork for it to be located in Talegaon. "I have a letter which states that the Maharashtra government had not signed any MoU with Vedanta-Foxconn till now. Similarly, no land of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) had been allotted to Vedanta-Foxconn. Hence, there is no information about the survey number or agreement," the BJP leader said. He further accused the MVA leaders of being liars and staging false agitations over the issue. "MVA leaders should apologise to the people of the state because the Vedanta-Foxconn project was lost because of them," he said, adding that if the agitations continue, the BJP will give them a befitting reply. Asked about the crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state, Bawankule said that all branches of the PFI in Maharashtra should be shut down and they should not be allowed to re-establish themselves in the state. The BJP leader further said that the state government has allotted funds to the tune of Rs 1,191 crore as compensation to farmers who suffered crop losses due to incessant rainfall in east Vidarbha. Compensation will soon be disbursed to farmers in rain-affected districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, he added.
The BJP has sent a strong signal to its alliance partner, the Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, that it will have a greater say in Vidarbha region of the state. Of the total eleven districts in Vidarbha, the BJP has bagged guardian ministership in eight districts, leaving just three districts for Shinde’s Sena.The decision has raised eyebrows among the leaders of Shinde’s faction.CM Eknath Shinde Saturday finalised list of guardian ministers in 36 districts in the state.The Vidarbha region has 11 districts — Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Akola, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gondia, Yavatmal and Washim.Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has become Guardian Minister in six districts. These are Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Akola, Bhandara and Gadchiroli.Whereas, another senior BJP minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar, has become the Guardian Minister of two districts — Chandrapur and Gondia.The remaining three districts in Vidarbha have been allocated to Shinde faction’s cabinet ministers Gulabrao Patil, who has been given Buldhana and Sanjay Rathod, who got Yavatmal and Washim districts.A cabinet minister representing Shinde faction, requesting anonymity said, “It is a fact that BJP is stronger in Vidarbha. But they should have given us Guardian Minister charge in five districts. They have dismissed us with just three districts.”
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has increased charges for giving no-objection-certificate (NOC) for amalgamation (merging) and division of its leased plots. The charges have been increased 2.5 times, from Rs10,000 to Rs 25,000. The NIT board of trustees took the decision in a meeting held a couple of days ago. The NIT administration has proposed even steeper rise in charges. The proposal was to recover 2% of ready reckoner value, which would have been many times higher compared to the existing charges of Rs10,000. However, municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B registered strong opposition to the proposal. Then, the board of trustees decided to finalize the charges at Rs25,000. There are over 65,000 leased plots of NIT. Majority of the plots are situated in areas coming under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Builders are purchasing plots situated in prime locations and amalgamating them for developing flat schemes and mixed residential-commercial schemes. It requires permission from the civic body which charges Rs100 per sq m. It is mandatory for NMC to direct applicants to bring NOC of NIT, as the latter is owner of the properties. Therefore, steep hike in charges would have affected people to a great extent. Now, the applicants will have to pay Rs100 per sq m and Rs25,000 for amalgamation of the plots. Similar charges will be applicable for division of plots, for which applications are very few in numbers. The system of approvals from two planning authorities and payment of double charges would have ended had the state government abolished NIT. It could have been possible also if NIT had implemented the freehold policy. The revised charges will come into effect after one month. The decision of board of trustees will be implemented after minutes of the latest meeting are approved in the next meeting.
NAGPUR: A made-in-India artificial heart or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) will be a reality soon, with a team of IITians and investors from across the country working on it. The device will be available for just Rs 20 lakh, compared to the Rs 1.20 crore cost of an imported artificial heart. Veteran heart surgeon Dr KR Balakrishnan, who is credited with performing India’s first surgery to implant a LVAD device, was in Nagpur on Sunday. “It will be a milestone in treating heart patients battling end stage heart failure, and for those who are so fragile that they are not even eligible for heart transplant,” said Dr Balakrishnan while delivering the prestigious Dr KG Deshpande Memorial Oration on ‘Battling End Stage Heart Failure in India: The journey so far and the road ahead”. The lecture was hosted by Cardiological Society of India (CSI), Nagpur branch. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or artificial heart is a pump used in patients with end-stage heart failure. The device acts as a bridge while awaiting heart transplant or as a destination therapy for those unable to go in for a transplant. It is an implantable, battery-operated, mechanical pump, which helps the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood to the rest of the body. “The programme was launched in collaboration with IIT Kanpur and nation’s leading hospitals. A team of innovators with relevant experience and a task force comprising industry experts is working on it,” said Dr Balakrishnan. Cardiologist Dr Vipul Seta took over as president of CSI Nagpur for 2022-23 and Dr Amar Amale became secretary for the year. “We are planning several public-centric events for this year. We have come out of the pandemic and it’s time to look after our general health and keep fit,” said Dr Amale. He said number of cardiologists has increased in Vidarbha and even district headquarter cities have specialized cardiologists now. “Most of the cardiologists in Vidarbha are associated with CSI and we have planned series of academic and knowledge update events for them. This will help patients across the region,” Dr Amale added.
NAGPUR: Jennifer Varghese pocketed twin titles to underline her supremacy in the 4th Maharashtra State Ranking table tennis tournament which concluded in Thane on Saturday. The 14-year-old star city paddler emerged champion in the U-15 and U-17 girls' singles event. On her way to winning the U-17 crown, Jennifer took sweet revenge for her U-15 final's defeat against Divyanshi Bhowmick during the 2nd state ranking tournament held in the city last month. Enroute her U-17 title, Jennifer defeated Divyanshi 4-3. Giving an aggressive start to the summit clash, Jennifer won the initial two games 11-9, 11-9 while Divyanshi brought parity by winning the next two games 12-10 and 13-11 respectively. Similar script was repeated in the next two games with Jennifer winning the fifth 11-5 and Divyanshi pocketing the penultimate game 11-8. The seventh and deciding game was a close affair with Jennifer keeping her cool to claim it 12-10. Earlier in the semifinal, third seeded Jennifer outclassed Kavya Bhatt 4-0. The U-15 summit clash of the state ranking tournament was an all-Nagpur affair with Jennifer and young Ikshika Umate coming up with contrasting victories to reach the finals. In the title clash, top-seeded Jennifer proved way too strong for Ikshika and won the clash easily 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8. Earlier in the semifinal, Jennifer defeated fourth seed Riana Bhoota 4-2 and Ikshika stunned second seeded Divyanshi 4-2. NAGPUR RESULTSU-17 (FINAL): Jennifer Varghese bt Divyanshi Bhowmick (TST) 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-13, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10; SEMIFINAL: Jennifer Varghese bt 7-Kavya Bhatt (THN) 11-4, 17-15, 11-9, 12-10; QF: Jennifer Varghese bt Sachi Dalvi (THN) 4-11, 13-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-3, 11-5. U-15 (FINAL): Jennifer Varghese bt Ikshika Umate 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8; SEMIFINAL: Jennifer bt 4-Riana Bhoota (THN) 11-7, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8; Ikshika bt 2-Divyanshi Bhowmick (TST) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9, 11-9; QF: Jennifer bt Anvi Gupte (THN) 12-10, 5-11, 11-3, 11-7; Ikshika bt Ishita Chavan (THN) 11-4, 11-2, 6-11, 11-5.
MUMBAI: The ongoing genome sequencing surveillance of the Covid-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus across the state revealed that the BA.2.75 subvariant has become the dominant strain. "Earlier Omicron's BA.5 variant was the dominant one, but it seems to be reducing," said state surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate. In the first fortnight of September, genome sequencing done in the seven designated labs showed BA.2.75 subvariant in 486 patients. Its tally has thus increased to 1,161 so far, with Pune (512), Mumbai (393) and Nagpur (154) having the most cases. The state tally for cases of BA.4 and BA.5 stand at 369 in comparison, according to data distributed by the state public health department on Thursday. A week back, the BMC released genome sequencing data to show that Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 was mutating further into subtypes BA.2.75.1 and BA.2.75.2.
There are a total of 1,161 cases of the BA.2.75 sub-variant of Omicron in Maharashtra, according to the the latest report on whole genome sequencing by the state health department.As on Friday, there are 3,779 active Covid-19 cases in the state.Routine genome sequencing surveillance is underway for Covid-19 in the state across seven laboratories under INSACOG. According to lab reports, 486 BA. 2.75 cases were reported in the state during the first fortnight of September.The latest report suggests that the number of BA.2.75 sub-variant patients is on the rise, while the number of patients of BA.5 variant, which was earlier the dominant one, appears to be reducing. Detailed epidemiological investigation of these cases is underway, said state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate in the report.According to the report, the state tally of BA.4 and BA.5 is 369. A district-wise break up of BA.4 and BA.5 is 249 in Pune, 72 in Mumbai, 16 in Thane, in Nagpur 10, in Raigad seven, in Sangli six, Palghar fourand one each in Kolhapur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Solapur and Satara.A district-wise break up of BA.2.75 is 512 in Pune, 393 in Mumbai, 154 in Nagpur, 26 in Yavatmal, in Chandrapur 20, in Solapur 15, in Gondia six, Gadchiroli 23, Bhandara three, two each in Akola, Amaravati, Wardha and Washim and one in Sangli.
NAGPUR: A woman and her lover have been arrested for allegedly strangling to death another man she was having an affair with in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, police said on Friday. The police on Thursday arrested Sangita (name changed), a native of Madhya Pradesh, and her lover Dilip Kashiram Patle for killing Azad Jamsheb Sheikh, an official said. The accused woman was married and was operating an eatery with her husband in the 14 Mile area, he said. Dilip, an employee at the eatery, was in a relationship with the woman, who was also having an affair with the victim, the official said. On the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the victim came to the woman's house where he found her with Dilip and an argument ensued, he said. The accused duo tied a rope around the victim's neck and strangled him and dumped his body outside and returned to their respective houses, the official said, adding that a case under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.
THANE: A 22-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and injuring his girlfriend and her mother over a petty argument at their house in Maharashtra's Thane city, police said on Friday. The incident took place around 9.45am on Thursday when the 18-year-old victim was in her house in Ghodbunder Road locality with the accused Suresh Ramdas Wadekar and her mother, an official said. Read AlsoMaharashtra: Man stabs colleague for refusing to marry himA 27-year-old woman was stabbed by her colleague when she refused to marry him.The accused wanted the victim to accompany him to his house and stay there. But the victim was reluctant and said she would accompany him once it stopped raining, he said. The accused got annoyed and took a big knife from the kitchen and attacked the victim, and the latter's mother when she tried to intervene, the official said. The mother and daughter were rushed to a local hospital, where they are undergoing treatment, he said. A case under section 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) against the accused, who also sustained injuries, he added.
NAVI MUMBAI: Six people have been arrested by Khandeshwar police for the murder of a 29-year-old woman working as digital marketing executive in a Thane- based company, after four days of meticulous investigation. The victim Priyanka Rawat was killed by unidentified assailants who slit her throat with a knife outside Panvel railway station on September 15 around 10pm. The police investigation has revealed that it was a contract killing pre-planned by the victim's husband Devvrathsingh Rawat (32) who works as sales executive for an e-commerce company in Vashi and his paramour Nikita Matkar (24), a teacher at educational coaching centre. They had hired three contract killers for Rs 3 lakh through Matkar's employer Pravin Ghadge, who had arranged for three history-sheeters from Buldhana to murder Priyanka. They have been identified as Pankaj Yadav (26), Rohit Sonone (22) and Deepak Lokhande (25). The trio were wanted by the Jalgaon police in a firing incident, informed a police officer. A day after the murder, the Khandeshwar police using technical expertise got vital leads of the suspects and had detained her husband and his girlfriend, as prime suspects. After interrogating them separately, they revealed that they had got married in a temple in August and Priyanka had learnt about the affair. They planned to have Priyanka murdered so they could live together. On September 15 two of the accused followed her and alerted their aide Pankaj Yadav, who grabbed her from behind and slit her throat at at the auto rickshaw stand on the New Panvel node and ran away.
NAGPUR: The city police, following the arrest of two Uzbek women from a hotel in Sadar this week, have alerted the departments concerned of Government of India and other Central agencies about foreigners in possession of fake Aadhaar card, driving licence and voter ID card travelling across India and likely to have crossed borders using these documents. The Uzbek women had fake Aadhaar cards and other documents identifying them as 32-year-old Gulmira Khan and 22-year-old Afsana Khatun. The women had been staying in a hotel room in Sadar since September 2. They tried to mislead cops after being nabbed from the hotel. The women, who had flown down from Delhi, are allegedly part of a nationwide flesh trade racket that used fake names and documents to travel abroad from India. City police chief Amitesh Kumar, whose team has already held discussion with their Delhi counterparts and other security agencies about the Uzbek women, said foreigners overstaying in India with fake identities was a matter of national security and is a priority for him. Kumar, a former intelligence department chief of Maharashtra, further said that the Uzbek women have a travel history across various destinations in India and abroad with repeated entries. Along with the two Uzbek women, police had also arrested the alleged racketeer Manoj Ghansani who had also brought the foreigners here. A team of Nagpur police crime branch is set to visit Delhi with a twin motive of finding out the racketeers who helped these foreign women prepare fake Indian documents and the connection of nationwide flesh trade racket allegedly run by Ghansani, who is based in Jaripatka. It’s also learnt that Ghansani is close to a constable of social service branch, who also has an offence registered against him in the past. Sources in police said, “Ghansani serves top clients ranging from local industrialists to politicians whom he used to ‘supply’ these foreigners for hefty rates per hour or for whole night at a price ranging from Rs10,000 to Rs one lakh as per the duration and services sought.” According to the sources, Manoj’s father Arjun too had been involved in illegal activities and cases were against them for alleged involvement in flesh trade. “The Uzbek women and Ghanshani are being quizzed in police custody about their alleged role in flesh trade and preparation of fake documents,” said a police official. DCP (crime) Chinmay Pandit also said that city police had earlier exposed illegal nationals from countries like Nigeria and others using fake Adhaar cards and committing crime in India from their colonies in Delhi.