Panvel News

2 youths held for raping woman after offering autorickshaw lift in Panvel
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
Times of India
1 day ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: Two daily wage labourers have been arrested by Panvel police for allegedly luring a 20-year-old woman to an abandoned building near the railway tracks and gangraping her early on Sunday.Avinash Chavan, 22, and Suraj Devde, 21, were arrested within 24 hours of receiving a complaint from the rape survivor, said Vijay Kadbane, senior inspector of Panvel city police station. The duo, both from Panvel, has been booked under IPC sections for gangrape, kidnapping and punishment for voluntarily causing hurt.On Saturday, the woman, who is from Panvel and is employed as a waitress at a ladies bar in Khopoli, returned from work and went to a hotel near Orion mall on the main Panvel road for dinner. She was done after midnight and returned to the usually busy spot near the mall to wait for an auto to go home."At this point, the duo approached the woman and told her that it was late in the night and not safe for her to wait alone on the road. They offered to drop her home, claiming they have an autorickshaw parked a little away," said inspector Kadbane.Unable to find an auto to go home, she accompanied them. After they walked a little way off the main road and were in a deserted area behind the mall, they threatened her, the woman told the police. They forcibly led her down the road, made her cross the railway tracks, not far from the station, into an abandoned and ruined building. They took turns to rape her and hit her on her head, causing injuries, before escaping.After the woman complained, the duo was identified from CCTV camera footage. The police arrested both from a slum area near Panvel station.(The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court's directives on cases related to sexual assault)

2 youths held for raping woman after offering autorickshaw lift in Panvel
Republic Day celebrated with rescued homeless people at Navi Mumbai shelter home
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: The Republic Day was celebrated with cheer and gusto at the New Panvel-based Social and Evangelical Association for Love (SEAL) Ashram, wherein many rescued homeless people and children participated in the flag hoisting ceremony. Former vice-chairperson of Maharashtra Minorities Commission, Dr Abraham Mathai, and his wife Susan Mathai, were also present at the shelter home during the event."The SEAL Ashram celebrated the Republic Day with orphans and rescued people. Since 1999, the SEAL Ashram has been rescuing destitutes and missing children from railway platforms and streets of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. In view of the Republic Day, we are thankful to the god and our friends who are standing with us for the work for the street people and missing children and we are proud we could give freedom to these children and people from deprivation; and have lived up to the core ideals and values of our Constitution,'' said the SEAL founder, Pastor K M Philip.Dr Mathai, who is the chief patron of SEAL, commented: "This New Panvel shelter home is doing remarkable work in not only rescuing homeless people (who mostly have mental ailments) but also trying to reunite them with their families who are obviously worried while searching for their missing loved ones. Hence, it was an honour to celebrate the Republic Day with them, since our Constitution also aims for a free and fair India where there is no discrimination.''Mathai added that SEAL had earlier launched a hi-tech programme 'Rescunite' (rescue and reunite) in order to help reunite the rescued destitutes with their families, by taking the assistance of government agencies.

Republic Day celebrated with rescued homeless people at Navi Mumbai shelter home
Drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore seized in Maharashtra; five arrested
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

MUMBAI/NAVI MUMBAI/THANE: Drugs worth Rs 1.53 crore were seized from different places in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane on Saturday and Sunday. Five people, including two Nigerian nationals, were arrested. The anti-narcotics cell of Mumbai police early on Sunday arrested three persons, including a Nigerian national, and seized 610 grams of banned drug mephedrone also known as MD worth Rs 1.22 crore.In Navi Mumbai, narcotics worth around Rs 24 lakh were seized from a car on the Sion-Panvel highway on December 31. The car driver has been arrested, while an African woman escaped. In Thane, the crime branch arrested a Nigerian national for carrying cocaine worth Rs 6.5 lakh ahead of the New Year Eve.

Drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore seized in Maharashtra; five arrested
  • Over 31,000 kg of drugs seized in Gujarat this year; strict vigil for New Year’s Eve
  • The Indian Express

    Over 31,000 kg of drugs worth Rs 5,137 crore was seized in Gujarat this year, with 484 cases registered between January 1 and December 30 under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985, according to police. In view of the rise in drug peddling, police will have strict surveillance during the New Year festivities that begin Saturday.These seizure figures from police’s NDPS cell, however, do not indicate the consumption trend, a top Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official said.Police have registered 30 cases of drug seizure in December alone. Of these, 22 are cases of marijuana seizure while three cases of hashish and five cases of synthetic or other drugs were also registered, the total seizure amounting to 2,984 kg of drugs worth nearly Rs 3 crore.According to data shared by the Ahmedabad Special Operations Group, 34 cases were registered in Ahmedabad city, nine of them in December. They were related to the seizures of mephedrone, cough syrups, hashish and marijuana.As many as 279 of the total drug seizures in the state were related to marijuana while 149 were related to synthetic or other drugs, 27 to hashish, 10 to opium and nine to heroin (brown sugar).Synthetic drugs accounted for 17,977 kg of seized drugs, followed by 12,230 kg of marijuana and over 10 kg of opium.In 2021, 461 cases were registered in the state, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.The Ahmedabad Special Operation Group on Wednesday caught two people for peddling 296.78 g of mephedrone worth Rs 29.68 lakh on Sindhu Bhavan Road, an area that will be under strict vigil.Two days earlier, the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad caught 10 Pakistanis with 40 kg of heroin, arms and ammunition from a vessel off the Dwarka coast.Director-general of police Ashish Bhatia said the consignment was sent by Haji Salim Baloch, a drug lord in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, and was meant to be dropped between the Okha and Salaya ports.The biggest single seizure in Gujarat was the 2,988 kg of heroin that was smuggled from Afghanistan and seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a freight container at the Mundra port on September 13, 2021.S K Mishra, NCB zonal director for Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, said, “The number of seizures in a state is not indicative of its consumption trend. The cases we come across are mostly midway seizures, caught in the route of trafficking to some other state or territory… A comparison cannot be drawn between the seizures made in two years as it depends on the quantity of a drug, commercial quantity and its effect. Drugs such as mephedrone can do huge damage even in smaller quantities and are severely habit-forming.”“In the current year, we have 21 such cases where we seized 3,000 kg of narcotics, caught 60 people and seized related properties… The cases are registered under the NDPS Act,” Mishra said, adding that 550 kg of charas, 225 kg of methamphetamine, 1,700 kg of marijuana and about 70 kg of mephedrone were among the drugs seized in 2022.As per the NCRB data for 2021, 461 NDPS Act cases were registered in the state.Ajay Choudhary, a joint commissioner of police with the special branch, told The Indian Express, “Drugs have become a medium to experience ‘thrill’, especially among the youth. It’s just not a one-event thing that we have to be vigilant for a day… it is a gradual, whole-year process…We keep organising events to increase awareness among the youth to stop the use of drugs, and look for the thrill through ‘health addiction’.”A night half marathon would be organised in January 2023 towards this end.Ahead of New Year’s Eve, police have set up 200 checkpoints in and around Ahmedabad, including on SG Highway, Sindhu Bhavan Road, Riverfront, SP Ring Road and Prahaladnagar, near the Vastrapur lake, and in the university area.“Narcotic drug detection kits and drug testing analysers would be used…Various teams have been deployed to keep a check on any case of pick-pocketing, harassment, illegal consumption of drugs or liquor on December 31. Arrangements to prevent traffic jams, rash driving etc have also been made,” Choudhary said.Hotels, guesthouses, clubs, farms and party plots will also be under police surveillance on New Year’s Eve, he added.

2 cousins held for murder of 80-year-old man in Maharashtra
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: After three months of investigation, police have arrested two for the murder of an 80-year-old man in Poyanje village of Panvel taluka. The senior citizen's body with multiple stab injuries was found dumped in a pond in September. The murder motive was previous enmity, informed Anil Patil, senior inspector of Panvel taluka police station. "The arrested accused, Sachin Waghmare (36) and Dhanraj Waghmare (33), are neighbours of victim Pandurang Mate. When detained, the cousins revealed they had nursed a grudge against Mate, as he frequently visited Sachin's house when only women were at home. Also, Mate would flash a torch light on their face at night and pick up quarrel," said Patil.

2 cousins held for murder of 80-year-old man in Maharashtra
  • Two siblings held for murdering their father in Pune
  • Times of India

    PUNE: The Chakan police have arrested two brothers on the charge of smothering their father, Dhananjay Bansode (43), owner of a snacks manufacturing unit, in their house at Moi near Khed and later burning the body into a furnace at the unit sometime between December 15 and 16.The brothers, both college students, told police that they threw the remnants, including the bones, collected from the furnace into the Indrayani river. “The duo, Sujit (21) and Abhijit (18), were upset with their father over the latter’s affair with a woman,” senior inspector Dnyaneshwar Sabale of the Chakan police told TOI.Mahalunge police chowky’s inspector Kishor Patil, who was part of the team that cracked the case, cited investigation and told TOI, “A few years ago, the Bansodes moved from Osmanabad to Moi near Khed where Dhananjay started the snacks unit (farsan and groundnuts). His sons are pursuing their higher studies at colleges in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Dhananjay and the woman came in contact through a social networking site and they started dating each other. His wife came to know about his affair and she left their home and started staying with her relatives in Pimpri.”Patil said, “Investigations revealed that the brothers first hit Dhananjay on the head with an iron rod and later smothered him with a pillow. Later, they put the body in the big furnace of the snacks unit and set it ablaze. After that, they collected the remnants and threw the smae in Indrayani river.”“The woman with whom Dhanraj was frequently exchanging messages on social media started inquiring about his whereabouts when she did not get either any call or message from the victim. She reached Pune from her home in Vidarha region searching for Dhananjay. On learning about the woman’s search, Sujit and Abhijit approached us on December 19 and lodged a missing person’s complaint,” the officer said.

Maharashtra: Realtor was shot & stabbed elsewhere, corpse carted in Audi and abandoned?
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: Two days after the body of a real estate dealer was found in a car on Mumbai-Goa highway on Friday, the police said on Sunday that it is likely that a monetary dispute led to the murder. Also, the deceased, Sanjay Karla (44), was possibly murdered elsewhere and his body left in the car that was abandoned near Panvel, police sources claimed, adding that he was possibly shot at besides being stabbed. Karla's body bearing stab injuries was found abandoned in an Audi on Friday. Karla, a resident of Talegaon Dabhade town located about 120km from Mumbai, had at least two criminal cases lodged in his name, the police said, adding that this lends credence to their theory that 'enmity' could have led to the killing. He also dealt in second-hand cars. Senior inspector of Panvel taluka police station, Anil Patil, expressed suspicion that Karla was killed at some other place. "Someone drove the Audi with the body in it and abandoned the vehicle near Tara village," Patil said. This conclusion has been arrived at from the fact that no bloodstains were found in the car, he explained. The police officer also said that going by injuries seen on the body, "it seems bullets were pumped into his body and he was also stabbed". The Audi was still registered in the name of Teja Salve, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad. The police said that Salve has claimed that he had sold the car five years ago to Karlawho was his friend. Salve told the police that Kalra had not got the car registration transferred to his (Karla's) name. The police have learnt that Karla had been released on bail eight months ago in a cheating case in which he had been accused of selling fake gold coins.Also, another case of cheating had been registered in his name at Talegaon police station in 2018. Even as the police are awaiting the report of the post-mortem conducted at the local government hospital in Panvel, Dr Sachin Sapkale, medical superintendent of Panvel sub-district hospital, said that a second opinion has been sought on the findings. The body has been sent to the state-run JJ Hospital, Byculla, Dr Sapkale said, adding: "It is a bit of a complicated case... The post-mortem done at the sub-district hospital is inconclusive," he said. The police have sought information from their Pune counterparts about cases registered against Karla. "We hope to get some leads," a police officer said, adding that four teams are investigating.

Maharashtra: Realtor was shot & stabbed elsewhere, corpse carted in Audi and abandoned?
Maharashtra ex-MLC Vinayak Mete’s death: Police cite overspeeding, book driver
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Maharashtra Police Wednesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the driver of Shiv Sangram party leader and former MLC Vinayak Mete, who was killed in a road accident in the early hours of August 14 on the Mumbai-Pune highway.The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) found the driver, Eknath Kadam, was going at a high speed leading to the accident. He has not yet been arrested, said the police. The FIR was registered at the Rasayani police station on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The police said they went through various CCTV footage along the highway while probing the accident death.Mete was on his way to Mumbai from Beed when the mishap took place near Madap tunnel close to Khalapur toll plaza around 5 am. Mete’s SUV was in a second lane of the six-lane expressway at the time of the accident. The driver lost control of the car after a truck changed lanes and the left side of the car reportedly hit the truck. The impact was such that the entire left side of the car was damaged.A doctor at the MGM Hospital near Panvel told the media that Mete died before he was brought to the hospital at around 6.20 am.Mete was known for spearheading protests demanding the Maratha reservation and headed a committee for executing an ambitious project to construct a grand memorial for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea during the last Devendra Fadnavis government.

Maharashtra ex-MLC Vinayak Mete’s death: Police cite overspeeding, book driver
Angry Commuters Stop Local Train In Maharashtra's Thane Over Delay
Ndtv | 2 months ago | |
Ndtv
2 months ago | |

Local trains are considered as the lifeline of Mumbai and adjoining Thane (Representational)Mumbai: Angry over the suburban services running late, commuters stopped a local train at Titwala station in neighbouring Thane district of Maharashtra for more than 20 minutes during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, officials said.A group of 10-15 commuters including women jumped on the tracks at around 8.30 am and stopped the local train at Titwala, located 55 km from Mumbai. The train was heading from Kasara in Thane district to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai, they said.The railway police later removed the protesters from the tracks, the officials said.Local trains are considered as the lifeline of Mumbai and its adjoining Thane and Palghar districts, and office-goers mostly prefer it as the fastest mode of transport during the morning peak hours."The Kasara local was held up due to the commuters' agitation from 8:30 am to 8:51 am," a spokesperson of the Central Railway (CR) said, adding that the train was delayed due to a technical glitch in a goods train engine running ahead of it.The Central Railway's chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said, "We will find the reason for the delay. But agitation and stopping a train is not the way. It causes inconvenience to other passengers." Another CR official said the local train was delayed due to the agitation, but it did not affect the schedule of the other suburban services.A Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said passengers were agitated over the delay of the CSMT-bound Kasara local train which was scheduled to arrive at Titwala station at 8.19 am, but reached there at around 8.30 am.Personnel of the Government Railway Police and the RPF removed the protesting passengers from the tracks and extra security was deployed at the station, the official said.The commuters had complained that local trains were running late on a regular basis as a result, they could not reach their offices on time during the morning peak hours, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Central Railway daily operates 1,810 services on its Main Line (CSMT to Kasara/Khopoli), Harbour line (CSMT-Goregoan/Panvel), Trans-Harbour line (Vashi-Thane/Panvel) and Bamandongri-Belapur/ Seawood line. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayLandmark Judgment For 32 Former Air Force Women Officers

Angry Commuters Stop Local Train In Maharashtra's Thane Over Delay
Govt to HC: Will release Rs 25 crore to Panvel civic body to pay salaries
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

THE MAHARASHTRA government Friday told the Bombay High Court that its finance department will release by October 25 an amount of Rs 25 crore in favour of Panvel Municipal Corporation as an interim measure during Diwali  for payment of employees’ salaries as well as funds required for developmental works.The state government also said that submissions about petitioner’s plea seeking release of a further Rs 1,000 crore as compensation under Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to Local Authorities) Act, payable from July 2017 to the Panvel civic body, will be made during the next hearing.  The court was hearing a PIL by former corporator Anil Pandurang Bhagat, through advocate Yatin Malvankar, seeking directions to the finance and urban development departments to pay an amount of over Rs 1,000 crore as compensation for July 2017 to March 2021 along with an amount which would be payable from April 2021 to March 2022. The plea claimed the government has not released the money as yet, causing paucity of funds for the corporation, stalling welfare schemes and salaries of employees.The government had earlier told the bench that it has already released Rs 200 crore to the PMC. On Friday, responding to a query by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Madhav J Jamdar on releasing ad-hoc amount, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, on instructions from the principal secretary of the finance department, submitted that an amount of Rs 25 crore be released in favour of the corporation by Tuesday, October 25 as an interim measure.The court  accepted Kumbhakoni’s stand and posted the next hearing to November 10.

Govt to HC: Will release Rs 25 crore to Panvel civic body to pay salaries
Navi Mumbai: Demand for rental properties sees an uptick
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: The city developers of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-Navi Mumbai) have informed that there is an increase in the demand for rental properties (residential and commercial) in the city in the ongoing festive season since August this year. The vice president of MCHI-Navi Mumbai, Manohar Shroff, said: "Our observations are that as there are various Redevelopment projects happening in the city, and many societies have been demolished in this regard, the rental market in the city has been witnessing an uptick. The old tenants need housing accommodation till the redevelopment of their buildings take place. So, the demand for rentals shall continue till next year. There is a 5-10% spike in demand for rentals.'' Shroff further stated: "Due to this development in realty market, the rental rates in nodes like Vashi, Belapur, Ulwe, Kharghar and Panvel have also risen marginally. At Vashi, the current rates for residential flats is in the range of Rs 30000 to Rs 32000 per square foot (psf). Last year, the rental rates were around Rs 25000 to Rs 28000 psf in Vashi." Likewise, the rental for a 2-BHK house in Belapur, Kharghar and Panvel can cost Rs 35000 psf, Rs 30000 psf and Rs 12000 psf respectively. Another city builder, Mukesh Lakhani, commented: "After the two-year pandemic period, the real estate market is finally looking up, as can be seen in the spike in demand for rental accommodations in various parts of the city. Parallelly, we are also getting serious inquiries for ready possession flat, especially in the growing new node of Ulwe. By next year, there will be more demand for property sales and also demand for rentals. This is because of the new redevelopment projects will take at least five more years to complete their construction." Shroff added: "The annual properties exhibition will be organized in the city in December, where again more realty sales are expected to take place. So, I agree that the upswing will continue since there is no lockdown prohibition now. However, some city developers have unofficially told us about corruption within government offices and departments, which to some extent hamper the real estate growth. The state government must ensure that grievances of citizens and the builders with respect to corrupt practices are addresses quickly."

Navi Mumbai: Demand for rental properties sees an uptick
3 Members Of Banned Group Popular Front Arrested In Maharashtra's Raigad District
Ndtv | 3 months ago | |
Ndtv
3 months ago | |

Raigad (Maharashtra): The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has arrested four activists of the proscribed Popular Front of India (PFI) from Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district, an official said on Thursday.Those arrested include a local member of the banned outfit's state expansion committee, a local unit secretary and two other workers, he said.The ATS had specific information about a meeting of two functionaries of the PFI and few workers in Panvel, even as the organisation has been banned by the Government of India, the official said.Accordingly, an ATS team conducted a search in Panvel, located about 50 km from Mumbai, and apprehended the four PFI activists, he said.After questioning, all the four were placed under arrest in a case registered at the Kalachowki unit of the ATS in Mumbai under section 10 of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the official said.Further probe into the case is on, he added.The government had last month banned the PFI and several of its associates for five years, accusing them of having "links" with global terror groups like ISIS.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMore than 250 people allegedly linked with the PFI were detained or arrested in raids across multiple states last month.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

3 Members Of Banned Group Popular Front Arrested In Maharashtra's Raigad District
Raigad: Collegian fakes abduction, seeks Rs 50 crore from kin
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

NAVI MUMBAI: A 23-year-old man from Panvel cooked up a tale of his kidnapping and demanded Rs 50 crore from his own family, the police have claimed. The collegian, who has a physical challenge, was found safe at a relative's home in Karnataka and was being brought back to Panvel on Monday evening, at the time of filing this report. A resident of Usurli village, the youth was reported missing by his uncle, an autorickshaw driver, on Sunday, said senior inspector Vijay Kadbane of Panvel city police station, The complaint stated that the youngster had not returned home from his coaching class till late evening. The uncle had gone to pick him up, but later learnt that the youngster had not even attended class that day. Even his cellphone was found switched off. The uncle then looked for him around Panvel, but failed to find him after which he lodged a missing person's complaint. Later, the uncle got a call from a relative who lives in Ghatkopar, who said that she had received a message from the missing man's WhatsApp number, mentioning that he had been kidnapped and the abductor was demanding Rs 50 crore ransom to release him, failing which the youth would be killed. The uncle rushed to the police and registered a case of kidnapping and extortion against unidentified person. Inspector Kadbane said, "While probing the case, we learnt that the missing man was safe at his native place in Karnataka. A police team has gone there to get him back. Only after we enquire with him will we know why he cooked up his kidnapping story and asked for such a huge amount."

Raigad: Collegian fakes abduction, seeks Rs 50 crore from kin