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Illegal phone tapping case: Clean chit to IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, Pune city police file ‘C-summary’ closure report
The Indian Express | 1 hour ago | |
The Indian Express
1 hour ago | |

The Pune city police have recently filed a ‘C- summary’ closure report in the alleged illegal phone tapping case lodged against IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, highly placed sources in the police department confirmed. A ‘C-summary’ report is filed by the police when it is found during a probe that the FIR was lodged on the basis of the mistake of facts.A 1988-batch IPS officer, Shukla is the former Pune city police commissioner and is currently on central deputation as additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).A first information report (FIR) in this case was lodged at the Bund Garden police station on February 25, 2022. As per the FIR against Shukla, the phones of state Congress president Nana Patole, MLA Bachchu Kadu, BJP leader and former MP Sanjay Kakade and one Ashish Deshmukh were allegedly illegally tapped for 60 days.As stated in the FIR, Patole’s phone was tapped under the name ‘Amjad Khan’, Kadu’s phone was tapped under the name ‘Nijamuddin Babu Shaikh’ and Deshmukh’s name was tapped under the names ‘Raghu Chorge’ and ‘Hina Salunkhe’. All three were alleged to be involved in “narcotics smuggling”. Kakade’s phone was tapped in the names of ‘Tabrej Sutar’ and ‘Abhijit Nayar’ and he was alleged to be a member of the dreaded Bapu Nayar gang in Pune city.Last year, Patole had alleged in the state legislative assembly that his phone was tapped during the 2016-2017 period when he was a BJP MP. Patole had also alleged that the phones of Union minister Roasaheb Danve’s personal assistant, then BJP MP Kakade and other elected representatives were also tapped. “I was a Member of Parliament in 2016-17 and there was no reason to tap my phone. This is an attempt to destroy political careers,” he had said.NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil, who was then the state home minister, had announced that the government will probe Patole’s allegations. Accordingly, a three-member committee headed by then director general of police Sanjay Pandey was formed to conduct an inquiry into this matter. The other members of the committee included the state intelligence department (SID) commissioner and the additional commissioner of the special branch. Incidentally, Pandey was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case in July this year.“The three-member committee conducted an inquiry to know whether illegal phone tapping of elected representatives was done with wrong political motives between 2015 and 2019. The inquiry report submitted by the committee regarding investigation of those found involved in the illegal phone tapping has been accepted by the state government. The committee has stated in its report that Rashmi Shukla did illegal phone tapping at the time when she was the commissioner of Pune city police (between March 2016 and July 2018). So an offence has been lodged…under Section 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act,” a press release issued by the Pune city police on February 26 this year had stated.Assistant Police Inspector Vaishali Chandgude of the Crime Branch of the Pune City police had lodged the FIR, which mentioned that despite having proper knowledge of legal procedures for phone tapping, Shukla allegedly did not follow the rules and carried out phone tapping with “bad political motives”.The issue had sent ripples in the political circles in the state. Shukla was heading the state intelligence department (SID) and went on a central deputation in February 2021 after the then ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government made allegations that its leaders’ phones were being illegally tapped.A controversy also broke out after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was then the leader of the Opposition, cited a letter, purportedly written by Shukla to the then DGP about alleged corruption in the transfer of police officers.The Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition alleged that Shukla tapped phones without permission. Then, following a complaint by SID, the Mumbai police had lodged an FIR in March 2021 under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 at BKC cyber police station against unidentified persons for allegedly tapping phones and leaking confidential documents. Shukla moved the Bombay High Court against the FIR.Meanwhile, in July, the state government issued orders to shift the investigation from the Mumbai Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation. A month later, in August, Shukla met Fadnavis and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, raising speculations about her return to Maharashtra police in a key position.

Illegal phone tapping case: Clean chit to IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, Pune city police file ‘C-summary’ closure report
Maharashtra: PMC to file police complaint against illegal firecracker stalls
The Indian Express | 1 hour ago | |
The Indian Express
1 hour ago | |

Taking advantage of the situation with no political rule in the civic body, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to strictly implement its policy for firecracker stalls and file a police complaint against the illegal stalls that would come up in the city.The PMC administration gives permission to temporary firecracker stalls in open plots, which are finalised after considering the safety of citizens. It has completely banned firecracker stalls on roads, footpaths and congested areas due to safety reasons.The civic administration in an order issued by Deputy Municipal Commissioner Madhav Jagtap said this is as per the Supreme Court’s directions on a petition filed in 2015. The state government communicated the PMC on November 5, 2018, on taking appropriate steps as per the Supreme Court’s directions.The in-charge of all the 15 ward offices have accordingly been directed to strictly implement the PMC policy on permission for firecracker stalls and take police action as well as black list those,  who do not follow the policy and set up illegal stalls, for one year.All the concerned departments involved in giving permission for firecracker stalls have been given direction that no stall should be permitted on the roads and footpaths. The permission will be given for stalls in the civic, government or private open plots on the condition that all safety rules set by the PMC are followed.The administration will take an affidavit from permitted firecracker stall owners that they will not overnight open counter or stall illegally. “If there is violation then police should be inform about it and offence be registered and ban them for one year,” an order stated.The PMC has also decided to open single window system for issuing permission for firecracker stalls as it requires permission of civic city engineer department, health department and fire department.Incidentally, the PMC administration is under political pressure every year over issuing permission for firecracker stalls and also taking action against illegal stalls but this year the civic general body is not in place due to delay in civic elections for the next five year. The PMC is presently under the rule of an administrator, which is held by the Municipal Commissioner.

Maharashtra: PMC to file police complaint against illegal firecracker stalls
Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
India | 8 hours ago | |
India
8 hours ago | |

Viral Video: Spread over 390 kilometres,  Mumbai local trains which are considered the lifeline of the financial capital operate 2,342  services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, getting a seat on Mumbai local train is no less than a struggle. Recently, a massive fight broke out between a few women over a seat inside the ladies’ compartment of a Thane-Panvel local train.Also Read - Viral Video: People Play Music on Ola Electric Scooter After Power Cut Interrupts Dandiya Event in Gujarat | WatchThe video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media. In the video, women can be seen pulling each other’s hair inside the train. A woman constable tried to pacify the passengers, however, her efforts went in vain and she got hurt.Fight between two female passengers over a seat in #Local #TRAIN .The woman police constable who went to the rescue got hurt.Both women filed a case against each other at Vashi Railway Police Station.@Central_Railway #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/nFOKv7bOWv— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) October 6, 2022“Few women started hitting each other following a dispute over the seat, and a female staff was injured,” news agency ANI quoted S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station as saying.Vashi, Navi Mumbai | Few women started hitting each other following dispute over seat, a female staff was injured: S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station, on scuffle b/w 3 women in a local train running from Thane to Panvel, today(Pic 1:Screengrab;viral video) pic.twitter.com/A6bPR3phhA— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022If reports are to be believed, an argument broke out between three women passengers over the seat. Soon after, the argument escalated which turned into an ugly fight.Narrating the incident, a police official informed that an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who had boarded the local train from Thane, and another woman who boarded the train at Koparkhairane were waiting for a seat to get vacant. When the seat got vacant, the elderly woman asked her granddaughter to take the seat. Simultaneously, the other woman also tried to grab the seat, following which the argument broke out.

Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
C R Paatil: From constable to Gujarat BJP face and PM Modi confidant
The Indian Express | 9 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
9 hours ago | |

Chandrakant Raghunath Paatil was appointed as the Gujarat BJP president in July 2020. A confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Paatil, 67, is considered to be the most formidable leader in the state BJP under whose leadership the saffron party hopes to break the Congress’s 1985 record (149 of the total 182 seats) in the upcoming Assembly polls. On his part, Paatil has set his target at the maximum level: all 182 seats.Paatil’s tenure at the helm of the state BJP recently saw a change of guard in the BJP government with Vijay Rupani replaced by Bhupendra Patel as the Chief Minister overnight and the subsequent stripping of key portfolios of two ministers in the new government.A few days ago, Paatil asserted that Patel will be “repeated” as the CM after the state Assembly polls, slated for December, as he has done “good work”. He also said that PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah would decide the ticket allotment to party candidates for the polls.Paatil is known to have been a key player behind several major decisions taken by the state government, including the recent rollback of the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill 2022, whose passage in March had set off massive Maldharis’ (cattle rearers’) protests across the state. The first word on the government’s rethink on this Bill came from Paatil after his meeting with a delegation from the Maldhari community.Similarly, it was Paatil who announced that the controversial Par-Tapi-Narmada Yojana in tribal areas of South Gujarat, which had triggered huge tribal protests, will be scrapped.Paatil, who is also a three-time MP from the Navsari constituency in South Gujarat, holds the record of winning a parliamentary seat by maximum margin ever in the country.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has emerged as a new challenger for the BJP besides the existing arch rival Congress, had bagged 27 seats in the February 2021 civic body polls in Surat, Paatil’s home turf. The AAP has since been targeting Paatil over various issues including his Maharashtrian origin.Born in Pimpry Akaraut village of Jalgaon district of neighbouring Maharashtra, Paatil, or “CR” as he is popularly known, is the first “non-Gujarati” to lead the BJP in Gujarat. A class XI dropout, Paatil has a degree from the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) as a turner. As per his 2019 Lok Sabha election affidavit, he had one criminal case of breach of trust and cheating pending against him. By occupation, he is a farmer and a businessman.Paatil’s father, who was a police constable, shifted in 1951 to South Gujarat in the then undivided Bombay Presidency. Paatil, like his father, joined the Gujarat Police as a constable in 1975, and was forced to resign in 1984 for attempting to “unite Police Constables under one roof of a Union”, as per his website.He joined the BJP in December 1989 under the leadership of former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and launched a Gujarati daily “Navgujarat Times” in 1991 from Surat.The Gujarat High Court has been hearing a PIL filed by former Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani which states that the Remdesivir injection Paatil distributed from the BJP office in Surat during the Covid-19 wave was “illegal”. Paatil’s website claims that he procured these injections “directly from the Pharma Company and distributed them”.

C R Paatil: From constable to Gujarat BJP face and PM Modi confidant
Daily Briefing: Budget review and rising inflation; Sena vs Sena battle of words
The Indian Express | 9 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
9 hours ago | |

Good morning, Big Story 🔴 With days to go before the inter-minesterial consultations for 2022-23 revised estimates of Union finances, internal discussions within the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance seem to suggest that the cascading impact of a worse-than-anticipated global downturn may dent the budget arithmetic in the second half of the current financial year. 🔴 So far, the political leadership  has been somewhat sanguine with the upsides – an uptick in GDP growth during April-June; steady tax revenues, among others. But policy makers are now pointing to multiple headwinds: pressure on the twin deficits (fiscal deficit and the current account deficit), concerns over private investment and job creation, and the continuing distress in the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) sector. Read why policy makers are worried. 🔴 Meanwhile, India’s service sector activity lost growth momentum and eased to a six-month low in September due to slow new business inflows amid inflationary pressures and competitive conditions, a survey showed.Only in the Express Days after the TRS was renamed as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Amrith Lal writes on how KCR’s national pitch differs from Stalin’s: “The southern leaders — M K Stalin, Pinarayi Vijayan, Siddaramaiah — have emphasised regional/linguistic pride and have been projecting a state-centric story to counter the BJP’s political narrative that is perceived to be focused on privileging Hindu, Hindi, Hindutva identities. KCR, however, seems to have decided to abandon his regional legacy and embark on a path similar to the one taken by Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal.”Reversing a decision by former Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, the Supreme Court has revoked the appointment of Registrar Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara as a permanent employee of the court, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said Suryadevara has been repatriated to the News Division at All India Radio as of September 30.From the Front Page The group of men in plainclothes, seen restraining and flogging at least four men held against an electricity pole, one after the other, in video clips of the incident, have been identified as police personnel of the Local Crime Branch (LCB) unit of Kheda district in Gujarat.India on Thursday abstained from voting on a draft resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on holding a debate on the human rights situation in China’s restive Xinjiang region.Must Read With the BMC polls approaching, the political grounds in Maharashtra are heated and the bitterness is reflected in the words that the BJP and the Uddhav Sena are flinging at each other. From Raavan to Katappa, Penguin to Spider-Man, Kamalabai to Champa: The acerbic political battle ahead of the BMC polls is reflected now in the constant name-calling.The promise of a job in Thailand, a boat ride across the border to Myanmar and a sinking realisation that he had been scammed — that his dream job was all about scouring the deep, dark web for potential victims to carry out financial frauds. The story of Stephen, a Tamil Nadu engineer who was rescued from Myawaddy in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state, in pockets controlled by armed rebels, returned home on Wednesday with stories of his days spent in captivity in a company engaged in online scamming. The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) 20th National Congress will begin on October 16 in Beijing. The 20th Congress is likely to endorse an unprecedented third term for President Xi Jinping. The session comes at a critical time for China and the world. Here’s what to watch out for.And Finally While India’s 14-member World Cup T20 squad chase the title 15 years after their first one, there’s a backroom staff of 16 consisting of masseuse to team video analyst to head coaches, who will silently plot and plod on to keep the 11 wound up to the challenge of winning, writes Devendra Pandey.Delhi Confidential: The Congress after accepting the Parliamentary panel on commerce has nominated Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce.🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 things’ podcast, We talk to our correspondents about the death of 66 children in Gambia linked to four syrups manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical company, a police officer in Gujarat publicly flogging a group of muslim men who had been arrested for pelting stones at a garba event and the three scientists who have won the Nobel Prize for Physics.Until tomorrow,Rahel Philipose and Susobhan Roy 

Daily Briefing: Budget review and rising inflation; Sena vs Sena battle of words
Minor sustains 17 stitches on face in stalker’s attack: Cops
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
20 hours ago | |

A minor girl sustained 17 stitches on her face after an alleged stalker attacked her in an attempt to slit her throat for denying his advances.According to police, the incident happened Wednesday evening when the 14- year-old girl went to answer nature’s call near her house. She was intercepted by the accused, an alleged eve-teaser, who inflicted repeated blows on her face using a knife. The accused sped from the spot as neighbours rushed to the spot after hearing the survivor’s cry for help.The victim was rushed to New Civil Hospital where doctors said she got 17 stitches on her face. The accused, who is still at large, also allegedly made calls to her family members and threatened them to kill the victim.The girl’s mother lodged a complaint at the nearby police station against the accused who has allegedly fled to his native in Maharashtra. The police have registered a case under IPC Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 354 (a) (1)(2) (sexual harassment, and demand or request for sexual favours) and 354 (d) (stalking).“The accused used to come to a nearby house. He tried to befriend her but she turned down (the approach). The accused was regularly harassing her while she was on her way to school… We have sent our teams to Maharashtra to catch him. The condition of the girl is stable,” said Assistant commissioner of police Z R Desai.

Minor sustains 17 stitches on face in stalker’s attack: Cops
Solving Crime: How a shopping bag led Mumbai Police to an ATM skimming gang
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

In 2015, Mumbai witnessed many cases of ATM skimming where devices were installed on ATMs illegally to steal the information of cardholders. The police team investigating the cases noticed an uptick in ATM cloning cases in the Kurla and Bandra areas of the city and began analysing CCTV footage from ATM cameras when they chanced upon a fortuitous clue, a shopping bag held by one of the accused, that helped them crack a case and arrest a trio of Romanian nationals.According to investigators, multiple gangs operated on a similar modus operandi. The accused inserted a card reader over the ATM’s card slot and a pinhole camera focused on the keypad. This enabled them to access information of anyone using the ATM, including data from their magnetic strip and their four-digit ATM PIN. This information would later be used with a fake card to withdraw money using the victims’ PIN.An investigator of V B Marg police station, who had been part of the probe team in 2015, said that after an increase in ATM cloning cases was reported in Kurla and Bandra, the police began analysing CCTV footage of all the cameras installed in the nearby ATMs.In footage from one such camera at Hill Road in Bandra, the police zeroed in on a suspect who had covered his face with a handkerchief.One clue from the CCTV footage was that the suspect was seen carrying a shopping bag from a famous multinational departmental store situated nearby. Investigators approached the store to get details, matching the description and date of the incident.The police learnt that one of the accused had bought innerwear from the store. A probe also revealed that the accused was a member of its loyalty club and had used a loyalty card while shopping on the day of the incident. The police then managed to get the contact details and based on call data records, traced their residence, which was also in Bandra.Aulin Budoi, Marian Grama and Miu Ayonel were arrested in 2015 and booked on charges of forgery and cheating under the Indian Penal Code. The accused allegedly came to the city on tourist visas.After a search of their residence, the police found nearly 500 debit cards, SIM cards, skimming equipment and other belongings, including laptops. The police also recovered over Rs 28 lakh in cash.

Solving Crime: How a shopping bag led Mumbai Police to an ATM skimming gang
Param Bir, Waze acted in cahoots to save themselves, claims ex-Maha minister Deshmukh in bail plea in graft case
The Economic Times | 1 day ago | |
The Economic Times
1 day ago | |

Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and dismissed cop Sachin Waze acted "in cahoots" and passed the buck to him to save their own skin, former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh claimed in his bail plea filed in a court here in connection with a corruption case against him. In the petition submitted in the special CBI court on Thursday, the senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader also claimed that the entire set of accusations against him rests upon "mere whims and fancies" of the investigating agency, which raised questions about the credibility of the statements on which the Central Bureau of Investigation's case is based. The 73-year-old NCP leader was arrested in November last year in a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He is currently lodged in the city's Arthur Road Jail. The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday granted bail to him in the money laundering case registered by the ED, but stayed the order until October 13 to enable the agency to file an appeal. However, he is also facing a corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Deshmukh filed his bail application through advocates Aniket Nikam and Inderpal Singh before the special CBI court judge S H Gwalani in the corruption case being probed by the CBI. In the plea, Deshmukh claimed that the case against him rests upon mere whims and fancies of the investigating agency. The credibility of the statements on which the CBI's case rests is extremely doubtful and the credentials of all such people raise a question mark of serious nature, it said. "The entire case is based on the statements of Param Bir Singh and Sachin Waze, a tainted cop, against whom there is ample evidence available on record that he himself was in fact the sole person instrumental in the collection of illegal bribe money from the bar owners," the plea said. "It is further a matter of deep and grave concern that Sachin Waze, who had remained in suspension for so many years, was reinstated and then accorded a status of a blue-eyed boy by the then commissioner of police. "Both of them have acted in cahoots with each other and in order to save their own skin as well as to pass the buck on to the applicant (Deshmukh), absolutely false statements have been made having no credibility as well as evidentiary value," it said. On the allegation of corruption in transfer and posting of a police officer when he was the state home minister, the politician said it was not only "misfounded", but an "absolute anathema to law". The bail application said that the CBI, which claims to be a premier investigating agency, has blatantly acted in a partisan, biased and lopsided manner. The agency has proceeded to get the main/principal accused Sachin Waze declared as an approver, which itself demonstrates that there is absolutely no substance in the case, the plea claimed. In the plea, Deshmukh also talked about his medical condition. "The applicant is suffering from several serious ailments, which have virtually incapacitated him to undertake ordinary pursuits of life without adequate medical treatment, is beseeching for a benevolent indulgence of the court to admit him to regular bail," it said. Citing the Bombay High Court order granting him bail, Deshmukh urged the special court to rely on some "potent, pertinent and far-reaching observations made as well as inferences drawn by the HC. The court asked the CBI to file its reply on the bail plea on October 14. The CBI had registered a corruption case against him following allegations made by Param Bir Singh. Singh had alleged that Deshmukh, the then home minister, had directed police personnel to collect Rs 100 crore per month from restaurants and bars in Mumbai. Deshmukh had denied the allegations, but stepped down from his cabinet post in April 2021 after the high court directed the CBI to register a case against him. It was revealed during preliminary enquiry the accused and others allegedly attempted to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of their public duties, the CBI has claimed. The other accused in the case are Deshmukh's former aides Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde.

Param Bir, Waze acted in cahoots to save themselves, claims ex-Maha minister Deshmukh in bail plea in graft case
1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
Times of India
1 day ago | |

Aurangabad/Nashik: Roughly 1,000 state transport buses from the districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon have been hired by Shiv Sena politicians — belonging to the Thackeray faction as well as the Shinde camp — to ferrying supporters to and from Mumbai to attend the Dasara rallies.As per the numbers obtained from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) office, 350 buses have been hired from Aurangabad district, 100 from Beed, 200 from Nashik, 250 from Jalgaon, and 150 from Dhule. Apart from ST buses, there were many private buses and cars on their way to Mumbai as well.To prevent congestion, police units in different parts of the states, especially in Aurangabad city and rural areas, formed special corridors for the buses and private vehicles heading towards Mumbai. In Aurangabad city alone, 400 policemen were deployed to man the special corridor. The Nashik rural police too had set up bandobast at various points to regulate traffic.Along the Ghoti-Kasara section, the highway police said due to the flow of devotees coming to the Ghatandevi temple in Igatpuri, bandobast was already in place. However, given the rush of Shiv Sena functionaries and activists going to Mumbai on Wednesday, additional bandobast was deployed.Officials of the highway police added that the rush of vehicles moving towards Mumbai started early in the morning. Apart from the ST buses, a large number of private buses too had been booked to carry activists to the rallies at Shivaji Park and BKC ground.Meanwhile, the Thackeray camp criticised the MSRTC for giving away so many buses during the festive season. Leader of opposition Ambadas Danve warned of raising the issue of alleged misuse of government agencies, including MSRTC, Maharashtra state road development corporation (MSRDC) and the police in the assembly session.When contacted, MSRTC’s Nashik and Aurangabad division deputy general manager Nitin Maind said, “During Dasara, we usually see a dip in traffic flow to the extent that we have to call off services on certain routes. This time, as we have got orders to ferrying people to Mumbai and back, we are not cancelling any buses.”When asked about the difficulty being faced by common people heading home for the festive season, Maind said no inconvenience has been caused to commuters as the buses continue to ply on all important routes in each district.” Sources said the Aurangabad and Nashik divisions have roped in buses from different districts, so that commuter services are not hampered.

1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
Instant loan mobile app scam: Gang members found involved in 1,578 cheating complaints
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

THE CHINA-linked instant loan mobile app racket, busted by Chandigarh cyber cell last month, was found involved in at least 1,578 cheating incidents across the country in the last one year. The majority of cases — 464 out of 1,578 — were reported in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 154 in Rajasthan, followed by 146 in the national capital of Delhi. Other states where complaints were lodged are Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.Sources said at least 89 FIRs were found registered citing people were cheated after being blackmailed and threatened on the pretext of leaking their morphed objectionable pictures. Sources said so far, Chennai police and police from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh applied  for production warrants for taking the custody of at least 27 accused, including Chinese national Wan Chenghua lodged in Model Burail jail. Sources said that the phones numbers and IMEI numbers of cell phones used by the accused were found to be used for cheating with the people across the country.SP (cyber cell) Ketan Bansal says, “We received feedback from many states through Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that the accused persons arrested by us were found linked with 1,578 cheating, forgery, extortion complaints. We were informed that 89 FIRs were registered in connection with these cheating cases. We shared the information about the arrested accused with Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (ICCC), a centralised portal of all states/UTs under 14C scheme. The feedback was received yesterday.”The gang was busted on September 12. It was found involved in more than Rs 100 crore hawala transactions to China too. The Central investigation agencies, including IB and ED, have also joined the probe.However, three accused, identified as Mashukar Dubey of Gaziabad, Rajesh Mathur of Gaziabad and C Chinnasamy Sellappan of Tamil Nadu were arrested two days ago. The role of a political party, Bhartiya Rajnitik Vikalp Party, too came under the scanner as some amount was transferred from alleged bank accounts of accused to the account of Bhartiya Rajnitik Vikalp Party.

Instant loan mobile app scam: Gang members found involved in 1,578 cheating complaints
October 6, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Attempt on Zia’s Life
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

There was an attempt on the life of Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq at Rawalpindi airport, The Washington Post reported. The Post’s report said the attack was made when a shoulder-feed missile was fired at General Zia’s plane taxied on the runway at Rawalpindi airport for a flight to Lahore.The non-communist, non-BJP opposition parties have once again resumed their efforts at unity for reassembling an old Janata-type party as an alternative to PM Gandhi’s Congress-I. H N Bahuguna, president of the Democratic Socialist Party and Karpoori Thakur, president of the new faction of the Lok Dal, had a long meeting. They talked about opposition unity and favoured merger of their two parties as a first step to a larger unity with Janata, Congress-S, and Chandrajit Yadav’s Democratic Party.Opposition members IN the Lok Sabha alleged that the growing discontent in the police forces as evidenced by the recent agitations in Maharashtra and Haryana was due partly to increasing political interference in police affairs. Members also accused the government of failing to implement the recommendations of the Police Commission which submitted its report in 1979 and 1980.A three-and-a-half feet long crocodile with a foreign-make transmitter tied to its jaw was fished out by a fisherman at Ghatha village in East Champaran district, according to the police. The crocodile, suspected to have been sent by some foreign power to collect information in Indian waters, was later handed over to the local forest département, police said.

October 6, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Attempt on Zia’s Life
Maharashtra: Man booked for illegally routing international phone calls, causing losses to state exchequer
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

THE MUMBAI Police on Tuesday booked a Dombivali resident for his alleged involvement in routing international phone calls through a personal local network — bypassing the government network — thereby causing losses to the state exchequer, officials said on Wednesday.According to a police officer, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had filed a written complaint with the Parksite Police in Vikhroli, saying that the office in question in Vikhroli had illegally been making international phone calls without routing them through the government network for the last few months. Usually, all international calls go through the networks authorised by the government, generating revenue.A team of officials from the Parksite Police and DoT raided the office in Vikhroli’s Veer Savarkar Marg (west) on Tuesday. It was revealed during investigation that the company, run by the Dombivali resident, did not have necessary permission to route international phone calls on local networks.“Apart from causing losses to the state exchequer, an unregulated network can also be used by terrorists to remain below the radar of law enforcement agencies,” said an officer from the Parksite police station, requesting anonymity.A case has been registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, and will be arrested soon, said an officer.

Maharashtra: Man booked for illegally routing international phone calls, causing losses to state exchequer
Bandra Worli Sea Link accident: MSRDC to revise SOPs after accident that killed 5 persons
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which takes care of Mumbai’s iconic Bandra Worli Sea link, Wednesday said they have all safety protocols in place. Whenever an emergency takes place, their dedicated rescue team reaches the spot along with an ambulance. However, considering the severity of Wednesday morning’s accident, where five persons were killed, the MSRDC has decided to revise their standard operating procedure so that such accidents do not occur in the future, said officials.An official said, “Safety barricades and cones were set up around 500 metre ahead of the spot where the staffers were engaged in rescue works. The driver of the erring car not only overlooked the barriers but also rammed into the stationary vehicles and the people. The driver was drunk and driving at a high speed and lost control over the wheels.”Five people were killed and eight people were injured after an accident involving an ambulance and four cars on the southbound stretch of the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai early on Wednesday. The accident took place around 3:30 am Wednesday which claimed the lives of five persons, including staffers of the toll operating agency and a safety manager.A police official said during a probe into the incident they found that a car initially hit a divider on the bridge and an ambulance was rushed to the spot for assistance. The occupants of two other cars also halted their vehicles to provide help, he said. At the time, another car rammed into the three stationary cars and the ambulance, the official said.According to the MSRDC official, the erring driver got only minor injuries and is now in police custody.The officials further said, “Our rescue team went with an ambulance although the complaint was only that of vehicle breakdown. Ambulances are always sent since it may not be just a mechanical help that is needed, it could also be a medical emergency.”The 5.6-km Bandra Worli Sea Link is the iconic bridge of the city and caters almost exclusively to Mumbai’s privileged car-owners. It was officially named as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea-Link which is India’s first eight-lane freeway and was opened to the public for the first time in 2009.From 2009, the MEP Infrastructure had been collecting toll on the freeway but their tenure expired in January 2020. Since then, the Roadway Solutions India Infra Limited has been appointed in the role. The firm functions in association with the Fastgo Infra Private Limited.The directors of Roadways Solution are Ameet Harjinder Gadhoke, Sunita Jamkhande Gangadhar, Seema Nitin Bajaj, Teja Ranade Gadhoke and Navjeet Harjinder Singh Gadhoke. The directors of Fastgo Infra are Jayraj Sanjay Khotkar and Tejas Kirtikumar Thakkar.Roadways Solution has road construction experience whereas Fastgo Infra is just a year old. Sources said both the firms do not have toll management experience yet they were appointed.Sources said Fastgo Infra is owned by Shiv Sena leader Arjun Khotkar’s family. Khotkar hails from the Jalna district of Marathwada and is a former member of the legislative assembly. He is in support of chief minister Eknath Shinde.Interestingly, sources said, it is the same firms that have also been appointed for toll collection work on the Samruddhi corridor.

Bandra Worli Sea Link accident: MSRDC to revise SOPs after accident that killed 5 persons
Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
Ndtv | 2 days ago | |
Ndtv
2 days ago | |

The man was arrestedin a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. (Representational)Mumbai: Police have arrested the main accused involved in the Rs 12 crore cash theft from ICICI Bank in Thane's Manpada area from Pune after more than two-and-a-half months, an official said on Wednesday.The police have also recovered around Rs 9 crore from the prime accused, identified as Altaf Shaikh, 43, he said.With Shaikh's arrest on Monday, the police have so far arrested five accused in the case, including his sister Neelofer. The theft had taken place on July 12."Shaikh, a resident of Mumbra, had been working with ICICI Bank as a custodian. As the custodian, he was the caretaker of the bank's locker keys. He spent a year planning the heist, studying the loopholes in the system, and gathering tools to pull it off," the official of Manpada police station said.During the probe, police found that Shaikh planned the entire heist by enlarging the AC duct to pass the cash to the garbage chute and tampering with the CCTV footage, he added."After deactivating the alarm system and sabotaging the CCTV, Shaikh had opened the bank vault and transferred the cash to the duct and below to the chute. The incident came to light after the bank realised that the security money was missing, as were the DVR of CCTVs, which prompted its personnel to call the inspection team," the official said.After the incident, Shaikh fled. He would change his looks and use burqa to hide his identity. Shaikh's sister Neelofer, who was aware of his movement, hid some cash in her home. She has been booked as co-accused in the case and arrested, police said.Shaikh was finally arrested from Pune on Monday. The police managed to recover around Rs nine crore, out of Rs 12.20 crore stolen from the bank, and the remaining amount would be recovered soon, he said.Shaikh was arrested in a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. Earlier, the police had arrested Neelofer and three others - Abrar Qureshi (33), Ahmed Khan (33) and Anuj Giri (30).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMore persons are likely to be arrested in the case and further investigation is underway, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
Mumbai police on toes for Shiv Sena factions' Dussehra rallies in BKC and Shivaji Park
The Economic Times | 2 days ago | |
The Economic Times
2 days ago | |

The Mumbai police are keeping a close vigil at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and the Shivaji Park ground in Dadar, the venues where Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray will address the rallies of their respective Shiv Sena factions, officials said on Wednesday. While the Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised the event at the MMRDA ground at BKC in the suburbs. Both the leaders will address the rallies soon. At the BKC venue, around 2,000 police personnel, including Deputy Commissioners of Police and Additional Commissioners of Police, have been deployed. The traffic police have made parking arrangements inside the Kalina University campus, a senior official said. At the Shivaji Park venue, around 1,000 police personnel, including some in plain clothes, are keeping a vigil, he added. Besides them, dog squads, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) teams, and the personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Quick Response Team (QRT) have been deployed at both these places. At both the venues, hundreds of women police personnel as well as home guards are posted for security. "Several roads were either shut for traffic or the vehicles diverted in view of the rallies. Unclaimed vehicles were removed from the venues," the official said. Another top police official said that in view of these two rallies and the processions of Goddess Durga's idols at the end of the Navaratri festival, a total of 15,200 police personnel, 3,200 officers,1,500 personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 1,000 jawans of Home Guard, 20 QRT teams, 15 BDDS units have been deployed in the city. The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses and other vehicles that have brought workers to the Shiv Sena rallies.

Mumbai police on toes for Shiv Sena factions' Dussehra rallies in BKC and Shivaji Park
3 Arrested For Grabbing Rs 19 Crore Property Using Fake Marriage Papers In Maharashtra
Ndtv | 2 days ago | |
Ndtv
2 days ago | |

Three people were arrested for allegedly grabbing property worth Rs 19.70 croreThane: Police have arrested a Christian priest, a woman who worked at a bar, and one more person from Thane city of Maharashtra on the charge of grabbing a property worth Rs 19.70 crore of a deceased man by creating his fake marriage certificate, an official said on Wednesday.The accused were identified as Anjali Agarwal (30), Thomas Ramul Godpawar (50) and Mahesh Katkar (37), he said.Agarwal, who worked in a bar, fell in love with one of the customers aged 35. The latter used to frequently visit the bar.But after his death in November 2021, Agarwal, with the help of the other two accused, created a fake marriage certificate and grabbed his property at Kavesar in Thane city, worth Rs 19.70 crore, senior inspector Maloji Shinde of the property cell of crime branch said.After their alleged irregularity came to light, the deceased man's mother lodged a complaint at Naupada police station, based on which the trio was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The complaint said that the accused grabbed his property by showing the fake marriage certificate, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe accused were presented before a local court, which remanded them in police custody till October 7.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

3 Arrested For Grabbing Rs 19 Crore Property Using Fake Marriage Papers In Maharashtra
Mukesh Ambani, Wife Nita Get 'Life Threat' in Call to Reliance Foundation Hospital, Police Initiate Probe
India | 2 days ago | |
India
2 days ago | |

Mumbai: A life-threatening call was on Wednesday received by the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital from an unknown number. On the phone, the caller issued life threats to chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani, and children Akash Ambani and Anant Ambani. Soon after the call was received and the matter was reported, police initiated action to trace the source.Also Read - Reliance Jio Starts 5G Trail In THESE Cities; How Will It Work And Who Will Get Invited for 5G ExperienceIn this regard, a case is being registered at the DB Marg Police Station and Mumbai police are investigating the matter. Police said the caller is likely to be traced soon. Also Read - Reliance Jio to Launch Trial of 5G Services Today: Users to Get Unlimited Data, 1gbps Speed. Here’s How to Get ItOffence in this incidence is being registered at DB Marg Police Station and further investigation in this matter is being done by Mumbai Police. Also Read - When Will Reliance Jio Users Get 5G Access on Their Phone? Mukesh Ambani RepliesAs per reports, the life threatening call was received on the landline number of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital at 1257 from an unknown number in which the caller issued life threats to Mukesh Ambani, Nita, Akash and Anant. On the phone call, the caller has also threatened to blow up the Hospital.On August 15 this year, a similar call was made to the Reliance Foundation hospital and reports suggest, the individual had made eight threatening calls to the hospital’s display number, threatening Mukesh Ambani’s life.It must be noted that a Scorpio sedan with 20 explosive gelatin sticks and a threat letter was discovered outside Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai home ‘Antilia’ last year.After Antilia’s security team alerted police to the suspicious Scorpio, a police team, along with bomb disposal and canine squads, quickly arrived on the scene to investigate.

Mukesh Ambani, Wife Nita Get 'Life Threat' in Call to Reliance Foundation Hospital, Police Initiate Probe
Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 Points
India | 2 days ago | |
India
2 days ago | |

Shiv Sena Mumbai Dussehra Rallies: Amid the ongoing festivities, all eyes are glued to Mumbai as the city is set to witness two Dussehra rallies for the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago. The rallies are being billed as a show of strength by both Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray camps. Predicting huge turnouts at the rallies, the Mumbai Police have tightened security at the Shivaji Park and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). While the Shinde camp is holding its rally at the MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the group headed by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is organising its Dussehra event at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. Reports claimed that more than 5,000 buses, a number of small tourist vehicles and cars, and a special train have been roped in to ferry supporters of the two rival Shiv Sena factions for their respective Dussehra rallies.Also Read - Mumbai Traffic Advisory: Special Arrangements Made Due To Dussehra Rallies At Shivaji Park, MMRDA Ground | Check Routes To AvoidMaharashtra | Buses carrying supporters of Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) arrive at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai for the #Dussehra rally pic.twitter.com/JzSqsmxNsY— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2022The following parking arrangements have been made for the vehicles of citizens attending the Dussehra Mela organized on 5th October at MMRDA Ground, BKC, Bandra (E).#MTPUpdates #MumbaiTrafficUpdates pic.twitter.com/H8ioifSneH— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022There shall be no parking on following roads:-In view of Dussehra Mela to be held at Shivaji Park, Dadar on October 5, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion on the nearby roads, following temporary provisions have been made to the traffic management from 9 AM to 12 PM. pic.twitter.com/7g67ICRIIO— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022Siddhivinayak Junction S.K.Bole Road-Agar Bazar- Portuguese Church and Gokhale Rood.No Entry from Raja Badhe chowk Junction up to Keluskar Marg (North) Junction DadarLJ Road- Gokhale Road- Steel Man Junction then proceed through Gokhale Road.

Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 Points
  • Mumbai Traffic Advisory: Special Arrangements Made Due To Dussehra Rallies| Check Routes To Avoid
  • India

    Mumbai: The political scene in Mumbai, in a first, will see two Dussehra Rallies taking place in the financial capital. Party’s rival factions -led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray – in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June. This will first such move since the inception of Shiv Sena 56 years ago. Owing to thes big rallies,Mumbai  Traffic Police has issued advisory stating routes that will closed during the course of event.Also Read - 5 Places In India Where Dussehra Is Celebrated Without RavanWhile the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, while group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav to Virender Sehwag; How Cricketers Wished Fans on Auspicious DayThe following parking arrangements have been made for the vehicles of citizens attending the Dussehra Mela organized on 5th October at MMRDA Ground, BKC, Bandra (E).#MTPUpdates #MumbaiTrafficUpdates pic.twitter.com/H8ioifSneH— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022 Also Read - Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies at Shivaji Park; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 PointsIn view of Dussehra Mela to be held at Shivaji Park, Dadar on October 5, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion on the nearby roads, following temporary provisions have been made to the traffic management from 9 AM to 12 PM. pic.twitter.com/7g67ICRIIO— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022The rallies have generated intense interest in political circles and also among common citizens and there will be more than just speeches by the two friends-turns-foes as the rival factions will seek to present themselves as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena and try to claim the legacy of party founder the late Bal Thackeray.

  • 1,800 Maharashtra buses to bring people to Shiv Sena rallies
  • Times of India

    PUNE/MUMBAI: A total of 1,800 ST buses from across Maharashtra have been booked for ferrying supporters of Uddhav Thackeray and chief minister Eknath Shinde to Mumbai for the parallel Dussehra rallies to be held on Wednesday. A road transport official said buses were booked by various individuals and paid for in cash. However, the Congress alleged that up to Rs 10 crore has been spent by the CM-led Shiv Sena faction on transport and food expenses for the BKC rally. The party demanded a probe by central agencies into the expenditure. Congress claims Rs 10 crore spent for buses to rally, MSRTC denies centralised paymentMaharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has diverted buses plying in rural areas, apart from those engaged in school transport services, to carry supporters of the rival Sena factions to their rallies in the city on Wednesday. However, MSRTC general manager (traffic) Shivaji Jagtap denied any impact on regular operations. "Our usual operations have not been affected. In many areas, Navami and Dashmi (Dasara) are collector-declared holidays. We see a 45% dip in passenger traffic on both days each year. Many buses will be used only after their day's schedule is complete," Jagtap told TOI on Tuesday. While 450 ST buses were booked from Aurangabad and Beed districts in Marathwada, another 686 buses were from the north Maharashtra region. At Sillod in Aurangabad, state agriculture minister Abdul Sattar was seen personally monitoring the departure of ST buses decked with the CM's posters. MSRTC's Aurangabad divisional controller Sachin Kshirsagar said, "Buses plying in the rural areas and those engaged in school transportation were mostly diverted for these bookings as they see negligible occupancy on Dussehra day." The Pune and Kolhapur divisions did not report bookings. At Nashik, a MSRTC officer said, "We received bookings of 686 buses from our central office." Some 100 private buses from Nashik have also been booked. A MSRTC official said no favours were done to the Shinde faction. "Buses have been booked in the name of individuals across the state. They were booked on casual contract. As per convention, fare has been collected in cash. It is not that one person has booked 1,600 buses and paid a fare of Rs 10 crore," he said. However, the Congress has demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and income tax department on expenditure incurred by the Shinde faction for the rally at BKC. MPCC spokesperson Atul Londhe said Rs 10 crore has been spent to engage buses. "If Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut can be jailed on charges of laundering Rs 50 lakh, then what about the Rs 10 crore spent by the Shinde faction?" he asked. He said Sena leaders are transporting thousands to BKC. "Central agencies must probe the source of the cash. This amounts to money laundering and offences should be registered under Prevention of Money Laundering Act," Londhe said. "In addition, from the statement of a rebel Shiv Sena leader, two lakh food packets will be given to people attending the rally," he alleged.