Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 07:14 am
MUMBAI: Local MLA and tourism minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha paid an early morning visit to Mani Bhavan after he read the TOI report on concerns that the 107-year-old structure is being affected by a redevelopment project next door. Municipal commissioner Iqbal Chahal, too, visited as also an official from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Lodha was back again in the evening, accompanied by the local ward officer, to listen to the concerns of the trustees and of the residents of the other buildings affected by the redevelopment. The minister said he would gather information on whether all the legal and technical requirements were met before the BMC approved the redevelopment project on the site where Laburnum House stood; whether norms and regulations pertaining to the heritage precinct were fulfilled as also those applicable to a Grade I heritage structure and its surrounding areas. Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi had stayed, is now a museum and library. The trustees of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya have written to CM Eknath Shinde with copies to PM Modi, the municipal chief and the police commissioner about the serious damage the building is likely to suffer on account of the redevelopment project. The trustees said they were forced to approach them as repeated complaints to the local authorities yielded no action. They pointed out that Gamdevi is a notified heritage precinct and any construction in the precinct cannot compromise on the architectural quality of the precinct. Residents of Sethna building, adjacent to the now-demolished Laburnum House, recounted how on September 10, a visitor to the society's office in a garage had a close shave when a part of the wall of Laburnum House crashed in front of the garage/office shed. The residents had immediately filed a written complaint with the local ward office and the police, but are yet to see any action. In their complaint, the residents said: "At 3.30pm, a resident felt the building vibrate. He was joined by residents from other buildings as it felt like an earthquake. The contractor refused to stop the machinery and five minutes later, a large slab of wall crashed into the compound right in front of the garage/office shed." Seconds earlier, a person had passed that way.
BHIWANDI: Nizampura police on Monday arrested four villagers from Pilanipada village in Bhiwandi taluka in Thane district on charges of attacking a pastor and his associate over alleged conversion of locals to Christianity. Police said pastor Sujit Chikoli and his associate Justin Abraham, both residents of Navi Mumbai, on September 22, were returning to their home from Pilanipada village after addressing a crowd of around 40 people when four persons beat them up with a belt.-Pradeep Gupta
In the wake of nationwide raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its office bearers, the authorities have taken into preventive custody as many as 25 local leaders belonging to both the PFI and its political offshoot the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Karnataka.According to initial reports, while eight to nine PFI/SDPI members were picked up from Mangaluru, seven were taken into custody from Bagalkot, six from Kolar, two from Bidar and one from Vijayapura.Meanwhile, joint raids by a central agency and Delhi Police are underway at places related to PFI in different parts of the national capital, including Nizamuddin, Shaheen Bagh area, news agency ANI quoted its police sources as saying. ANI also reported that more than four persons have already been detained.The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), along with the local police, have also initiated raids against people associated with the PFI in many parts of the state, ANI reported further.Raids by ATS and local police are underway on people associated with PFI in many parts of the state: Maharashtra ATS— ANI (@ANI) September 27, 2022The National Investigation Agency had on Thursday raided the offices of several PFI leaders and arrested seven of them. “These searches were conducted at the houses and offices of top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations,” an NIA statement said.Meanwhile, the Karnataka unit of SDPI Monday dared the NIA to carry out raids on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and affiliated organisations over their involvement in “anti-national activities” in the past.In a press conference, SDPI leaders contended that the raids on PFI was a ploy to suppress the voices of minorities, Dalits and other oppressed communities.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), with the assistance of respective state police departments, has resumed the crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its office bearers. As part of this, the officials Tuesday took into preventive custody as many as 25 local leaders belonging to both the PFI and its political offshoot the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Karnataka.Raids are currently underway at places related to PFI leaders in different parts of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh as well, news agency ANI reported. It also reported that more than 30 people have been detained from different parts of Delhi.It may be recalled that the NIA had, on September 22, raided the offices of several PFI leaders and arrested seven of them. “These searches were conducted at the houses and offices of top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations,” an NIA statement said.The Madhya Pradesh police Tuesday detained 21 people over links with the PFI, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.In Assam, four persons linked with the PFI were detained from the Nagarbera area. “Our operation against PFI is on in many parts of the district,” ADGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath was quoted as saying by ANI.Meanwhile, the Nashik police have arrested two persons associated with the PFI. They will be produced before a court later in the day. “Raids are going on in Malegaon town,” the Nashik Police told ANI.Police have also arrested four activists of the PFI from different locations in Maharashtra’s Thane district for alleged anti-national activities. The arrests were made on Monday night in a joint operation carried out in the district by local police and crime branch officials, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Laxmikant Patil said.The houses of PFI leaders in various parts of Udupi district were also raided by the police on Tuesday. Four people were taken into custody in connection with various cases during these raids, news agency PTI reported.At least 10 people have been detained in Gujarat for questioning over links with the PFI.Meanwhile, five PFI activists were arrested from the Kottayam and Kollam districts of Kerala for allegedly engaging in violent activities during the state-wide hartal called by the organisation on September 23 pursuant to nation-wide raids on their offices and arrests of their leaders.(With inputs from agencies)
The woman constable suffered injuries on her leg and hands, an official said. (Representational)Palghar: Police have arrested an advocate and his wife for allegedly trying to kill a woman traffic constable in Maharashtra's Palghar district, an official said on Tuesday.Constable Pragya Shiram Dalvi (36) had seized the motorcycle of advocate Brijesh Kumar Boloria (35) for alleged violation of traffic rules, senior police inspector Vilas Supe from Nallasopara police station said.The motorcycle was kept in a godown meant for seized vehicles.Boloria and his wife Dolly Kumari Singh (32) went to the godown on Monday and took away the two-wheeler, he said.While Ms Dalvi tried to stop them at the godown's entrance, the accused knocked her down as they escaped on the motorbike. The policewoman fell and suffered injuries on her leg and hands and was hospitalised, the official said.While fleeing from the spot, the accused also warned Ms Dalvi of dire consequences, he said.Based on the constable's complaint, the police arrested the couple on Monday.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention), the police said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
MUMBAI: Worli police are probing a case of extortion where a person sent death threat messages from WhatsApp to a news channel journalist and demanded Rs 5 crore. A senior officer said they learnt that the accused had sent similar messages to others too. “Going by the number and profile, it seems he is the same person,” said a senior officer. The 42-year-old journalist had lodged a complaint few days back, after he received threat messages. Initially, he ignored the messages but when the sender told the complainant he would kill him and named him in the message, the complainant got worried and approached police to lodge an FIR. “This could be a fake name. We are probing the case,” said the officer. Another police officer said he tnumber was from Maharashtra.