Times of India | 4 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 04:42 am
MUMBAI: Nine-and-a-half years after a seven-year-old girl went missing, Mumbai police traced and reunited her on Thursday with her mother and siblings who live in a densely populated Juhu Galli locality, Police arrested an electrician, Harry D'souza, and his wife Sony for kidnapping Pooja Gaud (now 16) on January 22, 2013. she was the 166th missing minor girl recorded in the files at DN Nagar police station. Hers was the only case unsolved till May 2015 when the officer in-charge of the missing bureau, assistant sub-inspector Rajendra Bhosale (66), retired. Pooja's father and grandparents died last year. Tip-off from locals helped cops rescue the girl kidnapped by the couple who didn't have kids then. Later when they had a child, they started to make her do household work and even work at other places. Closure for a retired sleuth: His lone unsolved 'missing minor' case crackedThe case of the seven-year-old, abducted on her way to a municipal school in Andheri, was one that haunted the officer-in-charge long after he retired from the force. For the erstwhile assistant sub-inspector, the regret was such that he would carry the minor's photo on trips to Mumbai from his village. Rajendra Bhosale (66), says, "My hope never died. I firmly believed she was alive, my efforts and prayers have yielded results. Even today, I carry the minor's picture in my pocket and whenever I visited Mumbai I went searching for her," the retired cop told TOI over the phone from Khed-Chiplun. A total of 166 missing girls were tracked between 2008 and 2015 by Bhosale and his team, of which 165 cases were solved. Seven-year-old Pooja Gaud was the lone elusive child. Bhosale says he visited thousands of houses and tapped numerous sources to locate her during his years in the force, but in vain. Four days ago, he had offered prayers at Mahim dargah and met the girl's mother before leaving for his village at Khed-Chiplun. Pooja's brother Rohit was the last person to see her before she went missing. "I remember her in the school uniform. She sat on a ledge near our school, Cama Road Municipal School, refusing to come along. Our grandfather had given Rs 10 to me and she wanted her daily share of Rs 5 for the recess. We would visit our grandparents' house at Gilbert Hill every day at 7.30 am and walk to school from there. That day, Pooja was being stubborn. As we neared the school, I promised to give her a share during the interval, but she wouldn't budge. Already 15 minutes late for school and with the gates 10 steps ahead, I asked her to join me and rushed inside. Pooja never made it to school," said Rohit. DN Nagar senior inspector Milind Kurde said the abductors, Harry D'Souza and his wife Sony, had kidnapped her some distance from the school. "D'souza took her promising to get her ice cream. They did not have children then, they decided to keep the girl and did not inform anyone. They changed her name to Annie. They used to make her do household work and even made her work as a maid at other places after they had a child three years after kidnapping her. They started assaulting her. Pooja said she started realising the D'souzas were not her parents when they started abusing her and made her slog and take away the money she earned," said Kurde. Eventually, the tip-off came from locals in the area, who suspected the couple. For Pooja's mother Poonam, who makes a living as a peanut seller, her uncle Vinod and her two brothers, who had lost all hope of ever seeing her again, the joy is unbelievable. But it is tinged with the sadness that her grandparents passed away grieving for her, and so did her father Santosh who went into depression after she went missing. Mumbai police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar praised the DN Nagar police team for its effort to reunite the girl with her family nine years after she was abducted. "This is one heart-warming story," he said.
Tata Power Wednesday announced it will be collaborating with real estate developer JP Infra Mumbai Pvt. Ltd for the installation of over 60 electric vehicle (EV) charging points all over JP Infra’s projects in Mumbai. Backed by the Maharashtra government, the initiative will enable end-to-end EV charging solutions.Providing a 24×7 charging provision, residents owning an EV will be able to monitor remote vehicle charging as well as have access to e-payment options via services laid out on the ‘Tata Power EZ Charge’ mobile app.A Tata Power’s spokesperson said, “We are spearheading the EV charging revolution in the country and making sustainable mobility attainable for lakhs of EV owners. We are scaling up our EV charging infrastructure in the state to contribute to the Maharashtra Govt’s aim of a rapid transition to green mobility. The collaboration with JP infra will provide a seamless charging experience to its residents and accelerate the adoption of EV vehicles.”Tata Power had previously tied-up with the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) of Maharashtra to install up to 5,000 EV charging stations in the state.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred to Delhi all the FIRs registered against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her remarks on Prophet Muhammed and clubbed them with the one registered in the national capital.They will now be investigated by Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit, which is investigating the Delhi case. The court also gave Sharma protection from arrest till the investigation is completed in the matter.“Since this court has already taken cognisance of a serious threat to the life and liberty of the petitioner, and specific instances in relation thereto have be been cited in our previous order dated July 19, 2022, besides those contained the additional affidavit filed by the petitioner today, we direct that all the FIRs…be transferred and clubbed for the purpose of investigation by Delhi Police,” a bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala ordered.In its order dated July 19, the court had already granted Sharma protection from arrest, but she pointed out in a fresh application that more FIRs were registered against her. Granting the relief, the court added that Delhi Police should ensure that the first FIR, registered in Maharashtra, and the one registered by the IFSO unit are investigated together by clubbing the other FIRs with them.Counsel for the West Bengal government requested the apex court to set up a special investigation team to inquire into the matter, but the court said, “Since IFSO of Delhi Police appears to be a specialised agency, it shall be appreciated if all the FIRs are investigated by the said unit”. “The IFSO as a specialised investigating agency shall be at liberty to collect…any information any if so required for the purpose of reaching to a logical conclusion,” it added.The bench also rejected West Bengal’s request that the investigation be monitored by the court.The court said its directions “shall also extend to any other FIR/complaint which may be registered/entertained against the petitioner…in respect to the same subject matter…and in that event, the investigation of the FIR or complaint to be registered in future shall also stand transferred to the IFSO unit of Delhi Police for the purpose of investigation”.Though Sharma had requested the FIRs to be quashed, the apex court said she could approach the Delhi High Court for the purpose.On July 1, while refusing to entertain her plea to club the FIRs registered against her in different states with the one in Delhi, the same Supreme Court bench came down heavily on the suspended BJP spokesperson, saying she had a “loose tongue” and was “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”, including the murder of a tailor in Udaipur for allegedly sharing her remarks.
MUMBAI: MSEDCL managing director Vijay Singhal on Wednesday announced setting up of ten more special squads for power theft detection across the state. He informed the media that in just three months, from April to June, MSEDCL squads had detected a huge number of power thefts to the tune of Rs 131 crore. "Our existing 63 special squads detected 2,625 cases across Maharashtra, including a significant number in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. We came across 239 million units of power thefts and during the prosecution, we recovered penalties to the tune of Rs 54 crore," he said. He, however, took a review meeting with senior officials recently and directed them to step up vigilance and nab those involved in power pilferage. "It will help us reduce our electricity distribution losses further and this in turn can improve the financial condition of the state power discom," he said. Statistics made available to the media on Wednesday showed that in 2019-20, 9250 cases of power theft worth Rs 98 crore were detected. In comparison, in 2020-21, 7169 cases and Rs 87 crore worth power theft were detected and in 2021-22, 13,370 cases were detected for electricity pilferage worth Rs 264 crore. "We appeal to citizens to get meters installed and replace those which are defective," Singhal added.
The Pune police on Tuesday arrested a 60-year-old retired defence employee wanted in Punjab for allegedly posing as an Army colonel and cheating youths after promising them Army jobs.The action by Unit 4 of the Pune city crime branch was based on an input given by the Army’s Military Intelligence, said police officials. The suspect, identified as Sanjay Raghunath Sawant, had worked as a tradesman with a defence formation at Dehu Road in Pune, Maharashtra, in the past and retired two years ago. He lives in the Pimple Gurav area and drives an autorickshaw to earn a living, they added.The Pathankot police in Punjab are investigating a 2021 case in which several Army job aspirants were cheated out of large sums of money by a man posing as a colonel.According to crime branch officials, after they received information from the Military Intelligence that the suspect was in Pune, a team led by inspector Jayant Rajurkar from Unit 4 launched an inquiry. The officials said it came to light that the suspect had worked as a tradesman–a civilian defence employee– at a defence unit in Dehu Road and drove an autorickshaw now. In the course of the investigation, police checked around 200 autorickshaws in the area and finally got leads on Sawant.In a joint action with the Pathankot police and Military Intelligence sleuths, the Pune police arrested Sawant. He has been handed over to the Pathankot police for further investigation. In 2021, Sawant is alleged to have spent some time in the Pathankot area after his retirement and cheated the Army job aspirants out of money.
The video has accumulated over 31,000 likes and 488,000 views.A video of a man rescuing a dog from railway tracks as a train approached a station in Mumbai has gone viral on the internet. The short clip was shared on Instagram by an account called 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' and credited to Nikhil Lokhande. It has accumulated over 31,000 likes and 488,000 views. In the video, a dog can be seen walking on the railway tracks while a train approached the station. The short clip then showed a man walking towards the arriving train which is moving at a very slow speed and signalling it to stop. Many onlookers can also be seen watching as the man took the dog off the tracks and put it on the platform. Watch the video below: View this post on InstagramA post shared by Mumbai Meri Jaan (@mumbai7merijaan)According to social media users, the incident took place at Nallasapora, which falls within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Viral Video | Bride And Groom Break Into Intense Fight On Big Day, Internet Asks "What On Earth Is Happening?"Internet users praised the man for saving the dog. One user wrote, "My heart is melting seeing this! God Bless The loco pilot and the man who saved the dog!" Another added, "God bless the man. Small acts like these really matter." A third wrote, "Respect to the guy who saved the dog and to the motor men as well.. very brave guy who saved the Dog," while a fourth simply called the video "heart-touching". Meanwhile, in another instance, the alertness of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer saved the life of an elderly woman and her son at the Bankura railway station in West Bengal. The video of the incident was shared by the Railways Ministry on Twitter. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comViral Video | Anand Mahindra's Tweet On "Out Of The Box" Thinking Goes ViralThe clip had garnered hundreds of likes and retweets. Users made suggestions to the Indian Railways to install automatic doors to avoid such incidents, while others appreciated the bravery of the RPF officer.Click for more trending news