Times of India | 5 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 05:30 am
THANE: A Nigerian died at a forest near Naglabunder off Ghodbunder road allegedly after falling over a pipe near a deserted house while fleeing from a police party who tailed him for possessing drugs. Joe Izzikil was a history-sheeter from Nallasopara. An officer from Thane crime branch said the anti-narcotics cell had arrested Sandeep Maurya a resident of Santacruz, with 80gm of mephedrone 'During the probe he named the two Nigerians supplying the MD powder to him. "Accordingly, the sleuths told Maurya to tell them to bring the contraband so that they would trap them," said a senior police officer. - Nishikant Karlikar
Son of a migrant worker from Telangana who allegedly died in police custody in Vadodara in 2019 Wednesday approached the Gotri police station, complaining of death threat against him by one of the six accused police personnel.Salim, son of Babu Shaikh, 65, who allegedly died in custody at the Fatehgunj police station in Vadodara on December 10, 2019, was present in the Vadodara district court on Wednesday to submit an affidavit seeking expedition of the trial in the alleged custodial death of his father. In his complaint, Salim told police that the accused accosted him near the parking area and allegedly issued a death threat in presence of jail police escorting him.A resident of Nanded in Maharashtra, Salim stated, “As per the directions of the Gujarat High Court, a case has been registered against then inspector and five other personnel of Fatehgunj police station under Indian Penal Code Section 302 in the custodial death of my father, Babu Shaikh Nisar. The case is now before the court of the Principal District and Sessions Judge in Vadodara after the charge sheet was filed.”“Today (Wednesday), I was present in the sessions court… After the hearing was adjourned, I was waiting near the parking when one of the accused — Rajesh Savji Gadchar alias Raju Rabari — was passing by, escorted by police… He threatened me saying, ‘What were you able to do to me? I will be acquitted of all charges and once I am freed, I will not allow you to live… I will kill you’,” Salim said in his complaint.Salim said the officer in charge of Gadchar’s escort had to intervene and “drag away” the accused. “I was scared and could not immediately file a complaint. However, after gathering courage, I have come to file the application before police… police should conduct a probe,” Salim stated.In his affidavit before the district court, Salim said the accused have been “delaying the commencement of the trial on purpose” and then inspector DB Gohil, who is the prime accused in the case, withdrew an interim bail application in the high court in March this year, to apply for regular bail if the trial does not commence within six months.Salim’s advocate Imtiyaz Qureshi told this newspaper, “The court is yet to frame charges. The accused have been delaying the process by not appearing before the court… in every hearing held so far, one of the six accused excuses himself citing medical emergency in judicial custody. This is done so that the six-month period ends in September…”An official of the Vadodara city police said that Salim’s application was being “seriously looked into” and a necessary probe would be initiated. Nisar, who had arrived in Vadodara to sell bedsheets, allegedly went missing on December 10, 2019, after he was apprehended in Fulwadi area by personnel from Fatehgunj police station on suspicion of theft.On October 21 and November 3, the CID conducted an extensive search, dredging the Narmada main canal in Vadodara, and made multiple inquiries in villages in the catchment areas of Mahisagar river, where the accused were suspected to have burnt the body. However, it yielded no result. In a report filed before the bench in a sealed cover on December 1, 2020, the CID said that Nisar “has expired and his body is yet to be recovered”.
THANE: The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has issued notices to four persons, including the former Maharashtra cabinet minister and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, in a criminal case of beating up a civil engineer in Thane city in a row arising out of Twitter post. The Commission, in its notice, kept the next date of hearing in the case as September 08, 2022, and sought a reply from Awhad and the three cops against whom complaint is filed by the victim Anand Karmuse, the civil engineer, said advocate Aditya Mishra, counsel for Karmuse. It was on April 5, 2020, the complainant Anant Karmuse, 40, reportedly uploaded a photo mocking Awhad and posted it on the social media which annoyed him. According to Karmuse’s complaint, the three men who had identified themselves as police, took him to Awhad’s home where he was later attacked allegedly, in the presence of these policemen, with kick fists, rods, police baton etc. Later, Awhad, the three cops and some of the NCP functionaries were arrested and also secured bail. But Karmuse moved to MHRC complaining about the violation of the Human rights, Mishra added. In its notice, the MHRC at one place pointed out, "I need not go into the factual background at this stage as from the materials on record I am satisfied that victim’s right to honour and dignity has been blatantly violated because he took the courage of condemning, through electronic medium – Twitter, the comments or the opinion of Jitendra Awhad, the sitting MLA of Mumbra-Kalwa constituency, of Thane District, who through Twitter, criticized the prime minister’s initiative of instilling confidence, moral courage in the hearts of the citizens to meet out the challenges of deadly pandemic ‘Covid-19’ in 2019/2020 which brought the entire nation under lockdown."
MUMBAI: Mumbai Police rescued 17 women, who were allegedly forced into prostitution, after conducting a raid in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, and arrested nine men for acting as agents, an official said on Thursday. The operation was conducted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Mumbai Police on August 5, he said. "The action was taken after a woman approached the AHTU on August 4 with a complaint against two persons named Raju and Sahil, who were involved in human trafficking racket," the police official As per the complaint, the accused duo used to bring women from different states on the false promise of giving jobs of housemaid in Mumbai, he said. "After bringing them to Mumbai, they used to confine them to an unidentified place at Nerul in neighbouring Navi Mumbai and forced them into prostitution. The accused used to send those women to lodges and hotels for prostitution and earn money through the illicit activity," the police official said. Taking serious cognisance of the complaint, four teams of the city police's AHTU conducted a raid at Shiravane village in Nerul and rescued 17 women and nine men, who acted as their agents, from the spot, he said. An FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 370 (trafficking of person), 392 (robbery), 344 and 346 (both pertaining to wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention) and sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act was registered against the accused persons, he said. Police have seized cash and mobile phones from the accused persons, he said, adding that a minor brother of one of the victims was also taken into custody by the police for his safety. The rescued victims were sent to women correctional centres, while the arrested accused were remanded in police custody till Wednesday. "Hunt for Raju and Sahil is on," the official said, adding that a probe was underway.
A 25-year-old woman police constable from Bihar who was in Pune, Maharashtra, as part of an investigation was found dead in a hotel room Thursday afternoon.As per the information given by the officials from the Hinjewadi police station in Pune, the deceased identified as Kavita Kumari was part of an investigation team from Brahmaputra police station in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. The team had come to Pune for an investigation of a case registered in 2021 pertaining to charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust.Senior Inspector Vivek Muglikar, in charge of the Hinjewadi police station, said that a probe has been launched into the sequence of events that led to the death of the constable.A senior police officer said that while the preliminary probe points to suicide, senior officials from both jurisdictions — Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra and Muzaffarpur in Bihar– were coordinating with each other to investigate the cause of the death.The Hinjewadi police station received the call in this regard from a member of her team, Sub-Inspector Om Prakash Prasad. Officials said that Kavita Kumari was found dead in the hotel room located near Chandani Chowk in Bavdhan around 1.30 pm.
Days after an eatery employee was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the Shirur taluka of Pune, the Pune Rural police have arrested his colleague from Virar in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, said officials Thursday.Officials of the Pune Rural police said the victim, identified as Sunil Namdeo Sarode alias Mahesh, 45, was found dead with multiple injuries at the eatery in Dongargan village of Shirur taluka at around 8 am on August 8. Officials said Sarode had stab injuries on his head, limbs, and private parts.The initial police investigation revealed the role of another eatery staff, Ananta Raghunath Kamble, who hails from Sangameshwar in the Ratnagiri district and has been working at the hotel for the last several years.“Our probe suggests that Kamble and Sarode had a fight over a petty issue the previous night. As a fallout of this dispute, Kamble attacked Sarode with a butcher knife multiple times and fled with the weapon,” said inspector Sureshkumar Raut, in-charge of the Shirur police station.The teams started gathering information about the location of Kamble from Pune city, rural areas of Pune, his native village in Ratnagiri, and Shirur. Late on August 9, the police received a tip-off that Kamble was hiding in Virar. Based on this input, they launched a search in the Virar Railway station area and finally nabbed him after five hours.Kamble was produced before the magistrate court on Wednesday and has been remanded to police custody till August 16.