|2012-10-28||Fake cop tries to rob senior citizen, held|
MUMBAI: A 45-year-old Ulhasnagar resident, Satish Mangatmal Bhalpuri, has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a policeman and trying to rob a senior citizen.
The incident occurred around 3pm on Friday, when the vicitm, Giridhar Palekar (65), a Thane resident, had gone to Worli for some work and was returning home. Palekar said, "I was on my way to Elphinstone Road railway station when a person caught me by my collar and asked me to accompany him to the police station."
Before Palekar could react, the accused forced him to sit in a taxi to go to the NM Joshi Marg police station. "The accused then asked me to remove my two gold rings and keep it in a handkerchief. He said his senior will get annoyed if he sees me wearing gold," Palekar told the police.
But Bhalpuri's trick failed when Palekar checked the handkerchief in which the accused made him to keep the rings. "Palekar snatched the rings from Bhalpuri and started screaming. Locals and a cab driver chased Bhalpuri and caught him," said N M Joshi Marg police senior inspector Sudhakar Ghagare. Inspector Kishore Jadhav said the accused is a history-sheeter.
|2012-10-26||Ulhasnagar corporator accused of illegal construct|
ULHASNAGAR: Ex-MLA Pappu Kalani has accused BJP corporator Meena Ailani, wife of BJP MLA Kumar Ailani, of illegally encroaching river Valdhuni to carry out construction work on the river bed. The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation commissioner passed an order to demolish the structure and take action against the accused under the MRTP Act.
The complaint has been marked to the chief justice of Bombay HC and special development officer as well. Kalani claims that during the July 2005 floods, many died due to overflow of river water caused by the construction.
The complaint alleges that 9,000-10,000 sq m of Valdhuni river has been illegally encroached upon by Meena Ailani and her kin Anita Bhatija with the approval of local civic officials. Kalani said, "The width of Valdhuni river has been reduced to half due to the encroachment, which falls under the green zone of the UMC development. Huge stone walls have been erected in the middle of the river and thousands of trucks have dumped mud to raise the portion to the road level."
Valdhuni river, which originates from Badlapur, drains the flood water during monsoon. Any encroachment will result in flood and immersion of huts close to the river. When questioned, Kumar Ailani said, "My wife doesn't have any land in her name and the allegation made by Kalani is false."
|2012-10-20||Women kidnap man for ransom|
Thane: Thane police have filed a case against four women from Ulhasnagar in the district for abducting a man for ransom and assaulting him.
Assistant Police Inspector Ram Divekar said that on October 9, the victim Rahul Pawar (52) was called by a woman called Bhima B Pawar (52) for 'urgent meeting' at Camp Number 1.
From there, he was taken to another place, where three other women were waiting for him.
The women allegedly took away his car keys, mobile phone, and demanded Rs 1 lakh.
He was taken to an ATM centre and forced to withdraw Rs 15,000. Also, he was made to sign to blank cheques.
They also assaulted him and 'took a picture', he later told the police. After suffering the ordeal for nearly seven hours, he was released with a warning not to go to the police.
Pawar said initially he did not want to approach the police, but the accused started blackmailing him, so he filed the complaint.
Apart from Bhima Pawar, other three women were yet to be identified. No arrest has been made.
|2012-10-18||No HC relief for Omie Kalani aide|
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday declined to grant relief to Manoj Sayani alias Manoj Lassi, an alleged aide of Omie Kalani, who is the son of former MLA Pappu Kalani.
Sayani is alleged to be involved in a case of assault on Ulhasnagar resident Sunil Sukhramani. According to Sukhramani, the motive behind the assault was to dissuade his aunt Neeta Sukhramani from contesting from a ward in Ulhasnagar as Omie’s mother Jyoti had decided to contest from the same ward.
Justice Abhay Thipsay declined to grant Sayani bail after the public prosecutor told the court that investigations are at a crucial stage. The plea is pending and hearing has been adjourned till October 31.
Justice Thipsay noted that some injuries sustained by Sukhramani appeared to be serious. The judge also noted that Kalani had not been arrested even after his anticipatory bail was rejected. He was, however, arrested only after criticism from a division bench of the High Court, the judge observed. “The fact that he (Kalani) was not initially arrested is a little suspicious... the investigation might not have initially been done properly,” he said.
|2012-10-15||Student falls off train while speaking on phone|
Mumbai: A First Year Junior College student of Mahatma Gandhi College died after falling off a train on Saturday night. Shivani Patil (16), a resident of Badlapur, was attending a phone call as she stood near the door of the railway compartment.
Shivani was coming home on the Badlapur-bound train from Ulhasnagar, where she attended her coaching classes.
Avinash Pagare, resident of Badlapur and Patil's neighbour, said, "I was in the same Badlapur train. I heard that a girl had fallen off and heard she was from my area. So I got off when someone pulled the chain between Ambernath and Badlapur."
Woman commuters said that though Shivani was sitting initially in the ladies' coach, she got up to speak on the phone and went near the door so she would have access to the mobile network. But since the train travels at high speed between Ambernath and Badlapur, she lost her balance and fell, getting hit on the head.
Pagare added, "When I got down, I immediately recognised her. I picked her up and started walking on the tracks to reach Badlapur station so that I could take her to hospital. We rushed her to Dhanvantari hospital, where we were refused admission, as no surgeon was available. We took her to another hospital nearby where she was declared dead by doctors."
A stationmaster of Badlapur who does not wish to be named said, "College students should not speak on the phone near the door, or use earphones while crossing railway tracks."
A N Koli, a police official at Kalyan police station said, "The accident happened between 8.30 pm and 9 pm. The case of accidental death case has been registered at the police station. She fell from the train while she was standing near the door."
Shivani was a bright student who secured 88 per cent in the SSC board exam last year.
She was studying science subjects in the college at Ambernath.
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Dr Pramod Paritekar, owner of Dhanvantari hospital, said, "It's not like we refused her admission. There was only a homoeopath at the hospital when she was brought in. She was in such a bad state that she needed a surgeon to attend to her immediately. So we advised that she be taken to the hospital nearby, where a surgeon was present."
|2012-10-15||Ulhasnagar MLA wants state govt to excuse schools |
Raising a voice against the Central government’s recent policy changes on cooking gas, Member of Legislative Assembly Ramnanth Mote, elected from the Kokan teacher constituency, appealed to the state government to omit schools, orphanages and Mahila Bachat Gat (small saving groups for women) from
the limit of 6 subsidised cylinders in a year.
According to the new policy, every family will get only six cylinders at subsidised rates and will have to pay more than Rs950 for subsequent cylinders. This decision has hit schools hard as they use gas cylinders during various science practicals. Ashram schools, that consume one cylinder in a one week to cook food for 200 to 500 students, women’s organisations that have taken up contracts for supplying midday meals to students or to run small businesses will also face the problem.
Mote said, “In Maharastra, around 80,000 midday meals are given to students. There are around 550 ashram schools, where around 50,000 students study. They will be hit hard with this decision.”
He added, “I had written to the [state] chief minister to attract the government’s attention towards the problem and requested them to omit them from the new policy, and continue to supply cylinders to them at subsidised rates.”
|2012-10-12||HC raps CID in Omie Kalani case|
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rapped the state CID, after it came to light that the agency had not sought further custody of Omie Kalani, son of Ulhasnagar MLA Pappu Kalani in a threat and assault case.
"You (police) arrest people where it is not necessary and put them in jail. But in serious cases like this where immediate steps have to be taken the police does not do anything. This is the problem with police," said a division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode after perusing the remand application in the case. Police should see what kind of picture they are painting about themselves before the society and public at large,'' added the judges.
|2012-10-10||Unable to pay fees, youth ends life|
MUMBAI: Three people, including a girl and an HSC student, committed suicide in three separate incidents in Thane district on Tuesday. According to Kolsewadi police Sagar Gosavi (20) committed suicide at his home in Kalyan by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. The HSC student was apparently depressed because his mother, a domestic help, was unable to pay his class fees. Sagar has two other sisters and their father died when he was a child.
Another incident was reported in Ulhasnagar where an unemployed Suresh Lahane (27) committed suicide in his house. The third incident was reported in Ambernath where Gudiya Jha (27) ended her life in her house.
|2012-10-09||PCs seized from office of accused|
KALYAN: The police on Monday seized computers from the office of Ulhasnagar-based material supplier Manoj Tiwari who was arrested along with two of his associates for abetting the suicide of a 19-year-old college girl on September 3. The accused had allegedly taken obscene photographs of the girl after promising to give her a break in the film industry. She was also sexually exploited.
|2012-10-07||Youth puts suicide plan on Facebook, jumps to deat|
A first year Bachelor of Management Studies student died after jumping from the third floor of a hotel building while on a college trip in Gujarat on Friday at around 12.30am. Harsh Mangtani, 21, a resident of Ulhasnagar and a student of CHM College, was staying at Khandveli resort
around ten kilometers away from Silvassa in Gujarat while on an industrial visit from his college.
The college principal said she was not aware as to why he might have taken such a step.
A case was registered at Khandveli police station after one of the professors called the police on Friday.
The police had sent the body for a post-mortem and have also preserved the viscera of the deceased for chemical examination, said police inspector Pinal Rohi.
Sunil Lalchandani, head of the BMS department, who was on the trip said on the night of his death Mangtani was found smoking in his room during a surprise check by the professors. They then informed his parents. Fifteen minutes later he jumped from his room on the third floor.
“We have no idea if he was depressed,” said Bhavna Motwani, the college’s principal. “We are all in a state of shock. He was like one of my own children.”
The police has recorded statements of students, resort employees and professors and the investigation is still on. The parents will also be questioned, said police.
The last Facebook message on Mangtani’s page says, “Soooooo my last status m signing off can’t tolerate life any more byeeeeee every 1.....!!!!!!”.
Mangtani’s body was brought back to the city on Thursday by his parents. His last rites were conducted on Friday, said Motwani. The boy’s parents have so far not lodged any complaint against the college.
The college cancelled the rest of the visit. The Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) has filed a complaint at Ulhasnagar police station against the college.
“Based on the information we have the college is responsible and the authorities have not behaved properly,” said Hrishikesh Joshi, MNVS vice president.
|2012-10-06||Sex, blackmail spurred Mumbai teen girl suicide|
KALYAN: It has come to light that a 19-year-old girl who killed herself last month was allegedly blackmailed and sexually exploited by a businessman for over a year.
On September 13, the FYBCom student from Ulhasnagar committed suicide by jumping in front of a local train between Shahad and Ambivli stations. The investigation led the Kalyan Government Railway Police (GRP) to prime accused Manoj Tiwari (32) and his two aides, Kamlesh Jaiswal (24) and Umesh Pal (19). The three were arrested on Friday for abetment to suicide.
The accused had allegedly taken obscene photographs of the girl after promising to give her a break in the film industry. They later started threatening her, saying they would show the pictures to her parents. She was then allegedly forced to enter into a physical relationship with Manoj, a construction material supplier, said the police. This eventually drove the girl to commit suicide, it was alleged.
Both the victim and Manoj lived in the Shahad Phatak area. The police said Manoj managed to befriend her and win her confidence. He reportedly told the girl that he could help her get into the film industry. She believed him and was asked to go for a photo-session.
Sampat Nirmal, a GRP sub-inspector, said: "Manoj and his two friends, Kamlesh and Umesh, took the girl to a hotel. There, they took objectionable photographs of the girl." After that, Manoj started blackmailing the girl and forced her into a physical relationship. The accused reportedly took the victim to various hotels during this period and also promised to marry her.
Meanwhile, as her parents started suspecting that she was having an affair, the girl reportedly started pressuring Manoj to tie the knot with her. He, however, refused to do so.
The girl then went into depression and, on September 12, narrated the entire episode to her mother. But before the family could do anything, she killed herself the very next day.
The girl's mother later informed the GRP about what had happened. "We found the phone records and registers of some hotels where Manoj took the victim," said Nirmal
|2012-10-06||Robot assisted surgery helps Maharashtra girl stan|
CHENNAI: Preethi Suryavansh, 14, of Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, had just one dream — to be able to look people straight in the eye. Born with a lumbar spine defect, her upper torso was curved towards her right from when she could remember. Her dream came true on Saturday morning, when she stood up after an eight-hour surgery. "I had always imagined how things would be if I could stand and see straight. For the first time I could look into my mother's eyes, stand as tall as her," she said with an excited smile.
Preethi's parents Mangesh and Saritha took her to almost every neurosurgeon in Maharshtra before one in Thane referred her to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Here doctors assured them they would use a newly-introduced robot that virtually ruled out any errors that could result in nerve or aortic damage.
The Renaissance Robot, manufactured by Mazor Robotics, tells surgeons where exactly screws have to be inserted and in what angle during a spinal surgery. "The machine is fed with all the scans and images, along with the patients' nerve composition. With its accuracy being close to 1 mm, it rules out damage to her nerves and organs," said neurosurgeon Dr Sajan K Hegde, who is trained to use the robot. The robot, the size of a 250ml soft drink can, moves like a capsule across the patient's back, ensuring that screws and plates are inserted leaving no margin for error.
The Renaissance Robot, doctors say, is more efficient than the Da Vinci robot that is in use in four Apollo hospitals in the country and is an upgraded version of the computer navigated surgery, where doctors are guided in manually inserting rods and screws into a patient.
The robot helped in complex spinal surgeries of 11 other patients, including Heema Kirit Shah, 10, of Rajkot, who was born with congenital abnormalities and had already undergone three surgeries.
Heema and Preethi, who underwent surgeries on Saturday, will soon be able to bend down and pick up a paper or do salsa dancing in 3-6 months.
|2012-10-06||Explain illegal structures, HC tells Ulhasnagar ci|
The Bombay High Court (HC) has directed Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation in Thane district to file an affidavit within four weeks stating what action it had taken against 110 illegal constructions sanctioned by the then town planner in 2010.
Justices V M Kanade and Rajesh Ketkar issued the order on Thursday after the Maharashtra government informed HC it had appointed the director of town planning in Pune to probe the alleged illegal constructions.
The court was hearing a PIL alleging rampant corruption in the corporation and claiming on the basis of an RTI reply that 110 plans were sanctioned illegally in 2010 in Ulhasnagar, a colony of displaced persons from Sindh in Pakistan who migrated after Partition.
On another PIL in 2005, HC had ordered demolition of 855 buildings in the town come up in violation of development control (DC) and FSI rules.
The present PIL filed by Ravi Talreja and Hardas Tharwani alleges that then town planner A P Gurgule, in collusion with civic officials, granted permission or regularised 110 unauthorised structures in contravention of DC rules.
Counsel for the petitioners Jaiwant Chandnani argued the town planner went beyond his powers to sanction the plans and prayed for a probe by an independent agency. A civil court in Ulhasnagar had issued notices to the town planner and some municipal officials on February15, 2010, for alleged mischief and forgery. After a few days, the state government transferred Gurgule to Pune.
The town planner then went on leave from October 19, 2010, to November 4, 2011, and it was in this period that he allegedly granted the illegal permissions, the petition said on the basis of information gathered through RTI.
|2012-10-05||HC questions Ulhasnagar civic body on 110 illegal |
The Bombay high court has directed the Municipal Corporation in Ulhasnagar town of nearby Thane district to file an affidavit within four weeks stating what action it had taken against 110 illegal constructions sanctioned by the then town planner in 2010. The direction was given by
justices VM Kanade and Rajesh Ketkar on Thursday on a PIL, after Maharashtra government informed the court that it had appointed director of Town Planning in Pune to conduct a probe into the allegations about 110 illegal constructions.
The court was hearing a PIL that alleged rampant corruption prevailing in the corporation and claimed on the basis of RTI that 110 plans had been sanctioned illegally in 2010 in Ulhasnagar, a colony of displaced persons from Sindh in Pakistan, who migrated to Mumbai after partition.
In 2005, the high court, in another PIL, had ordered demolition of 855 buildings in Ulhasnagar which had come up in violation of DC rules and FSI.
The PIL, filed by Ravi Talreja and Hardas Tharwani, now being heard by the high court, alleged that the then town planner AP Gurgule, in collusion with civic officials, had granted either permission or regularised 110 unauthorised structures in contravention of Development Control Rules.
Counsel for the petitioners, Jaiwant Chandnani, argued that the town planner had gone beyond his powers to sanction the 110 plans. He prayed for an independent agency to probe the alleged violations and take action against the guilty.
In view of several complaints, a civil court in Ulhasnagar had issued notice to the town planner and some officials of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation on February 15, 2010, on charges of mischief and forgery. After few days, the state government transferred Gurgule to Pune.
Gurgule then went on leave from October 19, 2010 to November 4, 2011 and it was during this period that he allegedly granted such illegal permissions, the petition said, on the basis of information gathered through RTI.
It was further alleged that Gurgule was found to be involved in criminal cases and the same were registered against him. He then absconded and applied for anticipatory bail in high court, which rejected it after making observations against him about alleged forgery, the petition alleged.
The petitioners said they had learnt through RTI that Gurgule had sanctioned 110 illegal constructions either during his tenure or when he was on leave and said no inquiry had been conducted by the government, despite their plea made to the authorities several times in the past
|2012-10-05||HC questions civic body on illegal structures|
Mumbai, Oct 5 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has directed the Municipal Corporation in Ulhasnagar town of nearby Thane district to file an affidavit within four weeks stating what action it had taken against 110 illegal constructions sanctioned by the then town planner in 2010.