|2010-03-25||You bet we will shoot your son: Cops to bookie|
Punter alleges that a DCP and two senior inspectors illegally detained him and his family, and forced him to place bets on their behalf
UPSET: Punter Anil Jaisinghani has alleged that the cops earned Rs 1.5 crore from the bets that he was forced to place for them. PIC/NIMESH DAVE
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) and two senior inspectors are caught in a betting scandal after an Ulhasnagar-based punter has alleged that he and his nine-year-old son were detained by the three policemen last September and forced him to bet on their behalf.
Though the Crime Branch has provided him with armed bodyguards, he is upset that six months on, there has been no breakthrough in the case and the DCP (crime) Amar Jadhav and the inspectors are still in a position of power. He also claims that his son is now suffering from mental trauma.
Anil Jaisinghani and his son Ajay (name changed) were "illegally detained" by two gun-toting policemen from a fast food centre at Santacruz (west) on the night of September 26. They were then taken to a nearby hotel and were kept there for two days during which they asked the punter to gamble for them. "The three cops first threatened to book me under MCOCA. They then threatened to gun down my son if I did not bet for them on the India-Australia match in South Africa on September 28," said the bookie.
The Other Side
Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Amar Jadhav told MiD DAY, "I arrested and confiscated a laptop and mobile from punter Anil Jaisinghani, which had details of hawala transactions in the United Kingdom. The bookie is now making false allegations to frame me. He has been charged for over 10 offences." Additional Home Secretary Chandra Iyenger said she was not aware of this case. Repeated attempts to contact Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria proved futile.
"They had a foolproof plan. They asked me to call 14 bookies, seven of who placed their bet on India and the other seven on Australia. They made Rs 1.5 crore from the bets. After the game, I was allowed to go, but once again detained illegally to recover the money from the bookies," he added.
According to Jaisinghani, the cops called the seven bookies, who won the bet, to the police station on the pretext of questioning them. Fearing that they would be booked for gambling, they bribed the cops around Rs 50 lakh.
After his release, Jaisinghani approached the then state DGP S S Virk. The police have attained CCTV footage from the Santacruz hotel where Jaisinghani was kept for two days.
The punter is a former NCP corporator from Ullhasnagar and has been named in several cases. He claims he has been absolved in most cases.
|2010-03-24||Five Detained for text message threats Against Kha|
About five people including a Shiv Sena leader and a local contractor have been detained by the police after Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse received text messages on his cellphone from a person threatening to blow up him and the whole of Mumbai.
While Sena activist Pradip Tekwani and building contractor Jitu Makija alias Vicky have been picked up, Chhota Rajan gangster Naresh Chaddhi is still wanted in the case.
An SMS with a threat to eliminate Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse led to panic in the State Assembly. The sender allegedly identified himself as Chaddhi and threatened to blow off Mumbai within the next 36 hours on Sunday.
Khadse said, "I have received similar text messages in the past. I initially ignored this one too. However, when he threatened to kill me, I decided to do something about it."
The calls were traced to a Tata DOCOMO SIM card in Ulhasnagar. Crime branch officials said that the documents submitted for the SIM card belonged to Vicky Makhija alias Jeetu.
Makhija was detained by the crime branch and handed over to the Central police station in Ulhasnagar. However, Makhija, a resident of Avtar Apartment, Ulhasnagar-1, told reporters he had approached the police on his own after he heard his name was in the document.
Sanjay Yenpure, deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar confirmed that five people have had been detained in the case. "The matter is still under investigation," he said.
Sources said that Ulhasnagar Central police interrogated the suspects in the case and raided several premises, from where they seized more than 22 SIM cards, registered using fake documents. At least five SIM cards have been purchased by the accused, the cops said.
The first text message, received on Sunday, stated that the sender would blow Mumbai up within 36 hours. On Monday, the same person sent another text message threatening to kill BJP leader Khadse.
The messages caused an outcry in the State Assembly. BJP member Devendra Phadanvis demanded immediate response from the government. The state swung into action and asked the Mumbai Crime Branch to trace the sender.
On Monday, Home Minister R R Patil told the house that similar threat calls were made to Thane City Police Commissioner two days ago. The suspect, who sounded inebriated, had even used foul language on a call to the CP on Sunday.
The first text message, received on Sunday, stated that the sender would blow Mumbai up within 36 hours
|2010-03-10||Women commuters cheer for woman quota in RS|
Thousands of women commuters travelling in local trains Wednesday celebrated the first round of success of the Women's Reservation Bill by cheering and offering flowers to other travellers at a railway station in the suburbs.
Armed with flowers, the women commuters and some others belonging to local self-help groups thronged the Ulhasnagar railway station early morning, a day after the Rajya Sabha passed the bill to reserve a third of seats in the legislatures for women.
Many of them also cheered United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Congress for keeping their election promise of passing the Women's Reservation Bill.
'We also offered flowers to women travelling in the suburban trains. This is a major victory for women,' said Suvarna Kamble who took a few hours off for the impromptu celebrations at the railway station.
Nearly one-third of the eight million commuters travelling in Mumbai suburban trains daily are women. Over 15 years ago, the suburban network had created history by running dedicated Ladies Special trains to make their travel more comfortable and secure.