|2013-08-28||MSEB staffer abused, molested in office|
A 37-year-old employee of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) in Ulhasnagar was allegedly molested by a complainant on Monday. The accused was arrested after the lady filed a complaint with the Hill Line police.
Police said the victim was in her office when Sanjay Gaikwad, a resident of Ambarnath, visited the office around 4.15pm and inquired about the land line number. When he didn’t get an answer, Gaikwad snatched the dupatta of the woman and started abusing her in front of everybody, said the police.
“The woman filed a complaint at 4:45pm. The accused was then taken into custody. The accused was produce in the Ulhasnagar court on Tuesday,” said an official from the Hill Line police station.
|2013-08-27||Molester held in Ulhasnagar|
ULHASNAGAR: The police have arrested a 26-year-old man for molesting a girl and threatening to throw acid on her when she protested. Rajesh Shelke was held from Bholenath Tower in Ulhasnagar on Monday evening.
The police said Shelke had been following the resident of Gol Maidan area for a few days and used to pass lewd comments. He caught hold of the girl's hand on Sunday, and threatened to disfigure her face when she protested.
Ajit Talreja had thrown hot oil on his ex-girlfriend outside a clinic where she was working at Shivaji Chowk last month.
|2013-08-27||3-yr-old sexually assaulted in Ulhasnagar, teen cu|
The Hill Line police in Ulhasnagar are on the lookout for an 18-year-old boy who allegedly molested a 3-year-old girl three weeks ago.
The accused, Munna Kayyum Shaikh, a Kalyan (W) resident, had been staying at a relative’s house opposite the girl’s house for a few days. On August 6, Munna invited her to his relative’s house to play and molested her. “When the girl told her parents, they approached the boy’s relatives and decided to sort the matter out,” said a senior officer from Hill Line police station.
“But the boy kept denying he had molested the girl. The girl’s parents registered a police complaint on August 26,” the officer added.
Munna has been absconding ever since.
|2013-08-25||'Terrorist group' threatens 3 shrines in Thane dis|
MUMBAI: A letter believed to be sent by members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) threatens to target three temples in Thane district.
Security has been stepped up at Ambernath's Shiv temple, a Sindhi temple in Ulhasnagar and Shahad's Birla Mandir. The letter does not bear IM's insignia and investigators are trying to ascertain its authenticity.
The letter threatened to destroy over 1,200-years-old Shiva temple in Ambernath and Jhulela temple of Ulhasnagar.
"We have also received an input from intelligence agencies and have taken it seriously," said a senior police officer from the Thane crime branch. Authorities at Birla Mandir received the letter on Thursday night. Following the fresh threat, intelligence agencies are on high alert.
The Shiva and Birla temples have received similar threats earlier. However, this is first time a terror outfit has threatened in this manner at a time when Sindhi community is celebrating their Chaliah festival of which programs runs Jhulelal temple is named in any threat letter from any terror outfit.
Bipin Kumar Singh, Thane's joint police commissioner, said, "Security has been tightened following the threat. Similar threats were received earlier and we have also written temple authorities to review the security," he said.
In February, the crime branch started a probe into a threat letter sent to Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani allegedly from the IMIndian Mujahideen threatening to carry out a terror attack on his Antilia residence at Altamount Road in south Mumbai.
|2013-08-24||Journalists meet home minister, demand conviction |
MUMBAI: Media persons across Mumbai, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar organized day-long sit-ins on Friday to protest against the gang rape of a young photojournalist at Shakti Mills, Mahalaxmi.
Journalists squatted at Hutatma Chowk in a silent morcha demanding swift punishment for the culprits. They later met state home minister R R Patil.
Representative Jatin Desai reported that the government was planning to provide police escorts to women journalists and photographers if they approached local police stations (see adjoining copy).
A delegation of the Bombay News Photographers Association (BNPA) met home minister R R Patil to demand speedy justice for the victim. "He assured us that the case will be tried in a fast-track court and special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam will be asked to represent the prosecution if the family of the victim agrees," said BNPA secretary Rajanish Kakade.
Journalists' associations in Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath protested outside local tehsildars' offices.
They handed over a memorandum to officials demanding action against criminals and urged the state to pass relevant laws. Journalist Arvind Tripathi said there was an urgent need to introduce a long-pending law related to media persons' safety.
|2013-08-20||Sena men turn Mayor's office topsy-turvy|
Mumbai : Ulhasnagar witnessed a new low in politics on Monday when Shiv Sena corporators barged into the Mayor’s office and ransacked it. Mayor Asha Idnani of the Sai Party could only stand by and watch as her deputy, Jamnu Purswani, of the BJP, was manhandled.
Also roughed up was Kumar Ailani, a local MLA of the BJP. The mob also damaged the official car of the Mayor.
The Shiv Sena, which is in a grand alliance with the Sai Party, the BJP, the RPI and the BSP, was upset that Idnani was not relinquishing the Mayor’s post after one year and making way for its candidate as was agreed upon.
Idnani’s one-year term ended on June 4 but she was reluctant to step down. Her deputy too was to relinquish his post on July 4 but had not done so, saying that he would quit after the Mayor did so.
Kumar was targeted, as his wife Meena (of the BJP) is the chairperson of the civic standing committee. The Shiv Sena felt cheated as the Sai Pary and the BJP did not honour the agreement. Besides, it was felt that members of the Sindhi community were holding all the three important posts.
Thane district in-charge of the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde, and Kalysn district chief Gopal Landge asked Idnani and her husband, Jeevan, several times to honour the commitment. However, the duo refused to meet the Sena leaders.
Following this, Sena members had warned that they would not allow the house to work till the Mayor resigned. In defiance, the Mayor called a general body meeting on Monday. Angered by this, Sena members ransacked her office and disrupted the proceedings in the house.
Sena workers also roughed up policemen on security duty in the civic headquarters. Sources said that the cops had intelligence input that the Sena would create a ruckus but no precautions were taken. In fact, the cops fled when the Mayor’s office was being turned upside down.
The MLA was roughed up right in front of the cops. Women corporators of the Shiv Sena did not even wait for the national anthem to end before they started abusing the Mayor.
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|2013-08-12||Cloned debit card used to withdraw cash from cop's|
SURAT: The withdrawal of Rs 63,000 from the bank accounts of two persons, including a policeman, by unidentified miscreants with the help of cloned debit cards, showed that the menace has now travelled to small towns and villages beyond the limits of Surat city.
The latest incidents of cash withdrawals with cloned debit cards from ATMs happened at Ulhasnagar town and Gangadhara village on Friday and Saturday from the accounts of victims belonging to Surat district.
|2013-08-08||Oil attack victim stable, discharged from hospital|
ULHASNAGAR: Twelve days after hot oil was flung at Neetu Jaisinghani, she was discharged from Ulhasnagar's Astha hospital on Wednesday. Doctors have asked her to visit the hospital every alternate day for check-up.
"The last 12 days were really tough for our family. But now, we are happy that my sister has come back home," said Gulabsingh Jaisinghani, the victim's brother. Neetu too is very happy to return home, he added.
|2013-08-08||Bizman booked for 'raping' yoga instructor|
The Malad police have registered a case of rape against an Ulhasnagar-based businessman for allegedly raping a yoga instructor from Vasai on several occasions with the promise of marriage.
Police said Jai Kailash Bachchani (29), a resident of Hollywood Tower in Ulhasnagar, met the victim through a matrimonial website a few months ago. The accused allegedly left for America a few weeks earlier without informing the victim and stopped taking her calls, following which she approached police and registered a complaint.
The police added that the victim and Bachchani had visited several hotels and lodges in Malad where the man allegedly raped the victim, according to the victim's statement.
"We have booked Bachchani on charges of rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code," said inspector Ravindra Patil of Malad Police Station.
Police are now awaiting Bachchani's return to Mumbai to arrest him.
|2013-08-07||'Cops took Rs 60, 000 bribe not to harass us durin|
ULHASNAGAR: The father of the youth who allegedly threw hot oil on a 21-year-old girl has claimed he was forced to pay Rs 60,000 to the policetoshieldhisfamily from harassment during investigations.
The money was taken by constable Ram Patil , who is posted in the detection branch of the Central police station , Narimal Talreja , father of accused Ajit, has stated in his written complaint to senior inspector of the police station and the deputy police commissioner of Ulhasnagar region .
|2013-08-07||Probe against cop over bribe demand|
ULHASNAGAR: An inquiry has been initiated against the constable who allegedly demanded Rs 60,000 as bribe from the family of the oil attack accused to not harass them during the investigation. An ACP-level officer will carry out the probe against constable Ram Patil, Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi told TOI.
Patil had been accused of demanding and accepting money in the past too, but no one ever lodged a formal complaint against him, said sources.
Ajit Talreja, who threw hot oil on Neetu Jaisinghani on July 27 for refusing his marriage proposal, was on Tuesday produced before the Ulhasnagar court, which remanded him in police custody till August 10. His lawyer Bhojraj Jeswani contended that Ajit was depressed and should be sent for psychiatric treatment. But the police argued that Ajit was healthy and was only citing depression to escape punishment.
Ajit has reportedly confessed to his crime. He has told the investigators that he was furious when he learnt of Neetu's friendship with another boy and decided to "spoil her life", said sources.
Police sources said that during interrogation accused told police that he was very much in love with Neetu since last more than five years and she was also loving him.
The accused claimed that due to their love affair Neetu's family himself approached for their marriage and both were happy about it but suddenly what happened to Neetu's family he dont known and they rejected their marriage.
Accused told police that after refusal marriage he many times tried to meet Neetu but she was not agreed and her elder sister threaten that if he will follow Neetu or will try to contact her then she will filed case against him.
Accused claimed police that he went more depressed when he claimed that he found Neetu started having friendship with another boy named as Vicky which eraked him and then he decided to spoil Neetu's life.
"Accused said that as per plan on 27 July, he took hot oil from his hotel and threw hot oil on girl's face inside clinic where she was working at Shivaji chowck area in Ulhasnagar and fled" said Ajit Choudhari, police inspector of Central police station.
Another side accused lawyer Bhojraj Jeswani on Tuesday during court proceedings demanded judge that his client is suffering from mental problem due to depression and demanded that he should be immediately sent for treatment to psychiatrists.
However the police investigating case argued that Talreja's behavior is normal and it might be tactic of accused to save him in the case.
The accused have also produced ticket which he has bought during travel which proved that after committing crime accused had visited Balaji temple in Pune, Shani Shingnapur in Nashik and later he went to Haridwar where he passed few days in dharamshala.
Another side Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi on Tuesday taking serious note of complaint from accused family who alleged that police constable Ram Patil along with an intermediary Shyam Jethani took Rs 60,000 from them to avoid harassment from police in name of investigation has order enquiry in to the matter.
Talking to TOI, Raghuvanshi said, "We have ordered enquiry in to the matter and whatever result will come we act as per that further".
Sources claimed that Patil in past too was in controversy for accepting money from accused family but as no one came forward to complaint against him he was given relief.
|2013-08-07||Oil attack suspect plays 'mentally unstable' card |
Advocate claims Ulhasnagar snack shop owner has been under treatment for depression ever since victim refused to marry him; court, however, extends his police custody.
The 26-year-old accused, who attacked his ex-girlfriend with boiling oil 10 days ago, is mentally ill and needs psychiatric treatment, his lawyer said in the Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Ulhasnagar on Tuesday.
The accused, Ulhasnagar snack shop owner Ajit Talreja, who surrendered in court on Monday after being on the run since the incident, was sent to police custody for a day, and produced in court on Tuesday by the Ulhasnagar central police.
He has been further remanded in police custody till August 10.
Talreja's lawyer, advocate Bhojraj Jaiswani, told the court on Tuesday that he has been suffering from psychiatric problems and has been mentally unstable since the victim, Neetu Jaisinghani, turned down his proposal.
It is learnt that Talreja has been undergoing treatment from psychiatrist Dr Varsha Dawani for the past few months.
Jaiswani said, "Talreja has been under the treatment of a psychiatrist for depression. It could be due to his mental illness that he attacked Neetu. He needs psychiatric treatment and hence shouldn't be kept in custody."
An application seeking the same was filed with the court on Tuesday,
However, the Ulhasnagar central police opposed the demand, claiming that Talreja was completely normal. The police also told the court that he had confessed to the crime and that they needed further custody of him to interrogate him regarding the motive. They also said they needed to find out if someone had helped him carry out the attack, or assisted him when he fled following the attack.
After hearing both sides, the court extended Talreja's custody.
Meanwhile, the victim Neetu, a compounder with a private clinic, has been recovering at Astha Hospital and is likely to be discharged on Wednesday. Dr Karan Balani, cosmetic surgeon at Astha Hospital, said, "There's been a lot of improvement in her condition and the superficial wounds she suffered have been healing well. We will wait for the wounds to heal naturally, and if scars remain after that we will carry out plastic surgery if necessary."
|2013-08-06||Pappu Kalani held for assault|
ULHASNAGAR: The police on Monday arrested former MLA Pappu Kalani and two of his associates in a 2012 case of assault.
Kalani and his associates had allegedly threatened BJP legislator Kamal Bathija and assaulted constable Kishan Gaikwad, who was appointed for the latter's protection, near the Central police station in Ulhasnagar.
|2013-08-06||Youth who threw hot oil on girl 'surrenders' in co|
ULHASNAGAR: Ajit Talreja, the youth absconding after throwing hot oil on a girl for refusing to marry him, surrendered before a court here on Monday, nine days after the incident. He tried to hide his identity by wearing a pagdi but a cop posted in court recognized him and informed the Central police, who immediately approached the judge and got his custody.
The accused had thrown oil on the face and hands of his former fiancee, Neetu Jaisinghani, at a clinic where she was working as a compounder on July 27. Neetu's colleague also suffered burns in the attack. The accused then fled, leaving behind a note, claiming in it that after ruining Neetu's life, he would end his.
|2013-08-05||Fearing threat to life, BJP leader moves HC|
MUMBAI: A BJP leader from Ulhasnagar, Kamal Bathija, whose two brothers were allegedly killed at the behest of former MLA Pappu Kalani , has approached the Bombay high court, stating that he feared for his life. Claiming that some contract killers from Guarat have been hired to kill him, Bathija has demanded a CBI probe against Kalani, a former TADA detainee.
Last Friday, Bathija filed a writ petition, requesting the court to cancel Kalani's conditional anticipatory bail that was granted by the Supreme Court in 2002 on the condition that Kalani would not indulge in criminal activities. But Bathija alleged that since his release, Kalani had been booked under 18 criminal cases and neither the police nor the state had taken any action against him due to political pressure. The BJP leader also demanded that his brother Ghanshyam's murder case be completed soon. Bathija feared that he would be targeted as he was the prime witness in the case.
|2013-08-05||Govandi girl shapes her destiny with grit, educati|
MUMBAI: A BJP leader from Ulhasnagar, KamalBathija, whose two brothers were allegedly killed at the behest of former MLA PappuKalani, has approached the Bombay high court, stating that he feared for his life. Claiming that some contract killers from Guarat have been hired to kill him, Bathija has demanded a CBI probe against Kalani, a former TADA detainee.
Last Friday, Bathija filed a writ petition, requesting the court to cancel Kalani's conditional anticipatory bail that was granted by the Supreme Court in 2002 on the condition that Kalani would not indulge in criminal activities. But Bathija alleged that since his release, Kalani had been booked under 18 criminal cases and neither the police nor the state had taken any action against him due to political pressure. The BJP leader also demanded that his brother Ghanshyam's murder case be completed soon. In his petition, he claimed Kalani had given his supari to Gujrat-based hit men.
|2013-08-03||Youth recced clinic posing as patient 2 hours befo|
ULHASNAGAR: The youth, Ajit Talreja, who is on the run after allegedly throwing hot oil on his former fiancee, had conducted a recce two hours ahead of the attack, the police said.
Ajit visited the clinic posing as a patient where the victim, Neetu Jaisinghani (21), worked. "During investigations, we recorded the statement of a doctor who claimed that Ajit visited the clinic two hours ahead of the incident. He complained of common cold and took some medicines," said a senior police officer.
On Friday, Congress functionary Suman Agrawal met Neetu's family and demanded that Ajit must be booked under Section 326 A of the IPCIndian Penal Code. Under the new amendment, an accused can be sentenced to jail for up to 10 years.
"The victim can also avail of compensation from the state government," Agrawal said. Ajit has been charged with sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).
Agrawal said he will Neetu's family if she has to undergo plastic surgery.
|2013-08-03||Heavy rain hits life in Mumbai, 2 killed|
Flash floods in the Ulhasnagar and Vasai areas on the outskirts of greater Mumbai claimed two lives on Thursday even as heavy rain lashed the metro, Thane and other adjoining areas for the third consecutive day, throwing normal life out of gear.
Eight-year-old Irfan Jalauddin Shaikh and Dilip Parab,18, met the watery grave in Vasai after heavy rain in the district inundated several low-lying areas, according to Disaster Cell officials here.
Incessant showers since three days and huge boulders on the road have led to the disruption of vehicular traffic at Malshej Ghats near Murbad in Thane. Consequently, the Mumbra bypass was also closed for traffic following damaged roads, officials said.
Many low-lying areas in Mumbai, including railway lines, had to face fury of monsoon which led to water-logging and flooding, adversely affecting the movement of road and rail traffic. So much so that the suburban railways, which is the Mumbai's lifeline – carrying over eight million commuters per day – has been badly hit with waterlogging on tracks. Peak-hour commuters were stranded.
Though the suburban trains were running late by around 30 minutes on the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR), the only dislocation of train services was on the Thane sector of the suburban section. The WR’s long-distance services were hit as incessant rains caused heavy flooding on railway lines in north Maharashtra and south Gujarat, officials said.
All train services on the WR’s Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors were badly hit due to floods in and around Valsad in south Gujarat. This resulted in several cancellations, major delays or short termination of various important trains on these sectors, including the Flying Ranee, Karnavati Express, Double-Decker Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Golden Temple Mail and others, a WR official said.
In Mumbai, several low-lying areas in the city and suburbs remained submerged under knee-deep water; a similar situation was reported from several areas in neighbouring Thane, hitting vehicular movement badly. At 5 pm on Thursday, Mumbai city recorded 8.23 cm rain, eastern suburbs 8.33 cm and western suburbs 8.11 cm.
Weather Bureau Director V K Rajeev said heavy rain is expected to continue lashing Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts of the state for the next two days.
|2013-08-02||Oil attack victim's injured colleague struggles to|
ULHASNAGAR: The youth who threw hot oil on a girl for refusing to marry him not only wounded his victim but also her colleague-a 40-year-old mother of two young girls who is now struggling to find money to treat her burns.
Radha (name changed) was in the clinic when Ajit Talreja attacked Neetu Jaisinghani. "I will never forget that evening. Neetu and I were working in the clinic when Ajit barged in. He opened a flask he was carrying and threw hot oil on Neetu," Radha told TOI. "As I was standing close to Neetu, I, too, sustained burns on my arms, legs and chest. While Neetu's family has admitted her to a hospital, I can't afford to do that. I go to the hospital to get my wounds dressed and come back home."
|2013-08-01||Oil attack: Youth visited Pune, Nashik shrines|
ULHASNAGAR: The man who is on the run after allegedly throwing hot oil on his former fiancee has visited two prominent temples during the last four days, the police said.
The youth who is on the run after allegedly throwing hot oil on a girl for refusing his marriage proposal, has visited two famous temples in state in the last four days, police have found by tracking his mobile phone location.