Thursday, April 30, 2015

Police to list black sheep in force




Mateen Hafeez


Mumbai: 

The city police will compile a `black list' of policemen who are alcoholic, womanizers or of doubtful integrity. The list will be ready by May-end and such policemen will not be given postings where they could be in touch with the public, said Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria.
 
“The list will include police personnel who are into alcoholism, drug abuse, womanizing and whose integrity is doubtful,“ said Maria.

Last week, three police men from Sakinaka police station were arrested for raping a model and extorting money from her. The trio has been suspended and a probe is on.Last month, a police constable was arrested for possessing and transporting 112kg of banned narcotics, mephedrone. Also, about the transfer of 36 police personnel from the traffic department to the local arms division, Maria said they either didn't have aptitude for traffic, medical fitness or were transferred due to non-performance. “ About 45 days ago, I conducted a meeting of senior inspectors and above rank officers of the traffic department and asked them to identify such people.They were identified and transferred to the local arms' units. I want to see the traffic police on the road, which I hardly see,“ added Maria.

He said that the special branch and the crime branch have started identifying those drunk on duty and suspected to be involved in drug abuse.The `black list' will be updated every year.

Meanwhile, senior police officials have been asked to exercise their power for more effective policing and supervision. “We have completed training of one batch in behavioral changes. All cops across police stations who perform station house duty and meet public on a day-to-day basis will be part of this training,“ he added. Maria has also ordered policemen not to avoid registering FIR over jurisdiction issues.


The Times of India, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

`Lewd gestures at woman worse than 3rd degree'







  Mumbai: A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court on Tuesday took strong objection against the alleged indecent conduct of a Satarabased senior police officer against a woman accused in a drugs case. The court was hearing the remand application of Sashikala Patankar alias Baby , arrested last week in connection with the seizure of 110kg mephedrone, also called meow meow. “Making indecent gestures at a woman is more than the third degree,“ special judge U B Hejib said. The court remanded Patankar in police custody till Saturday .
Following standard procedure, the judge had asked the accused if she had any complaints. The court's observations came after Patankar complained to the judge that while in custody deputy police superintendent Deepak Humbre had visited her cell and behaved inappropriately . “He made indecent gestures and also used indecent language. He was angry as I was the one who had acted as a mediator and had helped the police arrest head constable Dharma Kalokhe. He threatened me and said he would assault me just like he had thrashed my son,“ Patankar said.

The court also questioned the cops for letting the officer not connected to the case meet the accused. The court said that such vulgar gestures would not be tolerated by any decent woman.

“The police custody is extended, provided the accused should be medically examined every day and a report on the same should be filed before the court,“ the court said. The judge further said that the cops should ensure that at the time of interrogation, only officers connected to the case should be allowed.

While seeking extension of Patankar's police custody , the prosecution said huge quantities of drugs were found in her home in Khandala and Kalokhe's office and that the cops needed to find the link between the two.

The city crime branch took Maknan Samuel, an drug peddler, in its custody terming him the source of the 120kg drugs seized in March. Samuel was lodged in Arthur Road jail in another narcotics case since December 2014. The police had earlier arrested Kalokhe, Patankar and her son, Satish.
BABY PATANKAR


THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 29, 2015

PAK FISHERMEN HELD WITH HEROIN - `Accused had spoken to people in Pak 6 times'



Mateen Hafeez




Mumbai: The Yellow Gate police, probing the seizure of 232 kg heroin worth Rs 6.93 crore from a Pakistani boat, said the occupants had spoken to some people on Pakistani numbers over half a dozen times. The eight crew members were caught by the navy and coast guard for smuggling heroin.

 All the accused are in the custody of the Yellow Gate police. “They were to deliver the consignment to another boat in the sea and were heading towards Mumbai. However, the boat which was supposed to receive the consignment didn't come, since this boat was intercepted much earlier,“ said a source in the security establishment. The cops refused to divulge more details about the receivers. “We are probing it,“ said the cops.

The coast guard and navy had intercepted the Pakistani boat ferrying a huge quantity of heroin on April 20.
The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Besides heroin, three satellite phones and global positioning systems were also recovered. The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar on Tuesday .

“The cops are trying to establish the source of a seized Thurya phone used in the conversation of the fishermen with the suspected owners of the heroin. The fishermen have told us they were paid Rs 10,000 to deliver the consignment.They were promised Rs 10,000 more once it was delivered,“ said a police officer.




 The Times of India, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8 Pak nationals caught with drugs in police custody






  Mumbai: The Yellow Gate police produced eight Pakistani nationals, arrested with 232 kg heroin worth Rs 6.93 crore, before a court on Monday . The magistrate remanded them in police custody till May 5. The Coast Guard and the Navy had intercepted a Pakistani boat that was ferrying a huge quantity of heroin on April 20. The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Besides heroin, three satellite phones and global positioning systems were also recovered.

The latest communication system was being used to facilitate transshipment of the contraband to another boat, coast guard sources said.

The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar by the authorities on Tuesday . Those arrested were identified as Karachi resident Mohmmad Yusuf (40), Mohmmad Ahmed (28), a Punjab resident, Maqsood Akhtar, and five residents of Sindh province, including Alibakhsh Allahbakhsh (30), Gulshan Siddique (40), Bakhsh Natho (40), Gulshan Maulabakhsh (30) and Yunus Sutar (35).
The accused told the police that they were fishermen and were paid Rs 10,000 to deliver packets, contents of which were unknown to them.

The police said they needed to find out where the consignment was to be delivered and who were the recipients.A Thuraya satellite phone was recovered and it was their handler in Pakistan and the suspected people in India whom the accused were in touch with. The police still don't know who owned the boat which the ferried the suspects and the consignment. It neither had a flag nor any name. The accused are facing a criminal case under various IPC sections, Narcotic Substances and Psychotropic Substances Act and Maritime Laws.

The police are trying to establish if the consignment was supposed to be delivered in Mumbai. However, the city police have denied having any such information from the security agencies.




THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 28, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Govt staffer, friend `buy flats' from baba, duped of Rs 44 lakh






Mumbai: A rationing officer and her friend, who paid Rs 44 lakh to an astrologer for the purchase of two Mhada flats, have lodged a complaint with the Bandra police.
Mahesh Tak (56) and his aide, Pravin Sankhe (37), who were arrested in another case, are currently in Arthur Road jail. They were arrested by the economic offences wing (EOW) for allegedly duping a civil engineer of Rs 7.87 crore by offering to procure a Mhada plot at a concessional rate.

Ramchandra Dhawale, senior inspector of Bandra police station, confirmed receiving the complaint. “Tak met the rationing officer and prepared her horoscope,“ said a police source. “Tak told her that she was like his sister and later offered her a Mhada flat for Rs 23 lakh. He also told her that he owned another apart ment and mentioned that he wanted to sell it after which the rationing officer introduced Tak to her friend,“ the source added.

Tak drew up a sale deed and handed over fake papers of the flats to the two. Investigators had seized fake seals of a key Constitu tional functionary , government departments and bureaucrats from Tak and Sankhe. “Tak had promised people that he could procure mining contracts and cheated them of lakhs. He sold forged wine shop licences and in one case quoted Rs 1.25 crore for doing the paperwork,“ said an EOW officer.

“Tak took Rs 50 lakh from several job aspirants by promising them employment in the Indian Navy's accounts department. All the letters were forged,“ the officer added. Tak teamed up with Sankhe, a computer engineer, as the latter was close to some Mhada officials.
THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 25,2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

DUPED MAN PAID Rs 7CR FOR 22 FLATS


Directors untraceable, cops freeze realty co ac


 Mumbai: 

The economic offences wing (EOW), which is probing a Rs 7 crore cheating case against three directors of a construction firm, said that the suspects could not be traced.

 A Santacruz resident, who had paid up Rs 7 crore in connection with the purchase of 22 flats in Navi Mumbai, has lodged a cheating complaint with the EOW. Three directors of Monarch Universal Group--Gopal Thakur, Hasmukh Thakur and Roshan Seth--besides real estate agent Kiran Perwani, who brokered the deal, had been booked in connection with the case.

“Their cellphones have been switched off and they are even not operating their cards for financial transactions. We have frozen the company's bank account and debit transactions,“ said a police officer.

The anticipatory bail plea of the three directors was rejected on April 6. “We have also got the call data record of the accused.They last showed up in Navi Mumbai on the day their bail petition was rejected,“ the officer added. An employee of Monarch Universal Group said the directors had switched off their phones.




THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crime - VICTIM'S HUSBAND POSTED AT CM HOME

  - Cop held for stabbing wife of colleague


 Mumbai: 

The Worli police on Wednesday arrested a head constable on charges of attempting to kill the wife of an other constable.

 The accused, Ankush Karanje, allegedly stabbed Nita Nawar (35) thrice with a kitchen knife. “Karanje had a grouse against Nita as she would intervene whenever he fought with his wife at home,“ said a senior police officer.
Nita's husband, Nitin, is a constable who is posted at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis's official residence at Malabar Hill. The police have arrested Karanje and recovered the knife used in the crime. The police said that the incident took place around 11.30am at Worli police lines. “Nita was at home with two other women when Karanje barged in. He started fighting with her and was carrying a knife. During the heated argument he attacked Nita with the knife. She sustained injuries on her hand and head. The other women present shouted for help and Karanje was later overpowered by other residents,“ said a police officer.

Nita was rushed to Poddar Hospital where she received first-aid treatment. Later in the evening she was discharged from hospital. The police are investigating the case from all angles. “We arrested Karanje after the neighbours informed us. He is not cooperating with us. He has been booked for attempt to murder and will be produced before the court on Thursday ,“ said the officer.




THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Police arrest 3 for duping chalk board firm of Rs 1.5cr






  Mumbai: The MRA Marg police recently arrested three persons, who had duped a private green chalk board manufacturing firm of Rs 1.5 crore.The accused posed as government officials from the department of education in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, took delivery of the chalk boards and vanished.

 Police identified the accused as Adesh Tiwari (38), Indraket Singh (45) and Virendra Kushuwah (28). The complainant firm, Ms Milan Sales Corporation, told police the fake government orders had come to them through their employee, Adesh Tiwari. “Tiwari used to work with the complainant. He said he knew government officials, who would place an order for green chalk boards. Later, the two other accused, posing as government officials approached the firm and finalized the deal. During the deal, Tiwari acted as the negotiator and did not give much chance to the complainant to crosscheck facts,“ said sub-inspector Sharad Dhole.

Tiwari further took several lakhs from his employers, saying he will have to give it to the government officials for a fast bill clearance. The boards were delivered to Bihar but despite several reminders, the Mumbai firm did not get its money . When the complainant approached the department for getting his bills cleared, he was told departments did not place any orders. The firm then approached police.“It was Tiwari who had masterminded the entire case.The boards were hidden in Bihar, Indore and Tamil Nadu.We first detained Tiwari and during interrogation, he spilled the beans,“ said the officer.- 

Mateen Hafeez






THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 22, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

City to get CERT centre to tackle cyber crimes




MUMBAI: 

The city police will soon have a full-fledged Compu ter Emergency Response Team (CERT) unit to tackle cyber at tacks. Currently , there is no CERT-India office in Mumbai and each time a website or a page needs to be blocked, the po lice have to request the CERT.

 “The state is in negotiation with the Centre. A CERT office in Mumbai will help us immen sely. CERT tackles any kind of cyber attack, denial of services and blocking of website and ob jectionable posts, etc. Once Mumbai gets a CERT office time taken for action will re duce and we will be in a better position to deliver,“ said Atul chandra Kulkarni, joint com missioner, crime branch. A couple of years ago, two terror emails were sent from Mumbai before and after the 2008 Gujarat serial bomb blasts.The Mumbai police had to take CERT help to block several objectionable pages that could have created law and order problems in the state. “While we get immediate response from CERT on weekdays, it becomes difficult on weekends. A local CERT office will solve this prob lem,“ added another officer.

KMM Prasanna, additional commissioner (crime branch), said a national-level conference on cyber crimes is likely to be held in July. “We are educating more than 1,000 personnel in handling cyber crimes,“ said Prasanna.


THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 19, 2015



Saturday, April 18, 2015

SALE OF WOMEN TO VILLAGERS


 - Rape arrest exposes buying of wives in Guj; 2 girls rescued


Mumbai: 

In a case of abduction and sale of girls for forced marriage, a 26-year-old Gujarat resident was arrested by the city police for buying and raping a 22-year-old city woman. The police also rescued two 17-year-old girls. The two girls were rescued from a village in Gujarat where the woman and the two minors were sold for Rs 1 lakh each. The village, Bakrana near Ahmedabad, has a shortage of women and cases of kidnapping from other places for marriage are common, said the police.

 All three victims were lured with the promise of jobs in Gujarat but were forcibly married to people they did not know. The arrested man was identified as Ganpat Patel. “The 22-year-old woman and the two girls were contacted by a Kalyan resident, Meerabai Salve, who promised to help them get a job in Gujarat in a catering firm,“ senior inspector Sunil Kavalekar of the Pydhonie police station said. “The trio was paid Rs 1 lakh each as advance payment.“

After being there for 15 days and being raped, the 22year-old survivor managed to flee. A team comprising assistant police inspectors Fareed Khan and Tukaram Nimbalkar, sub-inspector Smita Parab and five constables then left for Gujarat to rescue the two girls still there.

“The villagers gathered there and tension prevailed,“ one of the officers said. “We had to seek help from the local police.“ The police also invoked sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act in the case.





THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 18, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five MNS workers arrested for vandalizing Chudasama's office



Mateen Hafeez




Mumbai: The Marine Drive police arrested five workers of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on charges of rioting at the office of former sheriff Nana Chudasama over a message on his popular banner.
 
The arrested included Arvind Gavade, Tushar Salien, Srikant Borule. The names of two others are being withheld. “We produced them before the court and they have been remanded in police custody till April 18. We doing our investigation,“ said a police officer.

Chudasama is known for witty lines on current affairs that he puts up on a banner outside his office on Marine Drive. The banner that was torn read: “Promoting Marathi welcomed, diktat not welcomed.“

Police said that a group of nearly a dozen men entered the office of Chudasama and shouted slogans. Later, they pulled down the poster, tore it and set it on fire. Some panes, flower pots and showpieces were also broken. “They were shouting slogans like `Marathi mansacha vijay aso, Nana Chudasama murdabad. We are probing the case,“ said the officer. The police had registered an offence of rioting under Criminal Amendment Act.

“You can agitate in a democracy , shout slogans but you cannot vandalize. My father has written so many banners and he is entitled to his opinion in a democracy ,“ Chudasama's daughter and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said. “It is our right and that is the beauty of our setup. One cannot go to a senior citizen's office in such a maner. If you have any problem you can come and discuss it.We have left the case to police's discretion,“ she added.
The MNS maintained that “anti-Marathi“ utterances provoke violence.

Chudasama is a Padmashri and has been running the banner for the last 55 years.



The Times of India, April 17, 2015


Police HQ to grant OK for film shooting


Mateen Hafeez




Mumbai: Police commissioner Rakesh Maria on Thursday assured an Association of Advertising Producers (ASOP) delegation that permission for shooting will be granted at the police headquarters, under one window, and they will not have to make the rounds of police stations and half a dozen other offices now.

 Maria said they will be issued permission from the Theatre Branch 15 days from the date of submission, if all papers are in order. A constable is also likely to be provided to production houses which get the clearance. For the traffic department's permission for shoots, applications will have to be submitted to the police headquarters from May 1.

The delegation, including U N Pandey , Swadha Kulkarni, Cyrus Pagdiwala, Arpan Fernandes, Gemm Fonseca, Ravnit Mahajan and Kinjal Tanna, had met Maria over the alleged harassment by some political unions and police teams for bribes if they did not have some permission. “When foreign actors come on business visas, some union members learn about it, come to our shooting site and try to extort money . After meeting Maria, we will send a proposal to the Union ministry to grant employment visas to them. It will help stop harassment,“ said an ASOP member. Many producers had shifted shooting to outside Mumbai due to such harassment.

He added that on April 4, while they were shooting with Shah Rukh Khan at Mehboob studio, 60 union members tried to stop them.“They were demanding Rs3-4 lakh from line producers. We cannot do much as they have political backing,“ said a producer.

Last week, a 12-member delegation of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India had met Maria.


The Times of India, April 17, 2015

Film firm MD, father held in cheating case



Mumbai: 

The economic offences wing on Wednesday arrested the managing director of Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd and his father in connection with a cheating case.Till now, eight people have been arrested in the case.

 Dhilon Mehta (33) and his father, Harshad Mehta (57), were remanded in police custody till April 24. The complainant, Tejpal Shah, told the police that the firm's directors raised funds for their business, cheated shareholders and siphoned off funds to the tune of Rs 825 crore.

Ashtavinayak is one of Bollywood's largest production and distribution firms.Shah is a movie distributor and possessed distribution rights of some Ashtavinayak films.


The Times of India, April 17, 2015



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yr after minor's rape, police yet to begin probe





 

Girl Died In Nov, Departmental Inquiry Ordered Into Cops' Delay

 

Mumbai: Nearly a year after a gangrape outside Churchgate station and over four months after the victim's death, police are yet to begin investigations. A 15year-old mentally unsound girl was allegedly gang-raped outside Churchgate station last April. The Churchgate GRP registered the case and sent it to the Marine Drive police, who sat on the file for eight months and returned it to the railway cops claiming it wasn't in their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the girl died in hospital.
Police recently registered the case after a rap from senior officials, but are yet to begin a probe. Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region), has recommended a departmental inquiry against some Marine Drive police personnel for the delay in registering the case. Any official found guilty in the report could be suspended.

According to the Churchgate GRP's FIR, a mentally unsound girl was gang-raped by four unidentified persons on the night of April 29, 2014, near the station's subway after being forced to drink beer. An NGO took the girl to the railway police who registered the case and sent the case papers to the Marine Drive police, in whose jurisdiction the crime was committed. The Marine Drive police did a spot panchnama and twice recorded the victim's statements.However, they did not register the case. The girl, a resident of Hanuman Nagar, Kandivli, died on November 17 in Nair Hospital, where she was being treated for asthma. But police still neither register the case, nor initiate an investigation.

In January 2015, police sent the file back to the Churchgate GRP , saying it was not their case. The papers were passed around two more times when finally railway DCP Deepak Dev raj wrote to the railway commissioner and Mumbai police chief, Rakesh Maria. Maria immediately ordered an inquiry and the then joint commissioner of police (law and order), D D Kamalakar, asked the police station to file a report on the case to senior officials. On January 3, 2015, the Azad Maidan ACP was asked to probe the matter and he suggested a departmental inquiry against the officer. Prakash, in his report, said the case papers were sent to the then senior inspector of Marine Drive police, who sent them back. Later, GRP sent the papers to DCP (zone 1) who sent them back to railway police and asked them to establish the jurisdiction.

The Times of India, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

OFFENCE AGAINST REALTY FIRM, BROKER - Santacruz resident `duped' of Rs 7cr with promise of 22 flats

Mateen Hafeez



 
Mumbai: A Santacruz resident, who had paid up Rs 7 crore in connection with the purchase of 22 flats in Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, has lodged a cheating complaint with the economic offences wing of the Mumbai police. An offence has been registered against three partners of Monarch Universal Group--Gopal Thakur, Hasmukh Thakur and Roshan Seth--besides real estate agent Kiran Perwani who brokered the deal.
Pariani said that he had been given documents after he made the payment but he later learnt that the flats were mortgaged to a non-banking financial firm from whom the accused firm had allegedly taken a loan of Rs 40 crore.
Police sources said that Pariani had given the agent four cheques for Rs 7 crore for 22 flats. In exchange, he was issued agreement letters, agreement for sale, an irrevocable power of attorney, possession letter and other documents in his favour.

Pariani has told the police that his attempts to get the documents registered were stopped by the accused. Subsequently , Pariani decided to get the same registered independently . At the sub-registrar's office in Panvel, he learnt that the developers had mortaged some flats of the said projects (including the ones meant for him) to a non-banking company , Capri Global Private Limited, and the mortgage deed had been kept at the sub-registrar's office. Accordingly , he was told to bring a no-objection certificate from this company.

When Pariani approached the company , he was told that the developers had mortgaged many flats with them for which the company had financed Rs 40 crore.

Police sources said that the accused allegedly misrepresented facts to Pariani and other investors about mortgage and finance from Capri Global.

Monarch Universal Group could not reached for comment during the weekend holiday .




The Times of India, April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Speeding car thief hits two women, 1 dies


Trapped By Police, Man Was Trying To Flee In Stolen SUV



 
Mumbai: A 35-year-old interstate car thief, trying to escape a police trap, rammed his stolen SUV into two women returning from office in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. While the thief was caught within minutes, one of the women, who was dragged under the SUV's tyre, succumbed to her injuries a day later.

The deceased, Sushma Shrivastava (23), and her colleague Urvi Gala (22), who work in a firm that manufactures and supplies automobile wipers, arms and blades, were returning from their office on Wednesday when they were caught in the bizarre incident at Mhape, Navi Mumbai.

Sources said Mumbai police's anti-motor vehicle theft team had received information that a vehicle thief, Yaseen Shaikh, was coming to Mumbai to sell a Tavera stolen from Valsad. A policeman, posing as a potential buyer, approached Shaikh through an agent. A squad led by inspector Jagdish Sail, assistant inspector Shivaji Shivthare, specialized cops Anwar Memon, Babu Raut and Gyaneshwar Sonawane reached the spot early while Shaikh arrived at 5.15pm. While Shaikh was in the driver's seat, the `buyer' sat in the rear seat and kept him busy in bargaining, finalizing the deal for Rs 80,000 for the 2014 model car. The waiting police team approached the Tavera and was about to nab Shaikh when he realized he was trapped and instantly sped away in the SUV.

A few feet away , the two women were chatting at a corner of the road when a panicked Shaikh knocked them down. While the SUV flung Gala into the air, Shrivastava fell on the road and the vehicle dragged her for a few feet. By the time the policeman inside the car could understand what was happening, Shaikh had left team of cops behind. The policeman tried to stop the vehicle by holding on to Shaikh, however, as the vehicle reached a dead-end near a service road, Shaikh jumped out and fled into the forest. The policeman pursued him and was joined by the other cops, who finally caught Shaikh after a 15-minute chase. By then, the MIDC Rabale police, which was informed over the wireless, arrived and took Shaikh into custody .

Shrivastava was admitted to Mumbai's JJ Hospital in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday . “We have booked Shaikh for culpable homicide amounting not to murder. He has been sent to police custody for two days,“ said R B Deshmukh, senior inspector of MIDC police station. The car has been seized. “Shaikh hails from Pratapgarh, UP and is part of an-inter state car theft racket. We are questioning him,“ said assistant inspector Rahul Khatal.





The Times of India, April 11, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Man accused of sending terror email after blast acquitted

 Ejaz Shaikh





Mumbai:  A Sewri court on Tuesday discharged Ejaz Shaikh (28), a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, in a case of sending terror email after the 2010 Varanasi bomb blast.
Shaikh, a Pune resident, was first arrested on September 6, 2014, from outside Saharanpur station in UP by the Delhi Police's special cell. Later, he was taken into custody by the Maharashtra ATS for his alleged role in providing logistics in the 2010 Pune German Bakery blast, the 137 Mumbai triple blasts and the Varanasi email case. On February 6, this year, Mumbai crime branch's cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) took Shakih in custody for allegedly sending another terror email after a blast outside Delhi's Jama Masjid.

“During the investigation, the police did not find evidence against Shaikh and hence we filed an application under Section 169 of the Code of Criminal Procedure requesting the court to discharge him from the case,“ confirmed a senior ATS officer. Shaikh's lawyer, advocate Tahawwar Rana, said, “We have been saying my client is innocent. Today , the court has discharged him.“

On December 7, 2010, a day after the completion of 18 years of Babri Masjid's dem olition, an email was sent from Mansarovar building, Section 17, Vashi, claiming responsibility of the Varanasi blast. The sender had hacked into the unsecured WiFi of the sixth floor residents. The email was sent with a subject, “Indian Mujahideen ­ Let's feel the pain together“, and the mail focused mainly on the Babri Masjid demolition and Ayodhya verdict.

The police had earlier said that besides sending emails, Sheikh used to provide logistics to the IM men in India and prepared fake identities needed by them to procure mobile SIM cards, collecting foreign money transfers, obtaining rooms on rent and even in getting enrolled in professional educational institutions as a cover, police said. Police said he was never present during the actual crime.



The Times of India, Apirl 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Charas-tainted police officer ratted on meow meow cop

Mateen Hafeez


Mumbai: 

A suspended police inspector who had been caught for possession of charas was the one to provide information on the possession of mephedrone by constable Dharma Kalokhe of the Marine Drive police station. The officer also gave information on Kalokhe's lover Baby Patankar, who is a drug dealer, to the police.
Investigators suspect that the informant inspector himself had been caught because of a tip-off by Patankar and so, wanted to settle scores. The police had seized 12 kg of mephedrone worth Rs 2.4 crore from Kalokhe's almirah at the Marine Drive police station.

“While going through the call data records of Baby, the police found a number that emerged in the CDR frequently and when the officers inquired about the number it turned out to be of a suspended inspector's,“ an officer said. “When he was summoned for inquiry , he admitted that he had befriended Baby and would also take her for Vipassana programmes.“
Investigators found that Kalokhe would act as a liaison person for Patankar during her deals, said officers.

The Satara police had arrested Kalokhe on March 9, from his hometown in that district and recovered 110 kg of the banned narcotic from his home. He was later handed over to the city police.
Kalokhe told his interrogators that he had known Patankar since 1996, and in the recent past had helped her get drugs.

The Times of India, April 7, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kripa assets case: Sr cops give okay for filing of chargesheet




Mumbai: The economic offences wing (EOW) is likely to file a chargesheet on Saturday against former state minister Kripashankar singh and some of his relatives in connection with a multi-crore disproportionate assets case. Senior officers have given the go-ahead for the chargesheet to be filed, it was learnt on Friday . A notice to Singh and his family has been served asking them to be present at an anti-corruption court on Saturday.

 On February 22, 2012, the Bombay high court ordered the police to attach several properties belonging to Singh and his kin and investigate allegations of criminal miscon duct and disproportionate assets. A resident of the city had filed a PIL before the court alleging Singh and his relatives had disproportionate assets worth over Rs 320 crore.
“We are likely to file chargesheet on Saturday in an anticorruption court,“ an officer related to the inquiry said.

The PIL mentioned around 15 properties registered in the name of Singh, his wife Malti Devi, son Narendra, daughter Sunita and son-in-law Vijay Pratap Singh. The properties in the name of Singh's son in the PIL were said to be worth Rs 274 crore, but Narendra said the real estate worth over Rs 148 crore did not belong to him.

“I still believe in the police agency and I want to know whether the cops have found Rs 370 crore or not which was mentioned in the PIL and whether the allegations levelled against us were true or false,“ he said. “And if it's false, will the petitioner be punished for false allegations and torturing the whole family even though only one of them is a public servant. There is an SC order saying when you are not a public servant, the case against you doesn't stand.“

Cartridges case
On January 20, the crime branch had filed a chargesheet against Kripashankar Singh in connection with a case of illegal possession of firearm cartridges. TNN




 The Times of India, April 4, 2015

Bodo militants arrested in Navi Mumbai


 


Navi Mumbai: The state antiterrorism squad arrested three National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants from Navi Mumbai on Friday evening. The militants are suspected to have played a key role in the Assam massacre on December 23 last year, in which over 74 people were killed. They were working in a cold storage in Taloja, said police sources.The trio, suspected to be commanders of the outfit, was wanted in a case of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and waging war against the nation in Sonitpur district, Assam.

 Himanshu Roy , additional director-general of police and ATS chief, confirmed the arrests.“We got information that they were hiding in Navi Mumbai, and in a joint operation, arrested the suspects. The ATS is in touch with Assam police,“ said Roy . Those arrested include Bisho alias Ansai Songa Basumatary (22), Swamkhwr Basumatary (20) and Purno Narzary (19). They will be produced before a court on Saturday .“As per information, they were staying separately at Pawanegaon and Tondregaon but working together at Taloja in a cold storage. We kept an eye, monitored their activities and gathered information before arresting them,“ said an officer. The trio is also wanted in a case registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.




The Times of India, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 3, 2015

Solar power delivers hot water to prisoners




Mumbai: 

Authorities at the Byculla women's prison have tied up with a solar power firm to provide hot water baths for ill prisoners.
 
“Earlier, if doctors would advice warm water for certain prisoners, the jail kitchen would be used to heat water.Now, a private firm has installed a solar electricity system, with which a water tank is heated,“ said a jail officer.Inspector general of prisons (south region) Bipin Kumar Singh made it clear that the facility is only for “prisoners who are patients“.

Around 190 women are lodged in the prison. Some are pregnant and many have children aged below six years. Expecting women and children often require hot water. An official said the facility has been extended to children as well.

The facility follows the in stallation of CCTV cameras and jammers to make prisons safer.
No long ago, 97 CCTV cam eras were installed at Arthur Road Jail. Before this, the only time CCTV coverage was provided in a jail in recent memory was in the case of executed 2611 convict Ajmal Kasab. Also, 72 cameras have been installed in Taloja jail.

The CCTV initiative is part of an overall `e-prison' concept. This includes the provision of over 200 laptops and desktops, and 100 display screens to various courts, the home department and jails, to enable court hearings and trials through video conferencing.

“The video conferencing facility is already sparing us the burden of prisoners' escorts,“ said Singh.

The Times of India, April 3, 2015