Jail staff to face music for assaulting Aug 11 accused

MUMBAI: Jail authorities who allegedly assaulted the 23 accused arrested in connection with the August 11 Azad Maidan violence at the Arthur Road Jail will face the music after principal judge of the city civil and sessions court directed the magistrate to take action against them, PTI reports. “The principal judge directed the magistrate to take action as per the law,” defence lawyer Khalid Azmi said. The accused had moved an application in the magistrate’s court last month alleging that they were assaulted while they were in judicial custody, following which the accused were sent for medical examination which confirmed assault. After the assault was medically confirmed, the magistrate forwarded the medical report and a copy of the complaint to principal judge Swapna Joshi, in-charge of jails.

Raj Thackeray backs FDI in retail 

MUMBAI: Expressing full support to FDI in retail, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday demanded that local people must be given employment by MNCs opening shop, IANS reports. “We are fully with the policy (FDI in retail) as it will create employment opportunities for the people. But, the MNCs must give jobs to locals,” Thackeray said. He warned that the MNS would not permit the MNCs and retail giants to give jobs to migrants under any circumstances “otherwise, they will have to bear the consequences”. The MNS chief also attacked the NDA for calling a shutdown on Thursday on grounds that it clashed with the 10-day Ganeshotsav festival starting all over Maharashtra the same day.

Two behind bars for assaulting constable

MUMBAI: The Bhandup police on Tuesday arrested two persons who had hit a 29-year-old on-duty traffic constable in Bhandup on his head with a wooden plank on Saturday night, because the latter had booked them for violating a traffic rule in the past. The constable, though out of danger, has suffered 10 stitches on his head and is recuperating in the hospital. Bhandup police said the incident took place on the LBS Road near Dreams Mall in Bhandup when the victim Bharat Ghuge, was monitoring the traffic. “Nishant Mayekar and his accomplice Pratik Uparkar came from behind and the former hit Ghuge on the head with a wooden plank and ran away. The impact was such that Ghuge collapsed on the road,” said an investigating official.

Police clueless over suicide at MLA’s room

MUMBAI: Mumbai police are still clueless over the suspected suicide of a 27-year-old woman, whose body was found in an NCP legislator’s room in Manora MLA Hostel near Churchgate late on Sunday, an official told IANS.  The victim, identified as Rupali Andhare, niece of Dilip Dhaigunde, a personal assistant to Babanrao Shinde, Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Madha, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of the legislator’s room late on Sunday. Police have registered a case of “unnatural death” and are awaiting the autopsy and viscera test reports later on Tuesday, ACP Krishna Prakash told mediapersons. No suicide note has been recovered and the police are clueless as to the motive behind her suspected suicide, he added.

Reject Kasab’s mercy plea, Shiv Sena tells prez

MUMBAI: President Pranab Mukherjee should “summarily dismiss” Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s mercy petition, Shiv Sena said on Tuesday. “Kasab’s mercy plea should be rejected within 24 hours,” Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe told PTI. Kasab moved the plea, over a fortnight after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in the 26/11 case. Asked if Sena was expecting that the President should dismiss Kasab’s plea because the party had backed him in the Presidential poll, Gorhe said, “It is nothing of this kind.”

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Tibetan ‘Flame of Truth’ reaches Mumbai 

MUMBAI: The ‘Flame of Truth’ relay torch, launched by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile to support the cause of Tibetan independence from Chinese rule, reached the city from Pune on its journey across the world, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The torch — one of three on world tours from different places — has been kept at the Tibetan Buddhist Temple in south Mumbai and was to be unveiled before the media and Tibetans living in the city later Tuesday, the spokesperson told IANS. After a week in Mumbai, it will go on its next leg to Nashik and then to south India. The torches were launched July 6, the birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama and will travel across the world till Dec 10.

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