R-Sena chief Anandraj held in 2011 rioting case

MUMBAI: Republican Sena chief Anandraj Ambedkar was on Thursday arrested in connection with a rioting case wherein he and his activists had stormed into a local mill premises, demanding its allotment for construction of a memorial for his late grandfather and Dalit leader B R Ambedkar. Anandraj and his seven associates were arrested in the 2011 rioting case, Deputy Police Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni said. They were later granted bail. Police also filed a 103-page chargesheet against the eight arrested accused and 14 wanted accused in the Bhoiwada court. On December 6, 2011, activists of the Republican Sena, led by its leader Anandraj, barged into the Indu Mill premises in the city and installed busts of Ambedkar and Gautam Buddha, demanding its allotment for construction of a memorial for Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution.

Contract for Sindhu Rakshak salvage given to US firm               

MUMBAI: Six months after the fire on submarine INS Sindhu Rakshak here, the salvage operation will finally begin with the Ministry of Defence signing a contract with an American firm. “The MoD has signed a contract with the Indian arm of Resolve Salvage and Fire Limited for Rs 200 crore,” said a defence source. On August 14 last year, there was an explosion on the Russian-made kilo-class submarine. Eighteen Navy personnel, including three officers, were onboard during the incident. Till now only 11 bodies have been found. Source added that it will take around six months to complete the salvaging process.

Sena MLA gets protection from arrest

MUMBAI: The Sessions Court here on Thursday granted interim protection from arrest to local Shiv Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar, accused of harassment by a woman corporator of his own party. “The court has granted interim protection to Ghosalkar till March 11,” public prosecutor Nileema Kasture said. Ghosalkar has applied for anticipatory bail. His lawyer argued that the offence registered against him was bailable, and he was cooperating with the police. The Crime Branch of the Mumbai police is likely to submit its say at the next hearing. Suburban Dahisar police on February 5 registered a case against Ghosalkar under section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman).

Man beats 80-year-old mother to death

MUMBAI: A 55-year-old drunk man beat his 80-year-old bedridden mother to death in Colaba in South Mumbai, the police stated.  According to the police, victim Saraswati Keer had been bedridden for the past several years due to bad health. On Wednesday night, accused Ram Keer reached his house in Shanidev Building in Colaba in a drunken state and began arguing with his wife. He began thrashing his ailing mother with a stick after his wife ran out of the house fearing his wrath, the police said adding when the wife returned home along with neighbours, old lady was in unconscious state. The elderly woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, the police said.

Mild drizzle in a few city areas

MUMBAI: A mix of cloudy and sunny climate dipped the temperature by four degrees at 22 degrees C on Thursday as against 26 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The city witnessed mild drizzle in a few areas. However, due to fluctuations in temperature, the physicians are getting a high number of patients.  These patients are suffering from fever, cold, cough, tonsillitis and headache. Dr Jail Parker, chest physician at Lilavati Hospital, said: “A large number of patients, afflicted with throat infection due to fluctuations in temperature, have been visiting us since last week. Some people even have severe itch in their throat”.  “Early in the morning, pollutants remain at the lower levels of the atmosphere, which affects the morning walkers and school kids. There is a rise in number of people suffering from bronchial asthma and respiratory allergies.” The weekend is expected to be a mix of sunny and cloudy weather, due to which the maximum temperature will remain constant at 28 to 30 degrees C.                                     (FPJ/Agencies)

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