2 CR gang men over run at Diva by Tapovan Express

Mumbai: Months after four gang man were run over by a train in Kalyan, two others died after being hit by Tapovan Express near Diva station on Wednesday at 8:50 pm. Rajaram Santu Basne (52) and Vasant Nirbhiti Sangle (40) were fixing a rail fracture on the up fast line when they were hit. Officials suspect they were hit from back. The incident happened at 8:50 pm however, the control room was informed about it only at 9:20 pm. An official from Central Railway said, “Rajaram died on the spot whereas Vasant died while undergoing treatment at Kalyan hospital.”  Venu Nair, Divisional Secretary of National Railway Mazdoor Union said, “These accidents have become an everyday scenario. The gang man are overworked and not given appropriate equipment to carry out the work.” He further added that they were not given dresses that glow in the night that would alert the driver. These are the basic needs, which are also not provided by the officials. The tracks have increased but the gang man are the same and are overloaded with work.”  “An internal inquiry into the matter is being ordered. Action will be taken once the inquiry report is available”, said Atul Rane, Chief PRO of Central Railway. Four gangman were run over by a train in November between Thakurli and Kalyan. The officials were not able to determine if they run over by Koyna Express or the local EMU. Drivers of both the trains had denied them being run over.     (Staff Reporter)

Extra AC coach in Konkan rly train

Mumbai: With the festival of colours round the corner, Konkan Railway will be increasing the AC coach in the Nizamuddin-Trivandrum express to clear extra rush during the festival season. An extra 2-tier AC coach will be attached to a Nizamuddin-Trivandrum Rajdhani express from March 9 to 30th March. Where as additional AC coach will be attached to the train from Trivandrum-Nizamuddin from March 11to 1st of April. While the Dadar-Sawantwadi (unreserved) train will have an additional halt at Savarde during the festival season, the train heading from Dadar towards Sawantwadi will have a halt at Savarde at 9:56 am. On the journey from Sawantwadi to Dadar the train will come to a halt at Savarde at 2:20 pm.                  (Staff Reporter)

Speed up appointments to Police Complaints Authority: HC               

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to expedite the process to fill up vacancies in the Police Complaints Authority, set up at the state and district level, and make it functional. A division bench of Justices N H Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a public interest litigation by one Makarand Mahadik seeking implementation of a 2006 Supreme Court order directing all states to constitute a police complaints authority to redress grievance of citizens about abuse of power by police including that of corruption and negligence.  According to the petition, a government resolution (GR) has also been issued directing for constitution of the authority but no further steps have been taken. Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai informed the court that on February 1, an ordinance was passed making amendments in the Maharashtra Police Act and setting up of the Police Complaints Authority. “Appointments to the panel and other steps towards its set up will be done shortly,” she said. “You (state government) cannot simply say an ordinance has been issued. The main question is when will the authority start functioning?

HC suggests escort police cell to take undertrials to court         

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to consider setting up of a separate cell in the police department to be responsible only for escort of undertrials from jails to courts for appearances.  The suggestion was made by a division bench of Justices N H Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai while hearing a public interest litigation alleging lack of police personnel to escort prisoners from jails to courts. The PIL had sought for the government to set up video conference facilities in every jail and court across the state so that there is no delay in cases. Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai informed the court that by March 31, 146 courts and 54 jails across the state would have video conference facilities. “Video conference facilities should be made available in every court and jail so as to reduce burden on the police. Several trials are getting delayed due to absence of accused in court. Lack of police personnel should not come in between speedy disposal of trials,” the court said.

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