Family of custody death victim pelt stones at cops
Mumbai: The family members of the 22-year-old youth who died while in police custody at the Vanrai police station pelted stones at the police officers which resulted in six policemen getting injured. Thereafter, the police had to resort to a lathi-charge to take control of the situation. On Saturday night, the deceased Manoj Salve and his partner Prakash Chavan were caught by security guards at the Nesco Exhibition Ground in Goregaon (East) while trying to steal bags and valuables from people attending an exhibition at the ground and were thrashed by the security guards. On Monday afternoon, relatives and family members of the deceased took a protest march to the Vanrai police station alleging that the cops were responsible for Salve’s death. On reaching the police station they then began breaking the furniture at the police station, they even resorted to pelting the cops with stones and injured six police officers in the process. Senior Police Inspector of Vanrai police station Motiram Kadam was also one of the injured.
Illegal water connections scam
Mumbai: A PIL in the Bombay High Court on Monday alleged that a multi-crore scam pertaining to illegal water connections was flourishing in the city in connivance with municipal officials and police. The petition urged the court to direct the authorities concerned to stop such practice. The PIL claimed that there were 15000 to 25000 illegal water connections in Kurla area alone and sums ranging from Rs 40,000 to Rs 2 lakhs were paid for each illegal connection. The connections were given on the basis of forged documents, said the PIL filed by RTI activists Rajesh Chinkarkar and Prakash Kamble.
Leopard captured in Aarey Colony
Mumbai: The Forest Department was able to capture one leopard in the wee hours of Monday morning in Aarey Colony. This is one out of the four leopards that the department was looking to capture. The big cat was captured in the forests near Adarsh Nagar in Aarey Colony in one of the traps that were set by the forest department. However, the forest officials are still unsure if this is the same leopard that was responsible for killing two children at the beginning of the month. Santosh Saste, PSI of the forest department said, “We are still looking out for three more leopards that are in the vicinity and aim to capture them as soon as possible”.
Former minister Zanak passes away
Mumbai: Subhash Zanak, former cabinet minister and Congress MLA from Risod Constituency in Washim district of Vidarbha region passed away at a private hospital in Akola due to cardiac arrest. Zanak, 54, who was popular among farmers and was fondly called as ‘Baliraja’. He was in Akola to attend a convention of farmers. After the programme, he complained of chest pain. He was rushed to a private hospital, but died at around 3 pm. He will be cremated at his native village on Tuesday. He was minister of Women and Child Development in the cabinet of Ashok Chavan. He and his father Ramrao Zanak were loyalists of Shankarrao Chavan.
Sam Childers gets Mother Teresa award
Mumbai: Sam Childers, known as the Machine Gun Preacher, and Sindhutai Sapkal (also known as Mother of Orphans) were awarded with the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2013 here on Sunday.Accepting the award, Childers said, “This award belongs to the thousands of children in war-struck Sudan, and in many other parts of the world, who live a daily life with the constant fear and threat of attacks.’’ Thanking the Harmony Foundation for the honour, he said he would like to dedicate it to his wife and all his associates at Angels of East Africa, in Sudan, who tirelessly continue to rescue, and rehabilitate children caught in the crossfire of the rebel atrocities in the area.