Con-couple who posed as cops arrested
Bhayandar: The Navghar police in Bhayandar have arrested a con-couple who impersonated as cops to extort money from slum dwellers by framing them as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The accused duo, identified as Anu Mangesh Jha ( 35) and Rishikesh Prasad (30), would pose as cops from the local police station and barge into local slum clusters and accuse the dwellers of being illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The con-couple would then demand papers authorising their stay in the country, and when produced with the papers they would term them as bogus and fabricated, moving on to demand money to avoid arrest. In one such orchestrated raid carried out by the accused in the Ideal Park area of Mira Road on Monday, an alert resident-Abdul Mandal- found their acts suspicious and informed the police who immediately reached the spot and arrested the couple. While the woman is a resident of Borivali and sells stamp paper outside the Borivali court, Prasad stays in the MIDC area of Ghodbunder, the police said. The police are investigating the involvement of the duo in other crimes committed by them in the region. Both have been charged for extortion and impersonation.
Body found at Powai identified
MUMBAI: The woman, whose charred body was found on Sunday, has been identified by the Crime Branch Unit 11. According to the police, the victim Vibhuti Sampath (29), a senior executive designer, was killed by her boyfriend Gaurav Dilip Baruah (34) at his residence in Juhu. Baruah was arrested by Unit 12 of the Crime Branch after Sampath’s mobile tower location showed Baruah’s address. The cops said Sampath wanted to break up with the accused and both had a heated argument on Saturday. Baruah strangulated her with his hands at his residence and later stuffed her body into a box and took it to Powai on Saturday night. .
Absconding triple murder accused held
MUMBAI: A triple murder accused Buddhan Yadav from Jharkhand, who was absconding since 2009, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Tuesday. The police said the accused was staying in Andheri as an autorickshaw driver for last four years and had also changed his identity. The police said that Yadav (40), a native of the Badki Bergi village in Jharkhand, was arrested after the cops received a tip-off about his whereabouts. The police said that on March 11, 2009, Yadav along with nine of his accomplices had shot dead three brothers.
Tight vigil ahead of Sachin’s last test
MUMBAI: The Mumbai police, keeping in mind the hype and frenzy over his last test at Wankhede Stadium, will not allow Sachin Tendulkar to move around on his own for the duration of the match, which will begin on Thursday. The maestro will be allowed to move with his team. The cops have issued passes to all vehicle-owners living in D Road and F Road and made alternate parking arrangements for them. Six teams of bomb disposal and dog squad will also be stationed in and around the stadium and charged with sanitising the premises on a daily basis.
MHADA meet for mill workers on Nov 16
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will be holding a grievance redressal session with 2,100 mill worker families on November 16. These 2,100 mill workers are those who had been allotted houses through the lottery system. Concerns of the mill workers will be addressed from 11 am to 5 pm at the meeting to be held at MHADA’s headquarters in Kala Nagar, Bandra East.
MbPT controls oil discharge from tanker
Mumbai: A discharge from the furnace oil tanker at Jawahar Dweep was controlled by the Mumbai Port Trust on October 29, Tuesday. Cargo operation was immediately stopped after the MbPT came to know about the news and it carried out a temporary repair on that day. The subsequent repair work in the pipeline, that started on November 8, sealed the leak of the pipeline completely.
However, MbPT is in the process of investigating the reason of the leak and the cause of the breaking of the concrete reinforcement coating and pin leakage in the exposed portion of the black oil pipelines, which connect the refineries to Marine Oil Terminal.
Autorickshawmen’s union threatens stir
MUMBAI: The Mumbai Autorickshawmen’s Union (MAU) has threatened to go on strike from November 28 in protest against the overcharging for CNG as its monopoly rests with the Maharashtra Gas Limited (MGL). Shashank Rao, general secretary of MAU, said, “The monopoly of MGL over CNG results in black-marketing of the product and agents hike its price at their will.” The union also complains that in many areas like Hiranandani in Powai, private buses are eating into their business.
BJP president blasts CM
MUMBAI: State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis has criticized Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for not tabling inquiry commission report related to Adarsh Housing Society scam. The CM has neither done any path-breaking work nor cleared any files of public interest, he added.
“ Despite mandate, Chavan did not table the Adarsh Commission report. He was trying to save a former Chief Minister and other Congress leaders,’’ Fadnavis alleged.
“He always says that he has not cleared any files of personal interest. But many files related to public interest under his Department of Urban Development are pending. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore for the State under Rajiv Awas Yojana Scheme and it is meant for developing a slum-free city. But he has not cleared a single project for slum re-development under the scheme.,” he added.