Two Air Cushion Vessels of Coast Guard commissioned
Mumbai: Two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) of the Indian Coast Guard, used for surveillance, search and rescue operations, were today commissioned by the Governor of Maharashtra. “The 21 meters long ACV with 31 tons displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots and is capable of undertaking multi-farious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea,” a release issued by the Coast Guard said. Both the ACVs will be based in Mumbai under the administrative and operational control of the western region commander of Coast Guard. The sixth and eighth of the series of ACVs were designed and built by M/s Griffon Hoverworks Limited (GHL), UK, the release added.
Notice to Centre over gallantry awards
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday issued notice to the Union Home Ministry on a PIL demanding Ashok Chakra and gallantry awards for all the officers, who fought the terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The notice was issued by a bench headed by Justice P V Hardas which asked the ministry to file a reply by January 20. On last occasion, the bench had allowed the petitioner Ketan Tirodkar to include the Union Home Ministry as a respondent. Accordingly, the petition was amended. The Maharashtra government had informed the court on December 9 that though a proposal had been sent to the Centre for presenting gallantry awards to police officials and members of bomb disposal squads for fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks, it had rejected the names.
No bail for Bijlani in Loharia murder
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the bail application of Suresh Bijlani, accused of murdering a Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Loharia. Justice ML Tahiliyani rejected the bail plea on the ground that he was a threat to the son of the deceased. “No case is made out for bail of the applicant as the son of the deceased is apprehending danger to his life. On merits there is no ground to grant him liberty,” the judge said while rejecting the bail plea. The court also observed that there is likelihood of Bijlani tampering with evidence if he was released on bail. Police had opposed Bijlani’s bail in an affidavit saying they had inputs that he was a threat to the life of Loharia’s son, Sandeep. Police also said that there were chances that the accused may abscond if he was granted bail. According to the police, there are call records and statements of witnesses which say that Bijlani was in touch with arrested accused Emmanuel Amolik and wanted accused Anurag Garg.
Ex-cop gets life term for wife’s murder
MUMBAI: A Mumbai sessions court on Monday convicted a former police constable for killing his wife on suspicion of extramarital affair in 2011 and awarded life sentenced. Sessions court judge D G Murunkar convicted former police constable Shatrughna Meshram (40), who was a compulsive drinker, for killing his wife Kavita. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Meshram, out of which Rs 12,000 each will be deposited in fixed deposit of his two minor daughters. Meshram often used to pick fights with his wife accusing her of having an extra-marital affair. On October 27, 2011, Meshram assaulted her with a knife at their home in Andheri in front of their minor daughters, following an altercation.