Ahead of polls, auto ferrying liquor seized

BHAYANDAR:  With the election fever gripping the Thane (Rural) region, the men in khaki are leaving nothing to chance. Right from seizing licensed firearms to arresting history-sheeters, the cops are holding vigilance drives to keep mischief-mongers away. As a part of their ongoing operations, sleuths of the Virar police seized Indian Made Foreign Liquor ( IMFL) worth more than Rs 70,000 that was being illegally ferried in an auto-rickshaw on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off that illicit liquor was being transported in an auto-rickshaw in the Virar (West) region, the police stepped up vigil and alerted all check-posts in the region. The efforts bore fruit after the police team during the nakabandi operation intercepted an autorickshaw, which was found to be loaded with cartons of IMFL bottles. The police personnel questioned the auto-driver Shrinivas Kumar and when he failed to give a satisfactory answer, he was arrested and taken to the Virar police station. It has become a trend for many political parties to woo voters by offering them alcohol. However, in this case, it is still not clear as if the booze belonged to politicians or parties. Investigations are on.

Several polling booths changed

MUMBAI: The City Collector informed that the State Election Commission has allowed the change in location of Sion Koliwada booth number 179, in South-Central Mumbai constituency.  Originally, the Sion-Koliwada booth was at Bhaidas Sakidas Auditorium, NS Mankikar Marg, as 123 number booth. This has now been changed to Central Labour Institute Hostel Maidan, NS Mankikar Marg, and the booth number too has changed to 179.  Meanwhile, booth numbers 138, 139, 140, 141, 142 and 143, which were on Bhau Daji Marg at North Indian Association Auditorium and Indian Music and Arts Society Auditorium, have been shifted to Little Angels High School, Shastri Lane, Vishram Wadi, Sion. The booth numbers 106, 107, 177, 178, 179 and 180, which were at SS Road Government of India Personal Grievances and Pension Welfare Centre at Antop Hill, have now been shifted to CGS Employees’ School, Sector 7, SM Road at Antop Hill.

100 AAP workers join NCP

MUMBAI: Members of the core committee of Aam Admi Party, Raju Thate and Sandeep Bhandare along with other workers joined the Nationalist Congress Party at a public meeting on Wednesday at Bhandup. Over 100 workers from AAP joined their two leaders at the public event. The core members had joined AAP six months ago and worked hard with them. They told the media that to help sustain democracy, they believe NCP is the only party that can do it.

Star contestants’ films not to be telecast

MUMBAI: Following the complaint by Mumbai-based NGO Athak Seva Sangh, Doordarshan has stopped telecast of films of stars, who are contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2014. More than 13 film stars are contesting the Lok Sabha polls as candidates of various political parties. RTI activist and chairman of Athak Seva Sangh, Anil Galgali, had appealed to the State Election Commission on Tuesday to ensure that no films and advertising commercials or any sort of programmes, featuring the film star-turned candidates be broadcast during the campaign period. In a letter addressed to the Election Commission, Anil Galgali stated that since the Model Code of Conduct is applicable to all the candidates, it is also applicable on the film and TV stars as well. Hence, the Election Commission should instruct all the broadcasters, TV channels and theatre-owners to remove their ongoing films or ad commercials featuring these stars so that the Model Code of Conduct is equally enforced on all candidates.

                                  (FPJ Reporters & Correspondents)

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