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Businessman robbed in Mumbai; police nab 4 culprits using CCTV footage of WEH

Four persons travelling in a cab allegedly intercepted the car of a businessman and robbed him of his mobile phone and gold chain on the busy Western Express Highway (WEH) in Mumbai, a police official said on Monday. The four persons, who fled after the incident on May 25 in their white cab, were arrested on Saturday after the police zeroed in on them while scanning the CCTV footage of some 35 cars that passed through the long highway route after the crime, he said. The victim in his police complaint said while he was travelling alone on the Western Express Highway, a major north-south arterial road in the city, the accused allegedly overtook his car, stopped their cab in front of his vehicle and started abusing him. The accused later pulled the victim out of his car and also snatched his mobile phone and gold chain worth Rs 2 lakh, the official from Kasturba Marg police station said. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Wadala brothers kill mother for performing ‘black magic’ Based on the complaint, the police registered an FIR and began a probe into the case. The police checked the CCTV footage at key spots ahead on the WEH and checked around 35 white cabs which passed from there after the incident. As per the time of crime mentioned by the victim, the police later kept the focus of their probe on one cab. They then caught Bhavin Swami (29), who was driving the cab at the time of the incident. Based on the information provided by him, the police later nabbed the three other accused - Sarfaraz alias Prince Shaikh (26), Manish Kumar Gopal Turi (28) and Ankit Patel (22). "The four accused were nabbed from different parts of Mumbai and neighbouring districts. We have recovered the victim's mobile phone and gold chain from them. Efforts are on to nab one more person in connection with the case," Kasturba Marg police station's senior inspector Anil Awhad said. The accused were booked under Indian Penal Code section 392 (robbery) and other relevant provisions, he said, adding that further probe into the case is on. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

01 July,2022 07:33 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Wadala brothers kill mother for performing ‘black magic’

Two brothers from Wadala, aged 25 and 15, and the elder brother’s girlfriend killed the duo’s mother on the suspicion that she was doing black magic to hinder their progress and stop her elder son from marrying his lover. All three accused were apprehended by the Wadala police on Saturday.  The victim has been identified as Nirmala Thakur, 42, while the accused are her eldest son Akshay, her minor son and Akshay’s girlfriend Komal Boilkar, 22.  According to Wadala police, the incident took place around 6 am on Saturday. “Both brothers went out and came back with the female accused, following which an argument ensued with their mother. The accused then attacked Thakur with a sickle,” a police officer said. All three of them then fled the spot.  After police arrived at the spot, they suspected the involvement of family members and got in touch with them, including Thakur’s husband who was working the night shift. Both the brothers claimed that they were in Lonavala at the time of the murder.  However, when police officers checked CCTV footage from the area, they saw the duo and a woman in the area around the time of the murder. “We examined their call data records and found that they were in Wadala,” a police officer said.  Also read: Coaching class teacher molests teen in Borivli Cops then called them and questioned them, during which they confessed to the murder. Akshay, in his statement to the police, claimed Thakur was doing black magic on them. He added that he was unable to marry Komal due to her black magic. He added that he told his minor brother that he met with an accident and had to undergo surgery due to the black magic and managed to convince him to take part in murdering their mother.

06 June,2022 02:38 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
Excise Department officials also seized machines used in the factory

Unit that manufactured fake branded bottle caps raided in Vasai

The Vasai unit of the Maharashtra Excise Department recently raided a factory that manufactured fake caps of well-known branded alcoholic drinks. During the raid conducted along with the Palghar unit of the department, the ED arrested 5 accused and seized around 2 lakh caps and machines used to make them, all worth Rs 16,57,700. According to the ED, they found fake caps of top brands such as Imperial Blue, McDowell’s No.1, DSP black, Royal Stag, Officer's Choice, Bagpiper, etc. at the manufacturing unit. "They have been manufacturing the fake caps for past three months as per our information and they are supplied across the state, to be used to seal  bottles of fake scotch and whiskey," said Dilip Bamne, inspector, ED, Vasai Unit. Some of the seized fake caps The raids were conducted on Saturday under the guidance of Superintendent Sudhakar Kadam and assisted by Palghar Excise Inspector, SS Amberkar. The factory functioned from a gala in Nawalgaria Industrial Estate.” They made 20,000 caps on a daily basis and supplied them to two people; one in Sakinaka and the other in Kolkata," an Excise officer said. The accused arrested by ED were identified as Nitin Patil, 22, a resident of Jogeshwari and Mahendra Sharma (22), a resident of Palghar; while the others, Ajay Verma, 28,  Gopichandra Devidayal 26, and Ashok Kumar Verma, 21,  were from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. Also read: Jilted lover pushes woman’s boyfriend into Vasai creek Transport companies involved? The officers have also found that two transport companies supplied the caps. "We are still verifying if they are part of this racket," the officer added. The officials said each cap was sold for R 3. "The demand was so high that they made 20,000 caps on a daily basis. It appears that a huge racket of fake caps is mushrooming in the state and causing huge revenue loss to Maharashtra," the officer added further. Besides the Maharashtra Prohibition Act, the Excise officials have also slapped sections of the Indian Penal Code which include forgery and cheating against the accused. "We have 5 days custody to investigate this network thoroughly," Bamne added. The officials have told the court that they believe a larger network is active in the state and making fake scotch and whiskey and putting the lives of people at risk, and causing huge revenue loss to the government. The officials also told the court that two more accused have been identified  as Raju bhai and Junaid bhai and are yet to be held. The two purchased these fake caps. 

06 June,2022 09:42 AM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
Salman Khan and his father live at Galaxy Apartments on BJ Road in Bandra West. Pics/Satej Shinde

Was someone watching Salim Khan's movements?

The Bandra police have registered a case after a letter threatening to harm Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan emerged on Sunday. The letter had been kept on a bench on which Salim Khan sits after his morning walk at Bandstand. “Salim Khan and Salman Khan Bahut jald aap ka Moose Wala hoga. K.G.B.L.B,” it read.  The Bandra police have registered a case after a letter threatening to harm Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan emerged on Sunday. The letter had been kept on a bench on which Salim Khan sits after his morning walk at Bandstand. “Salim Khan and Salman Khan Bahut jald aap ka Moose Wala hoga. K.G.B.L.B,” it read. Bandra’s Galaxy Apartments, that is home to actor Salman Khan and his father Complainant Salim Khan, 86, who has written screenplays for several Bollywood films, told the police that someone had left the letter for him, raising concerns that his movement was being watched.  Salim Khan lives at Galaxy Apartments on B J Road, Bandstand, Bandra West with his wife Salma Khan. Salman Khan also lives in the same building. Every day, Salim Khan goes for his morning walk to the Bandra promenade with his bodyguards. Benches on the promenade, on one of which the note was left, according to Salim Khan Police officers said Salim Khan sits on a particular bench after his walk and exercises. “Around 7.40 am on Sunday, Salim Khan was with his bodyguards Shrikant Tukaram Hegiste and Rajkumar Durgaprasad Gupta. Hegiste found a folded piece of paper on the bench and handed it over to Salim Khan. When Salim Khan opened it, he found it to be a threat letter in Hindi,” he said.  The officer said, “The letter read ‘Salim Khan and Salman Khan Bahut jald aap ka Moose Wala honga, K.G.B.L.B’. In this letter, there was a threat to kill actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan.” Salim Khan asked his bodyguards to alert officer Somnath Pawar of Bandra police station. He handed over the letter to the police.  The Bandra Crime Branch Unit-9 has also launched an investigation, said sources.  The Crime Branch suspects a link between this letter and the gang that shot dead Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, widely known by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala. Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who is in Delhi’s Tihar jail, and Canada-based singer–gangster Goldy Brar have claimed responsibility for the killing as per the Punjab police.  A Crime Branch officer said, “We suspect that the accused recced the area over the past few days as the person knew where Salim Khan sits at Bandstand after completing his daily exercise. We are checking CCTV footage from all possible angles in the area. At this stage, we can't say if the accused is connected with the same gang that killed singer Sidhu Moose Wala but we are probing in that direction.” Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, days after the state government downgraded his security cover. His body had 19 bullets.

06 June,2022 09:38 AM IST | Mumbai | Shirish Vaktania
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Mumbai: Woman found murdered in Wadala; 2 sons among 3 held in 12 hours

The murder case of a 42-year-old woman was solved within 12 hours with the arrest of her two sons and one more person, a Mumbai police official said on June 5. The woman, identified as Nirmala Vijay Thakur, was found murdered on June 4 in Korba Meetha Ghar locality of Wadala, after which police teams zeroed in on her son Akshay Vijay Thakur (25), his 15-year-old brother and one Komal Boilkar (22), he said. "At first, the trio said they were in Lonavala when the murder took place but their mobile phone locations revealed otherwise. On sustained questioning, they confessed to killing Nirmala for practising black magic and not allowing accused Akshay and Komal to get married," he said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

05 June,2022 08:43 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Mumbai crime branch seizes pistols, live cartridges from Goregaon; one held

Mumbai Crime Branch recovered 3 country-made pistols and 9 live cartridges from the Goregaon area, informed the officials on Sunday. "One person has been arrested in the matter. Mumbai Crime Branch's Unit 11 team raided Bhagat Singhnagar area of Goregaon and recovered 9 live cartridges along with three country-made pistols from a room," said police. Searches were based on a tip-off and the accused was arrested from Kranti Chawl in the Bhagatsingnagar area where the illegal arms were recovered. The Crime Branch officers arrested the accused and handed him over to the Bangur Nagar Police The accused was presented in the court today where the police demanded custody. There are already two cases registered against the accused at Bangur Nagar police station and at Oshiwara police station. Further investigations into the matter are underway. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

05 June,2022 03:49 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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Coaching class teacher molests teen in Borivli

Dahisar police arrested a private coaching teacher for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl when she was walking her dog on Thursday night. The survivor, studying in Class X, lives with her mother in Borivli East. The accused has been identified as Saurabh Suresh Samant, 39, said an officer attached to Dahisar police station. “The minor was out with her pet dog on Thursday night when stray dogs started to hound her. Since the girl’s mother and her female guest were also out after having dinner, the duo jumped to the rescue and tried to scare the stray dogs away. But a man, who was feeding the stray dogs, got into a heated argument with both the women and soon, the verbal dispute snowballed into fisticuffs between the mother of the minor girl and Samant,” said police. “When the minor saw that her mother was being assaulted by an unknown man, she tried to help, but the man molested her and pushed her away,” reads the FIR copy, which further says that the female guest was also molested by the man. “The incident took place in a dark patchy area behind our building. I could not identify who the accused was. So, I dialed the police emergency number and a team from Dahisar police station arrived immediately,” said the mother of the minor girl. “When I was at the police station to register an FIR, the security guard informed me that the same man had come to my house along with his 10 goons. I immediately alerted the police and they arrested him. He runs a coaching class in Borivli East,” said the mother. A police officer said, “We have arrested the accused and are investigating the matter.” Samant has been booked under Sections 354 (molestation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

05 June,2022 07:41 AM IST | Mumbai | Diwakar Sharma
Uttam More was arrested in Borivli

Mumbai: Dismissed constable who found a career in crime, arrested

A dismissed police constable was arrested by Unit 12 of the crime branch on Friday for extorting money from people. The Crime Branch found a police ID card in his possession that he used to threaten people with. The police said the accused has looted many people in the past in Dahisar, Kandivli and Borivli and also taken gold jewellery and valuables from some. The accused was identified as Uttam Keshav More, 50, a resident of Dombivli. He had been dismissed from the police department in 2005. According to the police, on May 28 More asked for gutkha at a Dahisar pan tapri. The shop owner gave him a packet. Then More showed his police ID card and threatened the shop owner with arrest. The police said he then dragged the pan shop owner to the side of the road, checked all his pockets and found R4,500 which he took. He then dragged him to an ATM and asked him to withdraw R10,000, which More also took before leaving. Speaking to mid-day, Inspector Mahesh Togarwad of Unit 12 crime branch said, “After registering a case when the shop owner complained, we checked CCTV cameras of the area and identified the accused. We found he had been dismissed from the police department in 2005. Constable More joined the Railway police and was transferred to the Nagpada police but due to absences he was dismissed from the department.” Also Read: Loan apps racket: Rs 4.23 lakh extorted for loan of Rs 5,000 Caught red-handed “We laid a trap at Borivli where he extorted and threatened people every day, and caught him red-handed. We also seized a mobile phone and an ID card of the police which he used to threaten people. We also recovered some cash from him. During the interrogation, More revealed that he had extorted many people in the past on the pretext of registering an FIR and arresting them. We also found that he also extorted gold jewellery from a woman. We handed over the accused to the Dahisar police,” PI Togarwad further said. The police said More had submitted his original ID card when he was dismissed, but had created a duplicate of it which he used to threaten people. The Dahisar police registered the case under IPC Section 392 (punishment for robbery) and arrested  More on Friday.

04 June,2022 09:01 AM IST | Mumbai | Shirish Vaktania
He borrowed from the loan app in March this year, for his wife’s treatment. Representation pic

Loan apps racket: Rs 4.23 lakh extorted for loan of Rs 5,000

A 28-year-old Chunabhatti resident filed a police complaint after two months of harassment and payments of lakhs of rupees did not satiate the loan sharks’ hunger to loot an innocent man. The man had borrowed Rs 5,000 from CashBus, an instant loan app, as he was in desperate need of money for his wife’s medical treatment, but ended up losing Rs 4.23 lakh. He had taken this route after his friends refused to help him. Earlier this year, the complainant’s wife fell ill and he was in an urgent need of money. He approached his friends for help, but none did. Disappointed, he downloaded CashBus on March 28, 2022, and while registering on the app he unknowingly gave it access to his gallery, contact and location. The app showed that he was eligible for a loan of Rs 50,000 which had to be repaid in 90 days. Recovery agents harassed the man by sending messages from 200 different numbers. Representation pic “When I clicked on the ‘apply’ tab on the screen, it showed that Rs 5,000 has been sanctioned to me and I have to repay it in seven days. I dialled the customer care number, but it was not reachable. Later in the day, I received Rs 5,000 in my bank account. On April 2, I repaid R8,200, inclusive of interest, through the link provided to me. However, my phone was flooded with WhatsApp messages, asking to repay the loan amount,” said the complainant, who works as a kitchen supervisor at a hotel.  Next came a series of morphed pictures of him on his phone, he said. Scared, the man paid some more amount through the links provided to him. Yet, he was bombarded with messages for repayment from 200-250 different phone numbers. Terrified, the man kept paying small amounts through the links.  Also Read: Loan app racket: Police act; three victims get calls “I was told I hadn’t repaid the loaned amount, and asked to borrow money from other loan apps and pay back the money. I downloaded 15 more apps through which I received links to pay small amounts. They still circulated my morphed nude pictures to my contacts. My friends and relatives started calling me asking what nonsense was going on,” he said. “Until May, I had paid Rs 4.23 lakh for a loan of Rs 5,000. But the harassment never stopped. Finally, I gave up and approached the police on June 2,” he added.  Chunabhatti police on June 3 registered an FIR under Sections 384 (extortion), 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extor¬tion), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, and relevant Sections of the Information Technology Act.

04 June,2022 08:56 AM IST | Mumbai | Anurag Kamble
Officers from Byculla police station recorded the statement of a 27-year-old student on Friday. File pic/Ashish Raje

Loan app racket: Police act; three victims get calls

Hours after mid-day reported the plight of loan app racket’s victims who had been sent away by cops without an FIR, some of them have been contacted by their respective police station. Victims who had previously approached Byculla, Vakola and Nagpada police stations but got no resolution, visited again on Friday. Nagpada police called the 25-year-old delivery executive, who was earlier dissuaded from registering a complaint.  Just an NC  “After the story in mid-day on Friday, an officer called me to Nagpada police station. I paid a visit thinking they will file an FIR, but the police handed me a copy of a non-cognisable (NC) offence that they registered. I don’t know what to do now. I am ready to repay the loan, but I have been subjected to harassment by the recovery agents. What if they come to my doorstep?” he asked.  When mid-day contacted Senior Inspector Ramesh Khade of Nagpada police station, he said, “We have registered an NC under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the IPC, because the victim is saying that he does not want to pursue a case.”  “There is nothing to investigate in this matter, because the victim has not incurred any loss. He is only being threatened, which falls under Section 507 of IPC, i.e., an NC offence. There is no case of cheating and loss, and the loan recovery agent is not demanding more money from him. Above all, the victim has given us in writing that he does not want to pursue the case. In this case, the FIR will not be registered,” Khade added.  The delivery executive, however, denied in writing that he didn’t want to register an FIR. “I am being harassed by loan recovery agents and it was the reason I had made an online complaint.” When asked how the harassers will be arrested, Khade said, “If required, we will approach the court for permission to investigate the matter. We can retrieve the call detail record (CDR) or subscriber detail record (SDR) and nab the accused.”   Lawyer on NC offence A criminal lawyer at Bombay High Court, Trivankumar Karnani, said, “It is extremely deplorable that a local police station is failing to follow the instructions given by the police commissioner. There is a degree of frustration where they feel that if an FIR is registered a lot of responsibility and paper work will come on their heads. Therefore, they don’t have the will to take on the initiative by registering an FIR, nab the criminals and unearth the truth and gravity of the offence.”  “Despite the commissioner’s order, the police stations are filing an NC offence under Sections that do not act as a deterrent. The crime will only stop when it acts as a deterrent. In the Byculla case, Section 507 is criminal intimidation by anonymous communication. But what is the purpose of criminal intimidation? What about the fact that I [victim] got cheated because I took out a loan on the basis of misrepresentation? I have been deceived, what about the criminal breach of trust that I entrusted on these mobile loan app companies, borrowed money and they have breached my trust instead of recovering money through legal methods and procedure set out by law in the Indian judicial system,” he added.  “They (mobile loan apps) have indulged in extortion tactics. So, ideally FIR should be registered for cheating, criminal breach of trust, extortion and criminal conspiracy. And I would go even one step forward and say that the police must put Sections of organised crime, because mobile loan apps are cheating in a large number and the social stigma that revolves around is that they are threatening the victims by messaging their friends, relatives and others and sending them morphed photos, demanding money,” Karnani said.  “The police are rendering the entire justice system as just inefficient because the registration of FIRs or commission of a crime is done by the police. Police are the gateway to justice and if they don’t take cognisance of the seriousness of the offence that is disclosed, then we are killing the justice system’s roots. And if you just shut the gate to justice at the very beginning, how do we secure the ends of justice in courts?” he asked.  “Giving just a copy of an NC offence to the victim and sending him away is not only immoral, but illegal too. The victim must approach the Bombay High Court to seek directives because you cannot recover a loan from a defaulter through extortion,” Karnani added.  Others act now  Vakola police, however, have registered an FIR station under Sections 384 (extortion) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC, and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act. “Earlier, police had registered only an NC offence, but they called me on Friday morning and registered an FIR,” said the Santacruz resident, who is the SEO manager in a digital marketing firm.  Justifying the previous action, officer Pradeep More of Vakola police station said, “Earlier, he had given a different version, so we registered an NC offence. In your newspaper however, he gave a different version, based on which we registered an FIR.”  The Byculla police have recorded the statement of the 27-year-old student on Friday and asked her to come again on Saturday. She had told mid-day that she had downloaded an app briefly and did not even apply for a loan. Despite deleting the app, she was being harassed by the recovery agents, prompting her to switch off the number, she had said.

04 June,2022 07:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Diwakar Sharma
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Mumbai court awards death penalty to 33-yr-old man for rape and murder of minor

A day after 45-year-old accused, Mohan Kathwaru Chauhan was awarded the death penalty in connection with the Sakinaka rape-murder case, A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court on Friday pronounced a death penalty to the accused Vadivel aka Gundappa Chinna Tambi Devendra (33) in connection with the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in April 2019 in Juhu area of Mumbai. Speaking to mid-day.com, the investigation officer of the case, Inspector Ashok Sawant now retired, recalled, "We worked under high pressure on this case, there were regular protests by thousands of people at Juhu police station until the case was solved. It is a welcome judgement." Sawant added, "Initially the minor girl (victim) had gone missing and the police had registered a kidnapping case. While investigating the matter, my team came across two-three witnesses who had seen Devendra walking with the girl who had gone to bring tea for her mother on April 4, 2019. Two days later, on April 6, we arrested Devendra who confessed to the crime and even showed us the crime scene and the septic tank where the victim's body was dumped." Speaking about the investigations that helped bring  Devendra to justice, Sawant said, "We recovered a CCTV footage in which he was seen walking with the girl, holding her hand, this was an important clue to establish the evidence against him. Later we recovered his and the victim's blood-stained clothes. Scanning his previous records we also found that only about eight months before the crime, Devendra had been released from prison. During his sustained interrogations, he also confessed about killing the girl and dumping her body. With this judgement, it is a clear message that you will reach your fate if such crimes are committed." The then senior police inspector PS Wavhal who monetered the investigations of the entire case told mid-day.com, "punishment to the accused in such crimes is the goal and we achieved. It was the hard work of the entire investigation team that have showed the results." In April 2019, the body of a nine-year-old girl was found in a septic tank hours after she had gone missing from near her house in suburban Juhu. Capital punishment was being given to Vadivel Devendra, the accused, as "reformation is impossible", said judge H C Shende in the order. He was found guilty by the court earlier this week for rape and murder under the IPC, and offences under the POCSO Act. In 2013, he was sentenced to seven years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor in the same area, but was granted premature release after five years.Arguing on the quantum of punishment, special public prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade had on Thursday submitted that the repeat offence showed that there was no scope of reformation. Defence lawyer Sunanda Nandewar, on the other hand, argued that there was no direct evidence against him, and the case did not fall under the 'rarest of the rare' category, hence death penalty should not be imposed.

03 June,2022 08:16 PM IST | Mumbai | Asif Rizvi
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