Wife of murder-accused corporator sits on dharna against rising crime

Ulhasnagar's NCP president Jyoti Kalani is married to Pappu Kalani, who, apart from having 8 murder charges against him, was accused of threatening BJP leader Kamal Bhatija during polls
Her husband is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight for murder.

Her son has been named in several extortion and assault cases and is currently absconding after being accused of attempt to murder. Yet, Jyoti Kalani is determined to fight crime.

Taking a stand: Jyoti Kalani (n white) at the dharna in Ulhasnagar with
NCP workers.

On Sunday, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president of Ulhasnagar sat on a dharna outside Central Police station in Ulhasnagar, Camp I, complaining that the police was unable to curb crime.

Kalani, who is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight for murder. Pic/Navneet Barhate

"Break-ins have taken place at 22 shops, there have been several chain-snatching incidents, minor girls have gone missing from the area. For instance, 14-year-old Simran Mansukhani has been missing for the last 42 days. And the police are unable to do anything," said Manoj Lakhvi, NCP, General Secretary, Ulhasnagar unit, who sat on dharna with Jyoti.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena's Ulhasnagar president Rajendra Chaudhary completely accepted the point that the police in the area was inefficient, but his interpretation was different.

"Who has been committing crime in the Ulhasnagar city? Jyoti's son Omie Kalani has been absconding for attempt to murder after he threatened an opponent candidate with a revolver and bashed him up. Around six cases were registered against Jyoti's husband Pappu Kalani under various sections for threatening opponent who were contesting against him and still the police are unable to arrest anybody. Omie has been missing for the last four months. What have the police been doing?" he asked.

Meanwhile, sources said, "The Kalanis feared arrest after so many cases were registered against them. To pressurise the cops, they themselves marched on the police station so that no action is take against them."
"The police have registered lot of cases against us without investigating them. We want them to look into things carefully and not unnecessarily disturb our party workers," said Lakhvi.

However, deputy commissioner of police Shivaji Rathod of Ulhasnagar division, said, "They (Jyoti and others) had come only to hand over an application, demanding we look into cases registered against NCP party workers and Pappu Kalani carefully."

"Who is terrorising Ulhasnagar? It is the Kalanis. Whenever a case is registered against them, they try to pressurise the police with dharnas and morchas," said Jivan Ednani, once considered a close associate of Pappu Kalani, and now an opponent.

Jyoti speaks
"False cases have been registered against our party workers and also my husband. BJP MLA Kumar Ailani has been forcing the cops to register FIRs along with Shiv Sena party workers to trouble the NCP workers," said Jyoti Kalani. "We are going to write to the government about it soon. We have been promised that all false cases will be withdrawn soon," she added.

Family way

Pappu Kalani
Suresh Budharmal Kalani or Pappu Kalani, is currently on bail in 19 cases including eight of murder and was most recently elected a corporator from Ulhasnagar. Has been booked under serious acts like TADA and later released.

The state crime investigation department arrested Jyoti Kalani, in 2004 on various charges, including forgery, non-payment of revenue and illegal liquor manufacturing.

Jyoti had been mayor of Ulhasnagar after Pappu's arrest under TADA in the early 1990 and is presently the Ulhasnagar president of NCP

Omie Kalani, son of former Ulhasnagar MLA Pappu Kalani, and his 15 associates were booked in an attempt to murder case last year. Omie and his supporters allegedly beat up BJP corporator Mahesh Sukhramani's nephew Sunil with iron rods and sticks.

Several extortion cases and non-cognisable offences are registered against Omie.

In 2004, Pappu's brother Narayan Kalani was arrested for three murders, dating back to the gang warfare of 1990 and later granted bail.

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