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Maha: Man loses Rs 12 lakh to conmen who promised to double his money

Five persons were booked for allegedly cheating a resident of Sawantwadi in Ratnagiri district with the promise of getting his money doubled quickly, PTI reported on Monday. A police official said that accused took away Rs 12 lakh when the man arrived at a specified location near Thane Bypass in Bhiwandi on May 29. "One accused took the Rs 12 lakh with the victim, while another accused walked along side claiming he had double the amount. Later, a van arrived at the spot and the man with the victim's Rs 12 lakh got in and fled," he said. In his complaint, the victim said he had borrowed Rs 12 lakh from his uncle, the official said. Also read: Thane: Man in jail since 2016 in theft case gets 6-year imprisonment A cheating case was registered on Sunday but no arrest has been made as yet, he added. Meanwhile, a man in jail for more than six years following arrest in a godown theft case has been sentenced to six years' simple imprisonment by a court in Thane district. The 23-year-old accused, Deepak Rajendra Shah, "shall be given set off under Section 428 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for the period of detention which he has already undergone in jail from June 1, 2016," Additional sessions judge D B Bangde said in the order passed on May 29, the report said. Section 428 of the CrPC pertains to period of detention undergone by the accused to be set off against the sentence or imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the accused, as per the order, a copy of which was made available on Monday. Additional public prosecutor S H Mhatre told the court on the intervening night of May 19 and 20, 2016, Shah along with other co-accused trespassed into a godown in Bhiwandi area of Thane and stole 39 sacks of yarn worth Rs 4,05,600, reported PTI. The other co-accused were in the habit of receiving the stolen property, the court was told. The judge in his order said, "The accused is produced before the court today for framing of the charge. I have framed the charge against him. The accused voluntarily pleaded guilty to the charge." "Therefore, I hold the accused guilty for offences punishable under Indian Penal Code sections 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence) and 380 (theft)," the judge said. The accused submitted that he is a labourer and his family's financial condition is very poor. He is the sole earning member of his family. There is no one to look after his family, the court noted. "On perusal of the record, it is revealed the accused was arrested on June 1, 2016. The accused has been in jail for a period of more than six years till today," the judge said. "The trial could not be commenced earlier. Now, the accused is voluntarily pleading guilty to the charge against him. In my opinion, these circumstances can be considered as mitigating factors while convicting the accused by imposing lesser punishment," the court said. (With inputs from PTI)

05 June,2023 06:49 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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DRI seizes gold worth Rs 6.21 cr at Mumbai airport; four held

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai arrested four people and seized more than 10 kg of gold worth Rs 6.21 crore, an official said on Monday, reported the PTI. The DRI made the seizures and arrests in two separate operations on Saturday, the official told the PTI. A team of the DRI intercepted two passengers who arrived in Mumbai from Sharjah in an Air India Express flight following a tip-off, he said, according to the PTI. The duo had concealed eight 24K gold bars with foreign markings, weighing 8 kg, in their clothes around their waist, he said. During interrogation, DRI officials found out about another aide of the accused passengers and apprehended him, the official said, adding that the seized gold bars were worth Rs 4.98 crore. Similarly on the same day, an Indian national travelling from Dubai was caught with 24K gold wires, the official said. The accused had hidden these wires under metal strips in 56 women's purses, he said. The DRI recovered 2.05 kg of gold wires worth Rs 1.23 crore from the accused, the official said. The accused was directly involved in the planning and execution of the crime, he added. In a similar kind of an incident last month, the Mumbai airport customs had in May seized over 4.2 kg of gold dust worth Rs 2.28 crores from an Indian national, an official said. As per the official, the gold dust was recovered from an Indian national arriving from Muscat.  The Mumbai Airport Customs seized over 4.2 Kg gold dust valued at Rs 2.28 Crores from an Indian national arriving from Muscat. Gold dust was concealed in meticulously stitched pockets inside the jeans, undergarments and knee caps worn by the passenger, the official said. Earlier, officials informed that Mumbai Airport Customs booked 55 cases of smuggling of foreign-origin cigarettes and seized around 9,36,700 cigarettes in the month of April. The cigarettes seized by the customs were valued at Rs 41 Lakhs. During the month of April 2023, Mumbai Airport Customs booked 55 cases of smuggling of foreign-origin cigarettes and seized around 9,36,700 cigarettes valued at Rs 41 Lakhs, read a tweet from Mumbai Customs. (with PTI inputs)

05 June,2023 06:26 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Chairman and secretary of housing society in Thane booked for Rs 95 lakh fraud

The Thane Police have registered a case of cheating against the chairman and the secretary of a housing society in Thane city of Maharashtra for alleged misappropriation and swindling of funds worth more than Rs 95 lakh, police said on Monday, reported the PTI.  The police said that the case was registered after the audit of the accounts of the residential society, located on Godbunder Road, was conducted by the government auditor, according to the PTI. "The audit found several irregularities for the period between 2019 and 2022. In some instances, the society fund was spent without the approval of the general body. The accused duo had allegedly made the online payment without permission," a police official said, quoting the complaint, as per the PTI. A case was registered under sections 406 (Criminal breach of trust), 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant or by banker, merchant or agent.) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code against the society chairman and the secretary. No arrest has been made so far, an official said. Meanwhile, in an another case in Maharashtra's Nagpur, The Economic Offences Wing of Nagpur police last week arrested the president of a credit society for allegedly duping investors to the tune of Rs 1.19 crore, reported the PTI. The suspect was arrested and other office-bearers have been named as co-accused in the First Information Report, an official said last Saturday, according to the PTI. The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by a clerk at the society's office, the police official told the PTI. The clerk told the police that she was allegedly promised commission if she acted as an agent and collected deposits. As many as 39 persons invested more than Rs 1.19 crore with the society between July 2015 and January 2019 through agents. The clerk herself had invested some money in the society's schemes, she told police, as per the PTI. But the accused eventually closed the office, thus cheating the investors, the complaint said. They paid no commission to the agents either. A case under Indian Penal Code sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) besides relevant sections of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Act was registered at Yashodhara Nagar police station and further investigation was underway, the official said. (with PTI inputs)

05 June,2023 04:33 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Maha: Man held for killing elder brother over property dispute

A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his elder brother over a property dispute in Nagpur city of Maharashtra on Sunday, police said. Police said the brother duo fought with each other over the construction of rooms on a plot in Wanjara area in Nagpur. The accused, Abu Dawood Abdul Haque Ansari, stabbed his brother Arif Ansari, 48, in front of the latter's two sons with a knife, killing him on the spot, police said. Also read: Maharashtra weather update: IMD predicts thunderstorm, light rainfall in Vidarbha A case of murder has been registered.  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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 June,2023 10:58 PM IST | Nagpur | PTI
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Maha: NCP leader in Thane convicted for rioting, voluntarily causing hurt

A Nationalist Congress Party leader accused of ransacking an ashram and attacking its inmates in 2015 has been convicted by a court in Maharashtra’s Thane district. Aashish Anand Damale (35), the president of the NCP's Badlapur city unit, was convicted of charges under section 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Sessions judge at Kalyan court Shaukat S Gorwade convicted Damale. Instead of sentencing him at once to any punishment, the court in the May 25 order directed that he be released on entering a bond of Rs 15,000, with sureties of like amount, to appear and receive sentence when called upon during the period of three years. The court further directed that the accused pay Rs 5 lakh compensation, within one month, to the ashram's caretaker for the damages caused to the property. The judge acquitted 18 others who were tried with the NCP leader. Also read: Assam: Dibrugarh-bound IndiGo flight makes emergency landing at Guwahati Airport According to the prosecution, on June 2, 2015, Damle along with a mob gate crashed into Sadhana Math in Ambernath, assaulted the inmates and caretaker and ransacked the premises. The court noted that Damle was guilty of forming unlawful assembly with his associates and committing criminal trespass, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and mischief. (With inputs from PTI)

04 June,2023 04:12 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Case against 42-year-old woman for killing husband in Palghar

The Maharashtra Police have registered a case against a 42-year-old woman for allegedly killing her husband in Palghar. The couple, residing in Dabheri village in Jawhar, had frequent fights over domestic issues. The 47-year-old man used to harass his wife. "Annoyed due to the frequent harassment, the woman allegedly attacked her husband with an axe on Saturday and killed him, Jawhar's police station's senior police inspector Sudhir Sankhe. According to the police official, a few of the neighbours later alerted the police who rushed to the spot and found the man lying in a pool of blood. "The body was sent to a government hospital for postmortem," the police official said. "The police registered a case against the woman on charges of murder," he said. The accused is yet to be arrested. (with inputs from PTI)

04 June,2023 10:33 AM IST | Palghar | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai cops visit Aurangabad district to nab accused, attacked

A Mumbai police team was attacked by a mob in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district where it had gone to make arrests in connection with a police exam paper leak case, an official said on Saturday. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the attack, he said. The cops, including two officers, from Mumbai's Dahisar police station reached Sanjarpur in Vaijapur town of the district around 2 am on Friday. They were also accompanied by one or two cops from the local police station, he said. However, a mob gathered and began hurling abuses at the police party. Soon, they turned aggressive and attacked the policemen with axes. One cop was injured in the attack, the official said. While the team returned empty-handed, the local police registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections, including 307 (attempt to murder), against 10 persons of which five were arrested, the official said. We got a tip-off that the accused in the police exam paper leak case were in Vaijapur. Hence, a team was sent to nab them. But they attacked the team. Our officials are still there, said an official from Dahisar police station. Five first information reports (FIRs) have been registered across Mumbai in connection with the police exam paper leak case. 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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 June,2023 10:51 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Actor Aditya's death: Viscera samples, electronic devices sent to Kalina FSL lab

The viscera samples of actor Aditya Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his home on May 22, as well as his electronic devices like laptop have been sent to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory to ascertain the cause of death, a Mumbai police official said on Saturday. Rajput, also a model and casting coordinator, was found dead in the bathroom of his Oshiwara home and his maid told police he was not keeping well for two to three days prior to the incident. "As the cause of death is reserved in his medical report, we decided to send the viscera samples and electronic devices like laptop to the Kalina FSL. We will move ahead as per the findings of the report," the official said. The official said an accidental death report has been registered for the moment and a probe covering all angles was 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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 June,2023 10:39 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Mumbai: Trio switch business to drug peddling from flower selling, held

The police in Navi Mumbai arrested three people who had allegedly switched their business from flowers selling to drug peddling. The trio had come to the city months ago with aim to be financially independent, police sources said on Saturday.  Three men, originally from a remote area of Osmanabad, Maharashtra had come to Navi Mumbai months ago, they started making a living by selling flowers at traffic signals. Later, they noticed a good demand for flowers and garlands at a temple nearby, and began to sell the flowers and garlands. But, 8 months ago, they came across a drug peddler who allegedly gave them an 'idea' to change their profession to make quick money. The trio managed to get in touch with several other drug peddlers who provided them drugs and syrups that finally landed them in the cops net. The trio were arrested on Saturday after Anti-Human Trafficking cell received a specific tip-off on them, the Navi Mumbai Police said. An official said that the Navi Mumbai police commissioner Milind Bharambe has instructed the police officials to take strict action against drug peddlers in the city, even if they are on lower rank of the chain. During a special drive, the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell officials received a tip-off about a trio whose lives had suddenly changed. Nearly a year ago, the three, who were living on footpaths with their families, moved into a house and were comparatively financially in a good state. He said that ACP Shailesh Pasalwad instructed Senior PI Atul Aher to investigate the tip-off and nab the accused. A trap was laid at the Adivali-Bhutavali hutment and the trio were nabbed. The accused were identified as Baban Pawar, Ankush Pawar and Rohit Pawar.  The police said that the officials also recovered cough syrups and tablets used as drugs worth Rs 1.43 lakh from the accused. "The accused had come to Navi Mumbai in search of a job and started selling flowers. They were doing good, but someone gave them the idea of drug peddling luring them with good and easy money. Around 8 months ago, they got into the ''business" the investigations have revealed, said ACP Pasalwad.  The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act in Rabale MIDC police station. The police are further investigating the matter. 

03 June,2023 08:48 PM IST | Mumbai | Anurag Kamble
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Bhiwandi court records complainant's statement in case against Rahul Gandhi

A court in Maharashtra's Thane district on Saturday recorded the statement of the complainant who has accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of defaming the RSS by linking it to Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. The 'examination-in-chief' (examination of a litigant/witness by a lawyer from his or her own side) of complainant Rajesh Kunte, an RSS activist, began before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) L C Wadikar at a court in Bhiwandi in Thane. Kunte had filed a private complaint against the Congress leader over his statement at a rally in 2014 accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of being involved in Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. The statement was false and tarnished the RSS's image, the complaint claimed. During the hearing on Saturday, Kunte also submitted a DVD of Rahul Gandhi's speech in question to the court. His lawyer also submitted seven new documents as part of evidence, but Rahul Gandhi's lawyer advocate Narayan Iyer took objection, saying that they were not given copies. The complainant's lawyer then provided copies to advocate Iyer. Kunte's examination-in-chief will continue on July 1, 2023. 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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 June,2023 08:18 PM IST | Thane | PTI
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Pedestrian dies after being run over by BEST bus, multiple vehicles damaged

A 49-year-old man was allegedly killed after a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus ran over him after hitting another public transport vehicle in south Mumbai on Saturday, an official said. The deceased was identified as Balaram Vitthal Bagway, the official said. The bus belonging to the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking was going from Bhatia Baug to Backbay depot when the incident took place, the official said. The incident happened at around 6 am when the vehicle was near Badhwar Park in south Mumbai. The bus first crashed into a stationary 'Chalo Bus', belonging to BEST's premium public bus transport fleet. The bus was heading to Bhatiya Baug from Backbay Depot. When the bus had reached near Badhwar Park, it crashed into a Challo Bus at the rear end. The speeding bus pushed the Chalo bus for about 120 feet and damaged one multi-utility vehicle and six two-wheelers, according to an official statement. In the meanwhile, a pedestrian came in contact with the left rear tyre of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport bus and got dragged for at least 100 feet, the official statement further said. The pedestrian suffered serious head injuries in the incident. He was taken to nearby GT Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, the statement said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone 1 Pravin Munde said, "The Cuffe Parade police are probing into the matter," reported the PTI. Meanwhile, in an another incident on June 1, three women were allegedly killed and four other persons were injured after an autorickshaw in which they were travelling fell into a nullah (major drain) in Bhiwandi area of Maharashtra's Thane district, a police official said on Thursday, the PTI reported. The incident took place under Kongaon police station limits in Thane on the Mumbai-Nashik highway in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, he added. "The deceased and injured were kin of the autorickshaw driver. They were returning from Mumbai when the incident took place. The passersby took part in the rescue efforts. The wife, sister-in-law and daughter of the driver have died," he said. (with PTI inputs)

03 June,2023 06:00 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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