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Navi Mumbai: Mephedrone worth Rs 17.5 lakhs seized, 3 held

The Navi Mumbai Police seized mephedrone powder, a banned drug, worth Rs 17.5 lakh, officials said on Wednesday. They added that three persons have been arrested in connection with the seizure from the city. According to a PTI report, the Navi Mumbai Police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) laid a trap at the Belapur creek side following a tip-off which led them to three arrestees and subsequent seizure. Reportedly, the mission was put into action on Tuesday. The police, during checking of the three persons, recovered nearly 175 grams of mephedrone powder from their possession, an official from CBD Belapur police station told PTI.  Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant. The three persons, including two from Mumbai, are between the ages 18 to 32 years and were placed under arrest on Tuesday night, according to the police. They have been booked under relevant provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the officials added. In a similar incident from Palghar, the police arrested a person and seized brown sugar from him. According to a report in PTI, the 30-year-old arrestee from Palghar district possessed brown sugar worth Rs 1.8 lakh. The police, acting on a tip-off from their informants, laid a trap at Hanuman Nagar in the Nallasopara area in Palghar on Monday evening. After the arrested accused reached the spot, the police nabbed him. While searching him, the police recovered 18 grams of brown sugar from his possession. Brown sugar is an adulterated form of heroin which is a semi-synthetic opioid. As per the statement by senior police inspector Pramod Badakh to news agency PTI, a case has been registered against the accused. They have booked him under relevant provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The police added they are now trying to extract information from him concerning the source from whom the accused received the contraband and to whom he planned to sell it.  Recently, in a major crackdown on drug peddlers, Navi Mumbai police carried out raids across the city which resulted in the arrest of seven Nigerian nationals. The cops seized drugs worth Rs 19.05 crore from them. 

27 September,2023 01:50 PM IST | Belapur | mid-day online correspondent
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53-year-old man rapes 8-year-old girl in Mumbai’s Jogeshwari, arrested: Police

An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 53-year-old man in Mumbai’s Jogeshwari area, police said on Wednesday. The accused and the victim lived in the same building and the girl’s mother used to leave the child at the accused’s home while going to work as there was nobody at home to take care of her, Police said as quoted by ANI. A few days ago, the girl narrated the incident to her mother and her mother lodged a complaint at the Police station. Also read: Mumbai: Murder convict nabbed from Telangana 12 years after jumping paroleice-articles Meanwhile, police said that a case has been registered under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act and the accused has been arrested. 8-year-old girl allegedly raped in Mumbai’s Jogeshwari area. The accused is a 53-year-old man. The accused and the victim lived in the same building and the girl’s mother used to leave the child at the accused’s home while going to work as there was nobody at home to take care of… — ANI (@ANI) September 27, 2023

27 September,2023 10:36 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Posing as real estate agent Navi Mumbai woman cheats 6 home buyers of Rs 1.87 cr

The Navi Mumbai police have registered a case against a 42-year-old woman for allegedly claiming to be a real estate agent and cheating six home buyers to the tune of Rs 1.87 crore, an official said on Wednesday. The accused claimed she was an agent of a real estate developer. She allegedly promised houses to the victims at Jasai in Uran area of Navi Mumbai and took money from them since January 2023, the official from Uran police station said. When the victims did not get the houses as promised, they tried to contact the accused, but she did not respond to their calls. The victims later got to know the accused had fled from Jasai, he said. After being unable to trace her, the victims approached the police with a complaint, based on which a case was registered on Tuesday against the woman under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust), the police said. A probe was on into the case, they added. Murder convict nabbed from Telangana 12 years after jumping parole Meanwhile, a 39-year-old murder convict, who was absconding for the last 12 years after jumping parole, has been arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch from Telangana, a police official said. Also read: Maharashtra: 42-year-old woman found murdered in Thane; police look for husband The convict, Ashok Hanumanta Kajeri alias V Shiva Narsimullu, was staying in Mahabubnagar town of Telangana by changing his name and identity, the official said on Tuesday. He was arrested by the Mumbai police in a case of murder which took place in 2007, said the official. Kajeri was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in 2008 and was sent to Nashik Central Prison in Maharashtra to serve his jail term. In 2011, he was released on a 30-day parole, but he did not return to the prison to complete his sentence and was absconding since then, the official said. The Mumbai police had searched for him in Nashik, Jalna, Hingoli and Parbhani in Maharashtra and Kerala also, but he remained untraceable. After several years, the crime branch officials got specific information about Kajeri's presence in Telangana from where he was finally nabbed, the official said. Kajeri was subsequently brought to Mumbai and placed under arrest, he said.  

27 September,2023 10:10 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Latur shopkeeper attacked for refusing to pay 'protection money'

A group of six persons allegedly attacked a 26-year-old shopkeeper in Maharashtra's Latur city with sharp weapons after he refused to pay 'protection money' to them, police said on Wednesday. PTI reported that the shopkeeper was injured in the incident which took place on Tuesday in Mataji Nagar near Kavha Naka. The accused went to the victim's pan shop and demanded Rs 2,000. When the victim refused to pay the money, they threatened him saying they would not allow him to operate to shop, a police official said. Later, when the victim went home, the accused reached there and allegedly attacked him with sharp weapons while asking him to pay them Rs 15,000 per month if he wanted to run the shop, he said. The accused allegedly took away a gold ring and Rs 12,800 cash from the victim, the police said. Based on the victim's complaint, the Gandhi Chowk police have registered a case against the six accused, they said. Murder convict nabbed from Telangana 12 years after jumping parole Meanwhile, a 39-year-old murder convict, who was absconding for the last 12 years after jumping parole, has been arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch from Telangana, a police official said. The convict, Ashok Hanumanta Kajeri alias V Shiva Narsimullu, was staying in Mahabubnagar town of Telangana by changing his name and identity, the official said on Tuesday. He was arrested by the Mumbai police in a case of murder which took place in 2007, said the official. Also read: Generally cloudy sky with moderate rainfall, thundershowers likely in city today Kajeri was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in 2008 and was sent to Nashik Central Prison in Maharashtra to serve his jail term. In 2011, he was released on a 30-day parole, but he did not return to the prison to complete his sentence and was absconding since then, the official said. The Mumbai police had searched for him in Nashik, Jalna, Hingoli and Parbhani in Maharashtra and Kerala also, but he remained untraceable. After several years, the crime branch officials got specific information about Kajeri's presence in Telangana from where he was finally nabbed, the official said. Kajeri was subsequently brought to Mumbai and placed under arrest, he said. (PTI)

27 September,2023 10:01 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Murder convict nabbed from Telangana 12 years after jumping parole

A 39-year-old murder convict was nabbed from Telangana 12 years after jumping parole. The 39-year-old murder convict, who was absconding for the last 12 years after jumping parole, was arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch from Telangana, a police official told news agency PTI on Tuesday. The convict, Ashok Hanumanta Kajeri alias V Shiva Narsimullu, was staying in Mehboobnagar town of Telangana by changing his name and identity, the police official told PTI. He was arrested by the Mumbai police in a murder case which had taken place in 2007, the police official told PTI. Kajeri was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in 2008 and was sent to Nashik Central Prison to serve his jail term. In 2011, he was released on a 30-day parole, but did not return to prison to complete his sentence and was absconding since then, the official told PTI. The Mumbai police had searched him at Nashik, Jalna, Hingoli, Parbhani and Kerala also, but he remained untraceable. After several years, crime branch officials got specific information about Kajeri's presence in Telangana from where he was finally nabbed, the official told PTI. Kajeri was brought to Mumbai and placed under arrest, he said. Meanwhile, in an incident of road rage, two persons stabbed a 24-year-old truck driver to death after their two-wheeler rammed into the heavy vehicle in Maharashtra's Thane district, police told PTI on Tuesday. The police have arrested Anjala Liyat Khan (23) and Mohammad Anans Asfaque Sheikh (21) in connection with the incident that took place in Kalyan taluka in the early hours of Monday, an official told PTI. The victim Bholakumar Mahanto and his friend were proceeding in a truck transporting gravel to Shahad when the vehicle developed a flat tyre and was halted on the bridge around 4.30 am, senior inspector Sunil Pawar of Bazarpeth police station told PTI. A motorcycle rammed into the stationary truck and got damaged. The riders started arguing with the victim to pay for the damages and allegedly stabbed him to death, the official told PTI. The accused fled the scene and were apprehended by the police in the western suburb of Bandra in neighbouring Mumbai on Monday night, the official told PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

27 September,2023 08:39 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Crime branch nabs brother of notorious drug kingpin

Mumbai Crime Branch's Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) has successfully apprehended Kamal Rajput (50), the sibling of the infamous Indian drug kingpin, Kailash Rajput, a police official said on Tuesday. Kamal had been allegedly overseeing Kailash's expansive narcotics empire within India and had managed to evade authorities in connection with a ketamine drug case. This evasion ultimately led to the issuance of a Look Out Circular (LoC) against him, the official said. In a significant development earlier this year, the Mumbai Crime Branch seized ketamine drugs valued at approximately Rs 8 crore from Andheri, resulting in the arrest of eight individuals. Among these individuals, Kamal had been in communication with Vijay Mane (52), one of the arrested suspects. Following Mane's apprehension, the police initiated an active search for Kamal. Subsequently, non-bailable warrants were issued for both Kailash and Kamal in connection with the case. Kamal was taken into custody by the police in Vasai and was subsequently presented before the court on Tuesday. The court has ordered Kamal's remand to police custody until the 30th of September. In March, the AEC successfully dismantled a syndicate involved in the illicit trafficking of ketamine to European nations from Andheri. This syndicate employed deceptive tactics, disguising drug shipments to destinations such as the UAE and the US as other illicit substances, including painkillers, sleeping pills, and aphrodisiacs, all transported by couriers. Throughout the investigation, the AEC made several arrests, including individuals associated with courier personnel and customs clearing agents. The AEC had previously apprehended Ali Asghar Shirazi, a trusted associate of Kailash Rajput, in May. Shirazi was intercepted by the AEC at Mumbai airport while attempting to flee to Dubai.

26 September,2023 09:02 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Mid-Day Premium Meet Baby Patankar, the drug queen behind Mumbai's street dope: Meow Meow

Many Mumbaikars know Shashikala Ramesh Patankar by her nickname ‘Baby.’ Hailing from the 8x8 shanty in Worli’s Siddharth Nagar, Baby ran a drug syndicate to infiltrate Mumbai’s streets with the highly addictive, psychoactive stimulant: ‘Meow Meow’. Although she was arrested many times, her drug empire finally came to an end in 2015. Despite several legal cases, she managed to escape the bars. Forward to 2023, Baby has returned again, facing allegations of swindling a Customs clearing agent on the pretext of supplying 5 kg gold at a cheaper price. Although no arrests have been made so far, the authorities at the Worli Police Station are planning to issue her a notice to appear before the court. A seasoned outlaw, Baby’s tryst with crime goes way back to the 80s era of Mumbai, informs Srinath Rao, the author of – “Meow Meow: The Incredible True Story of Baby Patankar.” From milk to Mephedrone: The rise of a drug queen pin Baby transitioned from a humble milk vendor earning a few hundred rupees each month in the 1980s to the accused mastermind of a thriving drug empire. Her journey qualifies for a thick plot worthy of a Bollywood thriller movie. On a parallel note, filmmaker Sanjay Gupta has announced a film to chronicle Patankar’s astonishing rags-to-riches tale.Sarthak (name changed due to privacy reasons), reveals how Mephedrone (MD) had gripped the city in the early 2000s. “From college students to young professionals – Everyone was hooked to it back then. It went by the name meow-meow and we always bought it from Baby. Her maal (stuff) was the purest and you could identify it from the faint yellow-coloured crystals that came in the shape of rice kernels. One hit and it made you feel energetic, confident and extremely happy – it was too addictive.” Baby had established an extensive distribution network, which allowed her to control a significant portion of the illicit drug trade. Her strategic positioning of mules in Mumbai’s drug supply chain, coupled with the potent nature of the substance, attracted a vast clientele. As the demand for mephedrone surged, so did her profits. With more patrons, came enormous wealth that Baby utilised to buy elaborate properties. She bought an apartment in Gorai, one in Palghar, multiple flats in Worli and Mahim, two plots in Savantwadi, a bungalow in Pune and yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. The police assert that Patankar possessed 22 properties in both Mumbai and Pune worth Rs 100 crore, along with fixed deposits amounting to Rs 1.2 crore. So, what exactly is Mephedrone or Meow Meow? The drug gained notoriety as a widely consumed synthetic stimulant in the early 2000s in Mumbai. This white, crystalline powder was often sold in small packets of 1 gram priced at Rs 2000. It became popular due to its euphoric and stimulating effects similar to those of traditional amphetamines or MDMA. It was addictive as it triggered the rapid release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in intense feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and heightened alertness. Users reported a strong desire to recreate these pleasurable sensations, leading to frequent and compulsive consumption. However, Meow Meow was also notorious for its potential health risks. This led to widespread concerns about its usage and prompted law enforcement crackdowns on its distribution. Despite being illegal under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (2010), its accessibility and popularity made it a prominent substance in Mumbai's drug scene. Innocence or ingenious escape? In April 2015, Baby was arrested following the discovery of 112 kilograms of mephedrone in the residence of her alleged partner, Head Constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe, stationed at the Marine Drive Police Station. However, as the case unfolded, forensic tests revealed that the substances seized were not mephedrone but rather the food additive MSG, also known as Ajinomoto. This revelation led to the discharge of Patankar from the case, as there was no material to implicate Baby and her nexus of drug mules. Now, this is a matter of speculation as to who placed more than 100 kilograms of Ajinomoto at Kalokhe’s condo. It is suggested by senior police authorities that Patankar might have manipulated not just Kalokhe but also the entire police establishment by deliberately providing the constable with ample ajinomoto and falsely asserting it to be mephedrone. The case cast doubt on the integrity of the police investigation. Mumbai-based lawyer Ayaz Khan, who represented Patankar, opined that it was an easy case to crack. Patankar's seemingly cake-walk discharge brought to light the complexities of drug-related prosecutions, especially when a cop himself is involved in the operations. Cut to 2019 – After four years of accusing Patankar and Kalokhe of having over 124 kilograms of mephedrone, and four forensic tests yielding inconclusive results, the police opted to charge them solely for possessing 20 grams of charas, imported liquor, and a forged voter identity card. Despite her legal victory, Patankar's story necessitates the need for effective law enforcement in the battle against the drug trade in the city. The start of a criminal journey The emergence of women in the drug trade or the operation of illicit liquor in Mumbai's slums was primarily driven by necessity. During the 80s and the 90s, they attracted less attention from the police compared to the men involved in similar activities. Back in 1977, Baby was barely able to make ends meet by selling milk and working as a housemaid. Unable to pay rent for a tiny shanty at the hills of Worli Naka – she moved uphill and mounted her own home at the top of a hill in Siddharth Nagar. With very little to supplement her income – she gave in to the proposal of Baliram Pujari, an acquaintance who saw her as an asset in distributing drugs. Baliram, popularly known as ‘Mama’ had established ties with dealers in Worli, Tardeo, and Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). He procured one-gram packets of brown sugar and ganja wrapped in coarse paper through these connections and gave them to Baby. Her task was to sell these illicit drugs on the streets for two rupees each. With the dream to exit Siddharth Nagar and support her two sons, Baby decided to never look back. Baby’s tryst with Kalokhe One day, her shanty was raided by burglars as Sidharth Nagar was not a safe place to reside in. Though she did not lose much after the break-in, she still reached out to cops at the Worli Police Station. Amongst them was Dharamraj Baburao Kalokhe – a cop who began to visit Baby’s house multiple times under the pretext of investigating the burglary. The meetings turned into a love affair which concluded in a marriage in 1996. Despite, Kalokhe being married along with two sons, he left his family and married Baby. Like his colleagues, he was also aware of Baby’s nature of work. Yet, he decided to commit to her and aid her illegal business. Over the following years, he assisted Baby in many ways: Dropping consignments to other cities, inspecting and carefully hiding the drug contraband, getting anticipatory bail for his wife and protecting her from incrimination. Tracing Baby’s early history Born in 1963, Baby grew up in a modest Mazgaonkar family with five older brothers. She earned her nickname, Baby, as she was the youngest offspring. Her father, Pandurang, worked as a taxi driver, while her mother, Kesharbai, looked after their home. They resided at Worli Koliwada – a fishing village in central Mumbai as one of the non-Koli families. Fifty years ago, the Worli Koliwada lacked basic civic amenities. No public toilets were available in the neighbourhood, which forced residents to use the nearby seashore for their sanitary needs. Consequently, living at Koliwada became a frightening experience for women. In one such instance, Baby’s sister-in-law was harassed which provoked a violent retaliation by Baby's brothers. The brawl culminated in the assailant's death which led to the imprisonment of Vasant, Kisan, and Shatrughna (Baby’s elder brothers). The series of tragic events filled Baby with hatred against law enforcement authorities, who also lost her parents shortly. Following a short period of care from relatives in their hometown, the two youngest siblings, Arjun and Baby, came back to Worli Koliwada. Arjun secured employment at a garage, while Baby took on roles such as selling milk, working as a housemaid, and assisting at a fish stall. When she reached the age of 15, she entered into marriage with Ramesh Patankar, a taxi driver who battled alcoholism. To support her family, Baby worked tirelessly in textile mills, where her duties included the inspection and repair of cloth. Despite the strenuous nature of her job, she willingly continued and later became unemployed when the mill operations shut down in 1982. They say poverty is a vice. In Baby’s case, the saying echoes her life which got entangled in Mumbai’s drug scene. Out of desperation to survive, she did not sit down to distinguish right from wrong. From milk to mephedrone – each item became a step towards wealth accumulation which she always had to fight for as a young woman.

26 September,2023 07:39 PM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
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Three injured after car crashes into parked vehicles in Mira Road

In a harrowing incident on Tuesday morning, a speeding car crashed into parked vehicles. The accident took place at the Shanti Park area of Mira Road East in which three people were injured, the officials said. The distressing mishap took place in front of the Bank of India in the Shanti Park area. The incident involved a Maruti Baleno car hurtling at a high speed, ultimately colliding with parked vehicles along the roadside. The shocking moment was captured by CCTV cameras, revealing the gravity of the situation, the officials said. The collision resulted in injuries to three individuals, one of whom suffered severe harm and required immediate hospitalisation. The force of the impact was such that the car's airbags deployed fully, underscoring the magnitude of the crash. Furthermore, several vehicles in the vicinity suffered damage as a consequence of the accident, an official said. #Watch | #MiddayNews Three people were injured after car crashed into parked vehicles in Mira Road Videos: Hanif Patel Via @Khanmidday #MiraRoad #caraccident #News #NewsUpdates pic.twitter.com/lLQ3ptgvN7 — Mid Day (@mid_day) September 26, 2023 Upon close inspection of the vehicle, the discovery of empty beer bottles inside has raised suspicions regarding the driver's potential impairment by alcohol, which the police suspect may have played a role in the unfortunate accident, official sources said. Meanwhile, the police officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision. Further details are awaited.

26 September,2023 07:23 PM IST | Mumbai | Samiullah Khan
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Two held for stabbing truck driver to death in Thane district

In a road rage incident in Thane district of Maharashtra, two persons allegedly stabbed a 24-year-old truck driver to death after their two-wheeler rammed into the heavy vehicle in Thane district, the police said on Tuesday, according to the PTI. The police have arrested Anjala Liyat Khan (23) and Mohammad Anans Asfaque Sheikh (21) in connection with the incident that took place in Kalyan taluka in the early hours of Monday, an official told the PTI. The victim Bholakumar Mahanto and his friend were proceeding in a truck transporting gravel to Shahad when the vehicle developed a flat tyre and was halted on the bridge around 4.30 am, senior inspector Sunil Pawar of Bazarpeth police station told the PTI. A motorcycle rammed into the stationary truck and got damaged. The riders started arguing with the victim to pay for the damages and allegedly stabbed him to death, he said. The accused fled the scene and were apprehended by the police in the western suburb of Bandra in neighbouring Mumbai on Monday night, the official said. Meanwhile, in an another road rage incident in July this year, the road rage incident had led to the death of a 21-year-old man allegedly by three accused. The incident had took place on July 9 evening at around 4-5 pm near the Nalasopara's bridge. The victim was identified as Rohit Yadav (21), a resident of Nalasopara. "The victim was crossing the east-west bridge. Another group at the same time took over the victim's two-wheeler, during which the mirrors of the two-wheelers collided with each other and both parties started fighting with each other. The fight was so violent that two accused allegedly beat the victim which led to severe injuries. He died during treatment in the hospital," a police officer had earlier said. Yadav was admitted to Vijay Nagar Hospital but after undergoing an initial medical treatment, the doctors declared him dead due to injuries. "Two accused have beaten up the victim while one of the accused drove the two-wheeler and helped the other accused to run away," the police officer had said. The police had registered an FIR against unknown people under section 302 (Punishment for Murder) of the IPC. (with PTI inputs)

26 September,2023 05:18 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Mid-Day Premium Cracking down on crime: How special operations help police curb crimes in Mumbai

High-ranking Mumbai Police officers on the ground, overnight citywide operations, and stellar investigators collaborating with officials to apprehend suspects at regular intervals are a few of the vigilant measures taken by the Mumbai Police in their ongoing battle against crime in the city. In mid-August, Mumbai Police conducted their special operation called the 'All Out Operation' and in a sweeping crackdown on criminal activities on the night of August 12 which continued until the early hours of August 13, involved a coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies across the city. Key police officials, including Additional Commissioners of Police, Deputy Police Commissioners, Divisional Assistant Commissioners, and Senior Police Inspectors, were involved in this massive endeavour to maintain law and order. The special 'All Out Operation' was undertaken in the city under the guidance of top Mumbai Police officials, an official said. Crackdown on criminal activities During the operation, examination of 1,640 individuals with prior criminal records was done. Of these, 355 individuals were allegedly found to be involved in various crimes, leading to preventive actions being taken against them. This helps in preventing those with criminal intentions from committing crimes in the city, the official added. He said that a dedicated focus on addressing theft-related crimes led to the investigation of 350 accused individuals, with preventive actions taken against 62 of them based on the merit of the cases. Prohibited activities were also targeted, resulting in the investigation of 46 accused individuals and their subsequent arrests. Furthermore, the operation targeted individuals who had been released from prison, leading to the preventive action being taken against 109 such individuals. A total of four individuals were searched and arrested during this process. Also read: Meet Baby Patankar, the drug queen behind Mumbai's street dope: Meow Meow Why special operations are important Retired IPS officer, PK Jain, while speaking to mid-day.com said, when such campaigns are conducted over smaller areas like one or two police station or one division or zone, criminals generally take the benefit of nakabandi being conducted in one area and escape to another area, but when the concerted action is taken by all police stations in a city or district, the criminals find it difficult to slip from one area to another area. He said, another advantage is that all the policemen and officers in a particular police station are briefed about the known criminals, bad elements, trouble mongers etc. in the area, so that whenever they are on general and routine duty and night rounds, they can keep looking for such elements and keep a watch on their activities. Jain further said, "Such special campaigns are launched to produce meaningful results, in terms of apprehending the known trouble mongers, known criminals and history-sheeters. The special drives are started from different perspectives, one is criminal-centric, second is law and order centric before any special festival/ occasion, and thirdly it is traffic centric etc."  Also read: Visiting Arunachal Pradesh? Follow this food and travel guide by locals while you are in the northeast Indian state A police official, not wishing to be named, said that the special operation also focuses on maintaining public safety. He said, for instance, in the last all out operation, the Mumbai Police officials also inspected 933 establishments, including hotels, lodges, and musafirkhanas, in order to prevent illegal residents. Additionally, 605 sensitive locations were searched across Mumbai. The operation resulted in the issuance of 79 non-bailable warrants. He said the crackdown on illegal weapons yielded significant results, with 30 cases registered and 30 individuals arrested, while a total of 30 illegal weapons were seized. The operation also extended to addressing public disturbances, as 73 individuals suspected of violating Sections 120 and 122 of the Maharashtra Police Act were identified and dealt with accordingly. In addition, 20 illegal businesses were raided and shut down, contributing to the overall public safety efforts. Additionally, a thorough investigation led to the registration of 101 cases under the Anti-Narcotics Act (NDPS ACT), resulting in the arrest of 101 suspects. Jain explained that the idea is to galvanise the police force and make them work towards a common objective at one point of time, so that the energy and the synergy of the entire police force is directed towards achieving a given objective. This also causes healthy competition among different sub-units. Apprehending criminals of a particular class and category in quick short campaigns. Jain further told mid-day, "The daily pressures on the police station staff is so heavy that the general routine police functions are somewhere lost sight of. Therefore, because of such campaigns, the police are given a very limited specific objective and are galvanised into action for short stints." Crackdown on traffic violators As per the records, during last month's all out operation, a staggering 7,768 two-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles were inspected during organised nakabandis in parts of the city. Moreover, 2,515 motorists were penalised under the Motor Vehicle Act. Anti drugs drive In a major operation to eradicate the drug menace in the city, the Mumbai Police had on September 12 initiated a targeted operation against drug peddling and abuse on Tuesday, on the similar lines of the all out operation, sources said. The comprehensive effort involved the Regional Additional Commissioners of Police in the city, 13 Zonal Deputy Commissioners of Police, along with all Divisional Assistant Police Commissioners and various police officials from across the city, uniting their forces against this pressing issue, as per a police official. During the extensive 24-hour special drive, carried out, a total of 328 individuals were screened, resulting in the apprehension of seven suspects, the police confirmed. Throughout the operation, the police recorded four cases, detailing the confiscation of mephedrone in two instances, a combination of cocaine and mephedrone in another case, and ganja in a separate case, as reported on Wednesday. "On September 12, the police registered four cases. In one of these cases, a foreign national was arrested with cocaine and mephedrone, also known as MD, in the Malwani area of Mumbai. In other cases in Deonar and Dharavi, MD was seized by the police," said an official.

26 September,2023 11:32 AM IST | Mumbai | Asif Rizvi
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Father held for allegedly killing his 10-year-old daughter in Manpada

A 38-year-old man, a father, has been apprehended by Manpada police in Dombivli for the alleged murder of his 10-year-old disabled daughter, the police said. According to the police, the accused identified as Manojkumar Agrahari, reportedly harbored resentment towards his daughter's condition and had repeatedly expressed his intent to end her life to his wife. The family resides in Mangaon, where Manojkumar resides with his wife, Lilavati (32), and their four daughters. Among their children, Lovely (10) had been physically disabled since birth, facing challenges in both speech and hearing. Despite undergoing medical treatment, her condition showed no signs of improvement, an official said. "Manojkumar, a habitual drinker, would often curse his daughter and tell his wife that the girl was of no use and a burden to him. He had openly stated his intention to kill their daughter to relieve himself of what he considered a burden," said an official from the Manpada police station. On the evening of September 24th, at around 5 pm, Lilavati, who works as a maid, left for her regular job. Upon returning home, she discovered Lovely lying unresponsive on the floor. Despite her attempts to wake her daughter, there was no response. "The mother sought help from their neighbors and rushed the girl to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her dead upon arrival. Based on her suspicions, we detained Manojkumar, who subsequently confessed to killing his daughter," said another officer. The preliminary cause of death indicated strangulation. Manojkumar has been arrested under IPC section 302 (murder).

25 September,2023 10:07 PM IST | Mumbai | Anurag Kamble
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