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Maharashtra: Man kills paramour; held in Palghar

The Palghar Police in Maharashtra have arrested a man for allegedly killing a 32-year-old married woman he was in a relationship with at a village in Palghar district, an official said on Tuesday, reported the PTI. The suspect was identified as Shekar Kadam. He was arrested for strangling the woman on Monday at Phoolpada in Virar, senior police inspector Vijay Pawar told PTI. The action against the suspect was taken based on a complaint filed by the deceased woman's husband. "The woman and her husband resided with their two children, while the accused had been living with his wife and daughter near the victim's house since the last few years," the official said, the news agency reported on Tuesday. Over the time, the suspect started frequenting the victim's house, due to which her husband started doubting her character. He then asked his wife not to meet Shekhar Kadam. When the latter got to know about it, he threatened him, they added. The complainant said that his wife also told him about her love affair with the accused, an official said, the news agency reported on Tuesday. As per the FIR, the accused went to the victim's house on Monday afternoon and was there till evening, during which they quarrelled and he allegedly strangulated her to death, the police official said. Man arrested for killing mother-in-law Meanwhile, in an another incident, a man was arrested in Palghar district for allegedly murdering his mother-in-law, police had said last week. According to an officer from the Virar police station, Prashant Khaire, the accused, was known to hit his wife and children while inebriated, causing his wife to leave him and live with her mother, reported PTI.  Khaire went to his mother-in-law Lakhmi's house last Wednesday afternoon and got into an argument, according to the official. His wife was at work when the incident occurred. Khaire allegedly stabbed Lakhmi several times and attempted to flee, but his son locked the house from the outside and alerted the authorities. The victim was already dead when the cops came, the official told PTI.  Khaire was arrested under IPC section 302 (murder), the official added. (with PTI inputs)

25 June,2024 05:16 PM IST | Palghar | mid-day online correspondent
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Dombivali: Man suffering from bipolar disorder ends life

A 19-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Dombivali in Maharashtra's Thane district, a police official told PTI on Monday. According to the Vishnu Nagar police station official, he hanged himself in his house in Garibacha Wada around 8 p.m. on June 22. "His father has told us the deceased suffered from bipolar disorder and was undergoing treatment. He would often be distressed about growing old," the official told PTI. An accidental death report has been filed," he added. Debt-ridden man ends life by jumping into creek in Thane. Earlier on Sunday, June 17, a 35-year-old debt-ridden man allegedly died by suicide by jumping into a creek in Maharashtra’s Thane city, the police told PTI. Bablu Vishwakarma, a resident of Indira Nagar in the Wagle Estate area, jumped into the Kharigaon creek in Kalwa from the Saket bridge at around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Thane Municipal Corporation’s disaster management regional chief Yasin Tadvi said. After being alerted, fire personnel and the disaster management cell team members launched a search, which was halted later at night. The search resumed at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, and the body was located and fished out of the waters after four hours, a police officer said. The deceased was reportedly under heavy debt and was depressed, so he resorted to the extreme step, a police official said. The Kalwa police have sent the body for a postmortem, and as of now, a case of accidental death has been registered, he said. Earlier, the police received information that two people, including a woman, had jumped into the creek from the Saket bridge. The Kalwa police confirmed on Sunday that only one person jumped into the creek, and his body was recovered. Five-year-old boy drowns in water-filled pit. A 5-year-old boy died after falling into a water-filled pit in the Mira Bhayander area of Maharashtra's Thane district, reported PTI, citing a police official on Saturday. As per an official, the incident happened on Friday at Jijamata Udayan in Pendkar Pada when he was playing with other children. "They got access to the pit through a broken wall in the park. He drowned sometime later. The pit was dug by a contractor who was given the work of erecting a biogas plant there. The parents took the body only after a police case was registered," the official said. As per the PTI report, no one has been arrested in the case registered under Indian Penal Code Section 304A, the Kashimira police station official added.  (With inputs from PTI)

24 June,2024 07:18 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Man accused of assaulting minor boys gets bail; HC rules out sexual intent

The Bombay High Court has granted bail to a 33-year-old man accused of assaulting three minor boys on their private parts on suspicion of being thieves. The court reportedly noted that there was no sexual intent involved in the case. A single bench of Justice Anil Kilor, in an order dated June 21 and made available on Monday, granted bail to Kapil Taak. The court stated that the case pertained solely to physical and mental torture. As per the PTI report, Taak was arrested in 2021 on charges of unnatural offence, assault, and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code, as well as for sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Reportedly, Taak and the other accused allegedly stripped the three teenage boys, assaulted them with leather belts, inserted fingers into their anus, and applied balm to their private parts.  According to the report, Taak is also accused of filming the incident on a mobile phone. "After going through the FIR and the allegations made in the FIR against the applicant, prima facie nothing is brought on record to show that there was any sexual intent," the bench stated, reported the PTI. The bench reportedly emphasised that the case involved "physical and mental torture meted out to the minor victims" as Taak and the other accused believed the victims were thieves. Taak's advocate Sana Khan argued that the provisions of the POCSOA would not apply in this case as there was no sexual intent. As per the news agency report, She pointed out that Taak had been languishing in jail since 2021, and a chargesheet in the case has already been filed. The complaint against Taak and others was reportedly lodged by the mother of one of the minor victims in April 2021 after she noticed some people watching a video where some minor boys were being assaulted and abused in their private parts. The woman identified one of the boys as her son. As per the complaint reported by PTI, the accused persons had forced the boys to accompany them from a local market and taken them to a secluded spot where they were assaulted. (with inputs from PTI)

24 June,2024 05:03 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane: Swimming coach held for molesting minor girl

Police has arrested a 42-year old swimming coach from Thane for allegedly touching a 10-year-old girl inappropriately in the swimming pool of a housing society, reported PTI citing the police Monday. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the accused, Mangesh Desle, was coaching the girl, said the PTI report. A complaint was lodged by the victim's mother. As per the complaint, the coach touched her daughter's private parts a police official said. Desle was arrested under sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354-A (Sexual harassment of the nature of unwelcome physical contact and advances or a demand) of the Indian Penal Code, and under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he added. Thane: Man booked for marrying his minor niece Police on Saturday registered a case against a 23-year-old man from Jalna district for marrying his minor niece two years ago in Maharashtra's Thane district, an official told PTI. The police also registered the case against his brother and the victim's father, according to PTI. "Based on a complaint lodged by the girl, who is 17 years old and pregnant now, an FIR was registered on Thursday under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act against the trio," the official at the Wagle Estate police station told PTI. Reportedly, the case has been transferred to Mantha police station in Jalna district, as the crime took place within its limits, he said The official told PTI that the accused are the girl's husband (23), who is her maternal uncle, his brother, and the victim's father (43). Quoting the complaint, the official reportedly stated that the victim was only 15 years and five months old when the marriage was conducted on July 13, 2022. Her father got her married to her maternal uncle. As per the PTI report, the complaint stated the marriage was solemnized at Mantha in Jalna. As per the FIR, the victim was subjected to repeated rape by her husband, following which she became pregnant, the official told PTI. 

24 June,2024 04:08 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Man cheats Thane woman of Rs 59 lakh after promising marriage

The police on Monday said that a man allegedly cheated a 29-year-old Thane woman from Maharashtra's Thane district of Rs 59.56 lakh after promising to marry her, reported news agency PTI. According to the PTI report, the Thane woman, a resident of Khadakpada in the Kalyan area, in her police complaint said she came to know the accused through a matrimonial site in July last year. After promising to marry her, the man took the money from her on multiple occasions under some pretext, an official from Khadakpada police station told PTI. To fulfil his demands, the Thane woman also took money from her family members and friends. The man also forced her to take a loan on a credit card and failed to repay it, the official told PTI. When the woman asked for the money, he tried to avoid her. Based on her complaint, the police on Saturday registered an FIR against the man under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust), the official said, adding a probe was on into the case. In another case, an official on Saturday said that the police have registered a case against a man in Maharashtra's Thane for allegedly duping a 69-year-old businessman to the tune of over Rs 20 lakh in the supply of machines and rides for children in the game zone, reported PTI. The offence was committed between November 2022 and 2024, he said. Based on the complaint lodged by the businessman, Veerdhaval Ghag, the police registered the case on Thursday against the accused, who runs a firm, under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust), the official of Naupada police station told PTI. "The complainant had placed an order for some machines worth Rs 22 lakh for the children's game zone. But as per the complaint, the material supplied by the accused was a used one and not new," the official told PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

24 June,2024 01:58 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
NCB Mumbai also seized two vehicles

NCB busts interstate drug racket, seizes 111 kg of ganja; 4 arrested

The Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) Mumbai wing has busted an interstate drug syndicate, seizing a total of 111 kg of ganja and arresting four people. According to a statement issued by the NCB, in pursuit of active intelligence with a special emphasis on interstate drug trafficking syndicates, NCB Mumbai gathered credible information about a network involved in the illicit trafficking of drugs from Odisha-based sources into Mumbai and Pune for further distribution. To this effect, active surveillance and other methods were employed to identify the target network. Soon, a Pune-based network was identified and reported to have received a consignment of ganja scheduled for distribution, the NCB said. The NCB further stated that the accomplices involved in interstate drug trafficking frequently change their hideouts, routes, and mobile numbers to evade law enforcement agencies. "Given their modus operandi and pattern, active intelligence was gathered through exhaustive discreet surveillance. Based on this intelligence, surveillance was mounted near Pathardi, Ahmednagar, to trap and apprehend the interstate traffickers. These efforts led to the recovery of 111 kg of ganja and the arrest of four Pune-based traffickers," the NCB said in the statement. The NCB Mumbai also seized two vehicles that were used for the transportation of ganja. The Pune-based traffickers procured the drugs from Odisha for further distribution in Mumbai and Pune. Further investigation into the case is underway.

24 June,2024 01:35 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Mumbai massage parlour manager held for forcing women into flesh trade

An official said that the Mumbai Police on Sunday raided a Mumbai massage parlour in the Powai area and rescued two women who were allegedly forced into prostitution by its manager who has been arrested, reported news agency PTI. The official told PTI that the accused Nikhil Pareekh (38), the manager of the Mumbai massage parlour, was arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Prevention of Immortal Trafficking Act (PITA). The official said that further investigation is underway. In another case, an official on Saturday said that the police have arrested a woman from Thailand for allegedly running a prostitution racket in Thane city of Maharashtra, reported PTI. The official said that the arrest was made after they conducted a raid at a hotel on Friday night, during which the police also rescued three women from Thailand, reported PTI. "Based on a tip-off that a Thailand woman was operating a prostitution racket and pushing women from her country into the flesh trade, a team of the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of the police raided a hotel and nabbed her," DCP Shivraj Patil of the Crime Branch told PTI. The three Thai women, who were rescued during the operation, were later sent to the Rescue Foundation at Poisar in Mumbai's Borivali, he said, reported PTI. The police have registered a case against the arrested woman under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, the official said. Meanwhile, a police official on Saturday said that a man was arrested in Ambernath in Thane district for allegedly kissing a 14-year-old mentally unwell girl forcibly, reported PTI. The official identified the accused as Harish Raju Shengal (26), who has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Indian Penal Code for sexual harassment, use of criminal force against woman and other offences, reported PTI. "He took the girl to an isolated room near her house in Bhuvapada on June 10 and kissed her forcibly. He touched her inappropriately. Shengal was arrested on the complaint of the victim's mother," the Ambernath police station official told PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

24 June,2024 09:16 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Four held for conning women by luring to exchange old gold ornaments with new

The Kherwadi Police in suburban Mumbai arrested four suspects allegedly involved in a scam where they promised women they would exchange their old gold for new gold, the police said.  The suspects were identified as Manoj Pahari, Rajkumar Malhar, Anita Devi, and Kiran Malhar. The police investigations have revealed that after allegedly conning their targets, the group would flee to Jharkhand. According to the police, the complainants, residing in the Kherwadi area, told the police that in January, a woman approached them while they were talking and she claimed that she exchanges old utensils for new ones. Trusting her, two women handed over their old pots in exchange for new ones. "The woman then told them that gold ornaments were old and convinced them to hand over their gold, promising to return with brand new gold ornaments after consulting with her employer. She never returned back after taking their gold ornaments. The victim informed their family about the incident, and subsequently, one of the woman filed a complaint at the Kherwadi police station. The police registered a case based on her complaint and began to investigate the matter," an official said. Under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner of Police Dixit Gedam of Zone 8 of Mumbai Police, a team led by Senior Inspector Rajendra Mulik, including Sub-Inspectors Pavshe, Shinde, Kambli, and Pardeshi, launched the investigation. The police examined CCTV footage and used technical information to trace the woman and other suspects to Bhiwandi, the police said. The police learnt that the two suspects-- Anita and Kiran were responsible for approaching homes under the pretext of selling utensils, while Manoj and Rajkumar assisted in the crime. Upon their arrest and subsequent court appearance, all four were remanded in police custody, the official said. The Kherwadi police are now investigating to determine if this gang has been involved in similar crimes elsewhere in Mumbai and to trace the recipients of the stolen gold, the official added.

23 June,2024 09:11 PM IST | Mumbai | Samiullah Khan
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ED conducts search operations in Mumbai, seizes Rs 37 crore worth assets

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Mumbai Zonal Office has conducted search operations on June 21, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 at various locations in Mumbai, as part of an ongoing probe in Amber Dalal case, an official said on Sunday. According to the ED, during the course of search action, movable assets i.e. Cash, Bank funds, Demat account holdings to the tune of Rs 37 crore have been frozen and various incriminating documents, digital devices have been found and seized. ED had initiated investigation on the basis of FIR. registered by Mumbai Police against Amber Dalal, proprietor of M/s Ritz Consultancy Services. Amber Dalal is allegedly accused of taking money from investors through a suspected Ponzi scheme by promising high returns and then absconded with their money after giving initial returns. It has been gathered that the amount of money raised by Amber Dalal is more than Rs 600 Crore from 1300 investors. He was arrested by EOW, Mumbai Police and is presently under judicial custody, the ED said. An official statement said that the ED investigation revealed that Amber Dalal raised money from investors on the pretext that he invested the funds in 9 commodities (gold, silver, crude oil, natural gas, zinc, lead, nickel, copper, aluminum) and trade in them, ensuring the capital is safe and promising an annual return of 18%- 22% to his investors.  Further, it has been gathered that using the same modus operandi, he raised money from investors in UAE and USA as well. "The search operations unveiled a network of stockbrokers, investment advisors who brought clients in lieu of commission. It is also found that payment received from new investment were being utilized to pay out the monthly returns to the old investors, Amber Dalal diverted the funds received in Ritz's account to personal accounts, which were further routed to family member's accounts and used for creating assets. He has diverted approx. Rs. 51 Crore to his personal accounts. These funds were used to acquire assets in India and abroad. Eight such immovable properties in India and two such properties have been identified abroad," the ED said. It said that it has been revealed that, other than from banking channels, investments were made through cash as well, which was then infused in books as accommodation entries in connivance with Mumbai based jewelers. Returns on such cash-based investments were given to investors in India and abroad (including UK, UAE) by hawala operators.

23 June,2024 08:41 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Navi Mumbai sub-inspector booked for raping subordinate

A 32-year-old Navi Mumbai police sub-inspector has been charged with raping and harassing a married female constable in the city, an official said on Sunday. The alleged acts occurred between 2020 and July 2022 in the Sanpada area. The accused, a colleague of the 26-year-old woman, promised to marry her and reportedly raped her several times at a Sanpada flat. He also collected Rs 19 lakh from her under various guises, returning only Rs 14.61 lakh, reported PTI.  According to the news agency report, the Navi Mumbai sub-inspector allegedly hounded the woman, threatening to murder her if she did not leave her spouse. The initial complaint was filed at Mumbai's Pant Nagar police station, resulting in a 'Zero' FIR against the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 376 (rape), 376(2)(n) (repeated rape), 354(a) (sexual harassment), 354(d) (stalking), 506(2) (criminal intimidation), and 420 (cheating). The case has now been referred to Sanpada police for further investigation, the PTI report stated.  Meanwhile, another PTI report stated that the Navi Mumbai Police in Maharashtra have arrested a 31-year-old man for reportedly befriending a woman on a matrimonial website and raping her. According to the PTI, after allegedly assaulting the 30-year-old complainant under the guise of marriage, the accused, a resident of Dombivli in Thane district, broke relations with her, the official said, citing the FIR. According to authorities, the suspect, Shadab Munaf Ansari, and the woman from Mumbra became acquaintances a few years ago, the report added. The man promised to marry her and then raped her in a lodge in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, and a hotel in Dombivli, the woman alleged per the agency report.  According to the source, the woman approached police when Ansari reportedly went back on his pledge. The Panvel town police in Navi Mumbai filed a rape charge against Ansari under the Indian Penal Code on Wednesday and initiated an investigation, according to the source stated PTI report.

23 June,2024 02:08 PM IST | Navi Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane: Man arrested for sexually harassing 14-year-old girl

A man was arrested for allegedly kissing a 14-year-old mentally ill girl forcibly in Ambernath in Maharashtra's Thane district, a police official told PTI on Saturday. The official identified the accused as Harish Raju Shengal (26), who has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code for sexual harassment, use of criminal force against women, and other offenses, reported PTI. "He took the girl to an isolated room near her house in Bhuvapada on June 10 and kissed her forcibly. He touched her inappropriately. Shengal was arrested on the complaint of the victim's mother," the official at Ambernath police station told PTI. Earlier in the month, a man was detained on Friday in Ambernath, Thane district, for allegedly molesting a three-and-a-half-year-old girl sexually, a police official told PTI. Abdul Kadir Abdul Kalam (41), a resident of Ambernath, was taken into custody under the terms of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act following the mother of the child's complaint, according to a Shivaji Nagar police station official. "The accused and the victim are neighbours. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, the child went to the accused's house to play. He sexually abused her at the time," he said. On the other hand, police arrested a 39-year-old Mumbai grocery shop employee for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, a police official said, according to news agency PTI. The man allegedly targeted the child when she went to the shop, located in the Kalachowki area in central Mumbai, to buy biscuits on Tuesday evening, the official told PTI. On the pretext of giving biscuits, the man called her inside and allegedly touched her inappropriately. She rescued herself when the accused, who was alone in the store, tried to remove the child's clothes. The girl was aware of "good touch and bad touch," due to which she realised the intention of the Mumbai grocery store employee, escaped from the shop, and alerted her mother, the official told PTI. The official told PTI that when the girl's mother went to the shop to confront the employee, who was drunk at the time, he started misbehaving with her. The mother then reportedly filed a police complaint against him. The Kalachowki police station registered a case against the man for sexual assault under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children of Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and arrested him, the official added. (with inputs from PTI)

22 June,2024 08:33 PM IST | Ambernath | mid-day online correspondent
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