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27-year-old man held from Chembur for making threat call to Mumbai airport

Mumbai Police on Tuesday nabbed a 27-year-old man, hours after it registered a case against the caller who allegedly made a threat call to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in the city, the police said. The suspect was nabbed from Chembur area in Mumbai, an official said. The police said that after an FIR was registered against the suspect, a team was formed, the team analysed the technical clues including the number used to make the threat call and located the suspect. He was initially detained for questioning regarding the threat call allegedly made by him and was later placed under arrest. The suspect had made a call on a contact number of the Mumbai international airport on Monday night, the police said. After the call was received, the information was shared with the Mumbai Police and other security agencies were also put on alert, sources said. IN PHOTOS: NDRF reaches earthquake-hit Turkey as India pledges quick aid In the threat call, the caller identified himself as one Irfan. He claimed that he was allegedly associated with a terror organisation, sources added.  The threat call was received at the airport on Monday night at around 10 pm, sources added. Following the call, the security was beefed up at the airport and nearby surroundings, sources added. After getting the information, all the agencies of the airport were alerted and Mumbai's Sahar Police started an investigation in the matter. A case against an unknown suspect was registered by the police under section 505 (1) of the Indian Penal Code, an official said.

07 February,2023 08:00 PM IST | Mumbai | Asif Rizvi
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Maharashtra: Man held for duping homebuyers of Rs 50 lakh in Palghar

The police have arrested a man who allegedly operated a racket involved in cheating homebuyers in Vasai Virar region of Maharashtra's Palghar district, an official said on Tuesday. The police on Sunday arrested the 28-year-old man, who along with four others had allegedly cheated homebuyers to the tune of Rs 50 lakh, the official said. The gang, which was operating in the Vasai-Virar region, had recently duped a buyer of Rs 17.5 lakh by selling him a flat on which a loan had already been taken, senior inspector Pramod Badhak said. Also Read: Rakhi Sawant files complaint against husband, Adil Durrani summoned by cops The accused did not give the victim possession of the flat, following which the latter approached the police, he said. During interrogation, the arrested accused revealed that his gang had cheated homebuyers in the area to the tune of Rs 50 lakh, the official said. The accused has several cases to his name at different police stations, he added. 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

07 February,2023 06:28 PM IST | Palghar | PTI
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On the run husband accused of abetting wife’s suicide arrested in Guwahati

The police on Monday arrested the husband of a 30-year-old woman Krishika Thapa who committed suicide by jumping from Gulraj Tower at Goregaon east in Mumbai on January 26. Identified as Shijan Thapa, the accused was absconding and was arrested in Guwahati. During interrogation Thapa revealed that husband-wife duo frequently engaged in fights while casting doubt on each other’s character. Also read: Mumbai: Friend helps cops identify body found in Goregaon The accused told police that on the day of the incident, the duo drank together and went to sleep. “She was chatting with someone on WhatsApp and was constantly sending and deleting texts from her phone.” This resulted in a fight. The police said Krishika was a Nepali national and worked in a spa. She had been staying with her husband, Shijan Thapa, 28, and her friend in a flat in the same building for two months. Krishika’s friend witnessed the fight, and after pacifying them went to sleep. The police said Krishika’s friend began looking for her when she woke up on Wednesday evening and did not find her in their house. “Later from the other residents she came to know about the unidentified body of a woman that was found on the building premises. She approached us and identified Krishika,” said an officer from Bangur Nagar police station. Meanwhile, in anger, the accused said, he snatched Krishika’s phone and left. While he was getting down in the lift of the building, he heard a hammering sound. As he went out of the building he saw Krishika lying in a pool of blood. Scared, Thapa fled and escaped to Guwahati, a police officer said. The police with the help of technical analysis of the deceased’ phone traced the accused and arrested him in Guwahati, the officer said. The operation was conducted under the supervision of DCP Ajay Kumar Bansal and senior inspector Pramod Tavde, detection officer API SV Sarolkar. Thapa was produced before the court on Monday and has been remanded to police custody till February 9.

07 February,2023 06:26 PM IST | Mumbai | Samiullah Khan
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Man held for motorcycle thefts in Thane district

A 23-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing motorcycles in Kashimira area of Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Tuesday. The police had received several complaints about motorcycle thefts in Kashimira and were keeping a vigil in the area, senior inspector Aviraj Kurhade said. Also Read: Thane: Transport operator duped of Rs 75,000 by cyber fraudsters Acting on a tip-off, the police on Sunday nabbed the accused, who was involved in nine cases of motorcycle thefts in the limits of Kashimira, Navghar, Mira Road, Tulinj police stations and DN Nagar police station in neighbouring Mumbai, he said. The police also recovered 10 stolen motorcycles worth Rs 4.2 lakh from him, the official added. 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.

07 February,2023 02:50 PM IST | Thane | PTI
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Rakhi Sawant files complaint against husband, Adil Durrani summoned by cops

Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant's husband Adil Khan Durrani was called for questioning by the Oshiwara Police on Tuesday. Rakhi Sawant alleged that her husband Adil Khan Durrani is having an extra marital affair, an official said.  Rakhi had married Adil just weeks ago.  According to the police sources, Rakhi Sawant has filed an FIR against Adil at Oshiwara Police for allegedly cheating with her. In her complaint she alleged that her mother died because of her husband. Also Read: Mumbai airport receives threat call, agencies on alert In her complaint, Rakhi told the police that her husband did not pay the money for her mother's surgery even after she gave him a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs before she left for reality show Bigg Boss Marathi 4, police sources said. Speaking with mid-day, Senior Inspector Manohar Dhanawade of Oshiwara Police Station said, "The police called Adil Durrani for questioning following a complaint. The police filed a case on the complaint of Rakhi Sawant. We will be recording his statement." 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

07 February,2023 02:13 PM IST | Mumbai | Shirish Vaktania
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Thane: Transport operator duped of Rs 75,000 by cyber fraudsters

A 60-year-old transport operator from Maharashtra's Thane city was allegedly cheated of Rs 75,000 by cyber fraudsters, police said on Tuesday. Based on a complaint, an offence under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act has been registered against unidentified persons, an official from Chitalsar police station said. As per the complaint, the transporter had on January 16 received a call from a man posing as an Army officer, who claimed that he wanted to transport medicines from Mumbai airport to Hyderabad and sought his services, he said. The caller was informed that the transportation charges would be Rs 50,000, to which he agreed and told the victim that his senior would get in touch with him, the official said. Also Read: Missing MBBS student case: Cops are trying to plant evidence, alleges father The next day, the complainant received a call from another man who asked him to transfer Rs 5 into a bank account for verification before making the payment. The complainant got back Rs 10 in his account after the transaction, he said. The caller then asked the complainant to make a transaction of Rs 50,000 using a QR code, following which he found that Rs 75,000 had been debited from his account, the official 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.

07 February,2023 01:20 PM IST | Thane | PTI
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Mumbai airport receives threat call, agencies on alert

Mumbai Police and other security agencies are on alert after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport received a threat call, sources said.  According to the sources, in the threat call, the caller identified himself as one Irfan. He claimed that he was allegedly associated with a terror organisation.  The threat call was received at the airport on Monday night at around 10 pm, sources added. Following the call, the security was beefed up at the airport and nearby surroundings, sources added. Also Read: Fire in under-construction high-rise building in Prabhadevi, fireman injured "Mumbai Police and other agencies at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were put on alert after receiving a threat call on Monday. Caller introduced himself as Irfan Ahmed Sheikh and as a member of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen. Case was filed and probe is on,” said Mumbai Police, as per ANI.  After getting the information, all the agencies of the airport were alerted and Mumbai's Sahar Police started an investigation in the matter. A case against an unknown suspect was registered by the police under section 505 (1) of the Indian Penal Code, an official said.

07 February,2023 01:17 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mephedrone drug worth more than Rs 40 lakh seized after raid in Mumbai

Mumbai Police seized mephedrone, a banned drug, worth more than Rs 40 lakh following a raid in Mazgaon area of the city on Monday, an official said. The police also apprehended a person from the spot for enquiry, the official said. Based on a specific information, the Mumbai Crime Branch's Anti-Narcotics Cell conducted the raid at Navanagar in Mazgaon area and seized the drug, he said. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Back in action, loan sharks hound the innocent again Mephedrone, also known as MD, is a synthetic stimulant and banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 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.

06 February,2023 02:24 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Maharashtra: Man found alive after family buries 'body' in Palghar

A 60-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, presumed dead by his family and buried, has been found alive in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said on Monday. The driver was on Sunday found staying at a destitute home here and a video clip of his chat with a friend went viral on social media. Efforts are now on to identify the deceased buried by the family, a police official said. On January 29, a unidentified man was killed after being run over by a train while crossing a track between Boisar and Palghar stations. The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Palghar circulated the deceased's pictures on social media. A man from Palghar approached the GRP and claimed the deceased was his brother Rafique Shaikh, who went missing two months back for which the family had also lodged a police complaint, GRP Inspector Naresh Randhir said. Also Read: Thane: 4 held for killing boar, selling meat in Bhiwandi After this claim, the Palghar GRP contacted the "dead" man's wife who was in Kerala. She came to Palghar and also identified the body following which it was handed over to the family, the official said. The family members buried the body a couple of days back, he said. On Sunday, a friend of Shaikh was shocked when he casually called the latter on his phone and he responded. The two had a video chat and Shaikh informed his friend that he was fine, the official said. The chat clip has gone viral on social media platforms. The family members of the driver were informed about this. They got in touch with Shaikh and also informed about the development to police, the official said. According to the police official, Shaikh left his house a couple of months back and landed at a destitute home at Saphala in Palghar. He further said the family members had identified the body and it was handed over to them after following all required formalities. The police were later informed about Shaikh being alive, he said. "Now, our task is to trace the family of the unidentified dead man who has been buried," the official 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.

06 February,2023 12:53 PM IST | Palghar | PTI
Vikram Batra was posted in Mumbai as the additional commissioner of income tax before his suspension in 2019

Mumbai Crime: ‘Corrupt’ I-T officer booked for cheating SoBo bizman

Malabar Hill police have booked suspended income tax officer Vikram Batra, who faces corruption charges, and his wife Priyanka Batra for cheating a businessman from south Mumbai. The complainant alleged that the couple duped him of Rs 48 lakh by luring him to invest in their company for high returns within a year. Bipin Agarwal, 52, who is in the garment business, filed the complaint on Saturday. Agarwal told the police that he started investing in the Batras’ company ARJ Impex Pvt Ltd in 2006 and put in a total of Rs 57 lakh over the years. Between 2006 and 2013, the couple gave him back merely Rs 9 lakh. According to the complainant, they had been promising higher returns for years, but have failed to even return the remaining invested amount of Rs 48 lakh. Agarwal, in his complaint, said that in 2019, he sent a WhatsApp text to Vikram warning him about his plans to file a police complaint. In response, Vikram allegedly threatened to file a case against him with the Central Bureau of Investigation. He has given the police the screenshots of these text messages. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Youth assaults, rapes ex for ignoring texts, calls The businessperson further alleged that he informed the directors of ARJ Impex Pvt Ltd about the alleged fraud. Thereafter, Sameer Natekar, one of the directors, sent him a letter in August 2019, stating that his remaining amount will be returned in instalments of Rs 2 lakh, which he never received. The complaint has also been filed against the directors. As per the FIR, Agarwal met the Batras in 2004 through one of his friends, who lives in the US. “They told me that their company is into buying properties across India, and Priyanka Batra holds 99 per cent [shares] of the company, and they accept money from the investors and give high returns within a year,” he said in his statement. Vikram faces various such cheating and fraud cases, and was also probed by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case in 2005, following which he was suspended. In 2019, when Vikram was posted in Chennai, the finance ministry ordered his compulsory retirement over graft charges. He was posted in Mumbai as the additional commissioner of income tax prior to that. Rs 48lAmount the accused owes the complainant

06 February,2023 07:54 AM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Mumbai Crime: Youth assaults, rapes ex for ignoring texts, calls

A student has been booked by the Kashimira police at Mira Road for assaulting and raping his former companion who had parted ways with him after he refused to marry her due to their different faiths. The incident occurred on January 29. The accused filmed the act and threatened to make the video public if she spoke up. When their relationship turned sour, the woman stopped responding to 22-year-old Imtiyaz Chaudhary’s calls and messages. An Angry Chaudhary threatened to make private photographs and videos public unless she agreed to meet him at Mira Road. He booked a room in a lodge in Kashimira where he assaulted, raped and sodomised her between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm. “The duo reside in the same neighbourhood in suburban Mumbai; they had been dating since 2021. The woman got scared at his threats and agreed to meet him on January 29,” said an officer attached to the Kashimira police. “Chaudhary was angry that the woman had stopped talking to him after he refused to marry her. When she reached the lodge, he physically assaulted her and then raped and sodomised her. He spat at several places in the room, made the woman lick it, and screamed ‘lick the spit so that you will not commit the same mistake of not responding to my calls’,” added the officer. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Back in action, loan sharks hound the innocent again  When the torture ended, the woman somehow pulled herself together and returned home. Another police officer added that she confided in her friend who then sought the help of a social activist. The trio reached Kashimira police station and based on the woman’s statement, an FIR was registered on February 1. “We have registered an FIR under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (sodomy), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Our investigations are underway,” an officer privy to the investigation told mid-day. After learning that an FIR had been registered against him, Chaudhary switched off his mobile and has been on the run. “He sometimes switches on his cellphone and has been continuously changing his locations. He is active on social media. Our team has been chasing him, and soon we will arrest him,” said the officer.   1Date in Feb when the FIR was registered

06 February,2023 07:47 AM IST | Mumbai | Diwakar Sharma
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