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Thane man defrauded of Rs 28 lakhs in share trading scam

A 43-year-old manager of a cloth factory in Dhaka fell victim to an alleged scam, losing Rs 28 lakh after being seduced by promises of big returns in share trading while on holiday in his hometown in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said Sunday. According to the PTI report, during his vacation in October 2023, the man came across an attractive offer on Facebook offering huge profits from share trading. Intrigued, he joined many trading groups and received messages from four people accused of the scam. Following instructions from the accused conveyed through various links shared on his mobile phone, the victim made payments totalling Rs 28,22,300 in December 2023, the PTI report added.  Reportedly, despite investing a large sum, the victim received no return on his investment. Furthermore, his attempts to obtain reimbursement from the accused were useless because they ceased communication. On Friday, in response to the victim's allegation, the Badlapur West police station filed an FIR against the four individuals under the applicable rules. A thorough investigation of the situation is presently ongoing, the report added.  Authorities have often issued a warning, advising the public to exercise caution and prudence when engaging in online trading activities to avoid falling victim to fraudulent schemes. Police Foil Dacoity Attempt, Arrest Four Armed Men in Thane Authorities in Maharashtra's Thane district successfully foiled a dacoity attempt and detained four armed individuals, an official confirmed on Sunday. The event, which occurred on February 28, resulted in the registration of a case under Sections 399 (planning to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembly to commit dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as applicable provisions of the Arms Act, stated a report in PTI.  According to the agency report, law enforcement's quick action prevented a potentially violent situation, proving their dedication to ensuring public safety and eliminating criminal activity in the region. Police apprehended a group of males who were allegedly armed with a knife, sickle, chopper, iron rod, rope, chilli powder, and a bag of stones while standing beside a pick-up van, cited the official's statement. The police apprehended Eteshyam Munir Sonde, Kais Mehboob Beig, Dawood, and Parvesh Kohri at the site. However, two more people evaded detention and fled the scene, PTI report further stated. 

03 March,2024 02:43 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Flesh trade racket busted in Thane spa; 3 women rescued

Authorities discovered a flesh trade racket operating within a spa in Thane district, Maharashtra, leading to the rescue of three women, according to police officials on Sunday. On Friday, the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell collaborated with the Tilak Nagar police station to conduct a sting investigation by sending an undercover customer to a spa on Manpada Road in the Dombivli neighbourhood. They eventually arrested the establishment's owner, a woman, reported PTI.  As per the PTI report, the authorities said that the women who were recused from the spa were aged between 34 to 38 and worked at the place.  A case has been filed against the spa owner under relevant parts of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, the news agency reported.  Meanwhile, in another case from Thane district, a 43-year-old manager of a cloth factory in Dhaka fell victim to an alleged scam. The man lost Rs 28 lakh after being enticed by promises of high returns in shares trading while vacationing in his native place, police revealed on Sunday. As per a report in the news agency PTI, during his vacation in October 2023, the man came across an attractive offer on Facebook offering huge profits from share trading. Intrigued, he joined numerous trading groups, receiving communications from four people accused of the hoax. The victim made payments totalling Rs 28,22,300 in December 2023, as instructed by the accused via numerous links supplied on his mobile phone, the report added.  Despite investing a large sum, the victim received no return on his investment. Furthermore, his attempts to obtain reimbursement from the accused were useless because they halted communication, the PTI report further stated.  Reportedly, acting on the victim's complaint, the Badlapur West police station registered an FIR against the four individuals under relevant provisions on Friday. A comprehensive investigation into the matter is currently underway. Meanwhile, authorities in Maharashtra's Thane district successfully foiled a dacoity attempt and detained four armed individuals, an official confirmed on Sunday. The event, which occurred on February 28, resulted in the registration of a case under Sections 399 (planning to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembly to commit dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as applicable provisions of the Arms Act, reported PTI. 

03 March,2024 01:09 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Four booked for misappropriating goods worth Rs 3.95 cr in Panvel

Four persons were booked for alleged misappropriation of goods worth Rs 3.95 crore from a container yard in Rohinjan in Panvel, a police official said on Saturday. The four worked in the warehouse of a company and had taken away goods like mobile phone accessories, ammonium chloride, seeds, shoes and clothing items, the Taloja police station official said. "These goods were stored in the warehouse where the four worked and customs duty had not been paid on them. The misappropriation took place between July 2022 and July 2023," he said. He identified the accused as Mayuresh Chaskar, Sushil Mandal, Shailesh Thakur, and Mahesh Shivale but added no arrest has been made in the case pertaining to criminal breach of trust by persons entrusted with safeguarding property, which was registered on Friday. Meanwhile, seven persons, including a self-styled godman, were arrested for allegedly running a sex racket in the guise of performing rituals for people wanting to get rich, a Thane Crime Branch official said on Saturday. The probe into the racket began after a 15-year-old girl went missing from Rabodi and a kidnapping case was registered, the official said. The probe led to the arrest of two persons, identified as Aslam Khan and Salim Shaikh, on February 25, who told police about the main accused Saheblal Wazir Shaikh alias Yusuf Baba, who was held some time later, he said. "Our probe found that Yusuf Baba and his associates lured financially vulnerable women by promising them riches through black magic. Some of the rituals included participation of women in the nude," the official said. He said several objectionable videos of these rituals have been found along with other incriminating evidence from the mobiles phones of the accused. "We believe this gang, which includes two women, ensnared at least 17 persons. The seven arrests were made from Thane, Vasai in Palghar and neighbouring Mumbai," Inspector Krishna Kokni of Thane Crime Branch Unit I said. He said a case of kidnapping, rape, cheating and other offences under IPC has been registered with Rabodi police station and further probe into this racket is underway. The accused have also been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act 2013, the official informed. (With inputs from PTI)

02 March,2024 07:14 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra ACB books sales tax official, 16 traders for Rs 175 cr fraud

A sales tax official and 16 others were booked in an alleged fraud that caused a loss of Rs 175.93 crore to the Maharashtra government, the Anti Corruption Bureau said on Friday. The alleged scam took place between August 2021 and March 2022 at the state Goods and Service Tax (GST) department building in Mazgaon, the official said, according to newswire PTI. "Amit Giridhar Lalage (42), posted as sales tax officer at GST Bhavan with charge of Ghatkopar Zone, Nodal 11 at the time, allegedly conspired with 16 traders who created forged and fake rent agreements and obtained GST numbers," he said. "These traders did not pay any kind of tax to the state government in the form of GST, but submitted 39 applications to get Rs 175.93 crore as tax returns. Lalage deliberately did not verify these claims even though the GST portal showed they were dubious," he added. By processing these returns and disbursing money to 16 traders, Lalage caused a loss of Rs 175.93 crore to the Maharashtra government, the official said. Lalage and the 16 traders were charged under Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code provisions for cheating, forgery and other offences, the official added. Meanwhile, the Mumbai police have arrested a man for allegedly sharing a video on social media, in which one person issued a death threat to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, an official said on Friday. The accused, identified as Yogesh Sawant, was arrested on Thursday by Santacruz police from Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district, he said. "Sawant had shared the video of an interview of a man given to a YouTube channel 'Gavran Vishleshan' on his social media account. In the interview, the man used objectionable remarks against deputy CM Fadnavis and issued a death threat to him," the police official said. Based on a complaint filed by activist Akshay Panvelkar, a case was registered against an unidentified man for using the objectionable remarks against Fadnavis and against Sawant for sharing the video on his Facebook wall, he added. The video was widely circulated on social media platforms. Following his arrest, the Santacruz police presented Sawant in a Mumbai court, which remanded him in 14-day judicial custody, the official said. (With inputs from PTI)

01 March,2024 06:57 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Three booked in Thane for cheating Kolkata merchant of Rs 60 lakh in sugar trade

Police has registered a case after a Kolkata-based merchant claimed he was cheated of Rs 60 lakh by three persons, including two from Navi Mumbai, an official said. As per the complainant, one of the accused, who hails from Gurugram in Haryana, approached him with help to procure 135 tonnes of sugar for export from the trading firm of another accused, who hails from Navi Mumbai, newswire PTI reported. "The three collected Rs 60 lakh from the Kolkata-based merchant but never delivered the sugar consignment. They also provided him fake documents. The accused have been charged with cheating, criminal breach of trust, forgery and other offences," the NRI Sagari police station official said. Meanwhile, a man ended his life allegedly due to harassment over a parking allotment dispute in Titwala in Thane district after which police booked four persons for abetment of suicide, a police official said. The official said that Bhushan Lotan More (33) committed suicide Thursday afternoon by jumping in front of a mail train between Khadavali and Titwala stations. “His brother told us More was embroiled in a parking allotment dispute with four persons from his housing society and that he ended his life due to harassment from them,” Senior Inspector Pandhari Kandhe of Kalyan railway police station said. Based on the victim's brother's complaint, the four have been booked for abetment of suicide and other offences, he said. Efforts are on to nab them, Kandhe added. In a separate incident, a case has been registered against Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale for allegedly hurting sentiments with claims about misuse of the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), police said on Friday. Speaking at the 'Brahmin Ekya Parishad' conference at Parli in Maharashtra's Beed district on February 25, Chitale allegedly called for a scrutiny of cases registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the last five years to check how many of them were genuine. Information should be obtained under the Right to Information Act as filing false cases under the Atrocities Act has become a racket, she allegedly said. Premnath Jagatkar, a local resident, lodged a complaint at Parli city police station after listening to the speech online, a police official said. A First Information Report was registered against Chitale and the organiser of the conference Bajirao Dharmadhikari on Thursday under Indian Penal Code sections 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) and 505 (2) (statements creating enmity between classes), the official added. No arrest has been made in the case. Chitale had faced arrest in 2022 for allegedly sharing a derogatory post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar on social media. She later got bail. (With inputs from PTI)

01 March,2024 05:11 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane resident ends life over harassment due to housing society parking dispute

A man ended his life allegedly due to harassment over a parking allotment dispute in Titwala in Thane district after which police booked four persons for abetment of suicide, a police official said. The official, as reported by newswire PTI, said that Bhushan Lotan More (33) committed suicide Thursday afternoon by jumping in front of a mail train between Khadavali and Titwala stations. “His brother told us More was embroiled in a parking allotment dispute with four persons from his housing society and that he ended his life due to harassment from them,” Senior Inspector Pandhari Kandhe of Kalyan railway police station said. Based on the victim's brother's complaint, the four have been booked for abetment of suicide and other offences, he said. Efforts are on to nab them, Kandhe added. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale for allegedly hurting sentiments with claims about misuse of the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), police said on Friday. Speaking at the 'Brahmin Ekya Parishad' conference at Parli in Maharashtra's Beed district on February 25, Chitale allegedly called for a scrutiny of cases registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the last five years to check how many of them were genuine. Information should be obtained under the Right to Information Act as filing false cases under the Atrocities Act has become a racket, she allegedly said. Premnath Jagatkar, a local resident, lodged a complaint at Parli city police station after listening to the speech online, a police official said. A First Information Report was registered against Chitale and the organiser of the conference Bajirao Dharmadhikari on Thursday under Indian Penal Code sections 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) and 505 (2) (statements creating enmity between classes), the official added. No arrest has been made in the case. Chitale had faced arrest in 2022 for allegedly sharing a derogatory post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar on social media. She later got bail. (With inputs from PTI)

01 March,2024 04:53 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane: Four brothers among six sentenced to 7 years RI in attempt to murder case

A court in Maharashtra's Thane district has sentenced six persons, including four sons of a former local corporator couple, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in a 2012 case of attempted murder. In the order passed on Thursday, additional sessions court judge Premal Vithalani also imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on each of them, newswire PTI reported. The convicts are identified as Rais Idris Ansari (46), Mohammed Sagir alias Raju Idris Ansari (42), Sarfaraj Idris Ansari (40), Ramiz Idris Ansari (36) (all sons of the corporator couple), Mohammed Salim Abdul Khalik Shaikh (55) and Mushtaq Ahmed Mansoor Shaikh (41), he said. Special public prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh told the court that on September 23, 2012, the mother of one of the accused had dumped some garbage in front of a chicken shop in Sri Lanka locality of Mumbra. When the shop owner objected, the woman's son along with the other accused came to the shop and ransacked it. The accused also attacked the shop owner, his friend and mother, in which the trio suffered serious injuries. The police later registered a case of unlawful assembly and attempt to murder against the accused and arrested them. In the order, the judge observed that the prosecution has successfully proven all the charges against the accused and noted that no leniency is required to be shown to them. Meanwhile, a man allegedly killed a 92-year-old person and his younger brother using a crowbar at a village in Maharashtra's Palghar district and then hid himself in the swamp around a lake in a bid to escape action, but was pulled out and arrested, police said. The alleged double murder occurred around 7.30 pm on Thursday at Kudan village, and the accused, identified as Kishore Jagannath Mandal, was arrested four hours later, they said. "The accused, who is mentally unstable, attacked the two brothers - Mukund Vithobha Patil (92) and his 84-year-old brother Bhimrao - with a crowbar at a farm in the village. After that, he fled from the spot. The bodies of the two victims were sent to a government hospital after the police reached the spot," an official said. The police launched an operation to trace the accused and was found hiding in the swamp of a lake around 11.30 pm, he said. He was then arrested and a case was registered against him under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 302 (murder) at the Tarapur police station, he added. The motive behind the killing is not known yet, the police said, adding that the accused was found loitering in and around the village two days before the incident. Further investigation into the case is on, he said. (With inputs from PTI)

01 March,2024 04:12 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Fake currency racket: Accused procured material from Chinese e-commerce website

Days after the police busted a counterfeit currency racket at Pimpri Chinchwad near Pune and arrested six persons, it has come to light that the accused had procured the paper for printing fake notes and other raw material from a Chinese e-commerce portal, an official said. The police have so far seized more than 400 counterfeit notes of Rs 500 denomination from the accused, who used to print the currency notes, newswire PTI reported. The racket was unearthed on February 25 after the police apprehended a person named Hrutik Khadse and seized from him 140 notes of Rs 500 denomination. During the probe, they found that the notes were fake, the PTI report said. "During the interrogation, the accused revealed that they printed the fake currency notes at Dighi (in Pimpri Chinchwad). When the premises were raided, it was found that five more people were involved in the printing of counterfeit currency and seized 300 notes of Rs 500 denomination," a Pimpri Chinchwad police official said. A printer, a laptop, Indian currency paper, ink, paper cutting machine and other things were also seized from the site, he said. "So far, we have seized 440 notes of Rs 500 denomination, 4,684 partially printed notes, and 1,000 sheets of Indian currency papers from the accused," he added. "During the investigation, it was found that one of the accused had opened an account on a Chinese e-commerce website and ordered the currency paper for printing the notes from that country," he said. All the accused are currently in police custody and further investigation into the case is on, the official said. On February 28 newswire ANI reported: "As per credentials shared by sources, police officials stopped and detained a suspect who came to a decided location riding a motorcycle, and after being searched, police found 140 fake notes of Rs 500 denominations from him.’ It was revealed by the accused, Ritik Khadse, that these notes were being printed in a commercial shop in the Bhosari area using an offset printing machine. After receiving the information, a team of police immediately rushed to the said shop and found an offset printing machine, printing ink and other printing material, along with special papers used for printing counterfeit notes and some half- and full-printed notes, reported ANI. (With inputs from agencies)

01 March,2024 04:06 PM IST | Pune | mid-day online correspondent
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Titwala: 3-year old dies after falling in construction pit, case registered

The Titwala police of Thane rural police have registered a case of causing death by negligence against an contractor, after a 3-year-old died falling into an pit dug at the under construction work of the Mumbai-Vadodara JNPT highway.  The shocking incident of a three-year-old girl drowning in the stagnant water took place at 11 am on Thursday. After the incident locals and the police reached the spot and rescued the girl who was shifted to an nearby hospital were she was declared death.  According to the police, the work of Mumbai-Vadodara highway is going on at Balyani village which lies under the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. The work of the Mumbai-Vadodara JNPT highway is going on from last few days.  "The deceased is identified as is Rehmunisa Riyaz Shah. She resided in Mira Bhayandar and came along with her family to an relative place identified as Chand Sheikh Shah, who lives in Balyani near Kalyan. The family came to attend the urus an annual festival of the saint Sheikh Pir Valli Shah Baba. The festival is going on at Balyani from February 27. Riyaz Shah and family came to Chand Shah's house to participate in this urus," a police officer said. "His three-year-old daughter Rehmunisa was also with him. In the morning as Rehmunisa was not seen at home, her family started searching.  After some time, her body was found in stagnant water in the underpass of Mumbai-Vadodara JNPT highway," the police officer added. Meanwhile, Mayur Patil, a former corporator of Shiv Sena-Eknath Shinde group, rushed to the spot as soon as he got the information about the incident. Titwala police was also informed about this incident who reached the spot to start the investigation.   Local citizens have often demanded the concerned contractor to take safety measures in this underpass of this road work. But the concerned contractor ignored this demand and due to the laxity of the contractor, this three-year-old girl lost her life on Thursday. The Titwala police have reached the spot and the investigation in the incident. "After we found an negligence part in the case. We had registered a case under section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) of the Indian penal code. We are further investigating the matter and the case is been registered against the contractor Shivalay construction who was carry out the work of the underpass," police said. "On primary investigation it seems that as he have took precautionary measures it resulted in the accident that lead to the death of the girl. We will investigate who all are responsible for the same and accordingly take action against them," said an police officer.

29 February,2024 10:29 PM IST | Thane | Faisal Tandel
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Court rejects interim bail for Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal

A special court on Thursday rejected interim bail for Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal, stating that his cancer was at a preliminary stage and not life threatening. Goyal is arrested in a Rs 500 crore money laundering case. On February 15, Goyal filed an application seeking interim bail on medical grounds as the tests revealed malignancy. The court, however, permitted Goyal, to undergo cancer treatment at a hospital of his choice for two months. Goyal (74), who is lodged in Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai, had sought to be released on interim bail to undergo treatment for cancer, reported news wire PTI. As per PTI report, Special judge for cases under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) M G Deshpande noted that as per Goyal's medical reports, the malignancy was at a preliminary stage and was not life threatening and holds a strong hope of recovery. "Currently, neither the private doctors nor the medical board has asserted that this sickness is life threatening," the court said. The court noted that Goyal was accused of a serious offence of laundering over Rs 500 crore and being an influential person, he poses a risk to the case if bail was granted. The judge, however, clarified that denial of interim bail was not a refusal of medical aid, but it was a measure to prevent potential abuse of the investigation process. "Prima facie, it appears that the malignancy is at a preliminary stage and has not spread to the entire body yet. While Tata Hospital was considered to be one of the best for cancer treatments, it was up to Goyal to choose a hospital for his treatment," the court said. The court directed the Arthur Road Jail superintendent to arrange adequate staff at the hospital to keep vigilance on Goyal and also directed concerned doctors to submit reports on Goyal's condition and treatment twice a month. Goyal was arrested by Enforcement Directorate in September 2023, for alleged money laundering and siphoning off loans to the tune of Rs 538.62 crore given to Jet Airways by Canara Bank. The money laundering case stems from a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR against Jet Airways, Goyal, his wife Anita and some former executives in connection with the alleged bank fraud.  (With PTI inputs)

29 February,2024 08:23 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Four booked for cheating Navi Mumbai woman of Rs 19.2 cr in online share trading

A 48-year-old Navi Mumbai woman has allegedly been cheated to Rs 1.92 crore in online share trading following which police have registered a case against four persons, an official said on Thursday, reported news agency PTI. The accused lured the Navi Mumbai woman into online trading of shares with a promise of good returns on her investments. The victim, resident of Vashi area, made payments of Rs 1,92,49,200 into some bank accounts over the last two months, Cyber police station's senior inspector Gajanan Kadam said, reported PTI. However, when the Navi Mumbai woman asked for the returns and the invested amount, the accused gave evasive replies and also avoided her calls, reported PTI. Following her complaint, the police on Wednesday registered a case against four persons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, the official said, reported PTI. Also Read: Navi Mumbai: Man cheated of Rs 60,000 on pretext of foreign currency exchange; 7 held In another case, the Navi Mumbai police have arrested seven persons for allegedly cheating a 37-year-old man of Rs 60,000 on the pretext of providing foreign currency in return for the Indian money, an official said on Wednesday, reported PTI. The incident took place on February 23 in Vashi area of Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai township. The accused called the victim, a mobile repair shop owner from Kurla in neighbouring Mumbai, near a lodge in Vashi and offered him US dollars in exchange of the Indian currency, assistant police inspector Pawan Nandre said, reported PTI. The victim allegedly paid them Rs 60,000, but they did not provide him the foreign currency in exchange, he said, reported PTI. Following the victim's complaint, the police arrested seven persons, hailing from Jharkhand, on February 24 and booked them under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention), the official said, reported PTI. Efforts were on to nab two more persons involved in the offence, he said. Meanwhile,  A 74-year-old part-time teacher from Thane city has been swindled out of more than Rs 42 lakh in a case of cyber fraud, police said, reported PTI. The victim, employed at a convent school in Navi Mumbai, in December last year joined a WhatsApp investment group whose members promised lucrative returns on investments, they said, reported PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

29 February,2024 12:18 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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