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PFI raids: Maharashtra ATS makes one more arrest

Another member of Popular Front of India (PFI) was arrested by Maharashtra ATS on Monday for allegedly carrying out unlawful activities. The accused identified as Mohammad Abed Ali (40). According to Maharashtra ATS, the arrest comes in while carrying out an on going investigation against PFI in connection with the recent raids which were conducted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Maharashtra ATS. The ATS had arrested 20 people from different parts of the state. Also Read: Court issues bailable warrant against ATS officer for skipping summons The ATS said that the accused are conspiring against India and instigating the minority community against the country by radicalising them in the name of alleged atrocities against them. According to ATS, during the raids last week Ali managed to flee from Aurangabad but he was apprehended on Monday and he will be produced before Aurangabad court on Tuesday.

26 September,2022 09:56 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Maharashtra: Eight held for practising black magic in Thane district

The Thane Police on Monday arrested eight people for allegedly practising witchcraft and black magic in Murbad town, police said, according to the PTI. The officials had received information that some people were practising black magic and witchcraft at Songaon on Sunday night, inspector Satosh Darade of the Tokawade police station in Murbad told the PTI. Apart from two fake godmen and two women, four others were taken into custody by the police, while one person managed to escape the scene at night, he said. Also Read: Firecrackers worth Rs 43 lakh seized from Ulhasnagar shop, two booked The police also rescued two women, aged 26 and 19, who were going to be part of the ritual, he said. An offence under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, has been registered, the official said. The godmen were earlier arrested in 2009 in a similar case, he added. (with PTI inputs)

26 September,2022 07:34 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: 2 booked for stealing cash worth Rs 1 cr in Bhoiwada, police launch hunt

The VP Road police has registered a case against two unknown men for trespassing and stealing Rs 1 crore cash at a residential building in Bhoiwada.  The complaint was filed by Kantilal Patel, 46, who works at a private company. According to the complainant, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon when no one was at his home. According to the CCTV footages of the building, two burglars can be seen entering the building. As per the complainant's statement, one burglar was wearing green shirt, grey pants, and sports shoes. The footage also shows two men breaking the lock by hiding their faces from the CCTV camera. Also read: Maharashtra: Two held for car thefts in Thane; six vehicles seized According to the police, the burglars are suspected to be known to the complainant and were aware of the Rs 1 crore cash kept inside the flat. The cash amount that was taken from the flat has a denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 50.  "We have registered a case of theft and trespass against two unknown people. Based on CCTV footage, we are working to track down the thieves, " an officer said 

26 September,2022 11:22 AM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Mumbai: Man who posed as cop, targeted senior citizens held

In a major detection by the property cell of the Mumbai crime branch, a 55-year-old man who allegedly targeted senior citizens was by posing as a police official was arrested from Ambivali area in Thane, the police said on Sunday. According to the police, the accused had been allegedly involved in multiple chain snatching incidents in different areas of the state. The officials had been investigating a case that was registered Meghwadi police station, Jogeshwari East in March this year. In the matter, a 64-year-old complaint had filed a complaint and a case under sections 420, 419 and 34 had been registered by the police. Following the arrest of the accused who has been identified as Kabuli Zafri, an alleged member of the infamous 'Irani Gang' a 100 per cent recovery of the stolen property was also made by the officials of the property cell, the police said. Also Read: Maharashtra: Teen girl detained, woman held for chain snatching in Nagpur An official said, "Investigations so far have revealed that he was involved in around 36 cases. The incidents he has been allegedly involved in took place in cities including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad, Nashik, Surat and Gujarat." He added, "With his arrest, the police have detected nine chain snatching cases. He used to pose as a police and target senior citizens. After his arrest, he was produced before a court that has remanded him in police custody till Wednesday."

25 September,2022 09:30 PM IST | Mumbai | Asif Rizvi
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Octogenarian, wife booked for forcing minor granddaughter to beg in Thane

An 82-year-old man and his septuagenarian wife have been booked for allegedly forcing their 7-year-old granddaughter to beg, police in Dombivli in Thane district said on Sunday. The couple, identified as Nilya Kale and his wife Nashika Kale (72), is from Bitkewadi in Ahmednagar, some 230 kilometres from here, Dombivli railway police senior inspector Mukesh Dhage said. Also Read: Duo posing as ticket collectors held at Kasara railway station in Thane "They have been booked under Maharashtra Prevention of Begging Act and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. They have not been arrested as yet. The couple was first spotted with the child on a railway bridge on September 22. Passersby had alerted police," he said. At first police believed it was a case of kidnapping but it was confirmed later that the child was their granddaughter, 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

25 September,2022 03:55 PM IST | Thane | PTI
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Duo posing as ticket collectors held at Kasara railway station in Thane

Two men were arrested for allegedly cheating the commuters at railway station in Thane by posing as ticket collectors, the police told PTI on Sunday.  The duo had been checking commuters and were allegedly found wearing uniform of ticket collectors at the railway station, the officials said, as per the PTI. The accused carried bogus identity cards, senior inspector Avinash Andhale of Kalyan Railway police station told the PTI. Also Read: Mumbai: Cousins held for looting Rs 2.58 lakh from ATM Based on a tip-off, Rohidas Uttam Gaikwad (30) and Sandeep Murlidhar Pawar (27) were apprehended at Kasara railway station, he said. An offence under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code have been registered against the accused and further probe is underway, he added. (with PTI inputs) 

25 September,2022 03:25 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai Class 10 student kills self after parents scold her about studies

A 15-year-old girl allegedly killed herself in central Mumbai on Saturday after her parents reprimanded her to focus more on studies, police said. A Class 10 student, was found hanging on the terrace of a building in MHADA colony at N M Joshi Marg in the morning, an official said. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: 32-year-old Andheri resident loses Rs 39 lakh in cyber fraud According to her father, they had an argument over her studies. On Saturday morning, she was missing from home. Her parents started searching for her but the security guard told them their daughter didn't leave the building. The girl's parents alerted the police, following which the body was sent post-mortem and a case of accidental death was registered, he said. "As of now, there are no signs of foul play. We have her post-mortem report. Her father's statement also suggests that she might have killed herself due to him forcing her to concentrate on her study. The matter is being investigated," said Sunil Chandramore, Senior Inspector NM Joshi Marg police station. An Accidental Death Report (ADR) has been filed. (with inputs from PTI)

24 September,2022 10:23 PM IST | Mumbai | Anurag Kamble
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Mumbai: 27-year-old maid arrested for stealing diamond rings

A 27-year-old maid has been arrested by Agripada police for stealing diamond jewellery from a house of the German consulate, a police official said on Saturday. The consulate official has been recently appointed in India and shifted to Mumbai just three weeks ago. Initially, his wife suspected the maid when her diamond ring went missing. In order to confirm if it was the maid who steal the expensive jewellery, the consulate's wife kept the keys of the cupboard in the bedroom and caught the maid red-handed when she was stealing another diamond ring. To have a helping hand in household chores, the wife of Germany's chief consulate contacted KK online maid services. On August 30, a maid named Pallavi Rathod, a resident of Pratiksha Nagar, Sion came to her residence to start working as a house help.  On September 7, the consulate's wife found that one of her diamond rings was missing from her closet. Also read: Mumbai Crime: 25-year-old man held in case of bomb threat on WhatsApp video call "She suspected the maid must have stolen it but to clear her doubt, on September 20 she purposely kept keys at the table in the bedroom and went out. When she returned home, she found another diamond ring missing," the complainant told a police official from Agripada police station. Consulate's wife confronted Rathod and called the security guard of the building too. In their presence, Rathod confirmed stealing the rings and returned them to her which she had kept inside the kitchen. "Rathod was arrested on Thursday under IPC section 381 (theft by servant in possession of master). She confessed her crime of stealing diamond rings worth Rs 60,000," said a police official.

24 September,2022 09:47 PM IST | Mumbai | Anurag Kamble
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Mumbai Crime: 25-year-old man held in case of bomb threat on WhatsApp video call

Two days after a Santacruz resident received a bomb blast threat on a WhatsApp video call, the crime branch arrested the 25-year-old accused on Saturday. The 25-year-old accused Ranjeetkumar Sahni who hailed from Darbhanga in Bihar was suspected to be in an inebriated state when he made the call to the Santacruz man's contact number, which he got from Google, said crime branch officials.  On Wednesday, Rafat Husain (50) central Mumbai observer for MIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) approached the Santacruz police after receiving bomb blast threats on a WhatsApp video call. In the afternoon on Wednesday,  Hussain received a WhatsApp video call from an unknown number and the caller threatened bomb blasts and destruction in India. Also Read: Mumbai: 15-year-old kills self after parents scold her about studies The Santacruz police then registered an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 505 (1) A and 506 (2) and began their investigation while the crime branch also began their parallel probe.  The crime branch unit 9 managed to trace the accused Ranjeetkumar Sahani at Charni Road and arrested him, the police have also seized his mobile phone.  "According to the crime branch officials, the accused was suspected to be in an inebriated state when the call was made and found Husain's number on Google while searching randomly and made the video call. The accused has been handed over to Santacruz police station for further investigation," said a police official. 

24 September,2022 09:26 PM IST | Mumbai | Sachin Gaad
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CBI raids 59 locations against circulation of child sex abuse material

On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted national wide searches at around 59 locations in 21 States and Union Territory in a connection with child sexual abused contents under operation 'Megh Chakra'. The CBI has registered two cases under relevant provisions of IT Act based on information received from Crime Against Children (CAC), a unit of INTERPOL, Singapore which had received the same from New Zealand police for sharing with the relevant country. It was alleged that a number of Indian citizens were involved in the circulation/ downloading/ transmission of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) using cloud-based storage. “The said information received in INTERPOL from law enforcement authorities of New Zealand was analysed and developed by CBI, and suspected persons were identified to locate and disrupt further distribution. Today's crackdown was follow up of massive operation (Operation Carbon) carried out by CBI last year against Online Child Sexual Abuse Material,” a statement of CBI official reads. During searches, electronic devices including mobiles, and laptops belonging to more than 50 suspects have been recovered. Also read: NSE phone tapping case: CBI gets custody of ex-Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey Preliminary scrutiny of these electronic devices using cyber forensic tools has allegedly revealed the presence of a huge quantity of CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) in a number of electronic devices. The suspects are being questioned with regard to the CSAM found in their electronic devices, so as to identify the child victims and the abusers. According to CBI, Operation Megh Chakra is one of the CBI-led global operations in recent times for rapid response to online child sexual exploitation cases with international linkages and organised cyber-enabled financial crimes with victims, accused, suspects, conspirators located across international jurisdictions, requiring a globally coordinated law enforcement response. Operation Megh Chakra seeks to collate information from various law enforcement agencies within India, engage with relevant law enforcement agencies globally and coordinate closely through INTERPOL channels to combat online child sexual exploitation. “Coordination meetings were organised with INTERPOL and foreign law enforcement agencies for sharing critical information to dismantle such cybercrime networks” the CBI statement further reads. Cities where the raid was conducted by CBI: The raids conducted in Fatehabad(Haryana); Dehradun (Uttarakhand);  Kachh(Gujarat); Ghaziabad(Uttar Pradesh);  Mursidabad(West Bengal);  Mumbai,  Pune, Nashik, Thane,  Nanded, Solapur, Kolahpur & Nagpur (Maharashtra); Ranchi (Jharkhand); Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh); Krishna(Andhra Pradesh); Ram Nagar (Karnataka); Kolar(Karnataka);  Faridabad (Haryana); Hathras(Uttar Pradesh); Bengaluru; Kodagu; Raipur (Chhattisgarh); New Delhi; Chelakkara (Kerala); Dindigul (Madurai); Gurdaspur & Hosiarpur(Punjab); Chennai; Dhanbad; Rajkot; Goa; Hyderabad; Ajmer; Jaipur;  Cuddalore(Tamil Nadu); Mallapuram (Kerala); Lunavada (Gujarat); Godhra(Gujarat); Guwahati; Dhimaji(Assam); Itanagar(Arunachal Pradesh); Bardhman(West Bengal); Maharajganj(Uttar Pradesh); Saran(Bihar); Bhagalpur(Bihar);  Agartala(Tripura); Mandi (Himachal Pradesh).

24 September,2022 08:29 PM IST | Mumbai | Faizan Khan
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Mumbai Crime: 32-year-old Andheri resident loses Rs 39 lakh in cyber fraud

A 32-year-old man from Sakinaka becomes the latest victim of cyber fraud when the fraudsters duped him of Rs 39 lakh on the pretext of claiming his life insurance policy. Initially, the victim was asked to deposit smaller amounts, however, they later increased both the purported insurance policy claim and the charges and continued to dupe him for over three months.  According to the police, it all began at the beginning of May month when the victim worked with a garment company as a supervisor. He received a call from one Jaylaxmi who introduced herself as a representative of a life insurance company. She claimed that the Sakinaka resident is holding a life insurance policy of Rs 1.19 lakh and its premium for the years 2019 and 2020 has been pending. If not paid in the next two days, the policy could get lapsed, and demand his credentials including photographs of his PAN card, Aadhaar card, and cheque in order to receive the policy claim.  While the victim share his details as he was asked but the insurance company's representative never called him back. A week later, he again received a call from an unknown number, this time the caller Mukesh Verma claimed to be a manager of the insurance company. He claimed that the insurance company had invested the said policy into a petroleum company and its value has been rose to Rs two lakh. He asked the victim to pay Rs 58,708 as GST charges to avail of the policy amount and shared the bank details for payment. Also read: MACT awards Rs 8.1 lakh compensation to boy injured in road accident The victim paid the charges by the next day. However, that was just the beginning.  Later he was informed that the policy amount had been invested in the share market and its value has been increased to Rs five lakh and again demanded Rs 58, 708 charges were to be paid to avail it. The victim again paid the money.  Since then Jaylaxmi, Verma and one Priya Dutt continued to contact the victim and demand money in the name of releasing his purported policy claim. By the end of the third week of August, the fraudsters had swindled a total of Rs 39 lakh from him. All this while, the victim was assured to receive a total of Rs 1.58 crore as his policy claims, as stated in the First Information Report (FIR) which is in the possession of Mid Day. After spending over Rs 39 lakh, the victim realised his mistake and stopped further communication with the fraudsters, and approached the West Region cyber police station.  "Following the complaint, we have registered an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) along with Information Technology (IT) act sections 66C (identity theft) and 66D (punishment for cheating by personation using computer resources) and our investigation is underway," said a police official. 

24 September,2022 08:11 PM IST | Mumbai | Sachin Gaad
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