Man rapes 8-year-old neighbour at his home in Wadala:
On 15 November 2018, the Mumbai police arrested 35-year-old resident for raping his 8-year-old neighbour at his residence in Wadala. The accused was identified as Dinesh Paykoli, a resident of Ganesh Nagar in Wadala. The police lodged an FIR against Dinesh under sections 376 of Indian Penal Code and 4, 6, 8 and 12 of POCSO Act. The accused who was on the run was arrested from his house in Raigad. According to police officials, the accused invited the girl home when she was playing outside his home. He allegedly raped her and even threatened her before fleeing. The case is underway.
59-year-old man beaten to death for using a public toilet for longer:
On 22 September 2018, a 59-year-old man was beaten to death after a fight broke out for using a public toilet. The accused, identified as Shakir Ali Shaikh, had an argument with Yadav when he used the public toilet for more time than expected. After locals intervened and prevented the altercation the two let go of the argument and left. Later, when Yadav was walking back home, Shaikh hit Yadav until he fell into a nullah. Yadav was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The police registered a case against Shaikh and arrested him immediately. The investigation is underway.
When asked to show ticket, teenager abuses and punches ticket checkers:
On July 16, 2018, the Wadala Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested an 18-year-old for manhandling and abusing a junior ticket checker and punching his colleague at the Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar railway station. The incident took place on July 14 on platform number 1, where junior ticket checker Chandrashekhar Bhagvatiprasad, 29, was on duty. Upon seeing the teen, he asked him for his ticket. But instead of showing the ticket, the youth started abusing the TC and even slapped him. The youth went on to punch the TC's colleague in the chest. While being taken to the TC office, he began abusing the police as well. The youth was arrested under sections 353, 332,504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code after the TC filed a complaint against him.
In picture: A video grab shows ticket collector Dhananjay Yadav trying to resolve the matter
21-year-old nabbed for stealing gold from senior citizens:
On June 29, 2018, a 21-year-old woman, who stole gold ornaments from senior citizens travelling alone in local trains was arrested. According to police officials, Trishla Bhalerao used the same modus operandi and had five cases registered against her. Bhalerao first identified her target and then approached the woman with water. She would even let the person take her seat. She would initiate a conversation, talking about jewellery thefts in trains and would then ask the victim to let her keep their ornaments in her bag for safety reasons. She would then make away with the loot. Cops recovered gold worth Rs 3.58 lakh from her house in Ambarnath, Thane.
Man gets life for repeatedly raping his minor sister:
On June 14, 2018, a POCSO court awarded life imprisonment to a 20-year-old man for raping his minor sister, despite the victim turning hostile. According to the FIR, the man had sexually assaulted his sister for the first time when she was 13. He committed the crime on multiple occasions whenever he found the victim alone at home. The victim lodged a complaint with the help of a social worker and based on all of the pieces of evidence, the man was announced guilty under section 376 (2) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Engineering college professor molests a student, asks her to 'stay quiet':
On May 25, 2018, a professor of a renowned engineering college in Wadala was accused of molestation by a 25-year-old first-year student. The incident took place on May 18, when the student went to the professor's cabin to obtain his signature for her term form. The professor pulled the student towards him and touched her chest before forcefully kissing her. After sexually harassing her, the professor said that he would give her passing marks in the maths exam if she kept her mouth shut. The investigation is underway.
Woman arrested with 15 kg of cannabis:
On April 9, 2018, a 27-year-old woman was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell of crime branch for allegedly carrying 15.4 kg cannabis worth Rs 3.07 lakh in Wadala. The accused, identified as Zeenat Shaikh, a resident of Andheri, was nabbed by Worli unit of ANC in front of SIWS College on Sewri-Wadala road. Shaikh allegedly came to supply the cannabis to a customer who did not show up. After her arrest, a case was registered under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act. The investigation is underway.
Shocking! Father sells seven-day-old son to pay off Rs 1 lakh debt:
On April 6, 2018, a couple was arrested by the Wadala TT police for selling their seven-day-old-baby to pay off a debt of Rs 1 lakh. The baby was sold for a sum of Rs 20,000 to a 29-year-old Julia Fernandes. After the police interrogation, Fernandes admitted that she bought the baby from the child's parents, 38-year-old Munna Shaikh and his 35-year-old wife Shazia.
Woman caught with drugs worth several lakhs:
On January 18, 2018, two women were arrested from Wadala and Azad Maidan by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) for possession of drugs worth Rs 4.5 lakhs. The accused, identified as Merry Kannan Tewar was arrested from the Wadala Truck Terminus. Tewar was caught possessing 272 gm of heroin worth around Rs 2.7 lakh. The accused was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Man kills nephew over a fight with brother:
On September 23, 2017, the crime branch department arrested Wasiulla Shaikh (23) who allegedly killed his own nephew over a dispute with the boy's father. 5-year-old student, Tausif Mohammed Naushad Shaikh's body was found in a nullah behind Madina Masjid in Wadala. Following leads on a few CCTV cameras in the area, the crime branch team detained Shaikh, who admitted to having killed Tausif. Shaikh revealed that in order to teach his brother a lesson, Shaikh decided to kill his nephew. According to the police, Shaikh took Tausif to an isolated place and strangled him. After he lost consciousness, Shaikh threw him in the nullah. Shaikh was arrested and later produced before the court. Further investigation is underway.
60-year-old woman assaults traffic constable at Wadala:
On March 21, 2017, the Azad Maidan police booked a 60-year-old woman for allegedly assaulting a traffic police constable near south Mumbai’s Metro junction signal. The accused, identified as identified as Jyoti Chopra, a resident of Wadala, jumped a red signal and was stopped by traffic constable, Amol Gavankar. The accused started arguing with the constable when he asked her to pay the fine for breaking the signal. But the accused attempted to snatch her licence back from him. An FIR was registered against the woman under Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty). The investigation is underway.
Postmaster steals Rs 15 lakh from deposits, shares with family:
On December 5, 2016, cops from Wadala Truck Terminal police station arrested a postmaster for stealing Rs 15 lakh from the safe of the Wadala post office. The accused, identified as Harish Gawli (46) stole from the money deposited by people at the post office after the note ban. The postmaster confessed that he stole Rs 10 lakhs from the deposits. He also revealed that he had distributed a portion of that money among friends and family and spent a considerable part of his loot. The postmaster was arrested for theft and cheating, and remanded in police custody. Case updates are awaited
12-year-old bound, gagged, raped and strangled to death:
On October 26, 2014, the Shivaji Nagar police were on the lookout for an unidentified man who cruelly kidnapped, raped and then murdered a 12-year-old in Baiganwadi, Govandi (West). The victim, who was mentally challenged was playing outside her house when she suddenly went missing in the evening. The next day, her body was found rolled up in a mat at a garbage dump, close to Ambedkar Garden. According to the police, the girl was strangled to death by a dupatta, and her hands were tied with a cloth. According to reports, the girl was brutally raped, and cotton wool was found stuffed in her mouth and in her private parts.
Nine-year-old girl raped in Wadala:
On October 25, 2014, a 9-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified accused when she was playing with her 10-year-old brother and two five-year-old children in the hotel premises where her father and grandfather worked. The girl returned home and informed her family about her ordeal. According to the registered complaint, the accused gagged her mouth while she was playing and took her into the jungle near the hotel. The accused also tried to choke her. After raping her, he showed her the way out of the jungle and left her on the road. A case was registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 376 (rape). The next day, based on the survivor’s description, the police and the sketch artist developed a sketch to help intensify the investigations. No update on the case has come in.
In picture: The sketch of the accused that was made with the help of the survivor’s description.
Madrasa principal held on sexual assault charge:
On March 2, 2014, the Wadala Truck Terminal police officials arrested the principal of a Wadala-based madrasa for sexually assaulting five female students who studied at the school. Abrar-ul-Haq and his assistant Irfan were booked under sections 354, 509, 34 of the IPC and sections 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Assault Act. According to reports, a 15-year-old girl was touched inappropriately and kissed several times by the duo while she helped out in the kitchen, preparing food for teachers working in the madrasa. While the principal was arrested, his assistant was on the run. The investigation is underway.
Two waiters confess to raping, killing 11-year-old girl:
On March 16, 2013, the Crime Branch arrested two waiters for allegedly raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in Wadala. The accused, identified as Henry Jacob and Aslam Amjad Khan, befriended the girl when she visited the egg stall her father ran outside the liquor bar where they worked. The two waiters picked up the girl at Vijay Nagar around 11.30 pm and took her to a pool near Bhakti Park and raped her. Fearing she would complain they smashed her face with a stone. On being interrogated, they confessed to the crime.
Pallavi Purkayastha murder: Killer gets fine, one more year for absconding
On August 9, 2012, Sajjad Mogul, a security guard murdered Pallavi Purkayastha, a lawyer, in her rented apartment in Wadala after she resisted advances from him. She was found in a pool of blood by her live-in partner Avik Sengupta, also a lawyer. Her body had multiple stab wounds. In 2014, the accused confessed to the crime. On December 4, 2018, Sajjad Mogul was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was fined Rs 5,000 for absconding after jumping parole.
In picture: Sajjad Mughal Pathan who was sentenced to life.
Wadala, the peaceful and quaint locality in Mumbai has witnessed some horrific crimes over the years which are unforgettable. A man raping his own sister, a father selling his son to pay off his debts, a man beaten to death for using a public toilet too long, are some of the shocking crimes that have come out of Wadala. A look at crime stories from in and around Wadala that made the headlines. (Pics/ mid-day, representational pictures)
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