City Round-up

07:17 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Teen hacked to death in Nallasopara
BHAYANDAR: In a shocking incident, an 18-year-old teenager, Salman Shaikh, was hammered to death allegedly by his cousin brother in the Gavraipada area of Nallasopara (east) late on Monday night. Salman who worked as a salesman for a private firm in Mumbai, stayed in Pandey Nagar with his mother and two siblings. Aspiring to start his own business -Inquilab Shaikh (40) had recently moved to Salman’s house from his native place in Uttar Pradesh, police said. Both slept at a nearby lime packaging unit. While Salman was found dead with his head hammered early on Tuesday morning, Inquilab has mysteriously disappeared, police said. “It is still not clear what went wrong between the two. While we are questioning family members and relatives, a manhunt has been launched .” said an official.

Sandhya murder: Narco tests on Shreya
Mumbai: The Mumbai crime branch officials started narco-analysis, brain mapping and lie detector tests on Shreya Verma, girlfriend of Raghuveer Singh, son of murder victim Sandhya Singh, from Tuesday. The tests were conducted at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Ahmedabad and will be completed in next seven to eight days, police said. On the first day of tests, Shreya was quizzed by experts at the FSL to find out if she had knowledge of Sandhya’s murder. Several questions were asked to Shreya, which included questions about Sandhya’s disappearance and her relationship with the deceased. Sandhya, who was the sister of musician duo Jatin Lalit and Bollywood actresses Sulakshna and Vijeta Pandit, went missing on December 13 last year and her partial skeleton was found on the Palm Beach Road on January 28 this year. Raghuveer and Shreya have been questioned by the Navi Mumbai police as well as the Mumbai police Crime Branch in connection with the crime. Last month, the Mumbai Crime Branch applied for permission to subject both of them to lie detector, brain mapping and narco analysis tests. While Shreya consented, Raghuveer laid down a host of conditions, and the court ultimately denied permission to subject him to the tests.


Dey murder: HC dismisses discharge plea
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed a discharge plea made by real estate developer Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, an accused in the murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, after observing that there was prima facie evidence against him. A division bench of Justices P V Hardas and Revati Mohite Dere also relied on a confessional statement which spoke about Asrani’s involvement in the case. Asrani’s counsel Adhik Shirodkar had pleaded that there was no evidence against his client and that it was a fit case for discharge. The High Court, however, after perusing the material submitted by the prosecution, held that there was prima facie evidence against Asrani. Shirodkar had argued that the police had in their possession a recorded telephonic conversation between gangster Chhota Rajan and his associate wherein the former said Vinod Asrani was unnecessarily arrested in the case and that he was not involved. Additional public prosecutor Ajey Gadkari had argued that Asrani was the one who had shown Dey to co-accused and assailant Satish Kalia.


No headway in US woman attack
Mumbai: The Railway police on Tuesday grilled 15 more persons with criminal antecedents in connection with the robbery and attack on an American woman in a running suburban train here even as its teams fanned out across the city. On Monday, the investigators had rounded up 28 suspects for questioning but later let them off. The police failed to make any breakthrough so far, though it had released the suspect’s sketch. “We have picked up 15 more persons for questioning today. They are either drug addicts or have criminal antecedents,” said an official with Government Railway Police (GRP), probing the case. The accused, suspected to be a drug addict, had slashed the victim, identified as Michelle Mark, on her neck and cheek when she refused to part with her iPhone in a first-class women’s compartment of a Borivli-bound local train on Sunday evening. The accused jumped out of the train as it slowed down at the Charni Road railway station.

Duo arrested for becoming public nuisance
Mumbai: An 18-year-old prostitute and a 27-year-old man were arrested by the Azad Maidan police for indulging in indecent behaviour in a public area in Churchgate late on Monday night. The police said the officer of the Government Railway Police spotted Sufian Chaudhary and the woman (name withheld) indulging indecently on the footpath of Churchgate station. The duo were brought to GRP officials and the case was later transferred to Azad Maidan police station. “The duo were booked under section 110 and 117 of Bombay Police Act and were fined Rs 150, said senior police inspector Narendra Chandrapal Singh of Azad Maidan police station.

Woman falls to death in Vasai
BHAYANDAR: In a freak but tragic mishap, a 43-year-old woman died after falling from the sixth floor apartment in the Bhabola area of Vasai (west) on Tuesday morning. Identified as Muneera Nagithanwala, the woman was apparently cleaning the balcony of her sixth floor flat in Peace Heaven building, but lost her balance and fell off. She died on the spot. A case of accidental death has been registered.

Treatment plants in industrial hubs
Mumbai: Hearing a PIL alleging pollution in Godavari river, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to set up sewerage treatment plants in the industrial hubs of the state. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka asked MIDC to set up such plants in the industrial areas without delay and asked the body to file an ‘Action Taken Report’ (ATR) by September 30. The court was hearing a PIL by Rajesh Pandit, a social worker, alleging pollution in Godavari river which originates at Trimbakeshwar near Nashik, a major pilgrim centre. Counsel for Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Rajendra Raghuvanshi informed that during the routine checks, they had found five industrial units at Amber Satpur Industrial area violating pollution norms and not holding valid licence.

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