QMumbai: City Waste Disposal Scam; Suspected LeT Operative Held
Suspected LeT operative arrested from Mumbai airport and other stories.
1.Suspected LeT Operative Salim Mukim Khan Arrested From Mumbai Airport
A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, Salim Mukim Khan, who was absconding for the past nine years, was nabbed from Mumbai Airport, an official said here on Monday.
The operation was carried out jointly by the Uttar Pradesh ATS and Maharashtra ATS. Khan is currently being interrogated here.
Wanted since 2008 with a Lookout Notice issued for him, Khan was nabbed when he arrived from an undisclosed location to Mumbai.
He hails from Fatehpur's Hathgaon village under Bandipur police jurisdiction in Uttar Pradesh.
2. Waste Disposal Scam: Leaders Demand SIT Probe
Opposition leaders have demanded a high-level Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the garbage scam that has spilled out from the BMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department.
This comes a few hours after Mumbai Mirror reported that Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has ordered a probe into allegations that several contractors responsible for transporting waste from across the city to the dumping grounds have been cheating the civic body by presenting fake bills, fudging the amount of garbage transported, and inflating the number of trips.
But Congress legislator Aslam Shaikh, who first raised a stink over the irregularities, sought an SIT probe, as the BMC’s own vigilance department won’t be able to do a fair job.
“How can the vigilance department probe the scam when their officials are involved in the scam? The Municipal Commissioner must set up an SIT and appoint a high-level officer like the additional municipal commissioner to probe the scam,” Shaikh said, adding that he would take up the issue in the upcoming monsoon session of the state legislature.
3. Now, Mafia Don Chhota Shakeel's Relative Builds Illegal Dongri Tower
Dongri, the hub of revenge and contract killings, was synonymous with the underworld in the '90s. Not much seems to have changed. A local activist has alleged that close aides and relatives of underworld gangsters, including those accused of terror activities, are not only engaging in illegal construction in the neighbourhood, but also channelling black money into the same, with the authorities hardly concerned.
Mohammed Hussain Chaudhary, 37, a social worker from Dharavi, has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the police, requesting action in the matter.
Chaudhary has alleged that the latest one to engage in this illegality is Shahid Qureshi, Chhota Shakeel's brother-in-law — converting a three-storey building into a 10-storey one. "I have asked the CM and local bodies to put an end to this practice and demolish the illegal structure. The police need to look into the matter and investigate the trail of the money that Qureshi is investing. It's clearly indicative of an underworld link," he said.
4. Teen Survivor Goes Missing a Day Before Rapists’ Identification Parade
A 15-year-old rape survivor who is also suffering from mental health issues has gone missing from her house a day before she was supposed to identify her five abusers. The victim, a resident of Dindoshi, was supposed to go to Arthur road jail on Monday to take part in an identification parade, but according to her family she went missing on Saturday night. Dindoshi police have registered a kidnapping case and are investigating if the accused are behind the girl’s disappearance.
The teenager who has a history of mental illness was gang-raped by five men – all residents of her neighbourhood – in October last year. The incident came to light after the victim’s mother discovered that the victim was eleven weeks pregnant. The accused had allegedly taken advantage of her mental health issues to rape her in turns over a period of ten days.
5. Rain Hits Mumbai’s Evening Commute, Traffic Snarls On Eastern, Western Expressways
From Linking Road to the eastern and western expressways, heavy rain across the city brought traffic to a halt on all major routes — jams that began on Monday morning and continued till late at night.
Among the worst hit areas was the Andheri subway, which had to be shut for traffic after it flooded. This led to congestion at several other points that connect the suburbs’ east and west.
There was waterlogging reported at Linking Road in Bandra, SV Road and VM Road, while the Santacruz Chembur Link Road and the WEH reported slow moving traffic all through the day, especially in the evening.
There were long lines of vehicles on the Eastern Freeway and Eastern Express Highway in the evening.
In south Mumbai, motorists complained of a jammed JJ Flyover.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
6. Media Person Kills Himself By Jumping In Front Of Train At Lower Parel Station
A media professional allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of an oncoming local train at Lower Parel station late on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Nitin Shirke, who worked as a sound engineer with Marathi news channel IBN Lokmat.
An official from the stationmaster’s office at Lower Parel station said, "Around 10.30 pm, Shirke was run over by a local arriving at platform number one. The motorman told us that when the train was some 15 feet away, the deceased suddenly came in front of it; he died on the spot after his body was sliced in two. It’s difficult to say whether it was a suicide or an attempt to cross the track."
Shirke’s body has been taken to Nair Hospital for a post-mortem.
7. Govt ‘Hoarding’ Funds Meant For Hands That Built Your High-Rise
The Prime Minister’s Office has rapped the Maharashtra government for spending only a fraction of the funds it amassed for welfare of construction workers, who toil away in difficult conditions without any employment benefits such as insurance and pension.
Since 2011, the government’s Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Labourers’ Welfare Corporation has collected Rs 4,700 crore in the form of a cess from developers, but it has used only Rs 227 crore, or around 5 per cent, for improving the workers’ lives.
States like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have utilised up to 40 per cent of their special funds. Maharashtra ranks last among all states on this count.
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