QMumbai: 5 Dead in Juhu Fire; Cops Seek Rs 14 Cr In Bomb Suits Row
1. 5 Workers Killed In Blaze At Juhu Highrise Project
Five construction workers were killed and seven suffered severe burns in a blaze at a highrise coming up in Juhu late on Wednesday night.
At least four people were reported missing after the fire at 13-storey Prarthana apartment building. The flames erupted on the ground floor and spread to the first floor. The two levels had makeshift labour camps, where many workers were asleep.
The fire brigade, which received the first call at 10.10 pm, deployed three fire engines, two water tankers, and a turntable ladder. The flames were put out by 10.35 pm, said chief fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale.
All the victims were taken in ambulances from the state emergency services to the nearby Cooper Hospital.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
2. Cops Seek Rs 14 Cr In Bomb Suits Row
Five years after the state police filed a case against Mumbai based Techno Trade Impex India Pvt Ltd for allegedly supplying inferior quality bomb suits, the police department has demanded the firm refund it to the tune of Rs 14 crore.
The Maharashtra Police told the Bombay High Court, which is hearing the case against Techno Trade, that the amount includes an annual interest of 18%.
A senior police officer said recovery through court was the only option left before the department. “The state government made an advance payment of Rs 6.2 crore for the bomb suits. The company has refused to refund the money even though it was brought to its notice that the protective gear it provided was of substandard quality,” the officer said.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
3. Centre, State Ask Rlys To Review Stand On Bullet Train Terminus Site
The Centre and the Maharashtra government have asked the railways to review its stand and consider alternate sites for the Mumbai terminal of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. The railways has been seeking a plot in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) for the terminus, but the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the state government insist they can’t afford to spare the prime piece of land.
Moreover, the state government says it plans to use the land for the proposed International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).
Poonam Mahajan, BJP MP, who is also vice chairperson of the task force set up to develop IFSC, said, “The railways ministry and MMRDA are in touch. They must have considered different locations. I am sure that they will find locations beneficial for both IFSC and bullet train.’’
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
4. Thane: Man Rapes 18-year-old Colleague, Makes Video Of The Act
A 24-year-old man was arrested from Badlapur in Thane for allegedly raping his 18-year-old colleague, police said on Wednesday. The victim's aunt was also booked for abetting the crime committed by the accused, identified as Sudhir Borade, a police official said.
According to the complaint lodged by the victim, she, her aunt and the accused worked in the same company in Badlapur township. The incident took place on Sunday, when she moved out of her house in morning for work and was told by her aunt that all three of them will visit a temple in Lonavala, Pune district, the officer said.
5. Man Beats Stray Dog With Iron Rod On Its Head In Mumbai
A shocking incident was caught on camera where Mumbai youth was beating a stray dog with an iron rod on its head in the compound of Rizvi building in Kalina on Saturday.
The 24-year-old accused has been identified as Haroon Khan and is a resident of the same building.
'Dabbu' - the stray dog, was admitted to nearby hospital for vets and is said to be in a critical condition. He reportedly suffered a skull fracture.
6. Thane: Minor Girl Raped By Two Men Over The Span Of Seven Months
Two men allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl multiple times in Kalyan township of the district, police said today.
In February this year, the men, who knew the girl, called her to a lodge in Khadakpada area of Kalyan on some pretext and offered her a drink laced with sedative. When the girl became drowsy after having the drink, the duo allegedly raped her, a police official said.
As per the complaint lodged by the girl with the Bazarpeth police in Kalyan yesterday, the two men raped her multiple times between February and August this year at various places, including her house in Khadakpada, at a lodge and godown in the same area and also a garden in Kalyan, the official said.
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