QMumbai: BMC to Pay Rs 2 Lakh for Rat Bites; Fire at Todi Mill
BMC hospital ordered to pay patients who suffered from rat bites
1. BMC Hospital Told To Pay Rs 2L Each To Three Patients For Rat Bites
The state human rights commission has asked Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital, more popularly known as Shatabdi hospital, to cough up compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to three patients who were bitten by rats while undergoing treatment at the civic-run healthcare facility last year.
The commission, which took suo motu cognisance of the rat bite cases after coming across newspaper reports, also rapped the BMC for its “shocking response” to the rights body’s notice and for failing to take adequate steps to provide a healthy, hygienic ambience to the patients.
The order was passed by member of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) MA Sayeed on April 27. Sayeed has spoken about three patients, who were bitten by the rodents. Of them, Pramila Nerulkar has passed away.
If the BMC, which operates the hospital, fails to pay the fine, an additional interest of 12.5 per cent per annum will be slapped on it.
2. Mojo’s Bistro Owner Failed To Take Steps To Prevent Fire: Bombay HC
Mojo’s Bistro owner Yug Tuli “failed to take necessary steps to prevent the main cause” of the fire at Kamala Mills, which claimed 14 lives in December last year, the Bombay High Court has observed. While rejecting the bail application, Justice A S Gadkari said, “…being the owner of the restaurant, (he) has clearly failed to take necessary steps in preventing the main cause of fire.” The act of Tuli, along with the co-accused, “resulted in… the deaths of 14 innocent persons and… caused minor to major and/or grievous injuries to 31 persons,” stated the court.
Justice Gadkari stated, “…the Applicant (Tuli), being co-owner of… Mojo’s Bistro cannot be permitted to shrug off his responsibility, by adopting a spacious plea that he is not concerned with the entire incident. Ultimately, it is a matter of public accountability and therefore, the accusations are to be considered… of grave and serious nature…”.
The court further stated,”…the Applicant had implied knowledge that the incident of fire may occur or take place due to the unauthorised and illegal use of charcoal embers for hookah.” A special quality of coal is required to smoke a hookah, but at Tuli’s restaurant, ordinary coal was used, which used to discharge embers after being ignited, stated the High Court. “….it can be safely presumed and/or inferred that the applicant was having express or implied knowledge that the embers from the Hookah funnel/pot would cause fire thereby, endangering the life of its customers,” observed the court.
3. Fire At Todi Mill Building; None Hurt
A fire broke out in the ground floor of a commercial complex at the Todi Mill Compound in Lower Parel on Thursday. No casualties were reported in the incident.
“The blaze started around 10 am and was doused by 11am. We have learnt that the cause of the fire was a short circuit in the airconditioner in the premises located opposite Zaffran restaurant,” said DK Jain, assistant commissioner, G (south) ward.
Jain said the fire erupted in the space which served as the living quarters for the staff of Café Zoe, which is located just 200 metres away.
“There was a minor fire in our small office – located at some distance from the restaurant – which was put out by the fire department. No one was harmed and the restaurant is up and running. Our premises are safe and secure and we follow strict guidelines to ensure our patrons safety is taken care of,” read an official statement issued Cafe Zoe.
Four fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, an official said.
4. Body In Trunk: Locals Suspect Turbhe Food Stall Owner Killed By Son, Friend
A day after the decomposed body of a woman was found inside a trunk dumped in a dry drain near Vashigaon, the victim was identified as Kiran Sherpa (50), a food stall owner from Turbhe. Residents of the area claim Vashi police have detained an autorickshaw driver in whose vehicle the trunk was allegedly transported on Monday night and launched a search for her adopted son and his friend.
Following news reports about the body being found, Sherpa was identified by her food stall partner Beena Thapa and others in the neighbourhood who had informed police on Tuesday about her missing since Monday night. The Vashi police refused to divulge any details of the probe, including whether an auto driver has been detained.
5. ‘Sexual Abuse’ Of Student: Complaint Filed Due To School Politics, Parents’ Pressure & Misunderstanding, Says Accused Woman
The 59-year-old woman, who was arrested on April 23 for allegedly sexually abusing a four-year old student in a south Mumbai school, has told the special court that a complaint was filed against her due to “school politics, pressure from parents and misunderstanding”. In her bail plea, moved before the court earlier this week, the woman has said that she had started working in the school in 1997.
As her grandfather was also an employee there, her family had been staying on the school campus for over eight decades, she claimed. The alleged incident had come to light when the parents of the victim overheard her speak to her cousin about being touched inappropriately in school in April. Following this, the parents approached the school and the accused was suspended. The police, which had booked the woman under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act sections pertaining to aggravated penetrative sexual assault, have claimed that the girl had identified the accused. In her bail application, the woman has said her work involves sitting outside the classroom and on the instructions of the teacher, taking the children to the washroom.
“The school and classrooms have CCTV cameras installed. The bathroom is in the classroom right in front of the teacher’s desk, which is visible,” the bail plea, filed through advocates Asif Naqvi and Yakub Shaikh, stated. “The applicant is falsely framed in the said case and this complaint/FIR has been filed in due to pressure of parents and misunderstanding,” the plea added.
6. Officials, Judges Owning Houses Should Not Get Govt Homes: HC
The Bombay High Court on Thursday opined that bureaucrats and judicial officers, who have at least one property in Maharashtra, should not be allotted another one under any government scheme.
A division bench, headed by Justice BR Gavai, was hearing a PIL filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar, which questioned the state government’s decision to construct a high-rise residential building in suburban Oshiwara for sitting HC judges. Tirodkar argued that apart from the sitting judges, the government also allots flats to those judges who retire from the HC or who were earlier here and later promoted to the Supreme Court.
Justice Gavai said, “We feel that if a judge or a senior bureaucrat already has a house in the city or state, then he or she should not opt for another house under any government scheme.”
7. Congress, NCP Join Hands Again For 3 Bypolls
After reviving their alliance for the upcoming MLC elections, the Congress and NCP have joined hands again for the May 28 bypolls for Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seats and Palus-Kadegaon assembly seat in Sangli.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said following a meeting between NCP leader Praful Patel and Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot, it was decided that NCP will contest the Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll, while Congress will field its candidates for Palghar and Palus-Kadegaon. The two parties had snapped their alliance after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Bhandara-Gondia seat fell vacant when BJP MP Nana Patole quit the party following differences with the leadership, particularly Prime Minister Modi, and joined the Congress. Palghar and Palus-Kadegaon bypolls were necessitated by the death of BJP's Chintaman Wanga and Congress leader Patangrao Kadam respectively.
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