QMumbai: Badlapur Drug Bust; School Trustee Yields in Rape Case

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Published17 Apr 2018, 02:11 AM IST
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1. In a Major Drug Bust, Mumbai Police Seize Liquid MD Worth Rs 7.5-crore, Two Held

In one of the biggest drug hauls in recent times, the Amboli police raided a chemical factory in Badlapur (East) and seized 75 litres of liquid mephedrone (MD) valued at Rs7.5 crore on Saturday night. They have arrested two people, including an undertrial who is said to be the kingpin.

This is the first time that the Mumbai police have seized liquid MD since the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) did so in August last year, said a police officer.

The arrested accused are Naryanbhai Mangaldas Patel, 74, and Shahid Hussain Sher Mohammad Shah, 27. Patel, a chemistry graduate, was earlier arrested by DRI. After getting bail in the case, he had allegedly started manufacturing MD, said the officer. Patel is a resident of New Vikas CHS on Manpada Road in Dombivli (East).

Acting on a tip-off received by investigating officer Daya Nayak, Shah was arrested from Shyamnagar slum on Veera Desai Road in Andheri (West) early on Saturday. He was caught with 300gram of MD (powder) valued at Rs6 lakh. During questioning, he gave Patel away.

Source: Hindustan Times

2. Suburban School Rape Case: School Trustee Surrenders Before Court

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Representational Image. 
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The trustee of an international school in suburban Mumbai, who is accused in a rape case, surrendered before the Dindoshi sessions court on Monday.

The Supreme Court, which had upheld the cancellation of his bail last week, had given him time until Monday to surrender.

“His bail has been cancelled, so he is surrendering,” advocate S Shetty, who represents the trustee, told the additional sessions judge.

The 57-year-old French national appeared before the judge, who read out the charges against him, and pleaded not guilty to them. His lawyer moved an application seeking copies of CDs carrying the recording of the victims’ statements and the transcripts of the recorded statements.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

3. College Student, 17, Killed in Hit-and-run on Marine Drive

A birds-eye view of Mumbai’s Marine Drive.
A birds-eye view of Mumbai’s Marine Drive.
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A 17-year-old college student died after being knocked down by a car on Marine Drive on Monday. Saylee Raju Rajput, a resident of Kandivali, and her friends were crossing the road near Meghdoot bridge around 4 pm when she was struck.

The motorist did not stop to offer any assistance, speeding off. Cops are reviewing the CCTV footage of cameras near the spot to identify the vehicle and get a look at its registration number.

Saylee was a first-year commerce student at Shri MD Shah Mahila College of Arts and Commerce in Malad. After the hit-and-run, she was taken to Nair Hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do. She was declared dead.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

4. No Home-cooked Meals for Kamala Mill Owners: Court

At least 14 people were killed and as many injured in the Kamala Mills fire in Mumbai’s Lower Parel.
At least 14 people were killed and as many injured in the Kamala Mills fire in Mumbai’s Lower Parel.
(Photo: PTI)

A sessions court has rejected a plea of Kamala Mill co-owners Ravi Bhandari and Ramesh Govani, accused of failing to follow fire safety norms, for home-cooked meals in jail. Additional sessions judge MS Azmi instead directed the prison superintendent to consider providing a “balanced diet” as per the jail manual.

He said their request for home-cooked food cannot be accepted as there was nothing to suggest they had been prescribed a special diet that could not be provided in the jail.

The two had also individually asked for medical assistance. Bhandari submitted his medical records from August 2017, and his lawyer claimed that these documents suggested “an early onset of colon cancer”.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. Mumbai to Get New Policy to Check Transferable Development Right Rates

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The market for the much sought after transferable development rights (TDR), which permit additional construction rights on a given plot of land, is bracing for a major change in the country’s commercial capital.

To break the alleged cartelisation of the TDR by a powerful coterie of developers, Mumbai’s new Development Plan allows utilisation of the full development potential of a plot without the loading of the TDR. The government will now permit a free interchange between additional floor space index (FSI), which is available to builders upon payment of a premium to the municipality, and the TDR component.

“The utilisation of additional FSI on payment of premium and TDR can be utilised in any combination subject to the maximum permissible FSI limit prescribed for a plot,” says the new Development Plan, which is expected to be sanctioned by the government in the next few days.

Source: The Indian Express

6. Mumbai: Two Held for ‘trying’ to Sell Leopard Skin Worth Rs 10 Lakh

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Image used for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)

Two men were on Monday arrested for allegedly trying to sell a leopard skin worth over Rs 10 lakh. The accused have been identified as Kismatlal Marabi (30) and Korcha Marabi(24) — residents of Katani.

“The accused were carrying the leopard skin and nails wrapped in a sari inside a bag… We had information that they were meeting with prospective buyers at Saket. We trapped them and seized the skin from them,” said an officer from Thane crime branch unit I.

The accused allegedly confessed that the leopard skin is old and has been treated so that it could be sold. “Prima facie, it seems to be an original leopard skin. We have lodged a case against the accused under the wildlife act for illegally possessing and selling the skin,” a senior officer.

Source: The Indian Express

7. Missing for 40 Years, Man Found in Mumbai

A man who disappeared from his home in Manipur 40 years ago has been found in Bandra after his family spotted him in a YouTube video that shows Mumbai’s street life.

Khomdram Gambhir Singh, now 65, was seen wandering on Bazaar Road in the clip, which photographer Firoze Shakir recorded in October last year. Singh’s family contacted the Pastol police in Imphal, who sought Bandra cops’ assistance in locating him.

Singh was found near Naupada junction in Bandra on Sunday and his relatives are on the way from Manipur to take him home.

“He had been living on the streets. However, it is not clear yet if he has been in the city for 40 years . We will interview his family members for verification before handing over his custody,” a police officer said.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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