QMumbai: BMC Finalises Hawking Zones; 3 Held in Avinash Bali Case

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1.BMC Finalises Hawking Zones: No Hawkers Near Bombay Gym and Other Sobo Areas

Representational Image. 
Representational Image. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Will residential areas in the suburbs be similarly spared? We’ll soon come to know. South Mumbai has scored a win. Caving into pressure from citizen groups, the BMC has designated only 16 roads, with 2,463 pitches, in A ward as hawking zones.

The final list of hawking zones, submitted by the BMC at a town vending committee (TVC) meeting last week, has thrown up another surprise — Bombay Gymkhana lane, Ballard Pier Road, Old Customs House and Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, whose inclusion in the first draft had sparked an outrage, find no mention.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

2. 3 Arrested for Killing Avinash Bali, Key Witness in Keenan-reuben Double Murder Case

Avinash Bali, one of the main eyewitnesses in the 2011 Keenan-Reuben murder case, was found dead on Monday, 20 August.
Avinash Bali, one of the main eyewitnesses in the 2011 Keenan-Reuben murder case, was found dead on Monday, 20 August.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Avinaash Solaanki)

The MIDC police arrested three men for allegedly murdering Avinash Bali, 40, a police informer and also the key eyewitness in the 2011 murders of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez. Bali was found dead in Andheri (East) on August 20.

Navinchandra Reddy, deputy commissioner of police for Zone 10, said, “Our police team led by inspector Kedari Pawar and sub-inspector Bhujbal traced the accused to Lucknow and Nalla Sopara.”

Senior inspector Nitin Alaknure said, “The accused were produced before a magistrate court on Sunday and have been remanded in police custody for further probe.”

Source: Hindustan Times

3. Nallasopara Arms Haul: Ex-corporator’s Farm House in Jalna Raided

The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has carried out searches at a farm housebelonging to an ex-corporator in Jalna’s Revgaon area over suspicions that the property was used for weapons training by the accused in the Nallasopara arms haul case.

The police said that farm house, which belongs to an ex-NCP corporator in the Jalna Municipal Corporation, was searched after they were tipped off by another former corporator, Shrikant Pangarkar, who arrested in connection with the Nallasopara arms haul case.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

4. Traffic Jam Killed My Brother: Andheri Man

Commuters stuck in heavy traffic jam. (Photo: <i>PTI</i>)
Commuters stuck in heavy traffic jam. (Photo: PTI)

Mohammad Khan, 48, died after spending a total of 45 minutes shuttling between hospitals amid severe congestion at Marol Naka. Family writes to police seeking traffic solutions.

A distraught Andheri resident has pleaded with cops to ease severe traffic congestion at Marol Naka after his ailing brother could not get prompt medical attention because of snarl-ups and died on the way to a hospital.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. 2 Siblings Crushed by Tanker in Thane As Bike Skids on Pothole

Two siblings were crushed under a gas tanker after skidding on a pothole in Shahapur, Thane, on Saturday night.

The police said Sachin Gharat, 10, Kamini Gharat, 15, visited their uncle in Asangaon, Thane, along with their parents — Prakash and Rekha — to celebrate Raksha Bandhan earlier in the day. While returning, their bike skidded over a pothole on the Mumbai-Nashik highwaynear Asangaon railway station around 9 pm. “All four were flung off the vehicle. The children landed in the path of a gas tanker, which could not slow down in time. The tanker ran over them,” said an official from Shahapur police station.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

6. Sheena Bora Murder Case: ‘Mekhail Named Stepfather Peter As Part of a Deal With CBI’

Indrani Mukerjea (L) and Sheena Bora (R). (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Indrani Mukerjea (L) and Sheena Bora (R). (Photo: The Quint)

In the Sheena Bora murder case, lawyers representing Peter Mukerjea on Monday claimed that the deceased’s brother, Mekhail Bora, had named his stepfather Peter in his statement as part of a deal with the CBI. Mekhail, however, denied the claim.

Sheena was murdered on April 24, 2012, allegedly by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, along with her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, in a conspiracy with her husband Peter, the CBI has claimed.

Advocate Shrikant Shivade, representing Peter, pointed out that while Mekhail had not named Peter in his statement given to the Khar police in 2015, in the subsequent statement given to the CBI after Peter’s arrest in 2016, Mekhail had taken his name. In his 2016 statement, Mekhail had said that Sheena told him that Peter and Indrani were not in favour of her relationship with Peter’s son, Rahul Mukerjea.

Source: Indian Express

7. Row Over Malabar Hill Bungalow: I’m an IIT Engineer, I Know It’s Not Unsafe: Darade

Senior IAS officer Pravin Darade refuses to vacate bungalow that has been deemed ‘unsafe’ by civic body; does not show up for hearing, sends response through a peon.

Senior IAS officer Pravin Darade has refused to vacate the prime Malabar Hill bungalow which the BMC labelled as unsafe last month. While Darade who is posted as additional metropolitan commissioner in the MMRDA did not turn up for a hearing at the BMC on Monday, he sent a reply through a peon in the chief minister’s office saying that he was living in the bungalow as per the state government’s order and wouldn’t vacate it.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

8. Seven BEST Employees Who Danced, Threw Cash Dismissed

Nearly a year after a video went viral in which BEST employees were seen dancing with currency notes in their mouths and throwing cash at a Dussehra function at Wadala depot, seven of them have been dismissed from service while six others have been punished with grade suspension.

The action was taken after a departmental inquiry found them guilty.During the Dussehra celebration at the Wadala depot last year, Marathi actress Madhvi Juvekar, who is also an employee of BEST, was seen lying on the ground and holding a 500-rupee note in her mouth, whereas another employee, Sayunka Pawar, was seen reaching out to Juvekar to grab that note.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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