Afroz Back In Action This Weekend At Versova Beach
Nine days after Mumbai Mirror broke the story that Afroz Shah had suspended the campaign of cleaning Versova beach after alleging that his volunteers were abused by goons and the BMC had failed to pick up the garbage, the lawyer-turned-activist has decided to resume the drive again. Shah will be back at the beach with his volunteers this weekend, he announced in a tweet on Wednesday.
After Shah had suspended his 109-week campaign on November 19, the BMC stepped in and continued the clean-up of the beach on its own. Following Mirror's reports on the development, including Shah's interview on November 22, top politicians such as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray persuaded Shah to resume the campaign, promising him all help in the campaign.
"Thank you to the multitude of people from India and around the globe who stood up for mother nature. Gratitude and love to each of them. Week 111 schedule. Sat and sunday: 3 to 5 pm - Marine litter cleaning. Saturday: 9 to 11am - Awareness to stop littering in to ocean," Shah tweeted, announcing that he would resume his campaign.
Rahul To Lead Cong-NCP Morcha?
The state unit of the Congress party and the NCP have invited Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to lead a joint morcha highlighting the government’s failure to deal with various issues on December 12. Sources said the decision was taken after noting the good response received by Gandhi’s campaign rally in Gujarat.
“His rallies are great crowd pullers and he has highlighted the issues of farmers quite well. He can highlight on how the state failed on the farm loan waiver scheme,” said a senior Congress leader. “We have invited Rahulji to lead the morcha. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has already agreed to attend,” said state Congress chief Ashok Chavan.
The NCP had planned the morcha on December 13 since it was party chief Sharad Pawar’s birthday a day before. However, the party later decided to join hands with the Congress and hold the morcha on December 12.
Cop’s Son Booked For Constable’s Suicide
A day after a 22-yearold female constable hanged herself at her Dadar home, the Bhoiwada police on Wednesday booked the son of a head constable residing in the same colony for abetting her suicide. The victim, Manju Gaikwad, took the extreme step allegedly because the accused, Mukesh Borge, 25, refused to marry her after a four-year-long relationship.
Police lodged the case after the victim’s sister, Pramila Yadav, 33, who is attached with the traffic police, approached them.
A constable attached with the Local Arms department in Naigaon, Gaikwad had hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her home in New BDD Chawl in Dadar East on Tuesday. She did not leave behind a suicide note. Following a complaint lodged by her sister Pramila, police summoned Borge, whose father is a head constable working with the Social Service branch of the Mumbai Crime Branch, for questioning.
Body In Mangroves: Crime Branch Arrests Uncle For Murder Of Boy
THE MUMBAI Police Crime Branch Wednesday arrested the 42-year-old relative of an 11-year-old boy whose body was found in mangroves in Versova. While the Juhu police had initially ruled out any foul play when the body of Rishi Waghela was recovered, the Crime Branch found that the boy had been murdered by a distant relative Ravi Waghela, who had tried to sodomise the boy. When the boy refused, Ravi, a scrap dealer, allegedly throttled the boy to death, an officer said.
Senior Inspector of Crime Branch (unit 9) Mahesh Desai said they had been investigating the case after the boy was reported missing by his parents and an FIR was registered at Juhu police station on November 22. The boy’s body was eventually found in a patch of mangroves in Versova on Sunday. “During investigation, it came to light that the boy’s uncle Ravi Waghela had lured him to the isolated patch by telling him that he will help him catch a pigeon. He then pulled off the boy’s shirt and tried to sodomise him,” an officer said.
When the boy resisted, the accused tried to overpower him and killed him by throttling him, the officer added. “The accused said he was scared that the boy would tell his parents if he allowed him to go. Hence, he killed him and fled from the spot,” an officer said. The accused later also spoke to the family and pretended to help them find the boy after missing posters of Rishi were put up last week, an officer said.
Cops Arrest Two Manhole Cover Thieves After Woman Falls Into One
Days after a Mulund resident, Neelima Puranik, got sucked into a manhole on her way back home from a temple in Bhakti Marg area, the police arrested two people for stealing the manhole cover and causing the accident. The accused have been identified as Hayatullah Khan, 27, and Shafiullah Khan, 20.
Speaking to mid-day, Kishor Gandhi, assistant commissioner of T ward, said, "After the incident, we had filed a complaint with the police, because the manhole cover had been stolen. Such incidents have increased in the past one month as 40-50 covers have gone missing."
Taking an initiative in the matter, the Mulund police registered an FIR against unknown people under section 379 of IPC. Thereafter, they formed a team of 16 people and started investigating the matter. They had even kept informers in the loop. A police officer said that they had collected all the CCTV footages of the area from the time the incident took place. While going through the footages, they spotted an ECO car in one of them. Later, API Avinash Pore received a tip off that the vehicle was used in stealing the manhole cover and was later taken to Chembur. Thereafter, the cops zeroed in on the vehicle and with the help of informers arrested the accused.
21-Year-Old Suspects Girlfriend Of Cheating, Attacks Her With Blade
A 21-year-old man was arrested by Bhoiwada police on Tuesday for allegedly attacking his girlfriend at Dadar as he suspected her of cheating on him. The police said Ajmal Shah, the accused, had also slit his wrist after hitting his girlfriend on the forehead with a blade.
The police said Shah, who was admitted at JJ Hospital, is out of danger, and the girl is fighting for her life at KEM Hospital.
The officers said that the incident took place in a room at Apsara Hotel where Shah had taken the girl to talk to her. Shah, who is unemployed and lives in Sangam Nagar in Antop Hill, had been dating the girl, who is a third-year degree college student. “At 1.45pm we received a call from Apsara hotel staff saying a stabbing incident that had taken place in a room rented to a couple,” said a police officer from Bhoiwada police station.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
Now, Thane Civic Body Makes Waste Segregation Mandatory
After the Mumbai civic body, the Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to make segregation of waste mandatory for all housing societies from December 15. Besides, the Thane civic body is asking housing societies that generate over 100 kg waste to set up processing plants on their premises.
Officials from the Thane civic body said they have started issuing notices to housing societies warning that they would not pick up garbage if it is not segregated, as per the directions issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests last year, said an official. Close to 700 metric tonne of garbage is generated daily in the city. “We have started asking housing societies to segregate dry and wet waste from December 15. It is to reduce the quantity of waste sent to the dumping ground,” said Samir Unhale, additional municipal commissioner, Thane.
Unhale said the civic body hopes to get a positive response. “We are also asking buildings or societies that generate over 100 kg waste to set up waste processing plants on their premises,” he said.