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Tanker overturns on Mumbai-Goa highway, blocks traffic

Wed, 28 Dec 2016-09:35pm , Mumbai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A tanker carrying acetic acid overturned on the Mumbai-Goa national highway on Wednesday morning.Three bystanders were injured as they were hit by stones which flew off as the tanker turned turtle on the roadside at around 9:45 am at Dasgaon village near Mahad in Raigad district, highway police said.The tanker was heading for a textile company in Mahad from Chembur in Mumbai, police added.The accident caused a traffic jam on the busy road. Police also stopped the traffic for half an hour for cleaning up the chemical which leaked from the tanker.Apart from highway police and fire brigade personnels, experts from MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) also visited the spot to check the severity of the chemical. Traffic smoothened after noon.Injured persons were admitted to a hospital in Mahad.

Demonetization a short-term pain, won’t shy away from taking tough decisions: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a new campus of Sebi-run National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) at Patalganga in neighbouring Raigad district near Mumbai, and said that he will not shy away from taking difficult decisions if they are in country’s interest.Addressing a gathering, Modi said that the demonetization is a short-term pain, but it will benefit in long-term.Stating that the government is very keen to encourage start-ups and stock markets are essential for the start-up ecosystem, Modi added,”Our markets should show that they are able to successfully raise capital for projects benefiting the vast majority of our population.”Here are the 12 things PM Modi said during his address # This is time of slowdown in global economy; India is being seen as a bright spot with growth projected to be highest in world.# India’s place as the fastest growing large economy has not come about by accident.# In less than 3 years, government has transformed economy, cut fiscal deficit, CAD; foreign exchange reserves have grown, inflation is lower.# Long awaited GST will soon be a reality; FDI is at record levels.# Financial markets can play an important role in the modern economy. However history has shown that financial markets can also do damage if not properly regulated.# Government will continue to follow sound and prudent economic policies. We will not take decisions for short-term political point scoring.# Will not shy away from taking difficult decisions if they are in country’s interest. # Demonetization is a short-term pain, but will benefit in long-term.# My aim is to make India a developed country in one generation.# India has earned a good name for its well regulated securities markets.# Government is very keen to encourage start-ups. Stock markets are essential for the start-up ecosystem.# Stock markets should help in raising capital for productive purpose; bond market must become source of long-term infra finance.

BSF arrests Pakistani national at IB in Akhnoor sector in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani national has been apprehended at international border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu by BSF.Meanwhile, a high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations.Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations.Police have issued sketches of suspects spotted moving suspiciously near a Naval base at Uran in neighbouring Raigad district.The elite commandos from National Security Guard (NSG) and state police’s specialised Force One have also been roped in, police said.Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police monitored the situation throughout the night along with other top officials.The alert came four days after the Uri attack which left 18 soldiers dead.With agency inputs.

Mumbai on high alert: Police circulates sketch of masked man spotted near Uran navy base

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations.Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations.”As per the reports, five to six persons were sighted in Pathan suits and appeared to be carrying weapons and backpacks,” Naval spokesperson Cdr Rahul Sinha said in a statement. Some reports said they were in military uniform.On Friday morning, the Uran police released a sketch of one of the men and circulated it among all the investigating agencies. The sketch was based on the description provided by the three school students who reportedly spotted the men near the naval base.
ALSO READ High alert in Mumbai after school kids report spotting suspicous men near Uran navy baseOn Thursday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens not to panic and said all precautions are being taken and that Massive combing operations were on.With PTI inputs.

Uran alert: CM Fadnavis asks people not to worry, Navi Mumbai cops release sketch of suspect

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday appealed to citizens not to panic and said all precautions are being taken after a high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district.

Fadnavis who is enroute to Mumbai from United States, spoke to the state Director General of Police Satish Mathur, Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar and Intelligence Commissioner.

The Maharashtra CMO tweeted:

A high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas on Thursday after a group of men were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district, leading to multi-agency search operations by multiple agencies.

Navi Mumbai Police released a sketch of the person linked with the Uran high alert. Image procured by Sanjay Sawant/Firstpost

Navi Mumbai Police released a sketch of the person linked with the Uran high alert. Image procured by Sanjay Sawant/Firstpost

The Navi Mumbai Police also released the sketch of one of the five suspects linked with the high alert.

According to India Today, a girl studying in Class X and a boy in Class IX in Uran had reported seeing masked men and had helped the Navi Mumbai Police come up with a sketch of one of the suspects.

The sketch was circulated to all investigating agencies and local informers are now trying to find the person in the sketch.

The CMO Maharashtra also appealed to citizens not to believe in rumours. At the same time, it advised them to inform police if they found “something unusual”.

With inputs from PTI

Mumbai on high alert after school children claim to spot armed men in Uran

High alert was issued along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas after a group of armed men were allegedly spotted by a few school children in Uran on Thursday leading to a massive search operation launched by multiple agencies.

Few children from Uran Education Society’s school have reportedly first spotted the suspects, and their teacher informed the police. However, according to IANS, Maharashtra Director-General of Police Satish Mathur said, “One student has claimed spotting one person, the other has claimed to have seen five. After this information, multiple agencies launched the probe.”

“Search operation is still on. Navi Mumbai police and coastal police along with the Navy are involved in a search operation which will be carried out throughout night. We have stationed one NSG platoon and 70 commandos of Force One (a state government force) in Navi Mumbai,” Mathur told PTI.

The Western Naval Command (WNC) later issued a “highest state of alert” along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts where several sensitive establishments and assets are located. Indian Navy’s Chief PRO Captain DK Sharma said the search operation was launched along with Maharashtra Police and other agencies.

Mumbai police check passengers at a checkpost after a high alert was issued. PTI

Mumbai police check passengers at a checkpost after a high alert was issued. PTI

The National Security Guard (NSG), state police’s specialised commandos Force One and ATS, apart form the Mumbai police and Coast Guard have been roped in for the search operation. The Mumbai Police, however, said that none of the suspects have been been traced yet.

The NSG teams, drawn from its Mumbai hub, have been deployed at three locations in Mumbai and another team is on alert at NSG base in IGI airport in Delhi, official sources said, reported PTI.

As the news spread, conflicting reports emerged on whether the suspects were sighted in Pathan suits or in army fatigues. According to some reports, the children also said that they overheard the men conversing in an unfamiliar language, but could make out words like ‘ONGC’ and ‘school,’ which were reportedly being used repeatedly, according to ANI.  

The Defence PRO later said that though the situation is being monitored, no person has been located or apprehended.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted later in the evening that his government is taking all precautions and the state and central forces are keeping a close vigil. He also appealed to people to remain calm.

According to Times Now, Maharashtra Additional Home Secretary KP Bakshi has briefed the Union Ministry of Home Affairs about the situation in Uran. He told the news channel that the probe is being supervised by the DGP, Navi Mumbai and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is keeping a close eye on the developments.

Advising the people to maintain calm, Bakshi claimed that the forces deployed on the ground are fully equipped to handle all terror threats. He has also asked the deputy general of police of Maharashtra to file a report on the terror alert by Friday.

The Navy pressed its choppers for aerial surveillance and heightened patrolling in the sea by its vessels and high-speed boats.

Security was also beefed up in parts of Mumbai and Raigad district following the terror alert. According to All India Radio, Mumbai police check-posts are scanning all vehicles around Girgaum Chowpati area while CNN-News18 reported that heavy security has been deployed in Uran.

Moreover, Colaba police station has sent out an alert to fishermen asking them to report any suspicious persons, or movement of unfamiliar boats around the Mumbai coast, according to a Firstpost correspondent.

Maharashtra Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar said that the government has taken the incident very seriously and urged people to remain calm. “There is no reason to doubt the information provided by the students. But it needs to be cross-checked. We already have the experience of (tackling) terror attacks in Mumbai,” Kesarkar told PTI.

Meanwhile, Gujarat was also put on alert and security agencies have been asked to keep a close vigil on the coastline, officials said. Additional DGP, Law and Order, Tirth Raj, said the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of coastal districts of Gujarat, along with officials handling the coastal security, have been asked to keep a tab on the activities.

“After a high alert sounded along the Mumbai coast today, we have also issued an alert along the Gujarat coast. All the district SPs of coastal areas have been asked to remain alert and step up security along the coast through continuous patrolling,” he said.

Coastal security has been a top priority after the 26/11 attacks, in which multiple locations in Mumbai were targeted by Pakistani terrorists who landed using the sea route. The fishing town of Uran is located across the eastern water front of the financial capital. The base located close to the town also houses units of MARCOS, the Navy’s elite strike force.

With inputs from agencies

LIVE: Uran near Mumbai on high alert after students claim spotting 4-5 armed men near naval base

Sep 22, 2016

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In what could be a shocking breach of security, few school children have claimed that they saw movement of some suspicious persons near Uran Navy Base in Raigad, Maharashtra according to ANI. 

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The children reportedly spotted some men dressed in black camouflage uniform carrying ammunition around the ammunition dump, near the Uran Navy base, following which the kids alerted the local police, according to a report by NDTV. The NDTV report also said that the men had reportedly hidden their faces, which is why the children became suspicious. The children, according to Firstpost correspondent, were students of the SES School in Uran.

So far, there has been no corroborative statement from any other witness has come to light. Hemant Nagrale, the police commissioner for Navi Mumbai, told Firstpost that the police is verifying whether the threat is genuine.

DGP Maharashtra has said that following the complaint of two school kids who spotted four to five suspicious men in Uran near Mumbai, a search operation has been initiated in the state. He said that the men were spotted at around 06.30 am on Thursday morning. As seen in visuals aired by news channels, the Navy has also deployed helicopters for aerial surveillance.

Following the development the Indian navy has launched search operations in and around Mumbai, according to Times Now. NDTV  further reported that the Indian Navy has been put on the highest state of alert. Meanwhile, a red alert has been sounded in Maharashtra. Force-I, a special wing of Mumbai Police, has been deployed to investigate the matter, DCP, Navi Mumbai, Arvind Salve told Firstpost.

Naval bases at Thane and Raigad as well as the Indian Air Force are also on high alert, according to CNN-News18.

Although local police were the first to respond to the incident, the matter is being investigated in coordination with the Maharashtra anti-terror sqaud.

It should be noted hat the Uran Navy Base is very close to vital installation like Bhabha Atomic Centre, as reported by NDTV.

This comes at a time when cross-border infiltration is at it’s highest in the recent years.

The army has on Thursday foiled two infiltration bids along the Line of Control by militants trying to sneak into Kashmir Valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Apart from this, two ongoing encounters are underway in Uri and Nowgam sectors for the past two days in which one soldier has been killed. There were reports of at least eight militants getting killed in the Uri operation but no bodies have been recovered so far.

The spokesman said Army has enhanced vigil in view of increased infiltration attempts along the LoC . “In the wee hours of today (Thursday), two separate groups, trying to sneak in, were intercepted and forced to flee back,” he added.

18 electric batteries stolen from Mahim sub-station, cops register FIR

Mumbai: Millions of peak-hour commuters were left stranded for around an hour when a power glitch paralysed the suburban train services of the Western Railway on Monday. Shahunagar police station has lodged an FIR against the unidentified suspects.

The commuters were left stranded across the network from around 11.15 am as a major power failure stopped all trains, an official spokesperson said here.

Commuters stranded at Andheri station on Monday. PTI

Commuters stranded at Andheri station on Monday. PTI

The glitch occurred due to the theft of 18 electric batteries of 12 AH capacity from the Mahim electrical sub-station at Mahim, leading to disruption of the suburban traffic on the two fast and two slow corridors between Churchgate and Virar as also the fifth corridor used mainly for long-distance trains.

The Government Railway Police is investigating the theft.

Due to the theft, there was no back-up supply to OHE circuit near Dadar, leading to disruption in the services.

Officials said the battery boxes are used for back-up and charging purposes in case of minor tripping or fluctuation in overhead electric (OHE) power supply and also protect electric circuits.

The Western Railway technical teams managed to rectify the problem on a war-footing and restore overhead traction power supply by around 12.10 pm.

The suburban services were restored gradually from 12.18 pm onwards, but not before 60 peak hour services were cancelled and around 100 others delayed.

Thousands of harried commuters opted to complete their journeys either by Central Railway or Harbour Line or BEST city buses which were deployed to clear the huge rush.

Many others preferred to take the day off or work from home rather than waste time trying to reach their offices across the metropolis.

On an average, over 7.50 million commuters use the Mumbai suburban trains network, the lifeline of the city which services even far-flung area of Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

Sheena Bora murder case: No bail for Indrani Mukerjea; medical facilities to be provided

The special CBI court in Mumbai on Friday rejected the bail application of Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. While refusing her bail, the judge H S Mahajan passed directions about the medical facilities to be provided to her. She had cited her health as a ground for bail.”Indrani can take private treatment in private hospitals with private doctor,” the judge said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court said it had given directions regarding her diet too, and every quarter a panel of doctors will check her and the report will be sent directly to the court.Indrani’s bail application said she was suffering from `chronic small vessels inchemic changes’, and as a result the supply of oxygen to the brain may stop, leading to a life threatening brain stroke. She suffered frequent blackouts due to her condition, it said, adding that it took around 45 to 60 minutes to reach hospital from the Byculla women’s prison where she is lodged.Last October, when she fainted in the prison, it took around five hours for the treatment to start, it said.Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyam Rai are accused of strangling her 24-year-old daughter Sheena in a car and burning the body in a Raigad forest in 2012. Her husband and media baron Peter Mukerjea, too has been arrested in the case.

Deonar fire was deliberately started to defame Shiv Sena: Ramdas Kadam

Maharashtra Environment Minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday said it is suspected that the fire at Deonar dumping ground in suburban Mumbai was deliberately started to defame the party.”We strongly suspect that the fire at Deonar dumping ground was started to defame Shiv Sena,” Kadam said. Replying to supplementary queries raised on starred question moved by Dipti Chaudhari (Congress) and others, he said he has instructed Mumbai Police Commissioner to probe as to how the fire broke out after UPL company’s contract (to handle waste management, partial closure and land filling at the dumping ground) got over. “The Mumbai CP has been asked to deploy more officials, trace and arrest those behind it. Once the culprits are arrested, it will come to light as to who is behind starting these fires,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister further said the government intends to shift the Deonar dumping ground nearby Taloja in Raigad. The garbage from Mumbai will be taken to Taloja for processing. “In future, the government intends not to have any garbage dumps in the state,” he said. Earlier, replying to supplementary queries on pollution levels in Mumbai, Kadam informed the House that it was not caused by vehicular pollution alone. “There are other causes like construction activities, debris dumping, stone crushers and garbage dumps,” he said.Kadam said the government has asked IIT and NEERI to study pollution levels in 10 cities having more than 10 lakh population. “The budget allocation per city is Rs 75 lakh and overall budgetary allocation of Rs 5.75 crore. The two bodies have been given three to nine months to complete their study. Based on the report the government will take policy decision,” he said.

Sheena Bora case:CBI allowed to question Indrani and others in jail

A local court on Wednesday permitted CBI to question the four accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, including Indrani Mukerjea, afresh.The agency had sought permission to interrogate Indrani Mukerjea, her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyam Rai for ten days in the jail. “The application to interrogate the accused in the jail is allowed subject to their medical fitness,” said the special CBI court’s judge H S Mahajan. CBI, which has already filed a charge sheet in the case, today said it was looking for more evidence against the accused and probing possible connivance of some other persons. The arrested accused needed to be questioned again to “extract more information as well as to verify certain facts which emerged during the investigation”, the application said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It also said that it wanted to unlock Peter Mukerjea’s mobile phone which is secured by thumb impression. The court extended the judicial custody of all the four accused till March 17 when Indrani’s bail application is also slated to be heard. Peter and Indrani were produced in the court together for the first time after his arrest today. The two, however, didn’t look at each other during the hearing.Rai today filed an application seeking a transfer to another jail from the Arthur Road prison here. He was under mental stress due to the “prevailing circumstances”, he said. But the judge Mahajan dismissed the plea, saying that transfer was an administrative matter and it was not desirable on the part of the court to pass orders.The court asked Rai to approach the senior jail officials with his grievances. Sheena (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, was allegedly murdered in April 2012 and her body was disposed of in a forest in Raigad district. The murder came to light only in August 2015.

Sheena contacts only when she needs money: Indrani Mukerjea to Rahul

Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, had told her step-son Rahul that Sheena spoke to her only when she wanted money, according to a transcript accessed by CBI.”The only reason she contacted me basically because she wanted money… There was no other reason that she wanted to contact me,” Indrani told Rahul in one of their telephonic conversations after Sheena disappeared which he recorded.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul, who was engaged to Sheena, had started recording conversations with Indrani after he began to distrust her.Indrani also told him she had not seen Sheena after 9.15 pm on April 24, 2012 (the day she was murdered).Rahul, who kept trying to get information about Sheena after her sudden disappearance, was convinced at one point that Indrani knew about her whereabouts.”Indrani has got Sheena’s phone number and she found her. Indrani had her number all along… Indrani had cooked up a plan with Sheena,” Rahul told Peter Mukerjea, his father.Peter, who is married to Indrani, told him that he had spoken to Sheena after April 24, but all she said was “I am fine.”Peter was arrested on November 19 last year for his alleged role in the murder conspiracy. Before that police arrested Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai.Sheena (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, was allegedly strangled in a car and her body was disposed of in a forest in Raigad district. CBI has said that the motive behind the murder was related to financial transactions.

Rahul Mukerjea told Peter about threat to Sheena Bora from Indrani: CBI

Rahul Mukerjea was also allegedly facing threat from his stepmother Indrani which he had conveyed to his father Peter Mukerjea through an email sent about a year before the murder of his girlfriend Sheena Bora. CBI which is probing the murder of Bora has attached this conversation in the supplementary charge sheet which mentions that Peter knew that his wife Indrani has allegedly issued threats to his son Rahul and her daughter from her first marriage Sheena, sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fearing threats, Sheena and Rahul had taken a backup of all the mails, messages, documents for safekeeping, they said. In the mail dated April 13, 2011, Rahul told Peter, “On several occasions, we have received threats from Indrani…I have protected myself and Sheena by documenting mails, history, conversations and messages included.” He wrote that he had put these for safekeeping and threatened to make them public “should anything happen to either Sheena or me”, the mail alleged. CBI has alleged that Peter was actively involved in the conspiracy to murder Sheena which was hatched by Indrani, her second husband Sanjiv Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai who all have been arrested by the agency.Peter was also told by Rahul that he was not sure if messages coming from his father’s phone were actually sent by him or not.Rahul had accused his father of allegedly using the email accounts of Indrani and Khanna’s daughter Vidhie to send mails to Sheena, it alleged. “Please also remember that you yourselves involved young Vidhie in all of this by using her email account to send emails in the first place and by giving her the phone when Sheena wanted an explanation from Indrani,” he said in the mail.Rahul had told Peter that Indrani was “bad-mouthing” him and also pressuring a media company where he was trying. “After all the things your wife has said about me, and all the threats she has made, and after all the attempts she has made to disrupt my progress, telling a load of lies about me and trying to have me thrown out from my flat. Then also pressuring the (media company) people,” he had told Peter in his mail which has been attached by CBI in the charge sheet.CBI had mentioned in the supplementary charge sheet that both Peter and Indrani wanted separation of Rahul and Sheena who were in a relationship. The agency has submitted the charge sheet, running into 500 pages and listing 52 witnesses. “We have mentioned in the charge sheet that the process of separating Sheena and Rahul had started since 2009 and as they did not budge, the duo (Indrani and Peter) planned to kill her,” a CBI official said.Peter was arrested on November 19 for his alleged role in the murder conspiracy. He was in CBI custody for two weeks. Indrani is the prime accused in the case. On November 19, CBI had filed a charge sheet against Indrani, Khanna and Rai for murdering Sheena and disposing of her body.As per the charge sheet, Indrani and Peter were unhappy with Sheena and Rahul’s relationship, and they had told their friend Pritul Sanghvi that ‘this relationship was not correct’.Sheena (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, was allegedly strangled in a car by Indrani on April 24, 2012 and her body was burnt before it was dumped in a forest in adjoining Raigad district.

Indrani Mukerjea seeks bail on medical grounds

The prime accused in the 2012 Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea, has filed a plea in the Mumbai Sessions’ court, seeking bail on medical grounds.In her 17-page bail plea, Indrani has said that her medical condition is deteriorating and she was suffering from frequent blackouts. An annexure of medical reports that ran into 50 pages further states that Indrani is suffering from a life threatening disorder and it may lead to a brain stoke.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had last Saturday extended the judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai till February 12. Indrani, her ex-husband husband Sanjeev Kumar and her former driver Shyamvar Rai, were arrested in August in connection with the killing of her daughter Sheena in April 2012. Sheena’s partially-burnt body was found in the forests of Maharashtra’s Raigad District.

Sheena Bora murder case: Mumbai Sessions court set to hear Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea today

Hearing on prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea will begin in the Mumbai Sessions’ court on Saturday morning. Indrani had, earlier, moved the sessions’ court seeking bail on medical grounds.In her 17-page bail plea, Indrani has said that her medical condition was deteriorating and she was suffering from frequent blackouts.An annexure of medical reports that ran into 50 pages further states that Indrani is suffering from a life threatening disorder and it may lead to brain stoke. The court had on last Saturday extended judicial custody of Indrani Mukherjee, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai till February 12.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani, her ex-husband husband Sanjeev Kumar and her former driver Shyamvar Rai, were arrested in August in connection with the killing of her daughter Sheena in April 2012. Sheena’s partially-burnt body was found in the forests of Maharashtra’s Raigad District.

After Murud tragedy, Pune education dept bans tours to beaches, rivers, lakes and hills

Pune: In the wake of the Murud beach tragedy that claimed 14 lives, the Pune education department has banned educational tours to beaches, rivers, lakes and hills.

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google mapsRepresentational image. Image courtesy: Google maps

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google maps

The office of Deputy Director (Education) of the region today issued a circular in this regard. Also, no permission will be granted for such trips outside Maharashtra.

“In the wake of the tragic incident in Murud, we have issued a circular in which schools and junior colleges have been instructed not to take educational tours to risky and dangerous places like beaches, rivers, lakes and hills,” the circular read.

“If tours are being organised, adequate teachers should be accompanying students,” said Ramchandra Jadhav, Deputy Director (Education), Pune region, which comprises Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts.

Also, permission would not be granted for educational tours out of the state, he said, adding “consent letters from parents have been made a must”.

Schools and junior colleges undertaking excursion tours will have to submit an affidavit on stamp paper, Mr Jadhav said.

The measures come days after 14 students of the city-based Abeda Inamdar College drowned off Murud beach in Raigad district during a picnic on Monday.

PTI

Murud beach tragedy: Video captures Pune college official talking rudely with parents

A video has surfaced featuring a top management functionary of a Pune college who is seen talking “rudely” and asking policemen and his associates to “shoo away” the parents and relatives of the 14 students who drowned off Murud beach during a picnic earlier this week.The video went viral on social media, a day after the aggrieved parents met a senior college official P A Inamdar. The parents have alleged negligence on part of the Abeda Inamdar Senior College management for the February 1 tragedy in Raigad district.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the video, Inamdar, President of Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society, which runs the college, is seen losing his cool and asking the parents and relatives, “Why did they pay for ambulances (which brought back the bodies) when the management had already made the payment”? He is also seen asking college staffers and policemen standing there to “shoo them away” and “lower their voice”.Shakila Sayyad, mother of 20-year-old Safin Sayyad who died in the incident, said, “If you see the video, you will come to know how rudely he behaved with me and other relatives. Instead of giving us hope and support, he hurled abuses and behaved insensitively.”The parents had also claimed yesterday that they were pushed out of Inamdar’s office. They said they had to pay for ambulance services from their own pockets and the college did nothing.When contacted, Inamdar refuted all allegations and said, “Some people in the garb of relatives were trying to blackmail me by talking about money.” He said a committee has been formed to ascertain what went wrong during the picnic and if parents and relatives have some issues, they can make submission before the panel.Asked if he will apologise for his behaviour, Inamdar said, “There is no question of apologising. However, we are still with grief-stricken parents.” You can watch the video here:

Murud tragedy aftermath: Bombay HC seeks to know steps taken to secure beaches

Mumbai: A day after 14 students drowned off the popular Murud-Janjira beach in Raigad district, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought to know from Maharashtra government what measures it has taken to keep beaches secure so as to avoid such incidents.

Representational image. Image courtesy: YouTube

Representational image. Image courtesy: YouTube

Advocate Jamshed Mistry on Tuesday mentioned a public interest litigation filed by NGO Janhit Manch on the issue of beach safety before a division bench headed by Justice NH Patil and said in 2006 the high court had passed certain directions on the issue.

According to Mistry, the High Court had then asked the government and civic body to ensure setting up of watch towers with floodlights and appointment of life guards at beaches. But the authorities have not implemented any direction.

Mistry also pointed out to the court the incident of 14 students from a Pune college drowning off the Murud Janjira beach yesterday.

The students were part of an around 130-strong picnic group from the Inamdar College in Pune. They had gone to Murud in three buses.

The High Court has posted the petition for hearing tomorrow and asked the government to state what steps and measures it has taken till date to ensure safety in beaches.

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Murud tragedy: Body of last student fished out

Search and rescue operation teams on Tuesday morning fished out the body the 14th and the last student, who were swept into the sea when they went for a swim in Murud-Janjira beach adjoining Raigad district in Maharashtra on Monday afternoon. The teams resumed aerial search for the missing boy off Murud coast, pressing two helicopters ‘one each of Navy and Coast Guard’ into service.The incident occurred when 18 students, undergoing BSC and BCA computer courses in Pune’s Inamdar College, were swept into the sea when they went for a swim in the afternoon. However, one student was still missing, whose body was fished out on Tuesday morning. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Extremely saddened & shocked to know about the Murud incident where 14 students lost their lives. My deepest condolences to the families. Instructed the Collector to take care of all students.He informed that 14 bodies recovered,saved lives of five girls and are being hospitalised.”Coast guard has started rescue operation as 1 student is missing.There were 116 students, eight teachers and three staff members from Inamdar College, Pune”.

Maharashtra: 13 students drown near Murud beach in Raigad, search ops underway

At least 13 students of Pune’s Inamdar College on Monday drowned in the sea near Murud beach in Raigad, Maharashtra, according to reports.

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

ANI reported that over 13 bodies have been recovered till now while IANS reported that the death toll is likely to rise as 10-12 students are still missing.

The tragedy took place at 4.30 pm on Monday. The incident occurred in afternoon when altogether 18 students ventured into the sea to swim.

Coast Guard, police and locals have launched search operations.

The Coast Guard has launched search by an interceptor craft and a Chetak helicopter to help bolster rescue operations, reported PTI.

A Sea King helicopter has also been pressed into service, a senior official said.

“We received information regarding 15 to 18 students being washed into the sea at about 4 pm. Coast Guard aircraft IC117 and two hired fishing boats were deployed for search and rescue. So far, Coast Guard chopper ex-842SGN was launched at 6:03 PM and ICGS ‘Achook’ has been diverted,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

So far, of an estimated 20-22 students who had gone into the sea, four girls have been rescued till late afternoon and a search continues for the others, reported IANS.

“A total of 155 students from Pune went to Murud main beach and some of them went swimming around 3.30 pm this afternoon,” said assistant inspector of police Arvind Patil. “Thirteen students are dead due to drowning. The victims were all aged between 19 and 23,” he further said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted about the incident, saying he was “extremely saddened” to know about the incident.

Trustee of the Pune-based college PA Inamdar told mediapersons that the senior students, studying computer science, had gone on a college-sponsored annual picnic accompanied by five staff members and other support staff.

“We are shocked by this tragedy. We are making all efforts to help the students and their families with the help of the local villagers and police. A team of our trustees has already left Pune for Raigad for rendering further assistance,” Inamdar said.

He also alleged that the beach where the students had gone apparently had no life guard. He added that the process of ascertaining the identity of the victims and informing their families is underway.

Meanwhile, thousands of tourists and locals gathered at the Murud Beach where the bodies of the victims were lined up even as grieving parents and relatives rushed to the college campus or to Murud.

A pall of gloom descended over the college following the tragedy.

Over hundred students, accompanied by their teachers, were present at the beach, CNN-IBN further reported.

The tragic incident, however, has several unfortunate precedents. The fact that such incidents continue to be reported raise a question mark on whether adequate precautionary measures are being taken to prevent such fatalities.

Not long ago, in 2014, six persons, all residents of Chembur in Mumbai, died of drowning at Murud-Janjira after they went to the beach after consuming alcohol.

Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of deaths caused by drowning in India. The state saw as many as 4,822 such fatalities in the year 2014, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Deaths due to drowning are among the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, along with road accidents, fires and building crashes.

With agency inputs

Maharashtra: 13 students drown near Murud beach in Raigad, search ops on

At least 13 students of Pune’s Inamdar College on Monday drowned in the sea near Murud beach in Raigad, Maharashtra, according to reports.

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

ANI reported that over 13 bodies have been recovered till now while IANS reported that the death toll is likely to rise as 10-12 students are still missing.

The tragedy took place at 4.30 pm on Monday. The incident occurred in afternoon when altogether 18 students ventured into the sea to swim.

Coast Guard, police and locals have launched search operations.

The Coast Guard has launched search by an interceptor craft and a Chetak helicopter to help bolster rescue operations, reported PTI.

A Sea King helicopter has also been pressed into service, a senior official said.

“We received information regarding 15 to 18 students being washed into the sea at about 4 pm. Coast Guard aircraft IC117 and two hired fishing boats were deployed for search and rescue. So far, Coast Guard chopper ex-842SGN was launched at 6:03 PM and ICGS ‘Achook’ has been diverted,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

So far, of an estimated 20-22 students who had gone into the sea, four girls have been rescued till late afternoon and a search continues for the others, reported IANS.

“A total of 155 students from Pune went to Murud main beach and some of them went swimming around 3.30 pm this afternoon,” said assistant inspector of police Arvind Patil. “Thirteen students are dead due to drowning. The victims were all aged between 19 and 23,” he further said.

Trustee of the Pune-based college PA Inamdar told mediapersons that the senior students, studying computer science, had gone on a college-sponsored annual picnic accompanied by five staff members and other support staff.

“We are shocked by this tragedy. We are making all efforts to help the students and their families with the help of the local villagers and police. A team of our trustees has already left Pune for Raigad for rendering further assistance,” Inamdar said.

He also alleged that the beach where the students had gone apparently had no life guard. He added that the process of ascertaining the identity of the victims and informing their families is underway.

Meanwhile, thousands of tourists and locals gathered at the Murud Beach where the bodies of the victims were lined up even as grieving parents and relatives rushed to the college campus or to Murud.

A pall of gloom descended over the college following the tragedy.

Over hundred students, accompanied by their teachers, were present at the beach, CNN-IBN further reported.

The tragic incident, however, has several unfortunate precedents. The fact that such incidents continue to be reported raise a question mark on whether adequate precautionary measures are being taken to prevent such fatalities.

Not long ago, in 2014, six persons, all residents of Chembur in Mumbai, died of drowning at Murud-Janjira after they went to the beach after consuming alcohol.

Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of deaths caused by drowning in India. The state saw as many as 4,822 such fatalities in the year 2014, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Deaths due to drowning are among the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, along with road accidents, fires and building crashes.

With agency inputs

Maharashtra: At least 13 students drown near Murud beach in Raigad, search operations on

At least 13 students of Pune’s Inamdar College on Monday drowned in the sea near Murud beach in Raigad, Maharashtra, according to reports.

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

Representational image. Image courtesy: Google Maps

ANI reported that over 13 bodies have been recovered till now while IANS reported that the death toll is likely to rise as 10-12 students are still missing.

The tragedy took place at 4.30 pm on Monday. Coast Guard, police and locals have launched search operations.

The Coast Guard has launched search by an interceptor craft and a Chetak helicopter to help bolster rescue operations, reported PTI.

A Sea King helicopter has also been pressed into service, a senior official said.

So far, of an estimated 20-22 students who had gone into the sea, four girls have been rescued till late afternoon and a search continues for the others, reported IANS.

“A total of 155 students from Pune went to Murud main beach and some of them went swimming around 3.30 pm this afternoon,” said assistant inspector of police Arvind Patil. “Thirteen students are dead due to drowning. The victims were all aged between 19 and 23,” he further said.

Inamdar College Principal PA Inamdar told mediapersons that the senior students, studying computer science, had gone on a college-sponsored annual picnic accompanied by five staff members and other support staff.

“We are shocked by this tragedy. We are making all efforts to help the students and their families with the help of the local villagers and police. A team of our trustees has already left Pune for Raigad for rendering further assistance,” Inamdar said.

He added that the process of ascertaining the identity of the victims and informing their families is underway.

Meanwhile, thousands of tourists and locals gathered at the Murud Beach where the bodies of the victims were lined up even as grieving parents and relatives rushed to the college campus or to Murud.

Over hundred students, accompanied by their teachers, were present at the beach, CNN-IBN further reported.

The tragic incident, however, has several unfortunate precedents. The fact that such incidents continue to be reported raise a question mark on whether adequate precautionary measures are being taken to prevent such fatalities.

Not long ago, in 2014, six persons, all residents of Chembur in Mumbai, died of drowning at Murud-Janjira after they went to the beach after consuming alcohol.

Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of deaths caused by drowning in India. The state saw as many as 4,822 such fatalities in the year 2014, according to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Deaths due to drowning are among the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, along with road accidents, fires and building crashes.

With agency inputs

Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna seeks bail

Sanjeev Khanna, former husband of Indrani Mukerjea and her co-accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on Wednesday filed a bail application in the sessions court here contending that the investigators have failed to find any possible motive to commit the crime on his part.”It will come up for hearing on Saturday,” said his lawyer Shreyansh Mithare.The application states that Khanna has been wrongly implicated in the case.”After reading the charge sheet, the role which is attributed to Khanna cannot be held sufficient to implicate him in the alleged murder….It isn’t the prosecution case that he has strangulated Sheena,” it says.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nor does the charge sheet suggest that he benefited from the crime and none of the witnesses has explained what motive Khanna could have had, the bail plea says.”Prosecution has miserably failed to attribute the motive for the commission of the alleged crimes,” it says.Khanna has also argued that statement of Rahul (the son of media baron and Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea) has discrepancies and cannot be relied upon. Khanna was identified in the identification parade before two persons including Rahul but bail application says the procedure was invalid because his photo had already been published in media and so this evidence is not admissible.Sheena Bora, Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, was murdered here in April 2012 and her body was disposed of in a forest in Raigad district. Indrani, Khanna, her driver Shaymvar Rai and Peter Mukerjea have been arrested in the case.The bail application also says that Khanna was in Mumbai on the day of the murder only to meet his daughter Vidhie.”(Khanna) had only come to Mumbai because Indrani had called him so that he could take Vidhie to Kolkata for a few days to spend some time with his family and celebrate the his birthday.”But he could not meet Vidhie as Indrani wanted to go to Kolkata herself first and `inspect’ his family environment to decide if Vidhie would be comfortable staying with Khanna and his family, it says.Khanna has also denied CBI’s allegation that he tried to access Sheena’s email account. “On seeing the emails, he duly forwarded them to Indrani without sensing any wrong-doing,” the bail application says. He was implicated solely on the basis of the fact that he had met Indrani Mukerjea during the period when the alleged murder took place, it says.