The Government Railway Police officials are on the lookout for a man who molested a 25-year-old woman in a local train and then threw her out of the compartment. The incident occurred in the morning of January 1.
The victim was on board an empty ladies coach of a Panvel local at 10.40am from Wadala. The accused was in the adjacent handicapped compartment. Owing to New Year’s Eve, the crowd was relatively thinner and the victim was alone.
The accused noticed that the woman was alone so he entered her compartment and molested her.
When the woman resisted, he threw her out of the train, on the tracks. The incident happened between Wadala and Guru Tej Bahadur (GTB) station. She was rescued by some railway gang men.
They rescued her and took her Wadala GRP office and from there was taken to Sion hospital. After preliminary treatment, she was shifted to another hospital. A case of attempted murder and molestation has been registered by Wadala GRP, apart from provisions of Indian Railway Act.
GRP cops said that the victim has described the accused in her statement and that search is on to nab the accused.
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A 38-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly filming a woman who was using a washroom at a restaurant in south Mumbai. He was granted bail on Friday.
As per a report in The Indian Express, the Azad Maidan police said the incident took place around 7.30 pm, when the 30-year-old complainant had gone to the restaurant along with her friend.
“The woman was in the washroom when she saw a person inserting a mobile phone, trying to record, from the space below the door,” said an officer.
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The woman raised an alarm for help, following which the accused, identified as Sameer Shaikh, was caught with the help of the restaurant’s staffers. The woman informed the Mumbai Police Control Room and subsequently a team from the Azad Maidan police station was dispatched to the spot.
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“Both were brought to the police station. The woman’s statement was recorded and the accused was arrested,” said Vidyasagar Kalkundre from Azad Maidan police station.
An officer said that Shaikh worked in a cellphone shop near the restaurant. His phone has been seized. The accused has been booked under Section 354 (C) (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced before court on Friday and granted bail.
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A man and his wife, who are contesting the upcoming gram panchayat polls in Maharashtra's Thane district, escaped unhurt after two unidentified persons shot at them in the wee hours of Sunday, police said.
The incident took place close to their house in Kalher village near Bhiwandi around 12.30 am, they said.
"Two unidentified persons came on a motorbike and fired three rounds at the couple, which they ducked and were thus saved," an official of Narpoli police station said.
The husband-wife duo have filed their nominations for the January 15 gram panchayat elections, he said.
A case under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and the Arms Act was registered by the police.
So far, nobody has been arrested in this connection and a search has been launched to nab the shooters, police said.
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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), on Saturday, arrested four drug peddlers and seized 100 gm mephedrone (MD) from them. The sleuths have now initiated a hunt for the mastermind, Karim Lala, in connection with this case.
An NCB source revealed that around 50 to 60 drug peddlers work under Lala. The accused is also, apparently, inspired by the late underworld don Karim Lala.
Since December 31, the NCB Mumbai has been conducting massive raids across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane areas. Some of these raids have been conducted in Kurla, Lokhandwala, Versova, Dombivali and Vashi, from where they have recovered 1.43 kg NDPC medicines and 100 gms of MD. It was during these raids that four people were arrested by the team.
According to the NCB, Anwar Sheikh alias Lala is the kingpin of this module. He is a history-sheeter and very active in the city and MMR region from the past five to six years. He also, allegedly, supplies MD to all struggling actors and some other personalities in the suburbs. Lala runs a clothing business in Bandra, and stays in Kurla. "All the four accused have been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. And, Karim Lala's name has come up in their inquiry," an NCB official said.
According to the NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, further searches are going on to trace and nab the mastermind. Mephedrone/MD is also known as M-cat, Meow Meow or white magic. It is synthetic stimulant drug of amphetamine class psychoactive characteristics and usually used at party and play drugs.
On being asked about Lala and the massive hunt launched by the NCB Mumbai team, Wankhede said, "Our investigation is going on."
A man has been arrested for allegedly attacking a 17-year-old girl, his friend, because she had stopped speaking to him in Beed city of Maharashtra, police said on Saturday.
Popat Bobde (17) and the victim were friends, but she had stopped talking to him for the last few months, a police official said.
On Wednesday evening, Bobde went to the girl's house when her parents were out for work and allegedly attacked her with a sword before fleeing, the official said.
Her neighbours rushed the girl to hospital where she was being treated, he said.
Bobde was arrested on Thursday under IPC sections for attempt to murder and molestation. Further probe is on.
The Khar Police investigating the murder of a 19-year-old woman at Bhagwati Heights on 14th Road, Khar West, during a New Year's Eve party, say that they found the deceased's body in a partially clothed state. Vaginal swabs have been sent for forensic examination. Cops have also taken blood and urine samples of the accused and others present at the party to verify if any drugs had been used. Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Khar police produced the two accused-Shree Jogdhankar and Diya Padalkar-before the Bandra Magistrate Court, which granted police custody till January 7.
Accused Shree Jogdhankar (face covered in blanket) was presented before the Bandra Magistrate Court on Saturday and he, along with Diya Padaklar, was sent to police custody until January 7
In the remand application, which mid-day accessed, the police mentioned that there were scratches all over the 19-year-old's body. They are investigating if others present at the party had any role to play in either the assault or the murder. The police initially believed that the motive behind the murder could be a love triangle, as the deceased is said to have been in love with Jogdhankar and the two had been dating for the last three years. The deceased, it is said, was upset that Jogdhankar and Padalkar, her neighbour, were getting intimate at the party, which was attended by around 14 persons.
Speaking about the sexual assault, a senior officer who didn't wish to be named, said, "This [a vaginal swab examination] is a normal SOP which is followed when a woman's body is found under such circumstances [i.e. partially clothed]. We will wait for the report before reaching any conclusion."
As per the remand application presented before the Bandra court, the police mentioned that the victim was found on the ground floor of the building near the stairs, wearing a black dress." When the officer reached the spot, he saw that she was in a pool of blood, a clutch of hair was seen next to her body, her footwear was on the stairs. There were injuries on her head, scratches on her hands, palms, knees, back, ankle and on her both legs (sic)," the remand application stated. mid-day has withheld from publishing certain details which indicate that there may have been a sexual assault. Police say that the partially clothed state could have been the result of the scuffle or a sexual assault. And so, they are not saying anything conclusive about this yet. The remand application also mentioned that Jogdhankar has injuries on his hand and head, while Padalkar has injuries on her lips. According to police, the initial postmortem report said that the deceased died due to a head injury.
According to Khar Police, the cops investigating the case have recorded the statement of 12 persons present at the party. Four important statements have been mentioned in the remand application produced before the Bandra court, which sought police custody for Jogdhankar and Padalkar.
A 22-year-old woman present at the party said another guest told her that she saw the deceased and Jogdhankar on the terrace in a corner, getting intimate. After some time Padalkar, who is said to have been inebriated, went to a sofa and slept on it. Jogdhankar, as per the statement, then sat next to her and then he and Padalkar are said to have become intimate. At this, the deceased is said to have disconnected her phone from the projector.
The second statement, of another 22-year-old woman, says that she saw Padalkar at the host, Yash Ahuja's, bedroom at around 1.30 am. The third statement, of a 20-year-old man, puts the victim and Jogdhankar on the terrace, getting close. He says that he then went to Ahuja's home in a lift, where he saw Padalkar wiping blood from her lips in the bathroom.
The fourth statement is of a 23-year-old man, who said Padalkar liked Jogdhankar and that at 1.15 am he saw her vomiting on the terrace. So he, along with another guest and the deceased, took her to Ahuja's home in the lift, to help her clean up. Then, he went to the terrace, and after some time spotted the victim and Jogdhankar. Later, when he went to Ahuja's home, he saw Padalkar wiping blood from her lips.
In the remand application, police have mentioned that after seeing Padalkar and Jogdhankar getting close, the victim called a 19-year-old friend, saying while she did not like what she saw, she loved Jogdhankar and so, couldn't leave him.
A senior officer, speaking to mid-day, said, "Investigation has revealed that the victim was assaulted on the second floor by the duo, and then dragged by her hair to the ground floor. Blood stains on the floor, stairs and railing corroborate this."
Police have found that no argument between the three-the deceased, Jogdhankar and Padalkar-took place on the terrace. While there are witnesses who saw Jogdhankar and Padalkar get close, and the victim being upset by this, no one saw the trio fight or the deceased being assaulted. "The only witnesses we have-the ones who know exactly what happened on the second floor and how the victim died-are those who have been arrested. But, they are saying they aren't aware what exactly happened as they were drunk. Others present at the party are giving contradicting statements."
According to sources, Jogdhankar said that he doesn't even remember how he reached Sion hospital to get his wounds treated. The police has said that in CCTV footage, they have found him leaving the building in torn clothes after the incident.
Jogdhankar's lawyers argued before the Bandra court that, as the police have mentioned that the statements have been recorded, forensic evidence has been collected, in this case police custody is not required and, as the accused is seriously injured, he needs proper medical treatment. On the other hand, Padalkar's lawyer argued, "Diya was only trying to stop the deceased and the other accused, Shree, from fighting. She was trying to calm the two of them. The nature of the news reporting is indicating that this is going to be another case of media trial and maligning of the image of those associated with the matter. That the nature of the news reporting and media trial indicates that this case can also be converted into a Sushant Singh case and Diya will end up meeting the same fate of a media trial as Rhea Chakraborty".
12-14Approximate number of guests at the party
The Mumbai Zonal Unit of NCB said on Saturday it has busted an inter-state drug network and seized 1.134 kg party drugs during raids starting from New Year Eve, a top official informed.
MZU Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede said that following intelligence inputs, a team of Narcotics Control Bureau sleuths raided various locations in Mumbai suburbs and Navi Mumbai in adjoining Thane.
The raids yielded 100 gm Mephedrone and 1.034 kg psychotropic medicines and four drug peddlers have been arrested.
The operations were carried out in Kurla, Andheri, Versova and Navi Mumbai where these peddlers are active since long and they part of an inter-state network.
Mephedrone/MD, also known as M-cat, Meow Meow or White Magic, is a synthetic stimulant drug of Amphetamine class psychoactive characteristics and usually used at rave parties.
Further investigations are underway to find out the local links of the arrested peddlers and trace the masterminds involved in the racket busted in the New Year, said Wankhede.
The ongoing operations are part of the NCB-MZU's efforts to weed out the drugs menace in the country's commercial capital besides its probe into the narcotics cases involving several well-known Bollywood celebrities as an offshoot to the investigations into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14, last year.
A 25-year-old beautician died by suicide after consuming poison, as her boyfriend refused to marry her, the police said on Friday.
The woman was found dead on December 24 and a case was registered on December 31 after the family members of the deceased alleged that she was poisoned to death by her boyfriend.
The deceased was identified as Poonam (25) of Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the police, the woman was working at a city based saloon for the past one year. Six months ago she met Kuldeep and the duo became friends. The girl's family alleged that the man betrayed as he refused to marry her.
"The man had promised that he will marry her. She had informed us on Diwali that Kuldeep is now refusing to marry her. She was very disturbed since then as Kuldeep even stopped responding to her phone calls. This provoked her to take the extreme step," a family member told the police.
"The deceased consumed poison after the man with whom she was in relationship refused to marry her. Preliminary probe disclosed that the woman took the extreme step due to relationship disorder, however, further investigation is on," Inspector Aman Kumar, SHO of Sector-29 police station said.
A case of abetment of suicide under Section 306 of the IPC has been registered at Sector-29 police station on the basis of complaint filed by the family of the deceased, he said.
Hours after celebrating her father's birthday, a 19-year-old student of human psychology was found in a pool of blood in a building in Khar after she went to celebrate New Year's Eve with her friends on the terrace. The Khar police have registered a case of murder against two of her friends. According to the family, Jhanavi Kukreja was lying covered in blood for several hours and nobody bothered to inform them.
Bhagwanti Heights in Khar where the incident took place. Pics/Anurag Ahire
The deceased, Jhanavi, 19, a resident of Santacruz was celebrating New Year's Eve with her friends on the terrace of Bhagwanti Heights, 14th road, Khar. According to police, Yash Ahuja, who organised the party, resides on the second floor of Bhagwanti Heights. He came to Khar police station around 3 am, saying a girl is lying in a pool of blood on the second-floor staircase.
Accused Shree Jogdhankar
Khar police went to the spot and rushed her to Bhabha hospital in Bandra where she was declared brought dead. She had died between 2 am and 2.15 am. "Those present at the party were detained for questioning and some of them were allowed to leave. They have been asked to be present whenever required," a senior police officer told mid-day.
Shree Jogdhankar, one of the two accused
Khar police have registered a murder case against two of the girl's friends, Diya Padankar, 19, and Shree Jogdhankar, 22, under Section 302 (murder), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Close friends of the victim present at Khar police station on Friday evening claimed, "She did not fall down from the rooftop. She was assaulted, grabbed by her hair and pulled down from the terrace to till the second floor via the staircase. There were bloodstains all over the stairs." However, Khar police's probe has revealed what actually transpired. According to a police source, there were 12 youngsters partying on the building's terrace.
Victim Jhanavi Kukreja's mother, Niddhi
The FIR, a copy of which is with mid-day, stated, "The deceased, while partying, saw Diya Padankar and Shree Jogdhankar making out and the duo got angry and started arguing with the deceased. They also assaulted her and she died. A case of murder has been registered against the duo."
Police denied that Jhanavi was dragged by the hair down the stairs. A police source told mid-day, "Padankar and Jogdhankar, both close friends of Jhanavi's, were with her at her residence around 7.30 pm for her father's birthday celebration. After cutting a cake, the trio went for the party at Bhagwanti Heights around midnight.
"Jhanavi noticed that Jogdhankar was getting close to all girls and later caught him making out with Padankar. An argument ensued and while arguing, they came down the staircase from the terrace to the second floor. The two allegedly banged her head against the railing several times on the second-floor level. The assault cracked her skull on both the front and the back, leading to blood being spilt everywhere."
After assaulting Jhanavi, the duo left the building. Jogdhankar went to Sion hospital to get treatment, and Padankar, who had a minor injury on her face, went to Hinduja hospital. "The arrested accused are telling us they can't recollect anything as they were drunk," said Gajanan Kabdule, senior inspector of Khar police. The duo will be produced in court on Saturday.
"The friends took my daughter for a party and they did not even have the decency to call and tell us about what happened. I got a call at 5 am while my daughter had died at 2.15 am. She was lying in a pool of blood but nobody came to her rescue. She could have been saved had someone taken her to the hospital," said Niddhi Kukreja, Jhanavi's mother.
"I have faith in our law and judiciary system. I trust Mumbai police to bring the truth out. I want justice for my daughter," Niddhi added. Crying outside Khar police station and looking at the pictures from the birthday celebration the previous night, Niddhi added, "My daughter had such a bright future. She was planning to study abroad. Now she is no more, just hours after celebrating her father's birthday."
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested three peddlers on charge of possessing synthetic drug mephedrone, officials said on Friday.
NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told IANS: "We intercepted three peddlers with the synthetic stimulant during raids at Andheri and Kurla areas on Thursday night and arrested them."
The NCB in the last few months has tightened the noose around peddlers in several parts of the country.
The NCB is also probing two cases related to drugs against a number of Bollywood celebrities in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
The NCB has questioned several top actors in the last couple of months.
A 19-year-old woman was murdered by her friends during a rooftop party at Bhagwati Heights in Khar on New Year’s eve on Thursday. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder. They will be produced in Bandra court on Saturday, said Gajanan Kabdule, senior PI, Khar Police station and were remanded to police custody till January 7.
According to sources, the deceased, identified as Jhanavi Kukreja, saw a couple in a compromising position. An argument ensued between the couple and Jhanavi and it escalated.
The victim’s close friends said that she was brutally beaten up by the couple, who allegedly grabbed her by her hair and pulled her down to the second floor.
Initially, the police said that she fell down from the terrace during an argument with the accused couple - Shree Jogdhankar (22) and Diya Padankar (19).
The building where the party was happening
However, according to police, further investigation revealed that she was pulled by her hair from the terrace to the second floor. The police officers also found blood stains on the staircase and her body was taken to Bhabha Hospital.
The Khar police registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Diya and Shree.
Senior officers at Khar police station. Pic/Faizan Khan
Senior police officers, including Joint commissioner (law and order) Vishwas Nangre Patil, Additional Commissioner (West Region) Sandeep Karnik, and DCP (Zone 09) Abhishek Trimukhe, reached the Khar police station and are interrogating all the suspects who were present at the party.
A milk supplier in the area of Sarita Vihar in South East Delhi made a fake PCR call complaining a robbery of 1.5 lakh to celebrate New Year with his friends, however, the police team soon found discrepancies in his version of events and arrested him.
22-year-old Faiz Ahmed made a PCR call on Thursday that four boys on a white colour Scooty and Passion Pro motor cycle robbed cash Rs 1.5 lakh near Mother Dairy Janata flat and fled away towards Jasola.
He told police that he along with his brother were supplying milk and collecting money from the shopkeepers. When they reached near Nala Pocket-II of Jasoal, his brother went to supply the milk to the shopkeeper while he went to urinate. Suddenly four persons on a bike and a scooty came, kept him on knife point and robbed cash and his mobile phone.
The police found the call suspicious and during interrogation the versions of Ahmed and his brother were found to be different.
"On sustained interrogation, Ahmed broke down and disclosed that he along with his friends planned to celebrate the New Year in Shimla but didn't had money. He then hatched a conspiracy with his friend Sadik. He had handed over the money to Sadik before making a fake call to the PCR," said DCP South East R. P. Meena.