Mumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM2 MH-EXPLOSION 2 killed, 6 injured in explosion at chemical factory in Maha Mumbai: Two persons were killed and six others injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra's Raigad district in the wee hours of Thursday, a police official said.

BOM7 MH-THANEDAR-INTERVIEW People's will matters, not high command: Indian-origin winner Mumbai: Shri Thanedar, elected to the House of Representatives in Michigan in the US with 93 per cent votes, believes it is the people's will and not that of the party high command, which matters in poll performance.

BOM1 MH-ARNAB Arnab spends night at school designated jail's COVID-19 centre Alibaug: Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of an interior designer, spent the night at a local school which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug prison, an official said on Thursday.

BOM3 MH-HC-ARNAB Arnab moves HC, challenges his 'illegal arrest' by police Mumbai: Republic TV Editor-in Chief Arnab Goswami has petitioned the Bombay High Court challenging his 'illegal arrest' in a 2018 case of abetment of suicide of an interior designer, and sought quashing of the FIR lodged against him by Alibaug police in Maharashtra.

BOM4 MH-ARNAB-SAAMANA Arnab's arrest: Sena slams BJP's comments against Maha govt Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday slammed the BJP for describing the arrest of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in an abetment to suicide case as 'black day' and an 'attack on the freedom of press'.

BOM5 MH-NCB-ARREST Mumbai: Kshitij Prasad held in separate drug case by NCB Mumbai: The NCB has taken Kshitij Prasad, former executive producer of Dharmatic Entertainment, into custody in another case involving recovery of cocaine from a Nigerian national in Mumbai, an official said on Thursday.

BOM6 GJ-EXPLOSION-PROBE Gujarat chemical explosion: Cops summon godown owner, tenant Ahmedabad: A day after 12 labourers died when a part of a godown here collapsed following an explosion, the Ahmedabad police on Thursday summoned the godown owner and his tenant who had kept chemical drums there which caused the blast.

BOM10 MH-CINEMA-UDDHAV Will ensure best film production facilities in Maha: Thackeray Mumbai: Undeterred by the Uttar Pradesh government's film city plans, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said his government would ensure the best film production facilities in his state.

LGB1 MH-HC-ACTIVIST HC to I&B Ministry: Probe display of activists info on website Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to conduct an inquiry into how personal details of RTI applicants, including Saket Gokhale, were made public on its website.

BOM8 MH-DRUGS-NCB Man supplying drugs to film, TV industry people nabbed by NCB Mumbai: The NCB has arrested a 30-year-old man who was allegedly supplying drugs to people connected with the film and TV industry, an official said on Thursday.

LGB2 MH-COURT-BAIL Kangana house demolition: Court grants bail to woman labourer Mumbai: A Mumbai court on Thursday granted bail to a woman labourer arrested for allegedly causing disturbance and preventing a public servant from discharging his duties during the civic body-initiated demolition at actor Kangana Ranaut's bungalow here in September.

BES8 MP-VIRUS-POSTMORTEM MP medical college to seek nod for COVID-19 victims' autopsies Indore: To understand the causes of sudden death among COVID-19 patients, a government medical college here has decided to seek permission to conduct autopsies in such cases, a senior official said on Thursday.

BOM9 GA-PANDEY-DETAIN Obscene video shoot: Poonam Pandey detained, 2 cops suspended Panaji: Actress Poonam Pandey was detained by Goa Police on Thursday for allegedly trespassing into a government property and shooting an obscene video in the coastal state.

BES7 MP-HIGHWAY-ACCIDENT Two killed in highway accident in MP's Shajapur district Shajapur (MP): A 59-year-old man and his son were killed when an unidentified vehicle hit their motorcycle on Agra-Mumbai national highway, about 6 km from the district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh, police said on Thursday.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 602 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 13 more deaths Thane: The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Thane district reached 2,13,762 with the addition of 602 new cases of the viral infection, an official said on Thursday. PTI RSY RSY