QMumbai: BJP Leaders to Meet Guv; Action Against Illegal Hawkers

1. BJP Leaders to Meet Maharashtra Governor

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made its first concrete move on Wednesday to end the deadlock with ally Shiv Sena over government formation, with the tenure of the outgoing Maharashtra government ending on Saturday. BJP announced that its leaders would meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday.

The party is hoping that by the time its state unit chief, Chandrakant Patil, and state finance minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar, meet Koshyari, talks with Sena would have begun.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has called for a meeting of the party’s MLAs on Thursday to discuss the way forward.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Cops to Track Social Media Posts Ahead of Ayodhya Order

The Maharashtra cyber police has formed a special team to monitor social media platforms to ensure no inflammatory comments or messages are circulated ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The verdict is expected before Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, retires on 17 November.

The state cyber department will gather intelligence inputs and report to the concerned state police if any inflammatory posts.

“Our team comprises 10 officers and men from the Maharashtra cyber cell. We will be monitoring all social media platforms to ensure they are not misused to spread rumours, create tension between religions or groups, hate speeches to incite violence, etc. We may book offenders who attempt to disrupt law and order,” said Brijesh Singh, special inspector general, Maharashtra cyber cell. The team will operate from a social media lab housed at the World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade, with a panel of technical experts to assist them.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. PCMC Starts Taking Action Against Illegal Hawkers

Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has started taking action against illegal hoardings, encroachers and hawkers.

Jameer Lengrekar, deputy municipal commissioner, said, “We were busy with Lok Sabha elections, then festivals and Assembly elections. Now that these are over, we have asked officials to be vigilant and take action against encroachers. We have started taking action in Kalamboli and Panvel.”

Hoardings and illegal encroachments have mushroomed in Kharghar, Taloja Kamothe and Panvel.

Officials have started taking action from Monday and collected ₹37,000 in fines from illegal encroachers at Khanda Colony in Panvel.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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4.Former Deputy Mayor Booked for Cheating and Forgery

The Nerul police are on the lookout for former deputy mayor Ashok Gawade in a cheating and forgery case in which he is accused of being involved in an illegal transfer of two flats.

According to the police, the complaint was registered by Kaustubh Kulkarni, who lives in the United States of America. Kulkarni claimed that in 2006, a woman posing as his mother obtained share certificates of their two flats in Shree Ganesh society in Nerul. Gawade is the chairperson of the society.

The alleged forgery came to light in April when Kulkarni’s father passed away and he learnt that someone named Santosh Taware is staying in the flat claiming to be the owner.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Chain Snatching Detection Rate Dips This Year

Even as the Navi Mumbai police have marginally managed to reduce instances of chain snatchings in the region, the detection rate of the cases dipped to 8.9% this year. The police recorded 81 cases till September this year, out of which, only 11 cases have been solved.

Last year in the same period, the Navi Mumbai police had registered 107 cases of chain snatchings and solved 82 of them with a detection rate of 87.7%.

Local police officers claimed that cases have reduced because of intensive policing this year.

“We have increased visible policing in chain-snatching prone areas during early morning and late evening hours when the suspects are likely to target people taking advantage of low footfall,” said Sanjeev Dhumal, inspector at Vashi police station.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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