In brief ; City police rescue 10 stranded fishermen

Ten fishermen,who were stranded off the Mumbai coast,were rescued by the police on Wednesday night.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2012 12:22 am

City police rescue 10 stranded fishermen

Ten fishermen,who were stranded off the Mumbai coast,were rescued by the police on Wednesday night. They were stranded near the Butcher Island for over 12 hours. Officers of the Yellow Gate police station said the fishermen were on their way to Mora when their boat hit a rock and got stuck. “The fishermen were aboard Wagheshwari,which belongs to the Soratiya Machchimar Sahakari Sanstha,” said an officer of Yellow Gate police station. The fishermen then informed the boat’s owner about the incident. “We sent two speedboats to trace them around 7 pm. Since we did not have their exact location,the boats returned without them. We then asked the boat owner to send one of his boats,which were accompanied by our three boats with 15 personnel,” said the officer.

Priest held for practising black magic

An 85-year-old priest of a temple in Sion was arrested by the police on Thursday for allegedly practising black magic on the temple premises. Officers probing the case said residents had complained that the priest had allegedly defiled the temple premises and also practised black magic. The accused,Umiya Shankar Jaani,has been serving the temple for 40 years. “Some children had seen him defecating on the temple premises. They also saw him perform black magic. The residents approached the temple authorities,but they did not take any action. They then registered a complaint against Jaani.

Teenager commits suicide in Sion

A 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide in Dharavi on Thursday. Anita Nadar was a student of Aryan College in Sion.

“Around 11 am on Thursday,when Nadar’s mother had gone out,she hanged herself from the ceiling fan. Her parents told us she was scared of failing in her final examinations,” said an officer from the Dharavi police station. The police did not find any suicide note. “We have recorded the statements of her parents. We will also speak to her teachers and classmates to ascertain if she was under any pressure,” said the officer.

‘Don’t dump solid waste in Thane,Mulund wetlands’

Responding to a petition challenging the environmental clearance granted to a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Thane,the Bombay High Court directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) not to dump any solid waste on wetlands in Thane and Mulund. The petitioner,city-based NGO Vanshakti, alleged that the Kopri wetland area in Thane was converted from a CRZ I area to a CRZ III area,solely to facilitate the setting up of the SEZ for Information Technology Enabled Services.

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