Mohamed Thaver


Mohamed Thaver is a Special Correspondent and reports from Nariman Pt., Mumbai

Life on Mumbai local: Crushed in crowd, commuters’ struggle inspires songs, stand-up comedies, t-shirt graffiti, memes
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

A skit on travelling on the Mumbai locals performed by humourist and doctor Tushar Shah talks about how the trains unite people of all religions and acknowledges the role played by it in helping people earn their living

Forensic report rules out poisoning in Karan Joseph suicide
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The police said that the forensic report confirmed that Joseph died due to falling from the 12th floor and was not killed earlier

Aide arrested in extortion case, police probe Chhota Rajan link
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

In his statement to the police, the complainant has said one of Rao’s aides had come to meet him. Rajan then allegedly called on the aide’s phone and spoke to the complainant.

Pallavi Purkayastha murder: Before going on parole, Mughal had told inmate he won’t return, says Police
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

The police said that one of the first things that Mughal told them after they arrested him was that ‘Maine gaav chodkar bohot badi galti ki’ (I made a big mistake by leaving my village).

Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: 19 months after he jumped parole, convict held in J&K
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: Mughal was arrested from Srinagar by a team led by Inspector Sanjay Nikam of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.

Iqbal Kaskar extortion case: Thane corporator acted as intermediary, delivered extortion amount, says Police
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

An officer linked to the probe said during the course of interrogation, it came to light that when the two arrested accused, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed, first asked the builder to pay extortion money, the builder informed his business partner.

Kaskar extortion case: Police suspect accused builder met gangsters’ men in Dubai offices
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

“Dawood, Anees and Chhota Shakeel, all three who operate out of Karachi, have their own separate offices in Dubai from where their men operate. They also have separate guesthouses for people who come to meet their men. In that way, they can also keep an eye on the activities of these visitors," police said.

Dawood, Anees named in third case of extortion filed against Iqbal Kaskar
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

According to the police, this is the first time that all three brothers have been named in an FIR. Thane police have also named 3 builders in the extortion case concerning a 38-acre plot in Gorai

Why commuters’ complaints to Railways on Twitter may have been ignored
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Some of the handles assigned the task of looking into complaints have been inactive for over a year. Some handles have no response and, in one, there is a “personal tweet”.

Karan Joseph suicide: A musician’s death and his friends’ many questions
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Month after keyboard player’s apparent suicide in Mumbai, no clear answers as friends target music promoter and police probe behaviour in final days.

Stampede staircase better of the two connecting Parel and Elphinstone stations, say commuters
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

“The irony is that the staircase on which the accident took place is not even the worst staircase on Parel railway station,” said an irate Subhash Gupta, a member of Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Council.

Extortion case against Iqbal Kaskar: Man arrested, sent Chhota Shakeel Rs 12 Lakh per month, says Thane police
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe said: “A fourth arrest of one Pankaj Gangar has been made in the extortion case involving Iqbal Kaskar on Thursday."

Dawood Ibrahim aide Chhota Shakeel linked to racket: Thane police
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

The Thane police named Shakeel as one of the four wanted accused in the case, in addition to a Borivali-based financier, who, in the past, has been arrested in at least two murder cases and is known to run illegal matka dens.

Dawood Ibrahim called Iqbal Kaskar four times, admonished him for consuming alcohol, says Mumbai Police
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

In May 2011, Kaskar’s driver died in an attack and Dawood stopped calling him as he was not paying heed to his advice, Kaskar is believed to have told interrogators.

Iqbal Kaskar’s wife met Dawood Ibrahim’s wife in Dubai last year: Thane Police
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

According to the police, when he was questioned about the recent activities of Dawood Ibrahim and his gang, Kaskar claimed that he had not been talking to his brother.

Extortion racket probe: Nashik link emerges, cops to question Iqbal Kaskar kin
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

“During interrogation, Kaskar told us that he would frequently go to Nashik to meet Kokani. The wives of Kokani and Kaskar are sisters. Also, Kaskar’s son is married to Kokani’s elder daughter,” said a senior officer linked to the probe.

Two corporators attended Iqbal Kaskar’s ‘daawat’: Mumbai Police
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The officer said Kaskar was not cooperating much with the probe. “He has said that he was in touch with Anees, who handled Dawood’s business. But he maintains that he had no role in the extortion racket,” said the officer.

After Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest, jeweller files complaint
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Police register second FIR against Kaskar, two aides

Police team waited for Iqbal Kaskar to finish biryani
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The police team found Kaskar and three men having biryani and watching Kaun Banega Crorepati on TV. Kaskar did not ask any further question and sought time to finish his dinner, which was provided.

Extortion racket After Kaskar arrest, two corporators on Thane police radar
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The Thane police had detained three others, including an alleged drug supplier, besides the brother-in-law of Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar, who passed away in 2014, from the residence of Kaskar on Monday night.

A school for grannies: All students, 92-year-old among them, can now sign
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

The school was started on March 8 last year with 30 students, one of them passed away last year

Karan Joseph suicide: Police record statements of two persons musician spoke to before killing himself
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The statements, have, however not helped shed any light on the reason that drove Joseph to suicide. The pianist jumped from the 12th floor of a building in Bandra on September 9.

70-year-old Malad woman latest vishing victim, loses Rs 1.25 lakh
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

According to the police, Joglekar, who retired from a private sector job a few years ago, lives along with her 75-year-old husband Vighyan in their sixth floor home in Ankur Cooperative Housing Society at Jubilee Park in Malad, and the two survive on their pension money.

B cabins: Relics of a bygone era
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

The ‘B cabins’ were part of a manual system of operating railway tracks — against the automatic system used currently. From these cabins, operators would facilitate the diversion of trains from one track to another manually using a lever rod system.

Over a year on, Anti Corruption Bureau chief post still vacant in Mumbai
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Retired IPS officer and former ACB DG Praveen Dixit, however, said: “In the absence of DG, ACB, it (the bureau) is headed by an ADG rank officer, which is good enough.

Known for its school for grannies, Thane village now seeks poetry-village tag
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Bhillar, drawing inspiration from Hay-on-Wye in Wales, has 25 locations around the village that are now reader hotspots or mini-libraries.

Kalwa Murders and Suicide: ‘Mother was frustrated at mentally challenged twins’ condition’, says Police
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

A suicide note stated that Archana killed Sarthak and Varad before hanging herself.

Mumbai rains: 2,600 calls in a day, how cops reached out
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Most calls were about tree falls, traffic jams and ‘fighting’. Post midnight, however, majority of the calls were from woman asking about their husbands who had not returned home, said the officers.

Mumbai rains: 2,600 calls in 24 hours; panicked families to diabetics asking for food
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

An analysis of the call details in the 24 hours post Monday midnight, revealed that the majority of the calls — 264 — were received for tree fall, followed by 186 for traffic jams, 116 about ‘people fighting’, 90 for short-circuit and 42 for rising water levels.

Major disaster averted as Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto derails in Thane after landslide
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

More than 300 railway employees and locals rushed to the aid of passengers. However, rescue operations were affected due to heavy rains. The train was carrying passengers to Mumbai, most of them visiting relatives in the city for Ganesh Chaturthi.

At Dera centre in Khapoli, doors closed; cops keep vigil
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Even as the conviction of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case led to violence in Panchkula that killed 36, at the Khopoli branch of the Dera Sacha Sauda, the situation remains under control, albeit under police patrol.

Thanks to censor board move last year, plug on movie leaks
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The change is that since August last year, production houses no longer give DVDs to the censor board, but submit movies in an encrypted form.

Chargesheet filed in cash for police transfer scam
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Mumbai Police transfer scam: The chargesheet that was filed before the Esplanade court on Wednesday relies primarily on the statement of Deputy Commissioner of Police Namdeo Chavan, who is the complainant in the case.

Game of Thrones leak: Accused sent episode to girlfriend, say police
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The Information Technology (IT) professionals have told the police that they were curios about the fourth episode of the ongoing season seven of Game Of Thrones and had, hence, accessed it illegally.

Despite helpline, option to register with Mumbai police, senior citizens vulnerable
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

While the Mumbai Police in 2012 revitalised Elderline — helpline 1090 dedicated to senior citizens — and also asked elderly people to register with local police stations, neither initiative seems to have had a sustained impact

Woman shares OTP with ‘bank caller’, loses Rs 68K
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

An officer from Ghatkopar police station said: “There are two similar cases were Navy employees have been targeted by the fraudsters. We are checking if the cases are linked.”