Mohamed Thaver

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

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.”

Mumbai: Girl says she was kidnapped by 3 men, managed to escape
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

While I was reading the address, someone gagged me with a handkerchief and pushed me in a waiting auto rickshaw,” the girl has told the police.

Bangladeshi man ran illegal phone exchange racket from Saudi: Mumbai Police
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

5 accused sent to 4-day police custody.

Helpline for vishing victims gets around 20 calls a day in Mumbai
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

When harrowed victims call up the helpline, they are guided about the measures that one has to take and are asked to approach the local police station and get an FIR registered.

Man loses Rs 25,000 after fraudulent phone call in Mumbai
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

An officer linked to the case said: “The case is unusual since here the complainant did not  share the OTP with the caller as he had realised that it was a fraudulant call. But in spite of that, the two transactions still went through.”

Dahi Handi: No action against those who broke rules last year
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Last year, as per Supreme Court guidelines, the height of the pyramid could not cross 20 feet and children below the age of 18 were not allowed to participate.

Sexual abuse of boys: Shame, poor awareness behind under-reporting
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

NCRB data of 2015 shows Maharashtra reported maximum cases (13,921) of crime against children in the country. It also ranked highest in rape cases of children (2,231) and sexual harassment of minors (1,043) .

DoT ADG suicide: 4 colleagues were harassing him with sexual taunts allege family
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

hile the police have recorded statements of Sanjeev Rajoria’s family, they have at present filed an Accidental Death Report (ADR) in the matter, as per procedure in cases of suicide. Rajoria allegedly hanged himself in a room on the 11th floor of a hotel in Powai.

A year after ban, cases of spurious toddy rise in Mumbai
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Last year, the Maharashtra government banned toddy shops in Mumbai after it emerged that the liquor was being adulterated with dangerous chemicals like chloral hydrate. However, an underground market has emerged since then.

SIM box fraud: Two telephone exchanges found masking international calls as local, say police
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

The second raid was carried out by the Crime Investigation Unit (CIU) in the Cheetah Camp area of Trombay. Here, the police found 3 SIM boxes, invertor, router and 70 SIM cards.

Suspended Thane jail official booked for ‘misappropriating funds’
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

The prison department then decided to file an FIR against Jadhav. M V Dharmadhikari, senior inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said that a case was registered on Wednesday against Jadhav for criminal breach of trust by a public servant under section 408 of the Indian Penal Code.

Visa agent held for forging immigration stamps on passport of UK applicant
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The forgery was, however, detected by the immigration liaison manager and an application was handed over to the Mumbai Police to investigate the matter. So far, the police have arrested one agent and have found that there was another case registered against him in the past.

Case behind MU’s onscreen move enters trial, safety plan still on paper
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

While the Bhandup police in July last year chargesheeted 18 people in the case, the first witness was examined last week. Though investigators had planned to chargesheet some students suspected to have been involved, eventually they were named as witnesses to nail the roles of the 18 accused.

Getting extortion calls from gangsters: Hoteliers to police
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

While extortion calls had reportedly dipped after the demonetisation, the hoteliers claimed the calls were back and with greater frequency. The police are probing the matter.

Four years later, battle tank outside Mumbra station stands forgotten
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Altaf Hussain, an employee working at a store opposite the tank, said, earlier, a lot of people used to visit the tank. “Now, you will only see youngsters sometimes, clicking selfies with it on Sundays. The novelty factor has worn off,” he said.

Suicide after ‘sodomy’: ‘Unidentified’ handwriting may help cops zero in on culprit
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Apart from the handwriting on tution notebooks, police are also questioning a close friend of the two boys who had left for his native place soon after incident.

This king rides the train: masala brand’s ad jingle plays over and over
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

"If you calculate, it comes to 2,720 times that an ad will play during the course of the day. However, the ads can have a maximum 20 seconds duration,” an employee with the marketing team of TG Connect. he fact that the ad plays with such regularity has left several commuters on the western line curious.

13-year-old who attempted suicide passes away
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Based on the statement of the boy’s father, the Powai police registered a case under Section 377 (unnatural offences) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police have not yet been able to track down the accused.

Maharashtra: Year on, cops to be trained to use mobile forensic vans
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Police were provided vans that could conduct 17 tests at scene of crime, but due to a lack of trained staff, they have only been used to lift fingerprints

Police may exhume body of 10-yr-old suspected to have been sodomised
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The 10-year-old boy and his 13-year-old friend are suspected to have consumed rat poison on July 12. While the 10-year-old passed away on the same day, the 13-year-old is fighting for life

‘Sodomised’ 13-year-old boy who consumed rat poison critical: Police
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The 13-year-old is currently in the intensive care unit and doctors fear liver failure may affect other organs in the body. Meanwhile, police teams are trying to scan CCTV footage of the route that the two boys took on July 6, when the incident is suspected to have taken place.

Mumbai: 13-year-old tries to kill himself, says sodomised
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Police have learnt that an 11-year-old friend of the victim died the same day in the locality. They are probing if there is any link in the two incidents, though the 11-year-old’s father claimed he died due to dehydration.

Two arrested for ‘harassing’ trader carrying buffalo meat in Mumbai
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Vigilantes claimed to be journalists, trader suffers losses of Rs 15,000-20,000.

Mumbai: How a little copy-paste job gave ‘Maharaj’ smooth entry into announcements for CST
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

“Since we have been in the habit of saying CST, we have kept these chits reminding us of the name change,” said Sushma Hondeokar, an announcer.

Petrol Pump Racket: 35 overseas visits of ‘mastermind’ under scanner
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

On July 11, the Thane police arrested Nulkar from Hubli in Karnataka, claiming he supplied doctored chips to several pumps in Maharashtra and other states.

Test for AIDS, Hepatitis will now be used to identify beef
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The portable meat testing machines the Maharashtra Police is planning to buy will use the ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) Test, which is also used as a quality control check in various industries and for drug testing at the workplace.

Reliance Jio Data Breach: Accused used own debit card to make payment for web space, say police
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

He also used his own computer to set up the website, based on which he was eventually arrested. As per cyber cell officers, cyber criminals normally pay via bitcoins and use proxy servers in similar cases of security breach, to remain below the radar.

Shifu Sunkriti case: Police say chargesheet likely by next week
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is set to file a chargesheet against Sunil Kulkarni, “bogus doctor” and founder of group Shifu Sunkriti, by the next week. Kulkarni will be charged with cheating, forgery and impersonation.

Byculla jail inmate’s death: Initial probe of CCTV footage doesn’t show sexual assault, says Police
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Shetye’s cell mate Shaikh, based on whose statement an FIR was registered at the Nagpada police station, had said that Shetye was assaulted and later taken to her own barracks, with the jail guards dragging her by the hair.

Mumbai 1993 bast accused dead: Saved from a dishonourable death, say relatives
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Shahnawaz (39), the eldest son of Mustafa Dossa, said, “Yesterday, when we met my dad in court, he was extremely unwell and had been brought in an ambulance. He could hardly stand.”

Byculla prison: CCTV footage lost in bonfire, say police
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

In the absence of the footage, it could be difficult to establish what transpired in the prison on Saturday that led to the death of inmate Manjula Shetye.

Man conned, police say caller had credit card details
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

As per the statistics provided by the Mumbai Police, around 200 cases of vishing - where fraudulent phone calls are made to con people - have been registered between January 1 and June 4 this year.

Man cheated of Rs 80 lakh by ex-staff of brokerage firm: Police
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

The two have been booked on charges of cheating, forgery, forging of valuable security and forgery for the purpose of cheating, said an official, adding that search is on to nab them.

US govt seeks custody of call centre scam ‘mastermind’
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Several accused have been charged in the US in connection with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam, in which fraudulent calls were made from Indian call centres to dupe US nationals.

Kalyan: Cops, villagers injured as protests turn violent
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Residents of seven villages were agitating against Navy orders to vacate over 1,600 acres of land belonging to it.

Inter-state racket busted: Petrol pumps filled less fuel
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Police suspect that besides a large number of petrol pumps in Maharashtra, consumers were shortchanged in other states too. A similar racket had been unearthed in Uttar Pradesh in April, when the STF carried out raids and arrested 27 petrol pump owners.