Smita Nair


Pansare murder: SIT finds invoices for mental illness drugs at Sanatan Sanstha
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Most of the invoices found were of drugs from a stock dated April 2016 and August 2016 and include that of over 14,000 tablets.

Bombay HC panel scraps applications for beef monitors
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Maharashtra: The applications were received under the “special drive” launched in May for honorary animal welfare officers “to serve as eyes to monitor the beef ban” enforced last year.

Maharashtra distances itself from beef-ban monitors, facts don’t
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Express had reported on August 22 that following this call, 2,371 applications were awaiting scrutiny by the High Court-appointed committee to Monitor Animal Welfare Laws.

Maharashtra security law: First draft had checks that were junked
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

In the new draft, all responsibilities of all departments and stakeholders — barring the role of the police — have been removed.

For Muslim applicants, animal welfare cards do not mean gau raksha alone
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Asked about gau rakshaks applying for the card, applicant Mujahid B Shaikh of Satara says, “It’s wrong. This honorary card is to help every animal... not to distinguish between cows and other animals.”

Refrain in Sangh turf: Cards will give us power
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

The Indian Express interviewed applications, found that each applicant has been involved in “gau raksha” and now look at the government-issued card as key to a more muscular implementation of the beef ban.

Look who all are signing up to track ban on beef in Maharashtra
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Over 2,300 apply in Maharashtra, many linked to Hindutva groups.

Night Shift: At night, Mumbai photographer waits for stars of a different sort
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

It’s the frame of a celebrity — often in comfortable clothes, walking on the airport promenade — that makes a ‘night shift’ successful, says photographer Varinder Chawla

Maharashtra: Over 1,900 line up to become govt ‘eyes’ to monitor beef ban
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

The “unprecedented response” followed a drive to appoint special animal welfare officers to help police and the animal husbandry department in implementing the amended Maharashtra Protection of Animals Act ,1995.

Over 1,900 people line up to become ‘eyes’ for Maharashtra’s Animal Husbandry dept to monitor beef ban
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Voluntary post at the Animal Husbandry department gives the person authority to make police accountable to act on a complaint.

Mumbai emergency room: New online system to track family planning finds encouraging results
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

A three-month review done at the corporation’s health department recently found out that the new automated system has removed a lot of problems associated with the earlier coordinating systems, including nuisance callers.

Up in the Air: How the 1991 reforms changed the way Indians travelled
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Liberalisation of the aviation sector transformed the way a whole generation travelled, even if it meant giving up watching the world go by on a bus or train.

Maharashtra: A closed dhaba, a body, and a pair of slippers as only clue — how cops cracked mystery using WhatsApp
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

A first in rural policing, different subdivisions get together to first establish identity of the deceased and then nab the five suspects

Life on Mumbai local: ‘Please write… I want women to stop taking phone calls standing by train doors’
Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Transgender Kajal sings Lata songs on women’s compartments in local trains, earning money — and love; she says she loves to see beautifully dressed women.

Rare pages of a city’s history, from a port’s perspective
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Port magazines from 30s and 40s offer rare glimpse of life in Mumbai and its once thriving port

Malegaon 2008 blasts case: On bike trail, NIA relied on parts, rejected parts of statements to ATS
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

On May 13 this year, when the NIA filed its supplementary chargesheet, it told the court that the ATS’s investigation regarding the owner was accurate.

2008 Malegaon blasts: How NIA concluded ‘ATS planted evidence’
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Subedar said he saw ATS officer ‘doing something’ in house of accused; he had told ATS his office had keys.

2008 Malegaon blasts case: When five witnesses became two and gave new versions
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

ATS relied on five witnesses to put Sadhvi Pragya at centre of conspiracy; one now dead, one missing and one retracts statements, NIA discards their original statements and re-examines the other two.

The real man behind Raman Raghav 2.0: Mumbai’s first big-ticket serial killer
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

With the rains, came the tide of bloody deaths. The streets of Bombay had never seen such fear. He was a messy killer, but he was still one step ahead of the police. But Raman Raghav finally made a false move — he stepped out carrying a wet umbrella.

Police Diary: 106 years after it was introduced, Annual Mumbai Police Notice finally goes digital
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The system of delivering paper reports was actually adopted from a procedure followed in London

The Homecoming
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

A long summer journey led to an ancestral house in Kerala, a patch of woods and the embrace of a grandmother.

Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury
Tue, May 24, 2016

Shirish Kunder has turned 43 today. He is one of the few people in the film industry to talk politics and take a stand, he says he has nothing to lose.

Discharged in 2006 Malegaon blasts case: ‘I am legally free today’
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Those discharged in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case

Mumbai: Here, there is time to stand and stare
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The community, the villagers proudly say, was always entrepreneurial. Its members were either skilled in carpentry or as goldsmiths. In the houses that Mhatre points out, there are signs of these skills collected over a period of time.

Mahul: A traditional pocket, hemmed in by industries
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Most residents of the village, which has a few hundred homes, share a common second name Mahulkar, meaning ‘of Mahul’.

Rewind: Cops, mangrove cell take ‘baby steps’ to fast-track response to beaching
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Last week, on the night of January 28, a photographer saw what he thought was a large visual disturbance on the horizon of Juhu beach, like “a huge block of thermocol”.

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan: A ground of appeal
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan is a place where people from all walks of life come to protest with the belief that their voices will be heard. Here, life is a slow lesson in democracy and patience, and in forever lingering hope

They are not friends on Facebook
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

When two people met on a busy Mumbai sidewalk nine years ago, little did they know what crossing the road together would lead to.

The city of lights: Here, it will always be Bombay
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

She is 100 and still the queen. Step into Marine Drive’s past, where Nargis broke no-entry rules and women once cycled into the breeze.

Sheena Bora murder case: Probe report indicted former Raigad SP
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Sheena’s body was burnt on April 25, 2012 at a spot in Raigad district under the jurisdiction of Varsai police outpost.

Hope he will be brought here, he should face trial: D Sivanandan
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The retired IPS officer is perhaps best remembered for his tenure in Mumbai at a time when underworld activities and extortion-related shootings were rampant.

Time to dilute bylaws that give great powers to housing societies, says Maharashtra Police chief Sanjeev Dayal
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Outgoing Maharashtra DGP says there has to be a law that bans discrimination... police too must play a role in addressing issue.

7/11 Verdict: Father lives through granddaughters, says ‘my daughters are coming back’
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Ramesh lost both his daughters in the gap of 6 months, one to an accident and the other in train blast.

Malegaon blasts: ‘A story I never wrote’
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

The Malegaon blast 2006 chargesheet has Shabbir Masiullah as the man who stocked RDX and made bombs. While I wrote on all the accused, I could never write on Shabbir.

Hotel raids: When Mumbai Police decided to ‘police’ the bedrooms
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

In Sewree—and in some parts of Mazgaon, where 'old Bombay' still exists in its shipyard horizons, the migrant locals have scribbled on long walls, "Couples beware. Do not loiter here".

Sunday Story: The importance of being Rohini Salian
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The special public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case who stunned all with her accusation that the NIA had asked her to “go soft” on the accused, tells Smita Nair why it was “time to expose”