In the first case, officials of the Customs Narcotics Cell arrested two persons in a car near Dombarwadi Toll Post Alephata in Junnar taluka of Pune district for the alleged possession of 165 kg marijuana, which the officials said was valued at Rs 31 lakh.
Clad in ‘commando uniforms’ and comprising 33 women cops, named as ‘Damini Marshals’, the squad has turned out to be an effective force in helping girls and women in distress on streets and other public places.
At the hour-long session held at the university, a police team apprised university officials about the numerous initiatives introduced to tackle crime and the fall over recent months in the number of crimes in major categories like vehicle theft and attempt to murder, among others.
While only two of the nine people arrested in connection with the case so far — Arun Ferriera and Surendra Gadling — had sought copies of the data, the court of Special Judge K D Vadane ordered that all the accused be given the copies.
The man, Mayur Khole, a resident of Patil Estate slum in Shivajinagar, says that he belongs to the Hindu Matang community, and heads an ‘Ayodhya Group’ of over 100 local youths. His father Suresh has been associated with Patit Pavan Sanghatna, a Hindutva group, for many years.
In the first case, acting on a tip-off, a police team raided a spa in eastern Pune, where three women from Thailand were rescued. The owner and his accomplice were charged with exploitation under the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).
Police claim that the event was organised by channelling funds from the CPI-Maoist and speeches and programmes at the conclave played a role in triggering violence at Koregaon Bhima the next day, January 1, 2018.