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Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 1,855 new Covid cases, two deaths; Mumbai alone logs 840 infections

Mumbai News Live, Maharashtra News Live, Mumbai Covid News August 20, 2022: Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26). 

A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at Gateway of India, in Mumbai. (PTI, file)

Mumbai News,  Maharashtra Today: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,855 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 80,82,551 and the toll to 1,48,193, a health department official said. A day earlier, the state saw 2,285 cases and five fatalities. Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26).

Mumbai Traffic Police’s control room has received several text messages on the WhatsApp number of its helpline, threatening a “26/11-type” attack, an official said on Saturday. Prima facie, the number from which the messages have been sent is from outside the country, he said. “Text messages were received on the WhatsApp number of the Mumbai police’s traffic helpline operated from the control room located at Worli in central Mumbai around 11 pm on Friday,” the official said.

The Bombay High Court on Saturday granted bail to the former driver of Indrani Mukerjea who had turned an approver against her and the other co-accused in connection with the alleged murder of Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora. Shyamvar Rai was granted bail on grounds of parity as Mukerjea was released on bail by the Supreme Court recently. With this, all four booked in the case are out on bail.

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22:12 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Maharashtra CM meets NCP's Walse Patil en route to Bhimashankar temple

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday visited former home minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dilip Walse Patil at the latter's residence in Pune district. Walse Patil said it was a courtesy visit and no political discussion was held.

Shinde was travelling to Bhimashankar temple, one of the 12 jyotirlingas, located in Khed tehsil of the Pune district.

"He was on his way to Bhimashankar. I got a call from his office about his movement. I contacted him and invited him over for tea. He accepted the invitation and visited my residence. He was there for 10 to 15 minutes. There was no political discussion. It was just a courtesy visit," Walse Patil told PTI. CM Shinde tweeted that he was greeted with great jubilation and enthusiasm everywhere en route to Bhimashankar temple. (PTI)

20:18 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Gangster who jumped parole while serving life sentence held in Thane's Mumbra

A man who had jumped parole while undergoing life sentence in a shootout case was on Saturday nabbed in Mumbra in Maharashtra's Thane district, a police official said. Bilal Sayyed Mustafa Sayyed was held on a tip off by a team of the Property Cell of the Thane Crime Branch, he added.

Sayyed was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting dead the bodyguard of a kin of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai's Nagpada area in 2011, the official said.

"He jumped parole while serving his sentence in Nagpur Central Jail. He was caught on Saturday from Mumbra and has been handed over to the local police for further action. He is allegedly an aide of Chhota Rajan," the Crime Branch official said. Rajan is in jail since his deportation from Bali in Indonesia in 2015. (PTI)

18:59 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Mumbai logs 840 new Covid-19 infections

Mumbai on Saturday recorded 840 new Coronavirus cases, without any fatalities. 

18:56 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Maharashtra reports 1,855 Covid-19 cases, two deaths

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,855 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 80,82,551 and the toll to 1,48,193, a health department official said. A day earlier, the state saw 2,285 cases and five fatalities.

Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26). (PTI)

18:20 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Current Maharashtra CM doesn’t sit at home: Fadnavis’ swipe at Uddhav

In a veiled swipe at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the current chief minister does not sit at home but tours the state and meets people.

He also said the alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will win the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls.

Thackeray was often accused by the BJP of not stepping out of Mumbai during his tenure as the chief minister (November 2019- June 2022) and mostly using his residence for meetings. (Read more)

17:47 (IST)20 Aug 2022
BJP, Shinde-led Sena will fight against Uddhav faction in BMC polls: Devendra Fadnavis

The BJP has decided to take the battle against the Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray to the people’s court to allow them to determine the destiny of Mumbai in the BMC elections, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said Saturday.

While exuding confidence of a grand victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls, Fadnavis said, “BJP and the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde will fight the BMC elections together as alliance partners.” Fadnavis was addressing BJP workers at a function organised by the party to felicitate newly-appointed Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar.

“We will take our battle against Thackeray’s Sena to the Mumbaikars’ court. It is for them to deliver the final verdict. It will be the people’s decision to decide the destiny of Mumbai,” Fadnavis said. (Read more)

16:22 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Watch: Aaditya Thackeray launching his 4th phase of Shiv Sanvaad Yatra from Pachora in Jalgaon district
16:13 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Special bench to hear issue of potholes on Maharashtra roads: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court will constitute a special bench on the issue of potholes on Maharashtra’s roads. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M S Karnik said this on Saturday while hearing a lawyer, who sought an urgent hearing citing non-compliance of orders and directions of the court resulting in roads in Maharashtra being filled with potholes, causing loss of life and property of citizens.

Last month, the Bombay High Court had pulled up civic bodies over non-repair and non-filling of potholes.(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

The lawyer, Manoj Shirsat, said that this resulted in a “severe violation” of fundamental rights of the citizen. The court told the lawyer to submit relevant information for its consideration and said that a special bench will be constituted to hear the issue. (Read more)

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16:04 (IST)20 Aug 2022
We have taken the case of the threat message very seriously: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that the case of the threat message (26/11-like terrorist attack on Mumbai) is taken very seriously.

'Agencies have been informed of all measures to investigate the threat matter. Mumbai CP will give further details of the case,' Fadnavis said in a statement to ANI.

15:45 (IST)20 Aug 2022
‘No statement on case to media’: Special court sets conditions for Varavara Rao’s bail

Days after the Supreme Court granted bail to Telugu poet and activist P Varavara Rao who was booked in the Elgaar Parishad case, the special court in Mumbai set conditions for his bail, including that he shall not make any statement with regard to the matter in the media.

Rao was granted bail earlier this month by the Supreme Court on medical grounds, observing that his medical condition has not improved to such an extent over a period of time. In February 2021, he was granted interim bail by the Bombay High Court for six months. It was extended from time to time. In April, the high court rejected his plea for permanent bail and asked him to surrender within three months.

The Supreme Court, while granting bail to Rao, deleted the condition to surrender. It directed him not to leave Mumbai without the nod of the special court. (Read more)

15:04 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Messages that warned of 26/11-like attack came from number with Pak code: Mumbai police chief

The messages received by the police threatening a 26/11-like attack in Mumbai came from a phone number which has Pakistan code, city Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said on Saturday. He was addressing a press conference here in the wake of city police's traffic wing receiving several text messages on its helpline number, which threatened that an attack would be carried out and the city would be blown up.

"Prima facie, the threat messages to blow up Mumbai like 26/11 came from a number that has Pakistan code," Phansalkar said.

"We have taken the messages seriously. Necessary measures are being taken to investigate the threat messages. We are alert on coastal security and are coordinating with Coast Guard," he added. (PTI) 

13:50 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Bombay HC grants bail to Indrani Mukerjea’s driver Shyamvar Rai

The Bombay High Court on Saturday granted bail to the former driver of Indrani Mukerjea who had turned an approver against her and the other co-accused in connection with the alleged murder of Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora.

Shyamvar Rai was granted bail on grounds of parity as Mukerjea was released on bail by the Supreme Court recently. With this, all four booked in the case are out on bail. The alleged murder of Bora in 2012 was revealed with the arrest of Rai in 2015 in another case. The Mumbai police had claimed that Rai was found in the western suburbs of Khar with an unlicensed weapon and during his interrogation in the case, he had revealed his involvement in Bora’s murder on April 24, 2012.The police had then arrested Rai, Mukerjea and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna in August 2015.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the case, also arrested Indrani Mukerjea’s then husband and media executive Peter Mukerjea. Peter was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2020. Indrani was granted bail in May this year by the Supreme Court noting that she had been in prison for 6.5 years and the trial was not likely to conclude soon. Based on this, Khanna too was granted bail in June by the high court on grounds of parity. Read more. 

12:47 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Art Street: A memorial off Eastern Freeway to honour cop who was killed while chasing criminals in 1979

Some distance from the Dockyard Road railway station off the Eastern Freeway, there is a tableau where two policemen are seen saluting a memorial pillar, a practise followed when a policeman passes away.

The structure is meant to remind people of police sub-inspector Bhagwan J Kaklij, who was run over by criminals when he was chasing them on his motorcycle in 1979.

Kaklij’s name is mentioned in the background for people to remember the sacrifice made by him. In order to ensure that his sacrifice is not forgotten, local Shiv Sena leader Yashwant Jadhav and legislator Yamini Jadhav recently decided to commemorate it and asked for the memorial to be erected. Read more. 

11:02 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Mumbai traffic police get WhatsApp messages threatening ‘26/11-type’ attack, probe launched

Mumbai Traffic Police’s control room has received several text messages on the WhatsApp number of its helpline, threatening a “26/11-type” attack, an official said on Saturday.

Prima facie, the number from which the messages have been sent is from outside the country, he said.

“Text messages were received on the WhatsApp number of the Mumbai police’s traffic helpline operated from the control room located at Worli in central Mumbai around 11 pm on Friday,” the official said. “In the series of messages, the sender has threatened about a 26/11-type attack,” he said, adding that the city crime branch has initiated an investigation into it. Read more. 

10:29 (IST)20 Aug 2022
BMC chief ordered officials to not remove hoardings of CM: Petitioner informs HC

AFTER THE Bombay High Court was on Friday informed of a news report, which said that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal had allegedly directed civic officials not to remove hoardings bearing photographs of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

The court asked the petitioner to place the grievances on record so that it can seek a response from the concerned authority. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand S Karnik has been hearing pleas, including a contempt plea initiated by the High Court on its own, claiming non-compliance with its 2017 orders to pull down illegal hoardings and that political parties are flouting the order every day and defacing public places. Read more. 

10:17 (IST)20 Aug 2022
2008 Malegaon blast case: HC judge recuses from hearing petitions

After an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case informed the Bombay High Court on Friday that Justice Revati Mohite-Dere had appeared as NIA counsel in the case in 2011, the judge recused herself from hearing the petitions filed in the case, in which she passed orders in the last few occasions.

A division bench of Justice Mohite-Dere and Justice Sharmila Deshmukh was on Friday hearing a plea filed by Sameer Kulkarni, an accused, who alleged that some other accused were deliberately delaying the trial despite HC directives to expedite the process. Last month, the same bench had asked the NIA special court to submit a fortnightly report on the progress made in the trial, in which BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit are named as accused. Read more. 

09:27 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Mumbai woman held for smuggling cocaine worth Rs 3.75 crore

A 50-year-old national of Sierra Leone was arrested at Mumbai airport recently by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine worth Rs 3.75 crore. Officials revealed that a woman, identified as Bintu Janneh, was caught at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport on the basis of suspicion. Nearly 500 gram cocaine was found concealed in her purse. Janneh, in her confession, said the packet was handed over to her at Addis Ababa. Read more. 

09:26 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Yacht found with weapons: ATS lodges case under Arms Act

A day after an abandoned yacht was found adrift off Maharashtra coast with assault rifles and other weapons, the Anti-Terrorism Squad on Friday registered a case against unknown persons. A senior IPS officer confirmed the development and said that the case was registered under sections 7 and 25 of the Arms Act.

“As the yacht was carrying three AK-74 rifles and ammunition and it briefly set off a security scare, we had to register a case to officially seize the weapons,” said a police officer. The discovery of weapons created a buzz as it came ahead of Dahi Handi and Ganesh festivals, but Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that no terror connection had been found. Read more. 

22:23 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Man who cheated jewellers of Rs 4.2 crore arrested, cash seized from BMW

Mumbai police has arrested a 65-year-old man accused of duping jewellers to the tune of Rs 4.22 crore by starting a chain of bogus stores, an official said on Friday.

Srikumar Shankara Pillai was arrested from Dombivli near Mumbai by a team of Lokmanya Tilak Marg Police Station in south Mumbai.

After the key of a BMW was found in his house, police located the car which had been parked in the same neighbourhood. They found a stash of Rs 2.09 crore in the car, the official added.

Pillai had allegedly set up 12 jewellery stores under the name `S Kumar Jewellers' in various parts of the country.(PTI)

22:03 (IST)19 Aug 2022
111 injured in Dahi Handi celebrations in Mumbai

BMC informed today that a total number of 111 people were injured in Dahi Handi celebrations today. Out of these 88 were treated and discharged. The Dahi Handi was celebrated with pomp in Mumbai and adjoining regions after a break for two years due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic. 

An abandoned yacht was Thursday found adrift off Maharashtra, carrying three AK-74 rifles and ammunition, briefly setting off a security scare before officials ruled out a terror angle. The yacht’s sailing master, also the husband of its Australian owner, told The Indian Express that the weapons were meant as protection against Somali pirates — and that he now wants the vessel back. A senior Coast Guard official, meanwhile, confirmed that the weapons were all legal.

Following an uproar in the Legislative Council over the rape of a 35-year-old woman from Bhandara in Gondia, Neelam Gorhe, Deputy Chairman of the Council, on Thursday directed the government to ensure the survivor receives free medical aid and is provided security. The second day of the Monsoon Session witnessed drama as soon as the House convened, with the Opposition demanding that the case be discussed and all other businesses planned for the day be adjourned.

To reinforce the plastic ban in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to take action against hotels and restaurants still using single-use plastic for home delivery of food. The civic body first plans to meet hotel owners’ associations to explore other options for use, and chart a road map to eliminate use of plastic. It will also propose options such as using steel containers for delivery.

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First published on: 19-08-2022 at 07:25:21 am
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