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Mumbai Underground: Guarding the guards

The leaked documents scandal originating from the oil ministry has made the government step up surveillance.

| Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2015 1:27:43 am
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The leaked documents scandal originating from the oil ministry has made the government step up surveillance. The latest departments going hi-tech are the Enforcement Directorate and income tax. All ED offices are going to watched by closed-circuit cameras and the feeds monitored by the special director — the boss at each location. What’s worse, according to ED officials, is that even interrogation rooms will have such equipment installed. With no more good-cop-bad-cop-style questioning technique possible now, officials are wondering if they can deliver results.

A police station arrives
The Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF) police station has for years been a sleepy place with no high-profile crime ever recorded. So, when a top corporate woman lawyer mowed down two persons while driving her Audi Q3 in an inebriated state near the RCF police station, the police officers there were thrown into a tizzy handling pesky cameramen and reporters they had never seen in such a large throng. A week into the case, just when the staff was getting accustomed to deal with the maddening crowd, a person dressed smartly in formals posed a question to a duty officer at the police station. The top executive with a leading company politely introduced himself and enquired if the police wanted to record his statement as he was one of the witnesses in the accident case. Confused and surprised, the officer quickly checked with his seniors. Suddenly, the phone at the police station and the mobile phones of the police officers on duty were flooded with calls by senior IPS officers instructing them how to deal with the high-profile person even before the summons could reach. The statement was quickly recorded before the news hungry reporters could get wind of it and land up at the police station much to the discomfort of the key witness.

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Meals on wheels
Even as the city’s culinary landscape sees a burst in options, with fine dining, molecular gastronomy and hybrid food, the one phenomenon has been missing — food trucks. As part of a popular local eatery’s tenth anniversary celebrations, the restaurant will be dishing out food truck-style delicacies — churros with bacon sour cream, mid-eastern wraps, crispy cheese ravioli and more — at its outlets on June 25 and will also have a bus making select stops across the city on June 29 offering a taste of its specials.

Food trail
Mohammed Ali Road and the neighbourhood of Bhendi Bazaar are the epicenter of activity in Mumbai during the holy month of Ramzan. Famous for its many delights — a variety of kebabs, delicious preparations of offal meat to be had with fresh naans, and a range of desserts, such as mawa jalebi, malpua and phirni — Mohammed Ali Road gets visitors from not just across Mumbai but also from nearby cities like Pune and Nashik. However, a trip to this famed neighbourhood is successful only if one knows which of the many eateries offer the best delicacies. A local travel agency has this year designed a tour for foodies who wish to experiment with the Ramzan offerings while also taking a tour of the old neighbourhood and its landmarks. Priced at Rs 1,500, the tour will be conducted on June 27 and 28.

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