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Mumbai Underground: Monsoon Jail Bharo

The number of inmates in jails always increases during monsoon.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
June 24, 2013 12:26:45 am

The number of inmates in jails always increases during monsoon. In Mumbai,where 60 per cent of the population lives in slums,and a sizeable part dwells on footpaths,many often indulge in petty crimes to ensure they can live in jails during the rains. Home Minister RR Patil confirmed the phenomenon. He said,”It’s both amusing and shocking,but it’s true. What can homeless people do? They prefer jails to footpath.”

Hope short-lived

Impressed with the lawyer appointed to bail out his 22-year-old son,actor Aditya Pancholi kept clapping to each defence argument in court on Thursday. Pancholi’s son Sooraj has been behind bars since June 10 for allegedly abetting his girfriend and actor Jiah Khan’s suicide. Defence lawyer C K Talekar’s each line of argument that Khan’s suicide was not due to a failed relationship but her failed career,brought claps from Pancholi. However,his enthusiasm was short-lived as the sessions court rejected the bail application.

Elephant story

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Trust some politicians to turn any eventuality to their own benefit. The case of an injured pachyderm took a political and regional twist when local MNS leaders blamed the North Indian owner of the elephant for injuries sustained by the animal. Known for their hostility to North Indians,the MNS leaders claimed it was because of the intention of North Indians,particularly residents of UP and Bihar,to make easy money which injured the elephant.

MET comparision

The credibility of infrastructure projects forecast by the Congress-NCP government is being compared to the weather forecast of the MET department. In a recent Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) committee meeting,when infrastructure development for the Undertaking was being discussed,a member from the Opposition party XX,taunting Congressman XX,remarked sarcastically,“The (infrastructure) forecasts by Congress is as good as the forecast by MET. Absolutely wrong!” Everyone in the room had a hearty laugh.

Cementing a bond

After Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte took it upon himself as chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority for Mumbai,the seven-year stand-off between MMRDA and BMC over the de-silting of the entire Mithi river stretch (including the portion that falls under MMRDA jurisdiction),relations between the two bodies have improved significantly. Kunte,former MMRDA chairman at a press conference earlier this month,even said the BMC would foot the entire Rs 22 crore for de-silting the river since it initiated action. Unknown to many,the next week,the MMRDA promptly delivered a cheque to the corporation.

Fury twice over

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A police constable recently made the mistake of scorning two women. Promising marriage to a female constable from his current place of posting,he was all set to marry another woman when his victim got wind of his plans. She went to the police and a team of policemen descended on the wedding and arrested the groom. On learning what he had done,his would-have-been bride too slapped a complaint against him.

Own medicine

Aditya Pancholi who is infamous for using foul language with media had a taste of his own medicine when his son was arrested by Juhu police for abetting Jiah Khan’s suicide. The media along with cameras and vans reached Aditya’s house for a sound byte where the actor accidentally stepped on a tripod and broke it. He apologised after the reporters began accusing him. The actor even folded his hands begging for forgiveness,until the reporters calmed down.

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First published on: 24-06-2013 at 12:26:45 am

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