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Mumbai Underground: Unfinished Business

The officers, although shocked on his escape, laughed off the episode and let him go later.

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A girl does her homework at Banganga Lake. (Source: Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

A man sipping beer at a suburban joint was detained by the police after they conducted a raid. He was brought to the police station, but after an hour, the police officers, to their amazement, found him entering the police station, as if he was never brought there. When he was questioned, the man said he had left the station house and gone to the bar again to gulp down his unfinished glass of beer that he bought with his “hard-earned” money. The officers, although shocked on his escape, laughed off the episode and let him go later.

Sound & Fury

Two women, who seemed to be in their 50s, were recently seen hurling abuses at unknown persons outside the Bombay High Court. While it may surprise a newcomer, their antics are not new and everyone in and around the court is aware of their strange behaviour. The sister-duo has been denied permission to enter court, but it has not stopped them from trying to enter it every single day of the week. A senior cop on court’s duty says the women show abnormal behavior, but are harmless. They have also been earlier spotted sitting outside a courtroom on the second floor of the court saying everyone in the court’s was ‘corrupt’. They were also pulled up for their conduct and escorted away by women police constables. Their purpose in the court, still remains a mystery, but one can hear them say that they want to “expose corruption in the court”.

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Muscle Power

Self-proclaimed scientist Munir Khan was recently in news with his arrest for selling spurious medicines. His modus operandi, however, is rather interesting as Khan, who earns over Rs 7 lakh by selling 40-50 syrup bottles everyday, has more than four men guarding him all the time. An official from the FDA, who posed as a customer and bought from Khan a 100 ml bottle for Rs 15,750, said, “Patients know they have been wronged, but no one has the guts to record a statement with the police. The bouncers are scary.” Even the FDA commissioner praised his men for daring to enter Khan’s clinic to collect samples. The FDA officer, however, does not want any credit or be named.

‘Sting’ in the Phone

The recent “sting operation” by MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande on Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar gave another reason for corporators to pull his leg in committee meetings. At a recent standing committee meeting, when a corporator from the opposition was about to speak, a BJP leader told him to switch off his cellphone and then talk as he was seated next to Deshpande. Even reporters, who met the MNS group leader later for a press meet at BMC headquarters, joked about being wary of talking to the leader with the phone by his side.