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Pune News Highlights: Businessman killed in mob attack in Chinchwad, two minors among 10 held

Pune News Highlights: “The probe suggests that the murder was fallout of business rivalry and past enmity. Probe is on to arrest remaining attackers and suspects,” said DCP Vivek Patil.

The mob chased him as they wielded sharp weapons and fired gunshots in the air at a busy Parshuram Chowk in Chinchwad. (File)

Pune News Highlights, December 5: A 38-year-old man, who co-owned a vehicle-washing business with his younger brother, died after he was shot and stabbed multiple times by a mob of 18 persons. The mob chased him as they wielded sharp weapons and fired gunshots in the air at a busy Parshuram Chowk in Chinchwad. The murder appeared to be a fallout of business rivalry and past enmity, police said. Following a probe that involved analysis of around 200 security camera footages, police arrested eight persons and detained two minors on Saturday.

In other news, the Eknath Shinde-led government’s decision to transfer Tukaram Mundhe from the National Health Mission (NHM), Maharashtra has not gone down well with health activists. They have appealed to citizens to send more than a lakh emails to the chief minister demanding the reinstatement of Mundhe as the commissioner of NHM. “Why the silence on the transfer of Tukaram Mundhe? Let’s express our displeasure,” Heramb Kulkarni, a social activist from Ahmednagar said.

Meanwhile, the Pune city police have launched a probe in the case of a 25-year-old student whose classmates, including two women, allegedly forced her to strip, molested her, falsely accused her of theft, forced her to make online money transfer to their accounts besides handing over cash to them by threatening her that they would report her to the police.

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Pune News Highlights: Businessman killed in mob attack at busy square in Chinchwad, two minors among 10 held; offence lodged against Solapur man for marrying twin sisters. Follow this space for live updates.

22:17 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Ajit Pawar gives ‘open offer’ to miffed MNS leader to join NCP

Said to be sulking for a while now, senior MNS leader and staunch supporter of party founder Raj Thackeray, Vasant More, has reportedly been given an open offer by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to join their fold.

More was the city MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) chief and also led the party in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). However, the MNS leader had refused to participate in the call given by MNS chief Raj Thackeray against loudspeakers on mosques.

Thereafter, More had to step down from the post of chief of city MNS unit. He had been alleging factionalism in the party and “deliberate efforts by a few” to sideline him. Read More

22:16 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Pune: Agniveer rally for recruitment of Women Military Police from Tuesday

The recruitment rally in Pune for selection of Agniveer General Duty for Women Military Police will be conducted at Bombay Engineering Group and Centre, Khadki from Tuesday till December 11. The rally is being held for women Agniveer applicants from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Daman, officials said.

A press statement from the Pune Defence PRO said, “Prospective candidates will be screened over the next three to four days. Candidates will undergo the selection in three phases: physical, medical and written Common Entrance Exam. Only those candidates who are found physically and medically fit will undergo the written test. The final selection of candidates will be based on merit and thereafter they will be called upon to join the Indian Army in the Corps of Military Police as Agniveers.” Read More

17:22 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Pune traffic diversion update

The traffic coming from Satara and entering Pune City via the Old Katraj Tunnel has been diverted to New Katraj Tunnel and Katraj Viaduct on Monday due to ongoing repair work. Express Photo By Pavan khengre,05.12.22,Pune.

16:07 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Pune teacher beats 6-year-old boy for ‘bad handwriting’, booked

A teacher from a school in Pune has been booked for allegedly hitting a six-year-old student with her hand for bad handwriting. The teacher from the central government-run school is also accused of threatening the child not to tell his parents about the corporal punishment, police said. Read More

15:47 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Navlakha's partner surrenders liquor, cigarettes to police after NIA raises objection to it in house arrest premises

Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case accused Gautam Navlakha's partner Sahba Husain has surrendered her liquor bottles and cigarette packets to police after the National Investigation Agency raised an objection over such items brought to the premises where he is currently under house arrest, an official said on Monday. On November 19, 70-year-old Navlakha was released from prison and taken to the house in Belapur-Agroli area of neighbouring Navi Mumbai town to be kept under house arrest for a month.

Husain, who is staying with 70-year-old Navlakha. had brought two liquor bottles and cigarettes for personal consumption, the official said.

She had declared about the same to the NIA officials when they came for house search before Navlakha was brought there. She had told the probe agency sleuths that the items were for her consumption and not for Navlakha, who neither consumes liquor nor smokes, the official said. (PTI)

12:58 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Fifteen Maharashtra students hurt in a bus accident near Lohagad Fort

As many as 15 students from Raigad district in Maharashtra sustained minor injuries when a bus carrying them veered off the road, after losing control, into a slope and turned on its side near Lohagad Fort in Pune district on Sunday afternoon, police said.

The students of a private coaching institute in Pen town, Raigad, were returning after a trip to the historic fort along with their teachers and other staff members. One staff member also suffered injuries, they said. Read the full report here.

12:54 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Maharashtra measles task force meets today, chairperson says outbreak should not be taken lightly

As Maharashtra task force on measles prevention and control is set to hold its first meeting Monday, its chairperson Dr Subhash Salunkhe said the outbreak of the disease should not be taken lightly. The state reported 823 measles cases and 18 deaths over the year. 

In areas where there is low vaccine acceptance and resistance, we are now trying to reach out through leaders and private practitioners. We are also looking to refine standard treatment protocols and share those with paediatricians and practitioners. The focus is on early referral,” Dr Salunkhe told The Indian Express. Read more.

12:52 (IST)05 Dec 2022
As fear of recession looms, Pune reports lowest office space supply in India

As fear of a possible recession in the US looms over the world, Pune has reported the lowest office space supply in the country for the first half of the financial year 2022-23 (H1 FY 2022-23).

Pune’s office supply of 0.85 million square feet is a decline of 32 per cent from the same time last year. The city saw an absorption of 1.35 million square feet of office space, which the report said was the highest in the last six years. On average, the monthly office rentals in the city had increased by 6 per cent and the vacancy rate in office space stood at 3.3 per cent—the lowest in the country. Read more.

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10:19 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Businessman killed in mob attack at busy square in Chinchwad, two minors among 10 held

A 38-year-old man, who co-owned a vehicle-washing business with his younger brother, died after he was shot and stabbed multiple times by a mob of 18 persons. The mob chased him as they wielded sharp weapons and fired gunshots in the air at a busy Parshuram Chowk in Chinchwad.

The murder appeared to be a fallout of business rivalry and past enmity, police said. Following a probe that involved analysis of around 200 security camera footages, police arrested eight persons and detained two minors on Saturday. Read more. 

08:57 (IST)05 Dec 2022
85-year-old killed as mixer truck hits his bike in Katraj

An 85-year-old man was killed in a case of hit-and-run as his bike was hit by a concrete mixer truck in Katraj area of Pune, fatally injuring him. The incident took place on Friday afternoon on the road connecting Katraj Vegetable Market to Katraj Chowk.

Police have identified the deceased as Dnyandeo Ganpatrao Doke, whp is a resident of Katraj Kondhwa Road. An FIR in the case was registered by his son on Saturday at Bharti Vidyapeeth police station. Police have launched a probe to search for the driver who fled the scene and left the truck behind. Read more.

08:53 (IST)05 Dec 2022
Offence lodged against Solapur man for marrying twin sisters

A non-cognizable offence was registered on Sunday against a man who got married to twin sisters at a ceremony held in Akluj taluka of Solapur district of Maharashtra two days ago. The photos and videos of the wedding were widely circulated on social media platforms. Read more.

22:25 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Pune International Marathon concludes, Ethiopian runners win

The 36th Pune International Marathon concluded at the Baburao Sanas Sports Ground in the early hours of Sunday. The event was flagged off by Feroze Ahmed Khan, chairman of Sarhad Kargil International Marathon and chief executive councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Kargil, Saturday at midnight. Read More

21:54 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Pune builder receives extortion emails threatening to leak his private images; probe on

Pune city police have launched a probe after a city-based builder received extortion emails demanding 60 bitcoins and threatening to circulate his private images on failing to do so, officers said.

An FIR has been registered at Shivajinagar police station by an employee of the builder’s firm. The police have invoked various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including those pertaining to extortion, and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Read More

20:18 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Pune customs seize 56 kg marijuana, arrest 3

The Pune Customs sleuths have seized 56 kg of marijuana which was allegedly being smuggled from Odisha into Maharashtra via Hyderabad by three carriers who were travelling on a Maharashtra state transport bus.

The Customs officials arrested the three persons after the bus was intercepted in Solapur district and launched a search for the main racketeer. Read More

16:25 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Tukaram Mundhe transfer: Activists launch campaign seeking reinstatement of IAS officer

The Eknath Shinde-led government’s decision to transfer Tukaram Mundhe from the National Health Mission (NHM), Maharashtra has not gone down well with health activists.

They have appealed to citizens to send more than a lakh emails to the chief minister demanding the reinstatement of Mundhe as the commissioner of NHM, Maharashtra.

Mundhe was shunted from his position within two months of the appointment. This was the IAS officer’s 19th transfer in 16 years of service. Read More

15:31 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Man arrested in Pune for assaulting neighbour with axe over attack on his dog

The Pune police on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly attacking his neighbour on the face and neck with an axe after the latter hit his dog using a stone, officers said.

According to police officers at Chatushrungi police station, the incident took place around 8.30 pm on Saturday in the Shinde Mala area in Baner. Ravi Ghorpade, 40, who works as a building painter, sustained serious wounds on his nose and neck following the attack and is currently being treated at a hospital, officers said. The police identified the arrested attacker as Ayub Baba Shaikh, 34. Read More

14:36 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Management student in Pune forced to strip, molested by fellow students who accuse her of theft

A 25-year-old management student from Haryana was allegedly forced to strip and molested by her fellow students after accusing her of theft in Pune, said the city police who have launched a probe. The accused also forced the diploma student to transfer money to them online by threatening to report her to the police.

The incident took place on the night of October 17 at a rented apartment of the students, said the police. Read More

11:58 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Know Your City: Pune’s Borkar family and their gifts to the world of music: Surtarang & E-sarod

For a long time, Pune-based renowned sarod player Pandit Shekhar Borkar cherished an ambition – to stand out among his contemporaries. In the mid-90s, he achieved this ambition when his quest to enhance the musical capabilities of the sarod came to fruition and he invented the ‘Surtarang’.

Later, in the 2000s, Borkar’s elder son, Praashekh, a sarod player himself, observed that in a fusion performance, the delicate sound of the sarod was killed and overpowered by other instruments. This inspired him, after several trials and tribulations, to design the E-Sarod, an instrument which heightens the sound of the sarod and is distinct in fusion performances. Read more.

11:57 (IST)04 Dec 2022
17-yr-old boy booked for ‘abetting suicide’ of schoolgirl

The Pune police have lodged an offence against a 17-year-old boy in connection with the suicide of a girl student, 17, from the same school.

The girl died by hanging herself at her residence in October this year. Earlier, a case of accidental death was lodged at the Vimantal police station.

As per a press release issued by the police Saturday, the girl was harassed by the boy. He allegedly forced her to develop a relationship with him.

The boy has been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The deceased girl’s father lodged an FIR in this case at the Vimantal police station Friday. Read more.

10:54 (IST)04 Dec 2022
Theatre won’t die as long as people reach out to each other: Naseeruddin Shah

“I have been hearing that theatre is dying since I was in college. I was told that time too… that theatre was dying and had no future, but as long as people feel the need to reach out to each other, theatre will never die,” said Naseeruddin Shah at YASHADA in Pune on Saturday. He was speaking at the 10th edition of the Pune International Literary Festival.

Speaking at an event titled ‘Understanding Histrionics’, Shah spoke about theatre and the essence of dramatics. He addressed various topics, such as his preparation before performing, how he chooses his roles, techniques of voice modulation, and the future of OTT platforms, among others. Read more.

Theatre won’t die as long as people reach out to each other: Naseeruddin Shah

Speaking at an event titled 'Understanding Histrionics', Shah spoke about theatre and the essence of dramatics. (File)

“I have been hearing that theatre is dying since I was in college. I was told that time too… that theatre was dying and had no future, but as long as people feel the need to reach out to each other, theatre will never die,” said Naseeruddin Shah at YASHADA in Pune on Saturday. He was speaking at the 10th edition of the Pune International Literary Festival.

He asserted that an actor’s role is to deliver the goods and communicate what the writers and directors intended, not to flaunt how many voices, expressions, or dance steps he can perform. Read more.

NGO, forest department rescue 2 leopards in separate incidents in Maharashtra

In a late-night rescue operation, Wildlife SOS and the Maharashtra forest department rescued a seven-year-old leopard from a 30-feet-deep well in the Navalewadi village, which falls under the Otur Forest Range in Pune district. The leopard was rescued on November 30 and was released after being declared fit by the NGO’s veterinary team.

According to reports, the residents of Navalewadi village heard an unfamiliar sound coming from a nearby well. They soon discovered that a leopard had fallen into the well. The villagers noticed that the animal was struggling to stay afloat and immediately informed the Maharashtra forest department, who sought help from Wildlife SOS, said officials of the NGO.

The rescue team lowered a trap cage into the well and after efforts for nearly 30 minutes, the leopard was safely pulled out of the well. A preliminary health check-up was conducted by the NGO’s veterinary team and the leopard was declared fit and released back into the wild.

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First published on: 04-12-2022 at 08:45 IST
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