While the police seized 170 weapons from Kulkarni’s shop, political pressure on the ruling BJP had mounted after the NCP and Congress accused it of trying to spread violence before the Lok Sabha polls.
“We have converted the accidental death reports to an FIR. Mhaskar and officials concerned of CIDCO were booked for causing death by negligence. No one has been arrested as we are still investigating,” said investigating officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Vitthal Damgude.
In her statement given to the police on January 1 at the hospital, Shaista had said that her father, Mohammad Murtaza Ansari, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire upon getting enraged, police said.
While those with damaged houses received a small sum of Rs 5,000 as rehabilitation money, small factories were completely ignored, said Sanjeev Jain, secretary of the Industrialists’ Association in Vasai.
“We caught this on CCTV cameras, but they are of a poor quality and we are unable to see their faces clearly,” said a senior police officer, adding that the gang had stolen mobile phones worth Rs 50 lakh.
“After the senior citizen, others in the area voiced that they had to go to as far as Badlapur to pay their bills. When I went to speak to the officers, I was told there is no manpower,” he further said, adding, “the officers are hardly there in their chairs during working hours.”