Nitin Bhere (33), a self-styled godman and worshipper of Goddess Kali, who stayed in Shahapur, is accused of brainwashing his fellow deceased disciples into hanging themselves using three sarees he had brought along.
The fishermen — Dyaneshwar Tandel (51), Dilip Tandel (55), Jagannath Tandel (61) and Praveen Dhanu (38) — had set out from their home in Palghar’s Satpati village at 6 am on Thursday. They were expected to return with the day’s catch by 5 pm. However, their boat, Agnimata, failed to return that night.
Investigations have revealed that the deceased, Nitin Behere (35), along with others, believed that by taking their own lives on November 14, a New Moon day when Laxmi puja was being celebrated, they would be immediately reborn with superhuman powers.
Both Kaiserbanu Kazi (43) and Rehana Bhatkar (35) received a message on WhatsApp on November 11 featuring faces of KBC host Amitabh Bachchan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani and which urged them to “collect their prize urgently”.
While the initial attacks on police personnel in the early months of the lockdown were attributed to frustration among people due to restrictions put on their movement, the height of the lockdown was marked by several violent instances of such attacks.
The accused, Milind Deshmukh, comes from a farming family in Murbad town in Palghar district. The police said Deshmukh was booked on five previous occasions in Murbad, Vashi and Rabale in Navi Mumbai, Baramati in Pune district and Ahmednagar.
Since December, both Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi ’s families had written to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Union Home Minister and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), seeking help for their children.
The accused, a resident of Kerhale village at Raver taluka, was arrested Thursday for murdering, inflicting fatal injury on a girl while committing rape and trespassing into a house having already prepared to hurt its occupants, said Pravin Mundhe, Superintendent of Police, Jalgaon.
A team of forensic and fingerprint experts and the district police’s dog squad swept the home and the adjoining area for clues on Friday morning. The bodies of the children were taken to the Jalgaon District Civil Hospital for a post-mortem.
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Kaur is also an accused in two other alleged offences registered in Mumbai. In 2015, television personality and former disciple Dolly Bindra accused Kaur and 19 others of sexual harassment, obscenity and for issuing threats to her family
Ever since the government allowed shops and offices to open with a limited number of employees in June, dabbawalas have been making a small number of deliveries on bicycles, but only on short routes in central and south Mumbai.
The steady rise in registration of offences in Maharashtra has mirrored the national trend. In Maharashtra, 5,321 cases were reported in 2017 and 5,961 in 2018. In that period, the national figure increased from 21,866 to 23,501.
A senior member of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) and of the Indian Legal Professionals Association, Devji Maheshwari was critical of both Hinduism and Brahmanism