Srinath Rao

Articles By Srinath Rao

Men at centre of TikTok video row are a social media rage

Team 07 had uploaded a video on the popular video-sharing app TikTok, allegedly warning of the consequences of Tabrez Ansari's lynching.

Things unseen: Discovering monsoon through my mother’s sightless eyes

From that point on, up until January last year, she battled just as ferociously to save her left eye from sinking much like the city does every monsoon, with its frail infrastructure unsuited to people with even the slightest of handicaps.

Four years after fraudsters steal Rs 19.5 lakh from firm, banks and telecom firm directed to pay equal amount

S V R Srinivas, principal secretary, Information Technology and the Adjudicating Officer, also pulled up the telecom service company and the mercantile bank where the firm held the man’s account, for failing to secure his confidential data.

Mumbai building collapse: Sniffer dogs join search and rescue, identify air pockets in debris for NDRF team

When it reaches the site of a building collapse, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) first sends out its sniffer dogs to scoop out and identify air pockets before using their excavation and life-detection tools.

Dongri building collapse: ‘Redevelopment of building was neither viable nor feasible’

A group of tenants of Kesarbhai building had approached Rizwan Malik, the proprietor of ASB Realtors, to construct a 23-floor tower after demolishing the three-storey structure earlier this year. But Malik claimed that he was never seriously interested in the project.

Atrocities Act: Maharashtra police directed to use govt workers as panch witnesses

Stopping the use of civilians as panch witnesses is one area the police has identified in its bid to arrest sliding conviction rates.

23-year-old man sets off fire alarm, arrested for ‘smoking in aircraft toilet’

The accused was carrying a lighter, which escaped detection at Doha airport, said police.

Drama outside Mumbai hotel: Shivakumar sent back

Sent to negotiate with rebel MLAs inside, whose resignations have left the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka on the brink of collapse, Shivakumar refused to leave without speaking to them.

Mumbai: After 3-year wait, Mira Bhayandar Vasai Virar police commissionerate to be inaugurated on August 15

With the MBVV commissionerate likely to be headed by an Additional Director General (ADG) rank officer, sources said, several IPS officers have also thrown their hats in the ring for the post.

Two held for extorting Rs 90,000 from Mumbai-based dentist

The dentist, who is 50 years old, and practices in Khar West, told the police that his nightmare began in December 2018, when Tashu visited his clinic to get her teeth cleaned.

Mumbai boy’s death in swimming pool: Instructor, 2 lifeguards booked

The deceased, Smit Thigale, a Class 7 student, who lived in Shanti Park, Mira Road, had enrolled for swimming classes at DP Club in the same locality. The month-long classes between 6 pm and 7 pm under coach Dimple Bidkar (45) had started on May 12.

Mumbai: Sri Lankan woman held for trying to fly to Germany on forged passport

The police claimed that Theverasa confessed to having procured the passport form a travel agent known to her parents, whom she had met in Delhi in October 2018. According to the police, Thevarasa had been working at a hotel in Delhi and was keen to move to Germany to find a better job.

First time in 15 years: Drug supplier’s arrest reminds cops of Baby Patankar case

Residents’ group says police taking action based on list of distributors, suppliers, peddlers made by them

Mumbai: 20 yrs on, man diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia gets life term for murder

On the night of September 9, 1999, Gaffar was allegedly seen attacking a man with a stone at Vakola by a rickshaw driver.

Mumbai: Two arrested from Juhu hotel for betting on India-West Indies match

Following a tip-off, the Juhu police reportedly raided the Sun N Sand Hotel at 10.30 pm on Thursday and caught the two bookies — Dharmaraj Vala (42) and Amrish Brahmabhatt (43) — from a room in the fourth floor of the hotel.

6 years after cop was paralysed, Mumbai Police told to restore his salary

Last week, the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) gave him the opportunity to reverse that mistake after reminding his bosses of rights under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

MSHRC to not act against police for failing to book Shiv Sainiks who ‘abused’ couple kissing on skywalk

In November 2014, a group of Shiv Sainiks had allegedly manhandled and abused a young couple that was kissing on the skywalk leading to the railway station, accusing them of “indecent behaviour” in a public place.

IED explosion in Kurkheda: Three more arrested from Lavari village

A senior police officer said there was “sufficient” evidence to prove the role of the three men from Lavari in the conspiracy to plant and detonate the explosive.

Accused of sexual harassment, reinstated jailor set to head Aurangabad Central Prison

Controversial jail Superintendent Hiralal Jadhav is under inquiry after a woman ex-employee at Thane Central Prison accused him of sexual harassment and making unwanted advances at her in 2016.

Nana Patekar, Tanushree Dutta were several feet apart, weren’t dancing together: Eyewitnesses

A junior choreographer told the police that Patekar and Dutta weren’t dancing together and that no one had told her that the dance steps had been changed. “They were to enact the same dance movements but they weren’t dancing close to each other,” she told the police.