96- year- old man killed at Nag­pada flat; phones miss­ing

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A 96- year- old man, who lived alone, was killed at his sec­ond floor flat in Nag­pada late on Fri­day.

The po­lice said that the body of the man, Ab­dul Hamid An­sari, was found by his grand­son who vis­ited the flat at Yakub build­ing in the Madan­pura neigh­bour­hood on Satur­day morn­ing. They said that the hands and feet were tied and he died of suf­fo­ca­tion.

Po­lice said that An­sari’s hands had been tied with hand­ker­chiefs and legs had been tied with a piece of cloth. The rob­bers had stuffed a cloth in his mouth and had placed him on the bed with his face down. A po­lice of­fi­cer said that prob­a­bly the ac­cused did not in­tend to kill him but since his mouth was stuffed with a cloth, he died due to suf­fo­ca­tion.

There was no ev­i­dence of forced en­try into the flat. But the house was ran­sacked and this sug­gests that rob­bery was the mo­tive, the po­lice said.

Fam­ily mem­bers and neigh­bours told the po­lice the man was fond of high­end phones. He pos­sessed five phones, but all of them were miss­ing from the house.

“It ap­pears that the at­tack­ers also tried to open a cup­board where there was cash amount­ing to Rs6.25 lakh. The cash was found to be un­touched. The fam­ily was un­sure whether any jew­ellery was miss­ing,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The po­lice said Wahid, 22, vis­ited his grand­fa­ther daily. When he got to the house at about 8.30am, he found him ly­ing mo­tion­less and called his par­ents.

NK Me­hetar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor, “There was no sign of forced en­try and this sug­gests that the ac­cused may have been known to An­sari. We are inquiring into whether he had any en­mity with any­one and the pos­si­bil­ity that some­one may have tried to set­tle old scores over money.”

An­sari has three sons and three daugh­ters, all of whom are mar­ried. One of the sons is abroad and an­other re­tired as a head­mas­ter of a Urdu school in Py­d­honie re­cently.

A fam­ily mem­ber said, “Post 9pm, he did not al­low any­one in the house af­ter that as he used to live alone. This has been done by some­one who is known to him.” The high court has rapped the Ma­ha­rash­tra govt for its lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude in set­ting up more fast- track courts to deal with crimes against women, as di­rected by the Supreme Court.

A di­vi­sion bench of chief jus­tice Mo­hit Shah and jus­tice MS Sonak re­proached the govt af­ter it was pointed out that de­spite the SC or­der, the govt had not yet filed an af­fi­davit giv­ing de­tails per­tain­ing to fast- track courts try­ing crime against women.

This March, HC had di­rected the govt to fur­nish de­tails of ex­ist­ing courts and the num­ber of posts of judges. The court was hear­ing a PIL on the need to set up more fast- track courts to try cases re­lat­ing to of­fences against women.

The court had then given the govt four weeks to file a re­ply. How­ever, the af­fi­davit hasn’t been filed to date. “Why can’t you ( govt) file the af­fi­davit?” asked the chief jus­tice, who re­marked it was a se­ri­ous is­sue.

The PIL was filed by so­cial ac­tivist Vi­har Durve on March 6, ac­cus­ing the govt of not be­ing se­ri­ous in set­ting up additional courts for speedy dis­posal of cases in­volv­ing crimes against women. The pe­ti­tion states that govt ap­a­thy had been con­tin­u­ing de­spite re­peated re­quests from the HC fol­low­ing the 2012 Supreme Court di­rec­tive.

The in­for­ma­tion Durve ob­tained un­der the RTI Act shows that the govt had been sit­ting on the HC re­quests to cre­ate 10% additional posts in district courts to try such of­fences.

HC has been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the govt on the is­sue since May 2010, but the govt has kept on rais­ing one query or the other. The pro­posal is now pend­ing with the fi­nance dept, which has sought fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tions.

CM Prithvi­raj Cha­van had said the govt was in the process of set­ting up more courts. “We have con­sti­tuted 100 fast­track courts; 13 spe­cial courts to try of­fences against women have al­ready been set up and 12 more will be set up soon,” Cha­van had said.

— Sal­man An­sari/ dna

Job ap­pli­cants line up at the rail­way re­cruit­ment board’s Mum­bai Cen­tral of­fice for hall tick­ets. They are part of the 82,000 who will be ap­pear­ing for ex­ams the as­sis­tant train driver and tech­ni­cian cat­e­gories. The exam will be held on Sun­day

— Sal­man An­sari/ dna

Daugh­ter of the de­ceased, Ab­dul Hamid An­sari, mourns at his res­i­dence on Satur­day

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