BJP work­ers throw ink at Cidco of­fi­cial over wa­ter woes, 2 held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a woman, have been booked by the NRI po­lice on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly cheating a jew­ellery store owner of Rs 6 lakh with a fake gold neck­lace.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, com­plainant Malti Malpekar has a jew­ellery store at Sec­tor 50E, Sea­woods, which the sus­pects had been fre­quent­ing since De­cem­ber last year.

The prime ac­cused had in­tro­duced the ac­cused woman as his wife and the other ac­cused as his brother-in-law. The trio wanted to sell a neck­lace weigh­ing 1kg to Malpekar.

“On Oc­to­ber 2, t he t rio brought a neck­lace to Malpekar’s store. The ac­cused gave Malpekar a piece of the neck­lace to ex­am­ine. Malpekar found the piece to be pure gold and pur­chased the neck­lace for Rs6 lakh,” said PS Shinde, sub-in­spec­tor, NRI po­lice sta­tion.

“L at e r, wh e n M a l p e k a r checked the neck­lace, she re­alised it was fake. The piece she had been shown was gold but she was given a fake one. She then reg­is­tered an FIR,” said Shinde.

“There were no CCTV cam­eras in the store when the deal was struck. The footage ob­tained from cam­eras in­stalled in the build­ing are not clear. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and hope to ar­rest all of them soon,” Shinde said.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 420, 406 and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

A fish­er­man casts his net for an evening catch as the sun sets at the Mini Seashore in Vashi on Thurs­day.

Dis­tressed by the short­age of wa­ter in the node, res­i­dents, led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) work­ers, took a mor­cha to City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) of­fice on Wed­nes­day. In the rally, some party work­ers al­legedly threw ink at Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (wa­ter sup­ply) Dilip Bokade.

The in­ci­dent led to tension in the area and the po­lice reg­is­tered cases against six peo­ple, two of whom were ar­rested.

Res­i­dents have said the in­ci­dent was a sign of des­per­a­tion. The pop­u­la­tion in Kamothe is in­creas­ing and there is a de­mand for 42 mil­lion litres a day ( mld) of wa­ter. How­ever, only 24 mld of wa­ter is sup­plied to the node cur­rently. The prob­lem is es­ca­lated by wa­ter cuts.

Res­i­dents have held sev­eral meet­ings with Cidco on the is­sue. Mor­cha and ag­i­ta­tions too have been or­gan­ised. How­ever, the wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion has only wors­ened.

On Wed­nes­day, a mor­cha, led by Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (RPI), reached the Cidco of­fice f i rst. A dele gation of RPI, i nclud­ing l eader Mangesh Dhivar, held a meet­ing with of­fi­cials at the Cidco of­fice in Sec­tor 6.

Mean­while, the BJP mor­cha ar­rived but was stopped by the po­lice out­side the of­fice premises.

B J P wo rke r s , h ow­eve r, en­tered the of­fice to sub­mit their mem­o­ran­dum af­ter seek­ing per­mis­sion from the po­lice.

While speak­ing to the of­fi­cials, BJP work­ers Ma­hen­dra Bhopi and Happy Singh al­legedly threw ink on Bokade.

Se­nior i nspec­tor Sri­ram Mullemwar, who was present at the spot, de­tained the duo and ar­rested them later.

When the sit­u­a­tion wors­ened, f or mer MP Ram­seth Thakur rushed to the spot.

“If wa­ter s up­ply i s not re­stored to the re­quired lev­els, we will lock the Cidco of­fice here,” said Thakur.

While Bokade ap­pealed to Thakur to dis­cuss the is­sue, Thakur de­manded that ar­rested BJP work­ers be re­leased first.

He threat­ened to in­ten­sify the ag­i­ta­tion oth­er­wise.

Thakur also de­manded the charges against the ar­rested party work­ers be dropped.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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